Boris Johnson news latest: PM and Macron fail to discuss migrant crossings at G7

Boris Johnson rules out ‘psychological transformation’ to change his character

At the G7 summit, Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron failed to discuss the subject of thousands of migrants risking their lives to cross the English Channel.

The British and French leaders met at the summit in Germany’s Bavarian Alps, where they spoke about geopolitical crises such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

But they did not address the situation which has seen more than 12,000 people cross the Channel so far this year.

When asked why the boat crossings weren’t discussed, Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said: “There are very significant issues of geopolitical concern to discuss, not least the crisis in Ukraine.

“They have talked about those issues previously and I’m sure they will again. But, obviously, on the eve of the G7, that’s pretty much, I’m sure, at the forefront of both of their minds.”

Mr Johnson is expected to use the G7 to urge France and Germany to provide more military support to Ukraine.

Back in the UK, he remains under pressure after a series of scandals and two damaging by-election losses.

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Brexit allowed UK to lead on Ukraine crisis, claims PM

Boris Johnson claimed that the UK would have not been able to be at the forefront of providing support for Ukraine if it was still in the EU.

When asked if the UK is better off after Brexit, the PM told CNN: “It is (better off)”, before mentioning the Covid vaccine response and the ability to strike trade deals.

He added: “We are able to change some of our regulations to take back control of our borders. We are no longer spending shedloads of money on projects that we couldn’t control. And that was a good decision.”

Mr Johnson went on: “I don’t think that the UK within the European Union and within the kind of matrix of the common foreign policy and security policy that we then had, I don’t think that we would have been out in front, as the first European country to arm the Ukrainians, to give them the wherewithal to protect themselves.”

Lamiat Sabin26 June 2022 17:00

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Unite says Labour’s refusal to back potential BA strike is ‘new low’

Unite the union has criticised Labour’s refusal to back a potential British Airways (BA) strike as a “new low”.

Earlier today, shadow foreign secretary David Lammy has said he “categorically” does not support a potential strike by BA check-in staff, who are being balloted by Unite and GMB.

Speaking to BBC and Sky News, the Tottenham Labour MP said the party continues to support negotiations and a deal when it comes to disputes over pay, jobs and working conditions.

Mr Lammy said: “All of us are feeling the pinch with inflation. Many of us might want a (pay) rise of 10%; in truth, most people understand it’s unlikely that you’re going to get that.

“It absolutely would not be right, it would not be responsible opposition if I suggested yes to every strike.”

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Sharon Graham, general secretary of Unite, said: “Supporting bad bosses is a new low for Labour.

“David Lammy has chosen to launch a direct attack on British Airways workers. This is a group of workers who were savagely attacked by their employer during Covid. ‘Fire and rehire’ led to thousands of unnecessary job cuts and pay being slashed.

“This dispute is not about a pay rise – it’s about restoring money taken out of workers’ pockets by an opportunistic employer.

“British Airways and its parent company IAG hold billions in reserves and assets, and are predicting a return to profit this quarter.

“Supporting bad bosses is a new low for Labour and once again shows that politicians have failed. It is now down to the trade unions to defend working people. We are their only voice.”

Lamiat Sabin26 June 2022 16:45

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PM and Macron fail to discuss migrant crossings at G7

At the G7 summit, Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron failed to discuss the subject of thousands of migrants risking their lives to cross the English Channel.

The British and French leaders met at the summit in Germany’s Bavarian Alps, where they spoke about geopolitical crises such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

But they did not address the situation which has seen more than 12,000 people cross the Channel so far this year.

Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson at the G7 summit

(PA Wire)

When asked why the boat crossings weren’t discussed, Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said: “There are very significant issues of geopolitical concern to discuss, not least the crisis in Ukraine.

“They have talked about those issues previously and I’m sure they will again. But, obviously, on the eve of the G7, that’s pretty much, I’m sure, at the forefront of both of their minds.”

Mr Johnson is expected to use the G7 to urge France and Germany to provide more military support to Ukraine.

Back in the UK, he remains under pressure after a series of scandals and two damaging by-election losses.

Lamiat Sabin26 June 2022 16:08

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PM suggests UK could risk breaching WTO rules for steel tariffs

Boris Johnson has suggested Britain may be prepared to breach international law to safeguard its steel industry.

The PM argued at the G7 summit in Germany that it’s reasonable for UK steel to enjoy the “same protections” as other European economies.

The Telegraph has reported that he intends to impose new steel tariffs in a drive to win support in traditional Labour heartlands.

The move could breach the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, but Mr Johnson said that taking the risk is one of the “tough choices that you have to make”.

The Telegraph also reported that ministers plan to announce a two-year extension of steel tariffs already imposed on developed countries and China.

Lamiat Sabin26 June 2022 15:40

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Watch: Putin’s ‘bare-chested horseback rides’ mocked at G7 meeting

Boris Johnson and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau were seen mocking Vladimir Putin at the start of talks between the G7 leaders.

