England’s lockdown rules could be extended to October this week.
MPs will vote Thursday on controversial plans to keep the Covid Restrictions Act in place for an additional six months.
LeedsLive reports How the emergency legislation of the Coronavirus Act is discussed in the House of Commons, and if it is passed, theoretically means the lockdown could last until October.
Boris Johnson has set up a roadmap to get England out of lockdown. The rules are slated to be lifted on March 29th, April 12th, May 17th and June 21st.
When he revealed that plan, he made it clear that the rules could last longer if England fails to meet key goals – like getting vaccines up and reducing the rate of Covid infections and deaths.
An extension of the rules on Thursday would allow the lockdown – or some lockdown rules – to be retained or brought back to October.
But some Tory MPs are unhappy with the plans and are planning a riot.
One of them is Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean Mark Harper, who has stated that the legislation should not be expanded.
On The Sunday Telegraph, Tory MPs’ informal Covid Recovery Group chairman, Mr Harper, wrote that when Mr Johnson announced his lockdown roadmap, they said they would give us “cautiously but irreversibly” to regain our freedoms by June 21st will lead.
“Maintaining most of the temporary provisions of the coronavirus law through October is inconsistent with that pledge and will raise concerns that the curbs will be reintroduced in the fall,” Harper wrote.
Meanwhile, the Express has reported that other Tory MPs are “unhappy with the toll imposing the lockdown.”
A group of five cabinet members – Chancellor Rishi Sunak, International Trade Minister Liz Truss, House Chair Jacob Rees-Mogg, Economic Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng and Township Secretary Robert Jenrick – were the leading voices against further delaying the lifting of restrictions.
Steve Baker, vice chairman of the Covid Recovery Group, asked why strict restrictions were still needed
“With so many vulnerable people vaccinated now, people may be wondering why the restrictions the government is putting in place next week are tighter than they were last summer when we didn’t have a vaccine,” he told the newspaper.
“The arrest powers in the Coronavirus Act are disproportionate, extreme and completely unnecessary. Renewing it would be inconsistent with the Prime Minister’s guarantee that we are on a “one-way path to freedom” by June 21st. “
He added, “The time has come to end this dark chapter in our history and to reclaim our freedoms once and for all.”