Brexit latest news: Truss to give EU 72-hour deadline on Northern Ireland before scrapping protocol

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Foreign secretary Liz Truss on Thursday is expected to offer the EU 72 hours to budget in talks over Northern Ireland border checks or the government will unveil legislation to tear up the Protocol.

The decision will be taken as early as Monday whether to hand ministers sweeping powers to override large parts of the withdrawal deal, sources told The Telegraph.

Irish foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney earlier said that threats from the UK government to override elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol “have gone down really badly” with the EU.

Speaking during a visit to Belfast, Mr Coveney said: “We don’t believe that the way forward in terms of solving outstanding issues can be done unilaterally by either side.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday told the EU there is no need for “drama” as he doubled down on hints he could override elements of the post-Brexit deal. Mr Johnson added that the Good Friday Agreement is more important than the Northern Ireland Protocol while dismissing suggestions of any possible escalatory response from the EU as “crazy”.

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Truss to give 72 hours to EU over Northern Ireland Protocol

Foreign secretary Liz Truss is expected to offer the EU 72 hours to budget in talks over Northern Ireland border checks or the government will unveil legislation to dismiss the Protocol.

Ms Truss is likely to tell her EU counterpart Maroš Šefčovič at a meeting on Thursday that the negotiations have reached the end of the road.

The decision will be taken on Monday whether to hand ministers sweeping powers to override large parts of the withdrawal deal, sources told The Telegraph.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar12 May 2022 04:51

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Katy Clifton11 May 2022 19:41

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Johnson tells EU there is no need for ‘drama’

Boris Johnson has told the European Union there is no need for “drama” as he doubled down on hints he could override elements of his post-Brexit deal on Northern Ireland.

The prime minister said on Wednesday that the Good Friday Agreement is more important than the Northern Ireland Protocol, as he dismissed suggestions of any possible escalatory response from the EU as “crazy”.

He said the protocol fails to command support from unionists in the region, adding “we need to sort it out”, despite warnings from Joe Biden’s White House and European leaders not to single-handedly meddle with the agreement he brokered.

Katy Clifton11 May 2022 18:57

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‘Maximum energy effort’ to help cost of living crisis

Boris Johnson vowed to deploy the “maximum energy effort” to help alleviate the cost-of-living crisis, promising more support “in the months ahead”.

In a press conference in Finland, he said: “We will have the maximum energy effort, ingenuity, to help the British people through them and everybody knows how tough it can be right now

“But we’re gonna get through just as we got through Covid.

“And you know all the money we’re already spending, there will be more of course, there will be more support in the months ahead as things continue to tough with the increase in the energy prices.”

Katy Clifton11 May 2022 18:11

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UK and Finland deal will see each other ‘come to one another’s aid’

The UK deal signed with Finland will see each other “always come to one another’s aid”, the Prime Minister has said.

Speaking at a press conference in Helsinki alongside Finnish president Sauli Niinisto, Boris Johnson said: “The security declaration, the solemn declaration we have signed today, ensures that our two nations can intensify our partnership and take it to unparalleled heights, both latitudinal and metaphorical .

“From the high north, to the Baltics and beyond, our armed forces will train, operate and exercise together, marrying our defense and security capabilities and formalizing a pledge that we will always come to one another’s aid.

“Because this is not a short-term stop gap, Sauli.

“This is not a short-term stop gap as you consider Nato membership, but an enduring assurance between two nations, an assurance that brings us ever closer as we face the challenges of today, the threats of tomorrow, side by side.”

Tom Ambrose11 May 2022 17:52

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UK-Finland security pact reflects ‘extreme difficulty of the times we are in’

Boris Johnson said a “solemn declaration” between the UK and Finland reflects the “extreme difficulty of the times we are in” ahead of signing a historic security pact with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.

The prime minister was greeted by Mr Niinisto at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, with dozens of onlookers watching from across street as the two leaders shook hands outside the residence.

He arrived in the Finnish capital at around 4pm UK time after signing a parallel agreement with Swedish prime minister Magdalena Andersson in Harpsund, her country retreat, where he said the UK would help to defend the country against any military attack.

