Good Thursday morning. This is Emilio Casalicchio for the remaining time this week — thanks for bearing with me. Alex Wickham is again tomorrow for the principal G7 motion.
DRIVING THE DAY
BOJO MEETS JOBI: Boris Johnson and Joe Biden will maintain their first in-person head-to-head this afternoon and elbow-bump on a grand plan to repair the world — except Brexit tensions scupper the complete factor, in fact. The prime minister and U.S. president are getting ready for a mid-afternoon bilat in Cornwall, the place the G7 summit is about to kick off correct tomorrow. The pair will agree an “Atlantic Charter” modeled on the post-war plan Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt inked in 1941 that led to the creation of NATO and the trendy United Nations. (Note that Downing Street casts the PM as a contemporary iteration of his wartime hero.) The constitution will pledge to defend democratic values and battle local weather change and the COVID pandemic, amongst different issues. The two can even pledge to work on a pandemic journey plan between the U.Ok. and U.S. that can imply folks aside from Nigel Farage can cross the Atlantic. My POLITICO colleagues Esther Webber and Anna Isaac have a write-up.
But however however: The elephant in the room will probably be the Brexit turmoil in Northern Ireland that’s nonetheless threatening to derail proceedings in Carbis Bay over the weekend.
Brexit bombshell: The Times final night time dropped a blistering entrance web page scoop that prime U.S. diplomat to London Yael Lempert bawled out Brexit Minister David Frost — accusing the U.Ok. of “inflaming” tensions in its refusal to impose the customs checks on items it signed as much as. Patrick Maguire and Oliver Wright report that she issued London with a “démarche” — a proper reprimand that wouldn’t usually be used for allies, particularly not these with a particular relationship. She stated Biden would elevate his considerations at the assembly with Johnson and (🚨🚨🚨) in public this weekend. And she stated that if Britain signed as much as EU agricultural requirements it might not stop the U.Ok. placing a commerce take care of the U.S. — blowing a gap in the Downing Street argument towards doing so. No response from No. 10 final night time.
Fighting speak: One Conservative Brexiteer stated Biden ought to row in behind Britain and never the EU in the dispute to interrupt the impasse. “America should remember who their allies are,” the particular person instructed Playbook. Asked what Johnson ought to inform Biden, the MP added: “Unfortunately he’s so senile that he probably won’t remember what we tell him anyway. Unless an aide is listening I’m not sure he’s going to remember for very long.” Erm. Wow.
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How to arrange 1: Johnson had some quiet lodge time final night time as he equipped for his Biden assembly. It’s a big second for the man who lengthy wished to be PM, particularly in order it’s Biden’s first abroad journey since taking workplace. “Johnson will enjoy meeting Biden, and will want to make Biden enjoy meeting him,” his biographer Andrew Gimson instructed Playbook final night time. “The PM will feel he has failed as a host if photographs do not emerge of Biden laughing uproariously.” Johnson may need to pay attention again to my POLITICO colleague Jack Blanchard’s wonderful podcast on “how to charm a U.S. president” as he heads out on an area go to this morning. It options aides, diplomats and historians recalling a few of the prime transatlantic partnerships of the ages.
How to arrange 2: Biden touched down at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk simply after 7.30 p.m. (pic right here, or right here‘s the Greenpeace model), the place he addressed U.S. troops stationed there. His message was — in brief — that the Donald Trump period is over. “The United States is back and democracies of the world are standing together,” he stated. “No single nation can alone meet all the challenges we face.” He stated the bond between the U.S. and U.Ok. was the “strongest military and political alliance in the history of the world.” (Free Nutella for whoever will get Biden to say “special relationship” on digicam this weekend.) The Tele has a very good write-up of his feedback.
Foreplay: Johnson and Biden will look at paperwork collectively from the Churchill archives in Cambridge, together with the authentic Atlantic Charter, earlier than they get all the way down to enterprise. The Mail studies the assembly will happen on St Michael’s Mount — a tidal island that includes a Medieval church and chateau, which might make for some beautiful pictures. The climate seems a bit dodge although, which might make issues tough. Downing Street aides stated the assembly ought to final round an hour and the PM will file a TV clip to exit quickly after — so not lengthy to attend for some sort of denouement.
Tea for 2: While the premiers are assembly, first women Carrie Johnson and Jill Biden may have tea after which tour the island, the White House stated. The Mail (not on-line) provides that the new Mrs. Johnson will coordinate a program of occasions for leaders’ spouses over the weekend.
