‘We’re not free!’ Steve Baker threatens Tory rebellion over Boris’ ‘Draconian’ COVID power

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Dozens of Boris Johnson’s own MPs are now preparing to rebel against the Prime Minister this week. They are demanding Parliament be given a say on any new coronavirus restrictions. Steve Baker, one of the Conservatives leading the charge, warned Sky News of the consequences of allowing such “Draconian powers” to continue.

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He said: “100 Acts of Parliament have been used to put in place about 242 statutory instruments, and there have been about 200 changes.

“When you’ve got a body of law that large, changing that fast, I doubt really anyone understands what that law is.

“This is not a free environment for a free people.

“How do people think that liberty dies? It dies like this with Government exercising Draconian powers without parliamentary scrutiny in advance.”

Mr Baker continued: “How do people think that liberty dies? It dies like this with Government exercising Draconian powers without parliamentary scrutiny in advance.

“It’s extremely serious, I don’t think I look like a hysterical person to you.

“Rishi Sunak brought up this issue that we need to learn to live without fear. At the moment, the public are being deliberately told that they should be afraid.

“The Government has been frightening people into compliance and it hasn’t been working.”

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