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Boris Johnson’s bid to use vaccine passports in shops ‘incompatible with freedom’, warn Tory MPs

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PM BORIS Johnson’s ­vaccine passports risk creating “Checkpoint Britain”, Tory MPs warned yesterday.

The 70-strong Covid Research Group (CRG) said a plan to use them in shops was “incompatible with freedom”.

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Boris Johnson is considering introducing digital passports in England in June

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Boris Johnson is considering introducing digital passports in England in JuneCredit: AFP

And Labour also said they objected to Covid-Status Certification — the passports — in their current form.

Mr Johnson is considering introducing digital passports in England in June.

They would show if someone has had the jab, a negative test or natural immunity.

Under the proposals, they would not be needed on public transport, public services and “essential shops”.

The PM’s spokesman confirmed they may be needed to enter “non-essential” shops like Next or Primark.

CRG deputy Steve Baker said the proposal would “lead to a two-tier Britain”.

The PM’s spokesman confirmed vaccine passports may be needed to enter 'non-essential' shops like Primark

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The PM’s spokesman confirmed vaccine passports may be needed to enter ‘non-essential’ shops like PrimarkCredit: Getty

He said it would waste taxpayer cash and discriminate against ethnic minorities and pregnant women who are less likely to get a jab.

David Davis said the scheme carried database and collation risk that could “impinge on privacy”.

A Labour source said the party would vote against Covid passports in Parliament as they stand.

 

 

 

THE SUN SAYS

THE problem with Covid passports for shops, festivals or footie is not that they will be a grievous totalitarian assault on our freedoms. We’re not convinced of that.

It’s that by the time they are finally introduced they may be a pointless, disastrous waste of money achieving nothing except to make life harder for firms already struggling to rebuild.

And politically the Government will be leading with its chin.

Consider yesterday’s Covid statistics: 2,379 new cases, down 41 per cent in a week, and 20 deaths, down 64 per cent.

These tolls, thanks chiefly to the stellar jabs rollout, have fallen like a stone.

If they continue to do so even as we gradually reopen — which is the point of Boris Johnson’s painstaking “roadmap” — deaths and hospitalisations may be zero, or close to it, by the autumn.

We’ll have been back inside shops unhindered for months.

Suddenly, we may have to show Covid passports there, or at certain events. But bizarrely NOT on public transport getting to them.

The thinking looks incoherent. And so much energy is being wasted on it.

Passports might serve a purpose right now, to speed up unlocking.

By the time they’re actually ready, what will be their point?

Jonathan Ashworth says government’s vaccine passport plans are ‘discriminatory’ and not clear



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