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News review – Wednesday 14 February 2018


Boris Johnson is to warn that it would be “intolerable and undemocratic” for EU laws and regulations to be imposed on Britain after it leaves the European Union. In a major Brexit speech in central London on Wednesday, the Foreign Secretary will say  that the benefits of membership of the Single Market and Customs Union are “nothing like as conspicuous or irrefutable” as is claimed by pro-Europeans. He will warn that failing to “take back control of our laws” will make it impossible for Britain to strike free trade deals and “exploit the changes in the world economy”. His comments come amid Cabinet splits over how far Britain should diverge from the European Union.

Boris Johnson will warn Theresa May today that it would be “intolerable and undemocratic” if Britons were made to follow EU laws over which they had no control. The foreign secretary will also tell those attempting to reverse Brexit that their efforts will lead to “permanent feelings of betrayal” across Britain. In a key speech that had been expected to signal a more consensual approach, the foreign secretary is to dismiss the fears of Remainers as “unfounded” and warn that it would be a “disastrous mistake” to prevent Britain from leaving the EU. His most significant intervention is likely to be an explicit rejection of any trade deal that requires Britain to align with EU regulations.

Boris Johnson will today warn that keeping Britain shackled to EU laws after Brexit would be ‘intolerable, undemocratic’ and make it all but impossible to sign trade deals. In a major speech titled ‘A United Kingdom’, the Foreign Secretary will call on Leave and Remain campaigners to come together for the future of the country. Setting out his upbeat vision, Mr Johnson will say leaving the EU is ‘grounds for hope, not fear’ – and will warn that any attempts to reverse the referendum would be a ‘disastrous mistake and a betrayal’.

Boris Johnson will say he fears people are becoming “even more determined” in their efforts to stop Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), as he sets out in a major speech what allies claim is a liberal vision of Brexit. The Foreign Secretary’s  Valentine’s Day address – entitled the Road to Brexit – will be the first in a series of set pieces from Cabinet ministers and preludes   Theresa May’s address in Germany this weekend. At a central  London location, Mr Johnson will say he fears that some are becoming “even more determined” to stop Brexit and “frustrate the will of the people”. “I believe that would be a disastrous mistake that would lead to permanent and ineradicable feelings of betrayal,” Mr Johnson will say. “We cannot and will not let it happen.”

BORIS Johnson will today issue a thinly veiled ultimatum to Theresa May not to agree to follow any EU rules after Brexit. In a major speech, the Foreign Secretary will brand having to comply with Brussels diktats as “undemocratic” and “intolerable”. His intervention comes as the PM’s Brexit war cabinet is locked in a major showdown over how far and how quickly to diverge from the EU’s rulebook. As The Sun revealed on Saturday, Mrs May has proposed a compromise blueprint to end her top table’s long running bitter fight over the dilemma. Under her plan, the UK would align closely with Brussels on rules for manufactured goods to keep exports to Europe free flowing, but go our own way on other sectors like agriculture and services.

Boris Johnson will warn that the 17.4 million people who voted to leave the EU face a disastrous and irreversible betrayal if attempts to overturn the referendum vote succeed. The foreign secretary will say “we cannot and will not let it happen” in a major speech on Wednesday marking the start of a series of interventions by cabinet ministers laying out the government’s “road to Brexit”. The opening gambit from Johnson, who led the Vote Leave effort, has been billed as an attempt to reach out to remain voters, setting out the liberal argument for Brexit and why the decision should provide hope, not fear. However, his comments about betrayal have already triggered a backlash with accusations of hypocrisy from MPs who claim that it was Johnson who first engaged in “disgraceful scaremongering” during the referendum campaign.

BORIS Johnson will today hail Brexit as a cause for “hope not fear” in a passionate rallying cry for the country to unite behind the push to quit the EU. In a keynote speech in central London, the Foreign Secretary will set out his vision for an “outward-facing, liberal and global Britain” free of the shackles of Brussels. And he will also warn that any concession to demands from hard-line Remainers to dilute the break from the EU would be “a disastrous mistake”. His remarks today, in the first of a series of high-profile speeches from senior Cabinet ministers designed to flesh out the Government’s Brexit plans, is designed to inject some passion and optimism into the debate around Britain’s departure from the EU.

