Britain expects to start the divorce procedure to leave the European Union early next year and may not need two years to negotiate a deal, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday. London is under pressure from fellow EU members to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which triggers the start of the exit from the bloc. After that, Britain will have two years to negotiate a deal. Aides to Prime Minister Theresa May have suggested she hopes to trigger the procedure early next year to assuage any fears in her ruling Conservative Party and among millions of British voters that their decision to leave will not be heeded promptly.

BRITAIN is in a “position of power” over Brussels to negotiate Brexit with a new report revealing that millions more EU jobs are dependent on trade with the UK than the other way round. The study has led campaigners to urge Theresa May to press Britain’s economic advantage over the EU by initiating Article 50 in January at the latest and give the bloc an ultimatum to agree a tariff free deal in two years. In its report leading thinktank Civitas revealed that 5.8 million jobs in the EU are dependent on UK trade while 3.6 million British jobs are linked to business with EU countries. The revelation is a humiliating blow to Brussels hardliners led by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and European Parliament negotiator Guy Verhofstadt who have said they want to punish Britain for voting to Leave. It also weakens the position of the four EU central European countries known as the V4 – Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic – who have threatened to veto a trade deal if it does not include free movement to the UK for their citizens.

EUROPEAN Parliament president Martin Schulz has warned Britain to get on with Brexit as quickly as possible as he tonight arrived in Downing Street for a crunch meeting with Theresa May. The top Brussels boss was warmly greeted by the Prime Minister outside Number 10, but fractious talks could follow as the German politician has vowed to urge Mrs May to activate Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the legal mechanism for quitting the EU – as soon as possible. Speaking before the meeting, Mr Schulz also warned Britain the Government cannot cherry pick the conditions of staying in the EU’s single market, insisting that maintaining freedom of movement in any Brexit deal was “important” to Brussels. During his whirlwind visit the EU bigwig is also set to meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London mayor Sadiq Khan, the latter of which is likely to press him over access to EU markets for the City.

President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz has said he wants the UK out of the European Union by early 2019. As he prepared for talks in Downing Street, Mr Schulz urged Theresa May towards the “earliest possible triggering of Article 50” which will launch the official Brexit talks process. He argued it would be wrong for British voters to take part in EU Parliament elections while the negotiations were on-going. Number 10 hit back saying the most important thing is securing “the best deal for Britain.” Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty begins a two-year countdown during which negotiations would have to be complete, so it would need to be invoked by May next year for talks to be finished by the time EU elections come.

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The UK will “probably” begin formal negotiations to leave the European Union early in 2017, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has told the BBC. The foreign secretary said it was still “subject for discussion” but the “Article 50 letter” would be produced “probably in the early part” of 2017. But Number 10 said the government’s position had not changed and Article 50 would not be triggered in 2016. PM Theresa May has not yet given a clear statement on when it will begin. Asked about Mr Johnson’s comments, a spokeswoman for the prime minister said the government position on when it would trigger Article 50 was “not before the end of this year”. “The decision is hers [Mrs May’s] and she will do that at a time which is most likely to get the best deal for Britain,” the spokeswoman added.

Sky News
Boris Johnson has said the process of leaving the EU does not need to take two years once Article 50 is invoked. Speaking to Sky News in New York, the Foreign Secretary said he expected Article 50 – the formal mechanism for beginning the exit from the Union – to be invoked early next year. He also said Britain would “take back control” with a global free trade package and a deal on financial services. Once Britain invokes Article 50 and informs the European Council it is leaving, it has a maximum of two years to negotiate the terms of its withdrawal.



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Theresa May has told defence chiefs British troops must not be hounded through the courts for unfounded abuse claims. The Prime Minister said “every effort must be made” to stop vexatious claims being brought against soldiers. Her comments during a summit at the Ministry of Defence come amid mounting criticism of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT). The team was set up to investigate allegations of murder, abuse and torture by British troops. But former soldiers say they have been hounded through the courts on unfounded claims, leading to calls for IHAT to be axed.

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Every effort must be made to stop the legal system being abused over allegations of serious misconduct by UK troops, Theresa May has said. The PM told defence chiefs she is determined to stop “vexatious” claims being brought against the armed forces. Two separate inquiries are examining about 2,000 allegations against troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. An MoD source said steps were being taken to prevent spurious complaints and reduce the number of cases. Former soldiers have claimed they have been hounded through the courts on unfounded claims and there are growing calls for Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which investigates claims of murder and abuse by British soldiers in Iraq, to be shut down.

More than 1,200 cases of alleged abuse by British soldiers in Iraq will be dismissed within the next three months as a result of the collapse of an ‘ambulance-chasing’ law firm, the Mail can reveal. Investigators at the Iraq Historic Abuse Team (Ihat) expect the number of allegations being probed to fall from 1,500 to just 250 by the start of next year as vast numbers are rejected out of hand. The dramatic fall results from the collapse of Public Interest Lawyers, which deluged Ihat with cases, and the weeding out of spurious or duplicate claims. Run by human rights lawyer Phil Shiner, PIL was stripped of legal aid amid allegations of misconduct and closed last month. Ihat investigators believe the vast majority of the PIL cases will be dismissed because they do not hold water. Sources said reasons they would be rejected include a lack of evidence, because no crime was committed or because UK forces were not involved. The revelations will be a great relief to the British Army personnel who have found themselves under investigation.



