Monday morning UK news briefing: 'One last heave to freedom'

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Monday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
Monday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

He will ask for patience. Boris Johnson is to encourage the public to accept "one last heave" to freedom as he delays the final step of lockdown reopening.

The Prime Minister is finalising his plan to push back the June 21 unlocking in England by up to four weeks owing to a surge in Covid cases.

It means rules on wearing face masks, limiting groups to six people indoors and 30 outdoors, and keeping nightclubs shut are set to remain.

But the cap on weddings being attended by only 30 people is expected to be relaxed. Mr Johnson's message to the nation at a Downing Street press conference today is set to be that sticking to the rules now is worth it to avoid a future lockdown. Follow live updates.

The PM has not ruled out further delays, raising fears of lockdown stretching into August. Here is everything we know about the expected changes.

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The development was criticised by hospitality industry leaders, who warned compliance with restrictions could slip.

Mr Johnson was warned by one of the Government's own advisers that a delay to lifting restrictions will have an "extremely damaging" effect on the economy and mental health.

Some Tory MPs are promising to vote against extensions to the laws that enshrine Covid rules, which had been due to expire at the end of the month.

Downing Street's argument is that an extension buys more time to monitor the Indian/delta variant and deliver millions more doses of the vaccine. View progress by postcode.

Macron lashes out at Johnson in sausage trade row

Emmanuel Macron declared that Boris Johnson was "well aware" of "incoherences" in the Northern Ireland Protocol when he signed up to it, as the sausage trade row deepened. The French president used a press conference at the end of the G7 summit in Cornwall to demand the Prime Minister respect the terms of the controversial mechanism. US President Joe Biden avoided taking sides during his own press conference, before he flew to Windsor to meet the Queen to discuss Russia and China over tea - later saying that the monarch "reminded me of my mother".

Sterling work in England's Euro 2020 opener match

How is that for starters? Raheem Sterling delivered the perfect riposte to his critics as he scored his first tournament goal for England in a 1-0 win over Croatia in their opening Euro 2020 game at a socially-distanced Wembley. England's young side secured the country's first ever winning start to the tournament, which is being played in 11 different nations. Chief Sports Writer Oliver Brown says the "boy from Brent" stepped up when it mattered most by scoring the winning goal. Do you agree with our player ratings? Submit your own. Look ahead to Scotland's first tie.

At a glance: Coronavirus morning briefing

Also in the news: Today's other headlines

Police chief interview | The public are "fed up" with police officers' virtue-signalling rather than locking up burglars, one of Britain's most senior police officers says today. In an interview with The Telegraph, Stephen Watson, the new chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, said officers' impartiality was being jeopardised through "making common cause" with campaigns by, for example, taking the knee or wearing their pins, badges or rainbow shoelaces. Read more of his views.

Around the world: Netanyahu promises quick return

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister, was ousted last night by a cross-party government - raising hopes that the worst political crisis in the country's history is ending. Politicians voted narrowly in favour of swearing in a unity government. The coalition will initially be led by Naftali Bennett, the Rightwing leader of the Yamina party - but Mr Netanyahu vowed he would return. For more striking pictures of the weekend from around the world, view our gallery.

Celebrations in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, last night - CORINNA KERN/REUTERS
Celebrations in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, last night - CORINNA KERN/REUTERS

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Business and money briefing

Finances | Staff are enjoying higher salaries as Brexit, the pandemic and the furlough scheme cut competition for jobs - in an early sign leaving the EU is benefiting lower-skilled workers. Data shows that average salaries this year have risen by 4pc overall after widespread reports that bosses in retail and hospitality have been struggling to fill jobs.

Sport briefing

Routed | England are picking over their first series defeat on home soil since 2014 following a 1-0 loss to New Zealand. Tim Wigmore says New Zealand have become a model Test side - and taught some harsh lessons.

Tonight's dinner

Smoked trout, egg and potato salad | A gorgeous, feel-good salad with leaves, herbs and a sour-cream dressing by Diana Henry. View the recipe and try our Cookbook newsletter.

And finally... for this morning's downtime

How I reversed my 'silent diabetes' | Professor Michael Gleeson has always led an active lifestyle, but in middle age he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He explains how he managed to get rid of it.

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