BORIS Johnson said he was “not prepared to take the risk with the lives of the British people” in his latest address to the Commons on Wednesday, November 4.
Speaking to urge MPs to vote in favour of a second national shutdown, the prime minister said the coronavirus has produced some worrying data and he was doing his best to protect the British public.
He defended the decision for another lockdown and reiterated that if no further action was taken the NHS was likely to be in “extraordinary trouble” by next month.
This address by the PM was to establish that the lockdown would be “time-limited”, with it scheduled to end on 2 December, although that was challenged by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.
“Will the lockdown end on 2 December come what may, or will it depend on the circumstances at the time? People need to know that,” he said.
The prime minister replied: “These measures, these autumn measures to combat the surge, will expire automatically on 2 December.
“And we will then, I hope very much, be able to get this country going again, to get businesses, to get shops open again in the run up to Christmas.
“But that depends on us all doing our bit now to make sure that we get the R down.
“I’ve no doubt that we can, and that we’ll be able to go forward from 2 December with a very, very different approach – but, of course, it will be up to the House of Commons to decide, thereafter, what to do.”
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