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Senior Government officials are understood to be planning to suspend large sections of the Northern Ireland Protocol if Brussels refuses to make the “significant changes” which Brexit Minister Lord David Frost is demanding.Specifically, Lord Frost is believed to be ready to tell opposite number Maros Sefcovic removal of European Court of Justice (ECJ) oversight of the Protocol is a “red line” for Britain.However, Government officials fear it may be necessary to pass legislation to effect the change – raising the prospect of another clash with both the domestic courts and the House of Lords.

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China’s Xi ramps up Taiwan war fears in chilling threat Separately, Priti Patel’s threat to withhold the £54million Britain is scheduled to pay to France unless Emmanuel Macron’s government takes steps to curb the number of asylum seekers crossing the English Channel in flimsy dinghies appears to be bearing fruit, a pro-Brexit campaigner has said.

Jayne Adye , director of Get Britain Out, is a regular critic of the Government on the issue, with well over 17,000 people having crossed so far this year – more than double last year’s total with almost three months to go.

The UK has agreed to pay the money, which will cover the cost of measures aimed at preventing people from attempting hazardous crossings.

Ms Adye said: “It seems the French – aside from trying to effectively declare war on the UK over fishing vessels – may occasionally be starting to get tough on migrant Channel crossings.”

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Boris Johnson and EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic (Image: GETTY) Related articles Why France CAN’T cut off UK power Not just Brexit! ‘Perfect storm’ of issues causing HGV driver shortage GB News host brilliantly schools Macron ally in furious fishing clash KEY EVENTS War erupts as Boris facing fresh row with judges 14:55 Cough up! France orders UK to pay £54million bounty on migrant crossings 14:30 Brexit lift-off: Highly skilled workers are flocking to Britain, new analysis shows 12:45 Brexit envy: Macron ‘can’t accept EU did badly in fishing deal’ – so has to blame UK 09:55 Frost clashes with Coveney over Northern Ireland Protocol 07:05 25 mins ago 07:42 Bill McLoughlin Blog closes This blog has now closed, follow here for the latest updates.

2 hours ago 06:15 Jack Walters Viewers turn off BBC after Remoaner Thornberry’s Brexit-bashing comments – ‘What a car-crash!’ BBC viewers turned off from Andrew Marr’s flagship Sunday morning programme after Labour’s former Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry showed she was “still obsessed with Brexit”.

BBC viewers criticised Emily Thornerrby for “waffling” in her interview on the channel this morning.BBC host Andrew Marr also hit out at the Shadow International Trade Secretary for refusing to give answers to “very straight-forward questions”.

Others grew “frustrated” with the Labour MP’s tendency to make it “all about Brexit” amid questions of labour shortages and the energy crisis.

Mr Marr grilled the Labour MP, as he complained that she could not give him”a yes or no answer” to whether there should be an energy price cap for industry.

3 hours ago 05:02 Jack Walters Boris urged to use Brexit freedoms to end e-cigarette ban fears

A former Cabinet minister has demanded that Britain helps save millions of lives by using its Brexit freedoms to stand up to the European Union (EU) during the next summit on tobacco organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

David Jones, a former Welsh Secretary and Brexit minister, made his intervention after a leading anti-smoking campaigner accused the WHO of putting millions of lives at risk by trying to ban e-cigarettes which are 95 percent safer than traditional tobacco products.

Clive Bates, the former director of the anti-smoking campaign group ASH, branded the WHO as “negligent and incompetent” and claimed that the global health body is “ignoring the science”.

4 hours ago 04:24 Jack Walters ‘Cut the funding!’ European Union erupts in fury at Warsaw as Polexit fears boil over The Brussels bloc reacted with fury and even threatened Poland with crippling financial sanctions as fears grow that Warsaw could leave the bloc following a landmark court ruling.

The vice-president of the European Parliament, Katarina Barley, has issued a stern ultimatum to Poland and warned it could be blocked from receiving EU funds, including money from the Covid rescue package, if Warsaw moves away from EU legislation.

The furious outburst, echoed by leading political figures across Brussels, came after Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled on Thursday that parts of EU law are incompatible with the Polish constitution.

