BREXIT rebel ringleader Dominic Grieve has warned Theresa May that Tory Remainers are prepared to bring down her Government, ahead of a crunch week for Brexit. Dominic Grieve sent shockwaves to Downing Street this morning after the party rebel issued a stark threat to Theresa May over her future as Prime Minister. Speaking on BBC’s Sunday Politics, the Tory Remain ringleader warned that the government will collapse if Mrs May refuses to listen to her Remainer rebels. The comments show that the deepening party feud between Tory Brexiteers and Remainers is set to escalate this week over the direction of Brexit. Mr Grieve and a group of fellow Tory Remainers are demanding that the EU withdrawal bill be amended to ensure a ‘meaningful vote’ of negotiators return with a bad deal or no deal. However, speaking earlier to the BBC’s Andrew Marr, the Prime Minister insisted that Parliament cannot “tie the hands” of Government during Brexit negotiations.
Tory rebels “could collapse the government” if they vote against a Brexit deal negotiated with the EU, a leading rebel has said. Dominic Grieve said he wakes up “in a cold sweat” thinking about what could happen if a final deal is rejected. But he suggested rebels would not back down in a current row with ministers about how much of a say MPs should get. The EU Withdrawal Bill returns to the Lords and Commons this week, with further rebellions expected. Last week the government avoided a defeat on the bill after agreeing to hold further talks with rebels. They want a bigger role for Parliament, should a final Brexit deal be rejected by MPs, or if no deal is reached – the so-called “meaningful vote”.
Dominic Grieve says Tory rebels are prepared to “collapse the government” if that is necessary to block the “catastrophic” damage from a botched Brexit. The group’s leader vowed they would not back down in a further Commons showdown this week to secure a “meaningful vote” designed to block a “no-deal” exit. Instead, Mr Grieve accused pro-Brexit hardliners in his own party of seeming to “prefer chaos”, rather than reach an agreement to give MPs a voice in the process. Asked if he was ready to defeat the government, he replied: “The group is quite determined that the meaningful vote pledge that was given to us has got to be fulfilled – I think that is abundantly clear.” And, asked what might happen if Theresa May’s deal was later rejected, Mr Grieve said: “We could collapse the government. And I can assure you, I wake up at 2am in a cold sweat thinking about the problems that we have put on our shoulders.”
Tory rebels against Theresa May’s Brexit plans could ultimately collapse the government, Dominic Grieve has said, ahead of another key week in parliament over the EU withdrawal bill. Grieve, the former attorney general, has said he objects to a government amendment to the bill which would limit the power of MPs in shaping policy if parliament rejects a final Brexit bill. Asked if voting against the government could eventually bring it down, Grieve said: “We could collapse the government.” He told BBC One’s Sunday Politics: “And I can assure you I wake up at 2am in a cold sweat thinking about the problems that we have put on our shoulders. The difficulty is that the Brexit process is inherently risky.”
THERESA May today denied that she’d misled rebel Tories by promising to compromise on key Brexit laws – as they threatened to bring down her Government. And the PM also vowed to stop Remoaner MPs from wrecking Brexit – saying Britain has a “really bright future” outside the EU. But rebel ringleader Dominic Grieve accused Mrs May of trying to bring in a “slavery clause”, warning: “We could collapse the Government.” The PM struck a deal with pro-EU Tory backbenchers to stop them rebelling against her in the Commons. But they accused her of watering down her promise when it emerged MPs wouldn’t be able to tell the Government what to do if Brexit talks fail.
THE biggest threat to the EU is the imminent collapse of Angela Merkel’s fragile coalition, which would lead to a Europe-wide breakup “in an uncontrollable way” according to a leading left-wing and pro-EU commentator. The political instability that has rocked the German government could set in motion the breakup of the European Union, according to Paul Mason, a left-wing commentator. Angela Merkel faces a make-or-break week as German Chancellor, after leading figures in her sister party, the Christian Social Union, gave her a stark ultimatum. In an unprecedented challenge to Mrs Merkel’s authority, the CSU will give Chancellor Angela Merkel a two-week deadline to meet its demands for overhauling asylum policy, according to German paper Bild.
Angela Merkel remains on the brink, as anger grows with her dangerous, mad open door migration approach. The German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, has been increasingly outspoken in the need for a far tougher approach on migration, including the turning away of migrants without documentation. Seehofer leads the CSU, the sister party’s to Merkel’s CDU, and the friction now means Merkel is on the brink. Now German media are reporting that Seehofer has said of the German Chancellor: ‘I can not work with the woman anymore’. Seehofer has also said that Islam doesn’t belong to Germany and that he’s fully in tune with Italy’s Matteo Salvini when it comes to migration. There is huge coming across Europe, including in Germany. When Merkel is ousted, all bets are off.
