Covid passports: Plans criticised by MPs amid fears of ‘two-tier Britain’
News / Tue 6th Apr 2021 at 07:15am
CRITICISM is growing over plans for Covid passports in England, amid fears they could create a “two-tier” society reports the BBC.
Government documents released on Monday said such certificates – that prove if someone has had a vaccine, has tested negative or has immunity – were likely to become “a feature of our lives”.
At Monday’s news conference, PM Boris Johnson did not rule out the idea.
But many MPs have criticised the plans, with senior Tory backbencher Mark Harper calling for a vote on the issue.
The UK government said it was working with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to seek a “consistent approach”.
Mr Johnson has the power to set public health regulations for England, but it is a devolved power in the other UK nations.
A government review is currently being carried out to see how the passports could work in England – and they are going to be trialled at upcoming eventsincluding the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.
No decision has yet been made on whether they will be introduced, but the government has now published an update on its review.
It says Covid status certificates could play a role in allowing people to return to theatres, nightclubs and mass events like festivals, and could allow social distancing to be relaxed in hospitality venues.
“Even without government intervention, Covid status certification is likely to become a feature of our lives until the threat from the pandemic recedes,” it added.