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Boris Johnson admits he signed the Northern Ireland Protocol in the hope that the EU will not “apply” it

Boris Johnson’s new strategy to boost domestic food production has been described by Labor as “on the brink of absurdity”.

Environment Secretary Jim McMohan criticized the government for not making concrete proposals on food prices: “This is just a vague statement of intent, not concrete proposals to address the main issues facing face our country “.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is also facing a conservative rebellion over his plans to overturn the Northern Ireland Protocol, as his own MPs warn him that the controversial plan runs counter to key principles. conservatives.

The legislation, which is due to be tabled today, will break the withdrawal treaty it negotiated three years ago and is expected to give ministers the power to remove controls on the movement of goods moving from Britain to Ireland. of the North.

A leaked information document shared between Conservative MPs describes the move, which experts have warned could lead to a trade war with the European Union, as “detrimental to everything the UK and the Conservatives represent”.

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The government hoped that “very active lawyers” would challenge Rwanda’s policy, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson said the government expected “very active lawyers” to try to challenge Rwanda’s policy.

The Prime Minister told LBC: “We have always said that we knew that this policy would attract attacks from those who want to have a fully open approach to immigration, who want people to be able to cross the Channel without leaving any obstacles.

“There are lawyers who are very active in this field. I have the utmost respect for the legal profession, but it is also important that we stop criminal gangs. “

When asked if politics will be worthwhile if only one person is removed, Johnson said: by this government.

“They’re selling people false hope. They’re luring them into something extremely risky and criminal.”

Thomas Kingsley June 13, 2022 9:11 AM


The government’s food plan condemned as “not a strategy” by the top councilor

The top adviser on a major overhaul of the country’s food system has criticized the government’s plan, saying it is “not a strategy” and without “clear vision”.

Boris Johnson has pledged that the plan, which will be published in a white paper on Monday, will “support” British farmers, after a leaked draft of the document was condemned by critics as “half-cooked”.

Ministers say the plan will help strengthen the resilience of the country’s supply chains and increase domestic production, so that “we will grow and eat more food of our own.”

Read the full story of our political correspondent, Adam Forrest:

Thomas Kingsley June 13, 2022 9:00 p.m.


The minister refuses to say whether the flight from Rwanda will depart

Environment Secretary George Eustice has insisted that sending migrants to Rwanda is “the right thing to do”, but could not guarantee that the first flight would go as planned on Tuesday.

The minister was asked on Sky News if he could say with confidence that “more than one person” would fly over the first plane, after it was reported that there were far fewer people on board than the official figure of 31.

The BBC reports that the number of asylum seekers who will be deported to Rwanda on Tuesday is “approaching single figures” following a series of individual legal challenges.

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Thomas Kingsley June 13, 2022 8:45 AM


Boris Johnson joins workers at a vegetable farm in Cornwall

Boris Johnson has joined farm workers in picking zucchini at a vegetable farm in Cornwall as his new food strategy kicks in.

The Prime Minister is being shown how to look under the leaves, select the prepared zucchini, turn and turn the vegetables and put them in boxes in the back of a tractor moving slowly through the field.

Mr. Johnson was told he was speeding up while picking zucchini alongside a dozen farm workers.

With a high-visibility vest, Boris Johnson chatted with the workers as he was shown how to harvest vegetables. After being told that they came from Tajikistan, Bulgaria, Lithuania and spoke Russian, Johnson asked what the Russian word for zucchini was.

After picking several vegetables, the farmer who showed him the ropes said, “Once you get used to it, you can go a little faster.”

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Thomas Kingsley June 13, 2022 8:30 p.m.


The minister warns that the NI protocol “seriously threatens” the Good Friday agreement

Environment Secretary George Eustice said the Northern Ireland protocol is a “serious threat” to the Good Friday agreement and should be put to work.

“We need to make this Northern Ireland protocol work properly because it is currently a serious threat to the Belfast agreement on Good Friday,” he told Sky News.

“We have been trying hard to get the European Union to talk. They even refuse to change their mandate.

“Basically we need to be clear about what the protocol means, how it should be interpreted, only the UK can do that.”

Union flag and EU flag (Kirsty O’Connor / PA)

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Thomas Kingsley June 13, 2022 8:15 AM


“Real challenges ahead,” the minister warned after the fall in GDP

Environment Secretary George Eustice has admitted that there are “some real challenges ahead” after the UK economy collapsed in April.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Eustice asked Sky News if it was time for the government to “stop arguing that this is the G7’s fastest growing economy” after a 0.3% drop in output. gross domestic product (GDP) in April.

The minister pointed to the recovery of the pandemic and supply chain pressures as the causes of the fall.

“We’ve known for a long time that this would be a challenge,” he said.

“We have unemployment that is at an all-time low, the lowest it has been since 1974, but of course there are some real challenges ahead and these GDP figures are a reminder of those challenges.”

Thomas Kingsley June 13, 2022 8:00 p.m.


The High Court will hear last-minute appeals to prevent the departure of Rwanda’s first deportation flight

The High Court will hear two last-minute legal challenges on Monday to block the government’s controversial policy of expelling asylum seekers to Rwanda ahead of the first expulsion flight scheduled for Tuesday.

The United Kingdom has reached an agreement with Rwanda to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda in exchange for an initial payment of £ 120 million.

The deportation strategy aims to undermine human trafficking networks and curb the flow of migrants who risk their lives crossing the English Channel in small boats from Europe.

At least 30 people are expected to be picked up on the first flight to Rwanda. The government has not provided details of those selected for deportation, but charities say they include people fleeing Afghanistan and Syria.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is determined to move forward with politics despite legal challenges and alleged opposition from Prince Charles, heir to the British throne.

This case, initially filed on Friday by campaign groups and migrants, will be heard by the same judge who rejected the first request for precautionary action.

Thomas Kingsley June 13, 2022 7:45 p.m.


NEW: GDP fell 0.3% in April

The National Statistics Office said on Monday that the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) is now 0.9% above the pre-pandemic level after falling 0.3% in April. and announced the latest April monthly data estimates on Monday.

Read the developing story below:

Thomas Kingsley June 13, 2022 7:32 AM


The new Brexit law will prevent European judges from having the final say on Northern Ireland disputes

The proposed legislation to overturn the Northern Ireland protocol will prevent European judges from having the final say in the dispute, the Telegraph reported.

The legislation, which will be presented today, will block the supervision of the Court of Justice of the European Union and deliver the final judgment on disputes in British courts.

“There will still be a limited role for European courts, but they will not have the last word,” a government source said.

The decision to limit the role of the EU Court of Justice is also seen as a strategy to return the EU to negotiations amid fears that it could lead to a trade war with the bloc.

Namita Singh June 13, 2022 7:04 AM


Michael Gove’s planning reforms will “erode” the public’s ability to oppose developments

Michael Gove faces calls to break his flagship planning reforms after a former Boris Johnson adviser warned that homeowners will not be able to oppose upcoming developments under the proposals.

Ministers announced legislation in a flurry of publicity about new “street votes” over attic and conservatory conversions last month.

But a new legal opinion, which has been seen by The Independent and will be published by the Commons leveling committee next week, warns that the bill will “substantially erode” the rights of the local population.

Activists blamed the leveling of the secretary, Mr. Gove, of a “power grab” and warned that poor quality developments would be built against the will of those forced to live by his side.

The Town Planning and Territory Association said that as a result of legal advice, the government should amend the bill. Find the details in this joint report by Kate Devlin and Saphora Smith:

Namita Singh June 13, 2022 6:21 AM

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