July 3, 2020 / 6:52 AM / a month ago

UK PM's father Stanley Johnson within rights to visit Greece - minister

Britain's Transport Secretary Grant Shapps speaks during a daily briefing to update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain June 12, 2020. Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s father, who travelled to Greece likely via Bulgaria despite current advice for British nationals to avoid all but essential international travel, was within his rights to do so, Britain’s transport minister said on Friday.

“It’s advice so everyone can decide what to do with the advice,” Grant Shapps told Sky News.

Asked whether Stanley Johnson was within his rights to travel to Greece, Shapps said: “Yes, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office make it clear. They issue travel advice.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton; writing by Costas Pitas

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