FISHERMEN set a fishing boat and EU flags alight as they took part in a nationwide protest against the Brexit transition deal after a day of flotillas campaigning against being forced to obey to EU rules. The group Fishing for Leave organised the protests making it clear they are against the Common Fisheries Policy which would remain in force if the Brexit Transition Deal goes ahead. Around 200 boats arranged themselves in flotillas across the country, in ports including Newcastle, Hastings and Plymouth. In Kent, a flotilla of fishing boats circled off Whitstable beach for an hour before the boat on the shore was set alight watched by Nigel Farage and to the jubilant sounds of horns and fireworks.
Pro-Brexit group Fishing for Leave staged protests across the country to show their anger and displeasure at the government’s Brexit transition deal that will see the current policy in place until at least 2021. As the video below shows, the group set fire to a boat named Thereason May – cheeky little play on words there. Their main issue is that a transitional deal would give the EU the chance to wipe out what’s left of the British fishing industry and then be free to plunder UK waters. Fishing for Leave believe the government’s planning to sell out the fishing industry again.
British fishermen launched protests in ports around the country over a perceived failure of Brexit negotiations which will see them having to obey EU laws until the end of the transition period in 2020. Mr Bolton attended the demonstrations, in Whitstable, Kent, which was the last protest of the day beginning at 5pm and ending at 8pm. The 54-year-old was seen with Ms Marney, 25, who previously came under fire after it emerged she had sent a tirade of racist messages about Meghan Markle to a friend. Protests began in Newcastle, where a 15-boat flotilla assembled Sunday morning, before others mustered in Milford Haven, Wales, and Plymouth, southwest England, later in the day.
“Burn the flag!” chanted the crowd in a British fishing port on Sunday, as a boat adorned with the EU flag was set on fire in one of a series of Brexit rallies held around Britain. Leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage looked on as the flames leapt into the sky in Whitstable, south-east England, where protesters set off orange flares and blew horns. Around 14 fishing vessels with Britain’s Union Jack flag and “Brexit Betrayal: Take Back Control Now” banners joined in. “We’re not actually in control of our own territorial waters,” said Farage, a lawmaker in the European Parliament. “We’re catching far less than half the fish that the British fleet should be, and we’re operating under a crack-pot set of regulations that could have only been designed by bureaucrats in Brussels,” he said.
Brexit doom-mongers have been proved wrong because more people are in work than ever before, the Work and Pensions Secretary declared last night. Esther McVey yesterday said Britain is now the ‘envy of Europe’, with 1,000 people a day finding work. However, before the referendum, the architects of so-called ‘Project Fear’ claimed 500,000 people would lose their jobs if we voted to leave. Miss McVey told the Daily Mail: ‘There has been much debate surrounding Brexit but the reality is the fundamentals of our economy are strong and with record employment levels, which are the envy of many of our European neighbours.’
AUSTRIA and Germany are set to snub EU demands for more billions, according to an expert. The Member States have launched a significant rebellion against the bloc following calls for the EU kitty to be hiked by billions to make up for the Brexit shortfall. But Austrian journalist Christian Ortner said without harsh negotiations is not in the national interest of Austria or Germany. The wordsmith said: “If a foreign tourist at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul tells the seller of an Anatolian double-blended carpet they are willing to pay more than the asked price before the price negotiations even begin, he will first of all not get a favourable deal, and he will secondly probably become known as the fool of the decade in the annals of the bazaar.”
Brussels was accused of attempting to thwart Brexit last night after it launched an unprecedented campaign to get European citizens to vote in next month’s local elections. The European Commission is using its UK Facebook page to encourage EU citizens living in Britain to join the electoral roll. In a post, the Commission wrote: ‘As an EU citizen living in the UK you have the right to vote in the UK local election on 3 May.’ The post has instructions on how to register to vote along with an image of a polling booth. It comes after Labour and the Lib Dems told voters the local polls were a chance to derail Theresa May’s Brexit plans.
