Boris Johnson news: Fears over energy crisis continue as PM condemns NI protocol
Alok Sharma insists gas supplies are secure
The energy crisis will not cause fires to go out this winter, the business secretary said.
Kwasi Kwarteng insisted the country had sufficient capacity to meet customer demand, calling the contrary thoughts “alarmist, unnecessary and completely wrong.”
“There is absolutely no question of the lights going out or that people cannot heat their homes,” he said.
His comments come after wholesale gas prices rose 70% in August, leading to the collapse of four energy companies in recent days.
Elsewhere, Boris Johnson has warned that post-Brexit trade complications with Northern Ireland “cannot last forever” as his government plans to override parts of its deal with the EU.
Speaking from New York on Monday, the prime minister said he was not trying to “fan” the situation for “political ends”, insisting he just wished “common sense” to prevail .
Critics, however, suggest his government signed a deal they knew would cause trade friction between Britain and Northern Ireland.
Climate activists are harming their own cause with highway blockades, says Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson has accused global warming activists of harming their own cause by disrupting daily life with stunts like the repeated blocking of highways.
Johnson said Isulate Britain protesters who targeted M25 junctions in Kent, Surrey, Essex and Hertfordshire had undermined the climate emergency message at a time when it is increasingly under fire. account by the British people.
He added that the government was right to seize new powers to displace protesters when they threaten critical infrastructure like roads and railroads or take direct action that risk causing “serious economic damage.”
Tom BatchelorSeptember 20, 2021 6:45 PM
UK and France ‘united at the hip’, Defense Secretary says
The Defense Secretary said the UK and France are “united at the hip” as he insisted there was “no backstabbing” on a lucrative contract of money. -marines.
Ben Wallace has sought to downplay suggestions of a rift between the two nations, although his French counterpart Florence Parly has postponed a meeting with him as the international fallout from the contract line continues.
He told MPs: “The United States and France are our closest allies.
“The United States is the cornerstone of NATO, spending and contributing far more than any other European country to this security.
“He has been the guarantor of European security for decades and this should not be forgotten.
“When it comes to France, I have an extremely close relationship with my French counterpart, I only met her a month or two ago, I had dinner with her in Paris even months before.
“Britain and France, on many issues, are hip, complex weapons, counterterrorism, West and East African issues, and in fact more recently in places like Iraq and Syria. “
Tom BatchelorSeptember 20, 2021 6:18 PM
Johnson ‘delighted’ to meet Brazilian Bolsonaro
Boris Johnson said he was “delighted” to meet Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during his visit to New York.
Joined by new Foreign Minister Liz Truss at the residence of the British Consulate General, the Prime Minister said he had promised to come to Brazil before the ‘disappointment’ of Covid-19, adding: ‘But we are working together on vaccines.
“AstraZeneca is an excellent vaccine. I have AstraZeneca.
As the press left the room, Mr Johnson told them: “Thank you all, get the AstraZeneca vaccines.”
He turned to Mr Bolsonaro and said: “I have had it twice.”
Mr Bolsonaro pointed and waved his finger, “not yet,” he said through an interpreter, before laughing.
They discussed their own battles with coronavirus infections, before Mr Bolsonaro bragged about having developed “excellent” immunity to the disease.
Tom BatchelorSeptember 20, 2021 6:04 PM
Government “moves away from instant changes” to redlist
Grant Shapps told MPs that “instant changes” to the red list of travel countries may not be needed in the future.
The transport secretary said: “On the red list, I must of course repeat the general warning with which we have always had to live with the coronavirus, namely that you never know what will happen with the coronavirus.
“But I think 18 months later we’re in a world where we know immunization makes a very sustained difference and I really hope we’ve moved away from a world where instant change is needed.”
Tom BatchelorSeptember 20, 2021 5:49 PM
PM “don’t count our chickens” on global climate commitments
Boris Johnson said that increased US financial commitment to tackle climate change would make a “huge difference”.
He told reporters in New York: “We’ve been here before, we’ve all heard a lot of promises, a lot of positive noises, let’s see where we are.
