fter almost three months, writing the following sentence has become almost muscle memory: “It is illegal to travel abroad for non-essential purposes.”
Even turning up at an airport and hoping to travel abroad – whether on holiday or to see a loved one – is punishable with a £5,000 fixed penalty.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the rule against overseas leisure travel is being swerved by several thousand people each day. Many of them deploy the so-called Stanley Johnson defence: the clause in the law that allows travel without formality for the purposes of attending to essential work in a second home – or even visiting an estate agent abroad.
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