European governments would be allowed to ban all UK residents from entering their countries and cut all passenger transport links with Britain under a German proposal to the European Union, the Times reported on Thursday.
EU member states are free to impose temporary bans on entry and on transporting passengers entering from non-EU countries with virus variant areas, the Times reported, citing a draft proposal reviewed by the newspaper.
Separately, the EU is prepared to ease post-Brexit border friction if Britain drops its plan to create a “Singapore on the Thames”, Times reported citing diplomatic sources.
Germany may need to close borders to neighbouring countries if they do not act to curb coronavirus infections, Merkel’s chief of staff said on Thursday.
Helge Braun told ARD television it was important to get infection levels under control so that countries could protect themselves from new, more transmissible strains of the virus.
“The danger is that when the infections in a country go up, this mutation becomes a quasi majority variant and then the infection can no longer be controlled,” he said.
“And therefore even stricter entry rules at our internal borders are unavoidable, and since everyone does not want that, it is important that we act together now.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Tuesday that her country, which is part of Europe’s Schengen free travel zone, may need to consider curbs if other European countries do not act to halt the spread of the coronavirus and particularly its more transmissible variants.
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