Tory backbenchers rebel as tougher Covid tier system takes over on 2nd December. A very “difficult” winter ahead.

As we approach the end of the UK wide lockdown, Tory backbench MPs are threatening to rebel against the PMs new coronavirus restrictions.


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.

With the continuation of these measures with no end in sight, Boris insists that these measures will not last any longer than absolutely necessary”. He continues to say the tier system will be reviewed regularly, but again there will not be an end date put in place.
A group of 70 politicians who go by the name of Covid Recovery Group CRG have written a letter to Boris which reads: “The tiered restrictions approach in principle attempts to link virus prevalence with measures to tackle it, but we must always remember that even the tiered system of restrictions infringes deeply upon people’s lives with huge health and economic costs. Even tier 1 only allows groups of up to six people to meet indoors.
New tier system is said to be much tougher than before.
“We cannot support this approach further unless the Government demonstrates the restrictions proposed for after the 2nd of December will have an impact on slowing the transmission of Covid, and will save more lives than they cost.
“To this end, the Government must publish a full cost-benefit analysis of the proposed restrictions on a regional basis so that MPs can assess responsibly the non-Covid health impact of restrictions, as well as the undoubted impact on livelihoods.” A Downing Street spokesperson said: “Everyone’s efforts during the current national restrictions have helped bring the virus back under control, slowed its spread and eased pressures on the NHS.

“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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