Britain’s top prosecutor has been urged to prevent the courts being “abused” in a plot to stop Brexit after Boris Johnson was told he could face trial over his part in the Leave campaign. The Tory leadership contender has been summonsed to appear before a judge to answer three charges of misconduct in a public office following a complaint that he “lied” about how much Britain gives to the EU. Marcus Ball, a Remain-backing campaigner, took out a private prosecution against Mr Johnson, claiming he was wrong to say during the EU referendum campaign that Britain gives £350 million a week to Brussels. On Wednesday a judge decided the case should go ahead, meaning the former foreign secretary could face a criminal trial over charges that carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Boris Johnson faces trial for allegedly “lying and misleading the British public” about the consequences of Brexit. A judge summonsed the Conservative MP to appear in court after a member of the public launched a private prosecution over claims EU membership was costing the UK £350m a week. District Judge Margot Coleman threw out arguments by Mr Johnson’s lawyers that the case was a “vexatious” attempt to undermine the result of the 2016 referendum.
Boris Johnson has been ordered to appear in court over claims he lied by saying the UK gave the EU £350m a week. The Tory leadership candidate has been accused of misconduct in public office after making the claim during the 2016 EU referendum campaign. It is a private prosecution launched by campaigner Marcus Ball, who crowdfunded £200,000 for the case. A source close to Mr Johnson called the case a “politically motivated attempt to reverse Brexit”.
Boris Johnson will be summonsed to court to face claims of misconduct in public office after he was accused of “lying” in the EU referendum. The Tory leadership frontrunner faces a Crown Court trial over the bombshell claims as part of a long-running private prosecution bid. The legal case has been pursued for almost three years by 29-year-old ‘Brexit Justice’ campaigner Marcus Ball, who has crowdfunded more than £230,000.
Boris Johnson has been ordered to appear in court over claims he lied and misled the public by saying the UK sent the EU £350m a week. The former Mayor of London faces accusations of misconduct in a public office over the claim, which he and other Vote Leave figures made during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.
Boris Johnson was joined by rivals for the Tory leadership crown as he hit back after a judge took the ‘extraordinary’ decision to haul him to court over a Remainer claim that he lied when he said Britain gave the EU £350million a week. The front runner to replace Theresa May as Tory leader could become the first serving Prime Minister in the modern era to appear in the dock when he appears to answer accusations of misconduct in a public office.
BORIS JOHNSON has been defended by a Tory MP after he was ordered to appear in court following his £350million claim during the Brexit referendum. Tory MP Andrew Bridgen hit out at the plan to take Mr Johnson to court by suggesting Theresa May could go too. Mr Bridgen took to Twitter to question whether the Prime Minister will be prosecuted for promising to leave the EU on March 29. Boris Johnson, who is favourite to be the next Prime Minister, will be summonsed to court after Remainers launched a private prosecution alleging he lied when he said the UK gave the EU £350million a week.
The well-dressed young man looks directly into the camera and begins to talk. “Hello Boris Johnson,” he says, with the beginnings of a smirk. “My name is Marcus J. Ball. I am a private prosecutor, and I have a problem with lying politicians.” This is the 29-year-old history graduate whose campaign threatens to overshadow Mr Johnson’s Tory leadership push, and perhaps even to derail Brexit itself. On Wednesday, in a landmark ruling, Mr Ball and his Remain-supporting backers convinced a district judge that the former Mayor of London may have criminally misled the British people during the EU referendum campaign.
Allies of Boris Johnson have denounced the move to summons him to court to face allegations that he lied to the public during the 2016 EU referendum when he claimed the UK handed £350m a week to Brussels. The frontrunner in the Conservative leadership contest may face trial for allegedly “lying and misleading the British public” about the consequences of Brexit. But an aide said that the crowd-funded private prosecution, brought by campaigner Marcus Ball, was “nothing less than a politically-motivated attempt to reverse Brexit and crush the will of the people”.
TORY leadership rivals stepped up their efforts to sabotage Boris Johnson’s bid for Downing Street yesterday after a poll of Tory activists confirmed him as the runaway favourite for the job. The former foreign secretary was backed by one in three (33%) party supporters in an online survey by the Conservative Home website. He had more than twice the support of his nearest rivals Dominic Raab, backed by 15% and Michael Gove, with 12% in the poll of around 1,300 readers of the centre-Right site.
The European Union’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier has reiterated his stance that there are only three ways forward now with Brexit. Speaking to the New York Review of Books, Barnier said that: “There are three options: a deal based on the agreement finalised six months ago; withdrawal without a deal; or no Brexit. It will have to be the choice of the UK.” Barnier also added that: “If the UK wants to leave in an orderly manner, this Treaty is the only option. If the choice is to leave without a deal – fine. If the choice is to stay in the EU – also fine.
