Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will seek to unite and lead political opposition throughout Britain to any “hard Brexit”, according to a speech to be given on Thursday. She will tell her Scottish National Party’s (SNP) conference that the path taken by Prime Minister Theresa May since Britain voted to leave the EU in June – which has seen heavy falls in the pound – is one of “economic recklessness.” “The (Conservatives) are holding (the referendum result) up as cover for a hard Brexit that they have no mandate for – but which they are determined to impose, regardless of the ruinous consequences,” she will tell the conference, which opens on Thursday. “Brexit has become Tory (Conservative) Brexit,” Sturgeon will tell the SNP, by far the dominant Scottish party at Westminster with 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats in the UK parliament. Scotland voted 62 percent to 38 percent to stay in the EU.
Nicola Sturgeon is to open the SNP conference by pledging to lead the fight against a “hard Brexit”. The first minister is to issue a warning that the right wing of the Tory party is seeking to “hijack” the EU referendum result. She will also confirm that SNP MPs will oppose Brexit legislation when it comes before the House of Commons in 2017. About 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the party’s three-day conference at the SECC in Glasgow. A range of policy topics will be debated, and the winner of the party’s deputy leadership contest will be announced at the start on the conference. Ms Sturgeon will give her main address on Saturday, setting out her government’s domestic priorities, including education, health and the economy. However, she will tackle the issue of the UK’s vote to leave the EU as part of her opening remarks, in particular with reference to the idea of a “hard” Brexit, which would see the UK leave the single market altogether.
Nicola Sturgeon is to put herself on a collision course with Theresa May by vowing to lead an all-party fight against Brexit. Scotland’s First Minister says she will lead a UK-wide coalition of the SNP, Labour, Lib Dems and “moderate Tories” against a “hard Brexit”. Opening her party’s autumn conference in Glasgow, she will claim the right wing of the Conservative Party is now in the ascendancy and seeking to hijack the referendum result. “Brexit has become Tory Brexit,” she will say. “They are using it as licence for the xenophobia that has long lain under the surface – but which is now in full view.
A legal challenge over Britain’s exit from the European Union will be heard in the High Court later. The case has been described as the most important constitutional case in generations. Opponents are aiming to stop Prime Minister Theresa May from triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to leave the European Union without the prior authorisation of Parliament. Government lawyers will argue that Ms May is legally entitled to use the royal prerogative to start the Brexit process – which she previously said she intends to do by the end of March. Campaigners say only Parliament is empowered to authorise service of the Article 50 notice and Mrs May’s stance threatens to undermine its sovereignty and the rule of law. The lead case is being brought by Gina Miller, a philanthropist who voted Remain in the EU referendum on June 23. Ms Miller said when given permission to launch her action: “This case is all about the sovereignty of Parliament. It is very important that the (Article 50) issues are dealt with in a serious and grown-up way.
A legal challenge to the government’s right to begin the official process of Brexit without parliamentary approval is due to get under way. The High Court will consider whether ministers can invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the trigger for formal talks on separation, without MPs passing an act of Parliament. The case is being brought by investment manager Gina Miller among others. Ministers argue they can act under ancient powers of Royal Prerogative.
A legal bid to force the British government to seek parliamentary approval before starting the formal process of leaving the European Union begins on Thursday, with ministers calling it an anti-democratic tactic to delay Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the mechanism by which Britain begins a two-year process to exit the European Union, by the end of March next year and there will be no parliamentary vote beforehand. But she is facing a legal challenge over whether the government can use a historical power known as royal prerogative, to decide when, how and whether to make this decision. Thursday’s case in London’s High Court comes amid wider calls for lawmakers to have a vote over the shape of Brexit negotiations, with many politicians arguing the June 23 referendum only revealed that Britons wanted to leave the bloc. They voted by 52 percent against 48 percent to leave the EU, with the “Leave” campaign focusing on the issue of immigration.
THERESA MAY today hit back at Labour demands for a new vote on Brexit, telling Jeremy Corbyn: “You can ask the same question again but you still get the answer you don’t want”. The Prime Minister responded amid Labour’s request for precise detail of the Government’s Brexit plans even before it begins exit negotiations. Last night, Mr Corbyn’s party sent a list of 170 questions to the Government on Britain’s departure from the EU. Labour are also demanding a House of Commons’ vote on Brexit plans even before Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the legal mechanism for quitting the bloc – is triggered. Responding to Mr Corbyn’s doom-laden comments on Brexit during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon, Theresa May said: “Unlike the Right Honourable Gentleman I’m optimistic about the prospects of this country once we leave the EU. “I’m optimistic about the trade deals that other countries now actively are coming to us to say they want to do with the UK. “And I’m optimistic about how we will be able to ensure our economy grows outside of the EU.
