Cabinet tensions over blockade when Rishi Sunak tells Tory MPs Italy and Greece that they "open" economies and Britain cannot "be the only country where you can't go to the pub"
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak pointed out in a conversation with conservative backers that Greece and Italy are already "opening up" their economies
There was more evidence today of cabinet tensions over corona virus blocking than it turned out that Rishi Sunak told Tory MPs that Britain should not be "the only place in the world" where pubs are closed.
In a call with conservative backers, the Chancellor pointed out that Greece and Italy are already “opening up” their economies.
Raising the shutters at UK plc is reported to be "the best way to help tourism in the country".
Mr. Sunak is believed to be one of the most Hawkish cabinet members when it comes to easing the blockage as soon as possible – as the restrictions threaten to wipe out a third of GDP and destroy millions of jobs.
There have been suggestions that his stance contradicts Boris Johnson, who has promised to exercise “maximum caution” with any easing.
According to the Financial Times, Sunak recently attacked the "very cautious" experts on the government's SAGE advisory panel during the recent meeting with MPs.
One MP said: "Rishi said the scientists at Sage are very careful, and if we believed in the opening up of the tourism sector, we would have to stand up for it."
Mr. Sunak apparently said to the conference call: “Somehow Greece and Italy are opening up.
"This country cannot be the only place in the world where people cannot go to the pub and have a drink."
There have been suggestions that Mr. Sunak's stance contradicts Boris Johnson (picture # 10 this week), who promised to exercise “maximum caution” with any easing
One respondent said: "The best way to help tourism in this country is to give people the opportunity to open up."
The chancellor's helpers refused to comment on private talks.
"Obviously, he believes and has already said that the best way to protect jobs is to open the economy, but it has to be done in a safe way," said a source.
They rejected tensions with the Prime Minister as "invented".
Yesterday there were new warnings of impending tax hikes and austerity measures, as the numbers showed that the government had raised a record £ 62.1 billion in April.
The number of eyes was more than twice that of analysts amidst the desperate effort to save millions of workers and companies.
This means that the government borrowed almost as much in April alone as it had in the entire past fiscal year.
It is believed that for the first time, the total has brought total public debt to the £ 2 trillion mark – roughly the size of the entire economy.
Former Chancellor George Osborne warned that there had to be "tough decisions" while the prestigious IFS think tank warned that there was no guarantee that the economy would recover quickly enough to avoid tightening the belt.
But Tory MPs insisted that there should be no rush to pay off the enormous debt and instead proposed that it be treated like a war debate and eased for decades.
The National Statistics Office (ONS) said borrowing in April was £ 51.1 billion higher than the same month last year
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