ATTORNEY General Geoffrey Cox has once again floated the controversial possibility of temporarily suspending Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit. Mr Cox told the Commons the circumstances for prorogation were a matter for the prime minister and the Queen, before also insisting he believes Brexit must take place on October 31, as well as confirming his view that Article 24 of the World Trade Organization’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) could not be invoked unilaterally.
MPs will find a way to stop a no-deal Brexit if the next prime minister tries to force one through, a senior cabinet minister has said. David Gauke, the justice secretary, predicted that “a way will be found” to stop Britain leaving the EU without a deal, given a majority of MPs are opposed to such an outcome. It is unclear whether the House of Commons has the power to force the government to avoid no deal, but Mr Gauke said he thought MPs would find “other mechanisms” to stop it from happening.
A SENIOR Cabinet Minister told Boris Johnson that Parliament “will find a way” to block No Deal. In a searing intervention Justice Secretary David Gauke said there was a clear majority in the Commons against a World Trade Organisation rules exit. And he warned there was no way the Tory frontrunner would win an election without a negotiated agreement with Brussels.
Boris Johnson’s plan for Britain to leave the EU with a new deal on 31 October has been rubbished as “practically impossible” by a senior minister. The Conservative leadership front runner was accused by Justice Secretary David Gauke of giving no “clear explanation” of how he will secure a new withdrawal agreement with Brussels and get Britain out of the EU in under four months. Mr Johnson has said he would ensure Brexit happens on time “do or die”.
Jeremy Hunt’s Tory leadership campaign is being funded by the UK’s official point man to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, BuzzFeed News can reveal. Ken Costa, the UK government’s special representative to bin Salman’s controversial ‘Saudi Vision 2030’ project, is a close associate of the crown prince and has been described as the “linchpin” of the partnership between Britain and the kingdom.
Jeremy Hunt promised tax breaks for “granny flats” last night as part of his solution to the social care crisis. Mr Hunt committed to introducing a long-delayed green paper in his first 100 days as prime minister if he wins the Conservative leadership battle. People would be given incentives to save for their needs and the state would pledge to cap the cost of care and guarantee that no one would have to sell their home to cover costs, he said.
Jeremy Hunt has proposed tax breaks for families who are prepared to look after their elderly relatives at home rather than putting them in care, as he unveils his plan to fix Britain’s social care crisis. The Foreign Secretary has proposed new financial support to help families who choose to take on the burden of care rather than passing it onto the state. Under his four-point plan, Mr Hunt intends to give carers a greater stake in the system, with families able to apply for tax relief if they choose to adapt or extend their homes to accommodate their relatives’ needs.
Boris Johnson has vowed to hit Jeremy Corbyn ‘out of the park’ at the next general election as he said the Tories must prepare for a snap poll. The former foreign secretary said that while he did not want to go to the country early, the Conservative Party had to ‘get ready’ to defend its grip on power. He also said he would use the £39billion Brexit divorce bill to fund his spending promises if Britain leaves the EU without a deal in comments likely to spark a furious backlash in Brussels.
Jeremy Hunt has set out new plans to fund social care by encouraging people to save money earlier in their life. The foreign secretary and Conservative leadership contender said he saw reforming the care system as “unfinished business” from his time as health secretary. Mr Hunt said that as prime minister he would promise to cap the cost of social care and ensure that no one is forced to sell their home to pay for care, although he did not say where the cap would be set.
Boris Johnson is expected to delay his Cabinet reshuffle in a bid to survive a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons on his first full day in office. The Tory leadership frontrunner is braced for an attempt by Jeremy Corbyn to force a general election on Thursday July 25, the day after Theresa May hands over the keys to No.10. Senior sources told HuffPost UK that Johnson is aware of the fallout that his first reshuffle could cause, with some departing ministers on ‘rebellion watch’.
As well as tearing apart “private prosecutor” Marcus J. Ball for his comical attempt to bring a lawsuit against Boris over the £350 million a week figure, the High Court judgment also had something very interesting to say about the £350 million figure itself. Remain leaning legal commentators have ignored this bit of the Judge’s ruling: “The alleged offence set out in the Application for Summons is that the Claimant “repeatedly made and endorsed false and misleading statements concerning the cost of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union”.
Labour have fallen so far in the polls that, despite being marginally ahead, they would still fall 100 seats short of a majority in a fractured new Parliament if a general election were called today. The latest polling average has Jeremy Corbyn’s party on 22.8 per cent, slightly higher than a new individual YouGov poll which had Labour on a historic low of 18 per cent.
