Brexit: EU ‘sent 800 Northern Ireland measures’ says Ellis
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Ms Ardern warned that if the United Kingdom at any point violates the terms of its European Union exit deal with regards to the GFA, it could potentially disqualify itself from joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Alastair Campbell replied saying: “Brexit… The disaster that keeps on disastering… important intervention from Jacinda Ardern. As a general rule developed countries don’t like dealing with rogue states headed by untrustworthy charlatans and corrupt Cabinets.”
Mr Campbell’s comments have caused a massive stir online.
One Twitter user wrote: “Hence Labour have not been in power for ten+ years and they ain’t got any hope whatsoever next time.”
Another added: “You must be a leaver, you keep living in the past (11 years ago in this case).”
A third said: “Honestly you using corrupt cabinet/untrustworthy/charlatan.”
A fourth added: “Brexit the greatest thing to happen to our country in generations. Are we happy Brexit voters? Yes we bloody well are.”
But others agreed with Mr Campbell.
Mr Campbell’s comments have caused a massive stir online. (Image: GETTY)
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission (Image: GETTY)
One user wrote: “I love Jacinda Ardern. Absolutely brilliant in everything she does. Can we plead with New Zealand and do some sort of football type transfer? We can promise some unicorns to sweeten the deal.”
Another added: “It’s what we deserve. Just a shame that the sensible and rational amongst us will also be penalised for the government’s/Brexiter’s decisions.”
The news comes after a Eurosceptic group of Tory backbenchers announced that they will strongly push back on the EU’s legal action against the UK Government over its decision to delay checks on goods coming into Northern Ireland.
The European Research Group (ERG) flocked to support a motion regretting the prospect of legal action from Brussels which will be debated in the Commons today.
In March the bloc announced it was launching twin-track legal action against its former member state because it had failed to implement post-Brexit checks on shipments arriving in the province from Great Britain.
The European Commission sent two threatening letters to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, making their intentions clear.
The Government argued that the decision to waive the checks were “lawful and part of a progressive and good faith implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol”.
Passions will be running high in the House of Commons today when senior Conservative Sir Bernard Jenkin leads a debate on the Protocol, on a motion regretting the legal action.
The motion is signed, mostly, by senior figures from the ERG and is more or less in line with the Government’s position.
In backing the motion, ERG members are keen to tell the international community that Britain feels unfairly treated by the world’s largest trading bloc.
The dispute over the Protocol, which is deeply unpopular among Unionist and loyalist communities, continues to drag on.
Yesterday Cabinet Office officials accused the EU of dumping more than 800 new pieces of regulation upon Northern Ireland without notice, in a move criticised by Lord Frost.
The Brexit minister told peers that the development showed the bloc was failing to take “seriously” that it was making laws “for another territory” after Brexit.
His comments come after the Cabinet Office said Brussels sprung an update on it that more than 600 new measures impacting upon Northern Ireland had been adopted by the bloc in the past three months, with a further 200 in the pipeline.
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Boris Johnson and Lord Frost have been attacked for trying to “bluff” everything in the ongoing Brexit row with the European Union.
The pair have been reportedly warned that it is a battle the UK simply cannot win and they will have to “back down”.
Alistair Jones, an associate professor in politics, said: “The UK has tried to bluff everything (for example, asking for extra time before enforcing the agreement).
“Lord Frost has suggested the EU is in the wrong by not allowing any flexibility. They do not need to, as the Protocol was approved by Parliament.
“Currently, the EU has the upper hand and holds all the cards. The UK will have to back down.”
A senior minister has criticised Brussels for dumping more than 800 new pieces of regulation upon Northern Ireland without notice, according to Cabinet Office officials.
The development showed that the European Union was failing to take “seriously” that it was making laws “for another territory” after Brexit, Lord Frost said.
Rebecca Ellis, director of Northern Ireland/Ireland Unit said: “We had what you might call a ‘drop’ of new measures last Thursday which included a list of over 800 measures, I think 666 of which had already been adopted.
“And in many respects there was no more information provided than what you could read in the official journal.”
The Scottish First minister has claimed that she does not plan to hold a referendum on EU membership if Scotland becomes independent.
That’s why it has been assumed that Scottish people want an independent Scotland to join the European Union.
But Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP has not always been pro-Europe with many calling for a referendum on the Lisbon treaty.
Ms Sturgeon said that she would begin discussions with the EU, in terms of Scotland re-joining, around the time of any independence vote.
