Grant Shapps DESTROYS Labours Angela Rayner – Exactly what they were calling for!

Grant Shapps provides update on the UK travel list

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The Transport Secretary today said the need for travellers to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival to England was being waived subject to the countries covered remaining on the amber travel list. Travellers will need to show a negative test before departure and produce a negative PCR test result on day two after arrival.

But Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner and Jim McMahon, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, both described the decision by the UK Government as “reckless.”

This is despite the Shadow Transport Secretary calling for the reopening of UK borders to US citizens just last month.

The Oldham West MP told Sky News on June 25: “In terms of our economic standing, it’s very important that we reestablish that transatlantic route and the Government needs to do far more to make sure that with America, we have an agreement in place that can open up that route as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

Taking to Twitter, Mr Shapps noted the change of position and said this evening: ”Tad surprised to catch Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner complaining we’re cautiously reopening travel from the US given this is exactly what their Shadow Transport Secretary was calling for last month.”

Ms Rayner told Sky News this morning: “At the moment, everybody wants to go on holiday and get back to normal as quickly as possible, but this is reckless.

“We know that the Delta variant came into this country and delayed the lifting of some of the restrictions and caused infections here.

“We need to make sure that we’ve got proper data-driven analysis, and that we look at an international passport for vaccines.”

In a statement tonight, Mr McMahon added: “The Government’s track record on our borders has been one of recklessness and confusion.

“They are in danger of continuing this by setting out changes in policy, applying to England only, without the scientific data and criteria we need to make sure we don’t see another Johnson variant run rampant through the country and damage the effort of the British public.

“We want to see international travel opened up safely.

“Ministers need to be clear on what progress has been made on reaching reciprocal agreements for Brits travelling abroad – particularly regarding the NHS app being accepted as proof of Covid status.

“We also need a clear green and red list and the country-by-country data to back it up.”

Under the new rules, which come into force from August 2, EU and US citizens or residents arriving will be required to show either the EU Digital Covid Certificate or the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s white card – known as a CDC card – to prove they are fully vaccinated.

Concern over the Beta variant means people arriving who have been in France in the previous 10 days are not eligible.

The relaxation of the rules extends to the four European Free Trade Association members – Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein – and the microstates of Monaco, Andorra and Vatican City.

Justifying the reopening, Mr Shapps said: “We’ve taken great strides on our journey to reopen international travel and today is another important step forward.

“Whether you are a family reuniting for the first time since the start of the pandemic or a business benefiting from increased trade – this is progress we can all enjoy.

“We will of course continue to be guided by the latest scientific data but thanks to our world-leading domestic vaccination programme, we’re able to look to the future and start to rebuild key transatlantic routes with the US while further cementing ties with our European neighbours.” 

The Labour party has been approached for further comment to clarify their position. 

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