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Queen and Donald Trump phone call: What did the Queen tell Trump?

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Queen Elizabeth II and Donald Trump have spoken several times since the US President took to the Oval Office in 2016, including via telephone and in face-to-face visits. The two leaders have not had the opportunity to meet personally again recently, despite coronavirus measures easing in both countries. However, the monarch did take some time to speak with the President ahead of an upcoming holiday in the US. 

What did the Queen say to Donald Trump? 

The US President has come under fire for several aspects of his leadership recently, with problems surrounding social tensions and coronavirus cases in North America. 

However, the Queen’s chat with the premier came separate of these issues, as she instead chose to speak to him ahead of one of the country’s most significant holidays. 

Buckingham Palace confirmed she was calling ahead of 4th of July celebrations. 

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Writing on Twitter, the Royal Family account didn’t confirm exactly what was said, however. 

They wrote: “Today, The Queen spoke to President Trump by telephone from Windsor Castle ahead of Independence Day in the United States on the 4th July.”

The account added the latest conversation was just one of several with world leaders. 

They said: “The telephone call is the latest in a series Her Majesty has held with world leaders in recent months, including President Macron, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.”

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Brexit LIVE: Big guns out as trade talks begin today with MAJOR changes – deadline looms

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Four rounds of talks led by Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser David Frost and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, which have been taking place remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, have led to little progress. But the two sides are set to meet face-to-face today in Brussels after agreeing to “intensify” negotiations.

There will be greater involvement from Mr Frost and his EU counterpart in the latest round of talks.

And negotiating teams will be smaller with just 20 British officials heading to the Belgian capital.

The UK formally left the EU on January 31 and is in a transition period until the end of the year.

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9.05am update: UK fishing industry could be one of the finest in the world – former MEP

Britain’s fishing industry could be one of the finest in the world if Boris Johnson refuses to bow to pressure from the EU, former Brexit Party MEP June Mummery has predicted.

The ex-MEP called on the Prime Minister to “hold firm” on fishing, which has been a major stumbling block in trade talks with Brussels.

Ms Mummery predicted the UK’s fishing industry, which has been decimated by the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, would be “buoyant” in just five years if Mr Johnson takes back control of Britain’s waters.

The former MEP told Express.co.uk: “Boris has the chance to put all of the wrongs right. We will be one of the finest fishing industries in the world if Boris gets this right.”

9am update: Johnson repeats threat of walking away from talks

Boris Johnson repeated his threat of walking away from trade talks with the EU during a conversation on Saturday with Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “On the UK’s future relationship with the EU, the Prime Minister welcomed the agreement on both sides to an intensified process of negotiations in July.

“He said the UK would negotiate constructively but equally would be ready to leave the transition period on Australia terms if agreement could not be reached.”

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China exposed: Trump’s personal phone calls to Xi Jinping REVEALED by former adviser

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John Bolton has been on a press tour of his new tell-all memoir, The Room Where It Happened. The book reveals Donald Trump’s various failings during his presidency, and most damningly his relationship with foreign leaders at the expense of national security.

Chinese President Xi Jinping allegedly made personal appeals to President Trump in trade talks.

According to Bolton’s book, XI requested that Trump remove sanctions on Chinese technology firms.

ZTE and Huawei Technologies were both discussed between the two leaders in May 2018 and June 2019 phone calls.

In exchange for lifting the sanctions, Xi promised Trump that he would be indebted to the US president.

Another shock reveal comes from Bolton, as he claimed Xi lectured Trump on the Treaty of Versailles.

In talks on trade and Taiwan at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan 2019, Xi told Trump that the treaty was a humiliation for China.

The treaty drafted in Paris in 1919 ended World War I but China refused to sign because it returned German-occupied Shandong in eastern China to Japanese control rather than Chinese rule.

That discussion followed a May 8, 2019 phone call between the leaders, where the sanctions on ZTE were discussed.

The phone call between the leaders took place at 8,30am, in which Xi brought up the issue of US Commerce Department restrictions on telecom equipment giant ZTE over its alleged violations of US sanctions on Iran.

Trump allegedly referred to the restrictions as “very strong, even harsh”, according to the book.

Bolton wrote: “[Trump] said he had told [US Commerce Secretary Wilbur] Ross to work something out for China.

