A MAJOR bid to force Theresa May to take Britain out of the EU quickly without striking a deal will be launched at the Tory Party conference. The Prime Minister will face increasing demands from members at the conference in Birmingham to “just get out of the EU” spearheaded by a new group Leave Means Leave. The group headed by leading businessman Richard Tice, a major backer of Leave.EU during the referendum, goes under the slogan of “no deal is better than a bad deal”. It has unveiled the support of a group of senior Tory MPs including former ministers Dominic Raab, Owen Paterson and Sir Gerald Howarth. And the Daily Express has learnt that the group will hold a major event on October 3, during the middle of the conference, to galvanise party support for a “quick hard” Brexit.
Senior members of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party are supporting a new group to lobby for a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ and persuade Prime Minister Theresa May to leave the EU’s lucrative single market, media reported on Sunday. The new group, called Leave means Leave, will press for Britain to break all ties with the European Union, with leader property investor Richard Tice saying only that would fulfil the wishes of Britons, who voted for Brexit at a June referendum. Quoted by the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Tice said “no deal is better than a bad deal” – or that Britain should pull out of the single market even if no alternative trade deal had been struck with the EU. It said he had the backing of a former justice minister, Dominic Raab, and other leading Conservatives. Since Britain voted to leave the EU, groups that campaigned on either side of the referendum have morphed into lobbying organisations, pushing for either a ‘soft Brexit’ that sees Britain keeping its close ties with the EU or backing a tougher version.
HARDLINE Brexiteers have launched a new group today to ensure Theresa May delivers key Leave campaign policies in negotiations with the European Union. The Prime Minister could face even more unrest within the Conservative party after several top MPs plotted to start up a new group, Leave Means Leave. Aimed at securing the key demands of the Leave campaign, the group is calling for the UK to leave the EU’s single market, along with ending Brussels’ influence on British law and scrapping the “free movement” of Europeans. The group also urges Mrs May to trigger Article 50 before the new year to set Britain free to sign other trade deals. The campaign for a “hard Brexit” has won the support of several key Tory politicians, including former justice minister Dominic Raab, and former defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth – who chairs the Thatcherite group Conservative Way Forward.
THERESA May will today demand urgent global action to tackle the European migrant crisis following intensifying fears that the EU cannot cope with the mass influx. The Prime Minister will fly to the United Nations General Assembly in New York to make a direct appeal to world leaders for a co-ordinated response to the growing migrant surge. She will say that far more needs to be done by the international community to stop “unmanaged population movement” around the world. And she will call for great efforts to distinguish between genuine refugees from conflicts and economic migrants who are simply seeking a better life. Her appeal to world leaders will be seen as further confirmation that the Government is building new international links beyond Europe following Britain’s Brexit vote. It is also likely to be viewed as a further sign that ministers have little faith in the floundering attempts by Brussels to lead a response to the crisis.
Theresa May is to tell the UN general assembly of the dangers of “uncontrolled mass migration” as it meets in New York to discuss how to help more than 21 million refugees around the world. The prime minister will call for a different global approach to migration aimed at “reducing today’s unmanaged population movement” as world leaders gather for the general assembly and a separate summit hosted by Barack Obama. At the UN, May will argue that it is not in the interests of the migrants to be exposed to exploitation and danger as they cross borders, nor the interests of the countries they are leaving, travelling through or seeking to reach. She will say that mass population movements reduce resources and popular support for refugees.
Theresa May will insist today that migrants should be stopped as close to their home country as is safely possible as she resists calls to provide more legal migration routes to Britain. The prime minister arrives in New York for her first UN general assembly meeting as David Miliband stepped up pressure for Britain to increase four-fold the number of refugees it will take from Syria. She will defend her right to control Britain’s borders and call on other nations to do more to distinguish between those fleeing war and persecution who deserve protection and economic migrants.
Newly elected UKIP leader Diane James told the BBC’s Sunday Politics that her priorities for the party included making “this country great again” and boosting national defence. The clear reference to the viral campaign slogan of Donald Trump’s campaign to take the United States presidency — ‘Make America Great Again’ — has been adopted by a number of other political movements worldwide and adjusted for local use. Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Neil today , Mrs. James laid out what she thought of as the direction for UKIP, as she attempted to set out her ambition to make it the main opposition in UK politics. Speaking this morning, Mrs. James said: “My vision… is global, is positive, is outward looking, is enterprise building, and is going to make this country great again”.
