Boris is on the verge of being deposed as Prime Minister, with a senior backbencher threatening to depose him as the Tory mutiny intensifies.
As Tory MPs line up to condemn the measures, BORIS JOHNSON’s introduction of vaccine passports has been compared to the spark of the English civil war.
The Prime Minister is facing the largest backbench rebellion of his political career over his plan to impose mandatory vaccine passports in September. Mr Johnson revealed last night that Covid vaccinations will be required for access to nightclubs, infuriating Conservative backbenchers.
The intentions were unexpectedly revealed to the public, which caught MPs off guard.
Ministers had previously ruled out any type of passporting for domestic events, but made a U-turn last week, recommending confirmation of two vaccinations, a negative test, or natural antibodies for large, indoor gatherings.
Mr Johnson went even farther yesterday, announcing that from the end of September, proof of double vaccination will be a legal requirement to enter nightclubs and similar gatherings.
“This is a terrible mistake,” one irate Conservative MP said, describing the measures as “compulsory vaccination through the back door.”
Mark Harper, the former Government chief whip and leader of the Covid Recovery Group of Tory MPs, compared Mr Johnson to King Charles I, whose reign came to an end when England was engulfed in civil war, in the Commons today.
Mr Harper expressed concern that the use of vaccine passports could be expanded, and that MPs could be obliged to provide proof of vaccination before entering parliament.
“Your 17th century predecessor Speaker Lenthal stood up very well against an over powerful executive and it didn’t end well for the overnight executive,” he told Speaker Lindsay Hoyle in the Commons.
Mr Hoyle answered that on one occasion, it had also resulted in the monarch’s demise, so “let’s hope we’re not going back quite that far.”
“MPs have a Mr Speaker on our side, who will stand up for our right to enter the House we are elected to,” Mr Harper remarked on social media.
“Nightclubs and other packed places will not be able to do so.
“There can’t be one regulation for MPs and a another rule for the rest of the population. Vaccine passports aren’t going to help.”
Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader and cabinet member, warned that “vaccine passports might lead to social controls comparable to those in China” last night.
“You cannot go anywhere, purchase anything, see anyone, or travel anywhere in China without the authorities knowing,” he claimed.
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