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1. Bullish Boris Johnson to axe face mask laws as NHS ‘no longer at risk’
Boris Johnson has signed off on plans to end the compulsory wearing of face masks from July 19, The Telegraph understands, as the Prime Minister prepares to declare this week that the link between Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations has finally been broken.
Mr Johnson is expected to lay out a blueprint for how England will live with the virus, as ministers prepare to replace swathes of legal restrictions with a call for “common sense” and “personal responsibility”. Read the full story.
2. Sausage wars truce is just a sticking plaster, warns Lord Frost
The UK’s three-month truce with the EU is a “sticking plaster” that addresses just a “tiny part of the problem” with the Northern Ireland Protocol, Lord Frost has suggested, as he warns that mainstream unionist support for the agreement has “collapsed”.
In an interview with The Telegraph, the minister responsible for Brexit said the agreement was failing to “reflect the balance that was in the Good Friday Agreement” and therefore “is not working”. Read the full story.
3. Labour calls for Michael Gove to ‘tell us who you were living with’ dismissed as smear
Friends of Michael Gove insisted on Saturday night that he had been living at his family home throughout the pandemic, as they accused Labour of “shameful” smear tactics for suggesting otherwise.
The comments came after the shadow home secretary said Mr Gove must “clarify” his “household” arrangements, following the announcement on Friday that he and his wife Sarah Vine are divorcing after 20 years of marriage. Read the full story.
4. School bubbles are paralysing society, warns vaccines adviser
School bubbles and the requirement to self-isolate are “paralysing” society and risk prompting a further lockdown by the back door, a senior government vaccines adviser has said.
Professor Adam Finn, a paediatrics expert and member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said on Saturday night that ministers either needed to “accept paralysis or relax the rules”. Read the full story.
5. Three lions on a shirt (four goals to boot): Outpouring of joy for England in Euro 2020
Pinch yourself, it might just be happening. After 90 exhilarating minutes in Rome, which saw England beat Ukraine 4-0 to go into the semi-finals of Euros 2020, it felt as if football might really be coming home.
Gareth Southgate’s team are now just one match away from the country’s first final in an international football tournament since 1966.Read the full story.
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