The Labour Party are threatening to abstain from voting on Boris Johnson’s proposed new three tier system along with up to 100 Tory rebels.
The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said his party will break with the government over the proposed new restriction in the Commons vote today.
This will leave the Prime Minister at the mercy of his backbenchers who have concerns over the tier system and are demanding “hard evidence” to convince them to back the system.
On Monday Johnson gave backbenchers an ultimatum, vote for the new three tier system or face a third national lockdown across England.
Sir Keir said, “I remain deeply concerned that Boris Johnson’s government has failed to use this latest lockdown to put a credible health and economic plan in place.
“We still don’t have a functioning testing system, public health messaging is confused, and businesses across the country are crying out for more effective economic support to get them through the winter months.”
With Labour abstaining from the vote, this will be very embarrassing for Johnson’s government, and it is expected that he could still win.
On Saturday Johnson wrote to the Tory rebels and offered an olive branch by saying some areas in tier 2 and 3 could be moved down a level.
However, he said this is dependent on “robust evidence” infections have fallen within those areas, and warned “tougher tiers” are needed to curtail the virus.
If the restrictions are passed through in the Commons today then 99% of England will be under the two toughest tiers.