Brexit LIVE: Bulls****er Barnier ‘sidelined’ best weapon while Boris ‘was caving’ in talks

Brexit: Sandell hits out at 'disgraceful' lack of Norway deal

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The PM’s former chief aide took to Twitter to respond to claims made by remainer Lord Adonis that Mr Barnier was “better than all Britain’s negotiators put together and ran rings around Lord Frost.”

Mr Adonis added: “Brexit was a catastrophe for Britain.”

But Mr Cummings hit back and referred to Steph Riso who was a principal member of Mr Barnier’s negotiating team at the time Prime Minister Boris Johnson was standing the UK’s ground on post-Brexit fishing rights but offered to make small concessions on quotas. 

He added: “Our real opponent, smart, subtle, tough, perceptive re PM idiocy was Steph Riso.”

“Lucky for us (esp at end when PM was caving on many fronts) Barnier often sidelined her.”

Meanwhile today, the EU has been issued a warning by Norway as a tense “cod war” boils over in the Arctic.

The row is centred on Svalbard in the Arctic Circle, a territory established in 1920 and is governed by Norway.

The country also claims sovereignty of the archipelago’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for fishing within 200 miles and stresses they are responsible for setting quotas for all fish stocks within the region.

Oslo allocated 18,000 tonnes of cod for EU vessels for 2021 because of the UK’s departure from the EU, which reduced the bloc share.

However, Eurocrats are not happy about Oslo setting the quota’s and have allocated EU member states a cod quota of 29,000 tonnes for fishing off Svalbard.

 

This is contrary to Norway’s sovereign rights under the law of the sea, Oslo clams, which takes the EU’s unilateral quota setting very seriously.

As Norway prepares for a new Prime Minister in the coming weeks, both the incumbent Government led by Erna Solberg and a future Left Labour Government have made clear their message to the EU in dealing with the issue.

Audun Halvorsen, State Secretary in the Norwegian Foreign Affairs Ministry stressed there was “no basis in international law for the European Union to set quotas in Norwegian waters.”

The Norwegian Government says it “noted the interest the EU has increasingly taken towards the Arctic.”

But it warns the EU’s action could have “foreign and security policy implications.”

The Labour party, led by Jonas Gahr Støre, who is expected to form a Government within weeks have also indicated they will maintain the pressure on status to respect Norway sovereignty.

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1:30pm update: Angus Robertson raises concerns about UK Government’s “hard” Brexit deal

The “dislocation, damage and delays “caused by Brexit should be “immediately addressed” by the UK Government, Scotland’s Constitution and External Affairs Secretary Angus Robertson has told the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Mr Robertson raised shortages of labour and skills across a range of sectors, including care workers, HGV drivers, and the food and drink sector in a meeting with Alister Jack. 

12pm update: Food chiefs warn of CO2 shortages because of Brexit in days 

Shoppers will start noticing shortages within days as a result of the crisis in carbon dioxide (CO2) supply, a food industry chief has warned.

The gas is used in food packaging and as a method of stunning animals prior to slaughter but supplies are running low.

Spiralling energy costs have led to the suspension of operations at fertiliser plants – which produce CO2 as a by-product – having a knock-on effect on the food industry.

Ian Wright, the chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation, said consumers could start noticing shortages in poultry, pork and bakery products within days.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the Government needed to support fertiliser producers, help food producers to look for alternatives to CO2 and address labour shortages in the industry.

The CO2 problems come on top of Brexit-related issues and a shortage of lorry drivers.

10:30am update: Boris Johnson’s brutal jab at Tony Blair as he mocks US President remarks

Boris Johnson brutally mocked Tony Blair’s close friendship with George Bush as he spoke of his own relationship with US President Joe Biden.

Ahead of a meeting of the two world leaders at the White House today, the Prime Minister was eager to talk up the special relationship.

Dismissing claims of any sort of a rift between Washington and London, he said the two countries had never been closer.

9am update: ‘We want to close a deal!’ Joe Biden explains red lines for ‘striking’ US UK trade deal

Joe Biden’s US administration has outlined the President’s red lines for striking a US UK trade deal while negotiators are “putting their foot down” to “close a deal”.

New International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan held talks with US trade representative Katharine Tai yesterday.

A free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States is seen as a major prize of leaving the European Union for the UK Government but is the first major challenge for the new International Trade Secretary, who replaced Liz Truss last week.

7:30am update: SNP press ministers over Brexit gas bill prices 

SNP business spokesman Stephen Flynn has pressed the Government on the claims made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson before the 2016 EU referendum that gas bills would be reduced if the UK voted to leave the EU.

He told MPs: “Decades of underinvestment in renewable technologies, the barriers put in place by Brexit, 11 years of Tory austerity, a national insurance tax hike, the plan to rob £20 per week from those claiming Universal Credit, food prices rising, shelves emptying and now this: energy consumers facing skyrocketing, eye-watering bills.

“Let’s call this what it is: this is a cost-of-living crisis. And it is one created on the watch of this UK Government.”

He added: “What message would he have for the likes of the Prime Minister who, of course, told us in 2016 that if we vote to leave the European Union, energy bills would be reduced?”

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng replied: “I find it extraordinary that he is still relitigating the so-called Brexit wars. Absolutely extraordinary. This is a serious issue and it is not the time to refight the battles of five years ago.”

8am update: Welsh Cambrian Mountains lamb granted special UK Brexit status 

Welsh Cambrian Mountains lamb has become the latest food to be granted protected status in the UK following Brexit. 

The meat, from lambs born and reared in the Cambrian Mountains area of mid-Wales, has been registered under the Geographical Indication scheme.

It is intended to ensure popular and traditional products from across the country are recognised for their authenticity and origin, and therefore cannot be imitated.

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