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Brexit: Fishing chief slams Michael Gove over deal ‘lies’

Earlier today, Boris Johnson suggested some fishing businesses in Scotland would receive compensation as he defended the post-Brexit trade deal he struck with the European Union. When asked why some of the Scottish fishing fleet was tied up, rather than out fishing, Mr Johnson told the Commons Liaison Committee: “I understand very much the frustrations of… the fishing community and fishermen and women who are facing what I believe are temporary frustrations. In so far as there are delays caused by a variety of problems, we will compensate those fishing businesses.

“But there is a massive opportunity for Scotland and for the whole of the UK with the increase in quota that we get from the deal (with the EU).”

The Scottish Seafood Association (SSA) said they welcome the pledge of compensation from the Prime Minister.

SSA chief executive Jimmy Buchan said: “We welcome Boris Johnson’s unequivocal promise of compensation for fisheries businesses affected by the nightmarish bureaucratic hurdles that have been erected since 1st January.

“This is just what we have been calling for in numerous meetings with government officials over the past few days.

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Brexit latest: Laura Kuenssberg has warned a huge fishing row could erupt (Image: GETTY)

“We now look forward to engaging with the Government on the detail of the package on offer and working with both the UK and Scottish governments to clear the path for exports to resume as normal.”

But Ms Kuenssberg has revealed a huge row could be about to erupt over the issue.

She tweeted: “Scottish fishing industry have taken PM’s comments at Committee this afternoon as a promise of extra compensation.

“Number 10 tho referring only to 100m that’s already been promised for helping to modernise the industry.

“This could be messy.”

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Thursday, January 14

5.50am update: Brexiteer criticises BBC for ‘failing’ to give licence fee payers political diversity

The BBC has been attacked over its lack of political diversity by Mahyar Tousi, one of Britain’s most popular political YouTubers.

Mr Tousi has 211,000 subscribers on his channel and his videos have been viewed over 67 million times. He is a strong supporter of Brexit and other conservative policies.

In recent years the BBC has committed itself to accurately reflecting the UK population in terms of race and gender.

However, Mr Tousi argued it is failing to provide licence fee payers with real political diversity.

Speaking to Express.co.uk he said: “One of the reasons why they have bias is it’s not really planned, it’s just hardwired.

“They might have diversity of skin colour and gender at the BBC but they don’t have diversity of thought or intellectual prowess.

“They’re all the same. They all talk the same, they all went to the same universities and schools.”

4.07am update: Guy Verhofstadt admits EU facing post-Brexit crisis

Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgium Prime Minister and advocate of a united Europe, has admitted Brussels is facing a crisis and warned the bloc risks “losing the public” in the post-Brexit era.

The Belgian politician, along with other MEPs, has warned Europe needs to have an “open debate” on what happens after a “transformative year”. Mr Verhofstadt tweeted a link to a letter jointly-written by nine MEPs saying “MEPs are clear”.

He wrote: “MEPs are clear: After a transformative year, Europe needs an open debate on how to reform, or we risk losing the public.”

The letter was penned by MEPs Gabriele Bischoff (S&D), Damian Boeselager (Greens), Pascal Durand (Renew), Daniel Freund (Greens), Danuta Huebner (EPP), Domenec Ruiz Devesa (S&D), Paulo Rangel (EPP), Helmut Scholz (GUE/NGL) and Guy Verhofstadt (Renew).

1.45am update: Boris Johnson warns he could tear up Brexit deal over Northern Ireland border chaos 

BORIS JOHNSON has said he will have “no hesitation” in ripping up checks on goods to Northern Ireland if problems in trade continue.

Supermarkets in the province have experienced shortages in fresh foods in some areas due to checks on goods travelling from Britain. While the issues have largely been overcome now, British Retail Consortium director Andrew Opie has warned issues are likely to re-emerge in April when a grace period on trade ends.

“If we do not find a workable solution for retailers in the next couple of months we do face significant disruption in Northern Ireland,” he said.

This afternoon the Prime Minister said he believed the issues facing British traders were “teething problems”.

He said the Government was working with businesses in “smoothing” blockages.

But the Conservative leader vowed he would not dither in triggering one of the safety measures of the Northern Ireland Protocol if “serious problems” in supplying supermarkets in Northern Ireland persisted.

