Former Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has attacked Theresa May’s plans for Brexit negotiations with Brussels. Mr Johnson, who quit after the cabinet backed the so called Chequers deal, writes in the Daily Telegraph that it would bring “disaster”, leaving the UK with “two-thirds of diddly squat”.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier’s said he’s “strongly” against elements of the Chequers agreement too. But the government, which has yet to respond to Mr Johnson’s comments, insists its plan “will work”.
Here’s the Chequers deal explained. And, if you’re getting a little confused by Brexit, take a look at Alex Hunt and Brian Wheeler’s comprehensive guide.
Landmark building gutted by fire
A fire has severely damaged one of Liverpool’s best known buildings. The upper floor and roof of one wing of the art deco Liverpool Pools building are feared to have been destroyed. No injuries have been reported, but Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson called the situation “heartbreaking”. Footage shows the scale of the destruction.
Javid warns of ‘shocking’ online child abuse level
Home Secretary Sajid Javid will warn in a speech later of the “horror” of online child abuse, saying it is his “personal mission” to deal with the problem. Up to 80,000 paedophiles in the UK pose a sexual threat to children online, he will add.
New figures show that referrals of child abuse images to the National Crime Agency have increased by 700% in the last five years.
High-speed chase that sparked migrant tragedy
In Romania’s western city of Timisoara, Romanians, Hungarians and Germans have lived side-by-side for centuries. It welcomes, or at least tolerates, its new arrivals: thousands of Afghans, Pakistanis, Kurds and Syrians on their way to Western Europe.
Some fall in love with the kindness they encounter and end up staying. But most place their lives in the hands of smugglers to reach the West.
In October last year, 18 people set out on that journey. It cost the lives of both the smuggler and a young mother of twin girls, and left scars on many of the others.>