Did lockdown loophole let Geoffrey Cox dodge travel ban?

Did lockdown loophole let Geoffrey Cox dodge travel ban? Former attorney general is thought to have used flaw in Covid laws to fly to Caribbean when almost all foreign travel was banned

  • Sir Geoffrey Cox is thought to have used loophole in lockdown laws to fly to the Caribbean in late April
  • He has so far refused to clarify exactly when he was in the British Virgin Islands
  • Local reports suggest he arrived on April 26, three weeks before international travel ban was lifted 

The former attorney general is thought to have used a loophole in lockdown laws to fly to the Caribbean in late April when almost all foreign travel was banned.

Sir Geoffrey Cox has so far refused to clarify exactly when he was in the British Virgin Islands to work on his lucrative second job.

But local reports suggest he arrived on April 26, three weeks before the British Government lifted the ban on international travel. There were limited exemptions for those deemed to be on ‘essential’ business.

Sun seeking: Sir Geoffrey in Devon in May, days after being in the British Virgin Islands 

Court documents state Sir Geoffrey was at an inquiry in the island’s capital Tortola on May 13 and May 18. Nine days later he posted pictures on Twitter opening a new social centre at Hartford Bridge Park in Devon.

At the time, the British Virgin Islands were on the UK’s amber travel list, meaning anyone returning had to isolate at home for ten days. But a Whitehall source pointed out that the Government had introduced a ‘test and release’ scheme.

This saw very limited exemptions for ‘crown servants’, foreign diplomats and essential workers to avoid quarantine after as little as five days if they had a negative PCR test.

Sir Geoffrey did not respond to questions yesterday about when he travelled, or what quarantine arrangements he undertook.

Court documents state Sir Geoffrey was at an inquiry in the island’s capital Tortola on May 13 and May 18 (file image)

He made a second visit to the Caribbean islands the following month. He is advising the government of the BVI, a tax haven accused of corruption, in an inquiry ordered by the British Foreign Office. Reporters were told this week that Sir Geoffrey is ‘abroad’.

His wife Jeanie arrived at their Devon home alone in her black Land Rover but refused to answer the Daily Mail’s enquiry about the whereabouts of her husband. She said: ‘No. I have nothing to say to you. I don’t care what you want to know.’

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