Polexit fears have soared across the continent (Image: Getty) 5 hours ago 03:26 Jack Walters Remoaner Femi Oluwole clashes with ex-Tory minister over Boris’ holiday – ‘A ridiculous argument!’ Pro-EU activist Femi Oluwole, 31, clashed with former Defence Minister Sir Gerald Howarth who branded the campaigner’s arguments against Boris Johnson going on holiday as “ridiculous”.

Former Conservative Party politician Sir Gerald Howarth clashed with Femi Oluwole who said Boris Johnson should not go on holiday to Marbella in the midst of a crisis back home.

Mr Oluwole explained the Prime Minister could stay at Chequers rather than go abroad which would show some form of “solidarity” to those who have just lost their £20-a-week Universal Credit uplift.

But Sir Gerald was not convinced, adding Boris Johnson has done a “brilliant” job of handling the pandemic, there were more than capable ministers who could run things and that he was only a quick phone call away for any emergencies.

Femi Oluwole (Image: Getty) 6 hours ago 01:45 Jack Walters ‘Opportunities to move past difficulties!’ Lord Frost demands change to Northern Ireland Protocol Brexit Minister Lord Frost will call for a “significant change” to the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol in a speech to be delivered next week, reports suggest.

Lord Frost will use his upcoming speech to tell diplomats to end the so-called sausage war.

The protocol enables the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic to remain open.

However, it has also ensured constitutional and economic differences have emerged between Ulster and the rest of the United Kingdom.

Lord Frost (Image: Getty) 7 hours ago 00:44 Jack Walters Brexit Minister destroyed over Northern Irish Protocol – ‘Why did you sign it?’ A political expert has savaged Brexit Minister Lord David Frost for signing up to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Alan Winters from the UK Trade Policy Observatory told GB News the ramifications of ripping up the Protocol and triggering Article 16, which gives the UK and EU unilateral power should the Protocol fail, are enormous and serious questions must be asked of chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost and Boris Johnson ahead of such an event.

He went on to call for the British government to “stop banging the drum” and make a “sensible compromise” over the issue to bring an end to the Brexit chaos.

NI Protocol (Image: Getty) 8 hours ago 23:45 Jack Walters Brexit Britain in trade deal talks with six more countries Brexit Britain has entered talks for a fresh trade deal in a pact expected to include six countries.

The UK is reportedly set to start negotiations with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

This includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.

Trade between Britain and the Gulf nations topped £30billion in 2020.

Brexit Britain (Image: Getty) 11 hours ago 20:52 Oliver Pritchard More than 100,000 Poles demonstrate in favour of EU More than 100,000 Poles demonstrated today in support of European Union membership.

It came after a court ruled that parts of EU law are incompatible with the constitution – raising concerns the country could eventually leave the bloc.

According to the organisers, protests took place in over 100 towns and cities across Poland and several cities abroad, with 80,000-100,000 people gathering in the capital Warsaw alone, waving Polish and EU flags and shouting “We are staying”.

16 hours ago 16:26 Oliver Pritchard Government needs a plan to make Brexit work, says Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry has said that the Conservatives must create a proper plan “to make Brexit work”.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show this morning, the shadow trade secretary raged: “It is all very well to deliver Brexit but you need to make Brexit work.”

The Remainer MP was later slammed by viewers who accused her of “waffling”.

Labour MP Emily Thornberry (Image: PA) 17 hours ago 14:55 Ciaran McGrath War erupts as Boris facing fresh row with judges Boris Johnson is ready to lock horns with courts over Brexit once again as he pushes for a new EU deal which removes the role of the European Court of Justice completely.

Senior Government officials are understood to be planning to suspend large sections of the Northern Ireland Protocol if Brussels refuses to make the “significant changes” which Brexit Minister Lord David Frost is demanding.

Specifically, Lord Frost is believed to be ready to tell opposite number Maros Sefcovic removal of European Court of Justice (ECJ) oversight of the Protocol is a “red line” for Britain.

However, Government officials fear it may be necessary to pass legislation to effect the change – raising the prospect of another clash with both the domestic courts and the House of Lords.

18 hours ago 14:30 Ciaran McGrath Cough up! France orders UK to pay £54million bounty on migrant crossings France has upped the stakes in its war of words with Britain over migrants illegally trying the cross the English Channel to the UK – by demanding the £54million it says it has been promised to stop them doing so.

