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COVID-19: Abroad break for Boris Johnson not ruled out – after British minister said ‘vacation home’ | Politics News

Downing Street did not rule out the possibility of the Prime Minister embarking on an overseas hiatus this summer, as the travel industry reacted with dismay when a minister told Britons to vacation at home this summer.

“We would not speculate on the Prime Minister’s plans and we will give details in the normal way,” Boris Johnson’s spokesman told reporters at a regular briefing.

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When asked if that meant Mr Johnson had ruled out an overseas vacation, the spokesperson replied: “He’s very focused this week on the G7 and the response continues to the COVID pandemic.”

The comments came after Environment Secretary George Eustice told Sky News his advice would be to “vacation at home”, adding that he will not be traveling abroad himself this summer.

He encouraged the British to visit the “great places” that exist in the UK instead.

Asked about the minister’s comments, the prime minister’s spokesman said Mr Eustice “was speaking personally about his own home vacation plans”.

He added: “He laid out the advice as it is, there is a green list of destinations where it is possible to travel abroad, people can choose to do so if they wish, otherwise we advise against to travel to the Orange and Red List countries. “

Official government guidelines say ministers “continue to advise against all non-essential travel to some countries and territories” – but not all.

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The government website adds, “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect international travel.

“No travel is safe, and many countries have closed their borders or restricted …

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