Sunday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

By Telegraph reporters
Boris Brexit Nicole Kidman hacking Royals
Boris Brexit Nicole Kidman hacking Royals

Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Sunday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free.

1. Boris Johnson faces fresh Brexit clash with judges

Boris Johnson is gearing up for a second explosive confrontation with Parliament and the courts over Brexit as he demands a new deal with the EU which would free Northern Ireland from the oversight of European judges.

Downing Street is preparing for a major clash with the House of Lords and Supreme Court as soon as next month, with senior officials drawing up plans to unilaterally suspend swathes of the Northern Ireland Protocol if Brussels refuses to make "significant changes" to the current deal. Read the full story.

2. Covid-19 may have evolved nine years ago in a Chinese mineworker, US expert claims

The origins of the Covid-19 pandemic are still unknown, with many scientists now openly discussing whether the virus was engineered, or leaked from a Wuhan lab.

But a new theory gives an entirely different explanation. Read the full story.

3. Nicole Kidman lookalike spy 'hacked phone of lawyer who campaigned to free Princess Latifa'

A spy described as a Nicole Kidman lookalike is believed to have hacked a human rights lawyer’s mobile phone with the Pegasus software after following him for a day in London, The Telegraph can reveal.

David Haigh became the first British person to have his iPhone targeted by the Israeli military grade spyware last year, according to forensic analysis by Amnesty International published two months ago. Read the full story.

4. Met Police 'ordered child abuse detectives to caution innocent people to hit targets'

Former detectives in the Metropolitan Police’s child abuse investigation team have alleged that they were ordered to caution innocent people to meet targets as one claims his boss told him to tamper with evidence.

A number of police officers who have since left the force have broken ranks to reveal to The Telegraph that one of Scotland Yard’s most sensitive units is “broken” and therefore children could be at risk. Read the full story.

5. Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not fly back to UK for party to honour Princess Diana

 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be flying into Britain to attend a party to honour Diana, Princess of Wales, The Telegraph can confirm.

The Sussexes and their children, Archie and Lili, will not be at the celebration, which will see 100 guests gather at Kensington Palace. Read the full story.

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