BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg warns Boris facing ‘political furore’ over furlough extension row

Kuenssberg warns of ‘political furore’ after extension to restrictions

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Boris Johnson faces a political row overextending the furlough support scheme for businesses. Workers in a number of sectors face continued uncertainly after the Government announced on Monday that the planned easing of coronavirus lockdown rules would be delayed for a month. However, as Laura Kuenssberg pointed out in the BBC Newcast programme, the Prime Minister may now face a row over furlough with support due to being slashed at the end of June.

Newscast host Adam Fleming said: “The furlough scheme becomes a little bit less generous from the first of July.

“Maybe that is not the right thing to do if some businesses will still be under quite strenuous restrictions come the middle of July”

Ms Kuenssberg added: “I am sure we will instantly get a political furore over retaining the furlough as it is.

“Rather than starting to the gradual withdrawal.”

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“Which is still scheduled,” continued the BBC Political Editor.

“The Treasury doesn’t want to do that.

“Number 10 doesn’t want to have to do that.

“I suppose we should remember that we are not still in massive complete total lockdown.”

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She added: “But there are definitely particularly specific industries that have been really badly affected.

“But the government is in no mood to open up all that kind of conversation again.

“But it wouldn’t be hugely surprising if they ended up in that place in the end.

“Even if it is not what they want to do right now.”

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On Monday Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the planned June 21 lifting of coronavirus restrictions was being delayed for four weeks.

On Tuesday, Michael Gove admitted that the Government could be forced to delay the lifting of lockdown measures again in the event of a “bizarre” event impacting the UK vaccination rollout. 

Mr Gove told LBC: “There are significant freedoms that we enjoy at the moment but obviously we want to lift as many restrictions as possible.

“I hope then and I am confident that we will be able to move to stage four and a far far greater degree of freedom. Now it might be the case that there is some bizarre unprecedented event.”

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