Nicola Sturgeon led a revolt by the devolved nations that forced Boris Johnson to impose quarantine on travellers from France a day earlier than planned.
Westminster had wanted to give travellers until 4am on Sunday to make it back across the channel before the requirement to isolate kicked in.
However, the administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all pushed for the rules to be changed as soon as possible to prevent infection coming in.
With airline prices rising, the Eurotunnel booked out and extra ferries laid on to get British holidaymakers back from France today, Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, said there was “no perfect way to do this”.
He said that giving people until the early hours of tomorrow would “provide a little