The Guardian says the UK and US are battling to contain an “international backlash” over their pact, amid concerns the alliance could provoke China and prompt conflict in the Pacific. It comes after Beijing accused the countries of adopting a Cold War mentality and warned they would harm their own interests unless it was dropped. Mr Johnson told MPs the Aukus defence agreement was not “intended to be adversarial”.
Rishi Sunak has been accused of creating a “smoke and mirrors” budget by Labour after the chancellor conceded just 20% of his biggest single spending commitment was made up of new money, according to The Guardian.
The Guardian carries a warning from trade union leaders that the government risks “another winter of chaos” if it does not implement COVID restrictions like mandatory mask-wearing in shops and on public transport.