Senior Brexiteers have warned the EU that “the world is watching” how they treat the UK with the implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol.
Conservative and DUP politicians criticised the EU for its implementation of the Protocol in a House of Commons debate.
Sir Bernard Jenkin said: ”The world is watching how the EU is dealing with the United Kingdom.
“The UK will offer agreement on what the problems are and how they must be resolved.
“Together the EU and the UK can look for common ground about how to do so.
“Otherwise the rest of the world will see that the grounds for invoking Article 16 have already been met and action will have to be taken.”
Britain has estimated that the Brexit divorce settlement will cost £37.3 billion – around £3.5 billion less than what was initially demanded by Brussels.
Steve Barclay, Chief Secretary to the Treasury said: “The first invoice under the financial settlement was received in April 2021 in relation to payments to be made in the period June to September 2021.
“The net UK liability under the first invoice was €3.74billion (£3.19billion) and the first of four equal monthly instalments was paid at the end of June.”
Norway has taken a savage swipe at the European Union over fishing rights.
The former fisheries minister claimed that Oslo would not have given Brussels a “single crab”.
This comes after Norwegian fishermen complained about the lack of UK-Norway fisheries deal being signed after talks broke down earlier this year.
Kjell Ingebrigtsen, leader of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association, said: “It is not Norway who asked for Brexit.”
Jacinda Ardern has issued a threat to block the UK’s attempt to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Last month the group agreed to formally start talks on Britain’s accession to the bloc.
The New Zealand Prime Minister said: “Last month we joined consensus on the formation of a working group to negotiate the UK’s accession to CPTPP.
“Other economies will be able to join CPTPP too.
“CPTPP is our highest quality agreement.
“Those aspiring to join will have to be able to meet its high standards.”
Emmanuel Macron is facing the ultimate humiliation as French people turn on their leader, telling him to be more like Boris Johnson.
Mr Macron introduced new tough COVID-19 measures that will require people to have health passes when entering shopping malls, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Many people disagreed with the French President and criticised him for introducing the new measures.
Florian Philippot, Les Patriotes leader, said: “If Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, had to announce the full return of freedoms to his country from July 19, it is partly because he was put under immense popular pressure.”
Liz Truss has declared this morning that Brexit Britain is seeing trade with the European Union “bounce back”.
The International Trade Secretary’s comments come after new data indicated that British exports to the EU rose to their highest level since October 2019.
Ms Truss said: ”We have seen trade with the EU bounce back after some initial issues.
“I’m proud the UK is leading the way in liberalising trade, striking new trade deals to bring new jobs and growth as we seek to build back better after Covid.”
Kris Boratyn taking over live reporting from Laura O’Callaghan
2.10pm update: DUP urges Westminster to honour post-Brexit ‘promises’
The DUP has urged Westminster to honour seven “promises” in a bid to “restore” Northern Ireland’s place within the UK internal market.
DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson set out the tests as the House of Commons debated the Northern Ireland Protocol, which is aimed at avoiding a hard border with Ireland but has created a series of economic barriers on Irish Sea trade.
He told MPs: “The Protocol presents the greatest ever threat to the economic integrity of the United Kingdom. The rigorous implementation of the Protocol that some anti-Brexit parties in Northern Ireland have called for would be bad for consumers and bad for business.
“It’d be socially disruptive, economically ruinous and politically disastrous for Northern Ireland.”
Sir Jeffrey repeated the need for the Protocol in its current form to be scrapped, highlighted unionist opposition, and said the UK Government’s plans for the future of the trading arrangement “cannot come a moment too soon”.
He added: “Our tests are grounded not in a unionist wish list but in promises that have already been made in one form or another to the people of Northern Ireland. I don’t believe it is too much to ask that the Government stands over these promises.”
Trade minister Greg Hands denied Brexit had caused trade to fall (Image: GETTY)
Three French fishing vessels have been caught plundering UK fish stocks in waters designated as conservation areas, Greenpeace has revealed.
The environmental pressure group challenged two of the ships as part of Operation Witness, an ongoing mission to challenge ships operating in specially designated Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around the UK coast.
The French-flagged bottom trawlers, VF Atlas, which was operating in the Offshore Brighton MPA, and Glorieuse Immaculee, which was operating in the Offshore Overfalls and Bassurella Sandbank MPAs, were contacted by activists in Greenpeace’s ship, Sea Beaver, and agreed to stop.
