oris Johnson is to meet with Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle who criticised the Prime Minister for revealing that “Freedom Day” would be delayed by up to four weeks in a press conference rather than to MPs in the Commons.
The Speaker slammed the Government on Monday over its “totally unacceptable” handling of announcing changes to the Covid road map. He accused Downing Street of “running roughshod” over MPs by not informing them first of any changes.
In an apparent olive branch the Prime Minister has agreed to meet the Speaker to discuss the issue.
His official spokesman told reporters: “I haven’t spoken to the Prime Minister but this is a matter that is taken very seriously.
“The Prime Minister is going to be meeting with the Speaker to discuss this. You will appreciate the Prime Minister was in travel to Nato yesterday, and held Cabinet, and also was finalising the agreement as regards to the trade deal last night and this morning.”
Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg added in the House of Commons: “It’s always important that statements are mad to this House and (Matt Hancock) was here yesterday to answer questions. But I understand Mr Speaker you are seeing the prime minister later on today discuss this and to ensure everything is done as it ought to be done.”
He told MPs: “This House needs to know, it needs to know first. I find it totally unacceptable that once again, once again, that we see Downing Street running roughshod over members of Parliament. We’re not accepting it and I’m at the stage where I’m beginning to look for other avenues if they’re not going to treat this House seriously.
“But I will say I think it’s time for me to have a meeting with the Prime Minister to actually put on the record here now but with him that this House matters.”
He was responding to points of order from two senior Conservative MPs, Peter Bone and Sir Edward Leigh, who both voiced their unhappiness with the handling of the announcement.