Bombshell leaked letter exposes major U-turn as Tories scrap trade deal plan – Express

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Human rights will no longer be part of the Conservative Party’s trade talks, Anne-Marie Trevelyan said in a letter to MPs, arguing she believed “free trade agreements are not generally the most effective or targeted tool to advance human rights issues”. The drastic shift in the Tories’ approach comes as the UK is attempting to sign a deal with Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates – all well-known for their poor human rights records. The bombshell change comes after Ms Trevelyan told the House of Commons last October that trade “will not come at the expense of human rights” and that talks on free trade agreements would create an “opportunity to open discussions” on such issues. The revelation has sparked anger among human rights campaigners. A Government spokesperson said: “The UK is a leading advocate for human rights around the world, and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office leads this effort within the UK government. We will continue to encourage all states to uphold international human rights obligations, and hold those who violate or abuse them to account.”
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Britain’s post-Brexit science and technology revolution must be at the heart of igniting the country’s economic recovery, a senior minister says today.
Kit Malthouse insists harnessing the UK’s tech prowess will not only create thousands of new jobs but help improve public services.
He says: “We discovered many heroes in our battle against the pandemic, not least the men and women in white coats.
“They conjured life-saving vaccines in under a year against the odds.
“Now we are through the pandemic, what is next for UK science?”
Read the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster’s full comment here.Kit MalthouseBritain has signed two new deals with Qatar in a bid to turbocharge trade with the Gulf state.
Trade minister Ranil Jayawardena signed a pact to help boost the number of British businesses investing in Qatar and a deal to open the UK export market for the supply of vitamins and supplements.
The agreements were signed at the third UK-Qatar Joint Economic and Trade Committee on Wednesday.
The new export market for vitamins and supplements will help boost health and wellness treatments available for Qatar.
Read more from Deputy Political Editor Dan Falvey here.
Brexit Britain is preparing for the most advanced trade border to be in place by 2025, an expert has said.
Under its divorce deal with Brussels, London opted for a full customs border with checks on goods as the UK opted for full control of its regulatory affairs rather than being closely aligned with the European Union.
While the bloc introduced full customs requirements for British exports in January 2021, the UK Government announced in April it was pausing plans to bring in further checks of its own this year as it consults industry over the country’s border operations.
A Government strategy published in 2020 outlines a roadmap to deliver the world’s most effective border by 2025, including measures such as moving checks away from the border, data-sharing and greater automation.
Marco Forgione, Director of the Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE&IT), which is involved in the trade initiatives, told Express.co.uk: “The potential here is significant. The Government’s approach is innovative. Their ambition has scale.
“There is a genuine commitment from across Government to make this happen and for the UK to have by 2025 the most advanced border. It is exciting, innovative and transformative.”
Read more from the Express’s Jon King here.
Eurostar blaming Brexit for services not stopping in Kent for at least two years is “wrong and unacceptable”, former MEP Ben Habib has said.
Mr Habib also pointed out the vast amount of money Britain has spent constructing Ashford International Railway Station, an investment he said had been made “in good faith”.
Prior to the pandemic, trains stopped at Ashford and Ebbsfleet – but they will not do so until at least 2024, and possibly no sooner than 2025.
Read more here.
British homeowners in France will face new tough regulations preventing them from upping rent charges under Emmanuel Macron’s new green laws.
The French President’s “climate and resiliency” bill sees new rent rise freezes applied to landlords in France whose properties fail to pass the two lowest categories of energy proficiency.
As of Wednesday, homeowners are no longer able to increase rent on properties ranked F or G, the two lowest bands of energy proficiency.
Despite skyrocketing inflation in the country, therefore, British people owning and renting properties in France under those two energy bands will lose out substantially.
And by 2025, unless they ensure their properties are in line with higher bands of energy proficiency, they will be banned from renting out altogether.
Read more here.
Britain has dealt a major blow to the Putin regime, outpacing its European counterparts in ditching dependency on Russian gas months ahead of the planned deadline.
