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Will Brits be welcomed abroad this summer?

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Daily new cases are just under 17,000 today, and Angela Merkel has advised other EU leaders to make British tourists quarantine upon entry to the bloc. So even if the British government allows a more liberal green list, would British tourists be welcomed abroad? Cindy Yu talks to James Forsyth and Katy Balls. Katy points out that this bodes well for July 19:

‘So I wouldn’t be surprised if you get some scientists used to commenting on this sounding the alarm in the coming days if it keeps going up at this rate. But I think from Boris Johnson’s perspective, ultimately deaths and hospitalisations are the most important things and also you’ve got people like Patrick Vallance saying, you’ve got to have an exit wave at some point’

With a week to go until the Batley and Spen by-election, we also discuss how Labour’s chances of holding the seat look. James points out that the stakes are higher for Starmer:

‘Hartlepool they could almost say, look this is the vaccine rollout, the government are getting a big boost from that… The problem is that because the Lib Dems won in Chesham and Amersham, I think that will be a harder excuse to pull off this time around’

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