British lawmakers across the political spectrum have expressed strong opposition to the government’s plans to introduce vaccine passports on Wednesday.
The government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the vaccine passport will be introduced to nightclubs by the end of September. This requires the general public to prove that they have been vaccinated twice with the COVID-19 vaccine to get admission to the club. Other large events.
Raising an “urgent question” at the House of Commons, Alistair Carmichael, a member of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, said the plan “opens the door to major changes in the relationship between citizens and the state.”
“The introduction of vaccine passports has a tremendous practical impact on literally thousands of businesses across the country that need to collect and retain our data,” he said.
“In peacetime, the government of this country has never controlled where, with whom, and what to do,” he said, adding that the government must vote for vaccine passports. ..
Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the main opposition Labor Party, said her party “cannot support potential COVID pass schemes for access to everyday services.”
In support of the government’s approach, Vaccine Minister Nadim Zahawi said it was “designed to reduce infections and serious illnesses.”
“It’s not something … we lighten it, it’s something that allows us to move this virus from a pandemic to an endemic state,” he said.
However, Conservative Rep. William Wragg called it “a lot of garbage” and accused Zahwi of “trying to protect the defenseless.”
Wragg encouraged people to bring jabs, but dismissed the vaccine passports as “apparently discriminatory” and “totally damaging the structure of society.”
Mark Harper, chair of the Conservative blockade skeptical Covid Recovery Group, said the plan was “a negative and nonsensical policy.”
“I’m worried that the minister is choosing an unnecessary fight with his own colleagues. I tell him, the government should think again,” he said.
Another conservative Buckminster MP, Richard Fuller, said the measure was “unsupportable” and “lost rationale.”
He urged the minister to “think very carefully whether this government wants to take away what was considered emergency power and make it the normal power of the government in a free society.”
“I’m not very wise and not in their case,” he said.
PA contributed to this report.