French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has threatened to ban Britons from entering the country unless the UK complies with COVID-19 prevention methods being used across Europe.
The lax response but the UK government has come under criticism by their European neighbours who believe that leadership in the country has not implemented enough measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson only this week announced the closure of schools across the country after heavy pressure from the public.
Where are most countries around the world such as Australia, New Zealand and the EU have closed their borders to foreign visitors for the next 30 days, the UK is yet to implement such extreme measures of prevention.
The government have not even closed down public gathering spots such as pubs and theatres, instead , merely ‘advising’ the general public to avoid such areas.
French Prime Minister Philippe Édouard went on to say the following about why they may ban Britons from entering the country:
“Everyone in the EU must adopt logical methods and processes to fight against the epidemic,”
“It’s obvious that if neighbouring states like the UK leave it too long, we would have difficulty allowing British citizens who are moving freely around their country to come to France.”
The UK government announced that it would be closing down 40 stations across London and stopping Friday night and Saturday night tube and rail movement.
France has recorded the fourth-highest Coronavirus cases in Europe with 9,134 cases being reported so far and 264 deaths.
The French government has already closed down all non-essential shops and banned any unnecessary travel whilst imposing a fine on anyone who fails to comply with withthese restriction.
In contrast, the UK government has not done enough to discourage social interaction according to European counterparts.
Boris Johnson announced that the UK may implement tighter restrictions in the country should the current enforcement not prove to be working but an announcement from a 10 Downing Street spokesman said that the government would not be restricting movement just yet.