Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. Pubs may demand Covid passport before they will pull your pint

Coronavirus vaccine certificates could be introduced by pubs when they reopen later this year, Boris Johnson indicated on Wednesday.

People may have to prove that they have had a Covid jab or tested negative for the virus before entering a pub, and Mr Johnson said: “I think that that’s the kind of thing – it may be up to individual publicans, it may be up to the landlord.” Read the full story.

2. UK stuck with BBC licence fee until 2038 after broadband rollout failure, say MPs

Britain is stuck with the licence fee until 2038 because the Government’s failure to roll out super-fast broadband has left no viable alternative, MPs have concluded.

The Government’s pledge to deliver full-fibre broadband to every home by 2025 was downgraded to a target of just 85 per cent in November. Read the full story.

3. Border Force will get powers to stop and redirect boats carrying migrants across Channel

Border Force officers are to get new Australian-style “turn-back” powers to stop and redirect boats carrying illegal migrants across the Channel.

Their new powers will be enshrined in Home Secretary Priti Patel’s new sovereign borders bill enabling them to turn back vessels wherever they suspect they are carrying illegal migrants. Read the full story.

4. Salmond to take legal action over ‘conduct’ of Sturgeon’s most senior civil servant

Alex Salmond is to take legal action over “the conduct” of Nicola Sturgeon’s most senior mandarin after she refused to resign for the Scottish Government’s unlawful sexual misconduct investigation into him.

The former First Minister announced he will shortly instruct his lawyers to bring proceedings in the Court of Session, Scotland’s highest civil court, arising from the conduct of permanent secretary Leslie Evans. Read the full story.

5. Suez canal ‘could be blocked for days’ as grounded container ship causes 165-vessel tailback

Egyptian tug boats backed by an international team of salvage experts were racing against the tides to reopen the Suez Canal on Wednesday after a vast container ship blown off course in high winds blocked the crucial water way. 

The Suez Canal Authority said it was trying to rebalance the 224,000-tonne ton ship in the hope that a high tide on Wednesday night would create enough extra draught to free it. Read the full story.

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