Brexit news live: Latest Boris Johnson updates as UK ministers urge Trump to cede power peacefully

Moment pro-Trump rioters storm US Capitol captured on TV broadcast

Boris Johnson and senior members of his Cabinet have called for a peaceful transition of power in the United States, after Donald Trump “incited” his supporters to storm the Capitol with fatal results.

However, the UK prime minister, foreign secretary and chancellor failed to mention the outgoing US president by name, with home secretary Priti Patel also failing to condemn Mr Trump outright when asked by Sky News on Thursday morning, but telling the BBC that his incendiary comments “directly led” to the violence witnessed in Washington.

And Welsh Conservative, Andrew RT Davies, also came under fire for comparing the violent riots with attempts to push for a second Brexit referendum, as he attacked Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s comments decrying the “direct attack on democracy” in Washington on the day that Congress debated president-elect Joe Biden’s victory, which Mr Trump baselessly disputes.

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DUP should make NI government ‘unworkable’ until Irish Sea border removed, says loyalist activist

Jamie Bryson, the editor of Unionist Voice, claims a move by the DUP to frustrate the Stormont executive would be the party’s “most powerful weapon”  in opposing the Northern Ireland protocol, my colleague Matt Mathers reports.

While the UK has left the European Union, NI remains in the bloc’s single market for goods and will continue applying EU customs rules on trade.

Some unionists, including 30-year-old Mr Bryson, who recently published a book entitled Brexit Betrayal, say the arrangement poses an existential threat to NI’s constitutional status, believing the Brexit deal has cut NI adrift from the rest of the UK, paving the way for an economic united Ireland.

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Despite repeatedly failing to condemn Donald Trump outright on Sky News, the home secretary told the BBC that the 45th US president’s comments “directly led” to violence in Washington – labelling this incitement and failure to reject his supporters’ violence as “completely wrong”.

Our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn has the details:

Andy Gregory7 January 2021 09:32

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Matt Hancock says he is not aiming for a ‘zero-Covid’ Britain

Despite a rising UK coronavirus death toll which topped 1,000 yesterday, Matt Hancock has said he is “optimistic” about the course of the pandemic once millions of people receive a vaccine.

But, in an interview with The Spectator, Mr Hancock said he was not aiming for a “zero-Covid” scenario, and that eradication of the disease was “impossible” and the goal instead should be to reduce it to “manageable” proportions.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock has the full report here:

Andy Gregory7 January 2021 09:14

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Matt Hancock says he is not aiming for a ‘zero-Covid’ Britain

Despite a rising UK coronavirus death toll which topped 1,000 yesterday, Matt Hancock has said he is “optimistic” about the course of the pandemic once millions of people receive a vaccine.

But, in an interview with The Spectator, Mr Hancock said he was not aiming for a “zero-Covid” scenario, and that eradication of the disease was “impossible” and the goal instead should be to reduce it to “manageable” proportions.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock has the full report here:

Andy Gregory7 January 2021 09:14

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Priti Patel fails to condemn Donald Trump outright

With politicians on both sides of the aisle in both the UK and US criticising Donald Trump’s complicity in his supporters’ storming of the Capitol building yesterday, Sky News this morning pushed the home secretary to denounce the 45th president outright.

Priti Patel said that Mr Trump’s words did very little to de-escalate the situation and urged him to condemn the violence of his supporters, but ultimately repeatedly avoided issuing an outright condemnation of the US president.

Sky’s presenter noted that sentiment among some Tory backbenchers was significantly stronger, with Winston Churchill’s grandson Nicholas Soames among those calling for his early removal from office, or a vote of censure.

Appearing on BBC Breakfast, the home secretary strengthened her language, saying that Donald Trump’s “comments directly led to the violence, and so far he has failed to condemn that violence and that is completely wrong”.

Andy Gregory7 January 2021 08:53

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Nicola Sturgeon condemns ‘those who have incited this attack on democracy’

Fresh from warning Donald Trump against hiding from Joe Biden’s inauguration at his golf course in Scotland, here’s Nicola Sturgeon’s reaction to yesterday’s scenes.

While also not outright mentioning the outgoing US president by name, Scotland’s first minister said: “Shame on those who have incited this attack on democracy.”

Hours prior to the Capitol riots, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump addressed a protest event dubbed “Save America”. Mr Trump’s personal lawyer called for “trial by combat”.

Andy Gregory7 January 2021 08:34

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Former Welsh Tory leader criticised for comparing US riots with Brexit

Andrew RT Davies, the the Welsh Conservatives health spokesman, has been criticised for equating protesters at the US Capitol to those who supported a second referendum on Brexit.

The politician responded to a tweet by Sir Keir Starmer, in which the Labour leader described the “horrendous scenes” in Washington DC as “a direct attack on democracy and legislators carrying out the will of the American people”.

His comments were condemned by former Tory MP Alistair Burt, who described the tweet as an “appalling and completely unworthy analogy”, adding: “Have you taken leave of your senses equating the two?

“If you are an office holder of any sort in the Conservative Party, resign now.”

Former MP Antoinette Sandbach replied to Mr Burt, stating: “Welcome to the Conservative party in Wales Alistair.”

Mr Davies later retweeted this comment from Unherd columnist Paul Embery saying he has “no truck with those squealing ‘false equivalence’”:

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UK ministers urge peaceful transition of power in the US

Here’s how the UK’s prime minister, chancellor and foreign secretary reacted to the disturbing and surreal scenes in Washington DC yesterday.

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World leaders condemn ‘disgraceful’ scenes in Washington

And here’s how the reaction compares elsewhere in the world.

Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau had said he was monitoring the situation closely, telling the News 1130 Vancouver radio station: “Obviously we’re concerned and we’re following the situation minute by minute. I think the American democratic institutions are strong, and hopefully everything will return to normal shortly.”

Singling out Donald Trump, Germany foreign minister Heiko Maas blamed the violence on inflammatory rhetoric, writing: “The enemies of democracy will be delighted at these terrible images from Washington DC.

“Trump and his supporters must accept the decision of American voters at last and stop trampling on democracy.”

Our deputy foreign editor Gemma Fox has this round-up of the reaction from world leaders:

Andy Gregory7 January 2021 08:01

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Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of UK politics, following our effective departure from the EU and Trump supporters’ fatal storming of the US Capitol.

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