So it is said, that if there were a requirement for a 14 day quarantine upon visiting the UK – something it’s entirely legal to insist upon – then if there was an exemption for France then this would be illegal. Illegal if it were not applied to all other EU countries.
We’re not allowed to distinguish between different EU states inthis manner that is.
Britain could face a legal challenge over its 14-day quarantine plan as experts warn the French exemption should be offered to all EU citizens.
Ministers are working on plans that could see the French exempted after President Emmanual Macron demanded concessions in a phone call with Boris Johnson on Sunday.
The two leaders issued a joint statement in which they stated that the quarantine would not apply to travellers coming from France to the UK “at this stage.”
It is understood the French Government is concerned about the 350,000 of their nationals in London, many of whom return to France every summer.
Ministers have been warned that it is likely to be illegal under EU law,
This does then face a number of questions. Firstly, we’#re not in the EU so bugger’em and their laws. But while we’re not in we have agreed to stick with all those laws until December.
It’s also true that visitors from Ireland will not face that quarantine requirement. Eire being another EU state and – but the answer there is that the free movement between Ireland and the UK has been going on for centuries and is grandfathered in to whatever it is that the EU says.
And then there’s Schengen. Clearly it is possible to have different rules about who can go where on what terms among EU countries. Because that’s the situation we’ve already got. But you can bet that the federasts aren’t going to allow that one to interfere here.
It would appear that the answer is that either the Frogs don’t have to have 14 day quarantines, meaning that all EU don’t, or the Frogs do as does everyone else other than the Irish. Around here we think the 14 requirement is insane but maybe that’s just us. For the economic costs of all of this far outweigh any possible medical benefits at this stage. So, we need to drop these rules and get back to something like normal.