Today’s every day politics briefing
The UK economy may see Italy-style stagnation throughout the subsequent decade due to Brexit and the pandemic, a think-tank has warned.
The Resolution Foundation mentioned that Britain’s financial outlook may resemble Italy extra intently than Europe’s powerhouse Germany if it doesn’t rise to the challenges it faces.
“If the UK’s pace of underperformance relative to Germany continues at the same pace in the 2020s, then it will end this decade with GDP per capita much closer to that of Italy than Germany,” it mentioned.
Clive Cowdrey, the Resolution Foundation’s founder, added that Britain’s “recent record of weak productivity, stagnant living standards and high inequality makes a new economic approach desirable”.
Meanwhile, the previous chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost mentioned there could possibly be “turbulence” if the Northern Ireland protocol disaster was not solved by July, when a big annual Protestant rally is held.
“We all know that late spring and summer in Northern Ireland can sometimes be turbulent,” he warned.
Minister sows confusion by saying folks can journey to ‘amber’ international locations to ‘visit friends’
British holidaymakers can head overseas to international locations on the UK’s amber record “to visit family or friends”, a minister has mentioned.E
Environment secretary George Eustice’s remark sowed additional confusion concerning the new journey guidelines, as Matt Hancock mentioned lately that folks shouldn’t journey to those international locations until they’ve a “compelling reason”.
The amber record is for individuals who “feel they need to travel either to visit family or friends”, Mr Eustice mentioned.
Rob Merrick has the small print:
Rory Sullivan18 May 2021 10:44
Brandon Lewis meets incoming DUP chief in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis has met with the newly elected DUP chief Edwin Poots in Belfast.
The assembly at Stormont House was additionally attended by Ian Paisley, the North Antrim MP.
The encounter comes 4 days after Mr Poots, a creationist who believes the world is simply 6,000 yearss previous, was elected occasion chief, following Arlene Foster’s choice to step down.
His appointment comes at a vital time for the territory, amid ongoing discontent on the financial limitations attributable to Brexit.
Rory Sullivan18 May 2021 10:22
Minister silent on alleged cupboard row over Australia commerce deal
Environment secretary George Eustice has refused to touch upon an alleged row between him and his ministerial colleagues over a possible commerce cope with Australia.
Mr Eustice and Michael Gove are frightened by the implications of giving Australian farmers tariff-free entry to the UK market, based on the Financial Times, whereas the worldwide commerce secretary Liz Truss is reportedly in favour of the transfer.
The minister mentioned: “I’m not going to get into discussions that are going on in Government about individual trade agreements.”
“At the moment there’s a very clear consensus in government that we want to do a trade agreement with countries like Australia, but obviously on the right terms,” he added.
Rory Sullivan18 May 2021 10:06
Cummings slams authorities’s border system as a ‘joke’
Dominic Cummings has said the government’s border system is a “joke”, after it delayed halting journey from India to stem the unfold of a variant of concern.
Labour equally criticised the federal government for its “catastrophic misstep”, with shadow well being secretary Jonathan Ashworth calling the border “about as secure as a sieve”.
Rory Sullivan18 May 2021 09:43
Starmer says Labour has to ‘modernise’ to win once more
For those that missed it, Keir Starmer addressed Labour MPs yesterday for the primary time since his occasion’s bruising Hartlepool by-election defeat.
He mentioned that Labour ought to “face outwards and not inwards” and wanted to modernise to chop by means of to voters.
Rory Sullivan18 May 2021 09:22
Local lockdowns an ‘option’ amid unfold of Indian variant, says Eustice
Local lockdowns are an possibility amid issues concerning the unfold of the Indian variant, a minister has admitted.
Asked by Sky News about the opportunity of regional lockdowns being applied, George Eustice, the setting secretary, mentioned: “That would be an option — we cannot rule anything out at this stage.”
Our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn has the small print:
Rory Sullivan18 May 2021 09:02
In at this time’s politics publication, Adam Forrest examines David Frost’s newest feedback on Brexit and the Northern Ireland protocol.
The Brexit minister has his detractors, together with Prof Michael Dougan, professor of European Law at Liverpool University, who tweeted: “It’s clear from his latest propaganda statements on the protocol that David Frost either totally failed to grasp the details & significance of the deal he supposedly negotiated – or now follows his master’s cue in lying about them.”
Rory Sullivan18 May 2021 08:42
UK economy faces ‘Italy-style’ decline with out innovation, suppose tank warns
The UK economy will extra nearer resemble Italy’s than Germany’s if it doesn’t take decisive motion this decade, a suppose tank has warned.
The Resolution Foundation (RF) mentioned Britain should handle the “seismic economic shifts” attributable to Brexit, the pandemic and the transition to web emissions.
Without a brand new technique, the RF recommended the UK would fall behind its rivals.
Sir Clive Cowdrey, the suppose tank’s founder, mentioned: “The UK’s recent record of weak productivity, stagnant living standards and high inequality makes a new economic approach desirable. What makes a new approach essential is the scale of coming change.
“The UK now faces a decisive decade as the aftermath of Covid-19, Brexit and the Net Zero transition come together with major shifts in technology and demography.
“This matters for far more than economics. Failing to rise to this challenge risks leaving the nation diminished and divided.”
Rory Sullivan18 May 2021 08:23
UK warns EU of ‘turbulence’ in Northern Ireland this summer time
The prime minister’s former chief Brexit negotiator has warned the EU of “turbulence” in Northern Ireland this summer time if the protocol disaster is just not resolved.
Speaking to the Commons European Scrutiny Committee on Monday, David Frost mentioned: “We all know that late spring and summer in Northern Ireland can sometimes be turbulent and some days are significant in that. We have to take that reality into account.
“We have a responsibility to try and avoid further deterioration and difficulties in the situation – and that obviously is a possibility as we go into the spring and summer.”
Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick experiences:
Rory Sullivan18 May 2021 08:00
Morning, and welcome to The Independent’s rolling UK politics protection.
Rory Sullivan18 May 2021 07:56