Lord Sumption has criticised government plans to impose a maximum 10-year jail sentence for people do not tell the truth about their travel history.
Speaking with talkRADIO’s Ian Collins, the former Supreme Court justice said: “The courts will be very reluctant, except perhaps in the case of repeat offenders, to impose prison sentences at all. I can’t believe the government is using the criminal law system as a platform for irresponsible rhetoric.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the policy, along with strict quarantine measures for international arrivals, to stop coronavirus variants entering the UK.
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