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Raab announces rescue plan for stranded Britons

After weeks of dithering and confusion the British government has belatedly announced a rescue plan to repatriate potentially hundreds of thousands of stranded Britons from around the world.

According to Press TV, it has been reported that up to a million Britons could be stranded abroad and are unable to come home as borders close across the globe in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at the daily Downing Street briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, committed £75 million to repatriate stranded British nationals.

The plan involves the government working with airlines such as British Airways, Virgin, EasyJet, Jet2 and Titan to help stranded travelers return home.

According to Raab, in the event of lack of commercial options, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will use Corporate Travel Management (a company specializing in business travel management) to organize charter flights for stranded Britons.

Critics will view Raab’s rescue plan as too little too late and will likely query whether £75 million is enough to bring back “hundreds of thousands” of stranded people.