A senior EU politician today joined calls to block a Brexit delay unless Britain holds a general election or a second referendum to break the ‘deadlock’. Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit co-ordinator, said it would be ‘unacceptable’ for Brussels to push back the UK’s departure date in the current circumstances. He said: ‘Foreign Minister Le Drian is right: yet another extension for Brexit is unacceptable, unless the deadlock in London is broken. ‘Let it be a 2nd ref., new elections, a revocation of art. 50 or the approval of the deal, but not today’s helpless status quo.’ The 66-year-old also added that the main priority that needs to be secured is the rights of citizens on both sides of the Channel. ‘Whatever Brexit we get, 1 thing must be secured no matter what: the citizens’ rights on both sides of the channel. ‘@Europarl_EN demands the UK to approve ‘settled status’ automatically for ALL Europeans. The burden of proof to reverse must be with the Home Office, not the citizens.’
TWO top EU chiefs have told Remainers they will BLOCK any further Brexit delays as Brussels slammed the fiasco as “unacceptable”. Guy Verhoftstadt fired off the warning just hours after France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drain, said he would refuse any move to extend Brexit. It comes after the PM had vowed he would “never” delay Brexit despite the House of Lords passing a bill on Friday effectively blocking a No Deal Brexit. Verhoftstadt, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit co-ordinator, said another extension would be “unacceptable unless the deadlock in London is broken”. He added: “Let it be a 2nd ref., new elections, a revocation of art. 50 or the approval of the deal, but not today’s helpless status quo.”
France declared that it, as well as the European Union, will not allow Britain to have an extension beyond the 31 October Brexit deadline. In an interview with Europe 1 radio, France’s foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said: “It’s very worrying. The British must tell us what they want. We are not going to do (extend) this every three months.” Britain was originally meant to leave the EU on 29 March this year, but former prime minister Theresa May secured an extension with the bloc to try and push her Brexit deal through parliament. That extension was until 31 October this year.
The EU will refuse another delay to Brexit in the current circumstances, according to France’s Foreign Minister. Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday that as things stand, a delay beyond the October 31 deadline would not be granted. Asked if a Brexit delay was possible, the French minister told Europe 1 radio not under the current conditions. “We are not going to do [extend] this every three months,” he added. “The British must tell us what they want.” He described the current situation as “very worrying”.
The French government has threatened to veto a further Brexit extension due to the “worrying” lack of progress in the recent talks, as EU diplomats expressed their frustration at being caught up in game-playing by the British government. In a sign of rising exasperation, the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, highlighted the lack of realistic proposals being put forward by Downing Street as an alternative to the Irish backstop. “It’s very worrying. The British must tell us what they want,” Le Drian said. When asked if an extension beyond 31 October was possible, Le Drian said the EU’s patience was waning.
France will veto a further delay to Brexit unless the UK ends the chaos and tells the EU what it wants, the country’s foreign minister has warned. “In the current circumstances, it’s ‘no’. We are not going to go through this every three months,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said. The warning threatens the UK with a crash-out Brexit on 31 October – even if Boris Johnson accepts parliament’s order to seek another Article 50 extension. “The [British] say that they want to put forward other solutions, alternative arrangements so that they can leave,” Mr Le Drian said, referring to the Irish backstop logjam.
Political chaos in Westminster and Boris Johnson’s failure to hold meaningful negotiations means that France will veto another delay to Brexit, the country’s foreign minister said. Frustration is growing across Europe at the deepening political deadlock and brinkmanship in Britain combined with the prime minister’s failure to table an alternative to the Irish backstop. House of Commons legislation requires Mr Johnson to ask for a new delay at an EU summit on October 17 by extending the Article 50 withdrawal process until January 31. Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s foreign minister, said that President Macron would veto the request unless Britain changed political course.
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Boris Johnson has signalled to cabinet ministers that the government would have to accept a further three-month delay to Brexit if it is forced on him by the courts. In a private climbdown from his repeated insistence that Britain will leave the European Union on October 31, the prime minister has assured senior colleagues that he will “abide by the law”. The Times understands that Mr Johnson had been warned by several cabinet ministers that their positions would be untenable if he flouted a Supreme Court ruling ordering him to accept an extension. “The prime minister has assured me that we abide by the rule of law,” one said.
The battle for Brexit is heading for a nailbiting showdown in the Supreme Court in late October – when the deadline for crashing out of the EU will be just days away – after Boris Johnson’s new strategy was revealed. Ministers plan to manufacture a legal fight to avoid directly breaking the law when compelled to ask for a further Article 50 extension, while also sidestepping the requirement to comply with it. The “plan B” paves the way for an unprecedented constitutional crisis after parliament’s deadline for seeking a Brexit delay passes on 19 October – with the threat of the prime minister being jailed for contempt of court.
