Boris Johnson is considering putting a Brexit deal in the Queen’s Speech next month in an attempt to head off a defeat from Brexiteers and opposition MPs. The government’s domestic policies could be tied to any agreement with Brussels as Mr Johnson tries to succeed where Theresa May failed three times. Michael Gove, the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, warned yesterday that faith in the Conservative Party could effectively collapse if the UK did not leave the European Union by the deadline of October 31. Mr Johnson has pledged that Britain will leave by this date with or without a deal, “do or die”.
Boris Johnson has warned there will be no “New York breakthrough” to revive hopes of a Brexit deal, admitting there were “clear difficulties” ahead of talks with EU leaders at the UN. The prime minister struck a downbeat tone before meetings with the leaders of Germany, France, the Netherlands and Ireland – with little more than three weeks to his own final deadline for an agreement. Mr Johnson also dismissed the idea that Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron would be more flexible than the European Commission, which comprehensively rejected his alternative to the Irish backstop last week.
Anti-Brexit Liberal Democrat MEPs have written to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, urging him not to do a Brexit deal with Prime Minister Boris Johnson — as they believe they can still stop it from happening. “As 16 Liberal Democrat members of the European Parliament, elected with a clear mandate to stop Brexit and remain in the European Union, we wish to remind you that there are millions of pro-European UK citizens who are fighting for an alternative to Brexit,” they wrote — with “fighting for an alternative to Brexit” being a euphemism for overturning the Leave vote of 2016 and remaining in the European Union.
BRITISH fishermen forced to work within the tight constraints of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) say they have “run out of patience” and are demanding a no-deal Brexit on October 31. The UK’s catching sector is “ready to go” into a post-Brexit future on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms, according to fishermen in the Shetland Islands. Hopes of a deal with Brussels were raised last week when European Commission president Jean-Claude Junker said he believed a revised deal with Boris Johnson was possible.
Jeremy Corbyn is facing a full-scale revolt over his Brexit policy after senior party figures warned Labour will be crushed at the next election if he continues to sit on the fence. Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, said Labour will lose 30 per cent of its vote if it does not embrace Remain in all circumstances. Other big names lined up to condemn Mr Corbyn’s lack of leadership over Brexit.
JEREMY Corbyn’s astonishing Brexit policy has been leaked onto Twitter – and reveals after 48 hours of tears, talks and tantrums the Labour Party will “let the people decide”. The policy, leaked into social media by the BBC, reveals that after a heated weekend NEC conference in Brighton, the result of intense talks on the subject of Brexit will be to hold a second referendum. The document reads: “The NEC welcomes Labour’s commitment to let the people decide Brexit. “Labour will put control of Brexit back in the hands of the people in a new referendum with a real choice between a sensible leave deal or remain.”
Jean-Claude Juncker has warned that a no-deal Brexit would mean a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic and insisted that the EU would be “in no way responsible” for the checks. The president of the European Commission said that the blame for a hard Brexit would lie with the UK but insisted: “We can have a deal.” Boris Johnson has demanded that the EU remove the Irish backstop — the contingency plan to prevent a hard border in all circumstances, which would involve Northern Ireland having separate regulations from the rest of the UK — from the deal that was struck between Theresa May and Brussels.
Jean-Claude Juncker has warned there will have to be controls at the border in Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In an outspoken interview, the European Commission president said the UK would be to blame for any fallout for a chaotic exit for the bloc – as the EU “did not invent the Brexit”. Mr Juncker said he wanted to reach an agreement with the UK but the EU had to protect the safety of its citizens. The Irish border issue has been a major stumbling block in the Brexit negotiations, as Boris Johnson has demanded that the backstop – a contingency plan to prevent a hard border by keeping the UK aligned with many of Brussels’ rules – should be scrapped.
The Scottish Government has requested £52 million from Westminster in case the UK crashed out of the European Union without a deal. Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay accused the UK Government of “actively pursuing a no-deal Brexit”, which he described as an “utterly unacceptable” outcome. Mr Mackay wants the UK to cover any additional costs incurred, including beyond the October 31 deadline. Westminster previously said money from the EU Exit Operational Contingency Fund would be available where Scotland faces disproportionate cost.
Jeremy Corbyn is “terrified” of becoming prime minister and may not last much longer as Labour leader, a senior party figure has claimed. Manoeuvring over the party’s leadership positions at the annual conference in Brighton is being seen as a bid by the left-wing faction around Mr Corbyn to seize control of the succession if he stands down suddenly.
LABOUR PARTY members want to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, scrap Trident and back a general strike to bring down the Government while nearly half want to abolish British borders according to a YouGov poll. The Times reports they blame Britain more than the IRA for terrorism in Northern Ireland, dislike the national anthem and believe the media and opponents of Jeremy Corbyn are to blame for the party’s issues with anti-semitism. Over 1,100 members were surveyed.
