|26/09/2021||Boris Johnson to consider using army to supply petrol stations||,,
Ministers to discuss emergency plan Operation Escalin after BP reveals a third of its forecourts have shortages
Hundreds of soldiers could be scrambled to deliver fuel to petrol stations running dry across the country due to panic buying and a shortage of drivers under an emergency plan expected to be considered by Boris Johnson on Monday.
The prime minister will gather senior members of the cabinet to scrutinise “Operation Escalin” after BP admitted that a third of its petrol stations had run out of the main two grades of fuel, while the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents almost 5,500 independent outlets, said 50% to 90% of its members had reported running out. It predicted that the rest would soon follow.Continue reading...
|26/09/2021||Labour Conference Has Voted In Favour Of Keir Starmer's Changes To Electing The Party Leader||,,Labour Party Conference delegates have voted in favour of implementing a series of controversial changes to the way the party leader is elected.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|26/09/2021||The Guardian view on Starmer’s Labour: time to take on the Tories | Editorial||,,
The Labour leader must know his party faces existential implications if it suffers a historic fifth election defeat
Britons usually eat more than 10m turkeys during the festive season. If the country were to run short of the yuletide bird then that may be the crisis to crystallise for voters Boris Johnson’s leading role in letting down the public. Mr Johnson has gone to extraordinary lengths to deny his complicity in failure. Yet his fingerprints are all over recent upheavals: the panic buying of petrol, the empty supermarket shelves, working people facing steep cuts in benefits. Leaving the EU has allowed the government to make mistakes and Mr Johnson has embraced this freedom with gusto. During Covid, British lorry drivers failed to get the message about a Brexit dividend of wage hikes and left their jobs. Ministers have been forced to ask European workers to make up the shortfall and save Christmas for the country that claimed it no longer needed them.
No one ought to believe an inveterate liar. The fact that many Labour voters who backed Mr Johnson still give him the benefit of the doubt lies at the heart of Sir Keir Starmer’s electoral problem. The prime minister dodged the blame for his catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic by spinning it as a story of vaccine success. In a crisis, there are two narratives in play at the same time. One is that a country is about to go off the rails. The other, Mr Johnson’s preferred oratorical territory, is that this is an opportunity to wake up a nation’s potential.Continue reading...
|26/09/2021||‘I was empty, I’m not panic-buying’: in the petrol queue on the North Circular||,,
Inside lane of one of the UK’s busiest roads is full of frustrated motorists waiting for a turn at the pump
A kilometre of one of the UK’s most congested roads was on Sunday taking on a new, unwanted role: the queue for a BP garage still managing to sell petrol.
Julian Dunbar estimated he had waited an hour and a half on the inside lane of the A406 North Circular in South Chingford, east London, to finally be able to fill up. “The petrol light is on, I’m almost empty,” he said. “It’s frustrating because not everyone here needs to fill up. We’re here because we need to for the week, not because we are panic-buying.”Continue reading...
|26/09/2021||Shadow Ministers Say Keir Starmer's Leadership Rule Change Is Vital For Getting Back Into Power||,,Members of Keir Starmer's shadow cabinet have defended the Labour leader's controversial move to change how the party's leadership contests work, with one telling PoliticsHome the current proposal don't go far enough.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|26/09/2021||The petrol queues seem like a throwback. But at least in the 70s our leaders weren’t so callow | John Harris||,,
We’re faced with empty shelves and driver shortages. Yet those in charge today seem totally out of their depth
Among the words that will send the collective British psyche into panic, three are among the most potent: Christmas, petrol, and winter. Put them together, and you have the perfect ingredients for a crisis, made all the more surreal by the fact that one of its key causes – Brexit – is a word no one in politics wants to mention.
Despite ministers’ assurances that the lack of fuel is all in our heads, queues at garage forecourts extend into the distance. Supermarkets are full of empty shelves; rising energy prices threaten household budgets. Everybody knows that the UK’s labour shortages are dire, and that a deficit of 100,000 hauliers is serious indeed.Continue reading...
|26/09/2021||Black Christmas: turkeys, trees and toys under threat from labour shortage, suppliers say||,,
Government steps to remedy lack of food processors and drivers are ‘thimble of water on a bonfire’, industry experts say
The UK could face a “national shortage” of turkeys in the lead-up to Christmas brought on by a lack of labour following Brexit, the chair of a farming association has said.
Kate Martin, of the Traditional Farm Fresh Turkey Association (TFTA), said that while small British farms that used local workers had been less affected, supermarket shelves were likely to be hit by a shortage of skilled European employees.Continue reading...
|26/09/2021||Campaigning against predatory marriage||,,
Daphne Franks writes about her mother who was victim to predatory marriage. Family members are often not believed, due to being 'hysterical'. More must be done to change the law around marriage.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Campaigning against predatory marriage
|26/09/2021||Five cost of living crises facing the UK government||,,
Is the pandemic to blame? Is it Brexit? Or is it just ministerial incompetence? Whatever the case, it’s going to be a tough winter
|25/09/2021||Short-term UK visa scheme expected to tackle Christmas delivery disruption||,,
Industry figures express frustration and relief over plan to relieve UK’s lorry driver shortage
The prospect of a temporary visa scheme to fix the lorry driver shortage has been met with frustration and relief by industry figures and opposition politicians.
