Feeling nervous, Leo? Varadkar and Martin TERRIFIED by no deal – 'Bet on Remain and LOST!'

And Ray Bassett – who believes Dublin in the past had “bet on Remain and lost” – said Ireland’s troubles were summed up by the fiasco over Phil Hogan’s forced resignation as EU trade commissioner, agreeing with Mr Varadkar’s assessment it was now extremely unlikely the country would retain the influential portfolio once his successor is appointed. UK negotiator David Frost and EU counterpart Michel Barnier are due to meet in London this week, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab calling it a “moment of reckoning.”

Mr Frost yesterday warned Brussels the UK was not afraid to walk away if an agreement which includes commitments to key issues including fishing rights and state aid cannot be struck, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly turning the screw by threatening to tear up sections of the Withdrawal Agreement relating to the Northern Ireland protocol.

Mr Bassett, Ireland’s former ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas, told Express.co.uk there was no doubt Mr Varadkar, Mr Martin and others would be monitoring the situation closely and with no small degree of anxiety.

He said: “There must be extreme nervousness in Government circles in Dublin.

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Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin will be watching events in London nervously, said Ray Bassett (Image: GETTY)

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Boris Johnson is threatening to pull the plug on a key aspect of the Withdrawal Agreement (Image: GETTY)

They bet heavily on the Remainers in London and have lost the bet

Ray Bassett

“They bet heavily on the Remainers in London and have lost the bet.

“I think nobody can be in any doubt but that the demands Barnier is making on fisheries and on the EU having control of the EU State aids in Britain are undeliverable.

“The prospects do not look good for Ireland in 2021.”

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Phil Hogan speaks to Ursula von der Leyen last year (Image: GETTY)

Mr Hogan was forced to quit after details emerged of a social function at a golf club in the west of Ireland which was attended by roughly 80 people, in breach of coronavirus restrictions banning indoor gatherings of more than six, in a controversy rapidly dubbed “golfgate”.

The Fine Gael politician initially offered an apology but his position became untenable after both Mr Martin and Mr Varadkar suggested he should “consider his position” – a move on their part which Mr Bassett believes was a mistake.

Since then, Mairead McGuinness, who has served as First Vice-President of the European Parliament since 2017, and Andrew McDowell, currently vice-president of the European Investment Bank, have been put forward by Ireland as their two nominations, with Foreign Minister Simon Coveney declining to put his name forward.

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Micheal Martin said Phil Hogan should “consider his position”, piling the pressure on (Image: RTE)

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Leo Varadkar stood down as Taoiseach in June (Image: GETTY)

During a meeting conducted via Zoom on Wednesday, Mr Varadkar himself told senior party members he would not be surprised if Ireland was not offered the role previously held by Mr Hogan.

Mr Bassett agreed, saying: “It is now pretty clear that Ireland will lose the Trade Commissioner post.

“This is reflected in the two candidates put forward or consideration, neither of whom have ever held a Ministerial position inside Government.

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Brexit timetable (Image: Express)

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Mairead McGuinness is expected to get the nod, said Mr Bassett (Image: GETTY)

“Clearly Coveney pulled out when the Irish Government was told informally that they had lost Trade.”

Mr Bassett, who published his new book, Ireland and the EU Post Brexit last month, added: “I believe it is now widely accepted in Dublin that the Irish Government made a serious error in attacking Hogan.

“They did not think the whole thing through or there may have been a hidden motivation in removing Hogan.

“The actions of the Irish Government on this occasion defy logic.

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Dominic Raab has called this week “a moment of reckoning” (Image: GETTY)

“It follows their failure to assist David Cameron during his renegotiation attempt and destroying Theresa May with the infamous Backstop.”

As for Mr Hogan’s replacement, Mr Bassett said: “It looks like Mairead McGuinness will be the new Commissioner and will get, at best, a middle ranking post in the Commission.

“McGuinness was one of the senior MEPs that managed to block the publication of MEP’s expenses so her appointment would not be without controversy.

“She has also called for Ireland to relax its neutrality rules, again a fairly controversial suggestion.”



Sturgeon blasted for 'failing tourism industry' – English terrified to travel to Scotland

The First Minister has been accused of “badly failing” Scotland’s tourism industry, with one Tory MSP sharing emails received from English people worried of traveling north of the border. Oliver Mundell MSP, the Scottish Conservative’s tourism spokesman, read out an email from a concerned English person to Holyrood’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee.

