Labour and Tory MPs opposed to a no deal Brexit are planning a ‘radical’ new law to block it. The group are understood to think it is unlikely Boris Johnson will be defeated in a no confidence vote and then an interim government takes over. A series of rows have already erupted in the past week speculating on who could lead a government of national unity if Mr Johnson was toppled, with the Lib Dems refusing to back Jeremy Corbyn for No10. The group of MPs have therefore decided legislation is the most effective way of stopping Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal.
A group of Tory MPs aiming to block an EU exit on WTO terms at the end of October is apparently growing in numbers. Those said to be involved include former chancellor Philip Hammond along with the previous Business Secretary David Gauke. The Telegraph now report that as many as 40 Conservative MPs could be involved in a plot to try and kill off a clean break Brexit in October.
As many as 40 Tory MPs are now backing a bid led by ex-Cabinet ministers Philip Hammond and David Gauke to stop Britain leaving the European Union without a deal on Oct 31. Sources in the group – dubbed the ‘Gauke-ward Squad‘ – say the numbers of MPs who now support the rebellion has jumped from 21 to nearly 40 after details of the group emerged last week. The size of the potential rebellion will increase pressure on Boris Johnson to avoid putting the question of the UK leaving the EU to a vote of MPs before the UK is scheduled to leave on October 31.
Jeremy Corbyn is leaving open the option of supporting an alternative caretaker prime minister, as he vows to do “everything necessary to stop a disastrous no-deal Brexit”. In a speech in the midlands, the Labour leader will not rule out backing a different stopgap, after the Liberal Democrats and rebel Tories dismissed putting him in No 10 to avert a crash-out on 31 October. Aides said he remained focused on seeking to persuade MPs to back him, if Boris Johnson can be toppled in a no-confidence vote.
ANTI-BREXIT campaigner Gina Miller has come under fire for trying to block a no-deal exit from the EU in October. Boris Johnson has vowed he will deliver Brexit, “do or die”, by Halloween. But Ms Miller, who won a High Court case against the Government over the involvement of Parliament in Britain’s departure from the bloc, insisted on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that the Prime Minister could not prorogue Parliament to push through a no-deal Brexit.
Boris Johnson’s No 10 operation is increasingly on an election footing, with leaked internal emails revealing he was due to meet the political strategist Sir Lynton Crosby. As Conservative advisers come under intense pressure to produce manifesto ideas quickly, a well-placed source said Johnson had a meeting set up in the next few days with Crosby, the election guru who worked on the campaigns of David Cameron in 2015 and Theresa May in 2017.
SENIOR Tory MPs want PM Boris Johnson to defeat a Remainers’ bid to oust him by calling an immediate General Election. No10 is braced for a no confidence vote in the PM when the Commons returns in two weeks. But the rules dictate it’s for the Prime Minister to decide when to hold the no confidence vote once it has been tabled, as long as it is timely. Ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said: “If a confidence vote is called, an option for the PM is to call an immediate vote for a General Election instead.
The Tory party has “failed” the UK and a general election is the “change of direction the country needs”, Jeremy Corbyn is set to say in a speech today. The Labour leader will say the UK is facing a Brexit “crisis” and will vow to do “everything necessary” to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal. It comes after a leaked government report warned of food and medicine shortages in a no-deal exit. Cabinet minister Michael Gove said it outlined a “worst-case scenario”.
FOREIGN fishing boats will invade British waters triggering violence at our ports just hours after the UK leaves with no deal, according to a doom-laden leaked Government document. The writers of the Whitehall report warn clashes would place immediate strain on maritime agencies, with nearly 300 foreign boats fishing illegally on day one of Brexit. The report also warns of border violations and smuggling as potential major issues. The report, known as Operation Yellowhammer, said: “Up to 282 EU and European Economic Area nations’ fishing vessels could enter illegally or are already fishing in UK waters.
Boris Johnson accused a group of Remain-supporting ex-ministers led by Philip Hammond of attempting to undermine his bid to negotiate a new Brexit deal from the EU. The Prime Minister’s team accused the group of “deliberately leaking” details of Government no deal planning ahead of crucial talks this week with Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel. The war of words escalated as Mr Hammond denied he or his allies had leaked the “Operation Yellowhammer” document and accused Mr Johnson of having “no negotiating strategy and no serious plan for a no-deal”.
A leaked Government report which suggests that the effects of leaving the EU without a deal would be a three-month “meltdown” at the UK’s ports and food and medicine shortages, outlines the “absolute worst case scenario”, Michael Gove has said. Leaked Operation Yellowhammer documents published in the Sunday Times suggest that the UK will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, jamming ports and requiring a hard border in Ireland.
