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New ‘draconian’ Tier rules ARE unfair, minister finally admits, as Tory rebel fury mounts


NEW “draconian” Tier rules ARE unfair, a minister admitted today as Boris Johnson faces down 100 furious Tory rebels.

The PM will today try to woo his backbenchers into backing him by publishing a bumper plan to prove they work.

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Boris Johnson outside Downing Street today after his morning run

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Boris Johnson outside Downing Street today after his morning runCredit: London News Pictures

The PM faces a tough 24 hours as he gears up for a Commons showdown tomorrow over his toughened up new measures for England, which will come into effect on Wednesday.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said up to 100 Conservative MPs were concerned at the measures – meaning the Government could have to rely on Labour votes to get it passed.

And he admitted that the rules were “unfair” and “draconian”.

He told TalkRADIO this morning: “That doesn’t mean that every rule that we introduce and every requirement we put on people are perfectly consistent or might not even be perfectly fair”.

And he said on Good Morning Britain: “It’s not perfect and never will be when you’re introducing quite draconian emergency measures, which is what these are.”

He promised of the new rules: “we haven’t taken them lightly… We have had to take these to get the virus under control”.

And he added: “What we need to show to those MPs and to the country at large is that we have got a clear route towards fixing this problem and turning the corner.”

But he admitted that the end to social distancing and restrictions might not come until “early next summer”.

The PM has previously said he hopes the country will be past the worst by Easter.

In an attempt to woo over Tory rebels he’s said there can be another vote in the New Year on extending the tiers.

Sir Keir Starmer hasn’t yet confirmed his party will back the new Tiers system – but Labour has supported them so far.

The PM will face down rebels and try to win them over ahead of tomorrow's vote

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The PM will face down rebels and try to win them over ahead of tomorrow’s voteCredit: AFP and licensors

The PM defended his plans for a tiered system to replace the national lockdown in England as he seeks to quell a rebellion.

The Prime Minister said it would be wrong to “take our foot off the throat of the beast” now.

He acknowledged that “lots of people think that they are in the wrong tier” but insisted the measures set to come into force on Wednesday are needed to slow the spread of Covid-19.

His comments, during a visit to a facility of pharmaceutical firm Wockhardt in Wales, where it is hoped a vaccine will be produced, came shortly before the Government published its impact assessment of the tiered approach ahead of Tuesday’s crunch Commons vote.

Mr Johnson insisted the tiers are needed while “the scientific cavalry really are almost here”, as he said a jab could be available “in a few weeks”.

LOCKDOWN 3?

Mr Eustice said the Tiers system should be enough to make sure that England doesn’t go into a third shutdown.

But when pressed on whether he could rule out another lockdown in the New Year, the Cabinet minster said: “You can’t rule anything out because this is a rapidly developing situation.”

REBELS RISING

The news comes as Tory MPs continue to be furious with the new Tier system – and many have vowed to vote against it.

Dominic Raab warns Britain risks being hit by a third wave of Covid and new national lockdown if tier system fails





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