Evening briefing: Today’s essential headlines
EU battles Poland and UK | The European Union will not survive if Poland wins its rule-of-law battle with Brussels, European officials have warned. Watch as European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said Brussels would move to punish Warsaw after its courts challenged the primacy of EU legislation earlier this month. It comes as the EU warned British plans to curb the influence of the European Court of Human Rights could lead to Brussels tearing up the Brexit trade deal .
- Analysis | How the US faces defeat in a hypersonic Third World War
- Manchester bombing | Brother ‘flees UK’ after inquiry summons
- Lord Janner | Abuse claims ‘not properly investigated’, inquiry finds
- ‘I should’ve stabbed him more’ | Wife accused of husband’s murder
- Duchess of Cambridge | ‘Addiction is not a choice… none are immune’
The big story: No 10 publishes net zero strategy
Britain will become the “Qatar of hydrogen”, Boris Johnson has said as he laid out his Government’s green agenda today ahead of the Cop26 climate summit.
Speaking at the Global Investment Summit at the Science Museum, the Prime Minister hailed the advances of the private sector in enabling the production of Covid vaccines and bringing wind power to the market.
Britain will pivot to green power by 2035 and the market will ultimately drive consumers to go green, he added.
It comes as the Government published its Net Zero Strategy in which it pledged that heat pumps will be no more expensive to run than gas boilers, which will be gradually phased out through a newly-announced scheme.
So how will all this affect your energy bills ?
The Government plans to replace gas boilers with green alternatives in the coming years, but many households fear they will be left to pick up the costs.
By 2025 builders will be banned from fitting conventional gas boilers in new-build homes.
There are also plans to ban the sale of new boilers by 2035 for all households.
The Government will offer £5,000 grants for those switching but millions of draughty homes will also need to be better insulated.
Kate Andrews details why getting to net zero will come at a price – no matter what Mr Johnson or Biden say.
The hydrogen charge
Some of the world’s wealthiest businesses and individuals are pushing spending and lobbying on hydrogen ahead of the international climate change conference in Glasgow at the start of November.
Among them is JCB chairman Lord Bamford and Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who controls the petrochemicals giant Ineos.
Read how they are leading the charge to scale up the “dream fuel” as Britain’s net zero drive gathers pace.
The Government is also teaming up with Bill Gates to invest in early stage technologies to help tackle climate change.
It will invest £200m alongside Gates's clean energy fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures which also plans to invest a further £200m over 10 years. Read more .
In her first major intervention on environment issues , the Queen has said that Governments must work together to beat climate change, calling it the greatest challenge the world faces.
The monarch said leaders, businesses and civil society must align in the “shared responsibility” of saving the planet.
She said she was “proud” of “how the United Kingdom is seeking to secure a sustainable future”, but warned that there is “still much more to do” .
Her formal climate intervention is another example of a concise and pertinent response to a pressing issue from Her Majesty, which the organisers of the Oldie of the Year awards also discovered when they tried to contact the Queen this year.
Comment and analysis
- Ross Clark | Unicorn London is quietly proving Brexit-sceptics wrong
- Tom Harris | Boris can’t afford to be complacent on booster jabs
- Charles Moore | Assisted suicide: letters from the front line
- Ella Whelan | Western art mustn’t be censored by Big Tech or prudes
- Jim White | Watford fans’ applause for Salah a rare moment in football
Around the world: Miss France beauty pageant sued
Three Miss France contestants who failed to make the grade have joined a leading feminist group in suing the beauty pageant for alleged discrimination based on their appearance . Osez-le-Féminisme (Dare to be Feminist) said it had filed a complaint with the state labour tribunal on behalf of the former contestants. In particular, the plaintiffs argue that the organisers – Miss France company and Endemol Production – are breaching labour law by forcing aspiring beauty queens to be more than 1.7 metres tall, single, and “representative of beauty”. Read on for details .
‘Nobody has asked me to do a Marvel film!’
Why has Hollywood A-lister Christopher Walken relocated to Bristol for his latest role? Benji Wilson asks him
Sport briefing: Watson out of autumn internationals
Bath wing Anthony Watson will miss England’s autumn international campaign after suffering a serious knee injury that could rule the full-back out for up to nine months. Eddie Jones axed many of his senior players from his squad for next month’s fixtures and Will Greenwood reckons England’s oldies are right to be upset as new does not mean better . Charlie Morgan analyses how Marcus Smith could run England’s attack from fly-half and two more tactical questions . In football, Liverpool take on Athletico Madrid in the Champions League tonight while Manchester City have just kicked off against Club Brugge.
- Getting us off the sofa | Has Bond pulled off his ultimate mission – to save our cinemas?
- Out of fashion | ‘Say what you like about Nigel – but surely my name’s not worse than Lucifer?’
- Ford Mustang Mach 1 review | It’s no Porsche-beater but you just won’t care
Business briefing: Tesco ditches checkouts
Tesco has opened its first checkout-free store in central London as Britain’s biggest supermarket counters Amazon’s “just-walk-out” technology. Britain’s biggest supermarket chain has expanded a tech trial to the Tesco Express store on High Holborn, where customers can shop and pay without scanning products or using a checkout. Here is how the store looks . Meanwhile, the competition regulator will examine the dominance of major record labels, following complaints from artists that they have not shared in the spoils of the streaming revolution .
Tonight starts now
Love and Other Acts of Violence, review | After all the thrills of Bond at the cinema, it is time for a thought-provoking night at the theatre. The newly refurbished Donmar Warehouse has reopened with a flawed but thoughtful new play, rooted in a real-life antisemitic pogrom that took place in 1918. Easy going, this is not, but Dzifa Benson reviews the intriguing study of whether trauma is passed down in our genes .
Three things for you
- Watch | Impeachment: American Crime Story, BBC Two, 9.15pm
- Podcast | Imposters : Not On The High Street founder Holly Tucker
- Fantasy Fund Manager | It is back – with 10 chances to win £15k
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
The curious case of the Munich music halls | By 2030, the Bavarian city will have two new concert halls, and the potential to seat 7,000 music lovers. Ivan Hewett examines whether this is German profligacy or high-mindedness gone mad .
- Brexit breakthrough: Brussels insider hints Brexit deal to be agreed by midnight
- Enceladus: The Best Hope Yet for Extraterrestrial Life
- Investor Relations Website Design Secrets
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