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In non-royal news, Maroš Šefčovič, vice president of the European Commission and the EU’s chief negotiator with the UK on Brexit issues, has used an interview with the Financial Times to say physical checks on lorries going from Britain to Northern Ireland could be avoided on almost all lorries under EU plans for the Northern Ireland protocol, provided the UK provides real-time data on cargoes.

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Šefčovič said the trade border would be “invisible” under European Commission plans, as long as this data was available, Andy Bounds, Sam Fleming and Patrick Jenkins report in their story. They say:

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Maroš Šefčovič said the trade border would be “invisible” under European Commission plans – provided the UK gave EU officials real-time data on trade movements.

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“If the data are downloaded into the system, when the goods are put on the ferry from Britain … I believe that we can remotely process them while sailing to Northern Ireland,” he told the Financial Times in an interview.

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Physical checks would only be made “when there is reasonable suspicion of … illegal trade smuggling, illegal drugs or dangerous toys or poisoned food” – typically a “couple of lorries a day”.

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He said there was almost no difference between the UK demand for “no checks” and the EU’s offer of “minimum checks, done in an invisible manner”.

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Šefčovič also told the FT that he was “encouraged” by Truss’s statement at PMQs last week that her preference was for a negotiated settlement with the EU in the dispute over the protocol.

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In non-royal news, Maroš Šefčovič, vice president of the European Commission and the EU’s chief negotiator with the UK on Brexit issues, has used an interview with the Financial Times to say physical checks on lorries going from Britain to Northern Ireland could be avoided on almost all lorries under EU plans for the Northern Ireland protocol, provided the UK provides real-time data on cargoes.

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Šefčovič said the trade border would be “invisible” under European Commission plans, as long as this data was available, Andy Bounds, Sam Fleming and Patrick Jenkins report in their story. They say:

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Maroš Šefčovič said the trade border would be “invisible” under European Commission plans – provided the UK gave EU officials real-time data on trade movements.

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“If the data are downloaded into the system, when the goods are put on the ferry from Britain … I believe that we can remotely process them while sailing to Northern Ireland,” he told the Financial Times in an interview.

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Physical checks would only be made “when there is reasonable suspicion of … illegal trade smuggling, illegal drugs or dangerous toys or poisoned food” – typically a “couple of lorries a day”.

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He said there was almost no difference between the UK demand for “no checks” and the EU’s offer of “minimum checks, done in an invisible manner”.

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Šefčovič also told the FT that he was “encouraged” by Truss’s statement at PMQs last week that her preference was for a negotiated settlement with the EU in the dispute over the protocol.

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The Lord Great Chamberlain, Lord Carrington, is leading the King and the Queen Consort to their seats.

The King and the Queen Consort have arrived at Wesminster Hall.

David Torrance, a clerk in the Commons library specialising in constitutional issues, says most of the events taking place today in London and Edinburgh following the death of the Queen are unprecedented.

Most of today’s events are, to varying degrees, unprecedented🧵 1/5

— David Torrance (@davidtorrance) September 12, 2022

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Most of today’s events are, to varying degrees, unprecedented🧵 1/5

— David Torrance (@davidtorrance) September 12, 2022

At 10:00 The King will receive Addresses of condolence & loyalty from both Houses of Parl’t. This is normal following a Demise, but usually delegations of MPs/peers wd present these to the monarch privately. Today both Houses as a whole will do so publicly in Westminster Hall 2/5

— David Torrance (@davidtorrance) September 12, 2022

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At 10:00 The King will receive Addresses of condolence & loyalty from both Houses of Parl’t. This is normal following a Demise, but usually delegations of MPs/peers wd present these to the monarch privately. Today both Houses as a whole will do so publicly in Westminster Hall 2/5

— David Torrance (@davidtorrance) September 12, 2022

Later in Edinburgh The King & other members of the RF will walk behind the hearse as it’s taken in Procession from Holyrood to St Giles Cathedral for Service of Thanksgiving & Reflection at 15:00. This is unprecedented, for usually the only such event wd take place in England 3/5

— David Torrance (@davidtorrance) September 12, 2022

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Later in Edinburgh The King & other members of the RF will walk behind the hearse as it’s taken in Procession from Holyrood to St Giles Cathedral for Service of Thanksgiving & Reflection at 15:00. This is unprecedented, for usually the only such event wd take place in England 3/5

— David Torrance (@davidtorrance) September 12, 2022

The coffin will then “rest” at St Giles for 24 hours allowing public to pay respects. Coffin will be guarded by Royal Company of Archers (& later The King/siblings) with Scots Crown placed on top. This is also unprecedented. In effect, there’ll be 2 lyings-in-state/at rest 4/5