Sitting across a dining table from Mr Niinisto ahead of their bilateral meeting, Mr Johnson said: “I think the solemn declaration we’ve agreed is very useful between us and we value it very highly and I think that it reflects the extreme difficulty of the times that we are in and the consequences of the aggression we have seen”.

Tom Ambrose11 May 2022 17:42

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Johnson urges EU to avoid NI ‘drama’

Boris Johnson urged the EU not to create any “drama” over the post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol.

In an interview in Sweden, Mr Johnson told BBC News: “Let’s face it, we’re talking about really in the scheme of things, a very, very small part of the whole European economy and I think 0.4% of the value of the whole of the EU economy in Northern Ireland.

“I didn’t think there’s any need for drama. This is something that just needs to be fixed.”

Tom Ambrose11 May 2022 17:37

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Tory MP food bank comments ‘insulting’ – TUC

The Trade Unions Congress (TUC) has criticized Conservative MP Lee Anderson’s food banks comments, describing them as “insulting”.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Many people who use foodbanks are in work. These remarks are insulting and show how out of touch Conservative MPs and ministers are with the cost of living emergency.

“While the Government sits on its hands, families across Britain are being pushed to the brink by soaring bills and prices.

“Rather than being condescending, Conservative politicians should be putting pressure on the Chancellor to call an emergency budget.”

Tom Ambrose11 May 2022 17:25

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‘No excuse not to ban foie gras and fur’, says Labor MP

Labour’s Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East) said there was “no excuse now that we have left the EU for not acting to ban imports” of foie gras and fur.

Querying the absence of such legislation from the Queen’s Speech, she said: “There are quite a few measures missing…that I’d have hoped would be included, including the animals abroad bill and trophy hunting as well of course.

“Given that we long ago accepted that the production of foie gras and fur in this country was inhumane, it should be prohibited, there is no excuse now that we have left the EU for not acting to ban imports too.

“It just shows the warped priorities of this out-of-touch Government that it would rather give in to the demands of the pro-hunting lobby on its backbenches and actually some in the Cabinet as well, than enact one of the few genuinely popular promise it has made.

“And trophy hunting is just an example where very senior figures in the Conservative Party have spoken out about it, got lots of good publicity on this time and time again, but where is the legislation?”

Tom Ambrose11 May 2022 17:15

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MP urges Sainsbury’s to shut car parks at night to stop car cruisers causing misery

A supermarket giant has been urged to lock its car parks at night to prevent car cruisers from causing “misery” for people living nearby.

Conservative MP James Sunderland appealed to Sainsbury’s to take steps to shut its parking areas when its stores are closed.

He said a recent car meet in the grounds of a Sainsbury’s in his Bracknell constituency, in Berkshire, resulted in residents “being assaulted”.

Mr Sunderland, speaking during day two of the Queen’s Speech debate, told the House of Commons: “Anti-social behavior needs stronger powers.

“We have a lot of it in Bracknell, and across the wider constituency and across the UK.

“I think we need a bit more in terms of dealing with anti-social behavior, in terms of police response, in terms of arrest at the scene.

“Anti-social driving is another feature locally.

“On Saturday evening at Birch Hill Sainsbury’s in Bracknell we had a big car meet.

“Fine, I love cars, I’m a motorsports fan, I chair the motorsports APPG (all-party parliamentary group), but activity like that needs to be managed and controlled.

“We had people spinning cars, donuts, tire smoke, huge noise.

“It got to the point where residents were being assaulted.

“I’d urge first of all Sainsbury’s to lock their car parks at night if the shops aren’t open. What an easy way of dealing with it.

“But also I’d urge Bracknell Forest Council, the Thames Valley police and crime commissioner, Thames Valley Police to deal more responsibly with these incidents because they just cause misery for all those concerned.

“We’ve got to cut down on speed, we’ve got to cut down anti-social driving, we’ve got to cut down on noise nuisance.

“It’s really, really important.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain11 May 2022 16:20

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