Former Chancellor Philip Hammond urged the government to publish a coronavirus exit plan while insisting that the British should return to work to restart the economy.
The former Conservative Chancellor insisted that a plan should be published next week to allow the economy to escape the blockade, because the country will “live with Covid” for a long time.
He said the government cannot wait until a vaccine develops, in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today program.
“The reality is that we have to start reopening the economy. But we have to do it by living with Covid, “he said.
“We can’t wait for a vaccine to be developed, produced in sufficient quantities and distributed throughout the population. The economy won’t survive that long. “
Hammond said that the strategy so far of “blocking everything and keeping everything blocked” is relatively simple. “
“The challenge of how to reopen carefully, progressively, methodically, protecting both health and work, is much, much more demanding and requires truly skillful political leadership,” he continued.
Responding if he thinks it should be published soon, he said he hopes the Prime Minister’s return will signal the change.
Comments that come after widespread government criticism for refusing to even discuss a plan.
The Scottish and Welsh governments have publicly discussed detailed options.
The British were allowed to meet 10 of their closest family or friends with the idea of easing the coronavirus blockade, it was revealed today.
It is understood that the UK government is considering socializing people outside their families into small “bubbles” while planning an exit strategy.
The move would expand the current “stay home” advice to include meals and other social activities with close relatives and friends.
It would also mean that couples who don’t live together can spend time together.
However, people would be able to name only one or two families as part of their “cluster” and would not be able to socialize with anyone else.
The idea was also considered by the British government, reports Mail Online.
A Whitehall source told the newspaper, “If we can find a way to allow for a little more flexibility without risking the transmission of the disease that runs higher, we will.”
A steady increase in traffic on the roads added to the growing unease in Downing Street that the country is becoming restless due to restrictions on daily life.
But Priti Patel should suggest that restrictions could be tightened if the British continue to violate the blockade.
The internal secretary is expected to hold a press conference later today, where she will produce data showing that there is an increasing number of people who do not respect the rules.
The British have been asked to obey the blockade and to stay home this weekend, as temperatures are expected to remain high.
Meteorologists predicted warm conditions for much of the country over the weekend, raising concerns about the “danger” that people could challenge the blockade that started on March 23rd.