Rebel senior Conservatives are urging the head of the civil service to tell Boris Johnson that a “caretaker government” cannot force a no-deal Brexit. They called for Sir Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, to intervene after it emerged that the prime minister’s chief adviser had told government insiders that it was too late to stop Britain leaving the European Union without an agreement. Ministers are understood to have been told that not even a general election would prevent departure on October 31.
MPs have been told it is too late to block a no deal Brexit – even if they force a general election. Boris Johnson ’s most senior aide, Dominic Cummings has reportedly told ministers the Prime Minister will honour his promise to leave ‘do or die’ on October 31 – even if Parliament forces him to go to the country. Election law means the Prime Minister sets the date of a general election, even if he loses a vote of no confidence in his Government. And according to the Telegraph, Cummings has briefed Ministers that Labour and remainer MPs have “missed their chance” to secure an election before the Halloween deadline.
There is still time to block a no-deal Brexit, despite claims to the contrary, senior Tory rebel Dominic Grieve says. According to the Sunday Telegraph, top No 10 advisor Dominic Cummings has told MPs even losing a no-confidence vote could not stop Boris Johnson taking the UK out of the EU on 31 October. He reportedly said the PM could call an election for after the deadline, with Brexit taking place in the meantime. But Mr Grieve told the BBC Mr Cummings was a “master of misinformation”. He said that if Mr Johnson lost a no-confidence vote, MPs would have 14 days to form an alternative government.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser Dominic Cummings has reportedly told ministers and officials that Remain MPs are now “too late” to stop a No Deal Brexit on October 31st, lacking the time to depose before the deadline even if they can pass a vote of no confidence in his government. While there is likely a majority against a clean break with the European Union and reversion standard World Trade Organization (WTO) terms in the House of Commons — a majority of the MPs even in Johnson’s own Cabinet voted Remain in 2016 — Parliament is currently in recess, with MPs not due to retake their seats until September.
Downing Street would be wrong to think it is too late for MPs to stop a no-deal Brexit, Labour has said. The shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, said on Sunday he did not accept a claim, attributed to Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s key adviser, that even if MPs were to pass a vote of no confidence in the prime minister in the autumn, the electoral timetable means any general election would not take place in time to stop the UK from leaving the EU on 31 October. “There will be opportunities for us when parliament returns in September to stop no deal,” Ashworth told Sky News.
An influential Tory Remainer MP is insisting parliament could yet bring down the government to prevent a no-deal Brexit masterminded by Boris Johnson. Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, joined Labour in denying claims it’s too late to block the prime minister’s plan. And he said that, if it came to it, he would be part of the push to bring down Mr Johnson’s administration to prevent a no-deal departure. Dominic Cummings, a senior aide to Mr Johnson, has reportedly told Tory MPs their leader could still take the UK out of the European Union even if pro-remainers forced a general election, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
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BORIS Johnson is facing an imminent attack from Remainer Tories who are plotting to defect to other parties to sabotage his no deal Brexit preparations. The new Prime Minister has only been in the role for two weeks, but is at risk of a summer recess plot by rebel Tories looking for other parties to jump ship to in a bid to derail Brexit and keep the UK in the EU despite 52 percent of the population having voted to leave. Mr Johnson’s Government remains vulnerable having lost the Brecon seat to the Lib Democrats, whose mantra is ‘Stop Brexit’. Supporters of a second referendum or so-called People’s Vote, Phillip Lee and Guto Bebb, are among two Tories said to be looking to leave the party for a pro-EU one, The Independent reports.
EU leaders must give their chief negotiator the mandate to revise the UK’s withdrawal agreement, otherwise a no-deal Brexit is “coming down the tracks”, the Brexit secretary has said. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Stephen Barclay said “political realities” had changed after May’s European elections. New MEPs were elected in 61% of seats, he said, marking a “fundamental shift”. He called on EU leaders to allow Michel Barnier to negotiate in a way that finds “common ground” with the UK.
EU leaders have been warned to FORCE chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to strike a new deal with Britain or else a no deal exit “is coming down the tracks”. The warning has come from Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay as further Government leaks have warned of the impacts the UK leaving the European Union on October 31 without an agreement could have on the country. The UK’s Brexit negotiator claimed Michel Barnier told him in a discussion last week that he cannot change the withdrawal agreement as he is bound by the instructions given to him by the European Commission and leaders of member states.
Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay has said that EU leaders must give their chief negotiator the power to change the UK’s withdrawal agreement, or prepare for a no-deal Brexit. Barclay argued that “political realities” had altered after the European elections in May, with the election of new MEPs in 61 per cent of seats. Barclay urged EU leaders to permit Michel Barnier to negotiate in a way that finds “common grounds” with the UK.
