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Newspaper Headline: England v Scotland Euros build-up and arena bombing report: “ Could we be free by July 5?” asks the Daily Mail’s headline.

#AceDailyNews says there is plenty of speculation about the future of the Democratic Unionist Party, following the resignation of Edwin Poots:

Metro Friday
BBC News: Several papers look ahead to tonight’s big Euros match – England v Scotland at Wembley. But the Metro says fans in pubs and bars will not be able to boo, sing or cheer because of Covid guidance. It says pub landlords face fines of up to £1,000 “if crowds go wild”, and quotes one bar owner who was told by council officials that fans must be quiet, stay seated and wear masks. “How on earth am I supposed to do that?” he tells the paper.

The Times looks even further ahead to the Euros final which is due to be held at Wembley: The paper says there are discussions within government about whether to exempt Uefa and Fifa officials – as well as sponsors and broadcasters – from having to quarantine under the UK’s travel rules when they arrive for the final. There are fears that if the rules are not relaxed, the semi-finals and final will be moved to Hungary. But such a move could cause controversy at a time when millions of Britons face quarantine for holidays abroad, the paper adds:

The Daily Star takes a unique angle ahead of the England v Scotland game: It reports that TV illusionist Uri Geller says he will be using his powers to drive Scotland to a “miracle” victory tonight. The paper has suggested wearing tin foil hats to repel Geller’s powers – but the mystic says the paper’s plan is destined to fail:

The Sun suggests Wally the Walrus – an Arctic walrus who was spotted in Wales and Cornwall before heading to France earlier this year – is now back in the UK’s shores “just in time for England’s crunch Euros crash with Scotland” later. The paper says he has recently been basking in France and Spain, but his return to the Isles of Scilly is a “good omen” for England fans:

The Daily Mirror leads with the first of three reports from the inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing, which was released on Thursday: The paper highlights the reaction of some of the bereaved families, who say their loved ones were failed because of a catalogue of “inexcusable” errors:

The Daily Express calls the report “damning”, and also quotes one grieving father as saying the victims were “failed on every level” by organisations. The inquiry’s report found there were missed opportunities to prevent the attack, such as security failing to identify the threat posed by the bomber Salman Abedi:

The Daily Telegraph has spoken to the head of the Oxford vaccine group, Prof Sir Andrew Pollard, who has suggested suspending coronavirus testing in schools, saying it is very disruptive: The paper has analysed data and says that in secondary schools, one third of people whose lateral flow tests came back positive later tested negative when checked with the more reliable PCR tests. Prof Pollard suggested it might be worth vaccinating children:

The Daily Mail says it has been told by a government source that lockdown could end two weeks early, on 5 July, if the data on coronavirus continues to improve: According to the paper, it comes amid growing evidence that the “assumptions used by government scientists to justify delaying Freedom Day were too pessimistic”. It says although cases of the Indian variant are still rising, the rate of growth has fallen in recent days. Ministers believe a 19 July reopening remains most likely though the paper adds:

For the Guardian, its top story is on the apology from government ministers to rape victims as a review revealed convictions have fallen to a record low in recent years: The paper says ministers are “deeply ashamed” and have pledge an overhaul of the criminal justice system to increase prosecutions and improve the way victims are treated:

And the Financial Times reports that broadcaster Channel 4 will be steered towards privatisation by the government as soon as next year: Channel 4 is currently publicly-owned and not-for-profit – but the paper says ministers will launch a formal consultation on its future within weeks. Privatising the channel has been explored more than half a dozen times since the 1980s but consistently ruled out because of the likely impact on programming, the paper adds:

The paper says it has been told that Downing Street has “opened the door” to easing all restrictions in England two weeks earlier than planned, because data on the effectiveness of vaccines has proved to be far better than the initial assumptions. There will now be a “genuine review of the data” in a fortnight, according to a government source.

Any optimism is tempered by comments by Prof Chris Whitty – England’s chief medical adviser – reported in the Times. He warns the UK is a entering a possible “third significant wave”. 

