EU states close borders to UK travellers

If the United Kingdom was starting to feel increasingly isolated over Brexit, it certainly is now, as European countries began to close their doors to travellers from the UK on Sunday. with several banning planes and trains over concerns about a new coronavirus strain that is spreading quickly through the country.

Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands have already announced they will close their borders, with flights and Eurostar being cancelled. Italy has banned anybody who has transited through the UK in the last 14 days from entering its territory.

“The COVID variant recently discovered in London is worrying and will need to be investigated by our scientists,” Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said.

“In the meantime we choose the path of maximum prudence.”

Ireland and Germany will also restrict flights from the UK.

The travel curbs will also have a dramatic and almost immediate effect on trade, as lorries travelling from British ports will not be able to alight from their ferries. Belgium and France are believed to be co-ordinating their actions in this area.

The Spanish government said it had asked the European Commission and the European Council for a coordinated EU response to the situation, Austria is also likely to ban aircraft from the UK to land on its territory.

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