And when was the first talk of cutting Kent off?
This prospect was labelled in the media with the joky word “Kexit” [*], but the idea of isolating Kent from the rest of Britain “to help with lorry congestion” by creating an “internal border” (essentially converting the county into a kind of <b>bonded warehouse</b>) was not intended humorously. It is government policy to introduce Kent Access Permits on 1 January.
This county, as far as I can tell, was the first place in Britain that the “new strain” was reported.
*) Which is even a little bit risqué for some markets. As in “drop your kecks”.