UK borders could finally be closed entirely nearly a year since pandemic began

BREAKING: Government considering full closure of UK borders

1/22/2021 10:36:00 AM

BREAKING: Government considering full closure of UK borders

It comes after Priti Patel admitted this week that she thought the UK should have closed its borders last March.

SharesThe Government could instate a full border closure, ministers have suggested (Picture: EPA / Getty Images / Reuters)The Government is considering more draconian measures on foreign travel to stop the spread of coronavirus across the UK.Environment secretary George Eustice told Sky News ministers have ‘considered’ a full closure of the country’s borders.

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He said: ‘We always keep these things under review and it’s been considered.‘There is concern at the moment about the number of mutant strains there are, concerns that there’s a risk that one day there will be a strain that might be able to evade the vaccine.

‘That’s why last week the PM toughened up the current restrictions, we think that’s the right approach for now but it’s something that we’ll keep under review.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We can’t rule anything about but for now [the new restrictions] we think are sufficient.’

It comes after Priti Patel admitted on an audio recording this week that she thoughtthe UK should have closed its borders last March.The home secretary’s comments, said to have been made to the Conservative Friends of India group, are in stark contrast to her public defence of the Government’s decision not to enforce a full shutdown for arrivals.

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser thatsupports HTML5 videoIt comes after Priti Patel admitted this week that she thought the UK should have closed its borders last March (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

In an audio recording published by political website Guido Fawkes, she said: ‘On “should we have closed our borders earlier”, the answer is yes. I was an advocate of closing them last March.’She has since been slammed by shadow justice secretary David Lammy, who tweeted: ‘Has Priti Patel forgotten she is the home secretary?’

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner added: ‘Inexcusable and unforgivable incompetence.‘Has Priti Patel forgotten that she was actually home secretary in March 2020, and every day since?‘The government’s failure to get a grip has left our country’s doors open to Covid and new mutations and variants throughout this crisis.’

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12 months too late About time thegingerpig Yes close our borders....don’t forget to tell illegals from France. Should’ve done that in March. Oh well. Sick of them just considering 🙄😡 borishasfailedtheuk Stop considering and close them! It’s only been 12 months!! 10DowningStreet Would have been critical 12 months ago - now it is criminal!

Do it and do it yesterday! pritipatel Bit fucking late now, should’ve been done last March Just do it already ffs pritipatel BorisJohnson Whatever it takes to safeguard lives and the NHS About time Should have been done last April. ❓❓❓ That’s some quick thinking 🤔. I heard there’s a virus going round Wuhan

Considering only achieves more deaths.We should have taken the hint from New Zealand/Australia.This lockdown is stupid far too many people out. No social distancing & the mask wearing that is just diabolical, masks used to keep chins warm. REALLY Woo hoop totally agree no more Mooney grabbing wasting illigal imagrints 🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎊

About bloody time instead of waiting till UK approaching 100K death toll & over 3 million confirmed Covid cases!! Our borders should have been closed back in March. It shouldn't have taken a professor of epidemiology+80K deaths to figure that one out! February 2020 would have been a great idea. 30 years too late

Only nearly a year too late. 8 months too late. Including dover via dingy? How in the fuck are they STILL considering this, a year later? 😡😡😡😡😡 If this story was from this time last year then great. But there's little point now people are having to test negative before travelling. A year too late ! Still better late than never

Over a year late but guess we don’t know what goes on 🤷🏽‍♂️ we can’t upset anybody and it’s all about £££ Yet they will say from a week Wednesday so it would be pointless as the sheeple would flock home. It MUST be with immediate effect. If only we’d thought of that earlier! Schools closed, families and friends seperated, businesses on their knees yet loads of tourists strolling round central London. 67 million people told to stay at home yet our borders remain open nearly a year after our first care of COVID 😡

Only took a year to decide!! We’re a fuckin island, if it was a real as there making out they would of done this in March like most other countries. Let’s not consider it for 10 months 🤨 The suffocating mass of corpses are no longer water off these ducks backs. About 10 months too late 🤡 🤡🤡🤡 Stable door, horses.

Right month, wrong year. About time AKA gov spunking money on consultants to really milk the tax payer with the excuse of covid. Wish the press would stop playing their game They’re literally 15 months to late, but if they had done it then they couldn’t give out billions in contracts to their mates sooooo...

About fucking time! Only 12 months too late. Joke All this dithering is why we're joke of the world and why it's so bad I thought the main reason for the virus spreading so quickly is the careless attitude some people have, especially around vulnerable family members. JohnEJefferson I thought international travel had been banned since lockdown, so I thought they effectively were?!?!

100% close them Close them immediately and all other non essential places. Put more people on furlough like in March. This half hearted lockdown needs to get a lot tougher. Far too many children are in school when their parents could work from home and home school them they just don't want to. this goverment should be 'considering' why they've been late to the party on every bit of advice given? Maybe they ought to consider the 80,000 ppl who have died because someone somewhere didnt act quick enough in the 1st place. Remember this incompetent gov the next election!

petermccue1 As usual here's my head my arse will follow. Thought it was already done Even to dinghy events? Wow Who voted Tory 🤷‍♂️🙈😢 Considering? It should have been implemented a year ago. It's never going to happen though, it's just yet another Cummings led sound-bite. We’re an island ffs, should’ve made the most of our natural defences aloooong time ago. No one in, no one out & strict isolation. We’d all be planing for Glasto rn. It sure af worked for other islands

But but that's racist Should have done that from last march Considering? This should have been done ages ago Ten months late to the party on that one Considering? A year too late to even be just considering you could always offer people £500 not to travel here 12 months too late Considering!! Just close them already, should have done it when covid started spreading last year

this should have been done this time last year when the virus spreded accross europe Too little too late This should have happened a year ago. Just do it! We can’t fucking go anywhere.. Considering ? This government Is getting more and more hilarious year too late it’s almost a year too late but hey these things take time right

TEN MONTHS and they're still only 'considering' it?!? That should get the panic buying morons out ......well done for ramping up the scaremongering Considering? 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡 Instead of saying it just do it