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Top Biden ally pleads with him to scrap filibuster for election reform

After months of setbacks and gridlock on voting rights, one of President Joe Biden’s top allies in Congress is calling for him to support amending the Senate filibuster.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told POLITICO Biden “should endorse” the idea of creating a carveout to the legislative filibuster in the Senate for legislation that applies to the Constitution. In effect, the reform would make it possible for Democrats to pass their sweeping elections reform bill and another bill reauthorizing key sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act with just Democratic support.

It’s a sentiment the congressman says he’s shared with White House counselor Steve Ricchetti and Office of Public Engagement Director Cedric Richmond as well. “I’ve even told that to the vice president,” Clyburn said.

Biden could “pick up the phone and tell [Sen.] Joe Manchin, ‘Hey, we should do a carve out.’” Clyburn said, referring to the centrist West Virginia Democrat who has resisted filibuster reform. “I don’t care whether he does it in a microphone or on the telephone — just do it.”

Clyburn’s comments are the latest attempt by senior Democrats to find a way around Republican opposition to their election reform legislation. Biden himself is set to embark on a more aggressive campaign to try and move public opinion behind those bills. He is headed to Philadelphia on Tuesday to deliver a speech on his administration’s “actions to protect the sacred, constitutional right to vote,” the White House said. His remarks will come days after the president met with the leaders of national civil rights organizations at the White House, who called on Biden to use his voice, influence and power in this moment.

But the president’s ability to directly combat restrictive voting laws being considered or passed by Republican-led states across the country is limited. His party runs an evenly split, 50-50, Senate, and enjoys a slim House majority. Biden himself has so far expressed little desire to change the legislative filibuster to the degree likely needed to pass more of his agenda. Adding to the hurdles are recent Supreme Court rulings that weakened the Justice Department’s ability to sue states for election laws deemed racially discriminatory.

If the two voting rights bills before Congress don’t reach Biden’s desk soon, Clyburn said, “Democrats can kiss the majority goodbye.”

“I can see in a state like Georgia — where people stepped up in January in a way nobody thought they ever would — I can see the disappointment in the voters to the extent that [Sen. Rafael] Warnock would not be back,” he added.

In response to Clyburn’s comments, a White House official noted Biden’s respect and admiration for the congressman and the president’s support for a talking filibuster, which requires a senator or group of senators to physically be on the floor to stall a bill. But Biden has notably dodged questions about whether he believes it should take 60 votes to filibuster legislation or not.

Anxiety and frustration around the failure to move voting rights legislation are not just building among progressive activists but among civil rights advocates and Democratic lawmakers as well. Democrats who spoke to POLITICO said they believed failure on this front would result not only in electoral losses but would have a tangible impact on the country’s democracy if more Republican-led states pass restrictions on voting access.

Adding to that frustration is the recent Supreme Court decision that delivered another major blow to the Voting Rights Act. Lawyers and civil rights advocates believe the decision will make it harder to bring lawsuits against new election laws passed by Republican-led states that limit access to the ballot.

“I hope that the president gets a little more aggressive,” said Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), who could lose his seat if Republicans decide to gerrymander the districts in Kentucky during redistricting. “Obviously they have a very full plate and they’re trying to deal with a lot of things [but] there are many of us who believe that particularly after the Supreme Court decision that we really are at a critical juncture in terms of protecting Democracy.”

Yarmuth added that Democrats have a “deep fear” about “what happens to our democracy period. Not who wins in 2022, what happens to democracy.”

Democrats’ signature election reform bill would expand early voting, ban partisan gerrymandering, among other changes that touch nearly every aspect of the election system. The second bill, named after the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) would restore key sections of the 1965 landmark Voting Rights Act, which mandated jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination get pre-approval for election law changes from the federal government.

“We have to have a federal legislative fix and we have to figure out politically how we get around the filibuster,” said Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), vice-chair of the House Judiciary Committee. In Dean’s home state of Pennsylvania Republican state legislators are now calling for an Arizona-style audit of the 2020 election results.

Dean also said she hopes Biden will endorse a carveout to the filibuster for bills related to election reform.

