MPs have rejected a cross-party attempt to give the Commons another chance to block a no-deal Brexit, in a boost to Eurosceptic hopes of leaving the EU at the end of October. Jeremy Corbyn had joined forces with other opposition parties and the Conservative grandee Sir Oliver Letwin to offer a crucial test of parliament’s ability to block a no-deal exit. The motion would simply have booked time this month for MPs to seize control of the Commons agenda to vote on Brexit, but it was widely understood as a precursor to an attempt to demonstrate MPs’ opposition to no-deal before the new prime minister enters Downing Street.
A LABOUR Party plot to block a no deal Brexit has been sabotaged by Brexiteers who voted against it in a sensational day of political drama in the House of Commons. MPs voted 298/309 on the motion prevent the UK leaving the EU without a deal. There was a majority of 11, meaning the vote was extremely close. The vote in the House of Commons, which has seen Brexiteers take back control from Remainer MPs, saw Tory hopeful Sajid Javid’s launch delayed. The BBC reported that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was heard shouting at Brexiteer MPs who cheered at the result: “You won’t be cheering in September!”
Conservative leadership candidates including Boris Johnson hoping to force a “deal or no deal” Brexit in October have been handed a boost after MPs defeated a Labour-led attempt to tie the next prime minister’s hands. Labour vowed it would not end efforts to stop no deal but the defeat bolstered Johnson’s claim at his leadership launch that MPs would not be prepared to “reap the whirlwind” of halting Brexit entirely as Tory MPs prepared for the first round on voting to choose the next prime minister on Thursday.
A former Tory cabinet minister has threatened to bring down the government in a confidence vote if the next prime minister tries to force a no-deal Brexit against the wishes of MPs. Tory whips saw off a move yesterday that would have allowed the Commons to legislate against a no-deal Brexit. Eight Labour MPs voted against the party’s motion and a further 13 abstained, while only ten Tory MPs rebelled against their whip, with the result that the proposal was defeated by 309 votes to 298.
A Tory MP has broken ranks and announced he’s prepared to BRING DOWN the government to stop a No Deal Brexit . Veteran Remainer Dominic Grieve declared he “will not hesitate” to back Labour in a no-confidence vote if needed to stop a “chaotic and appalling” exit on October 31. He declared: “I’m not going to spend my time talking to children and grandchildren later on and saying, when it came to it, I just decided to give up. “I won’t do that.”
British opposition lawmakers failed Wednesday in their latest attempt to ensure the U.K. can’t leave the European Union without a divorce deal. The House of Commons voted 309-298 against setting aside a day later this month to try to pass legislation that would prevent a no-deal Brexit. “This is a disappointing, narrow defeat. But this is just the start, not the end of our efforts to block ‘no deal,’” said Labour Party Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer.
Boris Johnson has privately assured senior Brexiteers that he will leave open the option of suspending parliament to force through a no-deal exit from the European Union, The Times has been told. The frontrunner to become the next leader of the Conservative Party has repeatedly voiced his opposition to the highly controversial move at hustings as he seeks to attract support from all wings of the party
The government has survived an attempt by the opposition to seize control of the House of Commons agenda in their attempt to block a no-deal Brexit. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn led a cross-party effort on Wednesday to suspend parliament’s rules later this month. This would have allowed opposition MPs to bring forward legislation aimed at preventing the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement on 31 October.
MPs have rejected a Labour-led effort to take control of Parliament’s timetable, blocking the latest attempt to stop a no-deal Brexit. The Commons opposed the move by 309 votes to 298. If passed, it would have given opponents of a no-deal Brexit the chance to table legislation to thwart the UK leaving without any agreement on the 31 October deadline. The result of the vote was greeted with cheers from the Tory benches.
Remainer MPs lost a crucial Commons vote on blocking No Deal tonight – in an early win for Boris Johnson. A cross-party motion designed to seize control from the government was defeated by 309 to 298. The Labour-backed move was seemingly timed to coincide with Mr Johnson‘s leadership campaign launch – after he vowed to force through Brexit by the end of October at all costs. Another would-be PM, Dominic Raab, has threatened to suspend Parliament when the deadline comes near to prevent it intervening.
Opposition MPs have lost a critical vote on a bid to prevent a future Conservative prime minister from forcing through a no-deal Brexit. Labour introduced a motion paving the way for parliament to block a chaotic Brexit by seizing control of the Commons timetable on 25 June. But MPs rejected the cross-party effort by 309 votes to 298, in a blow to hopes of preventing a Brexiteer prime minister from taking the UK out of the EU without a deal in October.
