BORIS Johnson today said lockdown easing will go ahead on schedule and vowed to be back down the pub “in a few days’ time”.
An upbeat Prime Minister said he can’t wait to go to the barbers when hairdressers reopen and sip his first pint in his local on April 12.
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Boris Johnson today said he can’t wait to go for a pint in a pub
The PM said today: “I’m going to be able to go down the street and cautiously, but irreversibly, I’m going to drink a pint of beer in the pub”Credit: Nick Obank – The Sun
Speaking at the Conservatives’ virtual spring forum on Saturday, Boris said he can see nothing in the data to dissuade him from continuing along his lockdown easing roadmap.
He said: “In just a few days’ time, I’m finally going to be able to go to the barbers.
“But more important than that, I’m going to be able to go down the street and cautiously, but irreversibly, I’m going to drink a pint of beer in the pub.
“And as things stand, I can see absolutely nothing in the data to dissuade me from continuing along our roadmap to freedom, unlocking our economy and getting back to the life we love.”
It comes as:
The PM said discovering the Kent variant of Covid-19 – also known as B117 – was a huge breakthrough and led to the tiering system of restrictions to be dropped.
He added: “That was an incredibly important moment, because we were then able to work out what was happening, because we could see that B117 was basically transmitting considerably faster.
“With that we were able to understand why the tiering system that had been basically working for much of the autumn just wasn’t going to work anymore.”
He added that the vaccine rollout would not have been possible without the “might of the private sector”.
He said: “Yes, Government played a pretty big role, the Vaccine Task Force, the bottling plants we helped to set up, the scientists we funded, and I renew my thanks and admiration for the incredible work of our NHS, our GPs, our nurses, our health care workers of all kinds.
“They’re heroes, heroes, heroes, to say nothing of local council staff and volunteers, and the Army, so many thousands of others.”
Mr Johnson was also asked whether the UK can have a bank holiday called “national hangover day” once the pandemic subsides.
But more important than that, I’m going to be able to go down the street and cautiously, but irreversibly, I’m going to drink a pint of beer in the pub.”
In response, he said Chancellor Rishi Sunak “was pretty keen” for people to get back into the office.
He said: “The general view is people have had quite a few days off, and it wouldn’t be a bad thing for people to see their way round to making a passing stab at getting back into the office.”
But the PM conceded that there are still unanswered questions about what impact the third coronavirus wave sweeping Europe would have on the UK.
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Mr Johnson said: “I think the second half of the year will have the potential to be really fantastic.
“But it depends on things still going right.
“We depend on the successful vaccine programme and disease not taking off again.”
He said “bitter experience” has shown a wave like the one in Europe would hit the UK “three weeks later”.
He added: “The question is – is it going to be, this time, as bad it has been in the past?
“Or have we sufficiently mitigated, muffled, blunted impact by the vaccine rollout?
“That’s a question we still don’t really know the answer to.”
Boris was speaking as pubs in England look to reopen their gardens on April 12Credit: AFP or licensors