Apologies for the lack of a news review yesterday. Computers!!!
Boris Johnson is plotting to hold an early general election once Brexit gets over the line so that he can face off against Labour ‘while Jeremy Corbyn is still around’, it has been claimed. The Tory frontrunner, who will enter Number 10 next week if he defeats Jeremy Hunt in the leadership race, is said to have told aides to prepare for an election as early as next summer.
Boris Johnson’s allies have claimed that the prospective prime minister is planning to hold another snap General Election by summer 2020. Senior allies of Mr Johnson told The Times that plans were being outlined to hold a vote in the next year. The Tories believe they should strike whilst Labour is considered in a weak position under Jeremy Corbyn, whose leadership has been rocked by accusations of personal and party antisemitism and criticism of Labour’s longstanding lack of a coherent position on Brexit.
A NEW prime minister will be announced next week, but amid ongoing Brexit turmoil, the road ahead is anything but certain. So will we see another snap election before the October 31 Brexit deadline? Boris Johnson, frontrunner for the Tory leadership, has said repeatedly he won’t call a snap election before the next general election, due in May 2022. Poor showing by the Conservative Party in the European and local elections in recent months, as well as plummeting opinion polls, seemed to indicate an election might be disastrous for a new Prime Minister.
There are reports this morning that the man likely to become the next Conservative Party Leader is keen to hold an early General Election. Boris Johnson is rumoured to be looking at the possibility whilst Jeremy Corbyn is still leading the Labour Party. The Times report that Sir Edward Lister, who will be overseeing Johnson’s operation, is planning to get the outfit election-ready. An ally of Boris has been quoted as saying: “There’s a desire to get this done while Corbyn is still around. Labour is utterly divided – Brexit is killing them. Labour is in no fit state to fight a General Election.”
Boris Johnson ruled out a general election alliance with the Brexit Party as he and Jeremy Hunt used the final Tory leadership hustings to dismiss the idea of calling another snap national poll. The rivals said the public and MPs were united in their disapproval of another vote anytime soon, and reiterated their belief that the next prime minister must first ensure Britain leaves the EU. Both men told party members in east London that the best way for the Conservatives to get into fighting shape for an election was to deliver Brexit, with Mr Hunt saying it was vital to prove that “we are still a great democracy that does what the people tell us to do”.
Boris Johnson has ruled out forming an electoral pact with Nigel Farage’s Brexit party if he becomes prime minister next week. Speculation has been rife that Johnson will have to do a deal with the Brexit Party if an election is triggered before Brexit is delivered by MPs determined to stop no deal. Farage’s outfit is riding high in the polls, eating into Tory support, and eurosceptic MPs including Steve Baker have suggested a pact will be necessary to keep the party in power.
The Boris Johnson Campaign team is reported to be putting together a plan to prorogue parliament for the final two weeks in October to stymie any plans by Remainer MPs to stop a no deal Brexit. Now this’ll have the Remainers frothing at the mouth. Sky News reports that the Boris Johnson campaign team are looking at plans to shut down parliament and have a Queen’s Speech early in November. Normally Parliament is prorogued for a week or two prior to the Queen’s speech so this would mean that neither MPs nor Lords would be able to interfere during the running down of the clock to a no deal WTO Brexit.
The Queen must be kept out of Brexit controversy by establishing an inner privy council to advise her on proroguing parliament, one of Britain’s most eminent lawyers has proposed. In an article for The Times the retired Supreme Court Judge Lord Sumption said that legal challenges to prevent Boris Johnson from suspending parliament to push through no-deal would prove futile. He warned that, under constitutional convention, the Queen would have little choice but to agree to any suspension asked for by her prime minister.
BRITAIN is in a state of political crisis. The tussle between government and Parliament reaching a deadlock regarding the current Brexit deal. As the Brexit deadline looms is it possible that the Queen could intervene to stop Brexit? Brexit is currently in a state of chaos and many members of the British public have now lost faith in politicians and their ability to deliver Brexit.
The House of Lords has backed a plan to stop the next prime minister suspending parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit. Peers voted 272 to 169 in favour of a cross-party motion that will force a government minister to make a series of statements in parliament in October. That would make it difficult for the next prime minister to prorogue parliament in the run-up to the UK leaving the EU on 31 October – the current Brexit deadline. Boris Johnson, the favourite to take over from Theresa May next week, has repeatedly refused to rule out prorogation if MPs try to block a no-deal Brexit.
The House of Lords has backed an attempt to prevent a future prime minister suspending Parliament to push through a no-deal Brexit. The measure will now go to MPs for a vote on Thursday, after peers defeated the government by 272 votes to 169. Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson has not ruled out suspending Parliament to ensure the UK could leave by 31 October, even without a deal. Labour said suspension would be “constitutionally improper”.
