UK Hits Back At Merkel’s Quarantine Brits Remarks

The UK has hit back at suggestions by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that visitors to Europe – including Brits – from countries with high rates of the Delta variant should be quarantined.

Environment Minister George Eustice said it was up to each country to impose rules and that Merkel’s remarks were unjustified.

Eustice told LBC on June 24, “Each country is taking their own decisions on this, so it will be for them to judge what approach they want to take.

“I’m not sure that such an approach would be justified given the highly advanced stage we are currently at now in terms of vaccination, with 80 per cent having had one jab and now 60 per cent having had the second jab.

“I don’t think such a move would be justified, but obviously it’s for individual countries to make these judgements,” he added.

This week Merkel called for an EU-wide quarantine of travellers arriving from areas with high rates of Delta variant infections including Britain.

“In our country, if you come from Great Britain, you have to go into quarantine – and that’s not the case in every European country, and that’s what I would like to see,” Merkel told the Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament on June 23.

Today, Transport Minister Grant Shapps will lead a review of the UK’s green, amber and red lists in Whitehall. The changes, if any, will come into effect from Tuesday June 29. The next update is scheduled for July 19, and again on August 9.

The UK has 11 countries on its green list, after Portugal was demoted to amber earlier this month to the disappointment of holidaymakers and the travel industry alike.

While incidents of Delta variant infections in Portugal have surged, hopes are high that Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera, Malta and some Caribbean islands could be green listed this afternoon.

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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.


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