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The leader of the Liberal Democrats has demanded uniform guidance for family gatherings at Christmas must be devised between all four nations of the UK. Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon, Mark Drakeford and Arlene Foster were warned that their governments must “accept the inevitability” that people will travel over the festive period. The call came in a letter from the Liberal Democrats in Scotland, Wales and England – together with the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Sir Ed said: “After such an awful 2020 people had been looking forward to Christmas and we want a near-normal Christmas as possible.
“That’s why the Liberal Democrats have written to all the four Governments and urged them to come together to get some consistency in things like travel plans and what the rules will be around gatherings.
“Unless we have that consistency, I think we could have a real problem.
“We’re also saying we need to get ahead of this.
“The Government failed to listen to their scientific experts five weeks ago when they were urging an immediate short, sharp national circuit breaker.
“Now we’re seeing the lockdown in France, Ireland and Germany.
“I’m afraid Boris Johnson’s Government is acting too slowly.
“If they don’t act now there is a real danger that Christmas will be under threat.”
But Twitter users erupted at the Liberal Democrat leader.
One wrote: “What the blazes is Ed Davey doing on the same TV screen as professors in biochemistry talking about Covid? Crikey hell butt in anywhere to bang on about Lib Dems.”
Another added: “Ed Davey is so vacuous. Utter numpty.”
A third person wrote: “Why is Ed Davey in Dorset? He lives in Tier2 Surbiton.”
Someone else simply branded the Lib Dem chief “useless”.
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Despite the UK taking a near uniform approach to lockdown restrictions at the start of the coronavirus crisis in March, the picture across the country is now more fragmented.
In Scotland, First Minister Ms Sturgeon has said her Government is looking at phased term dates and possible testing of students, and issues of people returning home where there are vulnerable people.
Welsh First Minister Mr Drakeford has said the current “firebreak” restrictions should give a pathway to Christmas “without needing a period of this severity of restraint between now and then”.
And in England, Downing Street has said it is the Government’s “ambition to ensure that people may celebrate Christmas as a family this year”.
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