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Brexit news – live: : Talks held over Northern Ireland protocol as SDP pioneer Shirley Williams dies aged 90

Tom Batchelor
·1-min read
David Cameron speaking during the Cheltenham Literature Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2019 (PA)
David Cameron speaking during the Cheltenham Literature Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2019 (PA)

Downing Street has announced an investigation into David Cameron's lobbying of ministers while working for the collapsed financial firm Greensill capital.

The former prime minister had contact with chancellor Rishi Sunak and health secretary Matt Hancock but has accepted he should have communicated with the government "through only the most formal of channels".

There is no suggestion Mr Cameron broke any rules while lobbying for the firm, although he has faced heavy criticism for allegedly giving Lex Greensill, the firm's boss, far-reaching access to his government.

Elsewhere, talks are underway aimed at resolving problems related to the Northern Ireland protocol after disorder and violence blighted the region throughout much of the last week.

UK and EU officials are said to be examining how issues related to the post-Brexit agreement, which has drawn a de facto border down the Irish sea, can be addressed, Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE reported.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal with the EU has put the future of many exporting businesses at risk, with 41 per cent reporting decreased overseas sales in the first three months of the new arrangements, according to a new survey by one of the UK’s leading business organisations.

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