With an announcement expected over the weekend, Downing Street sources said the scheme, which reports suggest will temporarily lift visa restrictions for foreign drivers, is to be a “short-term solution” to ease pressure on deliveries in the run-up to Christmas.Continue reading...
|25/09/2021||Emil Zátopek: athlete and hero||,,
Zátopek made his name as a runner, but it is the risks he was prepared to take in support of his country’s freedom that make him truly great
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|25/09/2021||Norky’s ramblings: the parachute jump||,,
Another thing ticked off Norky's bucket list - a parachute jump. But not without some classic mishaps of course!
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|25/09/2021||Five Big Battles To Watch For At Labour Party Conference||,,Keir Starmer’s first in-person party conference since he was elected leader in 2020 hasn’t even begun and the party is already arguing about a number of explosive issues.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|25/09/2021||Five Big Battles To Watch For At Labour Party Conference||,,Keir Starmer’s first in-person party conference since he was elected leader in 2020 hasn’t even begun and the party is already arguing about a number of explosive issues.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/09/2021||Martin Rowson on the Tories’ immigration hokey-cokey – cartoon||,,Continue reading...||www.theguardian.com||Visit...|
|24/09/2021||Perfect storm: how the energy crisis, pandemic and Brexit affect UK households||,,
With inflation set to rise, alongside the cost of shopping and transport, the economic fallout will squeeze Britons’ budgets
The Bank of England warned this week that surging energy bills will lead to inflation topping 4% this winter, piling pressure on already tight household budgets. The economic fallout from the pandemic and Brexit is pushing up the cost of essentials such as food and clothing as well as travel and even doing up your home. We look at how this perfect storm is affecting you.Continue reading...
|24/09/2021||Supply chain crisis: Tories poised to U-turn on foreign worker visas||,,
Boris Johnson believed to have overruled ministers unwilling to compromise on post-Brexit immigration as forecourt queues mount
Ministers are poised to agree an extraordinary post-Brexit U-turn that would allow foreign lorry drivers back into the UK to stave off shortages threatening fuel and food supplies.
Boris Johnson ordered a rapid fix on Friday to prevent the crisis escalating. Ministers met in an attempt to agree a short-term visa scheme permitting potentially thousands more lorry drivers from abroad to come to the UK.Continue reading...
|24/09/2021||Gas crisis, Covid and food shortages: Tories fear perfect winter storm||,,
Conservatives fear a series of looming problems could put Boris Johnson’s government under strain
A second winter of discontent could lie ahead, senior Tories fear, with people’s personal finances pushed to breaking point, the health service at risk of being overwhelmed and the threat of Covid restrictions returning.Continue reading...
|24/09/2021||Is Brexit or Covid to blame for Britain’s supply chain crisis?||,,
Analysis: Decision to shut out low-skilled workers is exacerbating labour shortages, say industry bosses
A recent report by the accountancy firm Grant Thornton concluded there were almost 1m vacancies in the UK. Half of them were in the food and drink sectors, industries that have for the past 20-30 years relied heavily on an EU workforce.
The chronic labour shortage has led to a crisis in supply chains, affecting a lengthening list of products. So what is the root cause of the problem?Continue reading...
|24/09/2021||The cause of our food and petrol shortages is Brexit – yet no one dares name it | Jonathan Freedland||,,
The government is failing to ensure we can get basic goods but the opposition is still wary of blaming Johnson’s botched deal
It has become the Voldemort of British politics, the word few in government or opposition will breathe out loud. Once repeated with numbing frequency, it is now the cause that dare not speak its name. I’m talking about Brexit – there, I said it – and when I say “cause”, I’m not describing it as a righteous mission: I mean Brexit as a central explanation for the multiple crises currently afflicting us.
Cast your mind back to the major shortage before the other two major shortages, the one that was making headlines before the lack of petrol to run our cars or the dearth of domestic gas to heat our homes: namely, the shortage of CO2, used for fizzy drinks, in meat production and to keep food fresh. Can you guess which part of the UK was blissfully unaffected by that problem? Open a can of pop if you said Northern Ireland, and treat yourself to another if you knew the reason why: because Northern Ireland remains part of the single market for goods, which means its bottling plants could get their carbon dioxide supplies from continental Europe. The rest of the UK had no such luck, with the government forced to pay an undisclosed but doubtless hefty chunk of our money to a US company to keep two CO2 plants open, because … Brexit.Continue reading...
|24/09/2021||10 days to save Christmas: shops warn of disruption due to lack of lorry drivers||,,
Shortage of skilled drivers causes petrol station queues, while ONS says customers cannot buy all the food they want
Significant disruption to Christmas is “inevitable” unless an acute shortage of lorry drivers is addressed in the next 10 days, retail bosses have warned, as the government raced to put together plans to keep the supply of food and fuel flowing.
