Boris Johnson is ready to “declare no confidence in himself” as a trick to thwart MPs and carry out a no-deal Brexit, a senior MP is warning. Nick Boles, who quit the Tory party over the threat of a hard Brexit, suggested the device could be used to suspend parliament for a general election – to be held after the UK has left the EU on 31 October. It came as Mr Boles urged Jeremy Corbyn to guarantee he will not vote for a snap election if it were to be held after the Halloween deadline. In a letter to the Labour leader, he rejected Mr Corbyn’s call for cross-party talks on blocking no deal next week, instead arguing for legislation to force an extension to Article 50.
Boris Johnson returned to London buoyed yesterday after President Macron said that a Brexit deal was possible. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, had raised hopes when she told Mr Johnson on Wednesday that it was still possible to avoid a no-deal, challenging him to come up with an alternative to the Irish backstop within 30 days. The French president adopted Mrs Merkel’s suggestion. He said: “No one will wait until October 31 to find the right solution.
A JUBILANT Boris Johnson won a surprise Brexit boost yesterday from Emmanuel Macron. The French President suggested the EU Withdrawal Agreement could after all be amended to allow the UK to quit the bloc with a deal. The concession saw the Prime Minister raise his hands in the air in apparent triumph on his return to Downing Street from his talks in Paris.
Emmanuel Macron has dashed Boris Johnson’s hopes of negotiating a new Brexit deal, warning that any possible agreement would look similar to the existing one struck by his predecessor. Mr Johnson on Wednesday accepted a 30-day deadline suggested by Angela Merkel to come up with alternative proposals to replace the Irish backstop, which he has said must be scrapped. But during the prime minister’s visit to Paris on Thursday, Mr Macron warned: “We will not find a new withdrawal agreement in 30 days that will be very different from the existing one.”
Emmanuel Macron dashed Boris Johnson’s hopes that European Union leaders would make major concessions to resolve the Brexit stand-off – but backed the 30-day deadline for the Prime Minister to find a formula for breaking the deadlock over the Northern Ireland border. The French President struck the tough note as he held talks in Paris with Mr Johnson, who has insisted Britain is heading for a no-deal exit unless the Irish backstop scheme is abandoned.
French President Emmanuel Macron — already known for being the most frustrated and impatient of European leaders over the Brexit process — has poured doubt over the possibility of any progress on renegotiations of Theresa May’s failed withdrawal deal. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is touring Europe meeting leaders this week, culminating with the G7 conference at the weekend in the hope of reinvigorating the thrice-defeated withdrawal deal given to Theresa May by the European Union when she was Prime Minister.
French President Emmanuel Macron told Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday that there was not enough time to wholly rewrite Britain’s Brexit divorce deal before an Oct. 31 deadline. Johnson met Macron at the Elysee Palace a day after talks in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who challenged Britain to come up with acceptable alternatives to the agreed safety net provision for the UK-Irish land border.
Boris Johnson has had his bid to get France’s support for a new Brexit deal in 30 days rebuffed on a trip to Paris. The prime minister was told by French President Emmanuel Macron that they would “not find a new withdrawal agreement” within a month that is “very different from the existing one”. However, in a boost for Mr Johnson, Mr Macron said the existing withdrawal agreement hammered out between former PM Theresa May and EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier “can be amended”.
Emmanuel Macron has made clear to Boris Johnson that the EU will not tear up the existing Brexit deal, warning the guarantee of an Irish backstop is “indispensable”. The Prime Minister appeared optimistic on Thursday night after a two-day visit taking in Paris and Berlin that saw him hold crunch meetings with the French president and German chancellor Angela Merkel, and apparently wringing out compromises from the European Union.
Emmanuel Macron has described the Irish backstop as “indispensable” to a Brexit deal and urged Boris Johnson to set out his proposed alternatives as soon as possible, as he met the British prime minister in Paris. The French president told Johnson on Thursday that the EU would like “visibility” on London’s concrete proposals for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU within a month, echoing language used by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Wednesday.
Tory Remainers who are intent on stopping no-deal are preparing to hold their own talks with Brussels in an attempt to delay Brexit, The Times has been told. The rebels, who are described as the “Remain alliance” and are led by Philip Hammond, have been working on plans to push through legislation that will force Boris Johnson to request an extension of the Article 50 process. However, Downing Street sources have pointed out that Brussels could simply reject any request for an extension, even if Mr Johnson is legally bound to ask for one.
Senior opposition leaders have agreed to meet Jeremy Corbyn next week in Westminster to discuss plans to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal. On Wednesday, the Labour leader wrote to opposition parties and key Tory Remain-backing rebels calling for a meeting aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit in Parliament. In his letter, Mr Corbyn said: “This country is heading into a constitutional and political storm, so it is vital that we meet urgently, before Parliament returns.”
