Thousands of violent thugs and rapists from the EU are walking Britain’s streets and clogging up our jails because the Government has failed to send them home. The presence of the criminals – who arrived here under EU freedom of movement rules – is undermining David Cameron’s case to remain in the EU, a report warns today. The inquiry by MPs found the top three foreign nationalities inside our packed prisons are all now from inside the EU – with almost 1,000 from Poland alone and 600 from Romania.Despite the Prime Minister repeatedly pledging to end the scandal, there were 4,171 criminals from the EU behind bars in England and Wales in December.
England will have to build a new home every six minutes to cope with the demand caused by mass immigration, ex-Cabinet Minister Liam Fox warned yesterday. The former Tory leadership campaigner said that, if Britain did not vote to quit the EU, young people would be stuck living with their parents for longer – unable to find or afford a home. He also claimed large sections of the countryside would need to be concreted over.
Millionaire businessmen have been increasing the price of drugs bought by the NHS by up to 12,500 per cent. A small group of entrepreneurs has made vast sums after raising the cost of medicines by £262 million a year — the equivalent of funding an extra 7,000 junior doctors a year, an investigation has found. They are taking advantage of a loophole that leaves them free to impose “extortionate” price rises on drugs if they drop an existing brand name and sell it under its generic name instead.
From a trading estate on the outskirts of Basildon in Essex two brothers have helped to build their fortunes by buying the rights to sell established medicinal drugs and racking up the prices. Vijay and Bhikhu Patel are among three sets of entrepreneurs taking advantage of a flaw in NHS pricing rules that means companies are free to implement huge price increases at the taxpayer’s expense if they drop the brand name from generic drugs. The brothers own Atnahs, a company set up in 2013. It specialises in buying the rights to older medications that are still used by patients.
African men, women and children worth €50,000 to their traffickers were jammed into each of the three rubber boats sitting low on the Libyan shore. The cargo, some murmuring, most silent in the darkness, had nothing but the clothes they sat in. Their passports had been left with friends in the transit camps outside Sabratha. Their mobile phones had been handed to a smuggler as they boarded the boats. He also took their watches and jewellery. “We were given no water, no food and no life jackets for the voyage,” said Clement Otega, a Nigerian.
Vote Leave campaigners have written to David Cameron to express “serious concerns” over reports some EU migrants to Britain received voting cards for the upcoming referendum. The former cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith and Tory MP Bernard Jenkin told the Prime Minister they had been alerted by a number of concerned members of the public, saying ineligible EU citizens had reported receiving polling cards ahead of the 23 June vote. In the letter, seen by the Independent and which was also sent to the Electoral Commission and the head of the Civil Service, the MPs say they have “serious concerns about the conduct of the European Union referendum and its franchise”.
Some EU nationals have been wrongly sent postal votes and polling cards for the UK’s referendum because of a “systems issue”, the Electoral Commission has said. The mistake means a number of EU nationals will have their votes cancelled and receive letters explaining they are not eligible to take part in the 23 June poll on British membership of the EU after all. The Electoral Commission said a “small number” of people were affected but it could not yet confirm exactly how many. The problem emerged when Iain Duncan Smith, a leading Brexit campaigner and former work and pensions secretary, complained to the Electoral Commission and David Cameron that he was hearing worrying reports from a number of sources about EU nationals receiving polling cards. People are only eligible to vote in the EU referendum if they are citizens of the UK, another Commonwealth country, or Ireland.
CALLS were growing tonight for an urgent inquiry into the integrity of the EU referendum amid claims that European citizens are being sent polling cards despite being ineligible to vote. Ukip leader Nigel Farage said reports that people with no British citizenship are apparently on the register to take part in the historic Brexit vote “need looking at” immediately. Fears that the integrity of the vote could be compromised were raised after one Polish man living in Surrey said he was incorrectly registered with the council as a British citizen.
EU citizens have wrongly been sent postal votes and polling cards for the referendum, officials confirmed tonight. The blunder was revealed after top Tory Brexiter Iain Duncan Smith demanded to know if foreigners had been sent voting material despite being banned. Citizens from EU countries except Ireland, Malta and Cyprus can’t vote in the June 23 poll – but some living in Britain were sent polling cards by mistake. Now the Electoral Commission has said an IT glitch was to blame, with officials blaming council software produced by Gloucestershire-based firm Xpress. An e-mail to counting officers said seven affected voters had been identified in two council areas – and it is unclear how many more areas use Xpress.
NIGEL Farage has called on Britons to “stand half an inch taller” and be proud of their country as he prepares to take on political heavyweights in an EU debate at Express.co.uk today. The UKIP leader said people across the country will feel “rather prouder of saying we’re British” if they seize the opportunity to take our country back from Brussels on June 23. He made his patriotic rallying cry ahead of a crunch Express referendum debate with Remainers, which will be live streamed on this website this afternoon.
Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to block an EU trade deal campaigners say will open the door to NHS privatisation if he wins power. The Labour leader blasted the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – despite calling on people to vote Remain. TTIP, a major deal between the EU and US, has been fought by Ukip politicians and left-wingers who claim it gives too much power to corporations. But today Mr Corbyn argued the best way to block the treaty was to be at the negotiating table – and use Britain’s veto. “We can use our collective negotiating power to stop corporations taking consumers to the cleaners,” he said.
JEREMY CORBYN vowed yesterday that a Labour government would exercise Britain’s veto over the secretive TTIP trade deal — and challenged David Cameron to do the same. In a major speech on the EU referendum, the Labour leader argued that the future of workers’ rights enshrined in European law were at stake on June 23. But Mr Corbyn was also highly critical of EU pro-privatisation policies, the treatment of Greece and the trade deal being negotiated with the US behind closed doors. He said he shared the concerns of thousands of people who had written to him about the potential of TTIP to “open up public services to further privatisation and make privatisation effectively irreversible.”
Jeremy Corbyn today defended Labour voters who are worried about high immigration – but said Britain “cannot and should not” want to close our borders to the world. The Labour leader admitted the large numbers moving here have unsettled some communities and allowed unscrupulous bosses to undercut some wages. But he said it is not the EU, but Tory austerity which is to blame. “Some communities can change dramatically and rapidly, and that can be disconcerting for some people,” Mr Corbyn said.
David Cameron has said migration can be managed if the UK remains inside the EU and it would be “madness” to try to control it by voting to leave. He said he did not accept that his pledge to cut immigration below 100,000 could not be achieved within the EU. In a live Q&A on Sky News, he said leaving the EU and the single market would “trash” the UK economy. Vote Leave’s Iain Duncan Smith said the studio audience were “fed up with the scaremongering” of the Remain campaign.
THE BBC has been blasted for rejecting work applicants because they are white. It advertised two £25,000 junior scriptwriting roles for shows like Holby City, but said they were only for people from “ethnic minority backgrounds”. One outraged job-hunter said: “It’s racial discrimination and just wrong.”
In its attempt to find pro-European Union voices after David Cameron’s car crash town hall performance tonight, the BBC used a tweet from a spoof Conservative MP’s Twitter account. The corporation’s live blog of the Sky News event was being run by Jackie Storer, a freelance journalist who has previously worked for the European Union-funded Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
EUROPEAN leaders have disgraced themselves by cutting a “reckless and illegal” deal to throw the world’s most vulnerable people onto Turkey’s failing asylum system, human rights activists said yesterday. Amnesty International hit out at EU-Turkey refugee agreements which allow mass dumping of “irregular migrants” on Turkish shores after its new report shredded policymakers’ pretenses that the mostly Syrian refugees will be treated safely and fairly. Researchers for the charity found that the Turkish asylum system fails three crucial tests required under international law for the return of asylum-seekers.
David Cameron admitted the EU “drives me crazy” during heated exchanges in his first big EU referendum test on Sky News. The Prime Minister was accused of “scaremongering”, “hypocrisy” and “waffling” as he faced down angry members of the public in the audience during a 30-minute question session. And Mr Cameron called Sky News Political Editor Faisal Islam “glib” six times during clashes over immigration and his warnings that Brexit would lead to World War Three in a half-hour interview beforehand.
Failure to deport 13,000 foreign criminals – equivalent to a “small town” – will lead people to “question the point” of the UK remaining in the EU, the Home Affairs Committee says. It was “deeply concerning” that 5,789 overseas criminals were free in the UK, more than anytime since 2012, MPs said. The top three nationalities among the offenders were Polish, Irish and Romanian – all EU nations – they said. The Home Office said it deported record numbers of EU criminals last year. However, the cross-party committee said progress has been “too slow”.
Failure to deport the equivalent of a “small town” of foreign criminals could lead the public to question why Britain should remain in the EU, a committee has warned. MPs said it was “deeply concerning” and that urgent action must be taken after a report revealed that 5,789 offenders from overseas were free in the UK – the highest number since 2012. The Home Affairs Committee said urgent action must be taken to “significantly” reduce the number of offenders in the UK – both in detention and in the community – said to be over 13,000 or the “size of a small town”. But Home Secretary Theresa May said the government removed a “record number” of foreign national offenders last year.
The “utopian” idea of a Europe without nation-states has failed and the “spectre of a break-up” is now haunting the continent, the President of the European Council has admitted. Donald Tusk said that Eurocrats had “failed to notice” their ideals were not shared by the vast majority of European peoples and only served to fuel the rise of Euroscepticism across the continent.