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    RISHI Sunak could slash tax on pints in next week's budget, Boris Johnson hinted yesterday. The PM was urged by MPs to consider giving pubs a boost by slicing their tax and slapping them on supermarket drinks instead. 2Rishi Sunak may slash the tax on pub pints in next week’s Budget, Boris Johnson hintedCredit: Getty Images - Getty Brits have flocked to supermarket giants to get their hands on booze throughout the pandemic, but boozers have been closed for several months. The Treasury undertook a review on alcohol duty last year, and is mulling over the findings. Changes to alcohol duty could boost pub sales by 100 million pints a year and stop thousands of pubs closing their doors for good this year, the Social Market Foundation said last week. They urged him to add 14p to a supermarket can and slash 36p off the price of a pint down...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has signalled that vaccine passports may be required domestically within the UK for Britons to go to the pub or the theatre. Mr Johnson said on Tuesday that Cabinet Minister Michael Gove — who has previously stated the government was not planning on rolling out a health pass — will be heading up the government’s research into a vaccine passport scheme, looking into the “best scientific moral, philosophical, and ethical viewpoints” on the issue. The new position stands in clear contradiction to his comments last year when he responded to an interviewer with a flat “no” when asked whether Britons would need paperwork proving their covid status to enter pubs: Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove says people will not need a vaccine passport in order to go to the pub and adds its a "big challenge" to persuade people to have a #COVID19 vaccine.#KayBurley https://t.co/z5CcQFn5bQ pic.twitter.com/ebneTmghc5...
    BORIS Johnson is facing calls to give the nation a bank holiday to celebrate the end of Covid restrictions, which are pencilled in for June 21. A social media campaign was launched after the Prime Minister’s road map announcement. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 4A social media campaign for a bank holiday on June 21 was launched after the Prime Minister’s road map announcementCredit: Alamy Live News Lib Dem leader Ed Davey backed the demands, and called on Boris to use the day to commemorate the efforts of the NHS and carers. He told The Sun: “The whole country needs a day off — a great British Summer bank holiday. “That is why the Liberal Democrats are calling for a bank holiday to commemorate carers on the day legal Covid restrictions disappear. “Hopefully, it’ll be a day for barbecues and picnics but with restrictions...
    HOLLY Willoughby warned Phillip Schofield that she will "lick his face" on their first This Morning once social distancing ends. Today's instalment of the ITV show kicked off with the presenters sharing their excitement at Prime Minister Boris Johnson's road-map out of lockdown, which was announced yesterday. 5Holly had a stark warning for co-host Phil today The government have said that if all goes to plan, all of England's coronavirus restrictions will be lifted by 21 June - and life can finally go back to normal. Holly, 40, pointed out that this date is a Monday - which means she and 58-year-old Phillip will be hosting This Morning. Squealing with excitement, the blonde beauty asked her co-star: "What are you going to do first?" Phil replied: "I just want someone to sit in the garden with!" 5She said she will 'lick him just because she can' once social distancing ends...
    BREAKFAST clubs and after school groups will be allowed to return in just two weeks as part of Boris Johnson's plan to unlock Britain. Boris Johnson today confirmed kids would be able to join the out of school groups as students were told they will go back to class from March 8. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 2Breakfast clubs will be able to start back up again in a few weeksCredit: Alamy Speaking tonight, the PM said the UK was on a "one way journey" to get out of lockdown as he revealed the four steps that would get life back to normal. And he confirmed after-school sport and clubs would be able to open in just weeks. He said March 8 would allow the groups to once again start to meet. It comes as older children will be asked to wear face coverings...
    BORIS Johnson has revealed the road map out of lockdown, starting from March 8. Here is everything you need to know about holidays going ahead this year. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   3UK holidays can restart from AprilCredit: Alamy When can I go on a UK holiday? Holidays in England will go ahead from April, the Prime Minister has said. Self-catered accommodation will be able to reopen from April 12, but only for one household meaning you cannot go on holiday with friends or family. Hotels and group holidays will then resume from May 17 - this can only be for two households, with no limit on people, or the rule of six from more than two households. Hotels and group holidays with no restrictions will go ahead from June 21. Day trips will also be allowed to go ahead from April 12, which...
    BRITS will finally be allowed to meet up inside from May 17 while following the Rule of Six or two household rule. Boris Johnson today confirmed details of how the UK would start to emerge from the Covid lockdown as the jab rollout has slowed the spread of the virus. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   3Brits will be allowed to mix indoors from May 17 while following the Rule of Six or limiting the gathering to two householdsCredit: Getty Images - Getty As part of the roadmap announced by the PM, Brits have been told they will be able to meet inside while following the rule of six or two households by May 17. Travel within England will also be allowed from May 17. This means Brits will be able to travel to a holiday house together for a break - while following the...
    SHOPS, pubs and hairdressers will return from April 12 - and the PM will FINALLY reveal whether the nation can book a foreign summer holiday. Boris Johnson today outlined his plan for unlocking the nation - which will start in just two weeks' time. ???????? Read our UK lockdown live blog for the latest news & updates on Boris' roadmap...   3Boris holding his roadmap plan today as he addresses the CommonsCredit: PA:Press Association The PM told MPs in the House of Commons his plan today to get the country back to normal after the huge success of Britain's speedy vaccine rollout. He hopes to get Britain booming and back to near normal by June, and give every adult a vaccine by the end of July. All restrictions will be lifted at the same time across England - with no more tiers in sight. And as long as the data...
    BORIS Johnson will today unveil his March to Freedom — with loved ones able to meet outdoors and kids back in classrooms from next month. The Rule of Six could return in late March with sports back on as part of a four-step plan to ease lockdown. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   10Crowds yesterday enjoyed the sunshine in London’s Hyde ParkCredit: London News Pictures 10 The Prime Minister will publish storming data that shows the vaccine rollout has led directly to tumbling deaths and hospital cases. His blueprint will see lockdown eased in four steps — with four key tests applied to each stage of the way to freedom. Mr Johnson will warn that for each step to be taken, benchmark numbers...
    BORIS Johnson and Joe Biden cemented the Special Relationship last night when they met by video-link for the first time as the PM hosted a virtual G7 summit. He joked with the US President over shared campaign slogans and hailed America’s return to the Paris Climate Change Agreement. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   3PM Boris Johnson and President Joe Biden met by video-link for the first timeCredit: Crown Copyright 3Boris joked with the US President over shared campaign slogans and hailed America’s return to the Paris Climate Change AgreementCredit: Reuters Mr Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump had previously quit the agreement. The PM started by asking German Chancellor Angela Merkel to switch off her mic when she accidentally talked over his initial greeting. He joked: “Can you hear us Angela? I think you need to mute!” Later, Mr Biden laughed when...
    PROFESSOR Chris Whitty is reportedly "very unhappy" with Boris Johnson’s plans to open all schools in a "big bang"  The chief medical officer for England was said to be reluctant to personally get behind the policy this week. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   5Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty is allegedly not aboard the PM's bid to return kids to schoolCredit: Getty - Pool 5Parents are desperate to know when their kids can go back to schoolCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5Boris Johnson has vowed to open schools as part of a 'big bang' in his anticipated 'road map to recovery'Credit: PA The PM is desperate to get children back into schools on March 8 after months of lost education caused by the pandemic, stressing earlier this week that it was his "number one priority". But education sources told the Guardian Whitty...
    TEACHING unions are attempting to sabotage Boris Johnson’s plan to reopen all schools on March 8.  A coalition of education unions today demanded a “phased return” to classrooms - despite a dramatic fall in coronavirus infections. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...   3A coalition of education unions has demanded a “phased return” to classrooms on March 8 (File photo)Credit: AFP - Getty 3Boris Johnson is desperate to get children back into schools by March 8 after months of lost education caused by the pandemicCredit: Reuters The PM is desperate to get children back into schools on March 8 after months of lost education caused by the pandemic, stressing earlier this week that it was his “number one priority”. But a coalition of nine militant teaching unions today claimed that sending kids back to the classroom on the proposed date would be a “reckless...
    BORIS Johnson spent £2.7million of taxpayers’ cash on a White House-style TV studio yet to be used, The Sun can reveal. The revamped 10 Downing Street briefing room is modelled on Washington’s West Wing. 3Boris Johnson blew £2.7million on an unused TV studioCredit: AP:Associated Press 3He had hoped Allegra Stratton would field questions in the revamped briefing roomCredit: Reuters It was due to host on-camera briefings from spinners and ministers. The PM had hoped his new press secretary Allegra Stratton would use it to field questions from the press pack three times a week. Most read in News'SO SCARED'Mum's warning as girl, 5, rushed to A&E with her tongue STUCK in water bottleVILE ATTACKConstruction boss exposed wife's skull after smashing her head through a windowUNIFORM BANHarry 'won't be able to wear military uniform' if stripped of honorary titlesVILE ATTACKMan jailed for beating disabled teen so hard he caused brain bleedUP...
    WHO needs enemies when you have friends like Baroness Sayeeda Warsi? The former co-chairwoman of the Conservative Party is taking no prisoners as part of new Channel 4 comedy show Stand Up To Deliver. 8Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is performing on Channel 4 comedy show Stand Up To Deliver In it, she delivers blow after blow at the expense of her former political pals. The ex-government minister says Westminster is like gory TV show Game Of Thrones, and likens former advisor Dominic Cummings to the series’ worst character, scheming Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. In her stand-up routine I’m told she compares Prime Minister and Tory party leader Boris Johnson to Joffrey Baratheon — the tyrannical ruler of Westeros in the fantasy telly hit. She labels the PM the “blond who wanted to play at being king and now he’s having to deal with this s**t crisis called work”. 8Here's what Boris might...
    HOSPITALITY bosses have demanded all pubs, restaurants and hotels are reopened from April, piling pressure on Boris Johnson to ease restrictions quickly. Trade body UK Hospitality is urging an overhaul of the Covid tier system when lockdown is eased. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Hospitality leaders have called for pubs, restaurants and hotels to be reopened from AprilCredit: Alamy 6The sector's demands have piled pressure on the PM ahead of Monday's announcement on a roadmap out of lockdownCredit: Getty - Pool In a document submitted to the PM, it called for all hospitality venues to have returned to normal by June, with Covid case rates continuing to tumble. It says the industry, which employed 3.2 million people before the pandemic, lost an eye-watering £72 billion in 2020, its worst year ever. It comes after industry leaders stormed out of a meeting with government...
    BRITS were last night urged by boffins to cut back on Christmas plans — and meet outside if granny is joining. The crackers advice could see families eating turkey dinners out in the cold of their gardens. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 8Boris Johnson says he will not be scrapping the Christmas rules he announced last month allowing families to meet upCredit: Crown Copyright Covid rules will still be lifted for five days so three households can bubble up. Boris Johnson said he would not be scrapping the rules he announced last month allowing families to meet up. But he suggested they now keep celebrations small and short amid increasing concerns over a surge in Covid. Advice goes as far as to consider celebrating outdoors if granny is joining the party. It says: "If you do form a Christmas bubble, then be...
    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson joked that he felt "like OJ Simpson" as he struggled to put on gloves at a vaccine center in Wales on Wednesday. The wisecracking conservative leader made the remark as he pulled on blue gloves at a COVID-19 vaccination facility in Cwmbran.  BORIS JOHNSON EFFECTIVELY EXTENDS UK CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN AFTER DELAYING SCHOOL REOPENINGS A nurse accompanying Johnson said "absolutely" before he eventually squeezed the tight gloves over his hands. He was presumably referring to the moment in the famous 1995 trial of the actor and football player when Simpson was asked to put on gloves believed to have been used in the killing of his ex-wife and her friend. He was unable to put them on correctly, and his lawyer famously told the jury: "If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit." CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Simpson was later found not guilty on murder...
    BORIS Johnson has revealed today that he will set out lockdown lifting target dates when he announces a roadmap on February 22. The PM announced that the path out of Covid lockdown and back to a more normal way of life will become clearer next week, giving an early indicator of when shops, restaurants and pubs could reopen once again. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Boris Johnson revealed he will set out dates for getting out of lockdown 6The path back to a more normal way of life will become clearer next weekCredit: PA:Press Association He said: "If we possibly can, we'll be setting out dates. "Just to help people think about what we’re trying to do on the 22nd – just remember what we did around this time last year or a little bit later, we set out a roadmap going forward...
    Boris Johnson today urged China to provide 'all the evidence' on the origins of Covid-19 amid fears over interference in a WHO investigation. The PM insisted the world needs to 'get to the bottom of' how the deadly pandemic emerged, echoing US concerns that scientists are able to conduct an independent probe. The comments came after the fact-finding mission to Wuhan seemed to dismiss theories the virus leaked from a lab last week. WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus later said that all hypotheses were still open. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Friday that Washington had 'deep concerns about the way in which the early findings of the Covid-19 investigation were communicated and questions about the process used to reach them'.  Asked about the US anxiety in an interview with CBS today, Mr Johnson said he shared the sentiment and would be pushing for more openness at...
    KIDS are expected back in class by March 8 and picnics are on the cards as Dominic Raab says vaccine data is "pretty good" for the roadmap out of lockdown. The Foreign Secretary was cautious as he spoke to the media this morning, saying Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to explain the way out of lockdown next week. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2Dominic Raab was cautious as he spoke to the media this morning He told the BBC's Andrew Marr: "We share all of the ambition and the desire to get out of this lockdown and we want to do it responsibly and safely therefore, it's got to be based on the evidence which is of course what we said from the outset. "But we've got much more granular evidence and we're accumulating it. The Prime Minister will set out the...
    BORIS Johnson is due to address the nation tomorrow as Britain prepares to smash its 15million Covid vaccine target 24 hours early. The Prime Minister is expected to speak from No10 to mark the impressive milestone. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Boris Johnson is expected to address the nation tomorrowCredit: AFP But Boris does not want to celebrate too early while the majority of the country are still waiting for their jabs, The Telegraph reports. A source told the paper: "The PM does not want any celebration, very much business as usual, I will not rest until the whole country is vaccinated.” His government set a target of 15million jabs to be administered to the top four priority groups by mid-February. But with more than 14million Brits already receiving at least one dose of the vaccine, the target looks set to be achieved...
    SCHOOLKIDS will return to class on March 8 as Boris Johnson prepares to ease England’s Covid lockdown. The Prime Minister will announce children will be prioritised in the easing of restrictions in a national address next week. 2Schoolkids will return to class on March 8Credit: Getty Images - Getty 2The Prime Minister will announce children will be prioritised in a national address next weekCredit: Getty Images - Getty Other social distancing rules will be lifted slowly so that children can get back being taught in person. Restrictions for adults will only be slightly relaxed in March with Brits being allowed to sit down outdoors with one friend or family member. Current rules mean people may only meet outdoors for exercise - while standing up. At the end of next month, social distancing rules are expected to be eased further with outdoor sport like golf and tennis for two people from...
    BRITS are waiting with baited breath after Boris Johnson confirmed he would reveal his plan for exiting lockdown on February 22. Speculation and rumours continue to fly - with reports suggesting the Prime Minister will scrap the 4-tier system after months in lockdown. But what is he expected to announce in nine days time? 3Boris Johnson has vowed to 'take stock' of restrictions on February 15 -and will reveal a roadmap on February 22Credit: PA What could Boris Johnson announce in his roadmap out of lockdown? Brits have been in lockdown since the start of January with the Prime Minister confirming he would be outlining the road map out of the strict rules later this month. After falling below 1 on Friday for the first time since July, if the R rate for England remains low and Covid infections stay at an “acceptable level”, the PM is expected to green...
    BORIS Johnson has been warned not to rush out of the national Covid lockdown too early - dashing hopes of families wanting to meet up for Easter. Brits have been in lockdown since the start of January with the Prime Minister confirming he would be outlining the road map out of the strict rules later this month. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Boris Johnson is set to outline the roadmap out of lockdown later this monthCredit: copyright: Reach PLC Overnight, the Sun revealed pubs and restaurants will be able to serve outdoors in April if Covid cases continue to fall. But with Covid cases yesterday hitting 4million and the emergence of more infectious strains emerging, advisers have cautioned against lifting lockdown too quickly. And official scientific advisers have said it won't be until the start of May that numbers will be able to...
    Just weeks after controversy raged over useless government food handouts for poor children, an opportunity has arisen: buy the tons of quality English cheese languishing in warehouses after the Westminster-imposed hospitality shutdown and post it directly to people in need. With the United Kingdom approaching the first anniversary of its coronavirus lockdown, the hospitality industry — the fleeting ‘eat out to help out’ days aside — remains in a state of stasis, if not outright collapse. This has meant a huge hit on the suppliers to those customer-facing businesses, particularly of perishable goods people love to enjoy while out, but may not necessarily think to buy for home. According to Britain’s state broadcaster, one such sector is speciality English cheese companies, which supplied victuals to restaurants and pubs for piquant postprandial nibbles, but whose customers vanished overnight with the government’s endless on-off lockdowns. Indeed, the BBC notes nearly two whole...
