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June 11, 2021

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Emmanuel Macron has launched an angry attack on the UK’s failure to implement the Brexit deal for Northern Ireland, wrecking Boris Johnson’s attempts to claim there is “harmony” at the G7 summit. The French president branded the prime minister’s attempt to reopen the legal protocol governing trade across the Irish Sea as “not serious”, saying: “Nothing is renegotiable.” The attack - ahead of a face-to-face meeting with Mr Johnson in Cornwall - came after the US issued the UK with an extraordinary diplomatic rebuke for putting the Northern Ireland peace process in jeopardy. Joe Biden’s top diplomat in London warned David Frost, the Brexit minister, that the government is “inflaming” tensions by refusing to introduce checks at ports, revealed in a memo that No 10 did not deny. At the G7, Mr Johnson and Mr Biden held talks for one hour and 20 minutes and emerged, Downing Street claimed, “in complete harmony” on the Northern Ireland controversy.

 

Theresa May has lashed out at the government’s Covid travel policy, saying the UK is “no further forward” one year after the pandemic hit - despite more than half of UK adults receiving two doses of a vaccine. The former prime minister suggested Britain is beginning to fall behind Europe in reopening its borders to travellers. She said the UK is sending a message to the rest of the world that “global Britain is shut for business”. Ms May’s comments in a debate on the aviation industry in the House of Commons on Thursday came as an expert warned quarantine-free travel to the UK from mainland Europe or the US will not be permitted before late July. Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said the reopening of travel had been “sacrificed by ministers watching their backs”.

 

England footballers “taking the knee” is “divisive” and fans who boo it “would like to end racism as well,” a government minister has said ahead of Euro 2020 commencing on Friday. Education minister Gillian Keegan told BBC Question Time that the gesture is “symbolism more than action”. Players were met with boos by some fans when performing the gesture before last week’s friendly matches against Austria and Romania. England manager Gareth Southgate has said the players will continue to make the gesture in future matches. The Conservative MP for Chichester said “people have to make their own decisions” when deciding whether to take the knee or not.

 

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