The BBC stands accused of “fake news” following vague claims on Newsnight that some now believe Brexit may not happen. Newsnight’s Nick Watt said: “I’m beginning to hear talk in some quarters that Brexit may not actually happen. “One Leave supporter fears the combination of a stalling economy and investor fear could create a storm that would stall Brexit.” But this “talk” seemed to have taken place in shady backrooms somewhere and not one of his so-called sources were named. What’s more, investor fear is not “actually” happening. But don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story, Nicky. Farage was quick to pounce on the perceived BBC bias angle, saying: “Given most of their coverage, it looks like it’s the BBC themselves that don’t want Brexit to actually happen.” Arron Banks also dubbed it “fake news”. This was a bold move from the Beeb on a day it’s facing serious questions about its pro-EU coverage. It’s all getting a bit embarrassing now – we’re leaving the EU, Brexit obviously is happening, Remoaners need to let it go.
David Davis will be confronted by business leaders on Friday demanding an indefinite delay in Britain’s departure from the Single Market and the Customs Union. The Brexit Secretary has invited some of Britain’s most senior executives to his grace-and-favour residence at Chevening in Kent for an informal summit. In a major escalation of the business community’s attempt to soften Brexit, the CBI group last night called on the Government to reach an open-ended “transitional deal” with the European Union to protect businesses. Mr Davis and other senior Tory Eurosceptic MPs have said that they expect Britain to leave the Single Market after Brexit negotiations end in March 2019.
Brexit Secretary David Davis is on collision course with business leaders as the Government is warned Britain must remain in the single market and customs union until a final Brexit deal is in force. It comes after Mr Davis said last month that while there will be a three-year transitional period until 2022, the UK will exit the customs union and tariff-free single market after March 2019 – the end of the two year Article 50 timeframe. But the demand from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which represents 190,000 businesses, is for Government ministers to “build a bridge from the end of the Article 50 process in March 2019 to the new deal” in order to maximise stability and certainty for firms and “avoiding a damaging cliff-edge”.
Business leaders warned Theresa May yesterday that she needed to rip up her Brexit blueprint and negotiate a temporary deal with the European Union that would keep Britain in the single market and customs union. In a co-ordinated assault on the government’s policy before a meeting with ministers today, the CBI joined other business groups and unions to demand a new approach to Brexit talks. It called on the government to delay its plans to strike new trade deals with other countries in favour of Britain remaining within the customs union and single market for an unspecified period until “a final deal is in force”.
The UK should stay in the single market and customs union until a final Brexit deal is in force, according to the CBI business lobby group. CBI head Carolyn Fairbairn said it was “impossible” for all the details of a new trade deal with the European Union to be in place by March 2019. That is when talks about the UK’s withdrawal are due to formally finish. To minimise disruption, UK businesses need a “bridge” instead of a “cliff edge” for the new deal, she said. Businesses are delaying investment because of the uncertainty, according to the CBI, whose members employ nearly 7 million people.
Britain will have to stay in the EU’s single market and customs union after it officially leaves in March 2019, a leading business group warned last night. The CBI urged the Government to agree a transitional arrangement so the UK did not leave the two agreements until a ‘final deal’ for them comes into force after Brexit. The group said it was impossible to imagine that details of a new trade deal would be clear by the end of the Brexit process. But Eurosceptic critics said the demand showed that Remain supporters were trying to stay in the EU ‘by the back door’.
THE EU’s attempt to saddle Britain with a crippling bill for daring to leave the union will see Europe demanding billions in contingency cash for things which might never happen, a leading economist has said. EU negotiators are expected to demand at least £88 billion from Britain as part of a crippling ‘Brexit divorce settlement’. But the figure includes cash for theoretical problems which may never arise – and might see the EU hanging on to British cash it is not entitled to. Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs financial think-tank has crunched the numbers and arrived at some startling conclusions. He also believes Britain would be in a strong legal position simply to walk away from negotiations and pay nothing.
Investor fear and the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn premiership means Brexit might never actually happen, political sources have claimed. Speculation is reportedly growing that Britain may never leave the EU due to a combination of factors that make the decision less desirable. BBC Newsnight’s Political Editor Nicholas Watt told the programme he was beginning to hear talk in some quarters that Brexit may never come to fruition. “I spoke to one leave supporter who now fears a combination of a stalling economy and investor fear over a possible Corbyn premiership could create a storm that could stall Brexit,” he said.
