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Hostile states could use debt orders, like the one received by Boris Johnson, to destroy reputations, says former spy

Getty Debt claims, like the one issued against Boris Johnson this week, could be used to destroy politicians' reputations, a former UK spy has told Insider. Boris Johnson was this week revealed to have been issued with a potentially embarrassing country court judgment ordering him to pay £535. The claim was brought against him by a private citizen who claimed the debt was for "defamation." Martin Ingram, a former intelligence official, said the tactic "could be used to further embarra...
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Boris Johnson has been issued with a county court judgement for an alleged unpaid debt

Getty Boris Johnson has been issued with a county court judgement for allegedly failing to pay a debt. Court records show he was issued with the judgment for a figure of £535. Johnson's spokesman described the judgement against him as "vexatious and spurious." The claim relates to an allegation of defamation, the Daily Mail reported. See more stories on Insider's business page. Boris Johnson has been issued with a county court judgement for an alleged unpaid debt.The judgement, re...
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Boris Johnson has been issued with a county court judgement for an unpaid debt

Getty Boris Johnson issued with county court judgement for failing to pay a debt. Court records show he was issued with the judgement for a debt of £535. Johnson's personal finances have been the subject of scrutiny in recent months. The UK Prime Minister reportedly used a donation from an undeclared source to pay for the renovation of his flat. See more stories on Insider's business page. Boris Johnson has been issued with a county court judgement for an unpaid debt.The judgement...
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The UK has sent gunboats to Jersey as France threatens to cut power to island in Brexit fishing row

Boris Johnson has sent two gunboats to Jersey as French boats gather to protest over Brexit fishing rights. Getty The UK has sent gunboats to Jersey amid tensions over Brexit fishing rights on the island. Around 80 French boats have assembled to demand greater access to the island's fishing waters. France has also sent a patrol boat while threatening to cut power to the island. See more stories on Insider's business page. Two British gunboats dispatched by Boris Johnson to Jersey h...
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Boris Johnson has sent gunboats to Jersey as France threatens to cut power to island in Brexit fishing protest

Boris Johnson has sent two gunboats to Jersey as French boats gather to protest over Brexit fishing rights. Getty The UK has sent British gunboats to Jersey amid tensions with France over Brexit fishing rights. Around 80 French boats have assembled to demand greater access to the island's fishing waters. France has threatened to cut power to the island. See more stories on Insider's business page. Two British gunboats dispatched by Boris Johnson to Jersey have arrived after around ...
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Boris Johnson refuses to deny he asked Conservative donors to pay for his child's nanny

Boris Johnson is accused of "trying to hide his attempts to fund his lifestyle through secret payments." Getty Boris Johnson refuses to answer questions over his alleged attempts to use Conservative Party donors to pay for his childcare arrangements. It follows allegations that Conservative donors secretly funded his flat renovation. A spokesman for Johnson refused to deny the reports on Tuesday. See more stories on Insider's business page. Boris Johnson has refused to deny asking Cons...
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Nigel Farage was pranked on Cameo into wishing happy birthday to a 'Hugh Janus'

Nigel Farage Getty Nigel Farage has become subject to a viral prank on the video-sharing app Cameo. The app is a means for fans to pay celebrities for personalized video messages. The former Brexit Party leader was paid to wish a happy birthday to a "Hugh Janus." See more stories on Insider's business page. Former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has fallen victim to a viral prank on the video-sharing website Cameo.The app, which is a means for fans to pay celebrities for personalized ...
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Brexit has been a disaster for Britain as collapsing European trade puts UK firms out of business

Business Insider Boris Johnson's Brexit promises have so far fallen short. Getty Brexit has led to a collapse in the UK's trade with its European neighbors. The Brexit deal negotiated by Boris Johnson's government has led to the largest ever recorded fall in UK exports to Europe. Many UK businesses could soon become unviable due to the trading friction caused by Brexit. "What I'm hearing a lot is that a lot of small businesses have been shut out completely," Domin...
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The EU and UK are on the brink of a vaccine trade war as London accuses Europe of acting like an 'enemy state'

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen Getty The European Union and the United Kingdom are on the brink of a vaccine trade war after European officials threatened to block exports to the UK. UK officials are also furious at what they see as EU attempts to undermine public trust in the UK-developed Astrazeneca vaccine. The row comes amid months of mounting tensions between Brussels and London over vaccines and post-Brexit trade problems. See m...
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Boris Johnson said UK should 'ignore' the coronavirus, before it became one of the worst hit countries in the world

Boris Johnson told colleagues last year that the UK should just "ignore" the coronavirus. Getty Boris Johnson said the UK should just "ignore" coronavirus last year, the BBC reported. The UK went on to become one of the worst-hit countries in the world during the pandemic. Johnson's government was reportedly pursuing a "herd immunity" strategy. See more stories on Insider's business page. Boris Johnson suggested last year said the UK should just "ignore" the coronavirus and it woul...
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Boris Johnson fails to replace adviser on ministerial standards amid growing cronyism allegations

