Afghan news live: Boris Johnson confirms troop withdrawal as Biden prepares to address nation
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Boris Johnson has confirmed that all British troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan.
Speaking earlier in parliament, the Prime Minister paid tribute to the “valor and sacrifice” of British troops who had served in the long struggle against the Taliban.
He said most of the remaining 750 British military trainers from the NATO mission have already left the country.
The move follows President Joe Biden’s announcement in April that he would withdraw remaining U.S. forces by the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, thus ending international military engagement in Afghanistan.
Mr Biden will address the United States later amid criticism that withdrawing troops from the region is a bad decision.
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Rory sullivanJuly 8, 2021 7:54 AM
Labor says PM is ‘reckless and stupid’ about Northern Ireland
Keir Starmer has targeted Boris Johnson for his handling of the situation in Northern Ireland.
Write in time, the Labor leader accused the Prime Minister of being “reckless and senseless” in his approach to the Good Friday deal, putting “his own narrow interests above those of the people of Northern Ireland”.
He added that Mr Johnson was risking the stability of the peace process “by his dishonesty”.
Rory sullivanJuly 8, 2021 7:56 AM
PM warns of Jewish ‘exodus’ from Northern Ireland
The Prime Minister has warned of an “exodus” of Jews from Northern Ireland following the protocol he signed with the EU.
It comes as the community struggles to access kosher meat due to new post-Brexit trade deals.
Senior British Jewish leaders met with Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis on Tuesday and called for action to avoid “potentially ending Jewish life in Belfast.”
Our political editor Andrew Woodcock reports:
Rory sullivanJuly 8, 2021 8:10 AM
Huge increase in ‘triple lockdown’ pensions could be removed
A sharp increase in the state pension could be cut over fears it might not be “fair,” said Rishi Sunak.
Under the ‘triple lock-in’ guarantee, pensions are expected to rise by around 8%, costing taxpayers up to Â£ 4 billion.
After twice refusing to guarantee that the increase would continue next year, the Chancellor said: âI recognize the concerns people have about this. I think these are very legitimate and fair concerns to raise. “
Rory sullivanJuly 8, 2021 8:22 AM
Government should consider cotton ban in Xinjiang following Uyghur “genocide”
The government should consider a ban on cotton products linked to Xinjiang, where China commits atrocities against Uyghurs, MPs suggested.
The Foreign Affairs Committee also recommended that ministers boycott the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics to protest human rights violations in the country.
Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative MP who chairs the committee, said the government’s actions have “proven ineffective” and “do not match its rhetoric”.
More than a million Uyghurs are believed to have been arbitrarily detained in Xinjiang, with authorities also implementing a program of forced sterilization.
Rory sullivanJuly 8, 2021 8:32 AM
Ministers have “absolutely no justification” for reforming human rights laws, say MPs
The government has “absolutely no justification” for making changes to the human rights law, MPs said.
Harriet Harman, Chair of the House of Commons Joint Human Rights Committee, said: âThe law respects Parliament and makes our courts powerful in the enforcement of human rights.
âThe government must not make any changes which, at the same time, make it more difficult for people to uphold their human rights and expose the government and agencies to more judgments against them in the European Court of Human Rights. man. “
Rory sullivanJuly 8, 2021 8:42 AM
Sunak’s shakedown? Chancellor insists he and Prime Minister are on “the same page”
As we reported earlier, Rishi Sunak refused to rule out removing the triple pension lockdown.
The move, which was first launched last month, has raised the possibility that the Chancellor is on a collision course with his big-spending boss.
But Mr Sunak insisted this morning that he and the prime minister were “on the same page”.
He also confirmed that the Â£ 20 per week increase in universal credit would be phased out in the fall, saying it was still a “temporary measure”.
Matt MathersJuly 8, 2021 09:00
Starmer: PM left borders open, now wants to let Delta variant tear up
Keir Starmer says the only reason the Covid restrictions continue to be discussed is because the Prime Minister has left the UK’s borders open – and now he wants to let the Delta variant ‘tear up’:
Matt MathersJuly 8, 2021 09:10
Isolation rules for those interviewed by the NHS app could be relaxed
There are several lines coming out of Rishi Sunak’s broadcast tour this morning.
He hinted that the isolation rules for those interviewed by the NHS app needed to be relaxed.
Our Deputy Political Editor Rob merrick reports:
Matt MathersJuly 8, 2021 9:30 AM
Boris Johnson escapes with rap on his fingers on free Caribbean vacation
Boris Johnson escaped with a blow to the fingers during a free Caribbean vacation provided by a donor for him and his fiancee Carrie Symonds.
The Commons Standards Committee called the Prime Minister’s actions in explaining the source of funding for the Â£ 15,000 break at a Mosquito villa “unsatisfactory”.
Our political editor Andrew Woodcock reports:
Matt MathersJuly 8, 2021 09:36