Boris Johnson hits back at claims that full UK reopening will lead to chaos - "it takes a great deal of leadership to get things done" 2 months ago

Boris Johnson hits back at claims that full UK reopening will lead to chaos - "it takes a great deal of leadership to get things done"

It comes as Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday that the reopening of nightclubs in the UK "would concern us greatly".

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hit back at claims that the full UK reopening on 19 July will lead to chaos.

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Johnson announced on Monday that from 19 July it will no longer be a legal requirement that people have to wear masks in certain settings, with other restrictions such as on the size of events also to be lifted.

During Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Johnson said that the UK is "seeing a wave of cases because of the Delta variant” but that “scientists are also absolutely clear that we have severed the link between infection and serious disease and death”.

“Currently there are only a 30th of the deaths that we were seeing at an equivalent position in previous waves of this pandemic,” he said.

He added that there are “difficult decisions” to be made during the pandemic but that “it takes a great deal of drive and it takes a great deal of leadership to get things done."

“We’re getting on to taking the tough decisions to take this country forward. We vaccinate, they vacillate. We inoculate Mr. Speaker while they’re invertebrate," he continued.

It comes as Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday that the reopening of nightclubs in the UK "would concern us greatly" as all restrictions are set to be eased in UK from 19 July.

Speaking to reporters at Government Buildings, he said that the decision to push back the reopening of indoor dining in Ireland was “the right decision."

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The Tánaiste said the Government is concerned about “packed" West End theatres and nightclubs as he described the UK's decision to lift all coronavirus restrictions as a "gamble".

“The UK decision was a gamble, quite frankly, a gamble that we were not willing to take," he said.

“What was announced in Britain yesterday was, in my opinion, too risky.

“The prospect of packed theatres in the West End and nightclubs in Manchester packed to the rafters is one that would concern us greatly in this country quite frankly.”