Theresa May is losing cabinet support for her plan to revert to a no-deal Brexit if Europe rejects the Chequers proposals, sources have told The Times. Senior ministers are increasingly worried that the prime minister will stick to her promise to force a no-deal Brexit if Europe rejects her plan again next month. Mrs May said on Tuesday: “I’ve always said no deal is better than a bad deal, and I think a bad deal, for example, would be something that broke up the United Kingdom.”
THERESA May was told to chuck the Chequers and negotiate a Canada-style deal with Brussels if she wants to have “a chance” to save her leadership tonight. Tory Brexiteer Nadine Dorries called for the Prime Minister to resign or leave her soft Brexit plan behind. The Mid Bedfordshire MP did not leave any room for doubt on her position on Mrs May. When asked by the host of ITV’s Peston programme if she believed the Prime Minister should go, she said “yes”.
A no-deal Brexit would be preferable to signing a Canada-style free trade agreement with the EU, Theresa May has said. The statement by the prime minister, who has told the EU it must accept her Chequers plan or nothing, amounts to a further of the UK’s red lines in negotiations with the bloc. The EU has repeatedly and unanimously rejected Chequers, a stance confirmed by the 27 other EU national leaders at a summit in Salzburg last week.
Mark Francois declared yesterday that the European Research Group will vote against Chequers. In one sense, of course, it will do no such thing. There won’t be a vote on a proposal called Chequers in the event of a Brexit deal – or on one called Canada, Canada Plus Plus Plus, SuperCanada, SuperChequers, Norway, and so on. Rather, there will be a vote on a Withdrawal Agreement and a political declaration. If the last is too specific, Theresa May risks Conservative MPs – and not necessarily just the harder Brexiteers – picking holes in it and helping to vote it down.
Theresa May last night told world leaders Britain voting for Brexit is not a ‘rejection of multilateralism’ but a desire for more accountability closer to home. In speeches to the UN’s Security Council and its General Assembly on Wednesday, the Prime Minister also attacked Russia for its ‘desperate fabrication’ over the Salisbury spy poisoning and warned of the dangers of the international community failing to cooperate. Mrs May also maintained that the Brexit vote to leave the European Union was not a rejection of multilateralism, but a demand for accountability.
Amber Rudd has told ITV’s Peston that pro-Remain Tory MPs would reject a Canadian-style EU deal, stop a No Deal Brexit and possibly even force a second referendum. When asked about the prospect of No Deal, the former Home Secretary told Peston that “Parliament would assert itself and object” to such an outcome and that a so-called “people’s vote could be the result of an impasse”. She called a second referendum “preferable to No Deal” whilst pushing the idea of a Norway-style deal – which would mean open borders and be completely unacceptable to millions of people, including the vast majority in her own party.
DONALD Trump told Theresa May he wants a “big and ambitious” free trade deal with us after Brexit, No 10 claimed last night. The pair held 30-minute talks in New York on their “mutual desire for a wide-ranging trade deal”, a spokesman said. He added: “They agreed Brexit provides a wonderful opportunity.” President Trump had revealed before they met at the UN General Assembly: “We’re talking about a lot of different things — trade, military, security, protection, all sorts.”
The EU is stepping up its ‘no-deal’ Brexit preparations because of Labour threats to veto any deal reached between Theresa May and Brussels, it emerged last night. A leaked diplomatic memo revealed growing fears among member states that even if a divorce deal is agreed, the Prime Minister will fail to get it ‘ratified’ by the Commons. European leaders have always assumed that a no-deal result would come from a breakdown in talks, but now their contingency planning includes MPs voting down any agreement in Westminster.
EUROPEAN capitals are cranking up their No Deal planning over fears Labour and hard Brexiteers will torpedo any exit package they seal with Theresa May. Member States are intensifying contingency measures amid suspicions Jeremy Corbyn will vote down the withdrawal agreement to try and force an election. They believe an alliance of Labour MPs and Tory eurosceptics could oppose the final deal in parliament, leading to Britain crashing out of the club. The development came as as the PM’s beleagured Chequers plan was dealt another hefty blow yesterday as a France launched a fresh attack on it.
The EU is intensifying its preparations for a no-deal Brexit amid heightened fears in European capitals that Jeremy Corbyn will order his MPs to vote down any deal struck in Brussels, a leaked document reveals. Labour’s stated goal to reject Theresa May’s deal in order to spark a general election has provoked a rush of activity in Brussels, where the party’s plans are regarded as one of the substantial risks to the negotiations. Shortly after Corbyn ended his leader’s speech at the Labour party conference, one of the European commission’s most senior officials addressed EU ambassadors on contingency planning in the event of a breakdown in talks.
MICHEL Barnier is doubting whether he will meet his announced target of an outline Brexit deal and final package in mid-November as fears Britain will crash out of the bloc without an agreement intensify. The EU chief Brexit negotiator made the admission of his concerns at a meeting of EU lawmakers a person familiar with the situation told Reuters. Michel Barnier reiterated that for a deal to be struck between the EU and Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May must make compromises.
