As we approach the end of the UK wide lockdown, Tory backbench MPs are threatening to rebel against the PMs new coronavirus restrictions.
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The Prime Minister on Monday is set to confirm lockdown will end on the 2nd of December. However, it will be replaced by a much stricter tier system meaning worst-hit areas will remain in a state of lockdown. Ministers behind the Winter covid plan have said it will be a very “difficult” time. They also say Christmas “will not be a normal festive period”.
Voting for these new plans will be taking place on Thursday next week.
Tory rebels who are against these extreme lockdowns have said that unless the Government can prove that these Orwellian measures “will save more lives than they cost”, they will not be backing the measures.
A letter to Boris Johnson reads: “The lockdown cure prescribed runs the very real risk of being worse than the disease.” Sage, who is behind the more stringent measures, has said that they will publish papers this coming Monday stating that more stringent measures are needed as the last tier lockdown were not strict enough.
The new tougher measures could see the continuation of shops, pubs and cafes being shut with extreme limitation on people from different households meeting up.
“But the Prime Minister and his scientific advisors are clear the virus is still present – and without regional restrictions, it could quickly run out of control again before vaccines, and mass testing have had an effect.
“That would put in jeopardy the progress the country has made, and once again risk intolerable pressure on the NHS.”
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