Brexit news LIVE – Fresh border CHAOS fears as 'haulier handbook' guide is delayed sparking urgent warning from experts

FRESH fears of UK border chaos have emerged after a key 'haulier handbook' guide advising firms on the new rules was delayed.

The guide was originally promised in early September – but now won't be fully available until 7 December at the earliest – just three weeks before the new rules come into force.

In response to the latest delay, Logistics UK, which represents freights groups, warned time is running out to prevent “lorry queues at Dover and empty shelves in Northern Ireland”, when the Brexit transition period ends on December 31.

The news came after US President-Elect Joe Biden warned Boris Johnson that any post-Brexit trade deal with the US would be contingent on upholding the Good Friday Agreement.

The Prime Minister was among the first world leaders to receive a call from the incoming president and congratulated him on his US Election win.

But the Biden team's read-out of the call detailed an exchange in which Boris "reaffirmed his support for the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland”.

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  • Dan Keane

    PMQS KICKS OFF

    Prime Minister’s Questions has kicked off – and there’s plenty of questions expected on Brexit as crucial talks with the EU continue.

    Asked by Tory MP Laurence Robertson on the progress of Brexit, Boris says: “The landmark Immigration Bill receives royal assent today, paving the way for the fulfilling of our manifesto commitment to end free movement.”

    He adds that this will be replaced with a points-based system, which he claims is one of the “benefits” of leaving the bloc. 

  • Dan Keane

    ‘HAULIER HANDBOOK’ DELAYED

    A “haulier handbook” set to be used as guidance for transporting goods post-Brexit has been delayed for another month, The Independent reports.

    The guide was promised in September, but will now not be available until December 7.

    Logistics UK, which represents freights groups, told The Independent that the handbook was “intended to give clear, vital guidance to drivers of all relevant nationalities and hence minimise the length of queues at ports”.

    Elizabeth de Jong, the director of policy at Logistics UK, wrote in a letter to Michael Gove: “This product must then be translated and circulated to thousands of hauliers across Europe so they can read and understand it, and prepare for 1 January 2021.”

  • Dan Keane

    CAMERON TAKES SWIPE AT MAJOR

    Some interesting reaction to those comments from Sir John Major just in.

    David Cameron took a swipe at the ex-PM following his claims that Brexit will be “brutal” – and warned him not to “underestimate” the UK.

    Tory MPs lashed out at Sir John and branded him a “second rate PM” for claiming the UK will “never again” be seen as having a forceful presence on the global stage.

    And today Mr Cameron joined in a thinly-veiled attack on the ex-premier, saying people should not underestimate the strength we have.

    Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme he said: “Looking to the future, while we should never overestimate what Britain is today, we shouldn’t underestimate it.”

  • Dan Keane

    JOHN MAJOR CLAIMS BREXIT WILL BE‘MORE BRUTAL THAN EXPECTED’

    Former prime minister Sir John Major claims that Brexti could be “even more brutal than expected” – and accused the government of showing “inflexibility” in talks with Brussels.

    He added that “threats” directed at the EU could make future trade “less profitable”.

    Sir John has been an outspoken critic of Brexit since the referendum, and also warned ministers against using the Internal Market Bill to override obligations in the Withdrawal Agreement.

  • Dan Keane

    TALKS TO GO PAST MID-NOVEMBER DEADLINE

    Talks between Britain and the EU over a trade deal are likely to miss their mid-November deadline, sources have told Reuters.

    Ambassadors of the 27 EU member states in Brussels will not be updated on the talks at a regular meeting today and the issue is now pencilled in for their meeting on November 18, a senior diplomat of the bloc said.

    “The real cut-off point is late next week,” said one EU diplomat who follows Brexit in EU hub Brussels.

  • Dan Keane

    VOTE LEAVE ALLY ‘TO GET KEY NO10 ROLE’

    The PM is reportedly set to appoint his director of communications as chief of staff in Downing Street, according to The Times.

    Lee Cain served under Dominic Cummings as part of the Vote Leave campaign in 2016, and later worked as press aide to Boris Johnson during his time in the Foreign Office.

  • Dan Keane

    FOOD SUPPLIERS WARN OF DISRUPTION IN NORTHERN IRELAND

    Two food manufacturing firms and a major international distributer say that uncertainty regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol could cause supply shortages in Northern Ireland, ITV News reports.

    Tate & Lyle Sugars, which publicly backed the Brexit campaign, warned customers that the company could struggle to deliver products in the New Year.

    The firm, which supplies Tesco and Marks & Spencer among other supermarkets, has advised retailers to look at plans to source sugar and syrups elsewhere.

  • Dan Keane

    IRISH TAOISEACH INVITES BIDEN TO VISIT IRELAND IN ‘WARM CALL’

    Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin invited Joe Biden to visit Ireland during a “warm and engaging” call with the US President-elect.

