Ryanair sees red on UK traffic light system for travel
The EU said there remained “a real urgency” to resolve a dispute with the UK over the operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, following talks between Lord Frost and Maros Sefcovic in Brussels on Friday.
Although the bloc acknowledged that “progress” had been made in the talks, it said the UK should accept its “big step” to reduce checks across the Irish Sea.
“Now we have to go on and get this crucial issue across the line. It is a real test of political goodwill, ”Brussels said in a statement.
Meanwhile, UK Brexit Minister Lord Frost has stipulated that a “significant change” is still needed regarding post-Brexit arrangements in the territory. He did not rule out that London would trigger Article 16 to achieve its objectives.
The two sides clashed over the level of customs controls and the supervisory role played by the European Court of Justice in the province.
Elsewhere, Ryanair has confirmed it will be leaving the London Stock Exchange next month, citing spending caused by Brexit.
London pedicab rickshaw law stuck
A law that would require pedicabs in London to be subject to a level of regulation similar to that of taxis and other private hire vehicles has been blocked in the Commons.
Under the Pedicabs (London) Bill brought forward by the Cities of London and Conservative Westminster MP Nickie Aiken, pedal vehicle drivers would need a Transport for London (TfL) license to operate.
TfL would also have the power to regulate the prices they charge and the vehicles they use should be of a safe level.
Ms Aiken said pedicab drivers “do not undergo any security checks” and vehicles “do not undergo any form of technical control”.
She added, “Personally, I think it’s not safe for women, but it’s not safe for passengers. “
Ms Aiken had hoped her bill would take the next step in the parliamentary process, but Tory MP Sir Christopher Chope (Christchurch) was still speaking when debate time ran out today – meaning he could not receive a second reading.
Lamiat SabinNovember 19, 2021 4:49 PM
Labor calls for end to easing of Covid purchases
Labor called on the government to revoke emergency coronavirus rules that allowed normal procurement practices to be suspended.
The party wrote to the Crown Commercial Service, which oversees government procurement, asking why the emergency procurement rules introduced at the start of the Covid pandemic are still in place.
In the letter, Jack Dromey, Labor’s shadow payer general, said he understood why, in a time of national crisis, the measures were put in place.
Mr Dromey said: “Following recent revelations regarding public procurement during the pandemic and the role of Cabinet ministers in this process, I am concerned that such inadequate procurement processes may not be allowed to continue. . “
And he added: “These emergency rules have led to billions of pounds of taxpayer money being distributed on questionable contracts and opened the door to the shocking levels of lobbying that the Owen Paterson affair has exposed.
“The government must act now to revoke these emergency rules, clean up the way government contracts are awarded and end this scandal.”
Lamiat SabinNovember 19, 2021 4:24 PM
Patel to ban Hamas as a terrorist organization
Priti Patel has said she wants to ban Hamas “in its entirety” as she prepares to outlaw it as a terrorist organization.
During a visit to Washington on Friday, the Minister of the Interior will describe the Islamist group as “fundamentally and fiercely anti-Semitic”.
“Hamas has a significant terrorist capacity, including access to extensive and sophisticated weapons, as well as terrorist training facilities,” she tweeted.
It is believed that this decision could be adopted by Parliament as early as next week.
Rory sullivanNovember 19, 2021 3:59 PM
The PM undresses Transports for the North of the powers
The government has cut funding for the umbrella northern transportation authority and stripped it of responsibility for developing Northern Powerhouse Rail.
The move, revealed in a letter to the organization, comes after Transport for the North (TfN) criticized the cuts to the program.
The Ministry of Transport will now take charge of the project.
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Rory sullivanNovember 19, 2021 3:47 PM
‘Real emergency’ needed to break Brexit deadlock, EU says
There is still “a real urgency” to settle a post-Brexit dispute over the Northern Ireland protocol, the EU has said.
