THE EUROPEAN Union is manipulating the Irish border issue in a bid to shackle the UK to the customs union and prevent the UK from gaining an upper hand in trade, an MEP has warned. The lawmaker noted the Government’s proposal of a “backstop” customs option was threatening to escalate the EU’s aims and could place the Brexit negotiations in jeopardy. Speaking to Express.co.uk, UKIP MEP Nathan Gill said: “The EU has cynically played the Ireland card to keep the UK shackled to EU tariffs so we cannot undercut them.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the star backbencher who has become the de facto leader of the Brexit-supporting wing of the Tory Party in the House of Commons, has warned that Remainer MPs seeking to impose their will on Britain’s EU negotiations are not asserting Parliamentary sovereignty, but plotting to keep the country in a state of “vassalage”. The Somerset MP’s intervention comes as Theresa May has made a series of concessions to EU loyalists on the EU Withdrawal Bill, allowing Parliament to intervene in the Brexit negotiations in a move heralded as a “significant climbdown” by Labour’s Chuka Umunna, who works for the anti-Brexit ‘Best for Britain’ group bankrolled by billionaire globalist George Soros.
Nigel Farage has absolutely torn into anti-Brexit Remoaners, insisting that when it comes to their plot “conspiracy, I don’t think that goes anything like far enough,” with the Brexit legend insisting: “They’re colluding with foreign powers in Brussels!” He revealed that some of them are “Eurostar more than I am, and I’m an MEP,” as they scuttled off to see EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier as they seek to “subvert the will of the people”. “What is the collective noun for a group of Remainers trying to overturn Brexit? Well I’m going to suggest a disgrace.”
Tony Blair has said he believes the chance of blocking Brexit has almost doubled so far this year, as Prime Minister Theresa May falters in delivering her promise of a clean break with the European Union (EU). He also attacked populism, but said politicians had failed to deal with immigration and that U.S. President Donald J. Trump is seen as “get[ing] things done”. “At the beginning of the year, I thought we were at 25 percent [chance of stopping Brexit], but now I think it is about 40 percent,” said the former Prime Minister turned pro-Brussels activist and campaigner.
Theresa May’s government will fall if enough rebels vote down her Brexit deal with Brussels, a senior Tory MP has warned. Tom Tugendhat, who chairs the influential Commons foreign affairs committee, suggested the “meaningful vote” expected to come later this year would be treated as a confidence one. His comments ramp up the pressure in a row engulfing the Conservatives over parliament’s say in negotiations with the EU. Some backbench MPs want powers to send Mrs May back to Brussels if they do not agree with her final Brexit deal, or if one has not been reached closer to exit day.
Tom Tugendhat, a senior Tory MP, has warned that if MPs vote to reject the Brexit deal, it will bring down the government. Tugendhat, who campaigned to Remain in the European Union, told sky news that he expected the “meaningful vote” which will take place once there is a deal on the table, will be treated as a confidence vote. “The meaningful vote is going to be either the government’s deal is accepted, in which case that’s the meaningful vote accepted. “Or it isn’t accepted in which case, frankly, there’s going to be a new government.”
Theresa May faces a fresh battle with Tory rebels next week after they accused her of an “unforgivable” and “sneaky” betrayal over Brexit. Mrs May’s latest attempt at a peace deal with the rebels over a so-called “meaningful vote” on Brexit ended in acrimony, with each side accusing the other of dishonesty. It means Mrs May faces a fresh rebellion over the all-important EU Withdrawal Bill when it returns to the House of Commons next week. A group of Remainers led by Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, believed it had won a major concession from Mrs May to give Parliament a bigger say on Brexit.
UKIP Leader, Gerard Batten MEP, has slammed a secret meeting of ‘Remainers’ attended by Tory ‘Brexit rebel in chief,’ Dominic Grieve, saying, “it is now clear we have a co-ordinated effort at the heart of Westminster to betray Brexit!.” Mr Batten’s comments came after it was revealed former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve – the man behind the latest attempts in Westminster to derail the Brexit process – attended a meeting of committed ‘Remainers,’ held at the EU’s London headquarters.
The government’s compromise to avoid a Commons defeat on Brexit has been rejected as “unacceptable” by leading rebel Dominic Grieve. Theresa May had convinced most rebels – who want MPs to have the final say – to back her in a key vote on Tuesday night by giving them assurances. But the wording of the promised compromise has now been published. Mr Grieve, who had talks on Thursday with ministers, said he could not understand why the change was made.
A pro-EU lawmaker said on Thursday he would now try to find a way around a standoff with British Prime Minister Theresa May over the role of parliament in her Brexit strategy after they failed to agree on a compromise. After rejecting a government proposal to try to solve a row over a so-called meaningful vote in parliament on any Brexit deal, Conservative lawmaker Dominic Grieve told Reuters the plan now “has got to be to try to put it right”.
