‘Utterly reckless’ Protocol plan condemned by Sinn Féin

The EU’s initial reaction is expected to be muted, arriving in a statement after the first reading of the legislation in the House of Commons later today.

However, Sinn Fein has clarified its views, calling Mr Johnson’s plans “absolutely reckless” and saying they will violate international law.

The protocol was negotiated in 2019 as part of the Brexit exit agreement.

Here’s a reminder of why Britain wants to change the treaty and how it would affect the Good Friday Agreement.

In the meantime, Andreas Tettenborn outlines how the government has learned to negotiate with Brussels – and Remainers hate it.

Judges reject latest attempt to block flight to Rwanda

Of course, this is not the only international relations litigation facing the government.

The Court of Appeal today rejected calls for an injunction to block the departure of the first plane carrying people awaiting deportation to Rwanda.

But the court heard only 11 migrants remain on tomorrow’s first flight, with individual legal claims by migrants reducing the number from the original 130.

Check out our live blog for the latest information on the Court of Appeals ruling.

Read why Rakib Ehsan argues that the knee-jerk left-wing criticism of the Rwanda asylum plan is deeply damaging to Global Britain.

The best way to lose weight is to eat less, PM says

Aside from the protocol brawl and the dispute over the deportations, the prime minister is also waging his war against waistlines.

He came out sultry today saying the best way to lose weight is to “eat less”, citing his own experience as he responded to criticism of the government’s new diet strategy.

The Prime Minister denied the proposals did not tackle obesity after the strategy’s lead adviser said it had failed to address the UK’s health problems.

Mr Johnson insisted he was “very grateful” for the work of Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of restaurant chain Leon, although the strategy rejected his proposals for a salt and sugar tax. Read the Prime Minister’s comments.

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