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

Welcome to your early-morning news briefing from The Telegraph – a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Monday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free.

1. ‘Damaging’ European Super League would strike at heart of football, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson attacked England’s biggest football clubs on Sunday night for planning a breakaway European Super League that would “strike at the heart of the domestic game”.

The Prime Minister joined the Premier League and Uefa in condemning the proposal, warning that the clubs involved “must answer to their fans” and the wider footballing community before taking further steps. Read the full story.

2. Covid tests for holidaymakers could fall below £50 

Private Covid tests for summer holidaymakers could fall below £50 under plans being considered by the Treasury to exempt them from VAT.

In a partial climbdown, HMRC has already ruled that the gold standard PCR tests will be exempt from VAT when they are administered or overseen by a registered nurse, The Telegraph can reveal. Read the full story.

3. Royal summit to decide future of monarchy to be led by Prince Charles and Prince William

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge will hold a summit to decide the future of the monarchy over the next two generations following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

In consultation with the Queen, Britain’s next two kings will decide how many full-time working members the Royal family should have, who they should be, and what they should do. Read the full story​.

4. Priti Patel accuses Facebook of putting profit before children’s safety

Priti Patel will on Monday accuse Facebook of putting profits before children’s safety, as she says tech giants have a “moral duty” to prevent abuse.

The Home Secretary will take the unusual step of singling out Facebook for its “unacceptable” plans to encrypt all messages, which she says will hamper law enforcement agencies’ ability to prevent “abhorrent” online child abuse. Read the full story​.

5. Jane Austen’s tea drinking will face ‘historical interrogation’ over slavery links

Jane Austen’s tea drinking will be subjected to “historical interrogation” over its slavery links, the director of a museum dedicated to the author has said.

The writer’s cottage in the Hampshire village of Chawton, where she wrote Emma and Mansfield Park before her death in 1817, is now a museum and place of “Janeite” pilgrimage dedicated to her life and work. Read the full story​.


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