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PM also refused to say what he would do if inquiry into Dominic Raab found justice secretary bullied officials. This live blog is closed

The UK government has announced a £57m funding package to support Northern Ireland charities and community organisations facing a financial crisis due to a loss of European money, PA Media reports. PA says:

Eighteen projects across the region will receive backing through the UK shared prosperity fund with a focus on groups helping support people into work.

The announcement comes just a day before financial support provided by the European social fund comes to an end due as a consequence of Brexit. Some charities in Northern Ireland had warned they would have to cut staff and support programmes if funding was not replaced.

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31/03/2023 - www.theguardian.com


‘Take back control’? With this Pacific trade deal, Brexit Britain has just signed it away | Nick Dearden

Goodbye, food standards. Hello, corporate lobbyists. Why are we doing this, for no real economic benefit?

Last night, the government announced that Britain has joined a trade deal so contentious that it united Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in opposition to US membership.

While hardcore Brexiters would like to pretend this is the ultimate payoff of our decision to leave the EU and write our own rules, the reality is somewhat different. In signing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Britain has ditched environmental standards, signed up to terms that will undermine British farmers, and left us open to being sued by multinational corporations in secretive courts. And all for no real economic benefit.

Nick Dearden is director of Global Justice Now (formerly World Development Movement)

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31/03/2023 - www.theguardian.com


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