NO DEAL Brexit papers will be published by the Government to show how the UK will cope if the country does leave the EU without a deal as the scenario becomes increasingly likely. This launch of 84 papers comes as Dominic Raab is due to give a speech on Thursday setting out the Government’s plans for a no-deal Brexit. The papers will show companies how it works now and how it will work in the possible no deal scenario. The UK will adopt a “flexible” approach to ensure that important items, such as EU medicines, car parts and chemicals are sill available in the UK.
The government is set to publish the first in a series of technical notices designed to prepare the UK for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. The notices will include advice for businesses, citizens and public bodies. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said securing a deal was still “the most likely outcome” – but added making alternative arrangements was the “responsible” thing to do. The European Union has already produced 68 technical notices of its own. Between late August and the end of September, government departments are expected to publish around 70 technical notices.
Theresa May‘s spin doctor has hit out at calls for a second referendum on Twitter saying ‘the country hasn’t changed its mind’. Robbie Gibb, the Director of Communications for Number 10, quoted a poll commissioned by the Sun on Sunday in the Twitter outburst on Sunday morning. ‘1.9 million Leave voters say they would now vote to Remain. But 2.4 million Remain voters would now vote to Leave. The country hasn’t changed its mind. (Deltapoll, Sun on Sunday) #RoadtoBrexit,’ Mr Gibb tweeted. According to the poll, carried out by survey company Deltapoll, 62 per cent of those questioned said they would vote the same way as they did in the 2016 EU referendum.
THERESA May will not bow to calls for a second referendum, sources insisted yesterday (Sunday) – as experts highlight a string of problems with holding such a vote. The People’s Vote campaign for a referendum on the final Brexit deal was boosted yesterday by a £1million donation. But a Downing Street source insisted: “We completely rule out any second referendum.” The pitfalls involved in such a vote were spelt out in a report published today MONDAY by the Institute for Government.
MPs are asking for their expenses budgets to be increased to help them manage an increased workload resulting from Brexit, the parliamentary watchdog has revealed. A poll last year of MPs and their staff by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) said there had been demands from politicians and staff to give them more money to cover their higher costs. “There were further requests to further increase MP staffing budgets due to their increasing workloads, some of which is the result of Brexit,” the report published last month said.
MPs are demanding a larger expenses budget because they claim Brexit is adding to their “workloads”, the official watchdog has revealed. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) disclosed that MPs have been lobbying for an increase in the amount they spend on employing staff. The revelation led to warnings that the system is “open to abuse” as more than 150 MPs employ their wives, husbands and other “connected parties” as staff. Sir Alistair Graham, the former chairman of the committee on standards in public life, said: “It is open to abuse, there has to be a guarantee of what the money is going to.
Britain’s political landscape has already been reshaped irrevocably by the Brexit vote. But there is a growing feeling at Westminster that the deep divisions over whether, and how, Britain should break from the EU, cannot be contained within the existing party system. Within Labour in particular, turmoil from the party’s handling of antisemitism has also tested the loyalty of MPs, some of whom were already sceptical of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, and want to see him take a more strident anti-Brexit position. When Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Labour’s biggest union backer, Unite, unleashed a strongly worded attack against Chuka Umunna last week, he was reflecting concern that Corbyn’s leadership could be destabilised by even a relatively small number of high-profile defections.
Italy’s populist government is drawing up a ‘Marshall Plan’ of up to €80bn to rebuild the country’s dilapidated infrastructure after the Genoa bridge collapse, seizing on the politically-charged disaster to smash EU budget rules. Officials aim to invoke the ‘Golden Rule’ championed by Britain’s Gordon Brown to remove chunks of public investment from the headline budget deficit, a ruse that would make it easier for the radical Five Star-Lega coalition open the floodgates of fiscal stimulus and reflate Italy’s stagnant economy.
Greece has successfully completed a eurozone bailout programme after receiving tens of billions of euros to help it fix its economy. It means the country can now borrow again on international markets, having been effectively locked out by high interest rates for eight years. The move comes after Greece saw its economy grow, unemployment fall and surplus in its budget and trade following years of heavy austerity. A three-year European Stability Mechanism (ESM) programme launched in 2015 saw 62 billion euros (£55bn) of financial aid given to Greece to help it re-balance its economy and banking sector.
Europeans will be granted the right to stay in the UK if there is a no-deal Brexit under a unilateral act by the government. Theresa May will take the “moral high ground” and allow EU migrants to continue to access the NHS and claim benefits because the rest of her government’s contingency plans for an acrimonious departure from the bloc rely “on the availability of existing labour”. The offer would apply regardless of whether British migrants in European countries are granted the same rights by the EU, according to The Telegraph.
EU migrants living in the UK will reportedly be given the right to remain in the country in the event of a no deal Brexit. Leaked Cabinet papers seen by The Daily Telegraph reveal that ministers plan to take the “moral high ground” by unilaterally granting the 3.8 million EU nationals in the UK the right to stay. However the move was also said to reflect concerns of potential labour shortages in key sectors of the economy once Britain is outside the EU. The newspaper said the details would be set out in one of around 80 technical notes due to be published by the government, starting on Thursday.
