Daily political briefing today
A staggering £ 113 billion has been wiped out of UK services exports in the wake of Brexit – even before the sector was excluded from the final trade deal, new research shows.
The IT and finance industries to business and professional services are among the hardest hit since the 2016 exit vote, experts from Birmingham Aston University have found.
Meanwhile, thousands of people are at risk of losing their right to live and work in the UK and the continent as they have not yet applied for residency after Brexit.
British citizens in France, Malta, Luxembourg and Latvia have until June 30 to apply for permanent resident status. And thousands of EU nationals and their families in the UK are asking for urgent help with applications.
Elsewhere, the No.10 refuses to say where Boris Johnson went for a short hiatus after he and his wife Carrie tied the knot on Saturday. A Downing Street spokesperson said: “The PM has spent Sunday and Monday outside, but is now back to work.”
Asked where the newlyweds have traveled, following suggestions for a seaside visit, the spokesperson added: “This is a personal matter, so I won’t go into details.”
ICYMI: How did Boris Johnson get married in a Catholic ceremony?
Boris Johnson married Carrie Symonds in a low-key Catholic ceremony in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, the couple exchanging vows in front of a small group of close friends and family.
As the news of the marriage spread, questions about how the Prime Minister, now in his third marriage, managed to get married in a Catholic church spread.
My colleague Samuel osborne reports:
Matt MathersJune 1, 2021 4:30 PM
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Matt MathersJune 1, 2021 4:04 PM
Unions furious as TfL forced to develop driverless train plan in exchange for funding
Boris Johnson’s government has demanded that work be done on the introduction of driverless underground trains as part of the £ 1bn bailout package agreed with Transport for London (TfL).
TfL chiefs were forced to come up with a business plan for automated services on the Piccadilly and Waterloo and City lines of the London Underground in exchange for the latest funding package.
My colleague Adam forrest reports:
Matt MathersJune 1, 2021 3:35 PM
Prevent Emergence of New Variants of Covid by Giving Poorer Countries More Blows, WHO, WTO, IMF Urge
Rich countries like the UK must give more vaccines to developing countries in order to prevent the emergence of a new variant of Covid-19 and destroy progress against the virus, major international organizations have warned.
The World Health Organization, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund are among the organizations warning of a “two-way” pandemic and a “dangerous divide” between countries.
Our political correspondent Jon stone reports:
Matt MathersJune 1, 2021 2:58 PM
Nicola Sturgeon announces Glasgow lockdown restrictions will be relaxed from midnight Friday
Nicola Sturgeon announced that coronavirus restrictions in Glasgow City will be eased from midnight on Friday, with the area moving to Level 2 measures.
The Scottish Prime Minister said the country was at a “delicate and fragile point” in the pandemic, with the new delta variant accounting for more than half of new daily cases.
In an update to Holyrood, she stressed that the Scottish government must “exercise caution”, highlighting what she described as “a slight slowdown in the easing of restrictions.
Our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn has more details on this breakup story:
Matt MathersJune 1, 2021 2:33 PM
TfL’s funding program ‘is far from sufficient’, party says
A government funding program to support Transport for London (TfL) finances amid collapsing travel demand during the Covid pandemic “falls far short” from what Londoners and the economy need, has said the Labor Party.
“It adds an insult on top of the injury to expect TfL to rack up another £ 500million each year without unfairly punishing Londoners for doing the right thing by not using public transport during the lockdown.” said Sam Tarry, Minister of Ghost Transport.
Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that TfL had agreed to a third funding plan to keep services running despite falling passenger numbers.
The Department for Transport said the latest package was worth £ 1.08 billion and was valid until December 11.
Mr Tarry added: “The government must provide substantial long-term funding for TfL that will allow it to plan for the future, secure thousands of jobs in the capital and continue to build a transport network that makes life easier. envy of the world.
“Once again, this government has chosen to play politics with TfL rather than give it the support it needs.
Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, said the deal will support London and its transport network during the pandemic and ensure it is a modern, efficient and viable network for the future.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of Labor in London, said “this is not the deal we wanted” but it ensures “that we can continue to operate vital transport services at this crucial time for our city. “.
Matt MathersJune 1, 2021 2:21 PM
Does Johnson think the easing of the lockdown can take place on June 21?
Does Boris Johnson still think there is “nothing in the data” to suggest that the lifting of all Covid restrictions on June 21 should be postponed, as he said last Thursday? asks our deputy political editor, Rob merrick.
The answer is … no one knows, as he’s been away for two days to celebrate his surprise wedding to Carrie Symonds, and his own spokesperson didn’t bother to ask.
In five days since last Thursday, the number of Covid infections has jumped by 30% and hospital admissions by 23%, so it seems clear that the situation is deteriorating.
But, when asked whether Mr Johnson still thinks next month’s full unlock remains on track, his spokesperson told reporters “you received the Prime Minister’s words from last Thursday.”
It then emerged that he had not even spoken to the Prime Minister, who “spent Sunday and Monday away” despite the fact that “he is now back to work from Downing Street”.
Of course, when questioned last Thursday, Mr Johnson also warned ‘it may have to wait’ by postponing the June 21 roadmap date – so what the PM really thinks is, as always, uncertain .
And where did the happy couple go: “It’s a personal matter so I won’t go into details,” they told reporters.
Matt MathersJune 1, 2021 1:46 PM
India variant of Covid shows test and trace not working, senior biologist says
The dramatic surge in infections with a variant of Covid first detected in India proves the £ 37 billion testing and tracing system ‘is not working’, according to an Oxford biologist.
The system – hailed as “beating the world” by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and others – should have been able to curb the spread when cases were initially low, Professor James Naismith said.
Our Deputy Political Editor Rob merrick has more details:
Matt MathersJune 1, 2021 1:30 PM
I would be happy if Covid restrictions went beyond June 21 – it will mean greater protection for all of us
Vaccinations are essential. As we all should know by now, no one is safe until everyone is safe, writes our associate editor, Sean O’Grady.
Read Sean’s full article here:
Matt MathersJune 1, 2021 1:13 PM
Israel should listen to its friends
Israel has always seen itself as a beacon of freedom and democracy in the Middle East, writes Dominic Grieve. But the interpretation and application of the law is skewed to try to protect the interests of a single community.
Read Dominic’s full article below:
Dominic Grieve: Israel should listen to its friends
Israel has always seen itself as a beacon of freedom and democracy in the Middle East. But the interpretation and application of the law is skewed to try to protect the interests of a single community, writes Dominic Grieve
Matt MathersJune 1, 2021 12:30 PM