A series of technical papers on Britain’s preparedness for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit have squashed lurid scare stories about the Army being deployed and the country running out of sandwiches, recently circulated in the national press. EU loyalists such as Labour’s David Lammy MP — who reacted to the public’s vote for Brexit by pleading “Wake up. We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness through a vote in Parliament” just days after it happened — had claimed ministers were “drawing up blueprints for the army to deliver food, fuel, and medicine” in the event of ‘No Deal’.
BRITAIN will be fully prepared for Brexit even in the case of a no-deal exit, Dominic Raab said today, as 24 technical papers outlining preparations and scenarios if the UK quits the EU without a deal next March were released. While he said a good Brexit deal between the UK and EU remains “in our sights”, Mr Raab today outlined the “practical and proportionate” preparations for a no-deal exit. He played down Project Fear warnings of stockpiling food, joking at a major speech this morning: “Let me assure you that, contrary to one of the wilder claims, you will still be able to enjoy a BLT after Brexit, and there are no plans to deploy the army to maintain food supplies.”
Philip Hammond has been accused of undermining Theresa May’s Brexit strategy after warning on Thursday that leaving the European Union without a deal will have “large fiscal consequences” for Britain. Dominic Raab, the Brexit Secretary, had attempted to play down the risk of a no-deal Brexit as part of a choreographed Government strategy, saying that the “vast majority” of consumers will not even notice the impact. However within hours of Mr Raab’s speech Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, published a letter to the Treasury select committee warning that a no-deal Brexit could increase borrowing by £80billion a year by 2033.
Philip Hammond launched a new attack on Tory colleagues last night by warning that a no-deal Brexit would significantly damage the economy, hours after Dominic Raab said that any risks were short-term. The chancellor again dismissed claims of a Brexit dividend, speaking after Mr Raab, the Brexit secretary, had insisted that leaving without an agreement would deliver positive “opportunities”. Mr Raab said that Britain would be better off out of the EU in the long term under any scenario as the government released the first detailed contingency plans for a disorderly split.
Tory divisions over Brexit were exposed afresh on Thursday, as Philip Hammond warned that leaving the EU without a deal would blow an £80bn hole in the public finances, just hours after Dominic Raab sought to play down the risks. In the morning, the new Brexit secretary struck a determinedly optimistic note, as he launched 24 “technical notices”, advising businesses and consumers how to protect themselves against the risk of Britain exiting the EU in March next year without a deal – and dismissing warnings of a sandwich shortage.
Philip Hammond has warned of “large fiscal consequences” from a no-deal Brexit, just hours after cabinet colleague Dominic Raab attempted to play down the risks arising from such a scenario. Described as a “Brexit bazooka” by pro-EU campaigners, the chancellor reiterated a previous government analysis which claimed borrowing could be around £80bn a year higher by 2023-34 if Britain crashes out of the bloc. In a letter to senior Conservative MP Nicky Morgan, who chairs parliament’s Treasury Select Committee, Mr Hammond said the January analysis estimated a no-deal scenario could result in GDP falling by as much as 10 per cent.
Brexiteers have attacked Philip Hammond for reiterating a warning that a no-deal Brexit could damage the economy. The chancellor’s warning was published in a letter, hours after the government laid out plans for a no-deal Brexit. Conservative MP Marcus Fysh accused Mr Hammond of embarking on “another instalment of dodgy project fear”. Meanwhile, the World Trade Organization head has told the BBC a no-deal “would not be the end of the world…but it’s not going to be a walk in the park”. In a letter published on the Treasury website, Mr Hammond repeated the findings of the Treasury’s provisional Brexit analysis released earlier this year.
There is huge anger from Brexiteers after Remainer Philip Hammond’s Treasury intervened with a typically doomsday warning about No Deal yesterday. In a letter to fellow Remainer Tory Nicky Morgan, Hammond warns that No Deal “would have large fiscal consequences”, with a hit to GDP and an increase in government borrowing of £80 billion come 2033 – 2034. Of course Morgan jumped all over that and said that it showed “No Deal would be a very, very bad deal for the UK and it’s citizens”. Given the Treasury pre-referendum had forecast a Leave vote recession and 500,000 job losses, Jacob Rees-Mogg hit back.
THE Government has published advice on how people and businesses can plan for a no-deal Brexit as fears the UK will leave the bloc without an agreement continue to grow. The UK is set to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019 but no agreement on the future relationship between the two sides has been decided. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier this week warned a deal will not be agreed before a major European summit on October 16. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is briefing Westminster on more than 80 no-deal preparedness notices produced by the Government.
BRITAIN’S negotiating attempts with the EU have been mocked by a top professor in European studies who claims the UK will “fall apart” post-Brexit without a deal. Alexander Clarkson, a lecturer in German and European studies at London’s King’s College, said he doubts Prime Minister Theresa May and her cabinet will be able to negotiate anything long-term for Britain by the March 2019 cut-off. The Briton, who grew up in Germany, said crunch talks are being diminished because the government is “slowly becoming incapacitated”.
