Labour opposition will support any lockdown extension, says Starmer

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s opposition Labour Party Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer speaks to members of the media as he leaves the BBC headquarters after appearing on The Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain January 5, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer said on Monday he would support any extension of social distancing measures, calling for a “national consensus” on the next phase of the country’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will review the measures that have all but shuttered Britain’s economy on May 7 to judge whether any can be eased, a decision which he says will be guided by the government’s desire to protect public health.

Britain has been locked down for six weeks, and Johnson is under pressure from some in his governing Conservative Party to start to ease some of the measures, allowing people to return to reopened businesses and for some children to go back to school.

But so far, the prime minister, who says he fought for his life in intensive care after contracting COVID-19, has been cau

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