THE European Union are “absolutely terrified” of two things happening when the UK leaves the bloc and will “do whatever they can” to stop them becoming a reality, a Brexit Party MEP has revealed. Britain is under a month away from a general election on December 12, after Boris Johnson insisted a public vote was needed to break the Brexit deadlock in the House of Commons. Despite the ongoing election campaign underway in the UK, Brexit Party MEP Louis Stedman-Bryce has revealed two things the European Union are “absolutely terrified of” when the UK does eventually leave the bloc. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Stedman-Bryce said: “There are two things to remember about the EU. I’m not talking about the MEPs’ I am talking about the Commission and the Council here. “There are two things they are absolutely terrified of. First of all, they are absolutely terrified of being blamed for no deal. They are petrified of that because they know there will be repercussions for that. “The other thing, they are terrified of the UK leaving and becoming a thriving nation. Which they know we can.
Unionist voters are stumbling into a DUP trap linking Brexit proposals to a united Ireland, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said. The nationalist from the Irish border city of Londonderry urged people to opt for candidates opposed to withdrawal from the EU during next month’s General Election. Democratic Unionists believe Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposed deal would create a regulatory border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK due to its mechanisms to protect all-Ireland trade.
A Conservative government would set new conditions for migrants but would not promise to reduce numbers by a given amount. Priti Patel, the home secretary, has outlined the party’s post-Brexit immigration policy, including an increase in the surcharge that migrants pay to use the NHS from £400 to £625. She also confirmed that new arrivals from the EU would no longer be able to claim benefits straight away but would, like migrants from other parts of the world, have to wait typically for five years. If the Tories are returned to power on December 12 the “vast majority” of migrants would need a job offer to come to Britain to work, regardless of where they are from in the world.
Michael Gove has been accused of deliberately “lying” to the public about EU citizens’ rights to access to the NHS as a cynical ploy to win votes in Labour leave marginals. Gove, the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, wrote in the Mail on Sunday that it was “unfair” that EU citizens had “preferential access to free NHS care … without paying in”. His opponents said this creates an impression of “spongeing, bed blocking EU citizens”.
The Conservatives have set out plans for an “equal” immigration system after Brexit as Jeremy Corbyn said he still expected a “great deal” of movement of people from the EU to the UK. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab outlined plans to change the rules on benefits which EU nationals can claim in time if they live and work in the UK. But he said there would be no arbitrary target for total immigration levels.
Boris Johnson will promise to cut employers’ National Insurance contributions and three other taxes on companies as he lays out the Tories’ credentials as the party of business. The Prime Minister will make a major election offering to reduce business rates and taxes holding firms back in a speech to the annual Confederation of British Industry conference. It comes as the CBI’s director general Carolyn Fairbairn warned that Labour’s election proposals could “crack the foundations of our economy”.
THE TORIES have pledged to end the EU mandated practice of taxpayer funded child benefit being sent abroad to support children who do not live in the UK. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to introduce tougher immigration measures if his party wins a majority in the upcoming general election. As part of the Tories immigration clamp down, the party have pledged to end the controversial benefits policy that allows child benefit to be sent abroad to support children who don’t even live in the UK.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives said on Sunday they would end preferential treatment for European Union migrants from January 2021 if they win an election next month. The level of immigration and concerns over the pressure this puts on public services was a major driver behind the 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU. Setting out details of their post-Brexit immigration policy ahead of a Dec. 12 election, the Conservatives said EU nationals would typically have to wait five years before they could access welfare payments, compared with the current three months.
Boris Johnson will offer businesses a series of tax breaks today as he seeks to repair relations damaged by Brexit. The prime minister and Jeremy Corbyn will set out their rival pitches in speeches to the CBI. Mr Johnson will pledge to hand small firms a £1,000 tax break by lifting to £4,000 an allowance they can claim against employer’s national insurance contributions. More generous allowances for business premises and research and development take the overall package from the Tories to £1 billion.
Boris Johnson will today promise to overhaul business rates and slash taxes on firms in a lifeline for the High Street. The Prime Minister says his package of cuts will help companies to ‘make the most of Brexit’. His Government will commit to launching a fundamental review at its first Budget to reduce the burden of business rates. The current rates system, which is based on the estimated rental value of a property, has been blamed for pushing retailers across the country to breaking point. Many shops are hit with crippling bills on their properties while having to compete with online rivals that pay much less.
Boris Johnson will cut employers’ National Insurance as part of a range of tax cuts as he seeks to get the business community back on side. The Prime Minister will tell business leaders on Monday that the Tories will put an end to Brexit “uncertainty and confusion” if they are returned to power on December 12. He is also expected to say “big businesses didn’t want Brexit”. In a major General Election pledge, the Conservative Party said a Tory government would cut business rates, launching a fundamental review at their first Budget.
