By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
Published: 02:02 GMT, 21 January 2021 | Updated: 02:02 GMT, 21 January 2021
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.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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
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.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Britain formally left the EU last January but remained within its regulatory orbit until the end