'CIA moles' and postcolonial baggage: The foreigners on Hong Kong's protest front lines
Prime minister has said he is ‘very confident’ deal will be approved in historic Commons vote on Saturday
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And here is some Twitter comment from journalists on the Dominic Raab interview (see 8.42am.)
From the Independent’s Rob Merrick
Very revealing.....Dominic Raab hails a “cracking deal” for Northern Ireland because it will keep “frictionless access to the single market”
That’s EXACTLY why the rest of the UK will be left poorer, of course
Dominic Raab desperately trying to spin the deal as not creating a customs border in the Irish Sea. Checks or no checks, there will be a customs border in the Irish Sea. Goods passing through NI to EU from GB will be taxed with EU tariff - hence there will be a border #r4today
Not necessarily a bad thing. Many in NI will be thrilled by having one foot in each customs regime. But it’s simply disingenuous to claim this doesn’t create a customs border. Raab should just cough to it and admit it is a UK concession (EU made plenty as well) #r4today
Good morning. I’m Andrew Sparrow, taking over from Ben Quinn.
The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, got the 8.10am slot on the Today programme this morning, and he was asked about how Boris Johnson can defend his new Brexit plan, which would in practice put a customs border down the Irish Sea, when, in a speech to the DUP conference last year, he said no Conservative government could sign up to a plan that would impose customs controls between Britain and Northern Ireland.
If we wanted to do free trade deals, if we wanted to cut tariffs ... if we wanted to vary our regulation then we would have to leave Northern Ireland behind as an economic semi-colony of the EU and we would be damaging the fabric of the union with regulatory checks and even customs controls between Great Britain and Northern Ireland – on top of those extra regulatory checks down the Irish Sea that are already envisaged in the withdrawal agreement.
Now I have to tell you, no British Conservative government could or should sign up to any such arrangement.
Under the new arrangements, the only tariff that could conceivably be levied in relation to goods in Northern Ireland would be in relation to those that come from GB where the idea is to circumvent the rules of the single market and the ultimate destination is mainland Europe. Even then the UK has a double safeguard of waiver or reimbursement. That is not something that was there before.
In terms of the regulatory side of customs, the paperwork of customs, there will be none from Northern Ireland to Britain. Great Britain to Northern Ireland already has regulatory declarations, there is already a regulatory border but not a customs border. So there will be a incremental additional section that would have to be filled out on the form. But that is not a substantial extra burden for business.Continue reading...
Rolling coverage of the latest business and economic news, as fresh data shows Chinese GDP grew at its weakest rate since the early 1990s
It’s been a pretty lacklustre start to the Friday session across European markets:
As the pound holds its breath ahead of ‘super Saturday’, the markets dealt with another disastrous – well, relative to the country’s usual performance – figure out of China.
Coming in at a worse than forecast 6.0%, China’s third quarter GDP reading saw growth at its lowest for nearly 3 decades... The country is clearly continuing to feel the trade war squeeze, putting all the more pressure on the so-far insubstantial – and uncertain, given the dispute over Hong Kong – ‘partial trade deal’ announced last weekend.
Over in Europe, carmakers are taking a hit after Renault cut its sales guidance and profitability forecasts.Continue reading...
£400,000 worth of drugs also confiscated in a week as part of coordinated campaign
More than 700 people have been arrested and more than £400,000 worth of drugs confiscated in a week of UK-wide crackdowns on county lines gangs, police have said.
In coordinated law enforcement activity between 7 and 13 October, 49 “deal lines” across Britain were disrupted, 389 vulnerable adults and 292 children were safeguarded and 169 weapons were seized, including 12 guns and various knives, swords and machetes.Continue reading...