Boris Johnson has claimed his government’s plans to unilaterally tear up parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol could become law “very soon”.
While MPs met to debate the controversial legislation intended to ignore parts of the post-Brexit trade mechanism in Northern Ireland, Mr Johnson argued that the laws – which risk retaliation and even a trade war with the EU – could be implemented in 2022.
His comments at the G7 summit run counter to expectations that colleagues will block the legislation for up to 12 months.
The prime minister also insisted he was not disturbed by possible plots by his fellow Tories to oust him, following a stinging double defeat in the election and the resignation of Tory party chairman Oliver Dowden.
Questions about his leadership were “settled” in the recent confidence vote. a third term.
Johnson says ‘no one is giving up the privilege’ of being prime minister and claims ‘new mandate’ to lead
Asked at the G7 summit if he was considering running away from No. 10, Mr Johnson told the BBC: “You’re asking me to talk about me and my career. I’m focused on what I’m doing as a leader of the country.”
The Prime Minister added: “That is a huge, huge privilege to do, no one is letting such a privilege down.”
Challenged as to whether he still had the authority to lead, an exasperated Mr Johnson said: “Not only do I have the authority, I have a new mandate from my party which I am absolutely delighted with.”
Our political correspondent Adam Forrest has more details here:
Andy GregoryJune 27, 2022 12:34 PM
Leveling requires billions more than supply, think tank warns
Upgrading the UK’s cities will require investment that “goes well beyond anything currently being considered” by Boris Johnson’s government, a think tank said.
A report published today by the Resolution Foundation shows that income disparities have been both “significant” and “persistent”, with only traditionally poorer areas of central London, such as Hackney and Newham, having significantly improved their position over the past 25 years.
Income per person in the richest part of the country, Kensington and Chelsea, was 350 percent higher than the income per person in Nottingham, the poorest part, the report finds, and the think tank will argue that current government policies do not go far enough going, in another report expected on Thursday.
Taking Manchester as an example, where productivity is 30 percent lower than London, the think tank said closing that gap would require tens of billions of pounds of investment, more graduates working in the city and 300,000 additional workers moving to Greater Manchester. to move house.
Andy GregoryJune 27, 2022 12:19 PM
Plan to tear up Northern Ireland protocol could become law ‘very soon’ in 2022, says Boris Johnson
Our political correspondent Adam Forrest has more on Boris Johnson’s claims that his plan to tear up parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol – into legislation that MPs are debating today – could become law “very soon” and be implemented this year.
Andy GregoryJune 27, 2022 12:02 PM
‘Show some backbone’: Tory rebel calls on cabinet to intervene against Boris Johnson
A leading conservative critic of Boris Johnson has called on cabinet ministers to “show a little backbone” and take action against the leadership, our political editor Andrew Woodcock reports.
William Wragg, chairman of the House of Commons’ Committee on Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs, suggested that high-ranking ministers in view of the leadership are hurting their own chances of succeeding Johnson by not acting decisively to remove him now.
Mr Wragg told BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour former Tory chairman Oliver Dowden deserved “credit” for leaving cabinet in the wake of last week’s disastrous by-election defeats.
But he said there was growing disappointment in the Tory back seats that other senior ministers have not taken similar steps, adding: “Any of those with leadership aspirations would want to consider this and do something about it.”
Andy GregoryJune 27, 2022 11:52
Speculation over Boris Johnson reshuffle plans
A Tory insider has reportedly claimed that Boris Johnson “can’t reshuffle now because then everyone would realize he was offering them the same jobs to get through the confidence vote”.
A reshuffle was expected before parliament goes into recess next month in a bid to refocus Mr Johnson’s premiership – but it has been agreed until at least the autumn The times†
The paper quoted a cabinet member as warning that fired ministers could become “really powerful agitators” on the back seats.
Andy GregoryJune 27, 2022 11:25 am
Tory MPs reject rumors of Labor defecting
Following claims by Labor insiders that six Tory MPs are considering joining Sir Keir Starmer’s party, two Conservative MPs have moved to keep themselves out of the running.