Boris Johnson has drawn up plans to “sabotage” any Brexit extension without breaking the law, the Telegraph has learnt. It means Monday’s vote on a general election is the “last chance” for MPs to block a no-deal Brexit, the Government believes. The Prime Minister’s key advisers held a meeting on Sunday to thrash out a strategy to scupper Parliament’s efforts to force a three-month Brexit extension if no new deal is agreed. One plan under serious consideration would see the Prime Minister send an accompanying letter alongside the request to extend Article 50 setting out that the Government does not want any delay after Oct 31.
The government will “test to the limit” a new law designed to force it to seek an extension to the Brexit deadline if a deal is not reached by 19 October. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the government would abide by the law but would “look very carefully” at its “interpretation” of the legislation. He said Britain remained committed to getting a deal with the EU. The law, which should gain royal assent on Monday, aims to stop the UK exiting the EU with no deal on 31 October. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been warned he could face legal action if he chooses to flout it. Mr Raab called the legislation “lousy” and said it “weakened” the government’s negotiating position in Brussels.
The Government will “test to the limit” a new law designed to block a no-deal Brexit if an agreement with the EU is not reached by October 19. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the government would abide by the law but would “look very carefully” at its “interpretation” of the legislation. A new law, which should gain royal assent on Monday, aims to stop a no-deal exit from the European Union on October 31, if an agreement cannot be reached with the EU by the European Council meeting on October 17 and 18. The law, which was rushed through Parliament last week, will force the Prime Minister to ask the EU for a three-month deadline extension if no agreement is in place by October 19.
British opposition lawmakers are due to request an emergency debate in parliament on Monday to try to force the government to publish a no-deal Brexit planning document and make Prime Minister Boris Johnson adhere to law, an ITV correspondent said. The correspondent said on Twitter he understood the lawmakers had agreed their action late on Sunday. Reuters could not immediately confirm that. Opposition lawmakers are increasingly concerned that Johnson will try to ignore a bill, due to be signed into law on Monday, to force him to request a Brexit delay if parliament has not agreed to a deal or to leaving the European Union without an agreement by Oct. 19. Lawmakers are keen to see a document detailing the government’s impact assessment of a so-called no-deal Brexit.
Tory rebels who were kicked out of the parliamentary party for voting to stop a no-deal Brexit earlier this week are being privately advised to appeal the decision by the Conservatives’ powerful 1922 Committee. MailOnline understands that Stephen Hammond and Antoinette Sandbach were among MPs approached by the Committee’s executive over the past few days and encouraged to appeal their expulsion. One Tory rebel was given a sheet of paper explaining the procedure by Cheryl Gillan, Vice Chair of the 1922 Committee, and strongly advised to appeal the decision. In a letter sent to members of her local Conservative association on Friday, Dame Cheryl, MP for Chesham and Amersham, said she is ‘currently working on the appeal processes.’
CONSERVATIVE rebels who were kicked out of the party for voting to halt a no deal Brexit last week are now reportedly being advised to appeal the decision. MPs Stephen Hammond and Antoinette Sandbach were among MPs approached by the Tory’s 1922 Committee’s executive to appeal their expulsion from the party, according to the MailOnline. One Tory rebel was reportedly given a piece of paper explaining the procedure by the Vice Chair of the 1922 Committee, Cheryl Gillan. The MP for Chesham and Amersham, Dame Cheryl, sent members of her local Conservative association a letter saying that she is “currently working on the appeal processes.”
Jeremy Corbyn was left red-faced last night after Labour delivered leaflets demanding a General Election, despite their leader vowing to block Britain going to the polls. Last week, Mr Corbyn insisted that his MPs abstain on a vote on whether to trigger a national ballot, despite campaigning regularly for a fresh vote ever since 2017. One leaflet seen by The Mail on Sunday, delivered in Swindon on Friday evening, read: ‘Boris Johnson was chosen by a handful of Tory MPs and members who got us into this mess in the first place. This is no way to choose a Prime Minister, especially in a time of crisis. ‘We need a General Election now so you can make your own choice about the way forward for Britain.’
The overwhelming majority of Tory voters and Brexit Party supporters want Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage to agree an electoral pact before the next general election, according to a new poll, as Sajid Javid today refused to rule out an alliance. A survey for The Sunday Times found that seven in 10 people who vote Conservative and eight in 10 Brexit Party backers are in favour of the two leaders joining forces. Mr Farage today offered Mr Johnson a ‘non-aggression pact’ if the PM changes tack and pursues a No Deal ‘clean Brexit’ as the only way forward. That pact would see the Brexit Party withdraw its candidates in areas where incumbent Tory MPs face a challenge from Labour or the Lib Dems in order to not split the Leave vote.
