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England has been in a second national lockdown for the last few weeks, and it is due to end on December 2. Following the end of lockdown, rules will be replaced with the three-tier lockdown system, with tighter restrictions than was first introduced back in October. MPs will vote on the new measures today (December 1).
The improved three-tier lockdown system will still see England divided into tiers based on risk, but restrictions on businesses and households have been strengthened.
Under Tier 3, or the Very High alert level, all hospitality businesses including restaurants and pubs will have to close.
At the moment 99 percent of the population are proposed to be entering Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions from December 2, and only the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall and the Isle of Wight will be included in the lowest Tier 1.
The Government is convinced the new measures will be strong enough to keep the rate of coronavirus transmission under control in England.
But there are some concerns another national lockdown may be needed again in the future, especially as many households will be mixing as part of the new Christmas bubble system.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove told Sky News he was “confident as confident can be” the new three-tier lockdown measures will be “robust”.
Asked if he could rule out another lockdown, Mr Gove said: “You can never rule anything out in politics, but, as I say, I’m pretty confident on the basis of the rigour with which these new tiers are applying that we can prevent a national lockdown.
“One thing I fear though would be that if we were to relax the situation too rapidly then we would have the situation which we have had in some other countries, and, indeed, in Wales, where you have to slam the brakes on again.”
Later today MPs will vote on the Government’s motion to introduce a three-tier lockdown system and the motion is expected to pass, but not without significant opposition from MPs.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the party had “serious misgivings” about the Government’s strategy to tackle coronavirus.
However, he said it would not be in the national interest for Labour to strike down the new system when there is still a “serious risk” posed by coronavirus.
The Labour Party has said its members would abstain from Tuesday’s vote.
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In response, Downing Street accused Sir Keir of “playing politics in the middle of a global pandemic instead of working with the Government to find a way through this difficult time for the British people”.
The Prime Minister is also expected to face some rebellion from his own MPs during Tuesday’s vote.
Several Conservative MPs have been outspoken about their criticism of the proposed three-tier system.
According to a tally by Sky News, 65 of the PM’s Conservative colleagues have criticised the proposals or are unlikely to vote for the new lockdown measures.
What time is the lockdown tier vote tonight?
The current second national lockdown was approved by MPs last month, and is due to legally expire on December 2.
The Prime Minister promised members a vote on the next stage in the Government’s lockdown strategy after the end of the lockdown.
MPs are expected to vote on the three-tier lockdown system at 7pm on Tuesday, and if the motion is approved the new rules will come into effect the following day.
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