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COVID-19: UK-EU restrictions should be a priority as Boris Johnson welcomes German Angela Merkel for talks | Politics News

The Prime Minister will welcome Angela Merkel to the UK on Friday, with coronavirus travel restrictions set to be high on their talks agendas.

Boris Johnson will welcome the german chancellor at her country residence in Checkers, Ms Merkel’s last visit before she resigns later this year.

COVID-19[female[feminine should be part of the talking points, especially in the wake of Merkel’s call for the European Union to ban all UK travelers from entering the bloc, regardless of their vaccination status.

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The PM “confident” two jabs will allow travel

Britons fully vaccinated were promised they will be able to travel to Orange List countries – including Germany, France, Greece, Italy and Portugal – without having to self-quarantine when they return “later this summer”.

But according to The Times, the German Chancellor wants the EU to designate Britain as a “country of concern” due to the spread of the Delta variant.

Germany already has designated the UK as a ‘viral variant region’, which means anyone arriving from Britain and Northern Ireland must self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

The two leaders, who last met at the G7 summit in Cornwall last month, are also expected to discuss London-Berlin relations during their talks.

Ms Merkel is expected to address a virtual UK cabinet meeting as part of her trip, while the PM will also announce the creation of a new academic medal in her honor.

Each year, a prize of £ 10,000 will be awarded to a female scientist based in the UK or Germany who has excelled in the field of astrophysics.

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The medal will be named after Caroline Herschel, a British astrophysicist of German origin who …

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