The Labour line: Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy stated the assembly with Biden was Johnson’s probability “to get again on the entrance foot and rebuild the U.Ok.’s relationship with the United States.” She added: “After the disaster of the Trump years, which produced nothing of value to the U.K. while costing ministers global support and reputation, Boris Johnson must not squander this opportunity to reset the relationship with one of our most important international partners.”
Despite all the US focus: Experts warn that London’s efforts could be greatest spent nearer to house, my POLITICO colleague Anna Isaac writes on this G7 scene-setter. POLITICO has an entire package deal of tales about Biden in Europe that can preserve you hooked till the post-meeting fallout.
REST OF THE WEEKEND: One of the greatest issues to look out for throughout the G7 summit will probably be commitments on sending COVID vaccines to creating nations. U.S. media final night time reported that the White House will present 500 million doses of the Pfizer jab to round 100 nations over the subsequent two years. All eyes are actually on Johnson to disclose what number of of the 1 billion vaccine doses he promised at PMQs will come from Britain. Government officers had been final night time briefing that the U.Ok. desires to form the international agenda at the G7, not simply host it — and sending vaccines overseas could be an apparent space wherein to do this. However, former PM Gordon Brown identified on Peston final night time that 1 billion was “a fraction” of the 11 billion doses wanted — so Johnson may need to be much more bold.
About that ambition: “This is the moment for the world’s greatest and most technologically advanced democracies to shoulder their responsibilities and to vaccinate the world, because no one can be properly protected until everyone has been protected,” Johnson wrote in a bit for the Times in a single day.
How about … French President Emmanuel Macron has backed waiving patents for vaccines — placing him on a collision course with the U.Ok. and different G7 members. My POLITICO colleague Ashleigh Furlong has a write-up.
ON THE GROUND IN CORNWALL
PEACE SHATTERED: The Mirror’s Ben Glaze has been in Carbis Bay since Tuesday (yep, you learn that proper) and has filed this must-read account of life on the ground as the G7 summit whirrs into motion. Eight-foot excessive “secure zone” fences have gone up and TV crews are getting stationed, whereas residents in the “Cornish mizzle” (a mix of mist and drizzle) appear bewildered, Glaze writes. (*2*) Read the complete factor.
And for the elite: The Telegraph has an inside look at the mad-posh Tregenna Castle Resort the place world leaders will probably be staying. The Mail writes that the weekend menu will embrace haggis mousse, pineapple weed and celeriac desserts (no fish and chips?) cooked by Scottish chef Adam Handling, who has featured on “Masterchef: The Professionals.” The i newspaper interviewed him.
Pressing issues: The world’s media will cowl the occasion from … 30 miles down the street in Falmouth. But there’s hope for hacks: Playbook requested native Conservative MP Cherilyn Mackrory for some tricks to take pleasure in an incredible Cornish weekend.
What to see and do: “The world’s press will certainly be spoiled for choice should they choose to see the sights in Falmouth. From the historic, dare I say it, ‘Poldarkian’ quayside and Henry VIII’s Pendennis Castle, to the cutting-edge, high-tech industry hub at Tremough and in neighboring Penryn, there’s the best of both the future and Cornwall’s past to inspire.”
How to get round: “If they want to get out and about then we’ve got a Cornish twist on the travel card. Forget the Oyster Card, you can use your Mussel Card to access travel by rail, bus and ferry, including the opportunity for a trip up the Carrick Roads in the Fal Estuary, the world’s third-largest natural harbor. Or — if Boris wants to head up the coast and feel at home — just in the last week we have rolled out a fleet of electric bikes in Falmouth.”
What to eat: “Food and drink-wise there’s something on the menu for everyone, from à la carte dining on a boat at La Peniche, or a traditional Cornish pasty from the myriad local bakers, or even some fresh fish caught by my husband Nick, a sustainable hand line fisherman who fishes out of the Fal.”
Spare a thought … for the White House press corps, who’re having to isolate at their Plymouth base as a consequence of COVID guidelines. All of them have been double jabbed, examined upon arrival, and are doing lateral stream exams each day, however are allowed out just for press conferences and train, a U.S. official tells Playbook.
Make the most of it: Local MP Johnny Mercer suggests a operating route up Staddon Heights, the place there’s a “fake fort” (a wall that appears like a fort from the sea) and nice views throughout Plymouth Sound. Might as nicely.
