Boris Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccination ID card could create a black market in fakes if pubs, theatres and restaurants demand to see them and would threaten the civil liberties of millions if imposed as a ‘freedom pass’, dissenting Tory MPs told MailOnline today.
Every Briton will be handed a card proving they have received the jab and urged to keep it with them at all times with critics accusing the Government of bringing in an immunity passport by stealth.
No 10 has denied any plans for a UK ‘vaccination passport’ – but businesses including airline Qantas have already said they will give preferential treatment to anyone who has had a jab and can prove it.
Ex-minister Sir Desmond Swayne has told MailOnline that the UK’s vaccination ID card could be construed as a message to Britons that they ‘will be able to have access to your civil liberties if you behave in the way we require by having this vaccine’. He said: ‘That is coercion’, adding his concerns that people ‘will end up’ faking the documents ‘to be able to live normally’.
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis warned: ‘This sounds altogether too much like a freedom pass. In Britain the citizens don’t hold their freedom by the dispensation of the state’.
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