Conservative leadership candidates including Boris Johnson hoping to force a “deal or no deal” Brexit in October have been handed a boost after MPs defeated a Labour-led attempt to tie the next prime minister’s hands. Labour vowed it would not end efforts to stop no deal but the defeat bolstered Johnson’s claim at his leadership launch that MPs would not be prepared “reap the whirlwind” of halting Brexit entirely as Tory MPs prepared for the first round on voting to choose the next prime minister on Thursday.
Boris Johnson promised the “guts and the courage” to take Britain out of the EU by Oct 31 as he launched his campaign to become prime minister. The former foreign secretary said the time had come “to remember our duty to the people and the reasons for the Brexit vote”. He promised to provide the “clarity” of vision needed to deliver the result of the EU referendum with or without a deal, and warned MPs they would face “mortal retribution” from voters if they tried to stop Brexit.
Boris Johnson is driving Britain to a Brexit “cliff-edge at speed”, Philip Hammond has warned. Moments after the former foreign secretary launched his campaign for Downing Street by attempting to portray himself as the unifying candidate who could heal the country’s Brexit divisions, the chancellor hit out at his “impossible” vow to leave the EU on October 31. At his launch event Mr Johnson said that “after three years and two missed deadlines we must leave the EU on October 31”, adding: “Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn.
BRUSSELS bosses admit their own fishermen face being shut out of British waters if we leave without a Brexit deal. EU officials said continental trawlermen must “prepare for the possibility” they will no longer be able to land catches in UK seas after October 31. In a new paper they said they will try to get an agreement on fishing with the next British PM but are mobilising funds to prevent mass job losses if that fails. And the paper warned of the possibility No Deal could spark a free-for-all between coastal nations vying for the remaining fish stocks in EU waters.
BRUSSELS ruled out changing the Irish ‘backstop’ – as France warned Britain would break international law if it withholds the £39bn Brexit bill. Jean-Claude Juncker said there’s no chance of a time-limit for the border fix and the best Britain can hope for is tweaks to the non-binding trade plan. The Commission chief shut down hopes of a compromise insisting Theresa May’s deal “has to be respected by whomsoever will be the next British PM”. He said: “There will be no renegotiation as far as the content of the Withdrawal Agreement is concerned.
THE EU may refuse any request to extend the UK’s EU exit beyond October 31, leading to a no-deal exit, according to a dramatic warning. Sir Ivan Rogers, formerly the UK’s ambassador to the EU, claimed European countries are losing patience with Britain. Currently the UK is due to leave the EU on October 31, but some Conservative leadership candidates have suggested this could be extended.
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has ruled out time-limiting the Irish backstop as a number of European leaders are telling prospective Tory Party leadership hopefuls that a new prime minister will not be able to change the withdrawal treaty. “There will be no renegotiation as far as the content of the Withdrawal Agreement is concerned,” Mr Juncker said on Tuesday.
The European Commission on Wednesday said a no-deal Brexit was “very much possible” as it updated its contingency preparations and told countries, companies and people to be ready for the expected economic fallout. The European Union’s executive said it would pay particular attention in coming months to crucial areas including citizens rights, financial services, transport and fisheries, ahead of Britain’s departure from the bloc, now due on Oct.31.
The far-right strongman of Italy’s populist coalition government, Matteo Salvini, has got a new bargaining chip in his battle to get more cash: minibots. They are the brainchild of economist Claudio Borghi, a senior member of Salvini’s party, the League. The concept is a low denomination bond that can be used within Italy as a fresh way for the government to issue debt. That idea also underpins its name: Buoni Ordinari del Tesoro (BOT), or Ordinary Treasury Bonds and ‘mini’, as the notes involved are lower than the minimum level at which government debt is now issued,
One of Jeremy Corbyn’s most important allies hit out at the Labour leader’s critics yesterday after the party’s divisions were exposed yet again over Brexit and antisemitism. Ian Lavery, the party chairman, told a meeting of the shadow cabinet that MPs had been disrespectful when Mr Corbyn addressed them on Monday night. One Labour MP told The Times that the meeting had been the worst of his leadership as Mr Corbyn came under fire from usually loyal MPs, especially over the party’s stance on a second EU referendum.
Jeremy Corbyn wants a “Tory Brexit” so the Conservative Party gets the blame “when things go wrong”, former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling has said. Lord Darling said Labour had been “taken to the cleaners” at the European elections last month because there was not “clarity” on whether the party backed a second referendum or not. “It’s never been clear to me that Jeremy Corbyn isn’t a Brexiteer.
The Brexit Party has a ‘high and ongoing risk’ of accepting “impermissible” foreign donations, the elections watchdog has declared. The Electoral Commission is now urging Nigel Farage’s party to improve its system after the Mirror exposed holes in the way it takes vast sums of money. And the watchdog will consider possible enforcement if the Brexit Party fails to take the recommended steps. Our investigation revealed how loopholes in the law and the party’s website could allow millions in untraceable donations to pour into the party.
