News Daily: Brexit summit and Grenfell memorial

By Justin Parkinson
BBC News


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May heads to Brexit summit after Commons loss

Theresa May is going to Brussels for an EU summit at which she hopes discussions can move on to the issue of trading relationships after Brexit. She'll also be seeking an agreement on what the UK can expect from the temporary arrangement that kicks in after it leaves the EU in March 2019. An influential group of MPs has called for a "status quo" to be worked out as quickly as possible.

The summit comes comes after the prime minister suffered a defeat in Parliament on Wednesday night, with MPs deciding to give themselves a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels. With 12 Conservatives rebelling, an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill to this effect was passed. Ministers had tried to placate the rebels, saying their plan would put unnecessary time pressure on the government if talks with the EU continued until the last minute.

It was Mrs May's first loss on her own business in the Commons. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called it a "humiliating loss of authority", but the government said it was a "minor setback" which would not prevent Brexit happening. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said ministers were "divided" over the significance of the vote. Here's what happened as the result was announced.

Royals to attend Grenfell memorial service

It's six months since fire swept through Grenfell Tower in west London, killing 71 people. A multi-faith memorial service is being held at St Paul's Cathedral, attended by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Beginning at 11:00 GMT, it will also pay tribute to the emergency services who attended the fire, the recovery team, the community, public support workers and volunteers. Some 1,500 people are expected to take part, including Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Here is a reminder of what happened on 14 June.

Trump: I was right about Moore

Following the defeat of Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate election, President Donald Trump has moved to distance himself from the candidate. On Twitter, he wrote that he had been "right" to back another contender for the party's candidacy, and had said that Mr Moore would not "be able to win". Mr Moore's campaign was rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct, which he denies. Democrat Doug Jones won the contest.

The mystery of the baby in the box

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In 1996, already in his 50s, Robin King went with his daughter Michaela to the London Metropolitan Archive to look at his full adoption record. He learned he had been found outside an Oxford Circus department store on 20 October, 1943. It was a dangerous time to be in London. Although the Blitz had finished, there were still intermittent attacks by the Luftwaffe. Just 10 days earlier 30 tons of bombs had been dropped on the capital. There were no clues as to why he'd been left.

What the papers say

Theresa May's defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill dominates, with the Times calling it "revenge of the rebels" and the Guardian dubbing it "humiliating". The Daily Mail's front page shows the faces of 11 of the Conservatives who defied the government, its headline asking: "Proud of yourselves?" Meanwhile, the decision by comedian Peter Kay to cancel his 110-date tour leads the Daily Mirror and the Daily Star.

Daily digest

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