Dominic Grieve and Margaret Becket have announced that in yet another attempt to frustrate the referendum result they will propose amendments finance legislation on Tuesday to defund vital Government departments in the event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit. The departments targeted include the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Department for Education, and the Department for Work and Pensions. Going after support structures for disabled people, pensioners, and schoolchildren all to stop Britain properly leaving the EU… Given that the legal default remains ‘No Deal’, and the Government has already spent in the region of £4 billion preparing for it, this is a deeply callous course of action as if parliamentary paralysis persists then Britain will leave with ‘No Deal’.
After several failed attempts to sabotage the Brexit process from within the House of Commons, die-hard Remain Members of Parliament will now attempt to starve the government of money if a future Prime Minister attempts to take Britain out of the European Union. In preparation for a U.S. style shutdown proposed to sabotage any attempt by Boris Johnson — the Conservative Member of Parliament thought to be the front-runner to become the new Prime Minister next month — to fulfil his pledge to implement Brexit “do or die”, Remainers will vote next week to empower themselves to plunge the country into crisis to punish it for wanting to leave Europe.
KEN CLARKE, Dominic Grieve and Margaret Beckett are spearheading a bid to block a new Prime Minister from taking Britain out of the European Union without a deal and against the will of Parliament by trying to cut off the Government’s funding. The trio have tabled an amendment to routine finance legislation – dubbed estimates – that was set to be nodded through early next week. Former Chancellor Ken Clarke added his influential weight to their bid, saying he would vote for the amendment. The change aims at denying funds to certain Government departments unless parliament has ratified a deal with the EU, or MPs have agree to Britain leaving without a deal.
Boris Johnson is preparing an emergency budget for a no-deal Brexit, including aggressive tax cuts, an overhaul of stamp duty and an assault on regulation if he becomes prime minister, The Times can reveal. His team wants a series of measures to ensure that the economy is “going gangbusters” by October 31, putting Britain in the best position to leave the EU with or without a deal.
ARCH-Remainer Ken Clarke has stunned anti-Brexit campaigners by admitting a no deal Brexit would not derail the British economy, confounding the direst predictions of Project Fear. However, he also insisted neither Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt believes Britain will leave the European Union without a deal at the end of October. Speaking at a lunch in Westminster, the former Chancellor told reporters he did not think the economy would collapse if Britain left on WTO terms, without a withdrawal agreement in place.
Boris Johnson has refused demands to categorically rule out suspending parliament to push through a no-deal Brexit without the consent of MPs. The frontrunner to be the next prime minister confirmed it was one of the options on the table, after failing to give clear answers on several other occasions. Johnson said on Wednesday that the chance of a no-deal Brexit was “a million to one against”, but he has also promised to completely replace the “defunct” withdrawal agreement negotiated by Theresa May and leave the EU by 31 October.
Boris Johnson has given his strongest signal yet that he could suspend parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit against the will of MPs. The Tory leadership front runner insisted that he was “not attracted” to the idea of ‘proroguing’ parliament, and that he believed the “common sense” of MPs would bring about a deal all sides could agree upon by the October 31 deadline.
BORIS JOHNSON has said it would be “absolutely folly” to rule out suspending Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit against the will of MPs. Theresa May has hinted she could vote to block a no deal Brexit after Tory leader frontrunner Boris Johnson has said he will ensure the UK leaves the EU by October 31. Mrs May was answering questions while attending the G20 summit in Japan.
BORIS JOHNSON has used a Tory leadership hustings event in Bournemouth to say it would be a “folly” to rule out the measure of proroguing Parliament to ensure Brexit is delivered. The idea, first mooted by now eliminated leadership candidate Dominic Raab would involve the Prime Minister requesting the Queen call an end to the Parliamentary session, essentially suspending all Government business until it is recalled.
Boris Johnson has said that it would be “folly” to rule out suspending parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit, opening a split within his team. The frontrunner to take over from Theresa May said that the option of proroguing parliament should be kept on the table. At a hustings in Bournemouth, Mr Johnson said: “I’m not attracted to the idea of a no-deal exit from the EU but it would be absolute folly to rule it out.
Downing Street accused a former cabinet minister of gross irresponsibility for an attempt to shut down government funding in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Dominic Grieve, the former attorney-general, and Dame Margaret Beckett, the former Labour foreign secretary, have tabled an amendment to government expenditure plans that have to be approved by parliament on Tuesday. The amendment would deny funding to key departments, including money to pay benefits, if a prime minister triggered a no-deal Brexit without parliamentary approval.
Leaving the European Union by October 31 if Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister will be “fairly seamless”, Andrea Leadsom says today. The former Leader of the House of Commons also urged Mr Johnson to rip up Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement and force civil servants to be more upfront about no deal planning. Speaking to today’s Chopper’s Brexit Podcast – which you can listen to easily by logging in or subscribing below – Mrs Leadsom confirmed that members of Mr Johnson’s new Cabinet would have to sign his “do or die” commitment to leave the EU by the end of October.