And French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has also sought to pin the blame on London by telling Boris Johnson Britain needs to make itself less “attractive” to people who lacked the necessary credentials.

Mr Darmamin, speaking during a visit to the northern port of Dunkirk, said “migratory pressure” was returning after COVID,” stressing that France, led by President Emmanuel Macron, had increased its efforts to stop it.

French maritime authorities were now preventing 75 percent of migrant boats from crossing the 30-mile channel which separates England from France, Mr Darmamin stressed.

Gerald Darmanin in Dunkirk (Image: GETTY) 18 hours ago 13:47 Ciaran McGrath Boris and EU ordered to ‘take their head out of sand’ and find new NI protocol solution Boris Johnson and the European Union can’t keep postponing dealing with the Northern Ireland trade issues according to an expert.

CEO of Scurri and delivery management expert Rory O’Connor argued the Northern Ireland post-Brexit trade issues couldn’t continue.

During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr O’Connor insisted both the EU and Boris Johnson needed to sit down and renegotiate.

He also claimed that triggering Article 16 would only make the situation worse.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY) 19 hours ago 12:45 Ciaran McGrath Brexit lift-off: Highly skilled workers are flocking to Britain, new analysis shows Highly skilled foreign workers from outside the European Union are flocking to Britain in their droves, despite Covid-related restrictions on travel, a new report has demonstrated.

And once Ukraine has been taken out of the equation, the number of work visa applications as a proportion of the overall population in the UK is more than double that of the bloc.

Facts4EU used Home Office data to show that in the 12 months to the end of June, there have been 172,045 work-related visas granted by the UK Government, including 56,075 in the second quarter of this year.

If the trend continues, the UK will approve more than 250,000 work-related visas for people from countries outside the EU by the end of the year.

UK work-related visas granted to non-EU citizens (Image: Facts4EU) 20 hours ago 12:11 Ciaran McGrath Brexit Britain can shoot for Moon! UK ‘must invest domestically’ to reap £500bn market Brexit Britain should shift into fifth gear and invest heavily into the space and rocket launch industries, according to former Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn.

George Freeman, who replaced Amanda Solloway as Science Minister last month, called the UK a “science superpower” when he revealed the Government’s historic National Space Strategy.

The document set out a roadmap for the Government to expand the UK’s influence in the global space market, which in 2019 alone was worth a staggering £270billion.

Industry insiders have welcomed the Government’s commitment to space but have warned there are still many challenges that lay ahead.

Brexit Britain should invest in rocket launches, said Will Whitehorn (Image: United Kingdom) 21 hours ago 11:12 Ciaran McGrath ‘UK absolutely right!’ France destroyed in furious fishing row – Frexit calls erupt Brexit Britain is “perfectly within its rights” over the decision to restrict access for French fishermen to UK waters, with a leading Frexiteer ramping up calls for France to leave the EU and take back control of its own waters.

Last month the French were left furious after the UK Government approved just 12 of the 47 fishing licence applications it had received from French small boats.

Just days later, the Jersey Government said it had rejected 75 of the 170 licence applications it had received from French vessels.

French Foreign Affairs Minister Clement Beaune has warned EU member states are preparing to announce measures to force the UK to abide by the terms of the Brexit deal.

French fishermen protest off the coast of Jersey in May (Image: GETTY) 22 hours ago 10:28 Ciaran McGrath Sacre bleu! French plot uses Brexit to remove English from EU’s working languages A plot to use Brexit as an excuse to make French the EU’s sole working language has emerged.

Almost 40 French politicians are backing the plans which argue that the UK leaving the bloc now means that English is no longer the bloc’s official lingua franca.

During much of the EU’s history French was the dominant language in the corridors of power.

But after the UK joined the European Economic Community in 1973 this was challenged.

This shift was accelerated by the accession of Eastern European countries to the bloc in 2004 as English was a second language amongst large sections of these countries’ populations.

Currently English, French and German are the EU’s three official languages.

22 hours ago 09:55 Ciaran McGrath Brexit envy: Macron ‘can’t accept EU did badly in fishing deal’ – so has to blame UK Emmanuel Macron has been destroyed over France’s explosive fishing row with the UK after being accused of only blaming Brexit Britain because he can’t accept the European Union signed up to a “bad deal”.

France has been left furious after the UK Government said last month it had approved just 12 of the 47 fishing licence applications it had received from French small boats.