The email, sent to Mr Mundell by a Borders tourism business, outlined the guest’s concerns about their booked holiday in Scotland.

The email said: “Just checking if everything is OK as per our last email and everything looks OK for our stay especially with Nicola Sturgeon threatening to quarantine us ‘nasty’ English people.”

The First Minister has said she would not rule out forcing people coming to Scotland from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to face isolation measures.

Ms Sturgeon said she would consider doing so “if it is required from a public health perspective” and added: “We have to be on our guard against cases coming into Scotland from elsewhere”.

However, Mr Mundell described the email along with a collection of other correspondence from angry business as “grim” stressing there was “no doubt in my mind” that the Scottish Government had “badly failed” the tourism industry.

Mr Mundell added: “There is no doubt in my mind that the failure of the First Minister and other senior figures in the Scottish Government to shut down the perception that Scotland is closed to English visitors has badly failed the tourism industry and has once again put politics ahead of people’s lives.”

Scotland’s tourism quango VisitScotland had been told by the Scottish Government last month to airbrush any mention of the “North of England” out of a VisitScotland tourism campaign.

VisitScotland launched the £3million marketing initiative on July 15 on the day Scotland’s tourism industry reopened, welcoming visitors back to the area.

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The quango said the campaign would be “extended to target the North of England from July 24″ in their first draft, which was filed to government officials days prior to the scheme’s launch.

But the Scottish government told VisitScotland the “preference is to continue the marketing focus on staycations in Scotland, with a mind to targeting the full UK market when levels of the virus in other parts of the UK are sufficiently low”.

Mr Mundell continued: “One individual business that has been in touch with me in recent weeks said ‘we are just one tourism business but with have been inundated with angry calls, many turning into cancellations due to the alienation created from Holyrood and the messages on many border roads like the A1 telling visitors to stay away.

“The Scottish government should reflect on how much tourism is UK based.

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“My own border business is on the front line of the north south divide being created.”

Mr Mundell asked the chiefs of VisitScotland, who were giving evidence to the committee whether they were “embarrassed by the growing percent that Scotland is not seen as a welcoming place to millions of customers who are often the only lifeline for much of the tourism industry?”

Riddell Graham, director of Industry and Destination Development at VisitScotland, said that it would have been “nonsensical” to have spent money attracting tourists to a place with “particular issues”.

He added: “The classic example would be why would we promote Scotland in North America when they have got huge problems there with the virus.

“I think specific references to England I don’t think was the case, it was simply ‘can you put it on pause the activity that you were planning until such a time that it is safe to do so’.”

He stressed the Scottish welcome was as “strong as ever” adding: “Inevitably you will always get a small minority that spoils it for the rest and I don’t think that the media coverage was representative in any way of the welcome that Scots are providing visitors from all over the world and particularly those from England.

“I’m always embarrassed at things like that because I think it does nothing to support the well-being of the industry but I think it was a minority view and one that I think is not representative of the rest of the country.”

Ms Sturgeon has made clear that there was not “an anti-English bone in my body” and recently added: “I don’t have a single anti-English fibre in my being. “I come from partly English stock, my grandmother was English, and I lead a party that is full of English people.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The priority is to continue to suppress the virus and mitigate any further instances of clusters.

“For that reason, the preference is to continue the marketing focus on staycations in Scotland, with a mind to targeting the full UK market when levels of the virus in other parts of the UK are sufficiently low.”

A spokesperson for Nicola Sturgoen added to Express.co.uk tonight: “Oliver Mundell’s attempts to politicise a deadly pandemic are utterly beneath contempt. Protecting public health and trying to save lives is the absolute priority, and nothing should be allowed to get in the way of that.”



China coronavirus horror: Terrified US residents receive face masks with own DATA on them

In one region of Florida, local news station WFLA reported one resident from the city of Clearwater received two packages of the face masks. The packages did not have an exact return address – though some of labelling indicated it was from Shanghai, China.

Sharp told the news station: “I was afraid to even open it after I saw it.”

“All of this information, including my cell phone number, [was] on there … I was afraid to even open it after I saw it.

“I didn’t want to keep it in my house.”

However, analysts have now pointed to an explanation – the unordered packages may be part of what is called a brushing scam.

Face mask label

Face mask deliveries (not pictured) have been turning up around the US (Image: Smith Collection / Gado / Getty)

US association the Better Business Bureau this month released a statement detailing the scam, which it said is “popping up all over the country.”