— David Torrance (@davidtorrance) September 12, 2022

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The coffin will then “rest” at St Giles for 24 hours allowing public to pay respects. Coffin will be guarded by Royal Company of Archers (& later The King/siblings) with Scots Crown placed on top. This is also unprecedented. In effect, there’ll be 2 lyings-in-state/at rest 4/5

— David Torrance (@davidtorrance) September 12, 2022

At 17:30 MSPs will consider a Motion of Condolence to which The King will respond. Again, this is unprecedented, the 2nd stop on new monarch’s 4-nation tour. Devolution also existed in 1952 (in N. Ireland), but there was no such visit following Accession of Queen Elizabeth II 5/5

— David Torrance (@davidtorrance) September 12, 2022

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At 17:30 MSPs will consider a Motion of Condolence to which The King will respond. Again, this is unprecedented, the 2nd stop on new monarch’s 4-nation tour. Devolution also existed in 1952 (in N. Ireland), but there was no such visit following Accession of Queen Elizabeth II 5/5

— David Torrance (@davidtorrance) September 12, 2022

Liz Truss sitting in Wesminster Hall waiting for the King, alongside Keir Starmer, Ian Blackford (back turned to camera), Ed Davey and Jeffrey Donaldson. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

GB/NI border could become almost ‘invisible’ for lorries under EU plan, Šefčovič claims

In non-royal news, Maroš Šefčovič, vice president of the European Commission and the EU’s chief negotiator with the UK on Brexit issues, has used an interview with the Financial Times to say physical checks on lorries going from Britain to Northern Ireland could be avoided on almost all lorries under EU plans for the Northern Ireland protocol, provided the UK provides real-time data on cargoes.

Šefčovič said the trade border would be “invisible” under European Commission plans, as long as this data was available, Andy Bounds, Sam Fleming and Patrick Jenkins report in their story. They say:

Maroš Šefčovič said the trade border would be “invisible” under European Commission plans – provided the UK gave EU officials real-time data on trade movements.

“If the data are downloaded into the system, when the goods are put on the ferry from Britain … I believe that we can remotely process them while sailing to Northern Ireland,” he told the Financial Times in an interview.

Physical checks would only be made “when there is reasonable suspicion of … illegal trade smuggling, illegal drugs or dangerous toys or poisoned food” – typically a “couple of lorries a day”.

He said there was almost no difference between the UK demand for “no checks” and the EU’s offer of “minimum checks, done in an invisible manner”.

Šefčovič also told the FT that he was “encouraged” by Truss’s statement at PMQs last week that her preference was for a negotiated settlement with the EU in the dispute over the protocol.

Here are some tweets from journalists who are in Westminster Hall, where MPs and peers are waiting for the King.

From the Daily Express’s Sam Lister

The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry are playing as MPs and peers gather in Westminster Hall for the Presentation of Addresses to King Charles III

— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) September 12, 2022

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The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry are playing as MPs and peers gather in Westminster Hall for the Presentation of Addresses to King Charles III

— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) September 12, 2022

Prime Minister Liz Truss has arrived and taken her place next to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) September 12, 2022

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Prime Minister Liz Truss has arrived and taken her place next to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) September 12, 2022

From Mail Online’s David Wilcock

Westminster Hall filling up ahead of the arrival of the King. Liz Truss and Keir Starmer already in, as is ex-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn among others.

— David Wilcock (@DavidTWilcock) September 12, 2022

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Westminster Hall filling up ahead of the arrival of the King. Liz Truss and Keir Starmer already in, as is ex-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn among others.

— David Wilcock (@DavidTWilcock) September 12, 2022

From Bloomberg’s Kitty Donaldson

Political parties are mingling together. Cabinet member Jacob Rees-Mogg who’d been towards the back has been upgraded to a first class seat nearer the throne

— Kitty Donaldson (@kitty_donaldson) September 12, 2022

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Political parties are mingling together. Cabinet member Jacob Rees-Mogg who’d been towards the back has been upgraded to a first class seat nearer the throne

— Kitty Donaldson (@kitty_donaldson) September 12, 2022

The band of the Household Cavalry are playing Epilogue From Things to Come as the hall fills up

— Kitty Donaldson (@kitty_donaldson) September 12, 2022

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The band of the Household Cavalry are playing Epilogue From Things to Come as the hall fills up

— Kitty Donaldson (@kitty_donaldson) September 12, 2022

Boris Johnson and Theresa May with other MPs in Westminster Hall, waiting for the addresses of condolence to the King
Boris Johnson and Theresa May with other MPs in Westminster Hall, waiting for the addresses of condolence to the King Photograph: Sky News

Liz Truss has been expected to replace Simon Case as cabinet secretary. But, according to the Times’ Steven Swinford, she is now expected to keep him on.

