Brexit: 'We're cooking on gas' says MP Matt Vickers
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In a bitter rant on French TV show BFMTV, Government spokesman Gabriel Attal claimed that the Prime Minister might “regret” leaving the EU because he blames all of the UK’s issues on the bloc. He spoke ahead of Sunday’s crunch talks between the French and UK Governments which aim to resolve the problem after 27 people died trying to cross the English Channel on Wednesday.
Appearing on the show, Mr Attal said: “Enough with the double-speak, enough with the constant externalisation of problems.
“It makes you wonder if Boris Johnson doesn’t regret having left Europe, because every time he has a problem, he thinks that Europe should handle it.”
He spoke after Mr Johnson called on French President Emmanuel Macron to take back migrants who make the crossing to discourage others from doing the same.
Mr Macron should this down and accused the UK’s leader of not taking the problem “seriously”.
Additional reporting from Oliver Pritchard-Jones and Bill McLoughlin.
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Germany could go back into lockdown over winter as Covid cases explode
The German executive chancellery is calling for a winter lockdown.
Helge Braun of the CDU is said to have threatened the new traffic light government by saying: “Either the traffic light coalition creates a law or we need a Minister-President conference that decides on a clear emergency brake.”
The newly passed Infection Protection Act rules out general school and business closings, as well as imposing curfews.
FDP leader Christian Lindner said: “Many measures have not yet been exhausted.”
These have included contact restrictions, distance rules and restrictions on leisure events. “This should now be done urgently,” said Mr Lindner in a report published by German newspaper ‘Bild’.
Several state representatives are also said to be of the opinion that a “nationwide lockdown” can no longer be ruled out.
However, future Chancellor Olaf Scholz rejects a lockdown.
Tesla rejects £1 billion funding from Brussels for bloc Gigafactory
The electric vehicle and energy company is building a manufacturing plant in Grünheide, outside of Berlin.
The EU was prepared to approve funding worth over one billion euros as part of the second European battery cell programme (IPCEI).
But Tesla announced on Friday that it would not be taking the money, the German Government announced.
A spokeswoman for the German Government told Der Tagesspiegel on Friday: “The aid for the project in Grünheide had been approved by the European Commission.”
On top of this, the German Government recently committed to contributing 120 million euros to the fund.
But according to the Financial Times, Tesla was forced to turn down European subsidies after delays to its battery plant project breached a condition of the funding.
EU could punish transport companies that aid criminals
During the geopolitical confrontation unravelling at the Belarus-Poland border, the European Commission has been forced to come up with plans to try and stop the crisis.
A new draft law will apply to all kinds of transport and will empower the executive to suspend a range of rights, including the right to provide transport services.
On Tuesday, the Commission announced £3 million (€3.5 million) for voluntary returns and £590,500(€700,000) in humanitarian assistance and an extra £170 million (€200 million) for border management in Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, Euronews reports.
President Von Der Leyen told MEPs: “Member States facing such a hybrid attack must be able to respond effectively to the emergency situation they face.”
She added: “At the same time, they need to respect fundamental rights and international obligations fully. Both points are crucial, and we need to find a way to reconcile them.”
Angela Merkel accused Belarus of initiating a ‘hybrid abuse’ against the EU
Angela Merkel pledged Germany’s “complete solidarity” to Poland – which is currently fending off a migrant crisis at its eastern external border – in a press conference following talks with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Berlin on Thursday.
She said: “We must be united among us Europeans.”
On Thursday, Ms Merkel called for Russia to intervene, calling on the Russian government to say that “people must not be abused for hybrid purposes”.
Sturgeon ‘must know’ IndyRef2 is not going to happen says opponent
Former Labour MP Tom Harris was particularly strong in his opinion of the legacy that the Scottish First Minister has delivered, especially surrounding independence.
Writing in a comment piece, Mr Harris said: “She is an intelligent woman and therefore must know that that isn’t going to happen.”
The ex-parliamentarian suggested that Ms Sturgeon is in fact relying on the UK government to help her cause.
He said: “She is instead betting on persuading the UK government to come to her aid by accepting what she describes as her “unarguable” case for a rerun vote,” in his piece in the Telegraph.
German government to drive EU towards ‘United States of Europe’ historical aim
Social Democrat (SPD) leader and incoming Chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed on a historic three-way coalition this week with the Greens and Free Democrats.
