A new poll has revealed the majority of the public believe that leaving the European Union with No Deal is better than signing up to a bad deal, despite establishment scaremongering. When asked by Opinium, 51% say they agreed that leaving the EU without a deal was better than accepting a bad deal. Theresa May’s Chequers proposal, which has little public support, would definitely fall into the bracket of ‘bad’. Only 20% think a bad deal would be better than No Deal at all. If Brussels aren’t willing to settle on a sensible deal then the British government would have big public support to walk away from the table.
Theresa May has admitted that she was forced to retreat from her original Brexit vision by the EU and that proposals to keep Britain in parts of the single market amount to a “compromise”. The prime minister urged those who “voted to leave from the heart” to accept her “hard-headed and practical” assessment that a softer Brexit was needed to protect vital economic interests and the Union. She will seek to drive home the message today at Farnborough Air Show.
A BUSINESS thinktank has published its own Brexit plan to challenge Theresa May’s white paper, believing the Prime Minister is positioning the UK to be an EU “rule taker”. The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) states the UK is in a unique position to sign a trade agreement with the EU because its regulations are already “identical or fully recognised” as a result of the country’s current status of having membership within the bloc. In a scathing review of Theresa May’s current white paper, which was revealed at Chequers, the IEA claimed the Prime Minister’s proposal for a “common rule book” on production of goods and agricultural products would force the country to become a “rule taker without any representation during the process of rule-making”.
Theresa May was accused of mounting a Remainer ‘coup’ last night as she admitted that Downing Street has been considering a ‘common rule book’ with the EU for months. Steve Baker, who last week resigned as former Brexit secretary David Davis’s deputy, accused the Prime Minister of sidelining the Department for Exiting the EU, and relying instead on advice from Cabinet Office officials led by her aide Oliver Robbins. Mr Baker said ministers and officials had been working for weeks on a White Paper that would have put the UK on a ‘different course’ to the plan outlined at Chequers.
Theresa May has been branded ‘dishonest’ and ‘pathetic’ by her own resigning ministers as she faces a new showdown over Brexit . The Prime Minister faces her next big Commons vote tomorrow night on the Customs Bill after her new ‘soft’ Brexit plan from Chequers triggered a Tory meltdown. Brexiteer ringleader Jacob Rees Mogg has launched a bid to defeat the government on the Bill to ensure Hard Brexit. Meanwhile Remainers could also vote against Mrs May – the other way, to ensure Britain stays in a full customs union.
Must-read article by David Davis in the FT, in which the former Brexit Secretary denounces May’s Chequers deal threatens democracy, squanders the opportunities of Brexit and kills our ability to strike trade deals. Last week, the government’s Brexit white paper told the country it could look forward to a “common rule book” with the EU. We now face continued harmonisation with the bloc’s rules on goods. Unfortunately, this jeopardises the opportunities offered by Brexit. Under this plan agreed by the cabinet at Chequers, the prime minister’s country residence, Britain would have to obey EU regulations, follow EU rules on how all goods are made, and on a huge range of interconnected areas such as environment and food production.
Theresa May’s hopes of winning support for her Brexit compromise have been dealt a huge blow as Justine Greening has become the first senior Conservative to support calls for a second referendum. The prime minister’s effort to keep Britain in parts of the single market is the “worst of both worlds” and will satisfy no one, the former education secretary says in an article for The Times. With the main parties divided, Ms Greening believes that even a free vote in parliament will not confer legitimacy on the final deal. “The only solution is to take the final Brexit decision out of the hands of deadlocked politicians, away from the backroom deals, and give it back to the people,” she writes.
TONY Blair has lambasted Theresa May’s Brexit White Paper as “the worst of both worlds” and called on the House of Commons to “decisively” reject it as he desperately pushes for a second referendum. The former prime minister described the compromise deal reached by the Cabinet at the crunch Chequers summit as “mush” and accused Theresa May of drafting the agreement with “exquisite disingenuousness”.
Justine Greening became the first senior Conservative to back calls for a second Brexit referendum on Sunday night, as Theresa May faced a battle with her own MPs and grass roots Tories over her Chequers proposal. The former education secretary, who campaigned to remain in the European Union, told The Times that Theresa May’s Brexit deal is “the worst of both worlds” and will ultimately satisfy no one. She said: “The only solution is to take the final Brexit decision out of the hands of the deadlocked politicians.”
Telegraph (by Boris Johnson)
It was almost exactly two years ago that I went into the Durbar Court in the Foreign Office. It was my first day as foreign secretary, and I stood within that vast marble atrium adorned with the busts of explorers, and I announced a vision. It wasn’t a policy. It wasn’t much more than a slogan. It was the way we needed to think of ourselves in the wake of the referendum. It was time, I told the crowd – some of them hanging over the galleries like a scene from The Shawshank Redemption – for Global Britain.