Boris Johnson has been criticised for his failure to categorically reject the election endorsement of far-right activist Tommy Robinson. The EDL founder declared “everyone should vote for Boris Johnson” in the upcoming general election, speaking to reporters on Friday outside the High Court where he is facing a libel case over comments about a Syrian refugee who was attacked at school. Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson wrote to the prime minister later that day, urging him to disavow the endorsement and “dog-whistle politics” of Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.
THE old brick kilns that dot The Potteries skyline dominate what has been a Labour bastion for generations. Stoke-on-Trent’s sweat and toil made its ceramic industry globally famous and its workers have instinctively voted red. Now this proudly working-class city of 270,000, dubbed the “Capital of Brexit”, could turn Tory blue. It’s a notion once unthinkable in this “pits and pots” city built on the unionised graft of miners, steel workers and potters.
RADICAL proposals for state control of food prices and crippling hikes in petrol duty are expected to be included in Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-Left general election manifesto, according to party insiders. The Labour leader will unveil his party’s policy programme later this week after the document was agreed by a gathering of senior party figures over the weekend. Unite union leader, one of the Labour power brokers, claimed the manifesto “gives hope to our kids, hope to people who are struggling, hope to workers”.
Labour has shelved a target for the UK to become carbon neutral by 2030 after caving to union barons over the flagship environmental pledge. The Telegraph has been told that Labour’s manifesto does not commit to a hard deadline but instead promises to make “substantial progress” towards reaching net-zero emissions within a decade. A draft version of the document, which was drawn up by Mr Corbyn’s policy team last week, had already been watered down due to concerns that a fixed target would be impossible to achieve within 10 years.
Labour will bring back free dental check-ups if they win the election. The £22.70 fee to see an NHS dentist will be axed and leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday said the ultimate ambition is to scrap ALL dental fees. The £450million-a-year plan will free up resources long-term by focusing on prevention. Fees were introduced in 1951 to pay for UK involvement in the Korean War. But one in five adults puts off seeing a dentist because of the £22.70 charge for a basic visit.
JEREMY CORBYN’s proposals to provide free NHS dental check-ups for everyone in England has apparently backfired as voters vent their fury at the Labour Party’s “ridiculous promises”. The move to scrap band one dentistry charges would cost around £450million. Labour would make check-ups, X-rays and a scale and polish free at the point of use, dubbing the proposal a “teeth MOT”. Other treatments classed as Band 1 include: corrections to fillings, dentures and braces, and some forms of preventative care such as plastic sealants or fluoride therapy to prevent tooth decay from forming.
Jeremy Corbyn has avoided answering whether he wants the UK to leave or remain in the EU, saying that it would be up to the British public to decide. Appearing on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, the Labour leader was pressed on whether he was pro-Leave or pro-Remain. He told the show: “We’re going to put that choice to the British people, and they will make their decision. “We’ll negotiate within three months a credible, sensible option of Leave, and put that alongside Remain in a referendum.”
Labour appeared to back away last night from a plan for Britain to produce net zero carbon emissions by 2030. The target was one of several radical policies passed by Labour’s annual conference in September. It was approved against the opposition of the GMB. The union, which represents workers in the energy sector and is one of Labour’s most important union backers, said that the rapid timeframe could put jobs in jeopardy.
JEREMY Corbyn’s hard-left allies have signed off on a secret “Marxist” manifesto containing “radical” policies that experts warn could take Britain back to the 70s. The Labour leader said a “unanimous agreement” had been reached after meeting with senior party figures including John McDonnell, Seamus Milne and Len McCluskey on Friday. The tightly-sealed manifesto is understood to contain a deluge of new taxes and spending pledges, which sources say are “significantly more left-wing” than Labour’s 2017 manifesto.
Jeremy Corbyn has refused to say that Labour would continue freedom of movement after Brexit, despite it being the party’s current policy. Mr Corbyn promised that a Labour government would allow “a great deal of movement” between countries, but would not confirm that the party’s manifesto, set to be released this week, would continue the its commitment to “maintain and extend free movement rights”. Labour’s policy on immigration has been the subject of a disagreement between senior party figures in recent days, with trade union leaders such as Len McCluskey of Unite insisting that the party must not promise more freedom of movement.
The Labour party has pledged to overhaul the public appointments system after one of the government-appointed commissioners who sets the UK minimum wage joined the board of G4S, the security company facing allegations of systematic violations of migrant workers’ human rights. Clare Chapman has served since March 2015 as one of nine commissioners on the government’s Low Pay Commission tasked with setting the national living wage, the legal minimum hourly rate. She was appointed as a G4S director in September.
