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Boris Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds blocked from US visit

Boris Johnson’s girlfriend’s difficulties in getting permission to enter the US could be linked to a previous trip to Somaliland.

Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has been refused a visa to visit the US (Joe Giddens/PA)
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has been refused a visa to visit the US (Joe Giddens/PA)

By David Hughes, PA Political Editor

Boris Johnson’s girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, has been barred from visiting the US.

She had applied for permission to go to the US in the next few days as part of her job with environmental group Oceana but the request was blocked by the American authorities, the Daily Mail reported.

The situation could prove embarrassing for the Prime Minister, who is expected to meet US President Donald Trump at the G7 summit in France which begins on Saturday.

The problem with Ms Symonds’ travel plans could be linked to a trip to Somaliland last year.

The US does not recognise Somaliland as an independent country, instead viewing it as part of Somalia.

Applicants under the electronic system for travel authorisation (Esta) visa waiver programme, which allows Britons to spend up to 90 days in the US, are asked whether they have visited Somalia since March 2011.

Ms Symonds visited Somaliland last year with her friend Nimco Ali, a campaigner against female genital mutilation.

Following the reports of Ms Symonds’ travel difficulties, Ms Ali said on Twitter: “Somaliland is Africa’s best kept Secret, it’s my birth place and it’s stunning.

“For 28 years without international assistance we have rebuilt our Country and are the only democracy in the Horn of Africa. I am happy to personally show anyone around the land I was sourced from.”

Ms Symonds has no official role in Downing Street and no taxpayer-funded support, although she has been pictured at functions in Number 10 with Mr Johnson.

Downing Street declined to comment when approached by the PA news agency.

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