Theresa May is set for a showdown with emboldened Brexit rebels who are warning that time is running out for her to ditch her proposals for future relations with the European Union. Brexiteers attempting to trigger a vote of no confidence in the prime minister pointed to opinion polls showing a surge in support for Ukip at the Conservatives’ expense, since she published her plans. As rebels demanded an immediate change, both David Davis – who on Sunday accused the prime minister of “astonishing dishonesty” over Brexit – and Boris Johnson were considering major interventions that could destabilise Ms May.
Theresa May has warned rebel Conservative MPs seeking to derail her plans for leaving the EU they could be left with “no Brexit at all” if they do not fall into line. The prime minister said threatened Commons revolts by pro- and anti-EU Tories risked undermining any chances of a deal with Brussels. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, she called for MPs to take a “practical and pragmatic” approach rather than face a “damaging and disorderly” Brexit. Ms May acknowledged some MPs had concerns about her plan for a “common rule book” with the EU for goods and customs traded within what she called a new “UK-EU free trade area”.
Theresa May faces a concerted rebellion from the hard Brexit wing of the Conservative party on Monday, as MPs unhappy with her Chequers compromise prepare to mount a show of strength by voting for their amendments on the customs bill. The party’s European Research Group says it will reject any last attempts at compromise by Number 10 as they hope to force May to change course over Brexit or risk a no-confidence vote before the summer break by demonstrating the depth of their support.
Theresa May is facing a serious challenge from Conservative Party rebels who object to her plans for leaving the European Union. Amid an escalating crisis for the prime minister, MPs are set to vote on a series of amendments, tabled by members of the European Research Group (ERG), that seek to wreck a blueprint for leaving the EU drawn up at Chequers. The controversial plans, which detail “a common rule book” covering a new UK-EU free trade area, were presented by Mrs May as a hopeful compromise approach in Brexit talks.
Star Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg appears to have finally lost patience with Prime Minister Theresa May, branding her a “Remainer who has remained a Remainer” after the publication of her ultra-soft Brexit white paper. Mrs May’s proposals, apparently composed in Downing Street by Soviet-sympathising bureaucrat Olly Robbins behind the the back of the Brexit Department, include collecting customs duties on the EU’s behalf, adhering to a so-called “common rulebook” effectively written and adjudicated by the EU, and agreeing to match or exceed EU rules governing environmental regulations, social policy, state aid, and more.
Boris Johnson has urged Britons to ‘believe in themselves’ as he weighs up whether to make a ‘devastating’ resignation speech in the House of Commons. The former foreign secretary, who resigned from his post last week after the announcement of the controversial Chequers plan, said in his comeback Telegraph column that he believes there is a lack of belief at the heart of government that Britain can survive outside the EU.
When Andrea Jenkyns received a call from Brandon Lewis, the chairman of the Conservative Party, she knew it was unlikely to be good news. The 44-year-old Tory MP has rapidly emerged as one of the most vociferous opponents of the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans and was one of the first Tory MPs to publicly call for Theresa May to go. The Telegraph has learned that on Saturday last week Mr Lewis called Ms Jenkyns and allegedly “hinted” that funding for leaflets in her marginal, Brexit-backing seat of Morley and Outwood in Yorkshire could be cut. In an interview Ms Jenkyns confirmed that she had been contacted by a “senior figure” at the Conservative Party.
David Davis has torn into Theresa May accusing her of lying by claiming that there is no alternative to her controversial Chequers plan. The ex Brexit Secretary – whose shock resignation last week plunged the Government into turmoil – accused No10 of being ‘astonishingly dishonest’. He said the UK had ‘blinked’ first in the crunch negotiations with Brussels and come up with a plan that will keep the country tied to Brussels. And he poured scorn on the PM’s assertion that Chequers is the only option on the table.
DAVID Davis has accused Theresa May and her allies of being “astonishingly dishonest” by attempting to argue there is no alternative to her Brexit plan. In an angry broadside a week after his resignation from the Cabinet, the former EU Exit Secretary said his department had drawn up plans for looser post-Brexit customs ties to put to Brussels than those proposed in the Prime Minister’s plans. He claimed that the Government had “blinked in negotiations with EU diplomat Michel Barnier by abandoning his department’s plans.
Theresa May was hit by another resignation from her government yesterday as Downing Street struggled to contain a grassroots insurrection against her Brexit compromise. Robert Courts, who replaced David Cameron as Tory MP for Witney, quit as a ministerial aide at the Foreign Office to oppose the Chequers proposals. Gavin Barwell, the prime minister’s chief of staff, and Brandon Lewis, the Tory party chairman, were calling around Conservative regional agents last night to assess the repercussions among rank-and-file members.
Theresa May’s shambles of a Chequers (non-) Brexit plan could end up costing the Tories big at the polls, and local party groups are urging her to change her approach. In Bosworth, for example, only 27% of local party members support it – 73% are against. The Bosworth Conservatives tweeted: “As an Association we would urge the government to look again at this proposal to ensure that the Referendum Result is respected, delivered and seen to be delivered.” It’s no wonder UKIP are surging in the polls.
