Boris faces humiliation: PM braces for resignations in devastating vaccine passport revolt

Boris Johnson says Omicron to bring 'tidal wave' of cases

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More than 60 Conservative MPs have publicly vowed to oppose the Prime Minister’s Plan B measures set to be voted on in the Commons tomorrow. The number is already larger than Mr Johnson’s biggest rebellion of this Parliament, with 24 hours still to go until the vote.

MPs will be asked to approve the extra restrictions already imposed such as the return of compulsory face masks in indoor public settings.

They will also vote on controversial new legislation to introduce Covid passports requiring all those seeking to access larger venues to show proof of vaccination or a negative test.

Mr Johnson’s last large rebellion was in December 2020 when 55 Conservatives revolted over the introduction of the Tiers system in England.

Ahead of tomorrow, the Government is thought to have placed 10 parliamentary private secretaries (PPS) on resignation watch with fears they are preparing to quit in order to vote against the measures.

According to The Telegraph, the 10 potential rebellious MPs have set up a WhatsApp group to discuss how they are planning to vote.

Mr Johnson confirmed he was planning to go ahead with his Plan B restrictions last night when he sped up the UK’s booster jab rollout.

In a televised address, he said: “It’s because of the threat from Omicron that I announced on Wednesday we will move to Plan B in England.

“You must wear a face-covering in indoor public spaces.

“From tomorrow, work from home if you can.

“And from Wednesday, subject to a vote in Parliament, you’ll need to show a negative lateral flow test to get into nightclubs and some large events if you’re not double vaccinated.

“These measures will help slow the spread of Omicron.

“But we must go further and get boosted now.”

Former minister Steve Baker, who chairs the influential Covid Recovery Group of Conservative MPs, attacked the restrictions for being “wrong” and “disproportionate”.

He said: “I will vote against vaccine passports, of course I will.

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“I’ll vote against extending mask mandates, and I’ll vote against mandatory vaccination as a condition of NHS employment.

“I think all these things are wrong, they’re disproportionate and there’s inadequate evidence that they’re required. And I really think this is the crucial point here now – what’s on the table is what kind of society we’re creating as we go forward.”

Stockton South MP, Matt Vickers, who was one of the 2019 intake representing a so-called former Labour “Red Wall” constituency, told Times Radio: “I do not believe we should be going down the Plan B route.

“We talked about learning to live with it, we promised people they will get these boosters in their arms and the world will come back to normal, kids will be able to go to school properly without masks on, we promised them the economy would be free, we’d be free to get things going, and that’s exactly what we need to do.”

Last night the Prime Minister said all adults in Britain eligible for a vaccine would be offered a booster by the end of this year.

The ambitious target means administering as many as one million jabs a day.

Hinting a new national lockdown would be necessary unless the vaccines can urgently be given, he added: “A wave of Omicron through a population that was not boosted would risk a level of hospitalisation that could overwhelm our NHS and lead sadly to very many deaths.”

Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith warned the introduction of Plan B appeared to be a “stepping stone” towards lockdown, saying it “feels like” lockdown by stealth.

Mr Johnson’s Plan B is likely to still pass through the Commons tomorrow after being given its backing by the Labour Party.

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