Boris Johnson’s SISTER tells PM to unlock before July 19 & says Euros 2020 Wembley final must be ‘gateway to freedom’
BORIS Johnson’s own SISTER today joined the legion of lockdown-hating Brits demanding Freedom Day be brought forward before July 19.
Rachel Johnson warned her super-cautious sibling that raucous scenes of semi-packed rafters at Wembley’s Euro finals will hammer the “final nail in the coffin” for Covid restrictions.
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Rachel Johnson has urged her brother Boris to unlock before July 19[/caption]
The PM has insisted July 19 will be the “terminus date” when lockdown is binned.
Some 45,000 fans are set to fill Wembley to half-capacity for the Euros finals ahead of Freedom Day in early July.
UEFA bosses and ministers are locked in talks about exempting a small number of overseas VIPs, sparking a row about special treatment.
Journalist Ms Johnson this morning waded into the row to ratchet up pressure on brother Boris to unlock.
Throwing her weight behind the exemption on GMB she said: “If this event does go ahead on British soil with 2,000 VIPs and hangers-on I think it will literally put the final nail in the coffin for Covid restrictions.
“The Government will probably have to open up before the terminus date of July 19 because I suspect the Covid restrictions will be collapsing under the weight of their own contradictions.
“So I want it to go ahead because the optics will be so bad that the country will just decide to get on with it.”
She added that having the finals at Wembley should be a “gateway to freedom”.
Mr Johnson’s adjusted roadmap has a two-week break clause allowing for an early unlock on July 5.
But the PM and ministers have poured cold water on hopes of an early unlock and told people to plan for July 19.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said today: “We are looking at the data and we’ve said that we will take a specific look two weeks into the four-week delay that we had to put in place to get more people vaccinated. So we’ll do that.
“But I have every confidence that the more people get vaccinated the easier it is, the safer it is to lift restrictions.”
He also announced that plans for autumn booster jabs will be unveiled in the coming weeks.