Brexit news live: Latest updates as Boris Johnson accused of blaming public for Covid test chaos at PMQs

Meanwhile, the prime minister has been warned by US congress members that the UK government’s “disturbing” plan to breach the terms of the Brexit deal puts at risk any future trade deal between the two countries.

The warning comes as Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, is set to meet today with senior US politicians including Mike Pompeo and Nancy Pelosi, the latter of whom has herself warned that a breach of the Brexit deal’s Northern Ireland protocol would mean there were “absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing through Congress”. 


Boris Johnson unable to say how much care home workers earn per hour

The prime minister was unable to answer a question on how much care workers in the UK earn per hour during today’s questioning from MPs.

Our Policy Correspondent, Jon Stone, has the report:

Kate Ng16 September 2020 12:36


Sir Ed Davey, the newly elected leader of the Liberal Democrats, has asked Boris Johnson about new research that shows three quarters of families with disabled children had their care support stopped during lockdown.

He said the Coronavirus Act is “partly to blame as it relaxed the duties to assess and meet the needs of disabled people”.

“As a father of a disabled child… I have seen legal advice that suggests that his government broke international law on how the Coronavirus Act reduced the rights of disabled people,” added Mr Davey.

Mr Johnson replied saying he was “no aware of that particular allegation” and will be “happy to write to him” to clarify.

Kate Ng16 September 2020 12:34


Keir Starmer has tweeted his support for deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner from self-isolation:

Kate Ng16 September 2020 12:28


Angela Rayner is proving popular in her questions to the prime minister in the House of Commons today.

Boris Johnson has been described as being “blustery” and “floundering” by viewers on social media.

Kate Ng16 September 2020 12:19


Boris Johnson is making his way to the House of Commons ahead of prime minister’s questions, which is due to start at 12pm.

The prime minister will face deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner at the despatch box as she takes the place of Sir Keir Starmer, who is isolating.

Liam James16 September 2020 11:56


Starmer: Family test result negative

Sir Keir Starmer has announced the coronavirus test result for one of his children has come back negative.

The Labour leader began isolating on Monday after his child showed possible Covid symptoms.

Liam James16 September 2020 11:36


How worried should Boris Johnson be about Brexit Bill rebels?

While warnings against the government’s Internal Market Bill pile up abroad, our chief political commentator John Rentoul asks whether the prime minister has any cause for concern closer to home: 

Liam James16 September 2020 11:27


European Commission president: UK cannot unilaterally disregard Brexit treaty

Ursula von der Leyen said the uk cannot unilaterally change or disregard the Withdrawal Agreement signed with the EU.

The European Commission president used her first State of the Union address to warn Boris Johnson’s government that trust in the UK would be undermined if it were to renege on treaty obligations.

“The European Union and the UK jointly agreed that it was the best and only way for ensuring peace on the island of Ireland and we will never backtrack on that,” Ms von der Leyen said before the European Parliament.

“This agreement has been ratified by this house and the House of Commons. It cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded, disapplied.

“This is a matter of law and trust and good faith.”

Ms von der Leyen went on to quote Margaret Thatcher speaking ahead of the 1975 EEC referendum, when the former prime minister said: “Britain does not break treaties. It would be bad for Britain, bad for relations with the rest of the world and bad for any future treaty on trade.”

The commission president said Thatcher’s words were “true then and true today”, adding: “Trust is the foundation of any strong partnership.”

Liam James16 September 2020 11:05


Simon Hoare told Mr Lewis the Internal Market Bill would be better if it made clear the law-breaking clauses would only come into effect after an arbitration period.

Mr Hoare said the government has created a “rather clumsy elephant trap” that has caused international anxiety over the UK’s intentions that could have been avoided were the Bill clearer.

Liam James16 September 2020 10:44


Committee chair Simon Hoare asked whether Boris Johnson was wrong when he said the Northern Ireland protocol in the Brexit deal was “in perfect conformity with the Good Friday Agreement” last October.

The Northern Ireland secretary replied that the prime minister was right but the protocol was “always subject to being ironed out”.

Liam James16 September 2020 10:34

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