THIS is the historic second France welcomed the primary lorry from Britain in a submit Brexit “new starting” for each nations.
A Stobart truck pushed by Slavi Ivanov Shumeykov turned the primary to go away the UK after Brexit, arriving in France simply after midnight GMT.
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The primary lorry to go away the UK, a Stobart truck pushed by Slavi Ivanov Shumeykov, arrived in France simply after midnight GMTCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
The lorry was pictured loading onto Le Shuttle on the Eurotunnel in KentCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Trucker Slavi offers a wave as he will get able to grow to be the primary driver from Britain to enter France after BrexitCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
A customs official checks his paperwork digitally as he left Britain for the continentCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Truckers from the UK will need to have the proper paper work and a destructive Covid take a look at to enter FranceCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
A truck arrives in France coming from Britain on the harbour of Calais, northern France immediatelyCredit score: AFP or licensors
Its arrival comes on the primary day of a ‘new starting’ for Britain and the EUCredit score: AFP or licensors
In the meantime, an Estonian trucker arrived in Britain from the EU at across the similar time.
And Britain cut its last ties with the EU at 11pm on Thursday, turning into an unbiased nation for the primary time in almost 50 years.
Truck drivers with the proper paperwork – and a destructive Covid take a look at – had been waved onto Eurotunnel trains with hardly any delay after 11pm GMT final evening.
Many drivers smiled and waved to customs officers who checked their paperwork digitally earlier than letting them cross the 31 miles between Folkestone and Calais by rail.
In France, the primary vans had been met by the Mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart.
The primary ferries between Calais and Dover and the UK and Eire additionally arrived with none delays.
In a New Yr’s message to the nation, the PM heralded a brand new daybreak which can see a free and turbocharged Britain.
He mentioned we are going to now be an “open, beneficiant, outward-looking, internationalist and free-trading world” nation.
The PM careworn the nation is now free to “do issues otherwise, and if essential higher, than our pals within the EU”.
He added: “Free to do commerce offers all over the world. And free to turbocharge our ambition to be a science superpower.
“From biosciences to synthetic intelligence, and with our world-leading battery and wind expertise, we are going to work with companions all over the world.
“Not simply to sort out local weather change however to create the hundreds of thousands of high-skilled jobs this nation will needn’t simply this yr — 2021 — as we bounce again from Covid, however within the years to come back.
“That is an incredible second for this nation. We’ve our freedom in our fingers and it’s as much as us to profit from it.
“And I feel it will likely be the overwhelming intuition of the folks of this nation to come back collectively as one United Kingdom — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire working collectively to specific our values all over the world.”
Massive Ben bonged at 11pm final evening to mark Britain’s historic exit – and once more an hour later at midnight to see within the New Yr.
It got here precisely 4 years, six months and eight days after Britain voted to go away the EU in June 2016.
Writing within the Telegraph immediately, Boris Johnson known as his Brexit deal “an enormous win for either side of the Channel”.
However he added: “It doesn’t imply that we’ll be much less European or go away our pals within the lurch. That might go fully in opposition to the historical past of the final two centuries or extra.”
Boris hailed his Brexit deal as he signed it this week
Massive Ben bonged because the clock struck 11pmCredit score: Reuters
A lorry passes a barrier after disembarking the primary ferry that arrived after the tip of the transition interval with the EU on the port in DoverCredit score: AP:Related Press
Lorries disembark the primary ferry that arrived after the tip of the transition interval with the EU on the port in Dover this morningCredit score: AP:Related Press
The primary ferry to reach on the Port of Dover in Kent on January 1Credit score: PA:Press Affiliation
The primary cross channel ferry departs the Port of Dover heading for France immediatelyCredit score: REUTERS