Twelve former Conservative ministers have called on Parliament to ‘unlock a better future’ by voting down Theresa May‘s Brexit deal. In an open letter the ex-ministers including Boris Johnson and David Davis said it was ‘right to vote down this bad deal’ and said Britain should have the ‘confidence’ to leave on WTO terms. Writing separately, Mr Johnson warned MPs against ‘ludicrous parliamentary jiggery-pokery’ designed to thwart Brexit. It comes as Theresa May launches a last-ditch bid to save her deal, warning there are only 24 hours left to save Brexit from being stopped altogether.
THE UK will really take back control of its borders only by chucking Theresa May’s “flawed” Withdrawal Agreement and leaving the European Union without a deal, former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said. Mr Duncan Smith lashed out at Mrs May’s deal, saying it will plunge Britain into a “Brexit In Name Only purgatory”. His fear is the UK will be turned into a rule-taker rather than a rule-maker by Mrs May’s deal, which would not give the control of the borders Brexiteers hoped for when they voted Leave. Appealing for Britain to leave the EU on March 29 without any strings attached, Mr Duncan Smith said: “Only by leaving the EU on WTO terms can the UK fully take back control of its borders and deal with these issues.
Twelve Conservative ex-ministers have written to Tory MPs urging them to vote against the Prime Minister’s deal in a bid to save Brexit. The group, including Boris Johnson and former Brexit secretaries David Davis and Dominic Raab, said doing so may encourage the EU to come back to the negotiating table. If Brussels refuses to reopen talks then MPs should be prepared to leave without a deal, they said in a letter. Over 1,000 words long and reportedly sent to every Conservative MP, the letter also rejects Theresa May’s warning that Brexit may not happen at all if her deal is chucked out.
TWELVE ex-ministers have written to all Tory MPs calling on them to vote down Theresa May’s deal tomorrow in a 24-hour battle to save Brexit. The dozen, including Boris Johnson, demand in their Plan B letter that the PM issue the EU with a final ultimatum for a better deal when hers is voted down on Tuesday – and then leave without one. The senior figures call on the PM to ask EU leaders to free Britain from a never-ending Irish backstop.
AN AMENDMENT to Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint presents an eleventh-hour “opportunity” for Britain to secure better terms from the EU, Brexiteer David Davis has declared. In a humiliating defeat for ministers, opposition MPs backed by Tory rebels voted to force the Government to present a Brexit ‘plan B’ within three days if the Prime Minister’s deal is killed in the Commons. But former Brexit Secretary Mr Davis said the amendment also allows Britain to “go back to the EU with our best and final offer”. Writing in the Sunday Times, he said it is “time for the UK to call the shots”, insisting there is still time to demand a zero-tariff trade deal from Brussels.
A dozen former Conservative ministers including Boris Johnson, David Davis and Dominic Raab are urging Tory MPs to vote down Theresa May’s deal and leave the European Union on World Trade Organisation terms. The group – including eight former Cabinet colleagues of Theresa May – urges the Prime Minister to have one last go at persuading the EU to drop the Irish backstop which threatens to keep the UK in the customs union indefinitely. The news came as Tory MPs will on Monday raise concerns about a secretive committee run by unelected officials with the power to write new laws affecting Britons for years after Brexit as a result of Mrs May’s deal.
Voters appear to be just as split on Brexit as MPs – with nearly as many people wanting no deal as a second referendum. With just two days to go until a crunch Commons showdown on Theresa May‘s plan, polls have underlined the depth of divisions in the country. Research by YouGov for the anti-Brexit Best for Britain campaign found 43 per cent want another national ballot if the PM’s package is defeated, as seems inevitable. But 37 per cent were in favour of crashing out of the bloc without a deal in March, despite a wave of dire warnings about the consequences.
Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage has hit back at MPs who are attempting to stop the UK leaving the EU on March 29th without a deal, saying that nearly 500 MPs had already agreed to do just that in event of a no-deal. Mr Farage made the comments after it was revealed that Remainers are plotting to overturn Parliamentary protocol in efforts to stop the UK leaving on WTO terms should Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal be voted down on Tuesday — which is the most likely scenario. “This is something I don’t think has really been focused on,” the Leave Means Leave co-chairman said on his Sunday LBC Radio show.
Theresa May is facing a fresh headache as Europhiles on her backbenches gang up to seize control of Brexit. Pro-Remain Tories were last night accused of plotting to re-write parliamentary rules to put them in the driving seat if the Prime Minister is defeated in the Commons tomorrow. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve will today team up with Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable to publish draft legislation revealing how they could push for a second referendum.
Full details of a plot by rebel MPs to seize control of Brexit can be revealed today. If Theresa May loses tomorrow’s crunch vote, authority for drawing up a new negotiating blueprint could pass to a panel of senior backbenchers, the Mail understands. The liaison committee, which is dominated by Remainers by a margin of 27 to nine, would be charged with coming up with a proposal supported by MPs. The Prime Minister would then be required to go to Brussels to negotiate for it – in all likelihood creating a much softer Brexit. The dramatic move would mean tearing up the Commons rule book – giving backbench MPs the power to propose legislation instead of the Government.
