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UK parliament to shut early over coronavirus

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Added 25th March 2020 11:21 AM

"Obviously parliament has to lead by example," he said, adding that it was also important to protect staff from the spread of infection of COVID-19.

UK parliament to shut early over coronavirus

A man wearing a protective face mask cycles across Westminster Bridge, with the Houses of Parliament behind in central London on March 21, 2020, a day after the British government said it would help cover the wages of people hit by the coronavirus outbreak as it tightened restrictions to curb the spread of the disease. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

"Obviously parliament has to lead by example," he said, adding that it was also important to protect staff from the spread of infection of COVID-19.

BRITAIN PARLIAMENT  COVID19

The British parliament is expected to close on Wednesday because of the coronavirus outbreak, with MPs sent home a week early for their Easter break.

The government has put forward a motion for the House of Commons, the lower elected chamber, to shut at the end of Wednesday's proceedings until April 21.

  picture shows the ouses of arliament  at the end of an empty estminster ridge with one pedestrian on the pavement in central ondon in the morning on arch 24 2020 after ritain ordered a lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus ritain was under lockdown arch 24 its population joining around 17 billion people around the globe ordered to stay indoors to curb the accelerating spread of the coronavirus A picture shows the Houses of Parliament (L) at the end of an empty Westminster Bridge with one pedestrian on the pavement in central London in the morning on March 24, 2020 after Britain ordered a lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Britain was under lockdown March 24, its population joining around 1.7 billion people around the globe ordered to stay indoors to curb the "accelerating" spread of the coronavirus.

 

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick told the BBC it was a "sensible" decision given the nationwide shut down of non-essential shops and services and the government order for people to stay at home.

"Obviously parliament has to lead by example," he said, adding that it was also important to protect staff from the spread of infection of COVID-19.

  handout photograph released by the  arliament shows ritains ealth ecretary att ancock standing at the dispatch box and speaking during the oronavirus ill debate to socially distanced s in the ouse of ommons in ondon on arch 23 2020 ealth ecretary att ancock said on onday that some peoples behaviour was very selfish warning they must keep two metres apart s on onday debate proposed emergency legislation to give police and immigration officers increased powers to force people to isolate themselves        A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock standing at the dispatch box and speaking during the Coronavirus Bill debate to socially distanced MPs in the House of Commons in London on March 23, 2020. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday that some people's behaviour was "very selfish", warning they must keep two metres apart. MPs on Monday debate proposed emergency legislation to give police and immigration officers increased powers to force people to isolate themselves. JESSICA TAYLOR / UK PARLIAMENT / AFP

 

But he said he was "certain that parliament will return after the Easter holidays", saying it was important for lawmakers to scrutinise the government.

Emergency legislation giving the government powers to force people into isolation has been pushed through parliament this week and is expected to become law on Wednesday.

Before MPs head home, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will have his final head-to-head in the Commons against opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, before the latter steps down.

A new Labour leader will be announced on April 4, with Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer the favourite to take over.

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