Michel Barnier has warned that Theresa May’s Chequer’s plan will spell the “end” of the European project and the Single Market. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a German newspaper, that Britain will not be able to “cherry pick” what it wants from Brexit. He said: “The British have a choice. They could stay in the single market, like Norway, which is also not a member of the EU, but they would then have to accept all the regulations and make contributions to European solidarity. “But if we let the British cherrypick which of our regulations to follow, that would have serious consequence: all sorts of other third countries could insist that we offer them the same deal. That would be the end of the single market and the European project!
The EU’s chief negotiator has delivered his most withering condemnation yet of Theresa May’s Brexit proposals, as he insisted accepting the plan would spell the “end” for the European project. As resistance to the prime minister’s policy mounts in both the UK and Europe, Michel Barnier revealed why he is “strongly opposed” to her so-called Chequers strategy. The European Commission official also delivered a chilling warning for the UK car industry over its future after Brexit.
MICHEL Barnier is “strongly opposed” to Theresa May’s Chequers’ proposals which he believes would signal “the end of the single market and the European project”. The EU’s chief negotiator warned Britain it can’t “cherry pick” which Brussels regulations it wants to adopt on exiting the bloc. The Brussels bigwig told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that the British “have a choice”. Mr Barnier said: “They could stay in the single market, like Norway, which is also not a member of the EU, but they would then have to accept all the regulations and make contributions to European solidarity.
Michel Barnier has warned he is “strongly opposed” to the prime minister’s Chequers proposal on future trade with the EU after Brexit, warning the “illegal” offer would “end” the European project. In what were some of his harshest words yet for the British government’s plans, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said allowing Britain to “cherry pick” regulations would have “serious consequences”, adding it would be “much easier” if the UK stayed in the single market. Mr Barnier’s comments came in an interview with newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in which he told European carmakers they would need to shun British manufacturers in order to enjoy low tariffs on their global exports.
MICHEL Barnier has said Theresa May’s Chequers plan for a Brexit deal would destroy the whole of the EU. Brussels’ chief negotiator issued his most bitter criticism of the PM’s blueprint yet, issuing remarks that go far further than any EU leaders so far. In a second controversial move, the veteran French politician also mounted an open push to persuade Britain to stay in a customs union. He insisted the move – bitterly opposed by Mrs May – would mean “things would be much easier”. Mr Barnier told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “If we let the British pick the cherries out of our rules, that would have serious consequences.
The rise of the far-right is a spectre now haunting Europe, with nationalist parties gaining ground as they focus on migration and security. On Monday, 6,000 far-right protesters were involved in clashes in Chemnitz in Saxony, Germany. In Italy, the right-wing League is in government with the populist Five Star movement. The far-right Sweden Democrats could hold the balance of power after elections this autumn. It is a similar story in Hungary, Austria and Slovenia. Some fear the “great peace” – the 70-plus years of co-operation and security in Western Europe – is now under threat.
THERE are disturbing scenes in Germany today. A week following the stabbing of a Cuban-German, the right-wing AfD, Pegida and sundry neonazis mobilised for anti-refugee demos in Chemnitz. Last week Sunday, a 1,000-strong mob took to the streets. The following Monday, about 7,000 self-proclaimed “Reich citizens” — many giving the Hitler salute — attacked anti-fascists, journalists, migrants and even the police. As Junge Welt, our sister paper in Germany put it, the Saxony state police, which routinely mobilises huge forces for smaller anti-fascist rallies, managed to find only a small contingent of officers.
Theresa May’s Brexit plan was hanging by a thread last night as 20 Conservative MPs made a joint public commitment to scupper her proposals. The rebels, including the former ministers Priti Patel and Iain Duncan Smith, joined the Stand Up 4 Brexit group, a grassroots campaign that commits supporters to ripping up the EU negotiations to date. After the disastrous general election last year, Mrs May is vulnerable if more than seven Tory MPs decide to oppose her. Brexiteers say that they have 60 or more MPs on their side but most are unwilling yet to go public.
Telegraph (by Boris Johnson)
So it’s ding ding! Seconds out! And we begin the final round of that international slug fest, the Brexit negotiations. Out of their corners come Dominic Raab and Michel Barnier, shrugging their shoulders and beating their chests – and I just hope you aren’t one of those trusting souls who still thinks it could really go either way. The fix is in. The whole thing is about as pre-ordained as a bout between Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy; and in this case, I am afraid, the inevitable outcome is a victory for the EU, with the UK lying flat on the canvas with 12 stars circling symbolically over our semi-conscious head.
Boris Johnson has claimed Brexit negotiations are rigged, with “the inevitable outcome of a victory for the EU”. In what many in Westminster speculate as the beginning of a plot to try and oust the prime minister, the former foreign secretary insisted the UK is “lying flat on the canvas” in withdrawal talks. He claims the UK has already issued a message of surrender over Chequers proposals to align UK standards on goods to the EU, saying Britain has “gone into battle with the white flag fluttering over our leading tank”.
