What the papers say – June 9

Debate over the June 21 reopening date continues to feature on the nation’s front pages.

What the papers say – June 9

Some of Wednesday’s papers are led by outrage at a reported move from Oxford university students to distance themselves from the monarchy.

The Daily Mail and Daily Express lead with “fury” over reports that students from Oxford University’s Magdalen College Middle Common Room voted to remove the Queen’s portrait because she is a symbol of colonialism.

The Guardian reports Chancellor Rishi Sunak is willing to accept a “short postponement” of England’s scheduled June 21 reopening date amid concerns over the spread of the Indian variant.

The i says a rush of under-30s to receive their jabs boosted hopes for the end to restrictions to proceed as planned, while an estimated 50,000 weddings could be at risk if the lockdown is extended, according to the Daily Mirror.

Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph carries an interview with Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, who says he is determined to open his theatres on June 21 and is prepared to be arrested if authorities try to intervene.

The Times reports the Government has been accused of a U-turn on foreign holidays after Britons were urged to remain in the UK instead of travelling abroad.

The Independent leads with trade tensions over the Northern Ireland border threatening to escalate.

The Financial Times reports Mr Sunak is pushing for the City’s big banks to receive an exemption from the G7’s proposed new global tax system.

An international police operation netting hundreds of arrests through a fake messaging app is covered by Metro.

And the Daily Star dedicates its front page to the space race between Sir Richard Branson and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

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