Boris Johnson News – Live: Latest Brexit Updates As France Says UK Didn’t Pay ‘One Euro’ Of £ 54 Million To Stop Immigrant Ships

None of the £ 54 million that the UK pledged to France to help support efforts to stop migrant crossings has been paid, according to the French government.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said “not a euro has been paid” from the fund, which was promised earlier this year, following his visit to Dunkirk yesterday.

Home Secretary Priti Patel recently threatened to withhold funding unless more people were prevented from reaching the UK.

The call came as a charity that watches migrants arriving in small boats across the English Channel and said the consequences of using controversial rejection tactics could be “horrible.”

Channel Rescue’s Kim Bryan said that in the past two weeks his group had seen, from the cliffs of Dover, Border Force officers practicing a jet ski kickback.

She told BBC Breakfast on Sunday: “These boats are incredibly flimsy. Only the water from the jet skis that surround them in the first place could cause them to capsize. “

Permanent Home Office Secretary Matthew Rycroft said last month that only a “small proportion” of ships could legally return to France using these tactics.

At least 1,100 people crossed the English Channel into the United Kingdom on board small boats on Friday and Saturday, official figures from the Home Office show.

More than 17,000 people have made the dangerous journey in 2021, according to data compiled by the PA news agency.

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Irish minister accuses UK of destroying relations with the EU

Simon Coveney has questioned whether the UK wants “a break in relations” with the EU in a heated late-night Twitter feud with Brexit negotiator Lord Frost.

Ireland’s foreign minister was responding to reports of a speech the pair is preparing to give in Lisbon on Tuesday.

Lord Frost will make the elimination of the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Northern Ireland a red line issue.

Coveney accused him of making demands that he knew the EU would not agree to engineer a break in relations.

Our Policy Correspondent Jon stone has the full story

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 11:10

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At least 1,100 migrants crossed the English Channel on Friday and Saturday

More than 1,100 people crossed the English Channel into the UK aboard small boats on Friday and Saturday, official figures show.

Numbers released by the Home Office this morning show that at least 624 people arrived in the UK on Friday on 23 ships, and 491 people crossed on Saturday on 17 ships.

The journeys were made after a 10-day stretch in which bad weather made the crossings impossible.

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 10:32 AM

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‘EU ending sausage war won’t fix NI’s Brexit protocol’ – Frost

The EU has been asked to go beyond removing its ban on British sausages to resolve a Northern Ireland Protocol dispute.

Brexit Minister Lord Frost will deliver a speech in Lisbon on Tuesday calling for “significant” changes to the post-Brexit deal he negotiated, including the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Northern Ireland.

His warning will come a day before the EU is expected to draw up plans to resolve problems with the protocol, which has created economic barriers between Northern Ireland and Britain.

Brussels is likely proposing that chilled meats can continue to cross the Irish Sea from Britain after the end of the current grace periods, in a move to end the so-called sausage wars.

But Lord Frost will use his speech to warn that the compromises must go much further and that the EU “must show ambition and willingness to address the fundamental issues at the heart of the protocol head-on.”

Lord Frost will also share new legal text with the European Commission to propose the “basis” for a new protocol in support of the Good Friday Agreement.

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 10:15 AM

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Kwarteng suggests Brits are heating up amid energy crisis

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng suggested that bundling up more this winter could help people during the energy crisis.

He was asked on Sky News if he is advising people to wear another wool sweater and a pair of socks instead of turning up the heat on their thermostats.

Mr. Kwarteng replied: “It depends on the people – it is amazing how the cold thresholds of different people can be so different.

“Some people feel comfortable wrapped in a lot of different clothing, others wear relatively little; I think people should be sensible. I think people should do what they feel comfortable with. “

Pressed if he was telling people to lower the thermostat and bundle up more, he said, “My job as an energy minister is not to tell people how many layers of clothing to wear, that’s not really my job.”

Mr. Kwarteng could not guarantee that there will be no interruptions in the gas supply this winter, but said he is “as confident as I can be” that it will continue unimpeded.

He told Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “I am very committed and convinced that we will have a complete energy supply.”

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 09:50

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France says UK hasn’t paid ‘a euro’ to stop crossings

None of the £ 54 million that the UK pledged to France to help support efforts to stop migrant crossings has been paid.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said “not a euro has been paid” after his visit to Dunkirk yesterday.

Home Secretary Priti Patel recently threatened to withhold funding unless more people were prevented from reaching the UK.

The call came as a charity that watches migrants arriving in small boats across the English Channel and said the consequences of using controversial rejection tactics could be “horrible.”

Channel Rescue’s Kim Bryan said that in the past two weeks his group had seen, from the cliffs of Dover, Border Force officers practicing a jet ski kickback.

She told BBC Breakfast on Sunday: “These boats are incredibly flimsy. Only the water from the jet skis that surround them in the first place could cause them to capsize. “

Permanent Home Office Secretary Matthew Rycroft said last month that only a “small proportion” of ships could legally return to France using these tactics.

It comes after large numbers of people are believed to have managed to reach the UK on Friday in small boats.

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 09:30

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The price of housing increases to triple the local average salary

Households are earning more than people living in them across large swaths of England, according to a new Labor Party analysis seen by The independent found.

In 40 percent of the country, the average annual growth in national property prices last year exceeded the total average salary in the area by two to three times.

Working housing spokeswoman Lucy Powell said the figures were proof that the link between hard work and a stable home has been broken, after 11 years of a conservative government claiming to support home ownership.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock reports

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 09:10

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Pharmacists must have the right to prescribe drugs.

Pharmacists will have the right to write prescriptions according to plans that Health Secretary Sajid Javid is reportedly considering.

Last month, he promised the government “will do much more” to ensure that GPs see more patients face-to-face after complaints from the public.

The proposals would see more prescriptions provided through pharmacies and hospitals for routine illnesses to allow doctors more time to see patients in person, according to The Sunday Times.

GPs will also reportedly be able to bypass bureaucratic processes, such as providing supporting medical evidence to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency about the patient’s fitness to drive.

The plans are expected to include penalties for doctors who do not increase the number of face-to-face appointments with patients, the newspaper added.

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 8:50 AM

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Boris swaps Downing Street for a luxury villa

The prime minister is reportedly on a week-long vacation on the Costa del Sol.

Boris Johnson left Britain on Friday and is reportedly staying in a luxury villa, between Marbella and Benahavis, in southern Spain.

It was unclear if his wife Carrie and son Wilfred were with him.

Liam James has all the details

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 08:30

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The energy price cap is ‘non-negotiable for me’, says Kwarteng

The energy price cap will remain, says trade secretary Kwasi Kwarteng as he rejects demands from suppliers to remove it.

He said keeping the cap in place this winter “is non-negotiable for me” after some companies pushed for an increase to avoid collapses due to the energy crisis.

But Kwarteng did not offer any additional support for struggling companies, after conservative bosses and some MPs called for help to prevent them from going bankrupt as wholesale prices for natural gas hit record highs.

Mr. Kwarteng sought to reassure the public about “the safety net we have to protect consumers from instant price increases this Christmas and ensure that everyone gets the supply they need.”

“Despite some pressure on me to lift the limit, I am absolutely clear that it is here to stay and will remain at the same level through the winter,” he wrote in the Sunday Express.

“Keeping this protection in place is non-negotiable for me.”

Some energy companies have said the cap is not “fit for purpose” and called for reforms and emergency support to avoid collapses, which will also burden taxpayers.

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 08:02

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