Boris Johnson today issues a fresh warning to Theresa May not to follow Brussels’ rules after Brexit. The Foreign Secretary will deliver a thinly-veiled rebuke to the Prime Minister’s plan to tie the UK to EU regulations after withdrawal in March 2019. In a major speech in London, the Brexiteers’ figurehead will rebuff the Tory leader’s plan to stick to bloc rules during a proposed 21-month transition. He will say: “It is only by taking back control of our laws that UK firms and entrepreneurs will have the freedom to innovate, without the risk of having to comply with some directive devised by Brussels, at the urgings of some lobby group, with the aim of holding back a UK competitor. “That would be intolerable, undemocratic, and would make it all but impossible for us to do serious free trade deals.”

Labour Party

If you eat foie gras, want your rental property to stay pet free or ever run over a cat, Labour is gunning for you. The party will try today to upstage Michael Gove, the environment secretary, who has made a series of animal welfare announcements to woo younger voters, by asserting itself as the champion on the issue. It plans to give tenants the default right to keep pets in rental homes, ban the liver pâté and outlaw intensive rearing of game birds. A draft policy document with 50 proposals includes plans to require drivers who hit cats to report the accident to police. Labour said that cats deserved to be treated the same as dogs and livestock already subject to this rule.

Labour has published a wide-ranging strategy for boosting animal welfare in the UK, including enshrining animal sentience in law, reviewing animal testing and banning foie gras. The plan will be seen as an attempt to regain the political ground from the  Conservatives after a number of animal-friendly policies announced by the Government in recent months. Labour’s 50-point plan of policies it would consider implementing in government includes measures to ban the export of animals for slaughter and make vet costs more affordable for people on low incomes.

Labour will today unveil bold plans to improve animal welfare by promising to end the badger cull and strengthen the Hunting Act. The mini-manifesto will also call for an end to imports of foie gras and a ban on the export of live animals for slaughter. All meat products would have to be labelled to show country of origin and slaughter method. Other proposals include banning third party puppy sales and tackling puppy smuggling by reintroducing rabies testing before entry into the UK.

TAXPAYERS would subsidise low-income families to keep pets under plans to be unveiled by Labour today. Jeremy Corbyn wants to make it more affordable to own a pet and introduce a default right for tenants to have one. His Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman will announce plans to expand access to affordable vet care, currently only available to those on income support. The proposals – set out in a 50-point animal welfare draft policy document – also include measures for elderly and disabled people who move into care homes to keep their pets. And Labour would redefine the definition of animal pain to crack down on the inhumane preparation of lobsters and squid.

BBC News
Labour wants to strengthen the rights of tenants to keep a pet in their properties as part of a package of proposed animal welfare measures. Some rental agreements drawn up by landlords insist on no animals. Tenants can seek permission to keep pets but Labour wants a default right for them to do so unless there is evidence their pet will be a nuisance. Other Labour ideas include a ban on foie gras imports and an end to the export of live animals for slaughter. The Conservatives said Labour were “belatedly playing catch-up” with their own recent announcements on animal welfare and some of its proposals would not be possible if the UK adhered to EU rules after Brexit.


Austria’s chancellor has said he will step up EU efforts against migrants coming to Europe when his government takes its turn chairing the European Council  later this year. Sebastian Kurz, who is in a controversial coalition government with the far-right FPO, said the Austrian presidency, which covers the second half of 2018, would hold a summit on illegal immigration on 20 September. Immigration has been a major feature of Austrian politics in recent years as, with the country located on one of the main migration routes from the Middle East to Germany, which has taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees. Elections in October 2017 saw Mr Kurz become chancellor after his OVP party won 31 per cent of the vote. He was joined in government by the FPO, a far-right party which won 26 per cent of the vote.

