Dominic Raab ‘behaved within the rules’ after failing to quarantine him on his visit to France

The government has dismissed criticism of Dominic Raab after it alleges he violated his quarantine rules after a visit to France last month.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Department said the foreign secretary had acted “within the rules” when traveling “in diplomatic matters”.

Sunday Mirror Mr Raab said Mr Raab evaded government travel rules by not putting himself in quarantine after returning from a trip to Paris.

Mr Raab put the country on the ‘amber plus’ list on July 16 amid fears of a beta variant prevalent on Reunion Island, which means all Britons – including those who have received the two vaccines – have had to quarantine for 10 days upon their return to the UK. . The rules have since been relaxed.

The foreign minister visited the country 10 days later, evading a 10-day quarantine upon his return. He met Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Princess Anne, and also visited the Oxford AstraZeneca factory a few days after his arrival.

Government ministers are exempted from self-quarantine for doing essential UK business outside the country. Exemptions include both Red List countries and those that have not.

talk to Sunday MirrorLabor leader Annelies Dodds criticized Mr Raab for failing to quarantine after a trip to France, despite moving the country to its Orange List less than two weeks ago.

“No wonder conservatives fail to understand the mess they’ve created when ministers don’t enforce the rules on themselves,” she said.

“Big conservatives take the public as fools. It’s still a rule for them and another for everyone else.”

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A spokesperson for the FCDO said in a statement: “The Secretary of State travels on diplomatic affairs within the rules.

His job is to defend the UK’s interests abroad, including security, trade and international development. “

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