Divisive. Discriminatory. Wrong. We need YOU to join the fight against COVID passes.
We are crowdfunding to grow the greatest possible fight against domestic COVID passes - including a legal challenge as soon as necessary.
Your donations will build the biggest possible campaign to prevent domestic COVID passes. We have recruited an expert team of human rights lawyers. If domestic COVID passes are made mandatory, we will seek to use these funds to bring a legal challenge to stop COVID passes in Britain.
After months of telling the parliament and public there were "no plans" for COVID passes, we now know this was a lie.
The Government has released the NHS COVID pass and is now "strongly encouraging" businesses to restrict access using them, leading anyone from bouncers to bosses to conduct health ID checks.
And if the NHS comes under "unsustainable pressure" - which is highly likely - the Government will remove test and antibody status from the COVID pass to make it a vaccine ID, with vaccinated-only entry to conferences, nightclubs, sports and music events, festivals and more.
However, whilst vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness from coronavirus, they do not stop transmission. If vaccines can't stop transmission, nor can vaccine IDs.
Vaccine certificates would be the first attempt at segregation in Britain for many decades, dividing communities without reducing risks. We are in real danger of becoming a checkpoint nation.
We cannot, and will not, let this Government create a two-tier nation of division, discrimination and injustice.
Our common goal is to emerge from this pandemic healthy, safe and free. But we can't arrive at freedom through exclusion.
The effect of the scheme would be to create a society where the poorest, the most marginalised, and anyone who does not comply with medical interventions could be denied basic socio-economic opportunities and afforded fewer liberties than their neighbours, colleagues and fellow citizens.
The prospect of internal health passports signals a grave unbalancing of the relationship between not only citizens and the state but citizens and employers, business owners, managers, marshals, and anyone else dressed with authority.
The Government’s push for vaccine IDs puts Britain in the midst of one of the greatest civil liberties battles we have faced in modern times. This is a time to stand up and take action.
With your support, we've now held off COVID pass plans - twice!
On 5th July, the Government announced that COVID passes would not be mandatory for the 19th July unlocking. This was the first huge achievement of our campaign!
But on unlocking day, the Government did yet another U-turn, threatening vaccine-only passes from September.
However, after a tough campaign, on 12th September the Government announced there will be no vaccine passports in England for September - but they remain in reserve for winter.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of vaccine passports in principle, but no law has yet been published. If and when vaccine passports are made mandatory in Scotland, we will seek to bring legal action.
We have written to every single MP and MSP, we sent them evidence, we published a report, Access Denied: the case against a two-tier Britain under COVID certification, and sent a copy to every parliamentarian, and we gave oral and written evidence to parliamentary committees.
We made headlines on BBC and all major broadcasters when we brought together 80+ MPs to sign a pledge opposing COVID passes, threatening a Government defeat. They're all listed on our campaign site, stopvaccinepassports.co.uk
We took the message straight to parliament, projecting STOP COVID PASSES onto the Palace of Westminster; and we played ministers' lies that there were "no plans" for "discriminatory" COVID passes on a digital billboard across Westminster - even sending Health Secretary Sajid Javid running!
Welsh ministers are now considering whether to mandate COVID passes in Wales. We have sought an urgent meeting with First Minister Mark Drakeford.
Whilst the UK Government decides whether or not to mandate vaccine passports in England, we're keeping the pressure up in parliament and the press - and we need your help.
We're identifying and boycotting every business that has chosen to operate with COVID passes and sending them a letter setting out the reasons they must stop. You can read more about that here. Please email us if you find a business requiring COVID IDs for entry!
We're also encouraging political parties not to use COVID passes at their conferences this autumn. We have set up alternative Civil Liberties Conferences for boycotters and campaigners at Labour and Conservative party conferences where parties are using COVID passes for entry - more on that soon.
We have a team of brilliant human rights lawyers on standby. If COVID passports are made mandatory - we'll take the Government to court.
All of this is costly, intensive work. We can only do it thanks to your continued support here - so please do keep giving and keep sharing this campaign far and wide. Thank you!
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