Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Sunday evening, as he unveiled the Government’s coronavirus exit strategy. The 12-minute long speech has received a mixed response, with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage ripping into the Prime Minister for delivering a “Presidential-style address”.
Mr Farage wrote on Twitter: “I think the big change from this much vaunted Presidential-style address is that I can sunbathe.
“Was that really it?”
He added in a separate Tweet: “Never in the field of human statesmanship was so much said to such little effect.”
The outspoken politician wasn’t alone his criticism of Mr Johnson, with the hashtag #BorisHasFailed trending on Twitter shortly after the speech was aired at 7pm.
Almost 100,000 people have used the hashtag, used to criticise the Government’s latest steps in defeating the virus.
Nigel Farage mocked Boris Johnson’s TV address
One person wrote: “In case anyone was wondering, I will absolutely be staying home and not putting myself at risk for a bitta sun and a jolly at the park with my friends.
“See ya on the 2nd peak. #BorisHasFailed”
Another user said: “One would think that the quarantining of airports would’ve been the first step not one of the last…. you know with us being an island and all #BorisHasFailed”
A third commented on the Government’s plans for a phased reopening of schools.
They wrote: “Asking primary school children to keep two metres apart I’m sure will work well and can’t possibly go wrong #BorisJohnson #BorisHasFailed #BorisSpeech.”
Another person commented on the measure: “Absolutely furious.
“So, roughly 180 children plus staff are going to be able to socially distance from each other in just 3 weeks time are they?!
“And despite EVERY Union writing to the government to tell them this is unacceptable.”
Another user mocked the latest announcement and said: “Stay home. If you can. Go to work, if you think you must.
“Your going outside? Okay you can go outside. But stay at home. School’s re-open in June, unless they don’t.
“Any questions? No questions allowed. #BorisHasFailed”
Tonight the Prime Minster unveiled a three-stage plan for exiting the lockdown.
The first phase, will see people who cannot work from home return back to work.
From Wednesday people will be allowed to take unlimited outdoor exercise, sunbathe in parks, and drive to the countryside or the beach.
The second phase, which will be introduced no earlier than June 1, involves a phased reopening of schools and shops.
From July 1 at the earliest, the Government will look into opening up the hospitality sector, including pubs, restaurants and hotels.
But Mr Johnson warned Britons easing restrictions will be “gradual” with social-distancing measures to remain in force for the foreseeable future with increased fines for those who flout the rules.
He said: “We must stay alert. We must continue to control the virus and save lives.”