Boris Johnson appeared set to acquiesce to weeks of pressure to introduce short-term visas on Friday, after queues formed at petrol stations and official statistics showed shoppers were struggling to find the items they want.Continue reading...
|24/09/2021||Ministers Poised To Relax Immigration Rules As Lorry Driver Crisis Hits Fuel Supplies||,,The government is preparing to temporarily relax immigration rules for foreign lorry drivers in what is set to be a major U-turn brought about by the growing supply chain crisis.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/09/2021||Boris Johnson asked for ‘emergency’ food deal, says Bolsonaro||,,
No 10 denies Brazilian president’s claim but some speculate food item is turkeys for Christmas
The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has claimed Boris Johnson asked him for an “emergency” deal to ease shortages of an unspecified food product, amid concerns about further disruption to supermarket supplies.
A lack of drivers and food pickers, as well as carbon dioxide used to stun animals for slaughter and create dry ice to keep food fresh, has led to fears that some goods will be missing from shelves in the run-up to Christmas.Continue reading...
|24/09/2021||Freedom Of Speech Bill Could Cost Universities And Student Unions £48m||,,Universities and student unions across the UK will have to pay burdensome legal insurance premiums to protect from 'vexatious' claims as a consequence of the government’s new Freedom of Speech Bill, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Higher Education has w...||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/09/2021||UK cabinet split over solution to lorry driver shortage||,,
Meeting on Friday expected to seek compromise over whether to recruit drivers from abroad
A cabinet split is hampering the government’s efforts to deal with the nationwide shortage of lorry drivers that threatens fuel supplies at some petrol stations and caused some panic-buying of fuel on Friday, the Guardian has learned.
Ministers are divided about the best way to solve the shortage of lorry drivers, with a meeting on Friday afternoon expected to seek a compromise over whether to recruit more drivers from abroad.Continue reading...
|24/09/2021||What is causing the UK crisis in petrol supplies?||,,
Lack of HGV drivers is hitting supply chains across the country, but is there any reason to panic?
First it was Nando’s chicken, then McDonald’s milkshakes and Ikea mattresses. Now petrol stations have started rationing as the impact of the chronic lorry driver shortage widens. What is causing the crisis in petrol supplies and what are the solutions – and is there any reason to panic?Continue reading...
|24/09/2021||Book review: And Away… by Bob Mortimer||,,
A better-than-average celebrity autobiography, structured around Mortimer's near-death experience of open-heart surgery
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|24/09/2021||Grant Shapps Claims Brexit Has Helped Provide A "Solution" For HGV Shortage||,,Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has dismissed claims that Brexit is partly to blame for a shortage of HGV drivers.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|24/09/2021||The crisis in the supermarkets and the value of locally grown food||,,
Andy Brown discusses the shortages in the supermarkets, the need to buy locally grown food, and the dangers of gene editing and pesticides.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: The crisis in the supermarkets and the value of locally grown food
|23/09/2021||Chapel FM is ‘Writing on Air’ as new arts centre opens||,,
Leeds Arts Centre Chapel FM returns to live events by completing its Writing On Air festival postponed from March 2020 because of Covid-19.
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|23/09/2021||Yorkshire’s Got Talent! Local artists raise funds for the theatre they love||,,
Young performers are raising money for the Joseph Rowntree Theatre's "Raise the Roof" campaign
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|23/09/2021||Ed Miliband Has Accused The Government Of Being “Complacent” Over The Energy Crisis||,,Ed Miliband has accused the government of being “complacent about the crisis in the market” as skyrocketing global gas prices put pressure on businesses and consumers.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/09/2021||Minister Admits Customers Could Face Higher Energy Tariffs If Their Current Supplier Goes Bust||,,Consumers who are forced to switch to a new energy supplier will not be guaranteed they will pay the same rate, a business minister has said.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|23/09/2021||Scraps for a lap dog: Johnson returns from the White House with virtually nothing||,,
The prime minister seems to have come away from his visit to Joe Biden with nothing to show for his 90-minute meeting
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|23/09/2021||Starmer can’t pin his hopes for success on Johnson’s incompetence | Peter Mandelson||,,
There are no shortcuts to victory at the next election – here are the three things Labour has to do
Keir Starmer faces a formidable challenge to overcome the structural reasons for Labour’s 10-year electoral decline, which led to the collapse in 2019. This is no fleeting unpopularity. During the past decade, in the minds of millions of voters, the party’s identity became first confused and weak and then, under Jeremy Corbyn, alienating and unpatriotic. We parted company with millions of former Labour voters as the party moved further and further out of the mainstream and only serious repair will win back this support.
The party was seemingly departing from the legacy of Attlee, Wilson and Blair. Although these leaders had mixed records of achievement, they each personified the desire by Labour, as a trusted party of conscience and incremental reform, to lean heavily against inequalities in society and, with their eyes fixed firmly on a better future, to build a solid platform of aspiration and opportunity for those with little security or privilege in society.Continue reading...
|23/09/2021||Energy crisis: welcome to the unlit uplands||,,
Andy Brown writes about the cabinet reshuffle, the increase in energy prices and certain MPs' refusal to wear masks. 'Do as we say, not as we do' encapsulates this perfectly.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Energy crisis: welcome to the unlit uplands
|22/09/2021||The Guardian view on Biden’s UN speech: cooperation not competition | Editorial||,,
The US president is right to say he does not want a cold war with China
“We’re not seeking – say it again, we are not seeking – a new cold war or a world divided into rigid blocs,” President Joe Biden told the United Nations general assembly on Tuesday. That is a relief. Washington’s undeclared opponent is, as almost all observers agree, Beijing. In his address, however, Mr Biden made it clear he is determined to ensure that the rise of China will not mean the decline of the US.
