Boris Johnson is preparing the ground for a November general election after ministers announced a fast-track spending review to fulfill his multibillion-pound pledges. As the Prime Minister repeatedly refused to rule out going to the country as soon as Nov 1, Sajid Javid, the Chancellor, announced the Treasury would accelerate the Government’s budgeting by bringing forward spending plans. The unexpected announcement led to speculation that Mr Johnson was preparing for an election within days of Britain leaving the EU on Oct 31 by immediately freeing up funds for 20,000 extra police officers and more money for schools and the NHS.
BORIS Johnson is ready to thwart anti-Brexit plotters if they try to oust him via a vote of no-confidence, by digging his heels in and calling a general election in the days after October 31, by which time the UK will have left the EU, sources have claimed. Meanwhile, the chances of Britain leaving the EU without a deal in place on October 31 have jumped to more than one in three, a survey of economists has indicated.
There is increasing talk of a General Election coming soon. Very soon in fact: 1st November. It comes as Remainer MPs look set to try and stop a No Deal Brexit with a possible no confidence vote in Boris Johnson’s government. But those in the government seem to be claiming that they would push back any election until after 31st October, when the Prime Minister has promised the UK will finally exit the European Union.
Sajid Javid sparked furious speculation about an imminent election last night with a ‘fast-track’ spending review to fund public services. The Chancellor scrapped the normal process of departments bidding for their budgets for the next five years. Instead, he ordered civil servants to complete a one-year ‘Spending Round’ within weeks to fund commitments on the NHS, police and school funding. The cash will also go towards helping departments prepare for a No Deal Brexit on October 31. Officials will complete the process by September – ahead of a No Deal Budget which could be in early October.
Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced a one-year spending review to give government departments “financial certainty” as they prepare for Brexit. Mr Javid said a “fast-tracked” spending round for 2020-21 would “clear the ground ahead of Brexit while delivering on people’s priorities”. Spending reviews typically tend to happen every two to three years. But shadow chancellor John McDonnell warned that the Tories were “playing dangerous games with spending”.
Boris Johnson will hand schools and police forces hundreds of millions in extra funding as part of a “fast track” spending round for Whitehall departments, further fuelling speculation that the country is heading for a general election in the autumn. Downing Street is understood to be planning to hold a general election just days after the UK leaves the European Union on Halloween, with suggestions it could be held the very next day – 1 November.
Labour have accused the Tories of ‘panic measures’ for fast-tracking spending plans before Brexit . Chancellor Sajid Javid said he wanted a 12-month spending round to be completed in September instead of the expected three-year period. The plan appeared to be designed to shore up the new PM’s spending promises ahead of a snap election – and boost the economy before the predicted chaos of a no-deal Brexit. But the Opposition say it means the government can put a stop to extra spending after a year.
Boris Johnson refused to rule out holding a general election after 31 October to force through a no-deal Brexit if he loses a no-confidence vote in the Commons. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said he “would be sending Jeremy Corbyn in a cab to Buckingham Palace to say ‘we’re taking over’”, if the prime minister ignores a vote of no confidence. MPs opposed to no deal are reportedly considering a move to have parliament sit during conference season in a bid to pass legislation to extend Article 50.
French fishermen have warned Boris Johnson that they will bring cross-channel traffic to a halt by blockading Calais if they are not allowed to fish in British waters after a no-deal Brexit. Ministers have pledged to take back control of Britain’s territorial waters after leaving the EU and rejected linking fishing rights to a trade deal. However, Olivier Leprêtre, chairman of the regional fisheries committee in northern France, said: “If there is a hard Brexit, I can assure you that not a single kilo of seafood or fish from Britain will get into France.” In the event of a no-deal Brexit European fleets would lose the rights to fish in British waters under the EU common fisheries policy.
A BREXITEER has lashed out at the BBC for its ‘Project Fear’ predictions for the UK’s exit from the European Union. John Redwood, Conservative MP for Wokingham, highlighted key examples of incorrect forecasts in a furious post on his bio. But he saved his main criticism for the BBC, asking why the press has got it so wrong. He said: “The BBC were in overdrive yesterday peddling the same old arguments that if we just leave the EU they will not be able or willing to sell us all their exports.”
Uncertainty about the date of leaving the European Union is more damaging than a no-deal Brexit, the new deputy chairman of the Conservative Party has said. Paul Scully, who was appointed deputy chairman by Boris Johnson, also said that it was unlikely that Boris Johnson will call a general election before the UK is expected to leave the European Union on Oct 31. He told today’s Chopper’s Brexit Podcast: “I think the uncertainty is really damaging and in many ways it is [more damaging than no deal].
Jeremy Corbyn last night called on the country’s most senior civil servant to stop Boris Johnson from forcing through a No Deal Brexit. The Labour leader appealed directly to Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill, insisting Mr Johnson should be blocked from taking Britain out of the EU during a general election campaign. Allies of the Prime Minister have confirmed that if he loses a confidence vote in the run-up to Brexit day on October 31, he will simply use his powers to schedule an election for early November – and allow Brexit to happen automatically in the meantime.
