Double-pricked Britons get a boost for European holidays by Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said double-barreled Britons should be able to vacation in Europe without quarantine for the “foreseeable future”, following her opposition to the Delta variant.
She said travel restrictions were being revised for those who received two coronavirus vaccines, after speaking with Boris Johnson at Checkers on Friday.
But she revealed she had expressed “serious concern” to the Prime Minister over the number of football fans allowed to attend Euro 2020 matches at Wembley.
Ms Merkel had previously urged EU leaders to impose quarantine restrictions on Britons, regardless of their vaccination status, amid concerns over an increase in cases of the Delta variant.
Following discussions during the Prime Minister’s campaign retreat in Buckinghamshire, she acknowledged that the strain first identified in India is now spreading “very rapidly” in Germany as well.
“We adopted some protective measures when we did not know the Delta variant so well,” she said at a joint press conference.
“We are constantly reviewing our travel restrictions and we believe that for the foreseeable future those who have received double jabs will then be able, according to our classification, and Britain is now obviously a high impact area, will be able to again. travel without going to quarantine.
She wished the England football team ‘good luck’ after their historic victory over Germany at Wembley, but said she had asked Mr Johnson about the high attendance.
“I say this with great concern. I also said this to the Prime Minister, ”she said.
“In Germany, as you know, fewer people attend matches in the Munich stadium, but the British government will obviously make its own decision.
“But I’m very worried if it’s a bit too much.”
Mr Johnson was forced to defend his approach to participating in the tournament, saying sporting events were open in a “very careful and controlled manner”.
“The crux of the matter is that here in the UK we have now built a very considerable wall of immunity through our vaccination program,” he said.
The two also discussed Brexit during Merkel’s last visit to the UK as Chancellor, in particular the Northern Ireland protocol causing disruption to trade with Britain.
Ms Merkel said she was “optimistic” about the possibility of negotiating “pragmatic solutions”.
An extension of the grace period delaying the ban on shipments of chilled meats to Northern Ireland from Britain was granted this week following talks between the UK and the EU.
Mr Johnson said at the press conference: “I am sure, as Angela says, that with good will and patience we can fix the problem.
“I hope that, as we said in our bilateral, when it comes to chilled meats, the wurst is behind us, as I think Angela said, or maybe I am. said. “
The Prime Minister and his guest were to have a working lunch of English asparagus pie, Oxfordshire beef tenderloin and baked custard pie. Perhaps sausages weren’t on the menu, diplomatically.
Earlier, Merkel addressed a virtual Cabinet meeting, the first foreign leader to do so since US President Bill Clinton in 1997.
Mr Johnson also announced the creation of a new academic medal in honor of the German Chancellor.
A prize of £ 10,000 will be awarded each year to a British or German woman scientist, an area in which Merkel previously worked, according to Downing Street.
It is named after Caroline Herschel, a British-born, British astrophysicist who pioneered the field, with the first medal due in early 2022.
An attempt to strengthen ties was also announced by agreeing to establish regular intergovernmental consultations.
The Queen is due to receive Merkel at Windsor Castle later Friday as part of the Chancellor’s visit, her 22nd since taking office in 2005.