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DOM VS. MATT ROUND 2
THE RESPONSE HEARING: Two weeks on from Dominic Cummings’ bombshell committee look, Matt Hancock faces a four-hour scrutiny session of his personal that would decide his political future. The well being secretary will probably be grilled by the well being and science tremendous committee from 9.30 a.m. with questions positive to concentrate on the bombshell claims from Cummings, who talked about Hancock a couple of times. The downside for Cummings is that he’s did not again up his claims with the promised proof — though some well being officers surprise if he’ll ship it this morning in a contemporary ambush to Hancock. Keep an eye fixed on that nuts Twitter thread. The listening to this morning will match the identical four-part construction as the Cummings grilling: the first lockdown choice; failures to guard the public; vaccines; and the second lockdown and later selections. Catch up on the MPs grilling Hancock from Playbook’s Cummings preview.
Big questions: The space of highest threat for Hancock is on social care, after Cummings claimed he misled the PM when he promised sufferers could be examined earlier than being moved from hospitals into care houses — which didn’t occur for some weeks. The well being secretary has stated he remembers it as a promise to construct the testing capability wanted. The Guardian splash studies that care house operators warned the division of well being about the dangers of discharge with out exams lengthy earlier than it grew to become necessary. More than 42,000 care house residents in England and Wales have died as a consequence of COVID.
More questions for Hancock: Did the authorities pursue a herd immunity technique till mid-March? … Did he intrude with NHS Test and Trace to make sure he hit his testing goal? … Who was at fault for PPE shortages in the first wave? … Did he declare that every one COVID sufferers acquired the therapy they wanted, regardless of being briefed beforehand by Patrick Vallance that it wasn’t true? … Did he use the authorities’s scientific advisers as “shields for himself” if issues went fallacious? … Does he agree with Cummings that the division of well being is a “smoking ruin?” … and what did he do to make Cummings hate him a lot?
The Hancock line: A supply near the well being secretary instructed Playbook final night time: “It’s simple — Matt will provide clear, detailed answers to the questions put to him. As he has done throughout, he will give an account of the actions taken to protect the NHS, save lives and get the country out of this unprecedented pandemic as quickly as possible.”
Splitscreen wanted: Senior civil servants, together with Cabinet Secretary Simon Case and DHSC Permanent Secretary Chris Wormald, will probably be answering questions of their very own on COVID classes realized at the public accounts committee from 10 a.m.
TODAY IN WESTMINSTER
HOUSE OF COMMONS: Sits from 9.30 a.m. with an hour of worldwide commerce questions adopted by two UQs from Labour: on the Napier Barracks asylum lodging (10.30 a.m.) and the collapse of the Hillsborough trial (11.20 a.m.) … Jacob Rees-Mogg will ship the enterprise assertion (12.10 p.m.) … Children’s Minister Vicky Ford will make an announcement responding to Ofsted’s grim evaluate of sexual abuse in colleges and schools (1 p.m.) … Before the principal enterprise, which will probably be two backbench debates: on help for the aviation and tourism businesses (2 p.m.) and on journalists’ security.
Also on committee hall: The DCMS committee will look at EU visa preparations for artistic staff (2.30 p.m.). Full committee listing right here.
In the Lords: Sits from midday with questions on the U.N. Peacebuilding Fund, current youth justice statistics and help for carers … Lib Dem peer Jeremy Purvis has a PNQ to ask the authorities when it intends to hunt parliamentary approval for the proposed minimize to the overseas assist funds (1 p.m.) … There will probably be questions on yesterday’s employment rights assertion in the Commons (1.40 p.m.) … Before the day’s principal enterprise, which is a debate on a current report from the Lords meals, poverty, well being and atmosphere committee (2.20 p.m.).
NO THANKS: Irish Deputy PM Leo Varadkar final night time dismissed the suggestion of checks between Ireland and the remainder of the EU to resolve the Northern Ireland protocol deadlock, as POLITICO revealed had been mooted. Here’s the full write-up of the Brexit drama that led to continued stalemate.
NOT IN WESTMINSTER, BUT: Labour chief Keir Starmer is on the marketing campaign path in Batley and Spen right this moment amid rising fears the get together will lose the by-election there subsequent month. Overnight he described candidate Kim Leadbeater as a “local champion” who will “get things done.”