The BBB said: “Often, the items received are lightweight and inexpensive to ship, such as ping pong balls, or more recently, face masks or seeds from China.”

“The companies, usually foreign, third-party sellers that are sending the items are simply using your address that they discovered online.

“Their intention is to make it appear as though you wrote a glowing online review of their merchandise, and that you are a verified buyer of that merchandise.

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Coronavirus spam graph

Coronavirus spam graph (Image: EXPRESS)

“They then post a fake, positive review to improve their products’ ratings, which means more sales for them. The payoff is highly profitable from their perspective.”

Anyone who receives such unwarranted items should keep an eye on their bank statements, notify retailers such as Amazon, and change their account passwords.

The unsolicited deliveries have also happened elsewhere. A woman in Ohio reported receiving a package with just one face mask inside.

She told WCPO news station that package had “what appeared to be Chinese writing on the side.”

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People wearing face masks in California, US (Image: Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty)

Several reports of similar packages arriving to homes in the US state of Virginia have led police in the state’s Tazewell County to issue a statement.

The statement, posted to Facebook this week, read: “Have you received face masks from China that you didn’t order?

“Members of our community have begun receiving these packages. Our recommendation is if you didn’t order it throw it away.

“Just like with the seeds that have been sent it is not recommended using the mask sent to you – throw the mask away.”

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US associations have said the deliveries are part of a ‘brushing scam’ (Image: Donat Sorokin / TASS / Getty)

Last month, similar unwarranted packages began to turn up on doorsteps in all 50 states of the US.

These packages contained seeds – at least 14 which were later identified by the US Department of Agriculture.

The USDA said some of the seeds were mustard, cabbage, roses, and herbs including lavender.

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The BBB said the scam could be used to boost user reviews (Image: Westend61 / Getty)

The department added: “At this time, we don’t have any evidence indicating this is something other than a “brushing scam” where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales.

“Please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.”



India horror: Terrified dogs wait to be slaughtered for meat in wet markets

Traders across India have been found selling animal body parts, including charred monkey hands, in disgusting wet markets. Dogs have been spotted tied up in sacks waiting to be slaughtered.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have slammed the disgusting footage and said it shows “rampant violations” of animal welfare and wildlife protection.

PETA’s director Elisa Allen said: “Places such as these, crammed full of sick and distressed animals, are breeding grounds for deadly diseases.

“As long as live-animal markets are allowed to operate, humans will continue to be at risk and countless animals will needlessly endure miserable lives and a violent, painful death.”

Meat from monkeys, porcupines, barking dear, wild boars and migratory birds were discovered to be sold illegally in Manipur’s Nute Bazaar.

Terrified dogs wait to be slaughtered in India

Terrified dogs wait to be slaughtered in India (Image: Getty/Peta)

Monkey hands were sold in wet markets in India

Monkey hands were sold in wet markets in India (Image: Peta)

In Churchandpur market, PETA found more meat from monkeys, wild boar and deer sold illegally on the market.

Monkey hands were lined up on a sheet along with chunks of meat in the horrific footage.

Despicably, captured dogs were killed and sold for meat at Keera Bazaar in Dimapur, in Nagaland, despite there being a ban on sale of dog meat from the start of July.

India went back into lockdown after experiencing a record spike in coronavirus cases.

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Horrifying footage shows meat still being sold

Horrifying footage shows meat still being sold (Image: Peta)

Health officials announced new infection cases had risen from 906,752 to 936,181 – a staggering increase of 29,429.

Only the US and Brazil has surpassed the million infection cases but India is creeping closer to the milestone figure.

It was reported 582 people had died from the virus, bringing the total to 24,309.

But it appears Indian traders have no care for the deadly outbreak of coronavirus, which reportedly began in an exotic meat market in China.

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Animals brutally killed in India's wet markets

Animals brutally killed in India’s wet markets (Image: Peta)

China claims the virus was passed naturally from animal to humans from the market.

Last month, Beijing was forced to closed Xinfadi Market after coronavirus cases began to soar again.

Furthermore, the Communist nation is also battling with an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague.

This is believed to have been caused from the hunting and eating of wild marmots across the country.

Large chunks of meat exposed in Indian wet markets

Large chunks of meat exposed in Indian wet markets (Image: Peta)

Not only have China and India been exposed for the abhorrent treatment of animals but shocking footage from Vietnam between February and March saw frogs having legs cut off and skinned dogs on tables.