SPD’s Europe negotiator in the coalition talks, Udo Bullmann, said the government will be seeking a closer relationship with Europe and suggested this would be easier because Brexit has been finalised.
He told German magazine Der Spiegel: “Germany needs to send a signal in which direction the German government would like the European Union to develop.
“We are not despondent, we don’t look back and we don’t have the Brexit shock in our bones.
“We want to take courageous steps towards integration because we know that time is short and people are waiting for them.”
France tells UK it won’t take migrants back because of Brexit
A French MP has said that his country won’t take back migrants from the UK because of Brexit.
Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont said he was “surprised” by Boris Johnson’s demand for a returns agreement with France.
He added: “What we are facing right now is an aftermath of Brexit. The UK left the Dublin agreement.
“So it’s a bit strange that the one who pushed for Brexit is now asking for something that was contained with membership of the EU.”
Crunch Gibraltar talks loom as fate of Rock hangs in balance – EU rules ‘excessive’
Gibraltar’s future hangs in the balance ahead of talks between Britain and the EU on the position of the Rock after Brexit.
The Rock s not covered by the Brexit trade deal struck between Brussels and Downing Street in 2020.
Because of this, a separate agreement is required, and officials from the UK and EU will meet in Brussels between November 30 and December 2 for a third round of negotiations, according to Efe.
Ahead of this meeting, Gibraltan Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has hit out agains the EU for its “excessive” and “unnecessary” demands in the negotiations to date.
Full throttle! Brexit Britain motoring as BSA returns amid EU war on petrolheads
Brexit Britain is well and truly motoring after it was announced that the iconic BSA motorbikes will return – with a new line set to be built in the UK.
The British brand is set to unveil the model next month at the Motorcycle Live show held in the NEC Birmingham.
Further details will be released then but there are rumours that the firm – now owned by Mahindra Group – is bringing production to a site in the midlands.
While it remains unconfirmed, the speculation comes as the EU was accused of declaring war on petrolheads.
Eurotunnel blocked by furious French fishermen as Brexit trade row erupts
French fishermen have blocked the freight terminal of the Eurotunnel in protest over post-Brexit fishing rights.
Footage shows dozens of fishermen driving vehicles to the main entrance of the Channel Tunnel in northern France, with many sounding their horns and lighting flares.
Pictures show long queues of lorries forming at the major transport link between France and the UK.
French fishermen have taken the drastic action following claims they have not been granted enough fishing licences to land in UK waters.
Olivier Lepretre, president of the regional fishing committee, said: “The British have access to the European market, while we do not have access to British waters.
Man Utd face Ralf Rangnick arrival delay due to visa problems caused by Brexit
Manchester United face a delay to Ralf Rangnick’s arrival at Old Trafford as the German is apparently having visa problems due to Brexit.
Rangnick has agreed to take over as the Red Devils’ interim boss until the end of the season after the club sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.
But, according to the Daily Star, there are issues with Rangnick’s visa paperwork due to the implications caused by the UK leaving the European Union at the end of January.
Investment from the UAE to ‘boost Britain’s green industrial revolution’
A former top aide to Boris Johnson says the billion pound post-Brexit opportunities for businesses in Britain and the United Arab Emirates is a “win-win”.
Conservative Life peer Edward Udny-Lister said investment from the UAE will help contribute to the Government’s target of creating 250,000 UK jobs as part of the green industrial revolution.
He said: “You’ve got to find investment partners to make that happen. Companies will need people to work with them and there is a willingness [in the UAE].”
UK trade ministers last month launched a 14-week consultation on a future trade deal with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.
‘France will not give up’ Barnier tells UK to expect a long battle over fishing rights
Michel Barnier has warned that France must not give up its claims in the country’s fishing row with the UK, as tensions over the post-Brexit licences escalate.
Michel Barnier has backed French fisheries to win its battle for the post-Brexit fishing licenses.
The former chief EU Brexit negotiator warned Britain that France “will not resign or give up” its right to fish in British waters. Mr Barnier is now running to be the presidential candidate for Les Républicains, the French centre-right party.
The French government is currently locked in a bitter dispute with Britain over the allocation of fishing licences – with no solution in sight.
Mr Barnier said: “We negotiated for four years with the British government, it was very hard and now they are not respecting their signature, that’s not acceptable.
“So the French government must not give up, it must not show resignation.
“Fishermen do not need controversy, they need to be supported.”