Although the bloc acknowledged that “progress” had been made today on topics such as customs, it added that the dispute needed to be settled quickly.
“Now we have to go on and get this crucial issue across the line. It is a real test of political goodwill. The EU, for its part, is convinced that our proposed solution, responding to all the concerns raised by the industry, would provide the much needed clarity and foster a positive political momentum, ”the bloc said in a statement.
Meanwhile, UK Brexit Minister Lord Frost said Britain still wants “a significant change from the current situation” on the ground in Northern Ireland.
“If no such solution can be found, we stand ready to use the safeguard provisions of Article 16, which constitute a legitimate recourse under the protocol to ensure that the government fulfills its responsibilities to the people of ‘Northern Ireland,’ he said.
The pair will be in London next week on November 26.
Rory sullivanNovember 19, 2021 3:18 PM
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Rory sullivanNovember 19, 2021 3:03 PM
UK and EU must improve relations, says Taoiseach
The UK and the EU must ‘get past their Brexit feud and improve their relations, the Taoiseach said.
Micheal Martin told reporters in Cardiff that the first step in this process would be to address issues with how the protocol works.
“Inevitably there will be a long period of adjustment and change,” he said.
“It is now necessary to take a turn in the relationship. And by that I mean the macro-geopolitical issues are such that we need the EU and UK to be aligned, working together on the big issues affecting the world.
Mr Martin added that the alliance between the US, EU and UK at Cop26 bodes well. “This is the spirit that should guide our approach in terms of a sustained constructive relationship between Europe and the UK in the future,” said the Irish leader.
Rory sullivanNovember 19, 2021 2:41 PM
Sturgeon Welcomes Gove’s Comments on NI Protocol
The Scottish Prime Minister welcomed Michael Gove’s suggestion that the UK is unlikely to trigger Article 16.
Nicola Sturgeon said she was delighted the government is now focused on “getting a resolution.”
“For my part, I think there are credible and serious proposals on the table, and if there is political will and a will to find an agreement it should be possible,” she added.
Rory sullivanNovember 19, 2021 2:20 PM
Labor say Javid holds stock options in AI for health
Sajid Javid is coming under scrutiny for holding stock options in a tech company that supplies artificial intelligence (AI) software to the healthcare industry.
The Health Secretary was also paid the equivalent of more than £ 150,000 a year by California firm C3.ai from October last year until June when he joined Cabinet.
Labor questioned whether he broke the ministerial code because he continues to have an “option for 666.7 ordinary shares per month”, according to the Members’ Interest Register.
Mr Javid reports these options are worth around £ 45,000 but are said to have started the divestment process after taking over as health secretary earlier this year.
Deputy Leader of the Labor Party Angela Rayner said it was a “clear conflict of interest and a breach of the ministerial code” and wrote a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s adviser on the issues. interests of ministers, Lord Geidt, to convey his concerns.
“In September, the Secretary of State’s Department announced that the use of ‘artificial intelligence’ would reduce waiting lists in our NHS,” she said.
“The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs announcing that it was going to spend taxpayer money on [AI] could clearly be seen as beneficial for a [AI] company and the value of the shares of a [AI] company such as C3.ai.
She underlined the section of the ministerial code which stipulates that ministers “must scrupulously avoid any danger of real or perceived conflict of interest” between their role and their private financial interest.
Lamiat SabinNovember 19, 2021 2:00 PM
Political talk show host Andrew Marr leaves the BBC
Andrew Marr has announced that he is ending his BBC political talk show and will switch to Global in the new year.
The Andrew Marr Show host on BBC One, where politicians have been interviewed weekly for 16 years, said he was “keen to get my own voice back”.
He has worked at the BBC for a total of 21 years.
Global tweeted that Mr. Marr will feature new shows on LBC Radio and ClassicFM, a new weekly podcast, and will also write a regular column for the LBC website.
Lamiat SabinNovember 19, 2021 1:40 PM