By Sally Underwood •
Published: 03 Apr 2021 • 16:32
According to reports, the vaccine passports Boris Johnson has proposed for the UK will be in force for less than a year.
The prime minister is said to be planning an announcement surrounding vaccine passports on Monday, in a move that is expected to allow big events and travel abroad to countries, including Spain.
However, a Whitehall source told the Daily Mail how Boris Johnson has faced criticism from his own party over the plans and is now considering ensuring that vaccine passports are in force for less than a year.
The source said: “It will be time-limited and I think the duration of the scheme will be measured in months.
“The party will not wear any longer.”
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs has said the vaccine rollout makes passports unnecessary.
He said: “Covid status certification would be divisive and discriminatory.
“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.”
The news comes after it was revealed Boris Johnson is expected to give an update on Monday, April 5, where he will plot out the next steps out of England’s lockdown. The prime minister has hinted he will give a No10 press conference or similar on three key issues – lockdown, travel and Covid passports.
He is set to confirm whether or not pub beer gardens and hairdressers can reopen as planned on April 12. He is also expected to give a “high-level” direction of his thinking on travel and Covid passport schemes later this summer. Holidaymakers to Spain are waiting anxiously for news on this subject- so are the thousands of businesses in the county eager to see an influx of Brits back to Spain.
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