A pro-globalisation French think tank that published an attack on the economic case for Brexit yesterday buried the fact that, according to their own predictions, Brexit would also drastically cut migration to the tens of thousands. The report, by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), was overwhelming negative, but hidden in the data was the revelation that quitting the EU would cut net migration to the UK by 84,000 a year from 2019 onwards.
Labour donor John Mills has quit the cross-party Vote Leave campaign saying he wanted to concentrate on making his party’s case for Brexit. Mr Mills had been deputy chairman of the group designated the lead “out” campaign by the Electoral Commission. He has previously claimed the campaign was torn by internal feuding.
The UK economy would be about 4% bigger 10 years after leaving the European Union than if it stayed in, according to a group of leading economists who support an exit. A pamphlet published by the eight “Economists for Brexit” set out a series of arguments on the benefits of voting to leave in the referendum on 23 June.
Bernard Jenkin claimed the government watered down the Trade Union Bill to ensure union support in its campaign to keep Britain in the EU. Mr Jenkin told MPs “this stinks” like “cash for questions” and showed the government was at the “rotten heart of the European Union”.
NIGEL Farage will today warn that the drive to quit the EU will fail unless campaigners do more to highlight the threat of mass immigration. In an outspoken intervention in the referendum debate, the Ukip leader will accuse the Vote Leave campaign of putting too much effort into reacting to Government scaremongering rather than stressing the dangers of staying linked to Brussels. And he will insist that border control is the key issue that can win over voters.
The UK Parliament watchdog has identified at least £650m in penalties, known as disallowance payments, over the past decade caused by errors in how government bodies spent European Union (EU) funds. Leave campaigners say it shows the existence of an EU funding “racket”.
British border guards have turned away almost 20 times as many non-EU nationals as European citizens in the past decade, official figures revealed last night. The shocking data shows how officials seeking to keep out terror suspects, extremists and criminals have had their hands tied by Brussels.
In the last ten years, guards ordered not to impede freedom of movement rules have turned away just 11,000 EU citizens.
BRITAIN faces legal action by the European Commission for the HGV levy imposed on foreign truckers. Campaigners said the move could cost the Government £100million. A levy of £1,000 a year or £10 a day was introduced in 2014 to help hauliers losing out to EU rivals who escape UK road tax. It raises £45million a year. British haulage firms pay it, but get a discount from their vehicle excise duty.
The European Union is an ‘economic failure’ and Britain would be richer if we left, a group of leading economists said yesterday. In an explosive report, they claimed membership of the sclerotic Brussels club was holding back growth across the region, and branded the euro an ‘unmitigated disaster’. Every worker in the UK would be £40 a week better off a decade after Brexit and the economy would be 4 per cent bigger than if the UK stayed in the EU, the economists said.
An Islamic school in Luton has been reported to Britain’s Education Secretary and the equalities watchdog, after teachers insisted on segregating themselves from the opposite sex behind a screen, even as an inspection took place. Ofsted, the government inspector, has previously found that the hard line Deobandi school has hosted ‘scholars’ who encouraged jihad after 9/11 and who have supported terrorist insurgents in Pakistan.
Jeremy Corbyn has come under attack from his own shadow cabinet for failing to properly tackle allegations of anti-Semitism. After Ken Livingstone was suspended from the Labour party for inflammatory remarks claiming Hitler was a “Zionist”, shadow home secretary Andy Burnham said more needed to be done.
Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham has criticised his party for failing to deal effectively with allegations of anti-Semitism made against Labour. Mr Burnham said comments made by Ken Livingstone, claiming Hitler supported Zionism “before he went mad”, were ill-advised, offensive and distasteful. Mr Livingstone was suspended by the party, a day after MP Naz Shah was suspended over comments on Facebook.
Senior Labour figures including Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper have said the party must do more to tackle alleged anti-Semitism within their ranks. Ken Livingstone has been suspended by Labour for “bringing the party into disrepute” after he said Adolf Hitler was “supporting Zionism” when he rose to power in the 1930s. In an explosive confrontation in Westminster, Labour MP John Mann told Ken Livingstone he was a “disgusting racist” and a “Nazi apologist”.
LABOUR heavyweight Ken Livingstone has been branded “vicious” by a former aide as the party’s anti-Semitism crisis deepens. Atma Singh attacked Livingstone last night after the former London mayor sparked controversy by claiming Adolf Hitler was a Zionist. Singh, who advised the socialist on Asian affairs and faith issues until 2005, said ‘Red Ken’ should be “expelled” from Labour.
Ken Livingstone has been suspended from the Labour Party today for “bringing the party into disrepute”. The row follows Livingstone going on BBC London Radio last night to defend Bradford MP Naz Shah, who was suspended yesterday over a 2014 Facebook post which supported ‘relocation’ of Israelis to the USA. The former London Mayor said he’d never heard anything antisemitic in all his time in the Labour Party, and claimed Hitler himself was once a supporter of Zionism.
The high court has rejected an attempt to force the government to grant millions of UK citizens living abroad a vote in this June’ s EU referendum. The legal challenge brought by two disenfranchised expats on behalf of those living overseas for more than 15 years was dismissed by Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mr Justice Blake.
SCIENTISTS have identified six main dangers that could wipe out humanity including killer robots and nuclear war. They claim engineered viruses, climate change, superbugs and droughts could also strike within the next five years. They may sound like something from a Hollywood blockbuster – but researchers say they are “very real threats” that governments are failing to take seriously.