LONDON - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to set out his 'roadmap' for easing lockdown measures in an address to the nation on Sunday.
Today, Mr Johnson revealed the government hopes to start introducing the measures - which could see some outdoor activities resume - the following day.
It comes after the PM faced criticism for planning to reveal the measures on TV first, rather than in the House of Commons.
Announcing them on Sunday and implementing them on Monday means MPs may not have a chance to ask questions about them before they take effect, Mr Johnson said.
Asked why he was breaking with the usual rules, the PM said: "The reason for that is very simple, that we have to be sure the data is going to support our ability to do this.
"That data is coming in continuously over the next few days. We want if we possibly can to get going with some of these measures on Monday."
He added: "I do think it would be a good idea Mr Speaker if people had a good idea of what's coming on Monday, that's why I think Sunday is the best time to do it, but of course the house will be fully informed and will have the full opportunity to debate and interrogate me or the government on that matter."
Speaker Lindsay Hoyle added, pointedly: "And hopefully in the future it will be to the house first."
Sir Lindsay has previously said it was "a matter of regret" that the PM chose to make his statement on lifting lockdown measures on Sunday, rather than explaining the details to MPs first.(FA)