THERESA MAY has warned Cabinet Ministers they must be ready to compromise over Brexit as Brussels has hardened against a good deal for the UK following the election of the new anti-EU government in Italy. The PM and her Brexit guru Olly Robbins are claiming that EU chiefs are closing ranks to put off other countries leaving during “grim” one on one briefings for her top team ahead of next week’s crunch Chequers summit. A government source said: “Italy has spooked them and made them more determined that no one is allowed to leave with a good deal”. The negative views of Downing Street in these ministerial “bi-lats” last night sparked Brexiteer fears Mrs May is poised to soften her exit red lines — a claim denied by her senior aides.
THERESA May has been given an ultimatum by four senior Tory Brexiteers that she must walk away from Brexit talks with the EU unless they agree to discuss trade. As the Prime Minister met with other European leaders yesterday in Brussels, Jacob Rees Mogg, former cabinet ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson and former Brexit minister David Jones said that the EU must be made to realise it will not get the £39 billion divorce bill unless it changes its approach to the talks. The tough line from three of the most senior Brexiteers on the Tory backbenchers comes amid growing anger over the intransigence of Brussels negotiators and their refusal to discuss anything until the Northern Ireland border issue is resolved.
THERESA MAY wants to “accelerate and intensify” the UK’s ongoing Brexit negotiations with the EU after the publication of the upcoming white paper, speeding up Britain’s journey out of the Brussels bloc. Speaking at 5am after a mammoth 10 hours of negotiations at the EU summit, the Prime Minister said she “wants to see” a similar response from other European leaders. Talking to journalists in Brussels, she said: “On Brexit I have been stressing we want a deal that works for the UK and our European partners and if we work together we can support each others’ prosperity and security.
Theresa May has called for Brexit negotiations to speed up as she arrived at a summit with other EU leaders. The prime minister insisted “very good progress” has been made so far but admitted both sides wanted to work at a “faster pace than we have done up until now”. Despite Mrs May’s plea, Brexit will be way down the agenda at the last EU council summit before leaders’ next gathering in October, when all sides hope a deal will be concluded by. EU leaders have already warned the deadline is slipping away.
Theresa May called for Brexit talks to “accelerate and intensify” early on Friday after issuing a chilling warning to EU leaders that their citizens’ lives will be at risk if they fail to reach a deal with Britain. The Prime Minister said the “collective ability to map terrorist networks” across Europe would be reduced under the EU’s current negotiating position, which cuts across several cross-Channel crime-fighting links. Mrs May told the 27 other EU leaders at a European Council summit in Brussels: “This is not what I want and I do not believe it is what you want either.
Theresa May told European leaders last night that they were putting their citizens’ lives at risk by allowing Brussels to restrict security co-operation with Britain after Brexit. In a stark message, delivered directly to member states over the heads of the EU’s Brexit negotiators, she accused the European Commission of putting obstacles in the way of a new security pact with the bloc. The prime minister appealed to leaders to overrule the commission and widen their negotiating mandate to allow the unrestricted sharing of police and security information that would be “in all our interests”.
Theresa May has issued a stark warning to EU leaders that their citizens’ lives will be at risk if they fail to show more flexibility on Brexit, as she struggled to regain the initiative at a bad-tempered summit in Brussels. The prime minister had earlier faced pointed criticism from a succession of leaders as they arrived at the European council meeting, in which they highlighted division and indecision at Westminster. The European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, told reporters: “I don’t have to lecture Theresa May, but I would like our British friends to make clear their position. We cannot go on to live with a split cabinet. They have to say what they want and we will respond to that.”
EU leaders risk having blood on their hands if they continue stalling on Brexit, Theresa May warned last night. The PM said Europe’s ability to tackle terrorism and serious crime was being ‘put at risk’ by the lack of agreement on a security deal. Ministers are furious at the insistence by Brussels that the UK must be treated like any other ‘third country’ after Brexit and should no longer be trusted with sensitive security information. British sources accused the EU of placing ‘obstacles’ in the way of security co-operation.
Theresa May has told her 27 European counterparts to think of their citizens’ safety if Britain is locked out of EU policing and security databases after Brexit. Speaking over dinner in Brussels the prime minister conceded that the “current legal framework” made Britain’s continued participation impossible and urged the leaders to rewrite their laws to accommodate the UK. Her attempt to shift the conversation to security comes as EU leaders urge her to make progress on the Northern Ireland border, a question which continues to divide her cabinet.
MPs should spend at least five days debating the final Brexit deal reached between the UK and the European Union, a Parliamentary committee says. The Brexit committee said it would be “the most significant parliamentary debate in a generation”. MPs must be able to give a “clear expression of its opinion” rather than simply “take note” it says. The government said Parliament would have “sufficient time” to scrutinise its agreement with the EU. The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, and negotiations have been taking place on what the future relationship between the two sides should look like.
