The number of Britons who want the UK to leave the EU has jumped since the referendum two years ago, a poll shows. The annual British Social Attitudes survey revealed that rising numbers of respondents are now firmly convinced by the case for departure. The study said 36 per cent of interviewees wanted to leave the EU, up from 22 per cent in 2015. The proportion who wanted no change fell to 19 per cent, down from 27 per cent. Only 7 per cent – fewer than one in 14 – wanted to increase the powers of Brussels or move toward a European government, the report said.
The British public no longer has faith in Theresa May to negotiate Brexit, with two in three saying they do not trust her to get the best possible deal, a Sky Data poll reveals. Some 64% of Britons do not trust her to run Brexit negotiations – up 31 percentage points from when we last asked the question in March 2017. Just 22% now trust her to get the best possible deal, down 32 points from last year, with 14% unsure.
Labour could be prepared to vote against Theresa May’s final Brexit deal, even if it means walking through voting lobbies with Conservative hard Brexiters, with party sources insisting the government cannot force a no-deal situation. The party has said it will vote against the final Brexit deal unless it meets shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer’s six tests on protection of jobs and rights – in practice, highly unlikely.
THERESA May has urged Tory MPs not to trigger a vote of no-confidence in her leadership despite widespread fury at her Brexit plan. The Prime Minister met her party’s backbench 1922 Committee tonight after the shock Cabinet resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson. Their dramatic departures have thrown Mrs May’s Brexit proposals into chaos and sparked rumours she could face a leadership challenge.
Telegraph (by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard)
The Chequers Plan is still-born. Theresa May cannot command a Tory majority in Parliament for her fatal compromise. The votes can be found only by turning to the opposition, and that way lies Sir Robert Peel and the schism of 1846. The Prime Minister overplayed her hand disastrously by trying to bounce the Cabinet and the Parliamentary party into support for a settlement that violates the electoral manifesto, the Lancaster House speech, the verdict of the referendum, and the minimum conditions of sovereign self-government. An entirely new Brexit chapter is suddenly upon us. Anything is now possible.
THERESA May has survived another Brexit meltdown after five MPs quit their positions in protest including Boris Johnson and David Davis. The Prime Minister enduring a bruising battle today as the two Cabinet heavyweights resigned over Brexit. Mr Johnson and Mr Davis were joined by another Brexit minister Steve Baker MP, and two parliamentary private secretary MPs Conor Burns and Chris Green. Conservative leading body the 1922 Committee had a meeting to decide the Prime Minister’s fate following the resignations. It comes as the Tory government tries to get a handle of infighting over how best to deal with Brexit.
Boris Johnson warned last night that the Brexit “dream is dying” and accused Theresa May of raising the white flag to Brussels as he joined the rebellion against her. Mr Johnson said that the prime minister was transforming Britain into a colony of the European Union in a scathing attack as he followed David Davis in resigning from the cabinet. Mrs May replaced Mr Davis with Dominic Raab, another Brexiteer, yesterday morning and announced last night that Jeremy Hunt would be the new foreign secretary after five years at health.
Ex-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has absolutely excoriated Theresa May and her Brexit strategy in his resignation letter, warning that Brexit is “dying” and Britain is “headed for the status of colony”. The former Mayor of London’s resignation followed that of David Davis, who had been Secretary of State at the newly-created Department for Exiting the European Union and was at least nominally in charge of the negotiations with the EU.
Boris Johnson gave a scathing verdict on Theresa May‘s Brexit plans tonight as his resignation letter said the ‘Brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self doubt’. The ex Foreign Secretary said Mrs May was putting Britain on a track to having ‘the status of a colony’. Mr Johnson said Britain was destined for a ‘semi Brexit’ if the blueprint agreed by the Cabinet at Chequers on Friday is delivered. He said selling the policy would ‘stick in the throat’ and he could not stand by waving ‘white flags’ of surrender, meaning he had to quit.
David Davis and Boris Johnson will campaign against Theresa May’s attempts to soften Brexit from the back benches, but in different ways. Mr Davis said he intended to speak out as soon as next week when two Brexit bills, one on customs, the other on trade, return to the Commons. But while Downing Street is generally relieved at the tone of Mr Davis’s departing remarks — he said he still believed Mrs May was a good prime minister — there is alarm at Mr Johnson’s broadside.
Theresa May is fighting for her political life today after Boris Johnson accused her of killing Brexit and his allies backed him to be a ‘brilliant’ PM. Mr Johnson used his decision to quit as Foreign Secretary to declare war on her Chequers plan for leaving the EU. Warning that the UK was heading for colonial status, he said the Brexit dream was ‘dying – suffocated by self-doubt’. He claimed Mrs May was sending negotiators ‘into battle with the white flags fluttering above them’ and surrendering control to Brussels.
