Brexit not mentioned in Macron call, says Johnson
Boris Johnson and Grant Shapps were filmed last night laughing over a question about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit while giving a press conference on the spread of a new strain of coronavirus that has caused border chaos in the UK on Monday.
The Prime Minister sneered when ITV political editor Robert Peston said: “It’s almost the end of the year, you need to know if we’re going to get a free trade deal. Are we going? ”
As he asked the question, the camera shifted from Mr Peston to the Prime Minister, Transport Secretary Mr Shapps and the government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance. It was showing Mr Johnson’s laughter turning to Mr Shapps, who also briefly laughed and turned to meet the Prime Minister’s eye.
Meanwhile, a group of MPs have warned ministers must step in to prevent Brexit from pushing up food prices when foreign workers leave Britain. Neil Parish, chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, said that ‘we all risk higher food prices’ if’ UK farmers and food producers cannot find the workers whose they need”.
Barnier will make an announcement at 3 p.m., according to reports
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is expected to make an announcement on Tuesday on the state of Brexit negotiations.
Mr Barnier will speak at 3 p.m. (GMT), according to New European.
It comes as No 10 and EU officials continue to try to strike a post-Brexit trade deal, with some critics suggesting that the state of the UK, after some international borders were closed yesterday due of the new mutant strain of coronavirus, could show Boris Johnson no-deal is not such a good outcome.
Sam Hancock22 December 2020 10:47
ICO: companies must sort out data protection before the end of the transition period
The Information Commissioner (ICO) has called on UK businesses to check if they are affected by data protection law before the end of Britain’s transition period with the EU on December 31.
Businesses and organizations concerned must take action to ensure that data can continue to flow legally from the EU from January 1, the commissioner said.
Research indicates that sharing personal data is essential to the management of the majority of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Additionally, any business receiving data from organizations in the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA) should take steps to ensure that the flow of data does not stop.
Personal data is classified as anything relating to an identifiable individual and may relate to information about customers and staff. HR records, customer details, payroll information, and information collected through cloud services are all forms of personal data and could be affected.
Sam Hancock22 December 2020 10:17
Happy little one: Song striker Johnson battles for first place
It looks like a song attacking Boris Johnson takes on Mariah Carey and Ladbaby for this year’s Christmas top spot.
Rock comedy group The Kunts have been climbing the charts in recent weeks with their track about the Prime Minister, titled, “Boris Johnson is a Fuck C ***. The 82-second track hears the band repeating the words, “Boris Johnson is f *** ing c *** / He is f *** ing c ***.” ”
Isobel Lewis to the story:
Sam HancockDecember 22, 2020 9:37 AM
PM lied about number of trucks stranded in Kent, MP says
Labor MP Bill Esterson accused Boris Johnson of lying about the number of trucks currently stranded in Kent as the Eurotunnel and the Port of Dover were closed due to the spread of a new variant of Covid.
“The Prime Minister said at 5 pm that there were 174 trucks on the M20. Turns out it’s 9:45 am and it matters, ”Mr. Esterson tweeted Monday night, adding,“ He just can’t help himself, can he?
This comes as Priti Patel confirmed this morning, on BBC breakfast, that just under 1,500 total trucks are actually stranded in South County – a significant increase from what Mr Johnson said at a press conference yesterday.
Sam HancockDecember 22, 2020 9:26 AM
“Big joke”: people react to Prime Minister’s smirks live on television
Sam Hancock22 December 2020 09:00
‘Vague’ Brexit plans impact UK food supply industry
Here’s what the Committee on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said in full (see the 8:18 am post): “The government must be prepared to make changes to its new immigration policy, or risk rising food prices.
Leaving the EU means that the food supply sector will have to be weaned from its dependence on European workers.
This could be a great opportunity for UK workers in the long run, if employers are forced to improve wages and conditions. But that will take time.
By leaving its plans vague and not having the proper numbers, the government is effectively shutting off employers, without giving them time to adjust.
Many businesses are now facing a cliff with no clear plan on how to move forward
If UK farmers and food producers cannot find the workers they need, we all risk higher food prices or cheaper imports produced to standards we would not tolerate here.
This transition needs to be managed properly, with proper steps taken to prepare UK businesses – many of whom have already had an extremely difficult year. ”
Sam HancockDecember 22, 2020 8:32 AM
Government must stop food prices, MPs warn
Ministers must step in to stop Brexit from pushing food prices up as foreign workers leave the UK, an influential group of MPs are warning today. EU nationals represent the majority of workers in key sectors, including meat processing and harvesting, the Committee on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.
Neil Parish, the chairman of the committee, warned that with the freedom of movement of EU citizens which was due to end with the transition period in early January, the government “effectively turned off the tap for employers, without letting them time to adapt ”.
Our editor whitehall Kate Devlin to the story:
Sam HancockDecember 22, 2020 8:18 AM
Johnson and Shapps mock no deal issue
Boris Johnson was caught laughing last night when ITV political editor Robert Peston told a Downing Street press conference: ‘It’s almost the end of the year, you need to know if we are going to do a free trade agreement. Are we going? ”
Safe to say, the footage angered some viewers, who accused the prime minister of treating “valid issues with contempt.”
My colleague Chris Baynes reports:
Sam HancockDecember 22, 2020 8:12 AM
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