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Brexit News live: Northern Ireland’s anger over deal could turn violent, PM warned

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Anger in Northern Ireland over the effects of Brexit could turn violent, Boris Johnson has warned.

The Council of Loyalist Communities, which is associated with loyalist paramilitary groups, said Unionists’ anger was stronger than at any time since the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement which gave Dublin an advisory role in governance North.

“I thought … the days of taxation were over,” said its chairman, David Campbell.

He intervened amid warnings that tens of thousands of EU citizens could lose their legal status in the UK at the end of June due to an ‘arbitrary’ Brexit deadline.

More than 50 parliamentarians have written to the government about the ‘edge of the cliff’ imposed by the planned closing date of the European Settlement System (ESS) of June 30.


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Rory sullivanMay 19, 2021 7:45 AM


Tens of thousands of EU citizens living in UK could lose legal status in June

Tens of thousands of EU citizens living in the UK could lose their legal status in June, MEPs warned.

This is due to the government’s “arbitrary” deadline for the European Settlement System (ESS), which ends at the end of next month.

Rory sullivanMay 19, 2021 7:49 AM


PM reportedly backs Australia tariff-free trade deal amid ‘fierce row’

Boris Johnson is said to have supported a free trade deal with Australia, although the British agricultural industry has said it was “complete betrayal”.

According to plans, Australia’s tariffs on beef exported to the UK would drop from the current 20 percent to zero over the next 15 years. Considering the large scale of many Australian farms, UK farmers believe this would be ruinous for their businesses.

Ahead of a cabinet meeting on Thursday, a government source told The Times: “In principle, the Prime Minister believes that we should offer Australia the same terms we are offering the EU.”

“But that doesn’t mean there will be the reductions in standards that we need,” they added.

This follows reports of a “fierce row” between ministers, with Michael Gove saying he is opposed to the move and Commerce Secretary Liz Truss for it.

Rory sullivanMay 19, 2021 8:12 AM


British holidaymakers in France must pay € 30 due to Brexit paperwork

Landowners in France who have British family and friends to stay this summer face bureaucracy and additional costs due to Brexit.

Guests will need to present the details of the proposed tour to their town hall at least one month in advance, before their guests receive a certificate to show upon arrival in France.

Our travel correspondent Simon calder has the details:

Rory sullivanMay 19, 2021 8:32 AM


PM must be more ‘transparent’ on ‘higher leveling’ agenda, says House of Lords committee

Boris Johnson needs to be honest about why some areas are benefiting from his “leveling” plans and others not, a House of Lords committee has said.

The chamber’s Public Services Committee urged his administration to use deprivation data as the basis for its decisions.

This comes amid accusations of political bias, some areas controlled by the Tories are given additional investment despite being less deprived than places without additional support.

Committee chair Baroness Armstrong said the government “has shown insufficient transparency in making ‘leveling’ funding decisions.”

“This lack of transparency has fueled accusations of political bias, leads stakeholders to question why criteria such as travel distance have been put forward, and risks undermining public confidence in the ‘race to the top’. “.”

The peer added that a white paper should be published urgently to give a clearer picture of the “leveling up” agenda.

Rory sullivanMay 19, 2021 8:52 AM


Do you decide on trips to the countries of the “ orange list ”, according to the minister

Amid the confusion over official travel advice, a government minister suggested people should decide for themselves.

Asked about travel to “Orange List” countries, Gillian Keegan said Sky News that the ministers “did not legislate to prevent people from going on vacation”.

“And like a lot of those things we’ve had throughout the pandemic, it’s about really relying on the UK general public to be sane and to look at the advice we’ve put in place and make their own decisions. “, she added. .

Ms Keegan then warned that the government “would not advise” travel to countries on the Amber List.

Our political correspondent Jon stone reports:

Rory sullivanMay 19, 2021 9:17 AM


Inside politics

Dominic Cummings is now reveling in his self-proclaimed role as a maverick outsider with a chopping ax, writes Adam forrest.

In our daily political overview, The independent looks at former strategist No.10’s promise to reveal ‘crucial’ Covid documents at a committee hearing next week.

Rory sullivanMay 19, 2021 9:37 AM


Priti Patel should ‘take a step back’ from law enforcement agenda, says police chief

Priti Patel and the Home Office should “take a step back” and not interfere in operational policing matters, a police chief said.

Gareth Morgan of Staffordshire Police said Time that while he supported Ms Patel’s close involvement with the police, he feared it would give the impression that “policing is seen as an extension of government”.

“Being united and taking an interest is really good, but entering the police arena is not,” he said.

“I think that it is just as much for the service to assert itself, to assert itself, to assert itself and to play its role, as it is for the Ministry of the Interior to take a step back.”

Mr Morgan’s comments come after the Home Office delayed the release of a long-awaited report on Daniel Morgan’s murder, a move his family described as a “kick in the teeth.”

Rory sullivanMay 19, 2021 9:56 AM


Sturgeon reworking firm

Nicola Sturgeon has embarked on a major cabinet reshuffle, with two of the oldest cabinet secretaries no longer in government.

Economic Secretary Fiona Hyslop and Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing, who had been in cabinet since the SNP came to power in 2007, are no longer part of Ms Sturgeon’s inner circle.

Announcing the decision, the Prime Minister said: “I want to pay tribute to the work of Fiona Hyslop and Fergus Ewing and thank them for their flawless public service for many years.”

As part of the reshuffle, Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney will step down from the education record to become the coronavirus recovery secretary.

Rory sullivanMay 19, 2021 10:17 AM


Prime Minister accused of failing to protect UK borders from Covid

Boris Johnson has been accused of failing to protect UK borders from the coronavirus, after it was revealed that more than 100 flights from India have landed in the UK since being on the travel red list.

Unlike other countries on the list – like Brazil and South Africa – the government has not banned flights from India.

Now the B.1.617.2 variant, which was first detected in India, is now dominant in northern England and is spreading to the rest of the country.

Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow Home Secretary, told LBC: “The UK government’s mistakes risked allowing variations in, jeopardizing our hope for freedoms.”

My colleague Matt Mathers to the story:

Rory sullivanMay 19, 2021 10:37 AM

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