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ボリス・ジョンソン’s government has been warned that the UK faces a “national security issue” over a sudden shortage of 二酸化炭素 (CO2) used by the food and drink industry, with the issue set to cause problems in the food supply chain.
Ranjit Singh Boparan, the owner of Bernard Matthews そして 2 Sisters Food Group, warned on Saturday that there was potential for “massive food waste” across the country due to the shortage, which is linked to a spike in wholesale gas prices.
“This is clearly a national security issue and unlike the labour supply crisis, where the government response to our sector has been disappointing to say the least, it has to be dealt with as a matter of urgency,” Mr Boparan said.
The pact has infuriated Paris after the Australian government announced that it would be pulling out of a £30bn agreement with the French to supply it with conventionally-powered diesel-electric submarines.
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Lib Dem leader says party can take many seats from Tories
The Liberal Democrats can take “a lot” of seats from the Conservatives at the next general election, the party’s leader has claimed.
Ahead of his party conference speech, Sir Ed Davey told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “What we found in the local elections in knocking on doors, now we are able to as the Covid restrictions have been lifted, we found a lot of people very unhappy with the Conservatives.
“They feel Boris Johnson has taken them for granted and they like what we are saying when they get a chance to hear it.
“I think we can be the strong voice that gets rid of a lot of Conservative MPs and deprives Boris Johnson of his majority.”
Energy supply fears show need to ‘transition to net-zero’, Labour shadow minister says
Concerns over the UK’s energy supply following a sharp rise in wholesale gas prices show the need to transition to a net-zero economy, a Labour shadow minister has said.
Pat McFadden, the shadow economic secretary to the Treasury, said on Sunday that the sudden jump in prices “must act as a spur to avoid situations like this where suddenly we’re very exposed when there’s an international price spike”.
“In the short term what the business secretary must do is ensure continuity of supply, that’s a basic duty of government for both domestic consumers and for businesses,” Mr McFadden told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips on Sunday.
“We’ve seen other ramifications of this over the last 24/48 時間, for example on food supplies, with CO2 being a necessary by-product, and in the long-term what this has shown is the need to get on with the transition to net-zero and the vulnerability of the reliance on fossil fuel markets, especially international ones.”
彼が追加した: “This should act as a spur to get on with the transition to net-zero, more renewable and sustainable supplies because the effect of all this will be rising prices for consumers just when they’re being hit with other things too.”
The UK’s lone Green Party MP has backed climate emergency protesters who blocked the M25 motorway, arguing that they are justified by the government’s failure to act on the climate crisis.
Caroline Lucas refused to criticise the protesters on Sunday, 言って: “In extreme situations, it’s reasonable to take extreme actions – and that is what has driven these protesters to do that.”
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‘In extreme situations, it’s reasonable to take extreme actions’, says Green MP
Time running out to make COP26 climate summit a success, Johnson to warn
Time is running out to make the COP26 climate emergency summit a success, Boris Johnson will tell world leaders on a trip to the US in the coming days.
It has been revealed that Mr Johnson will host a UN meeting on Monday to push for help for developing countries to adapt to the devastating consequences of global heating.
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China’s Xi Jinping has not said he will come to COP26 yet, 大臣は認めます
China’s president Xi Jinping has not said whether he will come to the COP26 climate conference later this year, a minister has admitted.
When asked by Sky News if the government had reveived a commitment from the Chinese leader, Alok Sharma said: "番号, not yet.”
しかしながら, 彼が追加した: “But as you know, I was in China recently, I had constructive and very frank discussions with China and of course they made various commitments on cutting emissions, on phasing down the use of coal, and I was very clear that we want to see the detailed policy around this and they, along with every other major economy, have committed before COP26 to come forward with ambitious plans to cut emissions.
“And I have to say to you that in every conversation that I had with the Chinese, they were very clear that they want to see COP26 as a success – so the ball is very much in their court.”
The interview comes amid tension between China and the UK over the British government’s involvement in the new AUKUS alliance with the US and Australia – which has widely been seen as an attempt to challenge China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
You can find his comments in full below:
Minister insists ‘no immediate concern’ over gas supplies
This is “no immediate concern” over gas supplies for the UK following a sudden rise in wholesale gas prices, 大臣は言った.
COP26 president Alok Sharma told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips on Sunday that the government was not expecting to see major problems this winter with gas prices despite concerns in the industry.
“As you will know, the business secretary has been having detailed discussions with the sector this weekend, he will be continuing those today, there is going to be a round-table tomorrow,” Mr Sharma said.
“But I think the clear message that is coming out of this is that there is no immediate concern in terms of supply.
“We don’t see any risk going into the winter and when it comes to prices, we have an energy price cap, there are also mechanisms such as the warm home discount which are available to support people as well.”
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France claims UK is ‘junior partner’ in new security pact
France has accused the UK of being a “junior partner” in a new security pact with the US and Australia, in the country’s latest rebuke of the deal.
In response to the pact, French president Emmanuel Macron ordered the recall of the French ambassadors to the US and Australia but made no similar order for the country’s envoy in London.
Europe minister Clement Beaune suggested on French television that this decision was because the UK was merely the “junior partner” in the agreement.
“Our British friends explained to us they were leaving the EU to create Global Britain. We can see that this is a return into the American lap and a form of accepted vassalisation,” Mr Beaune said.
“The UK is clearly trying to find its feet, perhaps there was a lack of thought about the strategic future. Today they are hiding in the American fold. I hope that will not be their policy for the decades to come.”
彼が追加した: “We see through this partnership, this strategic alliance and after the Kabul crisis, that Global Britain seems to be more about a US junior partner than working with different allies.”
Johnson accused of neglecting national security as he prepares to skip key meetings
The Covid-19 and Afghanistan emergencies have exposed how Boris Johnson is neglecting national security, according to a highly-critical report published today.
The Joint Committee on National Security Strategy has accused the prime minister of overseeing an “inadequate” Whitehall system that lacks clear lines of responsibilities and cannot cope with multiple crises.
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Covid and Afghanistan expose ‘inadequate’ National Security Council – but prime minister poised to attend far fewer discussions
New foreign secretary Truss defends UK’s security pact with US and Australia
New foreign secretary Liz Truss has defended the UK’s security pact with the US and Australia (AUKUS) following strong criticism from France over the deal.
Ms Truss said that the agreement – which will see the UK and US work to develop a new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines for the Australian navy – showed Britain’s readiness to be “hard-headed” in defence of its interests.
しかしながら, the deal has angered France as the Australian government has scrapped a £30bn agreement with the French for conventionally-powered diesel-electric vessels.
書き込み サンデーテレグラフ, Ms Truss claimed that the pact underlined the UK’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific region.
She argued that Britain would always be a “fierce champion” of freedom and free enterprise around the world.
“But freedoms need to be defended, so we are also building strong security ties around the world," 彼女は付け加えた.
“That is why last week the prime minister announced, alongside our friends president [ジョー] Biden and prime minister [スコット] Morrison, the creation of a new security partnership called Aukus.
“It shows our readiness to be hard-headed in defending our interests and challenging unfair practices and malign acts.”