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Rebel MPs warn Boris Johnson there ‘no justification’ for Covid restrictions to still be in place at start of May


THERE is “no justification” for Covid restrictions to still be in place at the start of May, an explosive letter to Boris Johnson from rebel MPs warns.

Sixty-three Tories have told the PM the vaccine must give the UK “permanent immunity” from virus-related lockdowns.

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Deputy Steve Baker insists it is a 'national priority' that schools reopen within weeks

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Deputy Steve Baker insists it is a ‘national priority’ that schools reopen within weeksCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The Covid Recovery Group, which is behind the letter, demands a “relaxation of unnecessary restrictions”.

It comes ahead of the PM spelling out his roadmap out of restrictions on February 22.

The rebels demand all pupils return to school by March 8, pubs re-open in time for Easter and legislative restrictions must be removed after all nine priority groups have received their first jab.

The letter adds that the “goalposts must not shift”.

It states: “When you said in January we can ‘reclaim our lives once and for all’, you created a spirit of hope and optimism.

“We recognise the devastating consequences of both Covid as well as lockdowns and restrictions, and so look forward to rebuilding our society and economy as we protect the vulnerable.”

The letter, signed publicly by the group’s chair Mark Harper and deputy Steve Baker, insists it is a “national priority” that schools reopen within weeks.

Writing for The Sun on Sunday, Tory MP Sir Graham Brady said Brits will not put up with continuous lockdowns when “weapons in the armoury” such as treatments and vaccines are available.

The letter was signed publicly by the group’s chair Mark Harper

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The letter was signed publicly by the group’s chair Mark HarperCredit: PA:Press Association
The PM will spell out his roadmap out of lockdown on February 22

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The PM will spell out his roadmap out of lockdown on February 22Credit: Getty – Pool

 

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