Brexit news live: Latest updates as DUP urges EU to recognize NI protocol ‘failure’
Labor leader criticizes PM’s shift around self-isolation
Speaking before a virtual meeting with European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic – where red tape is expected to be high on the agenda – he added that the policy was “having a detrimental effect on our economy and on our relationship with the rest of the UK”.
Sir Jeffrey also accused the bloc of “facilitating the Irish Republic in attracting more Northern Ireland companies to use as their own supply chain”, telling the BBC: “If the EU is not prepared to acknowledge the failures of the protocol, I think the UK is entitled to take action by one in those circumstances.”
It comes to the UK home supermarkets He warned that rising costs, due to the implementation of the protocol, could “force” retailers to switch from British suppliers to European suppliers. Representatives from stores including Tesco, Sainsbury, Marks and Spencer sent a joint letter to the UK government and the European Commission highlighting their concerns.
Business Minister insists ‘triple pension insurance’ ensures ‘safe’ pension
A cabinet minister said the “triple lock” guarantee for retirees was “safe” – despite speculation that the pledge could be weakened by the high cost.
In an interview with LBC Radio, during which he said he would not take a knee, Business Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said he believed the government should fulfill the promise made in the Conservative Party election manifesto to keep the measure, which guarantees an increase in the state pension. In line with inflation and earnings or 2.5 percent – whichever is higher.
The wage hike could lead to an increase well beyond the 2.5 per cent minimum, with the budget watchdog anticipating an additional £3bn pension bill.
“I think it’s safe. I mean, I’ve always thought we should stick to the words in the statement,” Mr. Kwarteng said this morning. “Of course, things have happened, like Covid. Like the fact that we spent £350 billion in one year to support the economy. And I think any government or any group of politicians or civil servants will discuss how we can raise money. As far as I’m concerned, the triple lock is still here.”
He also spoke about the controversy surrounding Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel, over their failure to condemn fans who booed England players who took a knee. When asked if he would take the knee, the business minister answered “no” and referred to this as a “gesture”.
Sam HancockJul 19 2021 11:16
BBC releases trailer for Cummings’ exclusive interview
The BBC has released a teaser trailer for its much-anticipated interview with Dominic Cummings – and it’s set to be explosive.
Laura Koensberg, the broadcaster’s political editor, sat down with a former adviser to Boris Johnson after months of wrangling between Cummings, the No. 10, and ministers he accused of misconduct.
He is due to talk about his role in government during the pandemic, his relationship with the Prime Minister and his role in Brexit.
Dominic Cummings: The Interview It will air on BBC2 and BBC iPlayer tomorrow at 7pm.
Sam HancockJuly 19, 2021 10:54
The EU must admit that the protocol has ‘failed’, says the DUP leader
Sir Geoffrey Donaldson insisted that the EU needed to recognize that the Northern Ireland Protocol had “failed”.
Speaking shortly before taking part in a virtual meeting with European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, the DUP leader said the policy creates “very big problems” regarding trade barriers.
The protocol, which was negotiated as part of the Brexit settlement to avoid a difficult border on the island of Ireland, has been placed high on the agenda.
Unionists strongly oppose additional checks on goods arriving in Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom as undermining the union.
“We know that not only has there been a shift in trade as Northern Ireland businesses now have to define their supply chains in the Republic of Ireland, but that unlike what the protocol actually provides, the EU is using grace periods to facilitate the Republic in attracting more businesses. Northern Ireland to use it as its own supply chain, which is against what the protocol says, because it says that if there is a disruption in trade, the UK government may take action to rectify that,” Sir Jeffrey told the BBC.
“It (the protocol) is having a detrimental effect on our economy and of course primarily on our relationship with the rest of the UK.”
Sir Jeffrey said he wanted the EU to agree to negotiate new agreements that “respect Northern Ireland’s place in the UK’s internal market”. The EU has also been accused of “destabilizing and undermining” Stormont’s power-sharing arrangement, by Northern Ireland politicians who have no say in post-Brexit arrangements.
Sam HancockJuly 19, 2021 10:16
Minister insists the government does not take anyone for stupid
Nadim Zahawi said the government does not “take anyone as fools” as he struggled to defend Boris Johnson’s decision to avoid self-isolation instructions – before a humiliating turn.
Despite the official statement from No 10 on Sunday at 8am – stating that Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the prime minister will participate in the pilot scheme that allows them to avoid isolation – Mr. Zahawi insisted several times that Mr Johnson is only “considering” the planned accession. .
“The prime minister considered whether they would sign up for the pilot scheme, but he really opted for self-isolation,” Al-Zahawi said. BBC Radio 4 today a program. “And then he rightly wanted to make sure he was sending a very clear message to the nation.”
Our political reporter Ashley Cowburn Reports:
Sam HancockJul 19 2021 09:34
Monday itinerary for the House of Commons
Here’s the parliamentary schedule for Monday, including the times for the House of Commons, the House of Lords and Westminster Hall.