Boris Johnson Getty EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson is overseeing a "scandalous" decline in ethical standards, a former UK advisor on standards has told Insider. Johnson has yet to replace his adviser on ministerial interests after he resigned last year over the prime minister's refusal to sack the Home Secretary Priti Patel. No action was taken against the Health Secretary last month after a court ruled he had acted unlawfully in office. Sir Alistair Graham told Insider: "Lord Nolan who establis...
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Boris Johnson reveals the route out of England's coronavirus lockdown with some restrictions lasting into June

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference in response to the ongoing situation with the coronavirus Toby Melville - WPA Pool / Getty Images Boris Johnson reveals the timeline for lifting coronavirus restrictions in England. Schools to open from March 8, with all remaining restrictions lifted gradually. Indoor mixing will remain banned until May at the earliest with some restrictions remaining until the final week of June. Visit the Business section of Insid...
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A Tory MP is under new investigation by the UK's anti-corruption watchdog after it rejected his appeal demands

Conservative MP George Freeman is under investigation for further potential breaches of the ministerial code. Getty EXCLUSIVE: A Conservative MP and former health minister is under fresh investigation by the UK's anti-corruption watchdog after it rejected his demands for an appeal. Insider revealed last month that George Freeman broke the ministerial code by failing to seek permission before taking a role with a firm trying to sell protective equipment to the NHS. In an extraordinary excha...
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The EU is threatening to restrict exports of coronavirus vaccines to other countries

Getty The EU has threatened to limit exports of coronavirus vaccines to other countries. It comes after British-based drugs firm AstraZeneca said EU countries will receive millions fewer jabs than they ordered. The row comes amid growing EU concerns about falling behind in the race to vaccinate its population. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The EU has threatened to limit exports of coronavirus vaccines to other countries after British-based drugs firm AstraZeneca said...
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Scotland is heading towards independence from the UK thanks to Boris Johnson and Brexit

Business Insider Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during a visit to Darnford Farm in Banchory near Aberdeen in Scotland on September 6, 2019. Getty Scotland is heading towards independence from the UK after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon promised to push ahead with a referendum on leaving the Union. The pledge comes amid polls showing majority support among Scots for leaving the UK. Johnson has so far refused to give legal permission for another refere...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, England, Scotland, Trends, David Cameron, Eu, European Union, Aberdeen, Bbc, Analysis, Britain, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Nicola Sturgeon


'Welcome to the Brexit': Dutch border guards confiscate sandwiches from British drivers

Getty Dutch border guards have been filmed confiscating sandwiches and other food items from bemused British drivers arriving in the country. The UK left EU trade and customs rules at the end of 2020 triggering a whole host of new border checks in and out of the UK. "Welcome to the Brexit sir, I'm sorry" one border guard told a driver. UK supermarkets are already suffering shortages of some items due to the new trading rules. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Dutch borde...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, News, Trends, Eu, Netherlands, Holland, Brexit, NPO, EU Commission, Thomas Colson, Brexit Insider


England will go back into full national coronavirus lockdown, Boris Johnson announces

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Getty England will follow Scotland and go back into full national lockdown, Boris Johnson has confirmed. Schools will remain closed with the public told to stay at home until at least mid-February. The UK Prime Minister made the televised announcement amid an explosion in cases and hospitalizations in the country. Case numbers have rocketed following the identification of a new faster-spreading variant of the virus in the country in December. Visit Business ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, London, News, Scotland, Trends, NHS, Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Amateur, South East, Williamson, Opposition Labour Party


Scotland will go back into national coronavirus lockdown, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces

Nicola Sturgeon Getty Scotland will go back into national coronavirus lockdown, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. Members of the public will be legally required to stay at home.  A new faster-spreading coronavirus variant has taken hold in Britain. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under growing pressure to also place England back into full lockdown. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Scotland will go back into full national coronavirus lockdown with schools closed and membe...
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Boris Johnson to make televised statement on 'further measures' to tackle the coronavirus as pressure mounts to impose new lockdown

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has his temperature checked during a visit to Chase Farm Hospital in north London, Britain January 4, 2021 Getty Boris Johnson will make a televised statement on Monday evening amid growing pressure to impose a new lockdown in England. An explosion in case numbers is forcing schools across the country to remain closed following the Christmas break. Johnson has previously resisted calls for another national lockdown. However, he met with senior mem...
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Boris Johnson is under pressure to impose a national lockdown as the surge in coronavirus cases overwhelms hospitals and forces schools to close

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has his temperature checked during a visit to Chase Farm Hospital in north London, Britain January 4, 2021 Getty The UK could soon go back into national lockdown as the new faster-spreading coronavirus strain overwhelms hospitals in parts of the country. An explosion in case numbers is forcing schools across the country to remain closed following the Christmas break. Johnson has previously resisted calls for another national lockdown. However, he ...
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Brexit contains a lucky break for terrorists, Europol sources say

A woman being evacuated from the Bataclan concert hall after a terrorist shooting in Paris on November 13, 2015. The attacks left more than 130 people dead. Associated Press Brexit will make it harder to check names, passports, travel history, and criminal records of terror suspects moving between the EU and the UK, sources tell Insider.
 The Schengen system that Europol uses to track terrorists is accessed by law enforcement 1.6 million times per day. The UK no longer has access to it. Th...
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Boris Johnson's father Stanley says he is applying for French citizenship after Brexit