Theresa May won’t have enjoyed promoting Dominic Raab to her Cabinet. Lawyer Raab, in addition to being a karate-chopping martial arts enthusiast, is a cold-livered, hard-nosed, flinty-hearted, quick-tongued Brexiteer. He used to be chief of staff to David Davis – whose place in Cabinet he has taken – but he is younger and pushier than the veteran ‘DD’. Worse (as far as Mrs May is concerned), Raab made her life difficult over prisoners’ rights when she was Home Secretary in David Cameron’s Coalition government.
JACOB Rees-Mogg has launched a stinging attack on Prime Minister Theresa May as he vowed to vote down the Brexit deal thrashed at last week’s crunch cabinet meeting at Chequers, as the hard-won agreement threatened to unravel in the wake of David Davis’ resignation. Mr Rees-Jogg, who as chairman of the influential European Reform Group is arguably the most influential Tory non-minister in the House of Commons, has predicted that other Conservative MPs are likely to follow his lead. As well as Brexit Secretary Mr Davis, Steve Baker and Suella Braverman, both junior ministers in the Department of Exiting the European Union (DExEu), are also believed to have quit their posts.
Leading Brexiteer and chair of a Eurosceptic group of MPs Jacob Rees-Mogg will, if it continues as stated, vote against the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan, in a revelation of growing back-bench discontent that came as Brexit Secretary David Davis was handing his resignation to Theresa May. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the otherwise obscure Conservative back-bencher who has become a figurehead for a clear, honest Brexit made the remarks in a column for the Daily Telegraph Sunday evening in which he made clear that “On the face of it, this deal does not fulfil the promises Theresa May made to Britain.”
Nigel Farage has spoken highly of Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, insisting that he “could capture the imagination of the public”. When asked by TalkRadio’s James Whale about David Davis and Boris Johnson, Nigel said that he “liked both of them”. But he then added: “The one man who maybe could capture the imagination of the public because of his absolute sincerity and honesty is Jacob Rees-Mogg.”
ODDS of a General Election before the year is over have been slashed as Boris Johnson and David Davis have both resigned from Theresa May’s top team, potentially leaving her Brexit plans in tatters. Following two days of turmoil in Westminster over the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans, the odds on an election this year have tumbled to just 6/4 with high street bookmaker Betfair. They previously stood at 5/1. The Prime Minister’s future is perhaps the most unstable of everyone in Westminster. The same bookmaker has odds of 2/1 on Mrs May not lasting the week.
THERESA MAY is now odds on to quit as Prime Minister this year as Michael Gove leads to the race to be her replacement. Ladbrokes have the embattled PM at just 1/2 to leaver her post before the end of 2018. And odds were also slashed twice in one day for another general election in the same period – now sitting at just 7/4. Mrs May’s government faces a meltdown following the resignations of Brexit “big beasts” Boris Johnson and David Davis.
European Union officials and diplomats fear that a spate of resignations or a vote of confidence among Conservative MPs could topple Theresa May’s government. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said he hoped that the departure of David Davis and Boris Johnson would bring a shift in policy, or even a reversal of the decision to leave the EU. “I can only regret that the idea of Brexit has not left with Davis and Johnson. But who knows?” he said. If the prime minister is forced to withdraw last weekend’s Chequers compromise there will be a crisis in the Brexit talks. The proposals were due to be tabled as a white paper on Thursday but will now be published next week.
The EU’s two highest-ranking officials have expressed frustration at the meltdown in Theresa May’s cabinet following the resignation of her foreign secretary and chief Brexit negotiator. Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, responded sarcastically to the news that Boris Johnson has quit over the UK’s new Brexit policy. “This clearly proves that at Chequers there was unity of views in the British cabinet,” he told reporters, referencing last Friday’s meeting of the British cabinet to agree a policy on Brexit.
JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER has taken a sensational swipe at resigning Cabinet Brexiteers Boris Johnson and David Davis, commending a new found unity in Theresa May’s Government. European Commission President said the decisions of Messrs Davis and Johnson had confirmed a unity previously not found in the Prime Minister’s divided Cabinet. Mr Juncker said: “This clearly proves that at Chequers there was clearly a unity of views in the British Cabinet.” The EU’s most senior official was giving a press conference alongside European Council President Donald Tusk and the Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko when the news broke.
Nigel Farage has today announced that he may make a shock return as Ukip leader if Brexit is not ‘back on track’ by March next year. The charismatic ex Ukip leader tore into Theresa May‘s Brexit plans branding them a ‘betrayal’. And he said that he may return to frontline politics and run again to be party leader is he is not happy with the sort of exit Britain is heading for when the country formally Brexit next March. His comments as the PM is fighting for her political life after her Government was rocked by the double resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis.
Nigel Farage has threatened to return as leader of Ukip for a third time unless Brexit is put “back on track”, following an explosive day of resignations from Theresa May’s cabinet. The MEP for South East England warned he would campaign “in all parts” of the UK if Article 50 is suspended or delayed, a move he described as his “own red line”. “In March 2019, the current leader of Ukip, Gerard Batten, will reach the end of his term in office,” he wrote in an article for The Telegraph. “Unless Brexit is back on track by then, I will have to seriously consider putting my name forward to return as Ukip leader.”I never thought I would say that again, but the government’s sell-out leaves me with no choice. The latest Brexit betrayal must be reversed.”
