Johnson ‘corrects’ European council president that UK is just not blocking vaccine exports
Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer clashed at PMQs over NHS pay because the EU is reportedly poised to set off authorized motion towards the UK over its determination final week to unilaterally prolong grace intervals for Northern Eire companies adjusting to post-Brexit buying and selling preparations.
In a fiery confrontation the Labour chief mentioned when he clapped for carers he “meant it” and lambasted the prime minister for breaking “promise after promise” on NHS pay. Mr Johnson retorted that the federal government has “massively elevated” funding to the NHS.
It comes as EU Fee chief Maroš Šefčovič set out plenty of authorized choices to member states at a closed-door assembly on Tuesday night time. The fee is predicted to difficulty a letter of formal discover to the UK within the coming days, Irish broadcaster RTE reported.
Elsewhere, the 2 sides are embroiled in a recent vaccine row after the bloc accused Britain of imposing export restrictions on Covid-19 photographs. In a e-newsletter despatched to some 20,000 subscribers, EU Council president Charles Michel claimed the UK had imposed an “outright ban” on the motion of vaccine provides.
In response, UK overseas secretary Dominic Raab wrote to Mr Michel to “set the report straight”. “Any references to a UK export ban or any restrictions on vaccines are fully false”, Mr Raab mentioned.
He insisted the federal government “has not blocked a single Covid-19 vaccine or vaccine parts”, including: “We’re all going through this pandemic collectively.” On Wednesday a senior EU diplomat was summoned to the Overseas Workplace in London because the fallout rumbled on.
SNP MP Patrick Grady steps down as chief whip amid sexual harassment allegations
In non-Brexit information, SNP MP Patrick Grady has stepped down from his function because the social gathering’s chief whip at Westminster following sexual harassment allegations.
Patrick Grady was named on Tuesday because the MP on the centre of the claims, together with his social gathering confirming an investigation is now underway.
Adam Forrest has the total report:
Matt Mathers10 March 2021 13:45
‘We have now not blocked the export of a single Covid vaccine’, Johnson says
Boris Johnson has refuted an EU declare that the UK imposed an export ban on Covid-19 vaccines.
Addressing MPs at prime minister’s questions, Mr Johnson mentioned the UK had not “blocked the export of a single Covid-19 vaccine”.
He added: “We oppose vaccine nationalism in all its varieties”.
Matt Mathers10 March 2021 13:31
‘Once I clapped for carers, I meant it’ – Starmer
Sir Keir Starmer has ripped into Boris Johnson for breaking “promise after promise” on NHS pay.
At PMQs he mentioned: “My mum was a nurse, my sister was a nurse, my spouse works within the NHS, I do know what it means to work for the NHS.
“Once I clap for carers I meant it, he clapped for carers then he shut the door of their face on the first alternative.”
Mr Johnson retorted that his authorities have “massively elevated” funding for the NHS.
Joe Middleton10 March 2021 12:43
PM’s Scotland-Northern Eire tunnel a ‘vainness venture’
SNP MSP Michael Matheson has branded Boris Johnson’s plans for a tunnel or bridge between Scotland and Northern Eire a “vainness venture.”
The Scottish transport secretary claimed the not too long ago introduced UK authorities evaluation into the proposed crossing is “a scientific assault on the Scottish Parliament’s powers” and “a power-grab that basically undermines devolution”.
He added: “It’s not a precedence for Scotland, nor for Northern Eire. I’ve simply mentioned the matter with Nichola Mallon, who’s the minister for infrastructure in Northern Eire final night time, and he or she reiterated the purpose it’s not a precedence for Northern Eire.”
Tom Ambrose has all the small print
Joe Middleton10 March 2021 12:25
‘We don’t touch upon different individuals’s feedback’, EU says in response to Charles Michel vaccine claims
An EU spokesman mentioned the bloc “doesn’t touch upon different individuals’s feedback” when quizzed on whether or not it supported remarks by Charles Michel claiming the UK has an “outright ban” on Covid-19 vaccine exports.
Eric Mamer mentioned Boris Johnson had assured fee president Ursula von der Leyen that the UK didn’t have a ban on vaccine exports throughout a cellphone name “a while in the past”.
When requested whether or not the fee supported the feedback of European Council president Mr Michel, the spokesman mentioned: “We have now a coverage of not commenting on different individuals’s feedback.”
He added: “Clearly the state of affairs in terms of the export of vaccines relies upon very a lot on the nations involved.
“So far as the European Union is anxious, you recognize what our coverage is and we are going to restrict ourselves to that.”
Matt Mathers10 March 2021 12:02
Cricket pitch soil could also be dug up and changed on account of Northern Eire protocol, groundsman says
Particular cricket pitch soil that has been used for generations might must be dug up and changed because of the Northern Eire Protocol, a groundsman has mentioned.
The particular clay-containing materials referred to as loam may be obtained from counties in England to offer the ball its predictable bounce on the pitch.
However post-Brexit buying and selling guidelines have restricted commerce in soil between NI and the remainder of the UK.
Carrickfergus Cricket Membership groundsman Michael Kennedy mentioned: “If we don’t get these items it appears to be like like we’re going to must dig our sq. up and substitute it with one thing else, and that’s going to be a catastrophe.”
NI follows the EU’s guidelines on commerce to stop a tough border on the island. That has triggered some issues for suppliers sending items from Nice Britain.
Mr Kennedy mentioned the issue wanted to be resolved earlier than renewal work on the floor begins in September.
He warned the pitch may begin to deteriorate to the purpose the place it grew to become unsafe.
