Monday 8 February 2021 / 2:13 PM Conor McGinn / Coronavirus / Security

Conor McGinn responds to reports hundreds of people have arrived in the UK via Dublin to avoid quarantine restrictions

Conor McGinn MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Security, responding to reports that hundreds of people have been arriving in the UK via Dublin to avoid quarantine restrictions on travel from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, said:

“These reports are very concerning and the latest evidence that the Government has not taken the necessary precautions at the border.

“Labour raised this issue as far back as last May and urged Ministers to work with the Irish Government and airport authorities to ensure the unique arrangements for the Common Travel Area were not open to abuse.

“Ministers must now urgently ensure point of origin checks at airports in the UK for passengers arriving on flights from Ireland, and work with counterparts in Dublin to close this back door.”