Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday night began his attempt to bring down the government and block Brexit. The Labour leader has sent a letter attempting to build a cross-party coalition to force Boris Johnson from office, delay Brexit and campaign for a second referendum. Mr Corbyn has long been expected to make a move to stop a no-deal Brexit, but it was thought that he would not act until MPs returned from the summer recess on Sept 3.
JEREMY Corbyn has demanded rebel MPs make him caretaker PM as his price to stop Boris Johnson’s No Deal Brexit. He wrote to Lib Dems, SNP and senior Tory rebels to offer to table a vote of no confidence in the PM “at the earliest opportunity”. But he said he will only strike if they promise to give up on their plot to install a national unity government and hand him the No10 keys. In return, he would beg the EU to delay Brexit yet again and promise to hold a swift election. But the SNP’s Ian Blackford chucked cold water on his plot, for now.
Jeremy Corbyn has written to other party leaders and senior MPs asking them to support him in a vote of no confidence in order to oust Boris Johnson and stop a no-deal Brexit. The Labour leader effectively asks to be made caretaker prime minister on a “strictly time-limited” basis with the aim of calling a general election, and securing an extension of Article 50 to hold it. In the letter – addressed to senior MPs including Ian Blackford, Jo Swinson, Liz Saville Roberts and Caroline Lucas – Mr Corbyn says he intends to “to table a vote of no confidence at the earliest opportunity when we can be confident of success”.
Jeremy Corbyn plans to block a no-deal Brexit by appealing to Conservative MPs to install him as “temporary” prime minister. With less than 80 days to go until the 31 October deadline, the Labour leader is urging parties across parliament to oust Boris Johnson in a vote of no confidence. Mr Corbyn vowed that – if he ascends to power – he will delay Brexit, call a snap general election and campaign for another referendum with the option to Remain. He will likely hope that the promise of a “time-limited” government will be enough to secure the support of his critics.
Jeremy Corbyn was accused of plotting a ‘desperate’ coup last night after he demanded MPs make him caretaker prime minister to stop a No Deal Brexit. In an extraordinary letter to rebel Tories and opposition parties, Mr Corbyn said he was ready to lead a ‘strictly time-limited’ government to secure an extension to Article 50. Mr Corbyn pleaded for support to bring down Boris Johnson with a Commons vote of no confidence, saying he would then stop No Deal before ultimately calling a general election – and campaigning for a new referendum.
Jeremy Corbyn has urged Tory rebels and other opposition parties to back him to be prime minister on a “strictly time-limited basis” to call an election and stop a no-deal Brexit. The Labour leader said he would call a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson’s government as soon as he could be “confident of success” in bringing the government down. He would then use the 14 subsequent days to invite anti-no deal MPs in parliament to back him to lead a temporary government to ask the EU to delay Brexit, and to call a general election.
Jeremy Corbyn has made a dramatic bid to secure a Commons alliance to block a no-deal Brexit by pledging to be prime minister for a few weeks only – if other parties agree to put him in No 10. The Labour leader has abandoned a plan to head a minority government to implement his manifesto if Boris Johnson is toppled in a no-confidence vote, and promised to call an immediate general election instead. The move is designed to break the parliamentary deadlock that threatens to wreck attempts to stop the UK crashing out of the EU on 31 October.
Jeremy Corbyn has called on rebel Tories and opposition leaders to stop a no-deal Brexit by ousting Boris Johnson as prime minister and allowing Labour to form a caretaker government until a general election. The Labour leader proposed that he should lead a temporary administration on a “strictly time-limited” basis with the aim of calling a general election. His letter threw down the gauntlet to the Lib Dems, the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Greens and rebel Tories, at a time when MPs opposed to no deal have been discussing a “national unity government” led by a centrist figure.
Philip Hammond raised the prospect of a second referendum as he said he was “very confident” that parliament will be able to stop a no-deal Brexit. The former chancellor said that MPs would pass legislation to block a no-deal Brexit as he accused Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s most senior aide, of trying to wreck any chance of a deal. He suggested that if, after preventing the government from taking the UK out of the European Union without a withdrawal agreement, parliament was unable to agree a way forward there would have to be either a general election or another referendum.
PHILIP HAMMOND has blown apart a Tory party truce by accusing newly elected leader Boris Johnson of ruining any chance of a new Brexit deal. Former chancellor Philip Hammond penned a letter to Boris Johnson to say his unwillingness to move forward without Brussels scrapping the Irish backstop has “set the bar so high that there is no realistic probability of a deal being done”. The letter is signed by 20 other senior Conservative Party members, including seven ex-Cabinet ministers.
Philip Hammond discussed seeking advice from the Electoral Commission to help the government prepare for a second referendum while he was Chancellor, a senior cabinet source has claimed. The former Treasury chief was on Wednesday night accused of failing to prepare Britain for no deal as claims emerged he canvassed opinion on overturning the referendum result last September. The Electoral Commission is the body that regulates party and election finance and sets standards for how elections should be run.
