Truss’s admission talks on trade deal with US have been shelved is ‘terrible news for UK economy’, Labour says – UK politics live | Politics

Truss’s admission talks on commerce cope with US have been shelved is ‘horrible information for UK financial system’, Labour says

Good morning. As my colleague Pippa Crerar studies, it seems Barack Obama was proper in spite of everything. In terms of a free commerce cope with the US, post-Brexit Britain actually is behind the queue.

Liz Truss admitted that she didn’t count on talks on a free commerce cope with the US to begin “within the quick to medium time period” whereas talking to reporters final night time on her aircraft over to New York, the place she is attending the United Nations common meeting. Nobody who has adopted progress in direction of the “large” free commerce deal as soon as promised will probably be shocked by the substance of what Truss stated; it has been clear since Joe Biden gained the US presidential election that in the intervening time the deal is all however useless. However the truth that Truss was ready to confess this fairly brazenly is notable. Final 12 months, on an analogous journey to the US, Boris Johnson was extra evasive.

In answering the query candidly, Truss was additionally burying a dedication within the Conservative social gathering’s 2019 manifesto, which stated:

Our objectives for British commerce are accordingly formidable. We purpose to have 80 per cent of UK commerce lined by free commerce agreements inside the subsequent three years, beginning with the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

The Truss remark additionally marks the return of No 10 as a news-generation machine. After the demise of the Queen, all authorities enterprise was placed on maintain and even the sources who give journalists unattributable briefings roughly clammed up. However now political information is again. We will probably be listening to extra from Truss later at this time, and this morning Michelle Donelan, the brand new tradition secretary, has performed a full interview spherical. I’ll summarise the important thing factors shortly.

Labour opposed Brexit in 2016, however below Keir Starmer it’s now presenting itself because the social gathering that might “make Brexit work”, and it now routinely assaults the Tories for failing to implement Brexit correctly. Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow worldwide commerce secretary, says Truss’s admission that the US free commerce deal gained’t occur is “horrible information” for the financial system. He says:

The admission that there isn’t a prospect of a commerce cope with the USA is horrible information for the UK financial system – it’s costing billions in misplaced potential commerce alternatives and holding again progress.

There isn’t any doubt that the blame for this mess lies on the door of the prime minister, who tarnished the UK’s worldwide fame as overseas and worldwide commerce secretary. This is a humiliation for Liz Truss.

The Conservative manifesto promised a commerce cope with the USA by the tip of this 12 months, now this has no likelihood of being delivered.

Solely the contemporary begin a Labour authorities can present will rebuild these worldwide relationships and run a commerce coverage centered on progress.

Parliament isn’t sitting at this time. Right here is the agenda.

Lunchtime (UK time): Liz Truss is anticipated to report interviews in New York, the place she is in a go to to attend the United Nations common meeting.

Round 4pm (UK time): Truss is because of maintain a gathering with Emmanuel Macron, the French president.

Additionally, sooner or later at this time Brandon Lewis, the brand new justice secretary, is because of maintain a gathering with the Felony Bar Affiliation to debate the barristers’ strike.

I attempt to monitor the feedback under the road (BTL) however it’s unattainable to learn all of them. When you have a direct query, do embody “Andrew” in it someplace and I’m extra prone to discover it. I do attempt to reply questions, and if they’re of common curiosity, I’ll put up the query and reply above the road (ATL), though I can’t promise to do that for everybody.

If you wish to entice my consideration shortly, it’s most likely higher to make use of Twitter. I’m on @AndrewSparrow.

Alternatively, you’ll be able to e mail me at andrew.sparrow@theguardian.com

Rosie Cooper has indicated that she intends to stand down as Labour MP for West Lancashire to take up a new job as chair of the Mersey Care NHS foundation trust. In her statement announcing the move Cooper says that events in recent years have “undoubtedly taken their toll” – a reference to Cooper being targeted by a neo-Nazi who was jailed for life in 2019 for plotting to kill her.

