7 Dec 2023

UK: Boris at Covid inquiry, new Rwanda treaty, Ryanair outrage

From Nine To Noon, 9:45 am on 7 December 2023

UK correspondent Matthew Parris looks at what former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told the Covid inquiry - including that he "should've twigged" about the seriousness of the virus sooner.

The Home Secretary James Cleverly says a new treaty with Rwanda addresses some concerns of the UK's Supreme Court, which ruled the government's deportation plan unlawful last month.

Rules for couples wanting to settle in UK have changed, with a big jump in the amount they will have to earn from £18,600 to  £38,700. And a change at Ryanair has some customers seething.

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Covid-19 Inquiry shows Britain's former Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking at the UK Covid-19 Inquiry, in west London, on December 6, 2023 to give evidence. Former UK prime minister Boris Johnson will face tough questioning at a public inquiry on December 6, 2023 over his government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, after a barrage of criticism from his former aides. Johnson, who has been accused of indecisiveness and a lack of scientific understanding, is expected to admit that he "unquestionably made mistakes" during two days of grilling in London. (Photo by UK Covid-19 Inquiry / AFP) / XGTY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / UK Covid-19 Inquiry " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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