The Prime Minster, Boris Johnson, will hold a Commons vote on the second national lockdown before it is due to come into force, after previously promising rebels a vote on any “significant national measures”.
On Saturday, October 31, the Government faced criticism in some quarters for not introducing the restrictions sooner.
But the Prime Minster also faced a backlash from some Conservative MPs who accused Mr Johnson of allowing himself to be “bounced” into a national lockdown before giving regional restrictions “time to work”.
What is it?
Over the past few months an increasing number of Conservative backbenchers have become unhappy with the way in which Mr Johnson is handling the pandemic.
MPs were given a vote on Mr Johnson’s controversial “rule of six” on October 6 in an attempt by Downing Street to head off a full-scale Tory rebellion.
Now they will be given the chance to vote on a second national lockdown.
The new restrictions will place the country back into national lockdown on November 5 and last until at least December 2.
The measures will see pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential retail closed for four weeks, but schools, colleges and nurseries will remain open.
People will only be be allowed to exercise and socialise in outdoor public spaces with their household or one other person.
Mr Johnson will defend his decision, telling MPs: “Models of our scientists suggest that unless we act now, we could see deaths over the winter that are twice as bad or more compared with the first wave. Faced with these latest figures, there is no alternative but to take further action at a national level.”
When is it ?
Commons will debate and vote on the tough new measure on Wednesday, November 4, just a day before the lockdown is expected to begin.
The Prime Minister will tell the House of Commons that he will “seek to” end the draconian new measures in a month’s time, but will stop short of ruling out an extension.