UK coronavirus news: Johnson warned ‘rule of law’ at risk if MPs don’t get more of a say over Covid rules

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Alok Sharma, the business secretary, has suggested that it is wrong for journalists to ask ministers if they know they detail of lockdown restrictions. Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning he said:

There is an element of slightly ‘gotcha’ about this in terms of this line of questioning. You are a flagship programme when it comes to serious news and it is not a quiz show.

No, absolutely not. But what I’m saying to you is that what is important is if people want to understand the precise restrictions that they have in areas which are more restricted, then they should go on to the [local authority] websites.

The prime minister should understand the rules he is asking huge numbers of people to follow. That’s not a gotcha, that’s just basic government competence.

“You are a flagship programme when it comes to serious news, and it’s not a quiz show”

Business Secretary Alok Sharma tells #R4Today there’s an element of “gotcha” about questions on what exactly the coronavirus restrictions and rules are https://t.co/9dBQYyzMQq pic.twitter.com/kN1j5F4CpL

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