A SENIOR minister has revealed that there is “a very good chance” Britain could walk away from Brexit talks over Brussels’ stubborn refusal to back down over the rule of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The leading member of the Government has told the Daily Express that the European Commission’s uncompromising demand that Britain continues to submit to the ECJ over citizen rights, trade, nuclear cooperation and other areas after Brexit “is a very, very big problem indeed”. The warning came after the European Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier last week said he could “see no other way” for the EU to agree on citizens rights apart from the UK submitting to rulings from the ECJ.
Britain is on the brink of walking out of Brexit talks unless Brussels big wigs back down when it comes to the European Court of Justice’s role in Brexit Britain moving forward. The EU’s insistence that it continues to hold sway over the rights of EU nationals living in Britain is “a very big problem”, according to a government Minister who spoke to the Daily Express. They insisted: “If they don’t budge we’ll have to walk away and that there is a “very good chance” that could now happen. It comes after Leave Means Leave, a group representing around 50 Tory MPs, conducted research showing Britain’s economy could be boosted by £150bn-a-year for 12 years if we took the no deal option.
BRITAIN could “walk away” from Brexit talks over Brussels’ refusal to back down on the rule of the European Court of Justice, a senior minister is said to have warned. The Daily Express reports that the leading member of the Government claims there was “a very good chance” the UK would pull back due to the European Commission’s current stance. The minister is said to have described a demand that Britain continues to submit to the European court in certain areas after Brexit as “a very, very big problem indeed”. Brexit secretary David Davis earlier this week said there was a “moral imperative” for a quick deal on citizens’ rights.
Britain is “jeopardising” the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in other EU countries because of its lack of clarity over key negotiating issues, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator has said. Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian MEP, accused the UK of “remaining silent” on key issues that must be settled in order for Britain to agree an exit deal with the EU. It comes after the second round of Brexit negotiations ended with the two parties some way apart on matters such as the settlement bill the UK will pay when it leaves the EU. Mr Verhofstadt said talks about a possible future trade deal between Britain and the EU could not begin until more progress has been made on that issue, as well as the matter of reciprocal citizens’ rights and what will happen to the Northern Ireland border.
EU citizens in the UK and Britons living in Europe will face a further 18 months of turmoil unless the European commission urgently changes its stance on agreeing an early deal on citizens’ rights, a former Lib Dem cabinet minister has warned. The party is writing to negotiators at the European commission and the European parliament, as well as Theresa May, to argue that they should allow for ringfencing of citizens’ rights to ensure any deal on EU citizens does not collapse if the UK and EU fail to reach an exit deal by the end of March 2019. In the strongest criticism yet from the pro-Europe party of the EU’s negotiating position, former energy secretary Ed Davey said the commission’s “nothing is agreed till everything is agreed” approach to citizens’ rights needed to change.
BRITAIN’S negotiators have been burning bridges around Brussels, it has been claimed with an EU diplomat warning “reality bites” as the battle for Brexit gets underway. It appears the gloves are off after the EU’s deputy negotiator Sabine Weyand appeared to support claims Britain has “precious few allies left”. A damning article by think tank European Policy Centre claims the approach by the team led by David Davis selected by Prime Minister Theresa May is increasingly damaging Britain’s position. Ms Weyand appeared to endorse the story and shared a link to the article online with the title “Reality bites: the Brexit negotiations seen from the other side of the Channel by Fabian Zuleeg”.
Senior cabinet ministers will push the UK’s Brexit agenda on three different continents later. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox will travel from the US to meet Mexican counterparts to discuss trading relationships. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is on a two-day tour of Australia, saying post-Brexit trade is “top of the agenda”. And Brexit Secretary David Davis will hold private talks in Germany ahead of the next round of negotiations. The globetrotting by the three ministers – dubbed the “three Brexiteers” for their role in backing a Leave vote – comes amid increased scrutiny of the opportunities and challenges facing Britain in terms of negotiating free trade agreements with other countries once it leaves the EU.
Nigel Farage today accused the Government of overseeing the ‘great Brexit betrayal’ and ‘selling out’ the strongest supporters of quitting the EU. The ex Ukip leader slammed the failure to pursue an immediate cut in immigration amid debate over a transition deal that could see the borders left open for years. Mr Farage said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had a ‘tougher line’ on EU migrants. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said on Sunday that it was ‘not a huge deal’ if transitional arrangements when Britain quits the EU last up until 2022. There are fears such a deal would leave free movement laws in place for a full five years after the triggering of Article 50 in March.
