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News review – Friday 23 June 2017

Brexit

Westmonster
It was a year ago today that Nigel Farage dared to dream and the British people voted for an independent United Kingdom. Defying the odds and defeating the establishment, June 23rd 2016 saw the country rise up and vote for Britain to take back control of borders, money and laws. It was a truly astonishing, truly historic day that will go down in the history books as a turning point in the history of our country, Europe and even the world. Never let us forget what what this democratic uprising was about: a self-governing United Kingdom out of the single market, out of the customs union, free to negotiate global trade deals and able to control migration, bringing it down to sensible, sustainable levels. Whilst establishment politicians do all they can to backslide on Brexit, the country whether having voted Leave or Remain, is now largely united behind Britain’s Brexit future. It is incredibly exciting. We must now hope the politicians do not betray the people and that we can look forward to an exciting new chapter of our country’s future unfolding over the next few months and years.

Sun
Theresa May last night unveiled a “generous” offer to allow at least three million EU citizens living in the UK to stay for life – with full access to the NHS and pensions. But she warned EU leaders those who arrived after Article 50 was triggered in March will only get the same offer if European judges are stopped from meddling in UK affairs. Addressing leaders at the EU Council, she signalled the extent of Britain’s generosity relied on Brussels conceding that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will have no jurisdiction in the UK after Brexit. The PM told EU leaders she was considering setting the cut-off date for residency rights as the day Britain triggered Article 50 and the formal divorce process – in March 2017.

Telegraph
More than three million EU nationals living in the UK will be given the right to stay permanently after Brexit and treated like British citizens,
 Theresa May told European leaders last night. The Prime Minister’s “fair and serious offer” to European leaders in Brussels was  cautiously welcomed by European leaders. She pledged that all those who arrived in Britain before she triggered Article 50 in March will be entitled to stay. Mrs May also said that she did not want to “break up families” in a clear indication that the spouses and children of EU nationals who live abroad will be eligible to join them in the UK. However she said it is “vital” that any deal will have to be “reciprocal” and based on the European Union granting the one million British citizens who live in the Europe the same rights.

Independent
Theresa May has played her opening gambit of Brexit negotiations, telling European leaders she will offer some three million EU citizens a new ‘settled status’ allowing them to stay in Britain if they have lived here five years. People gaining it would secure rights on healthcare, education and benefits broadly similar to those enjoyed by EU citizens in the UK now. But in a move giving Ms May leverage as talks begin, she refused to reveal the exact date after which new arrivals are no longer guaranteed the status – leaving a group of people uncertain of their UK residency.

Guardian
EU citizens living in the UK should take “reassurance and confidence” from proposals for their post-Brexit status, Theresa May said on the second day of the EU summit in Brussels. Speaking to reporters May acknowledged that elements of her plans would be contested by the EU.  “Of course, there will be details of this arrangement which will be part of the negotiation process,” she said. But she added: “I want to reassure all those EU citizens who are in the UK, who have made their lives and homes in the UK, that no-one will have to leave, we won’t be seeing families split apart.

Mirror
Millions of EU citizens living in Britain will be granted the right to stay permanently after Brexit once they have been in the UK for five years, Theresa May has announced tonight. Addressing EU leaders at a summit in Brussels, the Prime Minister made what she termed a “fair and serious offer” as she set out Britain’s negotiating position on migrants’ rights for the first time. Mrs May said any EU citizen who arrived in Britain before a certain cut-off date will be offered the chance to stay for five years, and then given a new legal status granting them the permanent right to live and work in Britain with all the benefits they currently enjoy – including access to welfare, pensions and the NHS.

Mail
Theresa May has guaranteed all of the 3.2million UK-based EU citizens will be allowed to stay and enjoy the same rights as Brits.  However, The Prime Minister insisted that the agreement on citizens’ rights would only be met if the million Brits living on the continent got the same deal.  She also confirmed that Britain will ‘take back control’ of its laws and not be dictated by the European Court of Justice. Under Mrs May’s plans, unveiled on the eve of the anniversary of the Brexit referendum, EU nationals who have lived in the UK for five years by a specific cut-off date will be given the chance to take up ‘settled status’. 

Express
THERESA May has made a generous offer to the EU to allow all 3 million of its citizens currently living in the UK to have full residency status. Going above and beyond on citizen rights in a bid to show the 
EU that Britain wants a close and friendly relationship after Brexit, the Prime Minister has said all EU citizens who are legally here can stay and have full access to the NHS, education, benefits and pensions. Mrs May made her offer after a formal dinner at the European Council summit in Brussels tonight, and full details will be published on Monday. She said: “This position represents a fair and serious offer – and one aimed at giving as much certainty as possible to citizens who have settled in the UK, building careers and lives, and contributing so much to our society.”

