London – Christmas plans were canceled. Several flights from the island were halted. And lawmakers called for cultivating new plots of land to increase the country’s food supply, adding images of plates filled with root vegetables.
Britain, nominated for wealth by a long-ago first-of-its-kind Brexit lawmaker as “Treasure Island”, earned another moniker on Monday, as a new version of coronovirus ripped through the country And established blockers within its borders: Plague Island.
As dozens of countries banned British travelers, closing some of Britain’s most traveled routes by road, air and sea, Britons raged over their own government’s surveillance plans, which suddenly led to the country’s south Locked in most areas of the East. This weekend, including London.
And he lamented for grappling with a new and potentially more transformative version of the virus, even steeling himself to the growing chaos of the country’s division with the European Union in 10 days.
Tom Henderson, a 29-year-old concert promoter, said, “I have a better time,” he said, as he was canceling a Christmas trip with his family in southern England and watching his industry plague.
On a wet, gray day in London, he said he took solace in his faith, contrasting with disappointing predictions that “this is not some New Year’s Eve film where the world is going to end.”
Nevertheless, on 31 December Britain’s people who were already ready for the country to finalize their messed up divorce from the European Union, the sudden sense of cutting Adrift from the block – and the world at large – was a bitter one Took like a taste. Might come
Supermarket giants were warning of the shortage of fruits and vegetables. Cargo trucks were stranded near the ports. There were some cases of people being dragged away from the UK to their homes in Europe for long hours at airports before the travel ban was imposed.
And while Britain and France were taking steps on Monday to reduce threats to the food supply – almost a quarter of all food consumed in the UK is produced in the European Union – many in Britain faced travel restrictions and port Saw the bandh as his worst fear. There is truth about his country’s Brexit fate.
And as soon as possible.
“For me psychologically, that barrier was already due to Brexit,” said Russell Hazel, who had been ill with the virus for seven weeks earlier this year. “Now, there is a physical one.”
Mr. Hazel said that a good friend was visiting Spain. Now, he worries about how the friend will make it back home.
The confusion, Mr Hazel said, seems like a “dry run” for the UK, possibly exiting the European Union without a deal governing future commercial relations in the English Channel.
For their troubles, the British people mainly blamed Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
After closing Britain later than other European countries in the spring, a decision that led to Europe’s highest per capita mortality from the virus, Mr Johnson’s government encouraged people to return to their offices over the summer . It also subsidized food in restaurants.
Which helped set the stage for the virus to resurface.
Nevertheless, as recently as Wednesday, Mr. Johnson was pledging to stick to a policy of special allowances for Christmastime travel. The streets in London were filled with shopkeepers. And the government took legal action to prevent schools from sending students home early for the holidays amid the growing transition.
The government’s scientific advisors said that children may be more susceptible to the new form of the virus.
Kelly Merriss, who is originally from Australia, said talking with family and friends makes it clear how careless Britain handled the virus.
“I think the rest of the world looks at us and shakes its head,” said Ms. Meris, who canceled plans to return to Australia on Christmas long ago. “It’s not great to be on Plague Island, and other countries don’t want you.”
Her husband, Aaron Macdonald, who is also Australian, said that British exceptionalism took on a different meaning during the epidemic.
“Britain often sees itself as slightly different from the rest of the world and continental Europe,” he said. “Now we have not identified ourselves very well. It is very disappointing. “
The British government began warning of the new version before changing its policy of so-called amnesty to Christmastime travel, leaving many people disappointed about the cancellation of plans at the last minute.
Others had more urgent concerns, such as an older relative who they could no longer go to would be able to make new arrangements for food delivery or to take care of them at home over the holidays.
But some Britons said the cascading travel ban is partly the price paid by Britain for efforts to secede from the European Union.
Surya Klein-Smith said, “If you demand Brexit, that’s what you get.” “Why should Europeans have any kind of sympathy or dealings for us?”
An airline flight attendant who has seen many of her friends this year lose her job, Ms. Klein-Smith said she sympathized with Londoners, who scrambled to leave the city on Saturday, shortly thereafter Mr. Johnson asked people to stay home. He said that many people, already cautious of being isolated, were desperate to see their families.
He said that the government itself does not deserve any sympathy, adding that he expected Mr. Johnson to resign by January.
“They made sure people spent their money in the stores, getting ready, getting train tickets,” she said. “Canceling it at the last minute is just pretense.”
Some Londoners said the concerns of the new variant only confirmed what they already knew: People had been socializing too much recently to make a detour home for the Christmas vault.
“We were all very much socially occupied in the last few weeks,” said Bruce McCombree, who has not seen his family in Scotland for a year and who canceled a planned home. “It was not sensible.”
Pearce Store, a teacher, laughed a lot when asked about the decision to cut travel from European countries to Britain.
“what can you say?” he said. “Nothing feels as isolated as Brexit.”