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Mr Johnson told the Commons: “This is not another lockdown. Nor is this the renewal of existing measures in England. « 

Boris Johnson said the objective of introducing the tiered system across England is to contain the virus.

The Prime Minister was speaking at the start of a debate that will see MPs vote on whether to bring in the new tiered system in England tomorrow.

Mr Johnson told the Commons: “This is not another lockdown. Nor is this the renewal of existing measures in England.

“The tiers that I’m proposing would mean that from tomorrow everyone in England, including those in Tier 3, will be free to leave their homes for any reason.

“And when they do they will find the shops open for Christmas, the hairdressers open, the nail bars open, gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools open. ”

He told the Commons: “The national measures which are now shortly ending in England have eased the burden of the NHS and begun to reverse the advance of the virus – today the R is back below 1 and the ONS survey’s showing that signs of the infection rate are levelling off.

“Imperial College London has found that the number of people with Covid has fallen by a third in England since November 2.

Opening the debate on the Government’s coronavirus tiered system, the Prime Minister told MPs: “We have to be realistic and we have to accept that this vaccine is not here yet, no vaccine is here yet.

“And whilst all the signs are promising and almost every scientist I have talked to agrees that the breakthrough will surely come, we do not yet have one that has gained regulatory approval.

“And we can’t be completely sure when the moment will arrive. And until then, we cannot afford to relax, especially during the cold months of winter. ”

Labour former minister John Spellar said: “(Mr Johnson) did talk about the virus being eradicated. Only one virus in history has been eradicated. Containment may well be the only option open to us. ”

Mr Johnson responded: “(Mr Spellar) is of course completely right and it is containment that is the objective of the tiering scheme that the Government is announcing, which I hope that the benches opposite will support tonight in spite of what I gather is the decision to abstain, which seems extraordinary to me. ”

He added: “We can’t simply allow the current restrictions to expire for the reason he gives, with no replacement whatever. ”#

He told MPs: “With the spread of the epidemic varying across the country there remains a compelling case for regional tiers in England and indeed a compelling necessity for regional tiers. ”

On the hospitality sector, Boris Johnson reeled off a list of support already announced, before telling MPs: “Today we’re going further, with a one-off payment of £1,000 in December to wet pubs – that’s pubs that do not serve food.

“Recognising how hard they’ve been hit by this virus in what is typically their busiest month. ”

Mr Johnson said: “I’m not this afternoon seeking open-ended measures. On the contrary, these regulations come with a sunset clause… at the end of February 2 and at that point… we will have sufficient data to assess our position after Christmas.

“And though I believe these types of restrictions will be needed until the spring, they can only be extended beyond February 2 if this House votes for them. ”

He added: “We’ll review the allocation of tiers every 14 days starting on December 16… (MPs) have it in their powers, in our power to help move our areas down the tiers by throwing their full weight, throwing our full weight as leaders in our communities, behind community testing and seizing the opportunity to encourage as many people as possible to take part. ”

Boris Johnson, Conservative Party, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nadhim Zahawi, Backbencher

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