The English Channel separates southern England from northern France. Ferries transport freight and passengers between Britain and mainland Europe around the clock. They depend on trade between Britain and the EU.
For many good reasons, the border in Ireland is a central theme of the Brexit negotiations. Yet there's another UK-EU border, the one in the English Channel, that warrants some consideration.
German firms should prepare for a no-deal Brexit, the head of the BDI Federation of Industry has warned. "A hard Brexit would be disastrous," he said as the UK prime minister fights for approval of her exit deal.
The collision occured overnight between the British port of Dover and and the French town of Dunkirk. The English Channel is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes with more than 500 vessels passing through every day.
Bad weather overnight to Sunday left thousands of homes in the French region of Brittany without power. In the English Channel, a cargo ship and its crew were rescued after it hit a barge.
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