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World 'We won't break the law': Burnham would accept Tier 3 if imposed on Greater Manchester

10:40  20 october  2020
10:40  20 october  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

Greater Manchester leaders told 'door is open' for further talks on Tier 3 support

  Greater Manchester leaders told 'door is open' for further talks on Tier 3 support Local leaders in Greater Manchester have been told that the "door is open" for further talks, despite the prime minister imposing Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions on the region. Boris Johnson announced that tougher COVID-19 restrictions will be introduced in Greater Manchester from Friday.Moving into Tier 3 means pubs and bars in Greater Manchester will be closed, unless they serve substantial meals, while betting shops, casinos, bingo halls, adult gaming centres and soft play areas will also shut.

Andy Burnham says he will keep to the law and " accept " Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions for Greater Manchester if the government imposes them. If there is no breakthrough, he suggested Prime Minister Boris Johnson could impose measures unilaterally as COVID-19 spreads through Greater

Image: Tier 3 would mean greater restrictions on hospitality businesses. That would take around three million 'Why do the government hate Manchester ?' Earlier, Mr Burnham criticised what he called a "provocative" But he said he would " accept " Tier 3 being imposed if Mr Johnson chooses to do so

a person standing in front of a sign: The government has set a deadline of midday © Imagebridge The government has set a deadline of midday

Andy Burnham says he will keep to the law and "accept" Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions for Greater Manchester if the government imposes them.

The region's mayor told Sky News it was ministers' "prerogative" to announce the measures, if negotiations over the next few hours end in stalemate.

He and other local leaders have been given until midday today to reach an agreement on moving three million people into England's highest band of coronavirus controls.

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Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said last night there have been 10 days of talks in "good faith" but they are still in deadlock.

If there is no breakthrough, he suggested Prime Minister Boris Johnson could impose measures unilaterally as COVID-19 spreads through Greater Manchester and public health "continues to deteriorate".

Responding, Mr Burnham told the Kay Burley show: "We wouldn't break the law… We would obviously have to accept that decision, in the end it's the government's prerogative."

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Andy Burnham says that he won ' t accept a deal that will lead to increased levels of hardship and homelessness. But there are political risks on all sides here. Explaining the decision to impose tougher restrictions on Greater Manchester , Mr Hancock said hospital admissions in the region were

The mayor of Manchester has been given until midday to accept the strictest tier of lockdown restrictions or face having them imposed by the government. Business minister Nadhim Zahaw said he hoped Mr Burnham will accept the package offered by the government, warning that ‘the real risk’

Andy Burnham wearing a suit and tie: Andy Burnham accused ministers of 'trying to penny pinch on Tier 3' © Getty Andy Burnham accused ministers of 'trying to penny pinch on Tier 3'

But he warned the change would hurt "the lowest paid in society" like pub workers and taxi drivers, so Downing Street needs to pledge more financial support for firms forced to stop trading.

"If you're going to impose a lockdown here it's going to cause certain harm to all the people I've mentioned," Mr Burnham said.

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"I don't believe we can consign our residents to hardship in that way."

Overnight, it emerged Mr Jenrick had offered £22m - around £8 per person - for "individuals, businesses, and the wider region" affected by the Tier 3 move.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  People wearing masks walk past an advertising hoarding in Manchester's Northern Quarter on October 19, 2020 in Manchester, England. Greater Manchester's leaders including Mayor Andy Burnham will want better financial arrangements for workers affected before they agree for the region to be moved into Tier 3 Covid-19 lockdown. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) © 2020 Getty Images MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: People wearing masks walk past an advertising hoarding in Manchester's Northern Quarter on October 19, 2020 in Manchester, England. Greater Manchester's leaders including Mayor Andy Burnham will want better financial arrangements for workers affected before they agree for the region to be moved into Tier 3 Covid-19 lockdown. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Mr Burnham said the "late-night ultimatum" was "a bit provocative" and accused ministers of "trying to penny pinch", but revealed he is consulting today with other local politicians and they will respond with "what we think is a fair figure".

"I will respond as positively and constructively as I can," he promised.

Earlier, business minister Nadhim Zahawi said the government was offering Greater Manchester politicians "anything they're looking for" and urged them to "make this happen now".

Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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