The attitude of the EU towards Brexit has not gone unnoticed by the British public, says the Telegraph.
Two in three people believe the European Union is attempting to “bully” the UK in the Brexit negotiations, according to a new poll.
A survey carried out for the Telegraph reveals that while the split of Leave and Remain voters is largely unchanged since the referendum, 67 per cent of individuals, regardless of their voting preference, agreed that “the EU is trying to bully the UK” in its approach to the talks.
The figures come after several senior pro-Europe figures warned that a growing perception of an “excessively tough” attitude by EU leaders threatened the appetite among British voters for future co-operation with Brussels in areas such as the economy, security and research.
According to Breitbart, the EU’s attitude is not going down well.
The EU’s hostile front against the UK in the ongoing Brexit talks faces collapse, as the populists who routed the establishment in the Italian elections insist the bloc must back down and offer a generous and constructive deal.
“Great Britain is a friendly country with a long tradition of trading with Italy,” said Matteo Salvini, the populist firebrand who is in line to become prime minister, after his Lega party proved the most popular of the parties making up the centre-right coalition which took first place in the Italian elections.
“You made a free choice with Brexit and I very much hope that it will be possible to maintain completely open trade with the EU without any penalties,” he told The Telegraph.
Lega’s economics chief, Claudio Borghi, confirmed a Salvini-led government would refuse to go along with the current intransigent strategy, which he believes will damage European economies in the service of German interests.
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BRITAIN will never be “completely independent” from European Union rules if the nation wants to maintain economic ties with the EU after Brexit, a top economist claimed.
The intrusion of the European Union on Britain’s sovereignty could well continue until after March 2019 through an independent legal body tasked settling disputes over UK-EU trades.
Professor Jens Holscher, Chair in Accounting, Finance & Economics at the University of Bournemouth, says this is because he believes Britain could expect to reach a similar agreement with Brussels to the one the bloc is discussing with Switzerland.
On Monday, Swiss foreign affairs minister Ignazio Cassis said his government could agree to accept the creation of an independent arbitration court to resolve disputes between Switzerland and the EU.
Meanwhile, if we agree a trade deal with the US, we leave ourselves open to further action by the bloc, says Westmonster.
The EU has threatened to sue Britain if Liam Fox manages to negotiate an exemption to US trade tariffs … hardly extending the olive branch out towards a deep and special partnership.
The US President has promised a 25% tariff on steel and 10% on aluminium, and Fox is hoping to make Brexit Britain exempt from this as it’s soon to no longer be a member of the European Union.
So the EU could try to sue Britain and, if the ECJ decides, the UK could have to pay huge daily fines.
A Brussels official said: “The UK has to respect the rules. I don’t think there’s any question that if Mr Fox was going to decide to negotiate on this issue, he would be acting against the rule of law, against the rules of the EU.
“We cannot accept that the EU is divided into different categories. All our Member States are bound to the same set of rules when it comes to trade.”
Breitbart also reports the threat.
The European Commission has taken the extraordinary step of threatening to sue the United Kingdom if President Trump exempts Britain from U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium.
The U.S. President has suggested that the tariffs — designed to protect the American aluminium and steelworkers from foreign dumping, as their industry is a strategic asset — will not be applied to all of America’s allies, with NAFTA members Canada and Mexico already being offered exemptions.
But the European Commission — the unelected body with acts as the EU’s executive as well as the sole initiator of EU-level legislation — has reacted with fury to British trade secretary Liam Fox suggesting that the United Kingdom will try to “maximise the UK’s case” for a similar exemption and threatened to sue the country if it does not suffer along with the rest of the bloc, the Telegraph reports.
“The UK has to respect the rules,” declared a senior official. “I don’t think there’s any question that if Mr Fox was going to decide to negotiate on this issue, he would be acting against the rule of law, against the rules of the EU.”
More support for our fishing waters comes from top Tories, says the Times.
Michael Gove and Ruth Davidson have joined forces to demand that the UK ditch the common fisheries policy after Brexit next year in a rebuke to the chancellor, Philip Hammond, and Brussels officials.