SENIOR figures in Brussels are “running scared” because they realise Britain is likely to walk out of Brexit talks over the EU’s “ridiculous” demands. The revelation by an MEP on the Brexit monitoring group came as Michel Barnier attempted to bully Britain into remaining under EU control in the single market. The EU’s chief negotiator claimed that there will be border checks on British goods and “no frictionless trade border” if the UK leaves the single market and customs union. But the UK Government dismissed his threat as a “negotiating position”. The panic in the cash strapped EU about a “no deal” outcome follows recent evidence from former British Chamber of Commerce director John Longworth that Britain would benefit by up £150billion a year even without a deal putting the UK in a very strong position for the negotiations.
The President of the European Council has appeared to mock Britain after the bloc agreed a free trade deal with Japan. Donald Tusk tweeted a picture of him alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The photo was accompanied by the caption: “We did it. We concluded EU-Japan political and trade talks. EU is more and more engaged globally. Global Europe!” The use of the term “Global Europe” was interpreted by many seasoned political observers as a mocking reference to Prime Minister Theresa May’s use of the term “global Britain” to describe the UK’s future post-Brexit.
The European Union’s (EU) hardline chief Brexit negotiator has said it is impossible for the UK to win “frictionless trade” with the bloc and that freedom of movement is “indivisible”. “I have heard some people in the UK argue that one can leave the single market and keep all of its benefits. That is not possible,” Michel Barnier told the EU’s economic and social committee, claiming any deal would have “significant consequences” for business. He laid out thee red lines for the EU in up-and-coming negotiations. “One: The free movement of persons, goods, services, and capital are indivisible – indivisible! We cannot let the Single Market unravel.
The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned that it is impossible for the UK to have “frictionless trade” with Europe from outside of the single market. Mr Barnier said that the full implications of leaving the EU appeared not to have been “fully understood” by British politicians. Theresa May, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Chancellor Philip Hammond have all said they want to leave the single market while still having a customs arrangement that achieves “frictionless” borders. The intervention from Mr Barnier will prove particularly difficult for Mr Davis, who is tomorrow hosting business leaders at an event to allay their fears that EU withdrawal will damage their ability to trade into Europe.
The UK cannot leave the EU single market and keep the benefits, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has said in his first major speech since talks began last month. Michel Barnier said he had warned the British government there was no cost-free way to leave the single market and said some people in the UK had not understood that Britain cannot leave the EU without losing out. “I have heard some people in the UK argue that one can leave the single market and keep all of its benefits. That is not possible,” he told the EU’s economic and social committee. Barnier also dismissed the “no deal is better than a bad deal” slogan favoured by the British prime minister, Theresa May.
Britain has been warned the prospect of “frictionless trade” with the European Union post-Brexit is “not possible”. In a stark rejection of Theresa May’s negotiating position, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said it appeared the Government still does not understand the bloc’s position on the single market. The Prime Minister has said she wants trade with the EU to be “as frictionless as possible”, while Brexit Secretary David Davis has said a new trade deal should deliver the “exact same benefits” as single market membership. But Mr Barnier said Mrs May’s “red lines” for a future trade relationship mean the UK is definitely leaving the single market and the customs union.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, resorted to a shroud waving performance while speaking of post Brexit UK-EU trade to the European Economic and Social Committee, one of Brussels anonymous talking shops today, threatening the UK with dire consequences. Gerard Batten MEP, the UKIP Brexit spokesman said “Mr Barnier is resorting to threats against against Britain in order to weaken the Government’s resolve to leave the EU”. “It is quite a simple matter for the EU to continue with a simple tariff free agreement to continue to trade with the UK post Brexit. “The EU already has free trade agreements with 58 countries that are not members of the customs union. Such agreements may or may not have tariffs but nothing would be simpler than to continue the existing arrangements.
EUROPEAN ministers today suggested they are now considering a radical shift in their migration strategy which would see EU vessels start turning migrant boats around and sending them back to North Africa. Interior chiefs from Estonia, Belgium and the Netherlands all said Brussels needs to find ways of significantly upping the rate of deportations of economic migrants if it is to survive the latest spike in the continent’s migration crisis. Eurocrats are now set to draw up a code of conduct, at the behest of Italy, which will govern how NGOs operating search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean should coordinate their operations with EU member states in the future.
Theresa May is a “lame horse” Prime Minister propped up by a “selfish” Cabinet, furious junior ministers have said amid threats of resignations. Some members of the Government are growing increasingly frustrated at the actions of Boris Johnson and his Cabinet colleagues for “pushing the Prime Minister around like a rag doll” to serve their own “self-indulgent” ends. The rift over public sector pay which played out over the weekend served to accelerate talks between junior ministers who want to see Mrs May stand aside within months to allow the party to rebuild its reputation after a bruising election campaign. Mid-ranking ministers claim their more senior colleagues are taking advantage of the weakened Prime Minister so they can pursue their own agendas, amid mounting frustration that the Government is “doing nothing” and “going nowhere”.
