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1. June 21 unlocking called off
June 21 will no longer herald a full return to normality after Boris Johnson resigned himself to a delay of up to four weeks in lifting the remaining Covid restrictions.
The Prime Minister will tell the country on Monday that the latest data on the spread of the Indian or delta virus variant means it is too risky to go ahead as planned. A four-week delay would mean pushing the date back to July 19. Read the full story.
2. Sausage wars: PM hints he may rip up EU rule book over trade with NI
Boris Johnson warned on Friday night that he was willing to unilaterally breach the Northern Ireland Protocol to keep meat imports flowing ahead of talks with European Union leaders on Saturday.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said "all options are on the table" when asked whether he would waive checks on such imports if no agreement is reached by the end of this month. Read the full story.
3. Deepcut’s new scandal: how a mystery death has reopened a 20-year-old wound
Deepcut is the wound to the British Army that has never healed.
Between 1995 and 2002 four recruits – the so-called ‘Deepcut Four’ – were found shot dead in separate incidents at the former Army training camp in Surrey. Sean Benton, 20; Cheryl James, 18; Geoff Gray, 17, and James Collinson, also 17, were all on guard duty at the time of their deaths. In each case, the army concluded that the young soldiers had taken their own lives. Read the full story.
4. Oxford dons boycotting Oriel are themselves funded by imperialists
Several Oxford dons who have signed up to a boycott of Oriel college are themselves funded by imperialists, an analysis by The Telegraph has found.
It comes amid growing dismay at the academics’ refusal to teach undergraduate students in protest at the decision to keep the controversial Cecil Rhodes statue in place. Read the full story.
5. Vaccine heroes take pride of place in Queen’s Birthday Honours
The Oxford professors behind Britain’s coronavirus vaccine are among hundreds of “heroes” of the pandemic recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Prof Sarah Gilbert, who co-designed the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, is awarded a damehood, while her colleague Prof Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, is knighted. Read the full story.
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