LONDON – Labour demands exit plan

The government should publish an exit strategy from the coronavirus lockdown this week, opposition Labour party leader Keir Starmer has demanded.

In a letter to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for Boris Johnson while the Prime Minister recovers from his hospital treatment for coronavirus, Starmer said that “the question for Thursday therefore is no longer about whether the lockdown should be extended, but about what the government’s position is on how and when it can be eased in due course and on what criteria that decision will be taken.”

Ministers are expected to announce an extension to the lockdown on Thursday (16 April) but there is growing division among Boris Johnson’s cabinet about the timeline for gradually easing the lockdown measures. On Tuesday, the UK’s Office for Budgetary Responsibility forecast that the UK could suffer a 12% fall in economic output in 2020 and record a budget deficit of over £270 billion.

(Benjamin Fox |

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