Hungary’s foreign minister has called for an “extensive and comprehensive” free trade deal between the European Union and Brexit Britain and criticised European leaders who seek to “take revenge” on the UK for voting to leave the bloc. “It is in Hungary’s interests for the most extensive and comprehensive free trade agreement possible to come about between Great Britain and the European Union from the time when Great Britain exits the EU,” foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said at a meeting Tuesday with his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt in New York City on the sidelines of the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly.
Angela Merkel said on Tuesday night a detailed version of Britain’s post-Brexit plans must be worked out in the next month – but there has been no sign of any progress since the prime minister’s humiliation in Salzburg last week. Following her defiant televised address on Friday, the tone of Theresa May’s meetings with officials from the EU are said to have been “frosty”, just as the two sides need to thrash out an agreement. In Brussels people privately speak of a genuine collapse in trust between the two sides, with each responding to an escalation by the other with their own escalation.
A LEADING Brexiteer MP has clashed with Tony Blair’s former political advisor, accusing Remainers of “weaponising” the Irish border issue to “obfuscate” the Brexit negotiations, and argued the ongoing issue “does not exist”. Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire, argued the Irish border issue should stop being “weaponised” by MPs to aggravate the ongoing Brexit negotiations. Speaking on ITV’s Peston on Wednesday, she said: “The Irish border question has got to stop being put forward as a red herring.
Chancellor Philip Hammond will hold this year’s crucial Budget on Monday October 29th in a desperate bid to avoid a showdown with irate Tory Brexiteers. The Treasury announced the date yesterday – just days after denying to The Sun that it would be brought forward to avoid a Parliamentary log jam. It means critical decisions over tax and spending will be presented to MPs before any Brexit deal is agreed with Brussels.
Philip Hammond has announced the date of this year’s autumn budget. The chancellor said he would reveal the government’s spending plans for next year on 29 October – exactly five months before Britain is due to leave the EU. He promised to deliver a plan that would support public services while building a stronger economy. Sky News’ economics editor Ed Conway said the date was “a fair few weeks earlier than expected”.
Labour would back Theresa May and vote in favour of a “sensible” Brexit deal, Jeremy Corbyn claimed yesterday. Mr Corbyn used his speech to Labour’s annual conference to suggest for the first time that his party could support the Conservatives in a compromise with Brussels. He also seemed to drop his insistence that Theresa May must deliver the “exact same benefits” of single market access after Brexit. Instead he said that if the prime minister secured an agreement that kept the UK in a customs union with Brussels, avoided a border in Ireland and protected jobs, then Labour could back it.
Jeremy Corbyn has told Theresa May he will back a Brexit deal she brings back from Europe as long as it means Britain is staying in a customs union, protecting jobs, workers rights and standards for the environment. The Labour leader’s pledge appears to hold out a lifeline to a prime minister who finds herself at the mercy of Tory Brexiteers who have vowed to torpedo her proposals. But it also represents an adjustment in Labour’s Brexit rhetoric, coming after a week in which shadow cabinet minister Sir Keir Starmer indicated his party was likely to vote down any deal Ms May secured.
Jeremy Corbyn has not ruled out backing the Brexit deal Theresa May secures with Brussels, as he rounded off a Labour conference dominated by Europe. The Labour leader called on the prime minister to ditch her Chequers blueprint for Britain’s European exit in favour of a “sensible” deal that includes a customs union with the EU to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland and protects workers’ rights and environmental standards. If not, Mr Corbyn said Mrs May needed to “make way for a party that can”.
Jeremy Corbyn today threatened to send Brexit into total chaos by voting down any deal that doesn’t keep the UK in the customs union. The Labour leader set the stage for a high stakes Commons showdown that could decide the country’s future by demanding Mrs May breaks her crucial red line. In a sign that he plans to use the fraught negotiations with the EU in a bid to seize power, Mr Corbyn said that if the premier does not bow to Labour’s diktat she must call an election. In his keynote speech to party conference, Mr Corbyn – who is meeting Michel Barnier in Brussels tomorrow – said his team was ‘ready to take charge and start the work of rebuilding our divided country’ with a radical left-wing programme.
LABOUR chiefs privately admit their hard left 2017 manifesto hid £1 trillion of extra spending with dodgy maths to cover it up, a new book reveals. And they were left gobsmacked when Tories did not spot the gaping black hole in a massive tactical blunder. An explosive tell-all book about last year’s Election reveals Labour manifesto authors were braced for a blistering assault on their sums, but it never came, in a “huge mistake” by Theresa May. And leaked internal emails from the run up to the June poll that cost the PM her majority show Labour knew some of the manifesto numbers were “implausible or entirely absent.”
