PM 'looking into' possibly putting France on travel red list

During a liaison committee, Boris Johnson said putting France on the trip’s “red list” was “something we need to look at”.

Tougher measures would be due to concerns about the spread of the South African and Brazilian coronavirus strains circulating in France.

“We need to consider stricter measures just because of this uncertainty about the effectiveness of the vaccines,” he said.

Home Affairs Committee Chair Yvette Cooper said, “Everyone understands that clearly freight forwarders cannot be quarantined and can continue their vital work.” However, she asked, “Why don’t you test them?”

Boris Johnson said “we need to look at the situation on the channel” and “we cannot rule out and will use more stringent measures” to address the risk of importing coronavirus variants from France.

“If there is a need to test we will, but I think you should understand the balance between doing this, the trade disruption and the risk we are trying to address,” he told the Liaison Committee.

When asked by Labor’s Yvette Cooper, he said, “We are going to make a difficult decision to cut this trade, cut these flows when we believe there is a need to protect public health and create new varieties to stop im.

“We may have to do that very soon.”

Boris Johnson said “we need to look at the situation on the channel” and “we cannot rule out and will use more stringent measures” to address the risk of importing coronavirus variants from France.

“If there is a need to test we will, but I think you should understand the balance between doing this, the trade disruption and the risk we are trying to address,” he told the Liaison Committee.

When asked by Labor’s Yvette Cooper, he said, “We are going to make a difficult decision to cut this trade, cut these flows when we believe there is a need to protect public health and create new varieties to stop im.

“We may have to do that very soon.”

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