End of lockdown poses Boris Johnson one of his toughest decisions
Analysis: prime minister faces a backlash from his own MPs if he delays lifting the last of England’s restrictions
At some point towards the end of next week Boris Johnson will make one of the trickier decisions even of this pandemic period: whether to lift the final tranche of Covid rules. Some of those watching the closest will be his own MPs.
The PM and his aides will be mindful of both the more vocal lockdown dissenters centred on the Covid Recovery Group, and also for any signs that a wider group of Tory backbenchers could be setting themselves against delay.