Dover has warned that chaos could descend on the port this summer as foreign travel restrictions continue to ease for Britons. Yesterday, the Government confirmed that double-jabbed British tourists will be allowed to travel to amber list countries without needing to self-isolate on return.
Thousands, if not millions, of Britons are expected to travel abroad this summer after it was announced that fully vaccinated people living in England will be able to travel quarantine free.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed yesterday, July 8, that English residents will be able to visit amber list countries more easily and not have to self-isolate on their return to the UK.
Most European countries, including France, Portugal, and Spain, are on the amber list.
This means it is very likely that many Britons will travel through the Port of Dover to get to the continent.
But now that the Government has scrapped a travel quarantine requirement for double-vaccinated Britons, it is likely there will be an increase in the number of vehicles travelling to the continent over the coming weeks.
Doug Bannister, CEO of the Port of Dover, said the port had managed to switch to the new full customs checks well so far, ever since Britain left the trade bloc at the end of last year.
He told Reuters: “That’s because we haven’t seen the demand for tourists coming from our facilities, as we would normally expect to see.”
“It’s at those points in time when the pressure on the total system increases.”
Before the pandemic, in 2019, around 2.4 million trucks passed through Dover, as well as 2 million cars and 74,000 coaches.
If the number of vehicles descending on the port will quickly increase, Mr Bannister said “there will be longer transaction times and more processing”.
The food supply industry is already struggling with trade due to Brexit, with many deliveries to British shops being delayed or missed because of a lack of workers.
Many lorry drivers who were EU citizens have returned to their home countries because of both Brexit and the pandemic.
In his announcement to the Commons yesterday, Grant Shapps explained the latest easing of travel restrictions in more detail.
He said: “I can confirm today that from the July 19, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England.
“They’ll still be required to take a test three days before returning, the pre-departure test, demonstrating they’re negative before they travel, and a PCR test on or before day two, but they will no longer be required to take a day eight test.
“In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same.
“To be clear, a full vaccination means 14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine, and it’s also important to note that health matters are devolved, so decision-making and implementation may differ across the UK administrations and we’ll continue to work with the devolved administrations to ensure we achieve our shared objectives of safe, sustainable and robust return to international travel.”
However, when it comes to the pension rights of Britons living in the likes of Spain, Portugal and France, one tax expert has revealed the nations came together in a rather “sensible agreement”.
According to Oliver Heslop from Global Expatriate Tax Services, as a result, there is some “amazing” news for Britons who are looking to claim their state pension while living in an EU state.
“There was a big rush before Christmas for people to get out there and people were doing that,” he explained while speaking on the Expat Focus podcast.
“Brits were moving to Spain and France and other places to guarantee rights as EU citizens because we all believe that post-January it wouldn’t be the same, there wouldn’t be protections for all sorts of immigration and pension problems that drove the rush.
Chris Lewis-Jones has lived in Spain since 2005 and claims before the historic 2016 referendum Spanish people always treated him with courtesy and respect. Sadly, the 73-year-old has claimed this has changed since the Brexit vote – and argued Spaniards no longer see the UK as the cash cow it was when it remained in the bloc.
The retired marketing consultant, who lives near Fuengirola, Costa del Sol, told Express.co.uk: “I think there is an underlying sense that the Brits don’t pay up anymore.
“The money roll will be going around the other 26 members (of the EU) asking them to pay.
“I think there is a lot of anxiety on the financial front in Spain which we are unfortunately getting the blame for.
“They’re also not getting the British tourists, the hotels are half-full and many won’t be reopening.”
The England legend has played a central part in the BBC’s coverage of the Three Lion’s incredible journey in Euro 2020 as they prepare to take on Ukraine in the quarter-finals this evening. He was spotted celebrating wildly alongside fellow pundits Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer after England secured a historic 2-0 win over Germany. Ferdinand, who played 81 times for the national side and is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time, often uses his experience to give an expert insight into games.