Exclusive:

Liz Truss is now expected to retain Simon Case as cabinet secretary

He played a key role in drawing up the new structure in No 10 and developing the £150bn energy package

She had considered replacing him with James Bowler from DIThttps://t.co/y0u4etaof9

— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) September 12, 2022

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Exclusive:

Liz Truss is now expected to retain Simon Case as cabinet secretary

He played a key role in drawing up the new structure in No 10 and developing the £150bn energy package

She had considered replacing him with James Bowler from DIThttps://t.co/y0u4etaof9

— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) September 12, 2022

In his story Swinford reports:

The prime minister had been planning to sack Case and replace him with James Bowler, the permanent secretary at the Department for International Trade.

The Times has been told, however, that Truss is now likely to retain Case for the long term. He impressed her during talks about forming her new government and played a critical role in designing her £150bn energy package. He is also playing a pivotal role in organising arrangements for the Queen’s mourning period and funeral.

Truss is already facing criticism over the decision by Kwasi Kwarteng, the new chancellor, to sack Tom Scholar, permanent secretary at the department, on his first day in office.

Yeomen of the Guard arriving at the Palace of Westminster, ahead of the presentation of addresses of condolences from both Houses of Parliament to the King.
Yeomen of the Guard arriving at the Palace of Westminster, ahead of the presentation of addresses of condolences from both Houses of Parliament to the King. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Good morning. There will be very little normal politics this week. Britain is focused on the events taking place to mourn and commemorate Queen Elizabeth, and prepare for her funeral next week, and to mark the accession of King Charles III to the throne, and the main coverage of all this is on a seperate live blog. It’s here.

But parliament, and Westminster, have a huge role to play, and in the politics blog I will be focusing in particular on those aspects of the ceremonial events. I will also be covering any non-royal politics news that may be around. There won’t be much, but we are getting a Downing Street lobby briefing this morning.

At Westminster the main focus will be on Charles’s first visit to the Houses of Parliament as King. He will be in Westminster Hall (the oldest surviving part of the palace) to received addresses of condolence from the Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, on behalf of the Commons, and the Lord Speaker, Lord McFall, on behalf of the Lords. After that the King will reply. As I came into the office a few minutes ago MPs and peers were queuing up to get into Westminster Hall for the event, which is due to start after 10am. My colleague Jessica Elgot has a preview here.

It all sounds quite formal and routine. But it all underlines quite how firmly embedded the monarchy is into the political life of the nation. Britain is a constitutional monarchy, and one where the King is more visible and influential than other democracies with royal families. “If Liz Truss had been a Swedish political leader, she would have travelled to see the speaker of the Riksdag this week to be appointed as prime minister, not the monarch,” my colleague Martin Kettle pointed out, in a very good column on this last week. In the past it was common to hear people say that, after the Queen died, there would be a public debate about whether the reach of the royal family should be scaled back. But since Thursday there has been no evidence to suggest that will happen at all, and events like this morning’s suggest this is a moment for continuity, not change.

The King will then travel to Scotland, where early this evening he will received a similar motion of condolence from MSPs in the Scottish parliament.

Here are tweets from some parliamentarians at Westminster waiting to hear from the new King.

From the Conservative MP Greg Hands

The King is coming! pic.twitter.com/AS408JqLxg

— Greg Hands (@GregHands) September 12, 2022

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From Labour’s Darren Jones

In Westminster Hall to hear the presentation of addresses from @CommonsSpeaker and @ukhouseoflords speaker to HM King Charles III. pic.twitter.com/CcZRaLu58m

— Darren Jones MP (@darrenpjones) September 12, 2022

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From the Conservative MP Robert Halfon

Honoured to be waiting in beautiful Westminster Hall @UKParliament @HouseofCommons for the King's Speech to Parliament ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/WVuWFMmvmj

— Robert Halfon MP ➡️Working Hard for Harlow⬅️ (@halfon4harlowMP) September 12, 2022

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From the Labour MP Christian Wakeford

In Westminster Hall to hear addresses from both @UKHouseofLords & @HouseofCommons to King Charles III pic.twitter.com/cEyFQ6uVjd

— Christian Wakeford MP (@Christian4BuryS) September 12, 2022

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