Burnett confirmed to BBC Radio 4 that he had a conversation with UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. The RHA Chief Executive said that Shapps had assured him he that he was „working hard with his French counterparts” regarding the issues at the ports.
Finally, Rod McKenzie, the RHA’s policy director, has told the Guardian that the 48 hour closure of the ports and Eurotunnel will have „devastating” effects.
„It’s only 48 hours, but the French ban will have a devastating effect on the supply chain. We have seen in recent days the queues on both sides of the channel because of Brexit stockpiling and the Christmas rush and now border closures will mean everything including perishable food supplies will be impacted. We depend on the short straits for our daily supplies. What we are talking about is everything: factory parts, fresh and frozen vegetables, and all the Christmas deliveries.”
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