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Taskforce to report on April 5

We’ll have to see what data is telling us, Johnson says when questioned about holidays abroad

The Prime Minister has admitted “things are looking difficult on the Continent” when asked about the restart of international travel this summer.

Appearing before the Liaison Committee of MPs on Wednesday, Boris Johnson said he would “set out what I see may be possible from May 17”.

He said the Global Travel Taskforce would report back on April 5, a week earlier than previously expected.

In response to a question by Huw Merriman MP, chair of the Transport Select Committee, Johnson said: “We hope we can get people moving again by May 17, [but] we will just have to see where we get to, where other countries get to and what the data is telling us.”

He added: “There is a growing global consensus that evidence of vaccination or immunity or a negative test will be valuable for the purposes of aviation.”

“The hope is that we can get people moving again by May 17, by step three, in the way that I’ve set out in the roadmap.

“We’ll just have to see where we get to and where other countries get to and what the data is telling us. We’re getting there step by step, jab by jab – we’re not there yet but I’ll be saying more on April 5 and then on April 12, and we will do what we can.”