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Questions grow over pilot scheme after Johnson and Sunak isolation U-turn

No 10 accused of sowing confusion and creating ‘special rule’ for ministers on eve of England’s Covid reopening

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Boris Johnson’s plan to lift England’s remaining lockdown restrictions was overshadowed by a furious backlash against the prime minister and his chancellor on Sunday, triggering a hasty U-turn and prompting questions about a pilot scheme designed to let them avoid isolation.

Downing Street was accused of sowing confusion and a sense of “one rule for them” on the eve of so-called “freedom day” by saying Johnson and Rishi Sunak would continue with “essential government business” while having daily rapid tests.

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