‘It is a very blunt instrument,’ the insider told the FT. ‘The bill will explicitly say the government reserves the right to set its own regime, directly setting up UK law in opposition with obligations under the withdrawal agreement, and in full cognisance that this will breach international law.’
Boris Johnson is said to be resisting calls to publish a report into allegations of bullying by Priti Patel. The Prime Minister and the Home Secretary are pictured together during a visit to a police headquarters in North Yorkshire in July
The opposite pertains if Trump defies current polling and wins a second term. A lesson that Downing Street would take from such a comeback is that doubling down on incendiary rhetoric works; that the limit of decency defined by constitutional lawyers is a laughable fiction; that the anguished cries of liberals herald success; that elections […]
“A deal can be struck in the next few weeks, the issues outstanding are not unsurmountable. To have no deal would be a failure of negotiation, a failure that has to be owned by the Prime Minister.”
Downing Street says it is the last chance to clarify the situation in law before the end of the year. Some Tories believe the timing of the move is part of a broader tactic designed to put pressure on the EU to cut a deal now or risk the UK acting independently in even more […]
But Mr Johnson only has himself to blame for the most controversial element, his decision to go back on the agreement with the EU concerning Northern Ireland. Last November, when he was trying to woo Ulster Unionists to back his Brexit deal, he promised there would be no customs checks between Britain and Northern Ireland […]
Jonathan Slater, the top civil servant at the Department for Education, was sacked last week following the exams fiasco – only days after Sally Collier quit her post as head of the under-fire exams regulator Ofqual.
And finally, under the deal, EU ‘state aid’ rules will apply to firms in Northern Ireland, and not the rest of the UK. But the UK wants to give its own ministers the power to spell out how this will work, to avoid firms in Britain being drawn into the system.
A regime with an unveiled contempt for both officials and conventions probably shrugged at the resignation of Sir Jonathan Jones as the head of the government’s legal department. Nor do they seem bothered that they have hideously compromised the offices of the attorney general and the lord chancellor who have both sworn solemn oaths to […]
The U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31, but it is in a transition period that effectively sees it benefit from the bloc’s tariff-free trade until the end of the year while a future relationship is negotiated. Even before the latest standoff, discussions between the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and his U.K. counterpart, David […]