Joanna Lumley reflected on this ‘terrible’ year and complained Brexit has brought extra tension during lockdown when millions are faced with ongoing uncertainty.
With much of the country suddenly plunged into tier four restrictions over the weekend and more areas to follow on Boxing Day, for Lumley the news Britain will be leaving the EU has added to to the stress of 2020.
Looking back at the year on BBC Breakfast today, the 74-year-old said: ‘It’s been terrible because the very first lockdown was in that beautiful spring and it was like a bizarre dream, it was like an endless holiday with blossom and flowers and blue skies and this sense we didn’t quite know what was going to happen.
‘Then as it dragged on and the difficulties gnawed into us a bit, we looked on for a little bit of freedom and then when freedom came a long we grab it and now this last lockdown has been made extra tense by this feeling of Brexit and the sense of no normality.’
However, the effortlessly charming actress also sent viewers a message of hope as we enter the new year, with the coronavirus vaccine rolling out across the United Kingdom – we’ve turned a corner.
Boris Johnson is expected to announce a post-Brexit deal with the EU today
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Joanna Lumley reflected on a ‘terrible’ year on BBC Breakfast (Picture: BBC)
‘Human beings are just creatures of the earth,’ she continued. ‘We love a pattern and what has been destroyed is the pattern of our loves and I think that’s what made it so difficult.
‘But we’ve got to be brave and we’ve got to realise it is going to come to an end, the vaccine will get out there, we develop some kind of immunity and we will get back to some kind of normality.’
At the time of writing, Mr Johnson is expected to hold a press conference to announce the UK has secured a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU.
Johnson will share the results of the discussions at an 8am briefing today, it has been reported. The announcement will come just one week before current trading arrangements expire on December 31.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.
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