Amid death threats and intensifying political disagreement, three of the most senior judges in England and Wales will hear claims that the government cannot trigger Brexit without parliamentary approval. Scores of QCs and lawyers will cram into court four on Thursday, the largest in London’s Royal Courts of Justice, to hear two and a half days of argument that could decide how – or conceivably even whether – the UK leaves the EU. The legal dispute is over who has authority to notify Brussels formally that Britain is withdrawing under article 50 of the treaty on European Union (TEU) – parliament or ministers. Article 50 states that any member state may leave “in accordance with its own constitutional requirements”, an undefined term that has allowed both sides to pursue rival interpretations.
Theresa May was accused of an embarrassing climbdown tonight as she battled to stop a Tory rebellion over her Brexit plans. The Prime Minister accepted a symbolic call to let Parliament examine her strategy for leaving the EU – before she invokes Article 50 next year. It came after she prompted outrage by refusing to reveal her plans in detail, behaviour Tory MP Stephen Phillips warned could amount to “tyranny”. Labour is due to make the call in the House of Commons tomorrow using an ‘opposition day debate’.
The High Speed 2 rail link between London and the North is “going to happen”, the Transport Secretary has said. Chris Grayling reiterated the Government’s support for the controversial project, saying Britain needs the link “now more than ever” as the country’s Victorian rail network struggles to cope with population growth. “It is ready to happen, it is going to happen, and it’s going to make a massive difference to our country”, he said during a conference in East London. “We will see it though to completion with the first trains running in the next decade.” He said the first phase of the project is planned between London and Birmingham.
The leader of the Labour Party is considering ways around the Equalities Act to enact discriminatory short lists to force more disabled, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender), and black people into parliament. Jeremy Corbyn was quizzed today during a session of Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee, titled Women in the House of Commons after the 2020 election. “Jeremy, you’re a believer in equality,” asked Tory MP Ben Howlett, “so why isn’t there all black short lists, all disabled shortlists, or all LGBT shortlists in the Labour Party?”
Jeremy Corbyn has signalled support for all-LGBT, all-black and all-disabled shortlists as a possible means of increasing minority groups’ representation in Parliament. The Labour leader said Parliament had a duty to represent “the totality of our society” and that he had “some sympathy” for adapting the all-women shortlist process to other groups. Asked why such exclusive shortlists for these groups did not currently exist, he said: “There have been ideas that that should be put forward. I have some sympathy with that, actually, and for ensuring there is a place on selection processes for people representing LGBT, Black, and disabled communities.
Jeremy Corbyn is facing demands to disown his ‘disgraceful’ top aide after he sparked fury by comparing British bombing of ISIS to Russian atrocities in Syria . Spokesman Seumas Milne complained that the focus on horrors in Aleppo was ‘diverting attention’ from the consequences of Western military action. He also suggested people should be protesting outside the US embassy in London rather than Moscow’s embassy. The extraordinary outburst came after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson condemned war crimes linked to Vladimir Putin’s forces and urged protests against Russian involvement in Syria’s civil war. It was quickly condemned by Labour moderates, who branded Mr Milne a ‘Putin apologist’ and a ‘disgrace’.
Jeremy Corbyn’s first meeting with Labour MPs since his re-election as leader was dominated by questions over why he sacked the party’s chief whip. There were also challenges over the party’s poor poll ratings and its stance on the war in Syria. It was another show of party disunity, with one senior Labour figure describing Mr Corbyn’s response to questions as “garbled” and another former shadow cabinet minister calling it “the usual patronising crap”. The Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) meeting came days after long-standing chief whip Rosie Winterton was replaced by Nick Brown, who served under Gordon Brown in the same role.
Jeremy Corbyn’s aide provoked anger today after claiming a focus on Russian military atrocities in Syria is diverting attention from acts committed by the United States and its allies in the war-torn country. Russian bombing in Aleppo has reportedly killed dozens this week alone, but the leader’s spokesman said the US was also responsible for “very large scale civilian casualties”. After Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said people should protest outside the Russian embassy in London, the spokesman argued people could also demonstrate outside the American embassy. The comments drew an angry reaction from Brendan Cox, the husband of the MP Jo Cox who campaigned for more aid for Syria, as he branded them “disgraceful”. Speaking after Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Corbyn’s spokesman said: “The focus on Russian atrocities, or Syrian army atrocities, which is absolutely correct, I think sometimes diverts attention from other atrocities that have taken place.”