The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has called for a meeting of other opposition party leaders to thrash out a plan to stop a no deal Brexit on the 31st of October. In ten weeks’ time today, at 11 pm on the evening of Hallowe’en, the UK is due to exit the EU under both domestic UK law and EU law. But of course with no realistic chance of an agreement in the offing, it looks more and more likely that the UK will be leaving the EU without a deal. But Jeremy Corbyn does not like this.
PRO-EU Tory rebels are to delay their bid to force Boris Johnson to abandon a No Deal Brexit by a month. A split has emerged between Conservatives and MPs from opposition parties in what they dub “the Rebel Alliance” on when to act. With the clock ticking down to the October 31 deadline, Labour and Lib Dems want to strike as soon as Parliament returns from its long summer break in 10 days’ time.
Opposition MPs will hijack an anti-No Deal Brexit meeting organised by Jeremy Corbyn and demand that the Labour leader backs another candidate if his bid to become caretaker PM fails. Mr Corbyn has invited party leaders and Tory Remainer rebels to meet him next Tuesday to hammer out a plan to stop the UK leaving the EU without an agreement on October 31. The Labour leader will be keen to use the meeting to secure support for his proposal to oust Boris Johnson through a vote of no confidence and then make him PM for a limited amount of time so he can agree a Brexit extension with the EU.
Rebel Conservatives and independent MPs have expressed deep scepticism after an invite from Jeremy Corbyn to discuss ways to stop a no-deal Brexit, making it explicit that their preference was to stop it by legislation, not through a Labour-led vote of no confidence. The former Conservative MP Nick Boles demanded the Labour leader rule out backing a general election that could lead to the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October.
Boris Johnson has been warned by senior Brexiteers including David Davis that they might not support his exit deal if he only succeeds in stripping out the Northern Ireland backstop. David Davis, the former Exiting the European Union secretary, told The Telegraph’s Chopper’s Brexit Podcast that Mr Johnson would also have agree not to pay the full £39billion Brexit bill and set a time limit on the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
The UK will exit the EU without a formal deal but with so many side agreements approved by Angela Merkel ‘it’s basically a Brexit deal’, the editor of Germany‘s most popular tabloid has predicted. Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief of Bild newspaper, told BBC Newsnight the German Chancellor will seek a solution to the Brexit problem that allows her to save face, while still reaching agreements on specific areas of policy.
GERMANY’s agriculture ministry has threatened to stop supplying food to Britain in the event of a no deal Brexit – but the warning is likely to have little impact on the UK. It is understood Germany’s agriculture ministry told officials at the British Foreign Office the country’s food producers would likely sell elsewhere rather than face border queues but it only supplies a very small amount of products – mainly tomatoes – which can easily be grown in the UK.
Dublin and Brussels are in secret talks about imposing new customs checks and controls at ports and factories as the likelihood grows of a no deal exit from the European Union, it has emerged. Checks will be at the “point of origin or destination, so the factories or ports” to ensure Ireland complies with strict EU single market rules, European Commission sources told the Irish Independent.
Some Britons may feel a touch of schadenfreude from seeing that the German industrial juggernaut is spluttering but its woes are a troubling symptom of a slowing world economy. Recession fears are mounting in Europe’s biggest economy after it was revealed this month that German GDP contracted in the second quarter, falling 0.1pc. Its export-reliant economy avoided a technical recession – two consecutive quarters of falling GDP – by a whisker last year but could fail to escape for a second time.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis agreed to push for more solidarity in the European Union over the migrant crisis. Mitsotakis, who took office on July, met with Macron in Paris on Thursday. He said the migrant crisis must not weigh only on the countries that are on the front line like Greece, Italy and Spain. Macron implicitly criticized Italy’s hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who recently refused to allow migrants onboard a rescue ship to disembark.
Emmanuel Macron has insisted Article 50 can still be revoked “up to the last second”, as he warned Boris Johnson a no-deal Brexit would be Britain’s fault. As the two leaders prepared to hold their first face-to-face meeting in Paris, Mr Macron once again dismissed the prime minister’s repeated demands to reopen the withdrawal agreement as “not an option”. In highly-critical remarks on the eve of talks, the French president also said the UK would be the “main victim” of a hard Brexit, as he warned the cost would not be offset by a trade deal with the United States.
Donald Trump and Boris Johnson will give the green light to trade talks when they meet at the G7 summit in France this weekend. The President and Prime Minister will agree to start work immediately on drawing up a timetable for negotiations. This is the first major step towards getting an all-important post-Brexit deal. The so-called road map will be finalised by officials in the next few weeks. ‘It will set out a series of deadlines for how trade talks should progress in the next 12 months.
