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Holidays: Tourism Secretary ‘desperate’ to welcome Brits to Spain

And pro-Brexit assume tank Facts4EU.org has warned any failure to get the vacationers again has the potential to ship a £675billion(€784billion) hit to the bloc’s economic system – whereas questioning why the UK just isn’t presently not on the record of “safe” international locations. With the rise of the so-called Indian variant elevating uncomfortable questions concerning the potential influence on journey restrictions, throughout the EU27, the beleaguered vacationer trade is bracing itself for an additional battering after final year’s complete wipeout.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission (Image: GETTY)

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Greece – including Crete, pictured here – is heavily reliant on tourism revenue (Image: GETTY)

Greece came out on top, with 23.9 percent, followed by Cyprus (20.3 percent), Malta (15.3 percent), Ireland (13.3 percent), Austria (12.7 percent) and Spain (12.3 percent).

A separate analysis, additionally revealed on Facts4EU’s web site this weekend, provided a stark perception into the price of lost tourism income to the EU’s economic system.

In complete, figures as soon as once more gleaned from Eurostat point out, vacationers spent £349.1billion yearly to the EU’s economic system in 2019.

Moreover, the increase to the GDP of the bloc as an entire was £677.3billion.

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Emmanuel Macron, France’s President (Image: GETTY)

The prime 5 beneficiaries have been Spain : £203.5 (billion); Germany (£90.8billion); Denmark (£76.7billion); Italy (£75.7billion); and the Netherlands (£26.2).

In this context, Facts4EU questioned why the UK just isn’t on the record of nations from whom no Digital Green Certificate – in different phrases a vaccine passport – is required, regardless of being the second-most vaccinated nation on Earth after Israel.

Facts4EU think-tank spokesman David Evans stated: “The EU Commission has had a disastrous Covid.”

The bloc had has failed “on almost every level”, Mr Evans claimed, from its failure to come to assistance from Italy when its hospitals have been overrun final year, to its lack of funding for vaccine analysis, to losing time on a French vaccine which nonetheless hasn’t been produced, to its bureaucratic negotiations with profitable vaccine suppliers, to its off-on/ on-off approvals of vaccines, and to its present “vindictive legal pursuit” of Anglo-Swedish AstraZeneca, the one pharma company to have made its vaccines out there at value.

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The prime six international locations within the EU27 when it comes to the variety of tourism-related jobs (Image: Facts4EU)

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A comparability of tourism jobs as a proportion of general jobs (Image: Facts4EU)

He added: “On top of this, the British people are rapidly realising that the EU is carrying out a vendetta against the United Kingdom for daring to leave its sclerotic club.

“The stories about the absurd checks being made on British goods at EU borders, whilst EU goods are simply waved through at UK borders, are all beginning to penetrate.

“We are already hearing increasingly from people who now check the provenance of goods in the supermarket when they go shopping.

“If there is an alternative to an EU product, whether from the UK (preferably) or from the rest of the world, the EU product stays on the shelf.”

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Covid vaccinations dwell (Image: Express)

The EU’s hostility in direction of the UK has turn into plain for all to see

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Mr Evans urged: “Perhaps this is why the latest ONS figures show a drop in imports from the EU and a rise in imports from the rest of the world.

“Could this now extend to British people’s holiday plans? Putting aside the UK Government’s latest warning that Covid restrictions may not be removed on 17th June after all, the EU’s hostility towards the UK has become plain for all to see.

“Just as British pork is currently suffering far more EU inspections than pork from other ‘third countries’, will British travellers also be subject to the same discrimination?”

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Mr Evans criticised the EU’s therapy of AstraZeneca (Image: GETTY)

Mr Evans stated: “We seriously wonder if the fanatical ideologues in the EU Commission – to say nothing of some of the leaders of EU countries such as Monsieur Macron – have any idea of what they are risking.

“The British people are generally tolerant, and slow to anger. We sense a growing feeling of anger amongst the British people against the EU’s bullying, unreasonable, and vindictive behaviour towards the United Kingdom.

“The EU’s vindictive behaviour crosses all areas, from its absurd insistence that despite almost all UK standards and laws still being identical to those of the EU, it will make life as tough as possible for UK exporters, to its legal action against the UK for trying to keep the United Kingdom as a whole country, to its refusal to grant ‘equivalence’ to the UK’s important financial sector despite the UK having done this unilaterally for the EU last November.”

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