Monday evening UK news briefing: Death of Max Mosley, ex-F1 boss who waged tabloid war

Boris Johnson says ‘nothing in the data’ to delay June 21 unlocking

Meanwhile, there are fresh doubts over the future of summer holidays, after Mr Johnson warned he will have “no hesitation” in moving countries from the green list to amber or red, if necessary “to protect the people of this country.”

Mr Johnson’s comments come the day before Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to announce changes to the traffic light system – with hopes that the Canary Islands, Greek Islands and Malta will make the green list. 

Read the amber list countries.

UK to start talks with Pacific trade bloc to rival EU size

Trade Secretary Liz Truss has vowed to shift Britain’s “economic centre of gravity” to fast-growing Asia after taking a stride towards entering a huge Pacific rim free trade bloc that aims to rival the EU in size. Negotiations will begin within weeks after the 11 nations in the Trans-Pacific partnership agreed to start talks. Read why it has got Japanese economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura excited. It comes as experts warned consumers are facing higher bills for their weekly grocery shop as EU red tape and the commodities boom threaten to push up the cost of food. See a graph showing how food prices are soaring while Telegraph readers have had their say on how Brexit has affected British business.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to feature extra bank holiday

A four-day bank holiday weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will include a concert of world-class stars and a street pageant on The Mall, Buckingham Palace has announced. The Queen, 95, will become the first British monarch to reign for 70 years on the anniversary of her accession in February. On Thursday, June 2 – exactly a year from today – an extra bank holiday will mark the start of the main event. Yet a group of travellers may have jumped the gun on the festivities after parking up to 30 caravans outside Windsor Castle. See pictures here.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Hyde Park at-tack | A gang wielding machetes chased a young man through London’s Hyde Park on Tuesday night before attacking him in front of horrified onlookers. The incident shows a confrontation involving a large group of youths carrying what witnesses described as “swords” and “machetes”. Watch a video of the horrifying chase.

Around the world: Iran’s largest navy ship sinks

The largest vessel in Iran’s navy sank today in the Gulf of Oman after catching fire in mysterious circumstances. The Kharg, a 207-metre long support and supply ship, burned for over 20 hours after a blaze broke out but the crew were safely rescued, the Iranian military said. See it ablaze in the strategically important waterway where Israel and Iran accused each other earlier this year of tit-for-tat strikes on cargo ships.

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