THERESA May should walk away now from the Brexit talks and the EU’s “outrageous” demands, one of Britain’s top businessmen insisted. Billionaire Sir James Dyson, reiterating his confidence that Britain has a “fantastic” future, said Brussels would come back desperate to offer a good trade deal. Sir James, who backed Leave in the referendum, called for Britain to play hard ball amid growing suspicion that Brussels’ bullies are deliberately obstructing British attempts to move talks forward. The EU insists on “sufficient progress” on Britain’s divorce bill, citizens’ rights and the Irish border issue before it will let talks progress on to future relationships like trade.
Sir James Dyson has once again set out a proper Brexit vision, insisting that the UK was in a “very, very strong position” and that Britain should walk away from the EU without giving them any money. Speaking on the BBC’s Marr Show, Dyson said: “Demanding billions and billions to leave is quite outrageous,” insisting that in giving his experience in dealing with Brussels “I would walk away, I think that is the only way to deal with them.” Dyson went on: “There’s no way to deal with them, you have to walk away. And if you walk away they’ll come to us.” In words that the British government should really be listening to, he ended by saying: “We’re in a very, very strong position, incredibly strong position. We shouldn’t give them any money we should just walk away and they’ll come to us.”
David Davis has dismissed the two-week deadline set by the chief EU Brexit negotiator for the UK setting out how it will meet its financial obligations. The Brexit Secretary laughed in an interview when he was asked about the deadline set out by Michel Barnier on Friday. He said the real deadline was in December and warned the EU not to expect a figure or a formula by which the UK’s obligations would be calculated. It comes after the most recent round of Brexit talks once again failed to make substantial progress towards completing negotiations on withdrawal issues including the divorce bill. Mr Barnier indicated that the UK would have to set out a commitment more clearly within two weeks, or it would not be possible to move talks on to transition and trade at the December European Council.
Downing Street appears ready to concede that trade deal negotiations will not be complete before Brexit, in a move that could affect the longevity of Theresa May’s premiership. One of Mrs May’s closest allies suggested at a private meeting that the future trade deal with the EU might not be finalised before Britain left the EU on March 29, 2019. The senior Downing Street aide said that they expected Britain to be able to strike only the “heads of agreement” of a deal. This would mean that further EU-UK negotiation would be necessary after Brexit. The aide also called the period after 2019 a “transition” period, despite Mrs May using the term “implementation”, which signalled that negotiations would be complete by then.
Theresa May’s ability to deliver Brexit is in doubt amid a growing threat to her leadership and concerns over whether she still has the political clout to govern. Ms May must this week renew the drive to push her EU withdrawal Bill through the House of Commons, with Tory MPs who backed Remain in the referendum threatening to join forces with Jeremy Corbyn’s party to impose changes. But Labour and other opposition parties warned that Ms May no longer has enough authority over the Conservatives to secure the Bill’s passage, after it emerged some 40 Tory MPs may now be willing to sign a letter of no confidence in her and a note emerged in which two cabinet ministers appear to direct her Brexit policy. It also follows reports that the EU is preparing for the collapse of Brexit talks and of her Government, which is torn between trying to give more ground in Brexit talks to achieve progress while also maintaining the support of Eurosceptic Tories who want no further compromise.
The tensions in Theresa May’s government intensified on Sunday night ahead of this week’s vital votes on the Brexit bill, as ministers accused Boris Johnson and Michael Gove of sending an “Orwellian” set of secret demands to No 10. As an increasingly weakened prime minister faces the possibility of parliamentary defeats on the bill, government colleagues have said they are aghast at the language used by the foreign secretary and the environment secretary in a joint private letter. The leaked letter – a remarkable show of unity from two ministers who infamously fell out during last year’s leadership campaign – appeared to be designed to push May decisively towards a hard Brexit and limit the influence of former remainers.
Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have formed a “political alliance of necessity” to deliver their model of Brexit in a move that has unnerved some fellow Conservatives. Allies of both cabinet ministers say they and their wider circle have bonded in the past few months to counter the leadership vacuum from No 10. Senior ministers have told The Times that Mr Gove is very much in the lead when it comes to the direction on Brexit and is more likely to stand up to figures such as Philip Hammond and Amber Rudd in cabinet.