    Mr Martin also said that the president-elect “underlined his commitment” to the Good Friday Agreement during the call yesterday.

    The Taoiseach tweeted: “He brings tremendous knowledge & understanding to his new role, and has a great love for his Irish heritage.

    “He underlined his commitment to the Good Friday Agreement & we spoke of importance of multilateralism.”

  • Dan Keane

    BORIS ASSURES BIDEN THAT GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT WILL BE UPHELD

    Boris Johnson assured Joe Biden that Brexit would be implemented in a manner that upholds the Good Friday Agreement, a source told the PA news agency.

    It comes in an attempt to address the US president-elect’s concerns, after Mr Biden expressed his strong aversion to a hard border in Ireland, a country with which he has close ties.

    The No 10 source said: “They talked about the importance of implementing Brexit in such a way that upholds the Good Friday Agreement, and the PM assured the president-elect that would be the case.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    BREXIT AND COVID HALT INTERNATIONAL TRADE FOR 1.5M UK SMES

    Over 1.5 million UK SMEs have stopped trading internationally this year which could cost the UK £20 billion, due to the impacts of COVID-19 and uncertainty around Brexit. 

    New research released by British fintech Currensea reveals that of the 80% of British SMEs (4.72 million businesses) that trade internationally in any given year, 1.18 million have had to pause directly because of the global pandemic and a further 283,000 because of Brexit.

    James Lynn, co-founder of Currensea, said: “It’s understandably a turbulent time for SMEs in the UK at the moment.

    “Many businesses were concerned about Brexit and the impact it would have, and that was before coronavirus doubled down on uncertainty.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    LARGE DIFFERENCES REMAIN

    European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said some progress has been done on Brexit negotiations, but “large differences” remain.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    GERMAN FISHERMEN FEAR BEING CUT FROM BRITAIN’S WATERS

    German fishermen fear being cut from Britain’s waters after Brexit, it has been reported.

    Claus Ubl, head of the German Fisheries Association, warned a no-deal Brexit could be disastrous for the industry, according to the Express.

    Mr Ubl said: “It’s not looking good. Because if the British implement an unregulated Brexit, then the German ships will no longer be allowed in the British territorial waters.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MICHAEL MARTIN SAYS BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS NEED ‘SENSIBLE OUTCOME’

    Irish premier Micheal Martin said the Brexit trade negotiations need to “yield a sensible outcome” and that the last thing the UK and Irish economies need is a “second seismic shock” caused by a no-deal Brexit.

    Mr Martin described such an outcome as a comprehensive free trade agreement without any tariffs or quotas that would limit the damage of Brexit on jobs and on the Irish, European and UK economies.

    “Given the enormous negative impact that Covid-19 has had on our economy and on jobs the last thing that our respective economies need is a second seismic shock via a no-deal Brexit,” Mr Martin told the Irish parliament.

    He added that he welcomed the decision taken in the House of Lords on Monday in relation to the Internal Markets Bill.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MINISTER SAYS GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO REINSTATE POWERS AS LORDS TO VOTE ON INTERNAL MARKET BILL

    The House of Lords is expected to vote on the UK Internal Market Bill on Monday, with the Government facing a potential defeat at the hands of peers outraged by its powers.

    Environment secretary George Eustice, asked if the Government would reinstate them, told Sky News: “We Will.

    “The UK Internal Market Bill is not about undermining the Belfast Agreement, it’s about standing behind it, making sure that it works and looking after the interests of Northern Ireland, making sure the peace and stability that’s been hard won there can carry on.”

    Peers will vote on an amendment calling for the removal of measures that the Government has admitted would give it powers to break international law in a “very specific and limited way”.

  • Debbie White

    CONTROVERSIAL BREXIT LEGISLATION WILL NOT RETURN TO THE COMMONS FOR WEEKS

    Controversial measures which tear up parts of the Brexit divorce agreement will not return to the Commons until the end of November at the earliest.

    Peers, including dozens of senior Tories, voted on Monday night to strip controversial clauses from the UK Internal Market Bill.

    That bill would enable ministers to set aside key parts of the Withdrawal Agreement signed with the EU, breaking an international treaty.

    The Government has said that it still wants the measures, and MPs would be asked to put them back in the legislation.

    But by delaying until the end of November, Boris Johnson will know whether progress has been made on a UK-EU trade deal which could take the heat out of the row with Brussels.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    EUSTICE HITS OUT AT CRITICS ABOUT INTERNAL MARKET BILL

    Environment Secretary George Eustice hit out at critics such as Mr Biden, who has Irish heritage, for claiming the Internal Market Bill threatens Northern Ireland’s peace.

    He said: “It’s about protecting it and not undermining it.”

