Yesterday, business groups warned that the new rule – which takes effect from Monday – would hit profits and could seriously jeopardise the drive to get more people to return to the office. Pub chiefs said the draconian rules could lead to a ‘cooling of confidence’ at a time when many were facing a struggle to break even. And Tory MPs warned Health Secretary Matt Hancock that the restrictions could end up being ‘worse than the disease itself’. … [Read more...] about Cabinet at war over the rule of six: Almost every minister on Boris Johnson’s Covid committee argued against the stringent limit – and even the PM himself was ‘cautious’- but Matt Hancock got his way
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Fellow MP Steve Baker suggested voters may refuse to obey, saying: 'Given the rules in Scotland, it becomes even more difficult to sustain the rules the Prime Minister has chosen in England. We have got to get out of this dystopian nightmare as soon as possible.' But last night the Government was not backing down, with one source asking how the Scottish police would be able to differentiate between children aged 11 and 12. … [Read more...] about Tory civil war over rule of six: Furious backbenchers brand new Covid restrictions ‘worse than the disease itself’ as it’s revealed almost EVERY Cabinet minister argued against them – but Matt Hancock got his way
'She can't respond to everybody but in quieter moments when she has 10 minutes, she can scroll through and the support she's getting from them is really helping... It's really tough. It's really tough because as she said he is critically, critically ill.' … [Read more...] about Heavenly thanks! Boris Johnson claps for carers from steps of Downing Street after NHS workers saved his life during coronavirus battle – as rainbows break through clouds while millions cheer on doorsteps across UK
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee prohibited gatherings of over 250 people in counties around Seattle, in just the latest move to restrict interactions to contain 'community spread.' Basketball games, classes, and festivals were being cancelled and postponed. The NCAA announced that division one college games would be played in arenas without crowd during the famed 'March Madness' tournament. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump BANS visitors from Europe from entering the US for 30 days starting at midnight on Friday – but excludes the UK and Ireland – in effort to staunch coronavirus pandemic. But how will it slow spread of virus ALREADY inside US?
There are concerns the government appears poised to renege on parts of the withdrawal agreement, with legislation to be published on Wednesday that would leave customs checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea at the UK’s discretion – rebutting terms that are meant to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, and setting up a legal battle between the government and the EU. Business leaders are warning that a Brexit deal is essential for safeguarding Britain’s economic recovery from the coronavirus outbreak and avoiding higher prices in the shops for already financially stretched British consumers. Josh Hardie, deputy director general of the CBI, said: “Amid all the noise and negotiations, businesses in the UK and EU remain clear: a good deal is essential.” … [Read more...] about Tuesday briefing: Brexit talks head for bitter end