For the first time since records began, there were no imports of Russian fuel to the UK in June 2022, six months earlier than the Government had planned to do so in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), imports of Russian goods fell 96 percent compared to the average for the previous 12 months, hitting their lowest level since 1997.
The data show the UK has made far greater strides in achieving energy independence from Russia than the rest of Europe.
Read more here.Energy shares from Russia before the warBritain voted to leave the European Union six years ago, yet Remainers view a new Prime Minister as an opportunity to reconsider our position. But should they hold another Brexit referendum?
Have your say in our poll.
Liz Truss can “set the tone for her Premiership” — and send a strong signal to Brussels — by triggering Article 16, a Brexiteer has said after reports that the Foreign Secretary is poised to do just that.
As the Tory leadership race nears its end, here is what you need to know about Ms Truss’s plans regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol.Conservative leadership election timetableUrsual von der Leyen has remained silent about Brexit Britain sending gas to help the EU out of its energy crisis.
Brexit Facts4EU.org reports the UK played a key role in supplying the fossil fuel to the bloc in the first quarter of the year.
It quotes the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: “Gas exports to the EU more than doubled in Q1 2022, as interconnectors with Belgium and the Netherlands were used to export gas to mainland Europe.”
The media outlet accuses the EU of not thanking Britain for the energy boost.
Daniel Hodson, whose Twitter bio states he is Gresham Professor of Commerce, lashed out at the bloc, tweeting: “It’s called being a good friend and neighbour. How about a little reciprocity? Think NI Protocol, or illegal channel crossings, for instance.”
Political activist Femi Oluwole took to Twitter to slam Brexit supporters following data which shows that leaving the bloc has been partly responsible for soaring inflation in the UK.
Household budgets in the UK are seeing a major squeeze as inflation passed 10 percent last month, while Ofgem’s latest price cap announcement means the typical household energy bill will hit £3,549 a year from October 1.
Mr Oluwole said: “Any Brexiteer who’s claiming to care about the cost of living right now, after spending 6 years saying that “sovereignty” was worth a little hardship, needs to shut the *** up.”
Any Brexiteer who’s claiming to care about the cost of living right now, after spending 6 years saying that “sovereignty” was worth a little hardship, needs to shut the **** up. pic.twitter.com/w6aokesPT9
Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve was heard giggling on LBC after Ann Widdecombe disagreed with his statement that Boris Johnson is a “serial liar” and defined him instead a “serial blunderer”.
Referring to the outgoing prime minister, Ms Widdecombe said Mr Johnson “undoubtedly has got charisma” and although “in his own terms” he delivered Brexit.
Following the subtle giggle from Mr Grieve, LBC host Tom Swarbrick asked whether he was right to have heard him laughing during Ms Widdecombe’s comments.
The former Attorney General admitted he did “very slightly” and concluded by saying “it seems to me that [Ms Widdecombe] below to the ranks of those who’ve been seduced by Mr Johnson’s charm”.
Read more here.
Lord Sugar has demanded that Boris Johnson and Michael Gove should “go to jail” for misleading the UK with Brexit promise.
Alan Sugar, known for hosting The Apprentice, has branded Boris and Gove as the “biggest liars of 2016” for the infamous “red bus” that implied the £350million sent to the EU each week would instead be used to fund the NHS following Brexit.
The bus made headlines back in 2016 and was a major turning point for the Brexit campaign thanks to the promise splashed on the side. It read: “We send the EU £350 million a week. Let’s fund out NHS instead. Vote Leave.”
The big red Brexit bus was used as part of the Leave campaign ahead of the referendum.
But despite the bold claim, the promise has not been followed through since the UK left the EU five years on.
Raging to his five million followers on Twitter, Lord Sugar wrote: “The biggest liars in 2016 was Boris and Gove with the red bus. They should both go to Jail. As a chairman of a public company if I mislead or lied to my shareholders ( in this case the public ) I would be sent to jail.”
Read more here.
The BBC was slammed for inflicting “Remainergeddon” on its viewers after it was revealed the broadcaster’s most frequent Question Time panellists overwhelmingly voted for Remain, as the broadcasters faces new accusations of a pro-Brexit bias.
Celebrating ex-Tory MP Ken Clarke taking the record for the most Question Time appearances in 2019, the BBC revealed the ten most frequent panellists at the time – but critics quickly realised that all those featured were Remainers.
This throws into question ex-BBC newsreader Emily Maitlis’ claims that the outlet suffered from “both-sides-ism” in its presentation of the Brexit debate.Fiona Bruce and Emily MaitlisA study by the Centre for Brexit Policy warned: “by blithely attributing falls in exports to Brexit, UK governments will fail to address serious long-term negative trends in UK trade.”

