Brexit LIVE: Boris readying ‘bomb proof’ case – Ireland threatens to terminate ENTIRE deal

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Brexit voters urge Boris to get tough on low-quality imports – 74% want strict rules

Leavers have urged Boris Johnson to get tough on low-quality imports to safeguard British farms in post-Brexit trade deals.

New findings from Deltapoll research found nearly three quarters (74 percent) of people who voted to leave the European Union have said all food entering the country should be produced to British environmental standards.

The poll found Leave voters are more likely than Remainers (66 percent) to want to outlaw imported food produced using pesticides which are banned in Britain.

This comes amid concerns on the impact on the UK’s farming sector from post-Brexit trade deals – such as those with Australia and New Zealand.

Critics have raised concerns these post-Brexit trade deals could lead to cheaper, lower-quality produce.

Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers’ Union, told MailOnline: “This poll shows that protecting quality, home-grown British food has never been a Leave vs Remain issue.”

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Ex-Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage claims he was offered peerage ‘to back Boris’ in 2019 election

Nigel Farage, 57, has claimed he and his party were offered peerages in exchange for offering their support to Boris Johnson in the 2019 general election.

Speaking to GB News, Mr Farage railed against the “corrupt” British establishment and denounced politicians who “are able to act as if they’re above the law, and get away with it.”

He said: “I have to say from my own experience of dealing with the British establishment, and fighting against the British establishment, I think the word ‘corrupt’ is perfectly fair, perfectly reasonable.

“This goes much, much deeper. It isn’t just about people giving money to political parties – peerages are being used as a means of buying off political opponents.”

He then claimed: “And that’s what they tried to do to me in 2019.

“They literally came along and said, ‘Right, you as the Brexit Party can have all of these peerages, if you back Boris in the general election’.

“It was the most corrupt, disgraceful thing I’ve seen in all my years in politics, and yet, nobody at the time seemed even vaguely interested.

“If one good thing does come out of the Owen Paterson saga, perhaps a complete rethink of the whole system, because I really do believe that it is corrupt and there are people in very top positions in this country who are able to act as if they’re above the law and get away with it, time and time again.”

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‘Give moribund EU stale leaders food for thought!’ Britons BACK Truss new trade deal quest

Britons have hailed Liz Truss’s vision of developing new trading relationships with countries beyond Europe.

In an upcoming tour that the Government hopes will distract from the trade row with the EU over the Northern Ireland Protocol, the Foreign Secretary will visit Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. 

She said she was determined to “zero in on the opportunities of the future” and to see the creation of a truly “Global Britain”.

A source close to Ms Truss said: “This is all about seizing the opportunities of Brexit and looking towards the fastest-growing parts of the world and the huge Asian economies of the future.”

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LBC’s Iain Dale skewers Remainer Lib Dem MP for ‘rewriting history’ on Brexit hatred

LBC presenter Iain Dale, 59, told to the Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Olney, 44, she was attempting to “rewrite history” when she downplayed her party’s staunch opposition to referendum result.

The Richmond Park MP, who defeated the Tory Brexiteer Zac Goldsmith in 2019, joined Mr Dale and other guests on the radio stations panel.

Appearing on LBC, Ms Olney was asked by caller Chris whether MP sleaze was more dishonourable than trying to overturn the Brexit result.

It comes as the House of Commons debates MP standards following the Owen Paterson lobbying row.

Ms Olney replied to the caller and said: “I think all I would say with that is certainly for myself what I was campaigning for was a further vote. 

“That was very clear about the terms in which the Government was proposing to leave the European Union. 

“But we can have a further vote on that and that we were asking the Government to come to the table with exactly what its plans were and be really clear with the British public what they wanted to put in place if we were leaving the European Union. 

“They failed to do that and we’re still living with the consequences.”

A sceptical Mr Dale was not convinced by Ms Olney’s version of events and stated the Liberal Democrats tried to overturn the referendum result.

He said: “That’s slightly rewriting history, well, you were campaigning under the slogan Bollocks to Brexit.

“You and your colleagues did everything they could do in Parliament to thwart Brexit, why not be honest and admit that?”

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‘Trashing democracy!’ Remainer Labour leader blasted for ‘reneging on promise’ in Brexit snub

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, 59, has been blasted by a ex-Labour MP for “reneging on promises” to respect the UK’s decision to ‘Vote Leave’ in the 2016 referendum.

Former ‘Grassroots Out’ Brexit campaigner Kate Hoey, 75, slammed Starmer after saying he has a “brass neck”.

The Leader of the Opposition, who served as Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, was an ardent supporter of remaining in the EU. 

Baroness Hoey, who represented voters in Vauxhall from 1989 to 2019, said: “How has Keir Starmer the brass neck to talk about Gov trashing democracy when he personally was responsible for the Labour Party trying to trash the democratic vote of the British public to leave the EU and reneging on the promise to honour the result?”

