Brexit LIVE: Never worked! Beaune lashes out as France prepares to sue UK in fishing row

Astha Saxena

Ministers tackle ‘EU’s war against imperial measurements’ as pint-sized bottles return

Pint-sized sparkling wine bottles may return to Britain as the country begins to rid itself of unwanted EU legislation which has stuck around post-Brexit.

The imperial measurement for the fizzy booze is being pedalled by ministers and vintners alike, with Liz Truss reviewing “hangover” EU laws after taking over from former Brexit minister Lord Frost who resigned last week.

Before joining the EU in 1973 and adopting the ban on the glass container, as well as other uses of imperial measurements, it is thought 60 percent of all champagne sold in the country was in imperial pint-sized bottles.

The drink was famously favoured by Winston Churchill, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War and again a decade later.

Astha Saxena

‘Lost its strength’ Conservative MP says he wouldn’t ‘take the knee’ as it is ‘showbizzy’

A Conservative MP has told Express.co.uk he would not take the knee for Black Lives Matter – because it is “showbizzy”.

Louie French, who won the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-election earlier this month, believes taking the knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement had “lost its strength” but stressed he still strongly supported those who wished to carry out the gesture.

Mr French explained: “I wouldn’t personally look to be taking the knee.

“I respect the people’s right to campaign or protest, things that people feel strongly about.”

Astha Saxena

Start packing Boris! Brexiteers turn on PM over ‘interim’ deal plot ‘No better than May’

Boris Johnson’s admission that he would be willing to accept an “interim” agreement on the Northern Ireland Protocol has triggered an angry reaction among Express.co.uk readers, with one suggesting it is time to “pack his bags”.

The Prime Minister confirmed he would be willing to accept a temporary deal on the issue – centred on the dispute over the mechanism for preventing a hard border on the island of Ireland – in a letter to constituent Dr Timothy Bradshaw, which was subsequently shared with Express.co.uk.

Mr Johnson’s letter followed similar remarks by Lord David Frost last week – but it arrived after the Brexit Minister quit his cabinet role, with his brief passing to Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

And plenty of readers suggested the Tory MP for South West Norfolk should replace the current occupant of Number 10 sooner rather than later.

Astha Saxena

Sturgeon’s Brexit problem: Scots sick of EU obsession ‘turn against Independence’

Nicola Sturgeon has been told her party will never achieve Scottish independence if it continues to obsess over the European Union.

The New Year is likely to bring about renewed calls for Scotland to hold a second independence push, with the previous vote approaching its eight anniversary.

According to some critics, the SNP is held back most by its political agenda beyond that of supporting independence.

The SNP may still, after a difficult two years, hold a firm position in both Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament, and in Westminster.

Astha Saxena

‘***k off SNP!’ Celtic fans turn on Sturgeon over new Covid measures – ‘Closed for us’

Scottish football fans have turned on Nicola Sturgeon over the introduction of new Covid restrictions on Boxing Day.

The SNP leader has announced a range of new measures which will be introduced just after Christmas Day. Mass gatherings will be banned and pubs will be forced to revert to table service.

Scottish football fans have vented their frustration at the rules which will hit the sport hard.

From December 26, matches will be limited to 500 fans.

Astha Saxena

Brigitte Macron takes legal actions over ‘false Twitter rumours’ she was born male

Brigitte Macron is set to sue those who spread a conspiracy theory claiming she was first born a boy and transitioned.

The French First Lady was the target of an article published in ultraconservative magazine “Faits et documents” earlier in 2021.

Written by Natacha Rey, the article claims that after three years of investigation, they can confirm Ms Macron was born Jean-Michel Trogneux, making her the first trans first lady.

The accusations were taken seriously by a number of conspiracy theory websites from October until Ms Rey promoted her investigation on a psychic show on YouTube.

