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Politics latest news: Boris Johnson says he has not ‘given up’ on summer holidays

Normality some way off, says PM Covid passports to become ‘part of our lives’ What are Covid vaccine passports and how might they work in the UK? Coronavirus latest news: Roadmap could be ‘sped up’ if case numbers continue to fall Labour on course for defeat in Hartlepool by-election Subscribe to The Telegraph for a month-long free trial Boris Johnson has said he has not “given up” on Britons flying abroad for summer holidays from mid-May, as it emerged most EU countries will be able to vaccinate the majority of their people by the end of June. The Prime Minister said he wanted international travel to start up again and to make it as easy as possible. He also raised the prospect of holidaymakers being able to use cheaper and faster Covid tests on their return to the UK. Mr Johnson’s more upbeat message about foreign travel came as EU documents suggested Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands will be in a position to fully inoculate more than 55 per cent of their total populations by the end of June, at least two months ahead of schedule. On a visit to an AstraZeneca laboratory in Macclesfield on Tuesday, Mr Johnson said: “I do want to see international travel start up again. “We have to be realistic – a lot of the destinations we want to go to at the moment are suffering a new wave of the illness, of Covid, as we know. “We can’t do it immediately, but that doesn’t mean we’ve given up on May 17 when we’ll be saying as much as we can as soon as we can about international travel. “I know how impatient people are to book their holidays if they possibly can. But we just have to be prudent at this stage.” Follow the latest updates below.

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