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    Boris Johnson latest news: PM set to face PMQs as US congressmen accuse him of endangering NI peace

    EU’s Maros Sefcovic says renegotiating the Northern Ireland Protocol bill is ‘unrealistic’.

    Boris Johnson is set to face PMQs today for the first time since the publication of the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol legislation.

    The prime minister downplayed the legislation moved earlier this week as “not a big deal” despite it being criticized for attempting to override large parts of the international deal struck over Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit trading arrangements.

    He was claimed to have told his ministers yesterday to “de-escalate” rhetoric to prevent a trade war with Brussels, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    Meanwhile, EU commissioners are expected to initiate new legal action against the UK later this week which has been on hold since September.

    The PM is also under fierce attack from Washington, with senior congressmen on both sides warning that the “irresponsible” move will endanger peace in the region.

    In a sternly-worded joint statement, a group of senior members of Congress urged the UK and EU to “continue negotiations in good faith to achieve durable solutions to post-Brexit trade challenges”.

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    Airlines ordered to cancel summer flights to avoid holiday misery

    Airlines have been ordered by the government to cancel flights for July and August now to “de-risk the summer” for tens of thousands of passengers.

    In a joint letter to airlines, they say: “Cancellations at the earliest possibility to deliver a more robust schedule are better for consumers than late-notice on-the-day cancellations.”

    Our travel correspondent Simon Calder reports:

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    Border checks among the challenges for an independent Scotland, admits Sturgeon

    Nicola Sturgeon admitted border customs checks would be needed with the rest of the UK as she promised to be “frank” about the challenges of an independent Scotland.

    The First Minister said she would set out more detail on how trade would work between Scotland and the rest of the UK in future papers which will form her independence prospectus.

    On Tuesday, she published the first of these papers, part of a series called “Building a New Scotland”.

    My colleague Alastair Jamieson has the details:

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    Bill to override the NI protocol ‘irresponsible’, slam US congressmen.

    Boris Johnson’s plans to tear up post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland have come under fierce attack from Washington, with senior congressmen on both sides of the US political divide warning the “irresponsible” move is a threat to peace in the province.

    In a sternly-worded joint statement, a group of senior members of Congress urged the UK and EU to “continue negotiations in good faith to achieve durable solutions to post-Brexit trade challenges”.

    “The introduction of legislation in the United Kingdom undermines the Northern Ireland protocol, threatens international law, and, most concerningly, could jeopardise the almost 25 years of peace established by the Good Friday Agreement,” they warned.

    Andrew Woodcock and Andrew Feinberg report:

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    Johnson to face PMQs amid mounting tension over NI protocol bill

    Boris Johnson will face Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) for the first time since the introduction of the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol Bill in the parliament earlier this week.

    He has downplayed the changes in the bill as “not a big deal” even though Brussels threatened the UK with renewed legal action.

    Mr Johnson also claimed to have told his ministers to “de-escalate” the rhetoric on Tuesday to prevent trade wars with EU.

    Meanwhile, European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic hinted at further measures against UK, saying the unilateral action by the government had undermined the trust needed for the effective operation of its post- Brexit trade deals with Brussels.

    Read the details in this report here:

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    Welcome to The Independent’s UK politics live blog for15 June 2022.

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