The US president said he was willing to “work together with our democratic partners” on breakthroughs in technology which can be “used to lift people up … and advance human freedom – not to suppress dissent or target minority communities”. This is admirable rhetoric, though some sceptics may spy the promotion of US national interests under the guise of a foreign policy that favours democracies. There are also dangers in an overly hawkish prosecution of this approach. Pushing Ukraine’s membership in Nato as a pro-democracy step may bring about a Russian military response. Taiwan’s democracy has to be defended without Washington being pulled into a confrontation with Beijing. The challenges of this era, such as the climate emergency, also require international cooperation to deliver global public goods and prevent beggar-thy-neighbour policies.Continue reading...
|22/09/2021||Joe’s reality check: sure you’re World King, Boris – but only of England||,,
Prime minister’s bluster meets real world as promised post-Brexit trade deal fails to materialise
When the highlight of your first trip to the US as prime minister is an awkward minute-long conversation with the president about a shared interest in trains, it’s probably fair to say that things haven’t gone quite as well as hoped. Boris Johnson may feel himself to be the unassailable world king in the UK, but on the other side of the Atlantic he’s pretty much a nobody.
The Americans could scarcely have made the prime minister feel less welcome if they’d tried. His lowest point had been the exchange of presents. He had given Joe Biden a book by the astronaut Tim Peake. Biden had clearly forgotten to get Boris anything because he fumbled around for a White House watch. Nothing quite says you really don’t give a damn than something rustled up at the last minute from the downstairs gift shop.Continue reading...
|22/09/2021||Can Boris Johnson expect UK-US trade deal to go ahead?||,,
His closeness to Trump has not helped and if agreement were struck by 2024 it would be considered rapid progress
Three reasons. First, Britain exports more to the US than to any other country. When added together, the countries of the European Union count for more, but almost 15% of the UK’s goods exports went to the US last year. The US is also the No 1 country for UK services exports.Continue reading...
|22/09/2021||US lifting ban on imports of British lamb, says Boris Johnson||,,The PM admits the UK is now aiming only for "incremental steps" on US trade, rather than a full agreement.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/09/2021||No.10 Signals CO2 Plant Funding Could Be Extended To Avoid Winter Crisis||,,The government has left the door open to funding the operation of a key CO2-producing plant beyond the three weeks agreed amid warnings that the industry faces long-term disruption.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/09/2021||Return of migrant boats risks breaking international law||,,
The home secretary’s plan to end Channel crossings risks breaching international law by refusing to allow passage of those who have a right to claim asylum
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|22/09/2021||Giving MPs More Power In Labour Leadership Elections Will 'De-Corbynise' The Party, Insiders Say||,,Labour leadership is pushing to replace the ‘one member one vote’ (OMOV) system currently used during Labour Party leadership elections.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/09/2021||Energy Regulator Boss Expects More Suppliers To Go Bust With Huge Gas Price Rise Here To Stay||,,We cannot rely on the massive rise in gas prices being only temporary, which will lead to more suppliers will going bust, the boss of the UK’s energy regulator has told MPs.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/09/2021||Government Is Reviewing Laws To Stop Climate Protesters Blocking Motorways||,,The government is looking at updating the law to stop protesters from repeatedly blocking roads after climate campaigners brought motorways to a standstill this week.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/09/2021||Brexit: What's the Northern Ireland Protocol?||,,Urgent changes to the post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol have been called for by the UK government.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/09/2021||Joe Biden plays down chances of UK-US trade deal||,,The US president's comments come as he meets Boris Johnson for talks in the White House.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/09/2021||Minister Says Government Deal To Reopen CO2 Producers Could Cost "Tens Of Millions"||,,Environment Secretary George Eustice said the "short term" deal would help secure the UK's supply of carbon dioxide but would cost "many millions".||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|22/09/2021||Joe Biden warns UK not to damage Northern Ireland peace over Brexit – video||,,
Joe Biden has underlined the importance of ensuring peace in Northern Ireland is not jeopardised by post-Brexit tensions. Asked about a UK-US trade deal, the US president told reporters in Washington on Tuesday: 'There are two separate issues: on the deal with the UK, that continues to be discussed, but on the protocols, I feel very strongly about those. It was a major bipartisan effort made, and I would not at all like to see – nor, I might add, would many of my Republican colleagues – like to see a change in the Irish accords, and the end result having a closed border again'Continue reading...
|22/09/2021||US-UK ‘special relationship’ faces new challenges despite signs of healing||,,
Relationship between Biden’s US and Johnson’s post-Brexit UK remains complicated and inevitably transactional
What a difference a month makes.