Once a month, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson clear an hour or two in their diaries for a ‘private appointment’. To the irritation of their civil servants, they leave their respective ministries with clear instructions not to be disturbed unless it’s an emergency. The two meet clandestinely at a discreet Westminster venue – and Brexit is always on the agenda. Although both were on the winning side in the EU referendum, they famously fell out rancorously during the subsequent Tory leadership election. But since then, they have buried the hatchet. Britain’s future is more important than petty personal grievances.
THERESA May faced a fresh Cabinet war last night after Boris Johnson and Michael Gove reunited to slam the Chancellor. A private letter from the Brexiteers to the PM was leaked yesterday, revealing fury at Philip Hammond for not showing “sufficient energy” on our EU divorce. They claimed the Chancellor was letting the EU hold Britain “over a barrel” by not planning for the possibility of a No Deal with Brussels. And they urged the PM to gag Ministers who have “not internalised” Brexit. Critics accused the ex-Vote Leave pair of mounting a “soft coup” by taking advantage of Mrs May’s weakness to demand a Hard Brexit.
The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, says he is planning for the possible collapse of Brexit negotiations with the UK. Mr Barnier was talking to French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche days after giving the UK a two-week deadline to clarify key issues. Failing to reach an agreement was not his preferred option, he stressed. The UK’s Brexit Secretary David Davis has said it is time for both sides “to work to find solutions”.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said the bloc is drawing up contingency plans for the possible collapse of Britain’s departure talks. Barnier, who last week gave the UK a two-week deadline to provide greater clarity on the financial settlement it was prepared to offer as part of the divorce deal, told France’s Journal du Dimanche newspaper the failure of the talks was not his preferred option.
BRUSSELS’ Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has admitted talks between the UK and EU could dramatically collapse. The Frenchman said it was “possible” that the UK could walk away without paying a penny of the EU’s proposed ‘Brexit bill’. The divorce settlement, estimated to be as high as £88bn (€100bn) is a major source of tension between the two sides. Last week, he gave UK officials a two-week deadline to clarify how much Britain is willing to pay before it leaves the union.
The EU’s chief negotiator has warned that the bloc is drawing up contingency plans in case Brexit talks collapse. Michel Barnier said that failing to reach a deal with the UK was not his preferred option but was a “possibility”. He told French newspaper, Le Journal du Dimanche: “Everyone needs to plan for it, member states and businesses alike. We too are making technical preparations for it. On 29 March 2019, the United Kingdom will become a third country.” He said the UK must increase its financial offer, which is currently believed to be around €60bn (£53bn), before the talks are to move on to discuss the future trading relationship the UK desperately wants to map out before they leave.
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has once again demonstrated thinking in Brussels, insisting that the European Union needs to double its budget to €280 billion a year with the introduction of EU taxes so that the bloc has its “own resources”. He has said: “We need…€280 billion instead of €140 billion a year.” “This will require new EU own resources, such as a financial transaction tax on stock exchanges.” It comes as the European Union continues to push for increasing military capability, sure to cost plenty of money. No wonder Tajani recently slammed Theresa May’s opening gambit of €20 billion as “peanuts”.
British families will be barred from taking their pets to the continent if Brexit negotiations collapse, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has suggested. Michel Barnier has said that the collapse of trade talks is a “real possibility” and warned it could affect the ability of “dogs and cats to cross the Channel”. Under EU regulations, the owners of British cats and dogs only require a “pet passport” certifying that they have been vaccinated against rabies to travel within the European Union. P&O Ferries alone said it carried more than 20,000 pets from Dover to Calais last year. Jacob Rees-Mogg, a eurosceptic Tory MP, said: “It’s really very silly. You can’t take this man seriously, he is now negotiating absurdly. It undermines his credibility. The worry has always been of rabid animals coming from the Continent. I’m all for keeping rabid eurocrats out of the UK.”
