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Top story: Liz Truss’s letter puts Sunak and Gove on the spot

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Dispute with cabinet over Brexit broke out with Liz Truss, the secretary of international trade, warning in a leaked letter that the Prime Minister’s border plans risk smuggling, damaging the international reputation of the Kingdom Kingdom and challenge the World Trade Organization. Truss wrote to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Michael Gove on Wednesday to warn them of four “main concerns” regarding their plans for the border next January. Gove unveiled a border regime for traders whereby customs and health checks on goods from the EU are not imposed immediately and are instead spread out over six months. But Truss warns that he would be “vulnerable” because the WTO could oppose the different treatment of EU goods compared to those of other countries that incur tariffs and quotas. She is also concerned about smuggling, as full controls will not be in place from January 1.

The letter suggests that the government has not addressed the complexity of the distinction between goods entering and staying in Northern Ireland and others going to the island of Great Britain. “The HMRC plans to apply the default EU tariff to all imports of NI from January 1, 2021 … This is very concerning as it may question the place of NI in the customs territory of the United Kingdom. United, “wrote Truss. Rachel Reeves of Labor said that Truss’s letter “confirms fears that several ministers will invent things as they do not know the real consequences of the border policies they have had four years to develop” .

“Fundamental change of circumstances” – In the latest news this morning, Australia offered Hong Kong residents five-year visa extensions and canceled its extradition treaty with the city after China imposed a draconian national security regime. Canberra also advised its Hong Kong citizens to consider returning home. Boris Johnson said last week that Britain would also go ahead with a visa promise and a path to citizenship for the approximately 3 million Hong Kong citizens who hold British visa rights and members of their family. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in the past hour that his government believed the national security law “was a fundamental change in circumstances”. Canada has announced similar measures.

The mini budget barely touches the sides – Rishi Sunak has been warned that he will have to act much more decisively to avoid mass unemployment this fall after unveiling a £ 30 billion mini-budget intended to boost spending. The Chancellor announced a short-term reduction in VAT for the hotel and tourism industry and a “eat out to help” reduction program in August worth £ 10 per head. He announced measures to revive the housing market with a nine-month stamp holiday – bringing the threshold in England and Northern Ireland to £ 500,000 – as well as the creation of subsidized jobs for young people and targeted support to the sectors hardest hit by the lock. .

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But economic experts, unions and labor have wondered if enough is being done to tackle an impending job crisis. Garry Young of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research said: “The new measures seem out of sync and could precipitate a rapid increase in unemployment. The incentives offered to employers seem too small to be effective. Many employers have increased the wages of workers on leave and are expected to assume more of the cost of the program starting next month. They will be reluctant to do so now that they know the program will not be extended. “

Coronavirus last – Director General of Hillingdon Hospital in Boris Johnson, which closed its A&E unit after a coronavirus outbreak, blamed “irresponsible” staff for breaking the rules by not wearing face masks at work . Sarah Tedford wrote in a message to staff, “I am told that some of you do not wear proper masks and that you do not adhere to social distancing. This caused an epidemic in a room where our staff contracted Covid-19. As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States reached 3 million and another daily record plummeted with more than 60,000 new cases, Donald Trump insisted that the United States was “in the right place And admitted that he “had not listened to my experts”. The latest developments as always on our global live blog.

“Palace letters” come out on Tuesday – Previously secret correspondence between the Queen and former Australian Governor General Sir John Kerr regarding the dismissal of Gough Whitlam as Prime Minister will be made public on Tuesday morning, Australian national records have confirmed. The public will be able to access all of the so-called letters from the palace, a series of more than 200 exchanges between the queen, her private secretary and Kerr, then governor general, as the 1975 politically explosive dismissal of Whitlam at the approach middle of a dead end in Parliament. A historian, Jenny Hocking, won a legal battle for their release. Hocking previously found evidence that the palace was aware of Kerr’s intention to fire Whitlam and was involved in the deliberations. She thinks the palace letters could reveal what the queen said and whether she influenced Kerr’s actions.

Choice of board – Clacton Pier was crowned the crown of the year in what its co-owner called a “perfect morale booster” at a difficult time. Clevedon Pier came second and Brighton Palace Pier third. The National Piers Society said the award recognized a decade of improvements from Clacton pier owners, Billy and Elliot Ball.

Clacton Pier at Clacton-on-sea, Essex. Photograph: Andrew Sparkes / Alamy Stock Photo

When they bought the pier built in 1871 in 2009, just over a third of the space was used. It now offers many rides, including a helper-skelter and a two-level adventure golf course, with a roller coaster and a logging channel to be added. It is the largest pleasure pier in Europe by its area, covering more than 26,300 square meters, said the NPS.

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The crisis in British gymnastics has intensified with Commonwealth Games gold medalist Lisa Mason calling for the resignation of general manager Jane Allen following the abuse scandal and quadruple Olympic medalist Louis Smith accusing the board of directors not to want to tarnish its image by alerting the public to complaints against coaches. Dominic Sibley opted for a duck as rain dominated England’s first day against the West Indies, the hosts scoring 35 points with only 17.4 overs possible.

Manchester City galloped 5-0 for a win that ended Newcastle’s four-game losing streak since the restart of the Premier League. Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool would not take it for granted the Manchester City point record despite coming close to the historic goal with the win at Brighton. Saracens, Harlequins, Northampton and Worcester are among the clubs with confirmed cases of coronavirus after the first round of Premiership Rugby tests. PRL announced that of the 804 tests, six players and four staff have given positive results, highlighting the main threat to the resumption of the season in mid-August.


Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher after the gains of the main American technology stocks. References to Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Australia have increased. The pound comes to $ 1,262 and € 1,111 while the FTSE should open higher.

The papers

Rishi Sunak exposed his tax response to the coronavirus – but neglected to cover his face when he served meals at Wagamama for a photo shoot, as the Guardian underlines in its legend. Our article comes out on top with “dreaded mass unemployment despite Sunak’s job plan”.

Guardian front page, Thursday July 9, 2020

Guardian front page, Thursday July 9, 2020.

There is no way to get away from the culinary themes for a mini-budget cover: “Take a £ 10 dishi Rishi” rhymes with Subway. the is Sunak calls the “half-price chancellor” – are there paper pouring disorders? “Come have dinner with me” – says the Telegraph, dropping her hair; the Time a “Sunak is serving up to £ 30 billion in bailouts,” ho ho.

the Express says “Rishi is planning a £ 30 billion hope budget”, a title which in today’s society seems to have fallen to the last hurdle. “Lunch is at Rishi – but we will ALL have to take the tab”, the Mail warnings. the Mirror shows loyalty, welcoming the summer’s declaration as “Chicken Food”. Finally, let’s rinse all our palates with the FT’s made relatively bland: “Sunak’s plan to revive the economy will push borrowing beyond £ 350 billion.” Someone is going to make a lot of dishes …


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