Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to return from Spanish holiday

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is travelling back from his Spanish holiday to deal with the quarantine fiasco.

Mr Shapps will leave his family in Spain and return to the UK on Wednesday to tackle the chaos facing tens of thousands of holidaymakers.

The Transport Secretary arrived in Spain only hours before the Government decided to axe quarantine-free travel to the country.

As ministers came under huge pressure over the situation, Mr Shapps was forced to abandon his trip and return to the UK.

Mr Shapps said: “Thousands of people have seen their holidays disrupted or cancelled thanks to the necessary imposition of quarantine restrictions on Spain.

“I have been in constant contact with officials and industry representatives since I arrived in Spain on Saturday afternoon, when I received the data and decided with colleagues to make the difficult decision to impose quarantine.

“However I think it is 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.”

Changes to the quarantine rules were announced on Saturday, only hours before they came into force – leaving many tourists already in Spain with no choice but to isolate for 14 days on their return home.


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