A Member of the European Parliament from Germany, Hans-Olaf Henkel, has hit out at the EU’s hardline negotiation stance on Brexit, telling LBC that “the whole strategy by Barnier is unfair to Britain” and that their approach is geared towards stopping other countries from leaving too. Exposing how Michel Barnier and the EU’s negotiation stance is aimed at “punishing” the UK for daring to leave, he said: “I said from the outset I am against Brexit but I do support the vote of the British people. I think they should give a fair deal to Britain. “The very fact that the whole game plan of what should be agreed upon first, has not been developed jointly by Britain and the EU, it has been forced down the throat of Britain by the EU.
BREXIT will revive the UK fishing industry, creating 30,000 extra jobs and regenerating seaside towns in a boost to the nation’s economy worth almost £3billion, according to fishermen’s leaders. Neglected ports such as Lowestoft, Grimsby and Whitby could be given a new lease of life, along with Cornish coastal towns and seaside resorts such as Scarborough. At the moment 60 per cent of Britain’s fishing stock, worth £650million a year, is caught by foreign vessels from the EU. Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed in June that after Brexit, British fishermen will have exclusive rights to fish in a 12-mile zone around our coast. At a meeting at historic Fishmongers’ Hall in London last week, the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation predicted that reclaiming control of British waters would be one of the “great successes” of Brexit.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has urged Catalans to oust separatists from their regional parliament in the early election he has called for next month. Mr Rajoy has told members of his conservative Popular Party in Barcelona that “we want a massive turnout to open up a new period of normalcy”. His visit to Catalonia’s main city was his first to the region since he used extraordinary powers to stifle its secession push. After Catalonia’s parliament voted on October 27 in favour of a declaration of independence, Mr Rajoy responded by firing its government, dissolving the parliament and calling the early election for December 21.
Around three-quarters of a million Catalans have marched to demand the release of local politicians arrested for their role in the drive for independence. Spain’s central government has dissolved the Catalan parliament, dismissed the Catalan government, and imposed direct rule following the region’s unilateral declaration of independence on October 27th. This followed a self-determination referendum which the Spanish authorities deemed illegal and attempted to shut down violently, with the blessing of the European Union’s ruling bodies.
Children should be free to try out “the many cloaks of identity” including dressing up in girls’ or boys’ clothes without being labelled or bullied, the Church of England has said. In advice to its 4,700 schools, which teach a million pupils, the church said that children should be allowed to “explore the possibilities of who they might be”. The advice is included in guidance on homophobic bullying, which it has updated to include transphobic and biphobic bullying.
Boys as young as five should be able to wear tiaras at school without criticism, teachers in Church of England schools are to be told. Male pupils should also be free to dress up in a tutu or high heels without attracting any comment or observation, according to anti-bullying rules sent out by the Church yesterday. The instructions for the CofE’s 4,700 schools said they should not require children to wear uniforms that ‘create difficulty for trans pupils’. This appears to give official backing to schools that ban skirts to avoid discrimination against transgender children. Schools are also told they cannot use the Christian faith or Bible teachings to justify behaviour that is considered to amount to bullying – for example, identifying a transgender pupil by a sex other than the one they have chosen.
NEW guidance for schools to tackle transphobic and biphobic bullying has been published by the Church of England today. The church said schools must take action to prevent the “profound damage” to children caused by homophobic, biphobicand transphobic bullying. Pupils should be free to “explore the possibilities of who they might be” and not be bullied for exploring their identity, the church said. Nursery and primary school is a particular time for “creative exploration,” it noted, adding that youngsters should be able to pick the tutu, tiara and heels “without expectation or comment.” The advice says that schools which “promote dignity for all” enable pupils to “accept difference of all varieties and be supported to accept their own gender identity or sexual orientation and that of others.”
A MEDICAL expert has warned that the plague, which has already killed 140 people in Madagascar, could mutate and become untreatable. Professor Paul Hunter also warned it was possible for the disease to reach Europe and North America like the Ebola virus did in 2014 following an outbreak in West Africa. Hunter, who lectures in health protection at the University of East Anglia, said: “As with any disease, it’s a real worry that it mutates and become untreatable.” He told the Daily Star: “If it reaches the UK, Europe or the US it would be similar to the Ebola outbreak.