A grand coalition of the country’s most senior political and business figures today calls on the Government to lift the shutters from Britain’s deserted high streets and map a route out of the crippling Covid-19 lockdown. Former Cabinet Ministers David Davis and Iain Duncan Smith have joined forces with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and City bosses to warn the lack of a clear exit strategy could wreak lasting damage on the UK economy. It comes as officials are drawing up a three-stage ‘traffic light’ plan which would see some businesses such as DIY stores and garden centres reopen, and some children return to school, as early as the week beginning May 11. There is growing concern that Boris Johnson’s absence from Downing Street is hampering exit plans, despite signs that the outbreak is passing its peak. First Secretary of State Dominic Raab speaking at the daily coronavirus news conference at 10 Downing Street in London on Thursday. There is growing concern that Boris Johnson’s absence from Downing Street is hampering exit plans In response to claims of a power vacuum, No 10 said that a ‘quad’ of key ministers – Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Chancellor Rishi… Read full this story
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