“Xi replied that if that were done, he would owe Trump a favour and Trump immediately responded he was doing this because of Xi.”

On May 13, less than a week after that evening call, Trump tweeted that he and Xi were “working together to give … ZTE a way to get back into business, fast” as there were “too many jobs in China lost”, and in July, the US lifted the sanctions on the company.

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The same phone call saw Trump tell Xi that he would withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal, and ask him if he wanted to know what was in his statement.

Bolton wrote: “Xi said it sounded like Trump wanted to tell him, a completely on-target insight.

“Trump, in a ‘why not?’ moment, said that, feeling trust in confiding in Xi, he was terminating the nuclear deal, which was bad, and that we would see what happened.

“Xi said he would keep the news confidential.”

A Chinese foreign ministry statement on the call said the two had discussed trade and the Korean peninsula, but did not mention Iran.

A different phone call between the leaders, on June 18, 2019 ahead of their G20 meet, saw Xi press “hard” to oppose the US decision to add Huawei to its “Entity List” over national security concerns, a move that would bar US companies from doing business with Huawei.

Bolton wrote: “Xi warned that, if not handled properly, Huawei would harm the overall bilateral relationship.

“In an amazing display of chutzpah, Xi described Huawei as an outstanding private Chinese company, having important relations with Qualcomm and Intel.

“Xi wanted the ban on Huawei lifted, and said he wanted to work jointly with Trump personally on the issue, and Trump seemed amenable.”

President Trump has denied the books accuracy, and has slammed is as a “compilation of lies and made-up stories”.

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Brexit FURY: Deal is ‘FAR TOO LATE’ – Frost in angry warning UK is about to walk away

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David Frost, who is heading up the UK negotiation team, will make it clear that time is running out for the EU to come to terms with a fair deal based on existing trade agreements with Canada and other countries. The warning was repeated to the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, an ally of Britain’s in the EU, by Mr Johnson in a telephone conversation yesterday.

But it comes amid concerns over the US elections where Britain is hoping to secure a trade deal with the EU with a warning in today’s Sunday Express from Nigel Farage that an anti-Brexit President Biden would “put Britain at the back of the queue” like Obama did.  

With a UK team of 20 negotiators arriving in Brussels today to start the latest round of “intensive talks”, they have already dismissed the comments put out by EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier that October “will be the real moment of truth”.

A source close to the negotiating team said: “As we have repeatedly made clear, this is far too late. Businesses need clarity on the terms of transition as quickly as possible.

“The faster we can reach an agreement, the better – and there’s no clear reason why the broad outline of a political agreement can’t be reached in the summer.”

The source went on: “This can’t be one-sided. It remains to be seen whether the EU will show the same willingness to put the time needed in to work through these difficult issues, especially when talks move to London.

 “And the EU need to realise that these talks cannot be prolonged into the autumn.”

The change of tone from last year is an indication that Britain now has the upper hand in the talks.

The Prime Minister has ensured that his team continues to refuse to accept EU demands that Britain allows EU access to UK fishing waters or that it signs up to so called “level playing field” rules which would mean Brussels can dictate UK standards and laws with the European Court of Justice adjudicating.

The source said: “The EU will need to engage with this July process seriously, and show that they understand the fundamentals of our position – that the UK is never going to give in to demands which are incompatible with our status as an independent, sovereign country. 

“The fact is that whatever happens in negotiations, the UK is leaving the Single Market and Customs Union at the end of the year. Our preparations for this are well underway, whether that’s with a Canada or an Australia style agreement with the EU.”

Ahead of the talks, Mr Frost said: “Negotiations over the next few weeks won’t be easy. There are still fundamental differences between our positions and a new process in itself isn’t enough to breach the gap.

“It will require dedication, willing and understanding from both sides. 

“We will work intensively and at pace, as we firmly believe it is possible to reach a broad outline of an agreement in good time.

“But any deal must reflect our well-established position on difficult issues such as the so-called “level playing field” and fisheries – that is, as an independent country we will have control over our laws and our waters. Our sovereignty will never be up for negotiation.”

Meanwhile, Brexiteers are urging the government to now look away from the “diminishing” EU and “malignant” China for trade partners and focus on India and the Indo Pacific.

A report by the Foundation for Independence chaired by former British Chambers of Commerce director John Longworth has argued that future of trade and prosperity in reigniting trade relations with India in particular.

