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  1. I would expect the uk to have the cheapest gas in Europe right now, thanks to Brits back Brexit. EU'LL NEVER BELIEVE IT: Boris promises cheaper household gas bills if Brits back Brexit In 30 May 2016, BORIS Johnson and Michael Gove promise to scrap VAT on household energy bills if Britain backs a Brexit. In the first cash sweetener of the EU Referendum campaign, they argue that leaving the EU will allow ministers to bin the "unfair and damaging" £2 billion a year tax on gas and electricity prices. thesun
  2. It seems you're having post-Brexit memory problems: Campaigners for British withdrawal, known as Brexit, tossed out promises of a better future while dismissing concerns raised by a host of scholars and experts as “Project Fear.” But that was before they won. With financial markets in turmoil, a big drop in the pound and the prospect of further chaos, some supporters of Brexit are backpedaling on bold pronouncements they made ...
  3. After making headlines comparing him with Churchill's painting, Boris has now copied another world leader shirtless image. And now Bojo on holiday:
  4. Overseas abattoir workers to get temporary visas The government is to allow 800 foreign abattoir workers into the UK on temporary visas, after warnings from farmers of mass culls. It previously said businesses should pay higher wages and invest in skills. The shortage of butchers has already seen farmers destroy 6,600 healthy pigs due to a backlog on farms, the National Pig Association (NPA) said. The meat industry blames the butcher shortage on factors including Covid and Brexit. BBC
  5. Brexit minister Lord Frost doesn't like it but ... Northern Irish firms hail EU proposals to resolve Brexit protocol row The EU’s proposals to break the impasse over the NI Brexit protocol have gone “beyond expectations” of local businesses who say the bloc has listened to their demands and come up with solutions. They say the promise to do away with most of the checks for British food and goods entering Northern Ireland and customs paperwork could forge the basis of a deal. Guardian
  6. The PM, caught unawares, pursuing his Churchillian hobby. Whether he’s yet up to Churchill’s standards – a painting by the former wartime leader recently sold for a record £7m – the prime minister has long been known to dabble in the craft. During the Tory leadership campaign in 2019, Johnson said he wound down by painting buses on old wooden crates, and added “passengers enjoying themselves” on his model Routemasters. Boris Johnson with a painting of a ladybird he produced during a school visit. Guardian
  7. Mr Cummings - who has turned against Mr Johnson since being removed from Downing Street at the end of 2020 - claims the prime minister never understood what the withdrawal agreement really meant. He tweeted: "What I've said does NOT mean 'the PM was lying in General Election 2019', he never had a scoobydoo [a clue] what the deal he signed meant. "He never understood what leaving Customs Union meant until November 2020." BBC
  8. EU ready to scrap most post-Brexit checks on British goods entering NI The EU will offer to remove a majority of post-Brexit checks on British goods entering NI as it seeks to turn the page on the rancorous relationship with Boris Johnson. Up to 50% of customs checks on goods would be lifted and more than half the checks on meat and plants entering Northern Ireland would be abandoned under the bold offer from Brussels. Guardian Lord Frost proposes 'entirely new' NI protocol Brexit Minister Lord Frost has proposed plans for an entirely new protocol to replace the existing Northern Ireland Protocol. In a speech to diplomats in Portugal on Tuesday, he described his new legal text as "a better way forward". He said it was forward-looking, improved on the current "excessively rigid" protocol, and would allow the EU and UK to "get back to normal" by removing "the poison" from their relationship. BBC
  9. 30 May 2016 EU'LL NEVER BELIEVE IT: Boris promises cheaper household gas bills if Brits back Brexit EXCLUSIVE: The Former Mayor of London claims leaving the EU will mean ministers can slash the price of our gas bills. BORIS Johnson and Michael Gove today promise to scrap VAT on household energy bills if Britain backs a Brexit. In the first cash sweetener of the EU Referendum campaign, they argue that leaving the EU will allow ministers to bin the "unfair and damaging" £2 billion a year tax on gas and electricity prices. thesun
  10. Do you mean for immigrants new direct shipping routes are opening up to Britain that bypass the EU?
  11. UK 'shifting the playing field' But speaking to RTE Morning Ireland, Mr Coveney said: "Each time that the European Union comes forward with new ideas and new proposals to try and solve problems, they are dismissed before they are released, and that's happening again this week." The British government has created a new "red line" over the ECJ. "David Frost accuses me of raising issues on social media. It's a bit rich, quite frankly, because he is briefing the British media effectively to say 'Well, the EU can make the changes that they need to make, but actually it's not enough, we want more', and now it's the ECJ that is the main issue," Mr Coveney said. "This is being seen across the European Union as the same pattern over and over again - the EU tries to solve problems, the UK dismisses the solutions before they're even published and asks for more." SKY
  12. Lord Frost accuses EU of ‘not listening’ to his Brexit demands Ireland’s foreign minister accuses UK of deliberately engineering breakdown in negotiations. Britain's Brexit chief has accused the EU of not listening to his demands on Northern Ireland in a heated series of late-night posts on Twitter. Lord Frost specifically wants to dump jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice over the Northern Ireland deal, which he signed up to during talks but now is having second thoughts about. The Brexit minister wants to change the part of the deal relating to Northern Ireland but the EU says the UK must stand by what it has signed. Independent
  13. And the show must go on ... Brexit talks process beginning in late October or early November Lord Frost will use a speech next week to reiterate that the UK wants the European Court of Justice (ECJ) removed from oversight of the NI Protocol. The protocol is a special Brexit deal for Northern Ireland, agreed by the UK and EU in 2019. The UK government wants to reverse its previous agreement on the oversight role of the ECJ. In a paper published in July, the government said it had only agreed to the ECJ's role because of the "very specific circumstances" of the protocol negotiation. It now wants a new governance arrangement. The Brexit minister will say: 'Without new arrangements in this area the protocol will never have the support it needs to survive". BBC
  14. 1 in 14 pupils at English secondary schools have Covid One in 14 secondary school-age children had Covid last week, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics. The substantial increase – up from an estimated one in 20 pupils the previous week. The ONS survey, based on swabs collected from randomly selected households, showed an overall increase in Covid infections in England from one in 85 people to one in 70 in the week ending 2 October. Guardian
  15. Johnson offered an audacious response this week: Britain, he explained, was merely transitioning out of a broken economic “model”, based around low pay and high immigration, and into a new one, based around high productivity and high-wage job creation. Britain’s most exasperating economic policy riddle of recent decades – its sluggish productivity growth – was simply going to be magicked away, he announced. Guardian
  16. MPs pressure government on industry fuel costs The government is under increasing pressure to support industries struggling with rising energy bills, as several Conservative MPs have joined Labour and industry calling for action. Tory MP Miriam Coates said the steel industry faced "serious threats". Labour has accused the government of being in denial about gas prices, which have risen 250% since January. Domestic customers are partly protected from sharp rises by a price cap, although energy regulator Ofgem has warned that households will see further "significant rises" in the spring. BBC
  17. China's President Xi Jinping has said in a speech that "reunification" with Taiwan "must be fulfilled". Mr Xi added that unification should be achieved peacefully, but warned that the Chinese people had a "glorious tradition" of opposing separatism. "The historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled, and will definitely be fulfilled," Mr Xi said. He said he wanted to see peaceful unification occur under a "one country-two systems" policy, similar to that employed in Hong Kong. "Taiwan independence separatism is the biggest obstacle to achieving the reunification of the motherland, and the most serious hidden danger to national rejuvenation," he added. BBC
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