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Angry travel bosses demand Boris Johnson follow Europe and open up Britain’s borders

'CHAOTIC' SYSTEM

FRUSTRATED travel bosses have warned Boris Johnson that Europe is laughing at Britain as EU countries open up their borders quicker to holidaymakers.

They fear the PM risks squandering our vaccine rollout with complex rules.

The blast came as ministers mulled adding yet another layer to the troubled traffic light system.

A new amber watchlist would see countries moved to red at short notice — meaning ten days’ hotel quarantine for returning travellers.

Ministers meet on Thursday to review which countries Brits can safely visit, with hopes France will go green.

But the boss of trade body Airlines UK told The Sun that the Government was just “tying itself in knots”.

Tim Alderslade said: “We have totally squandered our vaccine dividend, no doubt to the amusement of the EU who have successfully opened up faster.

“This is the last chance saloon for the summer. Amber to most people is a glaring warning sign not to travel.

“Who would book a holiday knowing there’s a fair chance you will have to self-isolate when you get back?”

Last week it was announced double jabbed EU and US citizens — and British expats — could avoid quarantine when they arrive in the UK.

The bosses of BA, Virgin, easyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, LoganAir and TUI UK urged Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to expand the green list in a letter that warned: “We cannot afford to stand still over this vital summer period.”

Expert Paul Charles, boss of The PC Agency, said: “The traffic lights have failed because it is chaotic.”

Grant Shapps says Brits will need to be vaccinated to travel

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