In the Hauts-de-France, the closure of the British border is a precursor to hard Brexit.

In Bologne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calis), the effects of the health blockade imposed between France and the United Kingdom from Sunday, December 20, can be read on the tense faces of fishermen, Tuesday, December 22. Capécure is the leading European center for processing fishery products. In this immense industrial harbor area, 70% of the processed products come from British waters.

Two days before Christmas Eve, the comings and goings of electric pallet trucks at the loading dock were very quiet. “Usually, it works 100% during the holidays, here we are at 20%, Michelle Moni, This is the first time we have seen this. “ This Ranjis Mari transport operator is waiting impatiently for its cargo, which has been closed since Monday morning in fourteen trucks stuck on the other side of the channel: “We expect fresh fish, scallops and shellfish from Ireland and Scotland. If the trucks are not collected on Wednesday, the goods will be lost and we will not be able to do anything.”

The announcement suddenly collapsed at 7 pm on Sunday. In France, movement of all people is suspended since midnight, including those associated with the movement of goods. A situation linked to the spread of the new strain of coronovirus found in England and which comes ten days before Brexit to be exchanged between the British neighbor and the European Union. The presence of a version of the SARS-Cov-2, which according to the World Health Organization (WHO) broadcast 40–70% over British territory, separated the country at dawn at the end of the year celebrations.

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“We are all interdependent”

In Bologne, a little further on the Quail, another transporter, a Christmas hat on his head, confirms the fall “Processed in Great Quantity for Christmas”. Hervé Bertiaux, from Transport Mesugen, is expecting a dozen trucks laden with seafood, mainly from Scotland, destined for the Bologne Logistics Hub. “It is one of the worst Christmas and it is all the more regrettable that the weather conditions were good for fishing”He said before taking a look at his nearly empty stage. “At the same time last year it was full of fish, Connects Hervé Bertiaux. Kovid is in addition to Brexit. And I think this pressure from the European Union is a little political game. Let us not forget that we are all interdependent. “

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