“I hope the President will do that — as I said I think the filibuster should be removed unless it was actually used for debate that furthers conversation about things,” said Dean. “But I hope the president will lead on this.”

A White House official said Biden is actively pushing for the two pieces of legislation and has deployed multiple agencies, the White House legislative team, and senior staff to lobby for passage. On Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris announced the Democratic National Committee would invest $ 25 million to register, educate and turn out voters.

On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki cited the Justice Department’s recent action to increase funding and personnel for its Civil Rights Division and Biden’s decision to nominate “two civil rights activists” to prominent roles at the DOJ as evidence of the administration’s dedication to the issue.

Psaki said Biden’s speech in Philadelphia on Tuesday will not be about the legislative process but a “moral obligation” to defend the right to vote.

But to many Democrats on and off the Hill, the entire ballgame is the legislative process.

“If he is serious about voting rights being passed, then he has got to support at least modifying the filibuster,” said Cliff Allbright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, a group that helped mobilize voters in Georgia and across the southern states in 2020. “If he’s not willing to support that … he just needs to not tweet anymore about voting rights — just shut up.”

There are only two ways Democrats get the voting bills passed, said Rep. Clyburn: Either Manchin finds 10 Republicans to support a revised elections bill and the Lewis bill, or Democrats get rid of the filibuster.

Clyburn said he held a one-on-one meeting with Manchin and their staff around the time that Manchin was crafting changes to Democrats’ election reform bill. Clyburn told him “I’m not asking you to eliminate the filibuster. … But what I’m saying to you is that nobody ought to have the right to filibuster my constitutional rights.”

In the absence of an embrace of filibuster reform, Democrats said they hoped to see more hardball legislative tactics and political arm-twisting by Biden to move the election bills forward.

“This is an existential crisis for democracy and the party that is defending democracy,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

“When you read Robert Caro’s biography of LBJ, you see how the Voting Rights Act of 1965 would not have passed without his direct personal muscular intervention with particular recalcitrant Democratic senators,” Raskin said. “That is the historical template for getting this thing done. And as a longtime senator, and student of the Senate, I am sure that this analogy is in Joe Biden’s mind.”

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Boris ‘to scrap quarantine for double-jabbed who come into contact with Covid’

The Government is expected to sign off on a plan that will lift mandatory isolation for those who have received both jabs – even if they have come in contact with someone who has tested positive. The Times newspaper says that, on Monday, ministers will sign off plans which fully vaccinated will be “advised” to undergo testing if they have such contact.

Their report suggests ministers “intend to drop all legal requirements on those who have had both jabs if they encounter a confirmed case.”

From July 19 mandatory, social distancing and masks are set to be ditched and the size of private gatherings will not be controlled anymore.

However, in a recent statement the Prime Minister said that some “precautions” may remain.

Current restrictions include the “rule of six”, table service in pubs and clubs haven’t opened their doors since the beginning of the pandemic due to capacity limits.

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Many favourite holiday destinations have restricted non-vaccinated people from entering.

Spain, Portugal and Malta have increased restrictions to British visitors due to the Delta Covid variant in the country.

Holidaymakers traveling to Portugal will have to quarantine for 14 days or prove that they have received their second jab a fortnight before their flight.

In Spain, people are required to provide a negative PCR test when arriving, or prove that they are fully vaccinated.

Malta is only allowing fully vaccinated travellers.


Last week the UK saw a 72 percent increase in cases – 99 percent of them were categorised as the Delta variant, according to Public Health England data.

On Thursday, the country reported 27,556 new cases and the seven day average last week was 20,556.

On July 2, there were 27 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.

The new plan to abolish quarantine for the vaccinated is likely to come into play by late august as government is waiting for results from a trial that will determine if the new regime will go ahead.

The trial is observing 40,000 people who are asked to take daily tests rather than self-isolate.

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Labour peer wanted to scrap God Save the Queen over 'anti-Scots' verse

Euro 2020: Scotland fans chat in London’s Leicester Square

England and Scotland go head to head in tonight’s European Football Championships. Tipped to be one of the competition’s biggest games, many have recalled the famous Euro 96 match where the Three Lions got the better of the Scots with a 2-0 victory. A lot rests on the shoulders of the Scottish national side: it is their first major tournament in 23 years.