0.15am update: Brexit rules could force British ex-pats from Spain

British ex-pats could face being forced from their lives in the sun on Spain’s Costa del Sol as a result of Brexit rule changes. And the British public is furious.

Under the new rules, Britons living in Spain will now have to prove they have an income of at least £2,000 per month. The income is much higher for families who require an extra £500 a month for each family member.

This news has left the British public furious with one Express.co.uk reader saying Spanish property prices will “collapse in the months to come”.

A second reader said: “Brits will take their pensions and holiday money somewhere else, no problem.”

While a third person said: “Just boycott Spain or the Canaries for your next holiday.

“Hit them in the pocket where it hits.”

James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Paul Withers

Wednesday, January 13

9.57pm update: Watching, Brussels? Boris unleashes City of London from EU shackles as Brexit Bill passed

Boris Johnson’s plan to secure the City of London as a global centre for financial services in Brexit Britain has been backed by MPs.

The Financial Services Bill was passed through the Commons this evening without the need for a vote.

The legislation sets out how the UK intends to regulate the sector outside of the EU and help secure the UK as a global hub for the finance industry.

Speaking in the Commons today, Treasury minister John Glen described the Bill as a chance for Brexit Britain to “take back control of our financial service legislation”.

When the Bill was first introduced in October he said it was a chance to “seize new opportunities”.

He said: “Now the UK has left the EU, we must ensure we have a regulatory regime that works for the UK and allows us to seize new opportunities in the global economy.

“Following the work we’ve done to prepare for EU exit and ensure a smooth transition to a UK rule book, this Bill is the next step in delivering a regulatory framework that boosts the competitiveness of our world-leading financial services sector and ensures that UK consumers are properly protected.

“It’s part of an ambitious programme to enhance the UK’s first-class standards and

9.10pm update: Laura Kuenssberg warns huge fishing row could be about to erupt

Earlier today, Boris Johnson suggested some fishing businesses in Scotland would receive compensation as he defended the post-Brexit trade deal he struck with the European Union.

When asked why some of the Scottish fishing fleet was tied up, rather than out fishing, Mr Johnson told the Commons Liaison Committee: “I understand very much the frustrations of… the fishing community and fishermen and women who are facing what I believe are temporary frustrations.

“In so far as there are delays caused by a variety of problems, we will compensate those fishing businesses.

“But there is a massive opportunity for Scotland and for the whole of the UK with the increase in quota that we get from the deal (with the EU).”

Scottish Seafood Association hief executive Jimmy Buchan responded to the comments from the Prime Minister, and said: “We welcome Boris Johnson’s unequivocal promise of compensation for fisheries businesses affected by the nightmarish bureaucratic hurdles that have been erected since 1st January.

“This is just what we have been calling for in numerous meetings with government officials over the past few days.

“We now look forward to engaging with the Government on the detail of the package on offer and working with both the UK and Scottish governments to clear the path for exports to resume as normal.”

But Ms Kuenssberg has tweeted: “Scottish fishing industry have taken PM’s comments at Committee this afternoon as a promise of extra compensation.

“Number 10 tho referring only to 100m that’s already been promised for helping to modernise the industry.

“This could be messy.”

8.33pm update: Downing Street hits back at Sturgeon comments

Companies in Scotland trying to to export fish and other seafood from the country have been hit by red tape ince the new trading rules with the EU came into force.

Lorries have been delayed at distribution hubs and exporters have struggled to get goods to market in France, leading industry body Scotland Food and Drink to warn “emergency financial aid” may be needed.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was askedin the Scottish Parliament what measures were being taken to alleviate the situation.

She replied: “The catastrophe that our seafood exporters are facing right now is absolutely shameful and disgraceful.”

But Downing Street has hit back, with a spokeswoman responding: “We are working closely with the industry to help understand and address the issues they are experiencing, including contacting exporters, their representatives and transporters to advise on the requirements for keeping their goods moving.

“The Scottish Government cannot abdicate their responsibilities to Scottish businesses. Over the past 18 months they have assured the fishing industry that the systems they were putting in place would be adequate. They clearly are not.

“The Scottish Government need to step up and ensure there are no delays to food exports being checked at hubs in their area.

“We have given the Scottish Government nearly £200 million to prepare for leaving the EU, to minimise disruption and guarantee business readiness.”

