Wednesday evening UK news briefing: Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca off travel green list
It is yet more stress for holidaymakers.
Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca are moving back to the amber travel list, in a move that could dash hopes of a summer getaway for thousands of young people.
The change to the more restrictive list of destinations, taking effect from 4am on Monday, comes just a fortnight after the Balearic Islands were placed on the quarantine-free green list. Read on for details.
PM: Ban from matches for fans posting racist abuse
Football fans who are racist to players on the internet will be banned from attending games for up to ten years, Boris Johnson has announced. The Government is changing the football banning order regime to cover online racism, the Prime Minister told MPs, as he sought to brush off suggestions he had “given the green card to racism”. During a rowdy Prime Minister’s Questions, in which the Speaker had to intervene, Sir Keir Starmer was damning of Mr Johnson’s prior reluctance to condemn fans who had booed England footballers for taking the knee. It comes as a man has been arrested on suspicion of posting racist messages towards England players following the team’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final.
You need a new phone: BT to switch off 3G network
Hundreds of thousands of people will be forced to upgrade their mobile phones as BT prepares to switch off the 15-year-old 3G network. The former state monopoly said that it would turn off the mobile airwaves by 2023, becoming the first UK operator to do so. It will upgrade large swathes of its network to faster 5G and aim for nationwide coverage by 2028, despite the cost of ripping out gear from China’s Huawei. Read which customers will be “phased off” 3G and see a map of 5G coverage.
At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing
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Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
Troubles prosecutions | Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis today announced that the Government will legislate to end Troubles prosecutions for all combatants as he attempted to quell a backlash from families of victims of IRA terror. He confirmed proposals to introduce a statute of limitations which will prevent further prosecutions related to deaths from the conflict that occurred prior to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Victims’ families called the move “obscene”.
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1,000 job losses | The John Lewis Partnership has told staff it plans around 1,000 redundancies across its department stores and Waitrose supermarkets. The company said the shake-up will take place as part of a simplification of store management. Read on for details.
New ‘greenprint’ | Ministers may be plotting a new network of road tolls to help make up for the decline of fuel duty as electric vehicles gain momentum. Oliver Gill and Rachel Millard analyse the plan to drive petrol cars off the roads to meet emissions targets.