Chickens and ducks were left cramped in cages beside decapitated creatures while workers were seen without wearing face masks or gloves.

The World Health Organisation has urged conditions like this to be scrapped as they risk both human and animal lives.

They said: “It increases the risk of contamination of the meat with food borne pathogens.”

Fish intestines spread across wet market

Fish intestines spread across wet market (Image: Peta)

Animal rights group, Open Cages, alongside PETA, have called for the global end of these disgusting wet markets.

Open Cages CEO Connor Jackson said: “When will we learn?

“The COVID-19 outbreak has exposed how fragile, cruel and dangerous wet markets are.

“So we can’t leave animal wellbeing and safety of humanity in the hands of ineffective regulations.”



India horror: Terrified dogs wait to be slaughtered for meat in wet markets

Traders across India have been found selling animal body parts, including charred monkey hands, in disgusting wet markets. Dogs have been spotted tied up in sacks waiting to be slaughtered.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have slammed the disgusting footage and said it shows “rampant violations” of animal welfare and wildlife protection.

PETA’s director Elisa Allen said: “Places such as these, crammed full of sick and distressed animals, are breeding grounds for deadly diseases.

“As long as live-animal markets are allowed to operate, humans will continue to be at risk and countless animals will needlessly endure miserable lives and a violent, painful death.”

Meat from monkeys, porcupines, barking dear, wild boars and migratory birds were discovered to be sold illegally in Manipur’s Nute Bazaar.

Terrified dogs wait to be slaughtered in India

Terrified dogs wait to be slaughtered in India (Image: Getty/Peta)

Monkey hands were sold in wet markets in India

Monkey hands were sold in wet markets in India (Image: Peta)

In Churchandpur market, PETA found more meat from monkeys, wild boar and deer sold illegally on the market.

Monkey hands were lined up on a sheet along with chunks of meat in the horrific footage.

Despicably, captured dogs were killed and sold for meat at Keera Bazaar in Dimapur, in Nagaland, despite there being a ban on sale of dog meat from the start of July.

India went back into lockdown after experiencing a record spike in coronavirus cases.

READ MORE: Wet markets STILL trading despite coronavirus outbreak – PICTURED

Horrifying footage shows meat still being sold

Horrifying footage shows meat still being sold (Image: Peta)

Health officials announced new infection cases had risen from 906,752 to 936,181 – a staggering increase of 29,429.

Only the US and Brazil has surpassed the million infection cases but India is creeping closer to the milestone figure.

It was reported 582 people had died from the virus, bringing the total to 24,309.

But it appears Indian traders have no care for the deadly outbreak of coronavirus, which reportedly began in an exotic meat market in China.

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Animals brutally killed in India's wet markets

Animals brutally killed in India’s wet markets (Image: Peta)

China claims the virus was passed naturally from animal to humans from the market.

Last month, Beijing was forced to closed Xinfadi Market after coronavirus cases began to soar again.

Furthermore, the Communist nation is also battling with an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague.

This is believed to have been caused from the hunting and eating of wild marmots across the country.

Large chunks of meat exposed in Indian wet markets

Large chunks of meat exposed in Indian wet markets (Image: Peta)

Not only have China and India been exposed for the abhorrent treatment of animals but shocking footage from Vietnam between February and March saw frogs having legs cut off and skinned dogs on tables.

Chickens and ducks were left cramped in cages beside decapitated creatures while workers were seen without wearing face masks or gloves.

The World Health Organisation has urged conditions like this to be scrapped as they risk both human and animal lives.

They said: “It increases the risk of contamination of the meat with food borne pathogens.”

Fish intestines spread across wet market

Fish intestines spread across wet market (Image: Peta)

Animal rights group, Open Cages, alongside PETA, have called for the global end of these disgusting wet markets.

Open Cages CEO Connor Jackson said: “When will we learn?

“The COVID-19 outbreak has exposed how fragile, cruel and dangerous wet markets are.

“So we can’t leave animal wellbeing and safety of humanity in the hands of ineffective regulations.”



Scotland TERRIFIED: Fears of Brexit economic chaos as EU talks reach deadlock

The Scottish Government’s latest economic report reveals a no deal Brexit would have “significant impact on economic activity” in Scotland. The fears are now being raised less than six months before the end of the Brexit transition period when the UK will no longer have to follow EU rules.

 


 

The Scottish Government has repeatedly called for the transition period to be extended with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon writing to Boris Johnson warning that “fundamental issues” still remained between the UK and EU negotiators.

