Boris blasts Sturgeon over ‘absolutely astonishing’ idea to quarantine English people in Scotland
BORIS Johnson has torn into Nicola Sturgeon over her “absolutely astonishing” idea to quarantine English people in Scotland.
The Prime Minister today bashed the First Minister after she refused to rule out the move.
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Asked about it by Conservative MP Andrew Bowie at PMQs, Boris labelled her comments “absolutely” astonishing”.
He said: “There is no such thing as a border between England and Scotland.
“There have been no such discussions with the Scottish administration about that but I would point out what he knows very well – there is no such thing as a border between England and Scotland.”
According to The Times, Scottish Government sources say there are fears that progress in suppressing the deadly bug could be undone when the tourism season begins next month.
The current rules see anyone coming into Scotland from overseas being put into quarantine for 14 days or face a £480 fine.
Now sources have warned that if cases continue to rise ministers are considering an option to apply the same rules to visitors from England.
The comments sparked a furious response from Ms Sturgeon, who accused him of making “absurd and ridiculous political comments”.
She said: “What there definitely is, is a geographical boundary to my powers as First Minister.
“If the Prime Minister is questioning that now, I’m not sure what he would say if I pitched up in Newcastle and started to try to implement Scottish Government policies in Newcastle.
“And see what I’ve just said there? It’s absurd too, which is why we shouldn’t be having these discussions.
“We should all be focusing with an absolute laser-like focus on what we need to do within our own responsibilities and working together when necessary to stop a virus.”
Ms Sturgeon also defended the possibility of bringing in the proposals.
She added: “Given the nature of what we’re dealing with right now – just to remind the Prime Minister: an infectious virus – I would not be doing my job properly if I ruled things out that, as we see from countries around the world, are being used selectively in appropriate circumstances to try to contain a virus.”
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