The UK-France border remains closed, but French Europe Minister Clément Beaune said measures agreed between Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron to end the shutdown
would be announced later and come into effect from Wednesday. Hundreds of lorry drivers have spent a second night sleeping in their vehicles in Kent waiting to depart. More than 40 countries have now banned UK arrivals due to concerns about the new coronavirus variant, and European nations are continuing their discussions on how to co-ordinate a response to it. Supermarkets, meanwhile, have been trying to reassure shoppers that Christmas supplies are plentiful amid reports of bare shelves.