THE GOVERNMENT’S Brexit Minister has branded a leaked Whitehall document warning of the impact of a No Deal Brexit as “scaremongering”. Published by The Sunday Times, the documents warn Britain will be hit with a three-month “meltdown” at its ports, a hard Irish border and shortages of food and medicine – but Kwasi Kwarteng, in charge of Brexit, dismissed it as playing into “Project Fear”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accused an alliance of Remainer ex-ministers of leaking a top-secret no-deal planning document as an attempt to frustrate negotiations with the EU. The document, dubbed Operation Yellowhammer, came to light on Sunday and included some of the direst warnings yet on the impact no-deal could have on the UK. Included in the paper were warnings that Britain could face shortages of medicine, fuel and fresh food if the Government fails to reach a deal with EU leaders by October 31.
The Government insists the leaked Yellowhammer document is based on worst case scenarios, but the section on Ireland will fuel concerns over a return to a hard border with Northern Ireland. The dossier says there will be “no new checks, with limited exceptions” but that measures to “avoid an immediate risk of a return to a hard border on the UK side” are “likely to prove unsustainable because of significant economic, legal and biosecurity risks and no effective mitigations to address this will be available”.
BORIS JOHNSON has accused a group of anti-no deal MPs of undermining his negotiations with the EU and insiders have accused a member of the group of leaking the Yellowhammer document as Brexit negotiations intensify. The document revealed civil servant concerns about no deal resulting in food and medicine shortages, which was leaked to The Sunday Times. As reported by The Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson pointed out the plans in the document were drawn up by the previous Theresa May government and argued the leak resulted in a frustration of his exits to renegotiate Mrs May’s deal.
Boris Johnson has accused Remain-supporting former ministers of leaking details of no-deal planning in an attempt to damage Brexit negotiations. A secret Whitehall dossier known as Operation Yellowhammer, revealed over the weekend, included warnings that Britain could face shortfalls of fresh food, fuel and medicines. It also suggested that there could be an increase in public disorder, delays at airports and a hard border with Ireland. A Downing Street source pointed the finger at a group of ex-ministers known as the “Remain alliance”, which is led by the former chancellor Philip Hammond.
Downing Street has reacted with fury to the leak of an official document predicting that a no-deal Brexit would lead to food, medicine and petrol shortages, with No 10 sources blaming the disclosure on a hostile former minister intent on ruining Boris Johnson’s trip to see EU leaders this week. The leaked document, detailing preparations under Operation Yellowhammer, argues that the most likely scenario is severe extended delays to medicine supplies and shortages of some fresh foods, combined with price rises, if there is a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.
Leaked government documents have warned that Britain faces possible food, fuel and medicine shortages in the case of a no-deal Brexit . There will be a hard border in Ireland and jamming ports if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, according to documents leaked to The Sunday Times. The forecasts compiled by the Cabinet Office set out the most likely aftershocks of a no-deal Brexit rather than the worst case scenarios, said the Times.
Downing Street has reportedly blamed Philip Hammond’s camp for leaking a secret Whitehall dossier warning of the chaos of a no-deal Brexit, that has been dismissed by a government minister as ‘scaremongering.’ The document filed by the Cabinet Office, called Operation Yellowhammer, shows the areas that could be most vulnerable if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on October 31. The explosive revelations marked ‘official-sensitive’ include the expectation of a return of a hard border in Ireland due to the inability to roll-out the government’s proposed limited checks, and shortages of fuel, medicine and food.
A secret government report warning of food, fuel and drug shortages under a no-deal Brexit is out of date, Michael Gove has said. The cabinet minister in charge of co-ordinating Whitehall preparations for Britain to leave the EU on 31 October insisted it was an “old document” that only looked at “what the very, very worst situation would be”. He admitted there “will be some bumps in the road, some element of disruption in the event of no-deal” but added since it was first published preparations have been stepped up.
Labour MPs are drawing up a plan to reverse Brexit AFTER we have left the EU – if Jeremy Corbyn fails in his bid to lead a national unity government. A unity coalition of anti-Brexit politicians would need to be formed by early September to have any hope of stopping PM Boris Johnson crashing the UK out of the EU without a deal on October 31. But a senior Labour MP said: “Brexit has torn up the constitutional rulebook. So just because something is done it doesn’t mean it can’t be undone.
The Liberal Democrats may not campaign on a promise to rejoin the European Union immediately if the next election is held after Brexit. Jo Swinson, the party’s new leader, has said it would assess the options and could instead offer voters the “closest possible relationship” with the EU. Speaking to The Times on the day last week when Sarah Wollaston, the former Conservative who had gone to Change UK, joined the Lib Dems Ms Swinson said that seeking immediate re-entry might not be the best outcome.
Freedom of movement by European Union nationals into the UK will end overnight from October 31 in the event of a no deal Brexit, Priti Patel has signalled. Theresa May’s government had wanted to crack down on freedom of movement as soon as possible after the UK left once new legislation had passed through Parliament. This would have meant a new Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination Bill would have had to be on the Statute Book before the curbs could be implemented.
