Boris Johnson is to launch the biggest advertising campaign since the Second World War to get Britain ready for a no-deal Brexit, with an unprecedented marketing blitz on billboards, radio and television. On Sunday the Prime Minister ordered his ministers to go into overdrive to prepare for a no-deal exit, with daily briefings on progress in the Cabinet Office’s Cobra briefing room – a place normally reserved for co-ordinating responses to national emergencies. Part of the preparations involve up to £100 million spent on advertising alone in the next three months, government sources said.
BORIS JOHNSON put his Government on full no-deal Brexit alert last night, ordering daily emergency planning summits in a bunker under Whitehall. Starting tomorrow, the Prime Minister’s most senior officials will meet every weekday morning in the Cabinet Office’s “Cobra” suite to ensure Britain can withstand the impact of a sudden break from the EU. Michael Gove, in charge of co-ordinating the Government’s no-deal contingency plans, will chair meetings of the new Daily Operations Committee. The move comes after Mr Johnson set up a “war cabinet” of six key ministers to deliver Brexit “by any means necessary”. He ordered the emergency meetings in a conference call to his new Cabinet at lunchtime yesterday.
BORIS Johnson can force through a No Deal Brexit on October 31 even if his government collapses, the Attorney General has claimed. The government’s law chief says there is no legal process to halt the process – even if they force a no-confidence vote in the PM. Downing Street schemers fear Johnson’s tiny majority means he could be forced to the polls after losing a no-confidence vote. Europhile Tory rebels have held talks with Labour and opposition parties over organising a vote when Parliament returns in September in a desperate bid to stop Brexit.
The government is “working on the assumption” the UK will leave the EU without a deal, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has revealed. Mr Gove, who has been tasked by new PM Boris Johnson with boosting preparations for a no-deal Brexit, wrote in The Sunday Times that this scenario is now a “very real prospect”. He said he was hopeful the EU would be willing to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement it reached with Theresa May, “but we must operate on the assumption that they will not”.
Michael Gove has revealed that the government is now operating “on the assumption” of an EU exit on WTO terms. Writing in the Sunday Times Gove, who is now in charge of No Deal preparations in the Cabinet Office, has reiterated today that: “With a new Prime Minister, a new government, and a new clarity of mission, we will exit the EU on October 31. No ifs. No buts. No more delay. Brexit is happening.” Though Boris Johnson’s government want the EU to negotiate the three times rejected Withdrawal Agreement, Gove insists: “We still hope they will change their minds, but we must operate on the assumption that they will not.
The government is now “working on the assumption” of a no-deal Brexit, Michael Gove has said. Mr Gove said his team still aimed to come to an agreement with Brussels but, writing in the Sunday Times, he added: “No deal is now a very real prospect.” The prime minister has made Mr Gove responsible for preparing for no-deal. Treasury sources say they expect more than £1bn of extra funding to be made available later this week for no-deal planning and preparation. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Chancellor Sajid Javid said there would be “significant extra funding” for 500 new Border Force officers and “possible” improved infrastructure at British ports.
The Government is “operating on the assumption” that Britain will leave the EU without a deal on October 31, Michael Gove has said. The new Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, who is in charge of no-deal preparations in the Cabinet Office, said there was a “very real prospect” that an agreement would not be struck with Brussels before the Halloween deadline. Writing in The Sunday Times, he said that while the aim was still to leave with a deal, the Government needed to prepare for every eventuality.
REMAINER MPs plan to adopt guerrilla tactics used by Brexiteers to thwart Theresa May, in a bid to stop a no-deal exit from the European Union. The European Research Group (ERG) was noted for its close co-operation and careful planning, often carried out using online messaging app WhatsApp. Now MPs, appalled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is willing to leave the EU with no deal, want to give Brexiteers a taste of their own medicine. A Tory pro-second referendum source said Remainer colleagues had “taken account” of the ERG’s “disciplined approach” and cross-party support and would use co-ordination to fight any no-deal plans.
THE LABOUR Party has been slammed for its decision to select its next candidate to stand in the Vauxhall constituency from an All Women Shortlist (AWS). The Party has confirmed its list of candidates to stand in the south London seat must “guarantee” places for women from BAME backgrounds. Earlier this year, Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey, announced she will not stand in the next general election after 30 years. On announcing the decision, Labour said: “We passed a motion requesting that the next Labour MP for Vauxhall be selected from an All Woman Shortlist. “The shortlist must also guarantee places for women from BAME backgrounds given the diversity of our constituency.” However, it’s strategy has been widely criticised.
Jeremy Corbyn has said he is “not in the slightest” bit worried about going up against Boris Johnson in a general election. The Labour leader said the party has most candidates selected in marginal constituencies and a “summer campaign plan” is in place. Asked if he was worried about competing with Mr Johnson at the next election, Mr Corbyn told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “Not in the slightest. We’ll go out there and we’ll make our case. “I don’t get involved in personal abuse, I don’t make any personal abuse, I don’t do personal, as far as I’m concerned the issues are too serious.” It comes as the first poll with the new Prime Minister saw the Tories boosted by a “Boris bounce”. The Conservatives now stand on 30%, a survey by Deltapoll for the Mail on Sunday showed – five points ahead of Labour at 25%, with the Liberal Democrats on 18% and the Brexit Party on 14%.
