Liaison committee

Will you need a vaccine passport to go to the pub?

Boris Johnson has spent the afternoon giving evidence to the Liaison Committee made up of select committee chairs. The Prime Minister was quizzed on a range of topics from the UK’s vaccination programme to Brexit issues for the music sector. Here are five main takeaways from the session:1. Vaccine passports could be needed to go to the pub It wasn’t so long ago that ministers in Boris Johnson’s government were insisting that immunity certificates were most definitely not coming to the UK. How times have changed. Today Johnson said the ‘basic concept of vaccine certification should not be totally alien to us’. Asked whether pubs will be able to bar


Watch: Boris’s Brexit music gaffe

Boris Johnson appeared before the Liaison Committee this afternoon to face a smorgasbord of select committee chairs on everything from pubs to passports. After culture chief Julian Knight grilled Johnson on the continued problems facing British musicians touring Europe, Liaison chair Bernard Jenkin took his chance to nimbly interject. Westminster’s answer to the ‘capo dei capi’ took the chance to pose a question of his own: would the PM would join him on a Zoom call to hear performers’ vociferous concerns for the purpose of ‘listening and gathering intelligence’? Unfortunately Johnson appeared ignorant of the reams of intelligence already gathered in various broadsheets the past three months on this subject, including a letter signed

What we learnt from the PM’s Liaison Committee hearing

Boris Johnson has previously enjoyed Liaison Committee hearings rather too much, trying to get through the long session with select committee chairs using humour and optimism. Both were in rather short supply on Wednesday, as you might expect given the UK’s current predicament in the pandemic. The Prime Minister covered a lot of ground, and not just when it came to coronavirus. On the pandemic, he warned that the ‘risk is very substantial’ that hospital intensive care capacity is ‘overtopped’. He also said that the government did not know whether the vaccines stop transmission of the virus as well as reduce the severity for each person, or indeed whether the