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National isolation: UK strives to end French ban on trucks

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Posted at 9:52 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 09:52:31-05

LONDON (AP) — Stranded Europe-bound truckers are hoping to receive the green light to get out of Britain soon, after some of the most dramatic travel restrictions of the pandemic were imposed on the country following the discovery of a potentially more contagious strain of the coronavirus.

Backups of trucks near Britain's Channel ports illustrated the scale of the country's isolation after nations from Canada to India banned flights from the U.K. and France barred the entry of its trucks for 48 hours beginning Sunday night.

But hopes rose Tuesday that the stranded drivers may soon be able to get on the road again as the European Union’s executive arm pushed for a coordinated response to the restrictions while recommending that the bloc discourage nonessential travel.