Britain has privately conceded that EU judges will be legal arbiter of disputes over payments to Brussels and the residency rights of more than three million European citizens. In an attempt to break the deadlock in a key part of the negotiations the government has agreed to give the European Court of Justice (ECJ) the final say in the arbitration of arguments over the working of Brexit and any disputes over Britain’s £39 billion bill. EU judges will also have the final say over a Irish border “backstop” if the trade deal between Britain and Europe leads to frontier checks. Brexiteers said that the concession was another climbdown by Theresa May. Sir Bernard Jenkin, a eurosceptic, said that it was unacceptable.
THERESA MAY has been accused of Brexit “abandonment” by a top QC who says her Chequers deal means that UK courts will still be ruled by the European Union. European law expert Martin Howe QC warns that under the White Paper terms, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) “will have direct jurisdiction to bind the UK to make its law comply with the EU rulebook”. Rather than restoring the supremacy of British courts, the Government’s plans would make the UK “subservient” to the EU. The chairman of Lawyers for Britain slams the Prime Minister’s claims that ECJ jurisdiction in the UK will end as “sophistry at best” and accuses her of breaking her Brexit promise to take back control of our laws.
Downing Street has dropped plans to “drip feed” details of the government’s no-deal contingency preparations next month in the face of Brexiteer anger that it was part of an “establishment” plan to scare voters. Senior Conservative MPs are understood to have demanded that Dominic Raab, the new Brexit secretary, drop the plan, claiming that it was a deliberate attempt to frighten voters into accepting any deal. Downing Street sources confirmed yesterday that the 70 individual no-deal planning documents would now be published in one or two tranches rather than spread out over the summer in themes.
BREXIT campaigners last night slammed “Project Fear” doomsday warnings by Government planners about the potential impact of leaving the European Union without a deal. They spoke after it emerged ministers have emergency plans for the Army to help deliver vital supplies by truck and helicopter if a no-deal Brexit causes shortages. Armed Forces personnel could help provide food, medicines and fuel, and fuel, particularly to vulnerable people in remote areas who could be cut off from conventional providers. The need could arise if Britain leaves next March 29 without an agreement in place with Brussels and goods are held up at our borders, it is believed. The Government’s recent decision to step up planning for a no-deal departure was partly a concession to government Brexiteers who have been desperate for Theresa May to show Brussels she is serious about walking away from talks if the EU refuses to give us a good deal. But some now accuse the Government of embarking on a new “Project Fear” to frighten people into accepting a bad deal – or even into demanding that the referendum be reversed.
Theresa May’s government is now being heavily criticised for ramping up a ‘Project Fear’ approach to leaving the European Union with No Deal. They are set to release a number of papers in August setting out preparations and consequences, but many Brexiteers view the approach as an attempt to scare people into backing Theresa May’s Chequers plan. A Cabinet source told The Telegraph: “It is designed by No 10 to do the opposite of what Brexiteers want. We could have made a strong case for No Deal and said we were prepared. The way they are presenting it makes it look like Armageddon.
Theresa May has been accused of taking a “kamikaze” approach to leaving the European Union without a deal by deliberately highlighting the negative consequences for the UK. Brexiteers had hoped that the publication next month of dozens of documents setting out Britain’s “no-deal” planning would show the impact it would have on the EU as well, giving the Prime Minister more leverage in her negotiations. Instead, those who have seen some of the 70 technical reports say they only detail the negative effects for the UK and the Government’s plans for mitigating them.
Theresa May’s government is now being heavily criticised for ramping up a ‘Project Fear’ approach to leaving the European Union with No Deal. They are set to release a number of papers in August setting out preparations and consequences, but many Brexiteers view the approach as an attempt to scare people into backing Theresa May’s Chequers plan. A Cabinet source told The Telegraph: “It is designed by No 10 to do the opposite of what Brexiteers want. We could have made a strong case for No Deal and said we were prepared. The way they are presenting it makes it look like Armageddon. “It is a kamikaze approach to No Deal. The truth is, it’s total chaos. They are deliberately trying to make No Deal look bad.
AN ALTERNATIVE Brexit plan launched by David Davis in last week’s Sunday Express, below, is gaining momentum after receiving the backing of Brexiteers. The former Brexit Secretary’s alternative to Theresa May’s controversial Chequers White Paper sees Britain fall back on a “composite” deal, taking the “best bits” from existing EU trade pacts with other countries. Describing it as a “reserve parachute”, Mr Davis said: “What we do is take all of the deals that the European Union has struck with Canada, South Korea, South Africa, Switzerland, New Zealand and composite the best bits. “From both sides, by the way, not just our side.”
