ARDENT Brexiteer Nigel Farage has predicted a shock plot between the UK and EU establishment forces to suspend Article 50 by launching a “huge campaign in autumn”. Mr Farage has predicted the plot will force a suspension of Article 50. The Brexit campaigner has predicted a “huge surrender will be given away from Britain in September or October” to the EU. Speaking on his Sunday LBC radio programme, Mr Farage said a new campaign to defeat Brexiteers would be launched between the EU and UK this autumn. He said that EU’s chief negogiator Michel Barnier will be very tough with Britain, forcing time “to run out,” which he claims suits the anti-Brexiteers. The Ukip MEP said: “That is my prediction, that come the autumn, we will make yet more concessions. We will be humiliated further. “There will be a massive establishment attempt to say time has now run out which suits Barnier beautifully. “They’ll say we can’t do anything before March 29th, it is technically impossible so we must suspend Article 50. “There will then be a huge campaign in autumn to achieve this.”
Downing Street has insisted that Theresa May is confident of securing a Brexit deal with Brussels despite Liam Fox’s assertion that the UK appears set to crash out of the EU without reaching an agreement. Whitehall sources said they believed there was only a very small chance of the government failing to secure a deal, but that preparations were being stepped up in what they described as the unlikely event of that taking place. They suggested that the international trade secretary remarks on Sunday were part of a deliberate strategy to talk up the prospect of a no-deal Brexit in order to put EU leaders under pressure to take the prime minister’s Chequers plan seriously. Ministers, however, have been growing increasingly anxious that Brussels’ determination to stick to its red lines despite a round of intense British diplomacy in recent days – including May cutting short her holiday to meet the French president, Emmanuel Macron – could spell trouble ahead.
THERESA May has declared she is “confident” in securing a good Brexit deal with Brussels once Britain leaves the bloc, dismissing claims from UK’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox that the UK will crash out of the EU without an agreement. No 10 has insisted UK’s government remains confident in getting a good deal once Britain leaves the EU by March 2019. A Downing Street spokesman said today: “We are urging Brussels and the nations of the EU27 engage with the Brexit white paper and make sure we avoid a no deal Brexit. “The fact is that we are ramping up our no deal preparations, as was planned, because there was always a possibility of no deal. “We remain confident of getting a good deal.”
ANOTHER party leader under the cosh is Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood. Fellow AMs Rhun ap Iorwerth and Adam Price are challenging her in a leadership ballot, as is their democratic right under rule. But the debate will need to connect more with reality if it is to grab the imagination of the Welsh people. Empty slogans about “Real Independence” or a “New Wales” and delusions about winning the 2021 and 2026 National Assembly elections will engage next to nobody. The three candidates might do better to explain why they would block Brexit, despite its support from the majority of referendum voters in Wales, knowing that this would leave powers in scores of policy areas in the hands of Brussels bureaucrats, instead of them coming back to elected representatives in Cardiff and Westminster.
THE “LOSER” EU is on the verge of causing itself huge economic damage by forcing a “no deal” over Brexit which in turn could see Britain thrive. International trade secretary Liam Fox has said that a so-called “no deal” where Britain goes on to World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms instead is now the most likely outcome. It comes amid speculation that Theresa May failed to get French President Emmanuel Macron to agree to her controversial Chequers plan at a hastily arranged summit on Friday.
Brussels will break its own laws if it refuses to compromise on Brexit, ministers have warned their European counterparts. The EU “keeps stalling” and bringing the prospect of no deal ever closer, they say, even though the Lisbon Treaty requires it to do everything it can to find a workable arrangement with Britain. Senior Whitehall sources said on Sunday that if the UK crashes out of Europe without a deal “we will make it clear whose fault it was”. They point to Article 8 of the treaty, which states that the EU must “develop a special relationship with neighbouring countries, aiming to establish an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness, founded on the values of the Union.
BRUSSELS has been warned it will break its own rules about relations with non-EU nations if it refuses to compromise on Brexit, it was reported. Ministers are said to have pointed out to their European counterparts that the Treaty of Lisbon requires the EU to “establish an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness”. The warning comes came after the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said there was now a “60-40” probability of no-deal Brexit due to European Commission “intransigence”. “We have made an offer that some people think is on the generous side and the EU has to know we are not kidding,” senior Whitehall source told The Daily Telegraph.
Pro-Leave MP Sir Bernard Jenkin has dismissed Project Fear scare stories, pointing out that: “If European governments were to cause hold ups, they will be causing the chaos. From the perspective of their own businesses and citizens, who would they will blame? The French farmers would be rioting. This just will not happen.” Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, he says: “It’s good to plan for worst case scenarios, but much of this is just part of the campaign to frighten MPs into keeping the UK tied to the EU, or stopping Brexit altogether.
