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Baroness Hoey has been named as the Trade Envoy to Ghana and has been appointed for her experience in supporting global businesses that will help British and Ghanaian firms find new export and investment opportunities. She will work closely with the UK in Ghana’s Trade Team, and will attend the twice-annual UK-Ghana Business Council alongside senior representatives from the Government of Ghana and the UK’s Minister for Africa. Baroness Hoey was previously Minister of State for the UK Government. She first worked in the Home Office, followed by the then Department of National Heritage, now the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Lindsey Gilbert-Crouch, the Director for the UK’s Department for International Trade in Ghana, said of the appointment: “The Baroness brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience which will strengthen and broaden the already mutually prosperous UK-Ghana partnership.
“As we look ahead to the coming COP26 held in Glasgow later this year, we know that Baroness Hoey will also be interested in Ghana’s work to create a greener and more sustainable business environment.
“Ghana has a vibrant, dynamic business community with strong links to the UK.
“In 2020, a year of significant business uncertainty, bilateral trade between the UK and Ghana reached just over £1bn and over the last financial year, the UK more than £180m worth of business deals.
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“The UK’s trade and investment work continues to closely align with Ghana’s beyond aid agenda, supporting development in the country’s infrastructure through roads and water as well as the security sector.
“The recent trade deal signed between the UK and Ghana not only continues to build on the existing mutually prosperous partnership but also provides Ghana with tariff free access to the UK.”
UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said: “Our Trade Envoys play a key role in delivering our ambitious global trade agenda, and I am delighted the Prime Minister has appointed 10 Trade Envoys, who will boost opportunities for businesses in some of the world’s fastest growing markets.
“As we seek to boost exports, promote investment, and break down barriers to trade, our Trade Envoys will support us to share in the benefits that a closer trading relationship can offer to our businesses and our communities.”
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4:00am update: ‘We’ve not left!’ Britons erupt at Lord Frost and ‘petrified’ UK
Lord Frost’s competence as a Brexit minister has been challenged by Express.co.uk readers after the UK was threatened about the consequences of not being able to join the 2007 Lugano Convention.
The Convention determines which countries have jurisdiction over cross-border civil and commercial disputes, with UK lawyers warning that stopping Britain’s accession to the agreement could cause severe issues for UK and EU families with relations on both sides of the English Channel.
The EU has also been told that it will severely harm the UK’s legal system if it blocks Britain’s attempt to join the essential convention.
Rachael Kelsey, president of the European chapter of the International Academy of Family Lawyers told the Financial Times: “A year ago, we could say with total confidence and clarity ‘this court has jurisdiction, this is how long a case will take, and this is the cost ballpark’ — but now that is no longer the case.
2:20am update: Iain Dale stuns refugee activist on ‘desperate’ UK crossing claim
LBC host Iain Dale caught a refugee activist guest off guard when it was suggested migrants entering the UK via dangerous channel crossings are doing so because they have no other option but the radio presenter quickly pointed out migrants could quite easily remain in France if all they were seeking was safety.
CEO of Refugee Action Tim Naor Hilton gave his assessment of the refugee crisis in Afghanistan and said many people were “desperate” and looking for ways they could lead safe and fulfilling lives.
He called for the UK to “step up” and accept more refugees as he and LBC’s Iain Dale debated the English Channel migrant crossings after there were record-breaking crossings once again on Saturday.
But Mr Dale took issue with Mr Hilton’s claim, suggesting if the refugees were so desperate for safety why then do they not stay in France and choose to make the dangerous Channel crossings.
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1:30am update: MEPs prepare to sue VDL for failing to act against Poland and Hungary
Ursula von der Leyen is facing a crisis as MEPs are preparing a lawsuit against the EU Commission chief over punitive measures against Poland and Hungary.
The EU Parliament is putting pressure on the Commission chief following a dispute over possible procedures to cut EU funds for countries such as Poland and Hungary. This comes as Ms von der Leyen let a deadline pass.
The Brussels authority confirmed that no proceedings have so far been initiated but reiterated preparations were underway.
Back in June, the EU Parliament called on the responsibility of the Commission to finally use a new procedure to punish violations of the rule of law in the EU.
12:00am update: Left and right unite to rage against shops demand for lorry drivers
Ministers on both sides of the political divide have united to rage against shops’ demand for EU lorry drivers amid warnings of product shortages at Christmas
Due to issues with shipping from Asia, shoppers could face a reduced range of products including best-selling items such as PlayStation 5 and Barbies. To add to the problem, meat processors are already six weeks behind preparations due to labour shortages as a result of Brexit.
