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Geoffrey Cox says it would be ‘unconscionable’ for government to over-ride withdrawal agreement

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Theresa May‘s former legal chief Geoffrey Cox said it would be ‘unconscionable’ for the Government to over-ride the Brexit divorce deal. 

MPs are preparing for tonight’s vote on the controversial Internal Market Bill, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson says is needed to prevent the EU holding Britain to ransom over Northern Ireland

Ministers are braced for a rebellion by Tory MPs, who are alarmed by the Government’s admission that the legislation will break international law by over-riding parts of the Brexit deal negotiated by the PM last year.

However, the majority of rebels are expected to hold fire until next week, when they will try to amend it to include a ‘parliamentary lock’ on powers that would breach the deal.

Mr Cox last night became the most prominent Tory MP to oppose the controversial bill. 

Theresa May’s former legal chief Geoffrey Cox (pictured together in 2019) said it would be ‘unconscionable’ for the Government to over-ride the Brexit divorce deal

Theresa May’s former legal chief Geoffrey Cox (pictured together in 2019) said it would be ‘unconscionable’ for the Government to over-ride the Brexit divorce deal

Theresa May’s former legal chief Geoffrey Cox (pictured together in 2019) said it would be ‘unconscionable’ for the Government to over-ride the Brexit divorce deal

He said Mr Johnson should not ‘observe treaty obligations with his fingers crossed behind his back’, adding that he could not support a bill which risked undermining ‘the standing and reputation of Britain in the world’.

Mr Cox – who was sacked from the Cabinet in February’s reshuffle – wrote in The Times: ‘It is unconscionable that this country, justly famous for its regard for the rule of law around the world, should act in such a way.’

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland yesterday defended the legislation, saying it was ‘in accordance with the most honourable traditions of the British state’.

Mr Buckland has faced calls to quit, with critics saying the move is incompatible with his own oath as Lord Chancellor to uphold the law. 

He repeatedly ducked questions about his own position yesterday before finally answering: ‘If I see the rule of law being broken in a way I find unacceptable then of course I will go.’ 

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MPs are preparing for tonight’s vote on the controversial Internal Market Bill, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) says is needed to prevent the EU holding Britain to ransom over Northern Ireland

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland (pictured) yesterday defended the legislation, saying it was ‘in accordance with the most honourable traditions of the British state’

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland (pictured) yesterday defended the legislation, saying it was ‘in accordance with the most honourable traditions of the British state’

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland (pictured) yesterday defended the legislation, saying it was ‘in accordance with the most honourable traditions of the British state’

It comes as Mr Johnson’s chief Brexit negotiator was locked in an extraordinary public spat with his EU counterpart last night.

David Frost traded blows with Michel Barnier on social media when he denied threatening to block British food exports if trade talks collapsed.

Lord Frost said the EU negotiator ‘explicitly’ made the threat and warned it could lead to food from Great Britain being banned from sale in Northern Ireland.  

British negotiators have accused Brussels of threatening to block food exports worth £5 billion a year to the EU if there is no trade deal.

Mr Barnier yesterday said he was ‘not refusing to list’ Britain as a so-called ‘third country’ for food export purposes. But he said the listing could only take place when the UK explained its biosecurity rules.

Mr Cox (pictured)  last night became the most prominent Tory MP to oppose the controversial bill

Mr Cox (pictured)  last night became the most prominent Tory MP to oppose the controversial bill

Mr Cox (pictured)  last night became the most prominent Tory MP to oppose the controversial bill 

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Mr Barnier yesterday said he was ‘not refusing to list’ Britain as a so-called ‘third country’ for food export purposes. But he said the listing could only take place when the UK explained its biosecurity rules

Mr Barnier yesterday said he was ‘not refusing to list’ Britain as a so-called ‘third country’ for food export purposes. But he said the listing could only take place when the UK explained its biosecurity rules

Mr Barnier yesterday said he was ‘not refusing to list’ Britain as a so-called ‘third country’ for food export purposes. But he said the listing could only take place when the UK explained its biosecurity rules

In an exchange with Mr Barnier on Twitter last night, Lord Frost hit back: ‘The EU knows perfectly well all the details of our food standards rules because we are operating EU rules. 

‘It has been made clear to us in the current talks that there is no guarantee of listing us. I am afraid it has also been said to us explicitly in these talks that if we are not listed we will not be able to move food to Northern Ireland.’

Mr Barnier denied that the EU’s position was a ‘threat to the integrity of the UK’, but added: ‘We could not have been clearer about the consequences of Brexit.’

Tony Blair yesterday became the fourth former PM to criticise the Internal Market Bill, joining Theresa May, Gordon Brown and Sir John Major. 