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Brexit latest: Laura Kuenssberg has warned a huge fishing row could be about to erupt (Image: @bbclaurak / Twitter)

7.50pm update: Boris Johnson explodes at ‘absurd’ EU rules hamstringing UK trade post-Brexit

Boris Johnson exploded at “absurd” EU rules which have sparked fresh shortages on the shelves of Northern Ireland supermarkets.

The Prime Minister has said there are “teething problems” regarding trade between Britain and Northern Ireland in the wake of exiting the Brexit transition period.

However, he told the Commons Liaison Committee that things were running “smoothly”.

Labour former minister Hilary Benn questioned Mr Johnson on whether he would extend the three-month grace period for Export Health Certificates for trade between Britain and Northern Ireland.

In the Liaison Committee, Mr Benn asked: “Can you guarantee that the in supermarkets in both Ireland and Northern Ireland that the grace period will be extended after the end of March?”

Mr Johnson replied: “What I can certainly guarantee is if there are serious problems in supplying supermarkets in Northern Ireland because of some piece of bureaucracy that’s misapplied then we will simply exercise Article 16 of the protocol.

“It’s absurd that there should be such difficulties.

“We will make sure that supplies continue.

“It goes without saying that any difficulties that remain will naturally fall away anyway because the people of Northern Ireland have to vote to retain the protocol in four years time.”

6.40pm update: EU Brexit row ERUPTS: Brussels under pressure as regions demand big role in future talks

A new Brexit row has broken out after local politicians throughout Europe warned they now want a bigger role in establishing the future relationship between the European Union and the UK following Brexit last month.

This was the overwhelming feeling expressed by members of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) at the most recent meeting of the CoR-UK contact group.

Loïg Chesnais-Girard, president of the local parliament of Brittany in France, whose coastline is separated from the United Kingdom by only 300 kilometres, had previously warned cooperation between the UK and EU, both at a regional and local level, must continue after Brexit.

He had said: “The current stalemate between the European Union and the United Kingdom should not close the door to cooperation at the regional and local level, because regardless of the outcome of the negotiations, local and regional institutions will have to work together even after 2020.”

This issue was again a key talking point during a meeting on Monday, where the group discussed the importance of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and for the first time, the significance of it on local politics.

But the trade deal quickly came under attack from members, with Oldrich Vlasak, former President of the EU Parliament expressing his disappointment in the treaty.

Antje Grotheer, deputy president of Bremen’s parliament in Germany, also said: “The agreement lacks any regional dimension.”

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Brexit news: Local European politicians want a bigger role in establishing the future EU-UK relationship (Image: GETTY)

6.10pm update: Boris Johnson confirms compensation for some Scottish fishing businesses

The Prime Minister has suggested some fishing businesses in Scotland would receive compensation but defended the post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU.

When asked why some of the Scottish fishing fleet was tied up, rather than out fishing, Mr Johnson told the Commons Liaison Committee: “I understand very much the frustrations of… the fishing community and fishermen and women who are facing what I believe are temporary frustrations.

“In so far as there are delays caused by a variety of problems, we will compensate those fishing businesses.

“But there is a massive opportunity for Scotland and for the whole of the UK with the increase in quota that we get from the deal (with the EU).”

5.50pm update: DUP leader Foster ‘absolutely committed’ to finding solutions to post-Brexit trade issues

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster has pledged to find solutions to the post-Brexit trade difficulties in the country.

Mrs Foster acknowledged a significant challenge around how hauliers transport mixed loads from the rest of the UK, stopping at multiple locations to pick up goods.

But red tape has led to empty shelves in some supermarkets in Northern Ireland as retailers attempt to come to terms with the new rules.

The DUP leader told her Stormont scrutiny committee: “We need to see a solution.”

“We are absolutely committed to finding solutions to all of these difficulties and that is where our focus is.”

5.08pm update: Young ex-Remain campaigner U-turns on Brexit: ‘Hate to admit it, but my dad was right!’

A young Remainer has performed a dramatic U-turn and admitted Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union has turned him into a Brexiteer, confessing: “I hate to admit it, but it looks like my Brexit-voting father was right.”

Joshua Curiel had previously been involved in pro-EU campaigns and called for a second referendum on the UK’s membership with the bloc.

But sharing a link to a column he has written for The Daily Telegraph, now-former Remainer Mr Curiel tweeted: “Never thought that I’d be saying something positive about Brexit in the @Telegraph, but I am.

