But the prospect of restrictions continuing after 2 December in England could cause the PM difficulty with his own backbench MPs, the Sunday Express reports, as they threaten to rebel. “Lockdown ultimatum” is the headline on the front of the paper. Some 70 Tory MPs have written to Mr Johnson ahead of a vote expected on Thursday, the paper adds. The rebels will reportedly refuse to support the new tier system unless evidence can be presented to show it can “save more lives than it costs”.
“Hold your nerve, Boris,” says the Sunday Express, as it writes that the prime minister has told MPs there will be “no backsliding on Brexit” after prominent Brexiteers were asked to leave Downing Street.