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1. Exclusive: Fears that restrictions could be in place until spring
Britain will have a six-week window to open up in the summer or risk keeping Covid-19 restrictions in place until the spring, ministers fear.
Boris Johnson on Saturday gave his clearest signal yet he is planning to delay a full return to normality for another month, as he said he wanted to give Covid-19 vaccines "extra legs" in "the race between the vaccines in the lockdowns". Read the full story.
2. Boris Johnson infuriated after Emmanuel Macron suggested Northern Ireland was not part of UK
Boris Johnson was left infuriated on Saturday when Emmanuel Macron suggested in head-to-head G7 summit talks that Northern Ireland was not part of the UK.
The Prime Minister attempted to explain his frustration with the Northern Ireland Protocol by asking Mr Macron what he would do if sausages from Toulouse could not be moved to Paris, according to a UK government source. Read the full story.
3. BBC accused of attempting to shut out GB News at 11th-hour
The BBC has been accused of an eleventh-hour "ambush" intended to "damage" Sunday’s launch of the right-leaning television network GB News.
The corporation is alleged to have been pushing to bar GB News from accessing footage of public events via a "pooling" system run by the country’s three main broadcasters. Read the full story.
4. Universities regulator says academics should ‘leave their personal political views at home’
The head of the universities watchdog will declares on Sunday that academics should "leave their personal political views at home” as he accuses Oxford dons protesting over a Cecil Rhodes statue of prioritising "high-flown rhetoric" over students’ education.
Writing in The Telegraph, Lord Wharton, who chairs the Office for Students, says that more than 150 academics threatening to boycott teaching at Oriel College were setting a "deeply concerning precedent". Read the full story.
5. BBC apologises over showing distressing images after Christian Eriksen collapses
The BBC and presenter Gary Lineker apologised on Saturday night after failing to cut away from the match between Denmark and Finland when Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field.
The corporation provoked fury from viewers for not returning to the studio as attempts were made to resuscitate Eriksen – with his wife watching, in obvious distress – on the touchline. Read the full story.
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