The French First Lady was the target of an article published in ultraconservative magazine “Faits et documents” earlier in 2021. Written by Natacha Rey, the article claims that after three years of investigation, they can confirm Ms Macron was born Jean-Michel Trogneux, making her the first trans first lady.

Steven Brown

Brexiteers turn on PM over ‘interim’ deal plot

Boris Johnson’s admission that he would be willing to accept an “interim” agreement on the Northern Ireland Protocol has triggered an angry reaction among Express.co.uk readers, with one suggesting it is time to “pack his bags”.

Referring to Mr Johnson’s predecessor, one reader, Harburn, commented: “Not one jot better than May – perhaps they should have read the small print.

“If Brexit wasn’t a disaster the Prime Minister and Remain politicians have turned it into one.

“They are an embarrassment to the hard working British taxpayer and the Conservatives will pay at the next election.”

Steven Brown

Nicky Campbell claimed Christmas not same since Brexit

Nicky Campbell claimed he now “dreaded” Christmas because of what the Brexit vote has done for conversation around the dinner table.

During a Radio 5 Live show in 2018, he revealed how he was “dreading” Christmas because of the Brexit vote — it having dominated and divided conversation at the dinner table.

He said: “I am slightly dreading Christmas lunch.

“We have got my brother-in-law, sister-in-law and there are going to be two people at the table who are diametrically opposed on Brexit.

“It comes up and every time it comes up I have to go, ‘No! No! We’re not having that’, because it inevitably gets pretty full on.

“I’m sure there are lots of families up and down the country like that.

“We need to set our differences to one side for Christmas and play football between the trenches.”

Steven Brown

Brexit row descended into chaos after Father Christmas snuck into Parliament

Brexit debating in Parliament was plunged into chaos after a person dressed as Father Christmas made a surprise appearance in the House of Commons three years ago, with one MP suggesting it may have been a ploy from Theresa May to get MPs to back her deal.

The last five years has seen MPs in the UK furiously debate Brexit, and one year their squabbles descended further into chaos when Father Christmas rocked up at Parliament in 2018.

His arrival prompted an MP to ask if he was there “to save Brexit”.

He appeared as Chelmsford MP Vicky Ford was making a speech about the Irish backstop.

In bizarre footage, she stops midway and says: “Hello Father Christmas.”

Steven Brown

Andrew Neil swiftly silences moaning Rejoiner’s anti-Brexit rant

Andrew Neil has swiftly silenced a Rejoiner’s anti-Brexit rant with a brutal putdown of the EU.

Mr Neil, journalist and chairman of The Spectator, was involved in a spat on Twitter following a Rejoiner’s rant about Brexit.

The 72-year-old was formerly the chairman of GB News. To begin the exchange, @TomLondon6 asked: “Can anyone name ONE clear (intentional) benefit of Brexit?”

After Jane Riekemann replied Mr Neil continued: “Remainers in positions of UK power would have insisted we stick to EU vax procurement if we’d still been in the EU.

“People like would have been up in arms at even thought of going it alone.

“Wrong. Ireland has no VAT on tampax.

“But once you levy it (as the UK did) you can’t remove it.”

Paul Withers

‘We will initiate a European dispute!’ Clement Beaune lashes out at UK in fishing licences row

France’s Europe minister has revealed France is preparing to take legal action against the UK in the row over fishing licences.

He said there will be a high-profile meeting with European Union representatives on January 4.

Litigation at a special tribunal put in place by the Brexit accords will start in “the very first days of January”.

Mr Beaune told France 2 television: “The strategy of seeking the division of Europeans has never worked.

“We are going to initiate a European dispute, which is a legal procedure that can lead to retaliatory measures.”

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Brexit LIVE: Clement Beaune has sent another furious warning to the UK (Image: GETTY)

Paul Withers

‘Even more European!’ Andrew Neil blasts Boris over missed Brexit opportunity

The Prime Minister has come under attack from the veteran journalist over his failure to take advantage of Brexit, claiming the UK has “never looked more European”.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Mr Neil listed how Brexit Britain was starting to look like a continental state by increasing taxes and expanding the size of the state.

