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During the call, the two leaders discussed their intention to maintain solid trans-Atlantic ties, especially ahead of the UK holding the G7 summit and the UN Climate Change Conference next year. But in a warning to the Prime Minister, Mr Biden also reminded him of the need to protect the peace process in Ireland. Following the exchange of niceties, Mr Biden’s administration highlighted the demand in an official readout.
It said: “The President-elect expressed his intent in cooperating with the UK, NATO, and the EU on shared-trans-Atlantic priorities, and reaffirmed his support for the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.”
The warning was not included in No10’s official readout of the call.
Mr Biden’s remarks were in reference to the UK Internal Market Bill, which could impose a hard border in the island of Ireland unless certain clauses are removed.
The Bill has caused uproar in the EU and US since it was revealed by No10 because it violated elements of the Withdrawal Agreement, which was signed in October.
Before winning the election, Mr Biden had warned any US-UK trade deal will be contingent on the maintenance of peace in Ireland.
Mr Biden, who is of Irish heritage, said: “We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.
“Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border.”
Brexit Live: Joe Biden issues Brexit warning to the Prime Minister (Image: GETTY)
UK officials have insisted the purpose of the Internal Market Bill is to provide a necessary safety net if Brexit talks fail and to maintain the integrity of trade between the devolved nations.
Mr Johnson also expressed this belief to EU Commission President, Urusla von der Leyen, on Saturday and insisted peace in Northern Ireland would not be hindered.
However, if the EU and UK agree a trade deal, some of the disagreements over the Bill will cease to apply.
On Monday night, the House of Lords voted for two amendments demanding the controversial clauses in relation to state aid and customs-exit declarations, be removed.
The Bill will now be sent back to the Commons where the amendments could be re-tabled, although Downing Street has confirmed this will not happen until the end of this month.
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Brexiteer Sir Desmond Swayne admitted he was hopeful for a Brexit deal but would not be willing to get one by any means necessary.
The Tory MP argued it would be bad for both the UK and EU if a Brexit trade deal was not agreed.
While speaking to Jonathan Saxty on Brexit Watch, Sir Desmond admitted he wanted a free trade agreement.
However, he insisted he did not want this if it shackled the UK to the EU and prevented it from economic freedom for the future.
Ireland has called on the European Union to compromise in the trade talks with Britain because of the “sobering” costs of a no deal Brexit.
Foreign minister Simon Coveney warned there will be “real problems” if an agreement isn’t found before the end of the year.
In speech to a think-tank in Dublin, he urged Michel Barnier to “show some compromise to accommodate many British asks” in the final phase of Brexit talks.
His intervention came after it emerged EU chiefs had set Downing Street a deadline of next Thursday for a future relationship pact to be wrapped up.
Brexit latest: Boris johnson believes a trade deal with the EU can still be agreed (Image: GETTY)
6.09pm update: Boris says ‘deal there to be done’ with EU but sends warning to Brussels
Boris Johnson remains hopeful of a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU, but insisted the UK is ready for “whatever the outcome is”.
The negotiations are expected to stretch further into next wee and progress will need ti be made soon if a new deal is to be in place before the end of the transition period on December 31.
The Prime Minister said: “There is a deal there to be done and we’re keen to do it but it depends on our friends and partners understanding where we need to get to.
“But either way, we’re going to be ready for whatever the outcome is.
“This country is full of plans and full of resilience and we’ll have a good way forward.”
4.40pm update: UK passes post-Brexit farm law prioritising environment
The UK parliament has passed a new agriculture law that will reward farmers for taking better care of the environment, as Britain prepares to leave the EU’s single market and customs union on December 31.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said under the law, farmers in England will receive public funds for ‘public goods’ such as better air and water quality, thriving wildlife, soil health, or measures to reduce flooding and tackle climate change.
Further details will be announced later this month, with the changes phased in over seven years.
Polices may differ in Scotland and Wales, where devolved administrations control farm spending.
3.40pm update: Brexit stockpiling sees surge in Irish Sea shipping demand
Irish Sea shipping services are seeing a surge in demand as firms continue to stockpile amid uncertainty around trading arrangements after Brexit.
Stena Line, which transports 65 percent of the freight moving between Northern Ireland and Britain, is chartering an extra ship to meet the capacity requirements.
Last week, the volume of stock Stena Line moved across the Irish Sea was up six percent compared to the same period in 2019.