In August Joe Biden was being denounced in the British parliament for a “shameful” retreat from Afghanistan that blindsided the UK and other allies. The US president reportedly took a day and a half to return prime minister Boris Johnson’s call.Continue reading...
|21/09/2021||Brexit made an unlikely hero of Angela Merkel for Britain's remainers | Rafael Behr||,,
The German chancellor’s record is mixed, but her exit brings home how adrift Europhiles in the UK now are
Angela Merkel is used to being unimpressed by British prime ministers. She was appalled by David Cameron’s casual surrender of influence in Europe, all to placate fringe elements in his party. She was stunned, on first sitting down with Theresa May, to discover that there was no plan and no substance behind the “Brexit means Brexit” platitudes.
With Boris Johnson there was no danger of disappointment. His style and methods were known in advance to be everything Merkel is not. He is a bumptious improviser; she is a systematic problem-solver. She sifts evidence and builds consensus. He tells lies and divides to rule.Continue reading...
|21/09/2021||Boris Johnson Has Promised The Energy Crisis Is "Short Term" As Government Intervenes In CO2 Shortages||,,Boris Johnson said the energy crisis is short term and the government is taking direct steps to make sure there is CO2 available in the country.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/09/2021||BBC Director General Warns Culture Wars Are "Dangerous" To Impartial Media||,,BBC Director General Tim Davie has warned that “culture wars” have made it harder for the broadcaster when working to ensure a fair and balanced service, and criticised backlash over the hiring of new executive news editor Jess Brammar.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/09/2021||Government Strikes Deal To Reopen Fertiliser Plant Amid CO2 Shortage Crisis||,,One of the fertiliser plants that closed last week, triggering a sharp fall in CO2 supplies and prompting warnings of some food and drink running out, has resumed production after the government agreed to meet its operating costs for the next three w...||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/09/2021||Restaurants Will Be Forced By Law To Pay Tips To Waiting Staff||,,Exclusive: The government has agreed to write into law plans devised by a Conservative MP to stop restaurants withholding tips from waiting staff.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|21/09/2021||Business Secretary Insists "Badly Run" Energy Suppliers Will Not Be Handed Government Bail Outs||,,Kwasi Kwarteng has said taxpayer's money will not be used to bail out struggling energy suppliers, but suggested support could be extended to some firms.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/09/2021||One-In-Five Food Orders Are Not Arriving At Restaurants And Hotels Because Of Labour Shortages||,,Exclusive: Industry bosses have warned that hotels and restaurants are struggling to get hold of catering supplies, with one-in-five orders reportedly failing to turn up.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/09/2021||Union Chief Says Labour Is More Focused On "Primrose Hill Parents" Than Workers||,,General Secretary of the GMB Union has accused Labour of becoming "more and more remote" from working class voters, just days before the party's annual conference.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/09/2021||Minister Insists There Is "No Question Of The Lights Going Out" Over Gas Shortage Concerns||,,Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said there is "no need for alarm or panic" following crisis talks with the energy industry.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/09/2021||The Energy Crisis Explained — What Is Causing It, And What Can The Government Do About It?||,,The government is set to hold talks with representatives from the energy industry amid growing concerns over the impact of rising gas prices — but what is causing the crisis? And what can ministers do about it?||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/09/2021||Craft Breweries Could Stop Being Able To Make Beer Fizzy Because Of CO2 Shortage||,,Small breweries could be left unable to carbonate their beer if the closure of CO2 factories leads to a shortage of gas, industry groups are warning.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/09/2021||Food Industry Is Desperate For Government Help As CO2 Crisis Threatens Shortages Within Days||,,The food and drink industry is waiting nervously for the government to spell out how it plans to prevent products running out in the coming days as a result of the CO2 shortage.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|20/09/2021||Government Won't Rule Out An Energy Company Bail-Out As Gas Prices Soar||,,Foreign Office minister James Cleverly did not rule out the possibility that some energy firms could be handed a taxpayer-backed bail out with soaring gas prices already contributing to supply chain chaos.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|19/09/2021||Alok Sharma Has Insisted The UK's Gas Supplies Are "Secure" As Fears Grow Over Food Shortages||,,The COP26 President said there was "no immediate concerns" over the UK's gas supplies despite soaring wholesale energy costs.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|19/09/2021||Global Britain’s cheerleaders may have to live with lasting damage to exports||,,
Kicking post-Brexit import controls down the road for a second time puts UK goods at a disadvantage
It came as a little surprise to anyone in the UK’s logistics industry or at its ports when the government announced its decision to delay – for the second time in a little over six months – the introduction of post-Brexit import controls on goods arriving in Great Britain from the EU.
New checks on food and animal products imported from the continent will now not be brought in until 1 July 2022, a full year after they were originally intended to begin. The introduction of other requirements, including the paperwork that accompanies imports of food and animal products, has also been delayed from 1 October to next year.Continue reading...
|18/09/2021||Tory Rank-And-File “Not Comfortable” With Whips’ Threats To Red Wall MPs||,,This week’s long-awaited reshuffle was dominated by a series of sackings at cabinet level, but a lack of promotions for 2019 MPs at the junior ranks means Downing Street has to use other levers to keep the ambitious new Tory intake on side.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|17/09/2021||Brexit: Imperial units only part of laws revamp, says No 10||,,Downing Street says a review of EU rules on measures is just one element of its post-Brexit agenda.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/09/2021||Johnson’s reshuffle rewards Brexiters, culture warriors and key fixers||,,
Analysis: new cabinet includes more rightwingers and longstanding backers of the PM
Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle has included the promotion of culture warriors, more rightwingers and a string of his Brexiter “mates”, but his supporters claim the shake-up was more about getting key fixers in place to deliver policy before the next election.