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Brexit vindicated! Transport Secretary Grant Shapps goes nuclear on EU red tape

The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, 53, has said Brexit gives Britain the opportunity to slash EU red tape and escape the supply-chain crisis.

The Department for Transport has announced it will launch a review into training HGV drivers in an attempt to increase the number of licences issued.

In recent months, the UK has been grappling with a shortage of lorry drivers.

The crisis, coupled with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been blamed for empty shelves in supermarkets and panic-buying at petrol stations.

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PM rages as Brussels bloc shoots itself in foot with £80bn punishment plot on Brexit Britain

The European Union is shooting itself in the foot with its “persistent delays” to letting the UK join the EU’s £80billion scientific research programme, Number 10 has said.

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman yesterday morning warned Brussels it would be in the European Union’s own interest to accept Britain as a partner in the Horizon programme.

Under the UK-EU trade deal signed last year, Brexit Britain would continue to be a contributor to the scheme.

The UK is set to contribute £2.1billion annually to ensure British scientists retain access to pan-European funding.

‘Labour on the cheap’: Au Pair visa route rejected by minister

Calls in Parliament for a dedicated visa route to be provided for au pairs post-Brexit have been rejected by a minister, who said it was “labour on the cheap”.

Tory former cabinet minister Lord Lilley, a prominent Brexiteer, said: “I welcome the fact we are moving away from the deplorable British habit of paying British workers too little and not training them enough and instead relying on cheap labour from abroad.

“I understand the reasons Lady Hodgson gives for wanting an exception in the case of au pairs but I counsel the House that it will open us to ridicule if the only exception we are prepared to make is helping us deal with a servant problem.”

“Au pairs certainly are labour on the cheap.”

Belfast bus services pulled following attacks

A number of bus services in the Belfast area have been suspended or diverted following recent attacks on vehicles over opposition to the Northern Ireland Protocol. 

Two buses have been hijacked and burnt in loyalist areas in the past week.

Translink management held a meeting with union representatives on Monday and announced the changes to its Metro routes.

Five routes were suspended from 6.30pm on Monday, while another seven operated with diversions.

The routes will resume on Tuesday morning and daily decisions will be taken over future evening services.

DUP leader calls for ‘decisive action’ from Lord Frost

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has called on “decisive action” from Lord Frost over the Northern Ireland Protocol feud. 

He also repeated his belief that “conditions have been met to trigger Article 16” and invoking it was “the right thing to do”.

Mr Donaldson said Northern Ireland was being harmed “on a daily basis” because of the trading arrangements in the protocol. 

Article 16 will not solve the UK-EU feud, says Starmer

Suspending parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol would not solve the UK-EU feud, according to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

Sir Keir said: “I don’t think that triggering Article 16 will resolve the dispute in relation to the protocol in Northern Ireland.

“That isn’t in the interests of the communities in Northern Ireland or businesses in Northern Ireland. What is in their interests is resolving the issues.

“Because of the way the protocol was drafted, because of what the prime minister signed, it is perfectly true that there are checks from Great Britain to Northern Ireland – we want to reduce those.”

Sinn Fein president warns triggering Article 16 jeopardises Brexit

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald has agreed with comments made by Ireland’s foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney which stated triggering Article 16 puts the wider Brexit agreements at risk. 

Speaking on BBC One Northern Ireland’s Sunday Politics programme, she said: “It would demonstrate just again colossal bad faith and demonstrate again that Ireland, the north of Ireland in particular, is collateral damage in the Tory Brexit as they play games and play a game of chicken with the European institutions.

“I would also say that if the British government imagine that they hold all of the cards they are wrong, and they’re playing a very, very dangerous game, up to and including perhaps jeopardising the entire withdrawal agreement.”

Liz Truss strikes up talks with ‘important Commonwealth friend’

Liz Truss has met Malaysian ministers to carve out a “new Strategic Partnership” as part of her post-Brexit effort to strengthen ties to nations outside Europe.

The Foreign Secretary aims to enhance Britain’s “economic and security relations” with the Indo-Pacific region.

She will travel to Thailand and Indonesia next.

Thus far, Ms Truss has focused on promoting a “greater tech collaboration”, and is expected to continue reaching for that goal throughout the rest of her mission. 

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Brexit voters urge Boris to get tough on low-quality imports

Brexit voters have urged Boris Johnson to get tough on low-quality imports to safeguard British farms in post-Brexit trade deals, according to a new pole. 

According to the results, almost three-quarters (74 percent) of Brexit voters said they wanted all food entering the country to abide by British environmental standards.

The poll found Leave voters are more likely than Remainers (66 percent) to want to outlaw imported food produced using pesticides which are banned in Britain.

These findings come amid fears that post-Brexit trade deals with countries such as Australia and New Zealand could severely negatively impact British farming. 

