İrem UZUN -TDO- Officials from the European Union warned governments on Tuesday to reverse their decision to scrap transport links with the UK over coronavirus fears, saying that the move could leave millions of European citizens stranded for Christmas. Tuesday's proposals from the European Commission come after France and Germany called for a more "coordinated" response to fighting the new variant of coronavirus.
The recommendation, to be put to EU ambassadors later on Tuesday, advised that non-essential travel to and from Britain should be discouraged. However, people heading to their country of residence should be allowed to do so, provided they undergo a COVID-19 test or quarantine for 10 days, the Commission said. “Blanket travel bans should not prevent thousands of EU and UK citizens from returning to their homes,” European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said in a statement.
The recommendations are designed to set common rules within the EU. However, border controls are governed by national policy, so each EU country can have its own rules. One option is to roll out mass COVID-19 testing for truck drivers, though such tests usually take 24-48 hours for a result so it was not immediately clear how swiftly trucks could be moving again with Christmas days away. Britain's border crisis led to some panic-buying in the country, shoppers stripped shelves in some supermarkets of turkey, toilet rolls, bread and vegetables.