Brexit LIVE: Frost's bid to rip up hated EU deal given green light by leading lawyers
Brexit LIVE: Frost’s bid to rip up hated EU deal given green light by leading lawyers
Nicola Sturgeon launches blistering Brexit attack
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The former Labour spin doctor wrote on Twitter: “When Brexit was a theoretical possibility, the debate raged across the media relentlessly and around the clock. Now that it is real, with real-life consequences, there is a near black out. @BBCr4today bulletin just now a classic – last item covering HGV lorry shortage, but no mention Brexit.
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FMQs: Sturgeon erupts at ‘deeply offensive’ attack’
Sturgeon squirms in FMQs after Sarwar brands NHS wait a ‘humiliation’ “It is clearly a policy decision, to appease Government, not helped by Labour position either.
“The biggest presence in the shadow cabinet right now is an elephant in the room.”
But Mr Campbell has faced a backlash to his tweets from several people who are furious at him blaming the shortage of HGV drivers on Brexit.
One person said: You are boringly blind when pushing your version of the truth.
Alistair Campbell is an ardent Remainer (Image: GETTY) Pre-Brexit, there were 60k too few drivers, Covid had caused further problems, economic recovery in former supplier countries has led to repatriations and Brexit has impacted negatively. See things in perspective!”
A second Twitter user commented: “So it’s because of Brexit that there’s been a severe shortage of LGV drivers for over 15 years?
“By your logic, Brexit is why we have a huge shortage of drivers here in Germany.”
Another simply said: “Omg he is still whining on about Brexit.”
BRexit LIVE: Lord Frost is leading the UK’s talks with the Er (Image: GETTY) Trending 6.50am update: This blog is now finished: for the latest updates click here
5:45am update: Fury as BBC accused of ‘desperately trying’ to blame supply issues on EU exit
The BBC has sparked a furious backlash after being accused of “desperately trying” to blame escalating supply chain issues on Brexit.
Over recent weeks several household names across the food and drink industry, including the Wetherspoons pub chain and Coca Cola, have reported a shortage of products.
But Defund The BBC has lashed out at the Corporation, warning their “campaign” to pin the problems on Brexit has “failed”.
The campaign group posted a video of BBC News presenter Huw Edwards introducing a piece on the recent supply chain issues.
4:30am update: ‘Time to act!’ EU army plot gathers momentum but bloc warned over major challenge
There are renewed calls for a European Union army following the US debacle in Afghanistan, but one expert has warned about the prospect of being about to convince the bloc to rally behind the idea.
Josep Borrell, the EU’s Foreign Affairs representative, has urged the bloc to create a “rapid response force” of 5,000 troops, following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Speaking to journalists in Slovenia, he said: “The need for more European defence has never been as much evident as today after the events in Afghanistan.”
The view was shared by Claudio Graziano, EU military committee chairman, who argued “now is the time to act” and create a European “reaction force”.
Josep Borrell has urged the EU to create a ‘rapid response force’ (Image: Getty Images) 2:15am update: Prince Harry admired ‘fantastic’ beard grown by Adam Hills ‘until Brexit was sorted’
Prince Harry admired the “fantastic” beard grown by Adam Hills “until Brexit was sorted”, unearthed footage shows.
Adam Hills is back on presenting duties for the latest episode of Channel 4’s “The Last Leg” tonight.
Along with his regular co-stars Alex Brooker and Josh Widdecombe, the Australian comedian runs down the highlights of the ongoing Paralympic Games, which finish on Sunday.
The chat show, which first aired during the London 2012 Paralympics, proved a huge success when it was first broadcast.
12am update: Brexit fury: Irish politician mocked ‘s*** show’ in UK – ‘How did they run an empire?’
Brexit tension erupted after an Irish MEP branded the UK’s withdrawal a “s*** show” and added: Makes you wonder how they ever ran an empire.”
The EU and UK are still at odds over the Northern Ireland protocol as lorry driver shortages, red tape and COVID-19 causes havoc for imports into Britain.
UK food and drink exports to the European Union have plummeted by £2billion in the past year as Brexit frustrates key supply chains.
Exports to Germany, Spain and Italy were all down by more than a third in the past year, according to new analysis from the Food and Drink Federation.
Five key decisions that led to Brexit (Image: Express) 10:15pm update: New Spain car rules: Car sticker to be introduced for UK drivers – how to get
The UK has recently introduced a new post-Brexit change regarding driving a vehicle in Spain: a new mandatory sticker requirement for all British drivers.
Those who wish to drive a British car or any kind of vehicle in Spain will need to get a new “UK” sticker in order to avoid a fine, the Government has said. Where can you get it?
The new measure also applies to any other country in the EU so Britons should make sure they have it before driving abroad.
Oliver Trapnell takes over from Paul Withers
8pm update: Angela Merkel sparks fury in Germany as election looms: ‘Who’s she voting for?’