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In an exchange with Mr Barnier on Twitter last night, Lord Frost hit back: ‘The EU knows perfectly well all the details of our food standards rules because we are operating EU rules

In an exchange with Mr Barnier on Twitter last night, Lord Frost hit back: ‘The EU knows perfectly well all the details of our food standards rules because we are operating EU rules

In an exchange with Mr Barnier on Twitter last night, Lord Frost hit back: ‘The EU knows perfectly well all the details of our food standards rules because we are operating EU rules

In a joint article with Sir John, Mr Blair urged MPs to reject the ‘shaming’ legislation, saying it imperils the Irish peace process, trade negotiations and the UK’s integrity.

But Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi said Lord Frost’s revelations about EU tactics showed ‘exactly why no minister, no responsible government can be a bystander and watch a part of the United Kingdom be harmed in this way’.

Tory veteran Sir Roger Gale confirmed he will vote against the second reading of the legislation tonight. He said: ‘I am not a serial rebel, but I do have principles. If we enter into an international agreement, we have to stand by it.’ 

Eau no! End of perfume bargains at duty-free

Duty-free bargains at airports will end on goods including perfume, clothing and electronics from January 1.

Ministers announced tax savings will now only apply to sales of alcohol and tobacco.

The decision, which affects all outbound passengers, has been called a ‘hammer blow’ to struggling airports. As much as 40 per cent of their income comes from airside retailers.

Industry experts say it could lead to thousands of job losses as shops pull out of airports.

They fear some regional airports could even go bust.

It has intensified calls for an airport Covid testing regime to re-open Britain’s skies.

Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators Association, said: ‘Passengers will be disincentivised from making purchases as they travel through the UK.

‘Many foreign visitors will now choose to go elsewhere, attracted by the beneficial tax and excise regimes of our European competitors.’

Francois Bourienne, chair of the UK Travel Retail Forum, added: ‘It may well be the best gift the UK could have given the EU as well as a massive blow for UK plc.’

The Treasury said the decision was taken ‘as the tax concession was not always passed on to consumers in the airport’.

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Socialite, 53, who was bridesmaid at Princess Diana’s wedding admits stealing £680 Max Mara coat

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Prince Charles‘ goddaughter has admitted stealing a £680 designer coat from Harrods.

Socialite India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana‘s wedding in 1981 and is 678th in line to the throne, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies’ coat from one of its luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January.

The mother-of-five, who was born in London but moved to the Bahamas with long term partner David Flint Wood in 1996, was taken to court after being charged with theft.

Hicks, 53, pleaded guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday and was conditionally discharged for three months. She was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £22 victim surcharge.

Her address was given in court as Schenectady, a US city in New York state.

A spokesman for Hicks said she had been ‘absent-minded’ and had later returned the coat.

India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana's wedding in 1981, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies' coat from one of Harrods' luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January

India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana's wedding in 1981, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies' coat from one of Harrods' luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January

India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies’ coat from one of Harrods’ luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January

The mother-of-five, who was born in London but moved to the Bahamas with long term partner David Flint Wood in 1996, was taken to court after being charged with theft (back left, Hicks as a bridesmaid for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at their wedding in 1981)

The mother-of-five, who was born in London but moved to the Bahamas with long term partner David Flint Wood in 1996, was taken to court after being charged with theft (back left, Hicks as a bridesmaid for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at their wedding in 1981)

The mother-of-five, who was born in London but moved to the Bahamas with long term partner David Flint Wood in 1996, was taken to court after being charged with theft (back left, Hicks as a bridesmaid for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at their wedding in 1981)

They told The Sun: ‘The court accepted that at the time of taking the coat, India had simply been absent-minded and had not intended to leave without paying for it.

‘She was full of remorse for this mistake, and was discharged by the District Judge.’

Former fashion model Hicks is the daughter of Lady Pamela Mountbatten, a great-great-grandchild to Queen Victoria, and famed interior designer David Nightingale Hicks.

She is the granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten, the uncle to Prince Philip and second cousin once removed of the Queen, whose father George VI took over the throne when Edward abdicated.

Over recent months Hicks has shared a look at her glamorous life in lockdown in the Bahamas, boasting al fresco meals cooked by her children, painting and homeschooling in their airy library room, beach walks and family games by the beach. 

She and her long term partner share a sprawling white-washed villa – which boasts a pool and sea views – with their sons Felix, Amory, Conrad, and daughter Domino, and Wesley, who she adopted when he was 15, after his mother died.

In a 2016 interview with Business Insider, Hicks cited her grandmother – the last Vicereine of India Edwina Mountbatten- as her professional inspiration. 

