Priti Patel insisted that a number of measures have been put in place at UK borders to stop the spread of coronavirus. SNP's Joanna Cherry asked he
Priti Patel insisted that a number of measures have been put in place at UK borders to stop the spread of coronavirus. SNP’s Joanna Cherry asked her: “It’s simply not accurate to say there has been a comprehensive strategy in place since January 2020 and it’s really quite extraordinary that a Home Secretary previously obsessed with stopping people from entering the country should have taken so long to properly address Covid problems at the UK border.
“As the Home Secretary knows, I wrote to her in April and May last year asking for comprehensive measures at the border and I referred to the other measures that had been introduced in Europe and across the world.
“Last week, the Home Secretary admitted that we should have closed our borders earlier so why did she fail to take precautions that she knew were needed?
“What stopped her, was it her cabinet colleagues and if so, why didn’t she resign and speak out?
“Finally, it’s good that four-nation discussions are taking place but it’s the Home Office that collects passenger data and the UK border force reports to the Home Office. Can she confirm that all proper cooperation will be afforded to the devolved Government going forward?”
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Ms Patel told MPs: “I think it’s fair to say the right honourable lady and I will disagree on a number of things including her opening remarks around the Government strategy.
“I already outlined the range of measures that have been undertaken but I would just like to reflect on the honourable lady has made about cooperation across the four nations.
“She will be very well aware that cooperation has taken place from the outset through travel corridors, border force across the UK and if I may say, they do that incredibly well.
“Earlier on last year, I visited our border force officers both in Edinburgh and Glasgow so, the cooperation is incredibly strong and measures may change as they have done throughout this pandemic.”
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