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British Nationals Abroad and EU Nationals: Coronavirus

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on co-ordinating the repatriation of EU and UK citizens from countries throughout the world.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is in regular contact at the highest levels with our partners from Europe and elsewhere on our joint response to the global pandemic. International cooperation is more important than ever, and the Foreign Secretary has spoken to several of his European counterparts in recent days, including Spanish, Danish and German counterparts to discuss how we work together to protect our citizens, including returning those who find themselves stranded abroad.

FCO teams around the world are working closely alongside European and other partners to ensure that governments have sensible plans to enable the return of British and other travellers, and, crucially, to maintain key transport links to allow British Nationals to return to the UK on commercial flights, wherever possible.

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