UNITE OR DIE: Unite normal secretary candidate Steve Turner canceled a rally due for right this moment as the left mulls which of its three hopefuls ought to stand all the way down to keep away from splitting the vote and handing victory to their collective opponent Gerard Coyne. In a letter to supporters, Turner insisted he was the “best placed candidate to bring our union together” — indicating he won’t surrender with out a battle — however stated he wished to “discuss with other candidates ways in which we can bring our union and specifically our left, together.” Publication of the remaining nomination numbers was as a consequence of occur yesterday nevertheless it was postpone, fueling hypothesis about machinations behind the scenes. “There are clearly discussions inside Unite at a high level about how to handle it,” one Labour left-winger instructed Playbook. But the union insisted the delay was as a consequence of Len McCluskey’s remaining govt assembly dragging on, with so many individuals to pay tribute to.
Now learn this: LabourListing Editor Sienna Rodgers has a very good account of the present Unite goings on.
WHAT WE WORRY ABOUT: Young folks in the U.Ok. are extra nervous about racism and discrimination, whereas older voters concern China and Russia, in response to new analysis by Kekst CNC and the Munich Security Conference. It’s a large report filled with analysis from quite a few nations round the world that makes for attention-grabbing studying forward of the G7 summit. Overall, the feeling of threat in the U.Ok. is mostly much like that of different Western nations, with the pandemic and local weather change amongst the points persons are most nervous about. The analysis suggests the U.S. is one in every of the least “risk-aware” nations, together with China and Russia (each of which see Washington as their greatest threat, and the EU as a non-threat).
REFUGEE ROTA: “Councils will be placed in a rota system to take child refugees in an effort to alleviate unprecedented pressures in Kent caused by migrants crossing the Channel,” Matt Dathan reveals in the Times. Home Secretary Priti Patel explains the plan in an op-ed for the paper.
ROUGH NUMBERS: The ONS has an enormous stats dump approaching tough sleeping in the U.Ok. between 2002 and 2021. It will land right here at 9.30 a.m. It additionally has some numbers on the traffic-light journey regime popping out at the identical time right here.
WILL THIS EVER GET SORTED? Newsnight had an enormous quantity on the hearth threat disaster inside buildings post-Grenfell. Vital thread from Lewis Goodall.
ONE FOR THE CHINA HAWKS: The authorities has rejected a raft of suggestions from the enterprise committee to assist deal with slave labor in Xinjiang, arguing different steps are being taken. Key Tory committee member Nusrat Ghani stated the response was “deeply disheartening.” The BBC has a write-up.
POOR PLANNING: MPs from the cross-party housing committee have criticized the authorities’s proposed planning reforms, saying they appear unlikely to assist meet housebuilding targets. Read the full report right here.
JUNE 21 LATEST: The FT‘s Seb Payne quotes a senior authorities official who reckons a “mix-and-match method” to the subsequent unlockdown date might be on the playing cards. He additionally notes that MPs must vote to increase digital parliament measures past June 21 — an opportunity for anti-lockdown rebels to point out their mettle. In the Times, Steven Swinford and Chris Smyth report that weddings will probably be allowed with an infinite variety of company it doesn’t matter what after June 21. Not lengthy to go earlier than we truly get an announcement.
Speaking of COVID: Reading council has demanded the authorities shut a quarantine lodge after a coronavirus outbreak. Yep, in a quarantine lodge. The BBC has a write-up.
YESTERDAY’S COVID STATS: 7,540 new instances, ⬆️ 1,492 on Tuesday. In the final week 41,889 folks have examined constructive, ⬆️ 16,649 on the earlier week … 6 new reported deaths inside 28 days of a constructive take a look at, ⬇️ 7 on Tuesday. In the final week 66 deaths have been reported, ⬆️ 20 on the earlier week. As of the newest obtainable information, 1,024 COVID sufferers are in hospital.
VAX STATS: A complete 40,710,319 folks have acquired the first dose, ⬆️ 136,802. A complete 28,540,844 folks have acquired the second dose, ⬆️ 313,482.
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Trade Minister Greg Hands broadcast spherical: Sky News (7.05 a.m.) … Times Radio Breakfast (7.20 a.m.) … LBC (7.50 a.m.) … talkRADIO (8.05 a.m.) … ITV GMB (8.30 a.m.).
Also on the Today program: Kim Darroch, the U.Ok.’s former ambassador to the U.S. (7.10 a.m.) … University of Oxford historical past professor Robert Gildea (7.15 a.m.) … Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman (7.30 a.m.) … Prince Edward (7.40 a.m.) … Democratic Unionist Party chief Edwin Poots (7.50 a.m.) … SNP MP Joanna Cherry (8.10 a.m.).
