France is one of several European countries to have taken the decision to impose restrictions on the United Kingdom in order to stop the spread of a new variant of COVID-19 across the continent following its discovery in the south from England. SNP Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney told Good Morning Scotland that Britain’s travel ban was a combination of Brexit and coronavirus uncertainty.
“The UK government, I think, is unable to provide any assurance so far in a Brexit context that there will be a straightforward passage as has been the case for the past 30 or 40 years.
“One of the things we feared was essentially a conjunction of Brexit and Covid.
“Unfortunately, over the weekend with the travel ban in France, this became a reality following the decisions that were taken. ”
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Ms Sturgeon said: ‘It is now imperative that the Prime Minister seeks an agreement to extend the Brexit transition period.
“The new strain of COVID and its various implications means that we are facing a deeply serious situation and demands our 100% attention.
“It would be unacceptable to make it worse with Brexit. ”
“The reason they’ve been here for so long is that there were problems here even before the French government imposed this ban on couriers.
“Trucks backed up for miles as they approached Dover due to Brexit stockpiling and the Christmas rush.
“And now there is real concern about what this action by the French government will do to traffic here. ”