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Why the Coronavirus Act 2020 must be promptly and properly redrafted

The ambiguity over lockdown powers is alien to this country’s proud traditions

By B. Brandreth , G. Sandhurst  

Cyclists ride across an empty Westminster Bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, the day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the UK in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

An Englishman’s home is usually said to be his castle, not his prison. But the extraordinary times in which we live have called for and resulted in extraordinary measures. Under these we leave our homes at risk of fines or worse. We do indeed face a grave public health emergency and there is a need for drastic curtailments of our accustomed freedoms. But the legal route adopted to curtail the rights and liberties of the citizens of this country is profoundly unsatisfactory.

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