Home U.K. BBC's Laura Kuenssberg exposes real reason behind Boris's latest lockdown strategy

BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg exposes real reason behind Boris’s latest lockdown strategy

BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg explained Boris Johnson’s Government is under pressure to go into greater detail on the country’s coronavirus plan. While on the Today Programme Ms Kuenssberg claimed the Prime Minister had faced strong criticism from his own party after addressing the nation on Sunday. Ms Kuenssberg said: “We will get a fuller picture of the Government’s intentions for England when the Prime Minister is in Parliament.

“We will also get a document that should provide more clarification.

“But this morning there was a bit of a vacuum and a lot of criticism.”

Ms Kuenssberg also explained Boris Johnson’s Government was facing pressure from backbenchers.

She said: “There is also some growing unhappiness on the Tory backbenches too.

BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg exposes Tory fury after Boris’ speech reveals chaotic ‘vacuum’ (Image: Sky News/Getty)

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“One senior MP said to me last night, someone who is normally loyal, told me the backbenchers are getting restless and Boris Johnson needs to lead and get on top of the detail.

“So it will be an important day in a very complicated situation for any Government.

“There is a huge amount of pressure on Boris Johnson after last night’s statement.”

The Today Programme host Mishal Husain added Boris Johnson gave his speech on Sunday in hopes of pushing people to go back to work on Monday.

Ms Kuenssberg continued: “Well, yes he did but it is one thing wanting people to act on his advice from a desk in Downing Street and it is another thing making it possible for people to do so.

“That is particularly where the opposition and the unions are concerned.

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“There was almost disbelief from Keir Starmer last night that Boris Johnson could tell people to go back to work in manufacturing and construction this morning without going into detail on how they might do that.

“People are not sure how their workplaces can be COVID-19 secure, to use the new jargon.”

Ms Kuenssberg also discussed the tensions building between the UK Government and the devolved nations.

She said: “There are important divisions also with the devolved administrations.

“The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Governments don’t want to move away from the stay at home message and they have not hidden their frustration and it is important.

“We have different parts of the population getting different advice and that gives a sharper edge to the politics.

“In that regard, Boris Johnson was clear that restrictions may be flexed on and off at different rates depending on what happens to the disease in different parts of the country.

“It is clear that different parts even in England, certainly between Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, might go at a different rate but the politics are complicated.”

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