UK consensus fraying over Christmas easing of restrictions

LONDON (AP) — The consensus across the four nations of the U.K. over the planned easing of coronavirus restrictions over Christmas appears to be fraying — even though they have all agreed to maintain in place the laws around the relaxation. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday the four nations had “unanimously” agreed to maintain the special Christmas rules. However, it seems that the guidance in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could well be different come the start of the scheduled five-day relaxation from Dec. 23. Johnson told lawmakers that there was agreement at the meeting that “we should proceed in principle with the existing regulations because we don’t want to criminalize people’s long-made plans.”