Today’s daily politics briefing
Industries from IT and finance to business and professional services are among some of the hardest hit since the 2016 vote to leave, experts at Aston University in Birmingham found.
The £113bn cumulative loss was calculated by projecting how the sector would have grown from 2016 to 2019 if the referendum had not taken place – and it had continued on its previous path.
Meanwhile, thousands of people are at risk of losing their rights to live and work both in the UK and on the continent because they are yet to apply for post-Brexit residency.
British citizens in France, Malta, Luxembourg and Latvia have until 30 June to apply for settled status. And thousands of EU nationals and their families in the UK are appealing for urgent help with applications.
Lawyers and charities have told The Independent they have been “swamped” with requests for help, including from panicked individuals who applied months ago and are still waiting for a decision and from those struggling to make an application now having only just discovered they need to.
ICYMI: Royals would be ‘foolish’ to get dragged into Scottish independence debate, says Alex Salmond
Scotland’s former first minister Alex Salmond has warned Prince William and other members of the royal family to keep out the debate on Scottish independence.
The Alba Party leader spoke out after former prime minister Gordon Brown – who recently launched a campaign to save the union – held a meeting with the Duke of Cambridge last week.
My colleague Adam Forrest reports:
Alba leader asks ‘what on earth Prince William was doing’ meeting Gordon Brown last week
Matt Mathers1 June 2021 10:50
Emily in the Treasury? Rishi Sunak reveals he watches Bridgerton and Emily in Paris
Fans of the hit Netflix programmes Bridgerton and Emily in Paris can now count a surprising public figure among their number – Rishi Sunak.
Our Whitehall editor Kate Devlin has more details:
The chancellor declares he is an ‘enormous fan’ of the BBC
Matt Mathers1 June 2021 10:37
Minister unable to say how much new government apprentice scheme will cost
A minister was this morning unable to say how much the government has put aside for its new apprenticeship scheme.
Paul Scully, the small business minister, said he did not have the figures to hand during an interview with LBC’s Nick Ferrari.
Under the scheme, which launches this week, businesses can get up to £3,000 for every apprentice they hire full time.
But Mr Scully could not outline how much it is likely to cost.
Matt Mathers1 June 2021 10:08
Tory peer’s daughter-in-law charged after police officer killed in Belize shooting
The daughter-in-law of a Tory peer has been charged with manslaughter by negligence over the death of a police officer in Belize.
Jasmine Hartin, the partner of Lord Ashcroft’s son, was taken into custody after the body of a superintendent was discovered on a dock in the central American country on Friday.
Police said Henry Jemmott, who was found dead in the town of San Pedro, had been fatally shot.
My colleague Zoe Tidman reports:
Jasmine Hartin is partner of the son of Conservative grandee Lord Ashcroft
Matt Mathers1 June 2021 09:50
Britons ‘split’ on 21 June lockdown easing
Britons appear to be split nearly down the middle on whether or not the planned easing of lockdown restrictions on 21 June should go ahead.
According to a recent YouGov poll, 40 per cent are in favour of pressing ahead with further relaxing rules, versus 36 per cent against.
Some 24 per cent said they are unsure:
Matt Mathers1 June 2021 09:34
New DUP leader’s Brexit comments lack ‘adherence to reality’, says EU ambassador
The EU’s ambassador to the UK has accused new DUP leader Edwin Poots of making comments about the post-Brexit Northern Ireland protocol that lack “adherence to reality”.
Joao Vale de Almeida was asked about Mr Poots saying that the agreement was “demonstrable harm to every individual in Northern Ireland” and is having a “devastating impact”.
The ambassador told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “First of all I don’t think those statements have adherence to reality. The EU is politically, financially and emotionally, I would say, committed to peace and prosperity for everybody in Northern Ireland.
“The protocol is not the problem, Brexit created the problem in Northern Ireland.
“The protocol is a joint endeavour of the UK and the European Union, it is British law, European law, international law. There is no alternative to the protocol.
“Even those that criticise the protocol do not present an alternative which is compatible with the terms of Brexit so the protocol is the solution, we need to implement it and we want to implement it with pragmatism.”
Matt Mathers1 June 2021 09:22
Decoy dresses helped keep PM’s wedding secret
Boris Johnson married for the third time over the weekend, tying the knot with new wife Carrie Johnson in a secret ceremony at Westminster Cathedral.
According to reports, the nuptials were kept so well under wraps that not even the choir knew who they were singing to on the day.
Now it has emerged that Carrie Johnson rented three “decoy” dresses to ensure extra secrecy surrounding the wedding.
Along with the white dress the former Carrie Symonds wore for the ceremony, she hired three other outfits from a favourite ecofashion business, My Wardrobe HQ, without saying she would be wearing one to marry Boris Johnson.
The dress she wore and the three decoy frocks were delivered to Downing Street a few days before the wedding, The Times reports.
It is thought that the delivery of a single white dress may have alerted people to the possibility of an impending wedding, whereas ordering four of mixed colours at once may have thrown the inquisitive off the scent.
“We didn’t know what it was for,” Sacha Newall, who co-founded My Wardrobe HQ in 2018, told the paper.
“We were just asked to supply some items. Then we saw what happened this weekend. It was all a bit of a surprise.”
Matt Mathers1 June 2021 09:15
Brexit delivered £113bn blow to exports of UK services, research shows
Brexit delivered a staggering £113bn blow to exports of UK services even before the sector was left out of the final trade agreement, new research says.
Industries from IT and finance to business and professional services suffered huge pain from the point of the vote to leave the EU in 2016, experts at Aston University in Birmingham found.
Ou deputy politics editor Rob Merrick reports:
Warning that crisis will ‘get worse as businesses see that there is not much going on in UK-EU negotiations’
Matt Mathers1 June 2021 08:49
Surge in requests for help among EU nationals as settlement deadline looms
Thousands of EU nationals and their families are appealing for urgent help and advice in a surge just weeks before the EU settlement deadline.
Lawyers and charities tell The Independent they have been “swamped” with requests for help, including from panicked individuals who applied months ago and are still waiting for a decision and from those struggling to make an application now having only just discovered they need to.
Our social affairs correspondent May Bulman reports:
Exclusive: Charities and law firms ‘swamped’ with enquiries as large numbers waiting months for EU settlement decision or have only just discovered they need to apply
Matt Mathers1 June 2021 08:29
Refugee working on NHS frontline hits out at Priti Patel’s immigration plans
An NHS worker who has spent the pandemic helping save lives on a coronavirus ward says home secretary Priti Patel’s immigration plans will lead to refugees like her being turned away from the UK.
My colleague Adam Forrest reports:
Two in three people currently accepted as asylum seekers in UK could be turned away under Home Office plans
Matt Mathers1 June 2021 08:16