“There’s no going back now. And we need to work together (Brexiteers and Remainers) to make it as positive as it can be!”

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Brexit latest: Boris Johnson admitted there have been “teething problems” regarding trade between Britain and Northern Ireland after the transition period (Image: HOUSE OF COMMONS / PA)

4.30pm update: Boris admits ‘teething problems’ regarding trade between Britain and Northern Ireland

The Prime Minister admitted there have been “teething problems” regarding trade between Britain and Northern Ireland following the end of the Brexit transition period, but insisted things are running “smoothly”.

He told the Commons Liaison Committee: “The situation in Northern Ireland is that trade is flowing smoothly, as I understand it.

“And exporters are benefiting from the unfettered access between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

“Yes, I am not going to deny down that there are teething problems, and there are issues that we need to sort out… but the deal has been of great, great assistance to our businesses in smoothing this.”

4.11pm update: Oh dear, Leo! Varadkar’s ‘triumphalist’ Brexit tone came back to haunt him, says expert

Leo Varadkar’s “triumphalist” tone when it came to Brexit, coupled with belligerent rhetoric which came out of Dublin after the 2016 referendum, torpedoed any hopes of keeping the UK closely aligned with Brussels – and damaged Ireland’s interests as a result, a former diplomat has said.

Mr Varadkar was Taoiseach for much of the time that former UK Prime Minister Theresa May was in office.

And during that time, he did her very few favours, said Ray Bassett, Ireland’s former ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Mr Bassett made his remarks during a webinar organised by Yale University entitled Peacebuilding in the Wake of Brexit.

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Brexit latest: Leo Varadkar has come under attack from a former diplomat (Image: GETTY)

3.17pm update: Watch out Ursula! London finance boss lets fly at EU ahead of crunch Brexit showdown

The world should not “underestimate” the might of the City of London in Brexit Britain, the woman responsible for looking after the district’s businesses has said.

Catherine McGuinness is chair of policy at the City of London Corporation, the local authority for the finance district. She has predicted the City’s finance industry will continue to thrive in the years ahead.

She said: “We’ve got to take our destiny into our own hands, we’ve got to look at the best way forward to the future and what I’d say to the rest of the world is don’t underestimate the UK.”

Ms McGuinness’s comments come as Brussels looks to try and use Brexit to force more firms to relocate from Britain to the continent.

The EU is yet to grant so-called “equivalence” – the process of admitting a country’s rules and regulations are similar to the Brussels’ own – to UK financial firms.

The trade bloc is expected to only grant equivalence in a limited number of areas which benefit the EU in the hope of driving more firms abroad.

3pm update: Sturgeon rages post-Brexit delays to seafood exports are ‘shameful and disgraceful’

Companies in Scotland trying to to export fish and other seafood from the country have been hit by red tape ince the new trading rules with the EU came into force.

Lorries have been delayed at distribution hubs and exporters have struggled to get goods to market in France, leading industry body Scotland Food and Drink to warn “emergency financial aid” may be needed.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was askedin the Scottish Parliament what measures were being taken to alleviate the situation.

She replied: “The catastrophe that our seafood exporters are facing right now is absolutely shameful and disgraceful.

“But for the crisis of Covid that we’re living through right now I am sure this would be dominating the headlines every single day.

“The Scottish Government and Scottish food and drink stakeholders have repeatedly warned that businesses need more time to effectively prepare for these changes but the UK Government point blank refused to listen to a request for a six-month grace period.

“We’re pressing the UK Government to fix this mess, it’s a mess entirely of their making.

“So far there’s no sense of urgency or any suggestion at all that they are prepared to do that.”

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Brexit latest: Nicola Sturgeon launched a scathing attack against the UK Government (Image: GETTY)

Paul Withers taking over live reporting from Bill McLoughlin.

2.26pm update: UK ready to invoke Article 16 of the Brexit deal 

Speaking in response to a question from DUP MP, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, Mr Johnson stated the UK will not hesitate in utilising the mechanism. 

The Prime Minister said: “I can tell him that at the moment goods are flowing effectively and in normal volumes between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. So far no lorries have been turned back.

“Yes of course there are teething problems and what I can confirm to him is that if there are problems that we believe are disproportionate then we will have no hesitation in invoking Article 16.”

