Tory planned power-grab will outrage independence parties; breweries told to refuse orders for delivery before 1 Feb as Tories continue to target English pubs and ignore schools
Senior Whitehall sources say that the Tories are preparing to re-impose a ‘severe’ England-wide lockdown before New Year, with Wales entering a similar state a day earlier – and that Boris Johnson will try to exploit the situation aggravated by the emergence of a new coronavirus variant that appears to spread more rapidly, to seize back powers devolved to Scotland and Wales.
The Tories also intend to continue to target the hospitality sector and to keep schools open, even though schools are by far the bigger driver of the spread of infection.
The planned measures include:
- ‘severe’ lockdown across the U.K. from 29 December
- lockdown a day earlier for Wales
- breweries have been informed they must not accept any orders until after 1 February
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants the lockdown to last until till 31 March, but the Tories have been trying to blame Sturgeon and her Welsh counterpart Mark Drakeford for increased cases in their nations. Johnson aims to remove devolved powers and hopes to win back seats in Scotland and target Labour in Wales.
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