UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is all set to discuss travel restrictions with Angela Merkel in her final visit to the UK as a German counselor. Mrs. Merkel earlier called for imposing restrictions on UK travelers visiting Germany.
The motive behind it was to prevent the spread of the Delta Variant of coronavirus. Boris Johnson will also discuss trade and post-Brexit relations with the current German counselor. It is Angela Merkel’s final visit to the UK as a German counselor who will leave this post later this year.
Hence, there is a lot of excitement among the people of the UK and Germany about this visit. The German chancellor will also engage in a meeting with the Queen at Windsor Castle. Besides, she will also address a meeting of the UK Cabinet.
After doing so, she will become the first foreign minister to address the UK cabinet since US President Clinton did it in 1997. However, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, this will be a virtual meeting.
Merkel Introduced Tougher Restrictions for UK Travelers
Mrs Merkel has presented her tough stance on the Delta variant. Last week, she asked other countries to impose travel restrictions on UK travelers by considering German’s example.
Angela Merkel had banned the entry of travelers from the UK into Germany in May. As a result, except for some exceptions, most people from the UK are not allowed to enter Germany to date. And those who are allowed to enter Germany from the UK must undergo a mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
Boris Johnson to Lift Lockdown and Talk With Merkel About Relaxing Travel Restrictions
Boris Johnson is working closely with his authorities to decide on ending lockdown in England soon. His motive is to promote international travel to boost the economy.
Boris Johnson said double vaccinations could help millions of people experience the freedom to travel during their summer breaks. The UK PM is expected to meet Angela Merkel at his country residence of Chequers in Buckinghamshire.
Johnson Recalls the Friendship of Two Countries
The UK Prime Minister has recalled the robust friendship of the UK and Germany ahead of Merkel’s visit. He said the two countries enjoy a steadfast friendship and have a shared outlook on many crucial issues.
Boris is likely to announce the creation of an annual £10,000 award for a female scientist in the field of astrophysics based in the UK or Germany. It is Mrs Merkel’s 22nd visit to the UK since she took office and it is her final UK visit as a German chancellor.