“Global UK is closed to business”: Theresa May devastates Boris Johnson over traffic light system while mocking the Prime Minister and says current rules are “chaotic”
- Theresa May attacked Boris Johnson today because of a “chaotic” traffic light system
- The former prime minister said current travel rules mean the global UK is closed to business.
- She said the UK is not “further ahead” and is actually “backwards” when traveling.
Theresa May devastated Boris Johnson today over his traffic light system when she mocked the Prime Minister and said that “Global Britain” is currently “closed to business”.
Mr Johnson’s predecessor at number 10 said the government’s messages on international travel were “mixed” while the red, yellow and green rating system was “chaotic”.
She accused ministers of failing to keep their pledges to restart holidays abroad, claiming that the UK has indeed “gotten behind” on this issue compared to last year.
Boris Johnson, who is attending school in Cornwall today, has been criticized for his international travel rules
Mr Johnson’s risk-based system ranks countries one of three colors that determine the quarantine and coronavirus testing requirements people face when returning to the UK.
Ministers have advised against traveling to countries with amber colors and the Red List, while the Green List is relatively short and fell into chaos this week following the removal of Portugal.
In view of the growing fear of the future in the aviation and tourism industries, tour guides have called for the traffic light system to be abolished.
During a debate in the House of Commons this afternoon on the state of the travel sector, Ms. May said the government had failed to keep its June 2020 promise to introduce internationally agreed standard health measures.
She also seemed to be making fun of Mr Johnson when she picked up on his slogan “Global Britain”.
She said: “A year later we are stuck – in fact we have closed a devastated industry, lost jobs and the global UK. We went more than no further forward, we went backwards.
“We’ve now vaccinated over 50 percent of the adult population – a wonderful program – but we have more travel restrictions than last year. In 2020 I was in Switzerland in August, in September to South Korea, there was no vaccination and travel was possible – this year there is a vaccination, travel is not possible. I don’t really understand the government’s stance.
“Of course you are allowed to travel to countries on the Amber List, provided it is practical to have you quarantined on your return, but government ministers tell people they are not allowed to travel, they are not allowed to go to places go on vacation on amber. ” The messaging is mixed and the system is chaotic.
“Portugal was put on the green list, people went to soccer, then Portugal was put on the yellow list – vacationers had to look for flights and devastated families had to cancel their plans, not to mention the impact on airlines and Travel agencies here, as well as through the travel and tourism industry at our long-term trading partner in Europe. ‘
The former Prime Minister said business travel was “virtually impossible” at the moment as she urged ministers to be “on the top” of the UK public on the “facts” about overseas travel.
She told MPs: “Firstly, we are not going to eradicate Covid-19 from the UK. There will be no time when we can say there will never be another Covid-19 case in this country.
Second, there will still be variants. There will be new variants every year. If the government takes the position that we can only open travel when there are no new variants elsewhere in the world, then we will never be able to travel abroad again.
“The third fact that the government needs to be much clearer is that here in the UK, unfortunately, people will die of Covid in the future, as 10,000 to 20,000 people do from the flu every year.”
Ms. May also said the UK “is falling behind the rest of Europe” when it comes to travel decisions.
She said the government must “decide whether or not to want an aviation industry and sector in the UK because at the pace it is pushing it won’t have”.
“It is incomprehensible that one of the most heavily vaccinated countries in the world should give its citizens the freedoms that these vaccinations should support,” she said.