Scotland’s Brexit minister has warned the Scottish Parliament might block Theresa May’s “Great Repeal Bill”. The prime minister has said the bill would remove the European Communities Act 1972 from the statute book as a prelude to EU withdrawal. But Mike Russell said it would require Scottish Parliament approval, which may be denied if Scotland’s interests are not represented in negotiations. Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said there would be full consultation. But she also stressed that the EU referendum had been a UK-wide vote and that “there is no veto for the Scottish Parliament”. Theresa May has promised that a “Great Repeal Bill” in the next Queen’s Speech which would remove the 1972 treaty but also enshrine all existing EU law into British law.
Theresa May is to give the UK our own EU Independence Day. And it could now come in less than two years. The PM will announce she will grab back control of all EU laws in one stroke in a Great Repeal Bill. It means that all EU legislation affecting Britain will instantly be turned into British laws the day we exit.That means they can later be abolished or amended by Parliament without Brussels interference. Under the present system, if EU and British law clash EU law prevails. And that is enforced by the European Court of Justice whose judgements are binding on the UK.
BRITAIN will begin Brexit before the end of March next year, Theresa May declared yesterday. In a resolute Tory conference speech the Prime Minister also insisted that there would be no compromise on border controls, and that will be a red line in her negotiations with European leaders. Mrs May vowed to begin the formal process of quitting the EU by triggering Article 50 no later than the end of March, ensuring that the UK will free of Brussels rule by April 2019. She told the Conservative Party faithful: “Let me be clear – we are not leaving the European Union only to give up control of immigration again.” Mrs May’s uncompromising message that full border controls will take precedence over tariff-free trade came in her first Tory conference speech since taking over from David Cameron in Downing Street. She threw down the gauntlet to MPs and peers plotting to try to delay or block Brexit, accusing them of “insulting the intelligence of the British people”.
Prime Minister Theresa May will promise to make Britain “a sovereign and independent country” by repealing the act that took it into what is now the European Union next year, she told the Sunday Times newspaper. In an interview, May, appointed after Britain’s vote in June to leave the EU, said she would not wait for an election in Germany next September before triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty to start formal divorce proceedings. The former interior minister has been under pressure from EU officials, investors and members of her ruling Conservative Party to offer more detail on her plan for Britain’s exit, beyond her catch phrase “Brexit means Brexit”. Speaking on the first day of her party’s annual conference on Sunday, May will hope to put some of the criticism to rest by pledging to overturn the 1972 European Communities Act, the law allowed the accession of Britain to the European Economic Community, which later became the European Union.
Chancellor Philip Hammond is to say he will have a “pragmatic” approach to Britain’s finances and will manage them in a different way to his predecessor George Osborne. Mr Hammond will promise “a new plan for the new circumstances Britain faces” after the Brexit vote when he speaks at the Conservative Party conference. Hammond’s new approach will allow for greater scope for investment to boost the economy, he will say. Since Theresa May became Prime Minister in July, both she and Mr Hammond have made clear that they will ditch George Osborne’s target to get the UK’s finances into surplus by 2020 – a goal which the former chancellor himself acknowledged was unlikely to be attainable following the referendum vote for Brexit.
Philip Hammond is to move further away from his predecessor George Osborne’s policies by announcing a “new plan for new circumstances”. In his first Tory conference speech as Chancellor, Mr Hammond will say Mr Osborne’s policies were right “at that time”, but when times change so must the policies. His big shift in economic policy will come only days after he confirmed he is scrapping Mr Osborne’s flagship Help-to-Buy scheme at the end of the year. And he will tell Tories meeting in Birmingham that his Autumn Statement later this year will be a new “pragmatic” plan with more scope for investment.
Chancellor Philip Hammond is to say he will manage the public finances in a different way to his predecessor, George Osborne. Speaking at the Conservative Party conference, Mr Hammond will promise “a new plan for the new circumstances Britain faces” after the Brexit vote. He will say his “pragmatic” approach allows greater scope for investment to boost the economy. This will include extra borrowing of £2bn to speed up housing construction. Leaving the European Union dominated day one of the conference, with Theresa May pledging to trigger Brexit by the end of March.
THERESA May has opened the door to a 2018 general election if she fails to get her landmark Brexit bill through Parliament. The PM yesterday unveiled her plan for a Great Repeal Bill next year to make sure Britain is ready to leave the EU as soon as an exit deal with Brussels is done. But some pro-Remain peers and MPs – such as Tory veteran Ken Clarke – have already pledged to vote down any law authorising Brexit . Challenged on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show yesterday, Mrs May pointedly refused to rule out going to the country if her plan is blocked in the Commons or the Lords. Mrs May would only say: “The people have spoken, we will deliver on that.” The PM keeping the option open stands in stark contrast to her ruling out a snap Spring general election next year.
Theresa May is risking a new Tory war over Europe after she wrenched open party divisions by signalling she backs a hard Brexit with controls on immigration at its core. In her opening speech to the Conservative conference the Prime Minister unveiled a far tougher stance than she has previously taken on EU withdrawal, and even directly attacked those who want a compromise deal to allow the UK single market access. Within hours several MPs and two former Cabinet ministers had rounded on the Prime Minister, while a senior Peer warned of a revolt in the Lords. A group of around 80 pro-EU Tories also met at a fringe event vowing to be the “resistance” against what was branded the “total abandonment and total recklessness” of a hard Brexit.
