BRITAIN can look forward to a post-Brexit windfall worth a staggering £135billion after leaving the European Union, according to a new report. The Economists for Free Trade (EFT) group said Brexit will be “overwhelmingly positive” for the British economy provided the Government adopts the right policies. The findings are sharply at odds with most mainstream economists who have warned the UK faces lower growth and more pressure on the public finances as a result of the vote to leave. But at the report’s launch on Tuesday, the pro-Brexit Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg will say official forecasts are based on “false assumptions” of the Treasury and that the outlook for the public finances is “much better” than the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) is predicting.
Parliament will be given a “take it or leave it” vote on Brexit after ministers agreed to enshrine the deal in law in a significant government concession. David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, announced that MPs and peers will be given a binding vote on the final deal with Brussels. However the climbdown has prompted fears that pro-EU MPs will attempt to frustrate Brexit by tabling amendments in the hope of delaying or even postponing Britain’s departure. Mr Davis warned MPs that Britain will leave the EU without a deal in March 2019 if they vote down the Government’s final agreement with Brussels.
Parliament will be given a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal as new legislation will be needed to enact it, David Davis has announced. In a move which will give MPs and peers a choice between approving the government’s exit deal with the EU or leaving the bloc with no deal, the Brexit secretary said there would be a Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill, which both houses would be able to amend. In an apparent concession to Tory rebels ahead of a series of votes this week on the EU Withdrawal Bill, Mr Davis said the new law, which will cover areas such as citizens’ rights, the so-called divorce bill and a transition period, will provide “certainty and clarity” as Britain leaves the EU.
David Davis made a major concession to Brexit rebels today as he declared any final deal will be enshrined in a separate Act of Parliament. The Brexit Secretary acted to head off an impending clash with Tory Remainers as he updated MPs on progress with negotiations. It fulfils one of the key demands made by Conservative politicians calling for a ‘softer’ departure from the EU. But ministers are still facing a titanic battle to push the EU Withdrawal Bill through parliament.
Parliament is to be given a take-it-or leave-it vote on the final Brexit deal before the UK leaves the EU. Brexit Secretary David Davis said the terms of the UK’s exit, such as money, citizen rights and any transition must become law via a new Act of Parliament. While any deal would “only hold” if MPs approved it, he said it would not alter the fact the UK was leaving the EU. Labour welcomed a “climbdown” but some MPs warned of a “sham” if ministers could not be asked to renegotiate. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the announcement was significant because it represented a big concession to potential Tory rebels and Labour MPs at a highly important moment in the Brexit process.
DAVID Davis has confirmed parliament will have a vote on the final Brexit deal before Britain leaves the European Union. Giving a statement before parliament this afternoon, the Brexit Secretary confirmed the Government intends to give MPs a say on our departure from the EU. But if they reject the deal the Government strikes with the EU, Britain will instead leave the bloc with no deal, he confirmed. Mr Davis said: “Parliament will be given time to debate, scrutinise and vote on the final agreement we strike with the European Union. “This agreement will only hold if parliament approves it. “This will include the contents of the Withdrawal Agreement, that includes issues such as an agreement on citizens’ rights, any financial agreements, and agreements on an implementation period by both sides.”
The UK will leave the EU without a Brexit agreement if MPs vote down proposed legislation which seeks to implement a deal, David Davis has said. The Brexit Secretary said Parliament will be given a formal vote on the final Brexit deal before the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. The deal covering “withdrawal” issues will only hold if it is approved by MPs and peers in a new piece of legislation to put it into British law, Mr Davis said. Should MPs vote down the new piece of legislation, then Britain will leave the EU on March 29, 2019, with no deal, Mr Davis confirmed.