Theresa May has sent her successor as prime minister a signal that he cannot expect her automatic support on Brexit after she steps down. The PM declined to commit herself to backing her successor’s EU withdrawal plan in all circumstances, including a no-deal outcome. And she said the new PM – either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt – must secure MPs’ backing for the path he proposes and should not shut down parliament to stop them from voting.
Boris Johnson called the French “turds” for trying to sabotage Brexit in an explosive rant censored by the BBC, it has been claimed. The Tory leadership candidate reportedly made the remark while being filmed for a fly-on-the-wall documentary about his time as foreign secretary. The BBC apparently agreed with the Foreign Office that the remark would not be featured amid concerns that it would make Anglo-French relations “awkward”.
Boris Johnson is reported to have called the French “turds” when he was foreign secretary, in a Brexit outburst filmed for a BBC documentary but never broadcast. The Foreign Office persuaded the BBC to cut it from the film because it was “potentially awkward” for Anglo-French relations, according to a report in the Daily Mail. It is reported that Mr Johnson made the remark in frustration at what he saw as French intransigence in Brexit negotiations as Theresa May was battling to secure a deal.
BORIS JOHNSON was censored by the BBC after he insulted the French in a Brexit documentary. The frontrunner for Prime Minister reportedly accused the French of being “turds” over Brexit. The former Foreign Secretary’s remark was supposed to be a feature in a TV documentary, the Daily Mail reported. However, the Foreign Office begged for the comment to be cut out the show, insiders have claimed.
Theresa May has said her successor as prime minister must “work with Parliament” to secure a Brexit deal which is in the national interest. And she did not rule out working from the backbenches to block a no-deal withdrawal, saying only that she would give “every support” to ensuring that the UK leaves the EU “in an orderly way”. The comments will be seen as a warning to leadership favourite Boris Johnson, who last night said it would be “absolute folly” to rule out the option of suspending parliamentary proceedings to force through a no-deal EU withdrawal against the wishes of MPs.
Theresa May has refused to promise unconditional support for her successor’s Brexit plan. Asked if she would back whichever Brexit outcome the next prime minister achieves, including a no-deal Brexit, she said that amounted to agreeing to “whatever happens in future”. Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson will be announced as the winner of the Tory Party leadership race on 23 July.
Kenneth Clarke, the Conservative MP whose parliamentary career has just passed its 49th anniversary, says he will most likely not fight another election, even if one is called in the autumn. Speaking to journalists at a lunch on Thursday, Clarke predicted that neither Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Hunt would end up forcing a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. He said that the “the real world” would take over from the rash promises the pair had made to party members.
Veteran MP Kenneth Clarke said he finally intended to “pack it up” at the next election – even if one is called this autumn. The former chancellor, who has served Parliament for almost 50 years, said he was “currently minded” not to stand again, admitting it would be a great pity to bow out in the middle of a “tragic farce”. Mr Clarke, who is 78, is the longest-serving MP and has held Cabinet posts under Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron.
Tory veteran and pro-Remain cheerleader Ken Clarke has told Sky News he is “minded” to retire from the Commons after nearly 50 years. “You’ve got to hold yourself out as being able to do five more years and do the job properly,” he said during a typically candid Q&A with political journalists. “I’m currently minded to step down and I’ve told my people in Nottingham that I’m not standing again.”
Tory big beast Ken Clarke says he’ll ‘probably pack it up’ before the next election. The former Chancellor said he’s “currently minded” to step down before the next election, adding the current political landscape is a “tragic farce.” Mr Clarke told a lunch in Westminster he would back a planned move to cut off Government funding if Britain moved towards a no deal Brexit. He was scathing about both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn , branding them “unrepresentative of the public at large.”
Guy Verhofstadt has launched a broadside against Boris Johnson, accusing him of engaging in a “combination of false promises, pseudo-patriotism, and foreigner bashing”. The European Parliament’s Brexit chief said the frontrunner to be Britain’s next prime minister was “a man who continues to dissemble, exaggerate, and disinform the public about Brexit”. “To those of us watching from the outside, the debate between the candidates confirms that they have learned nothing whatsoever from the past two years of negotiations with the EU,” Mr Verhofstadt wrote in a piece for the Project Syndicate website.
SNEERING Brussels boss Guy Verhofstadt has accused Boris Johnson of “false promises, pseudo-patriotism, and foreigner bashing” in a bitter personal attack. The EU Parliament Brexit negotiator lashed out, calling the Tory frontrunner “a man who continues to dissemble, exaggerate, and disinform the public”. In the extraordinary rant he mocked eurosceptics’ vision of a Global Britain, bragging the EU will overshadow the UK on the world stage.
Jean-Claude Juncker could stay on as president of the European Commission if there is a no-deal Brexit on October 31, a senior source has said. His five-year term is due to end on that day but he could be asked to stay on to avoid a power vacuum at the same time as a no-deal crisis, according to a minister in a European government.
