Business believes it is more important for the government to get the UK’s post-Brexit trade relationship with the EU right than to get a deal done quickly, according to a new survey. The findings emerged as the Institute of Directors issued a plea to whichever party wins next week’s general election for clarity on its negotiating objectives for what the group said would be “choppy trade waters” in the period after the planned Brexit date of 31 January.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that the possibility of not reaching a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union by the end of 2020 “simply will not happen”. Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the EU by the end of January and not to extend a post-Brexit transition period due to end in Dec. 2020, something critics say does not leave enough time to reach a new trade deal.
Boris Johnson sought to dismiss fears Britain could crash out of the EU without a trade deal in a year’s time, saying he “absolutely guarantees” that he will get an agreement if re-elected. The Conservative leader also refused to apologise for austerity as he sought to focus the general election campaign back on the issue of Brexit during a visit to a factory in Derbyshire.
Two former prime ministers – Sir John Major and Tony Blair – are to address a Final Say rally where supporters of a second EU referendum will call for tactical voting to block a Conservative majority government under Boris Johnson. The rally in London, six days ahead of the 12 December general election, is the most explosive intervention in the campaign so far by the two ex-PMs, both of whom are staunch opponents of Brexit.
BORIS Johnson last night demanded Jeremy Corbyn scrap his underhand plan to allow two million EU migrants vote in a second Brexit referendum as the pair prepare for their final TV clash. New analysis by the Tories shows Labour’s plan to extend the franchise to “all UK residents” would mean allowing two million EU nationals to vote in a second referendum and General Elections for the first time.
Boris Johnson has accused Jeremy Corbyn of planning to ‘rig’ the second referendum on Brexit by giving votes to millions of EU citizens living in the UK. Labour’s manifesto suggests the party will extend voting rights to two million migrants from EU countries who are resident here, but who were not entitled to vote in 2016 and cannot vote in general elections. The vast majority would be expected to back Remain – resulting in the Leave side needing to find an additional half-a-million votes to win, Tory officials said.
Boris Johnson has accused Labour of trying to “fiddle” a Final Say referendum by giving a vote to millions of UK residents of EU nationality. The prime minister’s claim sparked fury among representatives of EU nationals living in the UK, who said it appeared to be part of an attempt to “demonise” them in the eyes of their British-born neighbours. And Labour retorted that if the PM had any confidence in his Brexit deal, he would be willing to put it back to the people for a confirmatory vote.
Boris Johnson has accused Jeremy Corbyn of trying to “rig” a second referendum by giving two million EU citizens living in the UK the right to vote. Labour pledged in its manifesto to give all UK residents, including EU citizens, the right to vote while reducing the voting age to 16. In a letter to Mr Corbyn before a head-to-head debate on the BBC tonight, Mr Johnson accused the Labour leader of a “sly” and “profoundly undemocratic” attempt to undermine the result of the referendum.
Nigel Farage claimed he had “stopped a second referendum” by blocking the rise of the Liberal Democrats – despite heading for a total wipe-out on polling day. The Brexit Party leader admitted he had failed in “fundamentally reforming British politics” with the party forecast to lose in every single seat they contest. But Mr Farage insisted he would make a difference to the election result nonetheless as he was grilled by Andrew Neil in a BBC1 interview.
Labour wants to rig a second referendum by giving two million EU nationals the vote if Jeremy Corbyn wins the election, Boris Johnson has warned. The Prime Minister, who appeared on ITV’s This Morning yesterday, said it was “bizarre” that Labour would allow EU citizens the opportunity to vote on any future Brexit referendum and that Mr Corbyn’s “weird deal” would leave the public “outraged”. “To think that it is going to be rigged in some way by getting in millions more voters who’d be very likely to vote one way rather than another, I think that would cause a great deal of public disquiet and I don’t think it’s the right way forward,” he told factory workers during a speech at the John Smedley Mill Shop in Derby.
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of presiding over a cover-up of institutionalised antisemitism in the Labour Party in an “utterly damning” dossier. Allies of Mr Corbyn repeatedly intervened to water down sanctions against those “on friendly terms” with the leadership, according to a submission from the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of leading an “institutionally anti-Semitic” party as a leaked dossier argued he had been involved in a “cover up” of the problem in Labour. A devastating submission of evidence to the equality watchdog compares the Labour Party to the Metropolitan Police in the 1990s, when the Stephen Lawrence inquiry found it was riddled with racism.
Jeremy Corbyn has made Labour a “welcoming refuge” for antisemitism, a dossier submitted to Britain’s human rights watchdog warns. The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) claimed top party officials were “ignoring, denying, relativising and accepting” antisemitism in the document which was leaked on Friday. It accused Mr Corbyn of “publicly supporting antisemites and antisemitic tropes” under a party “cast in his image” that is now “institutionally antisemitic”.