The report’s main author, trading expert Philip Radford, said: “For too long Brexit has been made a scapegoat for when things aren’t going right. 
“Foolishly dismissing the decline in UK-EU trade as a result of Brexit is not just incorrect, it is potentially seriously dangerous for the future prosperity of the UK.”
The report claimed that a drop in UK exports to the EU was in part due to lower exports of oil to the EU, which researchers say had been brewing for a long time prior to Brexit. 
They added that that concerns raised about a 26 percent fall in car exports to the EU could not be blamed on Brexit, as analysis shows there was a similar £4.6 billion fall in non-EU exports.
This comes after analysts at the Office for Budget Responsibility said post-Brexit Britain was a “less trade intensive economy” after it was revealed that exports to the EU dropped 12 percent – £20.3 billion – in 2021 compared with 2019.
Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey and other commentators suggested the figures proved leaving the EU had damaged Britain’s economy.

The chairman of the London Stock Exchange has warned that London will lose its status as a global financial hub and be downgraded to a middling “regional market” without a post-Brexit overhaul of City rules.
Michael Findlay, who also chairs an influential advisory group to the City watchdog, said officials must tear up decades-old orthodoxies and alter stock market rules if the Square Mile is to remain competitive with stock exchanges in New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and Amsterdam.
Mr Findlay said the UK has a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to implement radical reforms” to ensure London remains a relevant destination for flotations and capital raisings.
He added that without this “essential modernisation”, London’s status as a global market runs a “material risk of diminishing to that of a regional exchange”

The total number of migrants who have crossed the Channel to the UK has crossed 25,000, after another 915 were detected on Saturday in 19 small boats, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.
The provisional total for the year now sits at 25,146.

Analysis shows there have been 8,747 crossings detected in August so far, with 3,733 in the past week.

August 22 saw the highest daily total on record, with 1,295 people crossing in 27 boats.
This comes four months after 
Home Secretary Priti Patel unveiled plans to send migrants to Rwanda to try to deter people from crossing the Channel.
Since then 19,878 have arrived in the UK after making the journey.
The first deportation flight – due to take off on June 14 – was grounded amid legal challenges from the European Court of Human Rights.

Despite the growing numbers, the small boat arrivals are a fraction of the number of people going to mainland Europe.

Refugees crossing the ChannelForeign policy analyst Nile Gardiner decried the “ultra-woke, slavishly pro EU left” for their disapproval of Liz Truss. 
He claimed the anger meant Ms Truss was “doing everything right” when it came to Brexit. 
He said: “
The ultra woke, Britain hating, slavishly pro EU Left really hate Liz Truss.
“Many are literally foaming at the mouth with anger at the prospect of a Thatcherite woman Prime Minister.
“All signs that Liz Truss is doing everything right so far.”

The ultra woke, Britain hating, slavishly pro EU Left really hate @trussliz Many are literally foaming at the mouth with anger at the prospect of a Thatcherite woman Prime Minister. All signs that Liz Truss is doing everything right so far.
Australia’s defence minister announced he intends to visit the UK as well as France and Germany to boost ties. 
Richard Marles said of his trip to the UK: “Our relationship with the United Kingdom is both historic and mutually beneficial, and is reflected through our continued commitment to AUKUS.
“My visit to Europe comes at a time when the war in Ukraine has shown the importance of increasing cooperation with likeminded partners, both in Europe and the Indo-Pacific.”
Brexit Britain secured a free trade agreement with Australia in December 2021 which eliminated tariffs on over 99 per cent of Australian goods exports to the UK.
Emmanuel Macron’s plan to welcome the UK into a ‘European community’ infuriated Brexiteers in Britain.
French President Emmanuel Macron has found himself in a war of words with UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.
After she said that “the jury is out” on whether he is a “friend or foe” to Britain, Mr Macron responded on Friday.
He said he “wouldn’t hesitate for a second” if asked about UK-French relations, adding: “France is a friend of the British people.”
Mr Macron then added that the UK remained “a friendly nation” and strong ally “regardless of its leaders, and sometimes in spite of its leaders and whatever little mistakes they may make in a speech from a soapbox.”
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