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UK public warned strict lockdown measures unlikely to be lifted ‘overnight’

5th May 20 1:59 pm

The Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned on Tuesday that the easing of the lockdown measures will not be lifted “overnight.”

The chairman of the Tory 1922 committee Sir Graham Brady, including Sir Iain Duncan Smith have both been placing mounting pressure on the government to end the lockdown to “kick start the economy.”

Rees-Mogg suggested that the country’s freedoms will not be restored immediately, as releasing these “restraints may take some time.”

He said, “I think that the success [of the lockdown] has been greater than the government expected.

“But that, by working with the consent of the people, it means that the lockdown, when the consent is for it to end, will be something people are buying into and it is all about going with the grain of what people want to do.

“And when people are ready and the government announces that the five tests have been met, I think things will ease back.

“But no one is saying we will go back to where we were at the beginning of the year overnight.

“It will be a process back to that, which may take some time.

“And so, I think the success of the policy, [having] the consent of the British people, leaves us in a good position rather than a bad position.”

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