Key Brexit border checks delayed again as Tories urged to oppose UC cut – live

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Ministers have announced that a host of border red tape for EU imports set to come into force from October and January next year will be delayed until July 2022.

These include physical checks on food and other animal-related products and mark the third such delay, giving EU exporters to the UK an advantage over those exporting goods in the other direction.

It comes as Labour will today challenge Conservative MPs “to do the right thing” and back a vote calling for the government to scrap its plans to cut Universal Credit.

Ministers have come under sustained pressure to reverse its decision to end the £20 uplift introduced to support families during the coronavirus pandemic.

During an opposition day debate on Wednesday, Labour will call on Tory MPs who oppose the welfare cut to vote with them in a non-binding motion.

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Former Isis-bride Shamima Begum offers to ‘help’ Boris Johnson

Former Isis-bride Shamima Begum has begged the British public for forgiveness, saying there is “no evidence” she was a key player in preparing terrorist acts.

The 22-year-old, who fled her east London home for Syria as a 15-year-old schoolgirl, said she wanted to be brought back to the UK and face terror charges in order to prove her innocence.

Asked for a message to Boris Johnson, Begum said that she could help the Prime Minister in “your fight against terrorism because you clearly don’t know what you’re doing”.

She told Good Morning Britain: “I want to say that you are clearly struggling with extremism and terrorism in your country. And I want to help with that with giving my own experience from with these extremists and what they say and how they persuade people to do what they do and to come to places like Syria.

“I think I could very much help you in your fight against terrorism, because you clearly don’t know what you’re doing.”

Tom Batchelor15 September 2021 09:15
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Tax rises and the overmighty state pave the way for Tory split

Like the Brexit deal, the decision to raise taxes was rushed through at the last minute.

But the repercussions of one of the biggest tax rises in history will take much longer to play out.

John Rentoul reports:

Tax rises and the overmighty state pave the way for Tory split

Like the Brexit deal, the decision to raise taxes was rushed through at the last minute. But the repercussions of one of the biggest tax rises in history will take much longer to play out. John Rentoul reports

Tom Batchelor15 September 2021 09:00
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Inflation soars to highest since 2012

UK inflation has surged to its highest for nearly a decade after a record jump in August as restaurant and cafe prices raced higher following last summer’s discounts under the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation jumped from 2 per cent in July to 3.2 per cent in August, which is the highest since March 2012 and far above the Bank of England’s 2 per cent target.

The ONS said the increase – the largest since records began in 1997 – was due to the discounts seen across the hospitality sector last August under Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme to boost consumer spending and confidence after lockdown.

It added there was also likely to have been some impact from the supply chain crisis on inflation last month, which it said helped push up food and non-alcoholic drinks prices.

Tom Batchelor15 September 2021 08:45
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Lords criticised for inviting ‘fringe’ climate denial group to give evidence in parliament

A House of Lords committee has been criticised for inviting a “fringe” group which campaigns against climate action to give evidence on carbon policy.

The Global Warming Policy Foundation was invited by peers to give evidence to an inquiry on reaching net zero and appeared before them on Tuesday.

But environmental groups questioned why the committee would “waste their valuable time” hearing from the organisation, which they said had been “so widely and repeatedly found to be wrong”.

Read more here:

Lords criticised for inviting ‘fringe’ climate denial group to parliament

Global Warming Policy Foundation campaigns against renewable energy

Tom Batchelor15 September 2021 08:29
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Labour urges Tory MPs to oppose Universal Credit cut

Labour is to call on Tory MPs to back a vote calling for the government to scrap its plans to cut Universal Credit during an opposition day debate on Wednesday.

Ministers have come under sustained pressure to reverse its decision to end the £20 uplift introduced to support families during the coronavirus pandemic.

Here is more:

Labour challenges Tory MPs to ‘do the right thing’ and oppose Universal Credit cut

Shadow work and pensions secretary Jonathan Reynolds called on Tory MPs to ‘do the right thing’

Tom Batchelor15 September 2021 08:10
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Government again delays key border checks on EU imports

The government has announced that it will delay a host of border red tape for EU imports from October and January next year until July 2022.

These include physical checks on food and other animal-related products which were due in January next year. It comes after The Independent reported that the necessary infrastructure would not be ready in time.

As late as Thursday last week, the government was suggesting that businesses should still prepare for the already delayed deadlines for new paperwork from October and physical checks in January.

Here is the story:

Government delays key Brexit border checks

Extension comes after warnings infrastructure for new checks would not be ready in time

Tom Batchelor15 September 2021 07:53
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Tom Batchelor15 September 2021 07:50

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