Britain will give EU migrants a unilateral right to stay in the UK in the event of a no deal Brexit amid concerns that failing to so would lead to labour shortages, leaked Cabinet papers reveal. The papers, seen by The Telegraph, state that Britain will take a “moral high ground” by agreeing to enable EU migrants to live in the UK and continue to access the NHS and claim benefits. However the papers also highlight the fact that much of the UK’s no deal planning will rely heavily “on the availability of existing labour” in the event that talks break down.
THERESA May will face Commons defeats by her Brexiteer MPs on key legislation if she persists with her “surrender” blueprint for leaving the European Union, senior Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg warned yesterday. The influential backbencher called for a quick and “clean Brexit” that delivered on the Prime Minister’s own previous promises – and let the negotiation-weary country get on with other things. Members of the pro-Brexit European Research Group of Tories which he leads are preparing their own proposals. They are expected to detail a “Canada plus plus” model for Brexit.
The Conservative Party risks being taken over by hard Brexit campaigners, two of its own MPs have said. Anna Soubry and Phillip Lee, pro-EU backbenchers, sounded the alarm after Leave.EU urged its supporters to join the Conservatives in order to replace Theresa May with Boris Johnson or Jacob Rees-Mogg. Grassroots members have demanded a change in leadership rules which would make Mr Johnson the more likely candidate. Last week Leave.EU, which was founded by Arron Banks, a businessman and former Ukip donor, called on its supporters to “flood” the Conservative Party.
Grassroots Tories are planning to put pressure on their party’s ruling board to change the leadership election rules to make it easier for popular candidates to win. Reports in The Telegraph show John Strafford, who campaigns for greater democracy in the Conservative Party, is planning on writing to the party’s board to let any MP with the support of 20 other Parliamentary colleagues the chance to go to the Tory membership in a vote to become Leader. At the moment Tory MPs have total power to let just 2 candidates go to the party membership’s vote.
Conservative MPs are warning of a risk of entryism in the party as the pro-Brexit group Leave.EU encourages its supporters to become members in order to back Boris Johnson or Jacob Rees-Mogg in a future leadership contest. Conservative party rules mean anyone who has been a member for more than three months can vote in a leadership contest. Grassroots members have the final say between a pair of candidates selected by Conservative MPs in a series of ballots. Leave.EU was set up by the rightwing businessman and Ukip-backer Arron Banks to fight the 2016 referendum, but lost out to the more mainstream Vote Leave in its bid to be the official Brexit campaign group.
The Leave.EU campaign to get Leave voters to join the Conservative Party in order to help elect a Brexiteer at the next Tory leadership election has seen well over 1,000 people enquire over the last few days alone, Westmonster understands. Many have signed up, and tweeted as such, including pro-Brexit individuals who have never been a member of any political party.
Jeremy Corbyn hailed speeches by Palestinian terrorists as ‘fascinating and electrifying’ after attending a controversial conference, it can be revealed. The Labour leader went to a 2012 event in Qatar addressed by several ex-prisoners who had recently been released in exchange for an Israeli soldier. One was Abdul Aziz Umar, who received seven life sentences for aiding a suicide bombing that killed seven in Jerusalem in 2003. Another was ex-Hamas military leader Husam Badran, who orchestrated several attacks in Israel in which more than 100 died.
JEREMY Corbyn boasted he had a cosy takeaway dinner with the sinister boss of Hamas who urged Jihadis to use knives and cars to slaughter innocents, The Sun can reveal. In a chilling prelude to the Westminster and London Bridge attacks, Khaled Mashal claimed such terrorists were “the most exalted and the noblest of people” in blood curdling call to arms in 2015. He added: “Weapons like Kalashnikovs or missiles are not at hand, but there are knives and cars with which to run over the enemies” adding: “can anyone possibly have an excuse to abandon the path of Jihad?”
Jeremy Corbyn attended a conference with a convicted Hamas military leader who was jailed in Israel for his role in orchestrating a string of terrorist attacks that killed more than 100 people, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. The Labour leader hosted a panel discussion at a conference attended by a number of senior Hamas officials, including Husam Badran, who was given a 17-year sentence for his involvement in terrorist atrocities committed during the Second Intifada between 2001 and 2002.
Antisemitism training at this year’s Labour conference could be scrapped after Jewish members accused party leaders of trying to ‘censor’ the sessions. The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) has decided to not run courses at the conference in Liverpool next month, reports the Independent. In a letter sent to Labour general secretary Jennie Formby, JLM chair Ivor Caplin said: ‘You may also be aware that we have withdrawn from offering to deliver the antisemitism awareness module at party conference in Liverpool after some of its content was censored.
