The European Commission is calling on member states to not completely isolate the UK. Critical cargo lines must reopen and passenger transportation must still be possible. Non-essential trips should be avoided, according to the European Union’s Executive Committee.
The Netherlands and several other countries have halted air traffic from the United Kingdom. There is great international concern about a new type of virus that has emerged there. Due to international measures, truck drivers and other foreign travelers can no longer return to France by boat.
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The European Commission stresses the importance of taking precautionary measures quickly to prevent the spread of the new mutated virus. Nevertheless, the committee asks the member states of the European Union to refrain from stopping air and train traffic. The EU administration says essential journeys must remain possible and the supply of goods must not be disrupted.
Dutch companies also face the consequences of emergency measures in neighboring countries. The employers’ organization VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland, the trade association for small and medium-sized businesses, are calling in a joint statement to “restore the free passage of goods to and from the UK – in a safe and responsible manner”.
“We are currently witnessing serious disruptions in the transport of goods between the European mainland and the UK. This creates a lot of additional problems for the transport sector, in addition to the ongoing uncertainty about Brexit without a deal,” according to Dutch organizations, which have warned that entrepreneurs will have to They have to deal with the extra costs.
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