Nigel Farage has demanded police take action against Jo Brand for “incitement of violence” after the comedian joked about throwing battery acid at politicians. During an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Heresy, the comedian was asked by host Victoria Coren Mitchell about the “terrible” state of British politics. She replied: “Well, yes I would say that but I think that’s because certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore and they’re very, very easy to hate and I’m kind of thinking: ‘Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?”
NIGEL Farage failed to see the funny side after comedian Jo Brand said “battery acid and not milkshake” should be thrown at him. The Brexit Party leader said she was “inciting violence” by her comments on a Radio 4 panel show and police should be brought in. Brand was asked if she thought UK politics was going through a “terrible” time. She said it was “pathetic” to throw milkshake at political opponents during campaigning for the EU elections last month.
Comedian Jo Brand has sparked anger after she joked about her ‘fantasy’ that politicians should have battery acid thrown at them instead of milkshakes. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage accused the comedian of inciting violence after she made she made the comments during Victoria Coren Mitchell‘s Heresy on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday night. In reply to a question about the state of UK politics, the 61-year-old said: “Well, yes I would say that but that’s because certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore and they’re very, very easy to hate.
Campaigners for a second Brexit referendum are planning another mass protest in London ahead of the date on which Britain is due to leave the European Union in October as the leading candidates to be the next prime minister say they will leave without a trade deal. The People’s Vote campaign, which includes several pro-EU groups, plans a series of rallies around Britain over the next few months called “Let us be heard”. They will culminate in a march in London on Saturday, Oct. 12, in what organisers say will be one of the biggest demonstrations Britain has ever seen.
An eco-charity is threatening Michael Gove with legal action amid claims he is using ministerial powers to “delete” regulations on hazardous pesticides post-Brexit. The Chem Trust says the environment secretary has laid a last-minute amendment to Brexit legislation which would “substantially weaken” UK law and oversight of chemicals. The charity says the move, being pushed through using executive changes to the EU Withdrawal Bill – which ministers said was aimed at copying EU laws onto the UK statute book – is “the first concrete evidence” of Brexit being used “as a cover for deregulation”.
The UK will produce net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Theresa May has pledged. The outgoing prime minister is to announce a legally binding agreement on Wednesday to put the UK on the path to end its contribution to climate change in just over 30 years. This would mean any emissions produced by the UK after 2050 would be offset by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere. The move, which will amend the Climate Change Act 2008, will improve public health, air quality and biodiversity. It will mean the UK is set to become the first G7 country to legislate for net zero emissions.
Theresa May has announced a new Government plan for the UK to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, marking one her last major pieces of legislation she will put forward before stepping down as Prime Minister. The new legislation will make Britain the first G7 country to legally commit to cutting its emissions to this level, and sets a legally binding target to end the UK’s contribution to climate change over the next 30 years. The plans will see the Climate Change Act 2008 amended from its current target of reducing emissions by 80 per cent by the middle of the century to the new, tougher goal.
Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change. Prime Minister Theresa May said there was a “moral duty to leave this world in a better condition than what we inherited”. Cutting emissions would benefit public health and cut NHS costs, she said. Britain is the first major nation to propose this target – and it has been widely praised by green groups. But some say the phase-out is too late to protect the climate, and others fear that the task is impossible.
Not content with just banning porn and plastic straws, Theresa May has decided to add a £1 trillion – that’s £1,000,000,000,000 – economic black hole to her “legacy” with her new policy to force the UK to have ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050. Philip Hammond has already warned that the cost “is likely to be well in excess of a trillion pounds”. Blows the row over tax cuts into insignificance… The problem is that no-one has any idea how much it is actually going to cost. The Climate Change Committee (CCC), chaired by scandal-ridden Lord Deben, has put out a figure of £50 billion every year.
Theresa May‘s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 triggered a row last night when it emerged the target will be reviewed in five years. The Prime Minister yesterday made the UK the first major economy to turn this commitment into law – as one of her final acts in No 10. Environmental campaigners widely praised the move, but some criticised the decision to promise a review in 2024 on whether to keep the target.
NHS watchdogs have been accused of a “whitewash” and failing to act on a damning report into a hospital later found on camera to be abusing its patients. Last month, police arrested ten staff for suspected offences relating to abuse and neglect after the BBC’s Panorama gained undercover footage that appeared to show vulnerable adults being mistreated at Whorlton Hall in County Durham. Inspectorate the Care Quality Commission had given it an overall rating of “good” following a visit in 2016.
The head of the NHS dementia strategy has warned that the service is struggling to keep up as cases of the degenerative condition surge. NHS figures released yesterday showed that nearly 454,000 people aged 65 or over in England have formally had dementia diagnosed: a record. The number of diagnoses has increased by 7 per cent in the past three years.