DOMINIC Grieve’s bid for a meaningful vote on Brexit is just a way of stopping the withdrawal process, according to the former adviser to the prime minister. Led by Mr Grieve, rebel MPs want Parliament to have the power to send Theresa May back to the negotiating table if they reject her Brexit deal. After an amendment was added in by the House of Lords, Mrs May was forced to offer concessions to rebel MPs at the eleventh hour to stop them voting down the EU Withdrawal Bill – which could block Brexit.
The Tory Brexit row exploded into open warfare tonight as Remainer rebels branded Theresa May ‘sneaky’ and warned they will defeat her. The Prime Minister faces chaos after she tried to buy off her own revolting MPs by giving them a ‘meaningful vote’ on her Brexit plan. It looked like there was a deal. But tonight it backfired spectacularly after someone made a last-minute change to the text. Under the new plan proposed by the government (explained here) MPs will get a vote – but it won’t actually force the government to do anything.
THERESA May is facing a renewed revolt over Brexit after pro-Brussels Tory rebels rejected her offer of a compromise over their call for a “meaningful vote” on the outcome of the departure negotiations. Ministers yesterday tabled an amendment to the Prime Minister’s flagship Brexit legislation promising votes in the Commons and Lords if the Government fails to agree a draft departure deal with the EU by January 21 next year. But Tories campaigning for continuing close links with Brussels were furious that the proposed change to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill fell short of their demand for a binding parliamentary vote that could force the Government back to the negotiating table if the talks flounder.
Theresa May is heading for a fresh showdown with Conservative rebels next week after they rejected a government-drafted amendment to the EU withdrawal bill. The former minister Anna Soubry said she and her colleagues felt “badly let down” after they believed they had reached an agreement with the government – only to find the text had been redrafted at the last minute. The former attorney general Dominic Grieve held negotiations with the government over the precise wording of the amendment, which was aimed at making it more difficult for Britain to crash out of the EU without MPs being given a meaningful vote.
Remain rebels tonight rejected Theresa May‘s ‘sneaky’ attempt at a compromise over a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal. The Government tabled a new draft moments before the 5pm deadline but failed to secure the support of ringleaders Dominic Grieve and Anna Soubry. Rebel Sarah Wollaston branded Mrs May’s draft ‘sneaky’ because a last minute change meant the proposed ‘meaningful vote’ would not be amendable by MPs. Ms Soubry branded the turnaround ‘unforgivable’ and said the group of rebels – thought to number around 15 – feel ‘badly let down’ by Mrs May following her personal assurances on Tuesday night.
Theresa May has been plunged into a fresh Brexit crisis after her attempt to compromise with pro-EU rebels collapsed. Tory MPs who say the prime minister promised them plans that would give parliament more power to block a no-deal Brexit have said her proposals fall far short of what was pledged. Ex-Tory attorney general Dominic Grieve told The Independent he spent the morning negotiating with ministers and agreeing a wording to a new amendment, but claimed what was tabled later in the afternoon had been altered.
Theresa May faces a confrontation with pro-EU Conservative rebels after abandoning a compromise over how parliament should be consulted at the end of Brexit negotiations. After two days of talks ministers said they would not accept demands from more than a dozen rebels that parliament should be able to influence the direction of Brexit in a case of no deal. Instead, the government published an amendment to its main legislation that critics said would give MPs less control.
Theresa May was facing a dramatic Commons showdown with Tory Brexit rebels last night, after a compromise on vital legislation collapsed in acrimony. Diehard Tory Remainers warned that the Prime Minister faced ‘crunch time’ in the Commons next week after throwing out their demands for Parliament to be given a veto over Brexit. Government sources acknowledged the vote next Wednesday would be ‘incredibly tight’ – and could even be lost. But they said the principle that the referendum result should be respected in all circumstances was so important it could not be surrendered to MPs who will stop at nothing to thwart Brexit.
Theresa May will be toppled as prime minister if she fails to get her Brexit deal through Parliament, a senior Conservative MP has warned. Tom Tugendhat, the chair of the Commons foreign affairs committee, said there would be a “new government” if MPs vote down the final agreement the prime minister makes with Brussels. He is the first senior Conservative to suggest Ms May would likely be removed as prime minister in such a scenario. Mr Tugendhat’s comments come amid a furious row in the Conservative Party over attempts to ensure Parliament is given a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal.
The public think that Theresa May is handling Brexit more badly than at any point since she became prime minister, according to a new poll for The Times. Only 21 per cent believe that the government is doing well in the negotiations, with 66 per cent thinking ministers are doing badly. The net score of minus 45 per cent is the lowest in a YouGov poll, down from minus 39 points two weeks ago. There has been a dramatic drop in confidence in Mrs May’s handling of Brexit after the botched general election last year. For the opening months of 2017, the public broadly approved of the way the prime minister was handling things.
Theresa May is poised to give the NHS a £4 billion-a-year boost funded by borrowing, income tax and a Brexit dividend, the Daily Telegraph has learned. The Prime Minister is on Monday expected to announce that she will boost NHS funding by around 3 per cent a year as part of a “multi-year” settlement to mark its 70th anniversary. She is expected to say that the rise will be funded in part by a “Brexit dividend” – one of the Leave campaign’s central pledges during the EU referendum.
