Government warns of worsening chaos at Britain's ports as lorry traffic returns ...

Government warns of worsening chaos at Britain's ports as lorry traffic returns to normal levels - but Brussels says it won't help ease backlogs unless Boris abandons his deregulation ambitions Projections from Cabinet Office anticipate Channel freight's imminent rise Truckers without requisite customs paperwork or negative test face turn-backs  It comes as Brussels says it will only ease trade friction if Boris Johnson abandons deregulation plans - a 'Singapore on the Thames' 

By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline

Published: 02:02 GMT, 21 January 2021 | Updated: 02:02 GMT, 21 January 2021

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The government is warning of worsening chaos at Britain's ports as lorry traffic returns to normal levels.

But Brussels says it won't grease the wheels unless Boris Johnson abandons his plans for a 'Singapore on the Thames.'  

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Projections from the Cabinet Office anticipate cross-Channel freight will rise rapidly following a New Year slowdown, The Times reported.

Tailbacks stretching for miles are expected if drivers aren't equipped with the correct customs paperwork or negative covid tests which the French demand. 

Lorries queue in at the border control of the Port of Dover on Friday. Traders stockpiled goods on both sides of the Channel before Jan. 1 but now supplies are dwindling, around 2,000 per day were crossing in the week to Jan. 10 - the normal level is 6,000 - and it will quickly rise back to that figure in the coming days

Lorries queue in at the border control of the Port of Dover on Friday. Traders stockpiled goods on both sides of the Channel before Jan. 1 but now supplies are dwindling, around 2,000 per day were crossing in the week to Jan. 10 - the normal level is 6,000 - and it will quickly rise back to that figure in the coming days

Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaking at a conference yesterday

Brussels is turning the screw on Boris Johnson to abandon plans for a 'Singapore on the Thames' (pictured: the Prime Minister leaves Downing Street on Wednesday, left; and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaking at a conference yesterday)

'Of course we can in future discuss how to have less friction,' an EU diplomat told The Times.

'Discussing further facilitation or ways to reduce friction would depend on what the UK is doing and where they want to go.

'Initiating that conversation and negotiation will not be made easier if the other side of the table is talking up deregulation or Singapore on the Thames.'

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Britain formally left the EU last January but remained within its regulatory orbit until the end

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