Labour could still u-turn on Brexit if it senses public opposition hardening, the party’s campaign chief has admitted. Andrew Gwynne claimed Labour could still be ‘flexible’ on its Brexit position amid a growing battle inside the party over Jeremy Corbyn‘s policy. The Labour leader is backing the Government on taking Britain out of the EU single market and has a confused position on the customs union. Theresa May insists leaving both EU groupings is crucial to deliver Brexit because they open the door to cutting migration and striking new trade deals. But Mr Corbyn is under growing pressure to soften his line, including from the powerful trade unions which have propped up his leadership and bankrolled Labour’s general election campaign.
JEREMY Corbyn is coming under fresh pressure to perform a major u-turn as Labour-backing trade unions scramble to keep access to the European Union’s single market. The Labour leader insisted at the weekend he would pull out of the single market when Britain breaks from the bloc, if he was in power insisting it was “dependent on EU membership”. Instead he said he would seek tariff-free access to the single market provoking outrage from the trade unions which back Labour. Labour’s manifesto refused to commit to staying in or leaving the single market but Mr Corbyn’s comments indicate he favours the so-called Norway option, which involves remaining in the single market by staying in the European Economic Area (EEA).
Labour has opened the door to supporting Britain remaining inside the single market, in a significant change of the party’s position. Yesterday Sir Keir Starmer, shadow Brexit secretary, and John McDonnell, shadow chancellor, said that no options should be taken off the table to ensure that Britain retained the benefits of the single market and customs union. The move is designed to counter remarks by other Labour shadow cabinet members, including Barry Gardiner, that the party was edging towards supporting a hard Brexit. Speaking at a Labour in the City event last night, Sir Keir said: “Labour’s objective is tariff-free access to the single market, no new red tape at customs and a deal that works for services as well as goods.
The Labour Party’s leadership has finally acknowledged that Britain must have a full, clean Brexit from the EU’s Single Market and the Customs Union to fulfil the public vote to leave the bloc on June 23rd 2016. Barry Gardiner, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, put the case forward in an article for the Guardian – a Left-liberal, Remain-supporting outlet – in which he claimed anything less than a so-called ‘Hard Brexit’ would be “considered a con” by the voting public. “Brexit arose from key political, rather than trade, objectives: to have control over our borders, to have sovereignty over our laws, not to submit to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), and not to pay money into the European budget,” Gardiner began.
Jeremy Corbyn has accused EU institutions of being ‘detrimental to the poor’, it emerged last night. A recording from 2014 reveals the Labour leader discussing the problems of the EU with Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro. Mr Corbyn suggested the EU had caused suffering to the people of Europe, and singled out the European Central Bank (ECB) for criticism. He said the ECB’s policies were ‘detrimental to the poor of Britain and other countries’. And he suggested the EU was also a barrier to ‘building socialism and the fight against capitalism’.
Ministers have been criticised for commissioning a study on the future of EU migration in Britain that will report only seven months before Brexit, extending the uncertainty for business. Amber Rudd, the home secretary, has asked the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an independent body that recommends migration limits, to carry out an evaluation of the role played by EU migrants in the workforce and what should happen after Brexit. Ministers stressed that they wanted a system that “delivers for our industries and our economy”. Ms Rudd has said that there will be an implementation period, likely to be up to three years, when Britain leaves the EU to ensure there is no “cliff edge” for employers or EU citizens in the UK.
The government is to launch its first major investigation into migration from the EU in order to lay the foundations for a new immigration system, though critics have questioned why the work has begun more than a year after the EU referendum. The home secretary, Amber Rudd, is to commission the independent Migration Advisory Committee to carry out a detailed analysis of the economic and social contributions and costs of EU citizens in Britain. Announcing the study, Rudd also said the government would seek a transitional arrangement, likely to involve the continuation of free movement, to ensure there would be no “cliff edge” for employers or EU nationals in the country. However, the study will not report back until September 2018 – seven months before Britain is set to formally exit the EU in March 2019.
