Boris Johnson said any retaliatory move would be ‘gross, gross overreaction’
Maroš Šefčovič, the EU’s Brexit commissioner, said renegotiating the protocol is “unrealistic”.
“As the first step, the commission will consider continuing the infringement procedure launched against the UK government in March 2021,” he said. “We had put this legal action on hold in September 2021 in the spirit of constructive cooperation to create the space to look for joint solutions. The UK’s unilateral action goes directly against the spirit.”
He told colleagues that EU officials are working on devising a number of retaliatory measures against the move, including drawing up a list of British goods that Brussels could hit with trade tariffs.
The EU is expected to launch three separate lawsuits against Britain, including for failure to conduct checks on agrifoods, and two new “infringement proceedings” for not sharing data or not establishing order posts with the European Commission.
Truss says UK ‘cannot allow situation’ in Northern Ireland ‘to drift’
The foreign secretary said the UK needed to act on the Northern Ireland protocol.
“We cannot allow the situation to drift," 彼女は言いました.
Liz Truss says ‘very, very serious issues’ have emerged in Northern Ireland after Brexit
Liz Truss was asked about the UK wanting to change post-Brexit trade rules on Sky News this morning.
She said the government was trying to fix problems, including over customs and tax differences for those in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
Presenter Niall Paterson said the problems in Northern Ireland were “obvious” when the deal was signed off.
“Isn’t the simple truth you all knew it was a bad deal when you signed up to it and you needed to get Brexit done?" 彼は尋ねた.
Ms Truss said “very, very serious issues” had “emerged” over the past two years and were causing political instability, as well as trade issues.
Watch the exchange here:
European backlash at UK move to change Brexit deal
The UK has been facing backlash from across Europe after it moved to rewrite agreed post-Brexit trade rules.
In Ireland, the prime minister said it was “very regrettable for a country like the U.K. to renege on an international treaty”.
その間, the German chancellor said there was“no reason” for the UK to make such a move. Olaf Scholz said: “It’s a rejection of all the agreements we reached between the European Union and Great Britain. The European Union will react to this as one and it has the whole toolbox at its disposal.”
The UK is facing legal action from the EU over the move, as our political editor アンドリュー・ウッドコック レポート:
Northern Ireland Protocol Bill branded ‘reckless’ by majority of Stormont assembly members
Boost in number of UK workers on payroll
The number of UK workers on payrolls has jumped by 90,000 in just a month, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The figure increased to 29.6 million in May.
Foreign secretary refuses to say exact numbers expected on Rwanda flight
The foreign secretary has just been on Sky News speaking about the first flight sending asylum seekers to Rwanda.
“We are expecting to send the flight later today,” Liz Truss said.
She refused to say exactly how many people were expected to be onboard, after lawyers had been whittling the number down.
“The really important thing is we establish the model," 彼女は言いました.
従う 独立者’s live blog for more:
Seven people are currently scheduled to be on tonight’s flight to Rwanda
Boris Johnson pushes back against pressure to cut taxes
Resisting pressure to cut taxes as the UK economy shrunk by 0.3 パーセント, Boris Johnson indicated there will be no tax cuts until inflation is under control.
ザ・ 首相 insisted he was cutting taxes “as fast as we can” after Gerard Lyons, who advised him when he was mayor of London, called for reductions in income and corporation tax.
Mr Lyons suggested the latest figures showing a decline in the UK economy highlight the need for a tax-cutting stimulus.
The Office for National Statistics (私たち) said gross domestic product (GDP), a measure of the size of the economy, fell by 0.3 per cent in April, following on from a 0.1 per cent fall in March.
David Hughes and Chris Baynes bring you more details.
‘We can’t do anything that inflames that further,' いいえ 10 source says
Johnson to hold cabinet meeting at No 10
Prime minister Boris Johnson is scheduled to hold a meeting of the Cabinet in Downing Street at 9.30am on Tuesday.
His meeting comes as tensions are soaring over a potential trade war with the EU, after the government introduced new legislation that would allow exports from Britain to North Ireland without blanket checks on the movement of goods.
Antony Blinken says need to find solutions with EU after call with Liz Truss
US secretary of state Antony Blinken has stressed the need for the UK to continue negotiations with the EU to find a solution to the Northern Ireland protocol row, speaking with British foreign secretary Liz Truss over the phone.
He said in a tweet that he had a “good call” with the British minister as they discussed the Johnson government’s proposed Northern Ireland protocol bill, as well as the situation in Ukraine.
Nicola Sturgeon to launch new Scottish independence campaign
First minister Nicola Sturgeon will launch a fresh campaign for Scottish independence, unveiling the first details later today.
She will release the first documents relating to the Scottish government’s “Building a New Scotland” plan at Bute House in Edinburgh on Tuesday.
She said that the papers would “set out openly the challenges a newly independent Scotland would face”.
“Had we known in 2014 everything we know now about the path the UK would have taken, I’ve got no doubt Scotland would have voted yes back then," 彼女は付け加えた.
It comes after Ms Sturgeon’s SNP won the 2021 Holyrood election on a manifesto which included a commitment to hold another referendum on Scotland’s place in the UK.
The first referendum took place in 2014 いつ 55 per cent people said “No” to independence, そして 45 per cent said “Yes”
First minister to unveil documents aiming to ‘point the way to a new Scotland’
EU to take legal action over ‘damaging’ Northern Ireland protocol bill
The EU will restart legal action against the UK, launching three separate lawsuits over Boris Johnson’s “damaging” move to scrap post-Brexit checks and standards in Northern Ireland.
Maroš Šefčovič, the EU’s Brexit commissioner, said the UK’s unilateral action goes directly against the spirit of the Brexit deal, describing it as “damaging to mutual trust”.
“As the first step, the commission will consider continuing the infringement procedure launched against the UK government in March 2021. We had put this legal action on hold in September 2021 in the spirit of constructive cooperation to create the space to look for joint solutions.”
He told colleagues that his officials are pursuing a number of potential retaliatory measures, including drawing up a list of British goods that Brussels could hit with trade tariffs.
The EU could also consider ending financial equivalence for the City of London to European markers, sources told the Telegraph.
The Johnson government has said that it is relying on a “doctrine of necessity” that provides a “clear basis in international law to justify the non-performance of international obligations under certain exceptional and limited conditions”.