A pro-EU Labour peer and former cabinet minister has said the party is “finished” if it contests another election promising to back Brexit, as a new poll suggested the party’s support depends heavily on remain voters who could switch their allegiance to the Lib Dems. Andrew Adonis, a former transport minister and a vocal critic on Britain’s departure from the EU, said the party could not be seen as an “accomplice to Brexit” should a snap election take place before March 2019. A YouGov poll of more than 4,900 people, released to the Guardian on Sunday, put the Conservatives ahead of Labour by four points in a snap election should the latter adopt an anti-Brexit position, and ahead by nine points if Labour were to pledge to follow through with leaving the EU.
Almost 10,000 patient records were lost by NHS hospitals last year, Freedom of Information figures have revealed. The disclosure will prompt fears that records are being sold by the dark web and experts have warned that the rise in cases of identity fraud means it is vitally important to protect patients’ data. And campaigners have advised that not having a full record available during a consultation could make it more difficult for doctors to accurately diagnoses health issues or prescribe the correct medication. Only 68 hospitals released information on missing or lost patient records for the Parliament Street think tank report, meaning the scale of the issue is likely to be far more severe.
NHS hospitals lost nearly 10,000 patient records last year, according to figures released under freedom of information laws. The mislaid records, both paper and electronic, prompted concerns over the implications for patient safety and data security. Experts warned that sales of such records on the dark web and cases of identity fraud were on the rise, making better protection of patients’ data “urgent”. Campaigners said that not having a full record available during a consultation could make it harder for doctors to make an accurate diagnosis or prescribe the correct medication, even though some records were eventually located.
The number of men and women hospital patients sharing wards has soared – leaving Tory promises to end the practice in tatters. Mixed sex wards, which patients find humiliating and undignified, were banned eight years ago. But Government figures show breaches of the ban at cash-starved NHS hospitals are up five fold in two years. In 2015-16 it happened 2,655 times, rising to 7,756 a year later and rocketing to 14,737 by 2017-18. The ban was lifted during the NHS meltdown in January when routine operations were also scrapped.
Many adults put off going to their GP because they do not like being told what to do, research suggests. Data from 4,300 Britons saw nearly one in five admit they had delayed making an appointment to avoid being lectured about lifestyle changes. Experts say patients stay away for fear of giving away control – even when they are already showing worrying health symptoms – and warn this poses a considerable threat to public health. The report, by experts at University College London, the University of Bedfordshire and think-tank 2020 Health, says many people also have a ‘fear of finding out’ they are unhealthy and so avoid their doctor.
Prison officers were found asleep on duty and inmates were openly using and dealing drugs at a violent, squalid prison that the government has had to take over today from the private sector. Blood and vomit were left uncleaned, lavatories were leaking, some cells had exposed electrics and windows were broken at the G4S-run Birmingham jail. The emergency takeover by a Prison Service governor and management team comes after the chief inspector of prisons called for David Gauke, the justice secretary, to open an urgent independent inquiry into “appalling violence and squalor” at Birmingham.
Staff have lost control of one of Britain’s biggest prisons, a shocking report reveals today. Inmates are openly taking drugs, carrying out assaults and behaving with ‘near impunity’. In a dramatic escalation of the dire situation in the country’s jails, inspectors warn that Birmingham Prison is in ‘a state of crisis’ and host to ‘appalling violence and squalor’. The situation is so out of hand that inmates are roaming around unchecked while ‘fearful’ staff lock themselves in their offices or sleep when they should be on patrol. In his report today, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke, accuses the Ministry of Justice of an ‘abject failure’ to monitor the jail, which is run by G4S on a 15-year, £30million private contract.
The Government has been forced to step in and take control of privately-run prison HMP Birmingham – one of the country’s biggest jails – which is beset by violence and where the inmates have more power than staff. The Ministry of Justice will put in place a new governor and senior management at the jail which is currently run by G4S and which inspectors say is poor in every category – only the second time they have awarded the lowest classification. Inspectors found the prison in “an appalling state” with high violence, widespread bullying, squalid living conditions and poor control by fearful staff.
England’s worst prison will be taken over by the Government after a damning inspection found that violent inmates have effectively seized control of the jail. HMP Birmingham is becoming the first privately-run prison to be taken over by the Government on Monday after it emerged that “fearful” staff have taken to locking themselves in their own offices after being targeted by inmates. The Victorian prison, which was being run by G4S, will be run by the Government for up to 12 months with a new Governor and management team installed. Ministers said that G4S, rather than the taxpayer, will foot the bill.
Privately-run HMP Birmingham is being taken over by the Government after ministers concluded “drastic action” was needed to address failings at the jail. Details of the intervention emerged as the Chief Inspector of Prisons published a highly critical assessment of the establishment, which has been managed by G4S. An unannounced inspection that concluded earlier this month found that the jail had seriously deteriorated in the past 18 months. It found levels of violence were the highest for any local jail in the country, with some inmates saying they felt unsafe even behind locked cell doors.