The European Union (EU) will be making a “massive miscalculation” if it thinks the UK is not ready to walk away from Brexit talks without a deal, David Davis has said. The ex-Brexit secretary’s comments followed Liam Fox’s assessment that the probability of a no-deal outcome was “60-40”. Mr Davis – who spent months negotiating with Michel Barnier before quitting over Theresa May’s Chequers plan – insisted that EU member states had more to lose from a failure to reach an agreement than the UK.
Liam Fox’s assertion that the UK sports a 60% chance of falling out of the European Union without a deal got all the headlines. But no less remarkable was another statement, also detailed in the Sunday Times, where the international trade secretary remarked: “If [no deal] is causing some anxiety in Britain – think what it’s causing in Brussels.” The implication was clear – the EU has more to lose from no deal than us. The problem for Mr Fox is no one in the British government or civil service, in Brussels or across the chancelleries of Europe really believes that.
A SENIOR Tory Brexiteer has rubbished claims a no deal Brexit will lead to chaos at Dover Port as he argued it was not in the interests of the French Government “to cause hold ups”. Sir Bernard Jenkin, a senior member of the European Research Group of Eurosceptic Conservative backbenchers, has insisted France will not want to face backlash from its citizens if it imposed new checks at Calais, sparking huge queues at Dover and risking perishable good in the process. His comments come after arch-Remainers have claimed the French Government would be forced to impose extra security checks on products leaving British ports if the UK left the EU without a deal.
Grassroots Labour activists will attempt to force Jeremy Corbyn to shift his Brexit stance by asking the party’s annual conference to back calls for a referendum on the final Brexit deal. They are calling on party members across the country to back a motion to “stop Tory Brexit” and commit Labour to holding a “People’s Vote” on the final deal. It comes as pressure for another referendum mounts and a petition in support of The Independent‘s Final Say campaign in favour of another public vote passed 580,000 signatures. The new grassroots campaign demands that Labour MPs and peers vote against the deal Theresa May negotiates with Brussels.
ED Balls has suggested that pro-EU campaigners who want another referendum on Brexit would lose it. Labour’s former shadow chancellor said there had been no “big reappraisal” since the poll in 2016. And he hit out at Remainers who brand those who voted Leave “stupid”. His comments come amid growing optimism inside pro-EU campaigns within Labour that the party will switch to back a new vote. But asked about another referendum, Mr Balls referred to Project Fear, saying: “For lots of people who voted Leave, if you said ‘What is the biggest thing that has happened since the referendum?’ they will say ‘They told us it will be really bad and it hasn’t been’.”
Jeremy Corbyn’s attempt to make a fresh start in relations with Britain’s Jews is faltering as he faces new accusations of letting antisemites in his party “off the hook”. Labour’s refusal to adopt in full the definition of antisemitism set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is at the centre of his problems with the Jewish community. Mr Corbyn has indicated that he is now ready to include in his party’s code three of the four examples of antisemitism given by the alliance. He will continue to insist, however, that it is not necessarily antisemitic to say that the existence of the state of Israel is a “racist endeavour”.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has again apologised for hurt caused to Jewish people by anti-Semitism in his party. In a video message, he also admitted Labour had been too slow in dealing with disciplinary cases. It comes as his deputy Tom Watson warned the party could “disappear into a vortex of eternal shame” and be unfit to lead if it did not tackle the issue. He gave a stark warning in The Observer, saying Labour had to take a “long, hard look at ourselves”. Labour has been dealing with a row about the extent of anti-Semitism within the party for more than two years.
Jeremy Corbyn was last night preparing to compromise over the way his party defines anti-Semitism. On another day of chaos, it emerged Labour could propose to adopt three of the internationally-accepted definitions it had previously rejected. But Mr Corbyn is understood to be unwilling to move on the Jewish community’s demand that he accepts that defining Israel as a ‘racist endeavour’ is anti-Semitic. It means the partial climbdown is likely to be rejected by groups such as the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
Britain’s exports around the world boomed to a record £616 billion last year, official figures have revealed. Ministers last night heralded the growth surge, which shows the trade deficit is narrowing, as a vote of confidence in the country ahead of Brexit. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said Britain was continuing to defy expectations two years on from the referendum vote to leave the EU. The figures showed that 55 per cent of exports in 2017 were to countries outside the European Union, with the US representing almost a fifth of sales.
PROJECT Fear has been dealt a blow after official figures revealed the UK’s global exports soared to a record £616billion in 2017, countering fears the UK was on track to suffer an economic downturn following the 2016 Brexit referendum. Exports to non-EU countries accounted for around 55 percent of trade in 2017 at £342billion, compared to around 45 percent to EU nations at £274billion. Close to a fifth of all exports were also sold to the US, which accounts for £112.2billion in trade. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, commented on the figures, stating: “British goods remain in global demand as exports to non-EU countries continue to grow.
