TRANSPORT Secretary Grant Shapps is to dash back to the UK from Spain after being caught up in own quarantine shambles.
He told HOAR this afternoon he was leaving his family in Spain and cutting his holiday short – just hours after he landed there on Saturday.
He said he would return to work immediately on the chaotic travel policy which has landed ministers in a mess.
It’s understood that he flew out at the weekend aware that a possible quarantine would come into place – meaning he would have to isolate for two weeks on his return.
The Minister is heading back to the UK after pressure to deal with the fallout from the sudden decision to impose quarantine restrictions in Spain at the weekend.
Mr Shapps is expected to arrive back in the UK on Wednesday but will self-isolate for 14 days and work from home.
In a statement he said: “Thousands of people have seen their holidays disrupted or cancelled due to the necessary emergency imposition of quarantine restrictions on Spain.
“I’ve been in constant contact with officials and industry representatives since I arrived in Spain on Saturday afternoon, when I reviewed the data and worked with colleagues to make a difficult decision to introduce quarantine.
“However, I think it’s right to get back to work in the UK as soon as possible in order to help handle the situation.
“The sooner I get back from Spain myself, the sooner I can get through quarantine.
“So I’m leaving my family to travel back to the UK on Wednesday.”
On Saturday a blanket quarantine was introduced so anyone returning to the UK from Spain now has to isolate for two weeks at home.
Foreign Office advice was changed to ban all but essential travel to mainland Spain.
However, Brits can still jet off to Spanish islands due to a lower number of coronavirus cases there.
Ministers are mulling whether to put Ibiza, Majorca and the other islands on the banned list, or relax the quarantine measures there completely.
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