Brexit has triggered 'explosion' of investment says Rishi Sunak
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Contingency plans are being formed to support research by UK universities and companies if the Government opts to pull out of the lucrative flagship programme, The Telegraph has reported. Brexit Britain has continued to participate in the Horizon research programme following its departure from the EU as it was seen as a profitable avenue for the UK’s scientists and universities. France has threatened to block the finalising of the membership of Horizon, which Britain pays £15billionn as part of a deal agreed in last year’s Brexit talks with Brussels.
A UK Government source said: “We have alternative plans in place to support the sector in case they continue down this path.”
The insider also warned “repeated delays calls into question the worth of us contributing at all”.
Earlier this week, Emmanuel Macron’s Government set a two-week deadline for the UK and Jersey to stand down from their position as the row over fishing licenses continues.
France has been left furious after the UK approved just 15 permits out of 47 applications for small French fishing boats to operate in British coastal waters.
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EU leaders mocked as migration summit leaves pundits asking ‘What was actually achieved?!’
EU leaders have been mocked after a key Brussels summit on migration left European political pundits asking “What was actually achieved?”
EU leaders have been slammed after a key summit in Brussel failed to achieve results amid a list of mounting challenges facing the European bloc.
EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen joined the European heads of nations for a two-day debate on how to take the growing migrant crisis along the EU’s easter border.
A lack of outcomes from the summit has led DW News pundits to question what was actually achieved.
Brace yourself, Macron! UK and France fishing row to reignite with crunch EU talks tabled
The UK and European Commission will hold crunch talks on Monday as they try to resolve an explosive row over the number of licenses granted to the French to fish in Britain’s coastal waters.
Olivier Lepretre, chairman of the Regional Maritime Fisheries Committee in northern France, confirmed the meeting for the start of next week.
Furious French fishermen had threatened protests from this weekend if progress was not made on the issue.
The National Committee of Maritime Fishermen (CNPMEM) had said ongoing talks with the UK has only resulted in a handful of fishing licences for French fisherman in British waters.
‘I was wrong!’ Remainer ex-diplomat says he’s now a Brexiteer in stunning on-air admission
A British-born former diplomat, who was against Britain leaving the EU, has admitted he was “wrong” as he explained to GB News what made him change his mind.
A former diplomat, who “would have voted against Brexit,” has admitted he made a mistake in his view of Britain’s departure from the EU.
Speaking to GB News, former New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser, who was born in the UK, admitted he was “wrong” to back the Remain campaign.
Mr Groser, who formerly served as New Zealand’s Ambassador to the US, said he was “beginning to rethink” his entire position on Brexit.
Brexit backlash: UK’s trade deal with New Zealand branded ‘disgrace’ in furious outburst
The UK’s post-Brexit trade deal has been branded a “disgrace” as it will seriously undercut British farmers by importing meat produced to lower welfare and environmental standards, a leading expert has claimed.
Britain signed confirmed the agreement-in-principle with New Zealand earlier this week, with Downing Street insisting it would ramp up trade by eliminating tariffs of up to 10 percent on a range of UK goods and cutting red tape for UK businesses.
International trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has attempted to calm fears among British farmers, saying it was a “possibility” they could start sending more lamb to New Zealand as opposed to being the victims of cheap imports.
The minister’s department has said the trade deal will “remove barriers to trade and deepen access for our advanced tech and services companies”.
David Atkins takes over from Paul Withers.
UK and EU to hold talks on Monday over French fishing row
Britain and the European Commission will hold crunch talks on Monday as they try to resolve the row over the number of licenses granted to the French to fish in the UK’s coastal waters.
Olivier Lepretre, chairman of the Regional Maritime Fisheries Committee in northern France, confirmed the meeting would take place at the start of next week.
The National Committee of Maritime Fishermen (CNPMEM) had said negotiations with the UK had only resulted in a small number of fishing licences for French fisherman in British waters.
A statement from the CNPMEM said France’s seas minister, Annick Girardin, assured fishermen she would not give up the fight to obtain post-Brexit licences for French fishermen.
Jersey fishers slam Brexit deal as French cripple business
Jersey fishermen and ministers arte becoming increasingly frustrated by the UK’s Brexit deal with the EU.
A fishing dispute has erupted with France after the UK rejected a large portion of applications from French boats.
Don Thompson, president of the Jersey Fishermen’s Association, believes there are a host of issues with the Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
He says fishermen and Government officials were angry at the deal because French boats continue to wreak havoc on the island’s fishing sector.
Jersey fishing: Deal with France 'not working' says Thompson
Brexit victory as UK GDP growth forecast to beat Germany and USA by 2023
Brexit Britain is on course to overtake Germany and the USA in annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2023, according to latest estimates.
