Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been largely a disappointment for Britain. No one knows this more than the British people who voted for him and Brexit years ago.
Yet, in a further effort by British leadership to disappoint their constituents and hurt their businesses and economy, politicians there have banned travel through June. And, now anyone who attempts to travel without a “reasonable excuse” will be fined almost $7000 (£5000) according to new rules that took effect on Monday.
The legislation covering COVID-19 restrictions includes a ban on leaving the UK without a reasonable excuse – with the hefty fine for those breaking the rule.
The new rules will also mean protests will be considered a permitted exception to the ban on mass gatherings.
MPs will vote on the laws – officially titled the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 – on Thursday.
If approved they would come into effect next Monday – 29 March.
Although the new laws won’t expire until 30 June, Health Secretary Matt Hancock suggested foreign holidays could be allowed before that date.
He told Sky News a government review of international travel – the results of which are due next month – would decide whether to allow Britons to holiday abroad from 17 May.
This is the earliest date from which ministers are considering allowing foreign travel without a reasonable excuse, as previously set out in the prime minister’s roadmap for easing lockdown rules.
“The questions of whether people will be able to travel abroad this summer are going to be addressed by the Global Travel Taskforce, which is reporting around 12 April,” Mr Hancock told Sky News.
Global Travel Task Force? Does that sound like freedom to you in the face of a virus that kills at most only 0.003% in America?
“…It is very important we protect the progress we’ve been able to make here in the UK.”
These globalists believe that what has happened over the past year has been progress. They also want everyone to believe that ‘variants’ of viruses are something new and scary. Yet, every virus mutates and creates variants over and over again all the time. This is not strange behavior for a virus. So, why all the uproar? And, if it is so scary, why aren’t wealthy people and politicians at all afraid of it:
Labour dubbed one of the exemptions for international travel under the new regulations – allowing people to go abroad in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property – as the “Stanley Johnson clause”.
The prime minister’s father last year defended his travel to his villa in Greece – at a time when government guidelines stated Britons should avoid all but essential travel – by saying he was making the property “COVID-proof” for letting.
So, people with property and wealth can create loopholes for themselves allow travel and movement of themselves while denying it to all those around them. And this doesn’t make them fear for their health? Why not?
Details of the one-way rules can be found, below:
On foreign travel, the new law states that no one can “leave England to travel to a destination outside the United Kingdom, or travel to, or be present at, an embarkation point for the purpose of travelling from there to a destination outside the United Kingdom” without a reasonable excuse.
Fines of £5,000 can be issued to those who break this rule, according to the regulations.
Foreign travel for a holiday is already illegal, but the punishment is a new measure.
A £200 fixed penalty notice can already be issued to those who fail to fill in a travel declaration form, which includes personal details and reason for travel, for those leaving the UK.
There are a number of exemptions to the ban, which are travel for:
• Legal obligations or to vote
• Moving, selling or renting property
• Childcare reasons or to be present at a birth
• Visiting a dying relative or close friend
• Attending a funeral
• Getting married or attending the wedding of a close relative
• Medical appointments
• Escaping a risk of harm
The ban does not apply to those travelling to the common travel area of the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland – unless that is not the final destination.
Demonstrations will be considered a permitted exception to the ban on mass gatherings, provided it is “organised by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution, a public body or a political body”.
Organisers will also have to take the “required precautions in relation to the gathering”.
This is likely to include making sure people wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.
The move comes after more than 60 MPs and peers signed a letter saying that allowing the police to criminalise people for protesting “is not acceptable and is arguably not lawful”
The Metropolitan Police faced criticism earlier this month for its handling of a vigil in memory of Sarah Everard, with officers grabbing several women and leading them away in handcuffs.
The signatories to the letter said the “shocking scenes” were “entirely avoidable”, arguing the government should have given clear guidance to police forces and ensured protests were exempt from the ban on gatherings.
The need for these rules must be reviewed by 12 April, according to the regulations, and at least once every 35 days after that.
The laws expire on 30 June, unless they are scrapped or changed before that.
The legislation also sets out a series of “steps” for easing lockdown, in line with the government’s roadmap for relaxing restrictions set out by Boris Johnson last month.
Step 1 (29 March) allows six people to meet up outside but restricts indoor gatherings of two or more people.
Step 2 (12 April) would see non-essential shops reopen, along with hairdressers and salons and outdoor areas in hospitality venues. Weddings and wakes will be able to take place with up to 15 people.
Step 3 (17 May) would see groups of six allowed to meet indoors and gatherings of up to 30 people outside.