Boris Johnson leaves hospital after receiving vaccine
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The Act was passed last year in March and gives the Government extensive powers to restrict protests, arrest citizens and enforce the closures of airports and ports. The emergency powers granted by the legislation have been described as “some of the most draconian detention powers in modern British legal history”, by Tory MP Mark Harper. The Prime Minister is planning to push through the extension to the law on Thursday, just 24 hours after a 1922 committee meeting with his backbenchers.
Cabinet Ministers are reported to be divided over which lockdown measures need to be prolonged and are mindful of inflaming tensions among their backbenchers, many of whom want to see restrictions quickly lifted.
With infection rates falling rapidly and approaching levels last seen in autumn, the Government is coming under growing pressure from within its own party to ease up on its Covid regulations.
Dozens of Tory MPs are expected to vote against the Government on Thursday, in a sign of growing exasperation with the Prime Minister.
The PM is facing a major backbench revolt (Image: Getty)
The Prime Minister is planning to push through the extension to the law on Thursday (Image: Getty)
A Cabinet minister told the Daily Telegraph: “There is a lot of cynicism and a lack of trust.”
Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, told Parliament last year that the Coronavirus Act would remain in force for only as long as it was required to help fight the crisis.
In an op-ed for the Daily Telegraph, Mr Harper, who chairs the Covid Recovery Group, wrote: “Retaining most temporary provisions of the Coronavirus Act until October is not consistent with this pledge and will raise concerns that restrictions will be reintroduced in the autumn.”
Cabinet Ministers are reported to be divided over which lockdown measures need to be prolonged (Image: Getty)
It comes as Boris Johnson faces increasing calls from senior Tories to resist imposing a blanket overseas travel ban, in light of rising Covid cases in Europe.
Leading scientists have issued warnings about the risks of overseas holidays, as many countries across Europe face another lockdown due to rising infection rates.
Several Tories have urged the Government to use testing and stricter rules for high-risk countries to prevent prolonging a blanket travel ban.
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“Some of the most draconian detention powers in modern British legal history” (Image: Getty)
Matt Hancock told Parliament last year that the Coronavirus Act would be temporary (Image: Getty)
Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, told The Guardian: “The success of the British vaccination programme should allow international travel to resume safely.
“It is very likely that Covid is now an endemic virus – there may be variants for years to come.
“We need to focus on rational mitigation and not keep resorting to disastrous lockdowns.”