Published on Friday, June 12, 2020

Quash Quarantine group watching airline legal action 'with keen interest'

Quash Quarantine, the group lobbying the Government to drop the quarantine, says it is watching 'with keen interest' the legal action being taken by British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet.

"The airlines' legal action to seek a judicial review is a sensible, medium-term move to hold the Government to account for implementing legislation that may turn out to have been unlawful," said the group's leader George Morgan-Grenville, also CEO of tour operator Red Savannah.

"Our focus is on getting the Government to remove immediately the quarantine measures, and amend the Foreign Office travel advice at a time when many businesses are making mass redundancies, and some teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, he added.

"We urge the Government to withdraw its measures, remove the FCO blanket 'non-essential' travel advice, and announce that travel corridors will be operational from June 29. Let's get Britain moving again."

He said the group also supports test and trace and immunity testing as a realistic and viable alternative to quarantine.

BA, easyJet and Ryanair have launched legal action against the UK Government's quarantine, saying it is a 'flawed' scheme that will have a devastating effect on British tourism and the wider economy and destroy thousands of jobs.

They have asked for their judicial review to be heard as soon as possible.

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