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UK News Brexit LIVE: Brussels hardball tactic obliterated by damning new report - 'EU needs UK!'

03:35  27 april  2021
03:35  27 april  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

Don't blame Brexit! Irish premier warns of ‘very serious harm' over NI Protocol battle

  Don't blame Brexit! Irish premier warns of ‘very serious harm' over NI Protocol battle MICHEÁL MARTIN has defended the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol, and warned people of "very serious harm" if Brexit continues to be weaponised.Mr Martin said the recent violence in Northern Ireland is what could happen when "sectarian tensions are left to grow" and "encouraged by political events.

Professional services giant PwC, based in the City of London, claimed the bloc "needs London" because of the UK's position on the world stage.

And John Garvey, PwC's global head of financial services stressed any deal on financial equivalence would happen in the long term.

Responding to comments made by the EU's Commissioner for Financial Services Mairead McGuinness, Mr Garvey said: "There's going to be a strange relationship developing over time where the Europeans realise they need London.

"So, I think there will be some kind of deal because the continent will need access to the London market.

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"I know there probably is an appetite on the UK side for us to sit down and get going.

"We are certainly very keen to do that, but we're not under pressure to do it."

Ms McGuinness said on Friday that Brussels wasn't under any pressure to help City firms access its market.

Brussels and London agreed to a memorandum of understanding last month, which acknowledged that talks between regulators would help satisfy the EU's concerns.

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This would make Brussels more likely to grant market access to British firms, which is referred to as equivalence in a post-Brexit financial services deal.

A new review by PwC said the UK was now the fourth most attractive growth target to global CEOs due to its post-Brexit position.

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The review, which surveyed 5,050 CEOs in 100 countries and territories in January and February 2021, revealed 11 percent of CEOs globally selected the UK as one of their top three targets, up from 9 percent in 2019.

Kevin Ellis, Chairman and Senior Partner at PwC UK, said: "The findings are a vote of confidence in certainty and stability, which have undoubtedly increased on the trade front."

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1.05am update: Boris Johnson urged to press EU to pay for NATO under new security plans

The Prime Minister has been urged to push EU nations to pay for their own defence through NATO rather than rely on the UK and US.

Director-General of the think tank Centre for Brexit Policy, John Longworth insisted the UK should no longer be paying for the protection of European nations.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Longworth claimed for too long EU nations have relied on the US and UK to protect them.

Brexit LIVE: Fury as Liz Truss 'disrespects' Australian trade chief - talks on brink

  Brexit LIVE: Fury as Liz Truss 'disrespects' Australian trade chief - talks on brink LIZ TRUSS has been accused of disrespecting her Australian counterpart in a clumsy bid to speed up trade talks.An unnamed senior DFAT official said: "If this was briefed by a member of Truss's staff, that is very disrespectful.

He argued that as Brexit Britain moves forward, Boris Johnson must push the nations to pay into NATO adequately and be more self-sufficient.

12.00am update: Britons attack 'incompetent' EU as flaws exposed by Covid stats - 'Should be ashamed!'

Britons have attacked the "incompetent" European Union as devastating new Covid statistics have been revealed in a report.

Experts from Facts4EU, a pro-Brexit think tank, have warned citizens in EU countries are 15 times more likely to die of Covid than people in the UK, based on a seven-day rolling average.

Express.co.uk readers shared their anger at the bloc for letting the death rates get so bad in its 27 nations, while the UK prioritised ensuring citizens received jabs to help beat the pandemic.

One person wrote: "I do so hope that all EU countries look elsewhere for vaccines other than the EU system for their citizen's sake and get them vaccinated as quickly as possible."

Another reader said: "No doubt they will try to blame Brexit and the UK for their own incompetence."

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  London snub as Joe Biden claimed Brussels could be 'capital of free world' LONDON was ignored by US President Joe Biden as he stated Brussels had a "legitimate claim" to the title of "capital of the free world".Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, said Mr Biden's trip would "reinforce" the US's commitment to multilateralism, as well as nato and the principle of collective defence.

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9.10pm update: EU civil war: Von der Leyen launches unprecedented public attack on Council boss Michel

The European Union's presidents are at war after Ursula von der Leyen denounced her colleague for leaving her standing at a meeting about women's rights.

Commission chief Mrs von der Leyen slammed President of the European Council Charles Michel and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for denying her a seat earlier this month at the summit in Ankara.

The German said she felt "hurt" and "alone" by the events, insisting the incident had only happened because she was a woman.

In an unprecedented attack on her colleague, Mrs von der Leyen told MEPs: "I am the first woman to be president of the European Commission. I am the President of the European Commission. This is how I expected to be treated when visiting Turkey two weeks ago, like a Commission President. But I was not.

"I cannot find any justification for how I was treated in any European Treaties, so I have to conclude that it happened because I am a woman. Would this have happened if I had worn a suit and a tie?

"In pictures of previous meetings I did not see any shortage of chairs but then again I did not see any pictures of women neither."

7.35pm update: Frexiteer lists 10 reasons to quit bloc- group of EU leaders shamed

'Brexit is a serious mistake!' EU MEP attacks Leave voters - 'nobody knew what it meant'

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A Frexit campaigner has launched a stunning attack on the European Union and outlined 10 reasons why France should quit the bloc.

