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Morning Briefing: June 7, 2018 (THURSDAY)

07/06/2018 News desk

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know to start your day with our daily briefing, compiled by Zoya Thomas.

David Davis threatens to quit over 'fudged' customs deal

David Davis arrives at 10 Downing Street, central London © PA David Davis arrives at 10 Downing Street, central London David Davis last night issued an ultimatum to Theresa May over controversial Brexit plans amid fears he could even be on the brink of resignation. Friends of the Brexit Secretary suggested his frustrations could spill over, after No 10 circulated proposals that critics say could shackle the UK to the customs union indefinitely. The plans, on the so-called Irish backstop, appeared to open up the possibility that the UK could remain bound by EU tariffs and rules until a resolution is found for the border problem. (Daily Mail)

First of RAF's latest £120m stealth fighters touch down in Britain

Britain's multimillion pound F-35 stealth fighter jets have touched down on UK soil, with one pilot describing the moment as the biggest in his career. The supersonic aircraft have been stationed in America since their manufacture, being tested and used for training by Royal Air Force and Royal Navy pilots. The UK's £9.1 billion programme to buy 48 of the F-35s, the world's most advanced fighter jet, over the next decade has come under fire over capability and expense. (Mirror)

Mary Wilson, widow of ex-Labour PM Harold Wilson, dies

Mary Wilson, the widow of Harold Wilson, the Labour prime minister, has died at 102 after a stroke. Lady Wilson of Rievaulx wrote poetry and opposed her husband over Britain's entry to the European Community. She was married to the former prime minister for 55 years before his passing in 1995. The couple married on New Year's Day in 1940. She was exceptionally loyal to her husband, but remained very much a private person. (The Telegraph)

Trump frees prisoner after Kim Kardashian's intervention

Donald Trump has commuted the life sentence of a 63-year-old woman whose cause was championed by Kim Kardashian West. Alice Marie Johnson spent more than two decades behind bars, serving life without parole for non-violent drug offences. She was released hours after the White House announcement. Kardashian, who met with the president to lobby on behalf of Johnson, tweeted that the prisoner's release was the "BEST NEWS EVER!!!!". (Sky News)

In Depth: The final piece of Cristiano Ronaldo's jigsaw

Having claimed five Champions League crowns, five Ballons d’Or, a European Championship with Portugal and a host of other trophies in a glorious playing career with Sporting, Manchester United and Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo now sets his sights on the game’s greatest prize. But it may just be a step too far. The relentless pursuit of silverware goes on. (

Video of the day: Moment mobile phone explodes in man's pocket

A man was having lunch in Mumbai, India when his phone exploded in his shirt pocket. The security camera images show the man getting up very quickly with smoke coming out of his shirt. (BuzzVideos)

On this day:

Recording of the Queen's Jubilee Christmas Day broadcast. © PA Recording of the Queen's Jubilee Christmas Day broadcast. 1977: More than a million people line the streets of London to watch the Royal Family on their way to St Paul's at the start of the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations. Millions of Britons tune in to watch events on the television and many more celebrate with street parties. (Bing)

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