THE EU is threatening to stall UK post-Brexit trade negotiations and gain an upper hand over Britain, a UK MEP has warned after the bloc gave a green light to start trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand in the coming weeks. While Theresa May has insisted the UK is leaving the EU’s single market and customs union in order to strike its own trade deals, Britain will not be able to do so until the official Brexit deadline in March 2019. Speaking to Express.co.uk exclusively, UKIP MEP Nathan Gill said: “This is clearly a calculated and cynical attempt by the EU to basically ‘get in there’ before the UK.
Members of the European Parliament from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP have all been shown to be meeting with the EU’s Guy Verhofstadt. LibDem MEP Catherine Bearder makes clear that the purpose of the group is to ‘stop Brexit’ and that they are “proud to be saboteurs”. Others in the group include Labour’s Richard Corbett and Scottish Nationalist Alyn Smith. As the Channel 4 program themselves recognised, the purpose of the meetings are to exchange ‘high level exchange of intelligence and generates new tactics to disrupt Brexit’.
The European Union (EU) is less than a month away from voting to introduce aggressive new online copyright laws and “widespread censorship” measures, which critics say could strangle new media websites and stifle satire and online meme culture. Unelected European Commission bureaucrats have drafted legislation which detractors say could force online platforms to monitor and control all uploads to some platforms with “content recognition technologies”. They are also said to have proposed what has been termed a ‘link tax’, which could compel blogs and other websites to pay just to reference content.
TERRIFIED bureaucrats from across Europe are calling on Brussels to strike a trade deal with the UK to prevent the prospect of a hard Brexit with border controls and tariffs which could clobber ports which rely on trade with Britain. Zeebrugge, the port in the Belgian region of Flanders through which huge container ships pass every day, is particularly concerned about what will happen after the UK quits the bloc next year. Currently, 17 million tonnes of cargo is shipped to the UK annually via the port, while 78 per cent of all British exports arrive there.
Britain is calling on Brussels to step back from a trade war with the United States after President Trump imposed new tariffs on EU imports. The US levied a 25 per cent duty on steel from the European Union, Canada and Mexico yesterday, prompting anger from governments and business leaders. Wilbur Ross, Mr Trump’s commerce secretary, also announced a 10 per cent tariff on aluminium. The American move has prompted fears for the 31,000 Britons employed in the steel industry.
BRITAIN faced being dragged into a trans-Atlantic trade war last night after Donald Trump slapped a 25% tariff on steel imports to the US from the EU. The White House announced that the swingeing levy, along with a 10% charge on aluminium, will come into force early today. And fears of a tit-for-tat tariff battle intensified when European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hit back with a threat of immediate reprisals. “This is a bad day for world trade,” he said.
Massive US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the EU have come into force as the UK warned a transatlantic trade war would be bad for both sides. President Donald Trump said back in March that he would slap a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminium, citing national security interests. The levies have now been imposed on the EU, Canada and Mexico, after they were previously granted exemptions. The White House move was branded “patently absurd” by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, who dismissed American claims the tariffs were needed for security reasons.
The UK must not allow President Trump to “bully” his trading partners, the shadow international trade secretary has said, amid fears of a looming trade war over US tariffs on metals imports. Labour’s Barry Gardiner called for a reaction to US levies on aluminium and steel from Europe and North America. He said the government and EU should work closely on counter-measures. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said he hoped the US would think again and “tit-for-tat” action was an option.
Britain threatened retaliation last night as Donald Trump triggered a global trade war. The US President’s decision to hit the European Union with tariffs on steel and aluminium sparked fury as Brussels warned it would not back down under ‘threat’ from the US President. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, who spoke to the US commerce secretary yesterday, said the UK would not rule out counter-measures over the ‘patently absurd’ tariffs.
The European Union will impose countermeasure tariffs against US trade in response to Donald Trump’s tariffs on European steel and aluminium exports, Brussels has said. The bloc’s trade chief accused the US of trying to extort trade concessions from Europe with the “threat” of tariffs, but warned Mr Trump: “This is not the way we do business.” The bloc is also taking the US to the World Trade Organisation’s ‘trade court’ – officially known as the dispute resolution mechanism – to get Mr Trump’s policy declared illegal.
