Sir John Major has said that he will take Boris Johnson to court if he tries to suspend parliament to facilitate a no-deal Brexit. Frontrunner in the Conservative leadership contest Mr Johnson has not ruled out proroguing (suspending) Parliament if he becomes party leader and prime minister in order to stop Remainer MPs blocking the UK leaving the EU in a clean break by the October 31st deadline. Sir John told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Wednesday said that proroguing parliament was “totally unacceptable” and that he would seek a judicial review to stop him. “I think the idea of proroguing parliament is utterly and totally unacceptable from any British parliamentarian or democrat. I for one would be prepared to go and seek judicial review to prevent parliament being bypassed,” Sir John said.
John Major says he would launch a judicial review to stop Boris Johnson shutting down parliament to force through a “totally unacceptable” no-deal Brexit. The former Conservative prime minister condemned the Tory leadership favourite for failing to rule out prorogation – which he likened to the actions of Charles I in the 1640s. Sir John said Tory Brexiteers were guilty of championing parliamentary sovereignty “except when it is inconvenient for Mr Johnson”.
Former prime minister Sir John Major has said he would be willing to go to court to try and stop Boris Johnson suspending parliament. He said the move – which Mr Johnson has not ruled out in order to pursue a no-deal exit from the EU if he becomes PM – would drag the Queen into a constitutional crisis. Sir John, who was in Downing Street from 1990 to 1997, said such a course of action would be “utterly and totally unacceptable”.
Former prime minister Sir John Major has told the BBC he would seek a judicial review in the courts if the new prime minister tried to suspend Parliament to deliver a no-deal Brexit. Sir John said such a move would be “utterly and totally unacceptable”. Using a judicial review, anyone can apply to challenge the lawfulness of decisions made by the government. Boris Johnson – the frontrunner in the Tory leadership race – has refused to rule out proroguing Parliament.
Dominic Grieve says the fight to give MPs the power to stop Boris Johnson shutting down parliament in October can still be won, as it moves to the House of Lords. Peers are likely to reinstate clauses, thrown out in the Commons, designed to prevent the Tory leadership favourite forcing through a no-deal Brexit, the Conservative rebel said. Pro-EU MPs hope anti no-deal cabinet ministers will then be “shamed and embarrassed” into joining the revolt in September, as one put it – when the UK will be even closer to the no-deal cliff edge.
Labour Party anti-semitism
THE Labour Party Press Team has been humiliated after an embarrassing hack resulted in a tweet from their account admitting to anti-Semitism. A BBC Panorama documentary called “Is Labour anti-Semitic” was aired by the BBC tonight, ahead of the release senior Labour figureheads were accused by whistleblowers of undermining efforts to investigate anti-Semitism. A total of three Labour peers had resigned the whip in protest against what they perceived to be a failure to deal with anti-Semitism in the party.
The Labour Party’s press team says its Twitter account was “hacked” after a message was posted accusing the party of being “institutionally racist”. The post, which was swiftly deleted, emerged as a BBC Panorama documentary was broadcast that investigated anti-Semitism in the Jeremy Corbyn-led party. The initial tweet read: “There we have it folks, proof if any was needed that the Labour Party IS institutionally racist and will be until Corbyn and his cronies go”.
Labour’s general secretary has been accused by whistleblowers of interfering in one of the party’s most high-profile cases of anti-Semitism. Jennie Formby, one of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies, is at the centre of a fresh row over alleged political interference in the handling of complaints against Labour Party members. Separately, Seumas Milne, the Labour leader’s director of communications and strategy, has also been accused of laughing at a former official when they offered advice on how to deal with the party’s problems.
Corbyn’s outriders are continuing their all out pre-emptive war to try to discredit Labour’s anti-Semitism whistleblowers ahead of tonight’s Panorama exposé. Now it’s Momentum founder Jon Lansman who’s been wheeled out to make an extraordinary allegation against the whistleblowers, suggesting that they deliberately sabotaged Labour’s attempts to tackle anti-Semitism in order to make Corbyn look bad. Looks pretty defamatory if he doesn’t have any proof: Momentum themselves have already put out an attack video against producer John Ware while Corbyn’s spokesman has been briefing heavily against the BBC.
Labour tried to prevent the broadcast of tonight’s damning BBC documentary on anti-Semitism, it has emerged. Jeremy Corbyn’s inner circle are braced for a string of bruising allegations in the Panorama programme, entitled “Is Labour Anti-Semitic?” The party has been dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism within its ranks, and of failing to effectively deal with the problem. And the programme claims the party’s complaints and disciplinary system that had to deal with a huge increase in anti-Semitism complaints since Jeremy Corbyn became leader in 2015.
Senior Labour figures have expressed anger and alarm over claims some of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies tried to interfere in disciplinary processes involving allegations of anti-Semitism. Deputy leader Tom Watson and London Mayor Sadiq Khan were among those who spoke out following accusations made in Wednesday’s BBC Panorama documentary. Mr Watson said he was “shocked” and “appalled” by the claims.