THE European Union’s long-term funding plans have been thrown into chaos after Austria refused to pay more to help plug a £11.5bn budget black hole caused by Brexit. Funding for the bloc’s flagship projects should be cut instead of expecting remaining member states to make up the difference, Austria’s finance chief insisted as chinks in the EU’s united front appear. The EU27 have repeatedly followed the bloc’s lead as Brexit negotiations continue, but the issue of the budget shortfall once Britain leaves has highlighted division.  Gernot Blümel, Austria’s finance chief, said: “It can not be that the EU is smaller and that the budget is greater.”

Emmanuel Macron is bringing back national service – finally, a good idea from the French President! He announced today that young people will have to spend a month getting “a direct experience of military life with its know-how and demands”. Macron reckons it’ll boost social cohesion and patriotism – something France badly needs given the wave of terror attacks and general divisions across the country. Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said: “It will be universal… and it will be obligatory.” He’s delivering on a campaign pledge, and, most importantly for modern times, it’s not gender specific. Win, win.

Armed forces

Gavin Williamson has pledged to send Royal Navy warship HMS Sutherland to sail across the disputed South China Sea in an act of defiance to Beijing. The Defence Secretary said the anti-submarine frigate would be sent to ‘assert our values’ and international right to navigate the waters. His vow comes amid ongoing tensions in the resource-rich sea, which China has laid claim to – seizing control of reefs and islats and building artificial islands out of them. Beijing has tried to drive other countries away from the area and in January dispatched a warship to scare off a US missile destroyer which it said had sailed too close to its territory.

Morning Star
NEW Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is already proving himself an obedient poodle of US foreign policy. On his recent visit to Australia, he explained why Britain is planning to send a warship through territorial waters claimed by China in the South China Sea. Williamson told Australian journalists that the US could “only concentrate on so many things at once” and so wanted its allies to do more. “This is a great opportunity for the UK and Australia to do more,” he yipped, his tail positively wagging. So the navy will support US attempts to counteract so-called Chinese “expansionism” in the South China Sea by adding to the flood of Nato vessels in the region. This is fully in line with the US Pentagon’s recently published National Defence Strategy, which — for the first time in two decades — elevates “great power competition” against China and Russia above terrorism as the main focus of US foreign policy.

A Royal Navy warship will sail through the South China Sea next month to assert the right of free passage. Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, said that HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 frigate, would travel through the disputed waters after a deployment to the Pacific. “She’ll be sailing through the South China Sea [on the way home] and making it clear our navy has a right to do that,” Mr Williamson told The Australian. He did not specify whether the British ship would sail near Chinese-controlled islands in the area. US ships have made such freedom of navigation operations, which routinely draw protests from Beijing. 
Mr Williamson said Britain fully backed the US missions.

BRIT troops have been battling it out in winter World War 3 games in Estonia aimed at keeping invading Russian forces at bay. Spanning nine days, Exercise Winter Camp saw more than 100 soldiers from A Company of the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh practising their war fighting skills on NATO’S front line against Russia. Fears are growing that President Vladimir Putin could be plotting to invade the Baltic states – which broke away from Russia when the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s. Undertaking a series of attack and defence manoeuvres against their Estonian allies, troops simulated what it could be like if Putin really send his forces over the border to annex the tiny nation.

Council tax

Ferris Cowper is probably the most unpopular local politician in the country — among fellow local politicians, that is. It’s hardly surprising, given the shocking way he has let the side down. As far as voters are concerned, however, many will wonder why there can’t be a few more council leaders like this man. This month’s news that some councils are on the cusp of financial ruin has certainly made for alarming headlines — though I have yet to read of any council chiefs exploring one obvious cost-cutting measure: the fact that 2,300 town hall executives now earn more than the Prime Minister. While these local authorities wail about ‘unavoidable’ cuts to ‘frontline’ services — or ‘savage Tory cuts’ as they must be described by the Left — it’s still party time in the first-class carriage of the municipal gravy train.


