‘Won’t stomach it!’ Boris Johnson risks Cabinet commotion over household mixing plea
Sky News: Boris Johnson at 'weakest point' of premiership
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Boris Johnson, 57, is considering issuing a fresh plea to the public over the festive period to limit household mixing. The Prime Minister, who has suffered several setbacks in the last few weeks, has been presented with three options to restrict the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
The Telegraph understands the lowest level of restrictions would see Mr Johnson ask English families to limit indoor contact.
However, it is believed the potential request would be introduced without legal enforcement.
The Prime Minister’s second option could be to enforce restrictions on household mixing, reintroduce social distancing measures and reimpose 8pm curfews on pubs and restaurants.
Mr Johnson’s third option is a return to full lockdown measures.
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But the broadsheet reports Cabinet Ministers warned on Sunday such regulations would not be “stomached”, many on the Government’s payroll.
The Prime Minister faced a crushing blow inside Cabinet when Lord Frost, 56, resigned as Brexit Minister over the Government’s Plan B coronavirus measures.
The Remain-to-Leave convert Liz Truss, 46, will take over from Lord Frost as the UK’s chief negotiator to the Brussels bloc while serving as Foreign Secretary.
He also faces mounting pressure from Tory backbenchers after the Conservative Party lost the once-safe seat of North Shropshire to the Liberal Democrats on Thursday.
But the Telegraph even suggests one Cabinet Minister would be willing to resign from their position if the Prime Minister plunged the nation into yet another lockdown.
The move could also spark outrage outside of Government.
Business officials warned Chancellor Rishi Sunak, 41, on Sunday he has just 24 hours to commit to a support package or risk the permanent closure of some 10,000 pubs and restaurants.
Following the announcement by Mr Johnson and England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, 55, at Downing Street last week, the hospitality sector has suffered from a surge in Christmas time booking cancellations.
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Mr Johnson’s festive predicament comes as the UK records 82,886 new daily COVID-19 cases, which is the third day in a row the number of infections has exceeded 80,000.
However, recent data also shows Brits are rallying behind the Prime Minister’s plea to ‘Get Boosted Now’.
The total number of booster or third doses administered on Saturday stood at 904,598.
An additional 37,492 Brits received their first Covid jabs and 44,599 were inoculated with their second dose of the Covid vaccine.
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