Brexit news – live: DUP warns NI Protocol could cause ‘political instability’ as Salmond lashes out at SNP

 Brexit news – live: DUP warns NI Protocol could cause ‘political instability’ as Salmond lashes out at SNP

Too much Brexit ‘red tape’, says Keir Starmer

A senior DUP MP has warned that the Northern Ireland Protocol has “the potential to cause political instability” as his party called on the government to remove it and restore the nation’s ability to trade freely with the rest of the UK post-Brexit.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson told MPs that Northern Irish businesses were experiencing “enormous difficulties” with their supply chains and warned it was the government’s “responsibility” to act.

He said: “That is why we are calling on them to use their powers under the protocol to take the necessary action through Article 16 to resolve the diversion of trade, the disruption in trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and to restore the citizenship rights of the people of Northern Ireland to trade freely with the rest of the UK, a freedom they have enjoyed for 200 years.”

It came as Scotland‘s former first minister Alex Salmond claimed that there was a “malicious and concerted” attempt by members of the Scottish government and the SNP to see him removed from public life.

Mr Salmond alleged a number of officials were involved in efforts to damage his reputation in relation to the handling of harassment allegations against him.

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Labour’s David Lammy labels culture secretary as ‘authoritarian minnow’

Labour’s shadow justice secretary has called culture secretary Oliver Dowden an “authoritarian minnow” over reported plans to warn heritage organisations against focusing heavily on Britain’s imperial history.

Mr Dowden will be holding a round table event with 25 heritage organisations on Tuesday to discuss the presentation of the UK’s history, with a focus expected on the country’s role in slavery.

“Oliver Dowden is an authoritarian minnow for threatening to withdraw funding from our cultural institutions that don’t toe the government’s line,” David Lammy wrote on Twitter.

“Perhaps he should apply to be culture secretary in Russia?”

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G7 ministers condemn ‘intimidation and oppression’ of Myanmar protesters

Foreign ministers from G7 nations have condemned the “intimidation and oppression” of protesters in Myanmar following a military coup in the country.

The group, including foreign secretary Dominic Raab, warned on Tuesday that anyone responding to peaceful protests with violence “must be held to account”.

Protests against the junta continued on Tuesday after two demonstrators were shot dead over the weekend.

“Use of live ammunition against unarmed people is unacceptable. Anyone responding to peaceful protests with violence must be held to account,” the joint statement said.

“We condemn the intimidation and oppression of those opposing the coup.

“We raise our concern at the crackdown on freedom of expression, including through the internet blackout and draconian changes to the law that repress free speech.”

It added: “The systematic targeting of protesters, doctors, civil society and journalists must stop and the state of emergency must be revoked.”

The UK currently holds the presidency of the G7, which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US, plus the European Union.

On Monday, Myanmar’s ambassador to the UK was summoned to the Foreign Office for the second time this month.

Conrad Duncan23 February 2021 09: 54

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What time is Nicola Sturgeon’s lockdown announcement today?

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon will set out more detailed plans for lifting her nation’s lockdown restrictions today as part of efforts to move back to normality amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ms Sturgeon has said her plan will be “broadly similar” to the one annou

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