The report noted: “The UK’s current relationship with India is falling far short of its potential. At 17th, the UK is languishing far outside the ranks of India’s key trading partners with bi-lateral trade worth a modest £20.5 billion. 

“The Department for International Trade should be more proactive in promoting the ease of doing business in the UK and highlighting the already positive perceptions of the country held by many in the Indian business community. India’s recent recommitment to the Commonwealth as a vehicle for economic collaboration offers an effective stage through which to cultivate improved trade links.”

Writing for the Express, Mr Longworth, a former Brexit Party MEP, bemoaned the post-war settlement which saw Britain tie itself to Europe.

He said: “As a consequence our weak and failed political establishment sold out, we turned our backs on our friends in the Commonwealth and signed up. 

“Now, for the first time since 1940 and perhaps the last time in our long island history, we have an opportunity this year to chart our own independent course, trading across the globe, but over dependent on no one, reconnecting with parts of the world in this age of the World Wide Web that we did business with when business was driven by the wind and steam.”

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Sturgeon could raise taxes to avoid financial ruin as leader pleas Boris for new powers

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Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said she hasn’t ruled out that she may have to consider tax rises in Scotland. It comes after Ms Forbes wrote to Stephen Barclay, Chief Secretary of the Treasury, seeking temporary changes to funding arrangements.

These include the ability to borrow up to £500 million this year to deal with COVID-19 and flexibility to switch unused capital budget to other spending.

These also include new financial powers from the Treasury.

The calls after the SNP warned there was a £500million hole between the extra cost of the COVID-19 pandemic and the funding given to Scotland from Westminster.

Ms Forbes says these additional means are “critical” recovering from the coronavirus crisis.

She said: “Clearly, this is an enormously challenging time and that is precisely why we either need additional funding from the UK Government.”

Ms Forbes said it was the only way that she could increase the budget.

Alternatively, she stressed the importance of “flexibilities” from the treasury so that they could use the Scottish budget more effectively.

The MSP added: “But the scale of the challenge, whether it’s local government, the health service, the economy right now, means that without additional powers and flexibilities, I am doing this with one hand tied behind my back.

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“So at the moment, proving certainty and stability to the economy is critical, if we’re going to grow the economy and ensure that businesses can reopen and jobs can be saved.

“To be clear, this request is not about permanently revising the existing framework.

“Rather, it is about providing enabling relatively minor flexibilities given the extraordinary pressures that the devolved governments are currently under, to ensure that our fiscal powers are commensurate with the risks we face.

“However, our fixed budget could respond more effectively with some relatively minor fiscal flexibilities.

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“I cannot emphasise how critical these are to our ability to support recovery. “

Of the ability to borrow £500million, the finance secretary requested to the Treasury that the repayment period is doubled to ten years, up from five years.

They also stressed there should be more flexibility on drawing down reserve money with the limit increased to £220million.

The Scottish government’s overall budget for the 2020-21 financial year currently stands at more than £52billion, up from an earlier estimate of £49.25billion.

However, Westminster says they have given the Scottish Government £3.8billion to help through the coronavirus pandemic.

Westminster has also given more than 700,000 Scots help through the Furlough scheme.

Ms Forbes added: “To date, we’ve been very grateful for the finances coming from the UK government but it doesn’t meet the COVID costs, and what we’re asking for is if there isn’t going to be additional funding forthcoming, then we have the tools to manage our budget more effectively.

Adding about taxes, she said: “We can do more around local taxes – but that would have to be in collaboration with local authorities. We will look at everything but I would caution against any knee-jerk reaction.”

The Scottish government have a number of options to set taxes however their current powers are limited to set a national tax under the current devolution settlement.

 

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UK thunderstorm warning: Atlantic chill to unleash HORROR storms – latest lightning maps

Low pressure from the Atlantic will sweep over the UK this weekend, causing thundery showers and lightning, according to the latest forecast on Weather Outlook. It said: “The weekend is looking changeable low pressure pushes in from the Atlantic. There will be showers, especially in the north and west where more prolonged outbreaks of rain are likely. Cooler than recently but in the south there should be a reasonable amount of warmish sunny periods.” In addition, there is a possibility that lightning strikes and strong winds will cause damage to some buildings. The storms on Friday could even bring hail, while in some areas there could be up to 50mm of rain falling in an hour.