Labour are backed by fewer than one in five voters and are only the fourth most popular party, according to a new poll. In a fresh YouGov survey for The Times, Jeremy Corbyn’s party dropped to 18% behind the Conservatives (24%), Brexit Party (23%) and Liberal Democrats (20%). In the latest poll, Labour fell two points from last week, while the Tories rose two points at a time when their members are choosing between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt as their new leader.
Jeremy Corbyn has been urged to consider whether he is the best person to lead Labour after the party slumped to its worst ever rating in the polls. The call from Ilford North MP Wes Streeting came as a Corbyn loyalist, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth, broke ranks to say it was time for the leader to try to salvage Labour’s position by making clear the party will campaign for Remain in any Final Say vote. With pressure mounting on Corbyn to throw the party’s full weight behind the call for a second referendum, senior Labour sources have said that the results of an internal consultation on Brexit policy can be expected before parliament breaks for the summer on 25 July following further consultation with trade unions.
Jeremy Corbyn was challenged by a prominent Labour MP to consider stepping down after the party plunged to an historic low in an opinion poll. The YouGov survey put Labour in fourth place with just 18 per cent support, behind the Conservatives, the Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats. Its findings will intensify alarm bells ringing in party headquarters since Labour’s dismal showing in May’s European elections, when it received 14 per cent of votes.
YouGov’s latest poll has Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party polling in fourth place, in a development that is set to pile pressure on the Labour Leader. The poll has the Conservatives leading on 24%, with the Brexit Party narrowly behind polling 23% of the vote for a General Election. Support has increased slightly since the Brexit MEPs turned their backs in the EU Parliament. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats are third with 20%, leaving Labour in a dismal fourth place.
Tom Watson is urging grassroots members to sign up to a public declaration calling for Labour to be “the party of remain”, as pressure mounts on Jeremy Corbyn to embrace an anti-Brexit position. In a move likely to be regarded as provocative by Corbyn’s team, Watson is publishing a statement online, and inviting signatures, to underline the breadth of concern about Labour’s stance. “As the party of remain, we will not take every voter with us, but it’s the only way that Labour can win, and the only way to keep our country together,” the statement says.
Labour descended into panic today as a poll found its support has slumped to 18 per cent – equalling a joint worst under Gordon Brown during the financial crisis. Shock research by YouGov put the party in fourth place after dropping two points in a week – behind the Tories, Brexit Party and Lib Dems. The dramatic findings will heap pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to shift position on Brexit, after months spent desperately flannelling over whether to support a referendum or honour the 2016 national vote.
Ann Widdecombe has compared Brexit Britain to 19th Century slaves rising up against their owners. The provocative politician compared the EU to “oppressors” including as feudal barons and the heads of colonial empires. In an explosive speech the newly-elected Brexit Party MEP for the south west declared: “Nous allons, wir gehen , we’re off!” Sitting alongside the former Tory Home Secretary a grinning Nigel Farage could be seen egging her on.
Ann Widdecombe sparked howls of rage in the European Parliament after she compared the EU to “oppressors” such as slave owners, feudal barons and colonial Empires before declaring, “Nous allons, wir gehen, we’re off!” Ms Widdecome, in her maiden speech, was the first Brexit Party MEP to speak in the Strasbourg parliament after May’s European elections. She was facing calls to apologise and withdraw her comments on Thursday after the speech, which she made 32 years after her maiden speech in the House of Commons.
A top member of the European Parliament has lambasted the Brexit Party as “extremists” after they staged a protest in the body’s chamber on Tuesday. Esteban González Pons, spokesperson for the legislature’s largest group, the centre-right EPP, called out Nigel Farage’s party during a debate. The MEP said he would never treat Britain with the same disrespect the British MEPs had shown to Europe. “To the extremists, I don’t know if they’re here today – but turning your back on the European anthem, I would just remind you that we would never turn our back on the British anthem.
Germany will stand fully in “solidarity” with Ireland over Brexit, the country’s president has said, and look to “underpin rather than undermine” the peace process that has kept the border with Northern Ireland invisible in the past 20 years Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Ireland’s president, Michael Higgins, on a visit to Berlin that Germany “stands firmly by Ireland’s side”, raising questions about Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson’s optimism that the Irish border backstop can be revisited.
The European Parliament’s political groups have united to condemn the selection of the next European Commission president, branding the process an undemocratic stitch-up by national governments. EU leaders chose Ursula von der Leyen as their pick to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as the leader of the EU’s executive branch despite the fact she was not on the ballot paper as a candidate and has no manifesto.
Pro-Remain parties will unite behind a single candidate for the first time at next month’s parliamentary by-election in an attempt to reduce the Tories’ working majority to three. Plaid Cymru and the Green Party will not stand in Brecon & Radnorshire to help Jane Dodds, the Liberal Democrat leader in Wales, to secure the seat. The vote, to be held on August 1, will be the first electoral test for either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt as prime minister.
