Parliament decided to restrict alcohol sales on its premises, after being outraged when it emerged that it did not have to abide by the 10pm curfew imposed on pubs and bars
Initially, The Times reported that the estate’s licensed premises could remain open after the deadline, as they were considered « working canteens » for politicians working late at night
But the news sparked a backlash, with MEPs calling the decision « scandalous », « absurd » and « appalling »
George Freeman, a former Conservative cabinet minister, warned: « This sort of thing is what discredits Parliament »
And another source told Sky News she was ‘deaf to voice’ given the new rule for hotel businesses in England and Wales that went into effect last week
They added that catering establishments will stay open later, when discussions continue later « to serve food to those who are still working »
There are plenty of bars scattered around the area for Westminster workers, but they closed when the coronavirus pandemic broke
However, The Times reported that five – the Members’ Dining Room, Adjournment, Smokehouse, Terrace Pavilion, and Pugin Room – have resumed serving drinks.
Monday is the first time Parliament has sat late since the new bar restrictions came into effect, so it is understood that no alcohol has yet been sold on the estate
In the House of Lords, a place that served food and drink after 10 p.m. decided to end the curfew
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