Nigel Farage was on stellar form in the European Parliament this morning, helpfully pointing out that some 68% of Brits are now in favour of Brexit. Farage derided the EU murmurings of a ransom demand of up to £90 billion and insisted that “either we get some grown up, reasonable demands or the United Kingdom will be forced to walk away before the end of this year”. A wake-up call for Brussels or another piece of sound advice for them to ignore?
Speaking today in the European Parliament plenary debate in Strasbourg on the European Council’s adopted guidelines for the Brexit negotiations UKIP MEP Nigel Farage labelled Mr Juncker’s behaviour as unacceptable and called for a change of tactics from the EU or the United Kingdom may be forced to walk away from the talks before the end of the year. Nigel Farage MEP said: “In any other part of the civilised world frankly that behaviour would be considered to be bloody rude and the act of a bully. Well I’ll tell you something, your attempt to bully the Brits through these negotiations is not working, sixty-eight percent now of the British people want Brexit to happen. Read the full speech
Nigel Farage has said he would, “don khaki, pick up a rifle and head for the front lines” if Theresa May fails to deliver Brexit in the fashion he wants. Addressing an audience at a £63 a head event in Southampton on Sunday, the former Ukip leader said that if Brexit was not delivered properly, “there will be widespread public anger in this country on a scale and in a way we have never seen before.” He added: “If that happens, much as I’m enjoying myself… I enjoy my trips to the States with Trump and the White House and everything else. I’m enjoying my life. “But if they don’t deliver this Brexit that I spent 25 years of my life working for, then I will be forced to don khaki, pick up a rifle and head for the front lines.”
NIGEL Farage today mocked claims by an influential German euro MP that euroscepticism has been “defeated” forever and insisted anti-EU forces are still on the rise across Europe. The former Ukip leader accused Manfred Weber, chief of Europe’s powerful centre-right grouping, of being deluded over his assertion that electoral defeat for Marine Le Pen had marked the end of populism. Earlier today the German MEP, an outspoken critic of Brexit who has openly advocated punishing Britain, launched a viciously personal tirade against Mr Farage and Ukip over its role in Britain’s decision to leave the bloc. He accused the prominent Brexiteer of being a “coward” for choosing not to stand in next month’s General Election and said his crucial role in the Leave campaign had brought “huge danger and indeed disaster” for the UK.
Middle-class pensioners are to lose benefits under Conservative plans to fund social care, Theresa May will announce on Thursday. The Conservative manifesto will set out plans to begin means-testing winter fuel payments and to charge more people who currently receive free care in their own home. The money saved from means-testing the annual heating handout, worth up to £300, will be used to help close the £2.8 billion social care funding gap. The Conservatives will also pass legislation to ensure nobody has to sell their home to pay for their care during their lifetime, and new rules will allow pensioners needing nursing home treatment to keep more of their assets.
Theresa May will take the controversial step of taking away winter fuel payments of up to £300 from wealthier pensioners – but also drop plans for an overall ‘cap’ on costs payable by those receiving care. Unveiling the Conservative manifesto, the Prime Minister will claim she is finally getting to grips with what she will call the “fundamental unfairness” of Britain’s social care system. If re-elected, the Tories would do what David Cameron never dared, by means-testing the annual fuel payments so popular with the pensioners who are the bedrock of the party’s support, with the cash diverted to social care. But Ms May will also risk a backlash by dumping the Conservative commitment to restrict the maximum amount the elderly must pay for their care, designed to prevent them from having to sell their homes to pay the bills.
Theresa May will seize winter fuel payments from millions of the wealthiest pensioners in a major manifesto raid. The Tory leader will unveil the controversial pledge 20 years after the policy was introduced as she launches her party’s general election manifesto. She will also bury her party’s failed plan to introduce a cap on lifetime care costs – instead saying anyone whose assets drop below £100,000 will no longer have to pay. And she will drop the ‘triple lock’ on the state pension which Labour have vowed to keep to 2022, it was reported.
THERESA MAY will today unveil radical plans to take money off rich pensioners to pay for the care of poorer OAPs in a social revolution. Launching her Election manifesto, the Prime Minister will vow a complete transformation of the way Britain funds care for the elderly. Instead of a lifetime cap on care costs, the Conservatives will propose a floor that protects the final £100,000 of an elderly individual’s wealth. And critically, Theresa May will vow that no one will be forced to sell their home to be looked after in older age. It means that rich OAPs with £300,000 of assets would have to pay as much as £200,000 towards their care costs. A poorer pensioner with just £150,000 would only pay £50,000.
