Welsh travel ban 'unenforceable' says Police Federation

  • Welsh travel ban 'unenforceable' says Police Federation

Welsh travel ban 'unenforceable' says Police Federation

The Welsh Government is still finalising details of the new regulations, but Mr Drakeford told ITV News that people from high-prevalence areas of coronavirus would still be allowed to travel into Wales for work.

"He is frustrated. He's been asking the prime minister to work with him on this".

"I never wanted this to become an issue of the border and people travelling in and out of Wales", he told BBC Breakfast.

His comments follow his letter to Boris Johnson last month seeking travel restrictions to be enshrined in law, rather than the government relying on guidance alone to prevent people from hotspots spreading Covid to other areas.

Answering a question on whether the travel ban was "illegal", the Commons leader said: "What do you expect of a hard-left Labour government".

"Whether you have guidance advising people not to travel or the law says you shouldn't travel, it stands to reason you can't have a police officer checking every auto or every journey people are making".

"I think the ball is really in the prime minister's court to do something about it".

"We now need a clear timetable for exactly when the draft legislation will be ready to publish, the proposed timescales and plans for implementation and how this is to be communicated across the UK".

For those of us living in Cardiff, we can feel better knowing that Mr Drakeford is, "determined to keep Wales Safe".

"It's about stopping the virus traveling".

But Downing Street rejected the ask from the First Minister on Tuesday evening.

First Minister Mark Drakeford was accused of being obsessed with "banning the English" after he announced the move saying people were "anxious and fearful" about importing infection.

He explained: "There'll be nobody posted on the border, there'll be no physical barriers of any sort".

"It is already prohibited for people to travel into a local health protection area here whether they come from other parts of Wales, the United Kingdom or from other countries".

"We're going to do it - and I rule out nothing, of course, in combating the virus - but we are going to do it with the local, the regional, approach that can drive down and will drive down the virus if it is properly implemented". "But it was very successfully enforced then, and it can be very successfully enforced now".

The first minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, has made the request several times to Johnson.

"Because I hope it doesn't come to this.travel restrictions".

Mr Drakeford is the Labour leader of the Welsh Government, which includes the single Liberal Democrat Member of the Senedd (MS) and an independent.

"We are preparing to take this action to prevent people who live in areas where there are higher COVID infection rates across the United Kingdom from travelling to Wales and bringing the virus with them", he said.

"I am preparing new regulations to protect the health of people in Wales that will come into force on Friday".