UK coronavirus live: Johnson faces SNP wrath over permission to leave Scotland nearly 1,000 dead in England in one week | Politics


Hello. Yesterday, during his commons marathon statement, Boris Johnson appeared to make a meaningful promise to Scotland; he suggested the Treasury would fund a leave program for Scotland after November if it needed it because he was back on lockdown, even though England was not. Johnson’s words were not 100% clear, but in Scottish media (see here, or here, or here) they were taken as a firm statement of intent.But this morning (and not for the first time) a Johnson promise is starting to look rather empty. Robert jenrick, the Communities Secretary, was doing the morning broadcast tour for No.10 and, when asked if the PM’s comment meant Scotland would be able to run its own leave program beyond November if necessary, he just said the holidays would continue as a UK-wide Program until December 2, and what happened after that would be a Chancellor’s decision.

On Sky News, Kay Burley pressed Jenrick four times about it. But he kept giving the same answer (or no answer).

Kay Burley

Can the government guarantee that the leave would be extended if Scotland closed after December 2?@RobertJenrick said that decision would be up to the chancellor. HR#KayBurley

November 3, 2020

So far the leave program has operated as a UK-wide program. But Scotland is now on a different lockdown cycle than England – Nicola Sturgeon presented its own version of a firewall on Friday 9 October, almost a month before the English lockdown began – and the Scottish government wants to know it will be able to access the leave program if it needs to. another lockout later. Sturgeon was also more cautious about opening up the economy than Johnson, suggesting at one point in the fall that she would have made the restrictions even tougher if she could fund better support for workers (that’s i.e. a vacation program).

After Jenrick’s interview, Sturgeon posted this on Twitter.

Nicola Sturgeon

We urgently need clarity on this today. I’m sorry to say that @scotgov doesn’t have more details now than we did before yesterday’s PM statement. Woolly words don’t pay people’s wages. #leave

November 3, 2020

We will know more later, because there is a UQ that covers this in the Commons.

Here is the agenda for the day.

9h30: The ONS publishes its weekly death figures for England and Wales.

12h: Downing Street is to hold its daily briefing in the lobby.

12h15: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to hold her regular coronavirus briefing.

12h15: Dr Andrew Goodall, Managing Director of NHS Wales, gives a briefing on the coronavirus situation in Wales.

12h30: A Treasury Minister responds to an urgent Labor Party question on economic support for workers and businesses during the lockdown.

14h30: Professor Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical adviser, and Sir Patrick Vallance, its chief scientific adviser, testify before the Commons Science Committee as part of its investigation into “the capacity and influence of science, of UK research and technology on global disease epidemics ”.

17h: Dido Harding, NHS Testing and Tracing Manager, addresses the CBI conference.

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