Theresa May will today promise the elderly they will not have to sell their homes to pay for care. Launching the Conservative Party manifesto, the Prime Minister will say she wants to end the heartache suffered by thousands of families a year. Under her plans, no one will have to sell up – whether they live in a care home or in their own property. Mrs May also pledges to quadruple to £100,000 the wealth that can be kept before you have to pay for care. But the plans are also likely to cause tens of thousands more people to pay for social care in their old age. The winter fuel allowance, which is worth up to £300 a year, would be means-tested meaning millions more could lose out as the Conservatives look to cut half of the £3billion annual cost of the benefit.
Pensioners with homes and savings worth less than £100,000 will no longer have to pay for their social care, under sweeping changes unveiled by Theresa May. The Tory Prime Minister will make yet another bid for Labour votes by vowing to clobber richer pensioners to fund a care revolution. The wealth threshold at which people have to start paying for their care will rise from £23,250 to £100,000. To fund it, her election manifesto will announce winter fuel payments are to be means tested for the first time – with only “the least well-off pensioners” to keep the cash allowance of up to £300-a-year. Home care services are also to be means-tested, in the same way residential care is, meaning anyone with assets of more than £100,000 will have to pay.
Tens of thousands more people will be made to pay for their care in old age under plans to be announced by Theresa May today. In social care reforms to be announced in the Conservative manifesto, those who receive care at home would be expected to use the value of their property to contribute to the costs. At present only people entering residential care have the value of their property in addition to savings and investments taken into account in the means test applied by local authorities.
More elderly people will have to pay for their own social care in the home and lose universal benefits under a new Conservative policy which, Theresa May will say on Thursday, is difficult but necessary to tackle the crisis in funding. Introducing the party’s election manifesto, the prime minister will say it is the “responsibility of leaders to be straight with people about the challenges ahead” as she unveils a controversial policy that would reduce the value of estates that many people hope to pass on to their children. The policy will be a flagship measure in the Tories’ election manifesto, which the prime minister will pitch as a programme for solving some of the challenges facing Britain. It means wealthier people with more than £100,000 in assets will have to pay for their own elderly care out of the value of their homes, rather than relying on the council to cover the costs of visits by care workers.
THERESA May will today put an ambitious plan for ending the social care crisis at the heart of her blueprint for building a fairer Britain. Measures to stop elderly people selling their homes so they can afford care will be at the centre of the Tory General Election manifesto. The plans include a guarantee to protect £100,000 of your assets regardless of care costs, a right to defer payments until after death and a shake-up for the NHS to deliver the right support for all older citizens. To ensure the policy is affordable, the manifesto will also signal that winter fuel payments will be stopped for all but the least well-off pensioners. Mrs May will say the changes are necessary to tackle the challenge of an ageing society.
Theresa May will unveil a social care revolution in the Tory manifesto, paid for by axing winter fuel payments for wealthy pensioners. The Prime Minister will claim social care is “one of the great challenges of our time” and pledge that no one should have to sell their home to pay for it. People will not be made to pay for their care if their assets are worth less than £100,000, up from the current £23,250, as the Conservatives attempt to tackle the long-term challenges of an ageing society. However, for the first time, those who receive care in their own homes will have the value of their property included in their assets, dragging in tens of thousands more families to pay for social care.
Theresa May will promise to address the rising cost of social care in England and curb immigration when she launches the Conservative manifesto later. It will promise no-one will have to sell their property in their lifetime to fund residential or home care. Instead, the cost of care – above a £100,000 threshold – will be taken from their estate when they die. Firms will be asked to pay more to hire migrant workers, who will in turn be asked to pay more to use the NHS. The value of someone’s property would be included in the means test for receiving free care in their own home – currently only their income and savings are taken into account.
The Conservatives will ramp up the costs to businesses who employ migrant workers from the rest of the European Union if they win next month’s General Election. Launching her party’s manifesto to tackle the “great challenges of our time”, Theresa May will reveal plans to double the annual charge levied on companies for each skilled worker they employ from the 27 other EU member states to £2,000. In a speech in West Yorkshire, the prime minister will say net migration into the UK is “still too high” as she reaffirms her target to cut it to the “tens of thousands” from the recently recorded level of 273,000.
