British Conservatives Rebel Over Prime Minister Johnson’s Corona Plans
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces the biggest uprising in his Conservative Party since the 2019 national election. Sky News reports that nearly 80 Conservative MPs have already indicated voting against new government measures against the coronavirus.
Johnson will present his ‘Plan B’ to parliament on Tuesday. It is a package of measures for the fight against coronavirus. For example, nightclubs and some other companies in England must check whether adult visitors have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or have recently tested negative. Parliament is also voting on a tightened mouth cap obligation.
Critics within Johnson’s party think the measures go too far. Member of Parliament Henry Smith, who is known as a supporter of Johnson, told the news channel that this further undermines citizens’ freedoms. He also predicted that the government’s plans would harm the economy.
The largest opposition Labor party has already made it clear that it supports the measures, so Johnson has no fear of parliament blocking his plans. However, a major uprising within the Conservative Party could further undermine his authority. The prime minister is also under fire because, according to media reports, his employees held Christmas drinks during a lockdown last year.
Meanwhile, the government is also trying to cope with a major Omicron outbreak. The authorities estimate that about 200,000 people become infected with the new corona variant every day. Johnson wants to speed up the administration of booster vaccines so that his compatriots are better protected.
The largest party uprising Johnson has faced so far took place last year. Then about 50 conservative parliamentarians voted against the government’s corona plans. Many MPs also abstained.