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Cooper’s statement implies she will resign and trigger a byelection. At the last election she had a majority of more than 8,000 over the Conservatives, and in a byelection Labour would be expected to hold the seat very easily.

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Liz Truss is due to meet Emmanuel Macron, the French president, at the UN this afternoon. It will be their first proper meeting since she scandalised mainstream diplomatic opinion during the Tory leadership contest by refusing to say whether she considered him a friend or foe. The response from Macron was seen as considerably more statesmanlike.

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Michelle Donelan, the culture secretary, was asked about Truss’s comment this morning. She could have said said that Truss was just making a joke (which was probably at least half true – look at the expression on Truss’s face in the video clip), but it is never wise to contradict the boss and instead Donelan defended what Truss said. Asked if Truss should apologise to Macron, Donelan told Times Radio:

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Well, absolutely not. The prime minister is entitled to make comments on any topic she should see fit to do so. So I don’t think she needs to apologise.

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But on LBC Donelan did sound more conciliatory. She said it would be a mistake to “overegg” the comment made by Truss, and she claimed the PM has had “many warm conversations” with Macron over the past week.

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About a quarter of a million people queued for up to 17 hours to see the Queen’s coffin as it lay in state at Westminster Hall, Michelle Donelan, the culture secretary, said this morning.

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She also refused to say how much the government spent staging the state funeral for the Queen, but she said “the British public would argue that that was money well spent”.

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My colleague Tobi Thomas has the story here.

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In her first PMQs as prime minister, Liz Truss said that under her premiership there would be “tweaks” to the online safety bill to ensure it did more to protect free speech. The bill is currently at report stage in the House of Commons, which means MPs have already spent many hours debating it, but the government could still table amendments in the Commons or in the House of Lords.

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In her interviews this morning Michelle Donelan, the new culture secretary, claimed that the changes proposed by Truss would not affect the measures in the bill protecting children. They would only relate to ensuring “we’ve got the balance right in terms of free speech in relation to adults”, she said.

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She told the Today programme:

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I’m not going to announce today exactly how we’ll be changing [the bill] as a result of the due course of will probably be to try this in parliament.

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However that factor is in relation to adults. The bits in relation to kids and on-line security won’t be altering. And that’s the overarching goal of the invoice, and why we put it in our manifesto.

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However Donelan didn’t clarify how the provisions within the invoice could possibly be made much less restrictive for adults with out the power of kids to entry dangerous materials additionally being affected. Social media corporations have been notoriously unhealthy at implementing age controls.

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Ministers are reviewing the decisions to privatise Channel 4 and to scrap the BBC licence fee, Michelle Donelan, the new culture secretary, has said. My colleague Jessica Elgot has the story here.

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Liz Truss will address the UN general assembly on Thursday. In another item of news to emerge from her trip overnight, No 10 has said she will promise that UK military aid to Ukraine in 2023 will match, or exceed, the military aid offered this year. In its news release Downing Street says:

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The UK is already the second largest military donor to Ukraine, committing £2.3bn in 2022. We have trained 27,000 members of the Ukrainian armed forces since 2015, and in the last year we have provided hundreds of rockets, five air defence systems, 120 armoured vehicles and over 200,000 pieces of non-lethal military equipment.

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Last week saw the largest commercial road move of ammunition since the second world war as tens of thousands more rounds of UK-donated artillery ammunition went to the front lines in Ukraine.

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The precise nature of UK military support in 2023 will be determined based on the needs of the armed forces of Ukraine. However, it is expected to include equipment like the multiple launch rocket system, provided to Ukraine by the UK and others, which has been decisive in allowing Ukraine to re-gain over 3,000 square kilometres of territory in recent days.

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Good morning. As my colleague Pippa Crerar reports, it turns out Barack Obama was right after all. When it comes to a free trade deal with the US, post-Brexit Britain really is at the back of the queue.

