Britain will not accept EU rules as the price of a trade deal, Boris Johnson will say today. The Prime Minister will say the choice is “emphatically not a “deal or no-deal’” but whether the UK’s relationship with the EU is more like Canada’s or Australia’s. His speech in London will set up a clash with Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, who will today set out the EU’s negotiation red lines including the UK’s full regulatory alignment with the EU. “We have made our choice: we want a free trade agreement, similar to Canada’s but in the very unlikely event that we do not succeed, then our trade will have to be based on our existing Withdrawal Agreement with the EU,” Mr Johnson will tell an audience of ambassadors and business leaders.
BORIS Johnson will today promise to secure a blockbuster trade deal with the EU that allows Britain to “prosper” following our departure. The Prime Minister will outline how the UK will become a dominant force on the world economic stage. He will also fire a warning shot to the EU that he is prepared to walk away from any deal that does not meet his red lines. He is understood to be furious with Brussels, which he believes has pivoted from wanting to forge a deep trading relationship to insisting on regulatory alignment. Addressing international business leaders and diplomats in London, Mr Johnson will demand “no alignment, no jurisdiction of the European courts and no concessions”.
Boris Johnson will threaten to end trade talks with the European Union if Brussels pushes for the UK to follow the bloc’s rules after the transition ends next year. The prime minister will seek a Canada-style free trade agreement, despite Treasury officials warning it would leave Britain’s economy 4.9% worse off by 2035. When Ottawa signed the agreement with the EU, it abolished 98% of duties and opened investment opportunities in transport and finance for European firms. Ahead of trade talks in March, Mr Johnson will say: “We want a free trade agreement, similar to Canada’s but, in the very unlikely event that we do not succeed, then our trade will have to be based on our existing Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.
Boris Johnson will today rule out accepting Brussels regulations as he squares up to the European Union over a trade deal. Setting out his vision for the country’s post-Brexit relationship, the Prime Minister will tell EU leaders he wants a Canada-style free trade agreement. But in a tough-talking speech, he will warn they must drop demands that the UK sticks to their regulations as the price of a deal. If the leaders refuse to back down, Mr Johnson will say he would rather accept trade tariffs than EU rules and would instead follow Australia’s trading relationship with the EU, which is based on World Trade Organisation terms.
Britain will resist accepting any EU rules on social protections and the environment in the post-Brexit trade talks with the bloc, Boris Johnson will say on Monday. Three days after the UK ended its 47-year membership of the EU, the prime minister will use his first major speech since the decisive general election victory to set out his hardline position to the post-Brexit talks. As of 11pm on Friday, Britain entered the “transition period” with the bloc and will continue to abide by the EU’s rules over the next 11 months, while officials in London and Brussels attempt to hammer out a future relationship. Mr Johnson has already vowed not to extend the negotiating period, and if no deal is agreed by 31 December then the UK could be forced to rely on World Trade Organisation (WTO) trading terms with the EU by 2021.
Boris Johnson will enter the next phase of Brexit by warning the European Union that he is not afraid to walk away from talks as tensions escalate between London and Brussels. The prime minister will say today that he would rather accept tariffs than European law and that Britain has “made our choice” in refusing to follow EU regulations. Setting out his objectives on trade, Mr Johnson will accept that he has traded full access to the single market in order for Britain to reclaim full control of its laws. He will urge European leaders to honour what he regards as their side of the bargain.
Britain is to reject EU demands for a deal on fishing that would give foreign trawlers access to our waters for 25 years. Instead, France and other European nations will have to request access annually, with quotas negotiated each year. The UK has some of the richest fishing grounds in the world, but British vessels land less than a third – 32 per cent – of the total catch. EU boats take 43 per cent, while the Norwegians catch 21 per cent. At the end of the transition period in December, the country will leave the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, which dictates how much British trawlers can catch and where.
The Irish prime minister has attacked Britain’s “nationalist rhetoric” as EU leaders reacted badly to Boris Johnson’s hardline opening salvo in the next stage of Brexit talks. Leo Varadkar urged Mr Johnson not to “repeat the errors of the past two and a half years” by talking so tough it made compromise harder. After Mr Johnson insisted that he had no intention of eroding workers’ rights, ditching environmental standards or subsidising business, Mr Varadkar demanded to know why Britain was refusing to sign a deal confirming this. Mr Varadkar accused the British government of being immature as he reacted to “petty” instructions from Downing Street for British ambassadors to sit separately from EU ones in order to emphasise the UK’s independence in international institutions.
Emmanuel Macron has insisted Brexit should act as a “historic alarm signal” for the EU, as European leaders reacted to Britain officially ending its 47-year-long membership of the bloc. The French president, speaking in Paris, also hit out at the “lies, exaggerations, simplifications” during the 2016 EU referendum campaign, but said France had always respected the decision taken by the British people. Marking the UK’s exit – the first time a country has left the EU since its formation – Mr Macron said: “It is a historic alarm signal that must be heard in each of our countries”.
