Theresa May last night vowed to resist the plot by Remainers to keep Britain’s borders open after Brexit, declaring: ‘The people have spoken’. A gang of MPs and peers led by Nick Clegg have threatened to block the formal EU exit process unless the Prime Minister agrees to a so-called soft Brexit – code for allowing free movement to continue. They plan to seize on last week’s High Court ruling that Parliament must have a say on Article 50 being triggered to table amendments which would tie Mrs May’s hands. Last night, on a trade mission to India, she insisted the Government had a strong case for overturning the judges’ verdict in the Supreme Court. But she dared MPs and peers to defy the wishes of the public for stricter border controls if the matter ever got put to a vote, saying it was a red line.
Ministers are pressing Downing Street to make an interim deal with the EU an explicit option when the government sends its formal letter to Brussels to trigger article 50, the process that starts the two-year divorce talks. A bridging or transitional deal between the UK and the EU is being promoted by Brexit ministers and some European diplomats as the only way to prevent a “cliff edge” in the negotiations that would plunge the UK into legal, trading and financial uncertainty. The case for an interim deal has been strengthened by the high court ruling that parliament must have a say in the triggering of article 50 , as the economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit has been intensified. Theresa May has insisted she will still activate the article 50 process by March next year. Although no formal talks have taken place between the UK and Brussels, European diplomats say it will be impossible to reach a full deal by spring 2019 on both the terms of exit and a future relationship due to the complexity of the issues.
Ministers are considering plans to fast-track parliamentary approval for Brexit if the Supreme Court insists that MPs must vote to trigger formal talks to leave the EU. Theresa May is being pushed by senior ministers to present parliament with a resolution — rather than a full bill — if the government is forced to grant a vote on activating Article 50. Such a step could allow the Commons and Lords to rubber-stamp the start of the Brexit process in a single day, but risks angering Remain MPs who want close scrutiny of the government’s negotiating position.
Theresa May believes the Government has a “strong” case for overturning last week’s High Court ruling that Parliament must have a say on the formal process of withdrawing from the European Union. It comes as Brexit Secretary David Davis will lay out the Government’s case later today in response to the High Court ruling. Speaking as she arrived in India on a three-day trade visit, the Prime Minister took a bullish stance on the prospects of overturning the ruling when the Government’s appeal is heard in December. “In terms of the legal situation, we’ve had two court cases in the UK,” she said. “They’ve come out with different decisions – the Northern Irish court found in favour of the Government, the High Court found against Government. “We think we have strong legal arguments and we will be taking those arguments to the Supreme Court.”
NIGEL Farage warned there will be riots on the streets if MPs try and block Brexit as he slammed the woman spearheading the Article 50 legal challenge. The Ukip boss savaged ‘Chief Wrexiteer’ Gina Miller in a fiery TV interview for unleashing political turmoil after the judges rules Theresa May cannot exit the EU without Parliament having its say . He demanded to know “what part of the word leave don’t you understand?”, but the former model-turned financier was defiant, telling Mr Farage on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show “you should be my biggest fan”. Ms Miller said the High Court ruling has stopped the Government acting like a “tin-pot dictatorship” over plans to take us out if the European Union without a vote by Mps . But appearing opposite her Mr Farage accused her of allowing Remainers to tie the Prime Minister’s hands and only execute a so-called ‘half Brexit ’.
Theresa May has been told Britain must ditch its border controls in return for a trade deal with India, with the UK warned by officials that it “needs Indians”. Ahead of the Prime Minister’s two-day visit to India, figures have blasted the government’s crackdown on bogus students and colleges, and new rules to stop companies replacement of British IT professionals with much cheaper Indian workers. Dinesh Patnaik, India’s High Commissioner in London, said: “Students, tourists and short-term visitors are not migrants under any definition. “Post-Brexit, you need Indians. Our tourists… don’t come to Britain due to difficult visa conditions.” Spokesman for the Indian government, Vikas Swarup, told the Observer May faces questions over immigration rules upon her arriva
Britain already has a good visa system with India, Prime Minister Theresa May said late on Sunday as she arrived in the country for her first bilateral trip outside of the European Union since June’s Brexit vote. May has said she plans to use the two-day visit to try to reduce barriers to trade with India and pave the way for a post-Brexit free-trade deal, but with the Indian government keen to secure more access to Britain for students and skilled workers, visa numbers are likely to be a sticking point in any talks. Immigration was central to the debate ahead of Britain’s June 23 vote to leave the EU, and May has vowed to stick to a pledge made by her predecessor David Cameron to bring annual net migration below 100,000 from more than three times that.
