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The Amber plus list has been scrapped by Boris Johnson due to Tory backlash

A Tory backlash has seen the Amber plus travel list scrapped by the British Prime Minister tonight.

The Prime Minister is thought to have U-turned over proposals – which experts warned could have sparked chaos for millions of British holidaymakers – after a revolt by cabinet ministers.

A number of Tory backbenchers also publicly opposed the proposals – which were backed by Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

It is thought Mr Javid backed the new system because he reportedly believed it would give holidaymakers fair warning that they could face a costly stay at a quarantine hotel on their return to the UK.

But Spain and Italy are thought to have been among the countries set for the watch list – a move which industry experts warned could ruin the holiday plans of millions of Britons.

Reports suggested that Spain could have been added to the category while fellow holiday hotspots Greece and Italy could also have followed suit.

Now the fear is they will be placed straight on the red list.

Moving a country from amber to red at a moment’s notice would force travellers to scramble to return home or face having to pay £1,750 for a mandatory 10 day stay in hotel quarantine.

Travel experts said there are approximately one million British tourists currently in Spain along with 150,000 in Greece and 50,000 in Italy.

Ministers are under mounting pressure not to go ahead with the move, with Tory MPs warning it could cause a massive collapse in bookings.

 

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