The new era of trade between Britain and the European Union has begun smoothly this morning, the day after the former left the EU’s single market and customs union.
Nearly 200 trucks passed through the Channel Tunnel overnight “without any problem”, according to Getlink management, the group which manages and operates the infrastructure of the Channel Tunnel between England and France.
As the first customs checks were completed shortly after midnight, Eurotunnel’s Director of Public Affairs John Keefe said: “It all went fine, everything’s running just as it was before 11pm.”
Mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart gave a send off to the lorries on the first post-Brexit crossing from the continent, and met the first trucks arriving from the United Kingdom.
The first ferries operating between Calais and Dover and Great Britain and Ireland have also arrived without delay.
At 11pm yesterday evening, Britain completed its transition out of the European political and economic bloc as it finally left the single market and the customs union, four and a half years after Brits voted 52-48 in favour of Brexit.
The absence of complication reported today at the border will in part be due to the trade deal agreed last week between Britain and Brussels, which was formally signed off by the UK Parliament late on Wednesday evening, paving the way for a new relationship between the European Union and its single largest customer.