Boris Johnson latest news: PM rules out taxing energy firms to ease ‘rocketing’ household gas prices

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Prime minister Boris Johnson has disregarded calls to introduce a windfall tax on energy firms to help ease the spike in gas prices across the UK.

Addressing the Commons today, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer warned household energy bills could increase by a further £1000 in October, following £700 jump in April.

He called on Mr Johnson to introduce a one-off tax on energy companies, but the prime minister said it would push prices up higher.

In response, the leader of the Opposition asked Mr Johnson why he was instead choosing to stick by the same “failed” energy policy that plunged the UK into a crisis and allowed gas prices to “rocket”.

Boris Johnson replied by saying Britain was shifting its focus to independent energy supplies, “maximizing renewables” and nuclear energy.

He said the government will lay out a plan in the coming days to meet the “long term impacts of the spike in energy costs” and to “undo decisions made” by previous governments.

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Watch: Boris Johnson rejects calls to rethink fuel bills help, as Starmer warns of price spike

Boris Johnson has rejected calls today at PMQs to rethink help with fuel bills.

Meanwhile, Keir Starmer warned that war in Ukraine could force a further £1,000 spike in household bills this autumn.

Boris Johnson rejects calls to rethink fuel bills help, as Starmer warns of price spike.mp4

Emily Atkinson9 March 2022 12:40

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Prime minister Boris Johnson claimed the Kremlin had “singled out the UK for being in the lead on global sanctions … and in leading the world in defiance of the odious war Putin is leading in Ukraine.”

His remark appeared to prompt a wave of laughter among the Labor benches.

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The prime minister has said the government is looking to create a scheme to allow people to offer homes to Ukrainian refugees.

Emily Atkinson9 March 2022 12:24

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Commons leader for the SNP Ian Blackford has called on the UK government to waive the visa restrictions for refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

“This isn’t just incompetence, this is ideology,” he said, and urged the Home Office to “set aside its hostile environment.”

“We’ve seen this too many times,” he added, referencing Windrush and the Nationality and Borders bill, among others.

“Do not let the history of failure to repeat itself,” he said.

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Keir Starmer asked the prime minister why he was choosing to stick by the “same failed” energy policy that plunged the UK into a crisis and allowed gas prices to “rocket”.

Boris Johnson replied by saying Britain was shifting its focus to independent energy supplies, “maximizing renewables” and nuclear energy.

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Boris Johnson has said the government will lay out a plan in the coming days to meet the “long term impacts of the spike in energy costs.”

I have vowed to “undo decisions made” by previous governments and prepare out people for the long term using sustainable options.

Meanwhile, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer says household energy bills will increase by a further £1000 in October, following £700 jump in April

He called on the PM to introduce a windfall tax, but Mr Johnson said it would push prices up higher.

Emily Atkinson9 March 2022 12:06

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Boris Johnson has said the government will be doing even more in the coming days to aid the situation in Ukraine.

Defense secretary Ben Wallace is expected to offer an update on the Russian invasion after PMQs.

Emily Atkinson9 March 2022 12:02

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Prime minister Boris Johnson has stood up in Commons and PMQs has begun.

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Watch live as Boris Johnson faces Keir Starmer at PMQs

Boris Johnson faces Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after Volodymyr Zelensky made his historic address to parliament.

The president of Ukraine appealed directly to MPs in the chamber via video link, channeling Winston Churchill to defiantly vow his war-torn country will not give up in the face of the Russian invasion.

It’s likely this week’s session of PMQs will focus on the situation in Ukraine, as well as sanctions the government will look to impose on Vladimir Putin.

Watch live as Boris Johnson faces Keir Starmer at PMQs

Emily Atkinson9 March 2022 11:51

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Humanitarian need ‘growing exponentially’ in Ukraine, says UK ambassador

The “mass of people crossing the borders into Poland… is like nothing I have ever seen before”, the UK’s ambassador to Ukraine said.

Melinda Simmons said there were “thousands of bewildered, tired and hungry families with backpacks, children wrapped in blankets.”

“Humanitarian need is growing exponentially,” she added.

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Emily Atkinson9 March 2022 11:38

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