THE EU is scared of Britain becoming a major competitor, Nigel Farage insisted yesterday. He claimed Germany – Europe’s powerhouse – is on the brink of recession and that the UK’s newfound economic freedom “terrifies” the bloc. His remarks come as the Prime Minister uses a speech today to toughen his stance ahead of trade negotiations. He will say he will not be accepting alignment with EU rules. The move away from Brussels was welcomed by Mr Farage, who told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show yesterday: “If we finish up with alignment, it means the 88 per cent of our economy that does not sell goods into the EU is still bound by EU rules and that wouldn’t be Brexit.
Boris Johnson has been accused of pushing for a “damaging” re-branded no-deal as he prepares to take a hardline stance in Brexit talks. The PM will suggest an “Australia-style’ arrangement with Europe as an alternative if Brussels won’t back down on Britain sticking to EU rules. Such an arrangement would effectively be a no-deal Brexit except for a few specific agreements tacked on to ensure, for example, international flights can continue. Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said: “When Johnson talks about an Australian-style deal, he is actually talking about no deal. “His proposals would create huge barriers to trade with Europe, higher prices and less money for public services.
Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster has urged Boris Johnson to provide more “clarity” on how a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU would affect the province. The Prime Minister claimed last year that his withdrawal agreement struck with Brussels would not mean extra border checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, despite a measure that would keep Northern Ireland in the single market while the mainland diverged from the EU. Yet in the past few days government ministers have suggested the Prime Minister would accept some extra checks and paperwork at its borders as a trade-off for the UK having sovereignty over its own laws and regulations.
Police have shot dead a terrorist recently released from prison and under surveillance by MI5 after he stabbed two people on a busy shopping street. Sudesh Amman, 20, was wearing a fake suicide vest when he stole a 10in kitchen knife and set upon a man and woman in Streatham, south London. Amman, an extremist from Harrow, north London, was jailed 14 months ago for possessing Islamic State recruitment material and manuals containing instructions on inflicting damage to the body with various types of knives.
The terrorist shot dead by police after stabbing two people in Streatham on Sunday was automatically released from prison just a few days ago, after serving less than half of a three year-plus sentence for 13 terror offences. ‘Knife-obsessed’ Sudesh Amman, 20, went on a rampage in south London, stabbing a man in his 40s in the stomach and a female cyclist in her 50s in the back, though both survived. It has now been revealed that Amman, from Harrow, was jailed for three years and four months in December 2018 after he pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing terrorist documents.
A suspected terrorist who stabbed two people before being gunned down by police in Streatham was released from prison just days ago. Whitehall sources said Sudesh Amman had very recently been released from prison, where he had been serving a sentence for the possession and distribution of extremist material. It is understood that he left prison just a matter of days ago after serving half of his more-than three year sentence. A Whitehall source said: “He was under surveillance, that is what allowed police to do their job so quickly. It could have been much worse than it was.
AT least 20 jihadists are back in London where they committed the terror offences that put them in jail, a Sun investigation reveals. Our probe’s findings come as the knifeman shot dead by cops in the street in South London was a convicted terrorist under surveillance after being released from jail. Sudesh Amman, 19, was being monitored by counter-terror cops before the “knife-obsessed” jihadi went on a rampage in Streatham this afternoon. The 74 fanatics out on licence include: Bangaldeshi-born Shah Rahman, 31, who was part of the terror cell which Khan belonged to that plotted to bomb London’s Stock Exchange. Fanatic Kazi Islam, 25, jailed for eight years for grooming a teenager into carrying out a copycat Lee Rigby killing.
The BBC’s decision to show an anti-British sketch on Brexit Day is the licence fee’s death knell, Tory MPs say. A Brexit edition of the Beeb’s Horrible Histories series said Britain historically produced nothing of note and relied on imports. Hosted by left-wing comedian Nish Kumar, it featured a sketch labelling Queen Victoria “foreign” and depicting her as a fool shocked to discover sugar, tea and cotton did not come from England. And the sketch, first shown in 2009, suggested the Victorians had access to these goods only because of slavery, despite the slave trade in the British empire being abolished before Victoria came to the throne in 1837.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) marked Brexit Day with a “special” programme for children pouring scorn on British history and claiming “British things” don’t exist. The skit for CBBC, which is aimed at children, was introduced by Nish Kumar, who presents a left-wing “comedy” programme for the publicly-funded broadcaster almost entirely dominated by anti-Brexit leftists, with right-leaning comics such as Geoff Norcott wheeled out only occasionally as a kind of curiosity. Kumar has not always proved especially popular beyond the confines of his BBC studio, being booed off stage and having bread rolls thrown at him after reportedly attempting to perform a set based around “how sh*t Boris was at everything and… imperial British rule gags” as well as “why Brexit was a bad idea” in December.
