BORIS Johnson is set to address the nation later today.
The Prime Minister is due to hold a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is visiting the UK.
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What time is Boris Johnson's announcement?
Boris Johnson’s joint press conference is scheduled to kick off at 1.30pm today, Friday June 2, 2021.
The two leaders are meeting at the PM’s country house Chequers beforehand.
It will be Merkel’s last visit to Britain before standing down as Chancellor.
UK-EU travel restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic are expected to be high on the agenda.
Merkel had called for the EU member countries to ban all UK travellers from the bloc, regardless of vaccination status.
However, German leader is on the cusp of climbing down from demands for mandatory EU-wide quarantine after she was snubbed by tourism hotspots.
What is the PM expected to announce?
The exact details are not known and could very well depend on how the talks go today at Chequers.
Ahead of the talks both sides agreed to rebuild relations which have been strained by five years of Brexit tensions.
In a major olive branch on the eve of the meeting Mrs Merkel announced she's set to ease travel curbs on Brits entering Germany.
The UK will be downgraded from a "virus area of concern" – the highest bracket of restrictions – to one of "high incidence".
That will cut the mandatory quarantine visitors from the UK have to observe from two weeks to as little as five days.
The move is an admission from Berlin that it failed in its bid to get all EU countries to impose 14-day isolation on Brits.
Health minister Jens Spahn said it is also a recognition the Delta variant is now almost as widespread in Germany as it is in the UK.
Johnson is expected to discuss the travel situation with Mrs Merkel today, with talks on how to reopen holidays for the double-jabbed ongoing.
Ahead of her visit the PM said: "The UK and Germany have a steadfast friendship and a shared outlook on many issues.
"Our scientists, innovators and industrialists work together every day to make the world a better place.
“Over the 16 years of Chancellor Merkel’s tenure the UK-Germany relationship has been re-energised and re-invigorated for a new era.
"And the new joint ventures we will agree today will leave a legacy that will last for generations."
How can I watch Boris Johnson's announcement live?
The press conference will be broadcast live by the BBC and Sky News.
You can also watch the live broadcast on the Government's official YouTube page.
We can keep you up to date on what is being said at the press conference by following our coronavirus live blog, for live updates on the briefing.
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