EU leaders have wasted little time in gloating over “the worst deal in history” negotiated by Theresa May, with French president Emmanuel Macron gloating he can blackmail Britain into surrendering its fishing waters or force it into the humiliating “backstop”. The European Union controls its member-states territorial fishing waters centrally, sharing them out via a controversial quota system which grants British fishermen less than half the stocks in their own waters, destroying tens of thousands of jobs. Brussels negotiators have been keen to maintain or duplicate this Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) beyond Brexit Day in March 2019, despite Theresa May’s repeated assurances that she will restore Britain’s status as an “independent coastal state”.
French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to force Britain into the Irish border backstop if it does not give up access to UK fishing waters. Mr Macron said maintaining the customs union would be used as ‘leverage’ in the next phase of talks on the final UK-EU trade deal. Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted Britain will leave the customs union, which is essential to striking trade deals, after Brexit.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron is already using the terms of the deal agreed by Theresa May to threaten Brexit Britain, warning that the country would be trapped in the ‘backstop’ Customs Union if it didn’t submit to France’s demands on access to British fishing waters. In a message that perfectly illustrates how those in the EU may seek to lock the UK in its orbit indefinitely, Macron today said: “We will concentrate our efforts in order to obtain access to the British waters before the end of the transition period. And of course all of our fishermen will be protected.”
EMMANUEL Macron has fired a warning to Theresa May by demanding French fishing is protected in any future trade negotiation. The French president made his comments as European Union national leaders arrived in Brussels for a crunch vote to approve the Brexit withdrawal agreement. All EU nations are expected to give the deal the green light before the UK Parliament then votes on the agreement.
Emmanuel Macron has said the UK will be forced to stay in the customs backstop unless Theresa May grants the EU generous fishing access. The French President said the entire EU27 support his demands for guaranteed access to UK fishing waters as part of any future trade deal. On Sunday the bloc published a document stating a new fisheries agreement was a matter of priority “and should build on, inter alia, existing reciprocal access and quota shares”.
FRANCE and Spain turned the screw on Theresa May today as they vowed to exploit the Brexit deal to extract big concessions on fishing and Gibraltar. Emmanuel Macron hinted the EU will resort to the Irish backstop and make Britain stay in the customs union if he doesn’t secure access to our waters. And Pedro Sanchez vowed to use the “position of strength” he has achieved to push for further control over the Rock’s affairs. The pair’s remarks will cause major problems for the PM following a summit at which EU leaders had gone to great pains to support her deal. Mr Macron said the withdrawal agreement, which states a fisheries pact should be done by July 2020, provides “a lever” over the UK.
Emmanuel Macron has said the UK will be trapped in a customs union after Brexit unless Downing Street offers European fishermen full access to British waters during the coming trade negotiations. As the 27 EU heads of state and government took a decisive step towards sealing the terms of Britain’s split from Brussels after 45 years of membership, the French president laid down his red lines in the talks over the future relationship. Macron said the EU’s demands on fisheries needed swift resolution after 29 March 2019 or the talks on a wider trade deal would fail leaving the UK in the “backstop” customs union envisioned in the withdrawal agreement.
Spain’s Prime Minister has claimed Brexit could mean splitting the sovereignty of Gibraltar between Westminster and Madrid. Leader Pedro Sanchez said that ‘everyone loses’ when it comes to Brexit, but Spain has ‘won’ on the issue of Gibraltar after receiving assurances from other EU leaders. He said the UK’s withdrawal from the EU would ‘open talks on joint sovereignty’ of the Rock, which has been a British overseas territory since 1713.
SPAIN has gloated that Prime Minister Theresa May’s controversial Brexit deal has given Madrid “strength over Gibraltar”. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told a press conference in the immediate aftermath of the remaining 27 EU leaders giving Mrs May’s Brexit deal the nod, that Spain has been given the upper hand with future negotiations over the Rock. He said: “This puts Spain in a position of strength in negotiations with the United Kingdom over Gibraltar that we have not had until now.”
Arlene Foster has appeared to confirm that her party is locked in secret talks with Cabinet ministers over a “Plan B” Brexit plan, amid fears that the draft withdrawal agreement will be rejected in Parliament. The DUP leader said that it would “surprise” no one that her MPs were working behind the scenes to bring about a “better deal”, adding that there are “conversations going on across Government”. It comes after The Telegraph disclosed that several ministers are engineering an alternative Norway-style relationship with Brussels, unbeknown to the Prime Minister, which would see the UK remain a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), without full EU membership.
DUP leader Arlene Foster hinted she could back a ‘plan B’ Brexit that ministers are said to be considering if Theresa May‘s deal is destroyed in the Commons. Mrs Foster told the BBC‘s Andrew Marr she would consider any plan that did not separate Northern Ireland from the mainland UK. She insisted the deal negotiated by Mrs May in Brussels, endorsed by EU leaders at an historic summit this morning, clearly breached the red line. The backup plan being formulated by ministers would be a ‘Norway option’ in which Britain stays in the European Economic Area (EEA), the Sunday Telegraph reported.
