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

1. Liz Truss: I’ll use Article 16 if EU won’t bend on Northern Ireland Protocol

Liz Truss will insist on Sunday that Britain will overhaul the post-Brexit agreement over Northern Ireland unilaterally if she cannot reach a “negotiated solution” with the EU.

Writing in The Telegraph in her first intervention as Boris Johnson’s new Brexit negotiator, the Foreign Secretary states that the Article 16 “safeguard clause” in the Northern Ireland Protocol was “explicitly designed … to ease acute problems because of the sensitivity of the issues at play” on the island of Ireland. Read the full story.

2. Boris Johnson to escape standards investigation over Downing Street flat makeover

Boris Johnson has been told that he will be spared a potentially damaging investigation by the parliamentary standards commissioner over the redecoration of his Downing Street flat, The Telegraph understands.

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A Whitehall source said No 10 was informed last week that Kathryn Stone, who polices the conduct of MPs, had decided not to open a fresh inquiry following separate probes completed by the Electoral Commission and Lord Geidt, the independent adviser on ministers’ interests. Read the full story.

3. Britain faces surgeon shortage, as cancelled operations leave graduates under-qualified

Britain is facing a shortage of fully qualified surgeons as more than a million elective operations in which trainees would have gained vital experience have been “lost” to the pandemic, The Telegraph can disclose.

The monthly number of elective operations involving trainees is down by more than 50 per cent in some specialties compared to pre-Covid levels, according to the latest data seen by the Telegraph. Read the full story.

4. Green payments for farmers could lead to ‘big increase’ in food prices

An overhaul of payments for farmers designed to help Britain meet its net zero target could cause “a big increase” in food prices and even some shortages, according to an influential Commons committee.

Government plans to replace EU agricultural subsidies with a scheme to reward farmers for protecting the environment are based on “blind optimism” and will leave Britain reliant on imports, the public accounts committee has concluded in a report. Read the full story.

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5. Duchess of Cambridge dares and dazzles on her 40th birthday

 The Duchess of Cambridge has drawn on four generations of royal women for landmark photographs to celebrate her 40th birthday, encapsulating the past, present and future of the family.

The Duchess, who marks her milestone birthday on Sunday, has posed for a series of images for the National Portrait Gallery, as she uses her education in the history of art to help curate her own image for posterity. Read the full story.

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