Yes Minister Brexit special – Sir Humphrey explains all.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he wants to negotiate a “very strong” free trade agreement with the UK after it leaves the European Union. Speaking at the G20 summit in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou on Monday, Mr Turnabll said Britain’s decision to leave the EU was a “very momentous and historic choice” and Australia is “determined” to provide the UK with “all of the support and assistance that we can”. “We are such great friends, such strong allies – there’s couldn’t be two countries with closer bonds,” he added. Mr Turnbull’s comments will come as a welcome relief to Theresa May, following less-than-positive remarks made by other world leaders at the summit.
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Sunday he opposes trade negotiations between Britain and other economies while it remains part of the European Union, as Australia prepares for talks on the issue with London. In the wake of its vote to leave the European Union, Britain must renegotiate its access to the markets of the rest of the world, as well as those of the grouping it is leaving. It is a huge task for the world’s fifth-biggest economy.
Britain’s minister in charge of exiting the European Union will set out more detail on the government’s plans for Brexit in a statement to parliament on Monday, amid growing international unease over how it will pan out. Since Britain’s June 23 vote to leave the bloc, the government has given little away about its plans for Brexit, focussing instead on preparing for formal negotiations which it has said will not begin before the end of the year. “This is an historic and positive moment for our nation. Brexit isn’t about making the best of a bad job. It is about seizing the huge and exciting opportunities that will flow from a new place for Britain in the world,” Brexit minister David Davis said in a statement ahead of his address to parliament. “There will be new freedoms, new opportunities, new horizons for this great country.”
AUSTRIA wants a strong relationship with Britain it was revealed today as Boris Johnson charmed his fellow foreign ministers in a series of talks. The former London Mayor said he wants a ”strong new European partnership” after Britain leaves the bloc. Boris Johnson was speaking in Vienna after talks with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz and hinted he may have laid the ground for a potential deal with Austria. The Foreign Secretary said: “We do want a strong EU but we also want a strong UK and I think we share a vision for a strong new European partnership between the UK and the EU and ever closer relations between Britain and Austria.”
Immigration points system
Theresa May has cast doubt on the feasibility of a points-based system for controlling immigration into the UK, one of the key promises of Leave campaigners during the EU referendum. Speaking in China, the PM acknowledged people had voted for more control on the numbers of people moving to the UK. But she questioned whether a points system, backed by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson among others, would work. She suggested it was not a “silver bullet” for addressing public concerns.
A points-based immigration system championed by Brexit campaigners has been dismissed by Theresa May, who said it was “not a silver bullet” to reducing the number of people coming to the UK. An Australian-style system was one of the key policy pledges made by Vote Leave campaigners including Boris Johnson during the referendum campaign. But the Prime Minister said there were questions over whether such systems worked as she vowed that the free movement of EU citizens could not continue in its current form after the Brexit vote.
THERESA May risked fuelling concerns over the Government’s border control plans last night by appearing to dismiss calls for a points-based immigration system. The Prime Minister signalled that EU citizens could continue to get preferential access to the UK after the country cuts ties with Brussels. She also suggested that Britain may continue contributing to the EU budget after Brexit. Her remarks, on a flight to the G20 Summit of world leaders in China, are likely to intensify suspicions that she favours a so-called “soft Brexit” option that keeps the UK tied up to many EU Single Market rules. They could also put her at odds with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who backed the proposal for an Australian-style points-based immigration system and an end to Brussels budget payments during the EU referendum campaign.
MPs are to debate a public petition calling for a re-run of the EU referendum which has attracted more than four million signatures. The petition calls for June’s Leave vote to be restaged since neither side won more than 60% of the vote in the poll and turnout was below 75%. It comes as Brexit Secretary David Davis prepares to make a statement to MPs about progress over the summer. He is expected to say leaving the EU will offer “new freedoms and horizons”.
British cross-Channel travellers have been warned they face major disruption on Monday as French shopkeepers, police, unionists and farmers join hauliers in calling for the northern section of the migrant camp at Calais to be demolished. Pressure has been growing on the French authorities to tackle the problem, which has seen the camp swell in size in recent months. The slum’s southern section was dismantled earlier this year, but up to 9,000 migrants from countries including Sudan, Syria and Eritrea are still living there in squalor.
A protest has begun to get part of the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais removed – with heavy disruption expected for British travellers. French hauliers, farmers and unionists have set off from Dunkirk and Boulogne and are holding up traffic on the A16 towards Calais in two columns of traffic. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has said lorry drivers have vowed they were “in it for the long haul” and will stand their ground until action to dismantle the camp begins.
This is the shocking moment two migrants brazenly try to board a lorry in Calais after pushing a tree branch into its path – but it is just one of thirty similar incidents taking place across the area every single night. The clip starts with the makeshift barricade already blocking the road, and the car slowly reversing away. It was captured by Mail on Sunday journalists who were over in France investigating the worrying new tactics being used to try and gain access to Britain. The pair then appear, desperately signalling and waving to get the attention of a lorry that has pulled up alongside. As they get closer, the HGV driver honks his horn to try and deter the migrants, but instead one of them climbs up onto the lorry. For a moment it looks as if he is going to try and open one of the doors, but instead he tries to wedge himself between the vehicle’s cab and trailer. Before he is able to do so the lorry begins pulling away and he jumps off, with both men fleeing when police arrived.
Europe is “close to limits” on its ability to accept new waves of refugees, EU President Donald Tusk said Sunday, urging the broader international community to shoulder its share of the burden. “The practical capability of Europe to host new waves of refugees, not to mention irregular economic migrants, is close to limits,” he told a press conference on the sidelines of the G20 summit. A steady stream of refugees has flowed into Europe over the last year, largely fleeing from the civil war in Syria.
Patients “will suffer” as a result of the impending doctors’ strike , the medical regulator has warned as it urged junior doctors to seriously consider whether or not to take part in the action. In a new guidance for junior doctors ahead of the strike scheduled for next week, the General Medical Council (GMC) said that in order to avoid patient harm “the right option may be not to take action that results in the withdrawal of services”. The rolling action – the first of its kind in the history of the NHS – will see junior medics withdraw labour, including emergency care, for a week each month until the end of the year. But the GMC said the scale of the action at such short notice cannot be justified.
DANGEROUS “Corbynista ideology” has been blamed for the junior doctors’ strike that is set to paralyse the NHS. Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns, a member of the Commons health select committee, has condemned the British Medical Association after it announced four five-day walkouts between now and December. Ms Jenkyns said: “The BMA’s actions, striking over a contract they themselves recommended and brokered, shows this is nothing more than a political strike originating from dangerous Corbynista ideology. “The close links between the ring leaders and the Labour Party show there is only one party standing up for patients and the interests of everyone in society.”