UK hopes are fading fast for a free trade deal with America. Boris Johnson met Joe Biden last night at the White House for the first time to discuss climate change and trade.
The US president took the opportunity to issue a warning to the Prime Minister over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
During face-to-face talks in the Oval Office, he said he believed “very strongly” in protections for peace in Northern Ireland.
It appeared to be a warning to the UK against ripping up the Protocol, which imposes custom checks on goods travelling from Great Britain. UK government officials are now looking at other ways to boost transatlantic trade.
Political Editor Ben Riley-Smith reports from Washington DC that one option would be joining the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement .
In New York, an NBC journalist secured a genuine scoop from an interview with Mr Johnson. For the first time, he confirmed that he has six children – and joked that he changes “a lot of nappies”.
Mr Johnson has faced years of speculation about the number of children he has, but refuses to discuss the topic. Sketchwriter Michael Deacon watched as, just this once, questions about personal matters were not off-limits .
Mr Johnson will today tell the world it must “grow up” and act now on climate change in a speech to the UN General Assembly.
Macron may offer up UN seat in push for EU army
France’s seat on the United Nations Security Council could be put “at the disposal of the European Union” if its governments back Emmanuel Macron’s plans for an EU army , a close ally of the French president has said. Paris is spearheading a diplomatic push for closer EU military integration after Australia pulled out of a £45 billion contract for diesel-powered French submarines and signed the Aukus security pact with the US and UK instead. A standing EU army remains a distant prospect. But Europe Editor James Crisp says Mr Macron is determined to lay its foundation stones . Meanwhile, the European Commission has announced that it will try to ban Apple phone chargers .
Not OK boomer: Ofcom’s new list of ‘offensive’ words
“Gammon” and “Karen” have been added to a list of offensive words by Ofcom, with political labels now ranked by the watchdog. Terms such as “remoaner”, “snowflake” and “boomer” are also included by the media regulator in a survey of swear words and terms that could upset TV and radio audiences. See a full list of words that are deemed to be offensive .
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Sport briefing: Jones ‘will quit in two years’
Eddie Jones confirmed he would walk away as England head coach in two years’ time after delivering the biggest squad shake-up of his tenure. Daniel Schofield reports on “the last chapter” . In golf, Bryson DeChambeau indicated his feud with Brooks Koepka is over by revealing he shared dinner with his US teammate for the second time in a month .
Business briefing: Energy crunch crisis – Q&A
The world’s leading energy authority has issued a rare public rebuke to Russia over a crunch in gas supplies as fears grow that Moscow is stoking a winter energy crisis. Russia “could do more” to increase gas supplies to the Continent , the International Energy Agency said. Our experts answer your burning questions on the crisis here at midday.
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