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Brexit news live: Trade with EU down 18% as Brown issues Scotland warning to Johnson

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Far left to blame for Labour defeats, suggests Tony Blair

The scale of harm to UK commerce with the EU inflicted by Brexit has been laid naked in official figures which confirmed items exports to the bloc within the first quarter of 2021 down by 18 per cent in contrast to the final three months of 2020.

Trade with the EU continued to get well from the precipitous collapse in January – when UK exports fell by 42 per cent – with gross sales to the continent in March up 8.6 per cent (£1bn) and imports up 4.5 per cent (£800m) in contrast to February.

But Thomas Sampson of the London School of Economics stated that in the present day’s figures recommend that the “incomplete bounceback” seen in February has now stalled.

Elsewhere, Gordon Brown stated Boris Johnson might be remembered as the prime minister who oversaw the break-up of the United Kingdom if Scotland presses forward with an independence referendum and votes to depart.

The former prime minister accused Mr Johnson of failing to perceive the union, and criticised his authorities for failing to make it a precedence in yesterday’s Queen’s speech.

In an interview with Times Radio on Wednesday, the ex-Labour chief stated: “I don’t suppose he’s thought of it, I don’t suppose he understands it, I feel he’s bought to begin starting to perceive it.”

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Application to be made to strike out county courtroom judgement in Boris Johnson’s title

An utility might be made to strike out the county courtroom judgment that has emerged in Boris Johnson’s title as a result of the declare is “completely with out advantage”, Downing Street has stated.

The prime minister was issued with a courtroom judgment over an unpaid debt of £535, with listings of county courtroom judgments for final October together with a discovering towards “Boris Johnson, 10 Downing Street”.

The document, uncovered by Private Eye journal and seen by The Independent, confirmed the debt remains to be “unhappy” greater than six months later. No particulars of the character of the unpaid debt or the identification of the creditor had been revealed.

A Number 10 spokesperson stated: “An utility might be made for an order to put aside the default judgment, to strike out the declare and for a declaration that the declare is completely with out advantage.”

Samuel Osborne12 May 2021 16:57

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ICYMI: Boris Johnson urges Israel and Palestinians to ‘step again from brink’ as tensions rise

Boris Johnson has urged Israel and the Palestinians to “step again from the brink” and for either side to present restraint, amid rising tensions and violence.

Our coverage correspondent Jon Stone reviews:

Matt Mathers12 May 2021 16:08

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Convicted warfare legal Radovan Karadzic will serve the remainder of his sentence in a UK jail

The Bosnian Serb wartime chief was convicted of genocide and crimes towards humanity for his half within the atrocities dedicated throughout the 1992-95 warfare.

Karadzic was convicted in March 2016 on 10 counts together with genocide, crimes towards humanity and warfare crimes as the political mastermind behind Serb crimes within the 1992-95 Bosnian warfare and sentenced to 40 years, later elevated to life.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab stated: “Radovan Karadzic is among the few folks to have been discovered responsible of genocide.

“He was answerable for the bloodbath of males, girls and kids on the Srebrenica genocide and helped prosecute the siege of Sarajevo with its remorseless assaults on civilians.

“We ought to take pleasure in the truth that from UK help to safe his arrest, to the jail cell he now faces, Britain has supported the 30-year pursuit of justice for these heinous crimes.”

Matt Mathers12 May 2021 15:40

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Is Angela Rayner’s admission about Keir Starmer the honesty Labour wants to win again the Red Wall?

Could the strain between Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner be a power for good inside Labour?

Our columnist takes Andrew Grice takes a have a look at the latest row between the 2 leaders, and what it could possibly be imply for the way forward for the get together:

Matt Mathers12 May 2021 15:32

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Andy Burnham urges authorities to give jab to all over-16s amid India variant surge

Health chiefs in Greater Manchester have requested permission to vaccinate everybody over the age of 16 after a sudden surge in Covid-19 circumstances amongst younger folks in Bolton.

Andy Burnham, the area’s mayor, stated he and officers had made the plea amid considerations the spike – seemingly pushed by the India variant – might develop uncontrolled with out decisive motion.

Our north of England correspondent Colin Drury reviews:

Matt Mathers12 May 2021 14:43

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We’re wanting into PM’s county courtroom judgement, Downing Street says

Downing Street has stated it’s “wanting into” Boris Johnson’s county courtroom judgement over an unpaid debt.

“I’ve seen that report, we’re wanting into this difficulty,” the prime minister’s official spokesman stated.

“I can verify it’s nothing to do with the refurbishment of the Downing Street property, the place all such payments have been duly paid both by the federal government or the prime minister personally.”

Asked whether or not the prime minister could possibly be trusted with the nation’s funds if he couldn’t handle his personal, the spokesman stated: “I feel our document on the economic system may be very clear.”

Asked whether or not there ought to be considerations concerning the prime minister’s private funds, Mr Johnson’s press secretary stated: “You shouldn’t be involved, no.”

Earlier in the present day it was revealed Mr Johnson is dealing with a courtroom judgement over an unpaid debt of £535:

Matt Mathers12 May 2021 14:28

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Trade with EU will increase however stays beneath pre-Brexit ranges

The scale of harm to UK commerce with the EU inflicted by Brexit has been laid naked in official figures which confirmed items exports to the bloc within the first quarter of 2021 down by 18 per cent in contrast to the final three months of 2020.

Our politics editor Andrew Woodcock has the story:

Matt Mathers12 May 2021 14:09

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DUP’s Foster staying tight-lipped on who ought to change her as get together chief

Outgoing DUP chief Arlene Foster says she is going to vote within the get together’s management contest to change her.

But the primary minister wouldn’t be drawn on whether or not she would again Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, the Lagan Valley MP, or Edwin Poots, Stormont’s agriculture minister to take up the position.

“I might be voting, one ought to all the time use your vote no matter what the election is. I might be voting on Friday,” she stated.

“I will not be saying who I’m voting for as a result of I feel that may be extremely unfair,” she stated.

Matt Mathers12 May 2021 13:47

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Next winter could deliver much more Covid affected by variants, warns Johnson

Boris Johnson has issued a rare warning of even “larger struggling” subsequent winter than the general public endured this 12 months, if new Covid-19 variants take root. Rob Merrick reviews:

Jane Dalton12 May 2021 12:53

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Pandemic inquiry delayed until spring, PM says

Boris Johnson has introduced a public inquiry into the federal government’s dealing with of the pandemic will start from spring subsequent 12 months.

The prime minister stated the probe might be held beneath the 2005 Inquiries Act — which means it’ll have powers to compel witnesses to give recommendation.

He informed MPs the inquiry would have the option to take oral proof beneath oath and can place “the state’s actions beneath the microscope”.

He stated the federal government has an “obligation” to study each lesson from the disaster, including: “The authorities will set up an unbiased public inquiry on a statutory foundation”.

Suggesting there was a “excessive probability of a surge” within the winter, he stated the best second for an inquiry to start can be spring 2022.

“It is my robust view that the nation needs to see an unbiased inquiry into the pandemic final 12 months,” he stated.

Keir Starmer questioned Mr Johnson on why the inquiry couldn’t begin earlier and whether or not spring 2022 can be setting it up or to begin taking proof. Ashley Cowburn reviews:

Jane Dalton12 May 2021 12:41