Labour could resurrect Theresa May’s Brexit deal and pit it against remaining in the European Union in a second referendum, John McDonnell has signalled. The shadow chancellor has indicated that if Labour won power, Leave voters would be given the choice of the status quo or leaving under a revamped version of the agreement rejected three times by Parliament. Labour’s current policy is to renegotiate a ‘jobs-first’ Brexit deal with Brussels, which it would then put to the public in a second referendum. However, Mr McDonnell suggested that the strategy could be shelved, with Labour instead asking Brussels to simply “confirm” the deal on offer so it could “go back to the people again”.
Technology to help speed up diagnoses of cancer, fund gene therapies and develop artificial intelligence has been given a £133 million funding boost as part of a government pledge to extend life by five years. Some £50 million from The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will go to NHS diagnostic services to help bring about faster, more accurate diagnosis. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is pledging a further £83 million, of which £14 million will go to bioscience projects and technologies across the UK that could treat osteoarthritis and develop new vaccines.
Treating high blood pressure could slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests. A study of almost 11,000 people indicated that people who were taking medication for hypertension retained more of their cognitive abilities. People with high blood pressure, but who were not being treated, declined rapidly. The study was based on a survey of over-55s in China and was presented to the American Heart Association in New Orleans. High blood pressure in mid life has long been associated with an increased risk of developing dementia, particularly vascular dementia, in later life.
The NHS is paying out £200,000 every week to settle claims brought by patients left to suffer from excruciating bedsores. Last year saw payouts reach a record £10.3million. But an extra £10.5million was also racked up in legal fees – bringing the total to around £400,000 a week. More than 150 years ago, Florence Nightingale said that a patient with bedsores represented a failure in nursing care, as patients should be moved regularly to prevent the illness developing. Now figures from NHS Resolution show there were a record number of cases settled last year, including ten where the patient had to have a limb amputated. The average compensation cheque is around £37,000.
Current train journey times between major Midlands cities and Leeds could be slashed under “game-changer” proposals for part of the HS2 project. Plans have been submitted to the Government and the independent HS2 review panel for changes to a key rail junction, halving travel times for Nottingham to Birmingham and Leicester to Leeds services. The regional transport organisation, Midlands Connect, has said its proposals to alter the Toton East Midlands Hub station in Nottinghamshire, on the planned Leeds branch of HS2, could be less expensive than current thinking. The business case, submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) and the recently-announced review panel, is estimating the economic benefit to be at least £1.4 billion.
Thousands of lives a year would be saved by reducing air pollution to safe levels under draft legislation to be presented to parliament. The Air Pollution Bill would require the government to adopt tighter limits based on World Health Organisation recommendations, a key objective of the Times Clean Air for All Campaign. Ministers would, for the first time, have a clear duty to act on a problem that cuts short the lives of 36,000 people a year, costs the economy £20 billion annually in healthcare and impact on businesses and, if left unchecked, would cause 2.4 million new cases of disease in the next 16 years.
Britain’s post-Brexit economy will be transformed by a boom in the science, technology and healthcare industries, creating millions of new jobs and generating billions of pounds in output, a major new report has revealed. The economy will undergo a major shift in the next two decades driven by a green revolution, technological change and the ageing population, analysis by BNP Paribas and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) found. A combined 2.7 million jobs will be added to the economy by 2038 in their forecast, and investment will flood into certain regions, such as Manchester and the East of England, the location of Cambridge’s life sciences hub. “That growth is being driven by innovation, in particular in science, technology and the health and social sector,” explained Anne Marie Verstraeten, UK country head for BNP Paribas.
The UK could be set to see the return of the ‘Beast from the East’ as scientists warn it could be one of the coldest winters in 30 years – but an Indian Summer will bring the last blast of sun this month. Analysing current sea temperatures and weather systems over the north Atlantic scientists are able to predict what is to head our way in four months’ time – and it’s going to be very cold. Freezing Arctic air is set to descend on the UK in the first months of next year as the Gulf stream will sidestep Britain, leaving us without the rise in temperature it normally brings to the British Isles from the Atlantic and Caribbean sea. Despite the weather forecast being very premature, four months before this weather is set to hit, the extreme weather predictions were spotted by climate prediction experts at University College London.
BRITAIN will be hit with its coldest winter in 30 years as the Beast from the East returns with temperatures of -14C, forecasters have warned. A freezing jet stream is expected to sweep across the UK in January – settling in across the country for weeks. The predictions were made in one of the first long-range UK weather forecasts ever attempted. One of the areas expected to be worst-hit by the arctic jet is The Midlands – with the weather bringing with it icy memories of the Beast from the East that covered the UK in a blanket of snow in 2018. The team, led by Mark Saunders, a professor of climate prediction at University College London, told The Sunday Times: “This would rank the 2020 January-February central England temperature as the coldest winter since 2013.