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Relations between Boris Johnson and French president Emmanuel Macron were tested at the G7 summit in a row over sausages.

The prime minister vented frustration at Brexit deal rules that will ban movement of sausages and other chilled meats from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland at the end of the month, by comparing it to Toulouse sausages not being allowed to be sold in Paris.

But the French president reportedly said the comparison was not valid because Britain and Northern Ireland were not the same country.

This drew a furious response from Downing Street, with foreign secretary Dominic Raab taking to the airwaves to describe Macron’s remarks as “offensive”.

Johnson himself declared to “do whatever it takes to protect the territorial integrity of the UK.”

Macron responded by saying that France had “never for a single moment disputed UK sovereignty or its territorial integrity”.

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Government pledges another £81m for cycle lanes

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The money will promote cycling and walking across the country and further increase the construction of bike lanes.

The government said: “This funding will help see the construction of hundreds of miles of new high-quality cycle lanes.”

A new version of the Highway Code is also being published which “ensures road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others.”

The new code will also give “guidance on safe passing distances and speeds and ensuring that cyclists have priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Millions of us have found over the past year how cycling and walking are great ways to stay fit, ease congestion on the roads and do your bit for the environment.

“As we build back greener from the pandemic, we’re determined to keep that trend going by making active travel easier and safer for everyone.

“This £338 million package marks the start of what promises to be a great summer of cycling and walking, enabling more people to make those sustainable travel choices that make our air cleaner and cities greener.”

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Plans move forward for £150m Welsh rail centre

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Plans to build a major rail testing facility in Wales have been conditionally approved by Powys County Council Planning Committee.

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Go-ahead given for £100m Holocaust Memorial

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Planning permission has been granted for the £100m Holocaust Memorial & Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster.

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