Boris Johnson expected to set out plan to ease Plan B Covid restrictions amid reports of plot to oust him


oris Johnson is expected to announce an easing of England’s coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday as he battles to save his premiership.

The Prime Minister and his Cabinet will examine the latest Covid data in the morning before making a statement in the Commons in the afternoon.

England’s Plan B measures – which include guidance to work from home, the use of the Covid pass and mandatory mask wearing in shops and on public transport – are set to expire on January 26.

The WHO has warned against ending Plan B restrictions “prematurely” as the coronavirus is “constantly evolving”. But businesses have called for a rapid “exit strategy” from restrictions, saying they have left restaurants and shops once again fighting for survival.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs on Tuesday that he was “cautiously optimistic that we will be able to substantially reduce restrictions next week”.

Asked whether restrictions would be lifted during a visit to a hospital on Tuesday, Mr Johnson said: “We’ve got to be careful about Covid. We’ve got to continue to remember that it’s a threat.”

No final decisions have yet been made, although any attempt to extend the restrictions beyond the cut-off date would trigger a fresh confrontation with Tory MPs, something the Prime Minister would wish to avoid as his position has already been weakened due to the row over Downing Street parties.

It comes amid reports of a plot from MPs to oust him and the handing of further letters of no confidence to the 1922 Committee.

100 Boris clones mock PM’s explanation that he thought he was arriving at a work event outside No 10

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Reports suggest that as many as 20 of the fresh intake of Red-Wall MPs from the 2019 election were considering handing in letters to the 1922 Committee in a move that could signal the beginning of the end of Mr Johnson’s leadership.

Johnson was said to be trying to shore up his support in the parliamentary party last night after it emerged a group had reportedly met in the office of Alicia Kearns to discuss his future as prime minister. The meeting was dubbed the “pork pie putsch” as Kearns’ constituency contains Melton Mowbray.


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