REBEL MPs are poised to seize control of Brexit if Theresa May’s plans hit the buffers on Tuesday, it’s been reported. It has emerged if the PM loses tomorrow’s key vote plans will be passed to a liaison committee which is dominated by Remainers. The panel of senior backbenchers would then be responsible for drawing up any new Brexit legislation. It could see MPs try and extend – or maybe revoke – Article 50, meaning Britain would not leave the EU on March 29 as planned. A Cabinet minister told the Daily Mail the move was a “copper-bottomed, bullet-proof plan to sink Brexit which relies on the fact that Government has no majority and that the Speaker will bend the rules.”
Politicians dead set against a proper Brexit, and in particular the UK leaving the European Union with No Deal, are set to launch what has been described as a ‘coup’. In what amounts to a worrying series of developments, The Sunday Telegraph report that a third of Cabinet Ministers would resign to stop a No Deal Brexit. Remainers still determined to stop a clean break with the EU as favoured by a clear majority of Conservative members. Some Ministers want Theresa May to sell-out totally and go for a permanent Customs Union with Labour MPs, something that would kill global trade deals stone dead.
Parliament is more likely to block Brexit than allow Britain to crash out of the EU without a deal, Theresa May is set to warn as she delivers a rallying cry to MPs to back her withdrawal agreement. The Prime Minister will use a speech to factory workers in Stoke-on-Trent on the eve of the critical Commons vote on her exit plan to ask MPs to consider the “consequences” of their actions on the faith of British people in democracy. She will warn that trust in politicians will suffer “catastrophic harm” if they fail to implement the result of the referendum
Theresa May will launch a last-ditch appeal to Brexiteers to back her today, warning them that staying in the EU is now more likely than their preferred option of leaving with no deal. The prime minister will intensify the pressure on MPs with a speech in a pro-Leave seat, attempting to limit her expected defeat when parliament votes on her withdrawal agreement tomorrow. She will tell pro-Brexit MPs that last week’s Westminster drama showed they were likely to be outflanked by members seeking to thwart Britain’s exit altogether.
Theresa May will use a last-ditch speech to claim Brexit is MORE likely to be blocked than proceed with No Deal – if MPs vote down her pact. In a desperate plea, the Tory leader will try and rein in Brexit-backing Tories less than 36 hours before facing the biggest defeat since WW2. Brexiteers believe that by blocking the deal in a Commons vote on Tuesday night, they could enable a No Deal Brexit on March 29. But MPs have warned they will use House of Commons procedure to try and stop that from happening
The UK is now more likely to stay in the European Union than to leave without a deal, Theresa May will say in a speech. Addressing workers at a factory in Stoke, where 69.4% of voters backed Leave, the prime minister will also say that if the referendum result is not honoured, people’s faith in politics will suffer “catastrophic harm”. When the people are asked to decide something, their response carries a “profound significance”, she will add. Speaking the day before MPs vote on her withdrawal agreement, the PM will claim that some in Westminster will use “every device available to them” to “delay or even stop Brexit”.
The prime minister will make a powerful speech on Monday – in the heart of Brexit UK, Stoke-on-Trent – that MPs “all have a duty to implement the result of the referendum”, because failure to do so would wreak “catastrophic harm” on “people’s faith in the democratic process and their politicians”. Coming as it does from the most important and powerfully elected politician in the UK, this dramatic claim is worthy of careful consideration.
Theresa May will travel to the Leave stronghold of Stoke-on-Trent on the eve of the crucial vote to warn MPs that blocking her deal risks stopping Brexit altogether. The prime minister is expected to say that public faith in the democratic process and in politicians would suffer “catastrophic harm” if the referendum result is overruled. Addressing workers at a factory in Stoke, which voted 69.4 per cent in favour of Brexit, Ms May will argue on Monday that parliament has a duty to honour the decision of the British people.
Pro-EU MPs will raise the stakes on Monday in the battle over Brexit by publishing draft legislation to force a second referendum that could reverse the result of the 2016 vote. A cross-party group of MPs, including Dominic Grieve, the former Conservative attorney general, wants Theresa May to give Parliament a greater say in deciding how Britain leaves the European Union. It comes after reports emerged at the weekend of a planned “coup” by unnamed senior MPs to grab control of the parliamentary timetable by allowing backbenchers’ legislation to take precedence over the Government’s.
Senior MPs are set to take the first steps in parliament towards a fresh Brexit referendum this week. As Theresa May faces defeat on her withdrawal agreement on Tuesday, MPs from the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP have drawn up legislation that would deliver a Final Say on Brexit. The two bills – to establish the legal framework for a referendum and decide what is on the ballot paper – could be put forward as early as Wednesday, The Independent understands.