2.30pm Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Questions
3.30pm Urgent Questions / Statements
Nationality and Borders Bill – second reading (first day)
Short debate on the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in Milton under the Places to Grow Program
4.30pm Electronic Petition No. 317336 regarding cervical screening
6.15 pm Electronic Petition No. 567681 Pardoning Undocumented Migrants
2 pm Statement on Decarbonization of Transport
Post-16 Skills and Education Bill – Committees Phase (third day)
Sam HancockJuly 19, 2021 09:18
From a star to supporting the purge of the extreme leftist labor factions – a report
Sir Keir Starmer will reportedly support an upcoming purge of far-left factions who have been outspoken supporters of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, in a move that would anger some in his party.
Fifteen months into the party leadership, a role he inherited from Jeremy Corbyn – then promising to stamp out accusations of anti-Semitism – Sir Keir is pushing to remake the party and restore lost confidence from voters who did not support Mr Corbyn.
At a meeting on Tuesday, the National Executive Committee, which governs the party, will be asked to ban four specific groups, according to reports first published in daily mirror. They include: the Resistance and Action Against the Witchhunt, which claims that allegations of anti-Semitism were politically motivated, and the Action Network in Exile, which openly welcomes members who have been expelled or arrested.
The Socialist Appeal, a group describing itself as the Marxist voice of the labor and youth movement, would also become a banned group.
The move would see around 1,000 Labor members automatically removed from the party, and could result in the expulsion of anyone else found to be a member of any of these groups.
“Under Corbyn, those on the far left with toxic beliefs and distorted world views have been welcomed into the party,” said a Labor insider. Mirror. “Kir is right to eliminate anti-Semitism and toxic extremism and bring the party back to the proper current of workers’ values.”
They added, “We need to fight to form the next government, and this means cleaning up the stable.”
The official spokesman for the Labor Party did not deny this step when asked by the newspaper.
Sam HancockJul 19 2021 09:06
MPs call for ‘long-awaited’ tax reassessment in the House of England
The government is being urged by MPs to carry out a ‘long-awaited’ reassessment of council tax property values in England.
The House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee said the tax had become “increasingly regressive” to the detriment of the most disadvantaged areas. She added that the change should be part of a broader program of reform to put local government finances on a sustainable footing.
She said city council budgets had been “strained” since the coalition government’s austerity cuts in 2010 with three councils – Northampton, Croydon and Slough – having to admit they ran out of money.
MPs believe councils should be allowed to keep 75 percent of business rates from 2022 and council tax should be reformed with property revaluations and additional ranges introduced. In the longer term, she said, the government should consider replacing the council tax and business rates with a new “proportional” property tax.
“Councils’ budgets have been drained for several years and the welfare funding crisis is at the heart of many councils’ financial stresses,” said committee chair Clive Bates.
“Covid-19 has hit boards hard, and while the government has responded to the pandemic with significant financial support, it now needs to move forward in a long-term sustainable way for boards of finance and the services they provide.”
Sam HancockJuly 19, 2021 08:47
Welsh Labor MP slams Johnson over isolation drama
Sam HancockJuly 19, 2021 08:37
UK government urged to follow EU lead on single-use plastic ban
Ministers have been accused of failing to deliver on their promise to ensure that post-Brexit UK environmental standards are not dropped.
EU member states are currently putting in place legislation to introduce a Brussels directive to ban the most polluting single-use plastics, including polystyrene cutlery, plates and food containers, but the UK government has yet to follow suit in England.
Ministers regularly stated after the 2016 Brexit referendum that the country would adhere to high environmental standards even after leaving the bloc, and promised to be a world leader on green issues.
But, according to an exclusive report from the Palestinian Authority News Agency, some 21 campaign groups – including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, City to Sea and Keep British Tidy – are set to challenge Boris Johnson’s government over its commitments, warning that Failure to keep pace with EU plastics regulations would be a “horrific failure in promises of leadership on post-Brexit environmental issues”.
In a letter on Tuesday to Environment Minister Rebecca Bowe, they will argue that standards in England are set to fall below both the EU and the rest of the UK if ministers do not act.
An online petition calling for Bao to ban such single-use items in England had attracted more than 75,000 signatures by Sunday.
Sam HancockJuly 19, 2021 08:34
Ministers should reduce bureaucracy for trading with developing countries
The proposed changes being considered by the Department for International Trade could mean developing countries would face fewer barriers when trading with Britain.
Officials are seeking views on plans to ease rules on trade with developing countries, including complex rules of origin, which determine whether inputs of a good qualify for cheaper tariffs.
Tariffs for other products, such as rice and coaches, may also be lowered, making them more attractive to UK-based importers, according to our Economics Editor’s report. Anna Isaac.
Sam HancockJuly 19, 2021 08:20