BRUSSELS will launch an ambush on Theresa May in an attempt to force her to accept freedom of movement post-Brexit. The EU is set to attack Mrs May when she meets for the Conservative Party conference with her warring Cabinet – predicting the Prime Minister’s grip on power will be at its weakest. A European ambassador has warned the Government that EU negotiator, Michael Barnier, will put the freedom of movement headache back on the table in October when he expects the Prime Minister will be exhausted by demands from her divided team.
BRUSSELS is plotting a fresh ambush to force Theresa May to accept freedom of movement after Brexit. A European ambassador told the Sunday Times that EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier is planning to exploit the PM’s weakness ahead of the Tory party conference in the autumn to put the flagship EU open borders policy back on the negotiating table. He will demand Britain continues to accept freedom of movement in exchange for unfettered access to Europe’s single market. But the Migration Watch think tank warned Mrs May that failure to curb EU migration after Brexit would destroy the Tory party’s credibility with voters. Its boss Lord Green said: “Controlling our borders must mean reducing immigration or it is pointless.
The European Union are set to demand that freedom of movement continues. That’s right, the British public voted to end open border mass EU migration. But The Sunday Times reckon that the EU are set to drop a grenade into the negotiations by demanding that the current arrangement on migration continues in return a trade deal. It would be a stunningly arrogant move and one aimed at dividing the government, with some Ministers said to be in favour of so-called ‘preferential access’ for EU migrants moving forward. New Home Secretary Sajid Javid is said to have rejected such plans – but it is blatantly obvious that the EU are now set to ratchet up the pressure on this.
Italy‘s new interior minister threatened to bar rescue ships from docking in the country’s ports after Malta refused to take hundreds of migrants, reports say. Matteo Salvini sent a letter to the Maltese authorities saying he would ‘be forced to close Italy’s ports’ if the 629 migrants saved by the French charity SOS Mediterranee weren’t allowed to land at Malta’s capital Valletta. Italy’s interior ministry were unable to confirm the existence of the letter and said officials were still trying to confirm the existence of the letter. Meanwhile a spokesman for the Maltese government said that ‘Malta was neither the coordinating nor the competent authority’ in the rescue.
New Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has shut off Italian ports to a migrant ship with more than 600 people on board, as he follows through on his promise to get tough when it comes to illegal immigration. Salvini set out his position on Facebook, saying: “Malta takes in nobody. France pushes people back at the border, Spain defends its frontier with weapons. From today, Italy will also start to say no to human trafficking, no to the business of illegal immigration.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked Austria’s impending closure of mosques and consequent expulsion of Turkish-funded imams, saying the move is anti-Islamic while promising a response. “These measures taken by the Austrian prime minister are, I fear, leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul covered by AFP. Austria’s populist government made the announcement on Friday morning at a press conference as part of the governing coalition’s campaign against radical Islamic ideology and the influence of countries like Turkey in the Austrian Islamic community, Kronen Zeitung reports.
Theresa May will tell her MPs to “send a message to the country” by staying united in key Brexit votes this week, but has already been warned a fresh plot to thwart her plans will be launched next month. The Government faces a series of knife-edge votes on amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill during two days of debates starting on Tuesday. Defeat would put both the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans and her job under threat. In an address to the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs on Monday night, the Prime Minister will stress the need to prove “our determination to deliver on the decision made by the British people”.
Conservative Brexit factions have united to order party rebels to back Theresa May‘s flagship Brexit bill or risk toppling the government. Ex-home secretary Amber Rudd, a leading Remain supporter, and Eurosceptic former party leader, Iain Duncan Smith, formed an unlikely alliance to urge party colleagues to back the prime minister in a series of crunch votes in parliament this week. MPs are gearing up for a fraught two-day contest over the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, where the government is trying to overturn all but one of the 15 Lords amendments on issues ranging from customs to a meaningful vote for parliament on the final Brexit deal.
THERESA May will call on her MPs to reassure voters they are united in their determination to deliver Brexit in accordance with the referendum vote. The Prime Minister will make a crucial address to fractious Tory backbenchers tomorrow ahead of crunch votes this week in the House of Commons. Senior Tory MPs on both sides of the Brexit debate rallied colleagues on Sunday to support the Prime Minister in votes on the EU Withdrawal Bill – or risk letting Jeremy Corbyn into power.
Theresa May is expected to urge potential Tory backbench rebels to unite behind the party ahead of crucial votes on the EU withdrawal bill. She wants to overturn a series of amendments made by the Lords, but faces possible defeat if Conservative Remainers side with Labour. Rebel MPs have suggested they have sufficient numbers to threaten the government and want more concessions. Mrs May is expected to tell MPs it is their duty “to deliver on Brexit”. “We must be clear that we are united as a party in our determination to deliver on the decision made by the British people,” she is expected to tell the backbench 1922 Committee.
