• Boris Johnson’s scientific advisers have urged him to introduce tighter lockdown measures as coronavirus cases surge across much of the country.
  • The UK-wide infection rate rose from 63.8 a week ago to 125.7 as of Tuesday, meaning cases are now doubling every seven days.
  • The prime minister appears to be resisting calls for a national lockdown. 
  • Professor John Edmunds, a scientific adviser to the government, said Boris Johnson should introduce further national restrictions to replace the patchwork of local measures currently in place across the UK.
  • Professor Stephen Reicher, another scientific adviser to the government, said the prime minister should take action now to avoid a March-style lockdown by the end of October.
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Boris Johnson’s scientific advisers want him to introduce “drastic” new lockdown measures after the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surged in the UK.

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  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke out against the 25% tariff on Scotch whisky exports to the US in Parliament, saying that “we will fight it every step of the way.”
  • The US introduced the tariff in October 2019 in retaliation against subsidies that EU member states gave to Airbus.
  • The tariff has made Scotch whisky less competitive in the US, and caused sales to plummet, according the the Scotch Whisky Association. In May 2020, exports to the US were 65% lower than the same month last year.
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The 25% tariff on Scotch whisky exports to the US should be lifted, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

“We will continue to take a very robust line. It cannot be right that American consumers should continue to pay over the odds for Scotch (whisky),” he told Parliament on Wednesday.

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Business leaders have warned Boris Johnson that securing a Brexit deal is essential for safeguarding Britain’s economic recovery from the coronavirus outbreak and avoiding higher prices in the shops for British consumers.

Sounding the alarm after the prime minister said no deal would be a “good outcome” for Britain and confirmed plans that could undermine the government’s commitment to the EU withdrawal agreement, business groups said failure to compromise in talks this week would severely damage Britain’s fragile economic recovery.

“Amid all the noise and negotiations, businesses in the UK and EU remain clear – a good deal is essential. An agreement will be the foundation for post-Covid recovery across the continent,” said Josh Hardie, deputy director general of the CBI, the business lobby group.

“Getting a deal requires political leadership and compromise from both sides. That is needed urgently in the coming weeks.”

Allie Renison, head of Europe and

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  • Mick Mulvaney became the first figure in the Trump administration to express concern over Boris Johnson’s contentious plan for Northern Ireland.
  • Trump’s envoy to the province — formerly his acting chief of staff — urged the UK not to reinstate a hard border “by accident.”
  • Johnson’s plan to break international law by disapplying parts of the UK’s Brexit deal with the EU infuriated Brussels and has prompted concern in Washington.
  • Joe Biden created shockwaves in the UK when he criticized the UK plan on Wednesday.
  • Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers have warned that there will be no US-UK free trade deal if Johnson’s government does not uphold the Northern Ireland protocol agreed with the EU.
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The Trump administration’s envoy to Northern Ireland has urged UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to let his controversial plans for the province result in a contentious hard

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  • Conservative MPs in Boris Johnson’s government are growing increasingly frustrated with his leadership.
  • Johnson’s plan to break international law and rip up his Brexit deal with the EU has triggered a rebellion among his party and the threat of legal action from Europe.
  • Rebel Conservative MPs are seeking to enlist Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May to front the campaign against his plan.
  • Up to 30 Conservative MPs are set to rebel against the government in a parliamentary vote next week.
  • A Conservative party figure involved in drafting the amendment said they felt it had “a good chance of significant support.”
  • The row comes amid widespread speculation about him being replaced as leader before the next general election.
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Conservative Members of Parliament seeking to stop UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan

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For decades, Britain’s Conservative Party politicians decried the European Union for its supposed aversion to free markets.

Now trade negotiations that will define the future relationship between the U.K. and the EU from next year have stalled, in large part because Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government wants the freedom to ignore EU rules limiting state subsidies of private companies.

With trade talks restarting Tuesday, and little sign of quick progress, this impasse is increasing fears among officials on both sides that a trade deal won’t be secured by the end of the year, resulting in tariffs and a host of other barriers to trade amounting to $800 billion annually. Mr. Johnson said his government would walk away from talks if a deal isn’t reached by Oct. 15.

“If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free-trade agreement between us,” Mr. Johnson said

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  • Boris Johnson plans to rip up parts of the UK’s legally-binding Brexit deal with the EU.
  • The Financial Times reported that the UK government has a contentious plan to renege on the Withdrawal Agreement agreed last year.
  • The prime minister will use legislation called the Internal Market Bill to contradict key parts of the agreement pertaining to Northern Ireland, the report says.
  • Johnson’s spokesman says they will pass a new UK law to “clarify specific elements” of the Brexit deal agreed last year.
  • The EU warns that any attempt to renege on the withdrawal agreement will wreck any chance of agreeing a trade deal.
  • Johnson on Sunday night reiterated that the UK was prepared to walk away from trade talks without a deal and trade with the EU on the harshest terms.
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to overwrite key parts of

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Covid-19 has pushed the economy into the worst recession on record. GDP fell by a fifth in the three months to June, the biggest quarterly drop of any G7 nation. This is surely the worst possible moment for the government to choose to inflict a further economic shock on the country. Yet that is exactly what Boris Johnson is planning to do. On 1 January, the Brexit transition period will come to an end and Britain will either trade on a no-deal basis with the European Union or, at best, with a bare-bones free trade agreement.

The government’s economic forecasts predict that a no-deal Brexit would depress GDP by more than seven percentage points over 15 years and that a free trade deal outside the customs union and single market would reduce it by just under five points. But even Brexit’s most

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  • The father-in-law of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief adviser has apparently said that Johnson plans to resign in six months.
  • Dominic Cummings’ father-in-law, Humphry Wakefield, reportedly told a woman interviewed by The Times of London that the prime minister would quit early next year over lingering health problems caused by the coronavirus.
  • Johnson was admitted to an intensive-care unit with COVID-19 in April but returned to work just weeks later.
  • Wakefield is said to have compared Johnson’s condition to that of an injured horse that returns to work too soon.
  • “If you put a horse back to work when it’s injured, it will never recover,” he was quoted as saying.
  • A Downing Street source described the claim Johnson planned to stand down as “utter nonsense.”
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The father-in-law of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s closest aide has reportedly said Johnson plans to stand

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The Mayor of London stated that due to the health crisis, central London ‘faces a real existential threat’.

Sadiq Khan Pens Letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson Outlining Eight Steps to Revive London Business

Evening Standard has reported that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has penned a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, outlining eight steps that need to be taken in order to revive London business in the wake of the global health crisis.

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His eight proposals are:

  • Confirm an extension to the business rates holiday, which is due to end in March, or a discount for businesses in the central London area for the next year, guaranteed now. Many large retail, leisure and hospitality businesses will take important decisions for 2021/22 in the coming weeks, so certainty over the business rates holiday is urgently needed.
  • Create a direct financial aid scheme for hospitality, retail, leisure and cultural businesses in central London.
  • Provide targeted support for jobs and the
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