An influential French government minister has added his voice to calls for Paris to renounce the Franco-British treaty that blocks migrants from crossing the Channel. Emmanuel Macron, the economy minister, reiterated his warning that France could end border controls at Calais and allow thousands of migrants to cross to Britain after the vote to leave the EU. His comments came as President Hollande was under pressure to demand a renegotiation of border arrangements on a visit to Calais, which he has pledged to make before Bastille Day on July 14.
Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that the Scottish parliament could block Brexit. Holyrood will be required to vote on a legislative consent motion (LCM) on the UK’s exit from the EU. The mechanism is used for UK laws that affect Scotland such as acts devolving powers. It would be used to ask Holyrood to agree to EU law being extinguished in Scotland. Yesterday the first minister said that it could, therefore, be used to oppose the result of the referendum.
Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that the Scottish parliament could block the passage of legislation necessary for the UK to leave the EU. In an interview with the Sunday Politics Scotland, she said that “of course” she would consider asking the Scottish parliament to vote down the legislative consent motions required for the legislation. In her fifth major political interview of the morning, Scotland’s first minister told the show’s host, Gordon Brewer: “If the Scottish parliament is judging this on the basis of what’s right for Scotland, then the option of saying we’re not going to vote for something that’s against Scotland’s interests, that’s got to be on the table. You’re not going to vote for something that is not in Scotland’s interests.”
Nicola Sturgeon has said she would consider asking the Scottish Parliament to block Brexit if given the opportunity. The First Minister would “find it hard to believe” that Holyrood would not be required to back the UK leaving the EU. If this was the case she would “of course” think about calling on MSPs to stop it. However, Scottish Secretary David Mundell said he did not think the Scottish Parliament would be “in a position to block Brexit”.
British and European politicians are plotting to block the UK’s exit from the EU. On a chaotic day in which the Labour Party went into meltdown, a campaign was started to force a second referendum. Tony Blair, Nicola Sturgeon, some pro-Remain MPs and a senior German official said a rethink was needed now the consequences of quitting the Brussels club were clear. Eleven Labour frontbenchers resigned in a bid to replace Jeremy Corbyn with a pro-EU party leader. The plotters hope a general election can be held later this year before the start of the formal process of quitting. Last Thursday’s referendum could then be reversed. Iain Duncan Smith said the Europhiles were ‘bad losers’.
DAVID Cameron was last night under intense pressure to accelerate his departure from Downing Street as concerns grew that a stitch up is being plotted to try to scupper Britain’s exit from the EU. As the Prime Minister prepared to formally announce the next steps in the Brexit process today, senior MPs including Cabinet ministers insisted that a successor dedicated to severing Britain’s ties with Brussels is appointed as soon as possible. Former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, a leading “leave” campaigner during the referendum debate, led calls for the next prime minister to be a convinced Brexiteer. “Whoever takes up that job, it would be very, very difficult for the public who have voted for leaving the European Union to find that they then had a prime minister who actually was opposed to leaving the European Union,” he said.
A TOP EU politician has demanded that Britain begin negotiations to leave within two days. Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, said Britain had until Tuesday to trigger Article 50 and formerly begin talks to agree the terms of Brexit. Speaking to German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, Shultz said a long period of uncertainty would “lead to even more insecurity and thus endanger jobs”. “Hesitating simply to accommodate the party tactics of the British Conservatives hurts everyone,” he said. “That is why we expect the British government to now deliver.
The President of Iceland has welcomed Britain’s exit from the European Union, voicing hopes that the UK will now strengthen its relationship with Iceland, Greenland and Norway. President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson said the vote to leave the EU represented a “serious setback” for the leaders of the EU, and opened the door to a new “triangle of nations” working together outside of the EU, shifting power in the north of Europe away from the Union.
Labour’s deputy leader was set to knife Jeremy Corbyn last night after 11 members of the shadow cabinet stormed out over his disastrous leadership in the referendum campaign. Sources believed Tom Watson would tell Mr Corbyn to quit for the sake of the party when the two men hold crisis talks today to discuss EU referendum fallout. In an ominous statement last night, Mr Watson did not back Mr Corbyn, and hit out at his ‘deeply disappointing’ decision to sack shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn. A defiant Mr Corbyn told his Labour critics to put up or shut up. In a statement, the Labour leader said he would not quit, despite a stream of senior Labour figures warning publicly that he is not up to the job. Mr Benn’s exit in the small hours yesterday came after Mr Corbyn got wind of his efforts to canvas support for a coup. It prompted a mass walkout from the shadow cabinet, with ten other senior figures quitting – and warning that Mr Corbyn was not up to the job. Labour MPs have been enraged by Mr Corbyn’s dismal leadership during the campaign, which saw voters across the party’s heartlands back Brexit in defiance of the party line.
Jeremy Corbyn is facing the worst crisis to engulf any Labour leader since the pacifist George Lansbury was forced out of office in 1935. Shockwaves from Thursday’s referendum caused Labour’s front bench team to disintegrate on Sunday, leaving its leader dangerously exposed. Mr Corbyn is accused by critics of being at best half-hearted in his support for the Remain campaign. Labour MPs also fear that after the Conservative Party has chosen a new leader, the incoming prime minister will call a snap general election. One former Labour Cabinet minister forecast yesterday that if the party went into a general election with Mr Corbyn at the helm, they could lose 100 seats.
Jeremy Corbyn will attempt to confront the crisis facing his leadership on Monday morning as he enters emergency talks with the deputy Labour leader, Tom Watson, amid a series of further shadow cabinet walkouts and a likely vote of no confidence from his MPs. The Labour leader, who was left reeling after his decision to sack the shadow foreign secretary, Hilary Benn, was followed by the resignations of 11 senior shadow cabinet members, said he would not “betray the trust” of the people who voted for him by stepping down. He vowed to stand against anyone challenging him for the leadership.
JEREMY Corbyn’s team “sabotaged” Labour’s campaign to keep Britain inside the European Union, according to private documents which apparently pile further pressure on the beleaguered party leader. Mr Corbyn has had a punishing Sunday with multiple MPs quitting the shadow cabinet after the late night sacking of Hilary Benn. Now, claims have emerged Mr Corbyn’s inner circle attempted to “deliberately sabotage” the party’s efforts to keep Britain tied to the Brussels bloc. Documents seen by the BBC reportedly show how the Labour leader was advised by senior aides not to take a prominent role in the pro-EU campaign.
‘Brexit’ makes the decline of the European Union (EU) “practically inevitable”, George Soros has written in an op-ed for Project Syndicate. The leftist, open borders billionaire also praised German Chancellor Merkel’s gesture to open the EU’s border as “inspiring”. The aged billionaire blasted anti-EU parties as “xenophobic”. He suggested that in the wake of 56 per cent of people in Northern Ireland voting Remain, the country would break away from the UK and become a “united Ireland”. In 2008, a referendum saw voters in the Republic of Ireland reject the Lisbon Treaty, the EU’s constitution. The next year, the EU forced them to re-do the entire vote.
Questions are being raised as to the true number of UK citizens signing a petition to urge another European Union membership referendum as evidence emerged that activists are encouraging foreign signatories. Some critics claim that a “bot” or “script” is being used to automatically generate names and signatories. As of early Sunday afternoon, over 3.1 million signatures had been registered on the petition named: “EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum” which calls for the “Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.”