The Welsh Government restrictions on travel across the Wales-England border must be dropped with immediate effect according to the Member of the Welsh Parliament for Montgomeryshire, Russell George.
Calling the restrictions "unfair and unnecessary", Mr George, the Member of the Senedd for Montgomeryshire, has spoken of how it is inconceivable that it is permissible for people to travel 200 miles from Cardiff to Holyhead but aren't allowed to travel a couple of miles from Llanymynech to Pant.
Commenting, Mr George said:
"While there is a list of reasons whereby you can travel between Wales and England, it is a ludicrous situation that you can travel 200 miles from Cardiff to Holyhead but can't travel a few miles up the road from Llanymynech to Pant unless there is a reasonable excuse.
"I had already asked for clarification from Welsh Government Ministers on this issue, but we have had muddled messages with the Welsh Government initially saying that no further rules on travel from England would be introduced, only for them to introduce guidance to the contrary.
"Regulations were only published on Saturday for restrictions which came into effect on Friday which further set out the Welsh Government's position which included restrictions about travel across the border.
"In Powys, we share a long border with our neighbours in England and this should have been given careful consideration. This element of Welsh Government restrictions are unfair, unnecessary and are causing considerable inconvenience and distress.
"I think that most people accept that the pandemic has meant there will be restrictions, but there is already sufficient regulation in place and this restriction is not needed.
"Whilst it is the Welsh Government's intention to remove the restrictions on travelling into and out of Wales on 12th April, I have urged the Welsh Government to bring this date forward and address this matter quickly by dropping these Wales-England border travel restrictions with immediate effect."