Prime Minister Theresa May and her top ministers on Wednesday agreed Britain would seek a unique relationship with the European Union, involving controls on immigration as well as a good trade deal. After a summer of political earthquakes followed by a few weeks of holiday calm, May gathered her cabinet team for the first time since she asked them to use the break to come up with options for Britain’s future ties with the bloc after a divorce. For many in the EU, it is not before time. They have given May breathing space to devise a negotiating stance before triggering the exit procedure, but are keen for Britain to begin the talks and end uncertainty that has hurt investment. “The PM said that there were two related imperatives: getting the best deal for people at home, and getting the right deal for Britain abroad,” a spokeswoman for May said.
Cabinet ministers will begin Brexit talks with foreign counterparts on Thursday – a day after the Prime Minister insisted there would be no second referendum. During the first Cabinet meeting since the summer break, Theresa May told her colleagues to explore new opportunities for the UK outside of the EU. A number of Cabinet ministers will now embark on a series of negotiations abroad. On Thursday, Chancellor Philip Hammond will meet Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister to discuss the UK’s exit from the EU and other related issues. In Potsdam, Germany, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will meet with Ukraine’s foreign minister. And David Davis, in charge of overseeing Britain’s exit from the bloc, will hold meetings in Belfast.
The government will “push ahead” to triggering Brexit without Parliamentary approval, Downing Street says. In a statement after Theresa May’s cabinet gathered at Chequers, Number 10 said ministers agreed on the need for a “unique” deal for the UK. This included controls on EU migration as well as a “positive outcome” on trade, Downing Street said. Mrs May told cabinet colleagues the UK would not stay in the EU “by the back door”. The PM has said official talks with the rest of the EU will not begin this year. The meeting at the PM’s country residence was billed as the most significant since the referendum vote in June amid reports of tensions and diverging priorities among key figures in the Cabinet charged with implementing the UK’s exit.
Theresa May has ordered her senior ministers to make a success of Brexit. And the new Prime Minister insisted there will be no second referendum and no attempts to remain in the EU by the back door. Her uncompromising message to ministers came during lengthy talks at an all-day Cabinet away-day at Chequers dominated by preparations for Brexit negotiations. “Ministers agreed that we should be seizing the opportunity of Brexit to confirm the UK’s place as one of the great trading nations in the world, fostering entrepreneurialism and setting out a long term vision for the country,” the PM’s spokeswoman said after the meeting.
Theresa May has agreed with her cabinet that restricting immigration will be a red line in any negotiations with the EU, in a move that experts claim will end Britain’s membership of the single market. The prime minister and her team, who met at Chequers – the PM’s country retreat – also confirmed that MPs will not be given a vote before the government triggers article 50, beginning the two-year countdown to a British exit. “There was a strong emphasis on pushing ahead to article 50 to lead Britain successfully out of the European Union – with no need for a parliamentary vote,” May’s spokeswoman said, before setting out how restrictions to freedom of movement would be at the centre of any Brexit deal.
Theresa May urged ministers to seize the ‘opportunities’ of Brexit today as she signalled that immigration controls will be a red line in negotiations with the EU. The Prime Minister told a Cabinet meeting at her Chequers country retreat that there will be no turning back on the historic referendum decision, and MPs will not get a say on when Article 50 is triggered. The meeting also made clear that the UK would insist on a ‘unique’ future relationship with the Brussels club – instead of accepting similar terms to countries like Norway. For the first time the ministers stated that the new arrangements ‘must’ include controls on the numbers of people who can come to the UK. Describing the Cabinet meeting, a spokeswoman for the PM said the deal ‘must mean controls on the numbers of people who come to Britain from Europe but also a positive outcome for those who wish to trade goods and services’.
A SENIOR Tory MP has called for Theresa May and her cabinet to get Brexit-sceptic civil servants into line. Nigel Evans, MP for Ribble Valley, said Mrs May must sort out the civil servants with a case of “Euro-itus” as she hosts her cabinet at Chequers . Mrs May and the cabinet met for the first time since their summer recess with Brexit seemingly high on ther agenda. Mrs May wasted no time in reminding her colleagues that “Brexit means Brexit”, as she told them the UK cannot remain in the EU “through the back door”. Speaking on talkRADIO , Mr Evans blasted unelected civil servants who still voiced desires to Remain and called for ministers to “sort them out”.
Hospitals in England will begin to make contingency plans for the five consecutive days of strikes this month by junior doctors later. The all-out strikes will take place from 08:00 BST to 17:00 BST from 12 to 16 September with more dates to follow. The Royal Colleges, representing the medical profession’s leadership, will meet to discuss their stance on the dispute over a new contact. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the strike was “devastating news”. In May the Royal Colleges brokered a deal to get both the government and the British Medical Association (BMA) into talks which lead to a contract deal, though that was then rejected in July by junior doctors.