But he also risked sparking the fury of Brexiteers when he commented on the prospect of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) just days before the vote in 2016.
He wrote on Facebook: “The question about our future in Europe isn’t about Conservative vs Labour, it’s not about which bunch of politicians we want running the country. It’s much bigger than that.
“It’s not about the next five years, it’s about the next 50. Probably even longer.
“It’s about the sort of country our kids are going to grow up in, and how the rest of the world will look at Britain from now on.
“And from all I’ve heard on both sides of this debate, I think our country is at a pretty important fork in the road, and the decision we make could take us to very different places.”
After his passionate opening remarks, Ferdinand stated that he is “for remaining part of the EU” and he gave three reasons for it – one of which bizarrely appeared to take inspiration from his former manager.
He stated: “I think that politics is a team game.
“I worked for the greatest manager of all time. Sir Alex Ferguson always taught us that no individual is bigger than the team, that just because we played for Man United – a massive, famous club – didn’t mean we could swan around doing our own thing.
“We had to work even harder, and be even more of a team, to get where we wanted to be. And I think Europe is a bit like that.
Brexit: David Frost on chances of financial services agreement
And Leigh Evans, Vice Chairman of The CityUnited Project said there is no threat to London’s “unrivalled” status as Europe’s financial capital – nor to its position as one of the world’s most important financial centres. The report, published by Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba), predicts headcount at the city’s financial institutions by the end of 2023 will be roughly 62,200, a fall of 3,300 compared with last autumn, or five percent, as a result of cost-cutting measures.
Mr Evans told: “For the CityUnited Project it’s not a surprise to see a German lending report saying banking jobs in the financial capital of Frankfurt are on the decline and are expected to drop by five percent.
“People will remember that one of the major stories from 2016 – and consistently ever since – was the predicted exodus on an almost biblical scale of banking and financial services jobs from the UK if the people voted to Leave.
“London was forecast to lose hundreds of thousands of jobs to Frankfurt and other EU27 cities.”
Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel at Downing Street yesterday (Image: GETTY)
Angela Merkel steps down as Germany’s Chancellor later this year (Image: GETTY)
In reality, the numbers lost represented a “trickle”, said Mr Evans.
He added: “In April a report by New Financial could only identify 7,400 staff moves or local hires following the referendum.
“In fact, the news for the City and for other UK financial centres has been consistently good.
Boris Johnson at yesterday’s press conference (Image: GETTY)
“Even this month alone, Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs announced it is launching a new UK transaction bank to provide companies with day-to-day treasury operations such as payment processing and payroll.”
Meanwhile, EU companies continued to seek to launch their public listings in London, Mr Evans pointed out.
He cited as an example Swedish company Klarna, which is the most valuable start-up in Europe, having raised £1billon so far.
Sebastian Siemiatkowski, CEO’s Klarna (Image: GETTY)
CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski recently remarked: “Brexit will be great for the UK.
“People expected all the banks will move away. I think it’s the opposite.”
Mr Evans added: “On top of this, just last week the 2021 Global Fintech Rankings report was issued, showing that London is by far the most active city in the whole of Europe and is expanding rapidly, with its ‘challenger bank’ sector thriving.
Frankfurt is home to the European Central Bank (Image: GETTY)
“The CityUnited Project remains confident that with a new and even more attractive regulatory environment in the UK, London’s unrivalled position as Europe’s banking and financial services colossus will remain just that – unrivalled.
“And the new opportunities which have been emerging will make the City an even more exhilarating place to work.”
In her report, Ulrike Bischoff, Helaba’s financial centres expert said: “The regulation of financial services between the EU and the UK is a tough process as is Brexit itself.
Frankfurt is in the west of Germany (Image: GETTY)
“Comprehensive equivalence regulation by the EU for Great Britain is unlikely in the near future, and individual equivalence decisions are also uncertain.
“This would mean British Directives with which the EU would be recognised as equivalent.
“Looking ahead, there is a risk of regulatory arbitrage.