Theresa May will today call on die-hard Remainer Tories to prove they respect the Brexit referendum result by backing her in a series of crunch votes. The PM will urge rebels to send a message of unity to the country as she tries to reverse attempts by Peers to scupper Britain’s departure from the EU. A group of pro-EU MPs are threatening to vote with Labour on a string of House of Lords amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill which – if not overturned – would do catastrophic damage to the negotiations.
Senior government figures are confident of winning a series of crucial House of Commons votes on the Brexit bill, despite threats of a revolt by pro-remain MPs. Ministers and aides indicated that they remain “quietly reassured” that they have the numbers to pass the EU withdrawal bill when it returns to the lower chamber on Tuesday. As parliament enters a momentous week and a final vote on the bill, the government is seeking to vote down amendments from the House of Lords which were meant to soften the UK’s exit from the European Union. Ken Clarke, the veteran MP and former chancellor, on Sunday asked rebel MPs to withstand pressure from Tory whips.
Two senior Conservatives from the Leave and Remain wings of the party have come together to urge Tory MPs to back Theresa May in a series of crunch Commons votes on Brexit. However in supporting the PM, former home secretary Amber Rudd, a leading Remain supporter, and ex-party leader Iain Duncan Smith, a long-standing Brexiteer, warned defeat could lead to the fall of the Government. It raises the stakes ahead of potentially defining week in Westminster for Mrs May’s premiership. In a joint article for The Sunday Telegraph, Ms Rudd and Mr Duncan Smith said voting to overturn or water down a series of amendments inserted by the Lords into the EU (Withdrawal) Bill should be a “no brainer”.
THERESA May could be reliant on Labour for a victory against the Lords this week amid fears her slim Commons majority could keep Britain shackled to Brussels forever. Remain-backing Tory MPs led by Anna Soubry, a former business minister, and ex attorney general Dominic Grieve, have demanded a Brexit that maintains close ties to the EU, including in the customs union and single market. Tory Chief Whip Julian Smith is looking towards Brexit-backing Labour MPs whose votes on Tuesday and Wednesday’s crunch Commons debate could could give Mrs May the support she needs to at least water down the House of Lords’ 14 amendments to the Brexit divorce bill.
Labour‘s Brexit divisions have been laid bare after a pro-EU MP accused one of his party colleagues of ”sounding like Jacob Rees-Mogg” on leaving the European Union. In a sign of growing tensions ahead of crunch EU votes this week, Chris Leslie got into a heated spat with former Europe minister Caroline Flint by comparing her to the prominent Tory eurosceptic MP. MPs are gearing up for two days of clashes over the government’s flagship Brexit bill, where ministers are seeking to overturn a string of House of Lords defeats on key issues such as the customs union and a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal. The Labour leadership tabled a parliamentary bid to unite the party by ensuring the UK retains “full access” to the EU’s single market and that would ensure “no new impediments” to trade.
A culture of “extraordinary secrecy” in Whitehall is blocking the ability of senior civil servants to plan for Brexit, according to a study. Deep political divisions in the cabinet over Britain’s departure from the EU are “driving inordinate levels of secrecy” and forcing officials to classify documents at a higher level of confidentiality than necessary, an Institute for Government (IfG) report said. Some documents are not allowed out of locked rooms to which few have access.
A damaging culture of “extraordinary secrecy” inside government is blighting its ability to plan for Brexit, according to a comprehensive study of Whitehall. Officials are being forced to look at key documents in special reading rooms, while some papers are confined to the offices of the most senior civil servants. The installation of a network of secured computers that can only be accessed by officials with very high security clearance is also being accelerated, to keep the documents under wraps. Meanwhile, the number of documents being restricted is going “well beyond” those containing sensitive details of the government’s EU negotiations.
Nicola Sturgeon’s flagship policy of doubling “free” childcare for three and four-year-olds has been dealt a major blow after a “bombshell” report found fewer than one in three private nurseries are likely to offer the extra hours. The National Day Nurseries Association said the sector was at crisis point due to a lack of funding and the plan to expand paid-for nursery places was now “at risk”. Its annual survey found confidence among private nursery providers at an all time low, with 30 per cent saying they were likely to meet the target, compared to more than 50 per cent last year. The Scottish Government has pledged to increase paid-for nursery places from the current 600 hours to 1,140 hours for three and four-year-olds, and eligible two-year-olds, by August 2020 – the equivalent of about 30 hours a week in term time.
