Robert Buckland today blamed people who couldn't self-isolate for the new coronavirus lockdown when they were told that Tory MPs were signaling they would not back up to support national restrictions.
The Justice Minister said refusing to adhere to quarantine rules after testing positive or coming into close contact with someone was "one of the reasons" the government had to impose another nationwide shutdown.
He said it was "difficult" to convince some people to follow instructions at home.
His intervention came when Boris Johnson was "taken note" by angry Conservative backers who warned the Prime Minister that if he tries to impose another ban he will face a much tougher fight in the future.
A four week shutdown across England began today and is slated to end on December 2nd. However, the government has given no firm guarantee that it will not try to extend the measures.
Mr Johnson's lockdown sailed through the House of Commons yesterday as it was supported by 516 votes to 38. 34 Tory MPs rebelled to oppose the measures.
But Tory MPs, reluctantly supportive of the plan, have suggested that they likely won't vote for similar rules in the future should the government propose a third national course of action.
MPs said they would notify the government "with 28 days' notice" when they beat ministers for "exceeding the mark … by legislation on how people live their lives in their private homes".
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said today it would have been "totally wrong" not to act in the face of rising infection rates as he blamed people for not being able to self-isolate for the new lockdown
Boris Johnson's new national lockdown was agreed by MPs between 516 and 38 yesterday evening, but the Prime Minister has been warned that he will face a major revolt if he tries to impose a third lockdown
Mr Johnson's lockdown means pubs, bars and restaurants have had to close while all non-essential retail stores have also closed.
Mixing households is prohibited, while recreational facilities such as gyms are prohibited from opening.
The legislation underlying the rules expires on December 2nd, which means that what happens after that date must be voted on and agreed by the MPs.
There are fears that if the infection rates remain high, the prime minister may be forced to request an extension of the lockdown.
Mr Buckland defended the lockdown this morning when he said the government had no choice but to put in place national Covid-19 restrictions.
He told BBC Radio 4 Today, “I think based on the evidence we saw over the weekend, the rise in hospital admissions and the number of cases, it would have been completely wrong not to act like us have. & # 39;
He described last night's rebellion as "fairly limited" as he also attacked people for not isolating themselves.
He said it was "a big challenge" getting people to meet the quarantine requirements and told BBC Breakfast, "That's one of the reasons we need to take the (blocking) measures we have today are.
"Unfortunately, frankly, it has been difficult for some people to adhere to the quarantine restrictions."
Tory MPs who supported the current shutdown have signaled that they will not be ready to vote for the draconian measures again.
Nusrat Ghani, a former minister and Conservative MP from Wealden, said it was an "excruciating decision" to support the lockdown and it was difficult to justify the nationwide approach in her constituency, which "rarely comes close to the R -Rate of 1 comes ".
Speaking in the House of Commons last night, she said, “I will reluctantly support the government tonight, but with one caveat.
"I will notify the Foreign Minister and the government 28 days in advance."
"You've had many months, but in that short time you need to put in place a public health strategy that works for the whole country – not just for the north and the Central Plateau, but also for me in Wealden."
She added, “We are transcending the mark as a country, as a government and as a Conservative party, by making laws about how people live their lives in their private homes.
“This is not a room that we should enter easily. In my experience, men, institutions and governments are very reluctant to give up that power when they seize it. & # 39;
Mr Johnson's lockdown was easily agreed by the Commons, largely thanks to the support of 190 Labor MPs.
However, some of these opposition MPs have expressed concerns about the national approach and suggested rejecting similar proposals in the future.
Hartlepool Labor MP Mike Hill tweeted, “On the eve of a second lockdown, I'd like to let my constituents know that voting in favor was a tough one.
& # 39; Our R-rate is falling, but we had to act nationally. Come on December 2nd, even though the gloves are off as your MP, if nothing has changed. & # 39;
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