Politics live: 'Last thing' EU and Ireland want is tension with UK, Irish foreign minister tells Sophy Ridge on Sunday

The PM will visit Belfast tomorrow as a row brews with the EU. But what is the UK govt's goal in Northern Ireland? @SamCoatesSky gives his analysis 👇 📺 Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233 and YouTube

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The PM will visit Belfast tomorrow as a row brews with the EU. But what is the UK govt's goal in Northern Ireland? SamCoatesSky gives his analysis 👇 📺 Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233 and YouTube

Politics Hub brings you the latest political news, insight and analysis from the Sky News team in Westminster. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng tells Sophy Ridge that it is 'absolutely right' for the UK to consider unilaterally changing the Northern Ireland Protocol

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11:31:43 Jeremy Hunt refuses to say Boris Johnson is an honest man Former cabinet minister Jeremy Hunt has refused to call Boris Johnson an honest man - as he once more declined to rule himself out of a future leadership contest. He did, however, say that now was not the right time for such a run-off. Speaking to the BBC's Sunday Morning Programme, Mr Hunt - who challenged Mr Johnson for the leadership of their party in 2019 - was asked if the prime minister was"an honest man" in the wake of the partygate fines. Mr Hunt said that"talking about personalities is not a helpful thing to do" in the face of"serious" situations like the Ukraine war. Asked if Mr Johnson was the right person to lead the Tories into the next election, the former foreign secretary said:"I very much hope so". "I hope he can turn things round, because, as I say, I don’t think this is the moment for a leadership contest," he added. 10:39:08 'Unclear what UK goal is' - Sam Coates Sam Coates, deputy political editor, says he is unclear what the government's goal is when it comes to the Northern Ireland protocol. 09:23:40 We need an emergency budget - Trade union leader Trades Union Congress General Secretary Frances O'Grady says the government needs to introduce an emergency budget to deal with the cost of living crisis. She adds that the pressures are not coming from wages, but rising gas and oil prices. Ms O'Grady says acting in a few months would be too late. It is put to the union leader that we may see more industrial action if steps are not taken to improve the situation for working people. She says there is a mass demonstration on  Saturday 18 June, adding that workers want to be treated"fairly". Ms O'Grady is then asked about the government's announcement that 90,000 civil service jobs will be cut. She says a cut of this size will damage the country and communities, and that it should not be surprising that the unions are getting angry about the plan. Ms O'Grady is stepping down from her role at the end of the year - and is asked about her achievements after a decade leading the TUC. She highlights some of the successes of her tenure, including ensuring the implementation of the furlough scheme during the pandemic. 09:10:10 'Last thing' EU and Ireland want is tension with UK - Irish foreign minister The Republic of Ireland's foreign minister, Simon Coveney, says the last thing his country and the EU want is tension with UK. He says the"aggressive" briefing coming from the UK side about unilateral action on the Northern Ireland Protocol - and potentially breaking the treaty and international law - is unhelpful. Mr Coveney is critical of Conservative politicians like Lord Frost calling for Boris Johnson to take one-sided action on the protocol which the UK agreed. It is put to the foreign minister that the EU is"threatening" tariffs on trade should the UK take unilateral action, but he says the bloc is not threatening anything. He says he"understands" the frustrations of people who want to see smoother trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, but that ratcheting up tensions does not help the situation. Mr Coveney points out that a majority of MLAs voted into Stormont last week are in favour of the protocol. 08:53:45 Windfall tax 'right thing to do' - Ed Miliband Ed Miliband, the shadow climate change secretary, says a windfall tax on oil and gas companies is"the right thing to do". And responding to Kwasi Kwarteng's comments on the matter, the former Labour leader says he believes Chancellor Rishi Sunak will implement a windfall tax, and that it should happen sooner rather than later. Mr Miliband argues that more investment is needed to engage in long term projects to help bring down energy and gas prices, with projects like insulating homes and increasing green energy supplies as part of a"green energy sprint". Pushed on how much such plans will cost, and the borrowing needed to go alongside this, the Labour frontbencher says his party has a short term and a long term plan.  Mr Miliband is then asked if he regrets voting against military intervention in Syria . This comes following parallels between Russian involvement in the conflict and the current war in Ukraine. He says he does not regret it, as he believes getting involved would not have prevented what happened. On visit to the US, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said there will be a commission to look into decriminalising cannabis. Questioned on this, Mr Miliband says it is not Labour policy. 08:35:51 'Absolutely right' to consider unilateral action on Northern Ireland Protocol - Kwasi Kwarteng  Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng tells Sophy Ridge that it is"absolutely right" for the UK to consider unilaterally changing the Northern Ireland Protocol . He is speaking ahead of Boris Johnson's visit across the Irish Sea this week to try and get the Northern Ireland Executive up and running. Asked if unilateral change of an international treaty would breach the law, Mr Kwarteng says there is"scope" for one-sided change within the protocol itself. We then played a clip from 2019 where Boris Johnson said there would not be any checks on Irish Sea trade, Mr Kwarteng says he feels the EU have been"unreasonable" in how they implement the protocol.  Moving onto cost of living and rising energy prices , the business secretary says he is personally against a windfall tax on oil companies, saying it would discourage investment. However, he says it is right for the chancellor to not rule anything out - although Mr Kwarteng says he argues against the idea of a windfall tax in public and in private.  The business secretary is then asked about Mr Johnson's comments on working from home . Pressed on whether he thinks people should be going into the office more, Mr Kwarteng says it is especially important for young people to get"face to face" time at the start of their career. Asked about the Ukraine war , the business secretary would not say that Russia was"losing" in the conflict, after claims the Ukrainian military has pushed the invaders back from Kharkiv. He does say the initial plans for Vladimir Putin have"been frustrated". 08:26:25 Who's on Sophy Ridge on Sunday this morning? We've got a packed morning for you today with questions around the cost of living crisis, gas prices and the Northern Ireland Protocol. You can watch the show live at 8.30am on Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233, YouTube and here on the Politics Hub. Here's who is on the show today:  Kwasi Kwarteng , the business secretary, will be talking to us following a week where diesel prices reached a new record. Shadow Climate Change Secretary