Saturday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
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1. Free Covid tests could be scrapped as Treasury tries to save billions of pounds
Mass free Covid-19 tests must end because of the huge costs to the taxpayer, senior ministers believe.
Discussions are under way in the Government to scale back the arrangements that allow everyone to get a lateral flow test and some people to get PCR tests without paying, The Telegraph can reveal. Read the full story.
2. Boris Johnson backs away from weakening assisted suicide laws
Boris Johnson has decided not to back plans to relax the laws on assisted suicide when they are expected to be put before MPs in coming months, The Telegraph understands.
The Prime Minister has come to his decision after reviewing detailed arguments setting out the pros and cons during his break in the summer. Read the full story.
3. Energy is being used as a weapon, warns Defence Secretary
Energy is being used as a weapon, the Defence Secretary has warned, amid mounting concerns about Russia’s control over European gas supplies.
Ben Wallace on Friday night declared that the Government recognised the need to counter “unconventional threats” from foreign powers, after Downing Street raised fears that a new Russian gas pipeline could present “significant security implications”. Read the full story.
4. 136 countries sign up to Biden's tax reforms aimed at taming tech giants
Joe Biden has succeeded in ramming through a deal to overhaul global corporation tax as the West turns decisively against big tech.
The US President has convinced 136 countries to agree they will enforce a minimum tax rate of 15pc on major multinationals in a bid to tame some of the world’s largest corporations. Read the full story.
5. Here comes the cavalry! Soldiers to take the wheel of lorries to save Christmas
The Government is prepared to ask soldiers to drive HGVs until Christmas, The Telegraph has been told.
The military has already been called in to drive fuel tankers, but could also be required to drive lorries to prevent festive shortages of food and other goods. Read the full story.