In the headlines
Britain’s biggest container port is full and turning ships away. The cargo logjam at Felixstowe docks is a “perfect storm” of too few lorry drivers, Covid restrictions and booming demand for goods. “I don’t want to sound like a Grinch, but there are going to be gaps on shelves this Christmas,” a shipping boss tells the Times. The EU has offered to end the “sausage wars” and save the Northern Ireland protocol by lifting customs checks on a host of products. But European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic says the UK faces a trade bust-up unless it also compromises. Insulate Britain activists were dragged off the M25 by irate motorists this morning. One driver was seen ripping banners out of their hands.