Difficult driving conditions could follow, due to sudden flooding and spray from other cars, while other transport links such as rail services may also be disrupted.

The Met Office has also warned there is a chance of power cuts that will affect homes and businesses up and down the nation.

“Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to break out on Friday afternoon and evening. Many places will miss the storms, but where they do occur, torrential downpours could bring 30-50mm rain in an hour, with hail and lightning,” the Met Office said.

There are two yellow thunderstorm warnings issued by the Met Office.

The first has been in place since 16:00 on Thursday and is in place across the whole of the UK’s west and south coast, including all of Northern Ireland. This will expire on Friday morning at 09:00.

The second one will run from midday on Friday until 09:00 in the morning on Saturday, as the storm moves from the west coast and begins to hit the central and eastern areas.

For this second warning, the far south-east of England is exempt, the Met Office said.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell told PA news agency: “Not everyone will see a storm, but if you catch one, you will certainly know about it”.

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The storm will slowly head in a northeast direction through Friday, and will probably clear northeast areas of Scotland by Saturday morning.

The storms will come as a stark contrast to the wall-to-wall sunshine and heat experienced in much of the UK this week; Thursday was the country’s hottest day so far.

London’s Heathrow Airport, for example, clocked a high of 33.4 degrees.

While in Scotland and Wales the temperatures both tipped over the 30 degree line.

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While Friday will certainly see a change in terms of sunshine, the temperature will remain warm – perhaps stiflingly so, due to the humidity.

But temperatures will begin to cool on Saturday in the wake of the storm, which might leave a mixture of rainy and sunny spells as it goes.

Through Sunday to Tuesday, expect the weather to turn windier and fresher, though for many there will be longer spells of rain particularly in the north and northwestern areas of the country.

The hot weather this week has led to a major incident being declared in Bournemouth on the south coast, where tens of thousands of people flocked to go to the beach despite warnings to stay away.

The local BCP council said it had to put in place an emergency response in order to tackle a range of problems such as beach overcrowding, traffic gridlock, and even violence.

The Guardian reports that litter collection teams were escorted by security guards.

On TalkRadio, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that while people had had “a pretty tough lockdown”, the government would close beaches if it felt it was necessary to get Britons to observe social distancing rules.

Meanwhile, BCP council leader Vikki Slade said the council was “absolutely appalled at the scenes witnessed on our beaches”.

She added that the council is “not in a position to welcome visitors in these numbers now” and asked people not to visit the area.

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China punished by India in major new row over trade as border tensions erupt

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On June 15, Indian and Chinese forces clashed on the Galwan Valley border, near Kashmir. India saw 20 casualties, where as China has not confirmed any from the conflict.

Analysts have said that the China and India border row may prevent New Delhi from rejoining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RECP).

The RCEP is comprised of 16 nations, including China and India, and in 2018 accounted for 39 percent of the worlds GDP.

China and the 14 other countries had agreed to address India’s outstanding issued after New Delhi pulled out of negotiations last November.

Key allies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mounted a nationwide protest against the RCEP, and claimed that the deal was lopsided and potentially ruinous to local industries.

The Galwan Valley conflict has sent Chinese Indian relations into a nosedive, with growing calls and protests in India to boycott Chinese goods and punish China on trade.

Madhav Nalapat, a professor of geopolitics at India’s Manipal Academy of Higher Education, spoke to South China Morning Post about the impacts of the skirmish.

They said: “The border situation will impact the entire spectrum of activity between India and China.

“When it comes to signing RCEP, after June 15 this seems like too big an ask.”

Tu Xinquan, a professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, added India was not prepared for the international competition that the deal would bring to its markets.

He said: “The agreement is not about China, or with China.

“I think the other countries have accepted the reality that India will not rejoin.”

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It follows India Today reporting that Indian ports have stepped up Chinese goods inspection, slowing imports from Monday.

According to Reuters, officials in Maharashtra announced that the state had halted a US $500 million deal for China’s Great Wall Motor car plant, saying it would wait for clarification from the federal government.

Tuesday saw India make it mandatory for sellers to mention the country of origin on Government e-Marketplace, the state-run e-commerce platform, although it did not mention China specifically.

