UK News Sturgeon to set out life in lowest tier of coronavirus restrictions
Gordon Brown: Scottish independence could cause '50 years of conflict'
Gordon Brown today said he fears there could be '50 years of conflict' between Scotland and England if Nicola Sturgeon wins her push for independence. The former prime minister said he believes there is 'no future in neighbouring nations fighting each other'. Mr Brown said Labour must demonstrate to voters in Scotland that it is the 'party of solidarity' if it is to repair its reputation and bounce back at the ballot box after a period of sustained decline.
Nicola Sturgeon is due to set out what life in Scotland will look like under the lowest level of coronavirus restrictions.
The First Minister is to make an announcement at Holyrood on Tuesday as part of the latest review of the route map out of lockdown.
She said last week it was “unlikely” that any area would see restrictions eased on June 28 – the date it had been hoped all of Scotland would move into Level 0 restrictions.
Ms Sturgeon previously said this move would likely be delayed by three weeks.
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The public must "see true freedom again", a former Conservative minister has said, as the government delayed lockdown easing in England for four weeks until 19 July. Steve Baker, MP for Wycombe, called on Health Secretary Matt Hancock to explain under what conditions the country will move to step four of the government's roadmap.Fellow Conservative MP and chairman of the Justice Select Committee Sir Bob Neill warned it is "unconscionable" for economic support to not be extended for four weeks alongside the restrictions.
The Scottish Government will also publish a review on Tuesday of physical distancing requirements, along with a paper which Ms Sturgeon said would set out “what we hope life will look like beyond Level 0 – as we get to the point where we can lift all, or virtually all, of the remaining restrictions”.
This level, the lowest in Scotland’s five-tier system, is only currently in place in the island authorities of Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, with all mainland areas having either Level 1 or Level 2 restrictions applied.
Ms Sturgeon previously told MSPs: “Given the current situation – and the need to get more people fully vaccinated before we ease up further – it is reasonable to indicate now that I think it unlikely that any part of the country will move down a level from June 28.
“Instead, it is likely that we will opt to maintain restrictions for a further three weeks from June 28 and use that time to vaccinate – with both doses – as many more people as possible.
“Doing that will give us the best chance, later in July, of getting back on track and restoring the much greater normality that we all crave.”
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All the nations have now delayed easing lockdown measures further due to concerns about the Delta variant, first found in India.Changes to current restriction levels are being postponed until mid-July amid a rise in Covid-19 cases, with the Scottish Government planning to lift all major curbs by early August.