France’s President Hollande has admitted that his country has a problem with Islam and has warned that France’s national symbol could one day be a woman in a burka. He has also questioned the patriotism of French football stars of Middle Eastern descent. His comments have been revealed via a new book titled A President Should Not Say That… The book details 61 private conversations Hollande held with Le Monde journalists Gerard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme between 2012, shortly after the President’s election, and this year. The comments reveal that Hollande has changed his mind on mass migration into France during his tenure, admitting “I think there are too many arrivals,” the Daily Mail has reported .
Organised criminals are benefiting from the wave of Islamic extremists in Germany because the threat of terror attacks take up so much police resources, leaving criminals with a free hand. Many Germans may not respond well to the news that Islamic radicalism and terror attacks are on the rise, but a certain segment of society may be able to find succour in the shift in Germany society. Organised criminals, outlaw bikers, and drug dealers are welcoming the wave of Islamic extremists flowing into Germany as the more they grow, the more police resources they consume. The result is that the criminal gangs can act with virtual impunity as law enforcement can’t keep up, reports Die Welt.
Eight in ten hospitals have been told to improve safety amid concerns from health watchdogs that they are putting patients at risk. Cancer operations are being cancelled at the last minute, wards are infested with mould and patients are developing life-threatening blood clots, an alarming report found. The Care Quality Commission has rated 81 per cent of hospital trusts as either inadequate or requiring improvement to meet basic safety standards. It warned that social care services such as home help and residential care were at ‘tipping point’ and urgently needed more cash. Common failings include surgeons operating on the wrong body part, nurses neglecting deteriorating patients and wards becoming dirty and unhygienic. Last year’s report found that 74 per cent of trusts needed to improve safety, suggesting overall standards are now worse.
At least 800,000 patients are registered with unsafe GPs, the Care Quality Commission found. Doctors are not undergoing basic CPR training and patients are not being invited in for routine cancer screening. Inspectors have so far visited 4,500 practices in England – just over half – of which 180 have been rated inadequate for safety. But the CQC expects around 300 surgeries covering 1.6 million patients will be graded inadequate once inspections are complete. Today’s report stressed that although the majority of the population are receiving good GP care, a significant proportion of practices are failing. They include the Friary Surgery in Richmond, North Yorkshire, where GPs were not undergoing annual CPR training.
Almost six in ten accident and emergency units have been labelled inadequate as they are overwhelmed by elderly people made ill by a lack of help with eating, washing and getting around. Inspectors have demanded urgent action to salvage a care system that is spiralling into crisis and dragging the NHS down with it. Billions of pounds are needed to help councils cope with an elderly population that has increased by a third in the last decade, the Care Quality Commission said in a report.
The world is entering an era that is “more dangerous” than the Cold War because of an increase in Russian military power, a former MI6 chief has said. Sir John Sawers has said the West needs to recognise the balance of power has changed in the world because Russia and China have become more powerful than they were in the past. “We are moving into an era that is as dangerous, if not more dangerous, as the cold war because we do not have that focus on a strategic relationship between Moscow and Washington,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Sir John also attacked Boris Johnson’s call for protests outside the Russian Embassy in London . He said such protests over Syria could put the Foreign Secretary’s own diplomatic staff in Moscow at risk.
Americans should vote for Donald Trump as president next month or risk being dragged into an apocalyptic nuclear war, a close ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin has threatened. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a flamboyant lawmaker known for his fiery rhetoric, said the Republican candidate was the only person able to calm the growing tension between Moscow and Washington. By contrast, Mr Zhirinovsky said if Democratic rival Hillary Clinton becomes president it could spark World War Three. Many Russians regard Mr Zhirinovsky as a clownish figure who makes outspoken statements to grab attention – but he is also viewed as a faithful servant of the Kremlin who is sometimes used to float radical opinions to test public reaction.
MANKIND could be wiped out by asteroids, pandemics, solar storms and World War 3, and this is the spaceship which could save us. Images of the gigantic orbital vessel were released today and the proposed craft could be the “foundation” for humanity’s future surival across the cosmos. The proposed Star Trek-esque craft is part of the Asgardia project and designs were released today along with plans for an asteroid defence shield to blast plant-busting space rocks. Asgardia is dubbed the world’s first “space nation” and they are taking applications for their first 100,000 citizens – being dubbed the “new era of the space age”.