MPs are set to launch a fresh bid to block a no-deal Brexit during a Commons vote on Northern Ireland on Monday. The Government has tabled a Bill to delay any new election to the Northern Ireland Assembly while talks to restore powersharing are ongoing. Speaking to the BBC, former attorney general Dominic Grieve said this Bill was a “perfectly legitimate place” to explore ways to block a no-deal Brexit. He told Pienaar’s Politics: “We’re going to have, in the course of the next 24 hours, an important bill on Northern Ireland.
More than 30 Tory MPs are ready to vote to block a no deal Brexit as the two rival camps gear up for a show-down in Parliament. Sam Gyimah said the MPs will pursue “legislative” options to stop no deal – such as blocking the next Prime Minister from suspending Parliament or creating alternative options. It comes as Labour hinted it would move towards moving a no-confidence motion in the Government if leaving without a deal became more likely.
MPs will today launch a new bid to block a No Deal Brexit by hijacking legislation on Northern Ireland. The Government has tabled a Bill to delay any new election to the Northern Ireland Assembly while talks to restore power-sharing are continuing. Former attorney general Dominic Grieve yesterday revealed plans to amend the legislation in an attempt to stop the next prime minister from being able to prorogue Parliament. He told the BBC: ‘That’s a Bill that is a perfectly legitimate place to start looking at how one might make sure No Deal Brexits are fully debated before they take place.’
MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit may try to force a vote on a Northern Ireland bill to stop the next prime minister proroguing parliament in the autumn, Dominic Grieve has confirmed. Grieve, a former attorney general who has played a leading role in limiting what Brexit policy ministers can implement without parliamentary approval, said the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) bill could be the next opportunity for a Conservative rebellion.
MPs have the chance to block a no-deal Brexit during a House of Commons vote on Monday, arch Remainer Dominic Grieve warned yesterday. The Government has tabled a bill to delay any new election to the Northern Ireland Assembly while power-sharing talks continue. The proposed bill, being put to the Commons today, could see a future NI assembly election pushed back until at least October 21, possibly even January next year.
British lawmakers from both the ruling Conservatives and opposition Labour on Sunday said they were looking at ways to prevent the country’s next prime minister pursuing a no-deal Brexit against parliament’s wishes. Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to succeed Theresa May as prime minister this month, has said Britain must leave the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without a deal. He may find his hands tied, however, as the Conservatives do not have a majority in parliament and most lawmakers in parliament oppose a no-deal Brexit.
The UK will be fully prepared for a no-deal Brexit on October 31, Boris Johnson pledged yesterday as he warned that Brussels had to “look into our eyes” and believe the country would leave without an agreement. The frontrunner in the Tory leadership contest told an unofficial hustings organised on Facebook Live: “We were more or less ready on March 29 . . . We could have done it and will be ready by October 31.”
Boris Johnson is heading for a showdown with dozens of Conservative MPs as they plot to stop him delivering a no-deal Brexit if he wins the party’s leadership race. Mr Johnson, the favourite to take over from Theresa May, declared yesterday that he would make Brussels “look in our eyes” and believe that Britain was prepared to leave without an agreement. During an online question and answer session with party members he said that he was not “aiming” for no deal.
Rory Stewart, the surprise star of the Tory leadership election, has said he would help organise an “alternative parliament” in order to stop a no-deal Brexit if the new prime minister tried to prorogue parliament in order to bypass MPs’ wishes. The MP for Penrith and the Border, whose campaign featured a series of walkabouts around the country to gauge public opinion on Brexit, also accused fellow no-deal opponents who are now supporting Boris Johnson of a destructive pessimism about their ability to change the Conservative party, or even win the next election.
Leaving the EU without a deal would be ‘absolutely disastrous’ for agriculture and could force farmers to slaughter their flocks, it was claimed yesterday. National Farmers’ Union president Minette Batters said the prospect of losing access to European markets for British lamb could devastate the industry. A No Deal Brexit would be ‘catastrophic’, she said, adding that there would be a ‘tariff wall’ restricting exports of British meat to the EU.
LABOUR will team up with rebellious Tory MPs to try to block a no deal Brexit by calling a no confidence in the new prime minister, according to shadow trade secretary Barry Gardiner. The move comes after Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson insisted he was not bluffing over his pledge to take the UK out of the European Union on October 31 – with or without a deal. Mr Gardiner said he had spoken to “several” Conservative MP who told him they would consider voting to try to bring down any government attempting to walk away from the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
Apprentices can have as bright a future as university graduates without incurring “huge debts”, Boris Johnson has said. The leadership frontrunner has argued the case for people going straight into the workforce after school as he pledges to boost funding for further education colleges and apprenticeships. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson says apprentices are “indispensable to the future of this country” as he describes the pleasure he got from making model planes and ships as a child.