Critics claim these post-Brexit trade deals could lead to cheaper, lower-quality produce from other countries harming British farmers. 

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Fury as Germany funds China military with warship parts

The EU has come under fire after the German media revealed some engines for Chinese warships are being produced in Germany.

German broadcaster ARD and publication Die Welt am Sonntag revealed components of Chinese navy warships are powered by engines that were built or developed by German manufacturers.

The news sparked fury in Brussels as Germany is allegedly circumventing an EU imposed arms embargo.

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How could the EU respond to Frost triggering Article 16?

The EU could terminate its trade deal with the UK if Lord Frost bites the bullet and triggers Article 16, according to an Irish minister. 

The EU could serve the year-long notice of its intention to cancel the deal.

This move could also trigger legal action and lead the EU to dispute clauses in the Brexit treaties.

Simon Coveney, Ireland’s foreign minister, told RTE the trade deal was dependent on the implementation of Brexit. 

He said: “The EU will respond in a very serious way to that. One is contingent on the other. So if one is being set aside, there is a danger that the other will also be set aside by the EU.”

Boris Johnson could trigger Article 16 to distract from Paterson scandal, says EU diplomat

The prime minister could trigger Article 16 in a bid to distract the public from the unfolding Owen Paterson scandal, according to a senior EU diplomat. 

Ahead of a debate on parliamentary standards on Monday, the diplomat said: “The risk of triggering Article 16 appears to be very substantial and increased by a need to distract from the embarrassment of the Paterson affair.”

UK ministers are already preparing legal changes to British law to lay the groundwork for a possible triggering of the clause before Christmas. 

This move would break international law, according to Brussels. 

Article 16 allows the UK or the EU to unilaterally override parts of the protocol if it is causing serious “economic, societal or environmental difficulties”.

The UK insists those conditions have already been met but wants to see whether the deal can first be renegotiated with the EU. 

Ireland threatens to terminate entire deal

Simon Coveney has warned the EU could ditch the entire Brexit agreement with the UK if the Government continues with threats to use Article 16.

The Irish Minister said triggering Article 16 over the Northern Ireland Protocol would prompt retaliatory action and fears London is “deliberately forcing a breakdown in relations and negotiations between the two sides”.

On Friday EU commissioner Maroš Šefčovič warned of “serious consequences” if the UK suspends the Brexit deal after Brexit minister Lord Frost said Article 16 is “very much on the table”.

‘Article 16 must be triggered now’ amid violence in Northern Ireland

Brexiteer Baroness Hoey has said Boris Johnson must trigger Article 16 without delay amid spiralling tension in Northern Ireland.

The peer, formerly Labour MP Kate Hoey, spoke out after several days of sporadic violence north of the border which have seen running clashes with the police.

Baroness Hoey, who stood down as MP for Vauxhall at the 2019 election, told Express.co.uk: 

“The Government needs to show that time has run out on the negotiations with the EU.

“And Article 16 must be triggered now and then legislation introduced to guarantee Northern Ireland a place within the UK internal market.”

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‘No basis’ for unionists to continue to back peace accord, says PUP

The Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) said there is “no basis” for unionists to continue to support Northern Irelan’s historic peace record. 

The party, which is politically aligned to the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force, said the consent principle, which is central to the 1998 Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, has been undermined by Brexit’s Northern Ireland Protocol. 

Loyalists angry at the Brexit protocol claim the imposition of economic barriers on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland has changed the region’s constitutional position within the UK.

Leader Billy Hutchinson insisted the PUP remains a “firm and dedicated” supporter of peace in Northern Ireland.

Forst rattles Coveney over Article 16

Brexit minister Lord David Frost warning that triggering Article 16 “is very much on the table” has rattled Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney. 

Mr Coveney confirmed Irish officials are preparing contingency plans, adding “the signals are not good”.

Lord Frost and  EU commissioner, and one of Europe’s top Brexit negotiators, Maros Sefcovic are due to talk on November 12.

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UK and Ireland relationship is ‘fundamental to peace’

Irish premier Micheal Martin has said it is not inevitable that the UK Government will trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Mr Martin has urged the UK Government to consider the damage such a move would cause for Britain’s relationships with the EU and Ireland.

“Obviously, European Union/United Kingdom relations are very important over time and they should be a relationship that’s built on sustained trust, they should be constructive,” he said.

He echoed the message that the relationship between the two nations “is a fundamental one” and is “central to the peace process”. 

He added: “There’s an obligation on all parties to take those two fundamental sets of relationships into account before any action is taken.”

What is Article 16 and the Northern Ireland Protocol?

Article 16 is part of the Northern Ireland Protocol which lays out a safeguard it either the UK or EU decide the deal is creating “serious difficulties” or “diversions of trade”.

If it is invoked it could lead to part of the Brexit deal being suspended and either side must give a month’s notice before invoking the article. 

