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# rishi sunak

Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# breaking with the PM
'Stormont brake' emphatically passed by House of Commons but DUP confirms no return to power-sharing
The two former prime ministers will form part of an expected backbench rebellion against the agreement negotiated with Brussels.
# Partygate probe
Partygate: Johnson admits to misleading House of Commons 'in good faith'
The former Tory Prime Minister will appear before a cross-party panel tomorrow.
This month
March 2023
# Invitation
Joe Biden confirms intention to visit NI and Republic for Good Friday Agreement anniversary
Tánaiste Micheál Martin has said it is “very welcome news”.
# UK
Boris Johnson to face questions next week on whether he lied to MPs over partygate
The former UK prime minister has denied lying to the Commons and says he expects to be cleared by the Privileges Committee.
# migrant crossings
French and UK leaders try to overcome Brexit tensions at first high-level summit in five years
Emmanuel Macron and Rishi Sunak met today in Paris to discuss Ukraine and migration.
# UK Home Office
UK Government prepares to unveil new legislation to ‘stop the boats’
The legislation, promised as part of UK Government efforts to tackle illegal migration, could come as soon as Tuesday.
# matt hancock
Leaked messages reveal Matt Hancock hit out at Sunak over ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ Covid scheme
The messages reveal Hancock had serious concerns about the scheme designed to support restaurants, dubbing it the ‘eat out to help the virus get about’.
# windsor framework
DUP will only sign up to Windsor framework if it 'safeguards the union', says Sammy Wilson
Wilson, an MP and the DUP chief whip, sharply criticised the ‘Stormont brake’ clause in the deal.
Last month
February 2023
# windsor framework
Sunak pleads with MPs to give DUP 'time and space' to consider Brexit deal
The view of the DUP will be crucial if the deal is to help restore power-sharing at Stormont.
The British Prime Minister saoid "the last thing the public want is another Westminster drama".
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has said his party will take its time to study the deal before coming to a conclusion on it.
Sinn Féin vice president Michelle O'Neill said "the deal is now done" and that getting Stormont up and running must now be the priority.
Explainer: Pets, potatoes and the 'Stormont brake', what's the deal with the Windsor Framework?
An emotional Steve Baker regrets 'Brexit hardman' image and speaks about 'mental health crisis'
# royally messed up
Sunak under fire for involving King Charles in Protocol negotiations
A planned meeting between the monarch and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen is no longer expected to go ahead.
# Ukraine
Tony Blair calls for fighter jets to be sent to Ukraine, but UK only willing to supply jets to allies
Defence secretary Ben Wallace said backfilling allies with the UK’s jets to free up their own would be a quicker way to bolster Kyiv’s defences.
# NI Protocol
Protocol talks: Sunak promises to be 'resolute', says MPs will get chance to 'express view'
The UK Government and the EU are still negotiating changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
# Northern Ireland
Protocol stand-off: Sunak faces resignation threats ahead of high stakes Cabinet
The Times reported some ministers could be prepared to resign if Sunak’s solution risks the place of the North within the UK.
Sunak says editing of Roald Dahl's books to remove possible offensive language is 'gobblefunk'
Dahl died in 1990 at the age of 74 but has regularly topped the list of the UK’s favourite authors.
# Northern Ireland
Taoiseach 'quietly confident' of Protocol deal 'within a week or two' as Sunak meets NI leaders
British PM Rishi Sunak held bilateral meetings with NI leaders today amid mounting speculation a deal on the Irish trading arrangements is close.
There is mounting speculation that a deal between the EU and UK could be unveiled early next week.
Rishi Sunak told reporters in Downing Street that "there is more work to do” on finding a deal.
Michéal Martin also warned there is a “distance to go yet” before an agreement is over the line.
UK Supreme Court challenge on lawfulness of Northern Ireland protocol is dismissed
Progress being made to hammer out NI Protocol deal but difficulties remain, says Sefcovic
# Brexit
Rishi Sunak arrives in Northern Ireland amid speculation of imminent protocol deal
The British Prime Minister will discuss the NI Protocol negotiations with political parties.