One of the SNP’s most high-profile supporters has defected to the Animal Welfare Party, in protest at Nicola Sturgeon’s refusal to back a ban on live animal exports. Kay Hamilton, the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton, who was married to Angus, the 15th Duke of Hamilton, branded the SNP’s stance “shaming”. It comes just days before activists in 30 countries step up the pressure to end long-distance transport of live animals, with rallies and candlelit vigils aimed at influencing public opinion and politicians. Britain’s Environment Secretary Michael Gove is considering ending live exports from England after launching a public consultation on the move, saying it could be possible after Britain quits the EU.
A Labour frontbencher has today said that immigration could go up after Brexit – despite pledges for Britain to regain control of its borders. Jeremy Corbyn has conceded that many Britons voted to leave the EU because they wanted immigration to be brought down – and has agreed free movement must end. But his shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald has today raised questions over how committed Labour really is to seeing numbers brought down. And shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer also hinted Labour is getting ready to U-turn on their pledge to end free movement. Tory MPs hit out at the comments and said it would be a ‘kick in the teeth’ for Brexit voters who want the UK to regain control of its borders.
Up to 1,000 graduates are to be trained as detectives on a 12-week course under plans to tackle a ‘national crisis’ in police staffing levels, ministers will announce today. Home Secretary Sajid Javid acted after warnings crimes were going unsolved due to a shortage of investigators. Under the drive, candidates would be trained on a programme lasting just three months in a bid to create 1,000 extra detectives within five years. New detectives usually go through 18 months of intensive training. The initiative comes as a violent crimewave grips ‘Wild West Britain’, with thugs running amok with apparent impunity. London Mayor Sadiq Khan described it this weekend as a ‘national emergency’.
University graduates will be trained to become detectives in 12 weeks under new fast-tracked plans to tackle a major shortage of senior investigators. Ministers announced a new £350,000 programme to boost detective numbers by 1,000 over the next five years, by streamlining the training period to attract recruits from a wider variety of backgrounds. Police forces are facing a shortfall of more than 5,000 detectives and investigators, while the policing watchdog has previously warned that the dearth of trained staff amounts to a “national crisis”. Traditionally, it takes around two years to become a detective, as uniformed officers have to pass a probation period before choosing to specialise.
Bedside robots could do swathes of the work now done by doctors and nurses, saving the NHS almost £13bn a year – a tenth of its budget – a major report says today. The controversial study led by surgeon and former health minister Lord Darzi calls for the “full automation” of health and social services, claiming it would give staff “time to care” for patients. Almost one third of the tasks now done by nurses, and nearly one quarter of that done by hospital doctors could be done by robots and artificial intelligence systems, it says.
ROBOT carers could save the NHS £12billion a year, a top doctor says. They could help empty bed pans and fetch meals. And robot pets may also help tackle loneliness in the elderly. Former health minister Lord Darzi, a leading surgeon, said nearly a third of care staff tasks could be handed over to robots. His call is in an Institute of Public Policy Research report. It says the NHS could free up ten per cent of annual costs with robots, like Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator. The move would also give GPs and nurses 30 per cent more time for training and care. And the report also backs robotic surgery, biosensors to monitor vital signs and electronic diagnosis and prescriptions.
Doctors and nurses who make “honest mistakes” while treating patients should not fear criminal prosecution, Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, will say today, under rules that will make it more difficult for the regulator to strike off staff convicted of manslaughter. Mr Hunt has accepted the main findings of a review into the use of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare, which said that criminal proceedings should apply only in extreme cases of “very poor performance”. He ordered the inquiry by Professor Sir Norman Williams, former president of the Royal College of Surgeons, after the case of Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a trainee paediatrician found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of Jack Adcock, six, who developed sepsis at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is promising more support for doctors and nurses who make “honest mistakes” while treating patients so they can learn from their errors without fear of prosecution. Mr Hunt has accepted the main findings of a review into the use of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare amid concerns that the fear of criminal proceedings was having a “chilling effect” on the medical profession. The Health Secretary ordered the inquiry by the eminent surgeon Professor Sir Norman Williams in February following the outcry over the treatment of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba.
Doctors who make honest mistakes will be given more protection under NHS plans to prevent blunders being covered up. Under the plans, launched on Monday by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, doctors accused of making errors will no longer be forced to disclose personal case notes. The General Medical Council watchdog will also lose the power to appeal the outcomes of their tribunals. Mr Hunt said the plans were a promise to doctors that “the NHS will support them to learn rather than seek to blame”. Doctor will also be instructed to investigate every new death in England, as part of efforts to improve safety.
Nearly half of train firms are misleading passengers over their right to claim compensation for extra costs caused by delays, a Which survey has found. Staff at 12 out of 26 rail customer helplines wrongly told mystery shoppers they were not entitled to claim redress to cover unexpected expenses they incurred directly as a result of delays. It comes as rail chaos affecting millions of people, caused by timetable changes, is entering its fourth week.