Boris Johnson’s live visit to India: UK to reopen embassy in Kyiv in show of support for Ukraine

Boris Johnson arrives in India as MPs prepare to vote on whether he misled Parliament

The UK is preparing to reopen its embassy in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in May, Boris Johnson has said.

The announcement was made by the Prime Minister during a visit to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

It comes after Modi earlier said of a free trade agreement (FTA) with the UK that there had been “good progress and we have decided to make every effort to conclude the FTA by the end of this year”.

Regarding Ukraine, he said: “We insisted on an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine.”

Boris Johnson also told negotiators working on a post-Brexit trade deal it would be negotiated by Diwali in October.

Speaking at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Mr Johnson said: ‘As the next round of talks begins here next week, we are telling our negotiators ‘Do it for Diwali in October’.”

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When asked why he hadn’t pressed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to condemn Vladimir Putin’s military operation in Ukraine, Boris Johnson said India’s relationship with Russia was well known, but added: “They can see what is happening and there is a growing appetite. do more with the UK.

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2022 11:47 a.m.

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Last minute: UK to reopen embassy in Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Boris Johnson announces

The British government will reopen the British embassy in kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, next week, Boris Johnson has announced.

The prime minister said it was now safe for British diplomats to return to Kyiv, after Ukrainian forces successfully repelled Russian advances on the capital.

Mr Johnson did not pressure his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to toughen his stance against Putin over the invasion of Ukraine, Downing Street conceded.

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2022 11:37 am

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Harper says a number of MPs have already sent letters for a vote of no confidence ‘and haven’t made it public’

Former Tory cabinet minister Mark Harper, who this week called on Boris Johnson to stand down, said a number of his party colleagues had privately submitted letters to the 1922 Committee.

Speaking about his own submission to Sir Graham Brady, Mark Harper said The Telegraph Chopper’s Politics podcast: ‘For me, I’ve been willing to give the Prime Minister the advantage of waiting for the facts. He asked us earlier this year to do it, I thought that was a reasonable request.

“I think deciding whether or not you want the PM is a big deal and you need all the facts at your disposal.

He later added, “I’ve had quite a few co-workers tell me they thought I was right. Some colleagues have already put letters and did not make it public.

Mr. Harper declined to specify the number of letters submitted behind closed doors or the names of the colleagues who had done so.

He continued: “I think a lot of colleagues want to wait until all the police work is done. Some of them will then want to see Sue Gray’s full report.

The senior Tory MP also touted local elections as a possible trigger for a wave of committee submissions.

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2022 11:20 a.m.

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Boris Johnson avoids mentioning Ukraine, in a bid not to ruffle the host’s feathers on a trip to India

Boris Johnson did not mention Russia or Ukraine during his press appearance alongside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after talks this morning.

The war in Ukraine is a sore point in UK-India relations as Delhi has maintained a neutral stance, condemning the killings in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha but not the invasion itself and calling for diplomatic dialogue to end the conflict.

Mr Johnson has vowed not to ‘peach’ Modi over his stance during his two-day visit, and he avoided ruffling his feathers by skating over the issue as he appeared alongside his host to face the the press on Friday.

Our political editor Andre Bécasse see you:

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2022 11:10 a.m.

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Voting intention: Labor in the lead with 39% of the vote against 33% for the Conservatives

Labor has maintained its lead over the Conservatives, the latest voting intentions figures reveal.

According to a YouGov poll, Labor remains in the lead with 39% of the vote – up one point from its previous poll on April 13-14 – compared to 33% for the Conservatives, who saw no change.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have 10% of the vote, while the Greens have 7% and the UK Reformers have 5% of the vote.

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2022 10:55 a.m.

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Partygate will be a major issue for Boris Johnson in local elections, says polling guru

Boris Johnson’s Partygate scandal will be a major issue for Tories in local elections, according to one of the country’s top political scientists.

Sir John Curtice said polls had worsened for the Tories since the Prime Minister was fined for his birthday breaking the law – claiming the saga had ‘significantly damaged’ his party.

“History is not going away, history has now found its legs,” the polling guru said. The Independent. “The opposition will just keep talking about it. All of this plays to Keir Starmer’s advantage.

Adam Forest to the story:

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2022 10:40 a.m.

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UK deserves a Prime Minister who ‘recognizes that truth, decency and the rule of law matter’, says Lammy

Labour’s shadow foreign secretary has called for a prime minister who “is taken seriously on the world stage” as support for Boris Johnson’s premiership dwindles within the Tory ranks.

Tweeting this morning, David Lammy said: “Boris Johnson is in India in a desperate attempt to distract from his law breaking and lies.

“Britain deserves a Prime Minister who is taken seriously on the world stage.

“For that, we need a leader who recognizes that truth, decency and the rule of law matter.”

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2022 10:29 a.m.

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Watch: Labor MP overturns Priti Patel’s ‘illegal asylum seeker’ definition

Labor MP strikes down Priti Patel’s ‘illegal asylum seeker’ definition

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2022 10:15 a.m.

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Boris Johnson set to use Queen’s Speech to choose Brexit fight with EU

Boris Johnson is set to use the Queen’s Speech to spark a Brexit fight in the European Union over the deal he signed with Brussels.

After a prolonged absence from the news agenda in Westminster, UK-EU relations will soon make a big comeback – as the Prime Minister seeks to emerge from the Partygate scandal and energize his base.

The government’s legislative program is expected to include powers for ministers to scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol, a key part of the deal Mr Johnson brokered with Brussels.

Our political correspondent Peter Jon reports:

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2022 10:05 a.m.

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UK and India to agree trade deal by end of year, says Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the UK that there was “good progress and we have decided to make every effort to conclude the FTA in India. ‘by the end of this year’.

Regarding Ukraine, he said: “We insisted on an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine.”

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2022 9:55 a.m.

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