The Foreign Office has warned tens of thousands of Britons in China that it cannot guarantee to get them home as it begins withdrawing diplomats during the worsening coronavirus epidemic. Eleven Britons and their families arrived in the UK from China yesterday on a flight organised by the French government, joining 83 already in 14-day quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital, Merseyside. Their arrival followed the news a 44-year-old man in the Philippines had become the first person outside China to die from the virus. A Chinese student at the University of York and his mother last week became the first confirmed cases in the UK.
A vaccine for coronavirus could be ready to test on patients in four months amid a global push by scientists backed by £20million from the British Government. An ‘unprecedented’ target has been set to find a vaccine and start clinical trials by June, it is announced today. The Government made its cash pledge to an international team of experts who specialise in speeding up the development of vaccines in response to major outbreaks around the world. Scientists admit the timescale set by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is ‘extremely ambitious’ but say the global spread of coronavirus means the urgency is crucial.
Infectious disease experts will use £20 million of UK Government funding to embark on an ambitious six-month plan to produce a coronavirus vaccine. Health Secretary Matthew Hancock on Monday said the Government would plough fresh money into developing a vaccine to combat the deadly global disease. The news came as the death toll in China from the disease rose to 361, with one more fatality having been recorded in the Philippines. A further 2,829 new cases were confirmed by Chinese health authorities in the 24 hours to Monday morning, taking the total number of cases in the country to 17,205.
A MAN has been arrested after filming a covert video showing the true scale of the coronavirus as body bags pile up inside a Wuhan hospital. The images from inside a medical facility in Wuhan, the city at the epicentre of the deadly viral outbreak, shows covered bodies lining corridors as staffers and patients walk the halls with masks on. Doctors wearing hazmat suits can also be seen pronouncing the death of a coronavirus victim lying lifeless on a bed. The covert footage was shot by Chinese man Fang Bin who was later arrested by police for taking the video. In the horrifying video, Fang goes to a van outside the hospital and counts what appear to be eight body bags piled on top of each other.
The coronavirus is well on its way to becoming a pandemic, according to leading global infectious disease experts. Since its outbreak in China, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has climbed from around 50 victims in China to 14,000 in 23 countries while the death toll has risen to over 300. A pandemic is an ongoing epidemic of disease which takes place on two or more continents and, despite the huge travel and quarantine restrictions imposed by China and other countries, the virus may have huge global consequences. The virus is spreading in a similar way to influenza, or flu, and is highly contagious and transmissible – setting it apart from other slow-moving viruses like SARS.
A former military chief has warned ministers against launching an “excruciating and debilitating” exercise in overhauling the way the Ministry of Defence spends billions of pounds on equipment. General Lord Houghton of Richmond suggested that enhancing international alliances was a better strategy to boost Britain’s hard power, as the government prepares to launch a Whitehall review of foreign policy, defence and security this month. The transformation of military procurement is expected to form part of the review and is thought to be a personal priority for Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s most senior aide.
Plans to put ten million electric vehicles on the road within ten years and rip gas central heating from every home are unveiled today. Energy regulator Ofgem has outlined how the nation will have to change the way it travels and heats homes to meet the Government’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The radical scheme to ‘greenwire’ Britain will be built around plans for a four-fold increase in electricity from wind farms around the coast. But the proposals will largely be paid for by families and businesses, adding billions of pounds to bills over the next 30 years. It is suggested that building and running the infrastructure to support the roll-out of electric vehicles could be £2billion a year, equivalent to £30 on every household bill.
Tens of thousands of people have been left out of pocket after being acquitted of serious crimes over the past four years because the government ended the reimbursement of legal fees. More than 120,000 acquitted defendants have had to pay significant legal bills after Whitehall cut legal aid, official figures obtained by The Times reveal. Since 2014, when a means test for criminal legal aid was introduced, more than 126,000 defendants have paid for lawyers in crown court trials and been acquitted. They accounted for a third of crown court trials over that period.
The case of the extremist Sudesh Amman poses a major threat to Boris Johnson’s bid to crackdown not just on terrorism but also violent crime. Amman, 20, recently released from prison for possession of extremist material, would not have been caught by the Prime Minister’s proposals for terrorists to serve a minimum of 14 years – as this only will only apply to the most serious offenders. This potential “loophole” will now almost certainly be reviewed and longer sentences extended to terrorists like Amman on charges not directly linked to plots or actual acts of violence or murder. However, it does not answer the question of what to do with the 224 terrorist prisoners currently in jail but still eligible for early release unless on life sentences.