    BORIS Johnson said he hopes he can reveal on February 22 whether Brits can go on holiday - when he sets out his roadmap out of lockdown. The PM today hailed the latest vaccine statistics with 13million people getting their first one so far, and urged any older Brits who hadn't had it, to come forward now. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3The PM hailed the vaccine rollout news today and said he would lay out more information later on the road back to normalityCredit: AFP The PM was asked by the BBC today when Brits would be able to go on holiday - after Grant Shapps played down the prospect earlier today. Boris dodged the question, but said he hoped to give people a clearer answer later on. He cautioned against booking now - backing up his Transport Secretary who was also...
    BORIS Johnson is set to reveal more details on Monday about when schools will be reopening in England. The Prime Minister said that he will be giving an update on February 15 about how and when pupils will return to classrooms. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Boris Johnson said that he will reveal details on schools reopening on Monday, February 15Credit: Getty Images - Getty Schools are set to reopen on March 8 at the earliest As it stands, Mr Johnson is set to announce the "roadmap" out of lockdown on February 22, with schools opening, at the earliest, on March 8. During Prime Minister's Questions today, Mr Johnson was asked if he could confirm that kids would be back in schools no later than March 8. He responded: "I can certainly confirm that we’re going to do everything we can. "I know...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– Fort Collins police have arrested a professor from Colorado State University. He is accused of having child pornography on his computer. (credit: CBS) Entomology professor Boris Kondratieff was arrested on Jan. 29. CSU launched an investigation in October 2020 after another CSU employee reported seeing illicit images of children on his computer. CSU placed Kondratieff on leave and he is barred from CSU property or interacting with CSU students. He is scheduled to appear in court later this month on charges of sexual exploitation of a child.
    Mr. Boris well knows that people like him, who live on the street, disbelievers of the covid-19 usually take it as a reference. Mr. Boris, however, he does believe in the virus, he just has the odds against him. “I am an alcoholic, but I am very aware that the disease exists; There are times that it does scare me, but I don’t have anywhere to go either, ”Mr. Boris tells you behind a badly placed mask, one that looks very dirty, even though it is black. Mr. Boris is sitting, bald in the sun, on the bench where he has been sleeping for four or five years, he no longer remembers exactly, but He does remember that it was when the gentrification of the Roma neighborhood worsened and the building where they let him sleep was demolished. That building stood a few meters from where Mr. Boris lives today....
    Boris Boris Johnson has warned Brussels that he is prepared to override parts of the Brexit deal on Northern Ireland unless the EU agrees to extend grace periods for traders and supermarkets until January 2023. Ratcheting up pressure on the European Commission on Wednesday, the Prime Minister said he was prepared to do “everything we need to do” to protect businesses in the province and ensure there was no sea border in the Irish Sea. It came as Michael Gove wrote to his EU counterpart, Maros Sefcovic, demanding that a three-month leniency period for supermarkets be extended by two years. The letter, leaked to The Telegraph, called for a similar extension for chilled meat products if a permanent solution cannot be found before the six-month stopgap ends, along with the flow of parcels and medicines across the Irish Sea. It also urges Brussels to reconsider rules on the importation...
    BORIS JOHNSON said he will reveal his plans for the next wave of Covid vaccines for those under-70s on February 15. The Prime Minister said 10 million have now received their first dose of the jab - marking a hugemile stone in Britain's fight against the virus. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Boris Johnson said the plans for the next wave of vaccinations will be revealed in less than a fortnightCredit: Reuters So far, the NHS is working through the top four priority groups who most vulnerable in society, including the elderly and frontline healthcare staff. With almost 90 per cent of those aged 75 and over having received there first jab, talks have turned to when the next cohort will start getting theirs. Speaking at a No10 briefing tonight, Mr Johnson said that he will be able to reveal more on...
    UK COVID deaths today rose by 1,322 in what is a 23 per cent drop on last Wednesday's jump. Another 19,202 cases were recorded, meaning 3,871,825 Brits have now tested positive for the bug since the start of the pandemic. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4 4Volunteers delivered and collected Covid 19 testing kits in Woking todayCredit: Darren Fletcher Photography - The Sun The number of daily deaths logged has tended to be higher on a Wednesday in recent weeks. But today's rise is smaller than it was yesterday, when 1,449 fatalities were reported. It is also considerably lower than last Wednesday's spike (1,725) and the Wednesday before that (1,820) when the nation recorded its highest ever jump in fatalities. The latest figures mean a total of 109,335 people have now died from the bug since the start of...
    BORIS Johnson reportedly saved the UK's vaccine rollout during late-night phone calls with the EU's Ursula von der Leyen - forcing the bloc to back down on its bid to stop jab supplies reaching Britain. The Prime Minister is said to have made the European Commission President ditch plans to stop 3.5million doses of the Pfizer jab from reaching the UK in just two phone calls 30 minutes apart. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Boris Johnson has a virtual call from the study of No10 Downing Street with a group of school childrenCredit: Crown Copyright The row over vaccines exploded on Friday evening when Brussels said it would trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. It would have created a hard border on the island of Ireland – along with other measures to stop Pfizer vaccine supplies...
    Boris Johnson signs the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and the EU, as David Frost looks on – LEON NEAL/AFP The Prime Minister has reversed plans to make Lord Frost his national security advisor and appointed a Ministry of Defence mandarin, signalling an end to the “hard rain” on Whitehall. Boris Johnson announced that the peer, who led his negotiations on the UK’s exit from the EU and the subsequent bilateral trade deal, would instead become a representative for Brexit and international policy. The move followed a backlash when Lord Frost was first unveiled as Mr Johnson’s choice for one of the most senior security jobs in Government last June, with opponents complaining about his lack of experience in the domain. Eyebrows had also been raised at the decision to appoint a political adviser rather than a career civil servant. Critics pointed at the time to the...
    BORIS Johnson slapped down the Germans today after they went to war with British-based AstraZeneca over the Covid vaccine - and the EU raided its factory. German regulators claimed the jab should not be used on over-65s because there is not enough proof it works on them. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Boris Johnson slapped down the Germans today after they went to war with British-based AstraZeneca over the Covid vaccine (File photo)Credit: 2021 Getty Images 3German regulators claimed the Astrazeneca jab should not be used on over-65s because there is not enough proof it works on themCredit: AFP or licensors Boris came out fighting against the German attack on the British-based company. Speaking on a trip to Scotland, he said: “This is a vaccine that our own MHRA (regulators) has said produces an immune response in all age groups and is...
    Despite the vicious winter cold and the even more vicious police, Russia erupted in protest on Jan. 23. Over 100,000 came into the streets and plazas across the country to heed the call of Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption activist who has become the leading opponent of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. Navalny was arrested immediately after returning to Russia from Germany, where he had been taken for treatment in a coma after a well-documented attempt on his life by the Russian security services. Navalny was technically arrested for a parole violation based on spurious charges, but his real crime was failing to die — exposing both the murderousness and the incompetence of Putin’s regime. Russians came out to protest to heed Navalny’s call and inspired by his personal bravery in returning to Russia. They are also simply fed up. For the young people who make up much of Navalny’s support, Putin...
    BORIS Johnson is readying to unveil a road map out of lockdown by mid-February as it is revealed Britain is now on course to vaccinate 30 million people by March, it's been reported. Government sources hint the PM's ambitious blueprint is likely to include crucial targets concerning the roll out of coronavirus jabs, falling numbers of infections and the reopening of some schools. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Boris Johnson is reportedly poised to unveil a road map out of lockdown by mid-FebruaryCredit: Crown Copyright The crucial document is said to be likely to be published sometime around February 15 - the date the PM has already pledged to review the current pandemic measures. The claims come as Number 10 was given a huge boost in its bid to get Britain back on its feet after the chief exec of AstraZeneca - which...
    BRITS' summer holidays to sunshine destinations were handed a glimmer of hope as Ministers opted to impose strict hotel quarantine on high risk destinations. The new measures, imposed to stop the spread of potential vaccine-busting Covid mutations, are set to be introduced on nations where new strains have emerged. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 7Ministers are set to impose quarantine on arrivals from high-risk destinations like South Africa and BrazilCredit: Getty Images - Getty It means strict isolation rules, which will see returning passengers fork out around £1,500 for a ten-day stay in a hotel, will only apply to countries already on a travel ban list. It’s understood it will include South Africa and Brazil where new strains have emerged, alongside Portugal, and the Cape Verde Islands. But it means summer holiday favourites, like Spain, France and Greece will be exempt. The...
