He added: ‘As a responsible government, we are considering fallback options in the event this is not achieved to ensure the communities of Northern Ireland are protected.’ Under the withdrawal agreement, the UK must tell Brussels of state aid decisions that would affect Northern Ireland.
The call with Juncker comes ahead of the UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, travelling to Brussels on Wednesday to meet his European counterparts. Mr Frost has been liaising with the EU’s negotiations unit for a number of weeks, and the meeting is a continuation of that dialogue.
Johnson’s racist remarks – set alongside equally outrageous examples of sexism and homophobia – should disqualify him as prime minister. Instead, they appear to endear him to the Tory membership, who feel an urgent need to out-Farage Farage, perhaps even to trump Trump. The US president gets away with it by being the leader of […]
Senior EU figures were unhappy about the UK’s decision to act unilaterally. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said sticking to the letter of the deal was a ‘precondition’ for any trade agreement. Dutch PM Mark Rutte said it was ‘not very reassuring’ and warned a deal looked ‘very difficult’. But there was no […]
As seasoned observers speculated on the motivations for the UK approach, Lord Darroch referred to comments made by Mr Johnson in 2018, in which he suggested there would be ‘all sorts of chaos’ at the start of Brexit negotiations if Mr Trump were in charge.
If that sounds like an exaggeration, just ask yourself how you’d have felt a year ago — or even six months ago — if you’d been told a British government was planning to institute a 10pm curfew, ban gatherings of more than six people, impose daily immunity tests before you were allowed to go about […]
A furious Lord Howard, who served as Tory leader from 2003 to 2005, told a Government minister in the upper chamber: ‘Does my noble and learned friend simply not understand the damage done to our reputation for probity and respect for the rule of law by those five words uttered by his ministerial colleague in […]
Mr Johnson said: “When left-wing anarchists tried to destroy the freedom of the Press, he was silent because for some reason he did not want to offend crusty left-wing anarchists.”
Ever since Theresa May’s premiership, I have become suspicious of the “lectern moment”. That is when the prime minister steps outside Downing Street to address the nation on Brexit. This week with Boris Johnson was no different. Like many, I was left puzzled by the prime minister’s speech on Monday. When he spoke of the […]
Wazir’s mother died during the crossing of Iran. He was arrested in the chaos at the Turkish border and deported to Afghanistan. Since then he has contacted the Iranian, Afghan and Turkish authorities, people smugglers and aid agencies for news of his family.