Richard Walker, the managing director of Iceland, and John Allan, the chairman of Tesco, both warned time is running out for the issue to be resolved.
Mr Walker warned: “The real worry is that time is quickly running out as we approach the extremely busy Christmas period, during which a strong supply chain is vital for everyone.”
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10.02pm update: Italian MEP lashes out at EU bosses: ‘They still consider UK under their rule!’
Italian MEP Antonio Maria Rinaldi has lashed out at the European Union for still considering Brexit Britain under its rule.
He told Express.co.uk: “The EU knows perfectly well that if the UK’s withdrawal was easy, all the other member states would have followed suit in a heartbeat.
“They are trying to make every single thing complicated so that other countries understand that they should never take this path.
“I want to be even more precise: the EU is wrongly interfering with the sovereignties of countries.
“The UK is a proud and sovereign country so interference is not tolerable.”
He added: “The UK is no longer part of the EU but they don’t understand it.
“They still consider it under their rule, they see it as a province under their empire.
“It is not. And the EU is not an empire.”
8.47pm update: Brexit vindicated! Record number of EU applications for British citizenship
Brexit has once again be overwhelmingly vindicated after it was revealed a record number of British citizenship applications from EU nationals has been reported, surging by a massive 83 percent on the previous year.
The latest figures from the Home Office for the year ending June 2021 show this has now almost doubled compared to the previous year, with a total of 74,384 applications made.
This comes despite all the doom-mongering from around the EU about Brexit, with this being the highest number of applications from EU nationals in a 12-month period since comparable records began 17 years ago.
EU nationals made up more than a third (37 percent) of citizenship applications in the latest year-long period, compared with just 12 percent in 2016 – the same year the historic Brexit referendum took place.
The Home Office confirmed Brexit played a large part in this, and said the jump in citizenship applications is likely reflected in more people looking to confirm their status in the UK following the EU referendum and Britain’s subsequent exit from the bloc.
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7.52pm update: Brexiteers will not be fobbed off! Boris told Leave voters will NOT be taken for granted
Boris Johnson has been told he cannot afford to take the support of Brexit-backing voters for granted – while Brexiteer MPs have been accused of being more interested in “saving their own skins” than ensuring the UK is not dragged back into the European Union
Jayne Adye, director of grassroots, cross-party campaign group Get Britain Out, issued her stark warning with negotiations over key issues including the Northern Ireland Protocol pointed to get back underway.
And she emphasised her belief that despite the Prime Minister’s assurances, Brexit was not yet “done” – while voicing her concerns that despite the wholesale changes resulting from the 2019 election, the current crop of MPs was not up to finishing the job.
Ms Adye said: “For years Brexiteers have had to fight tooth and nail to change the political landscape in Westminster so it better reflects the views of the country, displacing hundreds of MPs who tried for so long to undermine our vote and tie us to the EU for decades to come.
“As it turns out things don’t seem to have changed.”
She said: “Many Brexiteer MPs now seem more concerned about saving their own skins than keeping up the pressure to make sure we are not in a situation where we could be drawn back into the European Project.
“If things don’t change, and the Government is not forced to sort out the remaining issues with the EU soon, this is exactly where we are heading – yet no action is being taken so far.”
6.15pm update: Michel Barnier to take on Macron as he announces plan to run for French President
Michel Barnier, the EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator, has confirmed he will try to challenge Emmanuel Macron in next year’s Presidential election, according to multiple media reports.
The 70-year-old will officially confirm his candidacy this evening, French broadcaster BMFTV says.
Despite Mr Barnier’s high-profile role, he will need to overcome low levels of public recognition in France.
In recent days Valerie Pecresse and Philippe Juvin have also thrown their hats into the ring.
Mr Barnier is also facing a strong challenge from Xavier Bertrand, seen by many as the most likely to topple 43-year-old Mr Macron – although he has not yet declared his intention to run.
Despite not having confirmed his intention to run, Republicans Party member Mr Barnier, who has served in the cabinets of both Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, has been actively contributing to the political debate on Twitter.
Michel Barnier will will try to challenge Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election
4.17pm update: Irish PM insists sensible solutions possible on Northern Ireland issues
Micheal Martin has insisted Britain and the EU can find sensible solutions to issues over Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit trading arrangements.
Following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, he said: “A positive and constructive future partnership is in everyone’s interests but it will only be delivered if there is a relationship of trust and a willingness to deliver on commitments entered into.”