Sajid Javid has confirmed that he will back Boris Johnson to be prime minister and is understood to be positioning himself as the next chancellor. The home secretary, who was knocked out in the fourth round of the leadership contest, is the most senior cabinet member to endorse the frontrunner. It is understood that the two discussed the post on Wednesday.
Jeremy Hunt has said he will give Foreign Office staff mandatory training in “religious literacy” as he today promises to tackle the persecution of Christians overseas. The Tory leadership candidate said that Britain will become a champion for Christians facing persecution abroad if he becomes prime minister, as he railed against the “misguided political correctness” that has blighted foreign policy in recent years. The Foreign Secretary confirmed that he will adopt all of the recommendations set out in a report by the Archbishop of Truro.
A majority of the public would choose neither Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt to be the next prime minister if given the chance, a new poll has revealed. Conservative members are widely expected to elect Mr Johnson as their next leader in the upcoming ballot, leaving Mr Hunt scrambling to make up ground before the contest’s 22 July deadline. But despite Mr Johnson’s popularity among Tory faithful, an exclusive poll for The Independent of the general public revealed that 37 per cent would opt for “neither of them”, while 13 per cent did not know.
John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, piled pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to back Remain in another Brexit referendum as he denied claims of a “civil war” in Labour. The party had to change its position on the EU “sooner rather than later”, he said, but dismissed reports that he and other members of the front bench had urged the Labour leader to sack his most senior advisers. Mr McDonnell and Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, were said to have warned Mr Corbyn that unless he backed a second referendum and cleared out some of his top team he would face a leadership crisis.
Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell has pressured party leader Jeremy Corbyn to adopt a pro-Remain position “sooner rather than later”. In his strongest public intervention on Brexit to date, Mr McDonnell admitted he would vote to stay in the EU at a second referendum, adding: “I want to campaign for Remain.” One recent opinion poll revealed Labour has slumped to fourth with fewer than one-in-five voters supporting the party. Mr McDonnell admitted it had been “difficult” to explain Labour’s position on Brexit in recent months, which saw the party perform badly at local and European Parliament elections.
Labour should ‘get on with’ changing its Brexit policy to support a second referendum, the shadow chancellor has told the BBC. John McDonnell said Jeremy Corbyn was “rightfully” trying to build consensus, but added the party needed to reach a position “sooner rather than later”. “I want to campaign for Remain,” he said. He also denied he had called for the Labour leader’s advisors to be sacked, as reported in the Sunday Times. Labour had previously promised a vote on Brexit in certain circumstances.
Labour‘s vague Brexit stance has “not worked” and the party must move towards a Remain position “sooner rather than later”, John McDonnell has said. The shadow chancellor ramped up pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to shift his position amid fears that Boris Johnson could call a snap election in the autumn if he becomes prime minister. Labour has been plunged into fresh rows over its Brexit stance, with Mr Corbyn appearing increasingly isolated amid reports of splits between his Eurosceptic aides and members of his own shadow cabinet.
DIANE Abbott and John McDonnell believe they persuaded Jeremy Corbyn to switch Labour to opposing Brexit but their bid was thwarted by his aides. The hard-Left Labour leader’s two longest-standing political confidantes have spent weeks trying to convince him to embrace Remain, it has emerged. With the party’s poll ratings having plummeted, the Shadow Chancellor and Home Secretary fear they now stand just a slim chance of seizing No10 in a snap general election without the pivot.
JEREMY CORBYN’S team rallied around the Labour leader this weekend to deny another round of smears. Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times alleged there was a “civil war” between Mr Corbyn’s advisers and some of his shadow cabinet, who supposedly want them sacked. Senior aides Seumas Milne and Karie Murphy are said to be advising the leader to maintain the party’s position on respecting the result of the EU referendum, against reported advice from leading shadow cabinet figures Diane Abbott and John McDonnell.
Labour was on the brink of civil war last night as Brexit and anti-Semitism threatened to split the party. Jeremy Corbyn has been rocked by fierce and high-level infighting on both issues ahead of a nightmare week. And the Labour leader is braced for a bombshell Panorama documentary into the party’s botched handling of the anti-Semitism crisis. In a sign of panic, officials are taking legal action to stop former staff blowing the whistle before the BBC broadcast on Wednesday.
Labour was plunged into a fresh scandal over anti-Semitism as deputy leader Tom Watson condemned the party’s attempts to silence whistleblowers who tried to speak out on the issue. A BBC Panorama programme to be broadcast this Wednesday, posing the question “Is Labour Antisemitic?” features claims by a number of former staff members into how allegations were handled. But it has emerged that, in response to the hour-long documentary, Labour officials had instructed their lawyers, Carter Ruck, to warn of legal consequences for breaching their non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with the party.
A Labour government would restrict property ground rent for all leaseholders in a move that goes far beyond the current government’s planned reforms, Telegraph Money can reveal. There are more than four million leasehold properties in England, but many have unfair charges and restrictions demanded by freeholders. In the worst cases the ground rent charged to the leaseholder doubles every 10 years, leaving homes unsellable. Labour will suggest capping ground rents for existing houses and flats at 0.1pc of a property’s value, up to a maximum of £250 a year.