TRADE SECRETARY Liam Fox yesterday predicted Brexit would spark a domino effect across the EU unless Brussels changes its ways. The Tory veteran insisted that European leaders had to understand that millions of voters across the Continent were “dissatisfied” with the way the EU was being run. And he warned that member states would look at Brexit and see the UK decided the only way it could regain control was by leaving the bloc altogether. In April, former Justice Secretary and Brexit chief Michael Gove said an ‘Out’ vote would trigger the “democratic liberation” of Europe as other nations demand changes from Brussels. Speaking at Tory conference, Mr Fox said: “I really want the EU to succeed as I want it as a stable partner, a stable political partner, a stable economic partner and a stable security partner.
Theresa May put Britain on the path to “hard Brexit” yesterday but her appeal for negotiations to begin straight away ran into instant opposition from Angela Merkel and other EU leaders. Mrs May pledged to trigger the formal two-year exit negotiation by next March and all but ruled out seeking privileged access to the European single market for UK companies. In a speech to the Conservative Party conference, the prime minister gave the clearest sense yet of what Brexit will mean for Britain and accused pro-Remain campaigners of attempting to “subvert democracy”.
Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orban has delivered a huge blow to the European Union after 95 per cent of the Hungarian public soundly rejected EU migrant redistribution plans. The Hungarian referendum on the redistribution of migrants and asylum seekers by the European Union has faced an almost unanimous result among Hungarian voters. An overwhelming majority of those who cast their ballot agree with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that Hungary should not be forced by the European Union to accept migrants via redistribution. The victory could set in motion the Orban government’s plans to create laws that may be even more stringent toward asylum seekers who enter the country and possibly those who are residing there today. Spokesman for Orban, Zoltan Kovacs, told press in Brussels last month that he expected the result to affirm the position of the government and be used as a stepping stone to create more laws.
Britain launched a 5 billion-pound homebuilding stimulus package on Monday, including plans to borrow 2 billion pounds to help address a long-term housing shortage that has become a major economic problem. The announcement comes on the second day of the ruling Conservative Party’s annual conference, which the government is using to set out how it wants to leave the European Union and tackle social divisions exposed by the June Brexit vote. Appealing to voters who have been shut out of the housing market by years of rising prices and tight lending conditions, the government said it wanted to spend 2 billion pounds to boost housebuilding by using surplus public land and helping new homebuilders into the market. “We’ll use all the tools at our disposal to accelerate housebuilding and ensure that over time, housing becomes more affordable,” finance minister Philip Hammond said in a statement before his speech to the conference.
Hundreds of thousands of affordable homes could be built on protected green belt land. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid is considering the proposal as part of a £5billion plan to build more than 250,000 new properties. He will tell the Conservative Party conference today that he wants to create them on brownfield sites such as abandoned shopping centres and run-down town centres. However, the Mail can also reveal that Mr Javid is drawing up proposals to build hundreds of thousands on green belt land close to railway stations around London and other major cities. Land elsewhere would be designated as green belt to compensate. Any attempt to build on the green belt, which is subject to strict planning restrictions, is certain to anger countryside campaigners and residents who live by green belt sites facing development. But ministers believe such land releases around stations could create room for at least 100,000 homes a year within easy reach of London and other growing cities around the country.
The British government will make a decision on increasing London airport capacity in the “not-too-distant” future, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said on Sunday. Heathrow, Britain and Europe’s busiest airport, is battling Gatwick for government approval for an extra runway. Heathrow has been campaigning for 25 years to build an extra runway and the decision, already repeatedly delayed, was pushed back again following Britain’s June 23 vote to leave the European Union. “There are three schemes on the table for us to consider. They’re all, in their own way, very impressive,” Grayling told ITV.
A decision over where to site a new runway in the south east of England will be taken “shortly”, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said. The decision has been deliberated for years and was delayed most recently by the upheaval caused by the Brexit vote. In July 2015, Heathrow looked close to being the winner, after an official commission recommended its plan. But in December the decision was delayed for further studies. In June, following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, it was decided to delay the final go-ahead until October.
The plan to lift the ban on grammar schools is not about reintroducing them to every town and city in England, Prime Minister Theresa May has said. Speaking on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, she said it was about raising the level of education across the country. “Taking off the ban on a particular type of school is not saying we want one of this here and one of that there,” she said. “It’s about ensuring we have good school places for every child.” The plan to launch new grammar schools – traditionally entered by pupils aged 11 after passing an 11+ exam – emerged in early September, sparking fierce debate as to its rights and wrongs.
Building work is to get under way on the UK’s next generation of submarines armed with Trident nuclear missiles. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced nearly £1.3bn to start the first construction phase of the new fleet, which will replace the four ageing Vanguard-class vessels. The money will be used to build the part of the first submarine which contains switchboards and control panels for the reactor.
DEFENCE SECRETARY Michael Fallon vowed to press ahead with Trident renewal at the weekend — despite the mass opposition to Britain’s nuclear arsenal. Phase one of the construction work is priced at £1.25 billion. But the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) warns the total price tag will soar to £205bn when related costs are added. The government was squandering that sum on a “useless, technologically redundant, outdated and crazy system,” CND general secretary Kate Hudson stormed. The Scottish National Party also laid into the plans, with MSP Bill Kidd saying: “It is wrong to pursue the renewal of such a morally objectionable weapons programme.
KIM Jong-un has unleashed nuclear devastation, claiming first blood with his dreaded atomic arsenal. And his first victims are his own people, who’ve reportedly suffered a surge in incurable diseases, foetal deformities and deaths. World leaders lined up to condemn North Korea after its two nuclear tests this year , including one where it detonated its biggest bomb yet. Yet the hermit kingdom continues to menace its enemies with the weapons and has repeatedly threatened attacks on neighbouring South Korea and the US. Now North Koreans near the detonation site are paying the price for Kim Jong-un’s nuclear Ambitions, one defector told Daily Star Online. Drinking water close to the Mount Mantap test facility had become contaminated, he revealed, dealing a deadly dose of radiation.