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Prime Minister demands new arrangements with Europe
With just 10 weeks until Britain is due to leave the European Union, Boris Johnson is talking tough. The Prime Minister last night tore up the Northern Irish backstop and demanded new terms for a Brexit deal. Read the blistering letter Mr Johnson sent EU Council president Donald Tusk, as he suggested new proposals. It came after a one-hour phone call in which the Prime Minister and Leo Varadkar, the Irish premier, clashed over the border issue. If you need a reminder, Europe Editor Peter Foster has a very simple guide to the Brexit backstop and Irish border conundrum. He has also travelled to Poland to write a dispatch on the reality of European border controls in a small town. Meanwhile, ministers are worried that the Government's no-deal public information website could crash under the weight of people seeking post-Brexit information. Here is what is planned under the £130million public information campaign and this is how a no-deal Brexit could affect your daily life.
Knight to the rescue: Sir Elton defends royals over 'hypocrisy'
Sir Elton John counted Diana, Princess of Wales as "one of my dearest friends" and movingly sang at her funeral. Now the pop star has leapt to the defence of her younger son in an attempt to shield the Duke of Sussex and his wife from "relentless and untrue assassinations" amid allegations of hypocrisy over their private jet flights. Robert Mendick explains how the singer put a metaphorical arm around the Duke and Duchess. Meanwhile, Prince Harry's former girlfriend Cressida Bonas has announced her engagement - to another Harry.
Bake Off contestants revealed: Why are they so young?
The Great British Bake Off has unveiled its youngest line-up ever, with half of the show's contestants in their 20s. Jessica Carpani has full details and the producers' reason for choosing so many young people. And what about the star bakers of yesteryear? Here is what previous winners are up to.
- Breaking: Consulate official held in China | UK 'extremely concerned'
- Pc killing | Wife pays tribute to 'superman' as man charged with murder
- County lines | NCA declares war on 'unexplained wealth' of drug gangs
- Waste arrest | Mother in police cell after putting out wrong colour bin bags
- Life on Mars? | UK's 'Rosalind' will dig deep to solve mystery of alien life
Gallery: The big picture
Whole world in their hands | Choristers from Holy Trinity Church Coventry rehearse for evensong as Gaia, a 23ft sculpture of Earth, hangs on display at Peterborough Cathedral. View more striking images from around the world.
- William Hague | Johnson can help bring coherence to an incoherent West
- Matthew Lynn | We can survive no-deal far better than the pessimists fear
- Michael Deacon | Don't ask Corbyn this awkward question about Brexit
- Tim Stanley | Save the planet from middle-class eco-consumers
- Celia Walden | No one has the right to become single mother on the NHS
- Britain's booming cities | Most affordable spots (outside London)
- 'I was the last survivor' | Marchioness 30 years on
- Money Makeover | 'I earn £36k. Can I retire in 15 years, age 47?'
Business and money briefing
Greene King | Hong Kong's richest man has made a bid to become one of the biggest players in the British beer business, with a £4.6bn takeover of Greene King. Oliver Gill has what else the 91-year-old billionaire's conglomerate owns.
- Shorter trading day? | City mulls reduced hours for London shares
- Investment tip | No debt and a long record of divi rises - this is a buy
- Stay on top of the markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Man United 1 | Paul Pogba missed a crucial penalty as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were held to a draw by Wolves. But why didn't Marcus Rashford take it instead? Read Jason Burt's match report.
- Hunger and potential | Why Daniel James perfectly fits new player profile
- Ashes heroics | How England can give Australia taste of their own medicine
- Philippe Coutinho | Swift fall from grace shows cut-throat life at Barcelona
Dirty protest | A landlord is dumbfounded by the arrival of a pile of manure outside his pub - laden with signs accusing him of cheating on his wife. As Bill Gardner explains, he insisted the allegations were part of a smear campaign.