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Liz Truss admitted that she did not expect talks on a free trade deal with the US to start “in the short to medium term” while speaking to reporters last night on her plane over to New York, where she is attending the United Nations general assembly. No one who has followed progress towards the “massive” free trade deal once promised will be surprised by the substance of what Truss said; it has been clear since Joe Biden won the US presidential election that for the time being the deal is all but dead. But the fact that Truss was prepared to admit this quite openly is notable. Last year, on a similar trip to the US, Boris Johnson was more evasive.

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In answering the question candidly, Truss was also burying a commitment in the Conservative party’s 2019 manifesto, which said:

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Our goals for British trade are accordingly ambitious. We aim to have 80 per cent of UK trade covered by free trade agreements within the next three years, starting with the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

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The Truss comment also marks the return of No 10 as a news-generation machine. After the death of the Queen, all government business was put on hold and even the sources who give journalists unattributable briefings more or less clammed up. But now political news is back. We will be hearing more from Truss later today, and this morning Michelle Donelan, the new culture secretary, has done a full interview round. I will summarise the key points shortly.

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Labour opposed Brexit in 2016, but under Keir Starmer it is now presenting itself as the party that would “make Brexit work”, and it now routinely attacks the Tories for failing to implement Brexit properly. Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow international trade secretary, says Truss’s admission that the US free trade deal won’t happen is “terrible news” for the economy. He says:

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The admission that there is no prospect of a trade deal with the USA is terrible news for the UK economy – it is costing billions in lost potential trade opportunities and holding back growth.

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There is no doubt that the blame for this mess lies at the door of the prime minister, who tarnished the UK’s international reputation as foreign and international trade secretary. This is an embarrassment for Liz Truss.

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The Conservative manifesto promised a trade deal with the United States by the end of this year, now this has no chance of being delivered.

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Only the fresh start a Labour government can provide will rebuild these international relationships and run a trade policy focused on growth.

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Parliament is not sitting today. Here is the agenda.

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Lunchtime (UK time): Liz Truss is expected to record interviews in New York, where she is in a visit to attend the United Nations general assembly.

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Around 4pm (UK time): Truss is due to hold a meeting with Emmanuel Macron, the French president.

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Also, at some point today Brandon Lewis, the new justice secretary, is due to hold a meeting with the Criminal Bar Association to discuss the barristers’ strike.

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I try to monitor the comments below the line (BTL) but it is impossible to read them all. If you have a direct question, do include “Andrew” in it somewhere and I’m more likely to find it. I do try to answer questions, and if they are of general interest, I will post the question and reply above the line (ATL), although I can’t promise to do this for everyone.

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If you want to attract my attention quickly, it is probably better to use Twitter. I’m on @AndrewSparrow.

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Alternatively, you can email me at andrew.sparrow@theguardian.com

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Rosie Cooper has indicated that she intends to stand down as Labour MP for West Lancashire to take up a new job as chair of the Mersey Care NHS foundation trust. In her statement announcing the move Cooper says that events in recent years have “undoubtedly taken their toll” – a reference to Cooper being targeted by a neo-Nazi who was jailed for life in 2019 for plotting to kill her.

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Cooper’s statement implies she will resign and trigger a byelection. At the last election she had a majority of more than 8,000 over the Conservatives, and in a byelection Labour would be expected to hold the seat very easily.

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Liz Truss is due to meet Emmanuel Macron, the French president, at the UN this afternoon. It will be their first proper meeting since she scandalised mainstream diplomatic opinion during the Tory leadership contest by refusing to say whether she considered him a friend or foe. The response from Macron was seen as considerably more statesmanlike.

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Michelle Donelan, the culture secretary, was asked about Truss’s comment this morning. She could have said said that Truss was just making a joke (which was probably at least half true – look at the expression on Truss’s face in the video clip), but it is never wise to contradict the boss and instead Donelan defended what Truss said. Asked if Truss should apologise to Macron, Donelan told Times Radio:

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Well, absolutely not. The prime minister is entitled to make comments on any topic she should see fit to do so. So I don’t think she needs to apologise.

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But on LBC Donelan did sound more conciliatory. She said it would be a mistake to “overegg” the comment made by Truss, and she claimed the PM has had “many warm conversations” with Macron over the past week.