Jeremy Corbyn’s former spokesperson has blamed Labour HQ for hobbling his election campaign following claims senior party staff used targeted Facebook adverts to mislead the leader about what messages were being sent to voters. It has been alleged Labour Party campaign chiefs secretly refused to run campaigns Mr Corbyn and his closest aides wanted in 2017 – and instead of running the national advertising they were supposed to, simply put targeted adverts in personal Facebook feeds belonging to the leader and his acolytes to give them the false impression they had been widely disseminated.
JEREMY Corbyn’s campaign team ran a secret operation to deceive the Labour leader during the 2016 General Election and ran different online adverts to the ones he had written because they were too “left wing”, it has been revealed. The Labour officials micro-targeted Facebook adverts at the leader and his closest aides – which means they were the only ones who received the messages – to convince them they were running the campaign they demanded.
Theresa May has urged Eurosceptics to let the head rule the heart even if it means compromising, as a new poll suggests Tory voters are switching to Ukip. In an interview on Sunday, the Prime Minister appeared to admit she is not giving Brexiteers what they voted for. She acknowledged that millions of people “voted from the heart to leave the European Union” for Brexit, but said she has to be “hard headed and practical” in the way she sees it through. “So if we’re going to find something that was in Britain’s interest, that delivered on the referendum and that was negotiable – we had to make a compromise,” Mrs May told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.
Ukip’s leader has called the prophet Muhammad a paedophile at a rally for jailed far-right leader Tommy Robinson. Gerard Batten, an MEP for London, told protesters campaigning for the release of Robinson in London that “rape gang members are predominately followers of the cult of Muhammad”. In remarks prepared for the rally in London on Saturday, Mr Batten claimed the founder of Islam was “a paedophile who kept sex slaves”. His comments were called “deeply disturbing” and “worrying” by an anti-Islamophobia group. In a speech provided to The Independent by Ukip, Mr Batten said: “The great British media do not want to talk about the group identity of the rapists, or the ideology that inspires them.
Donald Trump could be onto something when he urged Theresa May to try to sue the European Union to get a better deal for Britain as it leaves the European Union. Legal experts said the President’s exhortation to Mrs May during her visit to the White House in January last year to take Brussels to court was based on legal foundation. Much was made by the President about “the advice” he gave the Prime Minister when they met at Chequers on Friday. At their joint press conference, Mr Trump repeatedly referred to “brutal” suggestions he gave Mrs May.
The brother of one of the Novichok poisoning victims has claimed that the nerve agent was found in a perfume bottle, as Britain reportedly closes in on identifying the Russian spies responsible for the attack. Charlie Rowley, 45, was left fighting for his life in hospital after being exposed to the deadly nerve agent in Salisbury, Wiltshire and his partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, died last Sunday following a heart attack. Police started a murder investigation after Ms Sturgess’s death and are now said to be closing in on the people who carried out the attack.
Great Western Railway (GWR), Northern and CrossCountry services were disrupted on Sunday as fewer train crews than normal agreed to work. This comes as both Thameslink and Great Northern introduced a third new timetable in two months. World Cup fever had well and truly gripped the nation as there was a chance that England could have been playing in the World Cup final at 4pm, until the team lost on Wednesday. GWR issued a statement on Friday warning of disruption on Sunday because there would be a ‘significantly reduced number of available staff’ due to factors including the World Cup final, the spell of warm weather and the start of the school holidays.
The speed limit through motorway roadworks could be increased from 50mph to 60mph at night and on Sundays, under plans being drawn up by Highways England. Crawling along long stretches of motorway at the reduced speed limit has become one of the biggest bugbears of drivers. It has been blamed for increasing congestion, and drivers also find themselves being tailgated by lorries, making their journeys more stressful and potentially more dangerous.
Drivers could be allowed to travel at higher speeds through motorway roadworks depending on the day of the week. Speed limits could be increased from 50mph to 60mph when there is less activity by road workers, Highways England announced. This could see limits increased on Sundays compared with other days. Highways England, the Government-owned company responsible for managing England’s motorways and A roads, said its plans were aimed at reducing drivers’ frustrations with roadworks.
WORLD Cup hero Gareth Southgate will be celebrated with a renaming of an Underground station after him. Southgate Tube station will be branded Gareth Southgate station for 48 hours from Monday morning. The Piccadilly line station, in Enfield, north London, will have its signs changed until the end of Tuesday. TfL chiefs honour comes as England finished fourth at the Fifa World Cup in Russia – the team’s best World Cup finish since Italia 90. Despite losing 2-0 to Belgium in their final game, Southgate’s men won plaudits back home for their fresh attacking style of play.
Gareth Southgate’s return from a successful World Cup managing England will be celebrated with the temporary renaming of an Underground station after him. Southgate Tube station will be branded Gareth Southgate from Monday morning in a stunt to last 48 hours, Transport for London (TfL) announced. His squad’s fourth place in Russia was England’s best result since they also lost in the semi-final at Italia 90. The Piccadilly line station, in Enfield, north London, will have its signs changed to display the manager’s name until the end of Tuesday.