The current standoff between France and the UK has heaped pressure on the British government to find a solution to the problem. This mounting pressure on the British government could have a positive effect on Brexit discussions.

Watching Matt Hancock the UK Health secretary admit to Andrew Marr on Sunday morning that the new COVID-19 strain was “out of control” had the omens of a bad week coming for the British government. More than 16 million British people are now required to stay at home as a tier 4 lockdown came into force in the south west of England. Other countries were quick to move with France being first off the mark on Sunday evening cutting off all travel from the UK including freight.