The House of Lords has passed a plan designed to stop the next Tory PM – probably Boris Johnson – from suspending Parliament to force through a No Deal Brexit. The Government was heavily defeated by peers after a cross-party bid to block such a move was backed by 272 to 169, majority 103, after warnings that it would amount to a “constitutional outrage”. The vote came amid fears that Boris Johnson could try to prorogue Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit if he wins the Tory leadership contest next week.
BREXIT Secretary Stephen Barclay has paved the way for France and other EU nations to exploit British waters even in the event of a no deal Brexit. Mr Barclay, when grilled by MPs from the Exiting the European Union Select Committee, said the UK would seek a “continuity approach” with EU nations if no Brexit deal was reached with the bloc on October 31. The Brexit Secretary also stated EU countries could continue send its vessels into UK waters until the end of 2019. Mr Barclay said the UK would stay within the controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) until at least December 31, as new quotas and access to markets will need to be finalised.
The EU will give in “very quickly” after a no-deal Brexit and start talks on a trade deal because of the UK’s “size and importance”, Stephen Barclay has claimed. The bloc’s unity will crumble under pressure from its voters and businesses once the “impact of no deal” is felt, the Brexit secretary told a committee of MPs. Brussels has repeatedly insisted it will not move on to “phase two” trade talks if the UK crashes out without an agreement – unless and until obligations on the £39bn “divorce bill”, the Irish border and EU citizens are met.
The EU will give in “very quickly” after a no-deal Brexit and start talks on a trade deal because of the UK’s “size and importance”, Stephen Barclay has claimed. The bloc’s unity will crumble under pressure from its voters and businesses once the “impact of no-deal” is felt, the Brexit secretary told a committee of MPs. Brussels has repeatedly insisted it will not move on to “phase two” trade talks if the UK crashes out without an agreement – unless and until obligations on the £39bn ‘divorce bill‘, the Irish border and EU citizens are met. But Mr Barclay said: “In the event of a no-deal, the phase two issues would very quickly come into play.
A no-deal Brexit will send Britain into a recession and shrink the economy by three per cent, the UK’s official economic forecaster will say today. In its first assessment of the economic impact of crashing out without a deal, the Office for Budget Responsibility report on how crashing out of the EU will affect wages, employment and house prices. The five-year forecast predicts the economy will decline in 2020 and the UK will enter into a recession, The Times reported.
Britain will slip into recession next year and the economy will be 3 per cent smaller if there is a no-deal Brexit, the UK’s official economic forecaster is expected to say today. The Office for Budget Responsibility is due to give its first assessment of the economic impact of a no-deal Brexit, including how it may affect household incomes, wages, employment and house prices. The five-year forecast predicts that the economy will contract in 2020 as the UK officially enters into a recession, The Times understands.
Philip Hammond, the chancellor, has said it is “terrifying” that one of Boris Johnson’s close allies, Jacob Rees-Mogg, believes a no-deal Brexit will boost the economy. The chancellor, who is expected to exit the government next week, expressed his horror after Rees-Mogg used a Daily Telegraph opinion piece to dismiss the “pure silliness” of Treasury forecasts suggesting a £90bn hit to the economy. Rees-Mogg claimed there were economic models that showed “the total positive impact of no deal could be in the region of about £80bn”.
Care home residents who pay their own bills will face charges £21,000 higher than those who are funded by the taxpayer. Experts predict that dementia care costs will soar by 79 per cent in a decade. This means those who have to pay will be billed an average of £78,000 a year by 2030. Yet an identical room paid for by the state will typically cost £57,000. The £21,000 disparity will hit middle-class families because free care is given only to those with less than £23,250 in savings or housing wealth.
The outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been declared an international health emergency by the World Health Organisation. A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to make the declaration despite the death of a five-year-old boy in neighbouring Uganda back in June. This week a case of Ebola was confirmed in the city of Goma, a major regional crossroads on the Rwandan border and home to two million people, sparking new fears the disease was spreading across countries.
The BBC could switch away from the licence fee to a Netflix-style voluntary subscription model, the director-general acknowledged yesterday. The compulsory licence fee system is guaranteed until 2027, after which the broadcaster will have to negotiate a new funding arrangement with the government. Senior industry figures have called for the BBC to be transformed into an opt-in platform, meaning that viewers would be charged only if they watched its programmes.
The Director-General of the BBC, Lord Hall, has admitted that the license fee could be scrapped with the broadcaster switching to a voluntary subscription model similar to Netflix. With increasing amounts of choice when it comes to media and younger generations having grown up streaming on the internet, the BBC license fee looks increasingly outdated, especially given the increasing levels of criticism surrounding its lefty Londoncentric world view.
