Responding to the Government’s statement today on Covid ID cards, Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael said:
“Covid ID cards are intrusive and divisive. They are not an effective way to reopen our economy or keep people safe. They would turn our country into a two-tier society, with many denied their most basic freedoms. Ministers must provide clarity on their use, especially for the pubs and restaurants on the brink that don't want them.
“It is extremely worrying that the Government is still forging ahead with plans for Covid ID cards for international travel without any scrutiny. This is the thin end of the wedge. The Government cannot avoid MPs and the voices of the British people by making this announcement on the last day of Parliament.
“The Liberal Democrats demand that the Government bring its plans for Covid ID cards before Parliament and allow a vote immediately.”