Brexit breakthrough as EU ‘fully expects’ to strike deal with Frost: ‘Looking positive’
A breakthrough in Brexit negations is on the cards, according to experts who are confident that Lord David Frost and the EU will resolve issues regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol and Horizon Europe.
It comes as the Brexit Minister and the European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic meet today to continue their negotiations.
And the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University appear to be hopeful about the meeting.
They wrote on Twitter: “Word on the ground in Brussels is that both the Government and the Commission fully expect that the UK will associate to Horizon Europe in line with the Protocol so it’s looking very positive for the UK in terms of its involvement in the seven-year programme.“
Michel Barnier savages ‘absolutely inadmissible’ Johnson letter in brutal UK slapdown
Michel Barnier took to French television and slammed Boris Johnson’s public letter to France, stating it was an “additional provocation” from someone who always wanted to attack the European Union.
Michel Barnier appeared on news broadcaster LCI where he was interviewed about Brexit and the recent political row between France and the UK over the Channel crossings.
Mr Barnier did not hold back in his condemnation of Boris Johnson and said the Prime Minister’s “confrontation” and aggression was not needed in a debate that needed rational ideas.
The French presidential hopeful also accused the UK of going back on its word with regards to the Northern Ireland Protocol during an energised rant on French TV.
Speaking on LCI, Mr Barnier said: “This is obviously an additional provocation from Boris Johnson, who is in a state of mind of confrontation on all subjects with the European Union.
“We talk about fishing and fishermen but also about the very serious problem of peace in Ireland where they went back on their commitments and their word.
“And on this very serious question, which deserves much more than polemics and confrontations, the question of migrants and how to deal intelligently with this human question.”
MP lashes out at France over Channel crisis
Tim Loughton, Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham said: “The French have got to get real and recognise there are consequences from turning a blind eye rather than stopping the migrant boats at source and those consequences are tragedies like the one 2 days ago.
“Partnership working is the only way to find a solution not petulance.”
Baffled Grant Shapps tears into Sky News host for blaming Channel migrant crisis on Brexit
Grant Shapps hit out at Sky News host Sally Lockwood this morning, accusing her of “confusing” the ongoing Channel migrant crisis with Brexit.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps hit out at Sky News host Sally Lockwood for suggesting that the migrant crisis in the Channel was linked to Brexit.
Ms Lockwood appeared to blame Britain’s departure from the EU for the crisis after the deaths of 27 people in the Channel earlier this week.
Mr Shapps claimed it was “a red herring to mix this up with Brexit and it is not an argument I have heard before”.
Ms Lockwood said: “The PM wrote to President Macron suggesting some sort of return arrangement.
“We had one of those when we were a member of the EU. We don’t anymore. Why wasn’t that negotiated along with Brexit when we left?”
Priti Patel’s France trip cancelled
Priti Patel will not travel to France on Sunday for an organised meeting concerning illegal migrants Channel crossings.
According to French government spokesman Gabriel Attal, Ms Pate is “no longer welcome” at Sunday’s meeting.
The cancellation comes after the Prime Minister’s letter to Emmanuel Macron, where he criticised France’s handling of the situation.
Brexit fishing wars erupt as French to block UK ferries and Channel Tunnel TODAY
French fishermen will blockade the Channel Tunnel, along with three major ports, on Friday in a protest over post-Brexit fishing rights.
The French national fisheries committee (CNPMEM) has vowed to stage protests at the tunnel, along with the ports of Calais, Saint-Malo and Ouistreham, in a move which will prove up the stakes in the increasingly bitter dispute.
In a statement the organisation said the action, which will take place over the course of a few hours, was intended to be “symbolic and non-violent”.
However, any protests could have a major impact on cross-Channel trade, with Downing Street urged the French authorities to prevent disruption.
The committee described the protests as a “warning shot” that could lead to further action if the fishermen’s demands are not heeded.
Maros Sefcovic ready to back down over Northern Ireland protocol
Maros Sefcovic is ready to cave on medicine supplies to Northern Ireland, Politico reports.
With the grace period for medicines set to expire at the end of the year, Mr Sefocvic admitted Brussels is now ready to “change” its legislation.
Ahead of talks on Friday, Mr Sefcovic said: “We are even ready to change our own legislation to find a solution for uninterrupted supply of medicines to Northern Ireland.
“I’m insisting to hear from David Frost and his team: Do you still have any issues with the way we want to solve the medicines issue?”
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