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About a quarter of a million people queued for up to 17 hours to see the Queen’s coffin as it lay in state at Westminster Hall, Michelle Donelan, the culture secretary, said this morning.

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She also refused to say how much the government spent staging the state funeral for the Queen, but she said “the British public would argue that that was money well spent”.

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My colleague Tobi Thomas has the story here.

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In her first PMQs as prime minister, Liz Truss said that under her premiership there would be “tweaks” to the online safety bill to ensure it did more to protect free speech. The bill is currently at report stage in the House of Commons, which means MPs have already spent many hours debating it, but the government could still table amendments in the Commons or in the House of Lords.

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In her interviews this morning Michelle Donelan, the new culture secretary, claimed that the changes proposed by Truss would not affect the measures in the bill protecting children. They would only relate to ensuring “we’ve got the balance right in terms of free speech in relation to adults”, she said.

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She told the Today programme:

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I’m not going to announce today exactly how we’ll be changing [the bill] as a result of the due course of will probably be to try this in parliament.

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However that factor is in relation to adults. The bits in relation to kids and on-line security won’t be altering. And that’s the overarching goal of the invoice, and why we put it in our manifesto.

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However Donelan didn’t clarify how the provisions within the invoice could possibly be made much less restrictive for adults with out the power of kids to entry dangerous materials additionally being affected. Social media corporations have been notoriously unhealthy at implementing age controls.

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Ministers are reviewing the decisions to privatise Channel 4 and to scrap the BBC licence fee, Michelle Donelan, the new culture secretary, has said. My colleague Jessica Elgot has the story here.

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Liz Truss will address the UN general assembly on Thursday. In another item of news to emerge from her trip overnight, No 10 has said she will promise that UK military aid to Ukraine in 2023 will match, or exceed, the military aid offered this year. In its news release Downing Street says:

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The UK is already the second largest military donor to Ukraine, committing £2.3bn in 2022. We have trained 27,000 members of the Ukrainian armed forces since 2015, and in the last year we have provided hundreds of rockets, five air defence systems, 120 armoured vehicles and over 200,000 pieces of non-lethal military equipment.

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Last week saw the largest commercial road move of ammunition since the second world war as tens of thousands more rounds of UK-donated artillery ammunition went to the front lines in Ukraine.

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The precise nature of UK military support in 2023 will be determined based on the needs of the armed forces of Ukraine. However, it is expected to include equipment like the multiple launch rocket system, provided to Ukraine by the UK and others, which has been decisive in allowing Ukraine to re-gain over 3,000 square kilometres of territory in recent days.

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Good morning. As my colleague Pippa Crerar reports, it turns out Barack Obama was right after all. When it comes to a free trade deal with the US, post-Brexit Britain really is at the back of the queue.

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Liz Truss admitted that she did not expect talks on a free trade deal with the US to start “in the short to medium term” while speaking to reporters last night on her plane over to New York, where she is attending the United Nations general assembly. No one who has followed progress towards the “massive” free trade deal once promised will be surprised by the substance of what Truss said; it has been clear since Joe Biden won the US presidential election that for the time being the deal is all but dead. But the fact that Truss was prepared to admit this quite openly is notable. Last year, on a similar trip to the US, Boris Johnson was more evasive.

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In answering the question candidly, Truss was also burying a commitment in the Conservative party’s 2019 manifesto, which said:

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Our goals for British trade are accordingly ambitious. We aim to have 80 per cent of UK trade covered by free trade agreements within the next three years, starting with the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

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The Truss comment also marks the return of No 10 as a news-generation machine. After the death of the Queen, all government business was put on hold and even the sources who give journalists unattributable briefings more or less clammed up. But now political news is back. We will be hearing more from Truss later today, and this morning Michelle Donelan, the new culture secretary, has done a full interview round. I will summarise the key points shortly.

