Frost: “Significant Differences” Remain in EU Negotiations

As this week’s negotiating round with the EU wraps up, David Frost has said “significant differences… still remain between us on a number of important issues.” Read the statement in full below:

We have completed our discussion of the full range of issues in the negotiation in just over three days. Our talks were face to face for the first time since March and this has given extra depth and flexibility to our discussions.
 
The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful. But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.
 
We remain committed to working hard to find an early understanding on the principles underlying an agreement out of the intensified talks process during July, as agreed at the HLM on 15 June.
 
Talks will continue next week in London as agreed in the revised terms of reference published on 12 June.
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“Britain’s Biggest Ever Law Enforcement Operation” Arrests 746 Organised Crime Suspects

The National Crime Agency has gone after the “ringleaders and the masterminds” of organised criminal networks in the UK, arresting 746 so far, and seizing over two tonnes of drugs, £54 million in cash, and 77 firearms. It is being described as Britain’s biggest ever law enforcement operation…

Two months ago NCA partners in France and the Netherlands infiltrated an encrypted messaging platform called “EncroChat“, which is thought to be used exclusively by organised criminals. There were 10,000 users in the UK. The NCA is claiming that their international law enforcement team cracked EncroChat encryption and had been monitoring messages since…

The NCA is also revealing today that this operation has helped prevent rival gangs carrying out kidnappings and executions on the UK’s streets by successfully mitigating over 200 threats to life. It is a good result for the police who have not been having a pandemic…

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Former ITV Chairman Accuses GMB of Arrogance

Former BBC and ITV Chairman Lord Grade disappointed GMB presenters this morning when refusing to pander to their outrage over the Government’s boycott of the programme. As the number of days without a government spokesperson on the show hits 65, presenters Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh asked Grade if he would have tolerated the boycott during his ITV tenure, and whether the Government have a “duty” to appear on the show. The knock on effect appears to be viewers joining the GMB boycott

Lord Grade caused faces to drop when he accused the presenters of “arrogance” in thinking they have the right of access to senior ministers, and that it’s up to the show to win the government’s confidence again – which must be done via “quiet diplomacy“. Which seems a better idea than rants on Piers Morgan’s Twitter account…

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Shadow Foreign Secretary Nandy Facing Both Ways on Huawei

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy has been making a splash in recent days with a tough line on China. Yesterday, however, she took the unusual step of publicly pouring cold water on the idea that she believed China should be excluded from building the UK’s 5G network. The confusion happened after appearing on John Pienaar’s Times Radio show…

Which is curious, because just one hour earlier, she had  agreed with “No to Chinese involvement in 5G”. Listen along here…

“No to Chinese involvement in 5G, no to Chinese involvement in our nuclear energy infrastructure, and if that means a row with Beijing well then so be it?”

“Yes, but more than that, that we need to have a constructive dialogue with China.”

“This is one moment where the interests of the Chinese Government are directly pitted against the interests not only of the people of Hong Kong but of Britain as well and we have to be absolutely clear that we are going to stand firm in relation to that.”

If you’re going to deny something it’s a good idea to make sure there isn’t a recording of you saying it just an hour earlier. Why the row back?

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GMB Lose 200,000 Viewers in June to BBC

The television industry’s official BARB figures are out for June and Piers Morgan is not boasting about them, so you can guess how they went. Relative to his rivals at BBC Breakfast it was a bad month, the importance of the relative figure is that Piers would otherwise try and blame the poor showing on poor news flow, lockdown fatigue or some other misdirection. The gap between the viewing figures for Good Morning Britain and BBC Breakfast was some 406,000 at the beginning of June, by the end of the month the gap widened by over 50% to 666,000. Who will Piers blame for the terrible performance? It turns out that his ranting and berating has not only led to a boycott by guests, it has led to an exodus of viewers…

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Government Set To U-Turn on Huawei 5G

Guido has been unable to find a single Tory MP who now expects the decision to involve Huawei in construction of the UK’s 5G network to press ahead as originally planned. There were 38 rebels on the last vote over Huawei’s involvement at the start of March. Newsnight’s Nick Watt last night told viewers that he has heard senior Tory expectations there are now “at least 68 rebels”. More than enough to wipe out the Government’s majority…

Yet Guido hears that changing tack is unlikely to need to come to a formal Parliamentary rebellion. Voices in Government, not just the Tory back benches, are increasingly pushing for a tougher line against China. The Huawei decision was already on rocky ground after the Chinese Communist Party’s Coronavirus cover-up became more widely understood. Now the country has reneged on treaty obligations and effectively annexed Hong Kong, Guido hears voices close to Boris see stepping back from Huawei as the next logical step of de-sinofication… 

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