The European Commission has warned that Brexit will cause disruption “regardless” of whether an agreement is reached, as the UK government outlines its plans for a no-deal. On Thursday Britain’s Brexit secretary Dominic Raab published 25 documents advising businesses what to do in the event no agreement is reached, with advice covering sectors such as medicine, finance and farming. The UK minster says he believe a deal with the EU was “by far the most likely outcome” despite one Cabinet colleague earlier this summer putting the chance of a no-deal at more likely than not.
Jeremy Corbyn claimed that Zionists in Britain “don’t understand English irony” in a speech that appeared to portray Jews as an alien culture. A leading Jewish charity accused the Labour leader of “unambiguous antisemitic hate” after he was caught on camera making his remarks at a pro-Palestinian event. Luciana Berger, a Jewish Labour MP, said his comments were “inexcusable” and made her feel unwelcome in the party. Mr Corbyn has been fighting claims of antisemitism in his party for most of the three years of his leadership.
Jeremy Corbyn accused British ‘Zionists’ of having ‘no sense of English irony’ despite having ‘lived in Britain all of their lives’, in comments that have been slammed by Jewish groups as anti-Semitic, MailOnline can reveal. The remarks were made in 2013, when Corbyn was giving a speech alongside prominent British extremists, at a London conference promoted by the propaganda website of terror group Hamas. The Labour leader said: ‘[British Zionists] clearly have two problems. One is they don’t want to study history, and secondly, having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, they don’t understand English irony either.’
Jeremy Corbyn set out his media policy in a speech in Edinburgh this morning, it felt very sinister in its implications. That is not just Guido’s feeling, that was according to the Labour Party’s former Head of Press & Broadcasting, Jo Green; “I find elements of these media reforms rather sinister. And I don’t believe for a second that they are motivated by a belief that a future government should be held to greater journalistic scrutiny.” Corbyn wants to set up a state-backed British Digital Corporation to rival Netflix – in addition to BBC iPlayer – he wants it to work in the interests of the many not the few and he wants to “democratise” the BBC with an elected board.
An application to join the Conservative Party by Leave.EU co-founder and former UKIP donor Arron Banks has been turned down, the Tories have said. Mr Banks and the pro-Brexit group’s communications director, Andy Wigmore, both announced on social media that they were joining the party. The pair said they had received a confirmation email welcoming them. But a Conservative Party spokesperson later said their “applications for membership… have not been approved”.
Multimillionaire former Ukip donor Arron Banks’ attempt to join the Conservative Party in order to vote in a future leadership contest has been rejected. Mr Banks, who also donated to the Vote Leave referendum campaign in 2016, claimed through his Leave.EU campaign group he had joined the party as he urged his supporters to follow his lead. But a spokesperson for the Tory party said his application alongside his spin-doctor, Andy Wigmore, had not been approved.
Two prominent Brexit campaigners including a multimillionaire former Ukip donor have been blocked from joining the Conservative party. Arron Banks, who set up the Brexit campaigning group Leave.EU, and his associate Andy Wigmore yesterday applied to join the party in an effort to push the Tories towards a Eurosceptic successor to Theresa May. A Conservative spokesman said their applications had “not been approved”.
The Conservatives have said they prevented Arron Banks from joining the party, a few hours after Nigel Farage’s former financial backer, and a close associate, claimed they had successfully signed up. A Conservative spokesman said membership applications from the Leave.EU co-founder and his business partner Andy Wigmore had been refused, at a time of growing concern that hard Brexiters were flocking to the party to vote in a future leadership contest. Banks and Wigmore said they had received confirmation emails welcoming them to the party.
Net migration of EU citizens to Britain has fallen to its lowest level in six years, while Europeans already in the UK are rushing to get British citizenship. The figure for net migration was 270,000 in the year to March, almost three times the government’s target. Estimated net migration from eight eastern European states, including Poland, has fallen since the EU referendum, with the latest figures showing that there are now more people from those states leaving the UK than arriving.
Net immigration from the EU has dropped to its lowest level in more than five years – but overall inflows to Britain are still running a nearly treble the government’s target. Amid fevered speculation over a ‘Brexodus’, figures showed a net 87,000 people came to the UK from the bloc over in the year to March. The level is down from a high of 189,000 in the 12 months leading up to the EU referendum, the lowest recorded since January 2012.
Italy last night threatened to pull the plug on billions of pounds of EU contributions if the bloc does not step in to distribute more than 150 migrants being held in a Sicilian dock. A row has been brewing over migrants aboard the Diciotti coast guard vessel in recent days, sparking an emergency meeting between diplomats today who will discuss the bloc’s asylum policy. Those aboard the vessel, which arrived on Monday night, are being refused permission to disembark in Catania unless other member states agree to take some of those on board.