“Just to be clear—again—I’m not fucking defecting. For those anonymous colleagues who spread such rumours, my door is always open for a chat,” tweeted Dehenna Davison, who earlier this year dismissed “crazy” reports that she was leading a so-called “Pork Pie Plot” coup against the prime minister.
Former minister Caroline Nokes also reassured Tory colleagues that she also had no such intentions.
Andy GregoryJune 27, 2022 11:14 am
Prince Charles accepts millions in suitcase ‘unusual’, says minister
The idea of Prince Charles receiving millions in donations in a briefcase from a former Qatari prime minister is “a bit unusual,” said Prime Minister George Eustice.
The Prince of Wales personally received about three large amounts of cash, totaling €3 million, from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, according to the Sunday Times† Clarence House has maintained that “proper procedures” were followed in handing over the money to the Prince’s charities, and there is no suggestion that the donations were illegal.
“It is my understanding that this was immediately passed on to the charity, reported and checked in the usual way,” said Mr Eustice. “Obviously, on some level it’s a bit unusual to have such a large amount of cash.”
When asked by LBC what his reaction would be if he were presented with a large amount of money in bags, the environment secretary said: “Of course it is unusual, but if it is an authorized donation that has been checked, it is still a allowed donation.”
Our political correspondent Adam Forrest has the full report here:
Andy GregoryJune 27, 2022 10:56
Today could be a ‘major step forward’ in Brexit protocol queue, says DUP minister
It will be an “important step” if the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill gets through second reading in the House of Commons on Monday – but the future looks “bleak” if it doesn’t, Edwin Poots of the DUP has said.
When asked if his party will be closer to a return to Stormont if it comes through, Mr Poots told BBC Radio Ulster: “In a way, yes.”
He warned that if it doesn’t get through, “I think the future looks bleak”, adding: “If it gets through today, it’s an important step forward and we’ll work with the government to see what other steps can be taken in anticipation of full application of the legislation.”
Andy GregoryJune 27, 2022 10:38 am
Stormont pay cut threat has ‘no influence’ on DUP protest, minister says
A threat from the UK government to cut MLA payments if Northern Ireland’s executive remains frozen will have “no impact” on the DUP’s decision whether or not to return to Stormont powersharing, the agriculture minister of the party said.
Northern Ireland minister Brandon Lewis has warned he will move “soon” to cut the wages of Assembly members if the Belfast legislature remains on hold.
Asked if he felt uncomfortable accepting his salary when the General Assembly and the Executive Board failed to meet because of the DUP boycott, Edwin Poots told BBC Radio Ulster: “I work six days a week most weeks, so personally I don’t mind paying, but if Brandon Lewis wants to lower his wages, bring it on – that’s all up to him.
“That has no influence whatsoever on the position we take. Not a single one. We stand on a principle. Therefore, wages will not be an issue that will deter us from achieving what we wanted to achieve.”
When asked if he thought Mr Lewis was making an empty threat, Mr Poots replied: ‘I don’t care, he can threaten whatever he likes – this is about a principle. Therefore, if Brandon Lewis wants to do this, he can do it.”
Andy GregoryJune 27, 2022 10:27 am
‘Rapid’ plan to scrap protocol checks could be done in 2022, PM says
Boris Johnson has claimed that his plan to tear up parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol could be implemented “fairly quickly” and be in law by the end of 2022, our political correspondent Adam Forrest reports.
The prime minister told reporters at the G7 summit – which was also attended by leading figures from the EU – that “the interesting thing is how little this conversation is being held, especially here”, indicating that he does not expect a major diplomatic spat on Monday.
“All we’re saying is you can get rid of it without endangering the EU’s internal market.”
Asked if the measures could come into effect this year, he said: “Yes, I think we can do it very quickly, if parliament wants it.”
He said it would be “even better” if we could get “some of that flexibility we need in our talks with Maros Sefcovic”.
Andy GregoryJune 27, 2022 10:13 am