Brexit: Ireland ‘wants to punish the UK’ says Hoey
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was poised to overhaul the Northern Ireland Protocol this week but was eventually convinced otherwise by his Brexit minister Lord Frost, according to The Telegraph. But the newspaper has reported the warning to use the “nuclear option” if Brussels refuses to bow to London’s demands was issued to Ireland this week, with British officials making clear it is Mr Johnson and not Lord Frost who is most in favour of triggering Article 16.
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis is also understood to have relayed similar messages to Ireland’s foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney during recent talks over post-Brexit arrangements in Northern Ireland.
The enforcement of Article 16 would be seen as a hugely aggressive step as it is the mechanism by which either side is able to suspend parts of the Protocol if they believe it is causing huge economic or societal harm in the region.
The DUP and several senior Tory MPs have already claimed the conditions for this move to be met.
Earlier this week, Lord Frost echoed those beliefs and confirmed for the first time the UK believed the conditions for triggering Article 16 had now been met and the Protocol in its current form is no longer a viable solution.
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But the UK’s Brexit minister stopped short of going any further with this and instead called for the Protocol to be rewritten in the hope of bringing Brussels back to the negotiating table.
Howver, while the EU said it will engage with the proposals from the UK, it is refusing to reopen the Protocol.
One source told The Telegraph that Lord Frost was at the forefront of the UK retaining a more measured approach to proceedings.
A UK Government insider told the newspaper: “He [the Prime Minister] is more fed up and takes a harder line. His instincts are more robust.”
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12am update: Arch Remainer A C Grayling ‘confidently bets on significant majority to rejoin EU’
Arch Remainer A C Grayling has claimed on Twitter that he would “confidently bet a significant majority to rejoin [the European Union] if a referendum was held tomorrow”.
Mr Grayling was responding to comments made by Lisa Nandy, who is the Shadow Foreign Secretary.
Mr Grayling wrote on Twitter: “Wishful thinking from Lisa Nandy, Brexiteer. Labour hasn’t a snowflake’s chance until it respects the Remain/Rejoin half of the population – I’d confidently bet a significant majority to rejoin if a referendum was held tomorrow.”
The comments came after Ms Nandy said that Brexit has been settled for a generation and that it would be “really irresponsible” for Labour to campaign on a promise to reopen negotiations with the EU.
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10pm update: Lord Adonis suffers social media savaging after claiming ‘Brexit has been a catastrophe’
Arch Remainer Lord Adonis has suffered a backlash on social media after claiming Brexit has been “a catastrophe”.
Lord Adonis has sparked a fiery backlash from listeners of talkRADIO after claiming that Brexit has been a “catastrophe” for the UK.
The Remain-backing peer was reflecting on Britain’s current position outside the European Union with radio host James Max when he blasted the outcome of Brexit for Britain.
However, his gloomy stance on where Britain has ended up was not shared by all and many Brexit supporters jumped on the chance to voice their disagreements on social media.
Lord Adonis told talkRADIO: “Most reasonable people think Brexit has been a pretty big disaster, including an increasing number of those who voted for it.”
The Remainer’s comments on Britain’s achievements since leaving the EU triggered an angry response on social media.
8pm update: Brexit POLL: Should Boris Johnson deploy ‘nuclear option’ and spark rift with EU? VOTE
Boris Johnson could trigger Article 16 if the European Union refuses the UK’s demand over renegotiating the Northern Ireland Protocol.
But should he trigger the so-called “nuclear option” that would spark another major rift with Brussels?
6pm update: Pay more then! Bar owner slammed for moaning Brexit means he can’t give staff minimum wage
A Remoaning bar owner has complained that Brexit has left him unable to recruit any staff willing to work for the minimum wage.
John Hamilton, who owns Bar Pop in Manchester, admitted voting for Brexit in 2016. But he has since changed his mind and claims that the UK should never have left the EU.
Speaking to Byline TV, he moaned: “We can’t get the staff.
“We can’t get the minimum wage staff. We just can’t, you know.
“We’ve just noticed this year – certainly around hospitality – we had a meeting. A discussion about it. And literally (there) is not enough staff to run (the bar).
“People that are Europeans, they could travel freely across Europe – but now they can’t come to Britain.
“And that is a large chunk of hospitality that’s now missing.”
His comments were quickly slammed by many Brits who pointed out that wage compression did not benefit a lot of ordinary working people in the UK.
And instead of paying the bare minimum, Mr Hamilton was urged to offer his staff a “real living wage”.
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4.30pm update: Boris Johnson must act now before Von der Leyen ‘dismembers UK before our very eyes’
The revelation that pharmaceuticals companies will soon stop exporting 2,000 types of medicine to Northern Ireland offers yet another reason to pull the plug on the Northern Ireland Protocol, a former Brexit Party MEP has said.
