Angela Merkel’s UK journey guidelines defended by former MEP
And a UK-based suppose tank has highlighted what it claims to be double-requirements by pointing to the German Chancellor’s impending go to to the UK – and asking if she’s going to face related restrictions. Mrs Merkel and French President Mr Macron had been annoyed final week of their makes an attempt to impose a Europe-wide rule for everybody flying to international locations within the EU27 from Britain.
However, Express.co.uk understands they’re planning to use the meeting in Brussels to stress different international locations to align their guidelines with France and Germany, which have already got quarantine restrictions for UK tourists in place, in a bid to gradual the unfold of the Delta variant.
Currently, all member states are free to impose their very own restrictions on travellers arriving from overseas.
Speaking on Thursday, Mrs Merkel mentioned: “In our country, if you come from Great Britain, you have to go into quarantine.
Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor
Angela Merke and Boris Johnson at the G7 summit in Cornwall earlier this month
“And that’s not the case in every European country, and that is what I would like to see.”
Ms Merkel is due to go to Chequers on Friday, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson possible to urge her not to try to pressure by any tightened restrictions on British tourists.
A Downing Street spokesman mentioned the pair will focus on “deepening the UK-German relationship and the global response to the coronavirus pandemic”.
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Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron
Meanwhile, Mr Macron is believed to imagine if the EU doesn’t unite behind a cohesive method to worldwide journey restrictions, it dangers its EU inexperienced move, a vaccine passport system allowing journey between member states.
Other EU international locations, particularly these which depend upon vacationer revenue, are a lot much less eager on taking such a hardline method.
Speaking on Friday, Greek Prime Minister Kyraikos Mitsotakis mentioned: “Regarding the delta variant, in my intervention I said that we should not adopt a logic of new restrictions but, on the contrary, accelerate the vaccinations.”
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Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Conversely, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said: “Malta and Spain are being a bit more lenient maybe than some other member states but that is up to them, they can do that.”
Concern among EU states stems from the fact that the Delta variant, which is 60 percent more transmissible than the Alpha variant, which originated in Kent, now accounts for almost all of the Covid cases in the UK.
However, the UK’s vaccine rollout has been far more successful than the EU’s, with more than 60 percent of adults having had two jabs.
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Public Health England estimates that two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine affords 96 percent protection from hospitalisation.
Moreover speaking today, Prof Sir Peter Horby, head of Nervtag, the Sage sub-committee, suggested any attempts to prevent the Delta strain becoming prevalent on the Continent were doomed to fail.
He explained: “Delta will be very difficult to control and so I think we will see it spreading in Europe, unfortunately.”
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The Delta strain, which emerged in India, was exported to the UK in April, at which time there were no travel restrictions in place.
With respect to Mrs Merkel’s trip, pro-Brexit think tank the Bruges Group tweeted: “Merkel will visit the UK on 2nd July. Will she self-isolate on her return?”
Naomi Longford-Wood replied: “She’ll need to isolate here before meeting anyone, like Prince Harry did before the Prince Phillip’s funeral.”
Another poster added: “I don’t think that we either need, or want her here. She’s an irrelevance to us.”