Remain parties are working together for a by-election, taking place days after the new prime minister comes to power. The Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru are joining forces in the hope of winning the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election next month. Plaid Cymru are not putting up their own candidate, but have instead asked supporters to vote for Lib Dem candidate Jane Dodds instead.
Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for health and social care, has blamed “narrow partisan politics” for the ongoing failure of the government to produce the long-awaited social care green paper. The issue of how to provide social care for the growing number of older people in the UK has troubled successive governments. Admitting that social care has “for many years not received the attention and support that it deserves”, Hancock blamed the delay in the government’s green paper – which has been delayed at least six times over the last 18 months – on “narrow partisan politics”.
Jeremy Hunt is pledging to set out his plans to overhaul the social care system within 100 days of entering No 10 if he wins the Tory leadership race. Mr Hunt, a former health secretary, said he regarded reform of the adult social care system as “unfinished business”. He said he would publish his proposals – including incentives to encourage people to save for their care needs in the way they do for pensions – in a Green Paper.
The public have lost confidence in the police and fear that Britain has descended into lawlessness because of knife and drug crime, five former heads of Scotland Yard warn today. The former commissioners have united to condemn the “emasculation of British policing” under Theresa May and urge her successor to make law and order a priority. Their intervention added to the sense of urgency over the issue as Boris Johnson, the frontrunner in the Tory leadership race, faced pressure to explain how he would fund a pledge to recruit 20,000 police officers.
The public has lost confidence in the police and a ‘feeling of lawlessness’ pervades the country, five former Scotland Yard chiefs warn today. They have banded together to denounce the ’emasculation of British policing’ under Theresa May – and have urged her successor to focus on restoring law and order. Writing in The Times, the officers, who led the Metropolitan Police from 1993 to 2017, argued that police resources had been ‘drained to dangerously low levels’.
Police numbers have been slashed to “dangerously low” levels, the five most recent heads of Scotland Yard, the country’s biggest force, have warned. Cuts of more than 30,000 officers and support staff have led to “the feeling of lawlessness generated by knife murders“, the former Met Police chiefs say in a stark message. The five write in The Times: “The reduction of police and support staff by more than 30,000, the virtual destruction of neighbourhood policing and the inadvisable undermining of lawful police powers such as stop and search, have taken their toll.
Children as young as seven are being exploited by county lines drug gangs with youngsters from wealthy backgrounds increasingly likely to be targeted, a charity is warning. More children are being arrested for dealing class A drugs than for taking them, figures obtained by the Children’s Society show, as they are used by organised crime gangs to traffic heroin and cocaine from cities to the countryside. There were 770 children aged ten to 17 arrested in 2017-18 for possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, up 14 per cent from 2015-16, a Freedom of Information Act request to police forces in England and Wales found.
Children as young as seven are being drawn into county lines drug dealing, a shocking report warns today. Ruthless drug dealers are ‘scouting’ for ‘naughty’ primary school children who are being persuaded to steal fruit as a gang initiation before climbing the ranks and being forced to peddle drugs hundreds of miles from their home. A disturbing report by the Children’s Society has warned that gangs are ‘casting their net wider’ to target even younger children, picking on those who ‘throw stones at windows’ or are easily led.
The common cold virus could cure cancer, scientists say, as a “revolutionary” treatment was found to eradicate the disease in a week. In the pioneering British trial, 15 patients were given an infusion of the bug, before undergoing surgery to remove and examine tumours. In every case, cancer cells had been destroyed – and in one case, all traces of the disease had gone, the study found. Scientists said they were “very excited” about the findings, for patients with bladder cancer, which could also bring hope to those suffering from other major forms of the disease.
CANCER patients have had their disease wiped out by the common cold. Scientists found a strain of the virus successfully targets and destroys tumour cells. One bladder cancer patient had no trace of their disease a week after being treated with the bug. Medics said they were “surprised” by the response, which could revolutionise how they tackle the illness. Current bladder cancer treatments are not very effective and can be toxic.
SCIENTISTS at a Brit university may have had a breakthrough in the battle against cancer when they discovered a strain of the common cold destroyed tumours cells in patients suffering from the disease. Surrey University conducted a trial involving 15 cancer patients who were in the early stages of the illness. Medics created a solution containing coxsackievirus – a strain of the common cold virus – and flushed it around the bladders of the patients for an hour.
Climate change activists from Extinction Rebellion plan to use a fleet of pink toy drones to shut down Heathrow airport. Blueprints drawn up by the group show protestors want to use drones to shut down Europe’s busiest airport this summer in a campaign to stop the construction of a third runway. Last month the group released the ‘action plan’ detailing how protestors would target Heathrow in June and July.