Your morning briefing: What you should know for Wednesday, June 23

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Face masks, social distancing and ‘Rule of Six’ could be ditched on July 19

All remaining coronavirus restrictions including social distancing, face masks and the work-from-home guidance could be lifted on July 19, according to a report.

The Government is expected to confirm next week that July 5 is too early to lift the measures while more people receive their second vaccine.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson is increasingly optimistic, according to the Times, that all remaining restrictions can be eased on July 19.

A source told the newspaper that ministers want to “get as close to normal as possible” on July 19 and that the emphasis will be on “personal responsibility” rather than laws.

‘Bubbles’ of visiting Euro 2020 VIPs could be exempt from quarantine rules

Visiting football VIPs could be exempted from self-isolation rules on arrival in the UK under plans to allow them to attend the final matches of Euro 2020.

The Government is said to be approaching a compromise deal that would require Uefa and Fifa officials, politicians, sponsors and broadcasters to agree to only attend football matches – effectively placing them in “bubbles”.

Many VIPs are expected to fly in and out of the country on the same day, or stay overnight in hotels block-booked for the tournament.

It comes after the Government announced that more than 60,000 football fans will be allowed to attend the semi-finals and final at Wembley if they have a negative Covid-19 test or prove they are double vaccinated.

Johnson: Brexit will spur innovation, jobs and renewal after the pandemic

Boris Johnson said the historic Brexit vote five years ago will now act as a spur to jobs and renewal across the UK as it recovers from the pandemic.

In a statement to mark the anniversary of the 2016 referendum, the Prime Minister said it is his “mission” to use the freedoms it gave to deliver a better future for the British people.

However, in a sharply contrasting message, the veteran pro-European Lord Heseltine said the outlook was “ominous”, with the Northern Ireland peace process under real threat.

In his statement, Mr Johnson, who spearheaded the successful Vote Leave campaign, said the country had voted five years ago to “take back control of our destiny”.

Giant 3D tribute to pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing unveiled at GCHQ

A giant 3D artwork of pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing has been unveiled at GCHQ as he becomes the first gay man to appear on a UK banknote.  

The 10m by 10m rainbow canvas, inspired by the Pride flag, is at the centre of the intelligence service’s building in Benhall, Gloucestershire known as the Doughnut.

Turing is the father of modern computing, a pioneer in artificial intelligence, and instrumental in breaking the German Enigma codes at Bletchley Park – GCHQ’s wartime home – during the Second World War.  

Czech Republic 0-1 England: Sterling on target again to seal top spot

Raheem Sterling was England’s match-winner once again last night as the Three Lions sealed top spot in Euro 2020’s Group D with victory over the Czech Republic.

Sterling, who scored the winner in England’s opener against Croatia, nodded home from Jack Grealish’s cross as Gareth Southgate’s side produced an excellent first-half performance before seeing the job out after the interval to secure a return to Wembley in the last-16, where they will face France, Portugal, Germany or Hungary.

Facing the runners-up in the so-called group of death looks a tough ask but there is a lot to be said for home comforts - plus facing underdogs at the Euros does not always go well, such as Iceland five years ago.

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