Mark Francois: Soon there won’t be an economy left to rescue

Monday, June 22, 2020

Conservative MP Mark Francois has urged the government to speed up its easing of coronavirus lockdown, as Boris Johnson prepares to discuss proposed changes this afternoon.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mr Francois agreed with the suggestion that the government’s lockdown policies were “trailing behind what the people have already decided to do”.

He said: “When we first went into lockdown the messages were extremely clear and I think many people were surprised by how disciplined the public were.

“Coming out it’s been a lot more messy and let’s be honest, the government’s messaging has been confused.

“If we don’t start to get the economy moving soon, there won’t be much of an economy left to rescue so what I and a lot of my colleagues are arguing is, for goodness sake, get on with it.”

The Prime Minister is expected to announce tomorrow plans for the hospitality sector to reopen from July 4 and set out whether the two-metre social distancing rule in England can be reduced.

This could see pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers welcome back customers after 13 weeks of compulsory closure.

Government minister James Brokenshire has denied that the government was merely following public opinion in its approach to easing restrictions.

He told Julia: “The review has been taking place at pace over the last number of days, drawing together the scientific and medical advice but equally behavioural science and obviously looking at the broader impacts.”

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