The Irish Prime Minister added the EU had “demonstrated commitment, patience and creativity in its work to implement the Withdrawal Agreement and the Protocol”
3pm update: Emmanuel Macron says Ireland ‘occupies precious place in heart of European dream’
The French President has been on a day-long tour of Dublin in his first official visit to Ireland in his leadership role.
He was welcomed to Ireland by President Michael D Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain.
Writing in the guestbook, Mr Macron said: “Because Ireland has constantly struggled in favour of peace, was a land of the silent before it became the land of the welcome, because its society showed solidarity and is open, Ireland occupies a precious place in the heart of the European dream.
“Your invitation on this day to meet the minds which shape Ireland is a great honour and a source of inspiration.
“France is your closest neighbour within the European Union and will remain a faithful friend for the future. In confidence, Emmanuel Macron.”
Brexit was on the agenda as Micheal Martin met Emmanuel Macron in Ireland
Paul Withers taking over live reporting from Richard Percival.
2pm update: Truss under pressure as fears grow of NZ trade revolt
Liz Truss is facing an angry rebellion over the signing of a New Zealand trade deal from farmers just days before a deal is expected to be closed.
The Secretary of State for International Trade and her colleagues are expected to announce that an agreement in principle has been reached within the next 14 days.
The landmark deal is expected to slash tariffs on wine imports alongside gin, meaning wine from the Commonwealth nation will likely be cheaper on the supermarket shelves.
But Dai Miles, Vice President of the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) said the benefits of the upcoming trade deal would be “extremely limited”.
The farming union chief said the industry should not be “sold down the river” for the benefit of the trade deal.
Norway’s Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen
1pm update: Britons warned to check before leaving the UK or you may be caught out
A passpoort warning has been issued to all Britons trying to leave the country this year.
Now the UK has left the EU, Britons have been advised to check their old red passports before leaving the country.
For anyone who has a red passport, it is essential to check it is still valid as it may have expired.
12pm update: Quarter of food and hospitality firms hit by low stock levels, say ONS
More than a quarter of food and hospitality firms have been hit by low stock levels in recent weeks as Britain’s mounting supply chain crisis takes it toll, according to new figures.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said its recent business survey found that 27 percent of food and accommodation firms have reported lower than normal stock levels – the worst-hit of all the sectors.
Low stock levels were also reported by 23 percent of manufacturers and 25 percent of firms in the wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles industry.
11am update: Angry Fishermen demand Norway quotas deal now
UK fishermen have urged both Norway and the UK to strike an agreement on quotas as soon as possible.
Norway Fisheries Minister Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen and Victoria Prentis held crunch talks on Monday in an attempt to agree to a deal for 2022.
But UK Fisheries CEO Jane Sandell told Express.co.uk: “It’s good that the two sides are talking, but you can’t fish for good intentions.
“To run our business and give work to our crews we need more than a hope that things might sort themselves out next year.
“We need quota that we can fish now, and Defra has failed to deliver anything in Norwegian waters for this year.
“So we won’t be celebrating just yet.”
Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis
10am update: Plans to reform post-Brexit data rules unveiled
The Government has announced plans to reshape the UK’s data laws in an effort to boost growth and increase trade post-Brexit.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said it hopes the measures, which include new data partnerships with the US and other countries, will get around existing trade barriers associated with data rules.
In the wake of Brexit, the Government said it wants to move “quickly and creatively” to develop partnerships around the world which will make it easier for UK firms to exchange data with key markets and fast-growing economies.
9am update: Christmas shortage fears over Brexit supply chain issues, says Tesco boss
UK supermarkets could see food shortages at Christmas due to Brexit-related supply chain disruption, the chairman of Tesco has warned.
John Allan, who has overseen the country’s largest grocer since 2015, said the Government should change rules for lorry drivers to allow for more emergency workers from overseas to help solve the problem.
Retailers and restaurants chains, including Nando’s and McDonald’s, have been hit by product shortages as meat packers and other manufacturers have also faced significant worker shortages.
8am update: Protocol on agenda as French President Macron to visit Ireland
French President Emmanuel Macron will arrive in Ireland later for his first official visit.
Mr Macron is to undertake a one-day tour of Dublin, and will meet with President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Micheal Martin, as well as visiting Trinity College and the Guinness Enterprise Centre.
It fulfils part of an election pledge by Mr Macron to visit all 27 EU member states, with Ireland one of only four countries yet to be crossed off his list.
The French President will meet with the Irish Taoiseach for lunch at Government Buildings, where Brexit, the future of the EU, Covid-19 and the ongoing situation in Afghanistan are expected to be on the agenda.
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