Dear Sir John
Further to my letter dated 24th May 2022 in response to one of your constituents, and our
recent conversation, I would like to address your concerns.
In response to a Parliamentary Question laid by Steve Baker MP, answered on 19th May
2022, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP stated:
‘The United Kingdom supports a new international instrument to strengthen pandemic
prevention and preparedness. The purpose of the instrument is to strengthen global
cooperation in order to better protect the UK from the health, social and economic impacts
of pandemics. We want to agree UK priority areas such as improving transparency, timely
data sharing and supporting equitable access to vaccines and treatments.
We are clear that the UK would not sign up to any instrument that compromises the UK’s
sovereignty. That includes any instrument which compromises the UK’s ability to take
domestic decisions on national restrictions or other measures. On the contrary, our
support for a new pandemic instrument is intended to strengthen our ability to prevent,
detect and respond to future health threats without the restrictions seen during the COVID19 pandemic. The UK has led from the front on learning to live with COVID-19 and will
continue to do so at the forthcoming G7 and World Health Assembly’
Further, I would like to reassure you that there is nothing in the proposed elements which
would constrain our ability to take health decisions nationally. Indeed, there are no plans to
give powers that sit with the UK Parliament or Government to the WHO as part of this
The Government always carefully considers whether domestic legislation will be required
to implement the UK’s international obligations when negotiating a treaty. In all
circumstances, the UK’s ability to exercise its sovereignty would remain unchanged.
I hope this clarifies the issue for you,
What do you think of this?