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The Breakfast Briefing: Lockdown Britain sees economy plummet PLUS Brexit u-turn imminent

The Office for National Statistics revealed the stark new economic data on Friday. (PA)

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Your essential morning guide to what’s moving in Westminster.

Good morning and welcome to the PoliticsHome Breakfast Briefing for Friday, June 12.
The big stories kicking off the political day

800: European Parliament's Committee on International Trade and Committee on Foreign Affairs hold joint session to adopt draft report on post-Brexit negotiations
900: Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy and former Foreign Secretary David Miliband among speakers at New Statesman event on ‘remaking the world after coronavirus’
930: Office for National Statistics figures on all UK deaths between March 1 and April 30
1700: Number 10's daily coronavirus briefing - Transport Secretary Grant Shapps expected to lead

“We recognise the impact that coronavirus has had on UK businesses, and as we take back control of our laws and our borders at the end of this year, we will take a pragmatic and flexible approach to help business adjust to the changes and opportunities of being outside the single market and the customs union."

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The Times: Violent protesters to be jailed within 24 hours

The Independent: Boris Johnson risking new spike in coronavirus cases by easing lockdown when test and trace system underperforming, scientists warn
The Sun: Pubs, restaurants and hotels must get furlough scheme extended for another YEAR to save millions of jobs, MPs warn
The Daily Mail: Sadiq Khan BOARDS UP the Cenotaph, Winston Churchill's statue and other 'at risk' monuments to protect them ahead of planned protests in the capital amid campaign to topple 'racist' statues

The Guardian: Bereaved relatives call for immediate inquiry into Covid-19 crisis our pick of the comment pages
Fraser Nelson, The Telegraph: We're asking the wrong questions about racial inequality in the UK
Eric Pickles, ConservativeHome: Flexibility is needed for those falling behind in paying Council Tax
Katy Balls, The Guardian: The latest Tory party split? It's Waitrose Conservatives versus Lidl free marketeers

Ian Murray, LabourList: Let’s dispel the myths around the Scottish government’s handling of coronavirus
Ann Treneman, The Times: Some day these plinths will come to haunt us

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