A Labour frontbencher has accused the BBC of bias over a documentary on the party’s antisemitism crisis. The opposition is braced for a Panorama programme on Wednesday, Is Labour Antisemitic?, which includes claims by seven former Labour officials. Sam Matthews, the party’s former head of disputes, is said to have been warned by Carter-Ruck, Labour’s lawyers, that he may face legal action for breaching his non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to appear on the programme.
SUPPORTERS of closer integration between EU member states are celebrating the controversial nomination for European Commission President of Ursula von der Leyn. The German defence minister once declared she wanted her grandchildren to grow up in a federal Europe and has made no secret of her hopes to see the creation of EU army. Moves towards closer union will be opposed by nationalist governments in Hungary, Poland and Italy but supporters believe her job will be made easier after Brexit.
BRITAIN could be slapped with a £190bn bill from Brussels in the event of a eurozone cash crisis unless it leaves the European Union in a managed clean Brexit, leading City and business figures have warned. The Brexit Coalition, a newly-formed body of 29 diverse pro-Brexit campaigning organisations, including the Alliance of British Entrepreneurs, Artists for Brexit and Farmers for Britain, said the UK would still have to contribute if a future bail-out sparked financial meltdown in the eurozone.
Greece’s ruling Syriza party looked set to suffer a landslide defeat in elections on Sunday, bringing an end to the government of Alexis Tsipras. Four years after his party surged to victory, Mr Tsipras was voted out of power by a Greek public tired of his government’s austerity measures. Greeks turned instead to the scion of one of the country’s most powerful political families. Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to form a new government after a convincing victory for his centre-Right New Democracy party was predicted by exit polls.
Child sex exploitation
Almost 3,000 suspected child sex offenders were released into the community without any conditions to stop them approaching their victims or putting the public at risk by reoffending, an investigation has found. New restrictions on police use of bail meant the number of suspected child sex offenders released without any licence conditions rose 10-fold in just a year, from 261 in 2016/17 to 2,993 in 2017/18, according to police figures unearthed through Freedom of Information requests.
Growing numbers of alleged child sex abusers are able to contact their victims before a trial as a result of bail reforms, a report says. Figures obtained by MPs and peers have revealed a 1,047 per cent rise in a year in the number of people accused of child sex abuse who are released under investigation without any restrictions. The all party parliamentary group on adult survivors of child sexual abuse also said that in one constabulary 70 per cent of individuals who were charged with an offence had been released under investigation.
A new internet policing force is needed tackle the crimes that “baffle” officers, the victims commissioner has said as she revealed that domestic abusers have been using Alexa to taunt their victims. Dame Vera Baird QC warned that abuse such as revenge porn has a devastating impact and in some cases victims have even been forced to trawl the internet to find and remove explicit images themselves. The former Police and Crime Commissioner revealed that online abuse had extended to offenders taking over a victim’s social media or even their Alexa, including a case where the home control system was used to turn the heating on full blast at 4am.
Waiting lists have soared by 50 per cent in three months in some parts of the country because doctors are refusing to work, in order to protect their pensions, senior managers say. Changes in Treasury rules means that high earners can end up paying tax rates of up to 90 per cent on earnings over £110,000 a year – which includes any rise in the value of their pensions. NHS chiefs say that as a result, high numbers of medics are cutting their hours, because they say it is not worth their while to take on the work – fuelling a sharp rise in waiting lists.
A minister has sparked anger after refusing to act on new evidence that overseas patients are being harmed – and even dying – because of upfront NHS charges introduced as part of the “hostile environment”. Doctors, MPs and campaign groups have condemned the policy, warning cancer patients, pregnant women and children are among those denied vital treatment because of the fees. In one case, a man with cancer and unable to leave the country was refused care and subsequently died – while a second woman died after not seeking help for a rare eye cancer because the NHS would not treat her.
An NHS doctor who worked for 24 hours at a time to pay for a home extension has been suspended for putting patients at risk. Dr Bevan Hyder, 47, did back-to-back 12-hour shifts on at least five occasions but claimed his ‘fitness regime’ meant he did not get tired. He would leave his first shift early, without permission, to travel to other hospitals for freelance work he found through a locum agency, the General Medical Council said. It viewed the risk posed by his conduct so seriously that he was brought before the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service, which had the power to strike him off.
GREAT white sharks could stalk waters off British beaches by 2050 – but some warn the fearsome sea monsters are already lurking here. The ocean killers may soon become regular visitors to Britain’s waters due to global warming, an expert has warned. The terrifying creatures could stalk the coast of Devon and Cornwall as climate change causes oceans to become warmer, forcing them to migrate north. There are already 40 different species and an estimated 10 million sharks in our waters – but that number could be set to grow over the coming decades.