The vote to leave the EU is a chance to fix the UK’s “broken” immigration system and restore trust in controlled migration, a report says. Think tank British Future said the Brexit referendum outcome was a “vote of no confidence” in existing policies. It said public expectations of curbs on low-skilled migration must be met. The think tank has also released a survey suggesting almost half of Britons do not believe the government will reach its net migration targets. Ministers have pledged to reduce net migration to below 100,000 by 2020. British Future’s report is published ahead of the release on Thursday of the latest net migration figures.
LEADING Brexit campaigners have called for Theresa May to “get on with it” and begin “putting the foot down” on the UK’s departure from the EU – as today marked two months since the country’s historic Leave vote. The Prime Minister today returned from her fortnight’s walking holiday in the Swiss Alps with her husband Philip, with the Tory leader now under mounting pressure to hasten the Brexit process on her arrival back in the country. With 61 days having passed since a majority of the British public voted to quit the EU, Ukip leader Nigel Farage told Express.co.uk: “We need the Government to get on with it.” Under EU laws, a departing member state must invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in order to trigger a two-year period for exit negotiations. Mr Farage added: “While it is understandable that Government departments need some time to prepare for Brexit, we must see Article 50 triggered at the earliest opportunity. “Leave must mean Leave – out of the single market while taking back control of our borders and our territorial waters.”
OWEN Smith has vowed to block the start of Brexit talks if the Government does not promise to have another public vote. The Labour MP is standing against Jeremy Corbyn in the party’s leadership contest after Mr Corbyn was attacked for his lukewarm support of the EU. Mr Smith has declared: “I’m a passionate pro-European and I will fight tooth and nail to keep us in the EU. Under my leadership, Labour won’t give the Tories a blank cheque. “We will vote in Parliament to block any attempt to invoke Article 50 until Theresa May commits to a second referendum or a general election on whatever EU exit deal emerges at the end of the process.” But is it even possible for Mr Owen to fulfil this campaign pledge?
Nigel Farage has told ITV News that he thinks Donald Trump can become the next president of the United States. Mr Farage said Mr Trump – who is trailing Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House – could defy the predictions of pollsters and commentators to win the election on November 8. The ex-Ukip leader appeared alongside Mr Trump at a campaign rally in Mississippi on Wednesday night, telling 15,000 activists that he would not vote for Mrs Clinton “even if you paid me”. Asked whether he truly believed Mr Trump could win on November 8, Mr Farage told ITV News: “Yes I do.
Outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage has urged Republicans to “get your walking boots on” and drum up support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. He appeared before 15,000 activists in Jackson, Mississippi, being introduced by and sharing the stage with Mr Trump. And he said the party could “beat the pollsters” in the presidential race. Mr Trump, who is trailing his rival Hillary Clinton in the opinion polls, backed the UK’s exit from the EU. In a tweet last week, Mr Trump said: “They will soon be calling me Mr Brexit.”
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage addressed a 10,000+ strong crowd at the Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi, telling them to “put on their walking boots” and urging them to form their own “People’s Army” to defeat the U.S. political establishment. Mr. Farage – who led his party (UKIP) to victory in the 2014 European Parliamentary elections, to a whopping 4m votes in the 2015 UK general election, and mostly importantly, to Britain voting to leave the European Union in 2016 – has used the “People’s Army” moniker to describe his party’s supporters for years. Introduced by Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump, he told the crowd that UKIP and Brexit campaigners had defeated the UK political establishment including the big banks, the corporations, the political classes, the pollsters , and the “liberal elite” by talking to people about controlling their country, their borders, and having self-respect for themselves. He hit out at U.S. President Barack Obama, who visited Britain during the campaign and threatened to send the country “to the back of the queue” for a trade deal with the United States if Britain voted for Brexit.
Nigel Farage, a key figure in the successful campaign to get Britain out of the European Union, lent his support to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying Trump represented the same type of anti-establishment movement that he masterminded in his own country. Farage appeared with Trump before a cheering crowd of thousands at a rally in Jackson, Mississippi. Farage partly based his Brexit drive on opposition to mass immigration to Britain that he said was leading to rapid change in his country. His appearance came as Trump sought to moderate his own hardline stance against illegal immigration. In remarks broadcast on Wednesday, Trump backed further away from his vow to deport millions of illegal immigrants, saying he would be willing to work with those who have abided by U.S. laws while living in the country.
Low skilled migrants from the EU will have to apply for permits to work in Britain after it leaves the European Union under plans being considered by ministers. Sir David Metcalf, the head of the Migration Advisory Committee, told the Telegraph that both the number of migrants and the amount of time they spend in the UK could be controlled using work permits. He said that the scheme would be “pretty straightforward” to run and could be modeled on a previous work permit system for seasonal agricultural workers.
The number of eastern Europeans seeking UK citizenship post-Brexit has gone up, according to a London advice centre. Barbara Drozdowicz, who herself is now applying for a passport, says she is disappointed with the British government, which is refusing to guarantee the rights of EU citizens already in the UK. Ms Drozdowicz, who is director of the East European Advice Centre, said: “This is not what we would expect from the British state, quite frankly. “I mean this is not how Britain works and this is not the sort of values we would expect. “We are quite positive that everything will be fine, but on the other hand there is a high level of anxiety.” With three million EU citizens living in the UK even Vote Leave campaigners, ahead of the referendum, had said their futures should be secure in Britain.
Low-skilled EU migrants may have to apply for permits to work in Britain after Brexit, under plans being considered by the Government, it has been reported. Sir David Metcalf, the head of the Migration Advisory Committee, told the Telegraph that both the number of migrants and the amount of time they spend in the UK could soon be controlled using work permits. His comments came after the committee, which advises the Government on migration issues, published a report which found that migrants in low-skilled jobs had “a small negative impact on wages of low-paid workers”. Sir David, a professor in industrial relations at the LSE, told the newspaper the scheme could be modelled on a previous work permit system for seasonal agricultural workers.