FREEDOM of movement for EU citizens wanting to travel to and from the UK will end on day one of a no-deal Brexit, it was reported last night. Plans drawn up by new Home Secretary Priti Patel will see border restrictions imposed immediately on October 31, it’s claimed. Home Office officials have been dispatched to Singapore to try to copy its system for managing incoming arrivals – with the hope it can be quickly implemented in the UK, The Independent reported.
The government has been warned by the Home Office that Britain could face “another Windrush” scandal over attempts to end free movement of migrants overnight on October 31 after a no-deal Brexit. Home Office officials produced a discussion paper for a ministerial no-deal Brexit meeting last week warning that doing so could present a “handling and reputational risk” for the government. A source familiar with the paper said it raised concerns that an “interim” immigration system would prove impossible to enforce because the government and employers would be unable to distinguish new arrivals from those already here.
Courts will be given extra powers to impose rules and curfews on anyone aged 12 or over who may be carrying a knife, the Home Office has announced. The Asbo-style powers, called knife crime prevention orders (KCPOs), are civil orders that can be imposed on people who the courts believe pose a threat to the public through the use of a bladed weapon.
Free movement of EU citizens into the UK could end immediately after a No Deal Brexit. That will be music to the ears of many Brexiteers and far superior to an EU deal that means years more of delays. A senior Home Office source has told The Independent that Home Secretary Priti Patel wants Britain’s participation in EU open borders to end on 31st October after No Deal.
PRITI Patel has called for longer sentences for assaulting police in the wake of PC Andrew Harper’s killing. The Home Secretary asked for the new crackdown as new figures showed that the average jail term for the offence is just two months. Ms Patel branded the Berkshire cop’s killing “brutal and mindless”. She insisted: “The courts need to crackdown on police assaults and they must have the powers to approve strong sentences for these crimes to do more to stop the spate of assaults on our police officers”.
GCSE reforms have led to a drastic decline in music and arts and must be scrapped, the man who created the qualification has said. Lord Kenneth Baker, who was education secretary under Margaret Thatcher, has blamed the English Baccalaureate – known as the EBacc – for “squeezing out” technical, cultural and creative subjects from secondary schools. The EBacc has been championed by the Government since being established in 2010 by the former education secretary Michael Gove in a bid to reverse the “dumbing down” of GCSEs.
The Prime Minister has said social media firms must share the responsibility for the rising spread of measles in the UK as he attacked antivax misinformation. Boris Johnson will on Monday set out plans to improve vaccination rates on a visit to a hospital in the South West, following a rise in cases of measles. In the first quarter of 2019 there were 231 confirmed cases of measles, just three years after the World Health Organisation declared the UK measles-free.
Health chiefs are being ordered to boost the number of children vaccinated against measles. Only 87.2% of children have the second dose of the jab, down from a high of 88.6% in 2014-15. Experts believe the falling rate is behind the spread of the disease. There were 231 confirmed cases of measles in the UK during the first quarter of 2019, and Britain has lost its “measles-free” status with the World Health Organisation three years after the virus was eliminated in the country.
More than a quarter of a million GP appointments will be available as the NHS in England orders surgeries to end the practice of half-day closing. More than 700 surgeries, or a tenth of England’s total number, are currently thought to shut for part of the week, the NHS has said. And the service said a small number of surgeries are opening for just 15 hours per week.
Boris Johnson will call on social media companies to do more to stop anti-vaccination messages spreading online as he visits a hospital in the south-west of England. The prime minister will lay out his plans to halt the resurgence of measles in the UK after more than 230 cases were diagnosed in the first quarter of the year. He will not go so far as to give his backing to mandatory vaccination, which is not being ruled out by Matt Hancock, the health secretary.
The Government is set to step up efforts to boost the number of children receiving vaccinations after the number of measles cases rocketed. Boris Johnson is calling for health leaders to renew their efforts to ensure 95 per cent of the population have had both doses of the MMR vaccine. Currently only 87.2 per cent of children have the second dose of the vaccination, down from a high of 88.6 per cent in 2014-15, which is thought to be partly behind the spread of measles.
The NHS is launching a major crackdown on GP surgeries which close for half-days during the week, the Mail can reveal. Officials have identified 722 practices in England – a tenth of the total – which regularly close their doors for at least four hours at a time, including lengthy lunch breaks or midweek afternoons off. They say that if these surgeries remained open, an additional 287,000 appointments would be available every year.
GP SURGERIES have been ordered to stop half-day closures during the week – and threatened with a £40k funding axe if they fail to comply. The NHS has launched a crackdown on some 722 surgeries in England which regularly close their doors for lengthy lunch breaks or midweek afternoons off. Officials say if practices remained open, an additional 287,000 appointments would be available every year. NHS England threatened to withhold funding from doctors’ surgeries who continue to close for half-days without consent.