Equally as much weight has been placed on England, who will play to a home crowd at Wembley and hope to replicate their win against Croatia.

Many have noted that the game will not only be confined to sport.

In last week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, tensions were at an all-time high after the Scottish National Party‘s (SNP) Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, said: “I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the European Championships kicking off later this week.

“Can I take the opportunity to wish all the best to our country, Scotland, Steve Clarke and the team, and to remind the team it is time for heroes?”

National anthem: A Labour peer suggested striking out a verse of the national anthem

National anthem: A Labour peer suggested striking out a verse of the national anthem (Image: GETTY)

Scotland: The team lost their opener against the Czech Republic

Scotland: The team lost their opener against the Czech Republic (Image: GETTY)

Mr Johnson replied: “Can I by the way Mr Speaker wish all the very best to Scotland, and England, and all the home nations who may be playing in this…,” pointing at Mr Blackford, he added: “I don’t know whether he is going to reciprocate Mr Speaker, but you never know. It’s worth a shot, I thought. Oh, he did. There you go. That’s nice of him.”

Controversy has surrounded English and Scottish sport and politics for years.

In 2007, ex-Attorney General and Labour peer Lord Peter Goldsmith made the suggestion that a verse of the English national anthem be struck out for fear of offending Scots.

The sixth verse of the song urges God to help 17th Century commander Marshal Wade “crush” the “rebellious Scots”.

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Ian Blackford: The SNP Westminster leader and Boris Johnson exchanged jibes at PMQs

Ian Blackford: The SNP Westminster leader and Boris Johnson exchanged jibes at PMQs (Image: GETTY)

Lord Goldsmith said people had to look at “different ways of saying” what links the UK.

He was at the time advising Gordon Brown on citizenship, and said a “number of people” had raised concern over the lyric.

The BBC noted that the lyric was “little-known and even less-sung”.

It asks God to come to the aid of Marshal George Wade, who was sent to quell rebellious Scottish Highlanders in the wake of the Jacobite rising of 1715.

It says: “May he sedition hush, And like a torrent rush, Rebellious Scots to crush.”


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Lord Goldsmith: The Labour peer claimed that people were offended by the verse

Lord Goldsmith: The Labour peer claimed that people were offended by the verse (Image: GETTY)

Scottish fans: Thousands of Scottish fans have arrived into London through King's Cross station

Scottish fans: Thousands of Scottish fans have arrived into London through King’s Cross station (Image: GETTY)

Speaking to the BBC’s Daily Politics, Lord Goldsmith said: “Quite a number of people have raised the issue of the national anthem in a number of ways.

“I think the national anthem is an important part of our national tradition.”

He added: “But the review is about different ways of sharing our tradition and national identity

“What we have to look at is different ways of saying what it is that links the country together.”

Euros 2020: Scotland ranks among the bottom of Euros achievement stats

Euros 2020: Scotland ranks among the bottom of Euros achievement stats (Image: Express Newspapers)

In 2010, Lord Goldsmith’s efforts were shunned after Labour confirmed there was no prospect of the national anthem being changed.

It insisted it was a source of pride for people across the UK.

The announcement provoked fury in Scotland.

Fiona Hyslop, the former Scottish culture minister, said she hoped the offending verse would be consigned to history, with or without the help of the UK Government.

Euros news: Videos on social media appear to show Scottish fans chanting anti-English songs

Euros news: Videos on social media appear to show Scottish fans chanting anti-English songs (Image: GETTY)

She said: “Thankfully, it has been many years since this offensive verse has been sung.”

Meanwhile, an estimated 20,000 Scots made their way to London during the week, with thousands more expected to arrive on Friday.

Pictures showed fans partying in Leicester Square and Hyde Park on Thursday evening.

At Leicester Square, revellers turned the William Shakespeare fountain into a giant bubble bath, with videos on social media appearing to show crowds chanting: “We hate f***ing England.”

