Confusion at Heathrow as UK cut off from Europe

As many European country's cut travel ties with the UK the decision has sowed chaos for families and companies just days before it exits the European Union's orbit.

France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Israel and Canada shut off travel ties after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Saturday (December 19) that a highly infectious new strain of the virus was a danger to the country.

Johnson will chair an emergency response meeting on Monday to discuss international travel, in particular the flow of freight in and out of Britain.

France shut its border to the United Kingdom for people and trucks, closing off its most important trade artery with mainland Europe.

The travel chaos comes just days before the United Kingdom is due to exit the EU's orbit with - or without - a trade deal that negotiators are still trying to hash out.