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‘Covid passports are irrelevant!’ Expert insists Plan B restrictions ‘won’t happen’

Plan B: 'Not all restrictions will happen' in England says Lilico

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GB News presenter Tom Harwood sat down with Dr Andrew Lilico to discuss if the introduction of Covid passports in the UK. Earlier this month MPs voted on introducing Plan B restrictions in England, they were brought in despite pushback from nearly 100 Tory MPs who voted against. Mr Harwood questioned Dr Lilico to see if the Covid passports were needed to stem the spread of the latest variant Omicron. Austria is one of the first European countries to introduce mandatory vaccines, Dr Llilco alluded to the fact that the variant “Omicron would have gone.” by February, meaning there is no need for Covid passes.

Mr Harwood said: “So just quickly and lastly now, you expect that there will be no need for further restrictions in England.

“And it could well be that England’s played this just about alright, and the rest of the United Kingdom ends up looking a little bit silly with restrictions.”

Mr Lilico said; “Yes so I think that we’ve come close to doing the right thing in England, through some combination of happenstance and political processes.

“And I think that we will tough it out, and it will be ok. I think other parts of the country seem to have got it slightly wrong.

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Mr Lilico added: “I doubt they’ve got it disastrously wrong but we will see what they actually do.

“Another thing I think is worth noting is that in England, some of these things for example even say with Covid status passports, those measures came in with Plan B.

“Those seem likely now to be, at least the intention for them to be coming in February, and by then Omicron would have gone.

“And so I don’t think any of that will ever happen, I think that will just seem like an irrelevance once the measure actually comes to the time that it was going to be introduced.

“None of that actually kind of, half of Plan B is never even going to happen at all.”

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The move to Plan B restrictions means that face masks must be compulsory in most venues other than restaurants and hospitality venues, NHS Covid Passes are now mandatory in specific settings only, if someone does not have proof of vaccination, a negative Covid test will allow entrance to locations that adhere to the rule.

People in the UK have also been asked to work from home until further, notice to try and stem the spread of Omicron from wreaking havoc on NHS hospitals which could become overwhelmed under such pressure due to lack of staffing and beds.

Many Conservative MPs pushed back on the Plan B regulations which implement the Covid Passport.

Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady said: “Vaccine passports would set an alarming precedent where our medical records become public and some people are subjected to discrimination as they seek to go about their everyday lives.

“Surely that isn’t the kind of society that we want to create?”

Sir Desmond Swayne a Tory MP, said: “It is contrary to all our values and traditions to have to prove that we have undergone a medical procedure to go about our lawful business. 

“It is coercive and discriminatory, the abandonment of liberal values; a frightful precedent to set. I am appalled that a Conservative government could contemplate such a measure.  If we start down this road the future is dark.”

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