Brexit: Barnier warns of ‘feelings of not being protected’
Under the terms of Mr Johnson’s new EU trade deal Northern Ireland, remains tied to the European single market, resulting in some regulatory checks on trade with Great Britain. These will increase from April 1 when the current grace period for a number of restrictions expires.
“He needs to set his sights on a long-term solution”
Lord Frost will confront the EU over its “overly legalistic” and “heavy-handed” interpretation of the new trade agreement, insiders have told the Daily Telegraph.
EU legislation has caused outrage in Northern Ireland with unionists demanding the return of uninterrupted trade with Great Britain.
Graffiti has appeared across loyalist areas attacking the restrictions whilst customs officials were briefly forced to stop work earlier this month following threats.
DUP leader Arlene Foster is demanding Britain withdraw from the Northern Ireland protocol.
The EU threatened to suspend this last month in a row over coronavirus vaccine doses, but backed down following outrage in London and Dublin.
Ms Foster, addressing Mr Johnson’s dilemma, said: “He needs to set his sights on a long-term solution rather than sticking plasters.
“Whether it is the flow of parcels, supermarket goods, chilled meats or medicines, from GB to NI, the United Kingdom single market has been ruptured.”
Lord Frost was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister responsible for EU Relations earlier this week.
He is taking on this role from Michael Gove with reports the prime minister is hoping for a tougher stand.
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Boris Johnson agreed the UK’s new EU trade deal in December
There is fury in Northern Ireland over additional trade restrictions with Great Britain
5:10am update: Germany backs Oxford vaccine after shockingly low uptake
German politicians have come out in support of the Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine, after public scepticism threatens the coronavirus jab rollout in the country.
According to the German disease control agency’s monitoring, 129,021 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine out of a delivered 736,800 had been administered by Thursday this week.
Michael Müller, Berlin mayor, said in the Tagesspiegel newspaper: “I won’t allow tens of thousands of doses to lie around on our shelves while millions of people across the country are waiting to be immunised.
“Those who don’t want the vaccine have missed their chance.”
Jens Spahn, health minister, also threw support behind the jab and described it as a “privilege” to be offered an injection with the “safe and effective” British jab
3:20am update: EU CANNOT sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfall – contract
The full contract between the EU and AstraZeneca showed the European Commission cannot sue the pharmaceutical company for delays to coronavirus vaccine deliveries.
Investigative reporters at Italian broadcaster RAI revealed the full contract for 300 million doses of the Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine, and found the Commission waived the right to sue the drugs company.
The contract makes clear the Commission and EU countries can’t sue the drugmaker for a host of issues, including if there are “delays in delivery of the Vaccine under this Agreement”, if there are any unforeseen issues with the safety or efficacy of the vaccine, or if there are problems with the storage, transport or administration of the vaccine
But details in the contrast did show AstraZeneca overpromised how many doses it could deliver the EU, claiming it would send 80 million to 100 million doses by the end of the first quarter this year.
The details issue a new blow to the Commission, who have threatened legal action against the drugs firm for a 60 percent drop in expected vaccine deliveries for the first three months of the year.
Brexit live: The EU cannot sue AstraZeneca over coronavirus vaccine issues, the contract reveals
Brexiteer Ben Habib has accused Boris Johnson of being “asleep on the job” in a blistering attack after it was revealed a large number of agricultural exporters are currently unable to get their products into Europe as a result of the post-Brexit trade deal.
He stressed Brussels was treating the UK with “contempt” as he urged Mr Johnson to pull the plug on the “lousy” agreement.
The UK is currently banned from exporting untreated shellfish to the continent, with the European Commission confirming the rules were permanent, despite previous assurances by Defra they would be phased out after April.
He told Express.co.uk: “The Prime Minister sold the Trade and Cooperation Agreement as a free trade agreement.
“In reality what we got was an agreement which allowed the EU to freely sell its goods into our markets but for our goods to be unable to get into the EU.”
Nicola Sturgeon should be banned from flying the EU flag, according to a poll of Express.co.uk readers, after the SNP outlined plans to hoist the bloc’s colours above government buildings in Scotland.