The environment secretary, who helped lead the “leave” campaign, and the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, an arch-remainer, put aside their differences to publish an outspoken joint statement rejecting calls by the European Union to keep “reciprocal access” to British waters during the two-year transition phase which begins in March 2019.
The statement puts them at odds with the chancellor, who angered fishermen and Eurosceptics last week when he said the UK would be open to such a deal.
And pressure is growing on the Prime Minister, reports the Mail.
Theresa May has been told to take back control of Britain’s sovereign waters by Fishing For Leave, who claim it would boost Britain’s economy by around £4 billion a year.
The pro-Brexit pressure group have urged the Government to immediately exit the Common Fisheries Policy when the UK formally leaves the EU.
It comes after the EU’s latest Brexit guidelines say they want to maintain their existing access into the UK’s fishing waters.
Fishing For Leave’s Alan Hastings has previously described the deal regarding Britain’s waters as an ‘acid test’ for how successful any possible Brexit deal she can secure.
He demanded that Britain is withdrawn from the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) immediately due to the boost it will provide the British fishing industry.
Meanwhile, anti-Brexiteers are trying again to get a second referendum, says the Mail.
A legal challenge to force Theresa May to concede a second EU referendum has been launched by anti-Brexit campaigners.
They claim a loophole in the Prime Minister’s Brexit tactics means that she will be legally obliged to offer a second vote.
Anti-Brexit group Best For Britain, which is leading the challenge, says it is using the same legal arguments successfully deployed by campaigner Gina Miller.
Last year, she forced Ministers to give Parliament a say before the Brexit process was triggered.
The new challenge centres on claims that existing legislation guarantees a new referendum if Mrs May pushes ahead with plans for the UK to remain part of some EU bodies such as the European Medicines Agency.
Best For Britain says that effectively amounts to a transfer of powers to Brussels which – under the 2011 European Union Act – would trigger a referendum.
Allegations against the Speaker of the House of Commons are reported in the Guardian.
The Commons speaker, John Bercow, should consider stepping back from the role while allegations that he bullied a female former staff member are investigated, senior MPs said last night.
Claims that the Buckinghamshire MP, who has been speaker since 2009, shouted at and undermined his former private secretary Kate Emms, eventually leading to her being signed off sick, were aired last week in a BBC Newsnight investigation. Tory Mark Pritchard and Labour’s Paul Farrelly were also accused of bullying. All three MPs deny the allegations.
Jess Phillips, who chairs the women’s parliamentary Labour party, and Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green party, said that at a time when parliament was desperate to improve its image and procedures, following the sexual harassment scandal there, the best way forward might be for Bercow to withdraw from some of his duties until the claims had been thoroughly looked into.
And the Sun also has the story.
JOHN Bercow launched a four-letter tirade at a Commons clerk leaving her devastated, it has been claimed.
The Commons Speaker allegedly ranted at the worker in his office.
His outburst was heard by a senior Government minister, who was said to have been left in disbelief at his language.
A source said: “The minister was waiting for a meeting and heard his use of language.
“It could only be described as a tirade. The clerk was seen leaving the meeting looking devastated.”
The incident is understood to have happened since last autumn’s Westminster crackdown on harassment.
It follows revelations that clerk Kate Emms suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after working with him.
But it’s not only the Speaker, says the Independent.
MPs have been accused of bullying, swearing and undermining staffers amid claims that workers in Parliament are operating in a “culture of fear”.The House of Commons on Friday defended itself as a “supportive employer”, but a new investigation has exposed claims against three individual MPs, including Speaker John Bercow.
The probe by BBC’s Newsnight claimed female clerks in particular, faced harassment and suggested that their careers suffered if they complained. Newsnight conducted dozens of interviews and reviewed parliamentary human resources documents to uncover the allegations, which also centred on Tory MP Mark Pritchard and Labour’s Paul Farrelly. Further claims on Friday made to the Politico website, saw another staffer claim bullying on the Commons estate is “endemic”.
