Your morning briefing: What you should know for Wednesday, June 3

Sean Morrison
Evening Standard


Protesters defy curfews on another night of unrest in US

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Protesters defied curfews as they took to the streets on another night of unrest across the US.

Hundreds of cities have imposed curfews to keep the peace during a week of large scale peaceful demonstrations and patches of violence following George Floyd’s death.

Mr Floyd died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.

People marched in groups of thousands in parts of New York, as merchants boarded up their businesses.

Pictures showed NYPD officers beginning to make arrests.

It comes ahead of a planned protest in London’s Hyde Park later today, as demonstrators prepare to step out in solidarity with those in the US.


Johnson to open door for Hong Kong nationals if China imposes security law

Boris Johnson has said he is ready to open the door to nearly three million Hong Kong citizens if China imposes a new security law that critics say would rob the territory of its autonomy.

The Prime Minister offered to make what he said would be one of the "biggest changes" in the history of the British visa system to allow 2.85 million Hong Kong citizens the chance of fully-fledged citizenship.

The move, which represents a dramatic escalation in the stand-off between the UK and China, would put Hongkongers "on the route to citizenship", said Mr Johnson.


PM to face Starmer at PMQs for first time since Cummings row

Boris Johnson today is expected to face Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister's Questions for the first time since news emerged of the controversial lockdown trip made by Dominic Cummings.

All eyes will be on the House of Commons at midday to see how the Prime Minister performs opposite the Labour leader.

Mr Johnson likely to be grilled over his support for his senior adviser over his decision to take his family 260 miles away to Durham in March to self-isolate.

The leaders will come face to face on the day the UK coronavirus death toll could reach 50,000, having passed 49,800 yesterday.


Shop prices tumble as retailers increase discounts to survive pandemic

Shoppers have seen the price of goods tumble further as clothing and furniture retailers increased discounts to pull in customers and offset the impact of coronavirus, data has showed.

The BRC-Nielsen shop price index for May revealed that prices slid by 2.4 per cent, following a 1.7 per cent decline in April.

Experts said the fall in prices was driven by non-essential retailers, who were forced to shut their doors in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Temperatures to drop as heavy rain brings UK's dry spell to an end

Britain’s dry spell is set to come to an abrupt end with rain and thunder forecast for parts of the country following the driest May on record.

Temperatures are expected to drop to as low as 10C after days of hot weather around the UK.

Sunseekers basked in highs of 28C over the weekend, but a period of cooler weather is coming in with some places seeing heavy rain and possibly “thundery” showers.

The start of summer will feel more like spring with temperatures set to "take a tumble", according to the Met Office.


On this day...

959AD: Edgar, first King of All England, was crowned on Whit Sunday by Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the Saxon abbey on the site of the present Bath Abbey.

1899: England cricket captain WG Grace played his final Test match, aged 50, against Australia at Trent Bridge.

1931: The Baird Company televised the Epsom Derby, which was transmitted by the BBC.

1937: The Duke of Windsor, the abdicated King Edward VIII, married Mrs Wallis Warfield Simpson in France.

1946: The first bikini bathing suit was unveiled in Paris, invented by Louis Reard, a former motor engineer.

1956: Third class rail travel was abolished in Britain and renamed second class.

1965: The Gemini 4 spaceship was launched, with James McDivitt and Edward White on board. During the flight, White became the first American to walk in space.

1971: The longest running comedy in theatre history, No Sex Please We're British, opened in London, with Michael Crawford in the cast. It closed on September 5, 1987.

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