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As leaders meet in Cornwall for the G7 summit, Ireland’s Prime Minister Micheal Martin claimed Mr Biden’s intervention had been “significant” amid the row with the EU. Speaking to reporters today, Mr Martin insisted the UK had been worried about the potential for a US trade deal if it aligned with the EU. He said: “What was really significant, is that if you do a SPS agreement with Europe it will not negatively impact on doing a trade deal with the US.
“That’s important for the UK because I think they were genuinely worried about that”.
The US President met with Boris Johnson today to discuss issues surrounding Brexit.
Mr Biden has previously warned the peace process must be upheld in Ireland amid the uncertainty from Brexit despite the alleged “special relationship” with the UK.
Brexit news: Joe Biden has made a significant intervention the PM said
According to The Times, the US President took the bold approach to summon Lord David Frost to a diplomatic meeting where he was criticised for the row over Brexit.
US diplomat to London Yael Lampert warned the UK was “inflaming” tensions with the EU amid the row over customs checks on goods.
Commenting on the story, former Brexit Party leader, Nigel Farage claimed the US now has an “anti-UK” President.
He said: “We now have an anti-British US President in the White House.
“I hope all those who condemned Trump see their stupidity.”
Since winning the election the Irish-American President has also warned no trade deal will be struck with the UK if the tensions over Northern Ireland continue.
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The footage was taken during the Democratic Primary in 2019 and shows Mr Biden declining to comment to the British broadcaster.
The journalist asked the President: “Mr Biden, a quick word for the BBC.”
He replied: “The BBC? I’m Irish.”
The footage has re-emerged amid a reported row between the President and Prime Minister over the post Brexit Northern Ireland peace deal.
According to reports, Mr Biden’s administration had accused Boris Johnson’s Government of “inflaming” tensions during an ongoing dispute between the UK and EU over the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The SNP has condemned Boris Johnson’s planned Brexit trade deal with Australia, claiming it would deal a “devastating blow” to Scotland.
It comes as Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been invited to the G7 summit in Cornwall which begins on Friday.
Mr Johnson is due to meet his Australian counterpart and is hoping to finalise a new post-Brexit trade agreement with the Commonwealth nation.
A group of 14 leading Scottish agriculture, food and drink organisations have written to International Trade Secretary Liz Truss expressing their concerns.
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Joe Biden’s decision to weigh in on the EU’s side in its ongoing dispute with the UK over the Northern Ireland Protocol risks tethering Britain to the bloc’s rules in perpetuity, a former diplomat has warned.
And Adrian Hill has urged Boris Johnson to use the G7 summit to underline his determination to make good on the decision to sever ties with Brussels.
Mr Hill was speaking after widespread reports suggested Mr Biden has ordered his officials to issue a “demarche”, defined as “a request or intercession with a foreign official” – for example, a request for support of a policy, or a protest about the host government’s policy or actions.
DUP leader Edwin Poots lashed out at the EU for their poor effort in resolving the Brexit issues plaguing Northern Ireland.
Newly appointed DUP leader Edwin Poots attacked the EU and the Northern Ireland protocol in a frustrated rant.
While speaking to the BBC, Mr Poots argued that the Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol would likely cause issues.
He added the European Union hasn’t provided any clear guidance on how it would work in practice.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Mr Biden will set out their joint vision to bolster the post-Brexit special relationship ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall.
In their first face-to-face visit since Mr Biden took office, the leaders are poised to agree on a new Atlantic Charter – a reference to the declaration of post-war cooperation between the US and UK.
In a statement ahead of the talks, the Prime Minister said: “While Churchill and Roosevelt faced the question of how to help the world recover following a devastating war, today we have to reckon with a very different but no less intimidating challenge – how to build back better from the coronavirus pandemic.”
Brussels has been accused of impinging on Germany’s sovereignty after it launched legal action against the country’s constitutional court.
The European Union triggered the unprecedented infringement proceedings after the Karlsruhe-based court challenged the supremacy of EU law.
It ruled that the European Central Bank (ECB) bond-buying programme had overstepped its mandate, even though the European Court of Justice (ECJ) had approved the scheme.
The issue was eventually resolved without disrupting the ECB’s efforts to stimulate the pandemic-stricken eurozone economy.
Britain and the EU have signed a new deal following the first annual fisheries negotiations since Britain took back control of its waters.
London and Brussels have agreed catch limits for 70 shared fish stocks worth approximately £333m in fishing opportunities to UK vessels.
It aims to provide stability for UK fleets who know how much fish they can catch, while also helping to ensure the sustainability of the maritime habitat.
