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Holidays overseas to be made ILLEGAL – £5,000 fines for people trying to leave Britain

New coronavirus[1] rules will be coming into force next week which include a ban on anyone leaving the UK without a “reasonable excuse”. The new rules were published today, entitled Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021.
The document reads: “The Regulations also impose restrictions on leaving the United Kingdom without a reasonable excuse (regulation 8).”

According to the new law, no one can “leave England to travel to a destination outside the United Kingdom, or travel to, or be present at, an embarkation point for the purpose of travelling from there to a destination outside the United Kingdom” without a reasonable excuse.

The document also suggests that anyone caught flouting the rules could face a whopping £5,000 fine.

Currently, Britons who are looking to travel abroad – with a reasonable excuse – must fill in a travel declaration form.

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However, you will have to have a “reasonable excuse” to leave the UK.

The permitted reasons to leave the UK have been updated but are similar to what is currently in place.

Reasonable excuses include those needing to travel for work, study, for legal obligations or to vote, if they are moving, selling or renting property, for some childcare reasons or to be present at a birth, to visit a dying relative or close friend, to attend a funeral, for those getting married or to attend the wedding of a close relative, for medical appointments or to escape risk of harm.

The main changes from March 29 are for those attending weddings or civil partnership ceremonies, funerals, educational purposes or non-UK residents who have been in the UK temporarily.

From March 29, you will only be able to leave the UK to attend your own wedding or civil partnership or a family member’s wedding or civil partnership if one of both people getting married or entering into a civil partnership do not live in the UK.

You will still be able to travel abroad for a funeral but not for commemorative events or to visit a burial ground.

If you are enrolled on a course of study, at an institution outside the UK and you have to leave the UK to attend the course then you can.

The Government advice states: “You are permitted to travel abroad if you study in the UK but you are required to travel outside the UK to satisfy one or more requirements of your course of study.

“If you study in the UK but live abroad, you are permitted to travel outside the UK to return home for the purposes of a university vacation on one occasion before 29 April 2021.”

The rules will allow students to return home during the Easter holidays.

From March 29, if you do not permanently reside in the UK and are only in England temporarily, then you can leave the country.

The new regulations will be voted in Parliament on Thursday.

The declaration form for international travel from England from March 29 2021 can be found here[3].


  1. ^ coronavirus (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ Newlywed suffers life-changing injuries in freak fall on TUI holiday (www.express.co.uk)
  3. ^ here (www.gov.uk)

Britain buys most of Russia's gold exports in January, worth over $700mn

Russia exported 13.73 tons of rough gold in January, up 1.5 times year-on-year, according to data from the Federal Customs Service. In monetary terms, exports almost doubled to $ 812 million, data shows.

The customs service said that, in December, gold exports were higher – at 22 tons, worth $ 1.3 billion.

Supplies to the United Kingdom accounted for more than 90% (12.9 tons) of all Russian gold exports in January. The metal was also delivered to Kazakhstan and Switzerland.

In 2020, Russia exported gold worth a total of $ 18.535 billion, which is 3.2 times more than during the previous year. In physical terms, the export of gold in 2020 more than doubled – up to 320 tons against 123 tons in 2019.
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In April, the Russian government allowed the Ministry of Industry and Trade to issue general licenses to producers for the export of refined gold and silver bullion on the basis of a statement approved by the Ministry of Finance. Prior to that, general export licenses were issued only to banks that received the corresponding license from the Central Bank. Companies and refineries were allowed to export precious metals on the basis of one-time licenses issued for a contract with a specific foreign counterparty.

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David Attenborough felt EU 'did not pay enough attention' to Britain before Brexit

David Attenborough warns world leaders about climate change

The naturalist has spent nearly seven decades at the BBC and fronted many of the nation’s favourite wildlife shows. In recent years, Sir David has warned of the impending dangers posed by climate change. But in a series of blunt statements, the documentarian weighed-in on the Brexit debate.
Sir David, who returns to screens this weekend on Attenborough’s Life In Colour, spoke out about the problems before Brexit.

Nearly five years ago, the historic EU referendum concluded with 52 percent of the public in favour of leaving the bloc.

While Sir David did not reveal whether he voted Leave or Remain, he did seem to understand the frustrations of the public.

When asked about whether he was a Brexiteer, he replied: “There had to be a change, one way or another.”

Sir David felt the EU had allowed itself to do things that “irritated” people in member states.


David Attenborough spoke out about the European Union (EU) in a rare interview (Image: GETTY)


David Attenborough has spent nearly seven decades at the BBC (Image: GETTY)

In 2019, he told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica: “I think that [there is] irritation [from] the ways in which the European community has interfered.”

Sir David explained that it had “interfered with people’s lives on silly levels”.

He believed the public took affront to “silly issues” and that had left them uncertain about the benefits of the EU.

Sir David continued: “[It] has irritated a lot of people who don’t actually understand what the advantages and the disadvantages are.”

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David Attenborough returns to TV screens this weekend with Attenborough’s Life In Colour (Image: GETTY)

He argued that the public were “fed up” with an overseas group deciding laws that would affect the UK – and other member states.

Sir David claimed the language barrier may have been a problem for some people too.

He suggested some people may have grown tired of everyday frustrations – such as being told “how much money they have got to charge for tomatoes”.

Sir David believed “something silly” like that could have turned people against the EU.

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The Brexit timeline (Image: EXPRESS)

He also believed that the bloc had not concentrated on the smaller things cared about by members.

Sir David said: “Maybe the European Union didn’t pay enough attention.”

He explained that they could have ignored the “sorts of things that members…care about”.

Sir David continued: “[The EU] has allowed themselves to do all sorts of things which irritate the members.”

After the 2016 referendum, Sir David was reported to have “expressed his sadness” at the prospect of leaving the EU, according to the Guardian.

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When asked about how Brexit could affect the environment, he said: “That is sad.”

He seemed concerned that certain wildlife protections could be removed once the UK left the EU.

Sir David noted that swallows, migrant birds “and so on” were “not members of the union” but may be affected by its decisions.

He said: “One just hopes that collaboration on these issues, conservation issues, will transcend political divisions.”


Labour leader Keir Starmer’s record on Brexit (Image: Express)

Previously, Sir David was concerned that Brexit had already taken too much time to discuss on the international stage.

He feared that “hideous” environmental problems were being ignored due to talks about leaving the bloc.

Sir David described how the UK and the rest of the world were “occupied with these silly squabbles about Brexit”.

He also raised concern about facism, as witnessed in the Thirties and Forties.


David Attenborough was concerned that wildlife could suffer as a result of Brexit (Image: GETTY)

Sir David feared the public were “losing reason” and “becoming enraged”.

He hoped that they would remember the “lunacy that overtook Europe” during that period of time.

Sir David said: “We had German Jewish refugees living in our house throughout the war.

“When I see mobs… mobs of people are a very, very ugly sight.”

Attenborough’s Life In Colour airs at 7pm Sunday on BBC One.