Arlene Foster on the Irish sea border
The Brexit commerce deal is “very unstable” and will simply be introduced crashing down, a authorized knowledgeable has warned MPs as importers run into issue transporting items throughout the Irish sea beneath new customized checks.
Professor Catherine Barnard, a authorized scholar specialising in European Union legislation, mentioned the offers leaves a number of questions on tariffs and commerce unanswered and warned corporations could also be delay investing within the UK.
A customs official with 40 years of expertise within the subject has complained that the post-Brexit Irish sea border is “cumbersome” and massively advanced.
Warning of a “big scarcity” of customs brokers, Robert Hardy, director of one in every of 4 corporations tasked with taking good care of new customs kinds for items shifting between Nice Britain and Northern Ireland, mentioned strain will construct on the border as exports start to ramp up.
A small grocer in Northern Eire has already been pressured to shut after discovering new customs guidelines imply he might should pay double the value for every merchandise imported from Nice Britain.
Jonathan Owens, who runs grocer Causeway Natural, mentioned he suspended buying and selling after studying of “an additional layer of purple tape” in imports regardless of Northern Eire secretary Brandon Lewis’s insistence “there isn’t any Irish Sea border”.
In the meantime, UK nationals have been blocked from coming into Sweden after Ryanair employees reportedly refused to just accept a detrimental coronavirus check from the NHS. Travellers had already confronted bother trying to achieve Spain and the Netherlands after the tip of the Brexit transition interval on 31 December.
PM hints native and mayoral elections set for delay
Boris Johnson hinted native and mayoral elections in Could might be delayed.
Responding to a query from Labour’s Bambos Charalambous, the prime minister mentioned the elections are scheduled to go forward however the authorities will maintain the scenario beneath assessment.
Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick is following up the prime minister’s comment:
Liam James6 January 2021 12:48
Corbyn asks PM to extend sick pay and guarantee Common Credit score not lower
Again to the Commons now the place former Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn has requested Boris Johnson to enhance monetary assist measures throughout the brand new lockdown, amongst different issues.
“For a lot of, this third lockdown is one in every of devastating concern,” Mr Corbyn mentioned earlier than asking for a rise in statutory sick pay to £320 per week, assurance that Common Credit score is not going to be lower, continuation of safety for personal tenants and the availability of laptops for schoolchildren in want.
He ended on a name for common broadband, a name that was famously ill-received when he made it within the 2019 Normal Election marketing campaign. That was a pandemic in the past, nevertheless.
Liam James6 January 2021 12:28
Former Goldman Sachs banker named subsequent BBC chairman
It has simply been introduced that former Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp will change into the subsequent BBC chairman.
My colleague Adam Forrest is following the information because it breaks:
Liam James6 January 2021 12:17
There’s no place for ‘Frankenchicken’ in post-Brexit Britain – right here’s how we finish their sale in supermarkets
Andrea Jenkyns MP lays out her plan to finish the sale of poor, deformed chickens in UK supermarkets after Brexit:
Liam James6 January 2021 12:09
PM has Labour assist however we now have calls for, Starmer says
Starmer mentioned Labour will assist the federal government on the brand new lockdown however will demand Boris Johnson “retains his aspect of the discount”.
“Use this newest lockdown to assist households, defend companies and get the vaccine rolled out as shortly and safely as attainable.”
Liam James6 January 2021 11:57
Starmer: We’re in ‘darkest second of pandemic’
Responding to the prime minister’s opening remarks, Labour chief Keir Starmer mentioned the UK is at the moment experiencing “maybe the darkest second of the pandemic”.
He has targeted on vaccines and requested Boris Johnson whether or not the NHS can ship two million vaccines per week.
“I feel they will, I hope they will, however have they got the sources and assist to take action?”
Liam James6 January 2021 11:52
‘We now have now accomplished extra vaccinations than the remainder of Europe mixed’
The prime minister has used his opening tackle to boast of Britain’s vaccination efforts.
He additionally mentioned greater than 600,000 folks aged over 80 have obtained a jab thus far and in two to a few weeks nearly one in 4 of probably the most susceptible could have been vaccinated.
Liam James6 January 2021 11:43
PM heads to commons
Boris Johnson will take to the ground of the Home of Commons quickly to offer a press release to MPs on the brand new nationwide lockdown in England.
Liam James6 January 2021 11:33
NHS inundated with World Well being Insurance coverage Card purposes after Brexit
The NHS division that administers medical health insurance playing cards for abroad journey has been overwhelmed for the reason that finish of the Brexit transition part, our resident journey knowledgeable Simon Calder experiences.
Since 1 January, the NHS has continued to problem the Ehic to European Union nationals resident within the UK.
The federal government has additionally promised a UK World Well being Insurance coverage Card (Ghic) for UK residents, offering free or reduced-rate medical remedy overseas and in addition obtainable free from the NHS in Newcastle.
However the quantity of enquiries and purposes to NHS Abroad Healthcare Providers in Newcastle has reached such a stage that the division has a “pinned tweet” that begins with two purple exclamation marks.
It reads: “As a result of huge volumes of Ehic [European Health Insurance Card] purposes we now have obtained over the previous few days, we’re conscious a lot of it’s possible you’ll be receiving an undeliverable message when emailing your purposes.
Liam James6 January 2021 11:25
Brexit commerce deal ‘very unstable’, authorized knowledgeable warns MPs
The Brexit commerce deal is “very unstable” and will simply be introduced crashing down, a authorized knowledgeable has warned MPs.
Corporations might be delay investing within the UK on account of unanswered questions and big gaps left within the deal, Professor Catherine Barnard mentioned.
“If you’re a automobile producer and also you’re considering of investing in a brand new plant – a severe multi million, maybe billion, kilos value of funding – you do not know whether or not tariffs are going to be imposed,” she instructed MPs.
Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick has the total story:
Liam James6 January 2021 11:09