Brexit news – live: Border disruption here ‘for good’, says Barnier as crisis plan for ports revealed

Kate Ng and Adam Forrest
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<p>Prime Minister Boris Johnson attending a Parliamentary Liaison Committee hearing at the House of Commons in London</p> (PRU/AFP via Getty Images)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson attending a Parliamentary Liaison Committee hearing at the House of Commons in London

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Regulatory frictions causing disruption to trade between the UK and the EU are an “obvious and inevitable” consequence of Brexit – and can be expected to be permanent, Brussels’ former chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned.

It comes as a document from Boris Johnson’s government revealed emergency measures planned at UK ports to prevent food shortages. Up to 300 empty lorries a day could be fast-tracked “to expedite” their the return to the EU, where they can be restocked with supplies.

Sir Keir Starmer called on the government to apologise Scottish fishing communities angry at the government over delayed shipments. The Labour leader said they had been “left high and dry”. But Jacob Rees-Mogg has said fish were “happier” now that they’re fully “British”.