Phillip Schofield says new lockdown guidance has 'tipped him over the edge' as he slams 'astonishing' new rules

11 May 2020, 10:44 | Updated: 11 May 2020, 14:00

Holly and Phil discussed the new lockdown rules on This Morning today.

Phillip Schofield slammed the new lockdown guidance during a discussion about the Prime Minister's speech on This Morning today.

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He and co-host Holly Willoughby both said that they are in a 'state of confusion' about the new rules.

Holly and Phil slammed the new guidelines during this morning's show
Holly and Phil slammed the new guidelines during this morning's show. Picture: ITV

Phillip opened the show by saying: "We’ve got to start this morning in a state of utter confusion after last night’s address to the nation by Boris Johnson.

"His speech created more questions than answers."

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Holly then added: "And the answers seemed to change every half hour…

"The problem is i think we’re all just about holding on, we’ve all done so well. We’ve all done exactly what we’ve been told, haven't we?



Holly said she feels 'knocked back' by the rules
Holly said she feels 'knocked back' by the rules. Picture: ITV

"But when there is this level of confusion, it knocks you back. When you feel like you’re getting to grips with it, it just knocks you back again."

Phillip then said: "The trouble with it this morning is that we now lack clarity. I understood, until last night.

"I understood where we were going, I understood what was happening. Now I don't understand whats happening."

Phillip then went on to discuss the advice about whether the public can see their parents. The government initially said you can see one parent at a 2m distance, but First Minister Dominic Raab later claimed that you could see both. The government then went back and clarified that people can just see one.

Phil said of the confusion: "You literally couldn’t write this. You couldn't write it. If this was in the farce on the telly, I’d go 'that was a bit farfetched. No government would ask that much'."

He rounded off the discussion by saying that the This Morning hosts had previously tried to be balanced but that they had been 'tipped over the edge' by the new guidance.

"It is utterly astonishing," he said. "You know that we’ve been very level on here, we’ve been very sensible I think. But now this has tipped us over the edge today."

Boris Johnson announced the possible three phases to the gradual easing of lockdown during a televised address to the nation last night.