# surprise visit
Zelensky arrives in Paris on first visit since Russian invasion
The Ukrainian president has urged the UK and Western allies to provide ‘wings for freedom’ by supplying his air force with advanced jets.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed UK parliament this afternoon
Zelenskyy then travelled to Buckingham Palace for his audience with the King
The UK has also announced new sanctions targeting those who have helped Russian president Vladimir Putin build his personal wealth
January 2023
# Westminister ethics
British Prime Minister Sunak under pressure over handling of Zahawi tax row
Rishi Sunak sacked Nadhim Zahawi from his role as Tory party chairman after an investigation found he breached the ministerial code.
# tax controversy
Sunak defends handling of Zahawi row as pressure on Tory chairman mounts
Sunak said that due process will be followed, with his ethics advisor carrying out an investigation into Zahawi.
# tax controversy
Investigation launched into Tory chairman's tax affairs amid pressure on Sunak’s Government
Rishi Sunak has ordered a potentially far-reaching investigation into Zahawi but resisted calls to sack the former chancellor.
# ring ring
Varadkar reiterates need to avoid hard border on island of Ireland during phonecall with Sunak
During the conversation, the Taoiseach repeated the need for a solution which avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland.
# UK Government
Sunak orders investigation into Zahawi over tax dispute penalty
The Conservative Party chairman and former chancellor paid a penalty to resolve a tax dispute.
# UK
Rishi Sunak fined for failing to wear seatbelt in social media video
The British prime minister previously apologised for the “brief error of judgment”.
# UK
Police looking into video of Sunak failing to wear a seatbelt
The Prime Minister has apologised for the “mistake”, as Downing Street said that Sunak had made a “brief error of judgment”.
Sunak refuses to say if he has private healthcare amid NHS queue crisis
The UK Prime Minister said his own health provisions was a ‘distraction from what the real issue is’.
Last year
# Northern Ireland Protocol
Sunak and von der Leyen agree to ‘work together’ to find way forward on NI Protocol
There are hopes that improved relations between London and Brussels could lead to a breakthrough
# Stormont
DUP will not be ‘bullied or cajoled’ into restoring Stormont, Northern Ireland Secretary told
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said the UK Government should stop ‘expending energy’ targeting unionists.
# just stop oil
UK's Sunak pledges more police powers to tackle ‘completely unacceptable’ climate protests
Sunak called it “completely unacceptable” that ordinary people were having their lives disrupted by environmental protests.
# Kyiv
British Prime Minister Sunak meets Zelenskyy during first visit to Ukraine
Sunak’s arrival was accompanied by the announcement of a £50 million package of defence aid comprising 125 anti-aircraft guns and technology.
# UK
'We will be asking everyone for sacrifices': UK warns of budget pain to come this week
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has vowed to get inflation under control.
# no 10
Boris Johnson ally Nadine Dorries claims ex-PM ‘will be back’ one day
The former UK culture minister said Boris Johnson threw a ‘successful’ party to thank his supporters after he bowed out of the race to replace Liz Truss.
# Defence spending
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak ‘to cut defence spending in real terms’ as inflation soars
The allowance for all departments, including the Ministry of Defence, will rise in line with the 2021 spending review, according to reports.
# Tax Cuts
Kwasi Kwarteng told Liz Truss her decision to sack him was 'mad'
He also advised Truss to “slow down” her radical economic reforms.
# Blackpool
Taoiseach Micheál Martin meets UK PM Rishi Sunak at summit in Blackpool
Sunak first UK prime minister to attend the British-Irish Council in 15 years .
# UK
Gavin Williamson resigns from UK government after bullying allegations
The former cabinet minister is facing a series of inquiries into his conduct.
# bullying allegations
Sunak defies calls to sack Gavin Williamson despite ‘not acceptable’ messages
Sunak is under fire for bringing the twice-sacked minister back into Government despite a bullying investigation.
# COP27
British PM Rishi Sunak makes sudden u-turn on attending Cop27 climate summit in Egypt
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney welcomed the u-turn.
# rishi sunak
Sunak under pressure over decision not to go to COP27
US President Joe Biden is expected to attend, and there are reports suggesting Sunak’s arch-rival Boris Johnson could go too.
# cop out
New UK PM Rishi Sunak will not attend COP27 climate summit next month
The new prime minister has been accused of a “massive failure of climate leadership” for missing the summit.
# Northern Ireland
Jeffrey Donaldson says Irish government 'deluded' to think joint-authority with London is possible
The DUP is set to block an attempt to elect a new Stormont speaker.