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Macron criticised over push for EU army by Italian MEP

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Speaking today, Lord Frost outlined his plans to scrap the special status for laws handed down by Brussels to create a world-class border with the bloc. Under these plans, Lord Frost insisted the UK will restore the sovereignty and status of Parliament and UK courts. Upon hearing Lord Frost’s speech, the arch-Remainer revealed his fury towards the Brexit minister. 

In a tweet, Lord Adonis said: “Lord Frost just said he is putting in place a ‘world-class border’ with the EU. World-class b******t.”

In other news, Emmanuel Macron is expected to lead a new campaign to bring forward a form of EU army cooperation after the UK signed a historic security agreement with Australia and UK.

It comes as Downing Street announced a new defence partnership with the US and Australia as Western allies look to keep a check on China’s growing power in the Indo-Pacific. 

In a joint statement on Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the creation of a “new trilateral defence partnership”.

Mr Johnson said the alliance, known by its acronym Aukus, would work “hand-in-glove to preserve security and stability in the Indo-Pacific”.

But on the same day, the French President announced he would use France’s six-month rotating presidency to champion a bolstering of the bloc’s military capabilities.

European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen will host a summit of EU leaders next year to discuss the issue.

She added last night: “The good news is that over the past years, we have started to develop a European defence ecosystem.

“In the last weeks, there have been many discussions on expeditionary forces.

“On what type and how many we need: battlegroups or EU entry forces.”

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10.38pm update: M&S blames EU red tape over closure of 11 France stores ‘Made it near impossible’

Marks & Spencer is closing down 11 of its stores in France due to fresh and chilled food supply issues, blaming Brexit for the move.

Retail giant Marks & Spencer has said it will close 11 of its stores in France due to fresh and chilled food supply issues following Brexit.

The group blamed Brexit disruption to exports from the UK to Europe for its decision to shut all franchised shops with partner SFH in France.

It said: “The lengthy and complex export processes now in place following the UK’s exit from the European Union are significantly constraining the supply of fresh and chilled product from the UK into Europe and continuing to impact product availability for customers and the performance of our business in France.”

Brexit: Michael Ellis slams Labour's 'relentless negativity'

8.53pm update: Boris thrashes out Brexit deal row with Speaker Nancy Pelosi in high stakes London meeting

Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives, held talks with Boris Johnson on Thursday in 10 Downing Street.

The two discussed a range of issues including Brexit, and its impact on Northern Ireland.

Under the terms of Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal, some checks now take place on trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

This has infuriated unionists, who are demanding the hated ‘Northern Ireland protocol’ is scrapped.

However senior Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have urged the Government not to do anything that could undermine the peace process.

In a statement, Ms Pelosi said: “Respectful of the will of the British people and Brexit, I reiterated the strong bipartisan support that the Good Friday Accords continue to enjoy in the United States Congress and our hope that the ongoing negotiations will yield a positive outcome that recognizes this landmark agreement.

“It was my honour to personally invite the Prime Minister to a bipartisan leadership meeting in the United States Capitol when he travels to the United States later this month.”

7.14pm update: Thornberry sends outrageous ‘beginner guide’ to clean up Truss Brexit mess in brazen stunt

Li Truss’ record as Secretary of State for International Trade has been attacked by Labour’s Emily Thornberry, shortly after her promotion to Foreign Secretary.

She has been replaced as trade minister by Anne-Marie Trevelyan, a former business minister.

Ms Thornberry shadowed Ms Truss as trade minister and she offered a scathing assessment of Ms Truss’ record in a letter to her successor.

She accused the minister of having “left the DIT [Department for International Trade] without a single completed deal we didn’t have inside the EU”.

6.27pm update: Thornberry dismantled over ‘relentless poisonous Brexit negativity’ in furious Commons row

Emily Thornberry has been slammed for showing “relentless poisonous negativity” towards Brexit in a fiery clash in the House of Commons.

Labour’s Shadow International Trade Secretary has been slapped down by Government Minister Michael Ellis over the Labour Party’s stance on Brexit.

Mr Ellis slammed the opposition for showing a “relentless negativity” over the UK’s departure from the EU.

He called on Ms Thornberry’s party to embrace the opportunities that have come from Britain being free from the “shackles of the regulation and bureaucracy” that came with EU membership.

5.01pm update: Crown insignia to return to pints 

As part of the Government’s plans to rip out EU regulation, the Crown insignia is set to return to British pint glasses. 

The stamp, which was replaced in 2007 by the EU’s CE mark, is part of a wider plan to ditch EU law post-Brexit. 

Tim Martin, chairman of the Wetherspoons pub chain, told The Daily Telegraph: “I’ve certainly no objection to it.

“But even the most die hard monarchist will find it hard to get enthusiastic.

“What we’d really love is some government initiatives to decrease costs for businesses which we can pass on to customers.

“This Government is addicted to PR initiatives. I’m sure I’m being cynical, but I hope this isn’t another one.”

4.50pm update: Could Biden save Brexit? Boris Johnson in pivotal meeting next week

Boris Johnson will finally get an audience with US President Joe Biden next week as he travels to Washington.

But could this be key to saving the embattled Brexit deal?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to travel to the US next week for the United Nations general assembly.

According to reports, the British PM has also been invited to a meet with Joe Biden at the White House, an honour that would have taken place much sooner were it not for the Covid pandemic.

But now, the timing could be key for matters on home soil.

