A HUGE majority of Leave voters feel betrayed by politicians’ handling of Brexit, new figures show. Up to 92 percent of Britons who support leaving the EU said the Establishment had sold them out, The Sun reported. While two thirds of Britons who support Leave and Remain feel the same. The ComRes poll for Leave Means Leave revealed 60 percent have said faith in politics is at an all-time low because of Brexit. A further 57 percent said the UK should leave on World Trade Organisation Terms instead of delaying Brexit. However, Prime Minister Theresa May has previously said she won’t leave the EU without a deal unless MPs vote for it. Mrs May vowed to remove the UK from the customs union in her 2017 election manifesto. While two thirds of leave voters said they wouldn’t vote for an MP which backs staying in the customs union.
MPs failed for a second time last night to agree on an alternative to Theresa May’s Brexit deal, handing the initiative back to Downing Street to find a way out of the impasse. The Times understands that Philip Hammond, the chancellor, will tell the cabinet today that the government has to make its own compromise proposal or admit that parliament has failed “and put it back to the people in a referendum” since the party and the country cannot afford an election.
MPs voted down all alternative Brexit options in a second round of votes aimed at finding a replacement for Theresa May’s Brexit deal last night. The Commons rejected a customs union, Norway-style soft Brexit, second referendum and cancelling Brexit – less than a week after eight plans were rejected in the first round. All the plans got fewer Aye votes than Mrs May’s deal received on its third drubbing on Friday.
Brexit has been thrown into chaos yet again after MPs rejected every single option in a new round of “indicative votes” on the way forward. In a bid to break the impasse, MPs seized control of the Parliamentary timetable to vote on four different options. These included a customs union, a Norway Plus style deal, an extension that could prevent No Deal and a second referendum. But all of the options were voted down.
Theresa May will summon her warring cabinet to Downing Street for a five-hour showdown on Tuesday after parliament once again failed to coalesce behind any alternative to her rejected Brexit deal. Three options – a common market, a customs union and a second referendum – were all narrowly rejected in the process of indicative votes, prompting renewed talk of a swift general election. After Conservative MPs failed to support any option in sufficient numbers, there were immediate recriminations in the House of Commons chamber.
Theresa May has called five-hours of crunch talks with her most senior cabinet ministers on the increasingly likely election that “nobody actually wants”. Despite the most senior Downing Street advisors being bitterly divided on the desirability of a general election, ministers are set to discuss calling the country to the polls if the prime minister’s deal fails to go through. Pressure intensified on Ms May on Monday after MPs once again failed to back any alternative Brexit plan during a series of “indicative votes”, although a proposal for a customs union lost by a majority of just three.
Theresa May will seek to break the Brexit deadlock as she gathers her Cabinet for a marathon session of crisis talks in Downing Street. The Prime Minister and her senior ministers will take stock after MPs again failed to find a majority for a series of alternatives to her Brexit deal. A call for a customs union with the EU was rejected by just three votes, while a demand for a second referendum was defeated by 12 and a Norway-style deal put forward by Nick Boles by 21.
Theresa May and her bitterly divided cabinet will meet for five hours of crisis talks in a desperate attempt to salvage her EU withdrawal agreement after MPs rejected four variations of a “soft Brexit”. With options including no deal, a general election and a second referendum on the table, ministers will hold a three-hour “political cabinet” without civil servants present and then discuss government business for a further two hours.
Supporters of a second referendum backed soft Brexit plans last night despite believing that they are “barking and ill-thought through.” After years of infighting among opponents of the government’s negotiating strategy MPs backing the People’s Vote threw their weight behind Nick Boles’s Common Market 2.0 scheme and Ken Clarke’s customs union plans in the second round of indicative votes. For months second referendum advocates have been trying to dismantle the case for soft Brexit, even though the People’s Vote campaign emerged out of Open Britain, which initially called for the UK to stay in the single market.
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has called for Labour to include the promise of a second referendum on Brexit in their manifesto in the event that the general election being talked up by Tory Remainer former Prime Minister John Major happens. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, Watson told Marr it was “inconceivable” that such a pledge was not included, adding that it was “the only way to bring the country back together” and that the second referendum, a so-called ‘people’s vote,’ was “the solution, not an option”.
A Tory MP has dealt a catastrophic blow to Theresa May after announcing he could vote no confidence in her government. Hard Brexiteer Steve Baker said the prospect of joining Jeremy Corbyn in a no-confidence vote is “on the table” if Mrs May backs a softer Brexit . Mr Baker is one of around 30 Leave-backing Tory ‘Spartans’ who have refused to back down and support the Prime Minister’s deal.