EUROPE faces 1.2m job losses and a “disastrous” hit to key sectors of its economy under a No Deal Brexit, a shock report revealed yesterday. Experts have calculated that the EU’s growth will be slashed by 1.54% in the “short term” after Britain leaves without an agreement. Ireland would be the worst hit, shedding 50,330 jobs – more than 2.5% of its workforce – and losing £9bn of value from its economy.
EUROPE is facing a huge 1.2 million job loss in key sectors under a no deal Brexit with Ireland the worst hit, a shock report has revealed. The EU’s growth will be cut by 1.54 percent if the UK leaves without a withdrawal agreement, experts have calculated. Ireland would be the worst affected losing 50,330 jobs which is more than 2.5 percent of its workforce.
The Europe and Migration Minister for Scotland’s SNP-led devolved government claims proposals for it to be given powers to set its own open borders immigration policy are “making traction” with the British government. The left-wing, anti-Brexit Scottish National Party, which still hopes to separate Scotland from the United Kingdom despite losing a referendum on the issue in 2014, wants Scotland’s devolved institutions — similar to state government in United States — to be able to issue their own “Scottish visa”.
The Ofsted inspection regime has come under further scrutiny after teachers at a school graded outstanding walked out of classrooms saying that pupil violence was out of control. Staff at the top-rated Starbank School in Birmingham went on strike yesterday, claiming that their concerns over classroom violence and pupils carrying knives had been ignored. Teachers at the school have had to be given panic buttons after a series of threats and violent incidents involving pupils.
Shocking footage showing a ‘Thursday fight’ at an unruly Birmingham school where pupils ‘act like gangsters’ has been revealed as teachers staged a walk-out over fears for their own safety. A worried parent found the video on his son’s phone after hearing of the strike action involving staff at Starbank School in the Small Heath area of the city. Yesterday, teachers walked out of the flagship secondary as union members demanded a ‘knife audit’ at the ‘Outstanding-rated’ school.
Almost half of student loans worth billions of pounds will be written off by the taxpayer. Official figures released by the Department for Education (DfE) yesterday show 47 per cent of the total debt racked up by current students will be wiped after 30 years. The analysis is based on projected lifetime earnings for those studying in the 2018/19 academic year. However, the debt cancellation will vary between individuals, with some paying back much more than others depending on earnings.
A GCSE examiner has revealed wildly different marks being awarded in this year’s English language paper, saying children are “being betrayed”. The whistleblower posted images on Twitter of the marks awarded by an original examiner, who was then overruled by a colleague in a second marking, vastly improving the result. About one in ten papers are double-marked for accuracy. In the worst case shown in the images an answer was awarded 15 the first time and 24 the second.
GCSE English language students are being ‘betrayed’ by the AQA exam board with standards for marking ‘all over the place’, a whistleblower has claimed. The anonymous examiner used social media to highlight their concerns about a ‘s**t show’ surrounding the marking of one of this year’s papers. They said examiners have been ‘shocked’ and ‘horrified’ by the examples they were given of answers – called scripts – that deserve full marks, claiming they are ‘crap’.
Serious and organised crime is at record levels amid a growing threat from county lines gangs and new types of crime, says an official watchdog, as it warned of “shortcomings” in the UK’s strategy to combat it. The National Audit Office (NAO) said there were some “significant shortcomings” despite organised crime evolving at a “rapid rate” and growing. It warned the fight against it was being undermined by uncertainties over funding, bureaucracy and a failure to get to grips with new “high priority” threats such as child sex exploitation, modern slavery, human trafficking, cyber crime.
Police forces are allowing users of illegal class A drugs including heroin and cocaine to escape prosecution, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. At least four forces have quietly introduced policies where people caught with the drugs for personal use can avoid prosecution if they agree to undergo treatment for their habit. The move is being led by police and crime commissioners who say it avoids criminalising young people for “mistakes” and can be more effective than prison or fines in turning round the lives of potential addicts.
More than 1,000 people have died from drugs in one year in Scotland for the first time – and the crisis is seemingly fuelled by a pill sold for less than a chocolate bar. ITV News understands statistics set to be published next month will show drug deaths in the country have hit a record high. While figures from England and Wales have stabilised in recent years, drug deaths have doubled in the past decade in Scotland and are accelerating.
Extinction Rebellion, the climate change protesters who brought London to a standstill, are planning to ‘wreak havoc’ at the Wimbledon championships by demonstrating over single use plastics. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) is understood to be stepping up security after discovering secret plans by environmentalists to disrupt the popular Grand Slam tennis tournament, which starts on Monday.
Just one in five councils is providing a complete recycling service, figures show, and the government has now accepted it will not meet 2020 targets because of the current bewildering system. Research by the charity Wrap (Water & Resources Action Programme) found just 74 out of 345 local authorities in England collects dry recyclable materials such as plastic pots, tubs, trays as well as waste food.