Scottish Government sources told Express.co.uk that the economy north of the border was in “jeopardy” stressing it was a “delicate time” especially after a “deadlock in recent negotiations”.

They added there was “severe concern” especially at the six month mark adding the coronavirus pandemic had already “left businesses in a vulnerable state” stressing that no deal and no extension to the transition period would make things “significantly worse”.

The monthly economic report added: “As we also move towards formally exiting the EU transition period (31 December 2020) uncertainty regarding future trade arrangements with key markets has the potential to impact already weakened business sectors and have a significant impact on economic activity, particularly if there is no deal.”

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“The Scottish Chamber of Commerce is actively involved in talks involving trade with new markets.”

The report also revealed Scotland’s GDP fell by 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2020 which was “mainly driven by a 5.0 percent fall in output in March as the spread of coronavirus and introduction of lockdowns slowed economic activity.”

It continued: “COVID-19 has resulted in an economic crisis in Scotland, through the direct impact on the economy but also the secondary impacts on health and society from a weaker economy.

“The impact of COVID-19 is not constant, and will be changing over time, depending on the prevalence of the virus and the severity of the restrictions required to protect against it.”

Scotland has already felt the impact of the pandemic after figures showed GDP fell 18.9 percent in April, the first full month of lockdown, and around 23 percent over March and April combined.

However, figures for the month of May are due to be published by the Scottish Government next week.

Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has already spurred into action and asked the Treasury to give Holyrood extra tax powers or £500m in further funding.

She warned there was a £500million hole between the extra cost of the COVID-19 pandemic and the funding given to Scotland from Westminster.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak gave £800m to Scotland through his Summer Mini-Budget however but the MSP dismissed this stressing it didn’t meet Scotland’s needs specifically.

Ms Sturgeon wrote in her letter to Boris Johnson: “No-one could reproach the UK Government for changing its position in the light of the wholly unforeseeable Covid-19 crisis, particularly as the EU has made it clear it is open to an extension request.

“We therefore call on you to take the final opportunity the next few weeks provide to ask for an extension to the transition period in order to provide a breathing space to complete the negotiations, to implement the outcome, and the opportunity for our businesses to find their feet after the enormous disruption of recent months.

“At the time the Withdrawal Agreement was signed, no-one could have imagined the enormous economic dislocation which the Covid 19 pandemic has caused – in Wales, Scotland, the whole of the UK, in the EU and across the world.”

The letter claimed that, at best, there would only be a “bare bones” trade deal in place by December, or a move to a no-deal exit from the EU.

 



Brexit panic for Sturgeon as SNP terrified of Boris 'plot' for huge Scottish 'power grab'

The Scottish Government’s Constitution Secretary Michael Russell said proposals to enshrine a UK “internal market” after Brexit would seriously undermine devolution. He branded the controversial proposals a “power grab” on responsibilities which are currently held by Holyrood.


 

In a letter to Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, Mr Russell said he is concerned about proposals for an external body which would “test” whether a bill in Holyrood affected the UK’s internal trade market.

The letter also details concerns about plans for a “mutual recognition regime”, which he said could lower regulatory standards beyond what the Scottish Parliament found acceptable.

Mr Russell stressed that the proposals which are yet to be formally published “ignore the reality and history of devolution” and would be opposed by the Scottish Government.

It comes following major concerns that the UK Government may compromise on regulatory standards in pursuit of trade deals.

 

It comes as the deadline to extend the Brexit transition period with the EU ended at the end of last month despite a deadlock over a “level-playing field” on trade regulations which is yet to be solved.

Discussing the letter, the MSP and senior SNP member, said: “The Tories know they can’t win an election to the Scottish Parliament so have come up with a scheme to undermine it instead.

“They are plotting, in an underhand manner, to introduce a new law which would effectively hand power to Tory ministers in devolved policy areas, under the guise of protecting what they call the so-called UK internal market after Brexit.

“Under their plans, if Westminster adopts lower standards in devolved areas, Scotland could be forced to accept them, regardless of the view of our Parliament.”

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Mr Russell stressed the Scottish Government was considering setting up for “an unelected oversight body” which would be responsible for setting up a new ‘internal market’ test for any new Holyrood legislation.

Mr Russell continued in the letter: “If this law had been in force, our ability to keep tuition-free for students in Scotland while charging students from the rest of the UK, to set a minimum unit price for alcohol, or introduce a smoking ban before the rest of the UK could all have been in jeopardy.