Times
Three million EU nationals living in Britain will have the chance to remain indefinitely after Brexit as long as UK citizens in Europe receive an equivalent deal, Theresa May said last night. The prime minister’s “fair and serious offer” is dependent on British courts having the power to rule over the rights held by European citizens, however — meaning that it may be rejected by her EU counterparts. Addressing the 27 EU leaders during a summit in Brussels, Mrs May gave a “clear commitment” that no EU citizen living lawfully in Britain would have to leave when Brexit takes effect.

Mail
The SNP is set to demand a seat at the Brexit talks in return for ensuring the Scottish Parliament does not disrupt Theresa May’s plans. The Prime Minister has admitted the Government’s flagship Repeal Bill – which is essential to Brexit – may require a ‘legislative consent motion’ in Holyrood. Her admission potentially hands a veto to the Parliament in Edinburgh where the SNP governs as a minority administration. SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford said today the nationalists could pass the legislation in return for a place at the Brexit talks.  

Express
NICOLA Sturgeon’s hopes of thwarting Brexit have been slapped down as Downing Street says the First Minister has admitted she cannot stop the process. Theresa May’s Government expects Scotland to support the Repeal Bill which will shift EU laws on to the UK statute book once Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019. The Prime Minister said Edinburgh may have to give its assent to the bill triggering fears the SNP could attempt to block Brexit.  But a spokeswoman for Theresa May said the Government expects Scotland to act in line with Westminster’s plans. 

Independent
Britain’s Brexit negotiating position is unclear after a general election which dealt a heavy blow to Theresa May‘s authority and in which the Tories lost their parliamentary majority, the president of the European Parliament said. Antonio Tajani suggested the result had empowered supporters of a “softer” Brexit in the Government, such as Chancellor Philip Hammond, and has left the UK with a more “flexible” approach to its divorce with the European Union. He raised the possibility of Britain staying in the European single market after the two-year Article 50 exit talks, which will end on March 29 2019 or before.

Guardian
Emmanuel Macron has promised that France  will have a strong and pragmatic relationship with a post-Brexit Britain, working together on defence and counter-terrorism because of the two countries’ “linked destinies”. In his first interview since he was elected as French president last month, Macron told the Guardian and seven other European papers: “Pragmatism will determine our new relationship” with Britain. 

Sun
FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron extended an immigration olive branch to furious Brexit voters yesterday – as EU leaders lined up to beg Britain to STAY. EU chief Donald Tusk chief channeled John Lennon’s Imagine to say he “may be a dreamer” but Brexit could be reversed. And Dutch PM Mark Rutte said he “hated” Brexit and hoped a way could be found for Britain to remain in the single market. Just hours earlier, the French President offered the clearest hint yet of potential reform of immigration rules.

Telegraph
Brexit could be terrible news for the car industry – the German car industry, that is. The hit to German carmakers from a “no-deal”, so-called “hard Brexit”, characterised by the introduction of WTO tariffs on imports, could be as catastrophic as the impact of the financial crisis and lead to a massive reduction in its trade surplus and huge, politically traumatic job cuts in its core industry. That, at least, is the message from a devastating study published by Deloitte’s German unit, one that will hopefully encourage all sides to get real about the need to maintain free trade when the UK leaves the EU.

Westmonster
Vince Cable, frontrunner to replace Tim Farron as LibDem Leader, has held secret talks with Tory Remoaners about frustrating Brexit. It was revealed in The Telegraph that he was seeking out Remain MPs to form a pact to vote against certain Brexit measures. Cable told journalist Chris Hope: “Informally all kinds of networks are being established and I have been sounded out by several of them”. 
Approaches had come from Tory MPs who wanted a softened version of what is proposed and I think we should reach out and talk to them.

EU

Express
THE EU was on the verge of a civil war over Brexit today as splits emerged between the other 27 states over the negotiations. A row broke out over whether attempts should be made to persuade Britain to Remain in the EU as the heads of government met for European Council meeting in Brussels. More seriously for the Brussels eurocrat attempts to bully Britain with a “unified” front from the other 27, furious infighting erupted over who should host the two EU agencies currently based in Britain. An alleged attempt by France and Italy to stitch up the issue was met with anger from other member states. As Theresa May arrived with a clear vision over what she hopes to achieve with Brexit, European Council President Donald Tusk opened up divisions in the EU with an attempt to open the door to keep Britain under Brussels rule.

