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PM’s Brexit bill in ‘clear breach’ of international law – bo

PM’s Brexit bill in ‘clear breach’ of international law - bo
Michelle O’Neill said Boris Johnson’s plan has created ‘further political instability’ and ‘economic uncertainty’

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Boris Johnson admits he signed Northern Ireland Protocol hoping EU would not ‘apply it

Boris Johnson’s action on the Nord-Irland protocol is a “clear breach” of international law, the vice president of Sinn Fein has said.

The legislation published today will give ministers powers to override elements of the protocol and give Britain new powers in the region on tax and state sudsidies.

Speaking to a news conference on Monday reacting to the plans, Michelle O’Neill said: “All that Boris Johnson is doing today is to further political instability and create even more economic uncertainty for the days and weeks ahead.”

Asked if she thought the prime minister’s plans to override the Northern Ireland protocol were illegal, Ms O’Neill said: "Ja. Boris Johnson’s action is in clear breach of international law.

“Regardless of the detail, he himself signed up to an agreement, he signed on the dotted line, and he is now legislating to breach that international agreement.”

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic said that “renegogiating the protocol is unrealistic” and would bring “further legal uncertainty for people and businesses in Northern Irland

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Government launch probe into Oxford Uni donation from Vietnamese company

The government is investigating a £155 million donation to a University of Oxford college from a Vietnamese company.

It comes after concerns were raised in the Commons over Linacre College’s memorandum of understanding with Sovico Group to receive the gift.

The investment group was represented by its chairwoman, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao.

november i fjor, the college said it would approach the Privy Council to ask permission to change its name to Thao College, following the first gift of £50 million.

Education minister Michelle Donelan told MPs she is “actively investigating” the matter and could provide an update in the coming days.

Emily Atkinson13 juni 2022 22:10
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‘Immoral’ Rwanda deportations shame Britain, say Church of England leaders

The plan to send failed asylum seekers to Rwanda is an “immoral policy” that “shames Britain”, leaders of the Church of England har sagt.

The Government’s intention is to have some people who have entered the UK illegally flown to the east African country to seek asylum there.

Senior Church of England bishops, including the archbishops of Canterbury and York, have criticised the plan for lacking morality.

A letter to The Times to be published on Tuesday, signed by the Most Rev Justin Welby and the Most Rev Stephen Cottrell, sier: “Whether or not the first deportation flight leaves Britain today for Rwanda, this policy should shame us as a nation.”

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‘Immoral’ Rwanda deportations shame Britain, say Church of England leaders

Senior Church of England bishops say vulnerable people should be offered safe routes to the UK

Emily Atkinson13 juni 2022 21:40
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Se: Grenfell survivor blasts government’s response to fire on fifth anniversary of disaster

Grenfell survivor blasts Government’s response to fire on fifth anniversary of disaster
Emily Atkinson13 juni 2022 21:17
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Boris Johnson’s plan to abandon parts of NI protocol is ‘reckless’, says Scottish minister

A Scottish minister has described a UK government move to abandon parts of the Northern Ireland protocol as “reckless”, due to the threat it could pose to Scotland’s interests.

Angus Robertson, external affairs secretary, has called for ministers to return to the negotiating table and warned that disregarding parts of the UK-EU withdrawal agreement could lead to a “trade war”.

Han sa: “It is extremely reckless and frustrating that the UK Government has decided to bring forward this legislation.

“The UK Government has deliberately set itself on an entirely avoidable collision course with the EU.

“Brexit is forecast to cause more harm to the economy than Covid, and this action by the UK Government could trigger significant additional damage to our economy when we are already facing the worst cost-of-living crisis seen for decades.”

Mr Robertson said Scotland has “direct interests” at stake in the protocol, in relation to trade and border control.

He has accused the UK government of showing “no willingness” to engage with their Scottish counterparts on the issue.

Joe Middleton13 juni 2022 20:43
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EU Maros Sefcovic says renegotiating Northern Ireland Protocol bill is ‘unrealistic’

EU Maros Sefcovic says renegotiating Northern Ireland Protocol bill is ‘unrealistic’
Joe Middleton13 juni 2022 20:15
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PM ‘in clear breach’ of international law, says Sinn Fein

Boris Johnson’s action on the Northern Ireland protocol is a “clear breach” of international law, the vice president of Sinn Fein has said.

Speaking to a news conference on Monday, Michelle O’Neill said: “All that Boris Johnson is doing today is to further political instability and create even more economic uncertainty for the days and weeks ahead.”

Asked if she thought the PM’s plans to override the Northern Ireland protocol were illegal, Ms O’Neill said: "Ja. Boris Johnson’s action is in clear breach of international law.

“Regardless of the detail, he himself signed up to an agreement, he signed on the dotted line, and he is now legislating to breach that international agreement.”

Emily Atkinson13 juni 2022 19:59
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Rwanda plans shame Britain, says Church of England

Church of England leaders have said the policy to deport migrants to Rwanda “shames Britain.”

In letter to Tidene to be published on Tuesday, signed by the Most Rev Justin Welby and the Most Rev Stephen Cottrell, sier: “Whether or not the first deportation flight leaves Britain today for Rwanda, this policy should shame us as a nation.”

It goes on: “The shame is our own, because our Christian heritage should inspire us to treat asylum seekers with compassion, fairness and justice, as we have for centuries.”

It reportedly goes on to say vulnerable people should be offered safe routes to the UK and not deported.

It adds: “This immoral policy shames Britain.”

Emily Atkinson13 juni 2022 19:34
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Protocol Bill ‘does real harm’ to NI

The new Northern Ireland protocol Bill makes it much harder to to fix the problems within the agreement, the deputy leader of the Alliance Party has said.

Posting on Twitter this evening, Stephen Farry MP said: “The Bill does real harm to Northern Ireland. It is not supported by majority of MLAs or business community.

“Immediately, it creates economic uncertainty and harms investment. If enacted, it will undermine NI’s access to SM. Makes it much harder to fix the issues with Protocol.”

Emily Atkinson13 juni 2022 19:14
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Boris Johnson responds after Jeremy Clarkson called for government to prioritise farming

Boris Johnson has responded after Jeremy Clarkson called for the government to prioritise farming, with the prime minister saying he wants to ensure farmers “make the most” of their crops and land.

Former Top Gear presenter Clarkson posted a video on Monday morning saying farmers had been asked to diversify their produce but were being restricted by local authorities.

He has become an unlikely campaigner for the industry after starring in Amazon series Clarkson‘s Farm, which follows his attempts to grow crops and look after livestock on land he owns in the Cotswolds.

Speaking from a field and wearing a high-visibility jacket, the prime minister said in a video posted on Twitter on Monday afternoon that he wanted farmers such as Clarkson to be able to develop their properties “when they want to turn a barn into a bistroor whatever you want to do”.

Joe Middleton13 juni 2022 18:52
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EU will not renegotiate the Northern Ireland protocol, says Sefcovic

The European Union will not renegotiate the Northern Ireland protocol agreement, European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic said on Monday.

“Renegotiating the protocol is unrealisticAny renegotiation would simply bring further legal uncertainty for people and businesses in Northern Ireland. For these reasons, the European Union will not renegotiate the protocol,” Sefcovic said in a statement.

“Our aim will always be to secure the implementation of the Protocol. Our reaction to unilateral action by the UK will reflect that aim and will be proportionate.”

Joe Middleton13 juni 2022 18:33