Since the entry into force of Brexit on January 1, the Norman port of Cherbourg (Manche) has experienced an unusual situation: 9,000 trucks have passed through it in one month, three times more than the previous year at the same period. And for good reason, drivers from Ireland avoid going through England at all costs. “There is too much waiting with the papers to be done, not to mention the coronavirus. It all takes a long time, better to come directly to the port of Cherbourg from Ireland“, confirms Allan Roberts, a truck driver.

According to horse traders who had just arrived from Sweden to pass through the UK, they would have to submit to two more vet visits, and just as much red tape. “You need a certificate for the truck to go to England, this is new, and there are the papers for the horses which have to be done twice, to enter and to leave. It becomes impossible“, explains John O’Donovan. However, before Brexit, the road to Cherbourg, longer, was not favored by the Irish, since they needed 17 hours by boat from Dublin to the Norman point, against 11 hours by England.

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