Conservatives will continue voting against Covid passes in Wales – despite rolling them out in England
The leader of the Welsh Conservatives has said that they will continue to vote against Covid passes in Wales – despite the UK Government rolling them out in England.
Prime minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday that Covid Passes will soon be a key part of England’s approach to the new Omicron variant.
Wales began using Covid passes in October and has since extended their use to cinemas and theatres, in the face of Conservative opposition.
Covid passes for hospitality, including bars and restaurants, are among measures being discussed by Welsh ministers for announcement on Friday.
But Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said that he would not consider backing them in Wales even though his party was now set to use them in England.
“For clarity, in the Senedd, Welsh Conservatives have opposed the introduction of vaccine passports across Wales,” he said.
“To date, there’s been no evidence provided to show they stop the spread of coronavirus. As such, we will continue to vote against their use, and any extension, in Wales.”
There is no indication yet of whether Welsh Conservative MPs will back the Covid passes in a vote at the House of Commons.
Clwyd West MP David Jones yesterday warned the UK Government against making vaccines compulsory, saying that he and others from the party would not support it.
“I do hope nobody in Government is flirting with the idea of compulsory vaccination,” David Jones said. “That would be abominable, and I and very many colleagues simply wouldn’t support it.”
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