In 2021, the UK’s GDP has grown more than anticipated, despite low projections due to the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit knock-on effects.
This upward trend is expected to continue, with British GDP predicted to grow by 1.65 percent in 2023, according to a study by Statista.
The US is forecast for 1.39 percent growth for the same period, followed by Germany on 1.21 percent.
Boris told to get tough with Spanish Government as British expats face crisis
The Prime Minister has been warned he needs to take a firm stance with Spain as British expats face selling their homes and leaving the country because of mounting issues.
Britons moving to the popular tourist destination now must meet certain conditions to gain resident status, including financial means and health cover.
Some than 350,000 Britons are registered as permanent residents in the country, but the latest figures have revealed 2,400 British residency applications were rejected this year.
UK citizens can now only visit Spain without a visa for up to 90 days for tourism and business purposes.
The Spanish Government has warned breaking this rule can be considered a “serious offence”, with punishments ranging from fines of between €501 (£429) to €10,000 (£8,562) a possible expulsion from Spain as well as a potential ban from the Schengen area for six months to five years.
But Leon Fernando Del Canto, founder of London-based tax set Del Canto Chambers, has launched a furious attack.
Raab powerless to thwart European court unless plug pulled on Brexit deal
Dominic Raab’s threat to remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights is an empty one because the terms of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal commit Britain to complying with its judgments, a former Brexit Party MEP has warned.
And Ben Habib has said the only way Prime Minister Boris Johnson can free the nation from the “onerous obligations” imposed upon it is by ripping up his Brexit deal with the bloc completely.
Speaking on Sunday, recently appointed Justice Secretary Mr Raab claimed the ECHR – which is an independent body and not one of the European Union’s institutions – was imposing too many “obligations on the state”.
Lord Frost wished to avoid ‘any apparent discourtesy’ over EU envoy no-show
Brexit minister Lord Frost has said he wished to avoid “any apparent discourtesy” after failing to attend a reception for the new EU ambassador as he was unwell.
Challenged at Westminster over his no-show, where he was accused of “gratuitously insulting” the UK’s European partners, the Tory frontbencher said he would “very much have wished” to go to the event.
The Conservative peer pointed out he had been represented at the reception by his office.
He gave the explanation as he appeared at the despatch box to be grilled by members of the upper chamber, with questions dominated by moves to renegotiate part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement that aimed to avoid a hard Irish border.
CBI warn against Government tax rises in Budget
A leading industry group is warning the Government against announcing new business tax rises in next week’s Budget.
Director general Tony Danker said the recovery was fragile, warning ministers they were “betting the shop” on private sector investment without doing what it takes to attract it.
He said next week was a “defining moment” for the Government, adding: “We cannot take the economic recovery for granted.
“This is the Government’s first spending review since the pandemic hit and Brexit kicked in.
“It must choose: Are we going for growth? Or going back to tax and spend?
“Business and Government is united in its ambitions for the country, but it will take more working hand-in-glove to actually achieve them.
“The CBI said more taxes on businesses could dampen the UK’s economic recovery.”
Anne-Marie Trevelyan to head G7 trade meeting
Trade ministers from some of the world’s biggest economies will consider how to strengthen global supply chains in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.
International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan will call for co-operation from colleagues in the G7 group of industrialised democracies to identify and tackle bottlenecks.
A lack of lorry drivers and Brexit-related complications have caused queues at petrol stations and empty shelves in parts of the UK, while Felixstowe and other big ports around the world have suffered backlogs.
EU won’t negotiate on protocol forever, says Simon Coveney
EU negotiations with the UK over the Northern Ireland Protocol may end at the end of the year if no progress is being made, Simon Coveney has warned.
The Irish Foreign Minister said there is only a finite “window” within which the EU is willing to find solutions to the problems caused by the post-Brexit agreement in place for Northern Ireland.
Mr Coveney, speaking from Wales where he attended the inaugural Wales-Ireland Forum on Friday, said he believed a deal was possible, but negotiations could not continue forever.
“I think EU has shown a real appetite for compromise, and they have consciously avoided creating tension. I can’t say the same in terms of the British government’s approach.”
Wales has ‘direct interest’ in solution to Protocol impasse, says Mark Drakeford
A positive resolution to the Northern Ireland Protocol is of vital interest to Wales, the Welsh First Minister has said.
Mark Drakeford was speaking following an inaugural meeting of the Wales-Ireland Forum, a body designed to boost relations between the two countries.
The First Minister met with Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney on Friday as both committed to strengthening ties between Wales and Ireland.
Mr Drakeford added: “We do have a very direct interest in the resolution of the protocol or there being a trading regime between Wales, Ireland and the rest of the European Union, in which checks on trade are proportionate but nevertheless, are sufficient to defend the essential interests of the different parties to that agreement.”
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