Donald Trump has slapped 25% tariffs on British steel, in a fresh blow to already struggling UK producers. The White House announced this afternoon that it was dropping the EU from the exemption on global tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on aluminium. The exemption is due to expire tomorrow. The move is likely to spark a trade war which would be devastating to the UK’s already fragile steel manufacturing industry. It comes as new figures reveal some 34,000 people are employed manufacturing steel in the UK, with the highest concentrations in already deprived areas in Wales and the North of England.
DAVID Davis is devising a new Brexit plan to break a talks deadlock by giving Northern Ireland joint EU and UK status as well as a border buffer zone. Under the radical blueprint, the province would operate a double hatted regime of European and British regulations at the same time, so it can trade freely with both. The Brexit Secretary is also drawing up a 10 mile-wide buffer zone the length of Northern Ireland’s 310 mile border with Ireland. Dubbed a ‘special economic zone’, it will be for local traders such as dairy farmers – who make up 90 per cent of the cross border traffic – and share the same trade rules as south of the border.
The Scottish government is facing a £1.7bn shortfall in public finances over the next five years, according to its own independent economic forecaster. The Scottish Fiscal Commission predicts that reduced expectations for wage growth will result in a significant drop in income tax revenues, as Scotland’s economy lags behind the rest of the UK with growth remaining below 1% a year until 2023. The forecast, described as “grim” by opposition politicians, also indicates an immediate £220m gap in the 2018-19 budget in comparison to projections set out in February.
SCOTLAND’S economy will trail behind the rest of the UK for another five years – blowing a £1.7 billion black hole in the country’s public finances. The Scottish Government’s own economic forecaster today warned of “subdued” growth over the next half decade. Watchdogs slashed estimates for the coming years, saying growth will fail to exceed 1 per cent up to 2023. Wage levels will also remaining sluggish, meaning the forecast for tax revenues has been cut by £1.7 billion over the next five years.
Jeremy Corbyn is facing fresh pressure over Labour’s Brexit stance after a string of senior Welsh politicians, including two senior figures, have demanded a vote on the final Brexit deal. More than 30 cross-party representatives in Wales, including 12 Labour MPs, council leaders, Welsh Assembly members and MEPs, said the public must have its say on Brexit, as many of the promises made during the referendum campaign were unlikely to be kept. Shadow ministerial aides Anna McMorrin and Tonia Antoniazzi both defied the party line to sign the letter, as Corbyn has repeatedly ruled out supporting a fresh referendum on the terms of the deal.
A GROUP of left-wing Remoaners are set to launch a speaking tour this summer in which they will attempt to persuade Mr Corbyn and his allies to remain in the EU claiming “the Brexit squeeze ain’t worth the juice”. Speakers will include Manuel Cortes, the general secretary of the transport union TSSA, Michael Chessum, who was on Momentum’s first steering committee, the Labour MEP Julie Ward, the former shadow minister Catherine West and the Green party co-leader Caroline Lucas. The grassroots group will not call for another referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU but for the Leader of the Opposition to make the case that a vote for a Corbyn-led Labour government would be a vote to remain in the bloc.
A grassroots group of Jeremy Corbyn supporters and trade unions is to launch a major UK speaking tour, billed as the leftwing campaign to remain in the EU. The Left Against Brexit tour will attempt to persuade Corbyn and his allies of the leftwing case for a pro-EU position and will argue that the party can reap electoral benefits from a shift. Speakers on the summer tour of British cities will include Manuel Cortes, the general secretary of the transport union TSSA, Michael Chessum, who was on Momentum’s first steering committee, the Labour MEP Julie Ward, the former shadow minister Catherine West, and the Green party co-leader Caroline Lucas.
JEREMY Corbyn is once again facing opposition from within his own ranks after a group of Labour MPs defied the party leader’s wishes and publicly called for a second Brexit vote. Among the 10 Welsh MPs backing a vote on any withdrawal deal are two shadow ministerial aides. Anna McMorrin, the MP for Cardiff North, and Tonia Antoniazzi, the MP for Gower, are parliamentary private secretaries to shadow cabinet members. Some Tory MPs, meanwhile, have called on Jeremy Corbyn to sack them from their posts after their calls for another referendum vote.