And another influential eurosceptic politician has taken aim at eight European leaders for failing to implement change.

Patrice Cali and François Asselineau, two leading figures of the eurosceptic Union Populaire Républicaine (UPR) party, tore into the EU27 in a series of posts on social media.

Mr Cali, a member of the UPR National Office, said France should leave the EU in order to to "restore democracy", "save French industry" and "protect public health".

Mr Asselineau, founding President of the UPR, singled out eight EU leaders for not carrying out promises to reform the bloc, including former Deputy Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Salvini, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

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7.00pm update: Merkel's manufacturing industry hit by devastating problems - 'Outlook is diminishing'

German manufacturers have been hit by massive supply chain disruption in a blow for hopes of a swift economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

A survey of manufacturing firms found that half reported disruptions to their supplies of parts or materials in the past month.

The survey by the Ifo Institute found levels of turmoil at their highest level in 30 years as pandemic-stricken businesses attempt to bounce back.

Rising consumer demand, lockdown measures to restrict the spread of Covid and containing shipping delays have all blighted global supply chains.

They FINALLY get it! MEPs have given up silly antics and 'come to terms' with UK exit

  They FINALLY get it! MEPs have given up silly antics and 'come to terms' with UK exit MEPs are set to ratify the Brexit trade deal later today as they have finally "come to terms with the fact we have now left", the deputy leader of the European Research Group has said.He said: "The fact that they are proceeding to ratify tends to support that they've come to terms with the fact we have now left the EU and they're going to have to have a reasonable working relationship with us.

5.25pm update: UK crumbling: Irish expert says Brexit helped SNP 'take back control' - 'Supreme irony!'

Brexit has helped the SNP "take back control" and could lead to the break-up of the UK, an Irish professor has warned.

The May 6 election is being used by the SNP as a de factor vote on independence, with Nicola Sturgeon repeatedly threatening to rejoin the EU if Scotland goes it alone.

If the SNP secures a majority, Ms Sturgeon said she will have the mandate to demand a vote on Scottish independence, just seven years after the 2014 referendum.

Professor Donnacha Ó Beacháin of Dublin City University said Brexit had, ironically, made the UK's union more unstable.

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4.10pm update: Millions of British investors eye business away from EU as support for Brexit rockets

More British investors than ever are flocking to do business with emerging markets unlocked by Brexit, new research shows.

Millions want to pump cash into markets where our European Union membership would have restricted free-trade with.

The revelation comes after another opinion poll found that more Britons for the first time said our decision to quit the bloc was the right one.

On the back of this Brexit optimism, investors are starting to look at previously out-of-reach markets, like India, Vietnam and Brazil.

3.30pm update: 'Nobody is letting us in!' Jasmine Harman exposes Brexit impact on show A Place In The Sun

A Place In The Sun presenter Jasmine Harman has opened up on the difficulty of filming abroad in the wake of Brexit, speaking in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.

Jasmine Harman, 45, has revealed she is is "really keen" to get back to filming new episodes for her hit show A Place In The Sun, however, due to changing rules as a result of Brexit, "nobody" is letting the crew in at the moment.

End of the road? European Parliament's Brexit ratification will only pose questions of 'what next?'

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The property expert shared that as a result of the UK no longer being part of the EU, there are now new regulations in place.

But hopefully as soon as borders begin to open following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, she will be able to work abroad once more.

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2.45pm update: Sturgeon's EU crisis - Scotland hard border 'inevitable'

Nicola Sturgeon's independence plan could encounter big barriers as a report warns of eurozone membership and an "inevitable" hard border for Scotland.

The SNP leader appeared to admit that an independent Scotland would have to endure a hard border if it joined the EU.

The Scottish First Minister told Andrew Marr on Sunday that she was "not denying" EU regulations would see goods and livestock being inspected on crossing points between England and Scotland.

However, she tried to quash any reservations over independence by saying that Scotland will try to negotiate post-independence arrangements in order to "keep trade flowing easily across the border".

2pm update: Brexit trade deal: Cheaper Aussie wine to hit supermarket shelves

Cheaper Australian wine will be on the supermarket shelves once the Government signs a trade deal with the nation.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said the agreement will help UK shoppers by lowering the prices of imports.

And it will fuel growth by creating jobs as the number of exports increase, including in premium items such as cars and Scottish whisky.

Ms Truss dismissed claims that Australia will do five times better out of the deal than the UK as "very defeatist" and "pessimistic".

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1.15pm update: Britain STILL tied to EU agreement - Brexiteer raises alarm

Britain is STILL sticking to EU budget regulations, Brexiteer Sir John Redwood has warned, well after a year after Brexit - with the Tory MP claiming: "It's as if we never left".

And the MP for Wokingham has urged Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak to be bold by relaxing requirements to keep state borrowing low in order to fuel faster growth outside the bloc.

Sir John, a member of the European Research Group (ERG) with strong views on what he sees as the shortcomings of the eurozone, made his remarks in the course of an op-ed written for the Conservative Home website.