4.12pm update: Angry French ambassador shows true colours by reminding Biden about naval victory over UK

Brexit Britain’s newly forged defence deal with Australia and the US infuriated French Ambassador to America, Philippe Etienne, who took a bitter swipe at his transatlantic allies.

The UK, US and Australia agreed to co-operate on the development of the first nuclear-powered fleet for the Australian navy in a ground-breaking agreement dubbed Aukus.

But this meant that Canberra ripped up a deal worth around £30 billion that was struck with Paris in 2016 for France to provide 12 diesel-electric submarines.

Reacting to the news, Philippe Etienne, French Ambassador to the United States took the opportunity to take a bitter swipe at both the US and the UK.

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3.14pm update: Lord Adonis lashes out at “world-class b******t”

In response to Lord Frost’s speech, the arch-Remainer issued his fury over the pursuit to rip out EU law. 

Now the UK is out of the bloc, Lord Frost stated the Government will conduct a review of so-called EU law. 

Lord Adonis said: “Lord Frost just said he is putting in place a ‘world-class border’ with the EU. World-class b******t.”

Speaking to peers, Lord Frost said: “First of all, we’re going to conduct a review of so-called ‘retained EU law’, and by this I mean the very many pieces of legislation which we took onto our own statute book through the European Union Withdrawal Act of 2018.

“We must now revisit this huge but, for us, anomalous category of law.

“In doing so, we have two purposes in mind: first to remove the special status of retained EU law so it is no longer a distinct category of UK domestic law but normalised within our law with a clear legislative status.

“Unless we do this, we risk giving undue precedence to laws derived from EU legislation over laws made properly by this Parliament.”

These changes to regulations will relate to modernising the economy, supporting research and development and reducing bureaucratic influence. 

2pm update: Almost five million people allowed to stay in UK as part of EU Settlement Scheme 

Nearly five million people have been allowed to continue living and working in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme so far, according to the latest official estimates.

Home Office figures show that, as of the end of June, 4,908,760 people had been granted an immigration status to remain in the country after freedom of movement ended following the Brexit transition period.

EU citizens – as well as people from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – and their families had been asked to apply to the scheme by the June 30 deadline.

1:15pm update: Ministers outline red tape reduction amid efforts to reform post-Brexit law 

Ministers are considering implementing rules to ensure red tape is cut before new regulations are introduced, as part of wider reforms to the UK’s post-Brexit law.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Ellis said the Government intends to “review comprehensively” the content of retained EU law – which was preserved in UK law for legal continuity after the transition period ended in December 2020.

In a statement entitled Brexit opportunities, Mr Ellis said this would involve amending, replacing or repealing all retained EU law deemed “not right for the UK”.

12:30pm update: Protocol checks relaxed for Pets 

Ministers have withdrawn checks for some items arriving from the UK to Northern Ireland as tense negotiations over the Protocol continue.

Northern Ireland’s Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has said checks on pets travelling over the Irish Sea will be removed “indefinitely”. 

The former DUP leader has instructed officials to allow all pet dogs, cats and ferrets to pass freely.

11:45am update: Musicians Brexit tour row as situation out of UK control 

Culture minister Julia Lopez has said it is not within the Government’s control if UK musicians are not able to tour in Europe after Brexit, adding EU member states are “missing out” on British musicianship.

Shadow culture minister Alison McGovern asked: “The minister said in response to those questions that extensive efforts are being made, but when on August 4, the department published a statement describing the situation, the industry was clear: nothing has changed.

“So, can the minister refer to that August 4 statement on touring and tell me exactly what since the original Brexit deal was signed has changed?”

11am update: Boris Johnson to ‘turbocharge’ Brexit Britain as UAE to invest £10bn in UK

Boris Johnson will sign a landmark agreement today with the UAE to “turbocharge” the economy of Brexit Britain.

The UK Prime Minister and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will agree on a comprehensive “Partnership for the Future” with the Middle East nation.

The agreement will intensify collaboration between the UK and UAE in areas including trade, security, tech, development and tackling climate change.

10:15am update: Boris Johnson announcement: Brexit Britain’s plans to lead on world stage declared by PM

Boris Johnson will today update MPs on his new defence alliance with the US and Australia.

Last night it was revealed Britain will take a leading role in combatting China’s growing power in the Indo-Pacific as part of the agreement reached with Washington and Canberra.

The new trilateral defence partnership, known by its acronym Aukus, is a boost for the Prime Minister’s vision of Global Britain.

9:30am update: Lord Frost stays on as Brexit minister 

Lord Frost will continue in his post as Brexit minister in the Cabinet Office, No 10 has said. 

The Tory peer led negotiations on the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the European Union shortly after Britain left the bloc. 

8:45am update: Christmas shoppers warned about post-Brexit charges on orders from EU 

Early Christmas shoppers have been warned against getting caught out by unexpected post-Brexit charges when buying gifts from the EU.

Changes introduced on January 1 mean some UK consumers buying presents for family and friends from EU businesses may need to pay customs charges when their goods are delivered.

Stocking fillers and other small items will not attract charges but HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) warned that people buying excise goods – tobacco or alcohol – or ordering luxury items or presents in consignments worth more than £135 will be affected.

8am update: TV star avoided discussing Brexit on travel show to avoid accusations of lecturing people

British As Folk star Ivo Graham said he steered clear of discussing Brexit on the travel programme in order to avoid accusations of lecturing people.

The Dave series sees Graham and fellow comedians Fern Brady and Darren Harriott driving around the country exploring modern British life.

The first episode aired this week and featured the trio travelling to Leicester.

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