Theresa May today ruled out giving in to calls for a second EU referendum warning it would be a ‘gross betrayal of our democracy’. The Prime Minister said voters made their decision in 2016 by 52 to 48 per cent and that must be the end of the debate of whether Britain will leave the European Union. Pro EU campaigners have spent the summer building momentum and resources behind a call for a new referendum once the Brexit deal has been negotiated. The People’s Vote campaign insists they want a ‘first referendum on the facts’ but it has enraged Brexiteers who say the issue has been settled.
Theresa May has insisted she will not be pushed around by Brussels as Brexit negotiations heat up, as it emerged that Sir Lynton Crosby, who advised her in last year’s general election, is reportedly manoeuvring to derail the PM’s European Union (EU) withdrawal agenda. As the deadline nears for Britain to leave the bloc, the prime minister stood by the government’s controversial Chequers exit plan despite continued sniping against it from her own party’s benches.
DAVID Davis has accused Theresa May of giving the EU an “open sesame” pass to force her into more climb downs for a Brexit deal. Mounting a fresh assault on her Chequers plan, the former Brexit Secretary leaped on the PM’s new declaration that there would be no compromises during negotiations “that are not in our national interest”. Mr Davis told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show said: “Except in the national interest? That is an incredible open sesame door”. Insisting that it is inevitable that the PM will have to give more ground under her current plan, he added: “The other argument I made at that Chequers Cabinet was this won’t be the last step.
Theresa May’s Brexit plan is ‘almost worse than being in’, her former Brexit Secretary said today. It comes as the Conservative Party faced fresh fractures over plans for Britain Leaving the EU – with senior MPs refusing to back the Prime Minister’s Chequers plan. David Davis, who quit as Brexit Secretary in July, said he would vote against the plan in any Commons vote. He told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show: “No I’d vote against it, it would be rather odd for me to resign over something and then vote for it when it came back. “In my view the Chequers proposal – it’s not a deal, we shouldn’t call it the Chequers deal, it’s the Chequers proposal, is actually almost worse than being in.”
DAVID Davis has vowed to vote against Theresa May’s Chequers’ Brexit plans. The former Brexit secretary believes Mrs May’s proposals leave Britain worse off than remaining in the EU, and it was time to take back control of Brexit. Arch Eurosceptic Mr Davis quit the Cabinet after the Prime Minister’s blueprint on leaving the EU was announced in July. Now he is ready to ramp up the pressure on Mrs May when parliament returns, with a Brexit deal possibly facing a Commons vote as early as October. Mr Davis told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “It would be rather odd for me to resign over something and then vote for it when it came back.
Theresa May’s aides have discussed a snap general election if her Brexit plan fails, it has been reported. The Prime Minister’s political team spoke with civil servants about whether to call an election if her Chequers deal is voted down in the House of Commons, according to the Sunday Times. It came as the Prime Minister ruled out a second EU referendum in her strongest terms yet. The PM has been rattled by the success of the People’s Vote campaign to reverse Brexit. Remain MPs behind the group want voters to have another say on whether to quit the EU.
Britain’s exit from the European Union could tip public opinion in Scotland in favour of seeking independence, an opinion poll showed on Sunday. Scotland voted against independence in 2014, but a subsequent referendum on leaving the EU has reignited debate over its long-term future as one of Britain’s four constituent parts alongside England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. In 2016, a majority of Scottish voters backed staying in the EU, while Britain as a whole, voted to leave, meaning that Britain is now due to leave the EU on March 29 2019. The poll showed that if Britain leaves the EU as planned, 47 percent of Scots would vote for independence at another referendum on Scotland’s future.
Liam Fox has said he finds the Treasury’s predictions of economic turmoil following a no-deal Brexit “hard to swallow”. The international trade secretary’s intervention underlines deep divisions in the cabinet over the government’s approach to Brexit, with the forecasts only recently promoted by Philip Hammond. The chancellor said his department’s best estimates were that a no-deal Brexit would lead to £80bn a year in extra borrowing, sparking fury among Brexiteers who believe leaving without an agreement would be preferable to Ms May’s Chequers proposals. The disagreement has surfaced as a new plot emerged to torpedo the PM’s plans, involving Tory election guru and Boris Johnson ally Sir Lynton Crosby.
The number of officials who have left the Whitehall department trying to deliver Brexit is equivalent to more than half of its total staff, shock new figures reveal. Data seen by The Independent shows hundreds of civil servants went elsewhere as the department tried to get on its feet and cobble together a negotiating stance for the UK over the last two years. The exodus means the average age of workers left in the department is 32, though they are tasked with winning a complex deal that could change Britain for a generation. The information obtained by the Liberal Democrats appears to corroborate previous reports about an extraordinarily high turnover at the Department for Exiting the European Union (Dexeu), with critics now claiming it points to “deep instability” at the heart of the government’s Brexit operation.