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'Let the people decide!' Boris urged to immediately scrap BBC licence fee in fresh plea

BBC ‘won’t do a thing’ about TV licence fee says expert

Payment of the annual licence fee, which funds the BBC, is a legal requirement in the UK for tens of millions of people wanting to watch live television. But over recent months calls have intensified to scrap the annual payment of the licence fee altogether, with people voicing their frustration at coverage over recent events, and have often accused the corporation of “bias”. Now a leading Brexiteer has urged the Prime Minister to use his “political power” to completely scrap the licence fee, turn it into a subscription service and “let the people decide”.
Former Brexit MEP Rupert Lowe wrote on Twitter: “Johnson holds the most political power of any PM for decades.

“Use it and Defund the BBC.

“Make it a subscription service and let the people decide!”

Mr Johnson has previously considered scrapping the licence fee, despite facing a backlash from his own Tory MPs.

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BBC news: Boris Johnson has been urged to scrap the licence fee (Image: GETTY)

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BBC news: Rupert Lowe urged the PM to ‘let the people decide (Image: @RupertLowe10 / Twitter)

In February 2020, Downing Street said the Prime Minister was not planning to abolish the compulsory charge “at this stage” following warnings from within Number 10 to turn the BBC into a subscription service.

But a spokesman for Mr Johnson didn’t rule out the dramatic change at that time.

He said: “I would point you to what the Prime Minister has said on this before, which was, ‘At this stage we are not planning to get rid of all licence fees though I am certainly looking at it.’”

Earlier this year, it was reported the Prime Minister was expected to “put pressure on the BBC” over debates around the future of the broadcaster’s TV licence fee.

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BBC news: The broadcaster has come under attack over recent months (Image: GETTY)

Speaking to campaign group Defund the BBC, broadcaster Mike Graham said: “I think he’s going to put pressure on the BBC because we’ve got this new director-general Tim Davie who hasn’t proved to be quite as much of a new broom as he said he was going to be.

“He’s trying his best but as you can imagine, it must be the worst civil service department trying to get anybody to change their mind.

“They’ve got hoards of middle and upper management but I think the appointment of Rishi Sunak’s mate who is now the chairman will shake things up quicker because I think that will be where the political pressure it brought for a restructure.

“I think like with all good changes they will have to come up with a reason to do it and a way to do it.

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BBC news: The broadcaster has often been accused of ‘bias’ (Image: GETTY)

“You can’t just say, let’s get rid of the licence fee and see what happens.

“You have to structure it in such a way, can you pay for parts of it and get other parts of it for free?

“I certainly think they need to break up the way that they run it because it’s not feasible anymore.”

The Defund the BBC campaign launched in 2020, demanding non-payment of the licence fee be decriminalised.

The group has gained more than 100,000 Twitter followers and tens of thousands of Facebook likes.

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BBC news: Tim Davie said the broadcaster is doing ‘pretty well’ at offering value for money (Image: GETTY)

The BBC also come under fire after some people received licencing authority letters threatening legal action during the coronavirus pandemic.

In response, Defund the BBC campaign director Rebecca Ryan fumed: “I think it is disgraceful really. Their communications is one of the worst.

“A lot of people want to cancel their licence but they continue to pay it because they are intimidated.

“They don’t want to be funding this but they don’t want to be hassled.

“And even if they don’t watch BBC or have a TV, they still pay because they don’t want to be hassled.”

Last month, BBC director-general Tim Davie said the broadcaster is doing “pretty well” at offering value for money but made clear it needs to keep licence payers’ views in mind.

The BBC boss said: “If most households don’t feel they’re getting £159 of value from the BBC then we’re in trouble.

“And at the moment we’re doing pretty well.”

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BBC attacked: Demand to scrap licence fee as 'public rejects' Beeb's 'biased attacks'

Baroness Hoey made the claim as Labour suffered electoral disaster losing the Hartlepool by-election to the Tories and a swath of council seats. More results from Scotland, Wales, London and other English councils are expected throughout Friday and over the weekend.

Baroness Hoey tweeted: “Expect there is quite a lot of misery [at] BBC News today and amongst so many journalists that all their biased attacks and insinuations on Boris Johnson did not work.

“Criticism is one thing but their derisory nasty tone has been rejected by the public.

“Time to end the licence fee!”

It is a legal requirement in the UK to pay the licence fee, which funds the BBC, if you want to watch any live television.