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said he will have “no choice” but to return to lead his party if Brexit is suspended or delayed. The MEP issued a threat to MPs who he says obstruct leaving the EU saying he would lead the charge to unseat them. He said: “I will have no choice but to resume campaigning in all parts of the United Kingdom.” Mr Farage said that when the current Ukip leader Gerard Batten reaches the end of his term in office in March next year, at the same time as the Article 50 process comes to an end, he would be forced to act.
Nigel Farage is saying he will return as UKIP leader if Tory MPs don’t stop their Brexit sellout: I never wanted a career in politics. I only ever wanted to stop the country I love being sucked further into a political and economic union which is most unnatural to the instincts of the majority of my fellow citizens. However, my own red line is that if Article 50 is suspended or delayed, I will have no choice but to resume campaigning in all parts of the United Kingdom. In March 2019, the current leader of Ukip, Gerard Batten, will reach the end of his term in office. Unless Brexit is back on track by then, I will have to seriously consider putting my name forward to return as Ukip leader. I never thought I would say that again, but the government’s sell-out leaves me with no choice.
Blood cancers could be predicted with a DNA test that can track the emergence of harmful mutations at least six years before any symptoms appear, a study suggests. Researchers say they have found the first “proof of concept” that doctors could screen high-risk patients for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), an aggressive cancer of the bone marrow that kills more than 2,600 people a year in Britain. Their breakthrough, published in the journal Nature, indicates that the same method could be used to identify people who are in danger of developing other blood cancers and to treat them early enough to prevent the tumours from becoming established.
Petrol and diesel hybrid cars will still be permitted to be sold in 2040, the government has conceded, in a move that has angered environmental campaigners but was welcomed by the car industry. Ministers last year pledged to ban new cars powered by fossil fuels by 2040 but the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, confirmed on Monday that hybrid cars – powered by electricity and diesel or petrol – would be exempt. The government’s Road to Zero strategy to reduce car pollution now includes a further target for at least 50% of new cars to be ultra-low emission by 2030. However, it stops short of outright commitments for the decades ahead, saying it expects “all new cars and vans to have significant zero-emission capability” by 2040 and “almost every” car and van to be zero-emission by 2050.
Britain and its Nato allies are poised to slash the red tape and bureaucracy that prevents troops from crossing European nations at speed to deter Russian aggression. The plan, led by the Netherlands, will reduce to five days from as many as 40 the time it takes for a military commander to gain permission from the civilian authorities of a member state to travel with tanks, soldiers and ammunition through their country. The move will end a farcical system that can leave soldiers waiting in their barracks for weeks just to gain authorisation to pass through border checkpoints, officials said.
One of the ironies of leaving the EU is that Britain may be drawn further into France’s longstanding plans for a European “army” outside Nato. This could be a consequence of the UK’s ambition to deepen its close military relationship with France so that it can stay engaged with continental security at a time of doubt over America’s commitment to the alliance. The French government and defence establishment are as keen as Britain on deepening the bond between the union’s only nuclear powers and permanent members of the UN security council.
The RAF risks falling behind in the government’s obsession over the cyber threat, a former Chief of the Defence Staff warns. Defence cuts have left the RAF struggling to meet its operational commitments and as celebrations for the centenary year of the RAF continue, the government is once again pressed on funding for Britain’s armed forces.
Counter terror police investigating the novichok murder of a mother of three, have said they can cannot offer public safety guarantees, as it was revealed the second victim could have just days to live. Dawn Sturgess died on Sunday evening, nine days after receiving a large dose of the deadly nerve agent, when she picked up a container that had likely been used in the assassination attempt on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in March. Her mother said the 44-year-old, who had alcohol and addiction problems, had suffered heart failure after more than a week in intensive care.
Novichok victims Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were exposed to a ‘substantially higher’ dose of the nerve agent than former KGB spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, sources said yesterday. Mrs Sturgess, 44, died on Sunday and Mr Rowley, 45, is in a critical condition in a coma after they apparently handled an item discarded following the attack on the Skripals in Salisbury on March 4. The Kremlin denies accusations that it tried to assassinate Mr Skripal with Novichok and that it is responsible for the death on Sunday of Mrs Sturgess, a mother of three.
NOVICHOK victim Dawn Sturgess wore sunglasses she found in a park hours before collapsing. Cops are still trying to find a case they think held the nerve agent that killed her. And investigators are thought to believe the pair stumbled on it in Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury, Wilts, where they were drinking on Friday. Craig Pattenden, 38, and Sam Hobson, 29, were with them when they took a bus from Salisbury to Amesbury on Friday evening. Sam, from Amesbury, said: “She found some sunglasses on Friday and started wearing them.“On the bus back she was saying to me and Craig, ‘Do you like my new sunglasses? I found them’. I think it was in the park.”