The European Parliament has threatened to veto Theresa May’s offer on EU citizens’ rights, branding it a “damp squib” which risks creating a “second class of citizenship.” In a letter published by several European newspapers, MEPs claimed Mrs May’s proposals “cast a dark cloud of vagueness and uncertainty over the lives of millions of Europeans.” It came after Mrs May unveiled what she described as a “fair and generous offer” which would grant permanent residence to the three million EU citizens who came to Britain before Brexit.
Theresa May’s offer to give EU citizens in the UK “settled status” after Brexit has been described as being “far short of what citizens are entitled to”. European Parliament Brexit chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt and leaders of four of the parliament’s main groups say the proposal is a “damp squib”. It offers Europeans in the UK fewer rights than Britons in the EU, they say in a joint letter to newspapers. Mrs May has said about three million EU citizens would be allowed to stay.
MEPs in the European Parliament are already threatening to veto the British government’s offer on rights for EU citizens. This is important as the EuroParl will have a vote on any final UK-EU deal, which could potentially scupper the entire process. A group of MEPs have come together to issue a letter that reads: “The British government proposes that – the day after Brexit – Europeans obtain the status of ‘third country nationals’. These nationals would get fewer rights in the UK than British citizens are offered throughout the EU. “Europeans will not only lose their right to vote in local elections, their future family members will also be subject to minimum income requirements, and it is unclear what the status of ‘post-Brexit’ babies will be.
The European Parliament has branded Theresa May’s proposals on EU citizens’ rights a “damp squib” and said they will not approve a Brexit deal that does not offer more. In articles published across Europe, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt and other key figures said the Prime Minister’s proposals for the three million EU nationals that live in the UK fall short of its own ambitions to “put citizens first”. “It would,” Mr Verhofstadt states, “cast a dark cloud of vagueness and uncertainty over the lives of millions of Europeans”.
Theresa May has been accused of offering EU workers in the UK “second-class citizenship” in a stark warning from the European parliament that it would reject her “damp squib” opening offer on the Brexit negotiations. The prime minister, who will on Monday attempt to relaunch her struggling tenure in Downing Street, was told that the EU legislature would “reserve its right to reject any agreement that treats EU citizens less favourably than they are at present”. Writing in the Guardian, the parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt and eight other leading MEPs say the UK’s opening offer on citizens’ rights falls short of both the EU proposal and Vote Leave’s campaign pledges.
German business leaders have cast doubt on claims that the country’s manufacturers will help secure a Brexit trade deal, instead warning Theresa May it will be “extraordinarily difficult” to protect UK industry. Ministers have frequently claimed that German carmakers, along with other key European industries such as French farmers and winemakers, would lobby their governments to agree a comprehensive deal which maintains tariff-free trade between the UK and the other 27 EU member states. But the leaders of two of Germany’s main business organisations said the priority for them was maintaining the integrity of the single market for the 27 remaining members of the European Union.
German business leaders have warned Theresa May it will be “extraordinarily difficult” to protect UK industry in Brexit negotiations. The leaders of two of the country’s main business organisations have cast doubt on claims Germany’s manufacturers will help to secure a good trade deal after Britain leaves the European Union. Ministers have often claimed that German carmakers, along with other key European industries such as French farmers and winemakers, would put pressure on their governments to agree a comprehensive deal which keeps tariff-free trade between the UK and the remaining 27 member states.
Pro-European Tory MPs are demanding that Theresa May compromise on her plan to pull Britain out of the European Court of Justice. This week David Davis, the Brexit secretary, will outline plans to repeal the 1972 European communities act and transpose EU legislation into UK law at the point of Brexit in 2019. The repeal bill would end the jurisdiction of the European court over British law and create new legal and regulatory structures to oversee the repatriated powers. In a sign of how the bill is likely to be used to influence the outcome of Brexit, however, three former Tory ministers told the prime minister to water down her pledge that the ECJ would have no role in a future relationship with the EU.
