Boris Johnson will face Angela Merkel this week in a bid to save the summer vacation, as the German Chancellor is accused of trying to punish the UK.
Germany has been pushing to impose an EU-wide quarantine on British tourists, including those who have been struck twice, arguing it would protect the bloc from Covid variants.
Government sources told The Mail on Sunday that they feared British tourists could be unfairly punished by the EU because of the UK’s advanced ability to identify new mutations in the virus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will take on Angela Merkel this week in a bid to save the summer vacation, as the German Chancellor is accused of trying to punish the UK
Britain’s ‘genomic sequencing’ capability is recognized as the best in the world, which means it can better detect new variants.
Sources have pointed out that other countries also have worrying variants, but fail to identify them.
The Prime Minister will meet Merkel at Checkers on Friday and use the meeting to try to persuade her to back down.
His visit will be one of his last overseas visits before stepping down as German leader.
The meeting between Mr Johnson and Ms Merkel will focus on the pandemic, as well as post-Brexit relations.
Tomorrow, Germany, with support from France, will propose an EU-wide 14-day quarantine policy for visitors from what it considers countries of concern for Covid variants, including the United Kingdom.
Mr Johnson faces growing internal pressure to speed up quarantine-free travel for people with double bites
The move threatens to derail the vacations of millions of Britons, who rushed to book trips to Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, Malta (pictured) and Madeira after the UK government put them on its green list of places not requiring no quarantine on return
Covid hotel keeps ‘sexual parasites’
Women staying at Covid quarantine hotels claim to have been sexually harassed by security guards paid to monitor them.
One alleged victim claimed that a guard mimed sex and others asked for a hug, date or obscene comments.
Travelers returning from countries on the “red list” must quarantine for ten days in a hotel room and can only leave for daily exercise accompanied by a guard.
Harriet Wistrich, Center for Women’s Justice, said: “Basically these women are in custody. The state is responsible for their security.
The government has hired security company G4S to provide guards at Covid hotels. The complaints were made to the BBC by four women. G4S said, “If we are made aware of any wrongdoing, strong procedures are in place to ensure that the employee is removed from the site while an investigation is conducted. “
The move threatens to derail the vacations of millions of Britons, who rushed to book trips to Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, Malta and Madeira after the UK government put them on its green list of places not requiring quarantine on the way back.
French President Emmanuel Macron echoed the German Chancellor’s comments, saying the EU should “take coordinated decisions in terms of opening borders to third countries”.
This sparked a furious row within the bloc, with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis calling on France and Germany to speed up their vaccination program instead.
Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Portugal are also expected to resist the plans.
Grant Shapps blamed the EU’s slow vaccination rate last week for calls to ban British tourists. The Transport Secretary said it was “maybe just a matter of waiting for their vaccination schedule.”
Huw Merriman, chairman of the House of Commons transport committee, said it would be “foolishness” for EU countries to impose a mandatory quarantine on all British tourists given their contribution to their home economies. hosts.
Mr Johnson faces increasing internal pressure to speed up non-quarantine travel for people with double shots.
Last week, Mr Shapps said people who have had two injections will no longer be forced to self-isolate when they return from Amber List countries “later in the summer”.
Details will be communicated in July. But sources said the move could apply from next month if efforts to speed up the deployment of the jabs are successful.