PMQs: Boris Johnson pushed to publish scientific advice that supports easing of lockdown
- Credit: Archant
Boris Johnson has been pressed during Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) to publish the scientific advice that led to his decisions surrounding the easing of lockdown.
Taking to the despatch box, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer challenged the prime minister to release Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) advice to the public.
'The prime minister is asking the country to support decisions that affect millions of lives. These are not easy decisions, I recognise that,' Sir Keir said.
You may also want to watch:
'[But] after the confusion of the last few days, gaining pubic confidence in them is crucial. Crucial. The prime minister says his decisions were driven by 'the science, the data, and public health'.
- 1 Why don't Brexiteers like to talk about Brexit any more?
- 2 Brexit: British 'expats' in Spain facing deportation over residency
- 3 Michael O'Leary: My hope for the future over Brexit
- 4 Major disaster: How Tories' 1992 victory sowed seeds of Brexit
- 5 Is the Sun setting on Murdoch's global media empire?
- 6 When Eton took on a team of miners at football
- 7 Five years of Brexit summed up by Cold War Steve
- 8 Did Donald Trump really wear his trousers backwards at Republicans' North Carolina rally?
- 9 English to be temporarily replaced by French as EU's 'working language' in 2022
- 10 Priti Patel urged to publish promised assessment on impact of ending freedom of movement
'So, to give the public confidence in the decision, can the prime minister commit to publishing the scientific advice that the decisions were based on.'
Johnson answered saying that all SAGE advice would be published in 'due course' before telling the house that experts had been involved in every step of the government's response to the virus.
Touching on how the public will view the data, Johnson said: 'I think that actually when they look at what we're advocating as they way forward, the stepped process we have set out, I think people will see exactly what we're trying to do.'
'The common sense of the British people got us through that first phase of this disease. I am absolutely confident it will get us through the second phase as well.'
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.