FRANCE has announced that it will carry out full checks on all UK products from the new year.
On Christmas Day, French officials announced that they would increase checks on British goods passing through its borders starting in the new year.
The French Minister for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, told Europe 1 “we need to control incoming British goods”. He said France had already recruited a workforce of 1,300 people to carry out the extensive checks on British food and industrial products. Beaune is said to be one of President Macron’s closest political allies.
More than 70% of UK exports to the EU pass through the French ports of Calais and Dunkirk, leading some analysts to fear that increased screening procedures may delay the arrival of UK products to destination across the continent.
The announcement closely follows the announcement that Britain managed to strike a high-stakes trade deal with the European Union just days before the country officially left the bloc’s trade zone.
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