DOWNING Street is drawing up plans for a General Election a week after a No Deal Brexit. PM Boris Johnson’s top aides believe they could trigger a poll next month — even if Remainer MPs attempt to topple the Government. They could then take Britain out of the EU on October 31 before new MPs are elected to stop him. Brits would vote days later and, with the referendum result delivered, aides believe the Tories would see off Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party threat to secure a resounding victory and increase their majority.
A SNAP general election this autumn appeared more likely after the Tory party chairman refused to rule out that Boris Johnson is gearing up for a national vote. James Cleverly said the Government would not “initiate” an election despite only having a working majority of one, leaving open the possibility of ministers being forced into a poll. Although the next general election isn’t due until 2022 there is mounting speculation that this could happen this year as Mr Johnson seeks to boost his diminishing ranks in Parliament and increase his chances of getting a Brexit deal past MPs.
Boris Johnson is preparing for a “people versus parliament” general election campaign as part of plans to stop Remain-supporting MPs from toppling his government. The prime minister will signal his determination today to put the NHS at the centre of any election as he sets out details of a £1.8 billion boost to the health service with a promise of more to come. He will announce a further cash injection when MPs return to parliament next month and another in the run-up to October 31, the day he has promised that Britain will leave the EU, “do or die”.
More than 100 parliamentary seats will be targeted by Remainers trying to oust staunch Eurosceptics if there is a snap general election. The People’s Vote campaign for another Brexit referendum wants to launch the biggest tactical voting drive in British history, according to a leaked document. Seats in the firing line include those held by Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader, and Theresa Villiers, the environment secretary.
The campaign leading the push for a second EU referendum has drawn up a hit list of 100 marginal seats in which it will tell Remain supporters to vote tactically at an early general election. The aim is to boost the number of MPs who favour putting the Brexit issue back to the people. The People’s Vote campaign is planning to blitz marginals across England, Scotland and Wales before a widely expected early poll, urging Remainers to ditch their traditional party loyalties where necessary in order to help install pro-referendum MPs or defeat MPs or candidates who oppose a second public vote.
Remainers intend to target the seats of 100 pro-Brexit MPs in the biggest coordinated attempt at tactical voting in British history. The plan for the next general election campaign, by the People’s Vote (PV) campaign, is aimed at ousting Eurosceptic MPs and denying Boris Johnson a majority. A leaked PV document seen by The Times shows the group, which is in favour of both a second referendum and continued EU membership, intends to target Tories including former leader Iain Duncan Smith, environment secretary Theresa Villiers, and former London Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith.
Campaigners for a second referendum will try to oust dozens of Brexiteer MPs if an early general election is called later this year, a leaked document has revealed. The People’s Vote campaign will use its significant resources and network of activists to target 100 seats in an attempt to secure a majority in the House of Commons for a Final Say vote. It will urge Remain supporters to vote tactically to try to elect the greatest number of MPs who back another referendum, in the hope that Brexit can still be stopped.
THE DUP has proposed a shock solution to the Irish backstop puzzle which has stalled any hopes of the EU Withdrawal Bill passing through Parliament. The Northern Irish party propping up Boris Johnson’s Government has urged the Prime Minister to seek a time-limit to the Irish “backstop” in exchange for agreeing to an all-Ireland food customs regime. The shock solution was revealed by the Irish edition of the Sunday Times, without citing sources.
Another anti-Brexit plot has come to light, this one involving the Irish republican party, Sinn Fein. A columnist for the Irish Times, Fintan O’Toole, has come up with a new ploy to try and stop a no-deal Brexit. Although whenever anyone talks about stopping a no deal Brexit I personally take that as a cover story for stopping Brexit completely. Anyway, there are currently seven Sinn Fein MPs in Northern Ireland. But, because they refuse to take the MPs oath of allegiance to the monarch, they cannot take up their seats in Parliament and they therefore forfeit their voting rights when legislation is made.
A former Labour cabinet minister has accused his party’s leadership of carrying on regardless towards disaster after a “dreadful” result in the Brecon & Radnorshire by-election. Labour came fourth and was close to losing its deposit in the Welsh seat last week, prompting anger among the party’s politicians. Boris Johnson’s majority was cut to one by the Liberal Democrats’ victory. In a leaked message posted in a private WhatsApp group, Lord Hain, who served in Tony Blair’s and Gordon Brown’s cabinets, said that the result was “truly dreadful”.
Jeremy Corbyn is so spooked by Boris Johnson’s bounce in the polls that he may backtrack on his newfound pro-Remain rhetoric, party insiders claimed last night. They said Mr Johnson’s surge in the opinion polls, revealed by The Mail on Sunday last week, was panicking the Labour leader into rethinking his shift against Brexit – barely a month after he said that his party would campaign for Remain in a second referendum on a Tory Brexit. The so-called ‘U-turn on a U-turn’ will outrage pro-EU Labour moderates such as Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, who have been pushing suspected Brexit sympathiser Mr Corbyn to declare Labour a Remain party.