    Boris Johnson said he will focus on 'a green and sustainable recovery from Covid-19' with the US after his first phone call with Joe Biden The Prime Minister spoke to the newly inaugurated US President this evening, a day after Mr Biden called Canada and Mexico's leaders.  Mr Biden spoke with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Friday in his first call to a foreign leader. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed on Twitter that he and Biden had discussed topics ranging from Covid-19 to migration on the same day.  Boris Johnson said he 'looks forward to deepening the longstanding alliance' with the US after his The Prime Minister spoke to the newly inaugurated US President this evening, a day after Mr Biden called Canada and Mexico's leaders RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next President Joe Biden speaks with Canadian PM Justin...
    Chancellor Rishi Sunak – Paul Grover They call him the “Yorkshire Maharajah,” the king of all he surveys. And certainly, for a Chancellor in a Government presiding over the deepest recession in three centuries, Rishi Sunak is a remarkably popular politician. The cynical explanation is that he is spending money like nobody before him. After all, the forecasts suggest he will soon become the first Chancellor to spend a trillion pounds in a single year. Yet the truth is something different. “He has something lacking in other politicians,” said James Johnson, a pollster. “If I had to make a comparison, it would be with Tony Blair. Sunak has an extraordinary ability to connect with people.” Still only 40, and Chancellor for less than a year, Conservative MPs are already speculating that Mr Sunak will become Britain’s first Asian prime minister. “The relationship between Rishi and Boris is very good,”...
    Britain faces becoming a global pariah as countries around the world consider tougher travel restrictions in a bid to keep out Britain's 'more deadly' Covid strain. EU leaders are said to be drawing up a blue-print which could see travel banned from the UK to all of the union's member states. It come as the Netherlands is set to introduce new restrictions from tonight on UK travel into the country, while Portugal last night banned travel both to and from Britain due to fears over the new variant. And more countries could now follow suit after Boris Johnson and top scientific advisers warned the UK's mutant strain could be 30 per cent more deadly than older versions of the virus. Meanwhile, cases of the variant have today been announced in both America and Canada. Officials in the Philippines, which had banned UK flights over Christmas, said 16 cases of the UK...
    TROOPS are on standby to clear Channel ports as Brussels demands Boris Johnson drops plans for a "Singapore on the Thames". The European Union is reportedly open to talks to stop shortages at supermarkets in the UK and France. 2Lorries queue in at the border control of the Port of DoverCredit: Reuters 2Lorries disembark at the port in DoverCredit: AP:Associated Press There have been backlogs at shops due to post-Brexit red tape, and up to 200 lorries per day are being turned away from crossings into Europe from the UK due to not having the right paperwork. EU diplomats have reportedly agreed to help fix the problem if Boris Johnson stops plans to emulate Singapore's global trade power in London. They want the UK to continue to follow similar economic rules to those decided in Brussels. Ministers in the UK are understood to see Singapore as a model for London...
    A ruffled Boris Johnson squirmed when asked about whether Joe Biden is 'woke' and insisted there is 'nothing wrong' with being right-on as he prepares to speak to the new US President on Zoom as early as today. The Prime Minister was visibly uncomfortable and dodged the question about America's left-wing successor to Donald Trump hours after his inauguration in Washington yesterday.   Sky News reporter Sam Coates asked whether he considered Mr Biden to be 'woke' – a US term originally used to describe those concerned about social and racial injustice but now also increasingly aligned with political correctness. The flustered PM replied there was 'nothing wrong with being woke' – but said he would always stand up to those wanting to tear down statues of historical figures like Churchill. He said: 'What I know is that he's a firm believer in the transatlantic alliance and that's a great thing....
    The British fishing industry is being hamstrung “in large part” by the pandemic Boris Johnson has claimed, insisting that demand has declined because “restaurants have been closed for so long”. Seafood hauliers descended on roads near 10 Downing Street today, saying they were being “tied in knots with paperwork” by the Brexit fishing deal. Metropolitan Police confirmed that 14 people had been issued with fines for making unnecessary journeys. Asked if he had a message for the industry, Mr Johnson told journalists: “I sympathise very much and understand their frustrations and concerns and, obviously, things have been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic. “Unfortunately, the demand in restaurants on the continent for UK fish has not been what it was before the pandemic, just because the restaurants have been closed for so long.” A £23m compensation fund in instances “where it is not people’s fault” has been set up, he added....
    Thirty-six illegal boat migrants were brought ashore by the UK Border Force on Saturday, just one day after Boris Johnson shut down travel to Britain amidst fears of new mutant strains of the Chinese coronavirus. Brexit leader Nigel Farage shared footage of some of the illegal migrants arriving in the country after they sailed from France across the English Channel on Saturday. Mr Farage wrote on social media: “The travel corridors are closed today, but one remains very much open. 30 more illegal migrants into Dover again this morning.” The Home Office revealed that the actual number of illegals that landed was in fact 36, while claiming that French authorities stopped an additional 27 from reaching British territorial waters, the Daily Mail reported. So far this year, over 200 boat migrants have landed in Britain, despite the British officially ending its informal “transition” membership of the EU at the beginning...
    Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts, during a visit to the Openreach – Peter Byrne/AP British businesses could be released from the shackles of labour laws with Boris Johnson considering a post-Brexit overhaul of current regulations. In particular, the 48-hour working week is one of the regulations being targeted by the Government, but the proposal could face fierce resistance from trade unions. With the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) asking business leaders for their views on a potential overhaul, we’ve asked Telegraph readers what changes they would like to see to current regulations, including what they think of plans to scrap 48-hour working week red tape. Read on to see what your fellow readers have had to say and then share your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of this article. ‘This must never happen’ @Miss Lemon: “This is one of the things...
    The Conversation The Confederate battle flag, which rioters flew inside the US Capitol, has long been a symbol of white insurrection A historic first: the Confederate battle flag inside the U.S. Capitol. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty ImagesConfederate soldiers never reached the Capitol during the Civil War. But the Confederate battle flag was flown by rioters in the U.S. Capitol building for the first time ever on Jan. 6. The flag’s prominence in the Capitol riot comes as no surprise to those who, like me, know its history: Since its debut during the Civil War, the Confederate battle flag has been flown regularly by white insurrectionists and reactionaries fighting against rising tides of newly won Black political power. An 1897 lithograph shows changes in Confederate flag design. The ‘Southern Cross’ design, chosen to visually distinguish Confederates from Union soldiers in battle, became a symbol of white insurrection. Library of Congress via...
    Boris Johnson has promised to meet with MPs to discuss the uncertainty surrounding the impact of Brexit on UK touring musicians. In the Prime Minister’s trade agreement with the EU, after the Bretton Woods crisis, workers in some professions were allowed to travel for business without applying for a visa. However, the musicians and their crew were not covered in the deal, adding huge costs to future tours of the continent, as well as potentially preventing emerging UK talents from being able to afford it. The side effect is feared to be the creation of a possible « glass ceiling » that could threaten the stability of the £ 5.8 billion music industry. While a petition has been launched calling for visa-free tours across Europe for the musicians, a government spokesman later blamed the EU and told NME that they had rejected his proposals, before they were released last weekend. reports that...
    BORIS Johnson will hold a Downing Street press conference later today as he unveils a new Army-led distribution plan for the UK's Covid vaccines. The roll-out, drawn up by top military battlefield planners, will see a dramatic hike in Brits receiving the jab in the coming weeks. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Boris Johnson is set to hold a Downing Street press conference tonightCredit: AFP MoD top brass have been ordered to come up with plans for even distribution of the jab for all those that need it within the PM’s target of vaccinating the most vulnerable by mid-February.   Military will be used across the country to help distribute the jabs to help meet the PM's ambitious target to vaccinate 13 million Brits by mid-February.  Government insiders insisted that the deployment was military planners rather than troops at this stage. ...
