Connect with us

COVID-19

WINTER PLAN: England To Enter ‘Toughened’ Tier System Post Lockdown As Tory MPs Threaten To Rebel

ENGLAND will enter a strengthened three-tiered system of local restrictions when the national lockdown ends on December 2, Downing Street has said.

Boris Johnson is expected to detail his plan for winter, which includes details on how families can see their loved ones at Christmas, to MPs on Monday.

The “Covid winter plan” is expected to place more areas into the higher tiers to keep the virus under control to ensure further restrictions are not needed, No 10 said.

The tiers are expected to be strengthened to safeguard the gains made during the national lockdown, but it is understood that the controversial 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants will be altered under the new system.

Mr Johnson is expected to say that, while last orders must be called at 10pm, people will get an extra hour to finish their food and drinks with opening hours extended to 11pm.

The Cabinet is expected to discuss and sign off the plan on Sunday before Mr Johnson announces it to Parliament the following day.

The plan will set out how people will be able to spend their Christmas, but ministers have made clear that the festive season will be different to normal, with some restrictions expected to remain in place.

Ministers will set out what tier each area will be placed into on Thursday and MPs are expected to be given the vote to approve the new tiering system, as promised by Mr Johnson, in the days before it comes into force on December 2.

They are optimistic that restrictions can be gradually reduced in the run-up to spring, providing vaccines are approved by regulators, allowing a plan for the rollout to begin next month before a wider programme in the new year.

But the Prime Minister will be wary of a rebellion from backbench Tory MPs who are opposed to new restrictions.

During a vote on the current four-week system earlier this month, 32 Conservatives rebelled to oppose the measures and 17 more, including former prime minister Theresa May, abstained.

Subsequently, the Covid Recovery Group (CRG) led by former chief whip Mark Harper and ex-Brexit minister Steve Baker has formed to resist new measures.

On Saturday the CRG warned that they “cannot support” a tiered approach unless the Government produces evidence to show measures “will save more lives than they cost”.

The warning against the measures inflicting “huge health and economic costs” came in a letter to the Prime Minister, which sources close to the group said had been signed by 70 Conservative MPs, though the group’s leaders were the only signatories identified.

Downing Street will hope an easing at Christmas, potential vaccines on the horizon and new scientific evidence will lessen the scale of a rebellion, with the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) expected to publish papers on Monday stating that the previous tiers were not strong enough.

But the CRG letter said: “We cannot live under such a series of damaging lockdowns and apparently arbitrary restrictions, and expect our constituents to be grateful for being let out to enjoy the festive season, only to have strict restrictions imposed on them afterwards that cause them health problems and destroy their livelihood.”

The plans emerged as the Government announced a further 341 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, bringing the UK total to 54,626.

Labour has so far been supportive of the need for restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19, and a full-scale Commons defeat on the plan is unlikely.

But shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds, in a speech ahead of the Downing Street announcement, said the nation could not be allowed to return “to the shambles we had before this lockdown” in calling for “clarity” on economic support.

A No 10 spokeswoman 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 advisers 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.”

A Labour spokesman said “we will look closely at any proposals the Government brings forward” but called for “proper packages of support” for businesses that are unable to fully reopen.

“The previous system was failing – simply returning to it without other measures in place will not work,” he added.

Additional Reporting By PA Media  

Leave your vote

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Written By

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Popular

REVEALED: ‘Somalian Islamist’ Linked to KILLING of Tory MP Sir David Amess

Terror

COMMENT: The Government MUST DEAL with Radical Islam After The Killing of Sir David Amess

Comment

STOP THE BOATS: UKIP call for National Referendum on Immigration

Immigration

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Prince Charles ‘Class and Colour’ SNOB, says Palace Aide

Exclusive

TOO SAVAGE: Woke Mob Would CANCEL Lily Savage in 2021, says Paul O’Grady

Entertainment

GYPSY KING: Tyson Fury Beats DOSSER Deontay Wilder in Epic Knockout

BOXING

UK in Turmoil, Ministers in Hiding and Opposition in Civil War… WHO WILL LEAD BRITAIN?

Boris Johnson

EXCLUSIVE: Amir Khan ‘Removed From American Flight Following ALCOHOL and Mask-Row’ – NOT Racism

CULTURE WARS

BACK TO THE FUTURE? UK’s HGV Crisis Could Be Solved by Trains

BUSINESS

ON ANOTHER PLANET: As Brits Struggle, BBC Boss Gets £75k Pay Rise

Latest

FIGHTING BIG TECH: We’re Suing The Censors – Help Us Fight Back!

Latest

DEFUND THE BBC: Beeb Bosses ‘Blew MILLIONS on Failed BBC One Rebrand’

Latest

TERROR IN SOUTHEND: Tory MP Sir David Amess Dies After Deadly Stabbing in Essex Church 

TORIES

SAVE BRITAIN: UKIP announces 2021 Worthing Conference

UKIP

KNIFE HORROR: Tory MP Dies After Deadly Stabbing at Church in Essex

Latest

MISSILE ON TRACK: Mad Dog Kim Jong Un Launches Missile from Train

North Korea

REVEALED: MP Killer Watched YouTube Vids of Hate Preacher Anjem Choudary 

Islam

BIG BOTHER FOR KEIR! Ex Big Brother Star Heckles Starmer’s Big Speech

LABOUR

EXCLUSIVE: Tackle Youth Mental Health in Schools To Fix Crisis says BENNY JAMES

Mental Health

NOT ARDERNUF: Jacinda Ardern says AUKUS Subs ‘Not Welcome’ in NZ Waters

Latest

HOT 10

FOLLOW US ON FB

Most Shared

Connect
GET UPDATES IN YOUR INBOX

Hey there!

Forgot password?

Forgot your password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Close
of

Processing files…