Cabinet furious after PM ‘records major speech without ministers’

CABINET ministers are seemingly furious they have been not been consulted on plans regarding the prime minister’s address to the nation this evening.

Boris Johnson will head an emergency Cobra committee meeting this evening, involving Cabinet ministers and devolved leaders, before his 7pm speech in which he will outline the UK’s plans to gradually lift lockdown restrictions.

But it is has emerged he has gone ahead and made final decisions without involving them and already recorded aspects of his message yesterday, according to PA.

The committee was due to thrash out 50-page document detailing the full plan, but a source told the Mail on Sunday that Mr Johnson has already sent the papers to the printers to be published on Monday.

The reasoning behind the decision was to get the footage to broadcasters in plenty of time, but the Cabinet is said to be angry at being excluded.

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