Brexit 

Express
TORY MPs have called for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal to be “urgently” looked at following months of red-tape chaos caused by exports.
Tory and Labour MPs on the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFEA) made the judgment in their Brexit Impact Report. The report examined the state of Seafood and meat exports to the EU following the end of the 2020 transition period.
Tory and Labour MPs on the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFEA) made the judgment in their Brexit Impact Report. The report examined the state of Seafood and meat exports to the EU following the end of the 2020 transition period.
The Brexit deal averted tariffs or quotas on almost all goods produced in the UK and EU.
But British exports must comply with EU health and safety standards and conformity rules, and there are strict rules governing products made with parts originating outside the EU or UK. 

Fisheries 

Express
BREXIT fishing disputes could get ugly as France threatened “retaliatory measures”.
The UK has secured a trade deal with the EU, resulting in changes to the fishing quotas enjoyed by European vessels in British waters. The deal ensures that 25.
He said there would be “retaliation measures” taken if the UK does not “deliver licenses [and] authorisation to access their waters for fishing”.
Mr Beaune, a key ally of President Emmanuel Macron, even said that the City of London could be targeted if the fishing dispute isn’t resolved, City AM reported.
He said: “We will give none – it is quid pro quo.
“The UK is expecting a number of authorisations from us on financial services. We will not give any until we have guarantees that, on fisheries and other issues, the UK respects its commitments.  

Guardian
The failure of the UK government to seal a fishing quota deal with Norway – despite heralding a “historic” Brexit agreement with the country last year – is a disaster that will have serious consequences, say fishery leaders.
“This is actually a loss of real fishing opportunities,” said Barrie Deas, the chief executive of the National Federation of Fisherman’s Organisations, “and in that sense we’ve gone backwards”.
The North Atlantic is key to UK fishing interests because it provides a large stock of cod and haddock for the nation’s fish and chip shops.
Andrew Crook, the president of the National Federation of Fish Friers, warned that it could increase the price of fish and chips.

Environment 

Guardian
Restrictions on the sale of coal, wet wood and manufactured solid fuels that can be burned in the home have come into force in  England as the government attempts to cut air pollution.
Wood-burning stoves and open fires can still be used from 1 May but must be fuelled by cleaner alternatives, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.
They are a big source of the pollutant PM2.5, which can enter the bloodstream, lodge in lungs and other organs and has been identified by the World Health Organization as the most serious air pollutant for human health.
The particles have been linked to a wide range of health damage, particularly in younger and older people.
The restrictions, which form part of the government’s clean air strategy, mean bagged coal and wet wood of less than 2 cubic metres cannot be sold, and wet wood in larger volumes must be sold with advice on how to dry it before burning.
The changes also mean all manufactured solid fuels must now have a low sulphur content and only emit a small amount of smoke.
In addition, a new certification scheme will involve products being certified and labelled by suppliers to ensure they can be easily identified, and retail outlets will only be able to sell fuel with the correct label. 

Masks 

Mail
Company bosses can sack workers for refusing to wear a face mask, a tribunal has ruled.
An employment tribunal said a food firm in Kent was within its rights to dismiss a truck driver who refused to wear a mask while he was making a delivery to a client.
In one of the pandemic’s first employment disputes, Kent Foods was found to have acted fairly by sacking Deimantas Kubilius last June for failing to follow rules set out by the client, Tate & Lyle.
Mr Kubilius was making a delivery to Tate & Lyle, where workers were required to wear masks. Mr Kubilius refused, despite several requests from Tate & Lyle staff.
The tribunal heard that Mr Kubilius was willing to wear a mask outside his truck, but not in the cab, stating: ‘My cab is my home.’
But Tate & Lyle manager Jon Freeman was concerned about droplets coming from Mr Kubilius’s mouth when he spoke to people through the open window.  