Theresa May will promise further curbs on migrants, forcing firms to pay £2,000 to hire them and the NHS to charge more to treat them. The Prime Minister will announce the measures in the upcoming Tory manifesto in a continued effort to bring net migration down to the tens of thousands. Mrs May will deliver an ‘uncompromising’ message and ‘bear down on immigration from outside the EU’ across all visa routes. Sources told the BBC that Mrs May is ‘clear this means the end of freedom of movement’ post-Brexit and will commit to reducing immigration from Europe.
The Conservatives will reportedly pledge to make companies who hire migrant workers pay more in costs. It comes as Theresa May has vowed to uphold the party’s promise to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands in a manifesto due to be published on Thursday. Experts say the Conservatives are attempting to capitalise on their pro-Brexit position and take votes from Ukip. The increased costs will come in the form of a doubled ‘skills charge’, which will go towards training British workers, the BBC reported. It will apply to businesses who hire skilled workers from outside of Europe and would rise from £1,000 to £2,000 per worker per year under the Conservatives. Among other manifesto proposals, the Tories will also commit to erasing the national deficit by 2025, the Telegraph reported.
Tim Farron tonight claimed Brexit is a ‘time bomb’ under the British economy as he launched the Lib Dem’s Remoaner manifesto at a bizarre disco. The Liberal Democrat leader set out his vision for Britain and is offering tax hikes, legalised cannabis and soft punishment for criminals alongside his battle to reverse Brexit. He insisted British voters and not just an elite group of politicians should have a say about what is an acceptable Brexit deal as he demanded a second referendum. Mr Farron held a party in Hackney, East London, to launch his manifesto and promoted his plans standing on top of a giant EU flag.
Tim Farron is under mounting pressure after senior Liberal Democrats accused him failing to win over the public with the party’s anti-Brexit message and controversies over his views on abortion and gay sex. Senior figures warned that if the Lib Dems fail to make a breakthrough Mr Farron must consider his position, with polls suggesting that the party’s support has fallen to 8 per cent. It came as the Lib Dem leader launched a programme for opposition as he effectively conceded that the Lib Dems will not be in Government because Theresa May will win the election comfortably. His manifesto was heavily focused on Brexit, with a commitment to keeping Britain in the Single Market and holding a second referendum.
The Liberal Democrats have pledged to reverse £9.7bn worth of Conservative benefit cuts, more than double that of the Labour Party. The party published its manifesto today, with its expected flagship policy being the promise of a second EU referendum over the terms of any Brexit deal, which would included an option to remain in the bloc. But it also features £9.7bn worth of extra benefit spending, including reversing cuts to universal credit, increasing carers’ allowance, abolishing the bedroom tax, returning housing benefit to 18-year-olds and reversing the two-child cap on child benefit. By comparison, Labour’s reversal of Conservative benefit cuts, as revealed in the costings appendix to their manifesto which was published yesterday, totalled only £4bn.
The Liberal Democrats have made a second EU referendum on the terms of any Brexit deal the central pledge of their election manifesto, and pledged to use the next parliament to “protect Britain’s place in Europe.” Leader Tim Farron said voters “don’t have to accept Theresa May and Nigel Farage’s extreme version of Brexit that will wreck the future for you, your family, your schools and hospitals.” The Liberal Democrats have been harshly criticised by Brexiteers for their policy of offering a second referendum, which Brexit Secretary David Davis has said would incentivise Brussels to offer the UK an especially poor deal, in the hope it might force British voters to back staying in the EU. He recently told one of the party’s nine MPs, Tom Brake, to “engage your brain” on the issue. No other party manifesto provides a route through which the UK could remain in the European Union.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to scrap the so-called “rape clause” for child tax credits if he is elected as prime minister. The Tory policy, which limits tax credits to two children with an exemption for women who have conceived as a result of rape, was introduced in April as part of wider welfare reforms. It was passed into law without a debate or vote in March. Mr Corbyn said Conservative politicians should be “ashamed” of the “abhorrent” measure. The rule is part of a policy restricting child tax credits to the first two children in a family. Labour branded it “an attack on low-income families” in its manifesto. Campaigners, human rights groups and some politicians have condemned the new law.
