Boris Johnson calls emergency meeting as Europe shuts doors 🔴 Covid-19 @BBC News live - BBC

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The prime minister will chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee later after France closed its border with the UK for 48 hours.

The move, announced on Sunday, means no lorries or ferry passengers will be able to sail from the port of Dover.

France said the action was necessary because of the prevalence of a new variant of coronavirus in the UK.

Nations including Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Irish Republic, Turkey and Canada are suspending UK flights.

Switzerland has also temporarily halted UK flights. Austria is also set to bring in a ban, while Bulgaria has suspended flights to and from the UK from midnight. Unlike the short-term measures in many other nations, its ban lasts until 31 January.

European Union member states are due to meet in Brussels to discuss a co-ordinated response.

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COVID is doing its own version of Brexit.

Author — jubeeju


It seems Covid-19 is better at getting Brexit done than our

Author — VenomousCompany


Sir Richard Wharton: “In stage one, we say nothing is going to happen.”

Sir Humphrey Appleby: “Stage two, we say something may be about to happen, but we should do nothing about it.”

Sir Richard Wharton: “In stage three, we say that maybe we should do something about it, but there’s nothing we can do.”

Sir Humphrey Appleby: “Stage four, we say maybe there was something we could have done, but it’s too late now.”

Author — Sean Sun


Brexiteers: Boris close our borders now

Macron: Yes

Author — You Like Cars


Britain will not survive without the EU. Looks like they're suring it.

Author — A K


Those poor stranded lorry drivers. Trapped In their vehicles for more than 48 hours at Christmas. These people also have families and human rights...

Author — Andrew Johnson


2020 was just a warm up, buckle in for 2021 it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Author — Beavis


“Boris Johnson calls a emergency meeting”
Everyone: Self report

Author — Peng TV Productions


UK: Causes turmoil for 4 years over sovereignty and border control
EU Countries: does it in 6 hours with a press release

Author — Dominic Aspden


I’m a truckie and I feel hard for these drivers that have the sudden situation where they won’t know where to go and stay for 2 days with poor hygiene, low supplies of food resulting all because of our incompetent government... clap clap for boris Johnson,

Author — Max Shepherd


he called a meeting because his beer is stuck in france

Author — adriano dos santos


“Europe shuts doors to uk” ok so whats worrisome? Isn’t that what Brexit with no deal would offer eventually? Calm down everyone its part of the new normal.

Author — saba Marium


I understand Guys Fawkes now,
I don’t condone it,
But I understand his reason and feelings.

Author — Yaseen Patel


I’ll never vote mainstream jokes again. Westminster and Downing st done a far better job in destroying the UK than Hitler did

Author — steve hathway


Dont panic Lewis Hamilton is named personality of the year. lol

Author — Cinematic Backround Music


Foreign newspapers are now calling Britain “plague island”. Johnson cocked it up.

Author — Trixy Felix


Maybe Bojo and the gang might finally realise overplaying the fear card is going to backfire hard.

Author — Austin Jdn


And of course this has nothing to do with no deal brexit ....

Author — birchthebirch


Someone has allowed us to be cut off, nice move, warfare move

Author — Tom Roberts


Boris needs to confess of his nwo goveement lies

Author — Steven Riley