History of Scotland
On March 14, 2020, two weeks before the UK declared containment, we decided to stop all our services to do our bit and try to stop the massive spread of this new virus. We contacted all our clients and agreed to cancel (refunding 100% of the amount paid) or reschedule all services booked between March and the end of May.
It is important to note that in Scotland we have followed different guidelines to those followed in the rest of the UK, as the Scottish government decided to do so because they did not agree with the abrupt and uncontrolled de-escalation proposed by Johnson, the British Prime Minister.
After several confinements and deconfinements since this pandemic started, in August 2021, practically all the restrictions we have been living with specifically throughout this 2021 have been lifted. Note that Scotland applies different rules than England, so England’s rules do not apply in Scotland.
Entry in Scotland
There are currently 54 countries on the UK red list, including Mexico and South Africa. The list is updated every three weeks, with an update expected towards the end of the week beginning October 4.
All persons arriving in the UK, regardless of country of origin or vaccination status, must complete a passenger tracing form before arriving in the UK.
Fully vaccinated travelers arriving in the UK from green-listed countries no longer need to take a pre-departure test, but must book and pay for a PCR test for the second day after entry.
Unvaccinated travelers arriving in the UK from green-listed countries must present a negative pre-departure test (conducted within 72 hours prior to departure) and must book and pay for a PCR test on the second and eighth day of stay in the country. Unvaccinated green-listed travelers must also be quarantined for 10 days upon arrival in the UK.
There are, strictly speaking, no fundamental rights in the British constitutional order. The United Kingdom lacks a rigid normative Constitution. The unwritten Constitution of the United Kingdom, due to its own idiosyncrasy, does not include the classic guarantees that post-World War II constitutionalism granted to fundamental rights, such as the existence of aggravated constitutional reform mechanisms or the provision of the guarantee of essential content.
In the British legal system there do exist – and this has been one of its distinctive features – rights of constitutional rank created by jurisprudence (“common law rights”), such as personal liberty, access to justice or freedom from taxation not established by law. The catalog of these rights, which can be abrogated by the “clear” language of a law, is typical of a liberal society, where it is understood that the concept of freedom implies the possibility of doing everything that the law does not prohibit.
Government of Scotland
2.The UK Government will use the term “people with disabilities” throughout the review. The Government subscribes to the social model of disability and shares with non-governmental organizations (including the UK Independent Mechanism (UKIM) and civil society disability stakeholders) the view that this is the most appropriate term for such an approach.
3.This response includes contributions from the devolved governments. The UK Government also engaged a number of non-governmental organizations to promote and encourage greater involvement of civil society in the review process.
4.a) The UK Government has a long tradition of respect for human rights and continues to promote the social model of disability. The administration also cultivates its understanding of new thinking on disability through regular interaction with disabled people and their organizations and the exchange of information at the international level. An example of such collaborations can be cited as the recent “Improving lives” consultation, which was held in 2016-2017, with the aim of gathering views on how best to support people with disabilities to get jobs and progress in their jobs.