Big banks are preparing to rally in support of businesses if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal in March, invoking a “Dunkirk spirit” with plans to lend billions to ease the economy through a potential crisis. As the chances of a “no-deal storm” rise, City bosses told The Telegraph they were ready to extend vital lines of credit, mitigating a potential cash crunch caused by delays to cross-border shipments and payments following Brexit. Bank lobby group UK Finance said it was prepared to co-ordinate lenders’ efforts to provide support, as it did after the collapse of outsourcing giant Carillion and of Monarch Airlines hit supply chains.
China has offered to open discussions on a post-Brexit free trade deal with Britain, British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said in Beijing on Monday. Hunt, appointed earlier this month following his predecessor Boris Johnson’s resignation, was speaking at a press briefing following talks with his Chinese counterparts. China’s relations with Britain will remain unchanged through Brexit, Premier Li Keqiang told British Prime Minister Theresa May in Beijing in January.
So what happens now Michel Barnier has laid into Theresa May’s customs plan? That’s the question I try and answer in my Sun column this morning. Those close to May are trying to downplay Barnier’s criticisms. One Cabinet Minister remarks, ‘It is not a great surprise. He’s been saying no all along’. This Minister’s view is that it is now ‘up to the member states’ what happens next. But they aren’t likely to come to the rescue of May’s plan: I understand that only a handful of them are interested in it. Barnier’s real aim, as May has told the Brexit inner Cabinet, is to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU. His calculation is that faced with a choice between a customs union and no deal, Britain will buckle.
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused by Jewish leaders of taking the Labour Party into an “ugly” place after a second MP was told that he faced disciplinary action for criticising its new policy on antisemitism. Ian Austin, the son of adoptive Jewish parents, was informed that he faced censure after clashing with the party chairman over the failure by the National Executive Committee (NEC) fully to adopt a widely backed definition of antisemitism. He accused Mr Corbyn yesterday of “supporting and defending” extremists and antisemites and said that he was “deeply ashamed” of his party.
Jeremy Corbyn has made his party a home for ‘overt anti-Semites’, the Board of Deputies of British Jews said last night in its strongest statement yet. Marie van der Zyl, the board’s president, accused him of leading Labour into a ‘dark place of ugly conspiracy theories’. She said Labour could no longer be called an anti-racist party because it was actively blocking measures to tackle hatred – and punishing those who speak out against anti-Semitism. As the Labour crisis deepened, one MP accused Mr Corbyn of not being fit to be leader after the party started disciplinary action against him.
Jeremy Corbyn is a “militant opponent of anti-Semitism” and is “absolutely committed” to tackling it, says a Labour spokesperson. The comments come after one of Mr Corbyn’s own MPs accused the party’s leader of “supporting and defending” extremists and anti-Semites. Ian Austin, the son of adoptive Jewish parents who lost relatives in the Holocaust, is facing possible disciplinary action after clashing with the party’s chairman.
A Labour MP has accused Jeremy Corbyn of “supporting and defending” extremists and anti-Semites in an astonishing attack on the party leader. Ian Austin lashed out at the leader of the Opposition after it was revealed he is facing possible disciplinary action for clashing with the party chairman over the ruling National Executive Committee’s failure to fully adopt a widely-backed definition of anti-Semitism.
The second Labour MP to face a disciplinary inquiry by the party after condemning its antisemitism policy says he is “shocked and ashamed” at the impact of the wider row on the Jewish community. Ian Austin, MP for Dudley North, has also denied swearing at Ian Lavery, Labour’s campaigns co-ordinator, during a discussion in the Commons about the policy just before the parliamentary recess. Austin subsequently received a letter from the party’s head office informing him that he was being investigated, prompting disquiet from several other MPs. It followed an identical letter sent to Margaret Hodge, who was also told that she faced disciplinary action for abusive conduct, having called Corbyn a “racist and antisemite”.
LABOUR has been accused of telling its MP candidates they are allowed to make things up about the Tories to try and smear their rivals. Around 60 prospective parliamentary candidates went to an away day in Nottinghamshire last weekend and were allegedly told how to attack their political opponents, The Sunday Times reported. One person who attended told the paper that during a session on media training “we were told that it was all right to make up stories about our Tory opponents even if they were on the edge of legality. “We were basically told we could say what we liked about them as long as it was on the right side of the law.”
Prime Minister Theresa May is facing an open revolt from grassroots members of the Conservative Party over her Brexit plan. A total of seven local chairmen of cabinet ministers Conservative Associations told The Sunday Telegraph they either did not support the plans in their current form or would withdraw support if further concessions were given to Brussels. In an uncomfortable turn of events for the Prime Minister, the chairman of Mrs May’s Maidenhead Conservative association Richard Kellaway said: ‘If it were to be diluted, it would ultimately not be acceptable.’ The unhappiness among the grassroots members of the party could make for an uneasy homecoming for some Cabinet members.