Immigration dominates the minds of voters across the EU. When asked to rank the two most important issues facing the EU by European Commission pollsters, by some margin the most popular answers were immigration and terrorism, with the economic picture in Europe a distant third. While the British put immigration at the top of the list so too did their counterparts in 20 other states. In this week’s Eurobarometer survey, the few cases where immigration was not top, terrorism was. The idea, often heard in Brussels, that the British are exceptional in their concern about immigration is no longer true.
THE President of the European Parliament has admitted that the future of the European Union faces a make-or-break moment by the end of June if European leaders cannot resolve the expanding migration crisis. The President of the European Parliament Antoni Tajani issued a shock warning to European leaders ahead of a crucial European Council summit at the end of June. Speaking at the Parliament in Strasbourg this week, Mr Tajani said the current migrant debacle encompassing Europe could be the final nail in the coffin for the bloc. A migration crisis has hit the EU this week, after Italy has stood by its decision to block migrant rescue ships from docking at the country’s ports.
Telegraph (by Juliet Samuel)
Alongside sunburnt Brits, they are one of the modern staples at Southern Europe’s popular tourist spots: Arab and African men selling tourist tat. These men (and occasional woman) come from many places. Some will have escaped conscription or slavery in Eritrea; others have gone in search of a better life from a poor but peaceful village in Tunisia or Senegal. If they can raise enough cash and get a spot on a boat crossing the Mediterranean, their odds of getting to Europe are high – 98 per cent make it. That is why people keep trying. But once here, joining society isn’t easy. Even those with strong legal asylum cases have to wait months to be assessed.
Brussels has banned aviation regulators from holding backstop talks with Britain to keep Europe’s planes flying in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In a move to raise pressure on No 10, the European Commission has said it will not discuss a no-deal aviation contingency plan before March next year. Airlines, manufacturers and regulators across Europe have said that they would need about nine months to draw up plans to minimise disruption if Brexit talks collapse. They have told the commission that unless a deal is in place between the UK and the EU by March then tens of thousands of aircraft could be automatically grounded.
REMOANERS are threatening to defy the will of the British electorate by frustrating the Brexit process and are pushing the UK to the “worst possible” customs arrangement, an MEP has warned. The lawmaker claimed pro-European MPs are seeking to keep the UK as closely aligned to the EU as possible in a bid to punish pro-Brexit voters. Speaking exclusively to the Express.co.uk, UKIP MEP Jane Collins criticised Theresa May’s proposed “backstop option” and the “customs partnership” model, which would see the UK remain aligned with EU regulations for an unspecified period of time beyond the official Brexit date in March 2019.
Theresa May was today warned she must deliver on her pledge to cut NHS waste as she announced a £20billion spending boost. In a major speech in London, the Prime Minister will promise a funding injection to ‘secure our greatest national inheritance for generations to come’. She will say the extra cash – worth an extra £394million a week in real terms – must come hand in hand with a new drive to tackle waste and bureaucracy. MPs said the money must be conditional on the Health Service taking action to cut excess spending on everything from agency nurses to rubber gloves. There were already fears last night that middle-class families could face tax pain to pay for the announcement, designed to mark the 70th anniversary year of the NHS.
Theresa May’s promise of £400m extra in weekly NHS spending within five years has been overshadowed by scepticism among experts and her own backbenchers over her claim it can be financed through a windfall delivered by Brexit. Ahead of a major speech by the prime minister in which she will pledge a £20bn annual real-terms NHS funding increase by 2023-24, May was ridiculed for arguing that some of the money would come from a so-called Brexit dividend. “At the moment, as a member of the European Union, every year we spend significant amounts of money on our subscription, if you like, to the EU,” she said in an interview on BBC One’s Andrew Marr show.
The NHS must come up with a 10-year plan to best use its £20bn funding boost in England, Theresa May will say. In a speech in London, the prime minister will stress the NHS must ensure “every penny is well spent”. It follows Mrs May’s announcement that the NHS budget would rise by 3.4% a year on average over the next five years. But the PM is under continuing pressure to explain where the money will come from to pay for the rise. On Sunday Mrs May promised that, by 2023, an extra £20bn a year would be available for the health service in England on top of any rises to keep up with inflation. This year’s NHS budget is £114bn. The average annual rise since its foundation in 1948 is 3.7%, with average increases of around 6% during the Blair and Brown Labour governments between 1997 and 2010, which then plummeted during the austerity years.
Stealth taxes are expected to help pay for Theresa May’s £20 billion increase in NHS spending, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. On Monday the Prime Minister will set out her plans for the health service cash injection after warning that people will be “contributing more”. Some of the money will come from a “Brexit dividend” – cash that Britain will no longer send to Brussels after the UK leaves the EU in March next year. But under plans being discussed in the Treasury, personal tax thresholds are expected to be frozen after 2020 to help pay for the spending increase. These are the salary levels at which people pay the basic and higher rates of tax.
Theresa May is facing a black hole in her £25 billion plan to fund the NHS after ministers were unable to agree all of the sources of revenue before the announcement. The government has yet to confirm a plan for finding up to £11 billion of the money promised yesterday, with the prime minister making clear that tax rises are on the way in the autumn budget. She said on LBC Radio that “we as a country will contribute a bit more” while government officials told The Times: “We’re going to have to have a conversation about tax.” Mrs May announced yesterday that by 2023, the budget for NHS England will rise by £20 billion a year compared with today’s figure.
