Father of British Prime Minister defends trip to Greece despite advice from COVID-19


LONDON (Reuters) – The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday defended his decision to travel to Greece, even though the government at the time recommended that British nationals avoid international travel, unless essential.

FILE PHOTO: Stanley Johnson, father of Boris Johnson, arrives at an event with British Conservative leadership contestants Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, in Exeter, Britain, June 28, 2019. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez / File Photo

Greek government officials confirmed on Thursday that Stanley Johnson has arrived, probably via Bulgaria, in the northern region of Pelion, where he has a holiday home.

Johnson told reporters that he was on a business trip.

“I do not know what the reaction of the British public was, I came here to have a quiet moment to organize the house,” he said in comments to local journalists carried by Sky News, referring to the measures to make the COVID-19 property secure for rentals.

“I only have a week to organize everything. I have a lot of instructions on how to make the place COVID resistant, ”he said, noting that he plans to return to the UK on July 10.

The British Foreign Office on Friday made exceptions to a “nearly essential” global travel advisory, which will take effect on Saturday. This list includes Greece.

Johnson said the photos he posted to his Instagram account on the outside of his trip were not published “in a spirit of defiance or anything like that.”

Boris Johnson was questioned on Friday about his father’s trip.

“I think you should really talk to him about it,” he said on LBC radio.

Details that emerged in May of a long road trip at the height of the UK coronavirus shutdown by Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s chief adviser, have sparked outrage across the country.

Report by James Davey; Editing by Frances Kerry

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