“After all, Brexit offers the opportunity to regulate regulations that have long been considered inappropriate now to change for their own market.”
“Well, well, well, if it isn’t the consequences of his own actions,” tweeted a third person.
“Maybe you should have done some research, this is exactly what you voted for you idiot,” said another.
However, others rushed to his defence, with one reasoning: “Everyone saying ‘he knew what he voted for’ that’s the point, there was so much misinformation and outright lying around the campaign that many people *did not* know exactly what they were voting for. The people running the campaigns didn’t know.”
Elton John also recently criticised the government’s lack of action, branding them “philistines”.
Trade figures have shown a record drop in exports and imports to and from the European Union from December 2020 through to January 2021, with the cause partially blamed on the Brexit transition period. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown the record plunge in trade, but the ultimate cause may be more complicated.
From December 2020 through to January 2021, the EU’s exports from the UK declined by a staggering 40 percent.
Imports were not far behind, decreasing by 28.8 percent in the same time frame.
Trade outside of the EU also saw a drop, but by significantly less at 12.7 percent for imports.
And exports from non-EU countries actually gained 1.7 percent, despite the difficulties thrown up by the coronavirus pandemic.
In November and December, the ONS reported seeing “increasing imports and exports of goods…These increases were consistent with potential stockpiling of goods from the EU in preparation for the end of the EU exit transition period.”
These increases were also seen in the lead to the two previous Brexit deadlines in 2019.
While the transition period may have seen trade decrease, the start of lockdown at the start of January could also have contributed.
The reason behind the decrease could be blamed on several factors, but the Brexit transition period has been partially to blame say experts.
Samuel Tombs, the chief UK economist at the consultancy Pantheon Macroeconomics said: “Brexit is best seen as a slow puncture, rather than a sudden blowout, with the costs gradually accumulating in the form of lower investment and immigration than otherwise would have been the case.”
Suren Thiru, the head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “The practical difficulties faced by businesses on the ground go well beyond just teething problems and with disruption to UK-EU trade flows persisting, trade is likely to be a drag on UK economic growth in the first quarter of 2021.”
There have been several reports into the disruption to trade at the start of the year.
However one unknown remains as to whether the decline will continue, or start to pick up once the ‘Brexit hangover’ has eased.
The ONS said its own ‘Business insights and impact on the UK economy’ data which suggests these “teething problems” have already begun to ease, with figures showing signs of trade starting to increase.
The ONS writes: “BICS data report that, of currently trading businesses that have reported challenges at the end of February 2021, the largest proportion of businesses’ reported main cause of challenge was the end of the EU transition period.
“This has risen from mid-December 2020. In contrast, those reporting the coronavirus as their main challenge fell over the same period.”
Professor Dr Stefan Stein, Founding President and Professor for International Business Management at GISMA Business School told Express.co.uk: “If imports and exports are taken together, China has become the EU’s largest trading partner and has overtaken the USA in 2020.
“The USA under Trump, the trade and other conflicts have done more harm than good.
“It will take the new administration quite some time to fix the damage, while China develops from an even more powerful position.”
And Brexit has played a big impact when it comes to the UK. Professor Stein said: “In the concert of the big players, the United Kingdom has minimised itself with its self-imposed Brexit. Success stories look different.
“One noticeable consequence of Brexit is the decline in investment and the shortage of workers.
“While the UK and the EU are in a sausage war over the control of meat products, China is the economic nation that has come through this global economic crisis best.
“In the economic upswing that is now following, China’s starting position is particularly good.
“The coffers of the Chinese are full, we will see investment activity increase in the UK and Europe and elsewhere on this planet where others cannot even follow due to the consequences of the crisis and lack of own strategy.”
Brexit: David Frost on Theresa May’s EU negotiations
As the country marked five years since the historic referendum, the Independent Business Network (IBN) looked at the apocalyptic predictions that many Remainers said would have happened in the event of Brexit. Its report rubbished many of them, instead showing that Global Britain continues to attract international investment in its droves.