Anti-Brexit left-wingers will tour Britain this summer in a campaign to build opposition to leaving the EU – calling on Jeremy Corbyn to back remain and negotiate a “new settlement” with Brussels. Figures like Green leader Caroline Lucas, TSSA union chief Manuel Cortes, and journalist Zoe Williams will embark on the speaking tour, denouncing Brexit as a “right-wing brainchild” with a narrow mandate in a bid to shift opinions. The campaign’s aims clash with the position of the Labour leadership – which is to respect the EU referendum result but to oppose the more extreme aspects of Theresa May’s plan for leaving the bloc.
Jeremy Corbyn has told Labour MPs they must not use unpaid interns after Chuka Umunna advertised for a student to work without pay in his office. Mr Umunna, MP for Streatham and a former shadow business secretary, had sought an unpaid intern from a “sandwich” degree course at Leeds University, where students spend a year out to work in politics. He was criticised by students on social media, but defended himself by clarifying that the interns would still have access to their student finance.
BRITAIN’S Brexit deal could be placed in jeopardy due to Italy’s political crisis, according to ministers who fear EU officials may be distracted by Italy’s newly formed populist and eurosceptic coalition government. Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella has agreed upon the coalition of the populist Five Star Movement and Lega after the parties’ leaders redrafted their proposed list of Cabinet ministers and the new government will be sworn in on Friday. UK ministers have since expressed their concern Brussels chiefs may make Brexit negotiations increasingly difficult in the fear that favourable terms would encourage Italian eurosceptics to pursue a similar EU referendum to the UK.
ITALY’S political crisis could make a good Brexit deal for Britain harder, ministers fear. EU chiefs’ focus will be distracted from coming up with solutions with the UK by trying to keep the struggling Mediterranean nation in the euro. National leaders will also “circle the wagons” if they fear favourable terms with London will spur on Italian eurosceptics to take on Brussels too. A senior Whitehall figure told The Sun: “The more the 27 think that the Brits are exploiting the eurozone’s troubles, the more the wagons will circle.
Italy’s populist parties were finally given the green light to form a coalition government on Thursday evening, after they backed down over their initial selection of a deeply eurosceptic economy minister. After days of intensive negotiations and pressure from the markets, the anti-immigrant, hard-Right League party and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement agreed to a compromise. Both parties had come close to forming a government at the weekend, only for their efforts to be torpedoed by President Sergio Mattarella, who refused to approve their controversial choice of Paolo Savona as economy minister.
Italy could still get a populist coalition government despite a move last week by the country’s president to block its formation. Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, indicated on Wednesday that he was willing to compromise on his choice of finance minister – previously the main roadblock to agreeing an administration. Though the Five Star Movement and their far-right would-be coalition partners the League have agreed a broad programme for government, Italy’s president refused to sign off Five Star pick Paola Savona, a Eurosceptic economist, for the key role.
Italy will finally get a new Prime Minister after three months of political deadlock. Giuseppe Conte has accepted the role in a new Italian government and will be sworn in on Friday with ministers. The agreement ends three months of political turmoil that began with an inconclusive election on March 4. After being sworn in, the government will face confidence votes in both houses of parliament, where the coalition allies – the far-right League and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement -have clear majorities. Italy’s two anti-establishment parties revived their coalition plans today, with a government that aims to ramp up spending, challenge European Union fiscal rules and crack down on immigration.
Spain’s government could fall by the weekend, as the country’s MPs prepare for a Friday vote of no confidence that could topple centre-right prime minister Mariano Rajoy. The congress of deputies debated the motion on Thursday, with the opposition Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) urging the chamber’s constellation of smaller parties to vote against the scandal-hit administration. The outcome of the vote in the 350-seat congress of deputies in Madrid is on a knife-edge, with the outcome far from certain and dependent on the way the minor and regionalist parties vote.
Spain’s conservative government on Thursday appeared doomed to lose a no-confidence vote in parliament, with the centre-left Socialist party poised to take power. A Basque nationalist party’s decisive announcement that it would vote in favour of the motion spelt the almost certain end of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s mandate and foretold the stunning collapse of his minority government in a parliamentary vote Friday, when it will be short of support to survive. The impending downfall of Rajoy’s government after ruling for nearly eight years came just days after his Popular Party’s reputation was badly damaged by a court verdict that identified it as a beneficiary of a large kickbacks-for-contracts scheme.