Tens of thousands of Ryanair passengers had their holiday plans thrown into doubt last night after its pilots threatened to go on strike. A trade union representing the budget airline’s pilots said its members will soon vote on whether to walk out following a row over pay and working conditions. The ballot will open on July 24 and close on August 7 when the results will be announced. Unions are legally obliged to give two weeks’ notice if they intend to launch industrial action. This means the strike could go ahead as early as August 21, when the summer holiday season is still in full swing.
Responsibility for running the railways should be given to a powerful ‘fat controller’ type figure rather than the government, a major review is set to conclude. Former British Airways boss Keith Williams, the man appointed to lead the review, has rejected Labour’s calls to renationalise the railways but said a new national body should be created to manage them. This, he said, should be largely independent from the government. The involvement of ministers and Whitehall officials should be restricted to overall policy and budget decisions – with the Department of Transport stripped from having any responsibility for the day-to-day running of the railways.
The government could terminate the Northern rail franchise if performance does not improve, the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said, after more than a year of misery for passengers. Northern has faced intense scrutiny over the past year as travellers have been plagued by delays and cancellations. Asked by MPs on the transport select committee whether Northern should be stripped of the franchise, Grayling said: “If Northern can’t deliver then of course we would look at all options.”
Young drivers face being banned from the road at night under government plans designed to cut accident rates, The Times has learnt. The Department for Transport is considering the introduction of a “graduated licence” system that would impose restrictions on novice drivers. The system, already common overseas, would require young motorists to be subjected to an overnight curfew or required to drive under supervision during hours of darkness.
Speed limits on hundreds of miles of motorway could be temporarily lowered to tackle sudden increases in pollution in nearby towns and cities. Technology is being developed that could alter limits depending on the air quality at the roadside. The proposed system would automatically lower the speed limit — and slow the traffic — if readings showed high levels of harmful pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide. Reducing speeds from 70mph to 50mph has been found to cut exhaust emissions by as much as a fifth because there is less pressure on vehicle engines.
The RAF has set out plans that could see the production of hypersonic planes flying at more than 3,000mph. The Ministry of Defence has announced it is investing £10 million to develop new hypersonic engines that could be used to power manned fighter jets and drones. As missile technology makes flying combat aircraft increasingly risky, flying up to five times the speed of sound will mean fighter jets can destroy targets before they are engaged by enemy air defences.
Thousands of women are needlessly dying of strokes and heart attacks because the NHS sees them as ‘male diseases’, a damning report reveals today. Female patients are being failed by a sexist bias in the health system that means they are more likely to die in such instances than men, MPs have found. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health criticises the Government for failing to raise awareness of women’s symptoms.
Skin cancer rates have soared by 45 per cent over the course of a decade, with young people also developing the disease, new figures show. Cancer Research UK found rates of melanoma – the most deadly type of skin cancer – rose dramatically between 2004-2006 and 2014-2016, the most recent figures available. The charity said the rise of package holidays in the 1970s and more recent surges in cheap flights for weekends abroad have meant a sharp rise in risks. Rates of melanoma increased by 35 per cent for women and by 55 per cent for men. Overall, the jump was from 18 cases per 100,000 people to 26.
Skin cancer rates have soared by 45% over the course of a decade, with young people also developing the disease, new figures show. Cancer Research UK found rates of melanoma – the most deadly type of skin cancer – rose dramatically between 2004-2006 and 2014-2016, the most recent figures available. Rates increased by more than a third (35%) for women and by 55% for men. Overall, the jump was from 18 cases per 100,000 people to 26. While melanoma is still more common in those aged over 65, rates for 25 to 49-year-olds have increased by 70% since the 1990s. The jump has been from nine cases per 100,000 people in 1993-1995 to 16 per 100,000 in 2014-2016.
MILLIONS of Brits are at risk as skin cancer rates have soared by 45 per cent over a decade, new figures show. Research has found that cases of melanoma – the most deadly type of skin cancer – has risen by more than half for men and 35 per cent for women. Overall, the jump was from 18 cases per 100,000 people to 26, according to Cancer Research UK. While melanoma is still more common in those aged over 65, rates for 25 to 49-year-olds have increased by 70 per cent since the 1990s. According to the charity, the rise of package holidays in the 1970s and a more recent surge in cheap flights has seen more people going abroad, sometimes several times a year, putting their skin at risk from strong sun.
Patients will be told they have cancer by text under NHS plans to prevent life-threatening treatment delays. Those with abnormal scan or X-ray results would be sent a message briefly outlining the concerns and urging them to see a doctor. While the intention would be for most patients to receive the news from their doctor first, many could only find out by text. Anyone who was on holiday, unable to get an appointment or whose results were sitting in email inboxes would learn the devastating news on their phone.