Boris Johnson with EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen (Credit: PA)
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The EU is planning to take legal action against the UK government’s controversial Internal Market Bill.
The European Commission will send a “letter of formal notice” to the UK on Thursday for breaching the ‘good faith’ terms of the withdrawal agreement.
The Commons backed Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan, designed to enable goods and services to flow freely across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, earlier this week.
It follows several clashes with angry MPs over the government’s aim to give itself the power to break international law on Brexit, with Attoney General Suella Braverman defending the move as a “pretty basic principle of law”.
The commission formally announced its intentions via president Ursula von der Leyen, who said the draft bill “by its very nature [is] a breach of the obligations of good faith laid down in the withdrawl agreement”.
She added: “If adopted as is, it will be in full contradiction to the protocol of Ireland/Northern Ireland.
“The deadline lapsed yesterday and the problematic provisions have not been reomoved.
“Therefore this morning the commission has decided to send a letter of formal notice to the UK government. This is the first step in an infringement procedure.”
Ministers have one month to respond to the letter, during which time the commission “will continue to work towards the full and timely implementation of the withdrawal agreement”, Ms von der Leyen said.
She added: “We stand by our committment.”
The UK’s former ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, told Times Radio on Wednesday that leaders in Brussels have been “shocked and disappointed” by the UK’s behaviour in recent weeks.
“Much of continental Europe has always looked to the UK as a kind of bastion of the rule of law, an exemplar of kind of liberal democracy, very strong institutions,” he said.
“You know, they’re hugely reliant on an awful lot of institutions and ancient institutions here that they very much look up to, and their institutions…have not had that longevity and reputation. So I think it has done it damage.
“You can have a judge how lasting the damage will be. But this has shocked people that the UK is prepared to go down this sort of route in order to gain leverage in a negotiation, or whatever the plan is.”
McDonald’s new pastries are here. Here’s how to get them for free
The expansion of the company’s McCafé lineup adds three new sweets — an apple fritter, a blueberry muffin and a cinnamon roll — to menus as it finds itself in a competitive battle with rivals over the first meal of the day.
McDonald’s is giving away one of the new items free with a purchase of a hot or iced coffee on orders placed through its app. The promotion runs from November 3 through November 9 and is valid once per day at any time.
McDonald’s(MCD)regularly tries to entice customers to use its app with a variety of promotions and coupons, as well as a limited rewards program aimed at boosting coffee sales. Increasing the app’s user base is “key,” according to Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy, because the promotion could build customer loyalty: Customers might be coaxed to come back because of future offers.
The chain could use the boost, as it faces more competition at breakfast. Its most notable rival is Wendy’s(WEN), which launched its own breakfast menu nationwide for the first the time earlier this year. It features a mix of salty and sweet items such as the Breakfast Baconator and Frosty-ccino.
Meanwhile, the future of McDonald’s own All Day Breakfast remains hazy. The chain has not announced when or even if it will bring that menu back after cutting it in March because of the pandemic. The new sweets launching Wednesday might partially fill the void.
In the US, McDonald’s sales have finally turned a corner following a bleak spring. Sales at US stores open at least a year jumped 4.6% in the third quarter compared to the same period last year, the company said in a regulatory filing earlier this month. The company said it grew sales during “all dayparts,” an encouraging sign that it finally stemmed its declines during breakfast hours.
Sales improvements in the US were driven in part by “strong performance” at dinner and new items and stunts, including the Travis Scott Meal and spicy nuggets. This month, it hopes to replicate the success with a new J. Balvin meal — and now, new baked goods.
McDonald’s will release full third-quarter results on November 9.
The law gives Beijing extensive powers it has never had before to shape life in the territory.
Critics say it effectively puts an end to the freedoms guaranteed by Beijing for 50 years after British rule ended in Hong Kong in 1997, but China says it will return stability to the city.
After the passing of the security law, the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would offer up to three million Hong Kong residents a chance to settle in the UK and ultimately apply for citizenship.
China has condemned this, saying it would take countermeasures against the UK should it grant residency to Hong Kong residents.
AOC: ‘I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever’
President Donald Trump has taken particular pleasure in warning that Ocasio-Cortez poses a threat to Schumer, while describing prominent Democratic leaders including presidential nominee Joe Biden as beholden to her more liberal agenda.
Ocasio-Cortez is also viewed as one of the likeliest inheritors of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ progressive coalition if she were to run for president. The congresswoman, who endorsed Sanders in the 2020 White House race, turned 31 earlier this month and would meet the constitutional presidential age requirement of 35 by November 2024.
Another possibility is Ocasio-Cortez joining a potential Biden administration in some capacity. She was tapped in May to serve as a co-chair of the Biden-Sanders joint task force on climate change — one of six working groups meant to advise the Biden campaign on policy.
But Ocasio-Cortez told Vanity Fair she did not “want to aspire to a quote-unquote higher position just for the sake of that title or just for the sake of having a different or higher position.”
“I truly make an assessment to see if I can be more effective,” she said. “And so, you know, I don’t know if I could necessarily be more effective in an administration, but, for me that’s always what the question comes down to.”