A trio of Tory Remainers are pushing to water down Brexit in an effort to keep the UK inside the European Court of Justice post-Brexit. Theresa May has already pledged to end the jurisdiction of the ECJ over Brexit Britain, something those who voted Leave would expect and demand. Conservative MPs such as Ed Vaizey, Dominic Grieve and Nicky Morgan are all pushing for a less decisive break with the European Court, according to the Sunday Telegraph. Grieve has said that: “We have to be realistic. Some of the attitudes to the ECJ seem to be a bit knee jerk….I think we need to continue to keep an open mind on whether the ECJ might in future be a mechanism for resolving disputes in those bodies we are still participating.”
ANTI-BREXIT politicians have revealed a plot to undermine Theresa May and keep Britain in the European Court of Justice. Former Conservative leader and leading Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith described the court as an illegitimate challenge to our sovereignty during last year’s European Union referendum campaign. He said: “It’s absurd that we have to run every nut and bolt of domestic policy past Luxembourg and then engage in lengthy and expensive court battles if they decide they don’t like what our democratically elected Government is doing.” And in her Tory party conference speech last year, Theresa May insisted that the UK must leave the court’s remit and “take back control” after Britain’s departure from the Brussels bloc.
Islamist gangs are using violence and intimidation to enforce Shariah law in parts of Germany, particularly against Chechen and Chechen-origin women in Berlin, according to reports. Der Taggespiegel reports that a threatening video of an armed man in a hood has been circulating in the Chechen community since March 2017 through the WhatsApp messaging service. “Here, in Europe, certain Chechen women and men who look like women do unspeakable things. You know it; I know it; everybody knows it,” declares the pistol-waving fanatic. “[Chechen women] who flirt with men of other ethnic groups and marry them, Chechen women who have chosen the wrong path and those [creatures] who call themselves Chechen men – given half a chance, we will set all of them straight.
The Italian government has released its eleven-point migrant code of conduct which must be followed by pro-migrant NGOs or they will not be allowed to use Italian ports. At a meeting on Thursday in Estonia, the Italian government handed in a list of 11 rules that must be followed by pro-migrant NGOs in what they call a new “code of conduct”. The rules come after a huge surge of migrants landing in recent weeks with one 48-hour period seeing 13,500 migrants arrive in the country, Kronen Zeitung reports. The first point in the new NGO code of conduct is that NGO vessels should not operate in Libyan territorial waters unless there is a risk to life such as potential drownings. Libyan coastguard authorities have accused NGOs of operating within their waters in the past including one incident in which they clashed with an NGO ship attempting to rescue migrants.
Rebel Tory and Labour MPs have formed a new cross-party group to oppose hard Brexit, as Theresa May prepares to publish her repeal bill this week transposing all EU legislation into British law. Anna Soubry, the former Tory minister, and Chuka Umunna, the former Labour shadow business secretary, will lead the alliance with other MPs from the Liberal Democrats, the SNP, the Greens and Plaid Cymru in a new attempt to coordinate the parliamentary fight against May’s hard Brexit plan. The repeal bill is likely to be the first opportunity for the new group, known as the all-party parliamentary group on EU relations, to scrutinise the next phase of Brexit when it is debated in the autumn.
THERESA May could face a plot to derail Brexit and frustrate the repeal bill as she celebrates her anniversary of becoming Britain’s prime minister. The PM is also coming up against further calls for her to stand down, as allies of Brexit Secretary David Davis are accused of running a “black ops” campaign against her leadership. One MP told the Sunday Times that Mrs May would face “misery” if she tried to hang on through two years of Brexit talks. While former Tory whip Andrew Mitchell was said to have declared the PM “dead in the water” at a private dinner party. But as she comes close to celebrating one year in office, Mrs May’s primary concern is likely to be to take on pro-European Union MPs who are allegedly plotting to derail the brexit process.
Theresa May will ask Jeremy Corbyn for his support in delivering Brexit and pushing through legislation as she faces up to the “reality I now face as Prime Minister”. Mrs May will on Tuesday make a direct appeal to opposition parties to “contribute, not just criticise” and help “clarify and improve” her policies in the Commons instead of undermining them. It comes at a time Mrs May’s leadership is at its weakest, amid open calls by Tory MPs for her to stand down following her failure to secure a majority at the election.