This costs £159 for a colour licence or £53.50 for the black and white option.

The BBC strongly refutes claims its output is politically partisan.

The corporation’s guidelines state: “The BBC is committed to achieving due impartiality in all its output.

“This commitment is fundamental to our reputation, our values and the trust of audiences.”

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In 2020 the ‘Defund the BBC’ campaign launched demanding non-payment of the licence fee be decriminalised.

The group has attracted over 100,000 Twitter followers and 32,000 Facebook likes.

The BBC was criticised after some people received licencing authority letters threatening legal action during the coronavirus pandemic.

One said: “Warning, You are in breach of the Communications Act 2003.

“You should expect a visit from Enforcement Officers.”

In response, Rebecca Ryan, Defund the BBC campaign director, hit out at a “campaign of intimidation”.

She commented: “I think it is disgraceful really. Their communications is one of the worst.

“A lot of people want to cancel their licence but they continue to pay it because they are intimidated.

“They don’t want to be funding this but they don’t want to be hassled.

“And even if they don’t watch BBC or have a TV, they still pay because they don’t want to be hassled.”

The BBC has been contacted by Express.co.uk for comment.

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UFC’s McGregor tells Mayweather to ‘f*ck off’

Conor McGregor has weighed in on the shocking brawl between Floyd Mayweather and Jake Paul, directing crude insults at his former opponent while claiming he is in the “drain” and would make far more money through a “real” fight.

Sporting icon Mayweather and YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul were involved in a huge scrap after the 24-year-old stole the veteran’s cap when they came face-to-face at the press conference for the former champion’s fight with Paul’s brother, Logan.

That was all the invitation McGregor, who changed disciplines from MMA to boxing to lose to Mayweather in one of the most lucrative fights of all time in 2017, needed to accuse his old rival of acting shamefully.

“What the f*ck is Floyd at?” asked the UFC megastar, directing his initial question at Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions.

“The kid [Paul] curled up, didn’t fight back once, and Floyd is still running around acting the tough guy.”

That amounted to an interesting interpretation of a situation in which Paul had placed himself center stage at a press call that was not his own, whispering to a camera that he intended to thieve Mayweather’s cap before duly carrying out the incendiary deed.

“The kid actually just pulled this shambles of a situation Floyd is in out of the drain for him,” McGregor said, suggesting that Mayweather needs the money and is picking easy opponents.

“He should thank him. It’s embarrassing. Pro to pro, it’s embarrassing. He will not scratch 10 million for this fight and he knows it.

“It was canceled once already [in January, before being rescheduled for June 6]. The world is watching this on Twitter. He’d fight a half-decent pro and command 20 million upwards, yet it’s this sh*t.”

McGregor signed off his latest rant by alluding to the slap he placed on Mayweather’s head during the fierce press conferences that preceded their bout.

“Whatever way you spin this, it’s sad,” he said. “Fight someone for real, on your record, or f*ck off, mate. Slap head.”

Paul responded “gotcha hat” – the words he said to Mayweather as he swiped his cap, and which he has already turned into branding for merchandise in a logo that he seems certain to endlessly trot out over forthcoming months.

The loudmouth took to social media to show fans that he has already had the cringeworthy catchphrase tattooed on his arm, while others backing McGregor in comments on his post included UFC hall-of-famer Urijah Faber and Dillon Danis, one of the Irishman’s teammates.

“They should thank for you for even posting this,” said the man known for his explosive part in the aftermath to McGregor’s defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov, responding to his idol in typically sycophantic style.

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Boxing superstar Canelo opponent Saunders mocked after claim

Canelo Alvarez foe Billy Joe Saunders has been mocked after his father, Tommy, claimed that the fighter was preparing to fly back to Britain today because the two sides cannot agree over the size of the ring for Saturday’s scrap.

In an apparently emotional interview, notorious wind-up merchant Saunders’ dad insisted that the much-anticipated biggest fight of his offspring’s career was off, adding that his entourage had been told to pay for their flights home because of an argument centered around 2ft of ring space.

Modern great Canelo is said to want a smaller ring at the AT&T Stadium in Texas, where more than 60,000 fans are expected to watch the pair meet despite Saunders senior warning ticket holders and pay-per-view subscribers to ask for refunds just four days before the scheduled bout.

