On Thursday, Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for lifting the coronavirus lockdown in Scotland. But this was in direct contrast to Boris Johnson and the UK Government, who have so far remained tight-lipped on any exit strategy, warning it is too early to announce such plans. In a thinly-veiled dig at Downing Street, Ms Sturgeon called for an “adult conversation” with the public as she published a document on Thursday about easing the lockdown in Scotland.
The First Minister told the daily news conference: “As we start to lift the restrictions, the real risk is that COVID-19 runs rampant again.
“So a return to normal as we knew it is not on the cards in the near future and it’s really important that I am upfront with you about that.
“What we must do is find a new normal, a way of living alongside this virus but in a form that keeps it under control and stops it taking the toll we know it can do.”
But Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said it is “too soon” to scrap social distancing measures.
Nicola Sturgeon has been told to leave the coronavirus lockdown decisions to the Prime Minister
Scotland’s First Minister announced plans for lifting the coronavirus lockdown in the country
Now Express.co.uk have raged at Ms Sturgeon for defying the Prime Minister and going ahead with announcing her own plans to lift the lockdown measures.
The poll, which ran from 2pm until 9.30pm on Friday April 24 and attracted 3,186 votes, asked: “Should Nicola Sturgeon leave lockdown decisions to Boris Johnson?”
An overwhelming 88 percent (2,734 readers) voted in favour of Scottish First Minister leaving these crucial decisions to the Prime Minister.
Just 14 percent (434 readers) disagreed, while less than one percent were undecided.
Express.co.uk readers demanded Nicola Sturgeon leave lockdown decisions to Boris Johnson
One person said: “Boris is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and she is only the “first minister” of one part of the UK.
“She should keep her mouth shut – permanently.
“The decisions concerning the UK should be left up to the elected government – whether she likes it or not.”
A second reader commented: “She needs to stick to the script.
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The comments from Scotland’s First Minister sparked a furious reaction from Express.co.uk readers
Matt Hancock insisted it is ‘too soon’ to lift social distancing measures
“She constantly tries to undermine what the Government is trying to do. She is a danger to all in Scotland.
Another voter raged: “Sturgeon is nothing more than an attention grabber and her whole game plan is trying to be seen as important on a national level.
While a fourth Express.co.uk reader simply said: “The British government takes eminence as Scotland is part of the UK. She should just do what she is told to do.”
On Friday’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Hancock was asked over Ms Sturgeon’s plans to lift the coronavirus lockdown.
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The Health Secretary replied: “I know some people are looking in this space but the truth is it is too soon to make changes to the social distancing rules safely.
“People should follow the social distancing rules because that is what is needed to keep this virus under control.
“It now looks like we are at the peak and the curve has flattened but it wouldn’t take much to lose that grip that we have on it, and that is why we are being very cautious in this space.”
Mr Hancock added he would rather social distancing measures were lifted across the UK at the same time.
Matt Hancock has urged people stick by the social distancing measures
He told the BBC: “So far we have moved as one United Kingdom and I think that has been a very good thing.
“It is my preference that we work together as one country, I think that is where the public has been during this.
“But I also respect the responsibilities that my devolved colleagues have got.”
Published at Fri, 24 Apr 2020 20:30:00 +0000