The report also slammed “pro-Remain” business and economic groups, including the IMF, OECD and CBI, for repeatedly underselling the benefits of leaving the EU.
John Longworth, the IBN’s chairman, said: “The UK’s decision to leave the EU five years ago has proven to be the right one.
“The continued GDP growth has confounded all expectations of Remain, the ability to write our own regulations has allowed The City to remain the top destination in Europe for financial services investment, and we have made a great start on securing mutually beneficial trade deals with the rest of the world.
“Not only does this report serve to highlight how wrong the many critics of Brexit were in 2016 with their predictions, more importantly it acts as a warning to those in power.
Investors have flocked to the UK since Brexit, the report found (Image: Getty/Number 10)
Tory MP John Redwood is a long-standing Eurosceptic (Image: Getty)
“A warning that they should stop listening to policy advice from groups such as the CBI who only now half-heartedly back Brexit to stay relevant.
“Those who did not support Brexit then should not be advising on policy to take advantage of Brexit now.
“We are in a great position to achieve super growth. But to achieve this we need the right policies in place.
“Prioritising family-run and owned businesses, which have been the backbone of our economy since the end of the Second World War, is essential to ensure that the government not only achieves super growth, but does it in a sustainable way, that does not risk our economy overheating and will aid the desired levelling-up agenda.”
Five years ago, the British people made a momentous decision. As a nation, we chose to leave the EU, putting our future firmly back in our own hands – right where it belongs – which was a cause long championed by The Sunday Express.
We are already reaping the rewards. I want to thank Express readers for keeping the flame alive for all these years. Critics fretted that if we went for it alone, we would be knocked off course at the first crisis we faced.
They said that we couldn’t fend for ourselves, that outside the EU’s vaccine programme we would struggle to keep our heads above water.
Yet here we are, rolling out the fastest vaccine roll-out anywhere in Europe– all thanks to a powerful combination of our top universities, the best minds in science, our treasured NHS, and the sheer common-sense of the British people who are eager to get their jabs so we can reclaim our freedoms and return to normal.
Kwasi Kwarteng has thanked Express readers for “keeping the flame alive” (Image: Getty)
Britain will be able to take the first steps to Canzuk by strengthening its ties with Canada, Australia and New Zealand in just twelve months time, experts predicted last night.
It follows revelations that ministers and senior civil servants invited proponents of so-called Canzuk to present evidence outlining its advantages before setting out terms of the recent Free Trade Agreement with Australia.
That deal, which goes beyond trade to allow under-35s to work in both countries for five years, is being viewed as a “template” for future deals with New Zealand and Canada which are expected to be signed by the end of the year and next June respectively.
A spiteful German politician has called for the EU to ban all British holidaymakers from visiting the bloc.
Karl Lauterbach believes that scuppering holiday plans for millions of Britons is the only way to stop the highly infectious Delta variant from spreading across mainland Europe.
Last month Germany and France banned non-essential travellers from the UK over concerns about the variant.
The SDP politician and health expert now believes all of the EU’s 27 countries should adopt the policy.
He told German newspaper BILD: “In view of the dramatic corona development in the United Kingdom in the middle of the main travel season, a travel embargo from the United Kingdom to Europe would be advisable.
“It is completely incomprehensible why there are no tough EU-wide entry restrictions for travellers from Great Britain.”
Boris Johnson has been warned an attempt from the UK to retaliate against the EU for any punishment over the Northern Ireland Protocol would be a “disaster” and could severely damage attempts to strike trade deals with other countries.
Earlier this month, tensions between Britain and the European Union surged after talks between UK Brexit minister Lord Frost and European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic over a solution to the implementation of the controversial Protocol ended in stalemate.
Brussels has threatened to launch a trade war against Britain if it does not implement checks on goods entering Northern Ireland under the terms of the Brexit deal, with Mr Sefcovic warning after the meeting with Lord Frost that patience with the UK is wearing “very, very thin”.
Officials from the UK and EU are expected to continue this week as they desperately attempt to find a solution to the issue.