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Joe Biden has made a mistake by wading into the Brexit row over the Northern Ireland Protocol, and should instead have made his views known privately rather than offering a public rebuke to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, an ex-Irish diplomat has said.
And Ray Bassett told Express.co.uk it was crucial to tone down the war of words on the issue – while accusing his own country’s government, led by Taoiseach Micheal Martin, of a ”huge lack of proportion”.
Mr Biden, who has strong Irish family connections, flew in to the UK yesterday for the G7 summit in Cornwall.
Whitehall officials believe the EU has reverted back to its failed tactics, last seen in the post-Brexit trade negotiations, in another bid to ensnare the UK.
No10 chiefs are disappointed and frustrated that Brussels has not learnt from Britain’s insistence that the bloc should not be able to meddle in the affairs of a sovereign nation.
Our negotiators are baffled as to why their EU counterparts still believe aligning to the bloc’s food and animal safety rules provides an immediate answer to the row over Northern Ireland.
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Gordon Brown has admitted he still wants to reverse Brexit and said he wants to rejoin the European Union.
The former Labour Prime Minister has been warned about Britain’s departure from the EU and warned Boris Johnson would spark an “economic war” if he failed to get a trade deal with the bloc.
Speaking at the Guardian Live event this week, Mr Brown said: “I want to rejoin the European Union.
“I’ll not give up. I didn’t support joining the euro because I didn’t think it would work for Britain, it wasn’t because I objected to a single currency.
“I’m not some mad integrationist that in all situations will say, integrate, integrate, integrate.
“But I do think our future is still European, and I do think that myself.
“But I recognise that’s not what’s going to happen in the very short term, and I also recognise that we’ve also got to find a better way of expressing global Britain, to persuade people of the need for international cooperation.”
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Lord Stuart Rose has admitted that he regrets taking the role as Head of the Remain campaign in the 2016 Brexit referendum ahead of the 5-year anniversary of the historical vote.
Lord Rose told ITV that he originally turned down the role several times before eventually accepting it.
He added that his regrets centre around being on the losing side of the referendum and not having an aggressive enough approach during the campaign.
Lord Rose said: “I should have said no, instinctively, I didn’t think it was for me.
“I felt strongly about remaining in Europe but I didn’t think I was the sort of person who should lead that campaign, but sadly, nobody else would volunteer and I was lent on and persuaded and I weakened and I took it.
“They were desperate to get somebody, they were scrabbling around, it was sort of slightly ‘listen, Stuart. You really ought to do this because it’s your duty.’
“I regret it for lots of reasons. I regret having been on the losing side, I regret not having been aggressive enough, if that’s the right word, about what I thought we should do.”
Brexit news: Mr Martin claimed the intervention had been significant
Ursula von der Leyen has “a habit of passing the buck”, a leading Remainer has warned, amid the ongoing post-Brexit spat between the EU and the UK over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The European Commission President is under growing pressure to offer answers to the problems arising from the Protocol, a key part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.
At a press conference in Brussels today she said the Protocol was the “only solution” to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.
Lord Adonis, a Labour peer and outspoken critic of Brexit, has written a scathing review of Ms von der Leyen’s record and warned about her tendency to “pass the buck” when faced with difficult issues.
In an op-ed in Prospect Magazine, he said “von der Leyen is becoming a byword for misjudgements under pressure”.
But looking to her past, he claimed “those who know von der Leyen’s backstory, familiar as they are with her habit of passing the buck, are less shocked” about her actions in recent months.
12.19pm update: Ireland boasts of Joe Biden’s importance in Brexit
Speaking today, Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin claimed the US President had sent a “clear message” to both sides.
Amid the row over the Northern Ireland Protocol, Mr Martin said Mr Biden’s intervention will be key in repairing relations this weekend.
He said: “What was really significant, is that if you do a SPS agreement with Europe it will not negatively impact on doing a trade deal with the US.
“That’s important for the UK because I think they were genuinely worried about that”.
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Brussels has been attacked for “punishing” the United Kingdom for Brexit and using Northern Ireland to put pressure on the Government.
Talks between Brexit minister Lord Frost and the European Commission’s Maros Sefcovic on Wednesday failed to make a breakthrough on the protocol.
The EU has threatened to launch a trade war against Britain if the Government fails to implement checks on goods entering Northern Ireland under the terms of the Brexit “divorce” settlement which Mr Johnson signed.
DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson has said the EU’s threats show the bloc is trying to reverse Brexit.
Speaking to talkRADIO, Mr Wilson said: “It’s not only a punishment for Brexit, but it’s also an attempt to undo Brexit because Northern Ireland is a trojan horse which they’re using.”
Ursula von der Leyen has lashed out at Boris Johnson’s claim that the EU is endangering the Northern Ireland peace process.
