Fresh fears of winter lockdown as Boris Johnson hatches plan to extend Covid powers for another six months
BORIS Johnson has sparked fresh fears of a winter lockdown with plans to extend “draconian” Covid powers for another six months.
The PM will face a revolt from furious Tory backbenchers over his bid to keep the legal underpinning for restrictions.
Raging rebels are worried scientists could bounce him into reimposing curbs if the NHS comes under strain this winter.
No 10 insisted it would be “irresponsible” to let the powers expire.
The vote on extending them is set to be the first major parliamentary battle after Parliament returns from recess next week.
Boris wants to keep the Coronavirus Act enshrined in law until March 2022, when it will automatically lapse after two years in force.