A Spanish MEP has vented his anger over a German court’s decision to free ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont by questioning the worth of the European Union. Esteban Gonzalez Pons, a member of Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy’s Partido Popular party, said freedom of movement in Europe made no sense if the European Arrest Warrant system did not work. He also insisted Europe ‘lost its ‘purpose’ if countries in the EU started questioning others. Gonzalez Pons, vice-chair of the European People’s Party Group, launched his astonishing attack at the National Convention of the PP in Seville during a meeting with Erasmus students. He spoke out after a court in Schleswig-Holstein in the north of Germany rejected Spain’s extradition request for Puigdemont so he could stand trial for rebellion, ruling the equivalent crime under German law did not apply because the pro-independence politician’s actions were not accompanied by violence.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has hailed an ‘extraordinary victory’ after his party was projected to win a landslide victory in elections. With almost 98 percent of votes counted, Orban’s Fidesz party has won 48.81 per cent of the vote, the National Election Office (NVI) said, surpassing even the expectations of many within Fidesz. This is expected to translate to 134 seats in parliament. Nationalist party Jobbik is predicted to 27 seats, the election office’s website said, while the socialist party was expected to win 20 seats. Jobbik’s chairman, Gabor Vona, resigned in the wake of the result.
THE centre-left is “dying” with another nail put in its coffin after the staggering victory of Eurosceptic Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the rise of populist movements, according to BBC political broadcaster Andrew Neil. Following the landslide re-election of Viktor Obran on Sunday commentators have questioned whether the centre-left is on the decline, and whether a new centrist party in the UK stands any chance of success. Only this week, secret plans were revealed about the creation of a new centrist political party in the UK, with access to up to £50m of funding. But BBC presenter of the Daily Politics show Andrew Neil questioned how well it would do. He said: “Another nail in the coffin of European centre-left social democracy.
Hungary’s conservative-populist premier Viktor Orbán has won a third term in office in a landslide election victory. With the votes counted, Europe Elects is sharing stats which show Fidesz, the party founded by Prime Minister Orbán while he was a young anti-Communist dissident, has won not merely a decisive majority but an outright super-majority, along with minor allied parties — allowing changes to the national constitution. Far-right nationalist party Jobbik came in second place, but leader Gábor Vona has resigned from the party which he has headed since 2006, having promised to do so if he failed to achieve a breakthrough. He is expected to remain active in frontline politics, however.
The devolution settlement drawn up by Tony Blair will no longer be fit for purpose after Brexit, a report says. The Institute for Government calls on ministers to accept that the relationships between Westminster and devolved institutions need to be rethought as powers are returned from Brussels to the UK. Ministers have already said that there are about 153 areas of policy decided by the EU at present which would be hard to devolve to Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. The devolved administrations want these powers to return to their capitals but Westminster is resisting, arguing that it needs to guarantee continuity and certainty.
The chair of negotiations over the Good Friday Agreement has warned against using the Northern Ireland peace process in the debate over Brexit. George Mitchell, a former US Senator who went on to become America’s special envoy to Northern Ireland, used the upcoming 20th anniversary of the signing of the peace deal to urge today’s political leaders to “recognise what’s at stake”. The marking of two decades since the 1998 agreement was signed comes amid the collapse of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government and concerns Brexit could see the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland. The turmoil at Stormont has led to some, such as former Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson, to question the sustainability of the Good Friday Agreement.
Senior Labour figures took aim yesterday at a new centrist political movement set up by a former donor. The party, with access to up to £50 million, has been under development in secret for more than a year by a network of entrepreneurs, philanthropists and donors keen to “break the Westminster mould”. The former donor and film entrepreneur Simon Franks, who headed a review for Ed Balls, is the only public name behind the venture and, the Observer reported, is said to have had full-time staff for as long as a year. He has set up a company, Project One Movement for the UK, the probable vehicle for the enterprise. Lord Hattersley, the former Labour deputy leader, said “third parties all end in fiascos”.
Donors and entrepreneurs have been secretly developing plans for a new political party frustrated with polarisation and grabbing for the centre ground. Up to £50million has been pumped into the project with a former Labour benefactor at the helm hoping to ‘break the Westminster mould’. The movement believes in borrowing from the left and right for its policies and was set up by multi-millionaire LoveFilm founder Simon Franks, who says he is frustrated with political division in light of the Brexit vote. He has had full-time staff on the project for about year, The Observer revealed today, after starting initial discussion in 2016.