Tom Watson has insisted Labour will NOT block Article 50 after Jeremy Corbyn demanded Theresa May meet his Brexit “bottom lines”. The Labour leader told the Sunday Mirror he was not against the PM triggering an EU exit, but would vote against her unless she adopted the four commitments. Those are access to the single market, no watering down of workplace rights, guarantees for consumers and the environment, and pledges on Britain picking up the tab for any EU capital investment lost by Brexit . Today his deputy, one of his key allies and a senior Labour source insisted the party would not block Article 50 , which the High Court ruled should face a vote in Parliament. Mr Watson told BBC Radio 5 Live: “We’re not going to hold this up. The British people have spoken and Article 50 will be triggered when it comes to Westminster.”
LABOUR was in chaos tonight after senior figures publicly ditched a threat by Jeremy Corbyn to block initiating Brexit. The far Left leader had said that if the Government refused to accept Britain must stay in the single market then he would attempt to stop Article 50 from being triggered. But within hours, senior figures, including deputy leader Tom Watson and hard Left shadow cabinet member Richard Burgon, both dismissed the plan. The row erupted after High Court judges ruled last week that Article 50 to begin the process of leaving could only be triggered if it was agreed in the Commons and the Lords through legislation. The decision, which is being appealed in the Supreme Court, means that the Remain majority in Parliament have been handed the chance to thwart the will of the people. Mr Corbyn said Britain must have continued access to the single market and there must be no watering down of workers’ rights before Labour will back the process. He said: “The court has thrown a big spanner in the works by saying Parliament must be consulted.
CONTROVERSIAL Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has sensationally accused the European Union of funding terrorism in his country and says he does not care if the West brands him “a dictator”. President Erdoğan has come under fire for arresting leading politicians and lawmakers from an opposition party as part of a widespread purge of all the nation’s core institutions following the violent military coup in July. The HDP, a left wing, pro-Kurdish party with strong convictions about women’s rights, saw many of its top brass rounded up and detained on Friday amid accusations that they support the armed Kurdish militia, the PKK. Britain, the EU and America send aid and arms to a Kurdish group with links to the PKK currently fighting the Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Mr Erdoğan claims some of the money and weapons handed to the Kurds in Syria is being used to kill Turks by the PKK, who have committed a string of terrorist atrocities across the Middle Eastern nation.
GERMANS have warned Remain supporters not to leave Britain “in limbo” over Brexit as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson assured them there would be no delay. During a bilateral meeting in Berlin the German Government made it clear that they do not want any delays in getting Britain out of the EU. German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier did not hide his concerns about the High Court ruling to allow MPs and peers to veto Brexit or block Article 50 despite the overwhelming mandate by the British people to throw off Brussels rule. Mr Steinmeier also backed up Brexit campaigners views that the government needs to speed up invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which officially opens the two year-long talks on the divorce deal. He said at the joint conference in Berlin: “We need to create the conditions for negotiations to start as quickly as possible. Even though the decisions of the British judiciary, as we have seen this week, makes the involvement of Parliament necessary. “But, after all the discussions we should now be clear about this, a limbo situation doesn’t help anybody. Two years are a rather short period.”
