The number of Brits who back the government’s handling of Brexit has declined since Theresa May gave her big speech in Florence. YouGov’s latest poll shows just 21% now approve of the government’s handling of Brexit, down 3% from earlier in the month. Worryingly for the government, just 2% of voters think Theresa May’s government are doing “very well” at handling negotiations. May’s patsy speech has gone down like a cold bucket of sick. A weak approach with absolutely nothing in return from Brussels.
DAVID Davis was left red faced as arrogant MEPs plotted a thumping Brexit protest on the day he tried to charm them in Brussels. The Brexit Secretary love-bombed the European Parliament amid rising fears they could use their devastating veto to to block Britain’s divorce terms and send the UK crashing out without a deal. Despite a softening in tone from the EU Commission during the fourth round of face-to-face Brexit talks, sabre rattling MEPs vowed to humiliate Theresa May during next week’s Tory conference by making a formal complaint about the slow progress of talks. They plan to pass a motion with a hefty majority slamming Britain next Wednesday – the same day Theresa May addresses party faithful in Manchester. The stinging rebuke is expected to demand that the EU Council block moving on to trade talks until Britain agrees the terms of the so-called Brexit bill and caves in on rights for EU citizens living in the UK after 2019.
Brexit Secretary David Davis will meet the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier later for the final day of the fourth round of divorce talks. On Monday, as this round of talks began, Mr Davis insisted that there were “no excuses” for blocking progress on the talks and that a breakthrough was needed. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier had said that real progress on the three key divorce issues – the bill, the rights of EU citizens in the UK and the Irish border question – was “essential” before moving forward.
An uneasy peace has broken out between British and European Union Brexit negotiators with both sides vowing not to leak details of the highly sensitive fourth round of talks in Brussels. The pact of silence was described as “détente” after the bruising war of words waged by both sides during previous meetings. Tempers frayed after the two sides briefed against each other, culminating in Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, blasting Britain for its “ambiguity”. Barnier was in turn accused of being “inconsistent” and “unhelpful”. “We’ve shown we can give as good as we got in the last round,” one official said. “We’re on a tight leash now but if they break the agreement, we will be ready for more fisticuffs.” A senior EU official confirmed the vow of omerta but added, “We’re not saying anything but if they say something, then we will say something.”
BREXIT Secretary David Davis is looking at plans to set up a new International Treaties Court staffed by British judges to solve the legal mess created by our divorce from Europe, The Sun can reveal. The proposed panel of judges would liaise with the European Court of Justice and crucially respect future rulings relating to EU citizens living in the UK – currently a testy Brexit negotiations sticking point. The plans for a new UK court would protecting British sovereignty but are unlikely to satisfy the EU that their people will still be protected. They are the brainchild of Martin Howe QC and barristers Francis Hoar and Dr Gunnar Beck. Last night the Department for Exiting the EU confirmed they had received their report from the pro-Brexit Lawyers for Britain group.
The stark divisions in British politics are laid bare today as Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May launches a staunch defence of free market capitalism, just hours after Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn demanded 21st century socialism for the UK. Ms May will declare the free market economy “the greatest agent of collective human progress ever created” in a major speech in the wake of Mr Corbyn’s conference appearance, which saw him brand Britain’s system “broken”. The Labour leader’s intervention sparked a furious backlash from business groups who accused him of demonising the private sector, while big unions lined up behind Mr Corbyn, applauding his speech as visionary. Fractious politics at home were mirrored abroad, as the UK was left on the brink of a trade war with the US, threatening tit-for-tat action in a dispute between two major aircraft manufacturers.
GUY Verhofstadt claims the UK could be punished by MEPs in the final Brexit deal if it continues to threaten people with deportation. The former Belgian prime minister and Brexit negotiator made the threat in a scathing letter to Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Mr Verhofstadt said MEPs were growing increasingly concerned about the rights of EU citizens as the UK prepares to leave the bloc. And he claimed that it would be far harder for the UK to get its final Brexit deal through the European Parliament if the problems continued. In his letter, the MEP made reference to the case of the Japanese wife of an EU citizen who had been threatened with deportation despite living in the UK for 13 years. The arch-federalist demanded the UK continue to follow EU law and warned the bloc would continue to “protect their interests”.
The EU has announced it is working on a new plan to take in 50,000 refugees from Africa. The European Commission says it has set aside 500million euros to find homes for refugees mostly from Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Chad and Ethiopia. It also wants to encourage private sponsorship schemes to help migrants avoid people smugglers and come to Europe legally. The EU Commission said it ‘is recommending to bring at least 50,000 of the most vulnerable persons in need of international protection to Europe over the next two years.’ It added: ‘This is part of the Commission’s efforts to for those who risk their lives at the hands of criminal smuggling networks. ‘The new scheme will be in place until October 2019 and will build on the current successful resettlement schemes which are now coming to an end.’