The European Commission President insisted the bloc had “bent over backwards for years” to help protect stability in the region. Her remarks come after EU-UK talks over the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol ended without a breakthrough.
She told reporters: “The European Union is determined to make the Protocol work for the benefit of everyone in Northern Ireland.
“We’ve bent over backwards for years to find a solution on that. We agreed with the United Kingdom that the Protocol was the only solution ensuring the absence of a hard border on Northern Ireland.”
Brexit news: ursula von der Leyen hit out at the UK
Joe Biden sparked a wave of anger throughout Tory ranks on the eve of a bilateral meeting with Boris Johnson after formally reprimanding the UK for “inflaming” Brexit tensions.
Conservative MPs have been left outraged by the decision to issue Britain with a demarche – a formal diplomatic dressing-down – over tensions in Northern Ireland.
America’s top US diplomat in the UK, Yael Lempert, issued the rebuke to Lord Frost earlier this month, accusing the Government of rhetoric that risked undermining the Good Friday Agreement.
The US has indicated if the UK accepted demands to follow EU rules on agricultural standards, Mr Biden would ensure that it would not risk undermining chances of a US free trade deal.
Tory MPs have been left furious by America appearing to side with the EU on the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which ministers argue is undermining the peace process.
One told Express.co.uk: “The cognitive decline of the American President appears to mirror the decline of the special relationship. I don’t actually believe this is Biden doing this.
“He’s lost the plot again. Somebody is pulling his strings because he’s senile and just hasn’t got it – if he ever had it.”
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9.31am update: Ursula von der Leyen attacks UK over Northern Ireland
Ahead of the G7 summit, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen claimed she saw gaps in the UK’s interpretation of the procedure.
She added: “We will discuss that in a trilateral meeting in Cornwall together. We are determined to do everything to keep peace and stability on the island of Ireland. It is important that there is deep respect for the protocol.”
9.11am update: Joe Biden showing “common sense” over Northern Ireland
Irish Prime Minister, Micheal Martin claimed the US President was showing a reasoned approach to Brexit.
Speaking to Newstalk radio station, Mr Martin said: “The intervention from Joe Biden’s administration is significant but also from my perspective, represents a lot of common sense.
“I think the US is saying ‘sort out this issue, we’re very clear from a United States perspective that the Good Friday Agreement, peace on the island is an absolute imperative and that the protocol is a contributor to that. You’ve signed up to it, adhere to it’.”
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Economist Yanis Varoufakis has said the EU and hardline Remainers displayed “disgraceful behaviour” after Britain voted to leave the bloc in June 2016.
The former Greek finance minister said he switched sides in the Brexit debate after watching how Eurocrats conducted post-referendum relations with the UK.
He had initially backed the Remain campaign, arguing that it would be economically beneficial for the UK to stay in the continental club of nations.
Mr Varoufakis, a growing voice on international economics, also touched on Greece’s debt crisis of 2007-2008.
He said he formed his pro-Remain views after watching the EU and the country’s ruling class inflict heavy damage on Greece.
He tweeted: “Greece was ruined by an unholy alliance of its ruling class and Brussels. Despite that, I thought Brexit would hurt the weakest in the UK & so opposed it.
“But having watched the disgraceful behaviour of hard Remainers & of Brussels post-2016, I changed my tune.”
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7.45am update: UK looking for solutions to Brexit row
Speaking today, international trade minister Greg Hands insisted the UK is looking for solutions to the issues surrounding the Northern Ireland protocol.
Ahead of the Prime Minister’s meeting with the US President, Mr Hands claimed the UK will not jeopardise the peace in Ireland.
He told Sky News: “We absolutely agree on preserving the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement. But to do that does mean a more pragmatic approach from the European Union in terms of how it interprets the Protocol.
“We have submitted some very serious proposals to Brussels about how to improve the situation. Talks are ongoing. They didn’t get a breakthrough yesterday but nor have they broken down.
“We need to find something that works well for everybody. The EU is following a very officious interpretation of a lot of these rules. We are looking for a more pragmatic approach.”
7.30am update: Joe Biden makes another quip over Irish heritage
In an alarming speech, the US President made another reference to his Irish heritage during a speech to troops.
Speaking at RAF Mildenhall, Mr Biden said: “All changed, changed utterly; A terrible beauty is born.”
The President has often spoken of his love for Ireland and claimed Brexit cannot jeopardise the peace process in the country.
He has even threatened to torpedo any trade deal with the UK if Brexit damages the Good Friday Agreement.
Ahead of his meeting with Boris Johnson at the G7 summit, the President is expected to reiterate his fears over the consequences of Brexit in Ireland amid escalating tensions over customs checks.