Tory splits over the EU have re-emerged as one of the party’s most senior eurosceptics called on Theresa May to speed up Brexit and issued a series of demands about the shape of a deal. In a sign of rising tensions over the handling of negotiations, Iain Duncan Smith demanded that the UK leaves the single market and Brexit talks start no later than early 2017. Divisions are emerging over fears Mrs May wants a more limited departure from the EU than many Tory backbenchers given she campaigned against Brexit.
Iain Duncan Smith has called for talks about Britain leaving the EU to take place “as soon as possible”, warning the referendum risks becoming a “neverendum” as negotiations are delayed. The former Work and Pensions Secretary and prominent Leave campaigner appealed to Theresa May to take swift action to ensure Brexit is enacted imminently. Writing in a column for The Sun newspaper, Mr Duncan Smith said: “It is clear that the referendum was NOT a suggestion… We need to get on with triggering Article 50, as the Government has said, in early 2017.
BRITAIN could be on course for a speedy Brexit after Iain Duncan Smith urged Theresa May to begin formal negotiations “as soon as possible”. The Prime Minister has repeatedly said she will not invoke Article 50, the formal mechanism for quitting the EU, before the end of this year. But Mr Duncan Smith tonight said she must get on with it “early” in 2017, rather than wait for forthcoming elections in Germany and France. The former Tory leader also insisted Britain did not need a deal which allowed it to remain part of the European single market.
Prime Minister Theresa May should begin formal negotiations for the UK to leave the EU “as soon as possible”, Iain Duncan Smith has said. Writing in the Sun on Sunday, the Brexit campaigner accused Remain supporters of trying to delay a triggering of Article 50, which starts the two-year process to leave the EU. It comes after Mrs May said she would not trigger Article 50 this year. Mr Duncan Smith said she should start the process “early” in 2017. Waiting for forthcoming elections to take place in Germany and France would be “another attempt to turn this referendum result into a ‘neverendum’,” the former work and pensions secretary said.
The leaders of Germany, France and Italy will meet on Monday to discuss how to keep the European project together in the second set of talks between the premiers of the euro zone’s three largest economies since Britain’s shock vote to leave the bloc. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on an island off the coast of Naples ahead of September’s EU summit called to discuss reverberations from the Brexit vote. Officials in Brussels and Berlin fear the June 23 vote could lead to a referendum in the Netherlands – a founding member of the union – on whether to also leave the bloc.
ANGELA Merkel and Francois Hollande will hold crisis talks tomorrow in a desperate bid to keep the European project together. The German Chancellor and French Prime Minister will meet with Italian leader Matteo Renzi on Ventotene, a small island off the coast of Naples. They are believed to be worried that Brexit could lead to the break-up of the doomed bloc, starting with an in/out referendum in the Netherlands. Mr Renzi is eager for even more European integration, but Mrs Merkel has called for “a better Europe” rather than “more Europe”. An EU diplomat last night said: “The goal must first of all be to preserve the status quo and to prevent a further disintegration of the EU.” Mr Renzi chose to hold the meeting on Ventotene because the island is seen as the birthplace of European federalism.
A tiny island off the west coast of Italy is the unusual but symbolic setting for a summit of three key European leaders today. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will welcome the French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the island of Ventotene, 40 miles off the coast of Naples. The leaders of the eurozone’s three largest countries are gathering to discuss the European Union’s future direction amid a growing eurosceptic climate across the bloc as well as the ongoing migration crisis and stresses in the eurozone economy. Britain’s decision to leave the European Union with the Brexit vote in June is the most extreme example of established eurosceptic rumblings across the continent.
For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday. Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month. Berlin announced measures earlier this month to spend considerably more on its police and security forces and to create a special unit to counter cyber crime and terrorism. “The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days,” the newspaper quoted the government’s “Concept for Civil Defence” – which has been prepared by the Interior Ministry – as saying.
French authorities have revealed a “spectacular” rise in the number of migrants living in Calais as they wait to illegally enter the UK, increasing by 53 per cent in just two months. In June 2016, an official census reported 4,480 people in the so-called “jungle” camp, and by the middle of August, authorities counted more than 6,900 people there. However, earlier this month, two local humanitarian aid groups took their own census, which counted more than 9,100 people, France24 reports. The population of the camp is at its highest since French authorities agreed to “demolish” parts of it six months ago, claiming their goal was to reduce the number of camp inhabitants to about 1,500.
