Brexit news – live: UK ‘credibility’ at stake warns Macron as British and French leaders to meet

London summons French ambassador over post-Brexit fishing row

The PM has suggested the UK is poised to trigger a legal battle with France over the ongoing fishing dispute as early as next week.

Boris Johnson said he was “worried” Paris “may be about to become in breach, or is already in breach” of the free trade deal agreed between the UK and the EU, and left the possibility of escalating the issue on the table.

It comes after the French president suggested that the UK’s “credibility” is at stake, with Paris threatening to retaliate against Britain’s limited granting of licences for French boats.

Speaking to the FT, Mr Macron said: “When you spend years negotiating a treaty and then a few months later you do the opposite of what was decided on the aspects that suit you the least, it is not a big sign of your credibility.”

Paris is threatening to increase checks on British boats, stop them landing in French ports, slow customs arrangements in Calais and increase tariffs on energy bills in Jersey from Tuesday.


Disgraced MP Rob Roberts to have Conservative membership reinstated

“That he is now set to return to the Conservative party shows they’ve let him off the hook,” she added. “Yet again, there’s one rule for Tory MPs and another for everyone else.”

Emily Atkinson30 October 2021 12:45


PM warns of new ‘dark ages’ if world fails to tackle global warning

The world could be hurtling toward a new “dark ages” if it fails to confront global warming, the prime minister has warned as in an appeal to the world’s leading economies to do more to cut emissions.

“Civilisation could go backwards and history could go into reverse,” he said in an interview with Channel 4 News.

“Here we are in the Colosseum of Vespasian, the Roman Empire, they weren’t expecting it and they went into reverse. We had a Dark Ages.

“It’s important to remember things can get dramatically worse.”

Mr Johnson was in the Italian capital for a summit of the G20 leaders ahead of the crucial Cop26 climate change talks which start in Glasgow on Monday.

Emily Atkinson30 October 2021 12:13


Emily Atkinson30 October 2021 11:54


Food banks will have to ‘pick up the pieces’ after Budget, the Trussell Trust has warned

Britain’s largest charity of emergency food parcels has warned foodbanks will have to “pick up the pieces” this winter after Rishi Sunak resisted calls to reverse a cut for all universal credit claimants at the Budget.

He added: “From the point of view of someone who represents food banks, I’m deeply disappointed by the Budget. Obviously it’s a welcome thing to see low-earning people being able to keep more of what they earn, don’t get me wrong, absolutely welcome that, but foodbanks are once again going to be left to pick up the pieces for people can’t work.

Emily Atkinson30 October 2021 11:53


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Reform Party leader to contest by-election following James Brokenshire’s death

The by-election was triggered after the death of James Brokenshire, a former Conservative cabinet minister who died of lung cancer earlier this month at the age of 53.

Despite the clear Conservative lead in the constituency, Mr Tice told the Daily Telegraph he wanted to send a “powerful message to Boris Johnson” about the impact of the his government’s manifesto-busting decision to increase taxes.

“Though it is awful that this election is happening at all, I am standing to ensure that a choice is given to the people of Bexley and Sidcup,” said Mr Tice.

Emily Atkinson30 October 2021 11:43


UK poised to trigger legal battle with France as early as next week, PM warns

Asked if he is “not ruling out that you might trigger the mechanism next week”, Mr Johnson told Sky News: “No of course not. I don’t rule that out.”

Emily Atkinson30 October 2021 11:16


Threats over fishing rights between the UK and France ‘ridiculous’, says chairman of the French ports

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Jean-Marc Puissesseau, President and chairman of the ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer, said there would be “terrible” consequences if France carried out its threat of blocking British trawlers from French ports.

Britain are currently granting licenses to “40 little boats” to fish in UK waters.

“If no agreement can be found, it will be a drama, it will be a disaster in your country because the trucks will not cross [the border],” he said.

“I think it is a ridiculous point and I hope that the British will find an agreement, a solution to get out of this point.”

He added: “It will be terrible for both sides of the Channel: for you, for us, for the ports, the fishermen in your country, for the fishermen in our country. And that’s only for 40 little boats which are not allowed to fish in your country, so I hope there will be an agreement on that over the weekend.”

Emily Atkinson30 October 2021 11:09


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