JEREMY CORBYN is ready to take on the new Prime Minister in a general election with a summer campaign plan already in place, the Labour leader said today. He told Sky that he is “not in the slightest” worried about going nose to nose with Boris Johnson, who took over leadership of the country last week when just 0.13 per cent of the population voted for him in the Tory leadership contest. Mr Corbyn said his Labour MPs will “go out there and we’ll make our case.” He said that he eschews personal abuse because “as far as I’m concerned the issues are too serious. “I’ve got my summer campaign plan in place, we’ve got most of our candidates selected in all our marginal constituencies,” he said.
Jeremy Corbyn has been mocked for his “fanciful” claim that he could beat Boris Johnson in an election despite a 10 per cent surge in the polls. Paul Scully, the Tory party’s new deputy chairman, made the comments after the Labour leader said he was “not in the slightest” bit worried at the prospect of fighting Mr Johnson in an election. It comes as Mr Corbyn admitted the left had a blind spot when it comes to anti-semitism. When asked on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday about the recent BBC Panorama documentary into anti-Semitism allegations within the Labour party, Mr Corbyn said: “People in politics do sometimes cross the line, confuse issues and can dip into anti-Semitic tropes and language”.
Jeremy Corbyn has hinted Labour will table a motion of no confidence in the government after the summer recess, as he claimed he was “not in the slightest” worried about taking on Boris Johnson. Insisting he was “absolutely” ready for a general election, the Labour leader also said the party had already selected its candidates in the majority of marginal seats across the UK, and that he would be on the campaign trail over the summer.
UNDER-FIRE Jeremy Corbyn today vowed to stay on as Labour leader for at least three more years – as he plunged the party’s Brexit policy into fresh disarray. He stared down a growing number of plotters by saying he was “absolutely” ready for an election, telling Sky: “I’m, I’m fit, I’m raring to go.” The blast came amid polls showing a ‘Boris Bounce’ with the Tories taking a five point lead over Labour following Mr Johnson’s victory in the Tory leadership contest. Labour MPs have also privately told The Sun that Mr Johnson’s move to No10 will almost certainly “speed up” coup attempts to change Labour’s leader.
JEREMY CORBYN has continued to flip-flop on his stance on Brexit and has claimed the Labour Party would campaign to both remain and leave the European Union. The Labour leader has stated the party will support staying a member of the bloc if Prime Minister Boris Johnson pursues a no deal Brexit on October 31. Mr Corbyn told Sky news’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday, he will back a ‘People’s vote’ on the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU. When asked what his party’s Brexit policy was and if it was supporting a second referendum in all circumstances, Mr Corbyn said: “What we are saying, no deal we would oppose and we think people should have a final choice on it.
Labour’s Kate Hoey MP has lamented that her party has become “a party of the metropolitan bubble” destined for “disaster” due to its abandonment of working-class Brexit supporters. Ms Hoey, who represents Vauxhall in London but is originally from Northern Ireland, is well known for her independence of mind and straightforward patriotism — increasingly unusual in the Marxist-led Labour Party of 2019 — and one of only a handful of Labour parliamentarians still carrying the torch for its once-mainstream tradition of euroscepticism.
Lord Mandelson has called on Jeremy Corbyn to quit after the Labour leader said the party would seek a Brexit deal with the EU after an election victory. The former business secretary said that Mr Corbyn’s support had collapsed since the 2017 election as voters had realised how “weak and half-hearted he was on the subject of Brexit”. The arrival of Boris Johnson at No 10 demanded “an alternative” prepared to lead a campaign to remain in the EU, he said. “Corbyn is not the leader that Labour needs at this time. He cannot deliver. Even his supporters are realising this.
The European Union ‘lags behind’ Britain in preparing for a No Deal Brexit, the CBI warns today. In a major report, the employers’ organisation issues 200 recommendations that both sides need to implement to limit the impact of No Deal on businesses and jobs. The CBI, a staunch opponent of No Deal, warns that neither side is ready and urges both to step up efforts to strike a new deal. The study rubbished the EU’s claim that it is much better prepared for the fallout of a No Deal this autumn.
Boris Johnson is set to give European leaders the cold shoulder as he dramatically ramps up preparations for a No Deal Brexit. Downing Street last night said the Prime Minister had told Michael Gove to lead daily meetings of the Government’s emergency committee ‘Cobra’ in order to ensure Britain is ready for a No Deal departure on October 31. The Cobra emergency room is normally reserved for responding to crises such as terrorist attacks and natural disasters. A senior government source said Mr Johnson had no plans to visit European capitals such as Brussels, Paris and Berlin in the hope of reopening talks.