THE powerful Commons Brexit committee last night demanded Brexit be delayed until a deal is done with Brussels. MPs warned that, even under the most optimistic scenario, there may not be enough time to complete all the work that is needed by the time the UK is scheduled to leave the bloc in March next year. They say in that situation then the official Article 50 divorce process must be extended. Last month The Sun revealed ministers had raised similar concerns over a lack of time to get vital exit laws onto the statute book. The Brexit Committee also said it did not accept that Britain would leave without a deal if the Commons rejected the agreement secured by Prime Minister Theresa May.
“Europe has many challenges but migration could end up determining Europe’s destiny,” Angela Merkel told the German parliament before heading to an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. Divided European Union leaders are meeting for crunch talks over migration as the bloc struggles to contain a political crisis that threatens to engulf the German Chancellor and widen splits between Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern countries. Despite the fact that migrant arrivals are down and far lower than the heights of 2015’s crisis, EU leaders are hardening their stance and have turned on each other.
European Union leaders have discussed their fears that the “immense pressure” President Trump’s policies are putting on Nato could lead to its break-up. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, painted a bleak picture of the Trump administration at a dinner last night. “Despite our tireless efforts to keep the unity of the west, transatlantic relations are under immense pressure due to the policies of President Trump,” he said. Mr Tusk, a former Polish prime minister and a dissident under its Communist regime, fears that Mr Trump is forging an American approach that is hostile to the international order, including Nato.
ITALY’S Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte has issued a major threat to Brussels saying he would veto the European Union’s conclusions on migration unless his nation’s demands are met. Speaking at the doorstep of today’s summit in the Belgian capital, Mr Conte said it was fair for all EU nations to share out equally economic migrants who are arriving in Italy. He said: “Italy has a proposal for the council. It is reasonable because it shares the values of the foundation of the European Union. “I have seen a lot of solidarity in these years, but we need words to turn into actions now. Italy needs concrete actions.”
European Union leaders heaped yet more pressure on Theresa May to solve the vexed issue of the Irish border in the Brexit negotiations as they arrived at a Brussels summit. Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, warned Mrs May that Britain was outnumbered in the tense talks and risked crashing out of the bloc without a deal unless it provided a workable backstop to prevent a hard border. “Any relationship in the future between the EU and UK isn’t going to be one of absolute equals. We’re 27 member states, the UK is one country, we’re 500 million people, the UK is 60 million, so that basic fact needs to be realised and understood,” Mr Varadkar said.
Ireland’s prime minister has blasted the UK government’s preparedness for Brexit and said Britain should have come up with a proper plan for leaving two years ago. Arriving in Brussels for a summit Leo Varadkar said Ireland and other EU countries would start preparations for the possibility of a ‘no deal’ and that the UK needed to come to terms with the fact it was not an equal partner in negotiations. Theresa May is expected to update her 27 EU counterparts over dinner on Thursday night and explain what she is doing to come up with a plan for the Irish border and future relationship with the EU.
UKIP should focus on securing cultural integration and tackling radical Islam after Brexit is achieved to revive the movement and pressure the government into action, party Peer Lord Pearson has said. “I do think our membership of the EU was the last ‘big one’, and UKIP does still have a job to do there,” Lord Pearson told Breitbart London this week. Continuing, the former party leader and member of the House of Lords said: “UKIP is useful there, as a pressure on the government and the sensible end of the Conservative Party to make sure we get a proper Brexit.
Britain paid for other nations to carry out illegal rendition operations during the US war on terror, it was revealed today. In three individual cases British spooks paid, or offered to pay, a share of the costs for transferring prisoners to another country – despite the likelihood they would be tortured. The cases are among hundreds of examples of UK ‘tolerance’ of extraordinary rendition and torture in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The Intelligence and Security Committee poured over thousands of documents and took evidence from spy chiefs in private before publishing today’s two reports.
British intelligence agencies were involved in the torture and kidnap of terrorism suspects after 9/11, according to two reports by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee. The reports published on Thursday amount to one of the most damning indictments of UK intelligence, revealing links to torture and rendition were much more widespread than previously reported. While there was no evidence of officers directly carrying out physical mistreatment of detainees, the reports say the overseas agency MI6 and the domestic service MI5 were involved in hundreds of torture cases and scores of rendition cases.
The NHS must expand children’s mental health services to deal with the fallout from an explosion of social media, its chief executive has said. Simon Stevens promised “a major ramp-up” of care using Theresa May’s £20 bn NHS funding boost – but said far more action was needed to investigate the “root causes” of distress among the young. And he signalled that figures published later this year are set to show record levels of mental health problems among children.
Seeing the same family doctor cuts the risk of dying early by up to 53 per cent, an international analysis has found. Having repeated appointments with the same GP was as effective at reducing death rates as some drugs, according to an overview of 22 studies. Sir Denis Pereira Gray, who led the work, said NHS policy needed a “complete change” to recognise the value of a personal relationship with a family doctor, rather than diverting GPs from their regular patients to provide evening and weekend appointments.