CABINET ministers are planning for Britain to join an EU halfway house with Labour rebels’ help after giving up hope that Theresa May’s Brexit deal will pass. The Sun can reveal that Amber Rudd and Michael Gove have formed a cross-Brexit alliance to push for membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The move by the Remainer Work and Pensions Secretary and Leave campaign boss Environment Secretary is a last-ditch solution to end an impending national crisis if Parliament fails to agree any Brexit outcome.
Theresa May’s Brexit deal will leave the UK’s GDP about £1,000 lower per person than if the country remained in the EU, according to an economic analysis. A report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research think tank said that under the prime minister’s plan to leave the EU in March 2019, have a transition period until the end of 2020, then leave the customs union and have a comprehensive free trade agreement, GDP would still fall significantly. In 2030, the forecast said, it would be 3.9 per cent lower than if the UK had remained in the EU.
The government’s Brexit deal would leave the UK £100bn a year worse off by 2030, analysis by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has claimed. The study commissioned by the People’s Vote, which wants a second referendum, said GDP would shrink by 3.9% annually. “This is the equivalent of losing the economic output of Wales or the City of London,” it said.
Theresa May’s Brexit deal will have equivalent cost of losing the economic output of Wales or the City of London, research suggests. The prime minister will plead with MPs to back her deal in a Commons statement on Monday afternoon. A report by the the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said May’s plan will reduce the value of the UK economy by 3.9% – or £100bn a year by 2030 – compared to staying in the EU. According to the study, this would be an average cost of more than £1,000 a person.
Theresa May will challenge Jeremy Corbyn to a TV debate on her Brexit deal as the showpiece of an election-style campaign to seek the country’s backing. The Prime Minister intends to hold the crucial Parliamentary vote on the deal on December 12, and will on Monday update Cabinet on plans for a two-week media blitz timed to exert maximum pressure on MPs to fall into line. On Sunday she reached another significant milestone by agreeing the deal with EU leaders, but the far bigger challenge will be to get Parliament’s support for the agreement.
Jeremy Corbyn would “relish a head-to-head debate with Theresa May about her botched Brexit deal and the future of our country”, a Labour Party spokesman has told Sky News. The spokesman was responding to a report in The Daily Telegraph suggesting the prime minister would challenge the Labour leader to a TV debate on Brexit. The newspaper reported that Mrs May wanted to hold a televised debate with Mr Corbyn during a Sunday evening primetime slot.
Theresa May has warned MPs from all parties they will lose their seats if they ignore the will of their constituents by voting down her Brexit deal. After European leaders rubber-stamped the deal in Brussels on Sunday, the Prime Minister insisted it represented a final offer that could not be renegotiated, and that she had no “Plan B” if it was rejected. More than 90 Conservative MPs have publicly stated that they intend to vote against the deal, with Labour also insisting its MPs will be instructed to oppose it.
Theresa May told MPs to do their ‘duty’ and vote for the Brexit deal as she promised she will fight ‘with all my heart’ to get it through the Commons. After an historic Brussels summit to seal the deal, the Prime Minister said the deal took back control of ‘our laws, borders and money’ while protecting jobs and security – meaning it was in the ‘national interest’. At a press conference to mark the landmark day on the road to Brexit, Mrs May began a two week battle to persuade fractious MPs the deal was the best available.
Theresa May launches a frantic two-week campaign today to save her Brexit deal and premiership by telling MPs to do their duty and support her or face going “back to square one”. In a high-risk strategy to turn the tide of opposition in Westminster, the prime minister will then embark on a nationwide tour designed to sell her plan directly to the electorate. Taking personal responsibility for winning round voters, she will warn her party to put aside its differences and listen to constituents who are fed up with Brexit and want to “move on”.
THERESA May will today warn MPs that they have a duty to listen to demands from voters for Parliament to “get on” and deliver Brexit. In a stark message, the Prime Minister is expected to tell the Commons that people around the country have had enough of the political infighting over her deal with Brussels and want the issue concluded as soon as possible. “I believe our national interest is clear,” she will tell MPs. “The British people want us to get on with a deal that honours the referendum and allows us to come together again as a country whichever way we voted.”
Theresa May will take the high-stakes battle to save her Brexit plan and her premiership to all four nations of the United Kingdom this week after warning MPs on Monday that failing to back the deal will take Britain “back to square one”. EU leaders gave their formal backing to the Brexit deal at a special summit in Brussels on Sunday, after more than a year and a half of painstaking negotiations. But they were adamant that there was no plan B other than a no-deal exit if MPs were to reject it in the House of Commons in a “meaningful vote” expected to be held on 12 December.