Britain is booming as trade exports hit a record high of £616bn in 2017. All those people trying to relentlessly talk Britain down should be aware that overall export of goods rose by 13% to £339bn, and services increased by 7% as well. America is Britain’s top export market, buying over £112billion worth of goods and services in 2017 – that’s 8% more than the year before. And British exports to China jumped to £22billion, a 29% rise from 2016. Liam Fox, Trade Sec, said: “British goods remain in global demand as exports to non-EU countries continue to grow. “It shows the confidence the world has in our goods and is important as 90% of (growth in) global trade will come from outside EU.
NIGEL Farage has blasted as “fake news” the claim he is planning on standing to be an MP again in the pro‑Brexit Peterborough seat. The former Ukip leader said the suggestion he would run for the eighth time in a potential by-election in the Cambridgeshire constituency was “completely and utterly untrue”. It comes after the revelation last month that the sitting Labour MP Fiona Onasanya is facing trial with her brother Festus accused of lying about speeding points. The Sunday Times reported that Mr Farage is looking for a platform to re-launch his political career, with another potential tilt at entering the House of Commons on the cards.
Nigel Farage last night dismissed claims that he wants to become an MP as “utter rubbish”. The former Ukip leader was, according to friends, eyeing up a possible effort to win the Peterborough seat in a by-election – his eighth bid to be an MP. But Mr Farage blasted the claims that he will stand in Peterborough and he insisted he has “no plans” to run in any other seat. Peterborough is currently held by Labour after it was narrowly won from former Tory MP Stewart Jackson last year. Mr Jackson, a leading Brexiteer, went on to be David Davis’s chief of staff in the Brexit Department until Mr Davis’s resignation over the Chequers plans. But there is speculation there could be a by-election because Labour MP Fiona Onasanya is due to appear in court on charges of perverting the course of justice.
Up to 700 more lives could be saved each year by a new organ donation system which will aim to tackle donor shortages. The new plan shifts the balance of presumption in favour of organ donation, with an opt out for those who do not wish to take part, the Department of Health and Social Care said. The changes will be known as Max’s Law after Max Johnson, a 10-year-old boy who was saved by a heart transplant. Currently, would-be donors must indicate their intentions on the NHS Organ Donor Register, or grieving families must make the decision if a patient’s wish to donate is unknown. While research shows that 82% of people in England support organ donation, only 37% have indicated so on the register.
Britain plans to increase the number of organ donors by changing the rules of consent and presuming that people have agreed to transplants unless they have specifically opted out. Legislation to introduce the new framework for organ and tissue donation will be debated in parliament later this year, with the system expected to come into effect in spring 2020, the health department said on Sunday. “We believe that by making these changes, we can save as many as 700 more lives every year,” Jackie Doyle-Price, parliamentary under secretary of state for mental health and inequalities, said in a statement.
A new opt-out system for organ donation will be in place by 2020 in England, if Parliament approves “Max’s Law”. Under the plans detailed by ministers, adults will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have specifically recorded their decision not to be. The government said it would save up to 700 lives each year. In the UK in 2017, 411 people died before the right donor was found, and more than 5,000 people are currently on the waiting list in England. A similar opt-out system has been in place in Wales since 2015. Scotland plans to introduce a similar scheme and Northern Ireland has also expressed an interest.
The green belt is being sacrificed to build expensive homes that young families may never be able to afford, according to a report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Local authorities are proposing 459,000 homes for green belt land, up from 425,000 a year ago. Only 22 per cent of those already granted planning permission in the green belt are affordable, a term that includes social housing and homes available for shared ownership. The CPRE said that an even lower proportion of the 459,000 proposed homes would be affordable because developers would argue that schemes were not feasible unless more homes were sold on the open market.
An extra £43 billion should be invested to make the most of the HS2 project, the government’s infrastructure adviser has said, leading critics to raise fresh concerns about the cost. Sir John Armitt, the National Infrastructure Commission chairman, said that the sum, which is more than the scheme’s original estimated cost, was needed to prevent “inadequate public transport links” beyond the new line. The HS2 project will link London and the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds at a cost of £56 billion. Sir John said the government and cities needed to think about complete journeys “to get the biggest bang for our buck”.
It’s already due to cost taxpayers £56billion – and few believe the final bill won’t be a lot higher. Now it seems that HS2 – the high-speed rail route being built to connect the North and Midlands with London – will need an extra £43billion to ‘make the most’ of project. Sir John Armitt, the Government’s infrastructure tsar, said the cash should be invested in transport links outside London before the schedule opening of HS2 in 2026. Without it the taxpayer-funded project – the most expensive in UK history – will fail passengers once they reach their less well connected destinations, he said.
The government’s infrastructure tsar has raised the prospect of the cost of High Speed 2 rocketing further after suggesting an extra £43bn of funding is needed to ensure people can make the most of the scheme. Sir John Armitt, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, said more investment was needed to prevent users of the new line encountering “inadequate public transport links” around major stations. The additional funding would take spending on HS2 to £99bn – three times the original 2013 estimate of £33bn and close to double the current forecast.