Junior doctors will stage a series of five-day strikes, starting this month, in a dramatic escalation of their fight against Jeremy Hunt’s “unsafe” seven-day NHS plan. Medics, including emergency staff, will walk out between 8am and 5pm every day from September 12-16. It’s understood more week-long strikes are being planned once a month until the end of the year. Junior doctors are locked in dispute with Tory Health Secretary Mr Hunt over a new contract governing pay and working hours – which he wants to impose in October. Up to now they have held five strikes limited to 24 or 48 hours – including their first walk-outs in A&E, maternity and paediatric departments in the history of the NHS .
Junior doctors are to stage a series of five-day strikes, which could lead to the cancellation of 100,000 operations. The proposed strike action will see medics walking out for five consecutive days in each of the next four months, with “full withdrawal of labour”. The first is due to take place between 8am and 5pm on 12-16 September inclusive, with further dates to be confirmed. The action was approved by the British Medical Association (BMA) on Wednesday following a meeting with the junior doctors committee (JDC).
Britain and France have pledged to work together to address the Calais migrant crisis – after Downing Street made clear it will resist attempts to change the agreement on border checks there. The two governments presented a united front after a meeting between Home Secretary Amber Rudd and her counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve in Paris. It follows controversy over a proposal to allow migrants to lodge UK asylum claims on French soil – a plan dismissed by a Home Office source as a “complete non-starter”.
Britain’s housing crisis is giving scammers the means to con desperate tenants out of their hard-earned cash, it has been revealed. Tenants living in overcrowded council housing in Tower Hamlets, the capital’s most deprived borough, are being approached by fraudsters claiming to be from the local council. According to the council, the fraudsters say that if the tenants want to be put on a waiting list to be given a non-overcrowded home, they have to sign up to a new service – which they say costs £29.99. The notice often comes in the form of a leaflet through the door, featuring Tower Hamlets Council office address, pictures of homes in the borough, and the name “Tower Hamlets Overcrowding Aid”. It directs people to a website.
A revolutionary drug that could stop people from ever developing Alzheimer’s disease has been unveiled by scientists. Trials have produced ‘unprecedented’ results and the medicine has been hailed as a potential game-changer in the fight against the cruel disease. In future, healthy pensioners could be prescribed the drug to ward off dementia, in much the same way as statins are given today to those at risk of heart attacks. One British expert described the drug, which is about to be tested in hospitals around the UK, as the best yet, others called it ‘ingenious’ work with ‘tantalising’ results. And a US doctor hailed it as the best news in his 25-year career.
The first powerful treatment for Alzheimer’s is on the horizon after a new drug was found to combat the changes to the brain that cause the disease. Scientists hailed the breakthrough as the best news in dementia research for a quarter of a century and others said that it could be a “game changer”. British people in the early stages of the condition are being signed up for a large-scale clinical trial of the monthly injection, which appears to break up the poisonous lumps that form in the brains of sufferers.
Ingrid Kristina Carlqvist, a Swedish writer and commentator, has told Breitbart radio that Islamists and migrants “have already succeeded in introducing Sharia law to Sweden”. Speaking to Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam, she explained that, because Swedish girls are becoming afraid to go to certain places where there have been rapes and attacks, key tenets of Islamic law are effectively being enforced. In [the migrants’] Islamic societies, women have no place in the public room. They are not supposed to go out unaccompanied or unveiled,” she said, claiming some radical Muslims think they have “a right” to rape non-Muslim women.
A majority of the British public are in favour of banning the burqa in public, a poll has found, while almost half say the burkini should be prohibited. The findings come as a controversial ban on the burkini in France has stirred debate on the subject of Muslim clothing. Although the country’s highest administrative court overturned the ban on the Islamic swimsuit on Friday , mayors have vowed to defy the ruling. The issue has been widely debated in Britain ever since France became the first European country to ban the burqa – the Islamic full-face veil – in 2011.
BRITISH churches are being urged to ramp up their security amid fears ISIS maniacs could try to massacre worshipers. The organisation National Churchwatch fears it is only a matter of time before terrorists strike. It comes after French priest Father Jacques Hamel was murdered in Normandy on July 26 by a suspected Islamic extremist. National Churchwatch is advising that all church buildings should have CCTV and single public entrance that can be slammed shut should attackers try to get in. Personal attack alarms should be dished out to vicars, priests and warders and other support staff. Small village churches are at particular risk.