Mr Bercow was accused of having a reputation as a bully, highlighting Kate Emms’ short-lived tenure as his private secretary from May 2010 to February 2011.The programme claimed she was undermined by Mr Bercow and he frequently shouted at her.
Immigration is costing the UK millions, says the Sun.
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4billion a year in benefits.
Those from Eastern Europe received more in welfare than the average UK citizen — and paid less income tax.
In the run-up to the Brexit referendum, ministers had insisted the figures were not available.
But the cost of open doors migration has now been revealed.
Data from the Department for Work and Pensions, taxman and Treasury shows EU workers received more than £2.2billion in tax credits and housing benefits, £1.1billion in out-of-work payments and £700million in child benefit.
There is a stark contrast between Western and Eastern Europeans.
Nearly half the personal taxes paid by migrants from countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Poland went straight back in tax credits and child benefit.
DWP figures were not broken down by country.
But if they followed a similar distribution, then almost all of the taxes went back in working-age benefit.
Is a cure for the deadly blood disorder imminent? The Times reports.
Two children and two adults on the brink of death from late-stage leukaemia are in remission after infusions with genetically engineered immune cells in medical trials in London.
The “universal immune cells” had had their DNA edited so they could recognise leukaemia cells and destroy them, a task that natural cells do badly.
Professor Waseem Qasim, an immunologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, who designed the artificial immune cells, said: “In theory, these artificial immune cells could be mass produced ready to treat patients when they are diagnosed with leukaemia.”
The trials followed the 2015 case of Layla Richards, then aged one, who was dying of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when she was given a prototype of the then untested treatment at the hospital.
Sanctions against Russians could happen, reports the Telegraph.
Russian officials involved in corruption and human rights abuse are to be targeted with a tough new sanctions regime co-ordinated with the US and Canada, the Telegraph can disclose.
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, have agreed that Britain will introduce a UK version of the so-called “Magnitsky Act” under which 49 Russian nationals are named in an official US list of “gross violators of human rights”, whose crimes include extrajudicial killings and torture.
The move, which was being planned before last week’s poisoning of a former spy and his daughter in Salisbury, is likely to inflame tensions with Moscow.
Civilisation could be wiped out by a disease not yet identified, says the Telegraph.
Over two days in early February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) convened an expert committee at its Geneva headquarters to consider the unthinkable.
The goal was to identify pathogens with the potential to spread and kill millions but for which there are currently no, or insufficient, countermeasures available.
As the meeting opened, the city’s eponymous lake reflected a crisp blue winter sky. Only as the meeting progressed did an icy rain set in.
It was the third time the committee, consisting of leading virologists, bacteriologists and infectious disease experts, had met to consider diseases with epidemic or pandemic potential. But when the 2018 list was released two weeks ago it included an entry not seen in previous years.
In addition to eight frightening but familiar diseases including Ebola, Zika, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the list included a ninth global threat: Disease X.
And the Mail has the same story.
A deadly new illness dubbed ‘Disease X’ could wipe out millions of people around the world.
The unknown disease has been added to the list of potential global epidemics by scientists at the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Ebola, SARS and Zika viruses were also on the list this year, but unlike these pathogens it is not known what causes Disease X or how it may be treated.
It was added to the threat list to acknowledge the fact that the next pandemic could be started by an illness that has not caused problems before.
The hope is that formally including a potential future disease will push countries and researchers to work even harder to create protections against unknown epidemics.
The Sun warns the conditions are just right for this new disease to emerge.
THE World Health Organisation keeps a list of dangerous diseases which pose a serious threat of outbreak.
During a high-level meeting of the best medical scientists in the world, they added another to the high-risk list: The ominously named “Disease X”.
The group, based in Geneva, convenes each year to discuss what new diseases pose the greatest potential of turning into a global pandemic.
They have conceded they do not know what Disease X is but their calculations warn conditions are perfect for its emergence, News.com.au reports.
It’s not just a stressed Mother Nature – with new organisms constantly being exposed by deforestation and close contact between humans and animals – who’s likely to be at fault.
WHO points out the use of chemical warfare is on the rise, both on the battlefield and in international espionage, and a series of deadly new diseases have been created through gene editing.