That rage only intensified when the Jersey Government announced that of 170 licence applications it had received from French boats, nearly half (75) had been rejected.

French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune has now warned EU member states are preparing to announce measures in a desperate attempt to pressure the UK to abide by the terms of the Brexit deal.

Clement Beaune and French President Emmanuel Macron (Image: GETTY) 23 hours ago 09:21 Ciaran McGrath Macron branded ‘eurofanatic’ as France threats to UK savaged – Brexit row escalates European Union officials are reportedly ready to trigger a termination clause in the Brexit deal, according to a political risk expert.

Senior EU officials are reportedly “very tired” and are on the brink of caving in over the Northern Ireland Protocol, which aims at preventing a hard border on the island of Ireland.

According to the European Managing Director of geopolitical risk firm Eurasia Group, Mujtaba Rahman, European Union officials are clashing with the UK Government, whom he says “simply wants to ‘fight every day'”.

His commentary comes after the bloc confirmed plans to table new proposals aimed at resolving ongoing difficulties earlier this week.

yesterday 08:04 Ciaran McGrath ‘Very tired’ EU officials ready to trigger termination clause in Brexit deal European Union officials are reportedly ready to trigger a termination clause in the Brexit deal, according to a political risk expert.

Senior EU officials are reportedly “very tired” and are on the brink of caving in over the Northern Ireland Protocol, which aims at preventing a hard border on the island of Ireland.

According to the European Managing Director of geopolitical risk firm Eurasia Group, Mujtaba Rahman, European Union officials are clashing with the UK Government, whom he says “simply wants to ‘fight every day'”.

His commentary comes after the bloc confirmed plans to table new proposals aimed at resolving ongoing difficulties earlier this week.

yesterday 07:43 Ciaran McGrath ‘Vicious circle’ Fears as British expat communities start to shrink post-Brexit Many British expats have made their home in the beautiful Costa Blanca region of Spain.But as Brexit makes it more difficult to move abroad, long-standing expat communities there could start to shrink.

Darren Parmenter has been a councillor in the Costa Blanca region since 2019 and he spoke to Express.co.uk about fears over future expat numbers.

Darren has lived in Spain for 37 years and is the local councillor for tourism, business and international relations in San Fulgencio.He is one of only two British people on a municipality governing team in the whole of Spain.

San Fulgencio is 25km south of Alicante, close to beaches and has a sizable British expat community.

yesterday 07:05 Ciaran McGrath Frost clashes with Coveney over Northern Ireland Protocol

Lord David Frost has clashed with Simon Coveney on Twitter after Ireland’s Foreign Minister levelled criticism at the UK over the Brexit Minister’s threat to suspend the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Responding to Lord Frost’s speech, Mr Coveney tweeted: “EU working seriously to resolve practical issues with implementation of Protocol – so UKG creates a new “red line” barrier to progress, that they know EU can’t move on….

are we surprised?”

Lord Frost replied: 1.

I prefer not to do negotiations by twitter, but since @simoncoveney has begun the process…the issue of governance & the CJEU is not new.We set out our concerns three months ago in our 21 July Command Paper.

The problem is that too few people seem to have listened.

“2.We await proposals from @MarosSefcovic.We will look at them seriously & positively whatever they say.We will discuss them seriously and intensively.

“But there needs to be significant change to the current situation if there is to be a positive outcome.”

Lord David Frost (Image: GETTY) 2 days ago 15:40 Ciaran McGrath Macron sent packing as French back down to Patel’s £54million threat
 Home Secretary Priti Patel’s threat to withhold the £54million Britain is scheduled to pay to France unless Emmanuel Macron’s government takes steps to curb the number of asylum seekers crossing the English Channel in flimsy dinghies appears to be bearing fruit, a pro-Brexit campaigner has said.

Jayne Adye, director of Get Britain Out, is a regular critic of the Government on the issue, with well over 17,000 people having crossed so far this year – more than double last year’s total with almost three months to go.

The UK has agreed to pay the money, which will cover the cost of measures aimed at preventing people from attempting hazardous crossings.

Ms Adye said: “It seems the French – aside from trying to effectively declare war on the UK over fishing vessels – may occasionally be starting to get tough on migrant Channel crossings.”

Dinghies confiscated in Dover (Image: GETTY).

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