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Your morning briefing: what you should know for Wednesday, June 12
JC News|Jun. 12, 2019
Boris faces bid to block No Deal as he launches leadership campaign
Boris Johnson today faces a cross-party attempt to block his plans for a no-deal Brexit as he officially launches a campaign to replace Theresa May.
The former foreign secretary will later deliver his pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on October 31 with or without a deal.
But within hours of his Tory leadership campaign launch, A Labour-led bid aimed at preventing him from forcing through No Deal will get under way.
In his speech later, Mr Johnson is expected to say: "Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket."
The UK has toughened its climate targets by promising to reach "net zero" carbon emissions by 2050.
Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the UK will legislate for the new legal target to be hit by the middle of the century.
The commitment means Britain is the first G7 nation to set such a goal.
It comes after the existing goal to cut pollution by 80 per cent within that time was agreed under the Climate Change Act in 2008.
Campaigners said the previous target did not go far enough to meet the Paris agreement pledge to limit a rise in global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Hundreds of protesters surrounded Hong Kong’s government headquarters in a bid to block a debate on a highly controversial extradition law.
Demonstrators have overturned barriers and tussled with police as they sought to enter government HQ and offices of the Legislative Council.
Lawmakers are set to debate proposals to allow the accused in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China for trial.
Hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions to save free TV licences for those above the age of 75.
Petitions from Age UK and the Labour party, and a separate Parliamentary petition, have so far garnered more than 290,000 collectively.
The Government is facing calls to take back responsibility for funding free TV licences for the over-75s amid an outcry over plans to strip the concession.
Funding the free licences is due to be transferred from the Government to the BBC next year as part of an agreement hammered out in 2015.
The petitions and critics are warning that the move "will only penalise the poorest old-age pensioners".
A huge £123 million EuroMillions jackpot has been won by a ticket holder in the UK.
The lucky winner scooped the entirety of the multimillion-pound jackpot prize in last night's draw.
A spokesman for the National Lottery said the win put the ticket-holder in third place among the biggest ever lottery wins in the UK.
The winning main numbers on Tuesday night were: 25, 27, 39, 42 and 46. The Lucky star numbers were 11 and 12.
1458: Magdalen College, Oxford, was founded.
1839: Abner Doubleday was credited with inventing baseball in Cooperstown, New York.
1908: The Rotherhithe-Stepney road tunnel under the Thames was opened.
1922: Insulin, the treatment for diabetes, was patented by Frederick Banting.
1930: Germany's Max Schmeling won the world heavyweight boxing title against Jack Sharkey in New York on a disqualification in round four - and is the only man to win the title in such a manner.
1965: The Beatles were made MBEs in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
1987: Princess Anne was made Princess Royal, the title awarded to the monarch's eldest daughter.
1989: MPs voted 293 to 69 to allow television cameras into the House of Commons.
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