Labour MPs have poured scorn over reported plans for a new political party said to have been in secret development for more than a year. The movement, led by a former Labour donor, has access to £50m in funding and comprises a network of entrepreneurs, philanthropists and donors keen to “break the Westminster mould”, according to The Observer. The idea for a centrist challenger party was dismissed by John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, and two of his frontbench colleagues on Sunday. “That’s a novel idea,” Mr McDonnell wrote on Twitter. “A party of the rich, by the rich, for the rich. A party for the few not the many.” Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health and social care secretary, said: “For goodness sake, what a daft waste of time.
Senior figures in the Labour party including John McDonnell have poured scorn on plans for a new centrist political party that is said to have secured £50m from financial backers, including the multimillionaire founder of LoveFilm. The movement, spearheaded by the former Labour donor Simon Franks and revealed by the Observer, has been secretly under development for more than a year and involves entrepreneurs, philanthropists and benefactors keen to break the Westminster mould. There has been persistent speculation about the potential for a new party as Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership has taken Labour to the left, while the Conservatives’ approach to Brexit has alienated some on that party’s modernising wing. The Liberal Democrats have so far failed to take advantage of the polarisation.
Antibacterial stitches to fight superbugs will be fast-tracked into hospitals after the head of the NHS said doctors could send him the bill. Software to create 3D models of blocked arteries that will allow tens of thousands to avoid invasive tests will also be prioritised in a scheme designed to overcome an NHS reluctance to spread use of innovative technology. Six hospitals will also test a system that lets patients arrange appointments by text with the aim of expanding it across the country if it meets claims to cut missed consultations by a third.
Almost half of men with prostate cancer had to see their GP at least twice before being diagnosed, alarming research has revealed. As doctors called for urgent action to tackle the crisis, the figures also show that 6 per cent of men went to their doctor at least five times before the cancer was discovered. To make matters worse, a fifth of men with symptoms wait three months before even making an appointment. The figures contrast sharply with breast cancer statistics, which show that only 9 per cent of women need more than one GP visit before being diagnosed. The research highlights a worrying trend of symptoms being ignored by patients and then overlooked by GPs. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with 47,000 new cases and 12,000 deaths in the UK each year.
Police cuts have “likely contributed” to the rise in serious violent crime seen over the past few years. That is according to a leaked Home Office document prepared as part of a new Government strategy to tackle the increase in crime. The document said criminals may have been “encouraged” by the reduction in police staffing numbers and a fall in prosecution rates. It comes after ministers, including Home Secretary Amber Rudd, denied that the decline in the number of police officers was a reason for the rise in violent crime. The document, Serious Violence; Latest Evidence On The Drivers, which was obtained by The Guardian, said: “Since 2012/3, weighted crime demand on the police has risen, largely due to growth in recorded sex offences. “At the same time officers’ numbers have fallen by 5% since 2014.
A fall in police numbers is likely to have contributed to a rise in serious violent crime, according to a leaked Home Office document seen by the BBC. Officials said a lack of resources and fewer charges may have “encouraged” offenders to commit crimes. It comes as new measures are to be set out by Home Secretary Amber Rudd to tackle violence in England and Wales. The government says it does not comment on leaked documents but had rejected claims officer numbers were a factor. It comes amid concerns following the deaths of more than 50 people in violent attacks in London since the start of the year. The document from February notes that forces have faced greater demand since 2012 due to an increase in recorded sex offences while during the same time officer numbers have fallen.
Amber Rudd will promise today to tackle the growing use of crack cocaine as ministers blame the changing drug market for the rise in violence on Britain’s streets. The home secretary will announce the government’s first Serious Violence Strategy, while defending the decision not to put significant additional resources into tackling crime. The scheme has no new funding from the Treasury, and the £40 million to fund an Early Intervention Youth Fund and drug co-ordination centre is paid out of the existing Home Office budget. A spokesman refused to say whether this would mean cuts to existing programmes elsewhere.