David Davis has caved in to demands for MPs to vote on a separate bill to implement any Brexit agreement, to head off a major Tory revolt. The Brexit Secretary said the legislation would cover the issues of citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and any implementation period – or transitional deal – agreed. It would allow MPs to examine any Brexit agreement “line-by-line”, Mr Davis acknowledged, which means – crucially – that it could be amended. Labour immediately welcomed a “recognition by the Government that it is about to lose a series of votes” on the Commons floor. However, Mr Davis – asked if the UK would still leave the EU if Parliament rejected the Brexit deal – replied: “Yes.” “It’s a meaningful vote but it’s not meaningful in the sense that you can reverse the whole decision,” he said, delivering a statement. And he rejected a call, by pro-EU Tory Anna Soubry, for MPs to vote if Britain is heading for a “no deal Brexit”, replying: “If we don’t have an agreement, we can’t have a withdrawal agreement bill.”
David Davis has promised that British MPs and peers will be able to debate, scrutinise and vote on the final Brexit agreement through primary legislation in a concession to pro-EU Conservative backbenchers. The secretary of state announced the move in the Commons as the government faces possible defeat on an amendment laid down by Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, which had called for a meaningful vote on the final deal. “It is clear that we need to take further steps to provide clarity and certainty both in the negotiations and at home regarding the implementation of any agreement into United Kingdom law,” said Davis, outlining the plans for legislation. “This agreement will only hold if parliament approves it.” However, the offer was immediately attacked by both Labour and Conservative politicians, who expressed anger that it did not give parliament any say in the case of a no-deal Brexit.
Tory rebels have accused Theresa May of being “tin-eared and tone deaf” over Brexit and are considering joining forces with Labour to inflict two defeats on the Government in the Commons. The Commons is on Tuesday expected to debate and vote on a Government amendment which formally commits Britain to leaving the European Union at 11pm on 29 March, 2019. The Prime Minister also warned rebels in an article in The Telegraph that she will not “tolerate” attempts to “stop or delay Brexit” as the EU withdrawal bill makes its way through Parliament. It prompted a furious backlash from Tory rebels, who said they believe that the Government’s amendment to the EU withdrawal bill will tie Britain’s hands and could hinder the chances of getting a good deal. Labour is also considering voting against the plans amid concerns that the amendment is being used by Mrs May to shore up her position.
BRITAIN should pay a Brexit “divorce bill” of at least €60billion, according to the head of the European Parliament as fears grow trade talks will not start next month as the UK hopes. The Polish Prime Minister said “reaching a compromise” on the first phase of the negotiations seems unlikely to happen before the big EU leaders summit in mid-December. If they agree once again that “sufficient progress” on key issues like the Northern Ireland border, the rights of their citizens living in Britain – and the so-called “divorce bill” – it would be a huge blow to Theresa May’s chances of getting a deal done before the end of Article 50.
European business leaders today warned Theresa May that failure to make progress on Brexit negotiations by next month will damage companies’ confidence and force them to implement contingency plans to move parts of their operations out of the UK. The prime minister met representatives of all the main European industry groups in an attempt to reassure them that Britain will remain an attractive place to do business after leaving the EU. But the groups, including the BDI and BDA from Germany, Medef from France and the EU-wide Business Europe, told Mrs May that she is not doing enough to get a deal. Emma Marcegaglia, the president of BusinessEurope, said that all 14 groups represented at the meeting had the same message.
European and UK business leaders have told Prime Minister Theresa May of their Brexit concerns. At a meeting in Downing Street on Monday, representatives from groups including the CBI and BusinessEurope pressed for a transitional deal that preserves the status quo after Brexit. The CBI chief, Carolyn Fairbairn, said all those at the meeting reiterated the damage “no deal” would do to trade. A German lobby group also warned that no deal would cost their economy dear. The head of the German chambers of commerce, Martin Wansleben, told a newspaper the car industry alone would face annual tariffs of more than €2bn if trade between the UK and the EU falls under World Trade Organisation rules.
Theresa May was told to commit to a Brexit divorce settlement within a fortnight or face a collapse in economic confidence in Britain, according to European business leaders at a confrontational Downing Street summit on Monday. “We told them that they’ve lost a year because nothing happened. Now you have two weeks in which you have to be very clear,” said Emma Marcegaglia, president of BusinessEurope, which organised the 14-strong delegation. “We appreciated the [prime minister’s] Florence speech but now you have to go from kind words to concrete, clear proposals,” she added, after more than an hour spent presenting their concerns to senior ministers in Downing Street.