Also on Good Morning Britain (ITV): Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman (7.15 a.m.).
Also on Kay Burley at Breakfast (Sky News): NSPCC Associate Head of Policy Andrew Fellowes (6.30 a.m.) … Shadow International Development Secretary Preet Gill (7.30 a.m.) … Former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley (8.05 a.m.) … World Travel and Tourism Council Interim Leader Virginia Messina (8.20 a.m.).
Also on Nick Ferrari at Breakfast: Former Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S embassy Lewis Lukens (7.05 a.m.) … The Indy’s Sean O’Grady (7.10 a.m.) … Former DExEU Permanent Secretary Philip Rycroft (7.40 a.m.) … Former HMRC authorities adviser David Paton (8.05 a.m.) … Daily Mail columnist Stephen Glover (9.05 a.m.).
Also on Times Radio Breakfast: Founder of Everyone’s In Soma Sara (7.35 a.m.) … Shadow International Development Secretary Preet Gill (8.15 a.m.) … Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman (8.35 a.m.).
Julia Hartley-Brewer breakfast present (talkRADIO): Foreign affairs committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat (7.05 a.m.) … DUP MP Sammy Wilson (8.33 a.m.).
Politics Live (BBC Two 12.15 p.m.): Tory MP Dehenna Davison … Lib Dem MP Layla Moran … Broadcaster Richard Madeley … PolHome’s Kate Proctor.
Spectator TV (YouTube 6 p.m.): Kate Andrews talks to Tory MPs Lee Rowley and Tim Loughton and former U.Ok. Ambassador to the U.S. Christopher Meyer.
Iain Dale’s Evening Show: Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes and former Bush adviser Mitchell Reiss (each 9 p.m.).
Question Time (BBC One 10.45 p.m.): Apprenticeships Minister Gillian Keegan … Shadow Housing Secretary Lucy Powell … Economist Yanis Varoufakis … Entrepreneur Kavita Oberoi … Former Republican Party pollster Frank Luntz.
Reviewing the papers tonight: BBC News (10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.): Broadcaster Daisy McAndrew and the Daily Mail’s John Stevens … Sky News (10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.): Columnist Carole Malone and the Liverpool Echo’s Liam Thorp … Times Radio (10.30 p.m.): Former authorities SpAd Anita Boateng and former SNP MP Stephen Gethins.
TODAY’S FRONT PAGES
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Daily Express: Enough! You’ve upset the queen once more, Harry.
Daily Mail: Triple dose of fine information — So why so glum, Boris?
Daily Mirror: Last probability saloon — Pubs in disaster.
Daily Star: Euro chiefs wave their chipolatas in our faces.
Financial Times: Biden to press Johnson on ending bitter Northern Ireland stand-off.
i: Downbeat PM casts doubt on 21 June’s remaining unlock.
Metro: ‘Sacrificed’ to win Lotto.
POLITICO UK: After Brexit, Britain tilts to Europe.
The Daily Telegraph: 150 Oxford dons refuse to show in Rhodes row.
The Guardian: Hancock was warned of dangers of not testing, say care houses.
The Times: Biden accuses Johnson of ‘inflaming’ Irish tensions.
TODAY’S NEWS MAGS
New Statesman: The COVID cover-up? Why the Wuhan lab-leak concept issues.
POLITICO Europe: Joe Biden’s European trip — He’s not Trump, however the U.S. president and his transatlantic allies will nonetheless discover loads of issues to disagree about.
Prospect: Behind the flag — Where the sinister new patriotism is main us.
The New European: 5 years on … how time lies! Referendum anniversary version.
The Spectator: The third wave — We’re as prepared as we’ll ever be.
Westminster climate: ☁️☁️☁️ Warm however slightly muggy — highs of 23C.
Jab watch: Pollster James Johnson obtained his first dose yesterday. Some bloke referred to as Emilio Casalicchio obtained a second dose. Let us know should you’ve obtained or are getting yours.
Birthdays: Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle, who turns 63 … Belfast West MP Paul Maskey … Downing Street deputy chief of workers Simone Finn … Labour peer Tom Pendry … Former Times Editor Simon Jenkins … Former Archbishop of York John Sentamu.
PLAYBOOK COULDN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT: My editor Zoya Sheftalovich, reporter Andrew McDonald and producer Miriam Webber.
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