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Up to 70pc of trucks travelling to the European Union might not be ready for new post-Brexit border controls by January, according to a leaked letter from Michael Gove to trade groups. The Cabinet Secretary warned that in a “reasonable worst-case scenario”, queues of 7,000 port-bound trucks could face two-day delays in Kent. Officials calculate that up to half of lorries crossing from Dover across the short straits – about 20,000 – might not be border-ready. They “expect sustained disruption to worsen over the first two weeks [of January] as freight demand builds”, the letter said. The letter added that while a winter spike in Covid-19 might reduce demand for freight, it could also make problems at Dover worse by increasing the number of border staff on sick leave. Mr Gove said: “The biggest potential cause of disruption are traders not being ready for controls implemented by EU member states on Jan 1, 2021. “Irrespective of the outcome of negotiations between the UK and EU, traders will face new customs controls and processes. It is essential that traders act now and get ready for new formalities.”
The European Commission will look into legal remedies at the end of the month if Britain does not adjust the parts of a domestic bill which breaches the Brexit divorce deal agreed last year, EU Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said on Tuesday. "After that we would look into the question of legal remedies," he told a news conference. A new crisis in EU-UK talks has emerged after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposed new domestic laws for Britain that would undercut the Brexit divorce international treaty, known as the Withdrawal Agreement.