Loose Women erupt into row over Covid wedding rules as Euros and G7 barbecue go ahead

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Tensions flared in the Loose Women studio today as the panel debated Boris Johnson's upcoming announcement on the Covid restriction deadline.

The prime minister will give an update on whether 'Freedom Day' will continue as planned at a 6pm press conference at Downing Street this evening.

Among those eagerly waiting to see how they will be effected by the update are couples hoping to get married after June 21.

Mr Johnson has been under pressure to hold off lifting all restrictions following the recent surge in coronavirus cases, particularly the rising Delta variant.

This shot from a beach BBQ at the G7 Summit from the BBC's footage appears to show around 40 people, including security and waiting staff,
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Discussing the looming announcement on Monday's Loose Women, the panel said they were shocked to see events including the G7 Summit and the UEFA European Football Championship go ahead over the weekend when couples are still facing so much uncertainty.

"People should have their weddings at the G7 Summit where all these people are. That seems to be the place to go," scathed Brenda Edwards.

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Nadia Sawalha shared the story of a bride waiting to get married at the same Cornwall location where the world leaders have gathered, who is still waiting to find out if her wedding can go ahead with more than 30 people.

As images flashed up of a beach BBQ attended by politicians on the shores of the popular tourist destination, Brenda said she thought it was completely 'disrespectful' when so many couples are desperately holding out for news on their special day.

"They are telling us, the real people, to just have a Zoom meeting so why aren't they?" she asked.

Brenda said she thought the G7 Summit was 'disrespectful' to couples waiting to hear if they can get married
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"It's one rule for them and one for us. If you want respect lead by example," Brenda fumed.

Downing Street assured the Carbis Bay bash was 'entirely Covid secure' and the 'relaxed atmosphere' gave leaders – including Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden – the chance to discuss politics outside of formal sessions.

Standing up for the prime minister, Nadia said Boris explained that June 21 would be the 'absolute earliest' that the restrictions would lift and it was up to people to interpret that and make a decision on when to hold their wedding.

"We can't be cross with him," she warned.

"Although that doesn't effect the fact that people's feelings are involved here and so many people will be devastated by this news… but it was never promised," she added.

England fans at Wembley Stadium for the EURO 2020 Group D football match between England and Croatia
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Jane Moore argued that couples have been 'so patient' over the last year but there are mounting feelings of frustration as the goalposts 'keep being moved.'

"I'm happy to wear a mask in certain situations and I don't have a problem with social distancing but come on!" she cried.

"June 21 has been billed as Freedom Day and it's less than two weeks away now and they still haven't said if you can get married."

Charlene White interjected, "It was never a definite day so why book?"

Boris Johnson is making an announcement tonight on the so-called Freedom Day
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The ITV newsreader said the theory in moving Freedom Day from June 21st to July is there would be more time for double vaccinations which would reduce the chances of people getting seriously ill.

"I feel sorry for businesses and people who want to get married, for theatre, the arts and hospitality," said Jane.

Charlene encouraged her to see the bigger picture: "We have countries in the world who are not able to afford the set-up we have here like with the furlough scheme.

"They can't afford the vaccines we have here and yet they are dealing with death in a way they've never known before and we are sat here saying, 'Well I have a wedding on the 26th June.'

"We have been lucky by comparison," insisted Charlene.

"It was like that before Covid," interrupted Jane.

Jane Moore said her heart went out to all the couples waiting for news on their weddings
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The journalist added that it was very upsetting for couples to see sports fans 'jumping all over each other' at the Euros over the weekend.

"Weddings are the biggest and most important day of your life. Then imagine sitting and turning on your TV and seeing the Euros going ahead and you're thinking 'Well why can't I have my fancy wedding outdoors?"

Nadia then said Boris Johnson was to blame as he should have warned June 21 was never a definite guide.

"He's trying to keep people happy all the time" she complained.

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