BBC's Laura Kuenssberg hints at when UK wide coronavirus lockdown will be lifted

BBC'S Laura Kuenssberg has revealed the scheduled date for MPs to return to Parliament after the UK was put on lockdown in a bid to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said a date has been put in for a "managed return" of Parliament, hinting at when the UK's coronavirus福利网址 lockdown could be lifted. She posted on Twitter: "Clarification - a date has been put in for April 21st for Parliament to return to vote on the Finance Bill and some kind of managed return if that's possible." 

福利网址Ms Kuenssberg also revealed Parliament is expected to close early tonight after emergency coronavirus laws have been passed. 

She added: "Parliament expected to close tonight after emergency corona laws have been passed and granted royal assent - understand motions have been tabled already for House to rise until an unknown time."

The Coronavirus Bill is expected to receive Royal Assent and become law before the end of the day after MPs from all sides agreed to let it pass without formal votes. 

It will see the powers of ministers, councils, police, health professionals and coroners temporarily strengthened during the UK's current lockdown which is designed to stall the spread of the deadly illness.

But Ms Kuenssberg said although MPs could return on April 21, Parliament could be suspended again on the same day. 

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She posted: "Nothing finalised but likely to be smaller groups of MPs and only doing govt business - meanwhile MPs working frantically to try help constituents - remember just because not in Chamber doesn’t mean they are not working."

"Could suspend again that day but govt looking at plans to make something work - no one expects it to be normal."

Parliament was due to close for a three-week Easter break from March 31, but a motion on Wednesday's order paper proposes that it starts a week early, as fears grow that politicians and staff are being put at risk of catching COVID-19 by continuing to work there.

It had already closed to visitors and reduced the number of MPs allowed in the House of Commons chamber to allow them to sit more spaced out in accordance with guidance on social distancing.

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The news comes after House of Commons speaker Lindsay Hoyle said any votes which took place would be adapted to avoid the usual process, which can see hundreds of MPs crammed into a narrow room together as they are counted through.

The motion, put forward b福利网址y House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, states: "That this House, at its rising today, do adjourn until Tuesday 21 April 2020."

Housing minister Robert Jenrick said that while most MPs wanted parliament to continue sitting to scrutinise the government, it was also important to protect the staff who work there.

福利网址He said he was "certain" MPs would return after the Easter recess to review whether Parliament should reopen during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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福利网址The Cabinet minister told BBC Breakfast: "Once that's happened (the passing of the Coronavirus Bill) then it may be a sensible thing to close Parliament down for the recess and then review that at the end of the recess after Easter.

"Most of us, I think, do want Parliament to continue. We live in a democracy, it's essential there's scrutiny of the steps that the Government is taking.

"But obviously Parliament has to lead by example, follow the guidelines wherever it can, and ensure that we protect the staff that work in Parliament as well."


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Mr Jenrick said he was unaware of whether Mr Rees-Mogg would call for a fixed return date.

福利网址But he said it was his opinion that Parliament should return in "some form" after recess.

Mr Jenrick told the BBC: "I think it's really important, however deep and serious this crisis, that Parliament in some form continues to operate because you as citizens want to ensure your MPs are holding the Government to account."

福利网址The upper chamber, the House of Lords, is expected to approve emergency legislation on Wednesday giving authorities sweeping powers to tackle the growing coronavirus outbreak.

福利网址MPs have been following party guidance on attending debates in a bid to limit those in the Chamber at any one time.

Special measures were brought in this week to stagger voting so politicians could adhere to Government advice to remain two metres away from each other in the division lobbies.

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