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Joe Mayes at Bloomberg today writes an article about the end of the Brexit transition period and Governments planning for the 1 Janury 2021. It would be foolish not to plan for a situation where no more agreements are done between the two parties, even though there is still a chance for this to happen.

It is important to remember that even with an extensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA) or a slim FTA, there will still be border procedures and formalities on UK-EU borders. So planning is necessary, both from HMG implementing the new Border Operational Model that was recently announced as well as other planning around the border – and for the private sector to be prepared.

Mayes wrotes: ”The U.K. intends to adopt its full no-deal Brexit border plan to avoid traffic chaos when it completes its split from the EU in 2021, even if the two sides sign a free-trade agreement”.

”Announcing a month-long consultation on the blueprint, the Department for Transport said it will effectively resurrect Operation Brock, a traffic management system designed to limit tailbacks around Dover and Eurotunnel, two key trade arteries for Britain”.

“Something akin to Operation Brock will need to be confirmed for use at the end of the transition period,” the Department said in a statement, referring to the program which would have been used if Britain had left the EU without a deal in 2019. Disruption at the cross-Channel ports is “clearly a possibility. Truck drivers that don’t comply with the system could face a fine of 300 pounds ($391) according to the government’s plan”.

You can find the entire article here: U.K. to Use No-Deal Brexit Border Plan, Fearing Traffic Chaos

Source: Bloomberg

The countries’ policies for taming the outbreak couldn’t have been more different, but their current success in avoiding a resurgence should be heeded.

The lifting of Covid-19 lockdowns around the world was never going to be easy. But as infections are flaring up from Spain to Australia, it’s worth noting that two of the hardest-hit countries at the pandemic’s peak — Italy and Sweden — are keeping the virus’s spread under control.

Daily confirmed cases in both nations are now averaging at around 200 each, well below their respective peaks, with no rebound in sight and no strain on hospitals. By contrast, the daily case count in Spain rose past 2,000 last week and France’s surpassed 1,000. This is by no means a second wave, but it’s worth asking what Italy and Sweden might be doing differently to manage the virus.

You can read the entire article here: Good Covid-19 News From Italy…and Sweden

Source: Bloomberg