SNP’s Ian Blackford calls for closure of UK borders to ‘all but essential travel’

The UK’s borders should be closed to “all but essential travel” to prevent new strains of coronavirus spreading, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has said.

Mr Blackford made the plea after warning the UK Government must “act in a timely manner” to respond to the pandemic.

He told the Commons: “Nobody would say that this Prime Minister is one step ahead of tomorrow or acts and shows leadership in dealing with this health pandemic.

Sign up to our public interest bulletins - get the latest news on the Coronavirus

Sign up to our public interest bulletins - get the latest news on the Coronavirus

“On travel, is the Prime Minister prepared to learn from his Government’s past mistakes?

The UK’s borders should be closed to “all but essential travel” to prevent new strains of Covid spreading, the SNP has said.
The UK’s borders should be closed to “all but essential travel” to prevent new strains of Covid spreading, the SNP has said.

“Will he consider closing the UK border to all but essential travel to prevent new strains of the virus spreading?”

Boris Johnson replied: “As I said just now, we will make sure that we protect our borders from the readmission of the virus and he has seen what we did already in the case of the South African strain.

“And we’ll bring forward further measures to stop the readmission of the virus.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.

 0 comments

Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.