“We are not counting our chickens.”
Mr Johnson has previously claimed that there is only “six in 10 chances” of reaching the target before the UK hosts the Cop26 climate summit in November.
But a change in US engagement “would send an extremely powerful signal to the world,” he said.
Tom BatchelorSeptember 20, 2021 5:36 PM
‘Incredibly Important’ Britain’s Relations with France
Boris Johnson again insisted that the UK’s relations with France were “incredibly important” as he sought to discuss cross-Channel relations amid a row over a new US, UK and UK defense pact. Australian.
The Prime Minister, speaking at a press conference in New York where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly, said: “Our relationship with France is incredibly important, it is historic, it goes back a long way. , long time.
“It is based on shared values, a shared belief in democracy, we work together all over the world.
“The UK and France are side by side in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel, we are side by side in the Baltic states in NATO’s largest current mission.
“And it’s an extraordinary fact: there is another country in the world with whom we share a program to conduct mock nuclear tests. What country is it ? It’s France.
Tom BatchelorSeptember 20, 2021 5:28 PM
Shapps takes stock of his travel plan
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps, after announcing the trip to the United States, told MPs: “We will now expand the policy to a range of other countries, including Canada and Japan, from October 4 for those who can demonstrate their fully immunized status.
“This will bring the number of countries and territories concerned to 50.
“The UK will now set the standards it expects other countries to meet in terms of certification so that their citizens can benefit from this change.
“We will be happy to work with anyone who applies and can meet these standards.
“And I can tell the House today that we are in the final stages of doing it with our friends in the United Arab Emirates, because recovery is the best way to support the aviation industry.
“As one of the most vaccinated countries in the world, we can now use our advantage to further liberalize travel while protecting public health.”
Tom BatchelorSeptember 20, 2021 5:20 PM
PM welcomes opening of trips to the United States
Speaking at a press conference in New York, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the US announcement to ease travel restrictions came “faster than expected.”
He said, “They can make it by Thanksgiving.” This is a good thing.
“I thank all the members of the joint US-UK task force who have worked hard.
“And I thank the president for the progress we have been able to make.
“Yes, we did it faster than expected, but it’s thanks to the hard work of our teams. “
Here are the details of the new travel arrangements:
Tom BatchelorSeptember 20, 2021 5:13 PM
Johnson blames economic recovery for increased gas demand
Boris Johnson said the business model of energy companies had been “severely affected” by the market turmoil.
“When the wholesale price goes up massively, skyrockets like that and they have loads of customers on fixed retail prices, then it’s very difficult,” he told reporters in New York.
“We are working very hard to find a way through, also to maintain a constant supply of gas.”
Mr Johnson said the economic recovery was like “the great thaw” after a freeze froze the pipes.
“That’s when you have the problems, the leaks and all the hardships, that’s really what happens to the global economy,” he said.
“It thaws out very quickly and you see problems in the supply chains, a very high demand for gas around the world is causing this phenomenon but we are going to fix it.”
Tom BatchelorSeptember 20, 2021 5:06 PM
Boris Johnson discusses ‘short-term’ energy crisis upon arrival in New York
Boris Johnson addressed the sharp rise in gas prices when he arrived for a diplomatic visit to New York, saying it was a temporary problem caused by the “wake-up” of the global economy after the pandemic.
“There are a lot of short-term problems, not just in our country in the UK, but around the world, caused by the gas supply,” the Prime Minister said. “We have to try to fix it as quickly as possible. “
Watch: Boris Johnson discusses ‘near-term’ energy crisis upon arrival in New York
Boris Johnson addressed the sharp rise in gas prices when he arrived for a diplomatic visit to New York, saying it was a temporary problem caused by the “wake-up” of the global economy after the pandemic. “There are a lot of short-term problems, not just in our country in the UK, but around the world, because of the gas supply,” the PM said. “We have to try to fix it. as fast as possible. “Prices have risen higher in Britain than elsewhere in Europe and critics say Mr Johnson’s decision to leave the EU’s single energy market is to blame.
Tom BatchelorSeptember 20, 2021 5:05 PM