Speculation comes after new countries were added to UK list late on Thursday
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Sunak has also said winding down the furlough scheme supporting jobs during the coronavirus crisis is “one of the most difficult decisions” he has made as Chancellor.
He told Sky News: “It’s one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in this job.
“I don’t think it’s fair to extend this indefinitely, it’s not fair to the people on it. We shouldn’t pretend there is in every case a job to go back to.
“This is what we need to do now, it’s to look forward, provide the opportunities for tomorrow. Yes, there is hardship ahead for many people, we know that, but they shouldn’t be left without hope.”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is speaking to Sky News at the moment about quarantine. When asked whether France could be the next nation to be added to the quarantine list, he told holidaymakers “there is always the risk of disruption” during the pandemic.
“It’s a tricky situation,” he said. “What I can say to people is we’re in the midst of a global pandemic and that means there is always the risk of disruption to travel plans and people need to bear that in mind.
“It’s the right thing for us to do to keep everything under review on a constant basis talking with our scientists, our medical advisers, and if we need to take action as you’ve seen overnight we will of course not hesitate to do that, and we’re doing that to protect people’s health.”