The flow of EU workers will continue for an “implementation period” after Brexit, the Home Secretary has announced, scrapping plans for tough new rules from March 2019. In a bid to calm the fears of businesses, Amber Rudd has bowed to pressure to accept the Government cannot have a new immigration system ready for Brexit Day. Instead, there will be an “implementation period when the UK leaves the EU, to ensure there is no “cliff edge” for employers”, the Home Office said. However, officials were unable to provide any detail of how the temporary rules will operate before a consultation in the autumn – which itself has been delayed from the summer. Nevertheless, the Government – contrary to earlier reports – is still insisting the free movement of EU citizens will end when Britain leaves the EU, in March 2019.
A major study has been ordered by the Government to look at the economic impact of ending free movement of EU workers. The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, wants to know whether some parts of the UK will be affected more than others, whether there will be skills shortages and the impact on seasonal jobs. The study will be carried out by the Migration Advisory Committee, a quango that advises the Government on immigration issues, which will report by September next year.
A census-style survey of every EU worker is being launched by Home Secretary Amber Rudd today – but signalled that the UK would not take back full border control on Brexit day. She has told an independent panel to carry out the most comprehensive assessment ever of the role of European nationals in Britain’s economy and society. Experts will study exactly how many EU citizens have jobs and issues such as which sectors they work in, regional distribution, skills levels, seasonal workers and their impact on the competitiveness on UK industry. It intends to help ministers to devise an immigration system that keeps the economy buoyant after the country takes back control of its borders.
Doctors must stop telling patients to finish an entire course of antibiotics because it is driving antimicrobial resistance, a group of eminent specialists has warned. Patients should be encouraged to continue taking medication only until they feel better, to avoid the overuse of drugs, experts from bodies including Public Health England and the University of Oxford are now advising. Current guidance from the NHS and the World Health Organisation says it is essential to ‘finish a course’ of antibiotics to avoid triggering more virulent forms of disease.
It is a mantra followed by patients across the country: always complete the full course of antibiotics even if the ailment is long forgotten. Now specialists have warned that such advice is not backed by evidence, and could be increasing drug resistance. Doctors could instead tell patients to stop taking medication when they feel better, experts write in The BMJ today. Martin Llewelyn, of Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and nine colleagues from universities across the country urge health officials and school biology teachers to “stop advocating ‘complete the course’ ” and “publicly and actively state that this was not evidence-based and is incorrect”.
Doctors should stop telling patients to complete their courses of antibiotics, say experts. They fear that continuing with a course of treatment after a patient feels better could increase antibiotic resistance – where superbugs evolve that are immune to drugs. Their advice flies in the face of World Health Organisation guidelines, which tell patients to complete antibiotic courses even after they start to feel well again. For years, GPs have told patients that failing to finish a course is ‘irresponsible’ as it could increase antibiotic resistance and they urged caution over the new report. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said patients should not change their behaviour ‘based on one study’.
Breast cancer patients could be helped by a new blood test that can tell when they are on the wrong treatment. It identifies whether tumours have become resistant to the drugs the women are on, prompting doctors to try something different. The test can also detect mutations in cancer genes – again suggesting an alternative treatment might be better. Researchers hope this will benefit the 3,500 British women a year whose breast cancers have spread to surrounding tissue or organs. Known as a liquid biopsy, the test has been developed by Imperial College London, the University of Leicester, Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Now.
UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge has dropped out of the leadership race, warning against the risk of extremism within the party and what he called an obsession with Islam among some members. Mr Etheridge called on “libertarian” candidates to unite against hard-liners using the party “as a vehicle for the views of the EDL and the BNP”. He urged Nigel Farage to say which candidate he supports. “Nigel is the man who more than anyone made this party grow,” Mr Etheridge said. “But Nigel is silent. He needs to speak – the members need to know what Nigel thinks, we need to hear his voice.”
End of the world
THE end of the world is coming next month as a solar eclipse brings darkness to Earth, according to outlandish claims. On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cut a path across half of the planet for the first time in 99 years and is expected to nearly three minutes. But wild claims are being spread online that the stunning natural event is also a sign of an impending apocalypse. Gary Ray, of evangelical Christian publication Unsealed, claims the eclipse is the beginning of the end of the world. The doomsdayer believes the day will mark the beginning of the rapture which will then end on a second solar eclipse that is set to occur on April 8, 2024. In this seven-year period, he thinks believers will be beamed up to heaven before everyone else faces terrible tribulations on Earth.