Welsh Govt to meet tomorrow to discuss ‘potential border issues’ if England goes into lockdown
First minister Mark Drakeford has said ministers will meet on Sunday to ‘discuss any potential border issues’ for Wales if England goes into lockdown.
Downing Street has confirmed that Boris Johnson will hold a press conference this afternoon.
Media speculation has grown that England will go into a lockdown which could see everything except essential shops and education settings closed as early as next week.
Boris Johnson is said to be “furious” that the details of national measures have been leaked to journalists and Number 10 has launched an official inquiry.
Mr Drakeford said any action taken by Number 10 will not impact the end of the fire break in Wales on November 9.
“Our cabinet will meet tomorrow to discuss any potential border issues for Wales in light of any announcement by No 10.”
Any announcement by @10DowningStreet will relate to England.
The Welsh firebreak will end on Monday, November 9.
Our cabinet will meet tomorrow to discuss any potential border issues for Wales in light of any announcement by No 10.
— Mark Drakeford (@fmwales) October 31, 2020
Earlier today, Wales’ health minister Vaughan Gething was asked for his view on a lockdown in England, he told LBC radio:
“It’s a matter for the UK Government to make choices for England.”
“I would hope that we would find out as soon as possible the choices they’re making because it will have an impact on the messaging and public behavior in every part of the UK.”
“I welcome any choice that any government makes in the UK to help save lives and to reinforce the seriousness of the position that we’re in, in every single part of the UK, and that’s why Wales acted when we did to introduce a fire break.”