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Boris Johnson news: Brexit trade issues with NI continue as energy crisis deepens

Alok Sharma insists gas supplies are secure

Boris Johnson has warned that post-Brexit trade complications with Northern Ireland “cannot last forever” as his government plans to override parts of its deal with the EU.

Speaking from New York on Monday, the prime minister said he was not trying to ‘fan’ the situation for ‘political ends’, insisting he just wanted ‘common sense’ to prevail .

Critics, however, suggest his government signed a deal they knew would cause trade friction between Britain and Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson admitted the energy crisis could last for months as ministers scramble to protect businesses and consumers from a sharp rise in gas prices, spurred by increased global demand and a shortage of wind power in the UK this summer.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng will meet with gas industry bosses on Monday to discuss the issue, after wholesale costs soared 70% in August alone. Four energy companies have gone bankrupt in recent days, with others warning they could follow suit.

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“No way the lights go out” during the energy crisis, insists Kwarteng

There will be “no question of the lights going out” this winter, insisted Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.

Amid fears of the repercussions of the energy crisis, the minister told MPs: “We have sufficient, and more than sufficient, capacity to meet demand and we do not expect supply emergencies to arise. produce this winter.

“There is absolutely no question of the lights going out or that people cannot heat their homes. There will be no three-day workweeks or going back to the 1970s. Such thinking is alarmist, unnecessary and completely wrong. “

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Rebel amendment on universal credit reduction rejected

The speaker rejected a rebel Tory amendment calling for a continuation of a £ 20 per week increase in universal credit, The independent understand.

The deputies wished to debate the question on Monday during the discussions on the annual revaluation of pensions.

Rory sullivanSeptember 20, 2021 3:40 PM

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PM berates world leaders on climate crisis

Boris Johnson berated other world leaders for their record on climate change.

Co-chairing a discussion at the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister said: “It is the world’s largest economies that are causing the problem, while the smallest suffer the worst.

“And while progress is being made around the world, the gap between what has been promised, what is actually delivered and what needs to happen… it remains wide.

“Too many large economies – some represented here today, others absent – are lagging too far behind.”

Mr Johnson is expected to pressure Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro – a climate change skeptic – in a meeting later on Monday.

Rory sullivanSeptember 20, 2021 3:25 PM

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Sinn Fein criticizes DUP over protocol threat

Sinn Fein has criticized the DUP for threatening to remove ministers from the executive unless Westminster acts on the Northern Ireland protocol.

Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill called the move “reckless” and “irresponsible”, adding that the pandemic and health services are currently the top priority of the population.

“It’s about making sure that we prioritize the billion peace funds that we may have to distribute among the communities here,” she said.

“So I think it is totally irresponsible and reckless given the high stakes at stake that the DUP threatens to bring down institutions whenever all the other executive parties are here to do business and actually serve the public.”

Rory sullivanSeptember 20, 2021 3:05 PM

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Rory sullivanSeptember 20, 2021 2:48 PM

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Climate activists are harming their own cause, PM says

Boris Johnson has claimed environmental activists are harming their own cause by repeatedly blocking freeways and other roads.

The Prime Minister spoke as 41 people were arrested during the latest Isulate Britain protests on Monday morning, which affected highways and other major transport routes.

He said, “I don’t think these people are doing their cause any favors.

“I think what they are doing undermines a very important moral mission which is widely shared by the people of this country.”

Rory sullivanSeptember 20, 2021 2:45 PM

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Ministers try to reassure the public about winter gas supplies and price caps

The government tried to reassure the public about the winter gas supply, as it insisted that the energy price cap would remain in place.

Speaking of the cap, a spokesperson for Number 10 said, “It’s in place to protect people’s energy bills.

“This is what he is doing, this is what he has done, and like I said, he will continue to do it.”

Rory sullivanSeptember 20, 2021 2:23 PM

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Farmers may have to slaughter pigs due to lack of feed, expert warns

Farmers may have to kill their own animals due to a lack of space and food, the president of the National Pig Association (NPA) has warned.

Rob Mutimer told the PA News Agency: “If the situation does not change, it will get completely out of control.

“And the only end game is that we farmers are going to end up slaughtering our cattle – not for the food chain but to render them, to dispose of the carcasses like what happened in foot-and-mouth disease. .

“And that’s a terrible situation to find yourself in.”

Rory sullivanSeptember 20, 2021 2:03 PM

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France “remains a close ally”, insists n ° 10

France is still “a close ally and friend” of the United Kingdom despite the recent diplomatic fallout, insisted the n ° 10.

Tensions between countries increased after Australia abandoned a submarine deal with France in favor of a deal with the US and UK.

The UK government insisted that the Aukus deal was “by no means intended to be exclusive”.

Speaking on Monday, a Downing Street spokesperson said: “France remains a close ally and friend of the UK, and we are proud of our relationship with France.

“We will continue to work closely with them. We are working very closely together in many areas – Mali being a good example, on counterterrorism operations and many other areas, and that work will obviously continue.

Rory sullivanSeptember 20, 2021 1:45 PM

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Post-Brexit trade problems with Northern Ireland “cannot go on forever”, PM says

The Prime Minister said post-Brexit trade complications with Northern Ireland “cannot last forever”.

Speaking from New York, Boris Johnson said: “I hope everyone knows this is not something the UK government is trying to fuel for our own political ends.

“On the contrary, we want to fix it, we want common sense. We don’t want UK barriers to trade in our country and it’s crazy right now that the protocol is being applied or used the way it is.

Critics suggest, however, that his government was well aware that the Brexit deal he signed would lead to trade friction between Britain and Northern Ireland.

Mr Johnson’s latest comments on Brexit come the day before his meeting with US President Joe Biden, who has made it clear that the UK government should do nothing to jeopardize the peace in Northern Ireland.

Rory sullivanSeptember 20, 2021 1:23 PM

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