Paul Grant, the firm’s Irish Sea trade director, told the PA news agency: “We’re seeing big demand pre-Brexit.
“I think you can see people are anxious to get their stuff across and make sure they’ve got enough stock ahead of January 1.”
Brexit latest: Simon Coveney believes trade talks could stretch into next week (Image: GETTY)
Emmanuel Macron has been warned of the potential consequences of MEPs voting to block the disbursement of EU funds to countries that do not respect the rule of law.
Charles-Henri Gallois, the President of Generation Frexit, labelled the European Union as a totally useless institution. He added that France would benefit if the EU’s recovery plan failed and that there should be a referendum on the €40 million expenditure linked to the plan.
Mr Gallois said: “I have the impression that MEPs want to show that they are useful when everyone knows that the European Parliament is a totally useless institution.
“As you said, this is only an announcement because it has to be validated by the national parliaments and the national governments. Countries like Hungary and Poland, which are the target of this, could overturn the recovery plan, so this is far from over.
“We obviously support the freedom of the press and the separation of powers, that’s normal, but it’s ironic when that comes from the European Union, which does not respect the separation of powers itself.
“I remind you, the European Commission is an unelected institution and now they are giving lessons in democracy and the separation of powers to elected governments like the ones in Hungary and Poland, it’s a joke.
“The European Parliament doesn’t know anything. If there is one institution that is not democratic and that does not respect the separation of powers is the European Union.”
3pm update: Ireland’s Coveney believes trade talks will continue into next week
The post-Brexit trade talks between the UK and EU are likely to run into next week, missing the mid-November deadline, Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has said.
He was asked during an online event organised by the European Movement Ireland when a deal is likely.
Mr Coveney replied: “I think it’s unlikely this week. Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong.
“I think it is likely to move into next week.”
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2.27pm update: British retailer could shun Northern Ireland after Brexit
British retailer and manufacturers could stop selling products in Northern Ireland following Brexit.
Elizabeth de Jong, head of policy at trade group Logistics UK, told parliament on Wednesday that companies could withdraw from the province when they realise the level of paperwork they will need to do.
“There are high levels of concern about Northern Ireland – Great Britain trade because of issues with systems, infrastructure and information delivery.
“If you’re in the post and parcel sector, there can be 5,000 consignments in your truck and each consignment needs a safety and security declaration and each one has 36 data entry fields.”
EU fisheries (Image: Express)
Britain is likely to seal a trade deal with Canada is likely to be secured by the end of the year, according to Justin Trudeau.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Ottawa is “there for” a trade deal with the UK.
The Canadian Prime Minister said during an online conference: “I think we’re ready to have it done before January 1.
“One of the challenges is bandwidth.
“The UK hasn’t had to negotiate trade deals in the past few decades so there is an issue of not really having the bandwidth within Government to move forward on this.
“Canada is a really easy one – we’re there for it, we’d like to do it, so I’m very hopeful that it’s going to get done, but that is really up to the UK government.”
Downing Street has lashed out at the EU as Michel Barnier continues his power-grab for British fishing waters.
A source close to the talks told Express.co.uk the EU negotiators were “playing around” by holding out on access to UK waters.
It comes as the UK and EU negotiators look to be on the brink of missing yet another Brexit deal deadline.
The Whitehall source said: “Brussels seems to be playing around here, we are determined to secure a deal.
“This is a difficult period, Barnier is already making things difficult with fisheries.”
“We will be an independent coastal state and will not back down.”
12.44pm update: No deal in none’s interests
Ireland’s foreign minister, Simon Coveney has claimed a no deal Brexit would in the interests of neither party.
He said: “Reaching a deal in the coming weeks is very difficult, but I also think it is doable. No deal is in nobody’s interests.
“If we don’t have a deal sometime next week I think we have real problems.”
12.26pm update: Final deadline for Brexit deal set
A summit of EU leaders on November 19 is now viewed as the final deadline for a deal, sources have claimed.
Negotiators from both sides met this week in order to discuss a deal but it is now thought negotiations will continue into next week.
One EU diplomat said: “If there isn’t good news by then, then you really have to say that time is up – it just isn’t possible.
“The leaders will need to see that it is there.”
Brexit news: Boris Johnson insisted the Good Friday Agreement would not be hindered (Image: No10 Flickr)
11.17am update: Talks to continue next week
Brexit talks between the UK and EU will continue into next week, sources have stated.
