Virus-linked isolation of UK eases but backlog persists

DOVER, England (AP) — Gridlock at an English port is keeping thousands of truckers and travelers stranded despite a deal with France to lift a two-day blockade imposed because of a new variant of the coronavirus. The blockade had isolated Britain and raised fears of food shortages. Some goods and passengers began arriving Wednesday on French shores in the morning, thanks to an agreement that allows people with a negative virus test to cross the Channel. But officials warned the backlog would take days to clear, and some truckers scuffled with police as huge lines of vehicles persisted at the port of Dover. Some suggested the chaos was a precursor to what Britain may face if it doesn’t come to a trade agreement with the European Union.