Boris Johnson live news: Latest updates as Merkel says Germany may ease travel restrictions

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Angela Merkel has raised the possibility of fully vaccinated Britons traveling to Germany after speaking with Boris Johnson at Checkers, amid concerns over plans to restrict travel to the EU.

The German Chancellor refused to immediately lift checks and stressed that the UK had also imposed its own rules on German travelers, but said restrictions could be relaxed for those who received both doses of a Covid vaccine in the “foreseeable future”.

“We have adopted some protective measures when we were not yet so familiar with a Delta variant,” the Chancellor told reporters at a press conference.

The Chancellor also said she was “optimistic” about finding a solution to the problems in Northern Ireland related to the post-Brexit trade deal.

She said she believed “pragmatic solutions” could be found so that the integrity of the single market was maintained and “acceptable solutions” were created. “I think I am optimistic that it can happen,” she said.

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No compromising news to come regarding Michael Gove, spokesperson says

Following the news of Michael Gove’s separation from his wife, Daily mail Journalist Sarah Vine, spokesperson, denied that the divorce announcement was a preemptive strike before the minister’s compromising news announcement.

When asked if the lack of responsibilities assigned to Mr Gove by the Prime Minister – including a review of the possibility of using so-called vaccine passports for big events and a large Brexit dossier – played a role role in the separation, Mr. Gove’s spokesperson said: “Mr. Gove continues to get down to business.”

Celine WadheraJuly 2, 2021 6:05 PM

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Unaccompanied refugee children wrongly refused family reunification

The High Court ruled on Friday that unaccompanied refugee children had been wrongly denied family reunification by the Home Office.

The Court found that the UK family reunification policy unlawfully advises social workers not to obtain assessments from local authorities of family members in the UK unless the Home Office is satisfied that there was a true family relationship – despite the fact that these ratings may in fact relate.

The move could see hundreds of children stranded in Europe reunite with parents in Britain.

Social Affairs Correspondent Mai Bulman see you.

Celine WadheraJuly 2, 2021 5:56 PM

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Michael Gove and Sarah Vine go their separate ways

The minister and his wife, Sarah Vine, had been married for almost 20 years before the split was announced.

The couple married in October 2001 but announced the end of their relationship on Friday as they are “in the process of finalizing their divorce”.

Writing for MailOnline this week, Ms Vine wrote about how Westminster “changes a person” – referring to Matt Hancock’s separation from his wife Martha, following his affair with his assistant Gina Coladangelo.

“The problem with the woman who knows you long before you become some kind of a world is that she sees through your facade,” she wrote.

A friend of the couple said the breakup was “entirely amicable” and added that no third parties were involved.

Celine WadheraJuly 2, 2021 5:38 PM

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Michael Gove and his wife divorce but “remain close friends”

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove and his wife, Daily mail Journalist Sarah Vine has agreed to separate and is currently in the process of finalizing her divorce, a spokesperson for the couple said.

“Michael and Sarah have agreed to separate and are in the process of finalizing their divorce.”

“They will continue to support their two children and they remain close friends. “

“The family is politely asking for privacy at this time and will not be commenting further.”

Celine WadheraJuly 2, 2021 5:13 PM

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Tory MPs turn on Hancock after by-election loss

Tory MPs blamed former Health Secretary Matt Hancock for the party’s failure to win a key by-election to Batley and Spen, which was lost by less than 350 votes.

Although Tory MPs predicted victory, counting on an internal Labor struggle, Labor managed to hold out with a shrunken majority.

A Conservative MP said: “Without Hancock we would have won it. “

Whitehall Editor Kate devlin see you.

Celine WadheraJuly 2, 2021 4:56 PM

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The Queen receives Angela Merkel at Windsor Castle

Following her meeting with the Prime Minister at Checkers earlier this afternoon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Berkshire for an audience with the Queen at Windsor Castle.

The Queen and Chancellor were pictured smiling and at a safe social distance from each other.

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Hours before welcoming the German Chancellor, the Queen had attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

The visit will be Angela Merkel’s last visit to the UK before she steps down as Chancellor later this year.

Celine WadheraJuly 2, 2021 4:37 PM

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Johnson downplays concerns over jabs and made-in-India travel

Boris Johnson has sought to allay fears that as many as five million Britons could be barred from visiting EU countries due to his passport system not recognizing their vaccinations.

The prime minister said on Friday he was “very confident” that the issue, which arose because the doses of AstraZeneca made in India have a different name, will be resolved.

The problem involves the Serum Institute of India being known as Covishield, which are the same as other AstraZeneca vaccines. However, as Covishield has not been cleared by the European regulator, it is not recognized by the EU.

“I see no reason why MHRA-approved vaccines should not be recognized as part of vaccine passports, and I’m very confident that won’t be a problem,” Mr Johnson told a conference. joint press release.

Cléa SkopelitiJuly 2, 2021 4:09 PM

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Johnson downplays concerns over jabs and made-in-India travel

Boris Johnson has sought to allay fears that as many as five million Britons could be barred from visiting EU countries due to his passport system not recognizing their vaccinations.

The prime minister said on Friday he was “very confident” that the issue, which arose because the doses of AstraZeneca made in India have a different name, will be resolved.

The problem implies that the Serum Institute of India is known as Covishield, which are the same as other AstraZeneca vaccines. However, as Covishield has not been cleared by the European regulator, it is not recognized by the EU.

“I see no reason why MHRA-approved vaccines should not be recognized as part of vaccine passports, and I’m very confident that won’t be a problem,” Mr Johnson told a conference. joint press release.

Cléa SkopelitiJuly 2, 2021 4:03 PM

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Batley and Spen chose hope over division – but really not by much

“The people of Batley and Spen rejected the division and voted for Hope. At least that’s what residents think of new Batley and Spen MP Kim Leadbeater. They didn’t dismiss the division of much, however. The division, in the form of Conservative candidate Ryan Stephenson, got just 323 votes behind Hope, out of 12,973 to 13,296. And if you add George Galloway’s 8,000 votes as well, then in the together it was a very strong evening for the division.

Here is Tom peck on yesterday’s by-election:

Cléa SkopelitiJuly 2, 2021 3:49 PM

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Batley and Spen chose hope over division – but really not by much

“The people of Batley and Spen rejected the division and voted for Hope. At least that’s what residents think of new Batley and Spen MP Kim Leadbeater. They didn’t dismiss the division of much, however. The division, in the form of Conservative candidate Ryan Stephenson, got just 323 votes behind Hope, out of 12,973 to 13,296. And if you also add the 8,000 votes for George Galloway, then in the together it was a very strong evening for the division.

Here is Tom peck on yesterday’s by-election:

Cléa SkopelitiJuly 2, 2021 3:49 PM

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