Both sides have so far been unwilling to stand down from their respective positions on the implementation of the Protocol, sparking fears a hugely impactful trade war may be imminent.
Under the terms of the Brexit trade agreement struck at the end of last year, the UK and EU can impose tariffs on the other’s exports for breaching the pact, pending independent arbitration.
Now Prime Minister Mr Johnson has been firmly warned not to retaliate against any punishment inflicted by the EU as it would not sit well with countries throughout the world and could jeopardise trade deals the UK is attempting to strike throughout the world.
The SNP have been dealt a huge blow in their ambition for Scottish independence after polling showed a fall in support for separation from the UK.
A Panelbase poll revealed support for Scottish independence was four points lower than April prior to the Holyrood elections. The poll revealed just 48 percent of people would back independence, once ‘don’t knows’ were excluded.
Meanwhile, backing for the Union stood at 52 percent, again once ‘don’t knows’ were taken out of the equation.
It comes after senior Cabinet minister Michael Gove has said he “can’t see” Boris Johnson granting a new referendum on Scottish independence before the next general election.
Mr Gove – who is responsible for countering the push for independence – said the Prime Minister’s focus was completely focused on recovery from the pandemic “for the lifetime of this parliament”.
Sajid Javid delivered Boris Johnson a stinging Brexit rebuke live on TV before being appointed as the new Health Secretary.
Mr Javid is widely considered a safe pair of hands given his previous role in Government and brief spell as Chancellor.
While he and Mr Johnson had a closing working relationship, the pair locked horns on more than one occasion.
One of their most contentious disagreements was on Brexit and how to deliver it.
A heated instance led to Mr Javid publicly rebuking Mr Johnson for language he used to describe Brexit in the hands of the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, and then Prime Minister Theresa May.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he said Mrs May had put the UK constitution in a “suicide vest” and handed the detonator to Mr Barnier.
Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show the same day, Mr Javid said it was clear Mr Johnson held different opinions to Mrs May on Brexit.
Brexit LIVE: Sajid Javid once delivered Boris Johnson a stinging Brexit rebuke live on TV (Image: GETTY)
Elton John has taken aim at the government, who he claims have “f****d up” the fishing industry in the UK in the wake of Brexit.
Sir Elton John never shies away from disclosing what is on his mind, often being praised for his honesty. Now, the musician has unleashed a blistering attack against the government who he claims “tell us lies”.
Five-time Grammy Award-winning musician Sir Elton, 74, has viciously slammed Boris Johnson’s cabinet’s handling of Brexit, five years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.
The singer, born Reginald Dwight, has opened up, revealing he is “livid” at the handling of the move.
The dad-of-two has strongly criticised the government, going as far as to call cabinet members “liars” who “lie” to the public on a daily basis.
3.30pm update: Irish PM hits back at incoming DUP leader over Protocol claims
Micheal Martin has hit back at Sir Jeffrey Donaldson after the incoming DUP leader accused the Irish Government of “cheerleading” for the protocol.
Sir Jeffrey accused Dublin of only advocating for the nationalist side of the community in Northern Ireland on Brexit issues and claimed Mr Martin’s Government had ignored the concerns unionists have over the imposition of Irish Sea trade barriers.
The incoming DUP leader also suggested relationships between the north and south would be impacted if Irish ministers did not change stance.
But Mr Martin has hit back at the claims from Sir Jeffrey, and told RTE: “We do listen to unionists and I think Jeffrey knows that I certainly do,” the Taoiseach told RTE.
“I’ve known Jeffrey for quite a long time, from experience in government before and in politics more generally.
“I think what is extremely important is that we commit to work together and that we engage and there are issues that unionism has raised in respect of the protocol.
“Our view has been that we would like those issues and we want those issues to be resolved in the context of the European Union/United Kingdom negotiations and discussions, in the mechanisms that have been provided for in the (Withdrawal) Agreement, and that’s Maros Sefcovic (EU commission vice president) and David Frost (UK Brexit minister) and the negotiation channels that they’re involved in.”