A request has been made by the SNP administration to fly the EU flag alongside the Saltire, high above Scottish Government buildings for 364 days each year.
The instruction came via the Scottish Government’s 2021 flag flying guidance, which was approved by the First Minister, despite the UK having already left the EU in January.
The EU flag is usually only been raised over buildings, including St Andrews House in Edinburgh, to celebrate Europe Day on May 9.
A subsequent poll of more than 16,000 Express.co.uk readers has been carried out, where participants were given a binary yes or no choice, as to whether the EU flag should be flown.
The survey was conducted on Friday, February 19, from 11.19am to 9.00pm, and asked 16,393 online readers, should Nicola Sturgeon be banned from flying the EU flag?
A huge 92 percent (15,070) of respondents said the First Minister should be banned from flying the bloc’s colours and voted “yes”.
Greece’s former Finance Minister said it was only a matter of time before the EU’s eurozone bubble “bursts”, throwing member states into economic hardship.
During a 2018 Oxford Union address, Mr Varoufakis argued a burst will result in dire straits for Europe’s poorer nations, as their rich northern neighbours like France and Germany escape the worst.
Talking about Greece’s situation following the 2008 financial crash, Mr Varoufakis said: “We had really low levels of debt: the great asset Greece brought into the eurozone was low levels of debt and collateral.
“We had low incomes, we were unproductive, we were slightly corrupt, we were all those things – but we owned our homes, and we were the apple in the eye of German bankers.
“A banker looks at you, and if you do not owe money to anyone, you own your own home and you’re thirsty for washing machines, German cars and imports, you are a dream for a German banker. And so they lend to you.
“And suddenly, everything’s fantastic; from 2000 to 2008, the eurozone resembled a majestic riverboat that was launched onto a calm steel ocean.
“It looked splendid, because it was a riverboat and not an ocean faring vessel, but the moment we had the first crisis, the first storm, it started sinking.”
Brexit Britain can help lead the “green energy revolution”, an expert has declared
Jo Bamford, the Executive Chairman of Ryse Hydrogen and Wrightbus, told Express.co.uk: “What I do think Brexit does is give us an opportunity to be free of some of the rules of Europe and allows us to push parts of our economy that we couldn’t do when we were part of the European Union.
“We have done a brilliant job of vaccine and vaccine rollout. Britain does well as med tech. Maybe we should focus on med tech.
But we also need to have our foot in green energy. We’ve got lots of wind and lots of water, those are the things that make hydrogen.
“We need to have a foot in the green energy revolution.And we can now do that in a post-Brexit world.”
EU chiefs today backed down from threats to block cross-Channel data sharing in a Brexit boost for Britain.
The European Commission ruled that the UK’s high data protection standards were “adequate” to maintain information flows.
Eurocrats had threatened to permanently block British data because of fears over No10’s planned post-Brexit regulatory shake-up.
The move will unlock billions of pounds for UK business that was previously jeopardised by EU intransigence.
A timeline of key Brexit dates
Nicola Sturgeon has been condemned after she announced the SNP would continue flying the EU flag over Scottish government buildings. But, now the UK has left the bloc, should she be banned from flying the flag?
The SNP administration has ordered Scottish Government buildings to continue to fly the EU flag, alongside the saltire, every day of the year.
The instruction came via the Scottish Government’s 2021 flag flying guidance, which was approved by Ms Sturgeon.
Joe Biden has snubbed Boris Johnson and the UK as he stressed the importance of ties between the US and Europe.
Joe Biden issued a triumphant rallying call during the Munich Security Conference but failed to mention the UK.
The US President hailed the partnership between the United States and Europe as the “cornerstone” of his plans.
Joe Biden says EU alliance must be a ‘strong foundation’
Michel Barnier said “Brexit means Brexit” in a parting swipe at the UK as controversy brews over the EU’s shellfish ban.
The Government has come under pressure from the fishing industry in recent weeks, as many feel aggrieved as a result of the Brexit deal.
The ill-feeling was worsened when the EU banned the import of oysters, mussels, scallops, and cockles from the UK.
The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told the Brexit Republic podcast in January that “Brexit means Brexit” in an apparent jibe at the British Government.