Article 16 of the treaty allows for one side to take unilateral action to enforce safeguards if there has been any negative effect incurred from the treaty. 

1.44pm update: UK heading for post-Brexit revival as deal with Australia to inject millions into economy

The UK is close to striking a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Australia, which will inject several millions into the economies of both countries, boosting numerous sectors, Australian Senator Eric Abetz has told Express.co.uk.

Britain and Australia formally launched trade negotiations this summer, aiming to conclude a comprehensive and ambitious FTA covering goods, services and investment.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and her Australian counterpart Simon Birmingham kicked off the talks via videoconference on June 17.

Australian Liberal Party Senator Eric Abetz has shed light on the numerous opportunities the trade deal will bring in the near future, during an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.

In particular, the Senator singled out the sectors he believes will flourish.

He said: “In principle, the more free trade there is, the cheaper commodities for the people in both countries will be. There will be greater opportunities for employment as well.

“And look, our agriculture production will be cheaper than the one in Britain, which means the UK will benefit from cheaper food.”

Brexit news: Boris is ready to continue talks over a deal with Australia

Brexit news: Boris is ready to continue talks over a deal with Australia (Image: PA)

12.54pm update: US trade deal: Boris prepares to ‘tick key political box’ to unlock agreement with Biden

Boris Johnson will add new provisions to his upcoming negotiations with the US in order to persuade Joe Biden into securing a vital post-Brexit trade deal with UK.

In a bid to shift Mr Biden into agreeing a post-Brexit trade deal, Mr Johnson has instructed his team to add climate change guarantees to negotiations.

By doing this, it is hoped the team may entice Mr Biden, who has made a series of green pledges into agreeing a deal, with International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss previously declaring her intent to sign a deal by June.

It is thought Mr Johnson’s team may now add certain pledges such as enhanced air pollution protections and corporate transparency on climate change to bring Mr Biden team to the table.

Sources involved in talks have stated further environmental and climate change commitments will tick boxes to spur an agreement on a trade deal.

With the UK hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference this year, the Prime Minister has emphasised the country’s green credentials.

An International Trade Department official told City AM: “It’s no secret that we need to tick key political boxes to get a deal over the line with Biden.”

Brexit news: Talks will be held with the US over a deal

Brexit news: Talks will be held with the US over a deal (Image: PA)

12.25pm update: ‘Clueless!’ Brexit chaos at EU ports due to bungling officials, fumes UK industry leader

“Clueless” officials who don’t understand the Brexit trade deal agreed between the UK and EU are partially to blame for delays at ports, an industry chief said today.

Ian Wright from the Food and Drink Federation told MPs his members were suffering from delays when importing and exporting to the EU.

He said those dealing with the paperwork at ports were unsure what was in the trade deal struck between the UK and EU.

He told the Future Relationship with the European Union select committee: “It’s important to understand the enforcers are as clueless about the provisions of some of the deal as those who are operating under it.

“Our biggest single problem is nobody has absolutely had the chance to work with this deal, to practice the checks.”

11.49am update: Thank God we left! EU rewards greedy Germany and France with huge chunk of Brexit funds

Germany and France are set to pocket two of the largest payouts from the European Union’s £4.5 billion Brexit fund.

The bloc’s two largest economies will trouser £780 million between them this year to help adjust to the impact of the new trading relationship with Britain.

Only Ireland, arguably the state hardest-hit by Brexit, is set to receive more – £935 million – than the two wealthy capitals.

The European Council unveiled its Brexit Adjustment Reserve to help EU countries adjust to the new realities of the bloc’s relationship with Britain in the coming years.

10.38am update: Time for Irexit! Dublin was used and abused by EU during Brexit, admits ex-Irish diplomat

Ireland was used by the EU during the Brexit negotiations and cannot rely on the bloc to have its best interests at heart now the UK has quit, a former diplomat has warned.

Ray Bassett suggested the dramatic change in circumstances which has occurred since Ireland first joined in 1973 meant the country now needed to consider following Britain’s example.

Mr Bassett, Ireland’s former ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas, was speaking during a webinar hosted by Yale University last night entitled Peacebuilding in the Wake of Brexit.

The career diplomat said prior to the 2016 referendum he had hoped the UK voted to stay in the bloc.