    Brexit leader Nigel Farage warned that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is likely to sell the UK “down the river on immigration”, predicting that even with the country’s departure from the European Union, illegal immigration will continue at pace. Mr Farage said that anyone who thought that illegal boat migration would cease following Brexit was “mistaken”, pointing to the boatload of migrants who were brought ashore by UK Border Force late last week. The arch-Brexiteer said that despite repeated promises from Home Secretary Priti Patel to end the waves of illegal migrants coming from across the English Channel and the “seemingly endless series of meetings” between Immigration Minister Chris Philp and his French counterparts, “nothing changes”. “There comes a point at which a government which continually breaks a big promise loses the trust of its supporters,” Mr Farage wrote in The Telegraph. Following Britain’s official departure from the European Union...
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a remote press conference to update the nation on the post-Brexit trade agreement, inside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 24, 2020.Paul Grover | AFP | Getty Images British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said England is adopting a national lockdown that he hopes will be tough enough to contain a new, highly contagious variant of Covid-19. In an announcement Monday evening, Johnson said primary, secondary and colleges will also move to remote learning in most cases. It comes as the U.K. grapples with a more transmissible variant of Covid-19. To date, the country has recorded over 2.6 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 75,000 related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. On Monday, the U.K. recorded 58,784 new cases, and has now reported more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases for seven days in a row. Johnson warned earlier...
    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday that tougher lockdown restrictions could be on the way. Amidst a rise in coronavirus cases in the U.K., Johnson floated the possibility that stricter lockdown measures were on the way, during an interview on BBC One’s “Andrew Marr Show.” However, Johnson stressed the importance of children continuing to go to school when they can, Reuters reported. In December, the U.K. announced that it had detected a new mutant strain of the coronavirus that could spread more easily. Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England announced in a statement that while there was “no current evidence to suggest the new strain causes a higher mortality rate,” it was still “more vital than ever that the public continue to take action in their area to reduce transmission” of the virus. (RELATED: Here’s Everything We Know About The New Coronavirus Strain In The UK) British...
    TOPSHOT – Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he holds a remote press conference to update the nation on the post-Brexit trade agreement, inside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 24, 2020. – Britain said on Thursday, December 24, 2020 an agreement had been secured on the country’s future relationship with the European Union, after last-gasp talks just days before a cliff-edge deadline. – Paul GROVER/AFP via Getty Images Pressure is growing on Boris Johnson to delay Parliament’s ratification of the UK-EU trade deal until next month and allow Tory Brexiteers sufficient time to scrutinise the legal text. Conservative MPs in the European Research Group were becoming “anxious” on Thursday afternoon at the Government’s delay in publishing the full legal text, according to sources within the group. There are now five days to go until the Brexit transition period must, by law, end at 11pm on...
    Last minute mathematics bungles, using the Les Miserables soundtrack as a rallying cry and explosive negotiations worthy of being streamed on Netflix all managed to get a Brexit deal over the line.    Four-and-a-half years after Brits voted to leave the EU, Boris Johnson yesterday announced that a trade deal had finally been agreed. The Prime Minister said it would be 'the basis of a happy and successful and stable partnership with our friends in the EU for years to come,' but negotiations were anything but jovial. Senior ministers received dressing-downs that were worthy of being viewed on Netflix, sources said, while the EU 'went mental,' over a Downing Street tweet in the midst of negotiations. And the Prime Ministers own announcement had to be delayed after officials spotted a last-minute mathematical error over fisheries.  Preparations began behind the scenes 12 months ago after Boris Johnson led the Conservatives to an...
    Professor Neil Ferguson has been confirmed to be advising Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government on coronavirus, despite officially resigning in May for breaching his own lockdown restrictions to meet with his married lover. On Monday, the British government confirmed to The Telegraph that Professor Ferguson is still advising the government after his name appeared on a list for a meeting of 15 members of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) on December 18th. The Nervtag meeting attended by Ferguson concluded that a supposedly new variant of the Chinese coronavirus — which is believed to have been present in the country since at least September — “demonstrates a substantial increase in transmissibility compared to other variants”, with up to a 70 per cent higher transmission rate than previous strains of the virus. The warnings from Ferguson and other members of the advisory board prompted Prime Minister Boris Johnson to...
    A top German virologist heavily played down fears about Britain's mutant virus strain today, saying he was 'not so worried' and questioning Boris Johnson's claim that it is 70 per cent more infectious.  Christian Drosten said the 70 per cent figure was 'simply called that', suggesting that preliminary scientific estimates might have been overblown by politicians.   'I wonder whether a scientist gave an estimate, perhaps asked what he would say if he had to give a figure, and then it takes on a life of its own. Then it enters politics and politicians use this figure and the media takes it up,' Drosten said.  'Suddenly there's a figure out there, 70 per cent, and nobody even knows what it means,' he told Deutschlandfunk radio.  'The fact that top politicians are reciting scientific content to the media, saying that there's been a mutation and that cases are growing by this and...
    COPS have said Tier 4 rules “don’t make sense” - and they “won’t be knocking on doors on Christmas Day” to check Brits are following the rules. Metropolitan Police Federation boss Ken Marsh slammed the new restrictions as “baffling” after festive bubbles were axed for millions in London and the South East. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Metropolitan Police Federation boss Ken Marsh slammed the new Tier 4 restrictions as “baffling”Credit: Twitter 6Just days ago, Boris Johnson insisted shutting down celebrations would be "frankly inhuman"Credit: Getty - Pool Christmas plans were plunged into chaos amid warnings from medical experts of a "frighteningly transmissible" new variant of the bug in London and the South East, which can spread up to 70 per cent more easily. Rules were previously due to be relaxed across the UK from December 23 to 28 to allow families...
    Sure this is a good idea, PM? MILLIONS of Brits will be rightly furious that their Christmas has been cancelled. Just days ago, Boris Johnson vowed to maintain the Christmas bubbles over the festive season because it would be “inhuman” to axe them. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2Boris Johnson has plunged London and much of the south east into a tough new tier 4Credit: Getty Images - Getty But by plunging London and much of the south east into a tough new tier 4, he has crushed hopes of festive reunions and wrecked costly plans made by hard-up families. The Prime Minister has also split the country on Christmas Day. In some areas mixed groups will celebrate while yards away others will be barred from seeing loved ones. This is the harshest and most heartbreaking decision Boris has made...
    A festive fix SOME want Boris Johnson crucified for not cancelling Christmas. Others would crucify him if he did. There’s no perfect answer. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Boris chose simply to reinforce what most responsible people will do anywayCredit: Crown Copyright His middle ground, given the new surge in Covid cases, is about right. Millions have made expensive plans to celebrate together after this grimmest of years. We suppose the PM could now ban that by law. But even if that wasn’t a huge over-reaction, who would enforce it? Police aren’t going to raid homes on Christmas Day and drag gran off in cuffs. Boris chose simply to reinforce what most responsible people will do anyway. That is, assess their risk, and that of those around them, take precautions and cut their Christmas cloth accordingly. It may not...
    Boris Johnson Prepares for PMQs – Andrew Parsons/Number 10 Downing Street Boris Johnson will send MPs home for Christmas on Thursday in a bid to ramp up the pressure on Brussels as the Brexit trade talks enter their endgame.  The move is a signal to the EU that the Prime Minister is not prepared to cave to EU demands over fishing, despite the European Commission president suggesting it was the last remaining obstacle to a deal on Wednesday. Addressing the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs on Wednesday night, Mr Johnson joked: “Don’t recall us, we’ll recall you.” Downing Street moved to dampen hopes that a deal might be close, after Ursula von der Leyen said there was a “narrow path” to striking the zero-tariff, zero-quota deal before the end-of-year deadline.  Mr Johnson said: “There’s a good deal there to be done, but if not, WTO, Australia terms it...
    6 NOW the Covid grinches want to cancel Christmas – and they'll do everything to terrify Boris Johnson into doing so over the next nine days. Already the fear mongers in the media and doom merchants of SAGE are doing their worst, warning that allowing a five day relaxation of the rules between December 23 and 27 will be catastrophic. 6Covid grinches want to cancel Christmas - and they'll do everything to terrify Boris into doing so. Angela Merkel has axed the festive season in Germany for 2020, they will argue, so our government should do so too. Flip flopping London Mayor Sadiq Khan is leading the charge, with confused Labour leader Keir Starmer making concerned noises without proposing a policy alternative as usual. 6Scheming Sturgeon wants to look tougher than Boris without causing a mass revolt by cancelling Christmas.Credit: Getty - Pool Of course, the dreadful Nicola Sturgeon...