Brexit LIVE: Micheal Martin has hit back at incoming DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson (Image: GETTY)
Paul Withers taking over live reporting from Oliver Pritchard-Jones.
Britain will be leading the way to uphold the law of the sea as the world’s second strongest naval power after the United States, Daniel Hannan has said.
The former MEP turned Tory peer, who is also a special advisor to the Government on trade, made the comments as HMS Defender sparked a clash with Russian forces on Wednesday.
The Type-45 Destroyer travelled through waters south of the Crimea peninsula, which Russia unofficially annexed from Ukraine in 2014, in a move which was not recognised by international powers.
Moscow responded by having several aircraft shadowing the ship at varying heights, the lowest being approximately 500 feet – which Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said was “neither safe nor professional”.
But Mr Hannan claimed the Royal Navy’s move was an “assertion of the right to free navigation from which all countries benefit”, including the UK “more than most”.
Brexit Minister Lord Frost (Image: Getty)
1.16pm update: Brexit Minister yet to respond to Northern Ireland committee invitation
Brexit Minister Lord Frost has yet to respond to an invitation by the SDLP chair of the Executive Office Committee at Stormont to appear before it tomorrow.
It comes ahead of a virtual appearance by European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic, who is due to face questions by Stormont politicians around the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The SDLP’s Colin McGrath told the BBC’s Sunday Politics show Lord Frost had been invited to appear at the meeting, but confirmed the minister has not replied to the offer yet.
He said: “This will be a very important meeting. [Maros Sefcovic] is a key player in the Brexit process and we have significant concerns and various issues we want to discuss with him,” said the south Down MLA.
“We want to take the time to speak to him, not least to say ‘what are the opportunities’…so that we can start delivering for people in our communities instead of this constant negativity.”
Brandon Lewis has urged the EU to “show the flexibility you keep talking about” as tensions rise over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Brandon Lewis, speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, said: “We’ve got to make sure that we are delivering for people in Northern Ireland, that we get the flexibility so that people in Northern Ireland have the same experience as they would anywhere else in the United Kingdom in terms of being able to receive products and goods.”
He added that, “now that’s a two-way thing and the EU needs to show the flexibility that they keep talking about”.
Mr Lewis, the Northern Ireland Secretary, stated that the UK Government would act to “rectify” the “big disruption” caused by the post-Brexit Irish Sea trading arrangements with Northern Ireland.
Mr Lewis blamed the problems attributed to the Protocol on the EU’s “purist” implementation.
Brandon Lewis slammed the EU this morning (Image: Getty)
The European Union have not yet replied to a request from the British Government to extend the grace period for chilled meats imports into Northern Ireland, with the deadline fast approaching.
The British Government issued an official request for the extension of the Brexit grace period in Northern Ireland amid major import disruptions with mainland UK.
The European Union has been accused of taking a “purist” stance over its interpretation of the protocol relating to the UK nation included in the Brexit trade deal. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis confirmed on Sunday Brussels has yet to respond to Britain’s request.
The deadline is currently set for Tuesday, June 30.
Mr Lewis told Times Radio: “We think we have put forward a sensible proposal, something actually quite moderate while we work out a long-term solution.
“And I am hopeful over the next few days that those technical discussions, we’ll be able to get that secured with the EU. We’re coming very close up against the deadline now and we’ve not yet formally heard back from the EU. They need to come back to us.”
Brandon Lewis was left red-faced as BBC host Andrew Marr confronted the Northern Ireland Secretary with a flippant tweet about the Brexit agreement struck with the European Union last year.
Andrew Marr had the Northern Ireland Secretary stumbling over his earlier claims that there is no border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK following the end of the Brexit transition period.
The British Government and the European Union have been locking horns for weeks over the interpretation of the protocol included in the trade deal struck last December. Mr Marr urged Brandon Lewis to admit he had been wrong in his assessment as the tweet was shown on the screen behind him.