Matt Mathers10 March 2021 11:35
Japanese companies fled UK for EU amid Brexit uncertainty
Uncertainty surrounding Brexit resulted in an exodus of Japanese companies leaving the UK for the Continent, based on a report.
Japanese Ministry of Overseas Affairs (MoFA) knowledge analysed by Rudlin Consulting confirmed that between 2014 and 2019 the variety of Japanese companies primarily based in Britain dropped from 1,084 to 951.
The majority of these exits got here within the aftermath of the 2016 EU referendum, based on Rudlin, which mentioned the variety of Japanese companies establishing store in Amsterdam over the identical interval elevated by 67 per cent.
There have been additionally will increase in Germany, France and Italy, based on the report.
Matt Mathers10 March 2021 11:16
EU diplomat summoned to UK’s Overseas Workplace over vaccine row
A senior EU diplomat has been summoned to the Overseas Workplace in London within the more and more bitter row over Covid vaccine provide.
It follows an accusation by European Council president Charles Michel that the UK authorities had imposed an “outright ban” on the export of jabs produced in Britain.
Adam Forrest will probably be bringing you extra particulars on this story because it develops:
Matt Mathers10 March 2021 10:46
Johnson commissions examine to look at risk of ‘Irish Sea bridge’
Prime minister Boris Johnson has commissioned a examine to look at the feasibility of a bridge or a tunnel between Northern Eire and the remainder of the UK.
The concept was floated by the DUP in its 2015 basic election manifesto and has been given a brand new lease of life by Mr Johnson in current months amid issues that Brexit has lower Northern Eire adrift from Nice Britain.
Mr Johnson has requested transport professional Sir Peter Hendy to evaluate the opportunity of connections throughout the Irish Sea. A earlier plan proposed a tunnel between Stranraer in Scotland and Larne, close to Belfast.
Matt Mathers10 March 2021 10:32
ICYMI: Brexit commerce boundaries to value UK e-commerce companies £5bn a yr, report warns
Limitations to commerce attributable to Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal are set to value UK e-commerce importers greater than £5 billion a yr, a brand new report has warned.
The introduction of recent Brexit pink tape and VAT prices from 1 January has already triggered “main issues” to 35 per cent of shops and merchants importing from the EU, with giant numbers of parcels blocked or returned and deliveries cancelled, mentioned the report by worldwide supply firm ParcelHero.
And the disaster additionally impacts parcels travelling between mainland Britain and Northern Eire, with 38 per cent of firms that ship items on the route reporting decreased deliveries within the run-up to the scheduled 31 March expiry of a waiver agreed with Brussels on customs declarations on parcels, the report discovered.
Politics editor Andrew Woodcock has extra on this story:
Matt Mathers10 March 2021 10:00
ICYMI: New ‘Erasmus’ scheme won’t pay tuition or journey prices and residing allowance slashed
The substitute for the Erasmus examine alternate scheme won’t fund tuition or journey prices, it has emerged – and the residing allowance has been slashed.
The truth of the brand new venture has triggered recent accusations that ministers are crushing the hopes of giant numbers of scholars who need to reside, examine and journey overseas.
Boris Johnson promised final yr that there was “no risk” to the hugely-popular Erasmus programme, however his Brexit commerce deal then pulled the plug.
Deputy politics editor Rob Merrick with the total report:
Matt Mathers10 March 2021 09:43
Eire’s Coveney and EU’s Šefčovič to transient US Congress amid protocol row
Irish minister for overseas affairs Simon Coveney and EU Fee vp Maroš Šefčovič will right now transient members of the US Congress on the most recent Brexit developments.
The pair will communicate to the ‘Pals of Eire’ caucaus – an influential bipartisan group on Capitol Hill – to debate their issues over the UK’s determination final week to unilateraly change how the Northern Eire protocol is being applied.
The Pals of Eire caucaus is chaired by the Massachusetts Democrat Richard Neal. He additionally chairs Congress’s Methods and Means Committee, which oversees US commerce offers.
Matt Mathers10 March 2021 09:28
EU accuses UK of imposing ‘outright ban’ on Covid-19 vaccine exports
European Council chief Charles Michel has accused the UK of imposing an “outright ban” on Covid-19 exports.
Writing in his weekly briefing be aware, Mr Michel – who represents the bloc’s 27 members states – mentioned he was “shocked after I hear the accusations of ‘vaccine nationalism’ towards the EU.”
Responding, he mentioned: “The UK and the US have imposed an outright ban on the export of vaccines or vaccine parts produced on their territory.
“However the European Union, the area with the most important vaccine manufacturing capability on the planet, has merely put in place a system for controlling the export of doses produced within the EU.”
Matt Mathers10 March 2021 08:53
EU poised to set off authorized motion towards UK over unilateral transfer on Northern Eire protocol
The EU is predicted to launch authorized proceedings towards the UK this week over its unilateral determination to increase post-Brexit grace intervals for Northern Eire companies.
Fee chief Maroš Šefčovič set out plenty of authorized choices to member states at a closed-door assembly on Tuesday night time.
In response to Irish broadcaster RTE, the Fee will difficulty a letter of formal discover to the UK within the coming days.
Matt Mathers10 March 2021 08:46
Dominic Raab writes to EU over bloc’s declare UK imposed ‘outright ban’ on Covid vaccine exports
Dominic Raab has written to the European Council president after he claimed the UK imposed an “outright ban” on coronavirus vaccine exports.
Charles Michel accused Britain and the US of imposing bans on the motion of jabs as he used a e-newsletter to hit again at criticisms of the bloc’s vaccine rollout.
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Matt Mathers10 March 2021 08:29
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Matt Mathers10 March 2021 08:28