Labour have taken a shock poll lead over the Tories as ministers plot to oust Theresa May with a coup launched by a series of resignations in autumn. The first YouGov survey since the General Election last month puts Jeremy Corbyn‘s party eight points ahead. The poll for The Times tonight revealed that 46 per cent of the public back Labour, Conservatives 38 per cent, Lib Dems 6 per cent and Ukip 4 per cent. It comes as junior members of the Tory party described the British Prime Minister of being a ‘horse with a broken leg’ with a ‘self-indulgent’ Cabinet who are keeping her afloat. A secret circle of ministers are reportedly are considering overthrowing Mrs May by stepping down before the party’s conference in Manchester in October.
FURIOUS mid-ranking Tory ministers are trying to engineer a coup of mass resignations in a bid to oust Theresa May this Autumn, The Sun can reveal. Fears the Prime Minister is a “horse with a broken leg” propped up by a “self-indulgent” Cabinet, have left junior members of the government despairing. The growing disquiet amongst the junior ranks came after the Cabinet ruled out challenging the wounded premier for at least two years. Now a secret circle of lower-rung ministers are weighing up whether to try dethrone the PM by stepping down before the party’s conference in October. And one senior minister told The Sun they were considering resigning to spark a challenge before the party’s annual gathering scheduled to open in Manchester in three months time.
A fifth of Labour MPs have appeared on a deselection hitlist drawn up by left-wing activists emboldened by Jeremy Corbyn’s general election success. The uneasy truce between the party’s factions is at risk of breaking down amid fears of a radical plot to oust moderates. A grassroots Momentum group in South Tyneside published a list of 49 prominent Labour figures, including Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie and Jess Phillips, suggesting that they should “join the Liberals”. Labour won 262 seats in the election a month ago, up from 229.
JEREMY CORBYN has announced that he is planning to meet with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, to discuss the UK’s future relationship with the bloc. Speaking to Bloomberg, the Labour Party leader said he was planning to meet with Michel Barnier next Thursday to discuss Brexit. Mr Corbyn outlined Labour’s Brexit position which has come under scrutiny for delivering differing messages over their plans. In an amendment to the Queen’s Speech, tabled by former frontbencher Chuka Umunna, 49 Labour MP’s voted to keep Britain in the single market after Brexit, dividing the party. Mr Corbyn said: “Fundamentally we want to make sure there is tariff free access to the European market, that’s crucial, half of our trade is with Europe.
Jeremy Corbyn will sit down with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier for discussions ahead of any snap UK election that could see the Labour leader installed at Downing Street. Mr Corbyn said the meeting would allow him to outline Labour’s approach to Brexit for the EU’s frontline negotiator, with tariff free access to the single market the party’s main objective. The Labour leader also said he would set out Labour’s support for the UK unilaterally guaranteeing EU citizens’ rights and maintaining similar consumer, labour and environmental regulation.
Labour has taken a shock eight-point lead in the first poll since the party’s surprise election result. The survey carried out by YouGov for the Times put the Tories on 38 and Labour on 46. It was based on a poll of 1,648 asked about their voting intentions over the 5th and 6th July. If translated into an election result, it would be the kind of swing that could see Jeremy Corbyn in Number 10. Labour outperformed expectations in last month’s General Election, winning 262 seats with a 9.6 per cent increase in the vote. The Conservatives fell short of a majority and have been forced to do a deal with the DUP of Northern Ireland to form a government and keep Theresa May in office.
KIM Jong-un’s despotic regime is crumbling as five North Koreans who fled the communist state have asked to defect to their bitterest rivals. South Korea have confirmed five North Koreans who fled the totalitarian nation last week have come forward to defect from Kim’s nightmare kingdom. North Korea claims it tested an intercontinental ballistic missile this week in what was supposed to be a display of strength. But support for Kim’s regime appears to be on the brink of collapse as four men and one woman from the Hermit Kingdom fled by boat on July 1. The five defectors were found off the north-east coast of South Korea after crossing the maritime border dubbed the Northern Limit Line (NLL). A spokesperson for the South Korean government said: “An investigation is underway. They are believed to have crossed it for the purpose of defection.”
The G20 summit in Hamburg gets under way with an already fractious gathering of world leaders overshadowed by the threat of military escalation with North Korea. Prime Minister Theresa May, arriving in Germany last night, said the UK “absolutely condemns the action that North Korea has taken” adding that “what we need to see is China which can exercise influence on North Korea playing a greater role in doing that”. The PM, at her second G20 summit, said that “if there are proposals to tighten and extend sanctions, then we support that”.