This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield announced during Thursday's episode that they will be taking a break from the show.MORE: Alison Hammond shares cheeky behind-the-scenes snap on This MorningLoading the player...WATCH: Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield announce last day on This MorningAfter the competition item, the presenters were discussing their disbelief at being in the middle of July already, when they announced that Friday 10 July will be their last day on the ITV show before the summer holidays. Holly, looking in shock at her co-star, said: "Oh it's just Friday 10 July [is tomorrow], like doesn't it sometimes freak you out that we're in July? This year has just like, it's the 10 July guys!"MORE: Martin Lewis leaves fans wanting answers after sharing surprising newsAgreeing with colleague, Phillip said: "I don't know what day it is, I don't know what month it is, we're just sort of plodding along." He then added: "And is that because it's the last day?" to which Holly cheerily shouted: "And it's our last day!" Holly and Phillip are set to leave This Morning for the summerThe two presenters usually take breaks from the show during term holidays and the summer break, before returning in September. Holly and Phil's announcement aligns with Eamonn Holmes comment last week, when he told viewers he and wife Ruth Langsford, who fill in for the regular presenters during holidays, would be back in the a couple of weeks for the summer.At the end of the show, the husband and wife presenting duo were saying their goodbyes when Eamonn said: "Thank you for watching, we'll be back doing this all over again for the summer, in a couple of weeks." He added: "We'll be back then. Goodbye," as Ruth then said her goodbyes and the show ran to credits.Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes will be filling in for Holly and PhilThe presenters upcoming absence sparked confusion and dismay from viewers on social media. One person tweeted: "Hang on @EamonnHolmes & Ruth off for a few weeks?? Nooooooo don't leave us ThisMorning," while a second person gushed: "Gutted, will miss you!"Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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Three men have been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences after a raid at a farm in north London.Met Police detectives carried out a search warrant at the semi-industrial site in Crews Hill, Enfield, on Wednesday, and found 11 adults inside the premises.
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Michel Barnier has written to Mark Francois and told the Chair of the Eurosceptic European Research Group of Tory MPs that Brexit isn't worth it. Mr Francois had sent the EU's chief negotiator an open letter, which he titled a "missive from a free country", on June 29. "While nobody has been able to demonstrate to me the added value of leaving the most integrated economic and free trade area in the world, I have always respected the UK's decision to withdraw from the EU," Mr Barnier said in reply. "In this same spirit we approach the ongoing negotiations with your great - and indeed free - country." Mr Barnier warned Mr Francois that the EU would hold Boris Johnson to the joint Political Declaration and that Brussels was adamant that the European Court of Justice must have the final say on the interpretation of EU law. The Political Declaration, which is a non-binding document setting out the broad outline of the free trade agreement, was "agreed by your prime minister and voted for by the House of Commons,including yourself," Mr Barnier added. He said the level playing field guarantees the EU demands were necessary. Mr Barnier said that the EU would not agree a free trade deal without an agreement on fishing and described progress in negotiations as "disappointing". "We will continue to work with determination to conclude the negotiations with success as we continue to believe that this can be done despite the short time available, which is the choice of your government." Mr Barnier said, referring to the UK's refusal to extend the transition period. The French politician and commission official told Mr Francois it was a "pleasure" to hear from UK elected representatives. "Having been an elected representative for many years myself I value the crucial role you play in scrutinising and holding your government to account," he said In response, Mr Francois told the Telegraph that he was grateful for the "charming billet doux". He said, "As he rightly acknowledged, we are now a free country - and indeed very happy to be so." He added that the political declaration was "indicative and not legally binding - as Michel knows well. Nevertheless, I’m delighted that further talks are now agreed. As he often reminds us, 'the clock is ticking.'” UK and EU officials met in London this week and will meet again in Brussels next week as the try to break the deadlock in the trade negotiations. "This week’s discussions confirm that significant divergences remain between the EU and GB. We will continue working with patience, respect and determination," Mr Barnier tweeted on Thursday.
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The government has used R to assess whether the epidemic is in decline in the country or increasing.
Christine Lampard certainly had a reason to celebrate on Thursday night, as according to The Sun, the Loose Women star is now a multi-millionaire! MORE: Christine Lampard reflects on Frank Lampard's romantic proposalThe outlet reports that Christine's firm, Chrisola Entertainment, submitted papers with an eye-watering total of £2.516 million in both cash and assets earlier this week.The TV star's sums have been earned through a combination of television appearances and production activities. Not only is the mother-of-one currently a member of the Loose Women panel, but she also fills in for Lorraine Kelly on Lorraine when the host is away.Loading the player... WATCH: Christine Lampard on her daughter being the 'spit' of FrankWhat's more, the London home that Christine, her husband Frank Lampard and their one-year-old daughter Patricia live in is estimated to be worth a further £10million. Christine's most recent appearance on Loose Women was on Thursday, when she opened up about Frank's romantic proposal as the cast discussed whether women should propose to men.The happy couple tied the knot in 2015, but it sounds as though Frank's proposal came as a surprise.MORE: Christine Lampard reveals parenting struggle with daughter during lockdownChristine and Frank have been married since 2015MORE: Christine Lampard twins with daughter Patricia in matching outfits – how adorableSpeaking with Nadia Sawalha, Jane Moore and Kéllé Bryan, the 41-year-old explained: "I feel very empowered and on the feminist side of things and everything else, but I love nothing more than being asked. So where does that sit? And I love surprises."Turning towards her huge wedding ring, worth an estimated £120,000, Jane quipped: "And you wouldn't want to pay for that yourself?" To which, she jovially replied: "He got nothing.""I do understand though, I think we are pre-programmed and still feel like that is the way it should be, but maybe we do need to give our guys a bit of a break," she added.Christine and Frank got engaged in Los Angeles back in 2011, and shortly after the superstar footballer popped the question, Christine revealed to her former Daybreak colleagues Adrian Chiles and Kate Garraway that she was "beyond shocked".She explained: "I was beyond shocked. It wasn't very glamorous, it wasn't very fancy. It was very personal, very private, actually."Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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Trump news – live: President postpones New Hampshire rally as he attempts to blame Fauci for coronavirus ‘mistakes’
Donald Trump has used an interview with Fox News ally Sean Hannity to attempt to pin the blame for a surge in coronavirus cases on Dr Anthony Fauci, whom the president called “a nice man" but said that "he’s made a lot of mistakes” – despite the president's disregard for medical advice to push for states to reopen.The US reported more than 55,000 new cases of Covid-19 for the third day in a row on Thursday, with California, Florida and Texas recording new daily death rates highs of 149, 120 and 105, respectively, as Kentucky became the latest state to order its residents to wear face coverings in public.