Tory insiders point to the promotion of Nadine Dorries – a friend of Johnson’s wife, Carrie – to culture secretary and Kemi Badenoch to minister of state as a sign that culture warriors are in the ascendancy in government. The new-look cabinet also includes four more Brexiters than before, with big jobs for Dorries, Anne-Marie Trevelyan as trade secretary, Nadhim Zahawi as education secretary, and Simon Clarke as chief secretary to the Treasury.Continue reading...
|17/09/2021||Beer, Fizzy Drinks And Meat Supplies Threatened By CO2 Shortages, Ministers Warned||,,Exclusive: The government is bracing itself for supplies of beer, fizzy drinks and meat to be hit by a severe shortage of CO2, with supermarkets and restaurants expected to be affected in the coming days.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|17/09/2021||Beloved Commons Staff Member Memorialised In New Tea Room Plaque||,,The life of one of Parliament’s “best-loved” former staff members has been commemorated in a new plaque now hanging at the entrance to the Members’ Tea Room.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|16/09/2021||Marks & Spencer blames Brexit as it closes 11 French stores||,,Brexit has made it "near impossible" for it to supply fresh and chilled products to France, the retailer says.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/09/2021||Brexit: Checks on goods imported from the EU delayed again||,,The government blames Covid and supply chain difficulties as it puts back changes.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/09/2021||NI Protocol: Lord Frost 'concerned' over EU comments||,,The UK's Brexit minister says it would be a "mistake" to think the UK will not trigger Article 16.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/09/2021||Brexit: EU 'not looking for political victory' on protocol||,,Maros Sefcovic ends his two-day visit to Northern Ireland saying he wanted a "win-win" for all.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/09/2021||Protocol not the problem says EU amid Northern Ireland border row – video||,,
The EU has pushed back sharply against demands the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol be scrapped, warning that a renegotiation would merely lead to more instability for traders and communities. The European Commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, added: 'A renegotiation of the protocol, as the UK government is suggesting, would mean instability, uncertainty and unpredictability in Northern Ireland'
|02/09/2021||Brexit: Longer grace periods not a solution says Varadkar||,,The Irish deputy PM said grace period extensions for Irish Sea border checks "just puts things off".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/08/2021||Brexit: What next for the Northern Ireland Protocol?||,,NI's economy minister says there will be "real problems" if grace periods expire on 1 October.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|26/08/2021||What is GDPR and why does the UK want to reshape its data laws?||,,
The government says an overhaul will boost growth and increase trade – but it must be careful not to go too far
The government has announced plans to reshape the UK’s data laws such as GDPR requirements in an effort, it claims, to boost growth and increase trade post-Brexit. The digital, media and culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, says the UK wants to shape data laws based on “common sense, not box-ticking”.Continue reading...
|11/08/2021||Operation Brock: Brexit lorry controls 'could stay'||,,Lorry controls brought in for Brexit could stay - in case of any type of disruption near the border.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/08/2021||Paul Embery: Pro-Brexit fire union official unfairly sacked, tribunal finds||,,A tribunal finds Paul Embery was subject to a "witch hunt" after appearing at a Leave Means Leave rally.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/08/2021||Brexit: Vegetable producer says labour shortage means food is being thrown away||,,Vegetable producer Alfred G Pearce said it was operating at 70% of its labour capacity.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|28/07/2021||Honda workers in Swindon to face 'reality check' after it closes||,,Swindon car plant prepares to stop production on July 30 after 35 years of production.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/07/2021||Brexit: EU pauses legal action against UK over NI Protocol 'breaches'||,,The action began in March after the UK made a move to change the implementation of the protocol.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/07/2021||Brexit: EU publishes proposals to simplify NI Protocol||,,The UK government says plans on the transport of medicines, food and animals do not go far enough.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/07/2021||Brexit: 'Clear opportunities and frictions' in NI Protocol, says Invest NI||,,There is clarity for firms considering investment in Northern Ireland, says the boss of Invest NI.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/07/2021||UK has no idea of EU fishing catch in its waters, says Labour||,,The government says it is trying to get EU boats to declare everything they land in UK waters.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/07/2021||Brexit: No breakthrough on NI protocol after PM speaks to EU chief||,,Boris Johnson speaks to EU chief Ursula von der Leyen about the UK's demand to rework the Brexit deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/07/2021||Why is UK publishing a ‘command paper’ on Northern Ireland protocol?||,,
Trading arrangements continue to be a significant flashpoint in relations with Dublin and Brussels
Just seven months after it came into force, the Northern Ireland protocol is once again a significant flashpoint in the UK’s relations with Dublin and Brussels.