Over the last day, the Labour Party has been desperately attempting to claw back positive media coverage – from the current chaos narrative of infighting and splits – with a number of radical policy announcements. One of those is the plan to scrap Ofsted, which the party has said is a “flawed inspection system” that is biased against poorer schools. A policy they clearly hadn’t fully thought through… Labour plan on replacing the inspection watchdog with “regular “health checks” run by local authorities”. Whilst the policy has been criticised by many, one point has been overlooked: Ofsted is also responsible for child protection, regulating social care for vulnerable children outside of schools. Not a good look good from the party that ran Rotherham council during the child abuse scandal…
Labour faces a major showdown over its Brexit policy after a key meeting ended in stalemate. Conference delegates spent hours trying to condense some 90 motions from local parties down to one. But having failed to agree, the composite meeting ended with two rival motions. While one commits to the status quo, the other which is in favour of Remain includes the party “energetically” campaigning to stay in the EU.
LABOUR is planning an eye-watering benefits splurge that would cost taxpayers around £520 billion a year, analysis has found. Jeremy Corbyn’s party is plotting a staggering blowout that would see spending on welfare hit nearly four times the amount that currently goes on the health service. The research was released as Labour admitted it was planning to impose fresh tax hikes to fund a raft of new spending commitments made at its annual party conference in Brighton.
Universities will be given quotas for the number of privately educated students they can admit under Labour plans to begin abolishing independent schools if Jeremy Corbyn wins the next election. The party’s conference has endorsed a proposal to end “hierarchy, elitism and selection in education” in which private schools would have assets redistributed to those that do not charge fees. It commits Labour to “integrating all private schools into the state sector”.
THE Labour Party has voted to abolish private schools in a landmark move at its annual conference in Brighton. Momentum’s national co-ordinator Laura Parker hailed the victory for the Abolish Eton campaign as a “huge step forward in dismantling the privilege of a tiny, Eton-educated elite who are running our country into the ground. “Every child deserves a world-class education, not only those who are able pay for it,” she added.
John McDonnell will today pledge to provide free personal care for the elderly – despite Labour admitting it could end up costing £8bn a year. Addressing the party’s conference, the shadow chancellor will say that, under Labour, the state would pay the full cost of help for older people so they could live independently in their own homes. The party would also fund care provided in care homes – but people would be asked to fund the ‘hotel costs’ of accommodation.
Labour is promising free personal care in England for over-65s most in need of it, so they will not have to pay for help with dressing, washing and meals. At the moment, those with savings of more than £14,250 have to contribute to the cost of home or residential help. Labour says the pledge, costing an estimated £6bn a year, will double the number of those not having to pay. It would bring England into line with Scotland, where personal care is free for those with the most severe needs.
Personal care for the elderly would be free under Labour in an £6 billion-a-year pledge to end the “national scandal” of vulnerable older people denied help washing, dressing and eating. A quarter of a million more older people have been promised state-funded help with everyday tasks by a “national care service” that would extend the principles of the NHS to home care and care homes. Elderly people would get an average of £10,000 worth of care each in a costly pledge that has been widely welcomed by policy experts in an area left to fester by successive governments.
Labour members will get the chance to vote on the party adopting an outright pro-Remain position, despite Jeremy Corbyn pushing for Labour to delay a decision on its Brexit stance. Following a late-night meeting on Sunday, it was decided two motions will be put to a vote at Labour’s annual conference in Brighton on Monday. These will be one advocating a pro-Remain position and another that will give Labour a neutral position.
A leading barrister says eating meat could become illegal, because it is so bad for the environment. Michael Mansfield, the Left-wing lawyer known as ‘Moneybags Mansfield’ for his huge earnings from high-profile cases, is expected to call for a crime of ‘ecocide’ today. Mr Mansfield, a self-styled ‘radical lawyer’ who has represented the victims of the Grenfell Tower and Hillsborough disasters, will speak at the launch of a vegan campaign at the Labour Party conference in Brighton today.
Brexit is “not just a British” problem, car manufacturers from across Europe are warning, as they appeal for politicians on both sides of the Channel to avoid the UK crashing out of the trading bloc without a trade deal. The heads of 23 automotive trade bodies from across Europe have joined forces to spell out the likely damage of such a situation to the highly integrated industry. If Britain leaves without a deal, the introduction of customs controls risks production lines grinding to a halt if supplies of parts are delayed at ports.
The EU is in “no way responsible” for the consequences of Brexit, Jean-Claude Juncker has said. The European Commission president said the bloc should not be held accountable for what is a “British decision”, stressing: “The European Union is not leaving the United Kingdom, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union.” Speaking to Sky News’ Sophie Ridge, Mr Juncker said: “The EU is in no way responsible for any kind of consequences entailed by the Brexit.
JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has been savaged by the Brexit Party after boasting of being elected into European Parliament in a British television interview. The outgoing European Commission President ruffled the feathers of Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe, who posted a scathing rant on his Twitter page. He told his 10,000 followers: “This is the biggest lie that comes out of Brussels. The European Parliament is a sham, it is no real Parliament. I know, I sit in it! And Juncker boasts about being elected by the Parliament? He was the only candidate! Even then he only snuck in.”
Thomas Cook has collapsed into liquidation, a failure that consigns the most iconic name in world travel to the annals of history. Richard Moriarty, the chief executive of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said the Government had asked his organisation to launch “the UK’s largest ever peacetime repatriation”. In a statement, the CAA said: “Thomas Cook Group, including the UK tour operator and airline, has ceased trading with immediate effect. “All Thomas Cook bookings, including flights and holidays, have now been cancelled.”
Travel giant Thomas Cook has ceased trading after failing to secure a last-ditch rescue deal, leaving an estimated 150,000 Britons abroad awaiting repatriation. The company was unable to secure the extra £200 million needed to keep the business afloat following a full day of crucial talks with the major shareholder and creditors on Sunday. Richard Moriarty, the chief executive of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said the Government had asked his organisation to launch “the UK’s largest ever peacetime repatriation”.
Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel operator, collapsed this morning leaving tens of thousands of tourists stranded abroad and forcing a million more bookings to be cancelled. Last-minute talks to try and rescue the ailing firm collapsed last night, and the Civil Aviation Authority announced the end for the 178-year-old company in the early hours. The group’s four airlines are now grounded and its 21,000 employees, including 9,000 in the UK, are out of work.
Britain’s biggest peacetime repatriation mission was launched today after holiday giant Thomas Cook collapsed, leaving 150,000 UK tourists stranded abroad for up to a fortnight. The UK Civil Aviation Authority announced in the early hours of this morning that the company – one of the oldest tour operators in the world – had ceased trading with immediate effect after a last-ditch financial rescue bid failed. All Thomas Cook flights to and from the UK have been cancelled, forcing the government to mount an unprecedented worldwide operation to repatriate British holidaymakers.
Heathrow airport could make £1.2 billion a year from a congestion charge levied on drivers arriving at the airport by car, according to analysis. A new penalty system, which will be introduced to coincide with the opening of Heathrow’s third runway in 2026, will grow to yield as much as £3.25 million a day, it was claimed. The charge, which will eventually be levied on all cars, including the cleanest, is designed to act as an incentive for drivers to choose public transport to reach the west London hub.
Schools are set to be required to formally notify Tusla over the use of reduced timetables. The move, announced by the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh on Monday, comes after concern around the use of reduced timetables. The practice entails a school reducing a child’s access to the school to just a few hours or less each day. Discussions on the issue have been ongoing over recent months between the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and Tusla Educational Welfare Service, around monitoring of reduced timetables.
Boris Johnson will seek today to bolster public backing for aid spending by announcing new cash to help developing countries to tackle climate change and save endangered species. He will announce a new Ayrton Fund, worth up to £1 billion, named after the scientist Hertha Ayrton, to exploit British expertise in clean energy and other technology that mitigates damaging emissions. The prime minister, who is in New York for the UN general assembly and today’s climate change summit, will also unveil £220 million in funding to help to save endangered species.
British scientists will have to access up to £1 billion of the foreign aid budget to help developing countries tackle climate change, Boris Johnson will announce today. In a significant move ahead of today’s United Nations climate summit in New York, the Prime Minister will unveil plans for a fund aimed at developing practical technology that can help the world’s poor reduce their impact on the planet. It comes as scientists say the past five years are on track to be the hottest in recorded history.
Up to £1bn of UK aid funding will be spent on helping developing countries fight climate change, Boris Johnson will tell the United Nations general assembly. The cash will “unleash the talent of British scientists” and innovators abroad to, for example, provide clean energy from solar power and new large-scale battery technology. Other projects will include designing electric pressure cookers to replace firewood, helping major polluting-factories reduce their carbon emissions and making cooling systems more energy-efficient.
Boris Johnson has unveiled a combined £1.2bn in funding for new efforts to tackle the climate emergency and protect endangered species as he prepares to attend the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York. While at the UN general assembly, the prime minister will use a speech to announce £1bn in aid money for UK inventors to seek funding for high-tech initiatives connected to areas such as renewable energy and lower levels of pollutants.
Sea-level rise, ice loss, extreme weather and other effects of climate change are increasing, according to the United Nations’ weather agency. The period from 2015 to the end of 2019 is likely to be the warmest five-year period on record globally, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in a report issued to coincide with a UN climate summit in New York today.