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Tuesday evening UK news briefing: No second Scottish independence referendum for 25 years, says minister

It comes as Michelle O’Neill, the vice president of Sinn Fein, has warned Mr Johnson’s Northern Ireland Protocol Bill could put investment in the province at risk.

She said the UK’s plans to unilaterally override parts of the protocol are “reckless ” and “dangerous”. 

As the Tories battle to protect the Union in Scotland and Northern Ireland, is it a surprise that the Welsh Tories might well adopt a soft nationalism?

Kara Kennedy outlines how devolution is devouring the Welsh Conservatives.

More travel chaos looms amid new rail strikes ballot

It comes with Britain facing yet more travel chaos this summer as thousands of Network Rail workers are set to be balloted over strike action

Rail union TSSA has served notice to ballot over 6,000 staff members in an escalating dispute over pay, conditions and job security. 

It comes on top of a walkout planned across rail services and the Tube next week that’s been described as the biggest industrial action on the railways since 1989. 

Meanwhile, British holidaymakers face further drama after the Government and the Civil Aviation Authority ordered airlines to cancel flights they cannot deliver. 

Anyone considering switching their destinations so they can travel in their car may be disappointed to learn that grants for electric vehicles have been scrapped in a surprise move by the Government. 

As petrol prices reach record highs, read the easy way to cut fuel use by 25pc.

The poll about Keir Starmer that should terrify Labour

All these problems add up to the Prime Minister having a miserable time.

So why are voters still not warming to Sir Keir Starmer? 

JL Partners, a firm that specialises in polls and focus groups, has carried out some research which has not been pretty for Labour. 

Michael Deacon outlines why the new poll about Sir Keir should terrify the party, while Tom Harris outlines why he has underwhelmed almost everyone.

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Around the world: War leaves European firms on brink

Investors are bracing for recession in Europe amid a warning that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could push nearly a fifth of EU companies to the brink of collapse. More than half of investment managers – 54pc – are now expecting the continent’s economy to enter recession in the next twelve months, according to a Bank of America survey. It comes as civilians in the embattled eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk have been left stranded after Russian forces destroyed all three road bridges out of the area, according to Luhansk’s regional governor. In Russia, Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, has disappeared from jail and is being held by the Russian state, according to his spokeswoman.

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‘My mother gave away everything she owned’

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