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Kent volunteers make pizzas and hot meals for stranded lorry drivers – video

A Kent football team made 200 pizzas and delivered them to stranded lorry drivers on the M20 and Manston airport on Tuesday night.

Hot meals were also provided by a Sikh charity and delivered by Gravesend’s Gurwara Sikh community as thousands of lorry drivers waited for information after France closed its border with the UK for fear of a new variant of Covid-19

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Covid: UK may test all lorry drivers to try to break port gridlock

Priti Patel says British and French officials discussing options as 1,500 lorries remain stuck in Kent

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The UK government is drawing up plans to have all lorry drivers taking goods across the Channel tested for Covid to try to end the disruption at British ports, the home secretary has said.

Priti Patel said the government was talking to the French authorities about testing all hauliers leaving Britain, as she confirmed more than 1,500 lorries were stuck in Kent on Tuesday morning.

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Lorry drivers fear being stuck in Dover for Christmas as borders close

Trucks stranded in Kent after France shuts borders to UK traffic think situation will get worse after Brexit

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With just days to go before Christmas, lorry drivers held up in and around Dover by European travel bans fear they may not be able to make it back home in time for celebrations with their families, and the long delays are a sign of things to come in January after the Brexit transition period ends.

On the darkest and dankest day of the year, Daniel, from Romania, had been waiting four hours in Kent with a van full of printing cylinders from Gillingham due to be delivered to Nancy in France on Monday.

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