    Britain and the European Union are very far apart on key issues in Brexit trade talks so people should be prepared for a no-deal on Dec. 31, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday. “I’m afraid we’re still very far apart on some key things, but where there is life, there’s hope, we’re going to keep talking to see what we can do. The UK certainly won’t be walking away from the talks,” Johnson told reporters. “I’ve got to repeat the most likely thing now is of course that we have to get ready for WTO-terms, Australia terms.” Johnson added that a deal was there to be done if the EU wanted one. He said Britain would go the extra mile and repeated his offer to speak to other EU leaders. “We are always happy to talk and to make progress where we can. I do think, as...
    “Measures taken to protect our rights as an independent coastal state” include a large number of patrol vessels in the military and maritime systems, which are used to provide physical presence, prevention and inspection capability, the ministry said in a statement. The ministry said four maritime patrol vessels would be “available to patrol UK waters to assist other government departments where needed”. With Brexit talks between Britain and the European Union entering a critical 48-hour period, both sides are skeptical about reaching an agreement before Sunday’s deadline. “The MOD has carried out extensive planning and preparation to ensure that security is ready for a variety of scenes by the end of the interim period,” a UK Defense Ministry spokesman said on Saturday. “This product has a waiting list of 14,000 employees and we ensure that we are ready to support other government departments and officials, including EU...
    BRITISH and EU negotiators will restart Brexit talks today after Boris Johnson's crunch dinner with Brussels chiefs - and they could run on past Sunday's deadline. Dominic Raab warned this morning that the EU "will need to move significantly" in order to seal an agreement, but failed to rule out talks continuing into next week. ⚠️ Read our Brexit live blog for the latest news & updates 6Boris held a three hour 'lively' chat with EU bosses last nightCredit: Crown Copyright 6The two chief negotiators had dinner with the PM and Ursula Von Der Leyen Credit: PA:Press Association 6The pair had frank discussions but it's not clear if anything was agreedCredit: AFP David Frost and Michel Barnier will get their teams back to work on trying to bridge the huge gaps which still remain between both sides. It's unclear what has changed after the three-hour dinner between Boris and...
    Boris Johnson on the phone to Ursula von der Leyen on Monday – ANDREW PARSONS Boris Johnson will “really lean in” to get a Brexit deal in the remaining time, the Health Secretary has said this morning, as France said it will not “sacrifice” its fishing industry.  The Prime Minister is due to travel to Brussels as early as tomorrow in a bid to get an agreement over the line, after both sides said that “significant differences” remain yesterday.  Echoing similar trips made by his predecessor Theresa May, Mr Johnson could travel to Brussels on Wednesday, ahead of a summit of EU leaders on Thursday. It would leave open the possibility that he could stay on in Belgium to arrange meetings with key players including Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron in order to appeal to them directly. “I know the Prime Minister is straining every sinew to try to get...
    DEFIANT Boris Johnson will prepare for a No Deal Brexit within 48 hours if talks remain stuck over fish and EU rules. The chances of a deal are on a knife edge today as discussions continue in Brussels on sealing a bumper trade deal to come into play in just over three weeks. ⚠️ Read our Brexit live blog for the latest news & updates 5Britain's Chief Negotiator of Task Force Europe David Frost leaves a meeting in Brussels this morningCredit: AP:Associated Press 5Michel Barnier updated EU ambassadors on the latest this morningCredit: AFP or Licensors But both sides are stuck over crucial issues of fish, sticking to EU rules after we leave, and who decides how to resolve key disputes. The PM will hold another crucial call with EU boss Ursula Von Der Leyen in the early evening to discuss how to proceed. It comes after the pair...
    Boris Johnson Caving to Brussels on fish and the level playing field to secure a post-Brexit trade deal risks turning Britain into a permanent “client state”, senior Conservative MPs have warned Boris Johnson.  With the UK on the cusp of reaching an agreement with the European Union, a group of “die-hard” backbenches have urged the Prime Minister not break his promises to Leave voters in last year’s election.  It comes amid fears that Mr Johnson could be forced to grant a flurry of last-minute concessions after intensive lobbying from French president Emmanual Macron to secure more preferable terms on fishing, state subsidies and non-regression clauses. Under British plans designed to placate the French, Mr Johnson has reportedly agreed to defer repatriating up to half of the fishing quotas for several years.  However, Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader, told The Daily Telegraph that fishing was a “totemic...
    Boris Johnson’s press secretary said she couldn’t rule out the prime minister volunteering to take the new coronavirus vaccine live on television. Addressing media on Wednesday, Allegra Stratton admitted that Prime Minister Johnson could do so to encourage public update of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which the government had the same day announced had been approved for use. Ms Stratton said, according to Sky News: “We all know the character of the prime minister, I don’t think it would be something that he would rule out. “But what we also know is that he wouldn’t want to take a jab that should be for somebody who is extremely vulnerable, clinically vulnerable, and who should be getting it before him.” The remark comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock volunteered to be injected live on air after Good Morning Britain‘s Piers Morgan made the suggestion. “I’ll come to where you are anytime next...
    The press secretary for United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the prime minister might be open to the idea of taking the coronavirus vaccine on live television to instill public confidence in the novel vaccine, Sky News reported Wednesday.  Allegra Stratton, who was a journalist for the Guardian and the BBC before transitioning to her role as Downing Street Press Secretary, told reporters, “We all know the character of the prime minister, I don’t think it would be something that he would rule out,” according to Sky News. It’s fantastic that @MHRAgovuk has formally authorised the @Pfizer/@BioNTech_Group vaccine for Covid-19. The vaccine will begin to be made available across the UK from next week. (1/2) — Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) December 2, 2020 Stratton added, “But what we also know is that he wouldn’t want to take a jab that should be for somebody who is extremely vulnerable, clinically...
    HARD to imagine maybe, but one day we might look back on Covid as a historic blip – like the Great Fire of London. Which, financially, it is. If the economy bounces back without mass unemployment, it is even possible voters will give Boris a second term. ⚠️ Read our Brexit live blog for the latest news & updates 4Boris Johnson cannot survive a simultaneous cock-up on Covid and Brexit After all, this was a global pandemic, not just a British disaster for which he alone is responsible. What Boris cannot survive is a simultaneous cock-up on Brexit, a project in his own characteristically boisterous image. This week the PM himself must decide — Deal or No Deal. Michel Barnier’s menacing clock is about to stop ticking. Insiders last night offered 80 per cent odds on a treaty agreement. Yet the same allies insist Boris will walk rather than...
    The Daily Beast Ex-Overstock CEO Says He’s Put Together an ‘Army of Various Odd People’ to Save Trump Former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne left behind a cloud of confusion when he resigned in 2019 from the internet retailer he’d founded after panicking investors with his bizarre claims that he had romanced a Russian agent at the behest of “Men in Black” working for the United States government.Now he’s back, with what he has described as his own personal “army,” touting what he claims is proof that Democrats stole the election from Donald Trump.“I’ve funded a team of hackers and cybersleuths, other people with odd skills,” Byrne said in a Tuesday interview at One America News, where OAN personality Chanel Rion praised Byrne as the head of an “elite shadow cyber security team.”Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne Claims Maria Butina Offered to Arrange One-on-One for Him With PutinAs Trump’s chances of...
    Boris Johnson’s government has reaffirmed its commitment to the United Nations’ controversial Global Compact for Migration, rejected by the Trump administration in the United States, and by conservative-led governments in countries including Australia, Poland, and Hungary. Speaking at the International Organization for Migration (IOM, or UN Migration Agency) Council, the British ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, bragged that the British government is “the second-largest donor” to the IOM, and insisted that it was “ready to support” the globalist body on its “journey”. “The UK reaffirms its commitment to the Global Compact on Migration, and is pleased to recognise the UN’s hard work since signature to translate GCM principles into action that helps migrants. We believe this work is beginning to show promising results,” said Braithwaite, a former press officer and then speechwriter for Labour prime minister Tony Blair. “We believe this work is beginning to show promising...
    London (CNN)US President-elect Joe Biden has cranked up the pressure on Boris Johnson to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, as negotiations between the UK and Brussels enter what could be their final few days. Speaking with reporters in Delaware, Biden said he had talked to the UK Prime Minister, the Irish Taoiseach and the government of France among others and made clear his opposition to a guarded border between the Republic of Ireland, an EU member state, and Northern Ireland, which, as part of the UK, has left the EU.The President-elect said the "idea of having the border north and south once again being closed, it's just not right," adding that it's incumbent on every stakeholder to "keep the border open." No-deal Brexit would be worse for the UK economy than Covid-19, says Bank of England governorThe UK left the EU on January 31, and is...