    He suggested the critics do not know what they are talking about and said the plan is actually a “safety net”.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    BIDEN DELIVERS BREXIT WARNING TO BORIS JOHNSON

    US President-elect Joe Biden, has delivered a warning to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a post-election call, not to let Brexit destabilise the Northern Ireland peace process, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

    Johnson and Biden spoke about the importance of implementing Brexit in such a way that upholds the Good Friday Agreement, the newspaper reported, citing one British official.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    JOHN MAJOR SAYS BORIS IS ‘FAILING TO NEGOTIATE’ WITH EU

    John Major said the UK is no longer “relevant” to global superpowers and accused Boris Johnson of “failing to negotiate” with Eurocrats.

    But Tory MPs blasted Mr Major as a “second rate Prime Minister” who “never understood Brexit”.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    INTERNAL MARKET BILL UPDATES

    Members of the unelected upper chamber House of Lords rejected key provisions of the Internal Market Bill yesterday.

    A Government spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that the House of Lords has voted to remove clauses from the UK Internal Market Bill, which was backed in the House of Commons by 340 votes to 256 and delivers on a clear Conservative manifesto commitment.

    “We will re-table these clauses when the Bill returns to the Commons.

    “We’ve been consistently clear that the clauses represent a legal safety net to protect the integrity of the UK’s internal market and the huge gains of the peace process.

    “We expect the House of Lords to recognise that we have an obligation to the people of Northern Ireland to make sure they continue to have unfettered access to the UK under all circumstances.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    JOHN MAJOR SAYS UK WILL ‘NEVER AGAIN’ BE A GREAT POWER

    Ex-pm John Major has sparked fury after saying Britain should accept it is no longer a first rate global power.

    Tory MPs have lashed out at Mr Major and branded him a “second rate PM” for claiming the UK will “never again” be seen as having a forceful presence on the global stage.

    In a speech last night, the former Prime Minister claimed: “We are no longer a great power. We will never be so again.

    “We are a top second-rank power but, over the next half century – however well we perform – our small size and population makes it likely we will be passed by the growth of other, far larger, countries.”

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  • Chiara Fiorillo

    PUNISHING TARIFFS

    Michel Barnier is warning that punishing tariffs will cripple UK exporters if Britain does not cave on access to waters.

    He has drawn up doomsday scenarios for key UK manufacturing sectors and is using them to turn the screw on our negotiator David Frost.

    Mr Barnier is dangling lucrative access to the EU market, but only in return for a big share of quotas for the bloc’s fleets.

    He briefed a private gathering that import taxes on British-made lorries would cost the UK £900million a year.

    Sources say he told allies: “I’m pitting one against the other. European access to British waters and British access to the Single Market.”

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    EU’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier is dangling lucrative access to the EU market
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    BORIS JOHNSON AND JOE BIDEN SPOKE ABOUT BREXIT

    Boris Johnson has spoken to Joe Biden to congratulate the US president-elect in their first call since his victory over Donald Trump.

    Downing Street said the Prime Minister discussed trade with Mr Biden, as he seeks to negotiate a post-Brexit deal with Washington.

    They talked “about the importance of implementing Brexit in such a way that upholds the Good Friday Agreement, and the Prime Minister assured the President-elect that would be the case,” Downing Street said.

    Boris Johnson speaks to president-elect of the United States
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    BORIS JOHNSON FEARS DEAL IS SLIPPING AWAY

    Boris Johnson believes the chances of a Brexit deal are slipping away unless EU leaders step in and pressure their ­negotiator Michel ­Barnier to compromise.

    British officials are increasingly worried talks will fizzle out as there has been zero movement from Brussels on its hardline fishing demands.

    A Government spokesman said: “Unfortunately, we haven’t achieved as much as we’d hoped during this intensive process.

    “The EU doesn’t seem to realise the scale of change in fishing rights they face if there is no agreement.”

    Boris Johnson is worried a Brexit deal is slipping away
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    CONCERNS OVER NORTHERN IRELAND’S POST-BREXIT SUPERMARKET FOOD SUPPLY

    The European Commission said it is taking warnings about Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit supermarket food supply “very seriously”.

    Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill have told Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic it was “unacceptable” that it remained uncertain how the Northern Ireland Protocol would operate.

    It is less than two months before it comes into operation at the end of transition period.

    A spokesperson for the Commission said: “We take this issue very seriously – in the same way that we are taking very seriously every single issue regarding Northern Ireland.

    “We are currently exploring all options available under EU law. Discussions on this will continue with our UK counterparts in the Joint Committee and the relevant Specialised Committee.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    HANCOCK: COVID VACCINE AVAILABILITY WILL NOT BE DEPENDANT ON OUTCOME OF EU TRADE TALKS

    The availability of a coronavirus vaccine is not dependant on the outcome of post-Brexit trade talks with the EU, Matt Hancock said today.

    The health secretary gave an update on Britain’s planned procurement of 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to MPs earlier today.

    Responding to a question in the Commons, Mr Hancock said: “Of course we’ve looked at this risk and I have confidence in our plans to be able to deliver the vaccine whatever the outcomes of the negotiations over our future relationship with Europe.”

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