Covid 

Sun
COVID modellers believe a third wave of the virus “may not happen” as the UK prepares to lift more lockdown restrictions.
Sage scientists had warned ministers that another wave of  infections could kill up to 20,000 people this summer.
However, Professor Adam Kucharski, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the effectiveness of the vaccine rollout had changed that.
He told the Telegraph: “There was considerable uncertainty about the impact of vaccines on infection and transmission earlier this year, but recent studies are landing at the more optimistic end of the scale – at least for the dominant B.1.1.7 variant.
“We could still see some increase in transmission as things reopen, but the resulting impact could be relatively low if the vaccine programme stays on track and we don’t end up with variants that can partially evade immunity.” 

ITV News
Self-isolation requirements for individuals who have been in contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus could be relaxed as a result of a major new study utilising rapid testing.
Daily lateral flow tests will be given to as many as 40,000 people who have a positive Covid-19 contact in the government-backed research announced on Sunday.
Instead of the 10 days of quarantine currently required, the participants will be sent a week’s worth of tests and will be able to go about their lives as before, as long as the results are negative.
The trial across England may provide greater evidence to reduce the length of time contacts of positive cases need to isolate, under efforts to restart social lives and reopen the economy.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This new pilot could help shift the dial in our favour by offering a viable alternative to self-isolation for people who are contacts of positive Covid-19 cases, and one that would allow people to carry on going to work and living their lives.” 

Evening Standard
Self-isolation requirements for individuals who have been in contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus could be relaxed as a result of a major new study utilising rapid testing.
Daily lateral flow tests will be given to as many as 40,000 people who have a positive Covid-19 contact in the Government-backed research announced on Sunday.
Instead of the 10 days of quarantine currently required, the participants will be sent a week’s worth of tests and will be able to go about their lives as before, as long as the results are negative.
The trial across England may provide greater evidence to reduce the length of time contacts of positive cases need to isolate, under efforts to restart social lives and reopen the economy. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This new pilot could help shift the dial in our favour by offering a viable alternative to self-isolation for people who are contacts of positive Covid-19 cases, and one that would allow people to carry on going to work and living their lives.” 

BBC News
People may not need to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone with Covid, if a new trial is successful.
The government-backed research will trial giving people daily lateral flow tests for seven days – instead of quarantining for 10 days.
So long as they test negative all week, they can carry on with their lives.
From 9 May, about 40,000 close contacts of people with Covid in England will be invited to take part in the study.
Self-isolating means staying at home and not leaving it – not even to buy food or medicines, or for exercise.
As part of this major new study, people will have to test themselves every morning for seven days and will be exempt from the legal requirement to quarantine at home every day they test negative, as long as they do not show any symptoms of Covid. 

Guardian
A rule forcing care home residents who go on any sort of outside visit to then spend two weeks in their room is being scrapped, the government announced on Saturday. Campaigners have hailed the reversal, with one group saying the regulation had turned “care homes into prisons”.
Under new guidance to begin from Tuesday, people living in care homes in England will not have to self-isolate if they leave the home to be in the garden of a relative or friend, or to visit outdoor spaces such as parks and beaches.
They must be accompanied by either a care worker or a named visitor, and must socially distance when away from the home. They cannot meet in groups, as currently permitted for others outside, and can go indoors only to use toilets.
The full guidance has not yet been set out, and could vary for areas with high or fast-rising levels of coronavirus infection, or the presence of variants of the virus being monitored by the government. 

Scotland 

Breitbart
A Member of Parliament for the left-separatist Scottish National Party (SNP) stoked controversy by saying it would “totally” accept dropping the pound for the euro and policing a hard border with England as the price of rejoining the European Union.
While notionally committed to leaving the United Kingdom in order to establish sovereign statehood for Scotland, few British political parties are more committed to reversing Brexit than the SNP, at least in their corner of Britain — even though this would entail giving up independence with respect to national fishing waters, agricultural policy, international trade deals, and a swathe of other policy areas which the European Union controls on behalf of its member-states.
One of the knottier issues for the party has been the fact that in seeking to rejoin the EU, a separate Scotland would not benefit from any of the opt-outs from the process of European integration which the United Kingdom had prior to Brexit, and would have to commit to joining the euro currency and enforcing a customs and regulatory border against England — by far Scotland’s largest trading partner, and crossed by thousands of Scots and Englishmen who live and work on either side of the frontier every day.
Previously, the SNP has sought to obscure these issues, suggesting Scotland would be able to keep the pound and even continue to have a say in monetary policy for the British currency — but Alyn Smith MP, the SNP spokesman on foreign affairs, has now told La Repubblica that the party is happy to be a “fully normal” member of the EU, enforcing all the rules required of it against England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and adopting the euro subject to yet another referendum. 