              Live from Atlanta Wednesday morning on The John Fredericks Show –  live weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Live Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed the Senior Advisor to Trump-Pence 2020 campaign Boris Epshteyn to the show. During the program, Epshteyn gave updates to the Trump legal team election lawsuits in the states of Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. He cited several irregularities in voting trends and was certain that Democrats used the pandemic to cheat and steal the election from President Trump. Fredericks: Joining us now Boris Epshteyn. Boris is the Senior Advisor to Trump-Pence 2020. And was with the campaign in a senior role in 2016 also. And he’s...
    Covid Scrooge IT would be reckless and wrong to hit drivers with a fuel duty rise hoping to refill the coffers after the Covid borrowing binge. It would hammer the poorest hardest — and prove especially painful for those like van drivers and truckers, reliant on a vehicle for work. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Rishi Sunak must think again - the fuel duty hike is not fair on working BritsCredit: Getty Images - Getty It would take money out of Sun readers’ pockets at the worst possible time, with our economy in freefall. And it would put an estimated 8,000 more on the dole. For ten years The Sun has campaigned successfully for a freeze. Chancellor Rishi Sunak knows our arguments well. But something else troubles us. The Treasury wants to recoup costs. Fine. This tax hike would net...
    JOE Biden is “set to make Ireland his first foreign state visit” in a snub to Boris Johnson that could force hand on Brexit. President-elect Biden visit could change the course on United Kingdom Prime Minister Johnson on his Brexit plan to modify parts of the UK and European Union’s withdrawal agreement pertaining to Northern Ireland. 5According to reports, Joe Biden is set to make Ireland his first foreign state visitCredit: AP:Associated Press Biden’s recent interventions in the Brexit negotiations have been greeted favorably in Ireland, his ancestral homeland. Johnson has been urged to soften his position on the Northern Ireland border and strike a trade deal with the European Union. If in fact, Johnson softens up his position on the border, then Biden’s intervention will be credited as a major factor and a further sign of the increased importance of Ireland as an ally to the US. According to...
    BORIS Johnson reportedly told Downing Street colleagues his fiancee Carrie Symonds would go 'crackers' if he didn't appoint an ex-BBC journalist as his new press chief. The Daily Mail reports claims the PM gave the job to former reporter Allegra Stratton in a bid to 'appease' Miss Symonds. 3Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson got engaged earlier this yearCredit: Reuters The experienced broadcaster will have the job of defending the Government in daily press conferences in the New Year.  The Sun has already told how Carrie has been hailed for single-handedly ending the macho culture in Downing Street, resulting in chief adviser Dominic Cummings and communications chief Lee Cain leaving their posts last week. The appointment of Stratton is believed to have been a key factor in the civil war inside Number 10. Insiders claim the Whitehall interview panel recommended another candidate for the top press job, the Mail reports. However,...
    Growing up in Germany has given Boris Kodjoe a unique perspective on racism. The son of a German psychologist and Ghanian physician, the “Soul Food” actor told Page Six he suffered the sting of racism daily living in Freiburg. “I was part of a true minority,” he explained. “It was me and my brother basically. So it takes on a different dynamic when it’s just me walking to school and being bullied and called names. I’m on the soccer field and I’m being attacked and bullied. It was part of my life every single day. Words about my hair and skin. I felt very alone, I felt very isolated. So you start building these walls around you.” Boris Kodjoe and wife Nicole Ari ParkerGetty Images for SiriusXM The 47-year-old, who moved to the States when he won a tennis scholarship, says that here “you have the luxury of being part...
    They were the twin faces of populist uprisings against the old elite, but on Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the clearest statement yet that he was moving on from President Trump after his election defeat. Johnson was apparently the first European leader to be telephoned by Joe Biden since becoming the presumptive president-elect. And a day later, the prime minister, speaking in the House of Commons, focused on their shared stance on tackling climate concerns and standing up for NATO, before making clear that Trump, who continues to dispute the election result, was on his way out. "I had and have a good relationship with the previous president. I do not resile from that. It is in the duty of all British prime ministers to have a good relationship with the White House,” he said. Johnson was among several world leaders who spoke to Biden on Tuesday. His...
    BLUNDERING No10 left Donald Trump’s name on an official congratulatory message to Joe Biden, it was revealed today.  The PM tweeted a graphic congratulating Mr Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris on Saturday after they were declared winners of last week’s US election.  2No10 left Donald Trump’s name on an official congratulatory message to Joe Biden But eagle-eyed observers have since spotted that traces of Mr Trump’s name can be seen above the words ‘Joe Biden’.  And words congratulating Mr Trump on a “second term” can also be seen on the image, which is a simple white-on-black block of text.  The humiliating gaffe was revealed by a simple colour adjustment of the graphic by the Guido Fawkes website. The school-boy error is likely to escalate the already-strained relationship between Mr Johnson and the incoming president.   2The PM tweeted a graphic congratulating Mr Biden and his running mate Kamala...
    No10 left parts of a message congratulating Donald Trump on an image of Boris Johnson welcoming Joe Biden's election, it was revealed today. The extraordinary blunder came in a post hailing the Democrat's victory posted on the official Downing Street account over the weekend. Issued in the aftermath of TV networks calling the knife-edge result for Mr Biden, it quoted Boris Johnson offering congratulations to him and vice-president elect Kamala Harris on her 'historic achievement'. 'The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security,' the message said. However, eagle-eyes observers spotted traces of another - and much longer - text in the background of the slick image. A No10 post issued in the aftermath of TV networks calling the knife-edge result for Joe Biden quoted Boris Johnson offering congratulations However,...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — As Brexit trade talks enter a make-or-break final negotiating stretch, the impending changes in Washington can’t help but influence things. President-elect Joe Biden isn’t going to express a view over fishing quotas or the impasse on state subsidies. But his election increases the costs for Prime Minister Boris Johnson of a failure in the negotiations. A hard split won’t just damage Britain’s trade and political ties with the EU; it will irritate the Americans, too — especially if it creates problems with the Irish border. The contrast in U.S. administrations couldn’t be starker. Donald Trump’s very presence encouraged Johnson’s Brexit brinkmanship with Brussels. Britain could threaten to walk away knowing a friendly White House approved. Trump was openly hostile toward Europe, and he was even promising a quick U.S.-U.K. trade deal as a reward for splitting from the single market. The material promises of an agreement with the Americans were...
    The UK Prime Minister warned there were still obstacles ahead. Boris Johnson urged people to be cautious following news that a new Covid-19 vaccine could be underway before the end of the year. According to BBC News, the U.K. Prime Minister said that the news regarding a new coronavirus vaccine trial, which demonstrated successful results, were positive but that people should not “rely” on them as a “solution” because there was still a lot of work to be done ahead. Johnson said these were still “very, very early days” in the process of making a safe and efficient vaccine against the novel coronavirus. “The biggest mistake we could make now would be to slacken our resolve at a critical moment,” the British prime minister said during a conference on Monday at Downing Street. “I remain buoyantly optimistic about the prospects of this country next year. I just don’t want to...
    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other world leaders congratulated former Vice President Joe Biden for winning the U.S. presidential election Saturday. Johnson, one of President Donald Trump’s closest allies in international politics, offered congratulations roughly an hour after Fox News, the Associated Press and numerous other outlets declared Biden had defeated Trump. Biden and Harris also received congratulations from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trump has rejected the call, however, saying some states are headed for recounts and that his campaign has filed “legitimate” legal challenges. (RELATED: We Spent Election Night Inside Trump’s White House Extravaganza — Here’s What It Was Like) Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris pic.twitter.com/xrpE99W4c4 — Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 7, 2020 “Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement,” Johnson said. “The...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - There has been some progress in talks on a future trade relationship between Britain and the European Union, but both sides are still far apart on fisheries and state aid for companies, the head of the European Commission said on Saturday. Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter she agreed in a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that negotiating teams on both sides would continue to work hard on a deal next week as time is running out to reach and ratify an agreement before Britain's transition period ends at the end of this year. "We took stock of the negotiations with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson today. Some progress has been made, but large differences remain especially on level playing field and fisheries," von der Leyen said. "Our teams will continue working hard next week. We will remain in close contact in the...
