Blog: Brexit news – live: Kent roadblocks in place for ‘holiday traffic’, as stores warn of NI Protocol price hikes – The Independent

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The government has restarted emergency road measures in Kent, first installed to handle post-Brexit queues, “in anticipation of increased international travel by car drivers from Monday [‘freedom day’]”, according to Highways England.

Barriers on the M20 were erected over the weekend for Operation Brock, though some have been left confused considering ministers’ decision on Friday to exclude France from the policy that allows vaccinated travellers to visit amber-list countries without quarantine on their return. The move was blamed on the existence of cases of the Beta variant in the popular holiday destination.

It remains to be seen how popular cross-Channel travel is next weekend – normally the busiest for passenger traffic at the start of school summer holidays.

Meanwhile, UK supermarket chains have warned that rising Northern Ireland Protocol costs could “force” retailers to switch from British suppliers to EU suppliers. Representatives from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Co-op, Iceland and Marks and Spencer – which together represent more than 75 per cent of NI’s grocery market – have sent a joint letter to the UK government and the European Commission to highlight their concerns.

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of political events on Monday as post-Brexit woes continue to cause trouble for Boris Johnson’s government.

Sam Hancock19 July 2021 08:00

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