He said: “It doesn’t get more European than that.”

But Mr Neil insisted the one way the UK can “transform” post-Brexit is through regulatory reform.

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Brexit LIVE: Boris Johnson has come under attack from Andrew Neil (Image: GETTY)

Paul Withers

Furious backlash to new £313m UK-EU fishing deal

There has been a furious backlash to a new deal between the UK and EU on fishing quotas for 2022, with both sides accused by environmentalists of breaking a pledge to end overfishing.

The agreement for catch limits for next year will enable UK fisheries to catch 140,000 tonnes of fish.

Catch levels for around 100 shared fish stocks in joint EU and UK waters were finalised in talks.

But environmentalists have argued the agreement has failed to honour an agreement to end unsustainable fishing.

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Brexit LIVE: A new UK-EU deal worth around £313m has sparked a furious backlash (Image: )

Paul Withers

€7 visa fee and application explained

The €7 fee is a one-off payment for three years and will have to be paid again once this 36-month period expires.

This payment had been in place for all non-EU countries and Britons are now being hit by the fee as the UK is no longer part of the bloc.

Those aged under 18 or over 70 will not have to make an application.

Paul Withers

Boris to ‘CAVE’ to EU as PM confirms ‘interim’ deal plan – leaked letter

The Prime Minister has confirmed his intention to strike an “interim agreement” with the EU to resolve a continuing dispute but also insisted he remains ready to deploy the nuclear option if necessary.

In a letter seen by Express.co.uk, Mr Johnson admitted talks over post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland were not close to reaching a resolution.

He said: “As things stand neither Northern Ireland nor the UK more broadly gets any say on the way EU legislation is imposed on Northern Ireland.

“Unfortunately, the negotiations are not yet close to delivering outcomes which can genuinely solve the problems presented by the Protocol.”

Dr Timothy Bradshaw, a constituent who wrote to the Prime Minister to put him on the spot over the Northern Ireland Protocol, said the response has left him concerned Mr Johnson was ready to “cave in” and “abandon Brexit” completely.

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Brexit LIVE: Boris Johnson is coming under pressure over the Northern Ireland Protocol (Image: GETTY)

Paul Withers

Brexiteer rages at €7 visa fee for Brits accessing 26 Schengen EU countries

Ben Habib told Express.co.uk: “This is vintage EU. Petty in the extreme.

“In this case the €7 charge per trip will only serve to damage Europeans.

“Europe needs British tourism.

“Ask any of the southern rim countries and they will tell you how crucial we are to their hospitality trade. Less so to Germany.

“If Von der Leyen, a German, wishes to play out her political vindictiveness at their cost, on her head be it.

“The UK should not reciprocate in kind. European should be welcome to spend their money here!”

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Brexit LIVE: Ursula von der Leyen has come under furious attack from a leading Brexiteer (Image: GETTY)

Paul Withers

Beaune sets date for legal action against UK over fishing licenses

Clement Beaune has said the process of legal action against the UK over the issue of post-Brexit fishing licences will begin as early as the start of January.

The French Europe minister said there will be a high-profile meeting with EU representatives on January 4.

Litigation at a special tribunal put in place by the Brexit accords will start in “the very first days of January”.

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Brexit LIVE: European fishing dependence on British waters (Image: GETTY)

Paul Withers

The Schengen area states that will see Brits pay €7 to enter form late 2022

The EU has said the visa fee and pre-registration of details of all British travellers will apply to any trips to all Schengen area states, plus the non-Schengen micro-states of Andorra and Monaco.

The Schengen Area is an area comprising 26 European countries that have officially abolished all passport and other types of border control at their mutual borders.

The ETIAS requirements will therefore be in place for Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, San Marino, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Malta, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland Vatican City.

Harry Byrne

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