Boris Johnson and Justin Trudeau mock Putin’s ‘bare-chested horse rides’

Asked about taking his jacket off, the PM said: “We all have to show that we’re tougher than Putin.”

Trudeau joked: “Bare-chested horseback ride.”

Johnson then said: “We’ve all got to talk our jackets off and show our pecs.”

Read the full story by Adam Forrest here

Lamiat Sabin26 June 2022 15:20

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PM warns Macron against giving Putin ‘licence to manipulate’

Boris Johnson has warned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that any attempt now to settle the conflict in Ukraine will give Vladimir Putin a “licence to manipulate” other countries.

At the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Mr Macron had been criticised for negotiating with Putin and saying Russia must not be “humiliated”.

Mr Johnson told Mr Macron that compromise will “only cause enduring instability” as the pair met to discuss the war at the G7 summit in Germany.

Read the full story by Adam Forrest

Lamiat Sabin26 June 2022 15:00

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PM would be ‘honoured’ to welcome Zelensky to UK on state visit

Boris Johnson said he would be “honoured” to welcome Volodymyr Zelensky for a state visit in Britain.

The prime minister said he would host Mr Zelensky if the Ukrainian president could leave his war-torn country.

Mr Johnson – who has visited Ukraine twice since the Russian invasion started on 24 February – stressed the most important thing now was for leaders at the G7 summit in Germany to show their support of him.

Volodymyr Zelensky with Boris Johnson during the British PM’s second visit to Ukraine

(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office of Ukrainian/PA)

The PM told ITV News at the summit in Bavaria: “If he ever becomes free to leave and it makes sense for him to leave Ukraine, then obviously the UK would be only too honoured to host him.

“But the most important thing is for us to continue to be united here at the G7. And we are.”

The Sunday Times reported that ministers were considering offering Mr Zelensky a state visit, including a meeting with the Queen.

Tory officials would also like him to address the party’s conference in October, possibly via a video link, the newspaper reported.

Lamiat Sabin26 June 2022 14:20

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Tory MP urges ministers to quit to spark ‘momentum’ to force out PM

A Tory MP said that the resignations of ministers who oppose Boris Johnson could provide “momentum” to force the prime minister out of power.

Tim Loughton said that the positions of his colleagues – who secretly voted against the prime minister in the no-confidence vote, while remaining in office – were “untenable”.

The former minister said he opposes changing the rules, to allow a second vote, but called for ministers who have remained silent to “stand up for their principles”.

Read the full story here by Rob Merrick

Lamiat Sabin26 June 2022 14:00

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Ex-MP Neil Parish says he was ‘probably’ done in by colleagues

An MP who had been forced to resign for watching pornography in the Commons agreed that he “probably” was “done in” by some of his parliamentary colleagues.

Neil Parish is the former Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, a constituency in Devon that was snapped up by Liberal Democrat candidate Richard Foord in a by-election earlier this week.

He was asked on LBC’s Swarbrick On Sunday if he believes he was done in by some of his colleagues.

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Mr Parish replied: “I think probably I was. Now, I was wrong to be watching it: it was very immoral, it wasn’t illegal, it was immoral, and I shouldn’t have been doing it.

“I was right in the corner of the House of Commons as you go into the lobby to vote, so this idea I think people have got that I was right in the middle of the House of Commons flaunting it is absolutely wrong.

“I wasn’t proud of what I was doing and it was very wrong I was doing it. But I didn’t spend any time in the last 12 years, shall I say, splitting on fellow members.

“I asked to be able to apologise if I caused offence, I was not given that opportunity by the chief whip and I was thrown to the press wolves.”

Lamiat Sabin26 June 2022 13:00

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Patrick Grady resigns SNP membership amid police inquiry

An SNP MP has resigned his party membership amid a police investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

It means Patrick Grady will no longer be an SNP MP for Glasgow North and will sit as an independent.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed it is investigating an incident which took place at a London pub in 2016.

(Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

A parliamentary probe saw Mr Grady suspended from Westminster for two days after he was found to have acted inappropriately towards a male SNP staff member.

Mr Grady, the SNP’s former chief whip, said he was “profoundly sorry” after the independent panel’s investigation.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford had urged Mr Grady to consider his position after criticism of the party’s handling of the complaint.

That came after Mr Blackford was heard in a leaked recording to tell SNP MPs to rally round Mr Grady, saying he looked forward to “welcoming Patrick back” following his two-day suspension.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed inquiries are ongoing.

He added: “On Wednesday June 22, police received an allegation of sexual assault that is said to have taken place in October 2016 at a commercial premises in Folgate Street, E1.

“The report was submitted online by a third party.

“Officers will now be making inquiries, including contacting the alleged victim, in order to assess what further action is required.”

An SNP spokesman said: “Patrick Grady is stepping away from his party membership while the police inquiry continues.”

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