Britain will “pay a price” for stopping the free movement of workers in Europe, Angela Merkel said yesterday as she warned of tit-for-tat measures in response to changes to consumer or environmental protections after Brexit. The German chancellor gave her strongest warning yet of future clashes if Britain went down a route of deregulation, saying that the European Union would react to changes in the “field of competition” between the two sides. Mrs Merkel also raised the prospect of goods having to be kept in storage for checks at Britain’s border once it left, if it decided to break from the continental trade and customs system.
EURO MPs today voted to hand member states more power to cut through Brussels red tape in an historic warning shot to meddling eurocrats. Members of the European Parliament backed a motion calling for significant reform of the way the bloc operates by an overwhelming 545 to 25. The historic move – an incredibly rare example of kickback against the all-powerful EU Commission – demonstrates the dawning realisation in Brussels that the project must reform or die. It comes after “democratic deficit” within the EU, typified by opaque decision making by unelected bureaucrats, played a prominent role in the campaign for Britain to leave the club. Under the proposals, put forward by Tory MEP Sajjad Karim, national governments would be granted much greater powers to scrutinise and block laws put forward by Jean-Claude Juncker’s army of pen-pushers.
Angela Merkel has warned that Britain will have to pay a ‘price’ if we limit the numbers of immigrants allowed in from the EU post-Brexit. The German chancellor said her suggestion ‘isn’t malicious’ but an ‘obstacle’ would be created to compensate the remaining 27 EU member states if such a policy emerged. Theresa May has outlined Britain’s desire to regain full control of the number of people coming to the country from the EU, with free movement of people no longer expected to apply. But Ms Merkel said ‘if the British Government says that free movement of people is no longer valid, that will have its price in relations with Britain’.
Fresh off the back of an electoral victory this past weekend, a bullish Angela Merkel has threatened Britain over the free movement of people — one of the most contentious parts of Brexit negotiations. The German chancellor issued a warning over placing limits on migration into the United Kingdom, even though the issue was one of the primary motivating factors for those who voted for Britain to leave the European Union in June 2016. According to Reuters, Mrs. Merkel implied Britain would have to pay a price if it put limits on the free movement of European Union citizens during a speech to trade unionists on Wednesday.
BREXIT talks will start just hours after the winner of the General Election has been announced, the EU’s chief negotiator has said. Michel Barnier, who is the head of the European Commission’s negotiating team, also appeared to be on the retreat from the aggressive tone previously set by his boss Jean Claude Juncker in the face of Theresa May’s resolute response. After a warning from Ukip leader Nigel Farage that Britain will walk away with no deal unless the Commission is more reasonable, Mr Barnier insisted that he is not aiming for “no deal or a bad deal”. He also dismissed suggestions that the UK will be required to pay up to 100 million euro (£85 billion) as an “exit bill”. He said the UK’s financial liabilities will be dependent on the date of Brexit and the methodology adopted, adding the European Council will “work with the Brits, very calmly” to reach an agreement.
The EU’s Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has softened the tone in Brussels today, insisting that the European Union does intend to do a deal with Brexit Britain. Barnier confirmed that he hopes for a deal with the UK and that he wants to get cracking with negotiations straight after the General Election. He has also insisted that no ‘Brexit bill’ has yet been set. Following Nigel Farage’s warning that Britain could walk away with no deal by the end of this year if Brussels didn’t get real, has the penny finally dropped in the corridors of the EU or is this merely more posturing?
Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier has rejected claims Britain will be slapped with a €100billion Brexit bill. It came as EU Council boss Donald Tusk said the EU must show the UK “fairness” during negotiations but Angela Merkel warned Britain will have a “price” to pay if it restricts EU immigration when we leave. Mr Barnier, the French Brexit middleman, denied he had ever quoted the controversial sum and said any exit bill would “depend on the methodology we adopt and the actual date of the UK’s exit and it is not me who will set a figure.” The EU is set to demand Britain pay up to quit the bloc for previous spending commitments despite UK Government figures insisting we owe Brussels nothing. Last week Boris Johnson insisted any divorce settlement only be agreed once everything was hammered out with the EU.