Theresa May faces a Tory grassroots backlash over her blueprint for Brexit. The Prime Minister has been warned by her own constituency chairman that she must not concede any further ground to the EU. Seven chairmen of Cabinet ministers’ Conservative associations today said they either oppose the plans in their current form or would withdraw their support if Mrs May offered any further concessions to Brussels. Richard Kellaway, the chairman of Mrs May’s Maidenhead Conservative association, said: “If it were to be diluted it would ultimately not be acceptable”.
Theresa May is facing a monumental backlash from Conservative Associations across the country over her appalling handling of Brexit. Westmonster can reveal that 95% of North West Leicestershire’s Conservative Association disapprove of the Chequers Plan, but they’re not alone. The local associations of seven Cabinet Ministers have spoken out against it, according to The Telegraph. Patricia Soby, the Tory chairman in the Devon constituency of Geoffrey Cox, the Attorney General, said: “This constituency conducted our own survey and practically everybody was against the Chequers deal.”
The government’s plan to give 3.8 million EU citizens a unique number when they receive settled status after Brexit should be rolled out to UK citizens in a form of identity card system, a report recommends. It would allow employers and landlords to log in to a database and check someone’s right to be in the country along with their entitlement to benefits and public services, and help to tackle illegal immigration. The report by Policy Exchange, a right-of-centre think tank, says that a combination of Brexit, the scale of illegal immigration and the need to avoid a repeat of the Windrush scandal means that it is time to look again at a national identity system.
The UK should consider introducing ID cards after Brexit to avoid another Windrush-style scandal, a think tank has said. ID cards are nothing new for EU citizens arriving in the UK, all of whom have to apply for registration documentation. But the think tank Policy Exchange suggested the system should be extended to UK-born citizens. It argues that Brexit marks a natural point at which to reform the UK’s immigration system. ID cards are a controversial topic, however, with opponents arguing that they infringe civil liberties.
The ID registration system for EU citizens in the UK after Brexit should extend to Britons to avoid another Windrush scandal, a think tank says. EU citizens in the UK will have to pay £65 and join a registration scheme to stay after the UK’s transition period. In a report, Policy Exchange said the scheme should be rolled out to Britons on an initial voluntary basis. It said a “proper national ID system” would have “prevented the harassment of the Windrush victims”. The Windrush scandal saw migrants from Commonwealth countries – who had permission to settle in the UK – wrongly declared illegal immigrants. As a result some were threatened with deportation, the loss of their jobs, and others were denied benefits and healthcare on the NHS.
A CITIZEN ID registration scheme should be considered for everyone in Britain, as part of a package to strengthen border controls after Brexit, a think tank has suggested. It said a proposed scheme to register EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit should be used as a test bed for a system that could be rolled out across the country. It would prove people’s entitlements to be here and to access services and jobs, while also making it harder for illegal immigrants to continue operating, said the report for centre right think tank Policy Exchange. It should not need people to carry a physical ID card, it stressed, but instead govern citizens’ interactions with the state through via a digital system based on unique personal reference numbers.
A senior MP has urged a “proper independent investigation” into the latest allegations surrounding Qatar’s bid for the 2022 World Cup. Damian Collins, who heads the Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee, told Sky News it would be a “very serious matter” if the country was found to have broken the rules. It comes after the Sunday Times reported Qatar ran a secret campaign to sabotage their rivals for the right to host the tournament. According to the newspaper, the bidding team used a PR agency and former CIA operatives to put out fake propaganda about its main competitors, the United States and Australia.
WATER company bosses have been summoned by the government to explain why they have not met leakage targets to cope with the dry summer. Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced the talks today, saying customers expect a “reliable and resilient water supply” as reservoirs dip to critical levels. Farmers are also due to meet government officials for a “drought summit” to discuss the effect on the country’s food supplies of the extensive heatwave that has scorched Britain. United Utilities has previously been accused of wasting 430 million litres of water every day from leakages.
Energy companies are “abusing” their position and creating a “captive” market by rolling out smart meters that make it more difficult to switch suppliers, a former minister has warned. Sir Edward Davey, a former Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary who laid the foundations for the nationwide rollout, accused the companies of attempting to create a “barrier to switching” to ensure they keep their customers. The energy companies were put in direct charge of the £11billion smart meter programme after intense lobbying from the Big Six suppliers.
New World Order
POWERFUL strong-men are seizing power across the globe and this authoritarian model is set to be the future, Daily Star Online can reveal. From the Philippines’s Rodrigo Duterte to Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, rulers hell-bent on grabbing power for themselves after being elected are taking over in greater numbers than at any time since World War 2. And Professor Anthony Glees, director for security and intelligence studies at Buckingham University, believes this model of strongmen in charge is set to be the model for the future. He told Daily Star Online: “It would be great to be able to say: the future belongs to liberal democracies, trading freely with each other in conditions of peace.