THERESA May will seek Jeremy Corbyn’s support to deliver Brexit as she faces “reality I now face as Prime Minister”. Mrs May will make a direct appeal to the Leader of the Opposition and other parties to “contribute, not just criticise” her policies in the House of Commons, the Telegraph reports. The Prime Minister is determined not to soften her position on Brexit as is expected to renew her pledge to “act with an unshakeable sense of purpose”. Mrs May is set to make the comments at the launch of a review into modern working practices on Tuesday where she is expected to speak on the future of Brexit.
Theresa May will launch her fightback as Prime Minister insisting her commitment is “undimmed” – but she will say she needs to listen to opposition parties after her General Election gamble backfired. Marking a year since she entered Number 10 this Tuesday, the PM will acknowledge the loss of her Commons majority by saying she is prepared to “debate and discuss” ideas with her opponents. She will say: “Though the result of last month’s General Election was not what I wanted, those defining beliefs remain; my commitment to change in Britain is undimmed; my belief in the potential of the British people and what we can achieve together as a nation remains steadfast; and the determination I have to get to grips with the challenges posed by a changing world never more sure.
Theresa May will relaunch her leadership tomorrow with an appeal to Labour to help deliver Brexit. In a surprise move, the Prime Minister will reach out to Labour, saying Jeremy Corbyn has a duty to ‘contribute, not just criticise’ after her snap election produced a hung parliament. Mrs May is seeking to shore up her leadership amid renewed speculation she could face a challenge within months. Former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell did not deny a reports yesterday that he told a private meeting of MPs that the PM had lost all authority and must quit. Downing Street has also been forced to deny rumours she could quit this summer.
THERESA MAY will call on Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday to help her deliver Brexit and huge change in Britain as she admits to a new “reality” to life in No.10. In an extraordinary move the PM will mark a year in Downing Street by pleading with the opposition to “contribute, not just criticise”. And she will ask other parties to come forward with their “owns views and ideas” about how to tackle the challenges facing the country. The speech was briefed as the European Parliament’s Brexit negotiating team dismissed her offer on EU citizens’ rights out of hand.
Theresa May will attempt to relaunch her faltering premiership tomorrow with an extraordinary appeal for cross-party unity as she faces a new “reality” as a prime minister without a majority. In an admission of her political weakness, she will pledge to be more open and conciliatory while calling on opponents to work together to shape a “better way forward” for Britain after Brexit. She will also appeal to Labour and other parties to “come forward” with their own ideas for policy and to “contribute, not just criticise”. Last night, however, the prime minister was looking isolated within her own party amid growing talk of replacing her before its autumn conference.
THERESA May will tomorrow try to rebuild her authority by promising to tackle Britain’s biggest problems with “renewed courage and vigour”. The Prime Minister will also challenge Opposition parties to come up with their own ideas – and say she is ready to consider them. That may be seen as an admission that her minority Government needs Labour support to get a satisfactory Brexit through the Commons. She may also be recognising criticism of her for not consulting widely enough about controversial policies, such as the deeply unpopular “dementia tax” social care package. But one source painted her invitation to other parties as a simple statement that long-term issues of national importance can only be solved with all parties engaging rather than just criticising.
Theresa May is to insist she has the right vision for Britain and an “unshakeable sense of purpose” to build a fairer nation as she launches a fightback after her General Election gamble backfired. The Prime Minister will acknowledge that the loss of her Commons majority means she will have to adopt a different approach to government, signalling she is prepared to “debate and discuss” ideas with her opponents. But amid rumours of unrest within Tory ranks about her position, Ms May will insist her commitment is “undimmed” almost 12 months after entering Number 10 as Prime Minister.
Theresa May will this week attempt to quash speculation about a potential bid to topple her by relaunching her leadership of the Conservative party and pledging to fight on as prime minister. May will try to reassert her grip over her party before Thursday’s publication of the EU repeal bill, which is likely to face difficulty passing through parliament in the autumn. However, her attempts to survive as Tory leader are looking increasingly precarious, amid talk among allies of David Davis, the Brexit secretary, of the possibility of replacing her before the party’s autumn conference. Andrew Mitchell, a former chief whip and a friend of Davis, is reported to have told a dinner of Conservative MPs that the prime minister needed to be replaced.
