According to the BBC, a nurse from Germany who wanted to travel with his family to his parents reported on Saturday that there was a real stalemate. According to reports, cars also broke down at the entrance to the Eurotun tunnel in neighboring Folkestone due to technical difficulties at check-in.
Britain’s Ministry of Transport has activated contingency plans that were originally drawn up for a no-deal Brexit. Parts of the M20 motorway, which runs from London to Dover, have been closed to cars. Local news site Kent Online reports that Dover residents can no longer use their cars because the roads are quite congested.
In mid-March, ferry operator P&O laid off all 800 of its crew. They should be replaced by cheaper temporary workers. However, in order for these ferries to run, the ferry operator halted its crossings across the English Channel. Three ships are currently unused in the port of Dover. A ship owned by rival company DFDS was damaged in bad weather in Dunkerque, France, and failed.
British authorities have now announced that they will review mass layoffs at P&O for a criminal offence. The government also wants to study ways of enforcing a minimum wage in the UK for crews of ships.
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