JEREMY CORBYN said today that he is seeking a general election to reunite a divided Britain and renegotiate a Brexit deal, as opposed to a second referendum. He also warned that Theresa May faces a vote of no confidence in her government “soon” if, as expected, her Withdrawal Agreement is rejected in a parliamentary vote due tomorrow. Article 50 may have to be extended if his party came into power to allow for Ms May’s unpopular deal to be renegotiated, the Labour leader said on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show.
Theresa May’s fate could rest in the hands of Speaker John Bercow as Remainer rebels plot to tear up the Commons rule book in order to stop Brexit going ahead. Mr Bercow could effectively end the Prime Minister’s career if he allows a ‘coup’ bid to go ahead that could see the government stripped of control over business in Parliament. The move – which No10 believes is being orchestrated by former ministers Oliver Letwin and Dominic Grieve – could happen within hours of Mrs May’s Brexit plan being defeated on Tuesday, as seems inevitable.
SPEAKER John Bercow hurled insults at aides and binned their advice when they tried to warn against anti-Brexit bias, it was claimed yesterday. He allegedly bawled them down and declared: “I’m not interested in what a gaggle of clerks has to say.” The astonishing clash came two hours before he ripped up the Commons rule book to allow rebel MPs the chance to frustrate Britain’s exit from the EU. Mr Bercow’s most senior official attempted three times to advise him that allowing a highly controversial vote would be a breach of procedure – but he stubbornly refused to listen.
Brussels expects Britain to ask for an extension to Article 50 to allow Brexit to be delayed if the House of Commons rejects Theresa May’s deal tomorrow, The Times has learnt. EU officials anticipate more parliamentary political turbulence for the prime minister after the expected request to extend the two-year exit process, which would delay Brexit day for months beyond March 29. Based on confidential diplomatic contacts with Olly Robbins, Mrs May’s lead negotiator, EU officials know that the government has already fallen significantly behind on its parliamentary timetable.
The EU is preparing to delay Brexit until at least July after concluding that Theresa May is doomed to fail in getting her deal through parliament. The country’s 29 March deadline for exiting the EU is now regarded by Brussels as highly unlikely to be met given the domestic opposition facing the prime minister and it is expecting a request from London to extend article 50 in the coming weeks. A special leaders’ summit to push back Brexit day is expected to be convened by the European council president, Donald Tusk, once a UK request is received. EU officials said the length of the prolongation of the negotiating period allowed under article 50 would be determined based on the reason put forward by May for the delay.
THE EU is ready to delay Brexit until July after concluding Theresa May’s hopes of getting her withdrawal agreement through the Commons are doomed to failure, Brussels officials have admitted. Top eurocrats Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk are unlikely to bail out Theresa May at the last minute despite promising to do everything they could to help get her Brexit deal through Parliament this week. Meanwhile, in a possible sign that the tide is beginning to turn in favour of Theresa May’s controversial exit plan, Tory MPs including Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and Sir Edward Leigh said they would support the Government in the meaningful vote on Tuesday.
Doctors could be able to identify middle-aged patients heading for a heart attack ten years before it happens by using a test that costs a few pounds. High-sensitivity troponin testing scans blood for a protein released by the heart muscle when it is damaged. It is already used in most A&E departments to check whether patients complaining of chest pain have had a heart attack but it has now been approved as a predictive test.
Air pollution is costing Britain hundreds of millions of pounds more in damage to health than ministers had previously admitted. The government’s air pollution strategy, published today, includes for the first time the full costs of childhood asthma, heart disease and other debilitating conditions caused by toxic air. The strategy says the measures it contains will cut the health costs of air pollution by £1.7 billion a year by 2020 and £5.3 billion by 2030.
HS2 may be forced to cut the number of trains it runs an hour in an effort to stop costs spiralling. The government-controlled company building the high-speed line is examining whether to reduce the maximum by almost a fifth to 14 trains an hour in each direction. It would lower the capacity of the line by the equivalent of 8,800 passengers an hour during peak times. If implemented the decision is likely to renew questions over the value of the project, with one of the main justifications for building the line being to increase trains between London and northern cities.
HS2 may have to run slower and less frequent trains to slash costs, its chief executive has admitted. The state-backed firm overseeing the high-speed line is mulling over plans to limit the speed of trains by 30mph. It is also considering reducing the number of services per hour by a fifth, from 18 to 14 each way, which would cut the capacity of the line by the equivalent of around 8,800 passengers per hour during peak times. Last night one campaigner warned that it is ‘quite conceivable’ that some journeys to Birmingham on the high-speed line may be slower than at the moment.
A RARE super wolf blood moon has been the harbinger for wacky theories about the Bible predicting the end of the world. The stunning moon appears only 28 times in a century with the next appearance on January 21 and its strange colour has given rise to number of prophecies of doom. Some see the blood moon as a fulfilment of biblical prophecy and a string of apocalyptic books have been published about the phenomena.