The European Union (EU) has announced plans to allow huge numbers of migrants from the third world to migrate legally, now that migrant flows to Italy and Greece have been brought “under control”. Under new proposals unveiled by the European Commission on Wednesday, 50,000 refugees will be delivered to EU nations over the next two years from Africa, using the bloc’s resettlement process which was introduced following the height of the migrant crisis in 2015. “We need to open real alternatives to taking perilous irregular journeys,” Europe’s Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told journalists in Brussels. “Investing in more legal pathways, both for protection but also for study or work, is therefore essential.”
THE European Commission has “massively inflated” the UK’s share of EU pension liabilities in a last ditch bid to squeeze cash out of the British taxpayer. According to reports European Commission chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said that the UK needs to fork out £10 billion to meet the EU’s pension pot liabilities. But the claim has been roundly dismissed by senior Tory MEP David Campbell Bannerman who has paid into the pension pot himself and said that the Commission has ignored the facts to try to get more money. Mr Campbell Bannerman pointed out that while the UK has 12 per cent of the population of the EU it has only ever provided four per cent of the staff. This means that the UK owes at most one third of the Commission’s initial claim. Mr Campbell Bannerman said: “It really makes you wonder what the point is in continuing with these negotiations.
The European Union (EU) is expecting the UK to pay an extra £10 billion towards the so-called Brexit ‘divorce bill’ to cover the rapidly increasing cost of Eurocrats’ generous pensions. Newly revealed EU accounts show the cost of pension liabilities for Brussels officials rose by 5.4 per cent last year to €67.2 billion (£59 billion). The figure has more than doubled in the past decade. The huge cost is expected to be one of the largest parts of the so-called Brexit ‘divorce bill’ that Brussels is demanding the UK pays before talks can proceed. A diplomat with a close relationship to Brexit talks discussed the impact of the new bill on British citizens. Speaking to The Times, the official blasted: “Paying pensions for Eurocrats after Brexit is going to be one of the most resented divorce costs.
EUROPEAN Union (EU) chiefs have agreed to use Britain’s Brexit bill to fund £12million of free inter-railing for European teenagers on gap years. Days after Britain agreed to honour its post-Brexit spending commitments to the EU, Brussels bosses rubber-stamped a series of bizarre spending projects. One of the commitments the UK has inadvertently signed-up to is a £12m giveaway so 18-year-olds can go inter-railing for free around Europe. MEPs want the free tickets to help teenagers “discover the richness and diversity of the continent” and “help tackle rising populism and misinformation”. In March, the EU’s Social Democratic Group said funding the project would prove problematic due to the way the EU is funded. But bosses miraculously managed to get around the problem days after Theresa May announced on Friday she had agreed to a £17.5billion divorce bill.
EUROCRATS are hatching plans to introduce an EU-wide social security number that could pave the way for Brussels to directly tax European citizens in the future, express.co.uk can reveal today. The EU Commission has drawn up proposals for its own version of the National Insurance number, which is used by governments to monitor those who are in work for tax purposes. The move would hand eurocrats an unprecedented database about people’s earnings and tax affairs and will raise further fears over the growing creep of an EU superstate. Critics today blasted the plans as “takeover, not trade” and said they demonstrated why it is crucial Britain carries on with Brexit and quits the bloc in 2019. Plans for the new social security scheme are buried at the bottom of a dossier about Jean-Claude Juncker’s proposed new European Labour Authority, unveiled in his State of the Union address.
MEPs in the European Parliament are pushing forward with a raft of ridiculous spending plans after Theresa May pledged to keep funnelling money into Brussels. The Parliament’s Budget Committee approved a load of crazy initiatives, including €1.5million for ‘diversity concerts’ and €800,000 for butterfly watching, according to The Sun. Once again the absurdity of Brussels’ approach to spending is there for all to see, with millions wasted each year on crazy schemes that British taxpayers have no business helping fund. Rather than submitting to demands to cough up tens of billions to the EU that will likely just be wasted, the British government need to defend taxpayers’ cash and ensure it isn’t given away to fund this type of rubbish.
Jeremy Corbyn was roundly criticised by Jewish community leaders last night after failing to condemn antisemitism in his conference speech, despite claims that his leadership would show zero tolerance for abuse of any kind. In remarks that risked exacerbating the row that has marred Labour’s conference, Mr Corbyn said there could “never be any excuse for abuse of anybody by anybody”, but did not explicitly condemn antisemitism or other abuse by his followers on the left. The Board of Deputies of British Jews called the omission a “missed opportunity” and the Campaign Against Antisemitism said Mr Corbyn had ignored “the elephant on the conference floor” and risked emboldening abusers.