Angela Merkel has sparked fury in Germany by taking a backward step in the upcoming elections.
Ms Merkel will leave her post as German Chancellor later this month after 16 years in office.
The 67-year-old has remained distanced on the campaign trail ahead of the vote on September 26 and is yet to fully endorse her party’s candidate.
Armin Laschet, leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is the nomination for the CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU).
Ms Merkel has so far refused to say who she is voting for and pollsters claim this could swing the vote towards the opposition.
Hermann Binkert, the head of polling firm INSA, said: “A considerable part – around a third – of the CDU voters voted for the party because of Merkel.
“She has mobilised many green voters to vote for the Union.
“If Merkel were to promote her party and Armin Laschet out of conviction, that would help both of them a lot.”
Brexit LIVE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Image: GETTY) 6pm update: Brexit war reignited as huge EU-UK breakdown erupts – Frost and Brussels not even speaking
Brexit frictions are set to once again explode this month, with little progress made on clashes over the Northern Irish Protocol during the summer.
Customs checks required as part of the EU withdrawal agreement were postponed by three months at the end of June to allow London and Brussels time to find a solution to long-lasting frictions. However, there is thought to have been no contact between Brexit minister Lord Frost and his EU counterpart since July.
While discussions have continued at a technical level among officials, the lack of political engagement has stalled talks.
With less than a month until the end of the extended grace period, the two sides look set to once again publicly clash over the Brexit deal agreed in 2019.
Confirming there had been no progress in talks, an EU official told The Telegraph: “This has been the quietest summer in the five years of Brexit.
“Maros Sefcovic and Lord Frost have not even spoken to each other since July.”
4.41pm update: Brexit bonanza to continue as Liz Truss ready to target ‘huge’ South America deal
Brexit Britain is ready to target a “huge” trade deal with South America, a trade envoy has suggested.
Once the UK has completed its pursuit to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Marco Longhi, trade envoy for Brazil, suggested Britain could well target a vast trade deal with Mercosur – the South American trade bloc.
Mr Longhi, who was appointed as trade envoy in August, told Express.co.uk enhanced trade with Brazil is the ideal “bridge” into agreeing a deal with the South American bloc. He said: “It will be huge. Brazil is the bridge.
“And Brazil, even as it stands now, is the number one trading partner for the United Kingdom in South America but there is plenty more to be done, particularly around access to markets, there are lots of barriers to access.
“But where there’s a will there’s a way.
“And now this is going to be part of what I’m going to be working on, which is to see wherever possible to look at enhanced trading plans between the UK and Brazil, and obviously, wherever possible to work towards a deal with Mercosur as and when that time might be right for that because then that gives access to most South American countries as well.”
Mercosur is made up of six South American states: Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela and Bolivia.
Brexit LIVE: International Trade Secretary Liz Truss is driving through trade deals (Image: GETTY) 3.12pm update: EU shamed – Bloc snubbed by Dutch in latest poll – 76 percent call for monetary sovereignty
A new poll found that a large majority of Dutch people think financial regulations should be dealt with by sovereign governments and not the EU or the European Central Bank.
In a shocking blow to Brussels, a poll conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies for Euronews found that 76 percent of Dutch people surveyed believed national governments should be solely in charge of financial and economic regulations of their respective member states.
The poll asked the question “In general, where do you think financial regulations should be determined?”, to which a majority in almost all 12 EU member states surveyed replied they did not believe the European Union should be in charge.
Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy and Portugal had percentages higher than 60 percent in favour of more national sovereignty when it comes to financial issues.
Only in Hungary, the percentage fell just below 50 percent for the same answer, remaining nonetheless the most chosen response.
The poll was carried out between August 4 and 10 and gauged the opinions of 31,000 respondents across 12 EU member states: Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
Brexit LIVE: Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte (Image: GETTY) Paul Withers taking over live reporting from Bill McLoughlin.
2.05pm update: Brexit crisis as Ireland forced to beg EU to approve £8.6m bailout of its fishermen
The European Union has backed an £8.6 million bailout of the Irish fishing industry to help it cope with the impact of Brexit.
The European Commission backed the state aid handout after Dublin proposed a scheme to help trawlermen deal with losing access to Britain’s coastal waters.
Under the plan, Irish vessels will be paid to stop fishing for at least a month, between September 1 and December 31.
It is hoped that paying fishermen to stay at home will free up fishing quotas for other vessels to use.
1.17pm update: WhatsApp hit with record fine for breaching EU privacy regulations dropped by Brexit UK
Whatsapp was hit by a record-breaking fine for failing to comply with EU rules on data protection.
WhatsApp has been hit with a fine of 225 million euros by the data protection commissioner, following an investigation into GDPR practices at the company.
The record fine came after the probe found WhatsApp had breached European Union laws on transparency, and the sharing of user information with other companies owned by Facebook.
In addition to the fine, the office of the data protection commissioner (DPC) in Dublin has issued a “reprimand” to WhatsApp and ordered it to bring its processing into compliance with EU standards.