The Government “must do whatever it takes” to make Britain’s streets safe, as she launches a new crackdown on violent crime, the Home Secretary says. Amber Rudd will set out priorities for the £40m Serious Violence Strategy, including tackling violent drugs gangs and introducing prevention incentives. The strategy – supported by a new Offensive Weapons Bill – will also focus on Tougher restrictions on online sale of knives; Making it criminal offence to possess corrosive substances in public; Extending the use of stop and search powers to seize acid from suspects; Making it illegal to possess zombie knives and knuckle-dusters in private;
A Syrian air base came under missile fire on Monday morning after President Bashar al-Assad triggered international outrage by carrying out a suspected chemical attack in a besieged suburb of Damascus. The US and France both denied attacking the base after Syrian state broadcasters said explosions were heard at the T-4 airfield near Homs, which is close to the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. At least 14 people are thought to have been killed in the strike in the early hours of this morning, which some analysts have suggested came from Israel. Israel has so far declined to comment. A Syrian military source was quoted in local media as saying air defences shot down eight missiles fired at the base, where defence analysts say there are large deployments of Russian forces, and where jets fly regular sorties to strike rebel-held areas.
Donald Trump told the Assad regime and its allies yesterday that there would be a “big price to pay” after as many as 70 people were feared to have died in a suspected chemical attack in Syria. Britain was locked in urgent talks with allies in Washington, Paris and at the United Nations last night. Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, declared that the “international community must respond” to the attack on a rebel-held area near the capital, Damascus. Residents said that the gas, thought to be chlorine, was dropped on Douma in eastern Ghouta on Saturday evening, with the United States and European Union openly blaming the Syrian regime for the attack.
DONALD Trump declared “animal” Bashar al-Assad “must pay” as world fury mounted over a suspected nerve agent attack in Syria that killed at least 70. Harrowing footage has shown gassed kids foaming at the mouth after the tyrant’s jets dropped a deadly cocktail of chlorine and apparent Sarin gas on the rebel-held town of Douma. Trump threatened a “strong response” after dozens of kids were killed in the strike. Dying tots were pictured fighting for their lives, as 1,000 civilians were affected in what is feared to have been the worst chemical attack in Syrian history. It is claimed an illegal Doomsday nerve agent was mixed with chlorine gas and dropped on a hospital following the collapse of a truce on Friday.
THE US will not rule out launching a missile attack in response to new reports about a chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Syria. Trump tweeted early Sunday morning, “Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. “President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price…” Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said on Sunday that a poison gas attack in Douma near the capital has killed at least 40 people. The allegations have been denied by the Syrian government. “I wouldn’t take anything off the table,” White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Thomas Bossert said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”
US President Donald Trump has warned Russia, Iran and Syria there is a “big price to pay” after an alleged chemical attack that is reported to have killed dozens and poisoned hundreds. The UK government has called for an urgent investigation into the claimed use of poisoned gas on civilians in the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma. The scale of the deaths reported by activists, rescuers and medics in the country, which is yet to be independently verified, ranges from at least 40 people to up to 80. Medical workers have said woman and children were the main victims among more than 500 cases with symptoms that indicated “exposure to a chemical agent”.
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin has reportedly passed a lie detector test after recalling his apparent encounter with alien life during the historic 1969 mission to the moon. Aldrin, 88, was a part of the test that also analyzed interviews from astronauts Al Worden, Edgar Mitchell and Gordon Cooper. Recorded interviews of the astronauts were tested using the latest technology at the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology in Albany, Ohio. Experts claim their results prove they were ‘completely convinced’ that their claims of aliens were genuine, according to the Daily Star. Aldrin has always maintained he spotted a UFO on the way to the moon. ‘There was something out there that was close enough to be observed, sort of L-shaped,’ Aldrin, who is the second human to set foot on the moon, recalled.
LEGENDARY astronaut Buzz Aldrin passed a lie detector test over claims he’s encountered alien life, reports claim. Aldrin, the second man on the moon, and four others gave accounts of their sightings under strict lab conditions. He, Al Worden, Edgar Mitchell and Gordon Cooper all took part in the study conducted by the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology in Albany, Ohio. Aldrin, 88, claimed he was a spaceship on his way to the moon, adding: “There was something out there that was close enough to be observed… sort of L-shaped.” The tests, reportedly more reliable than standard lie detector tests, showed he was telling the truth, the Daily Star reported. Apollo 15 pilot Worden, 85, and Apollo 14’s Mitchel also claimed to have seen UFOs while Cooper says he actually tried to chase a cluster of objects.