Top story: Bankruptcies a price worth paying for Brexit, says Hunt
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Jeremy Hunt has alarmed moderate Tories by hardening his rhetoric about a possible no-deal Brexit as he attempts to close the gap with Boris Johnson in the race for the Conservative leadership. Speaking on the Andrew Marr show, Hunt said he would be willing to tell business owners that they should be prepared to see their companies go bust in a no-deal Brexit as a price worth paying to fulfil a “democratic” promise to voters. He will also use a speech on Monday to play down concerns about the potential impact of no deal with policies including £6bn to protect fishing and agriculture. Matt Hancock weighed in for Johnson saying public sector staff could expect a fair pay rise if his man reaches No 10. But outgoing prime minister Theresa May has issued a veiled attack on the no-deal approach championed by Johnson. She said her successor should make sure Britian negotiated in an “orderly way”.
As May departs the world stage, our political editor, Heather Stewart, analyses her humbling journey from the apex of political power to the backbenches. It’s been an uncomfortable ride as, at summit after summit, “May was sentenced to be the lonely human face of British exceptionalism, dispatched to dine with her aides at the British residence, while the EU27 carried on their discussions without her”. You can watch highlights of those excruciating summit moments here.
Unhappy anniversary – Protesters are gathering on the streets of central Hong Kong today ahead of a planned demonstration to mark the anniversary of the handover of the city to China on 1 July 1997. Activists clashed with police earlier today as they tried to occupy key thoroughfares ahead of another march which also aims to keep up the pressure on the city’s government over its attempts to introduce draconian new extradition laws with China. Follow our live blog for all the developments and you can also catch up on the large-scale demonstrations yesterday by groups in favour of the new law that will make it easier to send residents to China for trial.
‘Spygate’ – A spying row has erupted less than 48 hours before England’s women footballers take on the United States in the World Cup semi-final. The Football Association reacted with anger when US team officials were found entering private rooms in the England team hotel in Lyon on Sunday morning while Phil Neville’s players were out training. The US said the officials, who were being shown around the luxury Fourvière hotel by staff on Sunday morning, were merely scouting venues for a team base if they reach Sunday’s final. But Neville said England would never do such a thing when opponents were still staying at a hotel.
Tarnished crown – More than 100 complaints have been made to the crown estate in the face of rising rents, evictions and delays to repairs to properties. An investigation by the Guardian has unearthed growing anger about how the Queen’s £14bn property portfolio is managed. The organisation, which gives 25% of its profits to the monarch, has sought to evict 113 tenants in the past five years so they can sell their homes for profit. One evicted tenant, a retired policeman, said the estate had a public service duty. “The crown estate are custodians, they are not a bloody commercial estate agent,” he said.
Whaling reboot – Ships have set out from several ports in Japan today as the country’s fishermen resumed commercial whale hunting for the first time in 30 years. Japan defied international opinion and celebrity campaigns by withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission after failing to convince the world body to allow the practice, which it says is a longstanding tradition. But it has prompted celebrations in northern and western fishing communities as ships set sail. “We are very excited” said Yoshifumi Kai, head of the Japan Small-Type Whaling Association. “My heart is full of hope.”
‘Incredible’ – Astonished residents of the city of Guadalajara woke on Sunday to find cars buried under a coating of hailstones up to two metres deep. The freak storm came despite temeperatures reaching 31C in recent days. “I’ve never seen such scenes in Guadalajara,” said the state governor, Enrique Alfaro. “It’s incredible.”
Today in Focus podcast: Why Fiji is awash with cocaine
Last year, 120 bricks of cocaine, each worth thousands of dollars, washed up on the beaches of remote islands in Fiji. Kate Lyons explains how traffickers are increasingly using the islands as a staging post in the supply of drugs from central America to Australia and New Zealand. She has also reported on how Fijian police have found themselves on the frontline of an illicit multibillion-dollar industry and how the Pacific islands are the victims of growing appetite for the drugs in large cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.
Lunchtime read: The rise and rise of tourism
As the summer holidays approach, we’ve crunched the numbers on the rise and rise of international tourism and what it means for the planet. There were 1.4bn tourist visits last year, according to the UN, a threefold rise since 1990, with the industry accounting for 2% of world GDP. Cheap flights and ease of internet booking are factors, along with growing number of Chinese tourists whose 143m trips made them the world’s most numerous travellers. France is the world’s most popular destination at 90m visits, ahead of Spain on 82m, although the latter still has more European visitors. The UK is in seventh place on 39m, just ahead of Germany on 37m.
England kept their Cricket World Cup hopes alive with a crucial win over India at Edgbaston helped by a redemptive hundred from Jonny Bairstow. Taylor Swift has emerged as the unexpected expression for home fans, with stadium music urging them to Shake it Off and highlighting the potential of the team: young, reckless, capable of leaving you breathless. Kyle Edmund says it is “a great honour” to return to Centre Court for the fourth time when Wimbledon starts today. In F1, Ferrari said they will not appeal against the stewards’ decision on the incident between Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and their driver Charles Leclerc at the Canadian grand prix. Taking time out from the spying row, Phil Neville tried another diplomatic move by claiming that his England women will be backed by French supporters in tomorrow’s Women’s World Cup semi-final. As England prepares to welcome Australia for the Women’s Ashes of 2019, there’s a powerful sense of déjà vu – these teams have played each other a lot.
The number of people using mobile banking services will outnumber those visiting branches by 2021. The rise in smartphone ownership, especially by better-off older people and those nearing retirement, are identified as the key trends behind the figures compiled by data firm Caci. Manufacturing in Asia remains in the doldrums, according to surveys in China, Japan and South Korea released overnight, depressing markets and increasing pressure on policymakers to keep rates low. The FTSE100 is nevertheless on course to jump 0.5% at the opening while the pound is at £1.270 and €1.118.
Many papers adorn their front pages with pictures of Kylie Minogue performing her headline set at Glastonbury. But the main story is more of a mixed bag.
The Telegraph says “Hunt: I will turbocharge no-deal with £20bn plan” and the i has “Hunt unveils relief fund for no-deal Brexit”. The Times sticks to the Tory leadership race too but has the line “Johnson to boost pay for public sector staff”, and the Guardian’s splash says “Businesses going bust is price worth paying for no-deal Brexit, says Hunt”. The latter two papers pick David Attenborough as their Glastonbury pin-up. The FT says “Trump steps into history after meeting Kim on N Korean soil”.
The Mail focuses on what it claims is a “Labour tax raid on family homes” while the Express wants action on knife crime – “Act now to halt this senseless blodshed”. The Mirror also has a demand with former PM Gordon Brown saying: “End TV licence scandal now, Mrs May”. The Sun leads with “Strictly Rachel’s secret Vegas wedding”.
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