Good morning. Boris Johnson has been chairing a gathering of the federal government’s Cobra emergency committee referred to as in response to the invasion of Ukraine. He was woken in a single day to be advised of the assault, and earlier than 5am this tweet went out in his identify.
Shortly afterwards Downing Road issued this assertion.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy within the early hours of this morning.
The prime minister mentioned he was appalled by the unfolding occasions in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian president up to date the prime minister on the assaults happening, and the prime minister mentioned the West wouldn’t stand by as President Putin waged his marketing campaign in opposition to the Ukrainian folks.
The prime minister mentioned he hoped Ukraine may resist and that Ukraine and its folks have been within the ideas of everybody in the UK folks throughout this darkish time.
Johnson is anticipated to deal with MPs later, the place he’s possible to present particulars of the escalated “barrage” of sanctions in opposition to Russia promised earlier this week. The preliminary sanctions introduced on Tuesday have been criticised as comparatively feeble.
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Right here is the agenda for the day.
9.30am: Steve Barclary, the Cupboard Workplace minister and chief of workers to the PM, takes questions within the Commons.
10am: Sajid Javid, the well being secretary, offers proof to the general public administration and constitutional affairs committee in regards to the Coronavirus Act.
After 10.30am: Boris Johnson is anticipated to make an announcement to MPs on Ukraine.
After 10.30am: Nadhim Zahawi, the eductation secretary, will make an announcement to MPs about plans to reform post-18 schooling in England. As Sally Weale studies, college students in England should pay again college loans over 40 years as an alternative of 30 beneath the plans.
12.30pm: Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, delivers the Mais lecture. As Phillip Inman studies, Sunak will say he desires to chop taxes “sustainably” and downgrade the position performed by the state as an engine of development.
Starmer was attributable to give a speech on the financial system at present, however that has now been postponed. As Rowena Mason studies, in response to the extracts launched prematurely, Starmer was going to say Labour will search to “reimagine the position of presidency” as a associate to the non-public sector and reap the benefits of the alternatives of Brexit,
Sooner or later Johnson can also be attributable to attend a digital G7 assembly.
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