Nicola Sturgeon blasts PM over planned trip to Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon says Boris Johnson should keep OUT of Scotland under her Covid travel ban - as she prepares to introduce even TOUGHER hotel quarantine rules than England Boris Johnson is expected to visit Scotland this week to make case for the Union But Nicola Sturgeon has questioned whether the trip constitutes essential travel She said the PM has a 'duty to lead by example' as she urged him not to make trip Meanwhile, SNP leader claimed PM's hotel quarantine plan is not strict enough 

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 14:17 GMT, 27 January 2021 | Updated: 14:36 GMT, 27 January 2021

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Nicola Sturgeon today questioned whether Boris Johnson's planned trip to Scotland is 'essential' as she said he has a 'duty to lead by example' and stick to coronavirus travel rules. 

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The Prime Minister is expected to travel north of the border later this week to make the case for the Union and to urge Scots to reject separatism. 

But Ms Sturgeon said she is 'not ecstatic' about the PM's trip and urged him to listen to his own advice to people to 'work from home if you possibly can'.

Meanwhile, Ms Sturgeon blasted Mr Johnson's new hotel quarantine plan as she said it is 'does not go far enough'.  

Current curbs in Scotland dictate that people should not cross the border unless it is an essential journey. 

Travel for work is allowed 'but only where that cannot be done from your home'. 

Nicola Sturgeon today said she is 'not ecstatic' at the prospect of Boris Johnson making a trip to Scotland as she said he has a 'duty to lead by example' and stick to Covid travel rules

Nicola Sturgeon today said she is 'not ecstatic' at the prospect of Boris Johnson making a trip to Scotland as she said he has a 'duty to lead by example' and stick to Covid travel rules

Mr Johnson is widely expected to go to Scotland later this week to make the case for the Union

Mr Johnson is widely expected to go to Scotland later this week to make the case for the Union

Boris Johnson announces new hotel quarantine rules

Boris Johnson today revealed travellers to the UK from 22 'high risk' Covid countries will be forced to quarantine in hotels for 10 days.

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Mr Johnson also announced that Britons will be sent home from airports if they fail to prove their trip abroad is 'essential'. 

Airlines are expected to be fined if they fail to enforce non-exemptions properly after influencers were accused of 'taking the p***' by jetting out to Dubai, claiming their Instagram updates constituted work. 

The Prime Minister is introducing an Australian-style quarantine scheme following concerns about new Covid variants entering Britain - but ignored a plea from Priti Patel and Health Secretary Matt Hancock to apply the diktat to all arrivals.

Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer told the Commons today that the Government had 'failed' by being 'too slow' to bring it in and claiming that quarantining people from 22 countries 'doesn't go far enough'. 

The 22 'high risk' countries, due to be published later today by the Home Secretary along with a start date, are expected to include Brazil, South Africa, Portugal, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, much of South America and southern Africa. 

These areas have been chosen because of dangerous variants that have emerged there - or because they have rocketing infection and death rates.

Passengers arriving in Britain from any of the listed countries will have to isolate for 10 days in hotels near airports and pay around £1,500 for the privilege.     

Mr Johnson told the Commons: 'I want to make clear that under the stay at home regulations, it is illegal to leave home to travel abroad for leisure purposes and we will enforce this at ports and airports by asking people why they are leaving and instructing them to return home if they do not have a valid reason to travel.

'We have also banned all travel from 22 countries where there is a risk of known

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