Jeremy Corbyn is demanding a block on Brexit during an autumn general election campaign, accusing Boris Johnson of plotting an abuse of power to force no deal. The Labour leader has written to Whitehall’s top civil servant, Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill, amid a growing belief among MPs that Mr Johnson is planning a poll in early November. Mr Corbyn’s intervention came after Mr Johnson refused to deny well-sourced predictions of an election as early as 1 November, the day after the prime minister insists the UK will leave the EU.
Jeremy Corbyn has urged the UK’s most senior civil servant to intervene to prevent a no-deal Brexit during a general election campaign. The Labour leader is concerned that Boris Johnson could call an election and withdraw the UK from the EU before polling day. He has written to Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill saying such a move would be an “anti-democratic abuse of power”. It comes amid speculation MPs will table a no-confidence motion in the PM.
Jeremy Corbyn has urged the head of the civil service to rule that Boris Johnson cannot force through a no-deal Brexit during an election campaign. The Labour leader denounced reports Mr Johnson could call a snap poll around 1 November as an “unprecedented, unconstitutional and anti-democratic abuse of power”, and called on Sir Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, to intervene. In a letter to the senior mandarin, Mr Corbyn said the government must “let the electorate decide” the country’s future rather than allow the move to be forced through by a prime minister “elected not by the public but by a small number of unrepresentative Conservative Party members”.
Jeremy Corbyn has called on the UK’s most senior civil servant to intervene to stop Boris Johnson forcing a no-deal Brexit in the middle of an election campaign, amid rising signs the country is heading for the polls again this autumn. The Labour leader wrote to Sir Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, accusing the prime minister of plotting an “unprecedented, unconstitutional and anti-democratic abuse of power”, after it emerged No 10 would be prepared to delay an election until immediately after 31 October if Johnson loses a no confidence vote among MPs.
MINISTERS have been told to rush through their budget plans in the next few weeks to clear the decks for Brexit. Schools, hospitals and police are in line for cash boosts as PM Boris Johnson gets election-ready. He and Chancellor Sajid Javid have ordered departments to send through their budgets for 2019/20 only by September. Originally they had been told to budget for three years. Mr Javid said the new plan would mean devolved departments have the “financial certainty” to deliver next year.
Boris Johnson is stepping up his Brexit preparations as the government announced a “fast-tracked” spending review ahead of the looming October deadline. Chancellor Sajid Javid said he and the Prime Minister have asked for a 12-month spending round to be completed in September instead of a lengthier exercise to departments. This will cover day-to-day department budgets for 2020/21, rather than a three-year period first mooted by the previous government, as the UK prepares to leave the EU on October 31.
MPs are considering a bid to cancel the annual autumn recess set aside for party conferences in a fresh attempt to prevent Boris Johnson ploughing ahead with a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. It comes as talks between London and Brussels remain deadlocked, and Mr Johnson’s administration remains steadfast in its commitment to leaving the EU in 84 days’ time at all costs. Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s senior adviser, has also told colleagues the PM could refuse to resign if he lost a motion of no confidence, and call a general election after the Halloween deadline.
The Liberal Democrats and a “significant number” of Tories would support a no-confidence motion in the Government, according to former business secretary Sir Vince Cable. The ex-leader of the Liberal Democrats said the UK has been in a constitutional crisis “for quite a long time”. Speaking on BBC’s Newsnight, Sir Vince said there would be wide support for an “emergency administration” to take over if Prime Minister Boris Johnson loses a motion of no confidence.
Parliament should honour the 2016 Brexit referendum and leave the European Union on Oct. 31, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday when asked if he would resign if his government lost a vote of no-confidence. Johnson has pledged to take Britain out of the EU at the end of October, with or without a deal, setting himself up for a clash with lawmakers who have vowed to try and stop a no-deal Brexit, including by trying to collapse the government.
BORIS JOHNSON appears to be winning over voters in a poll that is likely to cause awkward reading for Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn. The YouGov poll puts the Tories nine points ahead of the Labour Party on 31 percent. Respondents also found Mr Johnson was twice as popular with 39 percent saying the former London Mayor would make a good Prime Minister compared with 19 percent for Mr Corbyn. As the Daily Telegraph reported, Mr Johnson beat Mr Corbyn in every region of the United Kingdom.
THE Tories have opened up a nine point lead over Labour as they enjoy a ‘Boris bounce’ in the wake of the new Prime Minister taking office. According to a new poll, the Conservatives are now head on 33 per cent with Labour on 22 per cent just one point ahead of a resurgent Lib Dems. The Lib Dems’ boost comes after the election of Jo Swinson’s election as leader. The Brexit Party also rose a point to 14 per cent, while the Greens dropped a point from 8 per cent to 7 per cent, the YouGov poll commissioned for The Times shows.
