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Boris Johnson

UK officials urge caution on easing COVID-19 lockdown

UK officials urge caution on easing COVID-19 lockdown

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced what he has called a cautious but irreversible roadmap out of England's third national lockdown.
  • "It's all pointing in the right direction, but I think nobody can say with certainty that this is... finished," he told lawmakers. "We're certainly not out of the woods yet, even on this wave."
Updated 09 Mar, 2021 09:31pm
UK's Johnson says he admires the Queen, declines to comment on accusations
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UK's Johnson says he admires the Queen, declines to comment on accusations

  • "I've always had the highest admiration for the Queen and the unifying role that she plays in our country and across the Commonwealth," he told.
  • "As for the rest, all other matters to do with the royal family, I've spent a long time now not commenting on royal family matters and I don't intend to depart from that today."
Updated 08 Mar, 2021 10:17pm
Britain told EU about post-Brexit trade move earlier this week: PM's spokesman
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Britain told EU about post-Brexit trade move earlier this week: PM's spokesman

  • We notified the European Commission at official level earlier this week, we also informed the Irish government earlier this week, and then Lord Frost last night in his call with Sefcovic obviously discussed this at length and set out the rationale and reasons for it.
  • These types of operational measures are well precedented and common in other international trade agreements and are entirely consistent with our intention to fulfill our obligations under the protocol in good faith.
Published 04 Mar, 2021 07:09pm
UK PM Johnson: nothing is off the table in NI protocol talks
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UK PM Johnson: nothing is off the table in NI protocol talks

  • The position of Northern Ireland within the UK internal market is rock solid and guaranteed. We are making sure that we underscore that with some temporary operational easings in order to protect the market in some areas, such as food supplies, pending further discussions with the EU.
Published 03 Mar, 2021 06:14pm
We need to talk about trade with China, UK parliament tells PM Johnson
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We need to talk about trade with China, UK parliament tells PM Johnson

  • The rights and wrongs of trading with China, the world's second-largest economy, have become a burning question for governments around the world.
  • Britain has denounced the torture, forced labour and sterilisations that it says are taking place against Muslim Uighurs on an "industrial scale".
Published 24 Feb, 2021 09:36pm
UK PM Johnson says optimistic about fully reopening in June
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UK PM Johnson says optimistic about fully reopening in June

  • I'm hopeful, but obviously nothing can be guaranteed ... I'm very optimistic that we'll be able to get there.
  • Some in Johnson's Conservative party have questioned whether the timetable for re-opening could have been quicker, given the success thus far of Britain's vaccine rollout.
Updated 23 Feb, 2021 07:01pm
Vaccine hopes boost British pound
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Vaccine hopes boost British pound

  • "A stronger pound is another headwind for UK exporters and provides some small relief for households," noted Paul Dales of Capital Economics.
Published 23 Feb, 2021 09:44am