A majority of Britons are prepared to be asked to show vaccine passports to board buses, go shopping and go to work as the price of getting back to some kind of normality after the coronavirus lockdown, new polling has suggested.

And, in a remarkable finding that challenges widespread assumptions about the British people’s distaste for ID cards, more than half are ready for immunity certification to remain in place after the Covid-19 pandemic has ended.

The same poll for The Independent found that the public is wary about the speed of the withdrawal from lockdown planned by Boris Johnson, with almost one-third (32 per cent) saying he should delay the final lifting of restrictions beyond his target date of 21 June.

This compared with just 18 per cent wanting the end of restrictions to be brought forward and 29 per cent who believe the prime minister has got the timing right.

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By Michael

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