No 10 rejects EU’s £ 40bn Brexit divorce bill
The pressure is on the government to quickly clarify what it is doing about the NHS Covid Application, amid growing concerns that millions of people may be forced to self-isolate this summer.
It is clear that the message from the unions and NHS bosses is getting across: Grant shapps this morning confirmed that the app will be scaled down to reflect social distancing rules from July 19 (as it stands there won’t be any), while number 10 said it was considering a waiver to exempt frontline workers.
But the spokesperson for the prime minister insisted the app remained essential – suggesting it could become a bit more important later this year. However 87% of you disagree and want it to be scrapped entirely – only 13% think it has value now or in the future.
A new study has found that double doses offer high protection to the most vulnerable, which may help allay concerns about changing face mask guidelines. However, that hasn’t stopped other complaints from emerging.t Boris Johnson’s plan for the fourth stage.
The Prime Minister is expected to deliver the final verdict on the July 19 lawsuit – but so far all signs from Downing Street are good, even as cases are on the rise.
Along with the Covid challenge, Brexit problems don’t go away and a new row emerged over the divorce bill, after the EU appeared to raise the final tally. What are a few billion between friends? We should know more next week.
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