Terming the availability of two vaccines and the United Kingdom moving out of the EU’s embrace from 11pm on Thursday, when the Brexit transition period ends, as an “amazing moment”, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he remained self-assured approximately the country and the future as it enters 2021.
Johnson released an upbeat New Year message even as the United Kingdom’s health officials announced another high in the number of day-to-day new deaths and cases from Covid-19: 964 and 55,892, as of Thursday evening, with 23,813 patients in hospitals and 1,847 of them on ventilators.
The United Kingdom government launched a public information crusade, attractive to the people to bring in the New Year at home and not to enroll in any gathering outdoor.
Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officers, described the situation as “grim, miserable and perilous”.
The Big Ben will come alive in the dark to usher in the New Year, but there will be not one of the iconic fireworks around it that would usually be watched by tens of thousands along the Thames and telecast live to millions across the globe.
‘Covid loves a crowd, cancel parties’ was once the key message on a public information crusade on Thursday, urging Britons to bring in the New Year at home.
Millions more Britons moved to the top Tier 4 Covid-19 alert system with the toughest restrictions on Wednesday night.
Johnson said, “(As) as the sun rises day after today on 2021 we have the certainty of those vaccines. Pioneered in a UK that also is free to do things another way, and whether essential better, than our friends in the EU. Free to do commerce deals around the globe.
“This is an amazing moment for this country. We have our freedom in our hands and it is up to us to benefit from it. Leading both the G7 and the COP 26 climate change summit in Glasgow, and an open, beneficiant, outward-looking, internationalist and free trading global Britain, that campaigns for 12 years of quality education for each and every girl on the earth.”
He added, “2021 is the year we will do it, and I consider 2021 is above all, the year when we will be able to eventually do those on a regular basis things that now seem missing prior to now. Bathed in a rosy glow of nostalgia, going to the pub, concerts, theatres, restaurants, or simply holding hands with our loved ones in the normal way.”
Johnson, then again, insisted that the United Kingdom is still a way off from that situation and warned that there are “hard weeks and months ahead”.
Meantime, the UK-EU post-Brexit agreement reached final week received royal approval and became law.
Several aspects of on a regular basis life are likely to change as new post-Brexit realities unfold.
This will include higher prices in supermarkets and changes to Britons visiting EU member-states. There will be a 90-day limit to their stay in any 180-day period, the usage of queues for non-EU citizens at airports, and being asked by immigration officials to show return tickets and funds for their stay.