Boris Johnson ‘blocked Sajid Javid’s plan to ban smoking outside pubs and clubs’ amid fears added red tape would hamper the hospitality sector’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis

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  • Sajid Javid is said to have been pushing for a plan to ban smoking outside pubs
  • But Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly stepped in to block the policy
  • The cabinet feared that the additional red tape would hurt the hospitality sector.

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Boris Johnson blocked plans to ban smoking outside pubs and nightclubs after Sajid Javid pushed the policy, it claimed today.

The health secretary was reportedly advocating for crackdown on smokers near the entrance of hospitality venues.

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But the proposal is said to have been torpedoed by the prime minister following a cabinet response.

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Boris Johnson blocked plans to ban smoking outside pubs and nightclubs after Sajid Javid pushed the policy, claimed today

The health secretary was reportedly advocating for crackdown on smokers near the entrance of hospitality venues

The health secretary was reportedly advocating for crackdown on smokers near the entrance of hospitality venues

Government insiders told The Daily Express that the PM stepped down after ministers were ‘angry and confused’ by the plans.

Cabinet ministers were concerned that imposing additional red tape on the hospitality sector would hamper recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

Smoking was banned inside pubs in 2007 and the Department of Health and Social Care reportedly began looking into possible expansion of the policy when Matt Hancock was health secretary.

Sources close to Mr Javid told the newspaper that the policy is now ‘not happening’.

A government source denounced the idea, saying: ‘It’s not just about taking away freedom of choice but it’s putting more red tape on businesses.’

Smoking is prohibited outside locations in a handful of local authority areas in England.

But many Tory lawmakers have opposed the idea of ​​a nationwide ban on sidewalk smoking.

Conservative backbencher Lawrence Robertson said the pubs were ‘already too battered’ and that they didn’t need ‘any more problems’.

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