Boris Johnson news - live: PM marries Carrie Symonds in secret as EU denies using NI to ‘punish’ UK for Brexit

Boris Johnson news - live: PM marries Carrie Symonds in secret as EU denies using NI to ‘punish’ UK for Brexit
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<p>Downing Street refused to comment on whether Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds were married on Saturday</p> (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Downing Street refused to comment on whether Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds were married on Saturday

(Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have married in a secret ceremony at Westminster Cathedral, Downing street has confirmed.

The wedding between the prime minister and his 33-year-old partner had been planned six months prior and preparations for Saturday’s ceremony – attended by around 30 close friends and family members – were known only to a handful of church officials, according to The Sun.

It came as an Opinium survey suggested that, in the wake of former aide Dominic Cummings’ testimony this week, which included allegations that he is “unfit” to be prime minister, Mr Johnson no longer enjoys the approval of the public – with his personal ratings falling 12 points to sit at -6, and the Tories lead over Labour slashed from 13 points to six.

Meanwhile, the European Commission’s vice-president Maros Sefcovic has firmly rejected an accusation by the new DUP leader Edwin Poots that the EU is using Northern Ireland as a “plaything” with which to “punish” the UK over Brexit.

Mr Poots is urging the prime minister to consider the “nuclear” option of triggering Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol – which allows either side to suspend aspects of the arrangement it deems to be causing “economic, societal or environmental difficulties” – amid anger over checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea, as were agreed as part of Mr Johnson’s trade deal with the bloc.

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