BAE Systems has won a £20bn contract to build frigates that will form the backbone of the Australian navy, beating off rival proposals from Italian and Spanish groups for the biggest naval defence deal of the past decade. The contract win will see BAE supply nine vessels based on the Type 26 frigate design currently under construction for the Royal Navy. Prime Minister Theresa May called the agreement an example of the kind of trade deals the UK can secure – especially with Commonwealth nations – as the country prepares for Brexit.
BAE Systems has seen off competition from two international rivals to win a multibillion-pound contract to build anti-submarine warships for the Australian Navy. As well as providing a financial boost to BAE, the contract to build nine of its new Type 26 frigates looks set to strengthen defence ties between Canberra and Westminster with less than a year to go before Britain formally quits the EU. Experts said that winning the contract was particularly good news for BAE Systems because it would boost its chances of winning further contracts, including potentially in Canada.
British defence giant BAE Systems has won a £20billion contract to build a new fleet of warships for Australia. The company will provide nine submarine-hunting frigates as part of a deal that Theresa May hailed as a result of Brexit. It saw off competition from Italian and Spanish rivals to secure the lucrative contract. The deal will come as a major boost for UK ministers as they seek to help secure new business for British companies ahead of Brexit. BAE Systems, which employs more than 83,000 people in 40 countries, was preferred to Spanish company Navantia and Italy’s Fincantieri.
A £20BILLION deal for Britain to build warships for Australia was last night hailed as a Brexit boost. Prime Minister Theresa May helped to fight off competition from Spain and Italy to win the massive contract, which secures more than 4,000 jobs. It was signed yesterday between the government in Canberra and BAE Systems — the biggest naval defence deal in the world in the past decade. Mrs May personally lobbied Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull at Chequers earlier this year. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox also went Down Under to hail Britain’s world class innovation.
The UK’s population increased to more than 66 million for the first time last year with immigration helping to raise numbers by almost 400,000. Official figures published today show, however, that the rate of growth slowed in the first year after the EU referendum and was at its lowest since 2004 when migrants from eight eastern European countries including Poland were given full access to the labour market. The population rise of 392,000 along with the rate of increase of 0.6 per cent between mid-2016 and mid-2017 was the lowest since 2004.
New population stats demonstrate the huge effect the mass migration policy is having on Britain, with the population increasing by almost another 400,000 in one year, the majority of which is due to net migration. The UK population is at the end of June 2017 stood at 66,040,229, an increase of 392,000 since mid-2016. 59% of this increase is attributed to migration. Though this year’s annual population increase of 0.6% is lower than in previous years, historically it is huge. For instance, in 1997 when Tony Blair came to power, the annual population increase was 0.26%. The ONS also reveal that the “largest inflow of immigrants to the UK was from Romania (50,000)”.
The UK population hit 66million last year after immigration helped drive a 392,000 rise in numbers, according to figures released today. But growth has slowed down significantly since the EU referendum – with the 0.6 per cent increase the lowest since 2004. The expansion in the 12 months to mid-2017 is roughly equivalent to adding a city the size of Coventry. Some 41 per cent of the increase was down to the birth rate exceeding the death rate, the Office for National Statistics said. The other 59 per cent was due to net international migration.
Travellers who went on a wrecking spree at a historic brewery tried to blackmail bosses by saying they would leave within the hour if the company handed over £20,000, a court heard yesterday. Two centuries of beer production was halted at Thwaites Brewery, in Blackburn, Lancashire, after the gang allegedly broke in and caused almost £250,000 of damage. Copper wires were stripped out of the site, along with computers and other electrical goods, magistrates in Blackburn were told. The brewery was also flooded when a cooler was overturned and 1,700 pints of beer had to be poured away because of fears of contamination. As a consequence, brewing has now ended at the site.
POLICE chiefs are calling for scores of official traveller camps to be set up in every corner of Britain. Leading officers have ignored pressure from politicians to ramp up evictions of illegal gypsy and traveller sites. Traveller groups have suggested six sites be built for every council area – using taxpayers’ cash. The National Police Chiefs Council wants new sites to help crack down on dodgy caravan camps. Police have shrugged off calls to toughen up laws that let officers pull travellers off private land they illegally occupy. In a joint statement with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, the NPCC said: “Transit and permanent developments are needed, run by councils or privately.”
Plato’s Republic recounts the story of Gyges, a Lydian shepherd who finds a ring that allows him to sneak around unobserved and uses it to seduce the queen of his country, murder her husband and seize the throne for himself. It is only now that technology has begun to catch up with ancient Greek myth. A cloaking device has made an object “fully” invisible for the first time, in a breakthrough that could pave the way for radar-proof stealth jets and effectively unhackable internet cables.