A NO DEAL Brexit has more opportunities than risks, former Brexit Secretary David Davis has said, as he warned the EU is the negotiating partner most at risk from the UK leaving the Brussels bloc without a withdrawal agreement. Mr Davis has admitted he believes a “no deal” Brexit is the most likely outcome this autumn due to the “uncompromising” stance of both the European Commission and Boris Johnson – but added it is the EU that has the most to lose in such a case. He highlighted the EU27 would lose the most jobs in the case of a no deal Brexit, with an estimated 422,000 peoples livelihoods at stake.
BORIS Johnson has been warned today by an ally of Emmanuel Macron EU politicians will block any Brexit deal that doesn’t have the backstop. The new Prime Minister has said he wouldn’t sign a deal with Brussels that includes the Irish border backstop but has been told this cannot be amended. Nathalie Loiseau, French former Europe minster, said MEPs wouldn’t allow the backstop to be changed or deleted, even if EU leaders agreed to it. Speaking on Sophy Ridge on Sunday, she said: “You have changed Prime Minister but we have not changed our minds. “Three years of suspense is a lot and maybe too much.
The UK’s new Home Secretary Priti Patel has vowed to toughen immigration laws and impose restrictions on workers from the EU. Ms Patel said she would create an immigration system “where we decide who comes here based on what they have to offer,” with priority given to “brilliant scientists, academics and highly-skilled workers that we want to see more of.” The Home Secretary’s own parents migrated to the UK from Uganda in the 1960s, setting up a corner shop that developed into a chain of businesses. Writing in The Mail on Sunday, she said: “As a daughter of immigrants, I know the immense benefits immigration can bring.”
The NHS “will not be put up for sale” Liz Truss, the new International Trade Secretary, will say as she prepares to fly to America to start talks on a free trade deal with senior Trump aides. Ms Truss made clear that privatising parts of the NHS was a “red line” for the Government in any trade talks as she seeks to persuade the US to agree outline terms of a deal before the UK leaves the EU on Oct 31. Ms Truss is due to meet with Woody Johnson, the US ambassador, this week before flying to Washington for talks with her US counterparts Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, and Robert Lightheizer, the trade representative, about the deal.
Patient numbers at GP surgeries have risen by up to a third in only two years. A growing population and a recruitment crisis mean family doctors are coming under huge pressure. NHS figures reveal that GPs had an average of 2,187 registered patients at the end of last year, up from 2,068 in December 2016. The 6 per cent rise is eclipsed by much larger increases in some areas. In Swale, Kent, the number of patients per GP has surged 31 per cent, from 2,716 to 3,553 over the two years.
The appalling treatment of dementia patients in care homes is today laid bare in official inspection reports. Figures reveal that specialist dementia homes are almost twice as likely as ordinary care homes to be given a substandard rating by watchdogs. Currently, 22 per cent of homes which accommodate dementia patients are classed as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission. This compares with 12 per cent for non-dementia English care homes. Relatives at a care home in Northamptonshire resorted to coming in each day to feed their loved ones – as well as other residents – as staff did not have the time.
Boris Johnson is to establish Britain’s first dedicated veterans’ office with a priority of stopping the legal witch-hunt against troops. Tory MP Johnny Mercer, a former Army officer and frontline soldier, was yesterday appointed veterans minister working across the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence. The new Prime Minister is understood to have told Mr Mercer in a phone call to find a way to put an end to the relentless spurious probes against soldiers. The idea is that he will be able to oversee all veterans’ issues across Government, including housing, mental health support and finding work.
BORIS Johnson announces the first Government office to care for our forces’ vets — in a huge victory for The Sun. The PM has created a powerful new Office for Veterans Affairs in his administration. It means, for the first time, our forces personnel have a dedicated cross-Government champion with the clout to push through real change and ensure “world-class” care. It will sit inside the Cabinet Office and be jointly run by the new Veterans Minister Johnny Mercer and Paymaster General Oliver Dowden, who attends Cabinet.
Britain will send a small number of additional military personnel to Bahrain this week to help boost maritime protection for ships, Sky News has learnt. The handful of extra forces will be part of the UK Maritime Component Command. The move comes after the arrival of a second major British warship in the Gulf as the crisis over Iran’s seizure of a UK-flagged tanker stretches well into its second week. The Royal Navy’s HMS Duncan will support the safe passage of British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz, where the Stena Impero was detained by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard earlier this month. Iran targeted Britain after Royal Marines helped to seize an Iranian super tanker off the coast of Gibraltar in early July on suspicion it was carrying oil bound for Syria in breach of EU sanctions.
A second warship has arrived in the Strait of Hormuz to protect British ships as the Iranian seizure of a tanker goes into its second week. The Ministry of Defence said the Royal Navy vessel HMS Duncan has now arrived in the Gulf to travel with ships flying under the British flag. The Type 45 Destroyer will join the Frigate HMS Montrose amid growing tensions following the seizure of British-flagged tanker Stena Impero by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on July 19.