The BBC host said: “As Northern Ireland Secretary, you tweeted this not so long ago. ‘There is no Irish Sea Border. As we have seen today, the important preparations the Govt and businesses have taken to prepare for the end of the Transition Period are keeping goods flowing freely around the country, including between GB and NI.’
“Can I just ask you, straightforwardly, to accept that is not true?”
Mr Lewis said: “I’ve said it before, I fully appreciate that tweet has not aged well. The reality is…”
With a court ruling into the Northern Ireland Protocol looming, Ben Habib has warned any verdict which fails to declare the arrangements illegal will be a “body blow” for the region.
However, the former Brexit Party MEP said regardless of the result, he would continue to campaign against the controversial mechanism for preventing a hard border on the island of Ireland, which critics claim has instead resulted in a border down the Irish Sea.
The court is scheduled to reveal its decision on Wednesday, with Mr Habib – who has been instrumental in bringing the judicial review to the High Court of Northern Ireland – planning to fly to Belfast specially.
He told Express.co.uk: “The treatment of the people of Northern Ireland both by Westminster and the EU is contemptuous.
“Behind closed doors the British government and EU Commission decided on a new constitutional settlement for Northern Ireland. That constitution put a partition down the Irish Sea and condemned Northern Ireland to swathes of EU laws.”
Sir Keir Starmer has been issued a damning Brexit warning by polling guru Sir John Curtice ahead of next week’s Batley and Spen by-election, with Labour’s failure to “reconnect” with Vote Leave voters possibly proving to be a costly error.
The crucial by-election was triggered following a decision from Labour MP Tracy Brabin to quit Westminster following her election as the first mayor of West Yorkshire earlier this month. Ms Brabin had been Labour’s MP in Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire – like Hartlepool another marginal Red Wall seat – since 2016.
The seat had been represented by Jo Cox until she was shot and stabbed by a far-right extremist in June 2016. Last month, Labour announced selected Kim Leadbeater, the sister of Jo Cox, as its candidate for the constituency’s by-election.
Polling guru Sir John Curtice, who is also a Politics Professor at the University of Strathclyde, told Express.co.uk: “What has been clear is saying nothing about Brexit, which Labour has been doing, doesn’t help to reconnect with Leave voters.
“Judging from the recent Hartlepool by-election, is Labour has not had much success in reconnecting with Leave voters.
“It is still very reliant on Remain voters, the Brexit divide is still there, and Labour has not had much success winning lack voters, and the minority in Batley-and-Spen would underline that.”
9.49am update: Elton John attacks Johnson over Brexit’s affect on live performance
Elton John has attacked the British government failing to acknowledge how Brexit has hit touring musicians and performers.
Speaking to the Observer New Review, the veteran star said Boris Johnson’s administration had no grasp of the huge income normally generated by British artists working abroad.
“I’m livid about what the government did when Brexit happened,” he said.
“They made no provision for the entertainment business, and not just for musicians, actors and film directors, but for the crews, the dancers, the people who earn a living by going to Europe.
“We’ve been talking to Lord Strasburger about it, and we’ve been talking to Lord Frost, but we didn’t really get anywhere with him.
“It’s a nightmare. To young people just starting a career, it’s crucifying.”
Brexit has been an “unalloyed success” which has “exceeded expectations” and set the country up for decades of growth and innovation, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said.
The verdict of the senior cabinet minister has come in an article to mark the fifth anniversary of the historic EU referendum result on June 23 last week. It comes as a report by the Independent Business Network (IBN) chaired by former Brexit Party MEP John Longworth has concluded that the Remainer’s “Project Fear has proven to be Project Delusion”.
It believes the UK is “on course for strong economic growth.”
Mr Kwarteng said that despite the covid pandemic “Britain is already reaping the rewards” of the vote in 2016 highlighting the success of the vaccine programme, shaking off EU state aid rules, using new powers to encourage research and development, and pointing to analysis which shows the UK is the top destination for overseas in investors in Europe.