Exclusive: Stephen Hawking on EU, Trump and more

Gone are the days we could stand on our own

– Professor Stephen Hawking

He has grappled with some of the biggest questions in the universe and now Professor Stephen Hawking gives his answer to another: In or out?

In his only interview on the subject, Hawking tells GMB he predicts a recession if Britain leave the EU and warns: "Gone are the days when we could stand on our own".

He also gives his views on US presidential hopeful Donald Trump and reveals his dream dinner party guests - plus he tells Mark Austin of how he never thought he'd be able to have children after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

The professor also reveals that he thinks the planet's biggest threat is global warming.

Meanwhile, we also speak with Dr Lee Upcraft, a physicist who doesn't share Hawking's views on how a Brexit would affect scientific advancement.

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Britain needs to stay in the EU to protect its scientific research from being undermined by the Government's austerity cuts, Stephen Hawking has told Good Morning Britain

  2. Meanwhile, Vote Leave claims energy bills will fall if we choose to leave - saying Britain will no longer be forced to raise VAT on charges. Michael Gove joins us today to tell us more.

  3. Ceremonies take place today to mark the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Jutland. The Princess Royal will represent the Royal Family after the Duke of Edinburgh pulled out for medical reasons.

  4. Madness in Magaluf: The Mayor of the popular holiday destination has told GMB that he will never have enough police to cope with the influx of partying Brits every summer - and one bar manager who has worked there for 15 years has told us he's "never seen it this bad"

  5. And finally, Becki-Jo Allen was shocked when she was told that she was expecting triplets - but she hadn't expected to discover they were identical! We meet the 200 million to one babies and their mum today

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Were zoo keepers right to shoot gorilla?

Animal rights campaigners are protesting after a gorilla was shot dead at a zoo in Cincinnati when a four year old boy accidentally fell into its enclosure.

Harambe, a 400lb 17-year-old gorilla was killed at Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday after he grabbed and dragged the child - but onlookers have said he appeared to be protecting him. However, zoo officials have since said the risk was too large as the animal was extremely strong in an agitated situation.

The zoo said of their primate keepers: "They made a tough choice and they made the right choice because they saved that little boy's life."

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Model Lily-Rose Depp has defended her dad Johnny Depp after claims he was violent towards his estranged wife Amber Heard. Posting a picture of them together on Instagram, she wrote: "My dad is the sweetest most loving person I know, he's been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same." She also posted part of a report saying police had found no proof that a crime had occurred.

  2. Road congestion is expected today as many families return from short breaks at the end of the bank holiday weekend. The RAC are expecting the busiest late spring bank holiday on the roads in three years. They expect 3.3 million journeys with the worst times to travel expected to be between 1300 and 1800. The worst areas will be M5 South, M6 North and M4.

  3. Cincinnati Zoo has faced criticism after a 17-year-old gorilla was shot and killed after grabbing and dragging a four-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat on Saturday afternoon. Online commenters have expressed outrage at the shooting, saying the boy's parents should have been watching him more closely.

  4. Two children were among a group of 18 Albanians and two British people rescued from the English Channel after their inflatable boat began to sink on Saturday. The UK Coastguard received a call for assistance just off the coast of Dymchurch in Kent at 11.40pm.

  5. And it's official - magician Richard Jones has triumphed at Britain's Got Talent - but what does the future hold for him and the other finalists - and can they become international stars? We're joined by Richard on today's show.

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Seven year old applies for football manager role

Football could have its youngest ever manager after a seven-year-old school boy wrote a rather adorable job application hoping to become Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C's new manager.

The young hopeful even offered to ask his headteacher to let him leave early to complete his managerial duties - as long as the players could help him with homework.

Someone give this boy a job!

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The name's Bond... JANE Bond

You don't have to have a degree but you do have to have a degree of emotional intelligence and social intelligence

– Security expert Margaret Gilmore

Spy bosses are actively trying to recruit older women in the latest drive to widen their pool of intelligence officers, the Government has said.

MI5 and MI6 are being rewarded for demonstrating inclusivity as part of the drive to recruit more women, which includes offering more flexible hours and support for those returning after having children.

The Government said yesterday in response to a report into security services recruitment, that MI6, MI6 and GCHQ were "targeting middle-age and mid-career women for recruitment".

Recruiters have even been keeping their eye on internet forums such as Mumsnet in their quest to find new female staff.

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Travellers warned to prepare for standstill in France

British holidaymakers are braced for half-term misery as fuel strikers threaten to bring French roads to a standstill - while the country's striking air traffic controllers cause havoc for Brits trying to fly to France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Switzerland.

Ninety flights cancelled so far and French protesters have clashed with police in several cities. Bridges and motorways have been blockaded and power cuts are threatened as widespread civil unrest grips the country.

Flights to and from Paris, Nantes and Toulouse have been affected, and a rolling strike by train drivers has brought further disruption to regional and commuter rail services.