Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called for the Brexit transition period to be extended beyond the Dec. 31 deadline amid the spread of a new strain of the CCP virus in southeast England.
Sturgeon made her comments as many European countries close their borders with the UK due to the new faster-spreading variant of the virus.
“The new COVID strain—and the various implications of it—means we face a profoundly serious situation, and it demands our 100 percent attention,” Sturgeon wrote.
Countries across the world then halted air travel to the UK with France banning trucks from entering for a period of 48 hours while the new variant is assessed.
Trucks waiting to get in and out of Britain have been backed up for miles and people were stranded at airports as many countries imposed stringent travel restrictions over the new virus strain.
Nevertheless, there were rising hopes on Monday that France would allow traffic to flow again, with truck drivers having to take rapid CCP virus tests on arrival.
Sturgeon, however, wrote that the crisis caused by the new CCP virus strain is so serious that “it would be unconscionable to compound it with Brexit.”