Good morning. Most prime ministers over the past 50 years have devoted a substantial quantity of their time to Northern Ireland. That has not been true of Boris Johnson, who has by no means proven nice curiosity within the place and, even when Northern Ireland and the backstop was derailing the Brexit negotiations throughout Theresa May’s premiership, declared at one meeting: “The Northern Ireland issue is a gnat.”
But as we speak Johnson is visiting Belfast and, forward of his journey, he has written a surprisingly detailed and nuanced 2,000-word article for the Belfast Telegraph in regards to the area and its politics. He has tweeted a hyperlink.
His go to takes place a day earlier than a authorities announcement about laws that might permit the UK authorities to abandon elements of the Northern Ireland protocol – a provocative transfer that has infuriated the EU, because it was first reported a couple of week in the past, and that would theoretically set off a commerce warfare with the EU. Here is our preview.
But, after days of aggressive sabre rattling from the UK authorities, Johnson is now adopting a extra conciliatory strategy in his Belfast Telegraph article. He insists that the UK does not want to scrap the protocol, and that he believes a “sensible landing spot” within the talks with the EU about modifications to the way it operates is feasible. He says:
The protocol was agreed in good religion. And it’s why those that want to scrap the protocol, slightly than looking for modifications, are specializing in the mistaken factor …
There is with out question a smart touchdown spot wherein everybody’s pursuits are protected. Our shared goal should be to the create the broadest doable cross-community help for a reformed protocol in 2024.
This is sort of totally different from the tone adopted by Liz Truss, the international secretary, in latest days. Whether that’s as a result of they’re engaged in a diplomatic model of the “good cop, bad cop” routine with regards to Brussels, or whether or not it’s as a result of No 10 has belatedly concluded that Truss’s belligerency was counterproductive, is not clear.
I’ll put up extra on the article quickly.
Here is the agenda for the day.
11.30am: Downing Street holds a foyer briefing.
12:30pm: Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer on ITV speak present Loose Women. In his first Loose Women interview, Sir Keir will likely be speaking about scandals at Westminster and his mom’s arthritis as it is going to be Arthritis Care Awareness Week.
Afternoon: Johnson holds talks with the Northern Ireland political leaders at Hillsborough Castle. At some level Johnson will even go to Thales, the Northern Ireland defence company that has been producing tools utilized in Ukraine.
2.30pm: Michael Gove, the levelling up secretary, takes questions within the Commons.
3.15pm: Andrew Bailey, governor of the Bank of England, provides proof to the Commons Treasury committee.
After 3.30pm: The Queen’s speech debate resumes, masking training and social care.
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