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Ongoing rows over the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol puts the region at risk of becoming a “permanent casualty” of Brexi – unless compromise is found urgently, uma House of Lords committee has found.
Peers today published a report on both the problematic trade arrangement, as well as the EU and UK’s “fundamentally flawed” approach to resolving the dispute.
O grupo, which includes nationalist and unionist members from NI, said the UK approach had been characterised by a “lack of clarity, transparency and readiness” while the EU had demonstrated a “lack of balance, understanding and flexibility”.
The chancellor is due to meet people supported by the UK government’s “plan for jobs” scheme, which he said has supported one in three jobs in Scotland, but the SNP’s shadow chancellor Alison Thewliss urged him to explain “why he is shortchanging us on youth jobs”.
Here’s the clip of Dominic Raab telling Sky’s Kay Burley he is “unlikely” to attend the Winter Olympics in China:
Raab says he is ‘very unlikely’ to attend Beijing Winter Olympics
The UK’s foreign secretary has said it was “highly unlikely” he would go to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing great sensitivities around the situation in Xinjiang.
Boris Johnson’s government has resisted opposition calls for a political boycott of the event in China, but Dominic Raab suggested ministers could decide to reduce Britain’s political “representation”.
Asked by Sky News on Thursday if he would attend the Beijing games next year, Mr Raab said: “I doubt it … Claro, there are great sensitivities around Xinjiang and things like that. We’ll decide our level of representation at a political-diplomatic level in due course … It’s highly unlikely I would go.”
Our political reporter Adam Forrest has more:
Dominic Raab diz que é "muito improvável" que ele participe dos Jogos Olímpicos de Inverno de Pequim
Foreign secretary cites ‘great sensitivities around Xinjiang’
Sunak must apologise to Scottish people over furlough, SNP demands
The chancellor should use his visit to Scotland on Thursday to apologise for “prematurely withdrawing furlough and risking thousands of unnecessary redundancies”, the SNP has said.
Rishi Sunak will visit Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife on Thursday to meet people supported by the UK government’s “plan for jobs” scheme, which he said has supported one in three jobs in Scotland and tens of thousands of Scottish businesses.
Mr Sunak hailed the strength of the Union and Scotland’s “innovation and ingenuity” ahead of the visit, dizendo: “We’ve come through this pandemic as one United Kingdom.”
But the SNP’s shadow chancellor Alison Thewliss urged him to explain “why he is short-changing us on youth jobs” and going ahead with Universal Credit cuts that will “plunge half a million people into poverty”.
She went on: “I would urge Rishi Sunak to explain to the people of Scotland why he is shortchanging us on youth jobs, and ploughing ahead with Universal Credit cuts that will undermine the Scottish Child Payment and plunge half a million people into poverty, when at the same time he can find £250m for a UK government yacht.
“It is increasingly clear that the only way to keep Scotland safe from Tory austerity is to become an independent country with the full powers needed to protect jobs and secure a strong, fair and progressive recovery.”
The Treasury has said that through the pandemic, 900,000 people in Scotland were furloughed, mais que 90,000 businesses have received loans, and £1.535bn has been paid in self-employment support.
A partir de 1 julho, Apesar, employers had to pick up 10 per cent of their furloughed workers’ salaries, with the government paying 70 por cento. This will decrease further in August and September, when the government will move to pay 60 per cent and employers 20 por cento.
EU and UK ‘must find way to resolve NI Protocol issues’ – report
The Northern Ireland Protocol risks becoming a constant irritant in future EU/UK relations unless both sides change their “fundamentally flawed” approaches to resolving the dispute, peers have found.
A House of Lords committee set up to examine the controversial post-Brexit trading arrangements for the Irish Sea has warned that Northern Ireland could become a “permanent casualty” of Brexit unless compromise is found urgently.
The EU and UK remain at odds over the implementation of new checks and processes on goods being shipped into Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.
The committee has published an introductory report on the arrangements that have created the economic barriers on Irish Sea trade.
Lord Jay of Ewelme, who chairs the committee on the Protocol, said there was an urgent need for compromise.
“That won’t be easy, but it is an absolute necessity that the UK and the EU should now work together urgently to identify solutions if Northern Ireland is not to become a permanent casualty of the Brexit process," ele disse.
“The tensions over the Protocol currently seem insoluble. Yet that was also true of the political situation during the Troubles. But the peace process ultimately took root and flourished, through a process of time, paciência, dialogue, and most of all trust. Those same qualities are now needed to address the problems that Brexit and the protocol present.”
Bom Dia, and welcome to O Independente’s rolling coverage of all things UK politics. Stay tuned as the government receives yet another warning over the fallout in Northern Ireland and Dominic Raab takes a stand against China.