Wednesday 28 July 2021 / 10:10 AM Coronavirus / Home Affairs / Nick Thomas-Symonds

Everyone wants international travel to open up but safety has to come first – Nick Thomas-Symonds

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to reports the Government are to consider relaxing travel restrictions for people travelling from the European Union and the United States, said

“Everyone wants to see international travel open up, but safety has to come first. The last thing our country needs is to be exposed to yet more dangerous variants – repeating the fiasco that allowed the Johnson variant to cause such damage.

“Throughout the pandemic the Government’s border policy has been reckless and dangerous. Labour have been consistently calling for progress on a globally recognised international passport scheme – working with the EU and US to get travel moving again – as well as proper quarantine measures, consistent testing at airports and an overhaul of the traffic light system.

“All too often changes have been chaotic, badly planned and dangerous, causing confusion for the industry and travellers. We need a robust strategy for opening our borders that is underpinned by data. This needs to be done correctly or all the sacrifices the public have made could be put at risk.”