Business voiced alarm at Jeremy Corbyn‘s ‘fantasy economics’ today after he vowed to turn Britain into a socialist utopia. In a triumphalist keynote speech at Labour‘s annual conference, Mr Corbyn said he was determined to sweep away the ‘failed dogma’ of 1980s Thatcherism and make the rich ‘pay their fair share’. Hailing a shift to the Left among voters, he said a ‘modern socialism’ of nationalisation, state regulation and increased union influence was now the political centre ground and his team was a ‘government in waiting’. Accusing ministers of ‘self-interested Brexit bungling’, Mr Corbyn also dramatically softened Labour’s position to appease restive pro-EU MPs. He said the party would now demand ‘unimpeded’ access to the EU single market rather than just tariff free trade – suggesting it would seek to keep the closest possible ties to Brussels.
Jeremy Corbyn made a bold bid to cast Labour as the new party of the “centre ground” and the “political mainstream” in his keynote speech to the party’s conference in Brighton. In a rapturously received speech to 4,000 activists, Mr Corbyn made clear that the centre ground in politics had shifted since his predecessor Tony Blair pulled Labour rightwards to win power in the mid 1990s. The Labour leader also claimed the party was now a government in waiting, attacked Donald Trump and Margaret Thatcher, and unveiled new policies on organ donation, education and housing.
Jeremy Corbyn has said a Labour government would strike a deal with the EU that “guarantees unimpeded access to the single market” after Brexit. The Labour leader used his keynote speech at the party’s conference in Brighton to attack the Conservatives’ “shambolic” approach to Brexit and slam the UK’s negotiating team as “hopelessly inept”. He said Labour would deliver a Brexit “that puts jobs first” and vowed to strike a new deal with the EU, saying there was a “real divide” between the Labour and Conservative approaches. He said: “A shambolic Tory Brexit driving down standards, or ours, which puts jobs first and works for the many, one that guarantees unimpeded access to the single market and establishes a new, co-operative relationship with Europe.”
Theresa May will seek to answer Jeremy Corbyn’s claim that capitalism is in crisis by insisting today that it is the “greatest agent of collective human progress ever created”. The Labour leader told his party’s conference in Brighton yesterday that capitalism faced a “crisis of legitimacy”. He added it was “time we developed a new model to replace the failed dogmas of neo-liberalism”. Labour aides could not say whether Mr Corbyn’s new economic model would be capitalist, hinting only that a majority of assets would be privately owned. Mr Corbyn also promised sweeping changes to tenants’ rights and said a Labour government would introduce rent controls. He also claimed that his party now inhabited the political centre ground.
Boris Johnson last night sent a shot across the bows of Chancellor Philip Hammond as he argued Britain must as soon as possible begin agreeing its own free trade deals. The Foreign Secretary said the transition period after we leave the EU – during which we cannot sign new trade deals with non-EU countries – should be ‘not too long’. He made his comments as he marked the launch of a new Free Trade Institute by hailing Britain’s past as a world trading power. In her Florence speech last week Theresa May said the transition period after 2019 – when we have left the bloc but will continue to follow many EU rules – would be ‘about’ two years. Mr Hammond and other Cabinet ministers who backed Remain have enraged Eurosceptics by arguing for a longer transition. Business Secretary Greg Clark reportedly urged Mrs May to impose a five year transition – which would go beyond the next election.
The UK has a vital role to play in making the “moral case” for global free trade as it leaves the EU, a trio of cabinet ministers have said. Liam Fox, Boris Johnson and Priti Patel argued open markets are the best vehicle for reducing poverty and aiding prosperity at an event in London. Free of the “constraints” of the EU, the UK must be an “agitator” for free trade, the foreign secretary said. Meanwhile an ex-Tory leader has warned the UK must prepare for no Brexit deal. Critics say failure to do a Brexit deal could result in new trade barriers but Iain Duncan Smith said the EU must agree to open trade discussions by December or the UK should make arrangements to leave without a deal.
Theresa May is set to insist that a balanced approach to public spending is key in ensuring that the economy operates in the interests of working people. In a speech marking 20 years of political independence of the Bank of England the prime minister will also champion a free market as the “greatest agent of collective human progress ever created”. Mrs May will say that a strong economy depends on controlling public spending. “That means continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs”, she is expected to say. Mrs May will also say that the Conservative’s “successful management of the economy” has enabled investment in “vital public services” to be made.