Bloomberg reported on Thursday that India planned to impose stringent quality control and higher tariffs on imports from China, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Tuesday also saw trade negotiators from the remaining RCEP countries pledging to finish the deal by the end of 2020, with India rejoining.

In a joint statement, the countries said: “We believe that India’s participation in RCEP would contribute to the advancement and prosperity of the region.

“We therefore wish to emphasise that the RCEP remains open for India.”

The trade bloc still accounts for around a third of the worlds’ population, and includes Australia and South Korea.

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Michael Schumacher health update: Where is Michael Schumacher now? Can he walk?

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Michael Schumacher health updates come from the ailing F1 legend’s family, as he remains shuttered from public view while he recovers from a devastating brain injury. Nearly seven years later fans are still clamouring for a glimpse of the star, but with little joy. 

Where is Michael Schumacher now?

Michael Schumacher was kept in a coma following his accident while doctors worked to save the racing champion.

They slowly pulled him out of unconsciousness, which they completed one year later in 2014.

Afterwards, his family moved him home to Gland, Switzerland, where he continues his rehabilitation.

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In 2014, the Telegraph reported the racer was “paralysed and in a wheelchair”.

Schumacher’s former Ferrari boss Jean Todt said the racer has remained strong.

He told Radio Monte-Carlo in 2019 he had watched an F1 race with the driver, and he “keeps on fighting”.

Mr Todt said: “I’m always careful with such statements, but it’s true.”

 

“I saw the race together with Michael Schumacher at his home in Switzerland.

“Michael is in the best hands and is well looked after in his house.

“He does not give up and keeps fighting.”

Mr Todt mentioned their relationship is not quite the same as it once was, and Schumacher’s family continues to fight with him.

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He continued: “His family is fighting just as much and of course our friendship can not be the same as it once was.

“Just because there’s no longer the same communication as before.

“He continues to fight. And his family is fighting the same way.”

Another optimistic update came from F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, who said last month he was anticipating Michael could one day answer questions on his health himself.

He said: “He is not with us at the moment. But when he gets better, he’ll answer all the questions.”

While Schumacher continues on the road to recovery, only select people are allowed to see him. 

Luca Badoer, a former colleague of Schumacher’s at Ferrari, said only his wife chooses who is allowed to visit. 

He said: “Only a few people are allowed to visit Schumacher.

“His wife Corinna decides who is allowed to see him.”

While Mr Schumacher recovers, Italian Grand Prix winner Charles Leclerc has been hailed as his successor on the track.

FIA president Jean Todt and Formula 1 motorsport director Ross Brawn compared the Monegasque driver to the recovering racing hero.

Mr Leclerc said: “It’s always very nice to hear these type of things. But I’m only 21, I haven’t proved anything compared to what Michael has.

“So for now it’s it’s way too far to speak about these things I’m working on my career, trying to have the best career possible on my side.

“But obviously to be compared with this one, with these people it’s always an honour but it seems very far to me.”

In her first interview since Mr Schumacher’s injury, Michael’s wife Corinna thanked the F1 legend for “doing everything”.

She said: “When I was 30, I very much wanted to have a horse and Michael went with me to Dubai, where I intended to buy an Arabian horse.

“He did everything for me. I will never forget who I have to thank.

“That would be my husband Michael.”

According to Michael Schumacher’s former manager Willi Weber, Corinna has denied requests of a visit.

Speaking on an RTL special commemorating his maiden title win 25 years ago, he said:“I know that Michael has been badly hurt, but unfortunately not what progress he makes in rehab.

“I’d like to know how he’s doing and shake hands or stroke his face. But unfortunately this is rejected by Corinna.

“She probably fears that I will immediately recognise what is going on and make the truth public.”

Corinna Schumacher continues to make most of the decisions for her family, and has the final say along with Michael Schumacher’s father Rolf and their children Gina and Mick over footage used in an upcoming film about them.

According to production company B/14, development of the upcoming film – which was due for release next month – has now been postponed due to the “extensive material” included in the production.

One B/14 spokesman told Bild: “The directors and producers want to give themselves more time to complete the film due to the very extensive material.

“The new release date will be announced in due course.”

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Sturgeon outrage: Scottish FM sparks fury over reopening schools ‘Not business as usual!’

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The leader of Scotland’s largest teaching union has said it will not be business as usual when pupils return to the classroom on August 11th. Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, spoke after John Swinney claimed Scotland could be “very significantly” into the final phase of easing lockdown by then.