Migrants trying to reach Britain from France are turning their attention to Normandy after being forced from Calais by tight security, local hauliers have said. They warned that rising numbers were targeting the northern French city of Caen, more than 200 miles west of the staging point most commonly used to cross the Channel. Transport bosses called for security in Normandy to be greatly improved after a surge in reports of illegal immigrants trying to climb aboard lorries bound for Britain. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) said that the French military was needed to prevent a chaotic situation escalating.
A new blood test able to detect 10 types of cancer years before a person falls ill could become available on the NHS within five years, scientists say. The breakthrough is being hailed as a major step towards the “holy grail” of curing cancer after trials on 1,400 patients found the simple procedure worked with up to 90 per cent accuracy. Experts said the findings could pave the way for an almost universal NHS screening programme that could detect warning signs of disease long before it developed, vastly improving survival chances.
The “holy grail” of cancer treatment moved a step closer yesterday after a study showed that a simple blood test can spot several forms of the disease at an early stage. Research backed by Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, the Microsoft and Amazon tycoons, indicated that such a universal test was possible with up to 90 per cent accuracy. Experts were “very optimistic” that the test would transform the chances of patients with some of the most deadly cancers.
A blood test that can detect 10 types of cancer potentially years before someone becomes ill has been described as the ‘holy grail’ of cancer research. Scientists in the US have found a simple test can pick up early signs of cancers including breast, ovarian, bowel and lung cancer. It works by picking up fragments of DNA released into the blood by fast-growing cancer cells. In a study of more than 1,400 people, the triple test achieved up to 90 per cent accuracy.
SCIENTISTS have unveiled a new blood test that can detect ten cancers. Experts say the simple check allows early diagnosis when survival chances are higher. It works by pinpointing DNA that has broken free of a tumour. It was tested on 749 cancer-free patients and 878 with newly diagnosed but untreated cancer. Its top detection rate was 90 per cent for ovarian cancers. It picked out four in five liver tumours, 58 per cent of breast cancers and 59 per cent of lung cancers.
There has been a sharp rise in the number of patients who have waited more than a year for NHS care in England, according to a new report which paints a bleak picture of the NHS’ performance and finances. More than 2,600 people have waited more than a year for treatment and half of the nation’s “best performing” accident and emergency departments are unable to meet waiting time standards, according to the latest quarterly performance figures from NHS Improvement. Meanwhile, the NHS provider sector ended the financial year with a deficit of £960 million – £464 million above the plan set for the year.
Around 400,000 elderly people have lost the chance of free help to live at home over the past seven years, a report warned yesterday. Tens of thousands of frail and vulnerable Britons have been pushed out of the shrinking circle of those who qualify for home assistance as councils cut spending, analysis from Age UK found. The charity also warned of ‘care deserts’ where shortages of care suppliers and workers means it is impossible for people to find the help they need to live at home. Its report said that since the mid-2000s, rules on the level of disability required to qualify for free care have been tightened so it is typically only available to those who ‘experience very significant difficulties in managing essential day to day tasks’.
Conservative MPs including Boris Johnson are threatening to rebel over a third runway at Heathrow. The prime minister may be forced to rely on opposition parties to pass the plan, though Labour is also threatening to withhold support. Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, is expected to publish a revised airports national policy statement next week setting out the noise, air quality and cost requirements for a third runway. A vote must be held within 21 sitting days in parliament, giving the go-ahead for more detailed plans.
End of the world
Scientists have modelled the three possible fates for our planet as Earth’s population grows and the effects of climate change worsen. Mathematicians modelled how advanced civilisations on ancient exoplanets might have survived or perished when faced with a similar changing environment. They showed that humanity could go through a soft landing, a gradual die off, or full blown collapse. Experts said a die-off, in which as much as seven in ten of a planet’s inhabitants were wiped out before stabilising, was by far the most common outcome. A soft landing was the most positive outcome, and occurred when a civilisation adapted to its changing planet without a mass extinction.
CIVILISATION on Earth will probably be killed off by one of three ways, scientists have concluded. Using maths models, a team from the University of Rochester in New York, calculated what would happen to the planet as the population grows and the effects of climate change inflicts chaos. It was found humanity could go through a soft landing, a gradual die off or full blown collapse. A die-off is when 70 per cent of life on Earth is wiped out before things go back to normal. This was found to be by far the most likely outcome. A soft landing was the most positive outcome. But this only happened when a civilisation adapted to its radically changing weather and sea-levels and therefore avoiding a mass extinction.