Monday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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

1. Use your judgment on masks, Boris Johnson urges public

Boris Johnson will tell the public on Monday that they will no longer be bound by Covid laws on facemasks and social distancing but should instead exercise their own “judgment” when restrictions are lifted on July 19.

However, despite scrapping compulsory face masks, The Telegraph understands people will still be told in government guidance they should consider wearing a covering in crowded enclosed places. Read the full story.

2. ‘Completely hopeless’: Brandon Lewis delays law protecting Troubles veterans

A new law to protect former British troops from prosecution over killings in Northern Ireland has been delayed again, prompting a furious backlash against the “completely hopeless” Cabinet minister in charge.

Conservative MPs were privately told that the new Legacy Bill would be brought forward before the summer break. Read the full story.

3. Millionaire businessman bought boarding school to abuse pupils, court hears

A millionaire businessman bought a boarding school in order to abuse pupils on his country estate, a court heard.

Brian Martin, 71, sexually abused a boy and girl boarder after appointing himself "Provost" of the £37,000-a-year Queen Ethelburgers School, near Harrogate, North Yorks. Read the full story.

4. Wimbledon wildcard star Raducanu to play Aussie ‘superbrat’ – but not on Centre Court

Her explosion on to the world tennis scene has captivated a sporting nation as this year’s against-the-odds Wimbledon fairytale.

However, the history-making exploits of Emma Raducanu – the first British teenager to reach the last 16 since 1959 – appear yet to fully convince schedulers. Read the full story.

5. Queen awards George Cross to entire NHS for courage during pandemic

The Queen has awarded the George Cross to the entire NHS, making public a handwritten note in which she praises the "courage, compassion and dedication" of health workers over more than 70 years.

It is only the third time the award – granted in recognition of “acts of the greatest heroism or of the most courage in circumstances of extreme danger” – has been given to a collective body.  Read the full story.

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