JEREMY Corbyn’s closest aides intervened to stop anti-Semites being kicked out of Labour and laughed off calls to tackle the crisis, an explosive documentary revealed tonight. Eight ex-Labour staffers broke restrictive gagging orders to lay bare the sheer scale of racism in the party. They told BBC Panorama how the party was hit by a flood of cases of Jew-baiting racism after Mr Corbyn became leader in 2015.
Eight whistleblowers have said how they felt fatally undermined by senior Labour bosses in their attempts to tackle antisemitism, alleging consistent interference in complaints and claiming that one key aide mocked their efforts. Four of the whistleblowers, including former Labour general secretary Iain McNicol, who left his post last year, have broken non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to come forward. One of them, Louise Withers Green, told the Guardian: “People I was working with would show me antisemitic things on their screens and I’d flinch – and then it was deemed not antisemitism or at least the sanctions were lessened to a warning or a reminder of conduct, which means nothing.”
Former Labour Party officials defied gagging orders last night to accuse Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies of interfering in antisemitism cases. Eight former party officials, four of whom had previously signed non-disclosure agreements, went on camera in a BBC Panorama documentary to accuse Mr Corbyn’s top team of undermining their efforts to combat antisemitism. Seumas Milne, the Labour leader’s communications chief, was accused of telling officials that their processes were “muddling up political disputes with racism”, while Jennie Formby, the general secretary, was accused of trying to influence the party’s chief disciplinary body while it considered a major antisemitism case, before telling colleagues that she had “deleted all trace of the email”.
Senior Labour figures have been accused of interfering with the disciplinary process investigating claims of anti-Semitism, a BBC One documentary claimed tonight. The expose aired on BBC One this evening suggested Mr Corbyn’s closest advisors tried to wrestle personal control over handling of anti-Semitism complaints against party members after he took over as leader. Communications chief and Seumas Milne and National Constitution Committee general secretary Jennie Formby were singled out for criticism in the programme.
Pro-EU political parties are set to take a major step towards forming a national “Remain alliance” by working together with a new organisation designed to increase the number of anti-Brexit MPs. Independent MP Heidi Allen, who quit the Conservative Party earlier this year, will launch the “Unite to Remain” group on Wednesday. The organisation will work with the Liberal Democrats, Green Party, Plaid Cymru, Change UK and other anti-Brexit parties to ensure that the pro-EU vote is not split between them in key elections.
The former Tory MP Heidi Allen, who quit the fledgling party Change UK after four months, has announced that independent MPs will form another new parliamentary group, to be known as The Independents. Allen said the new group would be a cooperative and she would be coordinating a “remain alliance” of parties against Brexit. Allen left the Conservatives to join the Independent Group, led the successor political party Change UK, which formed for the EU elections, and then quit after a disastrous set of results.
REMAINER’s have begun yet another plot to stop Brexit by forming a “Remain alliance” in an attempt to limit the number of leaver supporters elected into the House of Commons. The Pro-EU group, led by former Tory MP Heidi Allen, has outlined a plan to work with all Remain-supporting parties and Independent MPs to boost the Remain vote at parliamentary elections.
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party vote would collapse and switch back to the Tories if Boris Johnson succeeded in taking the UK out of the EU by October 31, a poll of Tory party members shows. The vast majority of Conservative switchers to the Brexit Party would come back to the Tories in a subsequent general election, leaving Mr Farage with a tiny rump, according to the survey by pollsters Orb International for the Telegraph.
NIGEL FARAGE’s Brexit Party is set for collapse if Boris Johnson can deliver Brexit by October 31, a shocking poll has revealed. Tory Party members would switch back to the Conservative Party in a general election, according to a survey by Orb International for The Daily Telegraph. Their findings show the Tories’ power could increase depending on whether Mr Johnson or Jeremy Hunt win in the Tory leadership race.
The candidate to take over the top post in the European Union has vowed to defend the “precious” Irish backstop and in effect ruled out reopening Theresa May’s Brexit agreement. Ursula von der Leyen, the German defence minister who hopes to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, sent a warning to the next British prime minister as she made her pitch to MEPs yesterday.
Ursula von der Leyen, the nominee to lead the European commission, has signalled she will not reopen Brexit talks with the next British prime minister and stressed the “precious” Irish backstop must be defended. She said she still hoped the UK would remain in the European Union, while indicating she had no intention to renegotiate the withdrawal deal agreed by Theresa May and EU leaders.
The incoming President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, says that she is not up to re-opening the Withdrawal Agreement. I say, so what? The EU Council anointed one to take over from Jean-Claude Juncker as the first female EU Commission president, the German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, has said that Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement surrender treaty is perfectly fine and that she would not be looking to re-open and renegotiate it.
Boris Johnson’s allies have warned Theresa May that she must not “tie the hands” of her successor by appointing a new ambassador to the United States as one of her final acts in Downing Street. Sir Kim Darroch resigned as Britain’s ambassador to Washington yesterday, saying that it was impossible for him to stay on after President Trump severed relations and described him as stupid, wacky and pompous. Friends of Sir Kim told The Times that Mr Johnson’s refusal to say whether he would keep the diplomat in office had been a factor in his decision to quit.