Richard Braine, the new Ukip leader, has been accused of whipping up religious tensions and anti-Muslim prejudice after leaked emails showed he argued that people should no more want Muslims to settle in their country than Nazis. Braine, who won the leadership after a campaign in which he expressed anti-Islam views, also suggested that non-Muslims needed to help Muslims to “cast out their demon” and argued there was no such thing as “moderate Muslims”. One email reads: “The nonsense of the moderate Muslim is trotted out repeatedly by so many people with good intentions, but wilful ignorance of Islamic teaching. There is no moderate Islam.
The number of children caught carrying knives in schools has more than doubled in five years to over 1,100, with the youngest aged just four years old, new figures reveal. Weapons seized by police included machetes, hunting knives, a samurai sword and a highlighter pen where an 11 year old in Manchester had changed its nib to a blade and told another pupil: “Listen to me or else I’ll stab you.” Figures show there were 1,144 knife possession offences in schools, where the suspect was a child, in England, Scotland and Wales last year.
A four-year-old was among more than 1,000 children caught carrying knives in schools last year, police figures show. A total of 1,144 knife possession offences in schools, where the suspect was a child, were recorded in England, Scotland and Wales over 12 months. The figures, obtained from police forces through Freedom of Information requests by 5 News, also revealed weapons seized by officers included machetes, hunting knives and a samurai sword.
MORE than 1,000 children were caught carrying knives in schools last year – with the youngest aged just four, figures show. Weapons seized by police included machetes, hunting knives, a samurai sword and even a highlighter pen which had its nib changed to a blade. Figures obtained by 5 News under Freedom of Information laws show a total of 1,144 knife possession offences in schools, where the suspect was a child, were recorded in England, Scotland and Wales last year.
A county lines drug-dealing gang that groomed 40 children from one school has been targeted in an early morning police raid. Pupils as young as 14 were allegedly supplied with cocaine, cannabis, scales and small plastic bags so that they could sell the drugs at Kingsdown School in Swindon. Wiltshire police, who arrested the suspected ringleader, believe the dealers had a network of about 40 children pushing drugs at the school which has just over 1,200 pupils.
More than 1,000 children were caught carrying knives in schools last year – with the youngest aged just four, figures show. Weapons seized by police included machetes, hunting knives, a samurai sword and even a highlighter pen which had its nib changed to a blade. Figures obtained by 5 News under Freedom of Information laws show a total of 1,144 knife possession offences in schools, where the suspect was a child, were recorded in England, Scotland and Wales last year.
A county lines gang recruited 40 children to deal drugs at a secondary school, equivalent to one in every class, police have revealed. The teenagers, some as young as 14, had been supplied with drugs and dealing kits including bags and scales to measure out the doses of cocaine and cannabis that they sold to other children at the school. Police who smashed the ring in dawn raids this week said the network of 40 pupils, accounting for one in 30 children at the 1,200-pupil school, had been recruited by a main dealer and two young lieutenants.
A group of suspected illegal immigrants, believed to include a family with children, have escaped police from a beach in Sussex. This morning police and coastguard officials were photographed carrying rescued children to shore in Sussex, after the fifth boat in two days was intercepted trying to make the dangerous crossing. But tonight Sussex Police announced that some migrants ‘may have left the beach on their arrival’ and the force believes children could be among those who slipped through their fingers.
Boris Johnson is considering building the northern stretch of HS2 first as part of an overhaul of the project, The Times has learnt. The prime minister has announced a review into the multibillion-pound project amid concerns about spiralling costs after it emerged that Dominic Cummings, his most senior adviser, referred to it as a “disaster zone”. The review will also consider whether the line should be “reprioritised”. Mr Johnson is understood to have shown personal interest in the idea of bringing forward the second phase from Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds.
The government is launching a review of high-speed rail link HS2 – with a “go or no-go” decision by the end of the year, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said. It will consider whether and how the project to connect London, the Midlands and northern England should proceed. Billions have already been spent, but Mr Shapps refused to rule out scrapping it entirely. He said it was “responsible” to see whether the benefits really “stack up”.
Health watchdogs today have ruled against approving a cannabis-based drug for children with rare forms of epilepsy on the NHS. NICE said there was not enough evidence Epidiolex was a cost-effective or that it worked long term. Epidiolex is almost entirely based on CBD, a compound found in marijuana that is not psychoactive therefore does not give a ‘high’. It’s proven successful in controlling seizures in children with two forms of epilepsy that are resistant to most treatment – Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes.
Governments around the world should prepare to make a “managed retreat” from coasts as sea levels rise because of climate change, scientists have said. Researchers said that the sacrifice of seaside towns and cites was inevitable. “We can do that the hard way, by fighting for every inch and losing lives and dollars in the meantime,” AR Siders, an environmental fellow at Harvard University, said. “Or we can do it willingly and thoughtfully and . . . re-think the way we live.”