Britain has been left on the brink of a trade war with the United States after the Government warned aircraft manufacturer Boeing it could be stripped of lucrative defence contracts over its dispute with rival Bombardier. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Boeing’s decision to pursue a complaint leading to punitive import tariffs on the sale of jets by Belfast-based Bombardier would “jeopardise” relations with the US company that only last year secured a £1.7bn British contract to build Apache helicopters. Theresa May said she was “bitterly disappointed” by the decision – over which she is understood to have lobbied President Donald Trump – as it could threaten thousands of jobs in Northern Ireland and heap pressure on her fragile agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
The government has warned aircraft manufacturer Boeing it could lose UK defence contracts over its part in a US decision to slap punitive tariffs of 219% on rival Bombardier, in a dispute that threatens to sour trade relations between London and Washington. Theresa May said she was “bitterly disappointed” by the move to impose a tariff on sales of Bombardier’s C-Series passenger jet, which threatens at least 1,000 manufacturing jobs in Northern Ireland. Michael Fallon, the UK defence secretary, stepped up the government’s rhetoric, warning that Boeing’s assault on Bombardier “could jeopardise” its chances of securing government contracts. The business secretary, Greg Clark, joined the chorus of disapproval, branding the ruling “unjustified” and vowing to work with Canada – where Bombardier is based – to get it overturned.
Theresa May was accused of being “asleep at the wheel” today, after it emerged the US plans to impose a 220% import tariff on a new passenger jet made by Bombardier, one of Northern Ireland’s biggest employers. The Prime Minister said she was “bitterly disappointed” as unions warned that thousands of jobs could be put at risk by the US move. It presents a bleak outlook for Britain’s hopes of securing trade deals with the US after Brexit . More than 4,000 people are employed in Belfast by Canadian firm Bombardier – and thousands more jobs in Northern Ireland are supported through the manufacturer’s supply chain.
Theresa May has threatened a trade war with the US after it slapped punitive tariffs on British-built aircraft, casting doubt on a key plank of her Brexit strategy. The US Department of Commerce decided Bombardier aircraft, built in Northern Ireland, should be subject to 219 per cent import duty after the American aviation giant Boeing complained that Bombardier had been given unfair state aid. The Government responded by warning that Boeing’s behaviour “could jeopardise” future Ministry of Defence contracts for its aircraft such as Apache helicopters. The Prime Minister has appealed directly to President Donald Trump to intervene in the dispute, which has dented her hopes of signing a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US.
THERESA MAY threatened to blacklist Boeing after America put over 4,000 UK jobs at risk in a bitter trade dispute. And the PM’s Cabinet colleagues from Boris Johnson to Defence Secretary Michael Fallon waded in as the row risked turning into a fierce transatlantic spat. The US Department of Commerce sparked outrage by warning it could slap a punitive 220 per cent tariff on the jets made by Anglo-Canadian group Bombardier, one of Northern Ireland’s biggest employers. It followed a complaint by Boeing that Bombardier was benefiting from illegal state aid. But a furious Theresa May hit back by saying she was “bitterly disappointed”.
Britain and America are on the brink of a trade war after the UK threatened to end its military contracts with the US aerospace company Boeing. British Prime Minster Theresa May condemned Boeing after the dispute with Canadian firm Bombardier threatened the loss of thousands of jobs in the UK. Mrs May said Boeing’s bid to impose a tariff of 220% on imports of Bombardier C-Series aircraft into America was ‘no way to operate’ and added their move put the company’s ‘long-term partnership’ with the UK at risk. However, the US giant could simply ‘turn off’ Britain’s attack helicopters and military transport aircraft, according to an army expert.
A “moral vacuum at the heart of nursing” has left NHS staff following tick-box rules rather than trying to do the right thing for patients, a study of professional values has concluded. Nurses are so ground down that they end up as “robots going through the motions”, researchers warned, with a focus on clinical skills driving compassion from the job. Eight in ten nurses say their work conflicts with their personal values much of the time. The moral disengagement that results puts patients at risk of another Mid Staffordshire-style scandal, the study concluded. Kristjan Kristjansson, an educational psychologist at the University of Birmingham, said the state of nursing was far more depressing than that of any other profession he had studied.
Dandyish Changing Rooms presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is proud of his Welsh roots. However, the interior designer seems less keen on being associated with England. ‘I don’t often use the term “England” because I think it’s racist,’ says Llewelyn-Bowen. ‘Whereas “British” can be used in the way that “To be Roman” didn’t mean coming from Rome at all. ‘I like that . . . and this is me speaking as a Welshman — an aborigine of the island. I’m very pleased to welcome you all in, obviously.’ The BBC TV presenter expressed his views on Englishness after being asked by the magazine Cotswold Life to name his favourite things about the scenic area.