He said: “My experience of the EU, particularly during what’s known as the global crisis, when huge amounts of debts being pushed on the Irish state that we had not run up ourselves and we got very little support or help from the EU, very unfairly, made me feel when it comes to the crunch Ireland would not rate that highly in terms of the priorities of Brussels.

“We rated highly during Brexit negotiations because we were very useful to use the border issue to tie the British into Europe.

“So I felt at that stage that the balance of advantage of staying in the European Union that the British left was beginning to tilt away from that and towards a position somewhat like Norway or Switzerland or Iceland, where we were not under direct control of Brussels but we stayed very close to them in terms of the single market.”

Brexit: Fisherman says food is being ‘rejected’ due to export delay

10.25am update: EU disaster: Irish fishermen turn on Brussels as 93% of ships barred from UK waters

Irish fishermen have lashed out at the EU after it emerged just 141 of their 1900 ships had secured permits for UK waters.

Despite the UK and EU finally agreeing on a Brexit deal last month, the majority of Ireland’s fishing fleet has not been given full permits in order to enter Britain’s waters.

Just over seven percent of their ships have been given temporary permits, with some fishermen labelling the situation as chaotic.

The Irish government has also been criticised for failing to have a plan B to aid fishermen in the country post-Brexit.

9.47am update: British drivers to escape speeding fines in EU as Brexit loophole exposed

Brexit may mean British drivers avoid speeding fines picked up in countries across the European Union due to a serious loophole.

The UK’s departure from the European Union on 31 December has ended existing deals regarding motoring offences which could see thousands of drivers escape punishment.

The EU’s cross-border enforcement directive no longer applies to road users which means information cannot be shared between borders.

It means drivers who break speeding rules and are caught by cameras in France will not pay for penalties when they return to the UK.

More than 44,000 British drivers were fined after being picked up by speed cameras in France last year, making UK drivers the most likely to be caught in the country.

French officials are set to lose millions in lost fine revenue as a result of the new rule change.

Brexit live: Brexit timeline

Brexit live: Brexit timeline (Image: Express)

8.37am update: Oh dear Michel! Barnier humiliated over desperate plot to become French president

Michel Barnier’s apparent ambitions to replace Emmanuel Macron as France’s President have been mocked by a UK academic – who predicted the EU’s Brexit frontman’s total absence of “any charisma whatsoever” will scupper his chances.

Mr Barnier was quizzed on the issue in the wake of the trade deal which he and UK counterpart Lord David Frost struck, after months of wrangling, at the end of last year, refusing to answer directly while stressing his belief that France needed “unity, solidarity and justice”.

Dr Joseph Downing, an LSE Fellow in Nationalism at the LSE’s European Institute, told Express.co.uk: “The paradoxical thing about the current political situation is that I do not see as yet a credible challenger.

“And that I think is the other side of the coin when it comes to the system, which is quite worrying for French democracy.

7.52am update: ASOS expecting Brexit hit to sales boom 

Although the retailer reported a surge in sales over Christmas, the fashion chain is expecting a £15million hit to its shipments. 

This is as a result of the country of origin rules although it also received a £40million profit boost in the first-half of the financial year. 

It also reported a 23 percent increase in revenue to almost £1.4billion. 

ASOS chief executive, Nick Beighton, said: “We are really pleased with the strong performance we have delivered, which is testament to both the strength of our multi-brand model and the hard work of our people.

“We have continued to execute well and deliver for our customers, whilst investing into growing our business and driving further efficiency through a strong operational grip.

“Looking forward, given the uncertainty associated with the virus and the impact on customers’ lives, our cautious outlook for the second half of the year remains unchanged.”

Brexit news: Five key moments which led to Brexit

Brexit news: Five key moments which led to Brexit (Image: Express)

7.21am update: Brexiteer demands deal is rid of key issues 

In a tweet, Sir John Redwood, MP for Wokingham, called on the Prime Minister to address the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. 

He said: “We voted to take control of our own laws, taxes, borders and trade rules for the whole UK. Let’s get on with”it.

His comment came as Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, has highlighted five key issues. 

Mr Grant posed five areas which still need to be addressed going forward: the Northern Ireland protocol, foreign policy co-operation, the UK’s divergence on standards, the use of the dispute mechanism, and the future leadership of the Tory party and how that will shape the UK’s relationship with the EU. 

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