Hicks stole a £680 Max Mara coat, but it is unclear if this is the exact style that was shoplifted

Hicks stole a £680 Max Mara coat, but it is unclear if this is the exact style that was shoplifted

Hicks stole a £680 Max Mara coat, but it is unclear if this is the exact style that was shoplifted 

India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana's wedding in 1981, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies' coat from one of Harrods' luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January

India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana's wedding in 1981, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies' coat from one of Harrods' luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January

India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981, stole the expensive Max Mara ladies’ coat from one of Harrods’ luxury branches at Heathrow Airport in January

Despite being extremely wealthy, Hicks has been labelled ‘unusual’ as one of the few British heiresses to earn their own income.

In 2015 she launched India Hicks Style, an e-commerce business which sells jewellery, accessories, make-up and homeware, with products ranging between £15 to £400 — but announced over the summer that it would be closing down.

Hicks has described Prince Charles as being a ‘caring, considerate and involved’ godfather. She was 13 and on holiday in the Bahamas when he asked her to be a bridesmaid.

Describing her preparation, she said: ‘But first, I had to practise. It was during these rehearsals that I got to know Diana, whom I first met at a dress fitting.

‘She always seemed more like a head girl than a ­princess-in-waiting, with never a shy moment in private.’

In a recent interview she also said she had kept the flower wreath from the wedding.

Hicks was educated at £40,000-a-year all-girls Gordonstoun School in Scotland.

She previously worked for Ralph Lauren and J Crew and is often featured in society magazine Tatler. 

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There are now just NINE countries where Britons can travel freely

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Britain’s ‘safe to travel’ list has been reduced to just nine countries – including Gibraltar, San Marino and Liechtenstein – after more destinations were red-flagged. 

Restrictions were imposed on arrivals from Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao this weekend.  

It means travellers returning from those destinations to England will face 14 days in quarantine when they get back. 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced this evening that Denmark is one of four countries being added to the Government’s travel quarantine ‘red list’.  

The new rules will come into force at 4am on Saturday morning and mean Brits can travel to just seven countries without restrictions on either border.

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NINE NATIONS WHERE BRITONS CAN TRAVEL FREELY 

Sweden

Poland

Germany

Italy

Greece

Turkey

San Marino

Liechtenstein

Gibraltar 

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Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Greece, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein and San Marino are the only countries Brits can travel to without facing quarantine or tests both ways. 

Mr Shapps also said that no countries will be removed from the ‘red list’ this week. 

Other countries on the UK’s ‘green list’ – including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Finland and the Seychelles – are either closed to travellers, require up to 14 days quarantine or only allow travellers with a negative Covid test in the last 72 hours.

The devolved administrations often update their own lists following the UK Government’s announcement of its weekly changes for England.

In the past two months the Government has hacked its list of ‘green’ countries down dramatically – axing Spain, France, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Malta, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and mainland Portugal.  

Mr Shapps reminded travellers that they are legally required to fill out a ‘Passenger Locator Form’ when they return to England. 

Announcing the changes, Mr Shapps tweeted: ‘Data shows we need to remove DENMARK, SLOVAKIA, ICELAND, and CURACAO from the Travel Corridor list. 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today announced Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao are being added to the Government's travel quarantine 'red list'

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today announced Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao are being added to the Government's travel quarantine 'red list'

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today announced Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao are being added to the Government’s travel quarantine ‘red list’

‘If you arrive in the UK from these destinations after 4am this Saturday, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

‘We will not be adding any destinations to the Travel Corridor list this week. 

‘Remember: You MUST complete a Passenger Locator Form by law if you enter the UK. 

‘This protects public health and ensures those who need to are complying with self-isolation rules.’ 

The UK Government currently uses a threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 when it makes decisions on whether to add or remove countries from its quarantine list.  

Downing Street remains under intense pressure to change the UK’s travel quarantine rules amid growing fears for the future of the aviation and travel industries. 

Ministers have faced calls for months to replace the current 14 day self-isolation restrictions for people returning to the UK from high risk countries with a more nuanced system of airport testing. 

Advocates believe testing on arrival could open the door to significantly reducing the two week quarantine period to potentially less than seven days. 

A double testing approach would see travellers tested on arrival and then told to self-isolate for something like five days when they would then be tested for a second time. 

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Two negative tests would be enough to allow people to end their period in quarantine and return to normal life. 

However, ministers have been reluctant to approve airport testing because of concerns that the approach could fail to identify some people who have the virus. 

This is because of the amount of time it can take for the virus to be detectable after the moment of infection. 

But many MPs believe the current blanket approach to travel quarantine cannot continue for much longer because of the damage it is doing to the aviation sector. 

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Smitten Kylie Minogue gushes over ‘supportive’ boyfriend Paul Solomons  

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Kylie Minogue has praised her ‘supportive’ boyfriend Paul Solomon for staying by her side when she was sick. 

The Australian pop star, 52, was forced to cancel gigs on her Golden Tour in October 2018 after coming down with an infection, but revealed Paul helped nurse her back to health. 

