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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:38 pm on 17th March 2020.

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Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Conservative, Wimbledon 12:38 pm, 17th March 2020

The Foreign Secretary spoke earlier about hundreds of thousands of UK nationals abroad, many of whom are travelling home, which might be taking longer than they expected. Can the Foreign Office be clear about any reciprocal medical arrangements in place in those areas? Many of those cases are UK citizens living in EU states, with which we were formerly partnered. Given that this morning the Chief Medical Officer said that this situation might last for 18 months, will the Foreign Secretary ask former EU partners to consider an elongation of our current reciprocal arrangements?