Friday, 26 Feb 2021

Nicola Sturgeon fires dig at Boris over UK’s ‘leaky borders’ that do not offer protection

UK borders ‘still a bit too leaky’ says Nicola Sturgeon

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Scotland’s First Minister told her coronavirus press briefing that she raised concerns on the current UK border restrictions during a call between Britain’s four nations on Wednesday evening. Ms Sturgeon added that the rest of the UK’s border restrictions are “too leaky” in her opinion.

The BBC’s Andrew Anderson said: “The Scottish Government is taking a stricter approach on who will have to quarantine compared to the UK Government.

“Is that something you continue to be in discussion with the UK Government about?

“Are you considering border checks on travellers that enter the UK from an English port who are then travelling onto Scotland?”

Ms Sturgeon replied: “We have taken the decision and I can only speak on our decisions, which is more in line with scientific advice.

“It is much more difficult to do that for people coming into Heathrow and then Scotland if the UK Government is not imposing this position.

“That does remain under discussion, I took part in a four nations call last night when I again raised concerns that the UK borders are as a whole, the non-technical term here, for my liking a bit too leaky to protect properly against the importation of this virus and new variants of it.

“We are still trying to persuade the UK Government to impose the same kind of restrictions that we are doing.”

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