Friday Briefing: The ghost of Brexit haunts the summit party

Friday Briefing: The ghost of Brexit haunts the summit party

Headline: Macron warns Johnson about NI deal

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The G7 summit risks being overshadowed by increasingly bitter disagreements between the UK and the EU over Northern Ireland’s protocols to the Brexit deal. As thousands of loyalists gathered in Belfast on Thursday evening to protest the deal, Emmanuel Macron warned Boris Johnson that France was not open to renegotiating any aspect of the protocol – and even appeared to wonder if the UK could be trusted. Britain wants aspects of the deal to be renegotiated. Talks collapsed this week without a deal. Britain’s chief negotiator Lord Frost has accused the EU of “legal purism,” but high-ranking Tories from Johnson to bottom have changed their minds on the protocols. Under the protocol, designed to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, Northern Ireland remains in effect in the single market and EU customs policy is enforced on goods arriving from Grande Brittany. Loyalists believe the arrangement could weaken their British identity and last night’s protests highlight the strength of sentiment.

As the Brexit issue looms, Johnson spoke to US President Joe Biden yesterday, but the PM played down reports of disagreements between the two men over Ireland. Johnson said Biden was a “breath of fresh air” and that the talks had been “very good”. Johnson will hold meetings with his counterparts from Japan, Canada and Italy today before a formal group session. In the evening, they will enjoy Cornish specialties including spicy coconut melon gazpacho, roast Cornish turbot caught off Newquay and a selection of Cornish cheeses.

The ease becomes more and more difficult – Boris Johnson is under intense pressure not to lift the final restrictions on coronaviruses in 10 days as scheduled due to the increase in the number of cases of the Delta variant being discovered for the first time in India. As the prime minister prepares to review the latest data this weekend, a prominent public health expert has declared a complete lifting of risky measures and increasing hospitalizations. Jim McManus, vice president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, said “patience will pay off in the long run now. But Johnson faces equally strong calls to move forward with the final easing. His predecessor Theresa May said last night it was “incomprehensible” that Britain could be slower to fully open up its economy given its successful rollout of vaccination.

Britain will give 100 million Covid vaccines to poorer countries over the next year to help make the pandemic recovery sustainable. And in an effort to encourage domestic tourism, ministers are launching a new rail pass to allow cheaper travel across the UK on certain days. Children may be allowed to travel for free and there might be vouchers for popular attractions. But the government will have to spend £ 40 billion to fix the NHS wait times that have built up during the pandemic, according to unpublished estimates from Downing Street. Europe risks an autumn upsurge in Covid cases despite a drop in infections, the WHO has warned.

‘Inside n ° 10’ – Dominic Cummings has promised to reveal more details about his time at Downing Street in a paid newsletter. Former senior adviser to Boris Johnson, who accused Health Secretary Matt Hancock of incompetence in handling the pandemic, said he would broadcast “more obscure things about the media, Westminster,” to inside n ° 10 “, how did we do Brexit in 2019, the 2019 elections, etc. It came after Hancock promised to reveal internal advice that he said he monitored the referral of people from hospitals to care homes at the start of the Covid pandemic.

Even honors – Dozens of activists who have accepted the gongs but oppose their being named after imperialism have attempted to remove the word “empire” from the British honors system. They include Victor Adebowale, the chairman of the NHS Confederation, who accepted a CBE in 2000; John Amaechi, a former Anglo-American NBA player, and Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu, a pioneer nurse.

Breach at the Capitol – The FBI chief told US lawmakers the office viewed the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill as an act of “domestic terrorism” and suggested that “serious charges” were still pending as part of its criminal investigation. Classes. Testifying before Congress, Christopher Wray also lamented Donald Trump’s claims about a stolen presidential election.

Artist’s impression of VVV-WIT-08. Photography: Amanda Smith

Flashing massive – Astronomers have spotted a giant blinking star, 100 times the size of the sun, near the heart of the Milky Way. Within a few hundred days, the huge star, which is over 25,000 light years away, extinguished 97% and then slowly returned to its former brightness. Scientists call these variable stars “what are they?” “Or” WIT “objects. Their latest discovery is called VVV-WIT-08.

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Tim Jonze during his Fast & Furious epic. Photographie : Graeme Robertson/The Guardian

Ahead of the latest installment in the Fast & Furious oil franchise, newbie Tim Jonze attempts to watch all eight previous editions in 24 hours. The first attracts him – “terrible” but he wants more – but by the time No.8 arrives, he doesn’t really look anymore, he just supports. “My brain has liquefied. “


Euro 2020 kicks off today when Turkey and Italy face off in Rome, kicking off four weeks of football in 11 countries. The Italian capital is ready but fans are struggling to get in the mood. Our editors predict the winners, losers and stars of 24 teams and 622 players. Barbora Krejcikova saved a match point to defeat Maria Sakkari and staged a Roland Garros final against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat Tamara Zidansek. Novak Djokovic should not be overwhelmed with emotion when he meets Rafael Nadal for the ninth time at Roland Garros today with a place in the final at stake.

Ollie Robinson stepped down from playing for Sussex this weekend, citing the need for a break as the ECB continues to deliberate on offensive tweets that have plunged the sport into crisis. Zak Crawley, Joe Root and James Bracey were all cheaply eliminated on day one of the second test against New Zealand, but Rory Burns (81) and Dan Lawrence (67 not eliminated) ensured England would start the second day of 258 for seven. Team GB athletes will not face medal goals for the Tokyo Olympics after it was revealed that its experts did not have enough data to make precise forecasts. Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith returned home to claim her second Diamond League victory of the season, while Laura Muir’s second 1500m took her third place. And Manchester United have had a £ 67million opening offer for Jadon Sancho turned down by Borussia Dortmund.


Asian markets reacted cautiously to US inflation figures which showed prices were rising at their fastest pace since 2008. Many investors fear that rising prices will force the US Federal Reserve to phase out its stimulus program. massive monetary policy and to raise interest rates. The FTSE100 should experience a slight recovery this morning. The British pound is up to $ 1.418 and € 1.634.

The papers

“The bitter stalemate on Brexit harms the start of the G7 summit,” says the Guardian, but it’s the photos of Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie Symonds and son Wilfred playing on the beach with Jill Biden that provide the main picture for several other newspapers. the Poster the title is “Oh baby, what a love! “, while the Express a “PM: Biden is a breath of fresh air! “. It is also the main image of the Time but he leads with “PM is considering a four week delay before the end of the sidewalks”, and the Telegraph, which splashes with “May: Global Britain is closed for business”.

Front page of the Guardian Friday June 11, 2021
Photograph: The Guardian

the is a “Pfizer jab shortage warning hits hopes for June 21,” and it’s also a lead for the Scottish: “Yousaf calls for UK action on Pfizer’s ‘squeeze’ offer.” the Mirror focuses on Matt Hancock’s appearance before MPs: “How does he have the nerve to say that? “. the FT the lead is “Challenge for the Fed as US consumer prices rise at the fastest rate since 2008”, while the Soleil on the other hand, splashes of an open letter to the English footballers of Euro 2020: “Dear guys,” he said.

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