Tory Brexiteers launched a furious backlash against Philip Hammond today after the former chancellor coordinated a Remainer attack on Boris Johnson, accusing the Prime Minister of torpedoing any chance of a new deal with Brussels. Mr Hammond authored an explosive letter to Mr Johnson, signed by 20 of his Tory Europhile colleagues, in which he suggested the PM had ‘set the bar so high that there is no realistic’ chance of a new divorce agreement being struck with the EU.
BORIS Johnson has let rip at Philip Hammond today – saying Remainers like him are in a ‘terrible collaboration’ with the EU to derail Brexit. In his first ‘People’s PMQs’ session this afternoon he answered questions from the public live on Facebook. And he used it to tear into the former Chancellor after his explosive intervention this morning. The PM accused him of working together with the EU to stop Brexit.
Boris Johnson last night accused former chancellor Philip Hammond of ‘collaborating’ with Brussels after he revealed plans to block Brexit happening at the end of October. The Prime Minister warned that Mr Hammond’s plot would torpedo chances of forcing concessions from the EU – so it actually increased the risk of leaving without a deal. Mr Hammond will lead rebel MPs in a bid to destroy Mr Johnson’s pledge to take Britain out of the EU on October 31 by changing the law to force another delay.
PHILIP HAMMOND has been accused of scheming to block a no deal Brexit while failing to prepare Britain for departure from the EU as Chancellor. The former Chancellor has been furiously condemned by Downing Street sources, with one telling The Times that “Hammond actively undermined the Government’s negotiating position by frustrating and obstructing preparation to leave EU”. The source added: “Everyone knows the ex-chancellor’s real objective was to cancel the referendum result.”
Sarah Wollaston has joined the Liberal Democrats as Jo Swinson, the party’s leader, dismissed Jeremy Corbyn’s attempt to take charge of efforts to stop a no-deal Brexit. Dr Wollaston, 57, who was elected as a Tory MP in 2010, takes the Lib Dems’ tally to 14 after its victory at the Brecon & Radnorshire by-election this month and the arrival of Chuka Umunna, the former Labour MP, in June. Mr Corbyn has told MPs, including the Lib Dems, that they must install him in No 10 as a caretaker prime minister if they want to thwart Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans.
Sarah Wollaston, the former Tory MP, has joined the Liberal Democrats, saying it is the best way for her to fight to remain in the EU. Dr Wollaston, who announced the move late on Wednesday, quit the Conservatives in February over the party’s “disastrous handling of Brexit”. The Totnes MP joined what would become the Independent Group for Change, but left that fledgling group in June after its dismal performance in the European Parliament elections.
Boris Johnson has admitted a no-deal Brexit is becoming “more likely”, just weeks after dismissing it as a “million to one” risk. Staging his first “People’s PMQs” on Facebook, the prime minister also failed to rule out a general election in order to thwart attempts to block a crash-out from the EU. And he accused MPs fighting a no-deal – led by Philip Hammond, the former chancellor – of “a terrible collaboration” with Brussels in order to stop Brexit altogether.
Amber Rudd has said she believes the risks of a no-deal Brexit are no more than a challenge that can be countered by government action, going back on her previous assessment in which she said it would cause “generational damage” to the UK. The work and pensions secretary, who kept her job when Boris Johnson became prime minister by renouncing her previously resolute opposition to no deal, said she still believed this would be much less preferable than a managed Brexit.
The latest mendacious line to come from the hard Remain camp is that “nobody was told that voting Leave could lead to no deal”, with Philip Hammond going into overdrive this morning and claiming it is a “total travesty of the truth”. The problem is, as usual, it’s the Remainer line that is a “total travesty of the truth”. Change Britain have looked at what Remainer politicians actually said and, surprise surprise, everyone from David Cameron and George Osborne to Dominic Grieve and Hilary Benn repeatedly warned voters that voting Leave would lead to Britain leaving the EU after two years, deal or no deal.
An attempt to prosecute Boris Johnson over the claim that Britain gave the EU £350m a week has been thrown out by a judge. Marcus Ball, a 29-year-old entrepreneur who has so far raised £570,000 for the case, had sought permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. But the bid was refused by Lady Justice Rafferty on Wednesday. “This application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court is rejected,” the High Court judge said.
A campaigner trying to bring a private prosecution against the prime minister over his controversial EU referendum bus claim has lost a bid to take his fight to the Supreme Court. Marcus Ball launched legal action after the slogan – “We send the EU £350m a week, let’s fund our NHS instead” – appeared on the side of a bus in the run up to the 2016 vote. Mr Ball accused Boris Johnson of knowing it was a “false and misleading figure”.
