The Duke of Edinburgh’s death at the age of 99 quickly prompted public tributes – even if large gatherings were prevented by coronavirus restrictions.
Flags were quickly lowered to half mast at royal residences including Buckingham Palace, Holyroodhouse and at Balmoral, the favoured summer holiday retreat for the royal family.
The sporting world also paid tribute with silences at cricket grounds and Aintree where Saturday’s Randox Grand National will take place, while Downing Street lowered flags and Piccadilly Circus featured Philip’s image on its giant screen.
French authorities have announced that Jersey fishermen will be banned from landing their catch at three ports in response to the row over post-Brexit fishing rights. In a tit-for-tat retaliation, local leaders in La Manche, Normandy, said that boats from the Channel island would be suspended from entering the ports of Granville, Barneville-Carteret and Dielette until further notice. It came as Jersey fishermen on Friday told The Telegraph they had been unable to land their hauls since Monday, with one fisherman actively prevented from landing in Carteret on Thursday afternoon. Responding on Friday night, Ian Gorst, Jersey’s minister for external relations, said that it regretted the decision and believed it fell foul of the Brexit trade deal. “For that reason we are referring the notice of this decision immediately to the European Commission,” he said in a statement. It follows Jersey’s decision last week to impose new restrictions on fishing licences granted to French vessels in its waters, in a move which has provoked outcry in Paris. Brussels has also intervened, claiming that the move is discriminatory and in breach of the Brexit trade deal agreed with the UK last year. After the French government threatened to cut off electricity supplies to the island, a flotilla of 60 fishing boats blockaded its main port of St Helier on Thursday, in an escalation which prompted Boris Johnson to dispatch two Royal Navy vessels. The fishermen have threatened to return unless Jersey backs down, but Downing Street has insisted that the Crown Dependency commands its full support and has complied with the trade agreement. Read more: Calm after the storm as Jersey's fishermen head back out to sea
Formula One is gearing up for its fourth race of the season and the next chapter of its mouth-watering championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Hamilton triumphed last weekend in Portugal to claim his second win of the campaign and extend his championship lead over the Dutchman to eight points. When is the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix?
Sir Keir Starmer is facing calls to "change direction" from Labour's left wing after he became the first leader to see the party lose Hartlepool in 47 years - while Boris Johnson hailed a "very encouraging" set of election results so far. Labour suffered a "shattering" defeat in Thursday's by-election in Hartlepool as they lost out to the Conservatives by 6,940 votes. The result boosts Prime Minister Boris Johnson's majority in the House of Commons and also hands him another brick in Labour's "red wall".
The coronavirus will no longer be circulating in Britain by midsummer, according to the government's departing vaccine taskforce chief, Clive Dix. Mr Dix, who was appointed as interim leader of the taskforce in December and stepped down last week, said it was his belief there would be no circulating virus "sometime in August". On Friday, there were 2,490 new cases reported in the latest 24-hour period, according to government figures.
China has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event planned next week by Germany, the United States and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, according to a note seen by Reuters on Friday. "It is a politically-motivated event," China's U.N. mission wrote in the note, dated Thursday. China charged that the organizers of the event, which also include several other European states along with Australia and Canada, use "human rights issues as a political tool to interfere in China's internal affairs like Xinjiang, to create division and turbulence and disrupt China's development."
The actor, writer and director Noel Clarke has been accused of sexual misconduct on the set of BBC series Doctor Who. Clarke has been embroiled in controversy since some 20 women made claims of bullying and sexual harassment against him in an investigation first published in The Guardian newspaper. The 45-year-old has previously said he "vehemently" denies allegations of sexual misconduct or criminal behaviour but will be seeking professional help and has apologised "deeply" for his actions.
A huge SNP effort to get their supporters to polling stations cancelled out a rise in unionist tactical voting in key constituencies as the first tranche of results in the Holyrood elections were announced. Turnout surged across the country despite the pandemic – rising by more than 10 percentage points in some seats compared to 2016 – with a record number expected to have participated in a Scottish Parliament vote. The nationalists were determined to avoid a repeat of the 2017 general election, when SNP voters staying at home was seen to have contributed to surprise gains for Labour in urban areas and Tories toppling nationalists in parts of rural Scotland. The SNP bombarded its supporters with texts and emails addressed from Nicola Sturgeon on election day, urging them to vote and also to ensure that at least five friends or family members also made it to polling stations. On Friday, Scottish Tory strategists admitted that the success of the SNP drive to get out the vote had neutered their attempts to gain seats by encouraging widespread tactical voting among unionist voters determined to stop a second independence referendum.