What the papers say – June 23

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News about a second referendum on Scottish independence, coronavirus regulations and Euro 2020 feature on the front pages of Wednesday’s newspapers.

So-called Indyref2 – a second vote on whether Scotland should become independent – leads The Daily Telegraph, with the paper featuring an interview with Cabinet minister Michael Gove who says the UK Government will not offer a new poll before the next general election.

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Another referendum leads the Daily Express, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying the freedoms of Brexit will help shape a “better future” on the fifth anniversary of the vote.

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Summer holidays lead the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror, both reporting that vaccinated Britons may be able to avoid quarantine upon returning from amber list countries from July 19.

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The Times leads with reports all lockdown restrictions, such as facemasks and social distancing, will be scrapped from the same date.

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But the i says hopes have risen in Government on lifting restrictions two weeks earlier, on July 5.

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Pictures of celebrating England footballers feature on the front of many papers, with The Sun reporting on the Three Lions topping their group but facing a stern test in the next round.

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The Daily Star has a “handy guide” for those struggling to follow “England’s Euro 2020 shenanigans” after their group win could see them face trickier opponents in the Round of 16.

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And Metro writes 60,000 fans will be in attendance for the final of the competition at Wembley.

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Controversial plans to privatise Channel 4 lead The Guardian as Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said he would hold a “swift consultation” on selling the channel.

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The Financial Times says 5.2 million people became millionaires – in dollar terms – last year despite the havoc wrought by Covid.

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And The Independent writes a new trade deal with Pacific nations would boost GDP by 0.08% by 2036.

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