An attempt to bring a private prosecution against Boris Johnson for allegedly telling lies during the 2016 referendum campaign appears to have been dealt a fatal blow with the rejection of an application to take the case to the supreme court. High court judges threw the case out in June after Johnson challenged a summons to attend court on three claims of misconduct in public office. Marcus Ball, 29, who raised more than £300,000 through online crowdfunding to bring a private prosecution and has been working on it for the past three years, said on Wednesday that it was “not over” and that he and his legal team were looking at further options.
THE CONSERVATIVE Party committed in its 2017 manifesto to leaving the Common Fisheries Policy after Brexit, saying the UK “will be fully responsible for the access and management of its waters”. But there are widespread doubts about whether this is actually possible. Under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), European fishing fleets are given equal access to all EU waters and fishing grounds up to 12 nautical miles from EU member’s coasts.
Boris Johnson has accused MPs and the EU of collaborating to block Brexit, as he warned of the increasing risk of leaving without a deal. The Prime Minister accused Brussels of “not moving in their willingness to compromise” as he warned that a no-deal Brexit, although something he said he did not want, would become more likely the longer the impasse goes on. Speaking during a Facebook live People’s PMQs session, Mr Johnson said: “There’s a terrible kind of collaboration, as it were, going on between people who think they can block Brexit in Parliament and our European friends.
Boris Johnson has accused MPs and the EU of collaborating to stop Brexit as he held his first ‘People’s PMQs’ on Facebook today. Speaking live on a Facebook stream, Johnson answered pre-selected questions from members of the public. In reply to a parliamentary opposition and Brexit Johnson said: “There’s a terrible kind of collaboration, as it were, going on between people who think they can block Brexit in parliament and our European friends.
Boris Johnson has accused MPs and the EU of collaborating to block Brexit, as he failed to rule out calling a general election after 31 October in order to push through the UK’s exit from the EU. In what he branded “The People’s PMQs”, the prime minister answered “unpasteurised” and “unmediated” questions during a live broadcast on his Facebook page. It was unclear how Mr Johnson selected the questions he chose to answer, and the format did not allow the prime minister to be challenged on any of his replies.
European diplomats have dismissed Boris Johnson’s claims that Brussels is “collaborating” with MPs who want to frustrate Brexit. In broadcast from No 10 Mr Johnson said that the EU was refusing to negotiate with the government over his demands to reopen Theresa May’s Brexit deal because it was waiting for MPs to block a no-deal departure. He described this as a “terrible kind of collaboration” and said that the longer it went on “the more likely it is we will be forced to leave with a no-deal Brexit”.
BRITONS are grown tired of the “political manoeuvres” of anti-Brexit campaigners, French eurosceptic Florian Philippot said on Tuesday, after a poll showed Prime Minister Boris Johnson has the support of more than half of the public to deliver Brexit by any means, including suspending parliament. Mr Johnson has pledged to leave the EU on October 31 no matter what, and is now readying himself for a quick trade deal with the US in the event of a no deal exit.
European and US markets slumped after new data shows Germany’s economy shrank in the second quarter, and an inverted US bond yield curve sparked fresh recession warnings. Stocks were down across the continent as traders fled to safe haven assets such as gold and the Japanese yen in anticipation of an upcoming economic storm.
Students who got almost half of the answers wrong in their Maths A-level this summer will get a grade A, it has emerged. Just 54 per cent is required for an A in this year’s OCR exam, according to a leaked copy of the grade boundaries seen by The Daily Telegraph. It is believed to be the lowest amount of marks ever needed to secure a top grade in a Maths A-level. Students with 43 per cent will be awarded a B, those with 33 per cent will get a C and those with 13 per cent will pass their A-level with a grade E. Documents revealing the grade boundaries for Edexcel’s A-levels also surfaced online on Wednesday, which showed that pupils need to get 55 per cent for a grade A in Maths, 34 per cent for a C and 14 per cent for an E.
Students who got almost half of their answers wrong in their A-level maths exam this year will still get an A grade, according to leaked documents. Grade boundaries set by exam board Edexcel show that just 165 out of 300 marks were needed to achieve an A grade compared to 184 marks (61 per cent) last year. Documents revealing the grade boundaries leaked on social media one day before sixth formers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive their A-level results.
A planned strike by thousands of workers at Heathrow Airport has been suspended while they vote on the latest pay offer. Flights had been expected to face disruption at Britain’s biggest airport during the industrial action on the Friday and Saturday of the August bank holiday weekend. The Unite union confirmed that a ballot is under way on the revised pay offer, made by Heathrow to more than 4,000 security, air-side operations and services staff.
Holidaymakers flying Ryanair face Bank Holiday chaos after the firm’s Irish pilots have announced they will strike for 48 hours next week. The Irish pilots’ union Forsa/IALPA said on Wednesday the pilots will walk out on August 22 and August 23. To prevent a strike Ryanair will need to make a counter-proposal to the union by August 14. The industrial action is likely to cause widespread disruption for travellers.