Brexiteer MP Steve Baker has raised the prospect of pro-Leave Conservative MPs potentially being forced to help bring down the government in a no confidence motion if Theresa May seeks to trap the UK in an EU Customs Union in what would amount to a betrayal of the referendum result. Speaking on BBC Politics Live today, Baker was asked about voting for a no confidence motion tabled by Labour in the future.
A petition calling for the UK to stay in the EU, which has amassed more than six million signatures, has been debated in Parliament. The petition, demanding Article 50 be revoked, is the most popular since the e-petitions site launched. Two other petitions were debated in the Westminster Hall chamber. One, demanding a new referendum, has over 180,000 signatures. The other, urging MPs to “honour the referendum result”, has more than 170,000. The government has said it will not revoke Article 50 and it is working to deliver a deal that “ensures the UK leaves the EU”.
Brussels is demanding Britain pay up billions of pounds even if the UK crashes out of the bloc in a no-deal Brexit on April 12. The EU wants about £5.3 billion from Britain, UK officials said. The figure takes into accounts deductions from the British rebate and funding already paid back to Britain. The money would guarantee that the EU continues to pay out committed funding to British recipients, such as farmers and university researchers, until the end of 2019.
BRITAIN could be forced to stump up billions of pounds to the EU even if we leave with a No Deal Brexit, it emerged today. Even if we leave with no agreement in place, then Brussels will still squeeze us for £9billion pounds (around €10bn), it was reported. A senior EU source told RTÉ News: “We hope to have it wrapped up this week.” They said the Treasury had indicated it could pay up paying for the rest of the year so British farmers can still get grants and officials will get their pensions paid.
Britain has been warned by Brussels that the country is staring into the “abyss” as the EU prepared to outline new no-deal measures in the wake of the latest Commons votes. EU sources said their focus had to be with dealing with the UK probably crashing out of the bloc in two weeks’ time, with patience increasingly wearing thin in the EU’s capitals. “All we can do is sort our house out,” one EU diplomat said.
IRELAND’S Leo Varadkar will meet Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel for emergency Brexit talks this week as EU leaders look to shield themselves from the political chaos in Britain. The Irish Prime Minister is to hold discussions with the political heavyweights this week as the chance of no deal Brexit edges closer. The German chancellor is expected to demand a plan to protect Ireland’s border if the UK leaves the EU without a deal during talks with Mr Varadkar on Thursday in Dublin.
Irish premier Leo Varadkar will hold Brexit talks with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. The bilateral meeting in Paris comes ahead of talks between Mr Varadkar and German Chancellor Angel Merkel, who is due to visit Dublin on Thursday. A spokesman for the Irish Government said the meetings were a demonstration of strong and unwavering EU solidarity with Ireland over Brexit. “The Taoiseach and President Macron will take stock of the latest developments in Westminster, and discuss the scenarios which may arise, including the possibility of a request for an extension, or ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, in advance of the extraordinary meeting of the European Council on 10 April,” the spokesman said.
The EU is running out of patience with Britain over Brexit, the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has warned. In an interview with Italian state TV, Mr Juncker said he would like MPs in the UK to be able to reach an agreement over the way forward in the coming days. “We have had a lot of patience with our British friends but patience is coming to an end,” he told RAI. The commission president added: “So far we know what the British parliament says no to, but we don’t know what it might say yes to.”
A senior MEP warned tonight that Britain must soon ‘face the abyss’ of No Deal after the Commons rejected every Brexit alternative for a second time. Guy Verhofstadt said a hard Brexit ‘becomes nearly inevitable’ as MPs in London continue to reject every option. The negotiated Brexit deal has been trounced three times and in two rounds of indicative votes, MPs have now rejected 12 motions and approved none. Mr Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, reacted within moments of the latest vote.
BERLIN has announced emergency plans to allow all Brits living in the country to stay even if there’s a no deal Brexit. Germany’s interior ministry has called on regional authorities to guarantee the rights of 100,000 expats and their families. Officials have asked local parliaments to provide immigration services with the “necessary resources” to process Brits’ applications. Their advice includes setting up new hotlines that UK citizens can call to ask for advice on how to gain permanent residency.
The eurozone economy received a double dose of bad news Monday as inflation fell further away from the European Central Bank’s target and a closely monitored survey showed the crucial manufacturing sector shrinking at its fastest rate in six years. The developments suggest Europe is struggling to cope with global trade tensions and the uncertainty of Brexit, among other things. They are also likely to cause concern among policymakers at the ECB.
