With vaccine passports now being given the green light to be tested at a Liverpool comedy club, FA Cup Final and Sheffield’s World Snooker championship, along with many more events. Tory Backbenchers are now up in arms about it.
A source has said the 1922 committee are shocked that the public has allowed this creep on civil liberties to happen without any push back for what it means for the bigger picture.
Sir Graham Brady, who chairs the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, said: “With high levels of vaccination protecting the vulnerable and making transmission less likely, we should aim to return to normal life, not to put permanent restrictions in place.”
This isn’t a harmless test at a few Public events. Once it’s implemented, it will remain indefinitely. The government says these vaccine passports may mean the end to social distancing, yet only days ago, Boris said the vaccine doesn’t stop transmission of the virus.
Only those who have a certificate showing you have been vaccinated or been recently tested with a negative result will be given preferential treatment and will be able to attend the public events.
Mr Johnson said: “We have made huge strides over the past few months with our vaccine programme, and everyone in the country has made huge sacrifices to get us to this stage in our recovery from Covid-19.”
“We are doing everything we can to enable the reopening of our country so people can return to the events, travel and other things they love as safely as possible, and these reviews will play an important role in allowing this to happen.”
The vaccine passport Scheme has been widely criticised. Not only are Tory backbenchers now stepping up to sign a cross-party letter opposing the idea, but Keir Starmer, along with Labour, is also considering joining the rebels to rid of the liberty violating scheme.
Some say this scheme will be in place for 12 months to try and dilute opposition to the scheme going forward, but a Downing Street source said: “That is pure speculation. We just don’t know yet.”
North West Leicestershire Conservative Brexiteer MP Andrew Bridgen warned: “Vaccine passports would be divisive, effectively creating an underclass of people who are not vaccinated, many of whom won’t be vaccinated for medical reasons. It’s a major infringement of civil liberties.”
“Parliament needs to be vigilant. The reason they are not talking about pubs and shops at the moment is because they know they won’t get it through Parliament. We need to make sure this is not the thin end of a very authoritarian wedge.”
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