Boris Johnson's father Stanley. Getty Boris Johnson's father is applying for EU citizenship, he said on Thursday. Stanley Johnson said he wanted to remain a full European after Brexit. Britain is due to leave EU trade and customs rules on New Year's Day.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Boris Johnson's father Stanley is applying for French citizenship in order to maintain his rights as a European after Brexit, he said on Thursday."I will always be European that's fo...
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The UK and EU finally strike a Brexit trade deal

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images The UK and the European Union have finally struck a Brexit trade deal. The agreement comes with less than a week to go until the UK is due to leave the EU's trade rules on 11 p.m. December 31 London time, or 12 a.m. January 1 Brussels time. They struck a last-minute deal on several thorny issues to avoid the worst-case scenario — a no-deal outcome. The two sides now face a race against time to put the fr...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, England, London, News, France, Trends, Eu, European Union, Britain, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, European Commission, Boris Johnson, Brussels


Stranded HGV drivers scuffled with police in England over huge backlogs at the UK border caused by a blockade by France over COVID-19

Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images A small group of lorry drivers stuck in Kent were filmed clashing with police on Wednesday. Up to 10,000 HGvs are still stranded in England after France closed the channel crossing on Sunday. The closure was due to a new strain of COVID-19 being identified in England, prompting border closures from many countries. Salvation Army volunteers stepped in to feed affected drivers on Monday night, Business Insider reported. Lorry drivers are now allowe...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, France, Trends, Getty Images, Britain, Boris Johnson, Sky News, Kent, Dover, Ian Wright, Grant Shapps, Salvation Army, Emmanuel Macron, HGV


Salvation Army volunteers fed lorry drivers stranded in Kent on Monday night amid Britain's border crisis

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Volunteers from the Salvation Army stepped in to feed lorry drivers stranded in Kent in Monday night. The charity organisation intervened amid warnings that there were insufficient food supplies. An industry email to Boris Johnson's government seen by Business Insider criticised the "critical failure" to provide welfare to the HGV drivers stuck in England after France closed the freight border. The number of lorries stuck in the county of Kent surpassed 1,500 on T...
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Salvation Army volunteers fed some of the 1,500 truck drivers stranded in Kent after France closed its border with Britain

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Volunteers from the Salvation Army stepped in to feed truck drivers stranded in Kent in Monday night. The charity organisation intervened amid warnings that there were insufficient food supplies. An industry email to Boris Johnson's government seen by Business Insider criticised the "critical failure" to provide welfare to the HGV drivers stuck in England after France closed the freight border. The number of lorries stuck in the county of Kent surpassed 1,500 on T...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, News, France, Trends, Britain, Transport, Boris Johnson, Rachel Reeves, Eurotunnel, Manston Airport, Johnson, Kent, Labour Party, Dover


Over 1,500 lorries are stranded in Kent and the number is set to grow as Tesco warns of fruit and vegetable shortages over Christmas

Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images) More than 1,500 lorries were stranded in Kent, England on Tuesday morning. The number was far higher than what Boris Johnson claimed on Monday — and it is set to get bigger. Britain's borders are in crisis after France banned all UK travellers — including hauliers — from entering. It has quickly led to a pile up of HGVs in Britain, with the UK government providing food and toilet facilities to lorry drivers stuck on England's motorway waiting for...
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There is chaos at Britain's borders and fears of food shortages after France shut down the Eurotunnel and banned UK lorries for 48 hours

Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images Thousands of lorries are expected to be parked up on England's motorway on Monday morning after France took the emergency step of banning UK travellers for at least 48 hours. Emmanuel Macron has shut down large parts of the English Channel crossing in an attempt to contain the spread of the highly-infectious new strain of the coronavirus. Lorry drivers carrying millions of pounds worth of exports are not allowed to enter the EU. The ban is also set...
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Footage shows long queues of HGVs heading for British ports as companies rush to stockpile for Brexit

Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images There is disruption at UK ports as Britain prepares to leave EU trading rules in just two weeks' time. Footage obtained by Business Insider showed queues of HGVs waiting to reach Holyhead port in Wales. Another video showed similar scenes in Kent where lorries were trying to reach the Eurotunnel. The congestion is partly due to companies making late efforts to stockpile goods ahead of January 1. The Labour Party accused Boris Johnson's government of ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Wales, Trends, Eu, European Union, Britain, United Kingdom, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Sky News, Rachel Reeves, Johnson, Kent, Merseyside


Jacob Rees-Mogg says UNICEF feeding vulnerable British children this Christmas is 'a political stunt of the highest order'

Kate Green/Skyway via Getty Images Jacob Rees-Mogg says UNICEF feeding vulnerable UK children is a "political stunt of the highest order." The senior member of Boris Johnson's Conservative government said the intervention — which UNICEF said was a response to a "domestic emergency" — was "playing politics" and a "real scandal." The UN agency this week said it was taking action to feed children in south London as the coronavirus pandemic puts more strain on Britain's poorest households. Th...
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