The Northern Ireland Protocol was implemented to avoid hard border controls between Ireland and Northern Ireland which has been complicated as this is now a border between the UK and the EU. 

The UK and EU negotiated the Northern Ireland Protocol, which meant Northern Ireland remains inside the EU’s customs territory and continues to abide by the EU’s single market rules. 

But the UK wants to change the protocol and submitted several proposals asking for the majority of checks to be scrapped but the EU is reluctant to alter the terms of the protocol. 

UK not seen the last of Macron’s Brexit threats

An expert expects the UK hasn’t seen the last of Emmanuel Macron’s post-Brexit threats as he looks to secure a second presidential term. 

Journalist Ned Temko told BBC’s Dateline that he doubted the UK has “seen the last” of Macron’s post-Brexit threats as seen during the fishing and Northern Ireland Protocol rows. 

Mr Temko said Macron doesn’t want to “appear weak or taken advantage of” as the French election looms. 

He suggested: “On the British side we have a highly ideological government who’s powering credo is Brexit and making Britain great again, Global Britain…

“And we must not forget that Emmanuel Macron in France has an important reflection date early next year with the voters of France.”

Macon to outline agenda for the French Presidency of the EU

French President Emmanuel Macron is said to have set a date to announce his agenda for the French Presidency of the EU. 

Politico reports that he will give a speech on December 1 to outline his priorities for the rotating EU Presidency from January 2022. 

The most important plan from Mr Macron’s list of priorities will remain Europe’s strategic autonomy and a push for an EU army to be created.

Mr Macron is also expected to conduct the whole presidency in French and vowed to respond to letters arriving from the European Commission only if written in French. 

“Even if we admit that English is a working language and it is commonly practiced, the basis to express oneself in French remains fully in place in the EU institutions,” said a senior French diplomat.

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Brits in Spain ‘selling-up’ due to post-Brexit rules

British expats on Costa del Sol are “selling up” as they fear their holiday homes will be restricted by post-Brexit EU rules. 

British nationals are only permitted to spend a maximum of 90 days in Spain per 180-day period as they are now subject to the same rules on visa-free visits as other non-EU citizens.

British councillor Bill Anderson, who moved to Spain 20 years ago, told Express.co.uk said: “These are people that were generally not resident here but spent a large part of the year here.

“And I think that some Brits have been selling up being, you know, ‘I don’t want this kind of restriction.

“‘I normally spend November to March in Spain to get away from the British winter’ and we’re not allowed to do that anymore.”

Boris Johnson and Government branded ‘toddlers’

An insider has blasted Boris Johnson and his Government as “toddlers” over threats to trigger Article 16. 

The unnamed eurocrat said: “It seems the UK is always testing our limits, much in the same way that toddlers do.”

It comes after a leaked UK Government memo revealed plans to hit back by withholding cash from three flagship EU research projects. 

Britain believes Brussels is purposely hampering its ability to participate in Horizon Europe, Copernicus and Euratom as a way of exerting leverage when it comes to arrangements for Northern Ireland.

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‘Make Brexit work’, says Keir Starmar

Labour leader Sir Keir Stamer said suspending parts of Northern Ireland’s Brexit deal would not resolve the dispute between the UK and the EU. 

He told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show he wanted to “make Brexit work”.

Sir Keir said: “There’s a little bit of me, I am afraid, that can’t help think that the prime minister is constantly trying to pick a fight on things like this so he hopes people don’t look elsewhere in the forest, which are things like the Owen Paterson affair,”

He added: “What I’m not talking about is re-joining the EU, what I’m not talking about is ripping up the current agreement and starting again – nobody wants to be in that place.”

Tension builds in Northern Ireland

Tension is mounting as a bus has been hijacked and set on fire in Northern Ireland.

A video of the wreck in Newtownabbey, County Antrim went viral on Sunday evening but luckily no one was injured. 

It follows a disturbance on Frida night which left six PSNI vehicles damaged. It involved people on both sides of the community divide between the nationalist Springfield Road and loyalist Shankill Road. 

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PM preparing ‘bomb proof’ case

A Brexit expert has said Boris Johnson wants to ensure the case for triggering Article 16 is “bomb proof” amid speculation he could trigger it soon.

The Prime Minister has said the current implementation of the protocol is having a “damaging impact” on the people of Northern Ireland.

But expert Mujtaba Rahman said “it will still be a bit of time” before the Government notifies the EU on Article 16, saying it could be early December. 

UKG also wants to be on firm ground with EU/internationally, so will this week lay out in more detail why it believes @MarosSefcovic numbers don’t make sense/go far enough. Wants to make sure its evidence/case is bomb proof given ensuing infringement proceedings, arbitration 4/

u2014 Mujtaba Rahman (@Mij_Europe) November 7, 2021

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