Hundreds of delegates and journalists have been stuck on trains heading home from Labour’s conference – just after Jeremy Corbyn bemoaned the state of Britain’s railways. MPs and other passengers on the Virgin Trains route from Liverpool – where the party faithful had gathered – to London faced severe delays. The problems were caused by a signal fault near Wembley. “Couldn’t make this up,” Mr Corbyn tweeted. He pointed to Labour’s flagship pledge to bring Britain’s railways back into public ownership.
A £20 billion boost for the NHS promised by Theresa May risks being squandered unless the health service gets serious about cutting waste, according to its efficiency chief. Pointless ambulance journeys cost the taxpayer £500 million, Lord Carter of Coles reveals today in a government ordered review. The peer wants hundreds of thousands more 999 callers to be patched up at the scene or given advice over the phone to save money spent on needlessly dispatching ambulances which, he insists, are “not a taxi to A&E”.
A healthcare worker who treated a patient with monkeypox has become the third person in England to be given a diagnosis of the disease. The worker, who has not been named, was in isolation at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle last night to minimise the risk of onward transmission. He or she had helped to care for the second monkeypox patient at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, before that case was diagnosed. Nick Phin, deputy director of the national infection service at Public Health England, said: “We have been actively monitoring contacts for 21 days after exposure to detect anyone presenting with an illness so that they can be assessed quickly.
A hospital worker who became the third person in the UK to be struck down with deadly monkeypox has blamed ‘pathetically small’ NHS gloves for failing to protect her – and fears she may have passed it to her builder husband. The 40-year-old mother-of-two, from Fleetwood, Lancashire, is thought to have caught the possibly fatal virus while changing bedding at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
A HOSPITAL worker is the first person to catch monkeypox in the UK and says “pathetically small” NHS gloves failed to protect her. The healthcare assistant, 40, is thought to have caught the potentially fatal virus while changing bedding in Blackpool. Her husband, 50, has also fallen ill. She is said to have complained about gloves provided by NHS chiefs. She told a pal: “The gloves were too short to cover my arms and left my skin exposed while changing the bed. I think that’s how I got infected.
BP has been granted approval to develop the Vorlich Field in the North Sea, targeting 30 million barrels of oil equivalent. The field is expected to come on stream in 2020 and is predicted to produce 20,000 barrels gross of oil equivalent a day at its peak. BP announced on Thursday that it has received approval from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to proceed with the development in the central North Sea. It said the £200 million project is part of a programme of North Sea subsea tie-back developments that seek to access important new production from fields located near to established producing infrastructure.
One of the trained assassins wanted for poisoning Sergei Skripal is a decorated colonel in Russian military intelligence given the country’s highest award by Vladimir Putin. The real identity of one of the wanted men in the nerve agent attack – named by counter-terrorism police as Ruslan Boshirov – can be disclosed as Colonel Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga. The 39-year-old, who has served in wars in Chechnya and Ukraine, was made a Hero of the Russian Federation by decree of the President in 2014 in a ceremony shrouded in secrecy.
An investigative journalism website has published what it says is the real identity of one of the Russian intelligence officers suspected of the Salisbury nerve agent poisoning. The Bellingcat website, which is run by British citizen journalist and blogger Elliott Higgins, claims to have found the real identity of one of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy. The man who was named by counter-terrorism police as Ruslan Boshirov is alleged to actually be Colonel Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga of the Russian military intelligence service (GRU).
Jeremy Corbyn has said he now accepts that Russia was behind the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. During his speech to Labour’s party conference in Liverpool Mr Corbyn said he now agreed with the security services’ assessment of the intelligence. He added: “We are entering a new fast-changing and more dangerous world including the reckless attacks in Salisbury, which the evidence painstakingly assembled by the police now points clearly to the Russian state.”
BRITS are being told to dig out their winter coats this October as potentially record-breaking levels of rain and a cold snap from Iceland will hit the UK. The September sun will make way for downpours, strong winds and plunging temperatures across the UK from next week. And bookies are slashing the odds on the month being the wettest October on record from 8/1 to just 4/1. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Brits should make the most of this September sun if the latest odds are anything to go by, with wind and rain on the way.”
BRITAIN is set to be battered with months of snow, gale-force winds and freezing temperatures. Weather experts predict El Niño from the Pacific will trigger ice storms across the UK at the start of December. Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said: “The period between Christmas and New Year is likely to bring some major low-pressure systems sweeping in from the Atlantic. “These will clash with cold air pooled over the UK bringing crippling snowfall, although we must allow for some deviation as it is still some time away, we are earmarking the Christmas period as bringing some potentially hazardous weather conditions and widespread snow.”
BOOKIES are slashing the odds that Brits will shiver under the coldest winter ever. Forecasts are suggesting that the UK could be set for more snow than ever over the coming months, and bookmaker Coral makes it just 6-4 that we go on to have the coldest winter on record. Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “We might be enjoying some autumn sunshine now but all the signs are pointing towards a bleak winter with weeks of snow forecast for the Christmas months. “Our odds suggest there’s a real chance of this winter entering the record books as the coldest.”