Ben Habib has fears if Brexit Minister Lord David Frost does suspend the controversial arrangements soon, he risks the break-up of the UK becoming “unstoppable” – with the EU using the situation to supplant the UK as the region’s main trading partner.
Mr Habib is a fierce critic of the mechanism, which binds Northern Ireland to many EU rules and regulations.
Intended to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland, critics, including many in the Unionist community, argue it has instead resulted in a border down the Irish Sea.
Most medicines come from Great Britain – but the transportation process has been vastly more complex since the start of the year because Northern Ireland remains within the bloc’s pharmaceutical regulatory system.
Yesterday, the British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA), confirmed, as a result, member companies were planning to stop transporting more than 2,000 medicines to Northern Ireland by the end of the year.
3.30pm udate: Brexit Poll: Will Brexit trigger ultimate collapse of the EU superstate? VOTE
The UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016 but did not officially cut ties until January 2020, a period beset by Remain protests and tortuous diplomacy.
However, as Britain thrives outside the bloc some of our European neighbours have shown signs that they might follow in our Brexit footsteps.
So what do you think will happen? Do you think the EU will exist in its current form in 10 years time or has Brexit started an inexorable unwinding of the great superstate dream?
Let us know by voting in the poll and commenting on this article.
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2.20pm update: Still coughing up! UK was EU’s second-biggest contributor last year despite Brexit
Brexit didn’t stop the UK being the second biggest contributor to EU coffers last year, it has emerged.
Thinktank Facts4EU.Org revealed that despite ostensibly leaving the bloc in January, UK taxpayers still gave Brussels billions of pounds in 2020.
Contributions to the EU, including customs tariffs, are listed at £17billion, it said.
12.30pm update: EU impounds M&S food lorry because driver didn’t have customs papers for his own lunch
The EU has been accused of acting “mischievously” after it impounded a lorry because the driver didn’t have customs papers for his lunch.
The farcical situation emerged when jobsworth officials in Dublin wouldn’t let the M&S lorry enter Northern Ireland despite all the paperwork being correct.
Determined to find fault, they then questioned whether the driver had documentation for a sandwich sitting in the cab which he had bought for his lunch.
When he failed to produce it, the lorry was forbidden from crossing the border, according to Archie Norman, the chairman of Marks and Spencer.
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10.50am update: Peer stunned by EU meddling – trying to make laws on UK sausages, guide dogs and medicine
A leading Brexiteer has launched an astonishing attack on the EU as post-Brexit tensions continue to soar.
Conservative peer Lord Moylan has lamented the continued interference from un-elected EU officials on domestic affairs as a row rages on over new trading rules in Northern Ireland.
The 65-year-old took aim at the “moral righteousness” of the bloc following attempts to intervene in the movement of chilled meats, medicines and even guide dogs between borders.
He tweeted: “The moral righteousness of these EU types who think they have a right to make laws for people in a foreign country, with no democratic say, telling them they may or may not have these sausages or those medicines, what they can do with guide dogs and the like – it’s breathtaking.”
9.30am update: ‘Absolutely outrageous!’ Brexiteer erupts at ‘malevolent’ EU – Frost urged to stand firm
The EU is behaving in an “absolutely outrageous” and “malevolent” manner towards the UK when it comes to Northern Ireland, but Lord Frost is nevertheless right to resist the temptation to suspend the controversial rules, Brexiteer and former MP Douglas Carswell has said.
Mr Carswell, who represented both the Conservatives and Ukip during the course of his Parliamentary career, is now the CEO of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy in the States – but keeps close tabs on UK politics from across the Atlantic.
And speaking in the wake of Lord Frost’s remarks in the House of Lords on Wednesday, Mr Carswell backed the Brexit minister’s decision not to trigger Article 16, despite having urged Brussels to agree to renegotiate the rules from transporting goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
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8.45am update: ‘Desperate’ Merkel departure to have ‘major impact’ as EU wakes up to China threat – MEP
Angela Merkel’s departure as German Chancellor has been tipped to have a “major impact” on how the EU faces up to the rise of China.
Angela Merkel has been blasted for having “lost contact” with the “dire reality” that is China’s growing threat to European Union interests.
European Green Party MEP Reinhard Bütikofer has argued that Ms Merkel’s departure as German Chancellor is likely to have a “major impact” on how Brussels handles Beijing.
He argued that the German leader has long resisted an EU-wide approach that recognises Xi Jinping’s regime as a systemic rival.
8.25am update: Brexit outrage: Boris urged to hit back after Baroness Hoey exposes EU punishment plans
Brexiteer outrage has erupted after Baroness Kate Hoey exposed attempts by the Republic of Ireland to worsen the ongoing rift between the EU and the UK.
Baroness Hoey told talkRADIO this afternoon that the Republic of Ireland government is to blame for the worsening Brexit crisis.
Earlier this week, Lord David Frost urged Brussels to renegotiate the Brexit deal. However, this was swiftly rejected by EU leaders, prompting Baroness Hoey to fire back.
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