LABOUR’s “nakedly deceitful” calculations, on which shadow chancellor John McDonnell bases his “rip-off Britain” claims, “collapse like a souffle” on closer scrutiny, the Centre for Policy Studies’ Robert Colvile, has said. Meanwhile, other experts have likewise poured cold water on Labour’s claim that it can save British families an average of almost £7,000 year. The party today published a reported entitled “Tories’ cost of living crisis vs Labour’s plan to save you thousands”.
Jeremy Corbyn today admitted he might not be able to make good on his plan to let homeless people live in the PM’s Chequers country residence. The Labour leader floated the idea in an ITV interview yesterday, after shadow chancellor John McDonnell said he would do the same at the 11 Downing Street flat. But Mr Corbyn conceded this morning that he had no clue who owns the grand Buckinghamshire property and was trying to find out.
A former major donor to the Leave campaign has handed £1million to Tory party just 16 months after describing Boris Johnson as a “buffoon”. The donation from Peter Hargreaves, who ran financial business Hargreaves Lansdown, helped the Tories to raise £3.6million in the second week of the election campaign or £21,000 an hour. The sums are nearly seven times the figure amassed by the Labour party in the same period and come just days after party co-chairman Ben Elliot sent out a letter to members begging for donations.
Boris Johnson’s Tories have been handed £1m by a billionaire financier who backs a no-deal Brexit and boasted “insecurity is fantastic”. Peter Hargreaves’ huge donation was revealed as latest figures showed the Conservatives trousered £3.6m in big-money donations in the last week – compared to just £522,000 for Labour. The 73-year-old tycoon, who co-founded investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown and reportedly has an Embraer Legacy 500 private jet, said last year he’d bet his entire £3bn wealth that “we would get free trade” with Europe after a no-deal Brexit.
Boris Johnson has claimed that all-out strikes on public transport will be made illegal under a new Conservative administration following major disruption on UK train routes. “I do think it’s absurd that critical transport mass-transit systems should be capable of being put out of actions by strikes, and other countries around the world have minimum service requirements for public transport – and that’s what I want to see,” said Johnson in front of an audience of textile workers near Matlock in Derbyshire.
Nigel Farage today lashed out at Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister for quitting the Brexit Party along with three other MEPs. Mr Farage complained that his former colleagues ‘don’t understand’ the election dynamics in Labour marginals after they dramatically abandoned him, urging voters to back Boris Johnson at the election. But in a bruising interview with the BBC’s Andrew Neil he was accused of ‘smears’ for pointing out that Annunziata Rees-Mogg was related to Cabinet minister Jacob, and another of the defectors was a ‘personal friend’ of Mr Johnson.
Four senior Brexit Party politicians quit yesterday and urged Eurosceptics to vote Conservative as Nigel Farage’s general election campaign descended into acrimony. In developments that could improve Boris Johnson’s chances of securing the keys to No 10, the MEPs called on their former leader to swallow his pride and pull out of the campaign. Mr Farage hit back, accusing the group of plotting against him since Mr Johnson replaced Theresa May as Conservative leader in the summer.
A Brexit Party candidate who received death threats from left-wing activists has been run off the road while out campaigning in Doncaster last night, it has been claimed. The incident occurred while Surjit Singh Duhre, who is standing for The Brexit Party in Doncaster Central, was reportedly being protected by a bodyguard after receiving ‘vile abuse’ during the campaign.
NIGEL FARAGE’s Brexit Party is far from finished, despite four MEP’s leaving the party to back the Conservatives at the general election, an exclusive poll of Express.co.uk readers has found. The Brexit Party was left stunned on Thursday morning after three of its own MEPs dramatically turned on the party and said its election strategy had taken a “wrong turn” and was putting “Brexit in jeopardy”. Annunziata Rees-Mogg – sister of Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg – Lance Forman and Lucy Harris all resigned the whip.
Scottish Tory MPs are on course to play a vital role in deciding Britain’s prime minister with the party’s fortunes rising as voters focus on Brexit, according to research for The Times. Sir John Curtice, the polling expert, said that Boris Johnson could expect to welcome eight Tory MPs from north of the border into Westminster after support for the Conservatives hit 28 per cent in a YouGov survey of Scotland.
Scottish National party leaders expect Labour to hold one of its key target seats after the SNP’s candidate was sacked for posting antisemitic material online. Neale Hanvey was dismissed as the SNP’s candidate for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath last week after he admitted making two “deeply offensive” antisemitic posts about the financier George Soros and Israel’s policies towards Palestinians. A group of senior SNP officials went to Hanvey’s campaign office in Kirkcaldy last Friday morning to clear out all the party’s campaign materials, cutting off his access to canvassing data.
Brexit has been “one of the most spectacular mistakes” in the history of the EU and followed a campaign marked by “an unprecedented readiness to lie”, Donald Tusk has said. In his first interview since standing down as European council president last week, Tusk said Brexit was “the most painful and saddest experience” of his five years in office, a tumultuous period marked by the Greek eurozone crisis, bitter rows over migration and the election of Donald Trump.
