Boris Johnson News Live: Latest Brexit updates as PM under fire for calling decentralization a ‘disaster’

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Boris Johnson has come under attack for calling decentralization a “disaster north of the border” in comments which were criticized by the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party.

Downing Street sources could not deny that Mr Johnson made the comments, first reported by the Soleil, during a discussion with backbench Conservative MPs in the northern seats.

Douglas Ross, the leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, responded by insisting that “devolution was not a disaster” and criticizing the Scottish National Party (SNP) for its “non-stop obsession” with a second referendum on independence.

Government sources claimed Mr Johnson had “always supported decentralization” but expressed concern about the actions of “separatists” in Scotland.

It came as the SNP warned that the Prime Minister’s Brexit strategy put the UK ‘on the path to disaster’, with the threat of no-deal at the end of the year mounting.

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Other comments from Cabinet Minister Robert Jenrick this morning on Boris Johnson’s claims about Scottish devolution yesterday:

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Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, will challenge Matt Hancock on Tuesday to the latest NHS data, which shows nearly 500,000 patients are waiting for surgery on their hips, knees and other bones.

Our health correspondent, Shaun Lintern, has the full story below:

Conrad DuncanNovember 17, 2020 8:45 AM

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Calls on Johnson to negotiate Brexit ‘adjustment period’ for businesses

Boris Johnson has been urged to negotiate an adjustment period in any final Brexit trade deal with the EU to give companies a ‘breathing space’ of up to six months.

As trade talks enter a watershed week, Liberal Democrats and a leading business figure have joined forces to urge the Prime Minister to effectively extend the transition period to help businesses adjust to any new regulations.

Sir Ed Davey, leader of the Lib Dems, and former Siemens boss Juergen Maier told Mr Johnson in a letter that the industry was already facing ‘unprecedented’ challenges caused by Covid-19 and that the threat for some companies was “existential”. .

“Uncertainty is bad for business at all times, but the combination of the challenges of combating the impact of the coronavirus restrictions and now having to face the enormous challenge of complying with the new trading procedures, to very short term could be very damaging, ”they said.

“Indeed, some in the business community tell us that they are seriously concerned that the threat they face from these two challenges is existential.

Both men called for a three to six month adjustment period “to save jobs and businesses”, allowing time to adapt to new rules and regulations.

Conrad DuncanNovember 17, 2020 8:32 AM

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Johnson doesn’t think Scottish devolution is a ‘disaster’, minister says

A Cabinet minister has denied that Boris Johnson considers Scottish devolution a ‘disaster’ despite his comments reported yesterday that it was Tony Blair’s ‘biggest mistake’.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News on Tuesday morning that the Prime Minister had been misunderstood.

“The Prime Minister has always supported decentralization, but he is at heart a trade unionist and he is very disturbed by the rise of nationalism and separatism,” said Jenrick.

‘While in parts of the UK decentralization has given local people more say in their own destiny, one downside of Scotland has been that it has been misused. use by the SNP to drive a wedge between those who want to be part of it. from the same country with hundreds of years of history and friendship.

“The Prime Minister is very concerned about this. The disaster the Prime Minister refers to is the rise of separatism and nationalism in the form of the SNP.

Conrad DuncanNovember 17, 2020 8:19 AM

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SNP warns of Brexit ‘catastrophe’ as deal looms

The Scottish National Party has warned that Boris Johnson is taking the UK ‘on the path of disaster’ with his strategy for Brexit negotiations as the threat of a no-deal looms.

UK chief Brexit negotiator David Frost admitted on Monday that there is still “a lot” to do to secure a trade deal with the EU, days before the effective deadline for a deal .

The SNP spokesperson on Brexit said the government had “left it too late” to avoid significant damage and economic disruption following the exit.

Our political editor, Andrew Woodcock, has the full story below:

Conrad DuncanNovember 17, 2020 8:12 AM

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Johnson under fire for calling decentralization ‘disaster’

Boris Johnson is criticized for calling decentralization a “disaster north of the border” and “Tony Blair’s worst mistake” in an online meeting with dozens of Tory backbenchers this week.

Downing Street did not deny that Mr Johnson made the comments, but sources insisted that “the Prime Minister has always supported decentralization” except when it has been used by “separatists and nationalists to dismantle the United Kingdom ”.

His comments were criticized by Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party.

Our journalist, Rory Sullivan, has the full story below:

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