THERESA MAY has agreed a bumper £20billion windfall for the NHS after overruling the Chancellor. Hospital chiefs will be handed up to an extra £5billion a year for the next four years in a 70th birthday present for the health service. The first details of the package are expected to be announced on Sunday. Insiders told The Sun that the £20billion will be paid for by a mixture of borrowing and higher taxes. In 2020 the Treasury intends to freeze the tax thresholds on basic and higher tax rates – which means Brits pay more.
The NHS will be expected to improve cancer survival rates and put a greater focus on maternity safety under a multimillion-pound funding package due to be announced within days. Theresa May appeared poised to set plans to boost the NHS budget by more than 3 per cent after intensive meetings yesterday between No 10, the Treasury and the health team. At a conference of health service managers in Manchester, Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, said: “We need to make sure we unite the NHS and British people with a small set of bold ambitions as to how we want to transform our system.
Theresa May will unveil plans next week to use the ‘Brexit dividend’ to pour billions more into the NHS. The Prime Minister is finalising the details of a new ‘long-term plan for the NHS’ designed to avoid a repeat of last winter’s crisis. The deal will include a funding package expected to involve annual funding rises of around three per cent in real terms. Mrs May will also make it clear the new settlement will be funded in part by the ‘Brexit dividend’ generated by the UK no longer having to pay EU membership fees.
Immigration rules capping the number of foreign doctors and nurses working in the UK are set to be relaxed to allow the NHS to recruit more staff, Downing Street has confirmed. Sajid Javid, the home secretary, has set out plans to remove overseas medical staff from the annual cap on skilled workers coming to the UK from Friday, currently limited to 20,700 “tier 2” visas per year. The removal of medical staff from the cap will create more space for other skilled migrants to work in the UK, such as engineers and teachers.
Thousands more foreign medical professionals will be able to work in the NHS after the home secretary, Sajid Javid, confirmed the government would relax tough immigration rules first imposed by Theresa May. As revealed by the Guardian on Tuesday, doctors and nurses are to be excluded from the cap on skilled worker visas, meaning there will be no restriction on the numbers who can be employed through the so-called tier 2 visa route.
Sajid Javid is planning a major relaxation of immigration laws before Brexit and will ease a cap on foreign medics working in the UK to allow the NHS to recruit more staff. The new Home Secretary will remove doctors and nurses from the annual 20,700 ‘tier 2’ visa limit on non-EU workers. Other employers will be able to recruit an extra 8,000 skilled migrants a year, including IT experts, engineers and teachers, effectively raising the cap by 40 per cent.
Four in ten GPs quit the NHS within five years of finishing their training. Many switch to short-term locum work on much higher pay and better hours. Others practise abroad or leave the profession entirely. Each will have cost taxpayers around £500,000 to train over ten years. The recruitment crisis yesterday led Home Secretary Sajid Javid to relax visa rules to allow more foreign doctors into Britain. Figures on the high fallout rate were disclosed yesterday by Ian Cumming, head of the NHS’s staffing body.
FOUR in ten newly-trained GPs quit the NHS within five years, a health boss has warned. Many take on more lucrative short-term locum work instead, where they also enjoy better hours. Some choose to practice abroad or switch career, after costing around £500,000 to train over ten years. Speaking to a conference in Manchester, Ian Cumming, head of the NHS’s staffing body, said more thought was needed on how to retain doctors. About 3,000 GPs qualify each year, but up to 1,200 leave within five years.
The government should make social care free to everyone who needs it to take pressure off the NHS, former Labour and Tory health ministers have said. Conservative, Lord David Prior and Labour’s Lord Ara Darzi also called for a “radical streamlining” of NHS organisations to roll back the damaging reforms implemented by former health secretary Andrew Lansley. Abolishing means testing of social care would end the scandal of people with significant care needs facing bills in the hundreds of thousands of pounds for care, they said.
One in six children missed out on their chosen secondary school this year, with the proportion rising for the fifth year in a row. Growing numbers of pupils are being left disappointed because of a record number of applications caused by a baby boom, which has been fuelled by immigration. The latest official statistics for entry this autumn show 17.9 per cent did not get their first-choice school place this year, compared with 16.5 per cent last year. It means the percentage granted their top choice secondary school dropped below 83.2 per cent for the first time since 2010/11, after five consecutive falls starting in 2014.
A new strain of bird flu which kills 38 per cent of those it infects has been identified by the deputy chief medical officer for England as the most likely candidate to spark a worldwide flu pandemic. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England with special responsibility for emergency preparedness and pandemic planning, told the Daily Telegraph that the virus concerning him and others most was H7N9, a flu virus circulating in poultry in China.
Police dogs and horses are set to get more protection from attacks after Michael Gove gave the government’s backing to a bill implementing “Finn’s Law”. Named after a police dog that was stabbed while protecting his handler from a suspect, the bill will remove a section of the present law of self-defence often used by those who harm a service animal. The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill was tabled by the Conservative MP Sir Oliver Heald and was being debated in the Commons this week but stood little chance of becoming law without government support.