Tom Watson was warned that claims of a VIP paedophile ring had ‘evidentially turned to jelly’ just months after telling the House of Commons that a network of child abusers had operated at Westminster. Documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal Labour’s Deputy Leader was told that police believed accusations made by a convicted fraudster that senior figures had abused boys at a London guest house to be highly questionable.
The end of Boris Johnson‘s first full week in Downing Street has been buoyed by a pledge from 45 US senators to back a UK trade agreement even in the event of a No Deal Brexit. The Republican lawmakers threw their support behind the new Prime Minister and offered him and the ‘lion-hearted’ British people their ‘unwavering support’ as the country prepares to leave the European Union.
As Britain prepares to negotiate a slew of trade agreements around the world after Brexit, development campaigners are urging trade secretary Liz Truss to rule out the use of a mechanism which has seen poor countries sued for billions by multilateral corporations. More than 900 cases have been brought over the past two decades under “investor-state dispute settlement” (ISDS) clauses in trade deals, which are sold to developing countries as a means to attract overseas investment but which campaigners claim restrict local governments’ ability to protect their own populations’ human rights, public health and environment.
Boris Johnson will upgrade hospitals in Leave-voting seats as he attempts to see off the electoral threat from the Brexit Party. The Prime Minister has announced a £850million funding boost to add hundreds of new hospital beds and improve facilities in 20 hospitals across the country. The money, which will be spent predominantly in Leave-voting constituencies, is part of a £1.8billion funding boost for the NHS, in addition to the £20bn a year Theresa May pledged for the NHS.
Full details of the Hospitals to get an ‘upgrade’ have been released – is your local hospital in line for extra cash? The Hospitals in line for extra government cash have been revealed. But campaigners say it’s just a drop in the ocean compared to what’s needed. It comes after the Mirror revealed the government had siphoned more than £4 billion from the health service’s repairs fund to pay for frontline services. The PM’s pledge includes just £1 billion for the repairs and maintenance fund – which is barely enough to cover the ‘high risk’ backlog of maintenance needs reported by hospitals. In total, the cost of eradicating the NHS’ repairs backlog would cost in excess of £6 billion.
Boris Johnson will today try to draw a line under his controversial referendum pledge of a Brexit boost for the NHS by announcing an emergency £1.8 billion cash injection to the Health Service. The Prime Minister, who vowed to spend an extra £350 million a week on the NHS as a post-Brexit dividend, says the extra money will go on frontline services and cutting-edge equipment, with the money concentrated on upgrades to 20 hospitals.
Boris Johnson was accused of not doing enough to reverse years of health underfunding as he gave details of how an extra £1.8bn will be spent on NHS infrastructure and equipment. Downing Street released a list of 20 hospital projects that will benefit from a £850m upgrade programme, honouring a promise that Johnson made in his first speech as prime minister less than two weeks ago. The rest of the £1.8bn will be spent on other NHS capital projects in England, with Scotland set to receive £180m, Wales £110m and Northern Ireland £60m in line with the standard formula for giving equivalent funding to the devolved administrations.
Boris Johnson has been told that his £1.8bn cash boost for the NHS is merely “a drop in the ocean”. The prime minister will announce the additional funding during a visit to a hospital in Lincolnshire on Monday and pledge to make it available immediately for upgrading hospitals and investing in more beds and new equipment. Mr Johnson will say that £850m of the investment will be spent on upgrading 20 hospitals across the country.
The prime minister’s £1.8bn cash injection for the NHS has been criticised as a “drop in the ocean”, as experts call for more funding across the healthcare system. Boris Johnson announced that £850m of the one-off payment would go to repairing 20 hospitals on Sunday. He pledged the funding on his first day in office. But experts have said the sum, while desperately needed, is just a fraction of what is required to fix ailing NHS buildings across the UK.
Strike action at Heathrow Airport was called off at the last minute last night – but not before 177 flights were cancelled, leaving thousands of families facing holiday misery. Workers, who are members of the Unite union, agreed to suspend action planned for today but warned the strike could go ahead tomorrow if a pay dispute was not resolved. However, their announcement came too late to reverse a decision to cancel and re-route flights which were due to land at Britain’s busiest airport.
RYANAIR cabin crew have announced their summer strike dates as Brits are set for August flight chaos in the five-day walkout. In the latest round of protests against Ryanair bosses, the airline’s cabin crew have announced that come members will go on strike for five days from August 21. Portuguese cabin crew trade union SNPVAC announced the walkout this week as Brit brace for a summer of strike hell.
A TERRORIST attack on the scale of 9/11 is feared after Osama bin Laden’s son and terrorist heir was killed. Hamza bin Laden is claimed to have died in the secret hit job by the US government and intelligence agencies are braced for a retaliation. The Sunday Mirror has been told by security sources there have been warnings of an al-Qaeda resurgence and spectacular attacks.