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Christmas rush and Brexit uncertainty fuel miles-long lorry queues

Christmas stockpiling and Brexit uncertainty have again caused huge queues of lorries to stack up in Kent. A long line of HGVs stretched up to five miles on the M20 as freight drivers headed for the Eurotunnel. The latest delays came as the UK marked less than two weeks until 2021 and the end of the Brexit transition period. Businesses, in a bid to avoid cross-Channel disruption in January, are stockpiling goods before the new year, in addition to the usual Christmas rush. On Saturday the queue along the left-hand lane of the motorway started in the Ashford area and stretched several miles to the Eurotunnel entrance at Folkestone.

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