Plans were drawn up for a “blended model” of learning by Nicola Sturgeon’s administration last month which would have seen pupils attending classes for some of the week and learning from home the rest of the time.

However, the move was slammed by parents as some councils suggested that young people could potentially be in school for as little as one day a week.

But Mr Swinney told MSPs on Tuesday that schools will be able to reopen to all pupils from August 11 so long as the spread of the disease “is sufficiently low to provide assurance that we can continue to control the virus”.

However the move was branded by opposition politicians as the “mother and father of ministerial climbdowns”.

Mr Flanagan said: “We need to be absolutely clear that it would be a fundamental error on the part of the Scottish Government, our employers, parents, or indeed anyone, to believe that Covid-19 will have gone away in August and that it will be business as usual for schools. It will not be.

“If that is a politically inconvenient truth for anyone, it nonetheless remains a truth.”

The union boss stressed that teachers were left frustrated that Mr Swinney’s announcement was made so close to the end of the school year.

This comes after they had “worked so hard to prepare for a blended learning model for reopening”, Mr Flanagan claimed. 

He added: “Teachers, including heads and deputies who will have had to take a lead in many areas, are now heading into a summer where uncertainty will be in the air with a whole set of other planning requiring to be tackled.

“Essentially it is a ‘maybes aye, maybes naw’ scenario as ultimately the decision is dependent on where the level of Covid-19 infection will be in seven weeks’ time.”

He stressed that the change of approach was a “political announcement” saying it is not an “agreed outcome” from the COVID Education Recovery Group that was established by ministers.

He also stressed the union’s red lines for teachers to return to school, insisting there must be “demonstrable evidence that the virus is under control”.

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But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that plans must be adaptable to deal with changes in the fight against COVID-19.

At today’s daily briefing, she said: “If you ever hear me say ‘here’s a fixed plan that we will not change regardless of what happens with the virus’, then know that I’ve stopped doing my job properly.

“You have to plan for the most likely scenario and then if it changes you have to be adaptable.”

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China punished by India in major new row over trade as border tensions erupt

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On June 15, Indian and Chinese forces clashed on the Galwan Valley border, near Kashmir. India saw 20 casualties, where as China has not confirmed any from the conflict.

Analysts have said that the China and India border row may prevent New Delhi from rejoining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RECP).

The RCEP is comprised of 16 nations, including China and India, and in 2018 accounted for 39 percent of the worlds GDP.

China and the 14 other countries had agreed to address India’s outstanding issued after New Delhi pulled out of negotiations last November.

Key allies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mounted a nationwide protest against the RCEP, and claimed that the deal was lopsided and potentially ruinous to local industries.

The Galwan Valley conflict has sent Chinese Indian relations into a nosedive, with growing calls and protests in India to boycott Chinese goods and punish China on trade.

Madhav Nalapat, a professor of geopolitics at India’s Manipal Academy of Higher Education, spoke to South China Morning Post about the impacts of the skirmish.

They said: “The border situation will impact the entire spectrum of activity between India and China.

“When it comes to signing RCEP, after June 15 this seems like too big an ask.”

Tu Xinquan, a professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, added India was not prepared for the international competition that the deal would bring to its markets.

He said: “The agreement is not about China, or with China.

“I think the other countries have accepted the reality that India will not rejoin.”

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It follows India Today reporting that Indian ports have stepped up Chinese goods inspection, slowing imports from Monday.

According to Reuters, officials in Maharashtra announced that the state had halted a US $500 million deal for China’s Great Wall Motor car plant, saying it would wait for clarification from the federal government.

Tuesday saw India make it mandatory for sellers to mention the country of origin on Government e-Marketplace, the state-run e-commerce platform, although it did not mention China specifically.

Bloomberg reported on Thursday that India planned to impose stringent quality control and higher tariffs on imports from China, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Tuesday also saw trade negotiators from the remaining RCEP countries pledging to finish the deal by the end of 2020, with India rejoining.

In a joint statement, the countries said: “We believe that India’s participation in RCEP would contribute to the advancement and prosperity of the region.

“We therefore wish to emphasise that the RCEP remains open for India.”

The trade bloc still accounts for around a third of the worlds’ population, and includes Australia and South Korea.

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