The past week in five minutes.
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BREXIT IN BRIEF
- Thursday was a day of high drama in Westminster as Boris Johnson announced he would not be putting himself forward for the Conservative leadership election.
- It seems that BoJo’s decision to drop out of the race came after a quite spectacular piece of skullduggery by Michael Gove, who withdrew his support for Boris, launched a leadership bid of his own and then started slagging off the blond bombshell to anyone who would listen. Meanwhile, a GIF emerged of Gove clapping six different ways in as many seconds.
- Gove's announcement came not long after his wife, Mail columnist Sarah Vine, accidentally sent an email to a member of the public telling her husband to watch out for Boris during the leadership contest wranglings.
- Gove’s behaviour has drawn strong criticism from Tory grandee Ken Clarke.
- Favourite to win the leadership contest is Home Secretary Theresa May. Also in the race is Liam Fox, Andrea Leadsom and a Superman baddie. Sorry, Stephen Crabb…
Stephen Crabb looks like ALL the baddies from Superman 2 mixed together. pic.twitter.com/G3tWWRrfGz— Ken Shabby (@MrKenShabby) June 29, 2016
- Not wanting to miss out on the fun, Labour is getting up to all sorts of shenanigans, with leader Jeremy Corbyn coming under severe pressure to quit. 172 MPs supported a no confidence motion against him. Corbyn is refusing to go, but Angela Eagle is expected to launch a leadership challenge soon.
- On Thursday, Corbyn stirred up further controversy by appearing to compare Israel to Isis at the launch of Labour’s anti-semitism report.
- Nigel Farage got an unsurprisingly frosty reception when he visited the European Parliament in Brussels to revel in the Brexit victory, but Scotland’s first minister, was offered a warmer welcome as she launched the beginning of a charm offensive aimed at protecting Scotland’s position in the EU.
- There has been a reported rise in the number of racist attacks in Britain following the Brexit vote.
- After last week’s Lindsay Lohan referendum commentary, now it’s Cher’s turn to get involved…
If BORIS Johnson OR NIGEL Farage,ACTUALLY Had To RUN Something,…LIKE A COUNTRY….— Cher (@cher) June 30, 2016
- Fed up with all the referendum chat on Facebook? Bad luck because you’ll be subjected to plenty more as the timeline is being tweaked so that messages from friends and family are going to be given even more prominence than they were before.
- If you’re single and a Remain voter, then the thought of dating a Brexiteer might make you be a bit sick in your mouth. To avoid any unpleasantness, a new dating app called Remainder, exclusively designed for Euro-philes, has been released.
- Vice visited the pro-EU protest held in Trafalgar Square on Tuesday, while at the New Statesman Stephen Bush says the referendum has exposed a new culture war in Britain.
- Elsewhere, the Spectator offers some reasons to be cheerful about Brexit, the BBC has a guide to how the referendum result will affect your finances and the New Yorker, asks what leaving the EU would mean for British grub.
- Turkey has held a day of mourning after a gun and suicide bomb attack on Ataturk airport killed 42 people and injured 239 more. On Tuesday three attackers began shooting at a terminal entrance at the airport in Istanbul before blowing themselves up. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said initial signs suggest ISIS is behind the attack.
- Today (Friday) sees the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest day in British military history .
- A 60-year-old woman who wants to use her dead daughter's frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild, has won a Court of Appeal battle.
- It has been announced that a decision on airport expansion has been postponed until after the election of the new leader of the Conservative party.
All the Brexit news seems to have overshadowed the most incredible discovery of the week. Pictures posted online appear to show the skeleton (plus a few internal organs) of the Loch Ness Monster washed up on the shore of the old loch. Some people have reacted sceptically but it all seems perfectly legit to us…
Patsy and Edina finally hit the big screen, with the Absolutely Fabulous film released in cinemas this week. Initial critical reaction has been mixed with the Daily Mail giving the film four stars, Heat saying ‘fans are unlikely to be disappointed’ and The Guardian’s three-star review suggesting Joanna Lumley is the film’s saviour.
The Oscars is attempting to head off another #OscarsSoWhite controversy by inviting a record number of new Academy members to vote in next year’s awards. 700 people have been invited with a focus on ethnic minorities and women.
Kanye West’s new music video, for Famous, has been criticised by Girls writer/actor Lena Dunham. The video, which features naked look-a-likes of stars including Taylor Swift and Rihanna, was described as ‘ sickening’ by Dunham.
Catch up on a load of Glastonbury performances, including Adele, New Order, PJ Harvey and many more at the BBC website.
England’s crashed out of Euro 2016 after a humiliating 2-1 defeat against Iceland (population 330,000). In the wake of the defeat manager Roy Hodgson resigned and calamity keeper Joe Hart was slagged off for his performance both on the pitch and in a series of Head and Shoulders adverts. A depressed nation cheered themselves up by repeatedly watching the magnificent viral video of Steve McClaren bigging up England’s chances of victory just as Iceland’s second goal was flying in…
Wimbledon is up and running and Andy Murray is safely through to the third round after victory over China’s Lu Yen-hsun on Thursday.
1) Iceland – everyone’s new favourite Vikings
2) Justine Greening – the MP chose Pride day to reveal she's gay
3) Brexit variations: We've had Legsit, Regretsit and a host of EU/Brexit puns.
1) Friends – fans of Friends prepare to have your dreams crushed; the show’s co-creator has quashed any hope of a reunion.
2) Diamonds – the biggest diamond discovered in 100 years failed to find a buyer at auction earlier this week.
3) Penguins – the penguin population in Antarctica may drop by 60% by the end of the century.
4) Microsoft – The US giant has had to shell out $10,000 to one angry customer after her computer was subject to an unwanted Windows upgrade.
- Watch Whitney Wolfe, the creator of Bumble, explain why she created feminist dating app
- Grace Dent on why parents should warn their kids about the dangers of drugs – even if it makes them hypocrites.
- A mother’s heartbreaking account of her visit to the place where her son died while fighting for the British army in Iraq.
- Buzzfeed recommends 31 beach-ready summer reads