“The negotiations have broken down, big time,” he told iFL, comparing Canelo to a baby having a tantrum.

“I’m not going to let my son box in a 20ft ring against the supposed pound-for-pound king of boxing. They’re trying to take his legs away.

“He is adamant he wants to go home. We’re not going to take this bulls*** any more.

“Canelo’s chucked his rattle, bottle and whatever out of his pram because someone’s said no to him.”

Echoing the fighter’s earlier complaints, Saunders seethed that Canelo had initially asked for an “amateur” 18ft ring and moved up to 20ft, while his opponent’s team had moved down from a 24ft ring and are willing to accept a 22ft compromise.

He said he was “absolutely gutted” that the fight was seemingly off, strongly suggesting that Saunders’ renowned movement would be limited by a smaller ring.

The curious pre-flight flashpoint reminded many fans of the build-up provided by Saunders’ close friend and teammate, heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, before he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in 2015.

Fury’s uncle, Peter, angrily threatened to call that fight off at extremely short notice over a heated argument about the firmness of the ring canvas, making a clear point to Klitschko that he would not have everything his own way.

Saunders believes that Canelo has enforced similar advantages in the build-up to his previous wins over the likes of Briton Callum Smith, jibing that the Mexican megastar would love the opportunity to stipulate that Saunders should fight with a hand tied behind his back.

The wrangle has left Eddie Hearn with work to do to ensure a fight goes ahead during fight week for the second time this month.

Last week, heavyweight Derek Chisora’s mother had to be called to ensure that the Londoner proceeded with his encounter against Joseph Parker after he voiced a series of last-minute complaints.

Fury’s bull-headed mindgames paid off against the evidently rattled Klitschko, and team Saunders will be hoping for a similar upset on Saturday.

“I don’t think he wants to fight Billy Joe,” said his father. “He’s seen a few clips of him and he doesn’t fancy it.

“That’s what’s going to win this fight – his movement. If Canelo gets beat, it’s the end of the gravy train for them all. That’s what it comes down to.”

Fury beat the Ukrainian giant in a ring spanning the maximum 24ft of space. His emphatic victory in the US over Deontay Wilder last year took place in a 20ft setting.

British super-middleweight contender John Ryder, who is due to be on commentary duties for the fight, said he had packed his “gloves, gumshield and boots” in readiness to step in should Saunders go ahead with scuppering the multi-million dollar main event.

“I agree with the stance he’s taking,” Ryder told Boxing News about the man he lost to on points in 2013. “I agree with the fuss he’s kicking up.

“A bigger ring suits him but if it was that important, it really should be stipulated in the contracts and agreed way before fight week.

“His best way of winning is to have a bigger ring and get the movement off. Canelo sees himself as the A-side – he’s right to stick to his guns and say no.

“We know Billy Joe likes a bit of fight week antics and I’m sure Canelo’s happy to oblige him. [But] they’ve trained for each other: they both want to fight, they’re desperate to fight.”

Fans largely agreed. “Sounds like when Fury fought for the title in Germany,” observed one. “All mind games. No way the fight is off.”

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Benidorm to scrap umbrellas and sunbeds on beaches in May under continued Covid-measures

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He said Benidorm would see a return to “an extension to the organisation and operation model that we implemented in June 2020 under the ‘Benidorm Beach Safety’ project, on the basis of guaranteeing capacity, physical distancing and health security, as well as [guaranteeing] the enjoyment of all users.”

Mr Perez added: “The implementation of all these services is one more example that the city as a tourist destination is fully prepared for the enjoyment of beach users while always keeping health security at the core of all actions and strategies that are undertaken by the City Council.”

Many parts of Spain have also made mask-wearing

Speaking on Sky News, Fernando Valdes said: “We are desperate to welcome you this summer!.“And I think we will be ready here in Spain and we also think that the vaccination programme in the UK is going pretty well.“Hopefully we will be seeing this summer the restart of holidays.”Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.

on beaches mandatory, except when with your immediate household or when swimming.

Though Britons have not yet been welcomed back to Spain, the country’s tourism minister has expressed optimism for the future.