Junior doctors will go to the High Court on Monday in a bid to block the Government’s decision to impose a new contract on them. Justice for Health, the campaign group formed by the medics, is accusing Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt of seeking to impose “unsafe and unsustainable” terms and conditions as he presses ahead with controversial plans for seven-day NHS services in England. Lawyers for the doctors are expected to argue in a two-day hearing in London that Mr Hunt has not only acted unlawfully but “misled Parliament”. The medics are arguing that, although Mr Hunt is entitled to “recommend” a new contract, he is attempting to go significantly further even though he has no power to decide the terms and conditions under which the NHS and other bodies should employ junior doctors.
The growing crisis in the NHS and social care system can only be tackled if it is depoliticised, according to Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb, who along with senior health figures from the Labour and Conservative party, is calling for the establishment of a cross-party commission for the NHS. Former Labour Shadow Health Secretary Liz Kendall, and Conservative MP and former junior health minister Dr Dan Poulter also back the task of finding long-term, sustainable solutions to the NHS away from partisan politics. The three MPs will appear together at the Liberal Democrat conference on Monday afternoon, to highlight warnings on the diminishing ability of the NHS to meet demand.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives look set to suffer a second electoral blow in two weeks in a Berlin city vote on Sunday as a growing number of voters are expected to express their unease with her refugee-friendly policy. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) is expected to profit from a popular backlash over Merkel’s decision a year ago to keep German borders open for refugees and the party could enter its tenth regional assembly out of Germany’s 16 states. Polls point to heavy losses for Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) in the vote for the Berlin city assembly which means the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) may be able to ditch them from their current coalition.
Angela Merkel suffered damaging losses at the hands of Germany’s resurgent far-Right in regional elections in Berlin on Sunday evening. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won the highest share of the vote for the far-Right in Berlin since the Second World War, with around 14 percent, according to public broadcasters’ projections. Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) suffered their worst ever results in the German capital, with just 17.5 per cent of the vote. But the results will be viewed with some relief by the chancellor and her allies, after the AfD fell considerably short of expectations.
The Scottish National party is seeking assurances from EU member states that an independent Scotland could remain in the single market after Brexit – and senior SNP figures now believe a second referendum on independence could be held by autumn 2018, before the UK leaves the union. The Scottish government believes the guarantee about the single market would ensure greater support for independence in a second referendum and are working to persuade member states to let them be treated as a continuing member of the EU. Senior SNP figures believe the Brexit secretary, David Davis, will end up demanding a “ hard Brexit ” that will mean the UK will not remain part of the single market, and will implement some form of green card system to restrict EU citizens entering Britain.
Jeremy Corbyn came out swinging this morning, with an unapologetic interview with ITV’s Robert Peston. He didn’t deny plotting to oust Labour heavyweights deputy leader Tom Watson and general secretary Ian McNicol during an away day with close colleagues. And he said rank and file party members as well as MPs and the leader should have a say in the make-up of the Labour shadow cabinet. And after he was done with all that, he went a few rounds in a boxing ring. Mr Corbyn’s plan to include Labour members in elections for the shadow cabinet is an attempt to “deepen divisions” to further cement his position at the top of the party, his leadership rival has said. Owen Smith dismissed the Labour leader’s claim he was attempting to “reach out” to critics and called for shadow cabinet elections to include MPs and not members.
Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that he took part in secret talks to topple Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, and indicated that he would take a hard line with critics at Westminster and in the party machine if he was re-elected. Mr Corbyn confirmed proposals to hand power to his grassroots army to choose up to a third of the shadow cabinet and to dictate policy. The Labour leader admitted he had taken part in discussions with allies over the fate of Mr Watson, and Iain McNicol, the party’s general secretary.
A MEGA tsunami triggered by the sudden collapse of a volcano in the Canary Islands could devastate the south coast of Britain within three years, a top scientist has warned. The massive killer tidal wave would be created by a huge slab of rock – twice the size of the Isle of Man – smashing into the Atlantic Ocean after breaking away from the island of La Palma. The monster wave, higher than Nelson’s Column and travelling faster than a jet aircraft, would dwarf anything humans have ever seen. The fallout on the coastlines of Florida, US, and Brazil would be catastrophic, as most of the waves’ energy – equal to six months’ worth of US power station output – travels westwards across the Atlantic Ocean. But the UK would not escape the carnage, according to a top scientist who has studied the effects of a future volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands.