Boris Johnson told MPs that England will return to a tiered system “based on the data” when the latest lockdown measures end next month.
He said: “(Keir Starmer) asks when these measures will end – and they will end, as I’ve told the House already, on December 2 – and the House has the right to decide and will vote on whatever measures it chooses to bring in, but we will then go back to the tiered system, based on the data as it presents itself.”
Mr Johnson added: “(Mr Starmer) asks the people of this country to stand together against the coronavirus and I couldn’t agree with him more.
“All I may respectfully say is I think the people of this country would also like to see the politicians of this country standing together a little more coherently in the face of this virus.”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer asked the Prime Minister what the process will be.
He said: “Will it be only when the national R rate is below 1, or will some regions exit lockdown before others? I noted the Prime Minister did not make this clear in his statement.”
He continued: “And after everything the British people have been through and are being asked to sacrifice again, they need confidence that the Government actually has a plan, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Responding to Sir Keir, Mr Johnson said: “I am grateful to (Sir Keir) for supporting these measures and I think he is right to do so.
“But I make absolutely no apology whatever for doing my level best, our level best as a Government, to avoid going back into a national lockdown with all the damage that entails for people’s livelihoods, for people’s mental health, for jobs across this country.”
He added: “That doesn’t mean that it was wrong to go for a local approach and it doesn’t mean that it was wrong to support NHS Test and Trace because I think, actually, both those approaches, both those means have done a fantastic job in their way of bringing the virus under control, of reducing the R.”