LONDON (Reuters) – The British government must publish its exit strategy from the stringent lockdown that was imposed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said on Wednesday.
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
The nationwide lockdown, imposed on March 23, is due to be reviewed by Thursday. Foreign minister Dominic Raab, who is deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson while he recovers from COVID-19, said on Monday he did not expect to make any changes to the restrictions for now.
Governments around the world are grappling with how to reverse measures put in place to contain the outbreak that has killed over 128,000 people globally.
Several European countries have announced plans or have already begun to relax restrictions, as pressure grows to revive their battered economies.
Starmer said Labour supported extending the measures in Britain but that to “maintain morale and hope”, the public needed to have an idea of what is coming next.
“The question for Thursday therefore is no longer about whether the lockdown should be extended, but about what the gov