It comes after the decision to keep France on the amber plus list was met with backlash with some MPs calling it discriminatory and “scientifically unfounded”.
“The Beta variant, it’s not just — as has been reported — on an island thousands of miles away,” he said.
“It was also an issue in particular in northern France, so it has been an overall concern.
“And, look, the big concern is that we don’t allow a variant in which somehow is able to escape the vaccine programme that we have got.”
Data expert Tim White believes the Government may announce next week the country, which is currently on the amber list, will be added to the amber plus list.
This is due to NHS Test and Trace figures showing 2.9 per cent of people arriving in England from Spain between July 1 and 21 tested positive for coronavirus.
Mr White said: “More worryingly for Spain is that 3% of the samples had a variant not widespread in UK. So, from the data, my analysis is bleak.”
“I cannot see Spain being put on red, but realistically amber plus is likely, and likely for the islands of Spain, too, because of the very high infection rates.”