Andrew Neil shuts down Eamonn Holmes’ Covid passport probe ‘Not gonna happen’

Andrew Neil claims vaccine passport debate is 'academic'

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During Wednesday’s This Morning, hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes discussed the latest news headlines with Georgia Toffolo and Andrew Neil. The main topic of conversation among the ITV panel was about the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and the rules regarding the Covid Status Certification – or so-called Covid passports – and whether they will apply for shops.

Holmes began by quizzing Neil on whether people will need the vaccine passport to enter non-essential shops.

“What about passports for shops? If they said you can go to the shops or the pubs but you’re going to have some sort of authentication, would you do it?”

Shutting down the ITV host’s line of questioning, however, Neil replied: “I’ve got news for you, it’s now an academic question.

“The Government’s not going do that. I’m told they’re briefing at the moment that passports for the shops is not going to happen.”

He continued: “There will be continued elements of social distancing but to bring them into the high streets I’ve been told it would be self-defeating.

“It would be for mass events like nightclubs and even bars but for high street shops, it’s now off the table.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson did make clear during Monday’s briefing that there were no plans to implement the certification in the next stages of the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown.

However, speculation remains rife on whether they could be rolled out beyond that.

More to follow…

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