GERMANY’S pro-EU Youth Union led by an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded Britain apply to re-join the bloc in 2035 – despite the UK not having left yet. The group, also known as the Junge Union, campaigns in favour of Brussels on behalf of Germany’s young people and now argues that as many young Britons voted Remain in the 2016 EU referendum the nation should be automatically re-admitted back into bloc in 2035.
A NO-DEAL Brexit would be disastrous for European financial firms who will lose access to the City of London, an economic expert has warned. Brussels has yet to reach an agreement with UK negotiators to give EU firms unfettered access to the Square Mile post-Brexit. In a stark warning, Westminster think-tank Parliament Street said the EU’s economy would suffer if it fails to strike a workable deal. The UK is currently the largest market for investment services in Europe, ahead of France, Germany and Luxembourg.
Alex Salmond has been reported to police over allegations he sexually assaulted two members of staff while he was Scotland’s First Minister, it emerged last night. The former leader of the SNP is said to have carried out the alleged assaults in Bute House in Edinburgh, the First Minister’s official residence, in December 2013. The claims are understood to have been reported to police by Scottish Government officials following an internal inquiry. Bute House is a listed building in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square and is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
Alex Salmond has been accused of sexually assaulting two staff members while he was Scotland’s first minister. Last night he said that he was taking the Scottish government to court over the way that it was investigating claims of sexual harassment against him. He said that he wanted to let a “real court” decide whether he has a case to answer. The former SNP leader has been accused of carrying out the attacks in Bute House, his official Edinburgh residence, in December 2013, according to the Daily Record.
ALEX Salmond has denied sexually assaulting two staff members while he was First Minister. The 63-year-old is accused of carrying out the assaults at his official Bute House residence in 2013, it’s reported. According to the Daily Record, the allegations, which surfaced after an internal Scottish Government inquiry, have been passed onto police. However, Police Scotland said it was “not going to comment on whether an inquiry is ongoing”.
Alex Salmond is taking the Scottish Government to court following complaints about his conduct during his time as first minister. Mr Salmond said he had been denied the chance to properly challenge the complaints, which he denies. The allegations relate to his behaviour towards a member of staff at his official Bute House residence in 2013, the Daily Record reported.
Alex Salmond is at the centre of extraordinary allegations that he sexually assaulted two staff members while he was First Minister. Mr Salmond is accused of carrying out the assaults at his official residence in 2013 while he was still in office.It was reported last night that the allegations, which arose from an internal Scottish Government inquiry, had been passed on to Police Scotland. However, the force said it was ‘not going to comment on whether an inquiry is ongoing’.
Failing hospitals should be made to join Tesco-style “NHS chains” to end mediocrity and waste in the health service, the chief executive of the country’s best-run trust says. Standards of care vary so much around the country because dozens of independent local hospitals are allowed to do things in their own way, argues Sir David Dalton, whose Salford Royal trust today becomes the first NHS hospital to be rated “outstanding” twice.
Patients had to wait a full day for an ambulance in six trust areas in the past year, with one dispatch delayed by 62 hours. Hold-ups of more than or just under 24 hours were recorded in eastern, southeastern, south central and northeastern England, as well as in Yorkshire and Wales. Records of the longest waits in the 12 months to July 1 were obtained under freedom of information laws by the BBC. They showed that the total number of ambulance calls topped ten million for the first time last year after a 15 per cent rise in demand since 2015. The longest delays were logged in Wales, where four people had to wait for more than 50 hours.
The Welsh Ambulance Service has the worst delays in the UK, according to official records. One patient waited more than 62 hours for an ambulance – more than twice as long as the longest delay in any other NHS area. And a total of four patients in Wales were left waiting for more than 50 hours – over two days – for medical help, Freedom of Information figures have shown. The Patients Association called the delays ‘extremely concerning’ as it was revealed three English NHS trusts recorded waits of over 24 hours between 2017 and 2018.
The NHS could save £800 million a year if patients were given more support managing long-term health conditions, new research has claimed. A study by the Health Foundation published on Friday found that emergency hospital admissions could fall by as many as 436,000 cases a year in England if patients struggling to deal with conditions like diabetes, mental illness and asthma were given extra assistance. Currently, patients with long-term medical conditions account for more than 60% of the 6 million emergency hospital admissions recorded in England each year.
A patient from the Middle East is being treated for the killer MERS virus in England, health officials have today confirmed. Public Health England said the unidentified patient was diagnosed at a hospital in Leeds, before being moved to a specialist centre in Liverpool. The Government-run body is now scrambling to contact passengers who were on the same plane from Saudi Arabia to Manchester as the patient, amid fears they may also be infected. MERS, caused by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, kills a third of those it strikes.
A MERS victim has been discovered with the deadly disease in Britain and has been rushed to hospital after being deemed an “urgent threat to humanity”. Public Health England believe the man contracted MERS overseas in the Middle East. MERS kills one in three people it infects and is named as on of the most urgent threats to humanity by WHO. He was initially sent to hospital in Leeds before being transferred to the Royal Liverpool Hospital.