Coronavirus map LIVE: Boris loses control as union CRUMBLES – ‘He only speaks for England’

Coronavirus map LIVE: Boris loses control as union CRUMBLES – ‘He only speaks for England’

The Prime Minister has dropped his “stay home” message in place of the new slogan as he unveiled plans to ease the lockdown in an address to the nation on Sunday evening. This “conditional plan” will see non-essential sectors being encouraged to work, unlimited exercise, an ability to sunbathe in park and the possibility of the hospitality industry beginning to reopen in July. But this only applies to England as the devolved Governments have control over what restrictions they each put in place.

Scotland’s First Minister Ms Sturgeon tore into Mr Johnson’s new messaging, and tweeted: “I have not asked for ‘England-only’ to be put on the ‘Stay Alert’ logo.

“I have asked @BorisJohnson to make clear in his speech that he is only speaking for England.”

Speaking to a BBC Scotland news special, she said: “It’s just a statement of fact and of the law, that with the exception of Boris Johnson’s comments about border control, pretty much everything he said in his statement applied to England.

“My job is to take decisions based on the data for Scotland and my judgment now in the immediate term – that with the one exception I outlined today that people can now exercise outside as often as they want as long as they can comply by the social distancing rules – the way to suppress this virus now is to continue to stay at home, except for exercise, foods and medicine or if you’re doing essential work that you can’t do from home.”

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster also joined counterparts Ms Sturgeon and Wales’ Mark Drakeford in distancing herself from England’s approach to fighting the spread of coronavirus.

Mrs Foster has refused to accept the slogan, with the Stormont Executive meeting today to consider its plan for a phased, strategic approach to recovery ahead of outlining its own road map this week.

Mr Drakeford also echoed those comments from Scotland and Northern Ireland by insisting Wales will not be ditching the “stay home” message.


8.09am update: No haircuts, pubs or restaurants until July 4 ‘at very earliest’ – Raab

Britons will have to wait to get a haircut, go to the pub or eat out in restaurants, with Dominic Raab confirming this will not happen until July 4 at the “very earliest”.

The Foreign Secretary told Sky News’ Kay Burley Breakfast Show: “From 4 July, at the earliest, we’ll look at other sectors and that will include hospitality, but it will also include personal care and people like hairdressers.

“Obviously the proximity in those two sectors is something where we don’t think we’re ready yet, given where we are with the virus.”

8am update: Why Boris Johnson’s lockdown speech may have been changed at the last minute

Boris Johnson delivered his long-awaited speech on how the UK plans to reopen from its coronavirus lockdown, but for many it created more questions than it answered.

Some parts of the Prime Minister’s speech seemed to change just days before he delivered it, according Sky News’ deputy political editor Sam Coates. He pointed out that the Prime Minister’s speech did not contain any information about garden centres, which government sources had suggested would reopen on Wednesday.

It comes after the Welsh government has already confirmed that garden centres will be open in Wales by today.

Though there is always the chance that the Prime Minister will confirm or deny the garden centre rules when he outlines more details of the UK’s lockdown exit strategy in parliament today.

Mr Coates also notes that Tory MPs were angered by the new “stay alert” slogan; they were reportedly told that the address was a “work in progress” even as late as today.

Published at Mon, 11 May 2020 06:48:00 +0000