Allies of Boris Johnson insisted on Wednesday he must be free to choose the new ambassador to the United States should he become Prime Minister after Sir Kim Darroch resigned in the wake of the leaked diplomatic cables row. Sir Kim resigned on Wednesday afternoon saying his position had been made “impossible” after Donald Trump said the US would not deal with the ambassador who described his administration as “inept”. Sources close to Sir Kim claimed Mr Johnson’s refusal to back him in Tuesday night’s Conservative leadership television debate had prompted the decision with one senior source saying he was “very hurt”.
Sir Kim Darroch settled down to watch the Conservative leadership debate on Tuesday night with his wife, Vanessa, in the British embassy residence. Only three months earlier he had welcomed guests to an open day at one of Washington’s smartest properties and told some privately that he was hoping to stay another year.
Boris Johnson is facing a furious backlash after it emerged that Britain’s ambassador to the US quit because of the Conservative leadership frontrunner’s failure to support him over his leaked criticism of Donald Trump. Sir Kim Darroch dramatically resigned on Wednesday after watching the previous night’s TV leadership debate in which Mr Johnson – the man widely expected to win and become PM – repeatedly declined to rule out replacing the diplomat.
Theresa May has been warned not to ‘tie the hands’ of her successor by hiring a new ambassador to the United States before she leaves Downing Street. Sir Kim Darroch resigned on Wednesday as it had become ‘impossible’ for him to carry out his duties effectively in the wake of the firestorm over his private advice to ministers. It followed a tirade of abuse by Mr Trump who branded him a ‘very stupid guy’ and a ‘pompous fool’ and said the administration would have no further dealings with him. Sir Kim’s position came under further pressure after Mr Johnson, the Tory leadership front runner, repeatedly refused to back him in Tuesday’s televised debate.
Rumours swirled today about who might get the plum job of the UK’s ambassador – with George Osborne among the names in the frame. The abrupt departure of Sir Kim Darroch following his extraordinary spat with Donald Trump has left a vacancy in the Foreign Office’s most prominent overseas post. Speculation is already at fever pitch over who might get the role – and whether Theresa May will try to force through an appointment before she leaves No10 in a fortnight.
NIGEL FARAGE has emerged as the leading contender with the bookmakers to replace Sir Kim Darroch as the UK ambassador to the US. The Brexit Party leader is the 3/1 favourite with bookmaking giant PaddyPower to succeed Sir Kim – whose resignation this morning sent shockwaves through Westminster. Mr Farage, who is a close friend of US President Donald Trump, previously stated in 2016 he would be “very useful” in the role. A Paddy Power spokesman said: “As Sir Kim steps down as UK ambassador to the US, there’s one man who’s in Trump’s pocket enough to be the natural replacement – Nigel Farage.
George Osborne has become an unlikely name to be placed in the frame to take over from Sir Kim Darroch as the UK envoy in the US. The former chancellor, who is currently editor of the London Evening Standard, has been tipped as a replacement for Sir Kim due to his closeness to Boris Johnson the likely incoming prime minister. Mr Osborne is understood to be vying to become the next head of the International Monetary Fund and is keen on a move to the US.
The head of the UK’s diplomatic service has said he fears more leaks could follow that which led to the UK’s ambassador to the US resigning. Sir Simon McDonald told MPs he was “bracing” himself for further leaks, following the divulging of Sir Kim Darroch’s emails which he described as “the worst breach of trust in our service in my career”. It comes as Downing Street said it was in discussions with the police as to whether any criminality has been committed when memos in which Sir Kim called the Trump administration ” “inept”, “incompetent” and “insecure” were leaked. After the information was made public, US President Donald Trump tweeted that Sir Kim was “a very stupid guy”, was “not liked or well thought of within the US”, and that the White House “will no longer deal with him”.
The Royal Navy has fended off the attempted seizure of a British oil tanker by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, in an apparent tit-for-tit response to the arrest of one of Iran’s own vessels. The British Heritage, owned by BP Shipping and registered to the Isle of Man, was crossing into the Strait of Hormuz area when it was approached by three Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats. The Iranians ordered the vessel to stop in nearby Iranian territorial waters, CNN reported, citing two US officials with direct knowledge of the incident.
Britain will face “repercussions” after seizing an Iranian oil tanker last week, Iran’s president has said. Tehran has demanded the immediate release of the Grace 1 supertanker, which a detachment of royal marines boarded off the coast of Gibraltar on suspicion it was breaking European Union sanctions by carrying oil to Syria. Hassan Rouhani called the seizure “mean and wrong” during a cabinet meeting, the official IRNA news agency reported. “You [Britain] are an initiator of insecurity and you will understand its repercussions,” he warned, calling for the “full security” of international shipping lanes.
A ROYAL Navy frigate was forced to train its weapons on three Iranian boats that tried to seize a British oil tanker off Iran yesterday. Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard tried to take control of the vessel as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz – sparking a tense standoff in the Persian Gulf, US officials revealed. But HMS Montrose quickly trained its 30mm deck guns on the enemy boats and warned them off, they added. The British Heritage tanker was being escorted through the flashpoint region by the Montrose amid feverish tensions between Iran and the West.