Westmonster
Since 2007 the EU has paid Turkey close to €1 billion to promote democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights since, but the Turkish President is now more powerful than ever, the legal system is in tatters and there are human rights  violations left, right and centre. Good job, guys.
Turkey received 1 billion euro from EU to ‘develop democracy soL internationaL (@soLIntern) June 21, 2017 Since the failed military coup in July 2016, President Erdogan has overseen the arrest of 234 journalists and around 8,270 academics have been fired. In total there’s been 50,000 arrests, 100,000 detentions, 138,000 job sackings, and close to 2,100 schools have closed. But if you were angry at the thought €1 billion of EU cash being used to help prop up a tin pot dictator, wait for this – between  2007 and 2013 Turkey was allocated roughly €4.8billion. So we now have a dictatorial-style government with a dubious moral compass…giving money to Turkey. Whatever next?

Mail
Judges in Europe have ruled that Britain breached the human rights of a Zimbabwean serial criminal by locking him up while he challenged deportation. The Government was told it acted unlawfully by holding the convicted drug dealer in immigration detention for too long. The European Court of Human Rights said the then illegal immigrant was wrongly caged for seven months – while officials tried in vain to boot him out. Judges in Strasbourg accepted there was a risk the criminal, who can only be called SMM, might abscond if granted bail. But they said the Home Office should have ‘taken more decisive steps’ to determine his second asylum bid, which meant he was detained illegally.

Grenfell fire

Independent
The number of tower blocks found to have combustible cladding similar to Grenfell Tower has risen to seven – and is set to rise further. Fire and rescue services are carrying out urgent checks to determine if the seven blocks are definitely unsafe and whether hundreds of residents need to be moved out. Samples from 600 high-rise flats are being tested to determine just how many thousands of people are living in potential death traps.

Mirror
Tens of thousands of people could be ­evacuated if their homes are found to have flammable cladding like Grenfell Tower. The warning comes as safety checks are carried out at 600 tower blocks across the country amid fears they could be death traps. After the first day of tests, eleven blocks in eight local authority areas were found to have potentially dangerous cladding. If they fail further fire safety checks, the material will have to be removed – or the buildings cleared of ­residents until they are made safe. Panels on the outside of Grenfell Tower in ­Kensington, West London, are suspected to have helped the rapid spread of last week’s blaze, which left at least 79 people missing and presumed dead.

Sky News
Tests have revealed that at least 11 tower blocks across England are fitted with combustible cladding, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has said. The towers are in eight local authority areas. People living in the 16-storey Lynher, Tamar and Tavy blocks in Devonport, Plymouth, have received letters telling them their homes are clad with a combustible material similar to that at Grenfell Tower. The Chalcots Estate in Camden in north London, where cladding is being removed, is another of the locations affected.

ITV News
A national operation is under way to identify buildings with cladding like that used on the Grenfell Tower. Some 600 blocks are due to be tested to see if they pose a fire risk following the deaths of at least 79 people in the Grenfell tragedy. So far the Government has received samples from 11 high rise buildings in eight local authority areas where cladding has 
failed safety tests. Here are the buildings where problem cladding has been identified:

Immigration

Westmonster
Britain’s population surged by more than 500,000 in one year with net migration accounting for 62% of the population rise, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics. England’s population alone is now over 55 million for the first time, with the UK’s population growing by 538,000 in the year ending June 2016. The growth in population is not evenly spread of course: London’s growth in population was more than double that of the North of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This completely unsustainable surge once again shows why Brexit Britain must take back control and start putting in place a sensible migration policy that is sustainable.

Sun
SKY-HIGH immigration has fuelled the sharpest annual population rise in nearly 70 years, official figures show. Numbers rose by 538,000 — equivalent to a city the size of Sheffield  being added. The 0.8 per cent hike took the number of people living in the UK to 65,648,000 by the middle of last year, according to Office for ­National Statistics estimates. Nearly two thirds of the rise was down to net migration of 336,000. The remaining third — 193,000 — was due to a rise in births and falling numbers of deaths.