On Wednesday, the UK published a “command paper” on the protocol. Some will see it as an attempt to tear up the agreement Boris Johnson struck in 2019; others will see it as a serious attempt to fix a deal they argue was flawed from the beginning but signed to help the British prime minister to get Brexit done, as he had promised.Continue reading...
|21/07/2021||Brexit: UK wants to redraw Northern Ireland Protocol||,,Lord Frost says the Northern Ireland Protocol is tearing the UK's "fabric" - but the EU won't renegotiate.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/07/2021||Brexit minister: UK seeking 'significant change' to Northern Ireland protocol – video||,,
The UK has launched an attempt to substantially rewrite the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol that Boris Johnson signed up to in 2019.
But as the Brexit minister published the UK’s blueprint for an alternative, he stopped short of ripping up the document completely or arguing the time was right to trigger the article 16 provision that enables either the UK or EU to suspend part of the arrangements in extreme circumstances.
'These proposals will require significant change to the Northern Ireland protocol,' David Frost said. 'We do not shy away from that. We believe such change is necessary to deal with the situation we now face'
|20/07/2021||UK clashes with EU over Gibraltar's post-Brexit status||,,Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says a draft EU mandate undermines UK sovereignty over the territory.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/07/2021||Brexit: Downing Street rejects EU's estimate of divorce bill||,,The EU says the UK owes £40.8bn - nearly £2bn higher than previous estimates.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/07/2021||Brexit: Lord Frost says EU and UK must find 'new balance'||,,The UK and EU need to find a "new balance" to solve NI Protocol problems, Lord Frost tells MLAs.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/07/2021||Brexit: Government to publish NI Protocol plans in July||,,Lord Frost says the situation with the NI Protocol is becoming "urgent".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/07/2021||Post-Brexit trade: UK extends EU-era steel protections||,,The government overrules its post-Brexit trade advisers to keep EU-era limits on products.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/07/2021||Checkatrade boss warns of shortage of skilled trade workers||,,Richard Harpin says it should be made easier for EU bathroom fitters and kitchen installers to come to the UK.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/06/2021||Brexit: EU postpones ban on British meat sales in NI||,,The proposed ban on items like fresh sausages was a consequence of the Northern Ireland Protocol.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/06/2021||Brexit: NI Protocol is lawful, High Court rules||,,Unionist politicians, including Arlene Foster and Lord Trimble, challenged the protocol in a judicial review.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/06/2021||Settled status: EU citizens urged to apply to stay in UK now or lose rights||,,Labour is calling for the deadline to be extended amid fears that thousands could lose UK residency.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/06/2021||Brexit: What is a level playing field?||,,What is a level playing field in trade and what has it got to do with Brexit?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/06/2021||EE to reintroduce Europe roaming charges in January||,,The mobile operator EE is to charge new UK customers to use their phones in Europe.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/06/2021||UK Brexit minister claims British TV cut in EU would be a detriment to Europeans – video||,,
David Frost claimed any attempt by Brussels to take UK content out of the protected quotas would not be good for European TV viewers, adding the government was in favour of 'free circulation of audiovisual goods'.
Speaking to MPs on the foreign affairs select committee, Frost said he and other Brexiters may not have expected the UK's relationship with EU to be as difficult now as it isContinue reading...
|18/06/2021||Brexit: GB chilled meat ban 'will not hit NI Tesco supplies'||,,Fresh sausages and other meats from GB are to be banned from Northern Ireland due to the NI Protocol.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|16/06/2021||Brexit: Can the UK and the EU reach a deal on Northern Ireland?||,,How might the UK and EU compromise on the Northern Ireland protocol?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/06/2021||Australia trade deal will not hit UK farmers, says Liz Truss||,,The trade secretary denies Australian beef imports will flood the UK and says export markets will grow.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/06/2021||'This will be good news': UK PM hails trade deal with Australia – video||,,
The UK has agreed the outline of a trade deal with Australia, with Boris Johnson promising the deal 'will benefit British farmers' and contain strict rules on animal welfare.
Speaking alongside Scott Morrison at No 10 on Tuesday, the leader said: 'It will be good news for British car manufacturers, it will be good news for British services, for British financial services, and it will be good news for the agricultural sector on both sides'Continue reading...
|10/06/2021||Northern Ireland protocol 'has to be implemented', says Ursula von der Leyen – video||,,
EU leaders have stressed the Northern Ireland protocol must be implemented fully by Boris Johnson to respect the 'rule of law' during a press conference at the G7 in Cornwall on Thursday.
Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, said the bloc would be flexible and did not expect a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, but that unilateral decisions by the UK endangered the EU's single marketContinue reading...
|09/06/2021||Brexit: solution to Northern Ireland protocol row 'easily doable', says Johnson – video||,,
Boris Johnson says he does not expect deadlocked talks with the EU over Northern Ireland protocol to overshadow the G7 in Cornwall. The PM insisted he was 'very optimistic' that differences between UK and EU could be reconciled
|09/06/2021||Brexit: UK considering all options with Northern Ireland talks stalled, says Frost – video||,,
David Frost, the Brexit minister, has said there has been 'no breakthrough' after more than two hours of talks with the EU over customs checks in Northern Ireland. Amid fears that the escalating crisis could develop into a trade war, Lord Frost said the UK wanted a negotiated settlement but was 'considering all options'Continue reading...
|09/06/2021||EU chief warns of 'crossroads' in Brexit dispute on Northern Ireland – video||,,
'Patience is wearing thin' with the UK on the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol, the European Commission's vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, has warned, adding the EU could retaliate by suspending some cooperation and imposing tariffs.
