George Eustice left squirming in tense holiday probe ‘It’s end of international travel?’
George Eustice grilled on travel by Hartley-Brewer
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George Eustice faced a grilling from Julia Hartley-Brewer on Tuesday over the future of international travel post the coronavirus pandemic. The talkRADIO host questioned the cautious approach the Government has set out for the reopening of foreign travel for Britons. The Conservative MP said the Government’s hesitancy over adding countries to the “green list” of destinations Britons can travel to was out of concern over new virus variants.
The Environment Minister said: “The principal concern on foreign travel is you may have other variants of concern that have not been properly tested in those areas and can then come back.”
“So you test them,” insisted Ms Hartley-Brewer.
“But if you had a variant that was able to get around the vaccine and evade the vaccine and then we had that back here that would undermine all of the work that we have done so far.
“So that is why we are taking a cautious approach.”
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Ms Hartley-Brewer pressed on, asking; “So we will never have free travel again on that basis because there will always be the possibility of another variant that does that.
“Is that the end of international travel for the UK?”
“No of course it’s not the end of international travel,” remarked the Tory MP.
“It is based on what you said, it is actually,” fired back the host.]
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“The logic of what you said is we end international travel.
“We are going to become Australia basically.”
Mr Eustice responded: “Err no because we are going to be doing a lot of work as well looking at the issue of for instance of booster jabs.
“So just as you have updates of the flu jab.”
“What is a new variant can evade the booster jab Mr Eustice?” enquired Ms Hartley-Brewer.
The Minister replied: “You would have potentially the need for an annual jab as we have with flu at the moment.”
“So we will get back to international travel when we have had a booster jab.
“There will be a brief few months hiatus where we can travel freely before the next booster jab,” remarked the host quizically.
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