Tuesday briefing: Patel pushes for offshore detention

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Ministers are to propose offshore centres for asylum seekers and criminal charges for migrants “knowingly” arriving in the UK without permission. Campaigners say the nationality and borders bill could see thousands of refugees turned away and vulnerable migrants criminalised for seeking a better life. Plans will provide for removal of asylum seekers to offshore centres while their claims or appeals are processed – Ascension Island, disused ferries and abandoned oil rigs have all been mooted.

내무장관, 프리티 파텔, said she wanted to crack down on “vile criminals” behind cross-Channel smuggling, make it easier to remove migrants who have arrived in the country unlawfully, and punish countries that refuse to take back their own citizens by limiting visas for people from those countries.

Analysis of Home Office data by the Refugee Council suggests 9,000 people who would be accepted as refugees under current rules may not be under the reforms. The British Red Cross said it welcomed “long-needed” reform to the UK’s asylum system but compassion and fairness must remain at its heart. “We have major concerns about the proposals, which would see someone’s case and the support they receive judged on how they entered the country, rather than the dangers they face,” said Mike Adamson, the BRC’s chief executive.

Unlock date confirmed – Maintaining the current Covid restrictions through the summer would only delay hospitalisations and deaths rather than reduce them, Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, 말했다. It comes after Boris Johnson confirmed England will become the most unrestricted society in Europe from 19 July as far as the pandemic is concerned – despite saying new cases could soar to 50,000 a day before masks and social distancing are ditched. Whitty said that while scientific opinion was mixed on when to lift the last restrictions, he believed doing so in the summer had advantages over the autumn.

Keir Starmer called Johnson reckless for throwing off key protections like masks. Tory MPs heralded the change, shouting “hallelujah” in the House of Commons. Jude Diggins, an interim director at the Royal College of Nursing, 말했다: “This disease does not disappear on 19 칠월. No available vaccine is 100% effective … Public mask-wearing is straightforward and well-established – government will regret the day it sent the wrong signal for political expediency.” In a sign restrictions may return this autumn, the prime minister warned the public against going “de-mob happy” and said opening up – including lifting all limits on sports events and nightclubs – would be safest during the school summer holidays. In global Covid news, Germany is reopening to travellers from Britain – this and other developments at our live blog.

Too many babies dying – A thousand babies die preventable deaths every year in England because blame-shifting and secrecy mean lessons are not learned from maternity ward mistakes, a report by MPs has said. Almost two in five childbirth units still provide care that is unsafe to some extent, says the health select committee. Its report praises the NHS for the “impressive” 30% fall in neonatal deaths and 25% drop in stillbirths over the last decade. But “if we had the same rate as Sweden approximately 1,000 more babies would survive every year”. England’s maternity units are short of 1,932 midwives and need 496 more senior doctors, 동안 80% of midwives have told the Royal College of Midwives they believed there were too few staff to ensure safe care.

Labour lifts Phillips ban – Trevor Phillips has been readmitted to the Labour party after his suspension for alleged Islamophobia was lifted, 가디언은 배웠다. The anti-racism campaigner who previously chaired the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was temporarily banned in March 2020. A Labour source has told the Guardian that an investigation into Phillips is ongoing and procedures allow for this to happen even after a member’s suspension has been lifted. Ken Livingstone, the former London mayor, and Jeremy Corbyn – who was leader when Phillips was suspended – are among members the party has temporarily barred in recent years.

Elephants ready to fly – A herd of 13 elephants born and raised in a Kent zoo are about to get on a plane to travel almost 4,500 miles to Kenya in order to reintroduce them to the wild in a first-of-its kind operation. The mission is being carried out by the Aspinall Foundation, Kenya Wildlife Service and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

The savannah elephants, the endangered but most common African elephant species, will be held in an enclosure for six months so conservationists can monitor their reaction to the different climate and diseases. The Aspinall Foundation, which operates Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury, has previously helped rewild gorillas, rhinos and other species from captivity. Damian Aspinall, the chairman of the foundation, 말했다: “If this is successful, I would love to see elephants held in captivity all over the world be rewilded too.”

‘He defines leadership’ – Gareth Southgate’s tactics in dealing with sensitive culture war issues should be followed by politicians, a leading US pollster has argued as he warned Britain faces a potential descent into American-style polarisation. The England manager’s defence of his team taking the knee before games was praised by Frank Luntz as he released a report on political communications.

“He defines leadership,” said Luntz. “If a politician comes to me and says, what should I say, I tell them: be more like Gareth Southgate.” Luntz, who spent decades advising the Republican party, joined the rightwing Centre for Policy Studies thinktank in the UK in May. His report argues that British politicians must fight against a descent into a US-style culture war and that, while genuine divides exist, voters are ultimately more concerned by everyday matters such as paying bills.

The Grenfell Tower tragedy forced a reassessment of fire safety for buildings across the country, but no consensus on who should pay for it. Robert Booth describes how for many residents the issue has become a living nightmare.

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Emma Raducanu’s gloriously unexpected Wimbledon adventure ended in sadness on Monday as the 18-year-old from Kent was forced to retire from her last-16 match with breathing difficulties. The BBC commentator John McEnroe came under fire after suggesting that Raducanu found playing in the last 16 of Wimbledon “a little too much”. Precisely 41 years to the day after Björn Borg lifted the last of his five titles at the All England Club, his 18-year-old son Leo upheld the family honour with victory on his Wimbledon debut in the boys’ event. Harry Kane is determined to seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a major tournament on home soil when England take on Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final on Wednesday.

UK Athletics has taken the unusual step of revealing that Toni Minichiello, who guided Jessica Ennis-Hill to Olympic glory at London 2012, has been provisionally suspended after complaints about his behaviour. The Australian Grand Prix is set to be cancelled for a second straight year after negotiations over a quarantine hub for drivers reportedly broke down. Fresh Covid-19 uncertainty is hanging over the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa following a positive coronavirus test which has forced the entire Springbok squad into isolation. And Geraint Thomas plans to continue his racing career until the Paris Olympics in 2024, despite a hugely disappointing performance in this year’s Tour de France.

Asian shares have been mixed as oil prices surged higher after a meeting of oil producing nations was postponed. Benchmarks in Japan, Australia and South Korea edged higher, while those in China declined. US markets were closed for Independence Day. Investors have been trimming holdings of Chinese technology company shares as Beijing tightens oversight of the industry. Talks among members of the Opec cartel and allied oil producing countries have broken off in the midst of a standoff with the United Arab Emirates over production levels. The FTSE is trending towards opening lower, while the pound is worth $1.388 and €1.169 at time of writing.

그만큼 보호자’s top story, under the headline “Johnson sweeps away lockdown restrictions in Covid-19 gamble”, focuses on the PM raising the possibility of reintroducing restrictions in the autumn, warning the public not to go “de-mob happy”. 그만큼 FT’s headline is “Johnson brushes aside warnings over lifting of Covid restrictions”. It calls the lifting of compulsory mask wearing a “totemic move for lockdown-sceptic Tory MPs”.

그만큼 Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily MailDaily Express concentrate on Johnson’s quote: “We must be honest with ourselves that if we can’t reopen our society in the next few weeks … we must ask ourselves: when will we be able to return to normal?” “Now is the right time to end Covid rules, declares Johnson” is the Times’ headline, with the front page also carrying an analysis piece under the title, “And with this, Britain’s great gamble begins”. 그만큼 Metro says Johnson is “Rolling the dice” but pun of the day goes to the Mirror, with “Masking for trouble”. You can see a selection of the fronts here.

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