Britain should make low-skilled migrants from the EU apply for work permits, according to the Government’s top migration adviser. Sir David Metcalf of the Migration Advisory Committee said it would be ‘pretty straightforward’ to run a permits scheme similar to a previous model used for seasonal farm workers. It comes as a report from the think-tank said low-skilled migrants have put ‘extra pressure on housing, education, health and transport services’. ‘It would be remiss of the Migration Advisory Committee not to have actually done a bit of thinking about some of these things,’ Sir David told The Daily Telegraph. ‘I think it [work permits] is a pretty straightforward way and you already have a model that works. ‘The agricultural scheme was terrifically well administered – it was one guy at the Home Office working with operators and farmers.
FIVE men were mysteriously found drowned at a packed beach yesterday on the hottest day of the year so far. Three fully-clothed victims, in their 20s, were pulled ashore at Camber Sands, East Sussex. Two were found later. One onlooker said: “We don’t know if they were caught in a riptide or were illegal immigrants washed ashore.” They were hauled on to a packed beach by the public and lifeguards. The grim sight was witnessed by families who had been enjoying the hottest day of the year . An air ambulance and rescue helicopter were scrambled to Camber Sands, East Sussex, but the men died despite efforts to resuscitate them.
TONY BLAIR yesterday insisted immigration was good for Britain as it gave the country “fresh energy.” The former Labour Prime Minister – who opened our borders to eastern Europe – said migrants lower the age of the workforce and contribute more in taxes than they drew in benefits. “Actually immigration is good for a country, it brings fresh energy.” In an astonishing interview, Mr Blair added that it was wrong to rule out a second EU Referendum and the debate should not be “shut down” by the Tories.
Jeremy Corbyn today pledged cash for “patients not contractors”, fleshing out plans billed as aiming to “renationalise” the NHS . The Labour leader committed to ending private finance initiative (PFI) contracts and guaranteeing bursaries for nurses, which the Tory Government is replacing with loans from summer 2017. He is also expected to claim the Conservatives have “run our treasured National Health Service into the ground” as he makes the case for it to be “fully publicly funded”. Mr Corbyn, who launched his NHS policy during a speech in London, said: “The Tories have run our treasured National Health Service into the ground and we need to get serious about stopping them. “The next Labour government would go further than reversing Tory cuts – it would deliver a modern health and social care service that is fully publicly provided and fully publicly funded.
FINLAND’s president has launched an attack on the European Union’s habit of creating “self-inflicted” wounds as he warned of a “genuine threat” to the bloc’s survival following Brexit. Sauli Niinistö, whose country is a member of both the EU and eurozone, insisted Britain would remain an “important partner for the EU and Finland” once the UK finally cuts ties with Brussels. His comments represent a double boost for the UK’s hopes of extracting a favourable exit deal from the EU, after a top Belgian regional leader claimed the continuation of free trade between Britain and the bloc is of “mutual interest”. But as Mr Niinistö expressed his hope for “close and strong” UK-EU relations post-Brexit, along with Britain’s “strong and positive input” in European-wide decision-making from outside the bloc, Mr Niinistö sounded a gloomier note about the future of the EU.
TORIES have been rushing in new exams in an “incoherent and ill-considered way,” teachers said yesterday as schools prepared for this year’s final round of old-style GCSE results. Girls were predicted to maintain their hefty lead over boys in 47 out of 49 subjects today, with analysis of predicted grades by the University of Buckingham suggesting a 15 per cent lead in English. It is the last time that students will be graded from A* to G for all subjects — with new numerical grades and new courses being brought in from next year. Under the new system, top-performing students will be given a grade nine, while the poorest marks will warrant grade one. Teaching union NASUWT said the shift marked “the most substantial reform in a quarter of a century to the key general qualification.”
The leader of the Unite union, Len McCluskey, has said Labour’s conference may not go ahead if the row over its security is not resolved, and said the blame would be shouldered by the party’s general secretary, Iain McNicol. Labour is still no closer to resolving the security issue for its annual conference in Liverpool next month after the national executive committee voted to boycott longstanding provider G4S. Though other security firms were approached, Showsec was the only company to bid for the contract. Showsec is in dispute with the GMB over its refusal to sign a union recognition agreement, and talks between the union and the company have broken down.
The gap between Scotland’s public spending and tax revenues has widened, with the crash in global oil prices leading to a deficit of nearly £15bn. The latest official data shows that Scotland’s structural deficit was more than twice that of the UK last year, after its share of North Sea oil tax revenues collapsed , falling from £1.8bn in the previous year to £60m. The government expenditure and revenue Scotland (Gers) figures show that in 2015-16, Scottish tax receipts were £400 less than the UK average, at £10,000, after several decades during which oil had pushed them above the UK level. The Scottish and UK governments spent £1,200 a head more on public services in Scotland , and on Scotland’s share of UK and overseas spending, while overall tax receipts fell by £400 a head. Compared with spending at UK level, that led to a gulf of £1,600 a head between what was raised in taxes and spent in Scotland. Overall government spending as a share of the economy increased again to reach nearly 44% of Scotland’s GDP, compared with 40% at UK level.
An independent Scotland would have a bigger budget deficit than any other country in the EU including Greece, according to figures published yesterday. In a development that raises question marks over the SNP’s push for independence, annual figures showed that the shortfall in the Scottish economy is being met by taxpayers from the rest of the UK. The figures setting out Scotland’s fiscal position for 2015-16 revealed that the size of its deficit, at £14.8 billion, was up £500 million from the year before.