Talks resumed this week in London following negotiations in Brussels.
The areas of divergence still remain, although the Prime Minister insisted he is ready to push forward without a deal.
A source told the BBC, the EU’s stance on fisheries remains completely “unrealistic”.
A Brexit deal is most likely to be struck when the EU gives in to UK pressure at the 11th hour, a Tory minister has claimed.
Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland, stressed the EU had a reputation for agreeing to deals at the last minute but remained hopeful a deal could be secured before the December 31st deadline.
Speaking at the Scottish Land and Estates Conference, Mr Jack told Express.co.uk: “We have to stick to and address the point of the timeframe, it’s only by sticking to the deadline that we’ve put in a statute of 31st December that we will get a deal.
“If you keep kicking that date down the road, then there’s no imperative for everyone to come together and do a deal.
“If you look at the history of deals down with the EU, they tend to be done at the 59th minute of the 11th hour.
“We have to hold firm to our date in the hope that we get a deal.”
Brexit news: Jeremy Miles (Image: PA)
Boris Johnson has been sent a dire warning against plans for a two-year fudge to get a Brexit fishing deal over the line.
Former Brexit Party MEP Jane Mummery warned the Prime Minister against striking a temporary fishing deal with the EU and said any delays would “cripple” the industry.
The owner and Founder of Renaissance of the East Anglian Fisheries (REAF) warned the Tory Government “we are watching” as the UK battles to reclaim control of its coastal waters.
Her warning comes after Environment Secretary George Eustice hinted at a fisheries compromise for the post-Brexit trade talks with the EU as an eleventh-hour attempt to break the stalemate.
But Ms Mummery hit back on Twitter, writing: “No extensions Mr Eustice, BorisJohnson & the 186 Coastal MP’s whose duty it is to represent their constituencies.
“We have done 4yrs already, any delay will cripple the industry we are just about keeping our heads above water, we are watching.
“2 3 years extension will be a massive betrayal to Coastal Communities, don’t they matter?”
Brexit news: Joe Biden (Image: PA)
8.40am update: More from Jeremy Miles
Today, Mr Miles has urged the Government to readjust its Brexit policy amid the uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic.
He said in a statement from the Welsh Government: “It didn’t have to be this way – the UK Government’s approach has been dictated by short-term political considerations rather than the long-term interests of the UK.
“We continue to urge the UK Government to change course and to prioritise jobs, livelihoods and economic security.
“The turmoil from Covid has been forced upon us all. But to compound this with the upheaval of leaving the transition period with no deal or a thin deal, would be a matter of political choice by the UK Government.”
8.03am update: Businesses not ready for Brexit
Businesses in Wales are not yet ready for the end of the Brexit transition period, Counsel General for Wales, Jeremy Miles has claimed.
He has urged the UK Government to do more to protect jobs following the end of the transition period on January 1.
His fears come amid the uncertainty over whether the UK and EU will sign a trade deal before the end of this year.
He added: “These are big challenges and the message from us isn’t ‘everything will be fine’, but everyone needs to make sure they’re aware of the impact on them and take the appropriate steps in the short period we have left.
“If the UK leaves the transition period with a weak deal or no deal at all – that will be a matter of political choice for the UK government.
“We are asking the UK government to make the right choices to support jobs and livelihoods in Wales, to give people the clarity and the certainty that they are crying out for what will happen at the end of December.”
Brexit news: Boris Johnson held the call on Tuesday (Image: No10 Flickr)
7.25am update: Joe Biden issues Brexit warning to Boris Johnson
The President-elect shared a 25-minute phone call with the Prime Minister on Tuesday where the pair discussed their intent to maintain security cooperation, and the UK’s hosting of the UN Climate Change Conference and G7 Summit.
Amid the uproar over the UK Internal Market Bill and its impacts over a US-UK trade deal, the President-elect also shared his desire to maintain the Good Friday Agreement.
Mr Biden said: “The President-elect expressed his intent in cooperating with the UK, NATO, and the EU on shared-trans-Atlantic priorities, and reaffirmed his support for the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.”
Mr Biden believes by overriding parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol – included within the withdrawal agreement – as a result of the UK Internal Market Bill, it could effectively move the trade border from the Irish Sea to Ireland.
This would then place a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, thus causing him to warn of the implications on a US-UK trade deal.