    Class action THE fact that Covid cases were already plummeting across London is yet more evidence the new lockdown is a mistake. The tiers system would have worked given the chance. 3The PM must never lose sight of the 'levelling-up' agenda which helped him win powerCredit: GETTY IMAGES Yes, a few hospitals around Britain are under huge strain, as NHS chief Simon Stevens says. But many have few Covid patients or none. A nationwide lockdown is a political error for the PM too. It clobbers working-class people far harder than ­middle-class penpushers still logging on at home for a Zoom call. And they are exactly the voters the Tories need, and to whom they owe a debt. Donald Trump exceeded expectations in the US election because he tapped into working-class people’s desire for more opportunity, low tax and tougher action on crime — as well as their rejection of...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — Here we go again. On Saturday, Boris Johnson abandoned his policy of whack-a-mole and joined a growing list of other governments in announcing a national lockdown to contain the coronavirus. Politically, it’s a near impossible situation. Johnson is accused from one side of having acted too late and from another of having gone too far. The public want to know whether a four-week lockdown is going to turn into a four-month one, and at what cost — and this he can’t reliably answer. Even the Catholic bishops of England and Wales took the highly unusual step of speaking up to demand the government produce the evidence behind the decision to ban communal worship. Their broader point was: Transparency builds trust. “In requiring this sacrifice, the government has a profound responsibility to show why it has taken particular decisions. Not doing so risks eroding the unity we need as...
    Cost of locking down is immense BORIS Johnson presented a Halloween horror show on primetime TV last night. He explained that our options are basically choosing the lesser of two catastrophes. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2Boris Johnson announces Lockdown Two on HalloweenCredit: AP:Associated Press With viral infections running out of control across Britain, the PM used grim statistics to make his convincing case for locking down England for four weeks. Covid deaths could hit 1,400 a day by the first week of December, the epidemic could be twice as bad as in the spring and the NHS would be rapidly overwhelmed. Britain is now experiencing 50,000 infections a day and Boris warns that the health service is facing a medical and moral disaster. Nobody wants to see the NHS suffering the brunt of this crisis. But the human cost of...
    Britain is going on a roughly month-long lockdown as coronavirus cases to surge, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday, just 3 months after telling The Telegraph that he didn't want to mandate a national lockdown and likened the measure to a "nuclear deterrent."  From November 5 to December 2, people will only be permitted to leave their homes for a short list of reasons, such as childcare, work, exercise, medical issues, or shopping for basic needs. Bars and restaurants will only be allowed to provide take-out options and non-essential stores will have to close. Johnson said the country is extending its furlough system through December to help businesses.  More than 1 million people have been infected with COVID-19 in the U.K., and more than 46,600 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins. There were 24,000 new cases on Friday, and Patrick Vallance, chief scientific adviser, said "theres a potential...
    Lives in balance THE grim impact of lockdown on individuals must never be underestimated. Age UK has reported a whopping rise in calls from the lonely. Childline has been overwhelmed by kids stuck in abusive homes. An Oxford University study suggests even babies and toddlers have had their development affected.  ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Boris Johnson has a duty to see through his panic and recognise the grim impact of lockdown on individualsCredit: Getty Images - Getty Back in March — when we thought lockdown would be a short, sharp shock — it might have been possible to justify all of this. An unfamiliar virus ripping through Europe should, of course, be treated with extreme caution. Seven months on, it is no longer clear politicians are getting the trade-off right.  Yes, the latest predictions of 25,000 Covid patients in...
    THE backlash has begun. Loony left Welsh leaders are on the run as shoppers turn against a Soviet-style shopping ban and police border guards. In Scotland, there is increasing resistance to Nicola Sturgeon’s five-stage clamp-down claptrap. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 7Boris Johnson needs to act swiftly before he is engulfed by an unstoppable wave of civil disobedience against Covid overkill In the rest of the UK people are waking up to a bleak midwinter of unemployment and hardship — just as Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer calls for even more costly lockdowns. In the midst of all this confusion and rank opportunism, Boris Johnson has the chance to seize the moral high ground. The Prime Minister needs to act swiftly before he too is engulfed by an unstoppable wave of civil disobedience against Covid overkill. The first hint of revolution came...
    Negotiations between the UK and EU recommenced on Thursday less than one week after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced talks had been a failure and told the nation to prepare for a no-deal, clean-break Brexit. On Friday, the prime minister’s office had gone as far as telling Brussels’ chief negotiator Michel Barnier not to bother coming to London this week to continue trade talks, after Johnson’s deadline of October 15th came and went without significant progress towards signing a free trade agreement. The UK said that negotiations could only recommence if there was a substantial change to Brussels’ position. For months, the EU has expected the UK to be the only partner in talks to compromise, with the bloc insisting on continued access to Britain’s fishing waters and agreement to anti-competition rules. There appeared to be movement on the EU’s side, however, when Mr Barnier told the European Parliament on...
    BORIS Johnson will make a statement today (October 21) on whether South Yorkshire will be going into tier 3 lockdown.  The Prime Minister will announce the region will move to the highest lockdown restrictions by the weekend. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Boris Johnson is set to make a statement about South Yorkshire todayCredit: Universal News & Sport (Europe) What time is Boris Johnson's announcement today? Boris Johnson will face MPs for Prime Minister's Questions today at midday.  He is expected to make another statement about South Yorkshire later. What is the PM expected to announce? The Prime Minister is expected to announce that South Yorkshire will agree Tier 3 measures today. The region will be plunged into a Tier 3 lockdown from Saturday - with Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley facing tougher rules after a £41million deal. Around 1.8million people will...
    PM right to walk from EU charade THE message from Britain to the EU yesterday was clear. Back down or we won’t talk to you for YEARS. Blockers, plotters and timewasters in Brussels have finally brought us to the point of no return over Brexit talks. 2The Prime Minister should not be blamed if he pulls the plug on Brexit talksCredit: AFP or licensors They only have themselves to blame. On October 3 we were promised “intensive” talks. In reality nothing of the sort actually happened. Then on Thursday the European Council basically restated their position back in February. They dropped any further reference to “intensive” talks and made clear that all future moves had to be made by the UK. That’s rich considering the UK has pushed for 51 more sessions of talks than the EU this year alone. It is increasingly clear these talks are going nowhere....
    London (CNN)Every four years, the world watches as Americans decide who will occupy the most powerful office on Earth. Nowhere is this truer than in the United Kingdom, a country that so often talks of its "special relationship" with the United States, a reference to the term coined by Winston Churchill in 1946. And never has this been truer than in 2020. In the coming years, the UK will dramatically reshape its position in the world, as the Brexit transition period expires on December 31 and the country severs its final ties with the European Union. It stands to reason that the UK would turn to its most important single ally for support during this period; the presidential term of whoever wins on November 3 expires at roughly the same time Britons are expected to next go to the polls in 2024. This means that either Donald Trump or Joe...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it was now time to prepare for a no-trade deal Brexit as the European Union had refused to negotiate seriously and that unless Brussels changed course there would not be an agreement. Below are some of Johnson's words, speaking to reporters inside his Downing Street office: "For whatever reason, it's clear from the summit that after 45 years of membership, they are not willing, unless there's some fundamental change of approach, to offer this country the same terms as Canada. "And so with high hearts and with complete confidence, we will prepare to embrace the alternative and we will prosper mightily as an independent free trading nation, controlling and setting our own laws." "Unless there is a fundamental change of approach, we're going to go for the Australia solution. And we should do it with great confidence." "It's becoming clear...
    FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gesture towards the media outside 10 Downing Street in London. On the eve of a European Union summit which British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had set as a deadline to get a trade agreement between both sides, talks remained in a deep rut over fundamental differences regarding anything from state aid to fisheries. To push negotiators toward that slim area of possible common ground, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will have a video call with Johnson later Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. – Matt Dunham/AP Photo Boris Johnson will delay a decision on whether to quit the Brexit trade negotiations until after the European Council summit ends on Friday, after it became clear his no-deal deadline will be missed on Thursday.  The Prime Minister spoke...
    5 THERE’S a disturbing drumbeat out of Westminster growing ever louder by the day…a national lockdown is coming. The Sun puts the likelihood at 60 per cent, according to one Cabinet minister today, while The Daily Telegraph reckons there’s an 80 per cent chance of a two-week so-called circuit breaker. 5Boris must hold firm against pressure from hysterical scientists and the opportunist Labour leader for another national lockdown.Credit: AFP There is only one man standing in the one way of this certain destruction, but can Boris Johnson hold his nerve? He’s already stared down the hysterical scientists of SAGE once. They are operating in a Covid bubble, ignoring the catastrophic excess deaths to come from missed cancer screenings, a depression epidemic and poverty like we’ve never seen in our lifetime. Now he needs to ignore that political opportunist Keir Starmer who has been looking for a moment to try...
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