The latest manufacturing PMI figures are out and it’s more grim reading for Merkel and Macron with the Eurozone’s index falling to 47.5 in March – firmly in contraction territory and the lowest level since April 2013. Germany is rapidly becoming the sick man of Europe, its reading of 44.1 is the worst since the crisis days of 2012… Meanwhile the UK’s own manufacturing index has surged to a 14-month high of 55.1, coming in far ahead of the forecast of 51.2. The UK could even consider giving the EU a trade deal, if they ask nicely…
The government has approved preparations for European elections in May as a “contingency” measure. David Lidington, the cabinet office minister and de facto deputy prime minister, said that the government would reimburse returning officers for “reasonable” expenses incurred preparing for a vote on May 23. If Brexit is delayed beyond next Friday the EU has said that the UK would have to take part in the elections. Mr Lidington said that “it remains the intention for the UK to leave the EU with a deal and not take part in the European parliamentary elections”.
MINISTERS kick-started plans to hold European elections in May – with MPs poised to force through a lengthy delay to Brexit this week. De-facto deputy PM David Lidington gave councils the green light to start preparations for holding the elections on May 23 as a “contingency” measure. The UK Government has to decide whether to take part in the elections by the end of next week. Mr Lidington said returning officers would be reimbursed by Whitehall for “reasonable” expenses incurred to prepare for the poll, which takes place almost three years after the UK voted to leave the European Union. He stressed that “it remains the intention for the UK to leave the EU with a deal and not take part in the European parliamentary elections in May”.
Police have arrested 12 people on suspicion of outraging public decency after climate change activists stripped off to stage a protest in the House of Commons while MPs debated Brexit. A group of largely-naked Extinction Rebellion protesters with messages painted on their bodies stood up in the public gallery overlooking the debate on Monday night. Some were pressed against the glass which separates the gallery from the chamber, with police who were sent to the scene to negotiate saying one had “super-glued” themselves to the window.
Semi-naked climate change protesters interrupted a House of Commons Brexit debate and glued their hands to the glass of the public gallery, spending almost 20 minutes with their buttocks facing the chamber. MPs attempted to continue the debate during the peaceful protest by 11 activists from Extinction Rebellion, though several made coded mentions to the protest in their speeches. Protesters had slogans daubed on their chests, including “for all life” and “SOS” and two more wore grey body paint and elephant masks, which the group said referred to climate change as “the elephant in the room”.
Social media firms face punitive fines if they allow the sale of knives online and fail to crackdown on violent gang videos under new duty of care laws due to be announced next week. Sale of illegal goods such as drugs and weapons on the open internet will be listed as one of the “clearly defined” harms in the Government’s White Paper, which will put an onus on tech giants to prevent the trade. At the moment, retailers can be prosecuted for selling knives to under 18s while proposed new laws, currently before Parliament, aim to crack down on the online trade by also making it an offence to deliver weapons.
Theresa May triggered an angry backlash after trying to make teachers responsible for stopping teenagers becoming sucked into knife violence. The Prime Minister hosted a crunch summit in No10 aimed at tackling the “disease” of blade offences crime. But a consultation on the strategy will assess the extent to which those on the front line will be held to account for failing to prevent a young person getting involved in violence. Home Secretary Sajid Javid floated the idea of a so-called “public health duty” intended to help pinpoint warning signs a youngster could be in danger, “such as presenting in A&E with a suspicious injury, to worrying behaviour at school or issues at home”.
The Home Office is planning to place a legal duty on doctors, teachers and other public sector workers to identify and raise concerns about children at risk of being involved in knife crime. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has launched an eight-week consultation into a public health approach to tackling youth knife violence. It will entail a multi-agency public health duty intended to help spot the warning signs that a young person could be in danger, such as presenting in A&E with a suspicious injury, worrying behaviour at school or issues at home.
Parents who home school their children will have to register with their local authority under plans to stop vulnerable youngsters “vanishing under the radar”. Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said that the proposed change was needed to “identify and intervene” where the standard of a child’s home education was not good enough or nonexistent, or if they were receiving solely a religious education. Roughly 60,000 children are classified as being educated at home in England, a figure that has risen sharply in the past five years.
More than 1,000 councillors have written to the Education Secretary to urge the Government to pump billions of extra funding into schools. The letter to Damian Hinds calls on the Government to reverse spending cuts and ensure special needs (Send) funding is adequate. It follows a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) produced last year which said total school spending per pupil in England has fallen by 8% in real terms between 2009–10 and 2017–18. The letter, due to be handed in to the Department for Education (DfE) headquarters in Westminster on Tuesday, said: “Our excellent state-funded schools have lost out in billions of pounds in funding since 2015.
The BBC’s Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, today revealed he is receiving treatment for bowel cancer, after being diagnosed last October. Despite showing no symptoms – Bowen was suffering “funny pains in his leg and back” when he visited his GP – tests for the disease came back positive. Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel, and is sometimes called colon or rectal cancer, depending on where it starts.