Theresa May is doing the rounds of broadcast studios this morning, promoting the new cash injection she has planned for the NHS. It’s been widely reported that the funding – some £4 billion a year by 2020 – would be paid for by clawing back some of the money we pay to Brussels for EU membership. And the Prime Minister has done nothing to play down these reports. She told LBC this morning: “We will be able, when we leave the European Union, to spend the money that otherwise we would have been sending to the European Union because currently we spend vast, significant sums of money each year to the EU. “We’ll be able to use that money on our priorities and the NHS is our number one priority and we as a country will contribute a bit more.”
Breast cancer patients are being denied “life-changing” reconstructive surgery due to rationing in the NHS, a report has said. Figures revealed nearly a quarter of local NHS commissioning groups had introduced policies to restrict reconstruction services for non-clinical reasons, the Breast Cancer Now investigation found. The charity said the policies included limiting the number of surgeries women were allowed, putting a time-frame on when they could have the surgery, and also led to some women being denied operations to ensure both breasts were symmetrical. Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive of the charity, said it was “totally unacceptable” that any patient was being denied reconstructive surgery – or being rushed into potentially life-changing decisions.
House of Lords
Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans face rejection by parliament’s upper chamber on Monday, setting the stage for a high-stakes confrontation with rebel lawmakers later in the week which could rock her minority government. Ministers are seeking approval for the final wording of the legislation that will end Britain’s membership of the European Union next year, but have fallen into a bitter row with pro-European lawmakers who want parliament to have a say in the exit process if talks in Brussels fail to reach an acceptable deal. The row threatens May’s authority over her divided Conservative Party, and underlines the delicate balancing act she has to pull off to keep those who want a “softer” Brexit onside, without upsetting those in favour of a clean break.
Telegraph (by Frank Field MP)
The Tory leadership in the House of Lords hasn’t yet ruled out the prospect of peers overturning the will of the House of Commons when the Brexit Bill returns to them this week. To defy the elected House once is a misfortune. To defy it twice, particularly when this is about implementing the result of a referendum, is an act of insurrection. The Commons must act. One of the many good side-effects of Brexit should be the abolition of the upper House and its replacement by a much smaller senate. Leaving the EU was never a one-stop goal. It was a crucial political objective only because it will allow us to settle all the big issues facing the country in our own way and time.
The House of Lords fails to represent broad swathes of the UK, the Electoral Reform Society has said. The ERS found that 54% of the 564 peers whose residence is known live in Greater London, the south-east or the east of England. The north-west of England, which accounts for 11% of the UK’s population, has only 5% representation in the Lords, it said. The ERS figures also showed that 235 of the 816 peers in the Lords were former politicians, 68 were political staffers and 13 were civil servants. The chief executive of the ERS, Darren Hughes, said: “These figures reveal the appalling centralisation of parliament’s second chamber. This London-dominated house totally fails to represent huge swathes of the UK. “Regions including the north-west [of England] and the Midlands are not only under-represented, but those peers who say they live there do not represent each region’s diversity, whether in terms of their politics or otherwise.
A FRESH move to scrap the House of Lords is to be launched at Westminster today following attempts by peers to derail Theresa May’s Brexit plans. Frank Field, the leading Eurosceptic Labour MP, is to propose a Bill in the Commons seeking to replace the upper house with a partly-elected “senate”. He is to make the proposal in response to the series of votes in the Lords designed to delay, alter or block the Prime Minister’s flagship Brexit legislation. Peers are today expected to defy ministers and MPs again by voting for a string of amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. But Mr Field, a long-standing critic of Brussels who backed the Leave campaign in the run up to the 2016 EU referendum, accused the Lords of “an act of insurrection” yesterday.
More than 3,000 offences of grooming children online for sex have been committed by paedophiles in only the first year since a new law on sexual communication was introduced last April, police have revealed. Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram accounted for almost three-quarters of the cases with sexual predators targeting children through a total of 80 different sites, apps or platforms, according to the figures obtained from police forces by the NSPCC. They youngest victim was just five years old. The 3,171 offences are more than 50 per cent higher than the NSPCC expected in the first year based on what happened after similar legislation on sexual communication with a child was introduced in Scotland.
A US-LED coalition aircraft has bombed a military base in eastern Syria, leading to deaths and injuries according to local media, in a move that could escalate tensions between President Assad’s forces and the US. Syrian military have said there are a number of casualties after a US air-strike targeted a military position in al-Harri south East of Al-Boukamal in DeirEzzor. There are unconfirmed reports there were also Hezbollah and Iranian forces at the military base. A commander in the military alliance backing the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad said drones, “probably American,” had bombed positions of Iraqi factions between Albu Kamal and Tanf and Syrian military positions.