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Labour opposed Brexit in 2016, but under Keir Starmer it is now presenting itself as the party that would “make Brexit work”, and it now routinely attacks the Tories for failing to implement Brexit properly. Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow international trade secretary, says Truss’s admission that the US free trade deal won’t happen is “terrible news” for the economy. He says:

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The admission that there is no prospect of a trade deal with the USA is terrible news for the UK economy – it is costing billions in lost potential trade opportunities and holding back growth.

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There is no doubt that the blame for this mess lies at the door of the prime minister, who tarnished the UK’s international reputation as foreign and international trade secretary. This is an embarrassment for Liz Truss.

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The Conservative manifesto promised a trade deal with the United States by the end of this year, now this has no chance of being delivered.

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Only the fresh start a Labour government can provide will rebuild these international relationships and run a trade policy focused on growth.

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Parliament is not sitting today. Here is the agenda.

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Lunchtime (UK time): Liz Truss is expected to record interviews in New York, where she is in a visit to attend the United Nations general assembly.

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Around 4pm (UK time): Truss is due to hold a meeting with Emmanuel Macron, the French president.

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Also, at some point today Brandon Lewis, the new justice secretary, is due to hold a meeting with the Criminal Bar Association to discuss the barristers’ strike.

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I try to monitor the comments below the line (BTL) but it is impossible to read them all. If you have a direct question, do include “Andrew” in it somewhere and I’m more likely to find it. I do try to answer questions, and if they are of general interest, I will post the question and reply above the line (ATL), although I can’t promise to do this for everyone.

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If you want to attract my attention quickly, it is probably better to use Twitter. I’m on @AndrewSparrow.

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Alternatively, you can email me at andrew.sparrow@theguardian.com

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Labour’s Rosie Cooper signifies she is going to stand down as MP to take new job as chair of NHS belief

Rosie Cooper has indicated that she intends to face down as Labour MP for West Lancashire to take up a brand new job as chair of the Mersey Care NHS basis belief. In her assertion saying the transfer Cooper says that occasions lately have “undoubtedly taken their toll” – a reference to Cooper being focused by a neo-Nazi who was jailed for all times in 2019 for plotting to kill her.

Assertion from West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper pic.twitter.com/yJ6nbMaeIh

— Rosie Cooper MP (@rosie4westlancs) September 20, 2022

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Cooper’s assertion implies she is going to resign and set off a byelection. On the final election she had a majority of greater than 8,000 over the Conservatives, and in a byelection Labour can be anticipated to carry the seat very simply.

Rosie Cooper
Rosie Cooper. {Photograph}: PA

No want for Truss to apologise to Macron for not saying whether or not he was good friend or foe, says Donelan

Liz Truss is because of meet Emmanuel Macron, the French president, on the UN this afternoon. It is going to be their first correct assembly since she scandalised mainstream diplomatic opinion throughout the Tory management contest by refusing to say whether or not she thought of him a good friend or foe. The response from Macron was seen as significantly extra statesmanlike.

Michelle Donelan, the tradition secretary, was requested about Truss’s remark this morning. She may have stated stated that Truss was simply making a joke (which was most likely not less than half true – have a look at the expression on Truss’s face within the video clip), however it’s by no means clever to contradict the boss and as an alternative Donelan defended what Truss stated. Requested if Truss ought to apologise to Macron, Donelan informed Occasions Radio:

Properly, completely not. The prime minister is entitled to make feedback on any matter she ought to see match to take action. So I don’t assume she must apologise.

However on LBC Donelan did sound extra conciliatory. She stated it might be a mistake to “overegg” the remark made by Truss, and he or she claimed the PM has had “many heat conversations” with Macron over the previous week.

Emmanuel Macron and Liz Truss.
Emmanuel Macron and Liz Truss. Composite: Rex; Getty

International Justice Now, which campaigns for a fairer international financial system, has welcomed the information that there will probably be no UK-US free commerce deal within the subsequent few years. Jean Blaylock, its commerce marketing campaign supervisor, stated:

It’s an actual aid that there’s no quick prospect of a US-UK commerce deal, as Liz Truss has proven few indicators she may negotiate her approach out of a chlorinated hen field.