NIGEL Farage is set to lead a 100,000-strong march through London – on the same day the Supreme Court will rule on the Government’s bid to stop Parliament and peers having a vote on Brexit. The protest start in Trafalgar Square and finish in Parliament Square, just metres away from the court which will decide on the Government’s appeal to carry out the will of the people. The anti-EU group, Leave.EU, which is organising the event, is hoping to “crowd fund” £100,000 from supporters to pay for barristers to serve as the representatives of the Leave camp in court proceedings. This would give anti-EU supporters their own barristers who can challenge the Remoaners during court proceedings. A spokesman for Leave.EU said organisers – including Farage and Ukip donor Arron Banks – had “secured support from thousands of Leave voters” to mount a challenge. The march is expected to take place on December 5, which is due to be the first day of the hearing.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has warned of disturbances on the streets if Parliament tries to block Brexit. He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show there would be “political anger the likes of which none of us in our lifetimes have ever witnessed”. The comments follow the High Court ruling that MPs and peers must have a vote ahead of the government triggering official talks with the European Union. The campaigner who brought the case said it had given “clarity”. Mr Farage is in charge of UKIP on an interim basis, as the party looks for its next full-time leader, following the resignation of Diane James after just 18 days in the job.
Junior doctors have voted to abandon further strikes in favour of a return to the negotiating table over Government-imposed contracts, it was revealed last night. Doctors’ leaders agreed to cancel any more industrial action in exchange for a return to full talks with the Department of Health, a source told the Daily Mail. But it is understood they now want written assurances from the Department of Health before formally agreeing to abandon any further strike action permanently. They want undertakings that officials will fully reopen negotiations over the Government’s decision to impose new contracts on junior doctors which pay them less for weekend work although basic pay will be increased. A source said the Department of Health had made it clear there would be no possibility of renegotiation unless the doctors’ union cancelled all planned strikes. A series of week-long walkouts were suspended in September following growing disquiet about the possible impact on NHS patients from delays and cancellation of thousands of operations and other treatment.
Almost one in five people diagnosed with cancer who return to work face discrimination, says charity Macmillan. A survey of 1,000 people revealed many suffered problems when they returned to work or were made to feel guilty about having time off for medical appointments. Some 15% say they went back to work before they felt ready, while 14% said they gave up work altogether or were made redundant as a result of their diagnosis.
As temperatures plunge, the best brains of the NHS have been drafted in to prepare plans for avoiding a winter health crisis in hospitals. However, their grand idea for making sure vulnerable pensioners do not need to be rushed on to overcrowded wards has been greeted with ridicule rather than appreciation. For their advice is simply to turn up the heating and keep warm when it gets cold – considered by many to be a patronising statement of the obvious. ‘Nannying’ health chiefs have also been condemned for failing to take account of the struggle many face with excessive heating bills. Around 25,000 deaths every year are attributed to cold weather, with pensioners particularly vulnerable to problems including raised blood pressure, causing heart attacks and strokes, as well as pneumonia.
Tory ministers have been accused of “pushing the NHS into crisis” as new figures expose the savage cost of their care home cuts. Care spending has plunged 7% in real terms since the Tories took power as budgets dip below £17bn for the first time since 2010, NHS data shows. Meanwhile the number of vulnerable people trapped in hospital beds because they can’t be moved elsewhere soared to 6,450 in August – the highest since records began. Theresa May has already been warned care cuts make her pledge of £10billion for the NHS “incorrect” because more resources are being swallowed up. Tonight shadow care minister Barbara Keeley warned “patients are paying the price” for the Tory neglect. The Labour MP said: “The NHS is suffering from years of Tory misrule. They told people they could be trusted but once they got in to office they slashed budgets.
Hundreds of thousands of Nato troops will be put on a higher state of alert amid growing tensions with Russia, the head of the alliance has indicated. Nato commanders want to prepare a substantial land force capable of deterring Russian aggression. Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance’s secretary-general, did not give precise figures, but Sir Adam Thomson, Britain’s outgoing permanent representative to Nato, said he thought that the goal was to speed up the response time of up to 300,000 military personnel to about two months. At present a force of this size could take up to 180 days to deploy.