“This scheme amounts to using Brexit as a cover to mount the biggest power grab on the Scottish Parliament yet and we will do all we can to stop it from happening.”

However, Mr Gove accused him of trying to “confect” a political row with Westminster. 

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A spokesman for Michael Gove said: “It’s disappointing that the SNP administration has tried to confect yet another political row to pursue their separatist agenda over rumours.

“The SNP withdrew from work on the UK internal market over a year ago, have since challenged the existence of the UK internal market and now threaten our common frameworks programme.

“As we cautiously emerge from coronavirus and focus on our country’s recovery, we will consider how to bring people in the UK closer together, not put up more barriers.”

The spokesman outlined that sixty percent of Scottish trade was with the rest of the UK, worth over £50 billion to Scotland stressing “we won’t let the SNP threaten that”.

They added: “The UK Government will put the interests of people and businesses in Scotland, and right across the UK, first.

“We will respond carefully to this letter shortly and will continue working closely with all three devolved administrations.”

 



EU panic: Brussels terrified that WTO delay undermines bloc in tariff battle against Trump

The World Trade Organisation has pushed back the decision by at least five months due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Brussels is worried the delay harms the EU’s right to launch retaliatory tariffs against Washington over subsidies for aerospace giant Boeing. A European Commission spokesman said: “The EU is very concerned about this and we have communicated this to the WTO.

“We believe that the delay would not be justified, even in the context of COVID-19 and that it would be detrimental to the EU’s retaliatory rights under WTO rules.”

The United States has already won the right to slap tariffs on $7.5 billion of EU goods in a similar case over subsidies for European platemaker Airbus.

The decision was made by the WTO last October as part of a long running spat subsidies between Brussels and Washington.

The EU wants to reach an agreement with the US over plane subsidies to finally settle the dispute.

However, experts believe this won’t happen until the WTO awards Brussels with the right to impose tariffs.

The US tariffs focus on planes, olives, tools and whisky from Airbus-building countries Britain, France, Germany and Spain.

They also target cheese, wine and pork from across the EU.

Washington increases the tariff rates in February and is now investigating an additional list of $3.1 billion worth of tariffs on products.

The fresh list includes bakery goods, beer, gin and vodka from the four plane producing countries.

It was drawn up by the US Trade Representative and includes 26 other products.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has said she was disappointed by Washington’s actions, warning against the possibility of a “tit-for-tat” tariffs row.

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And the trade body is now considering a parallel case involving illegal support for Boeing, which could allow the EU to impose tariffs later this year.

In a statement, the EU said: “It creates uncertainty for companies and inflicts unnecessary economic damage on both sides of the Atlantic.

“This is particularly the case are companies are now trying to overcome the economic difficulties in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.”



EU panic: Brussels terrified that WTO delay undermines bloc in tariff battle against Trump

The World Trade Organisation has pushed back the decision by at least five months due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Brussels is worried the delay harms the EU’s right to launch retaliatory tariffs against Washington over subsidies for aerospace giant Boeing. A European Commission spokesman said: “The EU is very concerned about this and we have communicated this to the WTO.

“We believe that the delay would not be justified, even in the context of COVID-19 and that it would be detrimental to the EU’s retaliatory rights under WTO rules.”

The United States has already won the right to slap tariffs on $7.5 billion of EU goods in a similar case over subsidies for European platemaker Airbus.

The decision was made by the WTO last October as part of a long running spat subsidies between Brussels and Washington.

The EU wants to reach an agreement with the US over plane subsidies to finally settle the dispute.

However, experts believe this won’t happen until the WTO awards Brussels with the right to impose tariffs.

The US tariffs focus on planes, olives, tools and whisky from Airbus-building countries Britain, France, Germany and Spain.

They also target cheese, wine and pork from across the EU.

Washington increases the tariff rates in February and is now investigating an additional list of $3.1 billion worth of tariffs on products.

The fresh list includes bakery goods, beer, gin and vodka from the four plane producing countries.

It was drawn up by the US Trade Representative and includes 26 other products.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has said she was disappointed by Washington’s actions, warning against the possibility of a “tit-for-tat” tariffs row.

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And the trade body is now considering a parallel case involving illegal support for Boeing, which could allow the EU to impose tariffs later this year.

In a statement, the EU said: “It creates uncertainty for companies and inflicts unnecessary economic damage on both sides of the Atlantic.

“This is particularly the case are companies are now trying to overcome the economic difficulties in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.”