Britain must go on holiday as third demand summer breaks this year – poll

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Exclusive polling by Redfield and Wilton Strategies shows that 37 percent of respondents say UK citizens should be allowed to holiday in countries with low numbers of coronavirus cases.

This push for summer travel comes as MPs from across the party divides have come together to warn of disastrous consequences if the furlough scheme is not extended for people in the aviation, travel and tourism industries.

Nearly 50 MPs from parties as far apart politically as the Conservatives, Labour, the SNP and the DUP have joined forces to urge Chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend the support which has meant employers have not had to lay off workers.

A joint letter organised by Crawley Conservative MP Henry Smith – a leading champion of the aircraft sector – has been signed by figures including former Brexit Minister Steve Baker, ex-deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman  and Westminster DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.

Mr Smith, who chairs Parliament’s “future of aviation” group, said: “Our aviation, travel and tourism industries have been amongst the worst affected by the coronavirus and will take far longer to recover than most sectors. Aviation is an economic enabler and it will be central to rebuilding our economy.

“The Government must extend the coronavirus job retention scheme beyond October to support the millions of jobs in these sectors and to allow them to play their full role in our economic recovery. The Government deserve huge credit for the bold action they have taken to protect jobs. But we cannot have a truly global Britain without helping those working in the aviation, travel and tourism sectors.

“Cutting off this support before these sectors have been able to recover will have disastrous consequences for everyone in the country.”

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