Breitbart
The UK population has seen its sharpest annual rise in nearly 70 years, with the nation expected to hit 70 million people and London 10 million residents within a decade, official figures revealed on Thursday. Demographers at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) calculated there were an estimated 65.6 million people living in the UK at the end of June last year. Over the previous 12 months, Britain saw the number of inhabitants rise by 0.8 per cent or, in numerical terms, 530,000 people  — the biggest increase since 1947 when resident numbers went up by 551,000 during the postwar baby-boom

NHS

Times
Pfizer, one of the world’s largest drug companies, pushed ahead with a deal under which the price of anti-epilepsy pills rose by more than 2,000 per cent despite staff concerns that it would be unethical and risk patient safety, internal emails reveal. The company struck a deal with the small British group called Flynn Pharma in 2012 that led to the price of phenytoin sodium capsules rising overnight from £2.83 to £67.50. The price increases have cost the NHS an extra £150 million over the past four years.

Sun
THE NHS paid a record £1.5billion in negligence claims last year — enough to train 6,500 doctors. The medical blunders bill has risen 72 per cent in five years, says a report. Almost a third of the money last year, £418million, went to lawyers. 
One legal firm deman­ded almost nine times what its client received. Experts fear an annual bill of £2.6billion by 2022 and want reforms, such as a fees cap. The Medical Protection Society, behind the report, said: “The cost could become unsustain­able.”

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4 Comments on News review – Friday 23 June 2017

  1. Remember John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’, co-written by Yoko if we believe the recent credit given to her?
    In Nigel Farage’s biography, ‘Flying Free’ (pages 10/11) he describes ‘the little ditty’ contemptuously as ‘the gurdledum’ song. Nigel subjects it to scathing criticism: “It preached the hateful message of globalisation by imperialistic homogenisation … get rid of all your nations, possessions, faiths and loyalties … get rid of your identities and of everything that makes you human, and everything will suddenly be oh, so simple and lovely.”

    Nigel wasn’t wrong, was he? And to prove the point, who should try to persuade Britannia to rush back into the arms of her abuser for the last 45 years but the EU Dark Master himself, Donald Tusk, using the gurdledum song to woo us. Husky Tusky channeled Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ as he suggested Brexit could be reversed, reverently whispering “I may be a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”. Pass the sick bucket!

    [I’m tempted to believe that the UN has based its whole Agenda 21 of globalisation and population replacement on that pathetic ditty.]

    Tusky should get together with Smirkel who, when urged by Nigel to stop building the EU megalith replied, “Oh, but that would be the end of our dream.” As they’re both foolish dreamers of an impossible utopia that is about to collapse, they should climb into bed together (‘bed peace’ a la John & Yoko) and dream on while the walls tumble around them – or on them.

    • It’s strange you never hear these people quote Van Morrison’s response to John Lennon in ‘The Great Deception’:

      Did you ever hear about the rock and roll singer?
      Got three or four Cadillacs,
      Singing “Power to the people, dance to the music”,
      Wants you to pat him on the back

  2. THURSDAY 23RD JUNE 2016
    I shall never forget the glory that it was on that sunny morning to realise the immense achievement I had been a (small) part of! We drank champagne that evening and I laughed till I cried. I blessed the memory of Enoch and I thanked ( in absence) NigelF – I sent him a letter of congratulations and eternal thanks c/o UKIP HQ.
    I even delighted at the cries and gnashing of teeth of the elites such as Bliar, Cameron,Clegg, and Osborne.
    12 months later and I am not celebrating at all but I am determined that we shall see this through to a good outcome.
    Of course unless we change fundamentally our democratic system we will never be trusted again with a referendum. We cannot be trusted to come up with the correct answer.
    KEEP THE FAITH

    • Yes, CK, I am recalling with nostalgia the last sunny morning we spent going round a council estate and persuading young mums with pushchairs to go and vote Leave for the sake of their children’s future. Many did, as I saw later while acting as a teller at the polling booth in the afternoon.
      The evening was spent at the Constituency count, joyful as we saw the votes piling up for Leave and knowing that we had won in our corner of the country. But the national result was still uncertain, so the early hours of the 24th were spent watching the results on TV.
      Who can express the elation of seeing Leave declared as the winner at around 5 am? I’m still holding onto it as best I can, despite all the backbiting, backstabbing and betrayal since.
      More people would vote Leave now, having learned about the lies that were told and the hysteria that was whipped up before the vote. And I’m sure more people can see the EU bullies for the nasty lot they have revealed themselves to be in their attitude to Britain since.
      They’re still at it, but we’re on our way to freedom, no silly ‘dreamer’ of a false utopia will persuade us otherwise.

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