Majority of lorries crossing channel to France are empty as Brexit hits trade

Press quote (ITV News)
28 January 2021

Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said the number of empty lorries is a cause or concern.

“[They] suggest a substantial hit to the UK economy. And with new sanitary and photo sanitary controls still to be phased in by the British it is possible we will see increased disruption over the coming months,” he said.

“Companies were stockpiling before the end of transition but if this depressed level of trade continues then that points to price rises or supply issues ahead,” he added.