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The prime minister hosted the summit of the group of rich industrialised countries, that includes the US, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and the EU. He also called on them to collaborate in concentrating on the requirement for action to stem global warming.
The meeting likewise heard Mr Johnson assuring to share the UK’s surplus vaccine doses to poorer nations and the European Commission doubling its contribution to the World Health Organisation’s Covax program to 1 billion euros.
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Conrad Duncan19 February 2021 07: 56
David Frost function ‘reveals Brexit isn’t over’, previous diplomat says
The consultation of the UK’s chief EU negotiator as a Cabinet minister shows that Brexit talks are not over, with an “continuous and irreversible negotiation” likely, a former diplomat has actually warned.
Sir Ivan Rogers, the UK’s irreversible representative to the EU from 2013 until 2017, described David Frost’s brand-new role as a “acknowledgment” that talks with the EU would continue following the end of the shift period.
Our policy reporter, Jon Stone, has the full story below:
Conrad Duncan19 February 2021 08: 07
Hauliers have become own customs representatives due to lacks, MSPs told
Brexit has actually required hauliers to become “their own customs agents” due to scarcities of certified officers, MSPs have actually been told.
Martin Reid, the Scotland and Northern Ireland director for the Road Haulage Association (RHA), said his members had begun to hire and train administrative personnel due a lack of customizeds officers to aid with exports.
” There’s a lack of competent customs agents, something that the government reject,” Mr Reid told the Culture, Tourist, Europe and External Affairs Committee at Holyrood.
” However we have actually seen that is definitely the case, so hauliers are now having to become their own customs clerks.
” They’re having to take on admin individuals, train them up on systems that are still in their infancy which we’re still finding out in order to deal with the extra documents that’s required.”
He added: “Nobody is saying that it’s a simple time for the government however it’s not a simple time for anybody in this current environment.”
Conrad Duncan19 February 2021 08: 23
‘ Cummings pet job’ research firm to go on, government validates
Ministers are moving forward with plans to establish a new scientific research agency, designed on the Defence Advanced Research Study Projects Company (Darpa) in the United States, the federal government has verify