The Shadow International Trade Secretary, Emily Thornberry has said the government’s travel policy is “reckless” and has been from the outset.
The Labour MP is calling for stricter controls for travellers coming back from red, amber and green list countries as they are meeting each other at airports.
Thornberry told Sky News, of “terrible stories of people coming in through Heathrow and spending three or four hours with people from green countries, amber countries, red countries all mixed up together.
“I honestly don’t think that since Covid started that this British government has had the right policy when it comes to international travel.
“I think that they have been reckless.
“You just hear these terrible stories of people coming in through Heathrow and spending three or four hours with people from green countries, amber countries, red countries all mixed up together.
“And then the people from the red countries go off and spend time in hotels, but they have already spent four hours cheek by jowl, presumably in some great petri dish, potentially bringing in Lord knows what into our country.
“I think, and the Labour Party thinks, that we need to pause this, we need to stop this. We certainly need to stop this idea of amber countries, and we need to be much stronger about this and pause this and look again.
“But really be much stricter about it.”
She praised the government’s vaccination rollout, but warned, “In the end we are only as safe as our neighbours around the world are.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday that he wants travellers arriving from amber and red list countries to be segregated in airports across the UK.
Shapps told the BBC, “A lot of this is to do with the practicalities, of course, and everybody has to be tested before they are even able to get on to a flight to the UK.
“But I do want to see people separated out as much as is practically possible and we have asked, and I think Heathrow will respond to this at the beginning of next month.”