Last night England did us all proud, making history and lifting the spirits of the nation. Gareth Southgate and his team played like heroes and deserve great credit for what they achieved on their remarkable Euro 2020 campaign.
The Prime Minister has condemned the appalling racist abuse of players on social media – those responsible should be ashamed of themselves.
Today the Prime Minister will host a press conference to confirm whether we can take the final step in our roadmap out of lockdown on 19 July - and has urged the British people to exercise caution as we embrace our restored freedoms.
- Thanks to the continued efforts of the British people, our brilliant NHS and our historic vaccine programme, we are close to the final milestone in our roadmap of out lockdown.
- While the success of our vaccine rollout means 87 per cent of all adults across the UK have some protection against the virus, and the crucial link between cases, hospitalisations and death is weakened, the global pandemic is not over, and cases will rise as we unlock.
- That is why as we begin to learn to live with the virus, caution will be absolutely vital, and we must all take responsibility so we can protect our hard-won gains and our NHS.
OTHER NEWS TODAY
Today as the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill has its second reading, the Education Secretary has warned about the chilling effect of free speech being silenced on campus - risking the reputation of our world class universities as champions of academic freedom.
- There is a growing concern that freedom of speech is being stifled on campus – which means that not all students and staff feel able to express themselves without fear of repercussions.
- That is why through our Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, we are introducing stronger legal duties for universities to protect lawful free speech – and making it an essential requirement for public funding and registration.
- By delivering on our manifesto commitment to strengthen academic freedom, we can safeguard the great traditions of our universities and ensure Britain remains a country where free speech can flourish.