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2.22pm BST

More than 60,000 fans will be allowed to attend the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final at Wembley, the government has announced. That will take attendance to 75% of stadium capacity.

This means these matches, on 6, 7 and 11 July, will attract the largest crowds for a sporting event in the UK in more than 15 months.

All ticket holders will need to follow a number of strict entry requirements including having a negative Covid-19 test or proof of full vaccination – two doses received, 14 days before the fixture. Ticket holders registered with a GP in England will be able to display their proof of vaccination via the NHS App, or equivalent proof printed out, for example for people from Scotland and Wales. Ticket holders will also be able to display a NHS negative Lateral Flow Test result via email, test message or the NHS App.

Further details, including on ticket sales for these matches, will be communicated by UEFA in due course. However it is expected ticket holders in the UK who lost their tickets for the semi finals and final in the re-ballot will be at the front of the queue to be at the games.

It is great news that so many fans will be able to watch the final three matches of the Euro 2020 at Wembley.

The last 18 months have taught us – both on and off the pitch – how integral fans are to the fabric of the game.

2.12pm BST

Here are the main points from today’s Downing Street lobby briefing.

The prime minister started cabinet by reiterating his commitment to levelling up the whole country. He emphasised that this approach will benefit everyone, including by spreading employment opportunities more evenly across the United Kingdom, helping relieve pressure on services and housing demand in areas which have traditionally seen higher demand.

We’re getting on top of our priorities of levelling up and investing in northern transport. The Integrated Rail Plan will soon outline exactly how major rail projects including HS2 phase 2b and Northern Powerhouse Rail will work together to deliver reliable train services that passengers need and deserve.

Obviously we totally reject that, the new national flagship will boost British trade and drive investment into our economy. It will be used to host high-level trade negotiations, for trade shows, and will sail all over the world promoting British interests.

Well, he was simply referring to the fact that this is a ship that will promote UK trade and drive investment back into our country, so we expect any costs of building and operating the ship will be outweighed by the economic benefits it brings over its 30-year lifespan.

We’re looking forward to putting on a fantastic semi-finals and final at Wembley. We will do so safely and securely.

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