Theresa May‘s team were last night said to be offering rebel MPs peerages and other sweeteners in a bid to buy votes to get her Brexit deal through Parliament. With more than 90 Tory MPs indicating they will not back it, and the Democratic Unionist Party withholding support, the Prime Minister faces an uphill struggle. Mrs May has vowed to ‘make the case for this deal with all my heart’ to persuade restless MPs to back her. But it appears she will also resort to horsetrading. Some Brexiteers were said to have been offered peerages.
DOUBTS were raised today that Theresa May can rush forward publication of plans for a post-Brexit immigration policy in time to win rebellious MPs over to her deal with Brussels next month. Reports this weekend said the Prime Minister will announce curbs on low-skilled migrants within days – before the Commons votes on her Brexit deal. Leaked documents suggested the Home Office was preparing for a system that gives low-skilled migrants 11-month visas with restricted rights while scrapping the cap on the high-skilled.
The UK government has been accused of planning to “massage” immigration statistics in its plans to maintain low-skilled labour after the country leaves the open borders European Union. Leaked Cabinet papers from the Home Office outline plans that will launch 11-month visas for unskilled workers, reports The Telegraph. The newspaper reports that the visa would put migrant workers under “restricted entitlements and rights” while they live in Britain, and the proposals are expected to be announced in the Government’s White Paper on migration set to be released in the week beginning December 3rd.
Pensioners face rising care costs after a 350,000 shortfall of workers to look after them was identified by a leading think tank. The Institute for Public Policy Research warned there will be a shortage of 350,000 social care workers by 2028 – unless care providers pay them better. The shortfall, which assumes that current migration levels will not change despite Brexit, will particularly hit pensioners who are reliant on care staff as they get older and could have to pay more for their care if salaries increase.
Britain is facing a social care time bomb with hundreds of thousands set to leave the profession because of low pay and poor working conditions. A landmark report says nearly half of the 1.3million people working in the care sector are earning less that the real living wage of £9 an hour, with one in four (325,000 people) on a zero-hours contracts. And it warns that unless pay and conditions are improved there could be a shortage of 400,000 care workers by 2028.
Low pay and poor working conditions have led to a “crisis” in the care sector, with employers struggling to recruit and retain the staff needed to meet rapidly rising demand, a new report has warned. On current trends, there will be a shortage of 350,000 workers in social care by 2028, rising to nearly 400,000 if freedom of movement ends after Brexit, said the IPPR. The think tank said the “growing workforce crisis” had been caused by chronic underfunding, and a dysfunctional social care system.
Patients may need to bypass their GPs for urgent cancer checks because the family doctor system contributes to patients dying early, a review has concluded. Ways of getting scans and blood tests more quickly must be tried out to help to close a persistent gap in survival rates between Britain and other countries, Professor Sir Mike Richards, the former national cancer director, has concluded.
A public school has become the first to cut fees by 10 per cent amid concerns they are no longer affordable to middle classes. Millfield School in Somerset, whose former pupils include pop star Lily Allen and Olympian Duncan Goodhew, charges more than £38,000 a year for boarders aged 13 and over. But now it is is slashing its fees amid fears that British families are being “priced out” of private education by wealthy oligarchs and students coming from overseas.
Rail companies will be forced to pay compensation for late trains, mis-sold tickets and dodgy wifi under a new passenger complaints service. For the first time the rail ombudsman, introduced today, will compel train companies to issue a refund, provide a ticket discount or give passengers a goodwill gesture, typically money off a future journey. They could also be required to provide an explanation or apology for poor service.
RUSSIA has admitted to opening fire on Ukrainian ships and capturing three vessels in the latest flare-up off the coast of Crimea. Special forces seized the boats along with 23 crew members after claiming they had entered Russian waters illegally – prompting Ukraine’s president to call an emergency summit of his war cabinet and sparking protests outside Kiev’s Russian embassy. On Monday MPs will vote on whether to declare nationwide martial law following the emergency summit held by Petro Poroshenko.
Ukraine’s president has convened an emergency military meeting after two of its ships were allegedly hit by fire from Russia near the Crimea. Petro Poroshenko is to gather the country’s top military brass after the two navy vessels were damaged and two crew members were injured on Sunday evening. Ukraine said that the ships were then seized by Russia, as tensions around the annexed region continue to rise.
The Ukrainian president will ask his parliament to consider enacting martial law after three Ukrainian navy ships were fired upon and captured in the Black Sea on Sunday. The incident followed a day of high tension and took place near the Crimean Peninsula, a site of historic tensions between the two countries. Russia has blamed Ukraine for starting the clash, which saw ships ramming each other, shots fired, and boardings launched. Two crewmen of the Ukranian navy are understood to be injured and two gunboats and a tugboat are in the hands of the Russian secret service, known as the FSB, who accuse the ships of violating Russian territorial waters.