Analysis by the Daily Telegraph has found that a third of all positive lateral flow tests in secondary schools are negative when checked against the gold-standard PCR swab. In one week in March, the paper found the figure rose to 60%. …………Prof Sir Andrew Pollard, who led the Oxford vaccine programme, tells the Telegraph it might be worth giving jabs to children in order to stop disruption to teaching. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is still to make a decision: Meanwhile in the US, children are being vaccinated:

The i newspaper reports on what it calls a “landmark study” which has found that two doses of a coronavirus vaccine reduce the chances of someone developing long Covid by a third: More than one million people are affected by the condition in the UK – with symptoms including fatigue, breathing difficulties and brain fog: The authors of the study – from King’s College London and the Tony Blair Institute – say the findings should be used to raise awareness among young people and the vaccine hesitant.

The Times reports that ministers are considering a proposal to exempt about 2,500 VIPs from quarantine rules, so they can attend Euro 2020 football matches at Wembley: The government is concerned that if it does not relax the rules, Uefa could move the semi-finals and final from London to Hungary: Cabinet ministers have acknowledged the amendment will cause controversy – but Boris Johnson is said to be drawn to the plan because it could boost a joint home nations bid for the 2030 World Cup.

More than £1bn in furlough cash has been returned to the government, according to figures obtained by the Financial Times via a Freedom of Information Act request. The paper says shops including Primark, Games Workshop and Ikea have all given back money, buoyed by strong consumer demand. Most big house builders have also repaid the cash. But the amount received by the government is still “dwarfed” by the £64bn needed by the Treasury to run the furlough scheme.

Government sources have told the Guardian that ministers will not tell workers they should return to offices if the final lockdown restrictions are lifted next month. The paper says it is a “significant change of approach” from last summer – with the government minded to let companies make their own decisions. Boris Johnson’s view on what should happen is clear, with the Sun reporting that he has no plans to introduce a legal right to work from home.

The Times adds that the prime minister wants to “jolt commuters back to work” and he has been particularly concerned about how empty the government offices are.

Manchester bomb inquiry: Under the headline, “they were failed”, the Daily Mirror leads on the findings of the first public inquiry report into the Manchester Arena attack. The paper’s editorial says it is “essential that lessons are learned” to ensure nothing similar ever happens again:

The Daily Express leader says while “many people will be burdened with regrets for the rest of their lives”, the focus should be on training and empowering police officers and security guards to identify killers and act on potentially life-saving information. Family handouts: After twenty two people were killed in the May 2017 bombing:

Channel could be sold off to help repair the public finances, according to reports in the Financial Times. The future of the broadcaster is now being dealt with as a “matter of urgency” by ministers, because of the fast-changing television market. A formal consultation is due to begin “within weeks” – with an outright sale and a flotation among the options.Channel 4 was estimated to be worth £1bn in 2016. Ministers want a decision by the end of the year on the most sustainable future for the broadcaster. Channel 4 declined to comment.

One senior DUP figure in the Daily Telegraph has warned that the “bizarre and grotesque” decision, could see the party become discredited with the public. The New Statesman suggests that the DUP could face an electoral reckoning sooner than expected – unless it agrees a deal with Sinn Fein to prevent the collapse of power sharing.

Euros clash many front pages feature pictures of Scotland football supporters arriving in London ahead of tonight’s Euro 2020 against England.

PA Media Scotland: Fans in Glasgow on Thursday as they prepare to catch the train to LondonAlmost 3.5 million pints will be drunk in pubs and bars during the match. But according to the Metro there will be “no cheers,” whatever the result in one pub because its landlord has been threatened with a Covid fine unless he ensures fans stay seated and remain quiet to reduce the risk of transmission.

The Daily Telegraph says about 20,000 Scots have made the trip – but as the Guardian points out, the omens are not positive because Scotland have not won at Wembley since 1999. However, the message in the Scottish papers is unsurprisingly upbeat.

The Scotsman says it is “game on”, as it features two young fans preparing to travel to London to cheer on the team. The rallying cry in the Daily Record comes from Sir Rod Stewart. “Make us proud,” is his message – with the paper assigning 14 pages of coverage to the big match. “Good luck Scotland,” is the message from the National to Steve Clarke’s side. And finally… famous for its currant cake and Peter Kay’s fictional FM radio station, the Lancashire mill town of Chorley is to host the third most important politician in the United States in September.

The Times reports that Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, will be a guest of the Commons speaker and local MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle. Ms Pelosi is set to get the chance to try Morecambe Bay shrimps and Lancashire cheese and pay a visit to Sir Bradley Wiggins’ gold post box. The Times says she will most likely be impressed – because all her San Francisco district boasts is an old bridge and a disused prison.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Jun.18: 2021:

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