Labour lost almost 46,000 members last year as the party lurched between crises, official figures show. Jeremy Corbyn‘s party lost 10 per cent of its membership in just one year as anti-Semitism and an unclear Brexit policy took their toll. Though the party continued to have the largest membership of the British political parties, reporting 518,659 individual members on December 31 – a decrease from 564,443 in 2017.
The Labour Party lost 8% of its members during 2018, the first official annual drop since Jeremy Corbyn took over as leader in 2015. The figures, which have been published as part of Labour’s annual accounts, show a fall of more than 45,000 to 518,659 in December last year. Labour MP Neil Coyle blamed the loss in members on the party’s failure to take a more vocally pro-EU position on Brexit, as well as its handling of allegations of antisemitism.
Labour lost almost 46,000 members last year official figures show as they quit over Brexit , anti-Semitism and Jeremy Corbyn . The party continued to have by far the largest membership of the British political parties, reporting 518,659 individual members on December 31 – a decrease from 564,443 in 2017. But separately Labour Party sources confirmed to the Mirror that the membership had dropped below 500,000 from a peak of 564,000 in 2017.
More of the world’s top scientists will be encouraged to move to the UK under a shake-up of immigration rules. A new fast-tracked visa system will be launched later this year which could see the 2,000 cap on Tier 1 ‘exceptional talent’ visas abolished in a bid to attract the “brightest and best” to Britain. It comes after the Prime Minister announced that he plans to introduce an Australian-style points system to control low skilled immigration post Brexit.
A Nobel Prize-winning physicist has warned Boris Johnson not to take scientists ‘for fools’ after his pledge to turn Britain into a ‘science superpower.’ Professor Sir Andre Geim, was namechecked by Mr Johnson in the announcement for his discovery of graphene. But he and other leading British scientists said leaving the EU would harm Britain’s status as one of the world’s scientific hubs. He warned a No Deal exit would be even worse for the sector.
Boris Johnson is to introduce fast-track visas for the world’s top scientists, engineers and mathematicians as he announces a relaxation of his predecessor’s immigration controls. In a departure from Theresa May’s numbers driven approach to non-EU migration, the new prime minister plans to abolish caps for individuals considered exceptionally talented in their field. Mr Johnson has already dropped the Conservatives’ manifesto pledge to bring net migration down to the tens of thousands – a target that has never been met.
The number of NHS patients waiting more than four hours to be admitted to accident and emergency departments in England reached a record high last month as the country sweltered in soaring temperatures. NHS England data also showed that a record 2.3 million people were seen at A&E in July as hospitals struggled with a heatwave that included the hottest day recorded in Britain. Doctors said that the data also highlighted how cancer care had deteriorated because of pension rules that have deterred them from working overtime.
Parents of severely epileptic children are dismayed by a watchdog’s refusal to approve medicinal cannabis as an NHS treatment. The Home Office said in October that doctors would be allowed to prescribe cannabis after a review prompted by the cases of Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell, two boys whose epilepsy appeared to be curbed by the drug. However, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), which is charged with ensuring that the NHS gets value for money, said yesterday that evidence was lacking that cannabis-derived treatments were safe and effective. It called for clinical trials.
Asthma deaths have increased by a third in a decade with extremely hot summers, air pollution and complacency all blamed for the sharp rise. More than 1,400 people died from an asthma attack last year, an eight per cent increase compared to 2017 and up 33 per cent since 2007. The charity believes that recent extreme weather combined with a lack of basic care and a general misunderstanding about the seriousness of asthma is driving the soaring rates.
Deaths from asthma have risen by around a third in 10 years, according to figures analysed by a charity. More than 1,400 people died from an asthma attack last year in England and Wales, around an 8% increase compared to 2017, Asthma UK said. The data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the number of deaths have increased by 33% – up from 1,071 in 2008. The figures also show an increase in men dying from the condition, with 436 men dying in 2018 compared to 370 the previous year.
Millions of people are suffering from mobile phone signal blackouts because most areas lack 4G coverage, a Which? survey has found. Eight in ten areas do not have consistent 4G mobile coverage from all four of the UK’s operators – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone, the research carried out by the consumer group revealed. The report looked at parliamentary constituencies, with 524 out of 650 affected. Rural areas in Scotland and Wales were the hardest hit by the blackouts as they suffer from Britain’s lowest levels of mobile coverage.
Eight in ten areas have patchy 4G coverage – leaving millions of Britons at risk of mobile signal blackouts, a report published today suggests. Which? found that many parts of the country that were poorly served included large towns and cities. Parts of Sheffield, Essex, Brighton, Cardiff, Milton Keynes and Leeds were among the urban areas that did not receive adequate mobile broadband coverage. It comes as the Government and mobile operators discuss how to boost 4G access in poorly-served areas and to meet a target of extending coverage to 95 per cent of the country by 2022.