Times
The Scottish National Party is heading for a fourth term in office in Thursday’s Holyrood election. But the SNP’s hopes of winning a majority, which could be central to its independence hopes, are on a knife edge, according to a new poll.
The latest Panelbase survey for The Sunday Times indicates that Nicola Sturgeon will win in Scotland, perhaps with a majority of only one. The Conservatives are set to remain as the official opposition in second place. The once dominant Scottish Labour, which was voted out of power in 2007, is further away than ever from returning to government. Despite high personal approval ratings for its new leader, Anas Sarwar, it is on course for its worst Holyrood election result. 

India 

Express
MIXED messages from the EU may have led to as many as a fifth of all Covid infections in India, sources close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in Delhi said last night.
But they acknowledged that India must take responsibility for a “pandemic complacency” which turned triumph to disaster in just three short months. More than 18 million people have now been infected in India, with 400,000 new cases recorded yesterday – the world’s highest single-day total. The number of deaths jumped by 3,523, taking the toll to 211,853. In Delhi alone, where 400 died on Thursday, some 600 bodies are now being cremated every day with authorities warning that facilities could no longer cope. Leading virologist Dr Shahid Jameel, director of the Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University, said: “Vaccine hesitancy is not an issue now but it was. In the first part of the vaccine drive because we were on a falling daily curve and so at that time there was also a lot of this blood clotting matters that were being raised in the EU. It “was playing on people’s minds.”
And this view was backed by official sources who estimated that vacillations over vaccine safety may have accounted for as much as 20 percent of Indian infections, around four million in total. 

Breitbart
People arriving in Australia from coronavirus-ravaged India could face five years jail as the country strengthens an earlier travel ban, the government announced Saturday, in a bid to prevent the outbreak from spreading to its shores.
From Monday, any traveller into Australia who has been in India in the past 14 days could face fines and jail time, adding to a temporary ban announced earlier this week, which will remain in place until at least May 15.
The threat came after travellers on indirect flights from India exposed a loophole in the government’s attempt to temporarily block arrivals from the South Asian nation.
“The government does not make these decisions lightly,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement.
“However, it is critical the integrity of the Australian public health and quarantine systems is protected, and the number of COVID-19 cases in quarantine facilities is reduced to a manageable level.” 

Flagship 

Telegraph
Boris Johnson will announce within weeks a new national flagship named after the Duke of Edinburgh that will be seen as a successor to the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The new ship is expected to be named HMS Prince Philip and will boost British trade and drive investment into the UK economy.
HMY Britannia was controversially decommissioned by Labour prime minister Tony Blair in 1997. That decision “signalled the end of an unbroken succession of royal yachts dating back to the reign of King Charles II”, the Duke wrote in Britannia’s official history in 2003. 
The new ship would be crewed by the Royal Navy, senior sources said. It will be the first official government commemoration to Prince Philip. 
The announcement – dubbed Project Leith, after the Edinburgh district where the original yacht is moored – had been held up by a wrangle over whether the new ship was to be paid for by the Ministry of Defence or the Cabinet Office. 

Express
BORIS JOHNSON is set to announce a new national flagship, that will be named after the Duke of Edinburgh.
The new ship will cost around £200 million and will be seen as the successor to the Royal Yacht Britannia. It is expected to be named HMS Prince Philip and will be used by the Government to promote British interests around the world. Plans are afoot to use the new Royal vessel as a venue for important trade negotiations as well as a place to host summits and diplomatic talks.
At the same time it will be used to host members of the Royal Family, when they are on oversees trips. 

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