Also: schools and business shut down across the nation as COVID-19 responses grow more severe; DUP slammed in ‘cash-for-ash’ report; and Salmond’s trial continues.
“He told one of my colleagues in the House of Commons that emphatically there would not be checks.”
“It is important that we do work together to get a deal and we will certainly be working with the Government to try to make that happen.”
Also: Democratic Unionists ‘under pressure’ over Brexit u-turn; and Gove backs Bowie’s criticism of SNP over no-deal preparations.
And: Gigabit broadband will soon be “sprouting like vermicelli”, says Johnson. Plus: Mordaunt’s warnings and Hoey’s heroine’s welcome.
Also: Johnson says he’ll refuse the SNP legal authorisation for another independence referendum; Varadkar warned against imposing settlement on unionists.
More broadly, there is a lead for Irish unification of 46 per cent to 45 per cent – a statistical tie.