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The Telegraph Frontpage for Friday 2023 March 10

Rishi Sunak and Emmanuel Macron
Sam Hall By Sam Hall
Good evening.

Rishi Sunak said cooperation between the UK and France on tackling the small boats crisis is now at an “unprecedented level”, after agreeing a £500 million deal with Emmanuel Macron. We also have the latest as the BBC told Gary Lineker to “step back” from presenting Match of the Day.

UK will fund new migrant detention centre in France

Rishi Sunak hailed a “new beginning” for relations between the UK and France , after a £500 million three year Anglo-French deal to tackle the small boats crisis was agreed. A new detention centre to prevent migrants leaving France on small boats will be funded by Britain as part of the deal. Appearing alongside Emmanuel Macron at a press conference in Paris, the Prime Minister said today’s UK-France Summit – the first held in five years – marked the moment of an “entente renewed”. He said that “today we have taken our cooperation to an unprecedented level” to tackle the “shared challenge” of the migrant Channel crossings crisis, as he announced new measures to stop people making the perilous journey. Our home affairs editor Charles Hymas outlines the other measures here.

BBC tells Lineker to step back from Match of the Day

The BBC said the presenter will “step back” from hosting Match of the Day until there is “an agreed and clear position on his use of social media” following his tweets which criticised Government immigration policy. Jeremy Wilson takes a look at the top runners and riders to replace him here. The presenter, who is paid £1.35 million by the corporation, had been under mounting pressure from Tory MPs over his response to a Home Office video in which Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, unveiled her new plan to stop migrants crossing the Channel. Ewan Somerville and Anita Singh have the latest on this story here.

Lineker steps back from Match of the Day
Gary Lineker outside his home yesterday Credit: Jamie Lorriman
Gary Lineker is stepping down as presenter of Match of the Day after a row over his comparing the Government’s migration policy to Nazi Germany.

A BBC spokesman said: “The BBC has been in extensive discussions with Gary and his team in recent days. We have said that we consider his recent social media activity to be a breach of our guidelines.”

Prince Edward takes title of Duke of Edinburgh

The King has conferred the title of Duke of Edinburgh on his younger brother, Prince Edward, to mark his 59th birthday. It was Prince Philip’s wish that the Earl of Wessex should inherit his title and the King chose to coincide the recreation of the dukedom with Edward’s visit to Edinburgh on Friday. He becomes the Duke of Edinburgh while his wife the Countess of Wessex, also known as Sophie, becomes the Duchess of Edinburgh. Camilla Tominey explains how the fall of Nicola Sturgeon played a part in whether Prince Edward was given the Duke of Edinburgh title.

Evening briefing: Today’s essential headlines

Weather | Police have blamed motorists for the chaos on the M62 after heavy snow left drivers stranded for ten hours, with mountain rescue teams drafted in.

Comment and analysis

World news: China brokers deal for Iran and Saudi Arabia to resume diplomatic relations

Iran and Saudi Arabia are to resume diplomatic relations, in a diplomatic coup for China, which brokered the agreement. Campbell MacDiarmid explains why Beijing will be delighted here.

Editor’s choice

Oscar-less: Glenn Close, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlene Dietrich, Tom Cruise and Steve McQueen
Film | None of these stars won – so what is the point of the Oscars?
The ceremony’s viewing figures have been in freefall since – funnily enough – the shift around ten years ago towards more niche nominees. Last year’s edition was watched live by 15.36 million: an audience just over a third of the size of the one that saw 12 Years a Slave win in 2014. And what do we talk about afterwards? Everything that went wrong: envelope mix-ups, dreadful speeches, live on-stage violence.

We rate both ends of the battle for best high street bakery
Food | Gail’s vs Greggs – is paying three times the price for a doughnut worth it?
The new Duke of Edinburgh
Royals | Prince Edward may have the Duke of Edinburgh title – but getting it wasn’t easy

Business news: UK ‘no longer at risk of recession’

The UK will avoid a recession this year, according to a string of City analysts who changed their gloomy predictions after the economy returned to growth in January. Our economics editor Szu Ping Chan has the full story here.

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