France being added to UK quarantine list should not 'entirely surprise' anyone, Grant Shapps says

April Roach
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Grant Shapps said no one should be entirely surprised by quarantine changes: 10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty
Grant Shapps said no one should be entirely surprised by quarantine changes: 10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty

The Transport Secretary said no one should be "entirely surprised" about France's removal from the UK's safe countries travel list as he explained it was clear coronavirus cases were surging in the European nation.

The government announced last night that Britons travelling from France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos & Aruba must self-isolate for 14 days if they arrive in the UK after 4am on Saturday.

This morning, Grant Shapps told Sky News that Brits had three modes of travel from France should they wish to return to the UK.

He told the broadcasters that "a lot of people would have been aware" that France, Malta and the Netherlands could be added to UK's travel quarantine list.

Mr Shapps said: "No one will be entirely surprised by it, but I do sympathise with people."

"I've been there myself and ended up having to quarantine as a result," he added in reference to his holiday in Spain.

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