While the British Prime Minister is hosting the G7 summit in Cornwall, his predecessor accuses him of isolating the UK from the rest of the world. By keeping the borders closed because of the danger of COVID-19, according to Theresa May in the House of Commons, Boris Johnson is doing a great damage to the British economy and nothing benefits to the Global Britain.
The former prime minister praised the British vaccination process, but added that any advantage vis-à-vis other European countries is being nullified by measures that make international travel expensive and difficult. A British guy trying to get off the island is gonna lose hundreds of pounds on tests. Even travelling to countries on the green list, such as Iceland, Israel and Singapore, incur additional costs.
In the meantime, European countries are opening their borders despite a vaccination deficit. The same applies to the United States. During the summit in Cornwall, US president Joe Biden and Boris Johnson talk about test-free traffic between the two countries, but concrete agreements are not expected. May wondered whether the British government still wants an aviation industry, as it is going down under the current policy.
May noted that travel restrictions were even stricter than last year, when there was no vaccine at all. In the meantime, 98% of British people over 50 have been vaccinated. The virus now mainly affects young people, who are generally less likely to become seriously ill. No less than 85% of the British population now have antibodies. However, Johnson plans to postpone the planned opening of the country, on June 21, for a month.
May asked Boris Johnson to be honest by informing the population that people will succumb to Covid-19 in the future, ‘just as 20,000 British people die from the flu every year’.
The British are currently pursuing an “Australian” policy, with the aim of exterminating COVID in their own country and keeping the borders closed until this task is completed. In addition, there is great fear of new ‘Indian’ strain. Unlike Australia, the United Kingdom has a much more central location on the world map. ’If we close the borders with each new strain‘, May said, ‘travel can forget from now on.’
The G7 summit in Cornwall, where the runway of Newquay Airport was extended especially for Air Force One, does not go without criticism. According to its critics, it is the state of the country, that the ordinary British people to return to the island for ten days in quarantine, and two or three of expensive tests to undergo, while hundreds of advisers, diplomats, and security that the world to come free from these obligations.