Boris Johnson is said to be willing to end the restrictions soon after mounting evidence shows that the forecasts used by government scientists were too pessimistic.
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The effectiveness of vaccines has been shown to be much more effective than the scientists who developed the alarming models thought.
While ministers believe a reopening on July 19 remains the most likely option, a government source said a two-week ‘review point’ requested by Boris Johnson will now be a ‘real data review’ , which could lead to the advancement of Freedom Day. to July 5.
The source told the Mail: ‘The decision to delay the reopening was so finely balanced – possibly the most difficult decision in the entire pandemic – that the PM wanted a built-in review point so that if things changed, we could act. earlier.
“No one wants these restrictions in place one more day than necessary. “
Tory MPs have stressed it is important for Boris Johnson to open the country as soon as possible if the data improves.
Sir Robert Syms said: “We have to reclaim people’s freedoms.
“We can’t save everyone, but what we have done is save thousands and thousands of lives. Now we need to protect jobs, protect businesses and protect people’s personal relationships. “
It comes as more than 100 countries could be allowed non-quarantine summer breaks for Britons who received both doses of Covid jab.
Ministers are considering plans to allow fully vaccinated people to flash their NHS application at border checks to avoid ten-day self-isolation.
This could open up sunny favorites currently on the Orange List including Spain, France and Greece.
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The strategy is still in the early stages of discussions, but The Sun understands that, if approved, Boris Johnson could approve the plans before the end of the season.
Treasury Secretary Jesse Norman, hinting that a plan is in the works, said: “We don’t want to be left behind by countries that could take a two-step approach if it can be done safely, with care and safety. “
A source from Whitehall added: “I don’t think we can wait long if this is something we want to do. “