The number of measles cases in Europe tripled last year, new figures reveal. More than 14,400 cases of the infection occurred across 30 countries last year, compared with just 4,600 incidences in 2016, according to an update published by The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) last month. Poor vaccination rates are thought to responsible, which has led to epidemics in Romania, Italy, Greece and Germany. As of last month, there were 122 confirmed cases of measles across five regions in England, with West Yorkshire, West Midlands, and Liverpool and Cheshire being most affected.

Tens of thousands of patients in Britain are struck down by superbugs because antibiotics to protect them during surgery have failed, a global study says. One in five infections picked up during common operations worldwide is resistant to standard antibiotics, suggests research that reveals how far resistance to drugs has advanced towards a so-called doomsday scenario. The research also raises fears that performing everyday surgery will become impossible. Scientists say infections that are resistant to antibiotics are more widespread in the developing world and will make routine operations difficult without urgent global action.

One in six infections transmitted during surgery are now resistant to antibiotics, a major study into the superbugs crisis has found. Antibiotics are routinely given before operations to kill off bacteria and protect patients from disease. But their overuse has meant many germs have evolved to resist the drugs, with some dangerous strains becoming completely untreatable. The NHS-funded study involving 12,539 patients in 66 countries found a startling number of infections that develop on surgical wounds are resistant to antibiotics. The researchers, from the universities of Edinburgh, Warwick and Birmingham, found in wealthy countries including the UK 17 per cent of infections – just over one in six – that developed within a month of surgery were resistant to treatment.

Black Rod

The Queen has presented the first female Black Rod with her ceremonial staff, marking the historic appointment. The monarch invested Sarah Clarke as Lady Usher of the Black Rod in the private audience room at Buckingham Palace, by presenting her with the thin, ebony Black Rod and chain of office. Ms Clarke is the first woman to hold the post in the House of Lords in the 650-year history of the role. She has taken over from former Black Rod David Leakey, and met the Queen ahead of her formal introduction into the Lords next week.

BBC News
The first female Black Rod has been presented with her ceremonial staff by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Sarah Clarke, who previously ran the Wimbledon tennis championships, follows in a 650-year line of men in the role. As well as the key ceremonial role of banging on the Commons door at the State Opening of Parliament, Black Rod manages the House of Lords staff. During their meeting in a private audience room, the Queen presented the 3.5ft ebony rod to Ms Clarke. Ms Clarke will be known as The Lady Usher of the Black Rod and is set to be introduced to the House of Lords when peers return from their break next week.

Time traveller

A MAN who claims he’s from the year 2030 reportedly passed a lie detector test – and made a series of startling predictions for humanity.
The self-styled ‘time-traveller’, who calls himself Noah, begged to stay anonymous claiming he could be assassinated for revealing what the future holds. Among his claims are that Donald Trump gets re-elected in 2020, there will be a revolution in Artifical Intelligence and powerful computers will be worn like Google style glasses. Fearing people would be sceptical he agreed to take a lie-detector test – although the machine testing him is never shown on screen. A green logo saying “true” is all that verifies his predictions.

THE greatest threat facing the world in the next 100 years has been revealed by a man claiming to have seen the future. Many people have come forward recently to claim they have seen the future, and that time travel is possible. But few of these visitors to the future have proof of their visit. Now one man, Alexander Smith, claims to have a picture he took in the year 2118. The image, which appears to be of a futuristic city, has been taken in a standard photograph format. Speaking to Apex TV, Mr Smith claims to have travelled back and forth in time as part of a CIA project in 1981. He said: “I visited the year 2118 as part of a top secret CIA mission. As to my knowledge, it was one of the first times that time travel had successfully been completed.”

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Debbie has been a journalist for longer than she cares to admit! She has been freelance for the last 15 years and is an associate editor on UKIP Daily, specialising in covering the morning press each day.

2 Comments on News review – Wednesday 14 February 2018

  1. UKIP:

    Bolton: Stuart Agnew MEP is interviewed by Luke Nash-Jones (30 min)

    From across the pond:

    Exposing Liberalism: (20 min)

  2. Armed forces:
    HMS Sutherland should have been deployed to protect our southern border, not provoking the Chinese. We should be aware of the future possibility of another invading army from the south; not just invading migrants.

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