The expertise of the Australia commerce deal is that Truss is prepared to sacrifice virtually something she is requested to sacrifice to get a deal – and meals requirements, environmental protections and labour rights undergo because of this.

About 250,000 folks queued to see Queen’s coffin in London, says tradition secretary Michelle Donelan

A couple of quarter of one million folks queued for as much as 17 hours to see the Queen’s coffin because it lay in state at Westminster Corridor, Michelle Donelan, the tradition secretary, stated this morning.

She additionally refused to say how a lot the federal government spent staging the state funeral for the Queen, however she stated “the British public would argue that that was cash properly spent”.

My colleague Tobi Thomas has the story right here.

The Liberal Democrats say Liz Truss is personally guilty for the failure of the UK to strike a commerce cope with the US (see 9.44am) as a result of she was worldwide commerce secretary, after which overseas secretary. In a press release Layla Moran, the social gathering’s overseas affairs spokesperson, stated:

That is the newest damaged promise on commerce from Liz Truss and the Conservatives. Companies up and down the nation are tangled in pink tape, farmers have been offered down the river, and now it seems {that a} cope with one in all our largest companions isn’t even on the desk.

Liz Truss’s cack-handed diplomacy over the Northern Eire protocol has develop into a serious roadblock to getting this very important commerce deal even began.

Any competent political social gathering would have made certain the commerce after which overseas secretary accountable for this collection of failures can be held accountable. As a substitute, the Conservatives have made her prime minister.

Layla Moran.
Layla Moran. {Photograph}: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Tradition secretary claims ‘tweaks’ to make on-line security invoice much less restrictive will solely relate to adults, not kids

In her first PMQs as prime minister, Liz Truss stated that below her premiership there can be “tweaks” to the web security invoice to make sure it did extra to guard free speech. The invoice is at the moment at report stage within the Home of Commons, which implies MPs have already spent many hours debating it, however the authorities may nonetheless desk amendments within the Commons or within the Home of Lords.

In her interviews this morning Michelle Donelan, the brand new tradition secretary, claimed that the adjustments proposed by Truss wouldn’t have an effect on the measures within the invoice defending kids. They’d solely relate to making sure “we’ve obtained the steadiness proper when it comes to free speech in relation to adults”, she stated.

She informed the At the moment programme:

I’m not going to announce at this time precisely how we’ll be altering [the bill] as a result of the due course of will probably be to try this in parliament.

However that factor is in relation to adults. The bits in relation to kids and on-line security won’t be altering. And that’s the overarching goal of the invoice, and why we put it in our manifesto.

However Donelan didn’t clarify how the provisions within the invoice could possibly be made much less restrictive for adults with out the power of kids to entry dangerous materials additionally being affected. Social media corporations have been notoriously unhealthy at implementing age controls.

Michelle Donelan
Michelle Donelan. {Photograph}: Victoria Jones/PA

Cleaners sweeping the streets in Parliament Square this morning following the funeral of Queen Elizabeth yesterday.
Cleaners sweeping the streets in Parliament Sq. this morning following the funeral of Queen Elizabeth yesterday. {Photograph}: Tom Nicholson/Reuters

Ministers to assessment Channel 4 privatisation and scrapping of BBC licence payment

Ministers are reviewing the selections to privatise Channel 4 and to scrap the BBC licence payment, Michelle Donelan, the brand new tradition secretary, has stated. My colleague Jessica Elgot has the story right here.

Truss says UK navy assist to Ukraine in 2023 will match, or exceed, navy assist supplied this 12 months

Liz Truss will handle the UN common meeting on Thursday. In one other merchandise of stories to emerge from her journey in a single day, No 10 has stated she is going to promise that UK navy assist to Ukraine in 2023 will match, or exceed, the navy assist supplied this 12 months. In its information launch Downing Avenue says:

The UK is already the second largest navy donor to Ukraine, committing £2.3bn in 2022. Now we have educated 27,000 members of the Ukrainian armed forces since 2015, and within the final 12 months we now have supplied tons of of rockets, 5 air defence programs, 120 armoured autos and over 200,000 items of non-lethal navy gear.