FORMER President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, pleaded with former British Prime Minister David Cameron not to follow through with Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, it has been revealed. Donald Tusk has revealed how he pleaded with former Prime Minister David Cameron not to follow through with Brexit after the historic vote in 2016. Mr Tusk blamed David Cameron for the “mistake” of organising the referendum while Conservative Party leader.
Members of the new European Commission have been slammed for singing the far-left Marxist song “Bella Ciao” in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The song, which is largely associated with the partisans of Italy during the Second World War and various Marxist groups, was sung by Head of Business Affairs Paolo Gentiloni, European Green Deal executive vice president Frans Timmermans, and several other leftists, Corriere Della Sera reports.
VIOLENCE erupted across France on Black Thursday as ‘Black Bloc’ anarchists lit fires, looted high-end stores and hurled fireworks at officers. Police said 65,000 people took to the streets of Paris, and over 800,000 nationwide in aimed at forcing President Emmanuel Macron to abandon pension reform. It comes just a day after Mr Macron was caught on a hot mic chatting about Donald Trump with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau at a Buckingham Palace gala. In the capital, authorities barricaded the presidential palace and deployed some 6,000 police as activists, many in yellow vests, gathered for a major march.
Around a million people have taken to the streets around France against pension reform in the biggest strike since Emmanuel Macron took power, seen as a make-or-break moment for his presidency. The country ground to a halt on Thursday as schools, railway stations and public buildings were shut on what has been dubbed “Black Thursday”. It was one of the most crippling strikes since 1995, when France was paralysed for three weeks. Élisabeth Borne, the transport minister, said that she expected the public-transport disruption to continue on Friday.
Three men have been jailed for human trafficking after smuggling three Vietnamese teenagers and a young man into Britain from France, police said on Thursday. The sentencing comes after 39 Vietnamese migrants – 31 males and eight females – were found dead in a refrigerated truck in Essex, east of London in October. Hundreds of migrants try to enter Britain every year through the Channel. Christian King and Henry Dunn, both 38, were given nine-year sentences by a judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London, while James Davis, 31, was jailed for four-and-a-half years.
NHS hospitals have paid £583million in compensation to patients in the past three years after medics failed to diagnose what was wrong with them. There were 4,097 payouts due to failure or a delay in a vital diagnosis. NHS Resolution, which handles claims of medical negligence against hospitals, supplied the figures. The NHS said it carried out 33million diagnostic tests in the three years. Peter Walsh, Chief Executive of the patient safety charity Action against Medical Accidents, said: “The causes of misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are many and varied but it is clear that shortages of appropriate staff and also the need to update and make better use of technology to aid diagnosis would help enormously.
More than 1,100 hospital beds have been closed due to a widespread outbreak of the norovirus vomiting bug, prompting pleas from health officials for those affected to stay at home. The NHS has urged people not to send their children back to school and not to go back to work for at least 48 hours after the symptoms have completely cleared up to avoid spreading the virus further.
Flu season has arrived early and could cripple the over-stretched NHS by the end of winter. Health officials have confirmed that the virus has started to spread and has already floored people in the north of England. A glitch in making batches of the flu vaccine has left thousands of children at risk of contracting the dangerous virus. Dr Jamie Lopez Bernal, of Public Health England, said: “Trusts will continue to work together to encourage as many staff as possible to take up vaccinations.”
AN OUTBREAK of norovirus has forced hospitals to close more bed than 1,000 beds over the last week, docs have warned. Health bosses are urging people to stay at home if they get the winter vomiting bug as cases of the highly-infectious illness surge. New figures from Public Health England show that almost double the number of hospital beds have been closed every day over the last week than at the same time last year.
The terrorism threat has ‘proliferated’ and migration is set to rise significantly, the head of the Armed Forces warned last night. General Sir Nick Carter said Islamic State and extremism had ‘absolutely not been defeated’ – as shown by last week’s London Bridge terror attack. In his annual speech at the Royal United Services Institute, the 60-year-old also said Syria had become a ‘tinder box’ that could very easily ignite. He warned of conflicts between different armed groups, such as Russian mercenaries in the war zone.
ISIS has issued a chilling new threat with an image of a rocket launcher being fired at Big Ben. The picture follows an attack on London Bridge last week that left two dead and for which the terror group claimed responsibility. It shows Big Ben and Westminster Bridge lit up at night while a man looks through the sight of a mounted rocket launcher from the opposite bank of the River Thames. It echoes a similar image released in June depicting an explosion from the side of Big Ben while a man stands in the foreground with a rocket launcher on his shoulder.
Up to 60 per cent of trains were delayed on the worst-performing railway networks over the past year. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) reported that the majority of services run by some companies reached stations more than a minute late in the 12 months to the end of September. The worst was Hull Trains, with 39.5 per cent of services arriving as planned. TransPennine Express was second last on 40.5 per cent. Less than 50 per cent run by London North Eastern, Virgin Trains and Crosscountry were on time.