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UK at risk of ‘another Johnson variant to run rampant’ as travel rules relax

by LLB political Reporter
29th Jul 21 11:08 am

Labour has warned that the government are running the risk of another variant to “run rampant” throughout the UK as more travel rules are relaxed.

Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, Jim McMahon slammed the government’s border control “track record” and described it as “one of recklessness and confusion.”

He added, “They are in danger of continuing this by setting out changes in policy, applying to England only, without the scientific data and criteria we need to make sure we don’t see another Johnson variant run rampant through the country and damage the effort of the British public.

“We want to see international travel opened up safely.

“Ministers need to be clear on what progress has been made on reaching reciprocal agreements for Brits travelling abroad – particularly regarding the NHS app being accepted as proof of Covid status.

“We also need a clear green and red list and the country-by-country data to back it up.”

However, the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News this morning that there is the “right level of security and assurance.”

Raab added, “We keep an eye on the variants, but because of the 70% double vaccination of our population and because we are insisting only people from the US, the EU and perhaps in due course, as we build up confidence in the system other countries, we proceed on that basis.

“Because it is people who are double vaccinated we believe we have got the right level of security and assurance against people who might be at risk of a variant coming in from abroad.”

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