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JEREMY Corbyn has said he will give EU migrants the right to bring their families to the UK if he becomes PM. The Labour boss indicated today his party’s manifesto will give EU nationals who have made the UK their home the right to bring their family over too – no matter what they earn. The Government currently requires anyone who wants to bring a spouse from outside of the EU to be earning at least £18,600 a year, and more if they have kids.
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NIGEL Farage is standing 275 candidates across the country in the upcoming election. Despite intensive pressure he’s decided to continue to campaign in Labour areas where Boris needs to try and win to get a majority. Last week he revealed he would stand down in 317 areas where the Tories won in 2017, to avoid splitting the vote completely for Leave and allowing Labour to get through. But he refused to go further and step down his candidates in Labour areas, meaning Boris could be denied victory if the vote is too split.
THE death knell may be being sounded for the Brexit Party in some quarters of British politics but a new poll on Express.co.uk suggests the anti-Brexiteers might be a bit premature to start dancing on graves. Because the poll shows there is still a rump of support for Nigel Farage’s party and many believe the Brexit Party will play a significant part in the next Parliament. MEP for London Ben Habib believes his party may have made the wrong decision in not contesting the 317 seats that the Conservatives won in the 2017 election.
The Civil Aviation Authority is expected to decide at a board meeting on Wednesday whether to approve Heathrow’s plan to spend about £3.3 billion on planning and early construction for a third runway. There are fears costs could be passed on to airlines and passengers through higher service charges before the project receives planning permission. Heathrow is Europe’s busiest airport, with more than 80 million passengers a year
Billions could be cut from the soaring £88bn cost of the High Speed 2 rail link with a private-sector overhaul of the London end of the scheme, backers of an alternative route have claimed. Cross City Connect’s proposals – masterminded by the original architect of the HS1 scheme in Kent – come in the wake of a public row between the two most senior officials conducting a government-commissioned review of the HS2 project. A leaked draft of the review, chaired by Doug Oakervee, backed the scheme, but Lord Berkeley, his deputy, attacked the report for a lack of balance and said the final bill for HS2 could hit £103bn.
NHS staff claim they are being prevented from speaking out during the election campaign because their bosses are applying rules about political neutrality too zealously. Health workers have been told not to get involved in any political debates on social media during the campaign. NHS organisations have also banned staff from appearing in uniform or featuring any of their equipment, such as an ambulance, in their online posts or profiles. Doctors, nurses and paramedics have told the Guardian that the instructions from their employers are oppressive and an attempt to stop them highlighting the fragile state of the NHS in the run-up to the 12 December poll.
Patients are being left in pain and having operations delayed or denied because insurers are overruling consultants’ decisions on treatment. Policyholders with breast cancer, heart conditions, arthritis and knee problems are among those who have been unfairly denied procedures, The Times has found. Analysis of Financial Ombudsman Service reports shows that complaints about private medical insurers have risen sharply.
A controversial tool to test embryos for their future risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes could be on its way to the UK. But there are fears that letting parents choose children unlikely to have certain medical conditions, including intellectual disabilities, could herald the arrival of ‘designer babies’. And critics say it could allow rich parents to pay for healthier and more intelligent children. US firm Genomic Prediction has already tested embryos for their risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and skin cancer. And it wants to bring the tool to the UK.
A former head of the army and opposition politicians are among those calling for a new investigation into claims of torture and child murder by British troops overseas. The Ministry of Defence said yesterday that the military police and the Service Prosecuting Authority were re-examining the allegations but had so far decided to re-open no criminal cases. The government is under growing pressure to announce an independent judge-led inquiry after 11 British military detectives said that they had found credible evidence of war crimes by UK personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The UK government and the British army have been accused of covering up the killing of children in Afghanistan and Iraq. Leaked documents allegedly contain evidence implicating troops in killing children and the torture of civilians. A BBC/Sunday Times investigation said it had obtained evidence from inside the Iraq historic allegations team (IHAT), which investigated alleged war crimes committed by British soldiers in Iraq, and Operation Northmoor, which investigated alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.
The BBC has been accused of rewriting history in a CBeebies programme which appears to teach children that Gibraltar is part of Spain. In the episode of Go Jetters, broadcast in July, animated explorers Xuli, Kyan, Lars and Foz learn about the migration route of birds from Europe to Africa. A voiceover says the animation characters are heading for the Strait of Gibraltar, which borders both Spain and Gibraltar, to watch a flock of storks take to the skies.