Colonel Richard Kemp warned Breitbart London that the British military will be a “pawn in the Brexit negotiation game” after 23 EU member states signed a joint military pact of which the UK may find herself involved after Brexit. With Eurocrats hailing it an “historic day”, nearly all European Union member states signed joint military pact the Permanent Structured Cooperation process, or PESCO, which is key to the Defence Union plans set out by President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker recently. Though the United Kingdom is not a signatory, there are strong indications that British officials are pushing for involvement, with Reuters suggesting the UK will join on an “exceptional basis”, providing “substantial funds and expertise”.
Tory Remainers last night vowed to push ahead with attempts to frustrate Brexit in Parliament, despite being offered a veto on the final deal with Brussels. In a significant concession, David Davis said the final Brexit deal would be enshrined in a dedicated Act of Parliament – meaning it could be voted down by MPs just weeks before the UK leaves in March 2019. The move came ahead of tonight’s first of eight marathon parliamentary sittings in which the Government is braced for possible defeat on Brexit legislation by a coalition of Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP and Tory Remainers. Pro-Remain MPs were initially wrong-footed by the intervention from Mr Davis, with shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer welcoming the ‘last-minute climbdown’. But last night Tory plotters indicated they would push ahead with a string of amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill after Mr Davis said the UK would leave the EU without a deal if MPs voted down the deal agreed with Brussels.
Britain is in a stand-off with the European Union over what counts as “sufficient progress” to break the deadlock in Brexit negotiations. Theresa May told a private meeting of business leaders that she still has no idea what European leaders expected her to offer in order to move the talks on to trade and transition at next month’s European summit. She also warned the group that she would not waste “political capital” at home by making concessions — on issues such as a financial settlement, the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and the future of the Irish border — which could be rejected at the eleventh hour as not good enough. That would risk weakening the prime minister’s authority at home further.
France and Germany edged towards achieving a 70-year-old ambition to integrate European defences on Monday, signing a pact with 21 other EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces after Britain’s decision to quit the bloc. First proposed in the 1950s and long resisted by Britain, European defence planning, operations and weapons development now stands its best chance in years as London steps aside and the United States pushes Europe to pay more for its security. Foreign and defence ministers gathered at a signing ceremony in Brussels to represent 23 EU governments joining the pact, paving the way for EU leaders to sign it in December. Those governments will for the first time legally bind themselves into joint projects as well as pledging to increase defence spending and contribute to rapid deployments.
Nigel Farage has accused former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and other anti-Brexit campaigners of “lies” as the European Union (EU) moved to sign a deal on forming a joint military force. This Monday, led by France and Germany, 23 member-states signed up to a Common Defence Fund, which will see them develop and deploy armed forces together. Mr. Farage famously faced off with the former deputy prime minister in a 2014 debate, after Mr. Clegg claimed the idea of an EU Army was “a dangerous fantasy”. He said people like Mr. Farage “see conspiracy everywhere” and compared assertions about the creation of such an army to denying the moon landings and believing Elvis faked his own death.
Global carbon dioxide emissions are rising again, ending hopes that pollution had reached a peak. The projected 2 per cent increase this year is being driven partly by growth in the burning of coal in China, according to research by the University of East Anglia (UEA). China’s emissions are forecast to rise by 3.5 per cent this year because of stronger growth in industrial production and lower hydro-power generation due to less rainfall. India’s emissions are expected to rise by 2 per cent, though its annual rate of emissions growth has fallen from an average of more than 6 per cent in the past decade.
THE deadly plague outbreak could reach every continent, a disease expert has horrifyingly warned. The disease ravaging Madagascar has already killed 143 people and infected another 2,000. Health officials are warning things will get even worse before they get better and have dubbed this the “worst outbreak in 50 years”. A similar outbreak of the Black Death killed off one third of medieval Europe. Speaking to Daily Star Online, disease outbreak expert Professor Paul Hunter said the plague could reach every continent, starting with mainland Africa. He said: “This current outbreak is concerning given that it is different from previous cases we have seen, and has been spreading to areas that are not used to seeing it.