Boris Johnson news – live: PM faces international aid rebellion as Biden ‘to press UK over Northern Ireland’

Today’s daily politics briefing

Boris Johnson faces potential defeat in a Commons vote on Monday over his decision to renege on a manifesto pledge on foreign aid, with backbench rebels including the former prime minister, Theresa May, supporting an amendment which would require new legislation to make up the shortfall left by the cut to the UK’s official development assistance.

The leader of the group of around 30 Conservative rebels has warned the prime minister the UK will be found “wanting” at this week’s G7 summit for reducing foreign aid from 0.7 per cent of national income to 0.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson will be warned not to row back on the Northern Ireland Brexit deal by the US president, Joe Biden, when they meet at the G7 summit later this week.

Mr Biden will use a meeting with the prime minister in Cornwall – their first face to face engagement – to emphasise Washington’s support for the Northern Ireland protocol, which effectively created a barrier between Great Britain and Northern Ireland by leaving the region tied to a range of EU customs and regulatory rules.

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Government warned over risk to UK reputation over aid cut

UK foreign aid cuts cast a shadow over the nation’s role at the G7 and risk undermining its credibility on the world stage, hundreds of charities, academics and business leaders have warned.

The leader of a group of Conservative rebels has also warned Boris Johnson the UK will be found “wanting” at this week’s G7 summit if he does not reverse cuts to the aid budget.

The prime minister is in a face-off with 30 Tory MPs who have backed a technical amendment, which could be voted upon on Monday, against his administration’s decision to renege on its manifesto pledge on foreign aid.

Tom Batchelor7 June 2021 08:25


Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of political events in the UK and beyond, as the prime minister faces a possible parliamentary rebellion later today.

Tom Batchelor7 June 2021 08:14


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