Pensioners could lose nearly a third of their retirement pot under Government plans to save companies being crippled by growing pension costs, analysis for the Daily Telegraph has found. The cuts could become possible under measures being considered by MPs in the influential Work and Pensions Committee, which would for the first time allow cash-strapped employers to reduce workers’ final salary-type pensions without first going through courts. Data compiled for this newspaper by pension consultancy, Hymans Robertson, reveals for the first time the startling extent to which the various proposals could impact pensioners’ incomes.
Hospitals are to cancel thousands of operations and appointments in a desperate bid to stop the NHS “buckling” this winter, under Government plans. Health officials are drawing up contingency measures to attempt to safeguard emergency care by diverting senior doctors from operating theatres into wards and Accident & Emergency departments as winter sets in. The national plan, detailed in evidence to the Commons health select committee, comes amid concern that the NHS is already in the grip of the worst bed-blocking crisis on record.
Thousands of hospital operations and appointments will be cancelled this winter in order to free up beds, under plans by the Government and senior health officials. In a bid to tackle the worst bed-blocking crisis in NHS history, senior practitioners will be drawn away from operating theatres and into wards and A&E departments this winter. The problem, which comes as the health service is already facing a doctors shortage, is so bad that last night a senior A&E doctor warned that an outbreak of flu would be enough ‘poleaxe’ the NHS. The national plan to cancel appointments was discussed in evidence given to the Commons health select committee. Immediate action has been prompted in the face of more strikes from junior doctors scheduled for later this year in further protest at their new contracts.
Non-urgent operations and outpatient appointments risk being cut back on in the run-up to Christmas over fears of NHS shortages. Hospitals in England are being ordered to minimise such services in preparation for possible winter crisis – including a “drastic” deficiency in accident and emergency nurse numbers. It is feared the country could “buckle” under the pressure, while some doctors warn the NHS could be “poleaxed” if a bad winter flu breaks out. In a joint submission, the Department of Health and NHS England said hospital trusts would be required to draw up “specific plans” for winter which would be “assured” by officials nationally. Measures include reducing the number of “elective” procedures carried out in the period immediately before Christmas to create more “non-elective capacity” and cancelling some outpatient activity.
Jeremy Corbyn has called for the “magic circle” of Westminster to be broken and the views of “ordinary people” to be heard, as the first ballot papers in the leadership contest are due to go out. The party leader said he would encourage “decision-making for the millions not the millionaires” as he addressed Labour supporters in north London at a leadership rally. Mr Corbyn said workers “in factories, in call centres, in local authorities” had ideas about how to change the economy, but were “frustrated that nobody is listening to them”. “The principle of democracy has to be ground up,” he said, as he urged supporters to vote to re-elect him as Labour leader.
Ballot papers will be issued later to nearly 650,000 people with a vote in the Labour leadership contest. Jeremy Corbyn is up against the party’s former shadow work and pensions secretary, Owen Smith. The result of the contest will be announced on 24 September. The party said the voters are made up of about 350,000 members, 129,000 people who paid £25 each to be registered supporters, and 168,000 from unions and other organisations. Mr Corbyn has announced that he would look to bolster the bargaining powers of trade unions if he wins. Announcing his reform plans, Mr Corbyn said he wanted to “democratise our country from the ground up”.
A WAR in Europe is looming and Britain is not ready to defend itself, the former head of the navy has warned. Admiral Lord West, former First Sea Lord, has warned of coming conflict as he describes says the world is “is more dangerous and chaotic” than at any time in his naval career. The top military man pointed the finger at Russia, China and the Middle East as areas which could explode into war. He added: “Unless we increase the investment Britain is standing into danger, particularly in our maritime power”. Falklands War veteran West said Britain’s army and air force are “way down the batting order” and described the lack of Royal Navy ships as a “national disgrace”. Speaking to Daily Star Online said: “If the EU starts to break up and things go badly wrong in Europe, which I think they might well do, we have historically twice in the last century had to go and sort it out at immense cost of blood and treasure to our nation.”
A WILD new theory claims president Barack Obama may leave legacy that could change history forever – by announcing the existence of aliens. The current leader of the US could reveal the truth of extraterrestrials before he quits the post, conspiracy theorists claim. Daily Star Online revealed earlier this year how many believe 2016 will be the year the world would see full alien disclosure. Now UFO disclosure lobbyist Stephen Bassett, executive director of the Paradigm Research Group (PRG), has released a new video suggesting Obama would be talked about for “a thousand years” if he reveals alien secrets.