Labour Party: UK should set out a plan to exit coronavirus lockdown
LONDON (UK) – The British government should publish its lockdown exit strategy to exit the lockdown to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, according to opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer.
The nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 23 and is due for review on Thursday.
British Foreign minister Dominic Raab currently deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not expect any changes to be made to the restrictions for now.
Governments worldwide are grappling with how to reverse the lockdown measures. Many European countries announced plans or have begun to relax their restrictions with the growing pressure to revive their battered economies.
Labour leader Starmer supported extending the lockdown measures in Britain but to “maintain morale and hope”, the public needed insight into what is coming next.
“The question for Thursday therefore is no longer about whether the lockdown should be extended, but about what the government’s position is on how and when it can be eased in due course and on what criteria that decision will be taken. Overcoming this crisis requires taking the British public with you. The government needs to be open and transparent… The silent pressures on communities across the country cannot be underestimated.”
– Keir Starmer, Labour Party leader
Starmer requested the government to publish its exit strategy over the coming week to allow the parliament to scrutinise it on its return next week.
Starmer also called for the British government to outline the sectors which will most likely to see the easing of restrictions.
“Any exit strategy will only be effective if the government puts the necessary planning, investment and infrastructure in place early. It is political decisions by ministers that will determine what happens next. At a time of national crisis, it is more important than ever that those decisions are taken swiftly and transparently.”
– Keir Starmer, Labour Party Leader
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