EU project of white privilege former MEP erupts as Brexit hailed for global outlook

EU labelled 'project of white privilege' by Lord Kamall

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Former MEP Lord Kamall has branded the European Union a “project of white privilege” as he talked about the different COVID-19 self-isolation rules for overseas students compared to their British counterparts. Boris Johnson this week signaled tougher overseas travel rules and self-isolation for those without jabs.

Speaking in the House of Lords, Lord Kamall said: “As someone whose family comes from outside the EU and somebody who’s taught in universities.

“And recognise the great asset that there is and then the great advantage there is being open to the world and global Britain.

“I do share the frustration.

“You know, we yes, we have left the EU, very much a project of white privilege moving to a more global outlook.”

He continued: “And it’s really important that now we focus on the world generally. 

“So the issue is quite technical at the moment.

“One of the things for the test and trace system to work is the fact that you need access to the underlying data and verification.

“We will look at a number of different options on how we achieve that.”

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Lord Kamall, a former MEP, was responding to a question in the Lords on why fully vaccinated international students did not have to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, but had to do so if a close contact developed coronavirus.

The Tory peer told the upper chamber: “Our current system for validating the vaccination status of close contacts relies on checking against records in the NHS national immunisation management system.

“We do not have access to equivalent records for those vaccinated overseas. We recognise the pressing need to resolve this issue as soon as possible and are urgently exploring a number of different options to extend the existing exemptions to contacts who have been vaccinated overseas.”

Boris Johnson has warned that travel restrictions and self-isolation rules for those who come into contact with positive Covid cases will be toughened for people who do not get their booster jab.

It came after the Joint Commitee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on Monday recommended that the booster programme should be extended to include people aged 40 to 49.

Mr Johnson told a Downing St press conference: “It’s very clear that getting three jabs – getting your booster – will become an important fact and it will make life easier for you in all sorts of ways, and we will have to adjust our concept of what constitutes a full vaccination to take account of that. And I think that is increasingly obvious.

He added: “As we can see from what’s happening, the two jabs sadly do start to wane, so we’ve got to be responsible and we’ve got to reflect that fact in the way we measure what constitutes full vaccination.”
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