Speaking as shellfish exports to the EU were hit with restrictions from Brussels, he backed the ban as he explained that the Brexit deal cannot be about “cherry picking”.
He said: “I look at what happened in the UK and also in the EU because of Brexit – Brexit means Brexit – It cannot be and will not be business as usual.
“We worked a lot to reach this agreement on Brexit, it’s done and now we have to implement this treaty. It cannot be about any kind of renegotiations, we have to implement carefully, precisely and objectively to find a solution, if we can’t find a solution we respect this treaty. It cannot be about any cherry picking.”
3.25pm update: UK and EU to continue sharing vital security data
The European Commission has said the UK’s data protection laws were in line with the bloc’s and it would start a process to allow a continued flow of police and financial data for the next four years.
Commission Vice President for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova said: “Ensuring free and safe flow of personal data is crucial for businesses and citizens on both sides of the Channel. The UK has left the EU, but not the European privacy family.
“At the same time, we should ensure that our decision will stand the test of time.”
Key moments that led to Brexit
Mr Beaune was mocked after he celebrated the NASA Mars rover landing as a “European” success, attaching an EU flag to a Tweet about the mission. Included in the Tweet was a photo showing the various parts of the rover created by member states Spain, France and Italy.
Maron’s minister criticized after urging Norway to join the EU
He said yesterday he believed the imbalance between access to vaccinations across the world was “politically unsustainable” and could fuel a “war of influence over vaccines”. Mr Macron also issued a warning over the roles played by China and Russia in offering their own inoculations to countries facing supply gaps.
Far-right National Rally MEP Dominique Bilde said: “This comes from a President that only got 500 people vaccinated in a week…”
Echoing her comments, France Insoumise MEP Manon Aubry said: “New episode of Macron contradicting himself.
Dutch boats have warned that new technicalities introduced at the start of the year are hindering their access to UK fishing grounds.
They have successfully applied for special access permits but have been hit by “new technical regulations”, foreign minister Stef Blok warned in a letter to parliamentarians.
EU coastal nations have called on the European Commission to open urgent talks with the UK to address the issue, he added.
Moscow’s embassy in Brussels said the European Commission President’s remarks about the Sputnik V jab’s safety and efficacy was an attempt to “politicise” the pandemic.
Mrs von der Leyen used a recent press appearance to discredit the Russian state-backed vaccine.
Despite a number of EU countries lining up to buy doses of the jab, the German rubbished claims its manufacturer had applied for regulatory approval from the bloc’s medicines regulator.
Spain joined the eurozone and adopted the euro over 20 years ago but Spanish people are still holding onto their old national currency.
While some are holding the currency for nostalgic reasons, some businesses are still accepting them.
Lord Frost has been appointed Cabinet Minister with responsibility for EU relations
Diplomats and officials hope Lord Frost’s elevation to the Cabinet will help keep a lid on a series of rows brewing over Northern Ireland and the trade and security treaty.
Boris Johnson’s former chief negotiator was handed a seat in Cabinet and given full responsibility over Britain’s dealings with Brussels.
Lord Frost will takeover the so-called Joint Committee and Partnership Council that manage the UK and EU’s post-Brexit relationships.
In a brutal attack on NATO, he urged the EU to move forward and focus on its own military cooperation.
Mr Macron told the FT: “I am a defender of European sovereignty, of strategic autonomy, not because I’m against NATO or because I doubt our American friends, but because I am lucid on the state of the world.
“Because I think we need a fair sharing of the burden and Europe cannot delegate its protection and the protection of its neighbourhood to the USA and so we have to do it together.”
Brexiteer Sir John Redwood has continued his push for people to buy British after revealing he is waiting for a delivery of Cornish fish as “some supermarkets are still not offering enough UK produce”.
Earlier this week, a new survey indicated a third of British consumers have stopped buying produce from EU countries since Brexit.
Sir John said the results of that survey emphasised exactly why the bloc needs to make it as simple as possible to get goods into the UK – instead of its current “curious” attitude.
The research, undertaken Censuswide for Eskenzi PR and Marketing quizzing 1,000 people living in the UK, found 34 percent had stopped buying goods and services from the EU since the UK finally severed all ties from the bloc following the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.
— to www.express.co.uk