Labour is fighting for its soul over anti-Semitism, Gordon Brown has said as he warned Jeremy Corbyn he has just days to remove the “stain” from the party. The former Labour Prime Minister said Labour must take action “immediately” to right the “hurt” that it has caused the Jewish community. He said the Labour Party must this week “unanimously and unequivocally” accept the international definition of anti-Semitism. It came as Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, signed a petition for the party to adopt the international definition of anti-Semitism “in full and without delay”.
Jeremy Corbyn has been summoned by the head of MI5 for a ‘facts of life’ briefing on the real threats facing Britain. The head of the security services wants to get through to the Labour leader the real risks to Britain from terrorism, foreign spies and Russian interference. MI5 chief Andrew Parker has told Mr Corbyn he can bring chief aide Seumas Milne and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott to the briefing. But Mr Corbyn has postponed the meeting from its planned date on Tuesday as he battles to quell a storm over anti-Semitism that has engulfed his leadership. The Labour leader is expected to spend all day Tuesday at a showdown meeting of Labour’s National Executive Committee which is due to decide whether to finally adopt in full the international definition of anti-Semitism.
A political alliance of four Arab-dominated parties in Israel’s parliament have broken ranks with fellow legislators to announce their support for Jeremy Corbyn. In a letter to the Guardian, the Knesset members said they commended the Labour leader for “his long-standing solidarity with all oppressed peoples around the world, including his unflinching support for the Palestinian people”. They added: “We stand in solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn and we recognise him as a principled leftist leader who aspires for peace and justice and is opposed to all forms of racism, whether directed at Jews, Palestinians, or any other group.”
Islamic State in Afghanistan has established “direct links” with British terrorist groups, provoking fears about new “Manchester-style attacks”, the defence secretary has warned. Gavin Williamson said that 440 British troops were sent to the country last month to combat the growing terrorist threat posed to Britain as well as to Afghan civilians. Islamist militants pushed out of Iraq and Syria were regrouping in Afghanistan, he said. Intelligence reports showing a real threat to Britain from Afghan-based militants were consistently being generated, Mr Williamson said. In recent months there have been “countless times when there have been links back to the UK from terrorists in Afghanistan”.
Thousands of patients are waiting overnight for ambulances after a fourfold rise in long delays for emergency treatment, according to data obtained by The Times. Patients who were struggling to breathe, suffering strokes, heart problems and crippling pain were among those who called for help one day but did not receive an ambulance until the following morning. A victim of a stab or gunshot wound and a patient whose heart had stopped were also left to languish overnight. Dozens of attempted suicides are among the delays, including a 13-year-old girl made to wait ten hours after trying to overdose, as are cases involving pregnant women, sick babies and patients with sepsis, epilepsy and chest pain.
Hundreds of prison staff have been caught smuggling drugs, weapons and mobile phones into jails. More than 340 people have faced either disciplinary or judicial proceedings in the last six years, a Freedom of Information request by The Observer has revealed. Ambulances are called to treat inmates every 40 minutes – often for overdoses of synthetic narcotics, such as ‘zombie drug’ Spice. Seventy-one prison staff members in England and Wales were caught sneaking in contraband in 2017 compared with 45 in 2012. Andy Cook, director for the Centre for Social Justice, said the figures were ‘deeply concerning’ and insisted that ministers ‘get a grip’.
The government is preparing to impose a 12-month parliamentary delay to HS2 in a further blow to the £56 billion project. The Times has learnt that the legislation needed to pave the way for the second section of HS2 to serve northern England has been put on hold for a year. The bill enabling the line to be built to Manchester and Leeds will now be tabled in 2020. The government insisted that the delay was needed to ensure that HS2 was linked into a proposed upgrade of the main east-west railway line across the Pennines, which is still on the drawing board.
Nearly 100 police officers have slept with prostitutes, groped members of the public, and been called ‘sex pests’ by colleagues- but have been allowed to keep their job. Police in England and Wales have had 96 officers punished for sexual harassment, a Freedom of Information Act request revealed. However 61 per cent were not fired for their actions. Derbyshire, West Yorkshire and West Midlands were the top forces with the highest number of police officers to have been disciplined for sexual harassment in the past three years. A police officer in Lancashire was called a ‘sex pest’ by colleagues and a West Yorkshire police officer started a relationship with a prostitute.
Motorists who are stopped by police will have their licences immediately revoked if they fail a simple roadside eye test. The tough new crackdown aims to catch some of the thousands of drivers who get behind the wheel each day despite having defective eyesight. Every motorist who is stopped by officers in three pilot areas will have to pass a basic vision test before being allowed to continue driving. If they are unable to read a number plate clearly from a distance of 20 metres they will have their licence revoked on the spot and will not be allowed to continue on their journey.