EU bosses throw isolated Britain a lifeline

Not the Christmas dinner they had in mind.

Many of these truck drivers say they'll never make it home in time for the holidays.

"Now it is done, it is finished."

The European Union executive threw Britain a lifeline on Tuesday after it became stranded in COVID-19 isolation.

Recommending that EU members roll back sweeping border closures to allow freight to resume and let people return home for Christmas.

Much of the world has cut off travel ties with Britain due to a highly infectious new coronavirus strain.

Britain has been trying for at least 24 hours to hash out a deal with France to allow the Dover-Calais route to open.

Ministers say mass testing the hundreds of truck drivers stranded on the motorway is one option.

"Three days I've been here, stopped. They don't give us solutions, they don't give us food, they don't give us drinks, they don't give us sanitation, they don't offer us anything. The situation is basically inhumane, so what we are asking for is a solution. Something. That they keep us informed, that they tell us, that they help us."

With warnings from Supermarkets that fresh food may be a problem in the days to come supermarket shelves have been stripped.

The mutated variant of the novel coronavirus could be up to 70% more transmissible. It's spreading rapidly across Britain.

But the government says it's been identified because British scientists are so efficient at detection.

Cases of the new strain have been found in some other countries, including Denmark and Italy.

It's hoped there will be a deal to restart freight by Wednesday.

Just days before Britain hopes to strike another deal on trade as Brexit looms.