Brexit ‘not to blame’ for supply crisis says Andrew Bridgen
12.14pm update: Joe Biden pinpointed as Dominic Cummings’ new target – Brexit maestro looking for US move
Joe Biden has been sized up by Dominic Cummings as his new target, as the mastermind behind Brexit looks to radically overhaul US politics.
The former Vote Leave chief has set out his blueprint to remove the Democrat from office and replace him with a radical Republican.
His turn in attention to the US comes after successfully running the Brexit campaign and ensuring the UK left the EU once Boris Johnson was in office.
Explaining his plans for the US on his subscribers-only blog, Mr Cummings appealed for funding to help shake up Washington.
He said a “tiny and cheap” investment of £1.5-2million would be enough to see off Donald Trump in the 2024 election primaries and install a Republican candidate capable of beating Mr Biden and slashing the size of the US government.
11.25am update: Nothing to fear! Britons urge Boris to take WTO rules and ‘call EU’s bluff’
Boris Johnson has been urged to proceed on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms and “call the EU’s bluff” after the bloc put forward a fresh set of proposals to shackle the UK.
Brussels chiefs are exploring ways to take advantage of the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol to ensure Britain is bound by EU rules.
A major source of contention has been the supply of medicines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland and the European Commission is said to be working on a long-term plan to tie manufactures to the bloc’s regulatory compliance functions.
A Whitehall source close to the ongoing negotiations surrounding the Protocol said the request to align to EU rules for medicines was “absurd”.
Brexit news: The Northern Ireland protocol explained (Image: Express) 10.53am update: Prince Charles’ call for Britain to ‘reaffirm bond’ with Germany after Brexit
Princes Charles called for Britain to “reaffirm its bond” with Germany after Brexit, an unearthed speech shows.
The UK officially broke free from the EU last year, and by the beginning of 2021, the Brexit transition period had ended.
More than five years after the country voted to leave the bloc, the EU has still tried to enact its will upon the UK.
In recent months London and Brussels have sparred over the disruption to trade between Britain and Northern Ireland.
Supply chains across the Irish Sea have been hampered by the EU’s strict interpretation of customs checks on a range of British products at Northern Irish ports.
Brexit news: Trade post-Brexit (Image: Express) 9.46am update: Sunak urged to launch Britcoin NOW or risk £40bn ‘crisis’ that will see EU snatch victory
Britain must beat the European Union to the punch when it comes to the launch of a digital currency, previously dubbed “Britcoin” by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, a City-based think tank has said.
Daniel Hodson, Chairman of the CityUnited Project, warned failure to do so risks handing the initiative to Brussels – and with it the opportunity to damage the City’s “European leadership” in a move he fears would represent an “existential crisis” for the Square Mile – and a threat to the £40billion in tax revenue it contributes annually.
Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), also known as digital fiat currencies or digital base money, were inspired by Bitcoin but are not themselves defined as cryptocurrencies.
China’s digital renminbi is the first CDBC to be issued by a major economy, and began undergoing public testing in April.
9.05am update: More on the pursuit to change the Brexit deal
Professor Alan Sked claimed the UK should “repudiate” the Brexit deal.
He said: “Leading experts in EU law have come out in backing UK Government’s demands to rewrite part of the Brexit Agreement that could hand Brussels wide powers over state aid decisions.
“Just repudiate the whole Agreement.”
Redwood says shortage of HGV drivers ‘isn’t a Brexit issue’
8.11am update: Boris set to betray manifesto pledge with National Insurance hike to pay for social care
Boris Johnson is set to announce a rise in National Insurance (NI) in a bid to solve the social care crisis and cut NHS waiting times, according to reports.
The move would break his 2019 manifesto pledge to keep NI contributions at the same rates and will result in around 25 million people paying more tax.
However, there is still disagreement between the Prime Minister and his Chancellor Rishi Sunak over how much of an increase there should be.
The Daily Telegraph reports Mr Johnson favours a 1 percent hike, whereas the Treasury is pushing for a 1.25 percent increase.
Brexit news: A timeline of events leading to the UK’s exit (Image: Express ) 7.33am update: Elements of Brexit deal should be reconsidered lawyers claim
Article 10 of the Brexit deal should be reconsidered, George Peretz QC of Monckton Chambers and James Webber of Shearman & Sterling, have claimed.
In support of Lord Frost, the pair claimed this section of the deal may indeed be redundant, as the Brexit minister prviously said.
They said: ” Whatever view may be taken by the EU of the UK government’s general stance towards the protocol either in the command paper or more widely, its specific proposals on article 10 should, in our view, be considered seriously.”
A source told the Financial Times, however, that it is unclear if the EU will renegotiate elements of the deal following the release of the command paper in July.
They said: “We are hopeful the EU do recognise the importance of not aggravating this situation.
“But it remains to be seen whether they are willing to engage seriously on article 10 or not.”
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