Others complained that a kilometre long queue to vote, which was compared to the lines at amusement parks like Alton Towers, was “how infections spread”. and has been criticsised by even senior Conservative MPs have criticised the government’s decision to make MPs cast their votes in person
Inside the chamber some MPs struggled to remember the new protocol for casting their vote, as they were urged by the Speaker to hurry up.
Outside MPs snaked across a lawn as they queued to get inside the building to vote.
There were also complaints that social distancing rules had to be abandoned after a group of MPs got stuck in a ‘traffic jam’ at the bottom of an escalator.
Steve Baker, the former chair of the ERG group of eurosceptic Tory MPs, described the system as a “farce”.
“I think we will be back to remote voting before we are all much older,” he predicted.
Conservative MP and former minister Nusrat Ghani described the set-up as “very British”. “We could vote electronically and crack on with business in Parliament or we can stand in queues.''
Michael Fabricant, a former Conservative whip, tweeted: "Anyone watching the voting live (on television) would see what an embarrassing shambles it is.''