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The smartypants at Politico.eu have come up with yet another funny post-Brexit related expression:

Ferry firms avoid Britain with `Brexit buster' services from Ireland

DUBLIN -- Ferry companies in Ireland are pulling some of their newest, biggest vessels from British routes to boost "Brexit buster" services direct to the Continent.

Such sea routes were unpopular before Brexit, when the U.K. landbridge linking Dover in southeast England with Holyhead in Wales gave truckers a much faster path between Ireland and the Continent.

But after new U.K.-EU trade rules kicked in January 1, a dysfunctional New Year's rollout of customs checks is driving unprecedented demand for alternatives that avoid the hassle of Britain.

At Rosslare, Ireland's closest port to France, sailings and cargo capacity for roll-on, roll-off shipments by lorry have quadrupled in the past month. Other vessels are being rerouted from Belfast, Liverpool and Holyhead to launch more Dublin-France services.

Stena Line, the biggest operator on Ireland-Britain routes, on Thursday night launched its brand-new Stena Embla on its maiden commercial voyage from Rosslare to Cherbourg in northwest France. The 41,700-ton vessel, which arrived this month from China, was supposed to serve the Belfast-Liverpool route.

by Bernard on Fri Jan 15th, 2021 at 03:42:05 PM EST

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