THE figure of £50 billion being cited as the cost of Britain leaving the European Union (EU) is vastly wide of the mark, with the sum being as low as just £5bn, according to experts. A study by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales examined the “main components” of the likely bill the UK could be presented with when it leaves the European Union in March 2019. Considering aspects such as account rebates owed to the UK, EU spending commitments as well as other other costs it drew up three possible outcomes: – a “low scenario” of £5bn; – a “central scenario” of £15n; – a “high scenario” of £30bn.
The European Union’s 27 remaining national parliaments are unlikely to have the power of veto over a future Brexit trade deal with Britain, a new court judgment has indicated. Ruling on an investment and trade deal between the EU and Singapore, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the EU maintains “exclusive competence” over areas ranging from foreign investment to intellectual property rights and environmental standards. The ruling, which strips national parliaments of their assumed say on large parts of trade deals, could mean there are fewer chances for EU member states to hold up a trade deal between the EU and UK.The European Commission has said it wants to settle the Article 50 Brexit deal and separation terms before doing a trade deal, which would govern the relationship going into the future.
BRITAIN could still join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as a stop-gap measure if talks over Brexit with the EU turn sour, the club’s members said today. Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland revealed they would welcome the UK into their organisation, which enjoys single market access, in the event of divorce proceedings with Brussels breaking down. Such a move would be seen as a temporary measure only by Westminster, given that EFTA countries have to abide by freedom of movement and other EU laws, but would prevent Britain from falling off an economic cliff-edge. It would also ensure that the club’s three members plus Switzerland, which is a separate member of the single market, retained close ties with one of their most important trading partners.
THERESA May has been warned the UK needs to “radically” overhaul its approach towards trade policy if it expects to land post-Brexit deals with other nations. According to a report by the Institute for Government (IFG), improvements must be made across Whitehall as the UK looks to negotiate a new trading relationship with Brussels and other nations. Civil servants must work with other departments and businesses and be open with their public in order for post-Brexit Britain to succeed, the IFG warns. The think tank also suggests Parliament should be guaranteed a direct vote on any future trade deals before they are ratified. Jill Rutter, Brexit program director at IFG, said: “Whitehall is not set up to do trade well. Not only does it currently lack the necessary expertise but its standard ways of working – generalist, secretive and unwilling to make difficult trade-offs – are all the enemies of doing trade policy well.
Ministers are guilty of “callous disregard” of the NHS and have put its funding into “deep freeze”, doctors’ leaders claim in a sharply worded attack on the Conservatives’ stewardship of the health service. The government must plug “the enormous funding gap” in healthcare spending between Britain and other major European countries, the British Medical Association says. Dr Chand Nagpaul, chair of the BMA’s GPs committee, is to tell a conference of family doctors on Thursday that the NHS “has been paralysed by the vote for the UK to leave the European Union”. “Far from the pledged investment of an extra £350m per week, audaciously plastered on double decker buses, the reality is we’ve been cheated with the opposite: a deep-freeze in NHS spend, continued savage austerity cuts, and with politicians turning a blind eye to the spiralling pressures affecting the entire health and social care system, in which even the 18-week target, laid down in the NHS constitution, is being allowed to be breached,” Nagpaul will say.
FOREIGN born workers have accounted for ALL of the net 385,000 rise in employment in the last year – it emerged yesterday. Official job figures revealed the number of British born employees at the end of March was 1,000 down on the previous year. The statistics showed the number of Romanians and Bulgarians in work has gone up by 80,000 or 219 a day in the past year to 311,000. There was also a big rise in workers born in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia and New Zealand. And despite the bombshell Brexit vote last year, the number of workers from Western Europe but also east European nations such as Poland and Hungary is also up.
A curious chilly area of space may have been created when a parallel universe crashed into our own, scientists have suggested, the first evidence that we may be part of a multiverse. In 2015, astrophysicists discovered a strange barren area of the universe which was much colder than the rest of space, and seemed to be missing 10,000 galaxies. The ‘Cold Spot’ which is 1.8 billion light-years across, is the largest known structure ever discovered, yet appeared to contain 20 per cent less matter than it should, and has baffled scientists since it was recorded. But now experts Durham University have come up with a solution which is not only out of this world, but out of this universe. They believe that a parallel universe crashed into ours, causing a shunting action much like in a traffic accident when cars pile up on the motorway. The impact was so extreme that it pushed energy out of huge area of space, creating the Cold Spot.