NHS out-of-hours services are being run without a single doctor in some parts of the country, as other practices turn to refugee medics to plug desperate shortages of Gps. Experts said patients were being put at risk by a scarcity of family doctors, which could result in up to 600 practices closing their doors by 2020. The growing crisis means parts of Yorkshire covering up to 300,000 patients have been left without any doctor to send out at night, an investigation found. Senior doctors said the situation was “appalling” and in need of urgent action, with patients left in danger by “poor quality, unsafe care”.


The economy

The world’s ‘leading’ economic think-tank, repeatedly cited by the Chancellor to push ‘project fear’, has humiliatingly U-turned on its ‘doomsday’ Brexit warnings, predicting strong growth for the UK. Not a single serious economist does not think Brexit will be bad for the economy”, George Osborne famously said before the referendum, citing the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others. Yesterday, however, the Office for Nation Statistic (ONS) said the Brexit vote had had “no major effect” on the economy, the OECD said “markets have since stabilised”, and the IMF acknowledged the UK had “surprised on the upside” back in September. Specifically, the OECD claimed that the UK was likely to experience 1.8 per cent growth in 2016, up from their dismal 0.1 per cent prediction made before the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU).



THE European Union needs Britain for jobs far more than we need it, financial experts revealed yesterday. Almost six million people in Europe have roles that depend on the UK. But just 3.6million Brits have jobs linked to the EU. It shows that Brussels has much more at stake if it imposes tough trade barriers, a report by the thinktank Civitas showed.Ukip business spokesman Christopher Mills said the findings should end panic and rumour about the effect of Brexit on trade. He said: “What is good for Britain and British workers is also good for their own populations. A fair deal that allows freedom to trade without unrestricted freedom of movement is the clear best solution, for us, and for them.” The figures came as the European Parliament President demanded Britain leave the EU immediately. Martin Schulz, who met PM Theresa May for crunch talks, said he wants Article 50 – which starts a two-year countdown on negotiations to exit – triggered at the earliest possibility.


The Jungle

Nicolas Sarkozy has suggested he will force Britain to open a migrant centre to process asylum claims from migrants if he is re-elected French President next year. Speaking during a visit to the town of Calais – which has become notorious as the site of the so-called ‘Jungle’ migrant camp – the former president said he would scrap the Le Touquet treaty that lets Britain station border officials in Calais, and force the UK to open a centre on the English side of the Channel. We should not act as customs officers for the English,” Mr Sarkozy said. The Times reports that his visit came amid renewed clashes between migrants and riot police as around 300 migrants tried to block a road. Police responded by firing tear gas, with the migrants responding by throwing rocks. One officer was injured and a migrant was arrested.



Incidents of ‘Islamophobia’ are really getting out of hand in Britain. In fact there has been such a wave of attacks that it’s amazing that politicians and commentators across the political spectrum, (not to mention all those supposed ‘anti-fascist’ groups) aren’t grand-standing like crazy. Perhaps their problem is that this wave of attacks does not consist of people writing nasty and mean things on Twitter, but of Muslims killing other Muslims and still other Muslims extolling such killings. It’s only a couple of weeks since a Sunni Muslim from Birmingham called Tanveer Ahmed was sentenced to prison for murdering an Ahmadiyya Muslim shopkeeper from Glasgow called Asad Shah. Mr Ahmed thought Mr Shah had ‘disrespected’ Islam, and so he repeatedly stabbed Mr Shah in the head until he was dead.


EU army

Britain will resist new European Union defence proposals if it feels they undermine NATO, British officials say, in a warning to France and Germany that London will defend its military interests even as it negotiates to leave the EU bloc. Paris and Berlin proposed last week reviving EU common defence plans long blocked by Britain, partly to give the bloc a sense of purpose after Britons’ vote to quit the EU and also to counter the loss of the union’s biggest defence spender. Those plans include a joint and permanent EU headquarters for civilian and military missions, possibly in Brussels, which London says will drain away finite resources when NATO already has its military command centre, also in Belgium. Most EU members, including Britain, France and Germany, are also NATO allies. But Europe wants to be able to act independently of the United States in its neighbourhood.


Advanced weaponry

INCREDIBLE military weapons which could have been lifted straight out of James Bond movies are here with invisible warships, super submarines, and unbeatable fighter jets. As the planet looms towards war with ever-growing tensions between the world’s superpowers, armies, navies and air forces are in a constant race for the very best gear. Military chiefs have warned the world is closer to war now than at any time in the past 60 years and a former NATO commander issued a chilling warning global conflict could erupt as early as 2017 . Daily Star Online can reveal some of the most amazing and advanced weapons of war Russia, the US and Britain have primed and ready for World War 3. The new pride of the American navy the USS Zumwalt is set to be officially commissioned in Baltimore next month. Incredible looking with a Star Wars-esque appearance , the £3.4 Billion destroyer is already out there roaming the world’s oceans undergoing sea trials – with another 32 on order.

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