‘Not brave enough!’ Pimlico Plumbers’ Charlie Mullins slams Boris’ vaccine passports delay

Coronavirus vaccine ‘needs to be taken’ says Charlie Mullins

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Charlie Mullins, 68, will be a familiar face on screens for many as the outspoken boss of Pimlico Plumbers is often seen in television debates on shows like Good Morning Britain and Sky News. Now in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, he has spoken about his frustrations with vaccine passports and how the government seems to be “coming in the back door”.

The news came earlier today that vaccine passports seem to be on their way for at least foreign travel.

Grant Shapps opened up about how the Covid-19 NHS app is being investigated as a way for them to come into play.

However, the opinionated boss of Pimlico Plumbers Mullins has told Express.co.uk how frustrating he has found the delay.

He said: “I think what our country is they’re loading the gun and letting someone else pull the trigger.

“Boris [Johnson, Prime Minister] knew from day one this was going to happen.

“He just didn’t want to be the one to tell everybody, or the people who are against it, that it’s going to happen.

“He’s slowly skirted around it and we’re so close to it all happening now, and it’s great news.”

He added: “He’s in on this, Boris, he’s just not brave enough to stand up and say, ‘Whether we want it or don’t want it, whether it’s right or wrong, this is the only option we have.'”

Signs are looking like the so-called vaccine passports may be implemented this summer.

These will act as proof of vaccination for UK adults who have received their jabs.

Over the past few months, the government has been looking into bringing these in as a “temporary measure”.

The idea is that it could allow crowds to return to large-scale events, like theatre, nightclubs and sporting events.

There are even some suggestions it may be used to allow pubs and bars to reopen at full capacity.

However, there have been plenty of critics of the policy, arguing it could create a two-tier society as well as limit personal freedom.

Mullins, who owns the largest independent plumbing company in London, argued how he doesn’t understand what the “big deal” is.

He added: “Sorry, everyone is entitled to an opinion but we were given one option to get out of this and come back to normal life and that was to have the vaccine.

“And if you have the vaccine and have proof of it, then what’s the big deal?

“If somebody wants to go to a bar or restaurant or on an aeroplane or country or concert or football match, what’s the big deal?

“People have a choice if they don’t want to have it but then don’t expect to be able to travel, don’t expect to do what all us normal people are gonna do.”

The businessman pointed out how there is only a small amount of the population who will be unable to have the jab for medical reasons.

He added: “I just don’t see the point of battling it as they’ve done all along.

“And I’m just annoyed with Boris, he is coming in the back door on it, you know?

“He knew it was going to happen. The government have got to get their finger out now and say from May 17, if you want to travel, you’ve got to have the vaccine.”

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