Nick Thomas-Symonds – 2021 Comments on Changes to Travel Restrictions

The comments made by Nick Thomas-Symonds, the Shadow Home Secretary, on 24 June 2021.

The Government’s approach to securing our borders against Covid and its variants has been chaotic and dangerous. Boris Johnson’s failure to act let the Delta variant take hold and held back our reopening with the British people paying the price.

Labour wants to see travel reopen and is supportive of a limited and safe green list. We have been calling for an international vaccine passport and will look seriously at the details of proposals for travel or quarantine arrangements for people who have been double-vaccinated.

Ministers must urgently publish the data that supports their decisions and scrap the Amber List, which is still causing confusion, with too many people travelling to countries not deemed safe.