Boris Johnson live news: Latest updates as Macron “marks the PM clown”

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Parliament has been hit by a major security breach after an intruder broke through a barrier to gain access to the Palace of Westminster.

Armed police chased the male suspect and pinned him to the ground inside New Palace Yard before taking him away.

An officer said The independent the man entered the courtyard by “jumping” a security barrier at the entrance to the car gate used by Boris Johnson and other ministers.

Previously, the French media had reported that Emmanuel Macron had called Boris Johnson “a clown” in private conversations with advisers.

Le Canard Enchaîné magazine quoted the French president as saying he was able to have serious conversations with the prime minister in private, only to find him “giving us a hard time” in public later.

The comments come amid an ongoing feud between London and Paris over the Channel crisis, with both sides accusing the other of failing to stem the flow of refugees and migrants making the treacherous journey from the Great -Brittany and France.

“It’s sad to see a big country with which we could do a lot of things, led by a clown,” said Macron.


Full report: Macron “qualifies the PM as a clown”

Emmanuel Macron described Boris Johnson as “a clown” in private conversations with advisers, according to information published in the French press.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock has the full report:

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 4:04 PM


Full Report: Breach of Parliament Security as Man ‘Jumps’ Barrier

My colleague Adam forrest has more details on the security breach in parliament:

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 4:00 PM


Watch: Boris Johnson says border bill grants power to ‘turn back migrants at sea’

Boris Johnson says border bill grants power to ‘push back migrants at sea’

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 3:37 PM


Who won the PMQ?

Boris Johnson was taken to task in PMQs earlier by Keir Starmer, who questioned the PM about allegations he broke lockdown rules, among other issues.

Who won the exchange? My colleague Kate plummer To indy100 has this point of view on who came out on top:

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Priti Patel gives in to pressure to prevent RNLI from prosecution for saving lives of migrants

Priti Patel has bowed to pressure to prevent the RNLI and other charities from being prosecuted for rescuing asylum seekers in the English Channel.

A controversial series of new laws would criminalize “facilitating the entry of asylum seekers” by taking them ashore, even if it is not done for payment or any sort of criminal gain.

Our home affairs and security correspondent Lizzie dearden reports:

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 3:05 PM


New poll: 55% in favor of Scottish independence

More than half of Scottish voters are in favor of UK independence, according to a new poll.

An IpsosMori survey found that 55% of those polled said they would vote “Yes” in a future referendum compared to 45% who would not.

Ipsos said support for the break with the UK is 5 percentage points higher than it was in early May.

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 2:55 PM


Ministers risk ‘endangering’ civil servants unless homework becomes a fault, union warns

Ministers risk “dereliction of duty” unless they decide to make work from home the default position of officials, where they can in a bid to tackle the spread of the omicron Covid variant, the minister warned. largest union in Whitehall.

My colleagues Simon murphy and Anna isaac report:

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 2:45 PM


PM: the deportation plans qualified as illegal will continue despite the drownings

Controversial plans to “push back” refugee boats to the Channel will continue, despite 27 deaths last week and growing legal challenges, Boris Johnson pledged.

Our Deputy Political Editor Rob merrick reports:

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 2:35 PM


Scottish Tory leader affected by standards probe

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has also been added to the list of MPs under investigation by Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone.

The Moray MP revealed last month that he referred to the commissioner after failing to report thousands of pounds of outside income from his second job as MSP and his third job as an adjudicator of soccer.

Like Cabinet Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, Ross is currently under investigation for “registering an interest in the first category of the Guide to Rules (Employment and Income)”.

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 2:24 PM


Rape victims demoralized by “distressing” delays in the justice system

Rape victims are “lucky” if their case is heard in court within four years, lawyers for MPs have warned.

MPs were told that the plaintiffs were demoralized and “abandoned the system” while the police waited for the suspects to be charged.

Senior lawyers told the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee today that a lack of resources may be one of the main factors behind the low rate of rape prosecutions.

Kirsty Brimelow QC, Vice President of the Criminal Bar Association, said: “There are more and more delays, which I have to say is very depressing and painful.

“Having seen – certainly in my early years of practice – how cases involving complainants and sexual offenses will be accelerated, you are now in luck if the case is heard within four years between complaint and trial. And it is not all due to the backlog.

Figures released earlier this month showed police forces in England and Wales recorded the highest number of rapes and the second highest number of sexual offenses in a 12-month period.

But separate data shows the proportion of suspects brought to justice has fallen to an all-time high and remains lowest for rape cases.

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