The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing criticism for travelling to Greece despite U.K. government advice against international travel and a Greek ban on flights from Britain.
Stanley Johnson posted videos on Instagram taken from a plane with the words “Arriving in Athens this evening!” as well as a photo of himself in a mask in what appeared to be an airport. The elder Johnson, 79, has a villa in Greece.
Greece has banned flights from the U.K. until at least July 15. The Daily Mail reported that Stanley Johnson flew to Athens via Bulgaria. He told the newspaper he was visiting Greece on “essential business trying to COVID-proof my property.”
Opposition politicians accused the prime minister’s father of flouting lockdown rules.
There have been a number of reports that the UK will form “air bridge” agreements with certain countries to allow people to travel there and not isolate on their return – but a list has yet to be published.
Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael raised concerns about Mr Johnson’s travel in the Commons, when discussing the expected announcement on air bridges.
He said: “It might be an announcement that could be made by the prime minister, who could then explain his views on the fact that apparently his own father has jetted off in defiance of the guidance to Greece.”
Sourced By: Associated Press/The Greek Herald