He wrote: "The UK economy is currently being run on the Maastricht rules as if we had not left the EU."

12.30pm update: Brexit Britain in economy boom as EU faces 'bankruptcy' threat

Brexit Britain is set to enjoy a boom to its economy after managing to control the pandemic and carrying out a successful vaccine programme, while the EU is "somewhere between undercapitalised and bankrupt," a financial expert has told Express.co.uk.

The total number of vaccine doses given in the UK reached almost 46.3 million on Sunday, with a further 498,430 second doses and 142,215 first doses reported.

More than 33.7 million people have now received their first dose and almost 12.6 million are fully vaccinated as the NHS announced it would set out when 40 to 43-year-olds would be able to book appointments "in the coming days".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the "great news" of being able to open up jabs to 44-year-olds came after "a huge few days for vaccinations".

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11.45am update: Rejoiners unveil Brexiteers' nightmare Scotland manifesto

Rejoiners are demanding Scotland remain bound by Brussels rules as campaigners push for the SNP and other parties to pledge pro-EU policies ahead of next week's Holyrood elections.

The European Movement in Scotland earlier this month published its 15-point manifesto for parties to adopt in the Scottish election campaign.

Among its demands are for parties to "limit any negative impact of Brexit on public health by ensuring an adequate supply of medication and treatments".

It comes despite Britain continuing to outpace the EU with its coronavirus vaccination programme.

11am update: UK expats being punished by 'vindictive' EU officials

Boris Johnson's Brexit deal has left UK citizens living in EU27 countries at the mercy of "vindictive and overzealous" officials, a Brexiteer has warned.

And Jayne Adye, director of Get Britain Out, believes the European Parliament's ongoing delay in ratifying the trade agreement signed by Mr Johnson in December should serve as a clear warning sign to the Prime Minister.

The issue of the rights of UK expats after Brexit has become a particularly hot potato after March 31, the deadline for applications to the Government's EU Settlement Scheme.

In her weekly bulletin, Ms Adye explained: "While the EU Parliament continues to try and interfere and question our sovereignty, its own Governments - France and Spain in particular - have categorically failed to hold up their responsibilities set out in the Withdrawal Agreement."

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10.15am update: Cummings' 'all-out attack bid to get Sunak into Downing Street'

Dominic Cummings reportedly launched an "all-out attack" bid to get Chancellor Rishi Sunak into Number 10 and oust Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Former Government adviser Dominic Cummings is embroiled in a row with the Prime Minister as damaging accusations about Boris Johnson emerge.

Mr Johnson was accused this week of saying he would rather allow "bodies [to] pile high in their thousands" than impose another national lockdown.

It was reported that the Prime Minister made the remark after he ordered the second lockdown at the end of October.

9.30am update: Brexit news: Labour plotting to sabotage EU deal

Rebel Labour MPs are urging Sir Keir Starmer to support changes to the Brexit deal agreed on Christmas Eve.

A report written by left-leaning group Another Europe is Possible claims there is a series of critical failings in Boris Johnson's Brexit deal.

The report, titled The fundamental problems in the UK-EU trade deal and how it can be reformed, claims there is a risk and uncertainty for jobs and investment arising from the potential for tariffs on UK exports if Westminster uses Brexit to deregulate.

It also claims the Brexit deal has crippled food exports and barriers to trade resulting from a lack of agreement on food and animal welfare regulation.

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8:45am update: Brexit powergrab: EU urges UK to play by their rules in sensational new border demand

Boris Johnson is resisting attempts by Brussels to lock Britain to the European Union's food safety in return for easing Brexit trade checks for Northern Ireland.

The European Commission has told UK negotiators the bloc will drop demands for controls of food crossing the Irish Sea if Downing Street follows all EU plant, animal health, environment and food safety rules.

Eurocrats have also claimed pets would be able to travel freely to Northern Ireland using the pet passport scheme and the ban on British soil being shipped to the region would be lifted. Officials in Brussels are hoping this offer will unlock the row over the 2019 Brexit divorce deal's protocol to avoid a hard border.

8am update: Boris urged to step up regarding NI Brexit-related protests

A group of former political and religious leaders have urged the Prime Minister to "step up" to tackle recent violence in Northern Ireland.

Police came under sustained and violent attack on both sides of a Belfast peace wall earlier this month following successive nights of violence.

Loyalists staged protests at the so-called border in the Irish Sea following Brexit, claiming the Northern Ireland Protocol has undermined the region's place within the Union.

A joint letter signed by Lord Patten, four former secretaries of state, a former chief constable and former Archbishop Robin Eames calls for urgent action, including engaging directly with local parties and communities.

(Additional reporting by Richard Percival)

End of the road? European Parliament's Brexit ratification will only pose questions of 'what next?' .
Nearly four months after the Brexit deal came into effect, the European Parliament gets the final word. © Reuters Michel Barnier attends the debate on the Brexit deal at the European Parliament in Brussels It may be a rather symbolic word, which makes next to no difference in the real world, but it will mark the end of a road.For when the parliament's vote is announced to the world at breakfast time on Wednesday then we will, finally, be able to say that the deal is done. The final asterisk will be removed from the ledger.

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