Stanley Johnson ignores government guidance to holiday in Greece

PUBLISHED: 09:37 02 July 2020 | UPDATED: 13:45 02 July 2020

Stanley Johnson posts photographs of his trip to Greece. Photograph: Instagram.

Stanley Johnson posts photographs of his trip to Greece. Photograph: Instagram.

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Boris Johnson’s father Stanley Johnson has ignored Foreign Office guidance to only take ‘essential’ trips by travelling to Greece.

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The Greek authorities have said that Britons cannot currently travel to the country, citing high cases of coronavirus in the country, but said the decision will be reviewed on July 15.

Despite this, Johnson senior proudly told social media followers that he had travelled to Bulgaria from England, before entering Greece, showing how the rules can be bypassed.

The former MEP posted photographs of his aeroplane as well as selfies from his trip, before insisting on social media his trip to Thessaly was “essential business.”

He said: “I’m in Pelion on essential business trying to Covid-proof my property in view of the upcoming letting season.


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“I need to set up distancing measures at the property because they’re taking it very seriously here.

“The Greeks are trying to stop bulk arrivals from the UK but they were quite happy to have me coming in.

“All they wanted to know where I was coming from and what I was doing. Then I had my temperature taken and was swabbed twice.

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“We must get these air bridges set up as soon as possible. From what I’ve seen the arrival of the British will not be a danger to the Greeks because they’re so careful here.”

It is assumed that he will have to quarantine for 14 days on his return to Britain.

The prime minister’s official spokesman confirmed that the Foreign Office advice remains in place, but said: “It is for individuals to make the judgments themselves.”

But Labour MP Kate Osborne said it was another sign of different rules for different people.

She wrote: “Dominic Cummings broke the lockdown rules now it’s @BorisJohnson’s father.

“One rule for the elite and another for everyone else it seems.

“They’re laughing directly in the face of people up and down this country. Shame.”

And Labour’s Neil Coyle tweeted: “Junior Johnson axes freedom of movement, undermining rights for 60 million Brits.

“Senior Johnson sneaks to his Greek villa during a global pandemic.”

Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael said: “This is simply further evidence that when it comes to following the rules, it is one rule for the Conservatives and one rule for everyone else.

“Whilst the prime minister is continuing to ask people to make huge sacrifices, especially the people of Leicester, he must reflect on how much of a kick in the teeth these reports will be.”

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