The UK Brexit minister, David Frost, has put forward concerns around maintaining peace in Northern Ireland. Šefčovič has said while maintaining peace was of utmost importance, Brexit could not now be renegotiatedContinue reading...
|06/05/2021||French fishing representative explains 'anger' over Jersey restrictions – video||,,
French fishers ended their protest around the Channel island of Jersey on Thursday.
French trawler crews, angered by limits on access to British fishing grounds, had sailed in a flotilla to Jersey earlier on Thursday to register their protest.
Representative Hugo Lehuby said the French government needed to proceed with retaliatory measures such as the one suggested by France's sea minister, Annick Girardin, to cut power supplies to Jersey if its fishers are not granted full access to UK waters under the post-Brexit trading termsContinue reading...
|31/03/2021||How tampon tax, hedgerows and sanctions have changed since Brexit||,,Tampon tax, hedgerows and sanctions: what's changed since Brexit?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/03/2021||Turing Scheme: What is the Erasmus replacement?||,,What will Brexit mean for students in the UK wanting to work or study abroad?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/02/2021||Brexit: How much disruption has there been so far?||,,It has been a month since the rules changed in the UK's relationship with the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|20/01/2021||Brexit trade deal: What does it mean for fishing?||,,Fishing was one of the sticking points of the UK-EU trade negotiations but now a deal has been done.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||Brexit: What you need to know about the UK leaving the EU||,,The UK and EU begin a new relationship on 1 January 2021.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||Brexit: How will it affect my holiday to Spain? And other questions||,,We answer some of your questions about Brexit.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||Brexit: What are the key points of the deal?||,,These are the most important aspects of the UK-EU deal, and what they mean for people's lives and businesses.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/12/2020||Article 50, backstop etc: Brexit jargon explained||,,From free trade agreement to no deal, find out what the key terms mean.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/09/2020||Brexit: Where are we now?||,,It's been out of the headlines for the past few months, but Brexit is back on the political menu||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/07/2020||Post-Brexit deal: What's happening in the UK-EU talks?||,,Both sides will soon have to decide when and how they compromise, or whether they are willing to walk away.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/07/2020||Brexit: What happens now?||,,Brexit officially happened on 31 January but the UK is now in a transition period until the end of 2020.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/02/2020||Brexit trade deal: What do the UK and EU want?||,,The UK and EU have set out their stalls for negotiations on their future relationship.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2020||Brexit timeline told through culture||,,We take you through what's happened in the world since the EU referendum was announced.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2020||Brexit: How did we get here? The past four years in two minutes||,,It's been more than three years since the UK voted to leave the European Union but how did we get here?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||Why we lost – and where we go from here||,,
When the history of Brexit is written, the Lib Dems’ decision to let Johnson hold this election will be seen as a key strategic error.
|11/12/2019||7 reasons to vote Johnson out||,,
We can kick Johnson out. So brave the elements and vote for the candidates with the best chance of beating the Tories.
|11/12/2019||Trump sabotages Brexiters’ last-ditch safety net||,,
Relying on the WTO for our trade was always a terrible idea. Now that the US president has ripped a hole in it, it’s economic suicide.
|11/12/2019||With a final tactical voting push, we can beat Johnson||,,
Good news from YouGov poll is Tory lead is shrinking. Bad news is they are still ahead because too many pro-European votes are being wasted.
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|10/12/2019||Johnson won’t stop the chaos – that’s just propaganda||,,
A Tory victory means more chaos. The only way to end the arguments over Brexit and fix our real problems is to vote them out.
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|10/12/2019||Tories bully BBC because it’s easily cowed||,,
Johnson yesterday hinted he would axe the licence fee. This had two purposes: cover up his NHS blunder and pummel the BBC into submission.
|10/12/2019||At Christmas you tell the truth, but not if you’re Johnson||,,
PM rips off Love Actually in his video but misses out the punch line: “Just because it’s Christmas and at Christmas you tell the truth.”
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|10/12/2019||Don’t worry about voting tactically for Corbyn. He won’t win||,,
Right-wing press has branded Corbyn unelectable. They are right - he is. Not for the reasons they suggest, but because of simple maths.
The post Don’t worry about voting tactically for Corbyn. He won’t win appeared first on InFacts.
|09/12/2019||Tory “punch” propaganda backfires||,,
To cover up Johnson’s NHS disaster, Tories fabricate story about Labour activist punching Hancock aide.
|09/12/2019||Johnson’s dishonesty and disorganisation on Irish Sea border||,,
Not only is Johnson lying about surrendering to the EU demand for an internal UK border, he isn’t ready to deliver a deal by December 2020.
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|13/09/2019||Brexit Basics: What is the backstop?||,,Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/07/2019||Brexit: Your simple guide to the UK leaving the EU||,,Feeling a little lost about what's going on with Brexit? Here's our basic guide.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|15/11/2018||Brexit video explainers||,,BBC correspondents on the background, jargon, (and some of the) questions and answers as the UK prepares to leave the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|