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Brexit shock: EU to use coronavirus crisis to BAN Brits abroad in top secret travel plans

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Britons could be isolated from part of the continent if EU countries decide to ban UK arrivals in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. The European Commission and member states held a meeting to debate whether a colour system of red to green codes should be implemented in participating countries to represent the risk of coronavirus.

The standardised method would also indicate the infection rate thresholds at which a local lockdown would be brought into force.

However, the UK is not included in the decision-making as it will stop being an EU member state on December 31, when the Brexit transition period comes to an end.

Once the UK has left the Customs Union and Single Market at the end of the year, it will be treated as a non-EU country.

According to the Daily Telegraph, a Commission spokesman yesterday said: “European challenges require European coordination.

He added that the idea was “welcomed” by national diplomats.

The EU has stopped all non-essential travel to the bloc from non-EU countries.

Eleven nations have been excluded from the ban including Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

China will be taken off the bans list too if it lifts a similar restriction.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Monday that Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos are being added back on the compulsory quarantine list.

The measure has been effective since 4am last night following a surge in coronavirus infections.

As a result of the sudden change in rules travellers have reported considerable price surges for their return journeys.

Some even reported paying three times more than they planned for their tickets back to the UK.

Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon criticised the Government’s response to the pandemic.



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