A Tory ex-Cabinet minister has been accused of branding Theresa May “dead in the water” at a secret Tory dinner. Andrew Mitchell, former chief whip and an ally of David Davis, is claimed to have said the Prime Minister had “lost her authority” and was “weak”. Mr Mitchell dismissed the account of the June 26 gathering from a fellow MP as “overheated” – but stopped short of denying it. The anonymous MP told the Mail on Sunday: “Mr Mitchell effectively said she was dead in the water.
THERESA MAY should “resign” to help her fractured party “out of their nightmare,” Jeremy Corbyn told the Durham Miners’ Gala at the weekend. The Labour leader attracted a record crowd of over 200,000 people who chanted the by now familiar refrain: “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” in unison to the tune of the hit White Stripes song Seven Nation Army. “I know [the Tories] are living through a nightmare at the moment. “I’m somebody, as you’re very well aware, that doesn’t get involved in personal abuse and would never exploit somebody else’s misfortune,” he said.
ITV has been accused of “racism” by furious social media users after advertising an internship for its flagship Peston on Sunday political programme which excludes certain candidates on the basis of race. Presenter Robert Peston, a BBC hire who became ITV’s political editor, tweeted out a message on June 8th telling followers that he and his team were “looking for an intern keen to learn about production and excited by politics”. Social media users soon realised that Creative Access, the company tasked with placing the intern, was excluding candidates based on race, with the post “only open to UK nationals from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority” to work on the show in London – where ‘White British’ people are already a minority, according to the latest census.
A LABOUR front bench minister admitted Jeremy Corbyn made an election pledge based on false information, wrongly used to try and turn voters against the Conservatives. Andrew Marr ripped into Labour’s “daydream policies” after the BBC host said Jeremy Corbyn’s policies were predicated on false information. In a scathing on-air attack, Marr savaged the left-wing leadership for recklessly pledging to wipe out £100 billion of student debt off-the-cuff, just days before the election. Speaking to Labour’s shadow education secretary Angela Rayner, he skewered the frontbencher for statements from the left leader that “don’t add up”. Mrs Rayner desperately tried to evade the question when Marr grilled her on whether fewer working-class children were actually getting into university because of the tuition policies.
Elderly people will be denied help in their own homes because ministers are using £2 billion in emergency social care funds to bail out the NHS, councils have said. Divisions between local government and the health service have widened as they argue about how to spend extra money promised for social care in the budget in March. Councils are raising the prospect of a revolt over “completely unacceptable” threats to withhold money unless they meet targets for reducing NHS bed-blocking. The dispute is the latest sign of worsening relations between the NHS and local authorities at a time when co-operation is seen as vital to improving care and closing a £22 billion health black hole.
THOUSANDS of migrants will be forced to pay for the NHS by the end of the year under new plans drawn up by the Health Secretary. The Sun can reveal that Jeremy Hunt has asked officials to draw up draft rules to introduce fees for “non-urgent care” after huge delays caused by the Brexit and Theresa May’s snap election. A bill included in last year’s Queen’s Speech was dumped from this year’s formal legislative programme. But sources told the Sun that new powers will be introduced into existing legislation later this year to stop “health tourism” – which is estimated to cost the NHS as much as £500 million a year. The fee system will see hospitals forced to ask migrants to bring a passport or other documentation to appointments.
Developing cancer has now become more common in the UK than getting married, new research has revealed. According to a fresh report from Macmillan Cancer Support the number of new cases of cancer each year is also higher than the number of women having their first baby. The revelations came as the cancer charity analysed the most recent figures available and found there were 361,216 cancers diagnosed in 2014 in the UK compared to 289,841 marriages. In addition by taking separate data from 2015 the charity also found there were 271,050 babies born to first-time mothers in England and Wales, compared to 319,011 new cases of cancer in the same year.