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Politics latest news: PM warned opportunities of Brexit at stake amid major Cabinet row over Australia trade deal

Public told to abandon summer holidays abroad Wembley could be used for vaccination drive in fight against Indian variant Analysis: Cummings’s campaign should not be taken lightly Michael Deacon: There’s a problem with Cummings's criticisms Coronavirus latest news: Follow updates in our live blog Boris Johnson has been warned that the opportunities of Brexit are at stake amid a major Cabinet row over the Australia free trade deal. Ahead of a crunch meeting tomorrow, senior ministers are split over the issue of granting Australian farmers zero-tariff access, amid fears that lamb and beef imports could harm the British farming industry. George Eustice, the Environment Secretary, is fighting to extend a transition period - during which tariffs would gradually reduce to zero - from 10 to 15 years in order to shield British farmers and give them more time to adjust. He is also said to favour maintaining tariff rate quotas, which would only allow a certain quantity of Australian imports to benefit from lower tariffs. He is backed Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, along with Scottish Secretary Alister Jack and Welsh Secretary Simon Hart, who fear a backlash from Scottish beef and Welsh lamb farmers. However, allies of Liz Truss, the International Trade Secretary, have hit back at Mr Eustice, claiming that a failure to agree terms could scupper future deals with the US and other major economies, in turn squandering the opportunities of Brexit. One source questioned why Mr Eustice had voted to leave the EU if he intended to resort to protectionism, while another accused him and Mr Gove in The Sun of being "more Waitrose than Redwall." Ms Truss is backed by Lord Frost, the former Brexit negotiator and minister in charge of EU relations, as well as Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, who warned that a failure to strike an agreement with Australia would make other deals "very challenging." The Prime Minister is said to side with Ms Truss on the issue, but will be forced to try and broker a compromise on Thursday when the Cabinet committee in charge of trade deals meet. Follow the latest updates below.

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Boris Johnson ready to recommit to a social care overhaul in the Queen’s Speech

Boris Johnson will recommit to overhauling social care in the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday, The Telegraph understands, but almost no details about how that will be achieved will be revealed. The speech, to be delivered by Her Majesty, in its current draft includes the words “proposals on social care will be brought forward" or similar, according to a well-placed Government source. However, despite Mr Johnson’s election win being almost 18 months old no briefing about what reforms the Government actually wants to see enacted is expected. It will lead to renewed complaints of the 'can being kicked down the road', with debate about the urgent need for social care reform having been a feature of Westminster politics for a decade. Government ministers are locked in disagreement about the best course of action for reforming state support for the elderly and those most in need. The Prime Minister is said to favour a decade-old proposal from Sir Andrew Dilnot, a social care expert, that would cap lifetime care costs for individuals at between £25,000 and £50,000. But the Treasury is concerned about the cost implications of such a plan, with Mr Johnson and Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, having discussed possible solutions recently. Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, said that proposals were on their way and would be “heading” for becoming law within the next eight months. Mr Gove told Times Radio: "We're working to make sure that we have an effective social care plan at the moment. That work is going on. "So, by the end of the year you will have a specific social care plan that is heading for the statute books at the very least.” The Queen’s Speech is the moment when a Government outlines its legislative program at the beginning of a new parliament. An address outlining the bills to be tabled before Parliament is read out by Her Majesty, though the speech is drawn up in close consultation with the Government. A national security bill to make it easier to crack down on foreign agents in the UK and a sovereign borders bill toughening up the asylum system are expected to be announced. So too bills that will set legally binding environmental targets, change planning laws to give developers more ability to build, and give more rights to the victims of crime. The social care proposals are expected to be mentioned within the context of an NHS reform bill which will see a merging of local community services with the nationwide system.

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