Bottom trawling is a type of fishing whereby a massive net is dragged along the sea bed, which critics blame for significant damage to the underwater environment.
The EU and Joe Biden are set for a major showdown as the US President is “copying” his predecessor, Donald Trump, a Swedish MEP has told Express.co.uk.
Mr Trump was deeply unpopular among European Union leaders. Among those who disapproved were German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has never attempted to hide her dislike of the ex-President.
Back in 2016, Mrs Merkel greeted Mr Trump’s victory with an extraordinary warning: that she would work with the US President on the condition that he respected democratic values.
Things did not improve from there.
The transatlantic relationship deteriorated significantly after Mr Trump’s arrival at the White House, with disagreements over international trade, defence and technology.
European officials also struggled with his direct style and use of Twitter.
With Democrat Mr Biden moving into the Oval Office, many were expecting things to go back to how they were before Mr Trump burst onto the scene.
International trade secretary Liz Truss said trade with the EU has ‘bounced back’ after Brexit (Image: GETTY)
11.58am update: Trade with EU has ‘bounced back’ – Truss
SNP MP Brendan O’Hara warned Brexit had left Scottish seafood producers facing a “swamp of bureaucracy”.
He said: “Six months into Brexit and for the seafood producers of my Argyll and Bute constituency the sea of opportunity they were promised has turned out to be a swamp of bureaucracy.
“Alongside a mountain of paperwork and red tape, they all report falling prices, loss of markets, labour shortages and major transport and logistical problems. Six months into Brexit they are facing an existential crisis. How has her department allowed this to happen?”
Responding, international trade secretary Liz Truss said: “We have seen trade with the EU bounce back after some initial issues and in particular the department of environment has offered support for seafood producers to ensure that they have what they need to be able to deal with those issues.”
11.09am update: Minister insists Brexit did not cause trade to fall
Greg Hands, the trade minister, has contested SNP accusations that Brexit has led to falling trade.
He told the Commons: “The latest data in May shows a very significant 8 percent improvement on the previous quarter, I refer him to last Friday’s data.”
He was responding to the SNP’s trade spokesman Drew Hendry, who cited earlier figures from the first quarter of the year.
Mr Hendry said: “EU-UK trade fell by 27 percent in quarter one, with Scotland punished even further, and he can’t blame Covid as the fall is over three times worse than the global comparison.”
He added: “The UK is virtually alone in facing this kamikaze blow to its exports.”
The ERG’s motion is more or less in line with the Government’s stance (Image: GETTY)
Guy Verhofstadt has been mocked on social media after voicing his fears that Poland was on the verge of following the UK’s example by quitting the EU – with several responding to say they hoped he was right.
Belgium’s former Prime Minister, current MEP and frequent Brexit critic was commenting on the escalating row between the bloc and Warsaw over controversial legal reforms.
The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has claimed a new disciplinary chamber set up at Poland‘s Supreme Court as part of an overhaul of its judiciary “does not provide all the guarantees of impartiality and independence”.
However, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal hit back, saying the interim orders issued by the CJEU were not compatible with the country’s constitution.
Mr Verhofstadt posted: “Against the wishes of the vast majority of Polish people who want a future, the populist governing PiS party is determined to take out of the EU.
“Will anyone act to stop them before it is too late?”
A staunch Rejoiner has laid out a “salvation” plan to take down Boris Johnson in the next election.
The British public are not expected to vote in the next general election until May 2024.
But philosopher and author, A C Grayling, has outlined a plan to take down Mr Johnson in the next election.
Mr Grayling – who has campaigned to rejoin the EU – urged the public to “form relentless pressure groups” to get opposition parties ready for the next election.
He tweeted: “A progressive alliance and electoral reform are our salvation.
“Citizens must form relentless pressure groups to get the opposition parties in their areas to field a single candidate on a PR platform for the next election – afterwards the parties can return to tribal squabbling.”
Key moments that led to Brexit (Image: EXPRESS)
The City of London won a court ruling against the European Central Bank (ECB) before Brexit, which could have forced firms handling large euro transactions to move to the eurozone.
He told a news conference on Tuesday: “On equivalence, I think it’s fair to say that nothing really has moved forwards.”
After months of wrangling, new rules for trade were finally agreed on Christmas Eve but in a document spanning over 1,200 pages, there was very little mention of financial services – a sector which accounts for seven percent of the UK’s economy and 10 percent of its tax receipts.
Without this recognition, London firms will be blocked from gaining access to the market.