Nicola Sturgeon sets date for second Scottish independence referendum

Meanwhile, the Queen met members of the armed forces at a loyalty parade in Edinburgh as part of Holyrood Week.

The event took place in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate his visit to Scotland and mark his Platinum Jubilee.

See photos from the Queen’s second in-person engagement in as many days, like Hannah Furness describes how the visit packs an ever so polite political punch.

PM to break manifesto commitment on defense spending

The renewed controversy around Scottish independence comes as Boris Johnson is set to break a landmark manifesto pledge on defense spending, amid calls for a budget increase following the war in Ukraine.

On the eve of a NATO summit in Madrid, where Western countries will agree to reinforce their forces on the alliance’s border with Russia, ministers are expected to miss their target to increase defense spending by 0, 5% above inflation every year.

The telegraph understands Ben Wallace privately argued to the Treasury and Downing Street that the war justified more spending on troops and equipment.

One government source’s reasoning for missing the target is less surprising when placed in the context described by Ambrose Evans Pritchardwhich warns that European banks are being priced for economic Armageddon.

GPs vote for industrial action on Saturday work

The theme of general discontent in this newsletter also extends to GPs, who voted for industrial action rather than a new GP contract which requires practices to open on Saturdays.

Doctors attending the BMA’s annual conference expressed their solidarity with railway unions, urging fellow doctors to “channel our inner Mick Lynch” in protest at the new conditions.

Yet there are 87,000 reasons why NHS workers shouldn’t demand a pay rise.

Meanwhile, a firefighter union leader is warning against strikes after reacting angrily to a 2% wage offer.

Ben Wilkinson suggests that the demand for pay rises is nothing but shameful opportunism.

Commentary and analysis

Around the world: France and Germany harden

Emmanuel Macron has said Russia cannot be allowed to win the war in Ukraine, while Germany and France have hardened their stance. Speaking at the end of a summit of G7 countries, President Macron made it clear that Moscow’s sole aim now is to try to force Ukraine to surrender. Earlier he described Russia’s strike this week against a Ukrainian mall as a “war crime” and said France would continue to support Ukraine for as long as necessary. New footage from the scene revealed the scale of the total destruction, as Moscow insisted it had no idea the center was open to customers when it fired its missiles at a nearby target. Meanwhile, as vital medical supplies for beleaguered Ukrainians fall into the wrong hands, discover the ‘parallel world’ of bribery and corruption at the heart of the country’s healthcare sector.

Tuesday interview

Judy Murray on wobbly arms and being a white hot blonde