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Italy, France and Germany to hold Brexit summit in August

Leaders of Italy, France and Germany will hold a summit in Italy in August on the aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Italy, France and Germany to hold Brexit summit in August
French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian premier Matteo Renzi will hold a Brexit summit in August. Photo: John MacDougall/AFP

French President François Hollande said on Wednesday that the meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi would take place towards the end of August, according to a report in the French newspaper, Le Monde.

The announcement came as Theresa May took over as British Prime Minister after David Cameron stepped down.

She last night announced her new cabinet, which includes Boris Johnson, who campaigned for the UK to leave the EU, as foreign minister.  David Davis, a eurosceptic, has been appointed secretary for the so-called Brexit.

She also told European leaders that she was committed to the UK leaving the EU.

Renzi wished her well in the new role, adding that he hoped she would be able to begin Brexit negotiations “as soon as possible”. He also said he hoped the “excellent bilateral ties” between Italy and Britain could be further “amplified”. 

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Amber alert: Travellers to France warned of another busy weekend at UK ports

A week after chaotic scenes and 6-hour queues at the port of Dover, the British motoring organisation the AA has issued an amber traffic warning, and says it expects cross-Channel ports to be very busy once again this weekend as holidaymakers head to France.

Amber alert: Travellers to France warned of another busy weekend at UK ports

The AA issued the amber warning on Thursday for the whole of the UK, the first time that it has issued this type of warning in advance.

Roads across the UK are predicted to be extremely busy due to a combination of holiday getaways, several large sporting events and a rail strike – but the organisation said that it expected traffic to once again be very heavy around the port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone.

Last weekend there was gridlock in southern England and passengers heading to France enduring waits of more than six hours at Dover, and four hours at Folkestone.

The AA said that while it doesn’t expect quite this level of chaos to be repeated, congestion was still expected around Dover and Folkestone.

On Thursday ferry operator DFDS was advising passengers to allow two hours to get through check-in and border controls, while at Folkestone, the Channel Tunnel operators only said there was a “slightly longer than usual” wait for border controls.

In both cases, passengers who miss their booked train or ferry while in the queue will be accommodated on the next available crossing with no extra charge.

Last weekend was the big holiday ‘getaway’ weekend as schools broke up, and a technical fault meant that some of the French border control team were an hour late to work, adding to the chaos. 

But the underlying problems remain – including extra checks needed in the aftermath of Brexit, limited space for French passport control officers at Dover and long lorry queues on the motorway heading to Folkestone.

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The port of Dover expects 140,000 passengers, 45,000 cars and 18,000 freight vehicles between Thursday and Sunday, and queues were already starting to build on Thursday morning.

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