Joking that the creative was ‘thrown into the deep end’ by dating her, Kylie told The Sun: ‘He had to come to the rescue a few times on tour when I was really unwell. He’d swoop in and hold me in a way that no one else can.’

Loved-up: Kylie Minogue has praised her 'supportive' boyfriend Paul Solomon for staying by her side when she was sick (pictured together in 2019)

Loved-up: Kylie Minogue has praised her 'supportive' boyfriend Paul Solomon for staying by her side when she was sick (pictured together in 2019)

Loved-up: Kylie Minogue has praised her ‘supportive’ boyfriend Paul Solomon for staying by her side when she was sick (pictured together in 2019)

Kylie continued: ‘He cares about my fans, he cares about my world, but mostly he cares about me. It’s so nice to have that one person who’s not involved in your tour, not in that way, and just wants to know that I’m OK.’

Gushing that things were going ‘really good’ between the pair, she concluded:  We’re really low-key, we’re very real, very supportive. We’re just taking things as they come for now, for always. Who knows what’s to come?’  

The couple have been going from strength to strength since they first laid eyes on each other when they were introduced through mutual friends in February 2018.

Kylie met Paul – who works as GQ magazine’s creative director – following the breakdown of her relationship with Joshua Sasse.

Supportive: The pop sensation revealed that Paul helped look after her when she was sick from an infection during her 2018 Golden Tour and had to cancel some gigs

Supportive: The pop sensation revealed that Paul helped look after her when she was sick from an infection during her 2018 Golden Tour and had to cancel some gigs

Supportive: The pop sensation revealed that Paul helped look after her when she was sick from an infection during her 2018 Golden Tour and had to cancel some gigs

The singer and her actor ex-fiancé Joshua, now 32, announced their split in February 2017 after three years together. 

At the time, unconfirmed reports claimed the singer booted the British actor out of her West London home after he grew too close to Spanish actress Marta Milans, 35.

After their split the songstress, who said she felt ‘broken at the time, took herself to Thailand to ‘heal’ herself.

In a candid interview with The Sunday Times, Kylie revealed that she came to the conclusion it ‘wasn’t the right union’.

Full of praise: Kylie said that Paul 'cares about my fans, he cares about my world, but mostly he cares about me' in a gushing interview about her love (pictured together in March)

Full of praise: Kylie said that Paul 'cares about my fans, he cares about my world, but mostly he cares about me' in a gushing interview about her love (pictured together in March)

Full of praise: Kylie said that Paul ‘cares about my fans, he cares about my world, but mostly he cares about me’ in a gushing interview about her love (pictured together in March)

Kylie later confirmed the sad news of her split on Instagram, thanking her loyal fans for their messages of concern and support. 

Alongside a picture of a sunrise, Kylie wrote: ‘Thank you now for your love and understanding with the news that Josh and I have decided to go our separate ways.

‘We wish only the best for each other as we venture towards new horizons. #thesunalwaysrises’. 

Going strong: The Austrian and GQ magazine's creative director Paul were introduced through mutual friends in February 2018 (pictured together in September 2019)

Going strong: The Austrian and GQ magazine's creative director Paul were introduced through mutual friends in February 2018 (pictured together in September 2019)

Going strong: The Austrian and GQ magazine’s creative director Paul were introduced through mutual friends in February 2018 (pictured together in September 2019)

Kylie and her new beau Paul confirmed their romance in April and the singer has been very open about the relationship, once saying she had ‘found her man.’

Kylie recently told The Mirror: ‘Who says you can’t be soppy and romantic later in life? Particularly when you find a good and true love.

‘I feel even more thankful and lucky that I have this in my life now… I’m really being taken care of.’

She also told Stella magazine: ‘When something’s precious, you want to handle it with care.’

She added: ‘We’re learning about each other’s worlds, of course there’s a part of his profession that crosses over to mine. I really just don’t want to say too much. He’s a great, great guy. We’re just doing our thing’.  

Speaking out: Kylie confirmed the sad news of her split from former fiancé Joshua Sasse on Instagram in 2017, thanking her loyal fans for their messages of concern and support

Speaking out: Kylie confirmed the sad news of her split from former fiancé Joshua Sasse on Instagram in 2017, thanking her loyal fans for their messages of concern and support

Speaking out: Kylie confirmed the sad news of her split from former fiancé Joshua Sasse on Instagram in 2017, thanking her loyal fans for their messages of concern and support

Throwback: Joshua famously ended his engagement to Kylie in 2017 after two years together.( (Pictured on June 29, 2016 in London)

Throwback: Joshua famously ended his engagement to Kylie in 2017 after two years together.( (Pictured on June 29, 2016 in London)

Throwback: Joshua famously ended his engagement to Kylie in 2017 after two years together.( (Pictured on June 29, 2016 in London)

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