Final week noticed the biggest industrial street transfer of ammunition because the second world conflict as tens of hundreds extra rounds of UK-donated artillery ammunition went to the entrance strains in Ukraine.

The exact nature of UK navy assist in 2023 will probably be decided primarily based on the wants of the armed forces of Ukraine. Nonetheless, it’s anticipated to incorporate gear just like the a number of launch rocket system, supplied to Ukraine by the UK and others, which has been decisive in permitting Ukraine to re-gain over 3,000 sq. kilometres of territory in current days.

Truss’s admission talks on commerce cope with US have been shelved is ‘horrible information for UK financial system’, Labour says

Good morning. As my colleague Pippa Crerar studies, it seems Barack Obama was proper in spite of everything. In terms of a free commerce cope with the US, post-Brexit Britain actually is behind the queue.

Liz Truss admitted that she didn’t count on talks on a free commerce cope with the US to begin “within the quick to medium time period” whereas talking to reporters final night time on her aircraft over to New York, the place she is attending the United Nations common meeting. Nobody who has adopted progress in direction of the “large” free commerce deal as soon as promised will probably be shocked by the substance of what Truss stated; it has been clear since Joe Biden gained the US presidential election that in the intervening time the deal is all however useless. However the truth that Truss was ready to confess this fairly brazenly is notable. Final 12 months, on an analogous journey to the US, Boris Johnson was extra evasive.

In answering the query candidly, Truss was additionally burying a dedication within the Conservative social gathering’s 2019 manifesto, which stated:

Our objectives for British commerce are accordingly formidable. We purpose to have 80 per cent of UK commerce lined by free commerce agreements inside the subsequent three years, beginning with the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

The Truss remark additionally marks the return of No 10 as a news-generation machine. After the demise of the Queen, all authorities enterprise was placed on maintain and even the sources who give journalists unattributable briefings roughly clammed up. However now political information is again. We will probably be listening to extra from Truss later at this time, and this morning Michelle Donelan, the brand new tradition secretary, has performed a full interview spherical. I’ll summarise the important thing factors shortly.

Labour opposed Brexit in 2016, however below Keir Starmer it’s now presenting itself because the social gathering that might “make Brexit work”, and it now routinely assaults the Tories for failing to implement Brexit correctly. Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow worldwide commerce secretary, says Truss’s admission that the US free commerce deal gained’t occur is “horrible information” for the financial system. He says:

The admission that there isn’t a prospect of a commerce cope with the USA is horrible information for the UK financial system – it’s costing billions in misplaced potential commerce alternatives and holding again progress.

There isn’t any doubt that the blame for this mess lies on the door of the prime minister, who tarnished the UK’s worldwide fame as overseas and worldwide commerce secretary. This is a humiliation for Liz Truss.

The Conservative manifesto promised a commerce cope with the USA by the tip of this 12 months, now this has no likelihood of being delivered.

Solely the contemporary begin a Labour authorities can present will rebuild these worldwide relationships and run a commerce coverage centered on progress.

Parliament isn’t sitting at this time. Right here is the agenda.

Lunchtime (UK time): Liz Truss is anticipated to report interviews in New York, the place she is in a go to to attend the United Nations common meeting.

Round 4pm (UK time): Truss is because of maintain a gathering with Emmanuel Macron, the French president.

Additionally, sooner or later at this time Brandon Lewis, the brand new justice secretary, is because of maintain a gathering with the Felony Bar Affiliation to debate the barristers’ strike.

I attempt to monitor the feedback under the road (BTL) however it’s unattainable to learn all of them. When you have a direct query, do embody “Andrew” in it someplace and I’m extra prone to discover it. I do attempt to reply questions, and if they’re of common curiosity, I’ll put up the query and reply above the road (ATL), though I can’t promise to do that for everybody.

If you wish to entice my consideration shortly, it’s most likely higher to make use of Twitter. I’m on @AndrewSparrow.

Alternatively, you’ll be able to e mail me at andrew.sparrow@theguardian.com