Eurocrats have drawn up a “co-ordinated response” for the bloc to follow amid efforts to stop the new mutation of the disease spreading to the Continent. Under the plans, member states will are encouraged to set up “green lanes” to protect the flow of goods. And they were also told that bans on “all non-essential travel to and form the UK should be discouraged”.
The Commission added: “Flight and train bans should be discontinued given the need to ensure essential travel and avoid supply chain disruptions.”
Didier Reynders, the EU’s justice commissioner, said: “Given the current uncertainties and in light of the precautionary principle, member states should take coordinated action to discourage non-essential travel between the UK and the EU.
“At the same time, blanket travel bans should not prevent thousands of EU and UK citizens from returning to their homes.
“While precautions are needed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus variant, with today’s Recommendation, we therefore ensure that the restrictions are coordinated and provide for the necessary exemptions for citizens and residents returning home and other essential travellers.”