Sir Ed Davey has vowed to mount a cross-party bid to block a no-deal Brexit amid fears a new Tory leader could pursue a disorderly exit from the EU. The ex-cabinet minister, who is expected to run to be Liberal Democrat leader, said he would join forces with other political parties to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU using an archaic parliamentary procedure known as a humble address. Theresa May’s decision to stand down as Tory leader has sparked a fraught contest, with several candidates refusing to rule out pursuing a no-deal exit if they win the race for No 10.
Former Cabinet Minister and now Tory leadership contender, Esther McVey, has insisted that it is time the government “actively embrace” leaving the European Union on WTO terms. In a piece for The Telegraph today she has said clearly that: “No government that I lead will ever seek an extension beyond October 31.” She also claims that: “The only way to deliver the referendum result is to actively embrace leaving the EU without a deal.”
John Bercow staying on as Speaker may not be enough to help parliament stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal at the end of October, according to one of the leading MPs trying to stop a hard Brexit. Nick Boles, who helped with efforts to legislate against a no-deal Brexit at the end of March, warned it would be extremely difficult for parliament to make such a successful attempt again.
John Bercow has announced that he is to stay in his post as speaker of the House of Commons despite previous expectations that he was to stand down. Mr Bercow was believed to be planning to stand down as speaker in July when he will have been in the post for 10 years. However, in an interview with The Guardian newspaper he said: “I’ve never said anything about going in July of this year.
Sun (by Jacob Rees-Mogg)
VOTERS have consistently rejected Project Fear and this has been shown once again by the European Parliamentary results. The sheer enthusiasm of Brexit Party voters for leaving cleanly no later than October 31 and their frustration that the United Kingdom is still in the European Union proved that we are not a nation to be cowed. Even if Theresa May never really believed it, the nation took to heart her message that No Deal is better than a bad deal. And the people, with their characteristic good sense, are right.
Supporters of a second referendum are “left-wing intellectuals” who seem to be sneering at “ordinary people”, the Labour Party’s chairman has said. As the party’s splits over Brexit widened, Ian Lavery, an influential ally of Jeremy Corbyn, attacked the sections of the party who believed they could take power “by fighting for the biggest share of the 48 per cent”.
Jeremy Corbyn has said that a general election or a second referendum is now the “only way out” of the Brexit crisis. The Labour leader has been facing growing pressure from party members and senior MPs to explicitly back another public vote after suffering a drubbing in the EU elections. Mr Corbyn said: “Faced with the threat of no deal and a prime minister with no mandate, the only way out of the Brexit crisis ripping our country apart is now to go back to the people.
Nigel Farage has given his clearest declaration yet that the Brexit Party will stand in the next General Election, with Mr Farage personally considering the office of Prime Minister, if Brexit is not delivered by October 31st. Speaking on the Laura Ingraham podcast in the U.S. on Tuesday, Mr Farage gave a stark warning to British politicians and members of the media who have condemned the Brexit Party, saying: “If you really don’t like me in mainstream media, you better deliver Brexit, or I might become the worst nightmare you’ve ever had to live with.” “
Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice has issued a legal letter to an SNP MEP following allegations of money laundering were made in a Sky News interview on Monday. Alyn Smith accused the Brexit Party of being “shysters” who were “a shell company for a money laundering front”. The interview which has been circulated across social media for the last 48 hours was brought to the attention of Tice whose solicitors have now issued Mr Smith with the following letter.
The Brexit Party is threatening to sue a Scottish Nationalist MEP for defamation after he accused it of being a “money laundering front”. The SNP politician, Alyn Smith, was speaking to Sky News in the wake of the Brexit Party’s dramatic victory in the European elections. In his eagerness to pour scorn on the Brexit Party, he may have overegged the pudding somewhat — and could potentially cost himself a lot of money unless he starts eating crow very soon.
Nigel Farage has lambasted Tory leadership candidates who claim they could renegotiate a better Brexit deal than the one tabled by Theresa May, saying it is ‘absolute rubbish’ to think the EU would change even ‘one dot or comma’. The triumphant Brexit Party leader launched a round of media appearances on both sides of the Atlantic last night to capitalise on his European election successes.
NICOLA STURGEON has published a bill that could pave the way for a second Scottish independence referendum in a desperate bid to block Brexit. The Scottish Government have stepped up their campaign to use Brexit to drag Scotland out of the Union by formally introducing proposals for legislation, which will lay down the regulations for second vote. The SNP leader said voters must have the chance to “choose a better future than the one being offered by Westminster” in the wake of Britain’s decision to unshackle itself from the bloc.
The eurozone elites are looking straight down the barrel of an Italian economic revolt and a parallel currency. Subversive “minibot” treasury notes are back in play. “I don’t govern a country on its knees,” said Matteo Salvini after sweeping the European elections even more emphatically than the Brexit party. Note the majestic ‘I’. He is already master of Rome. The Lega strongman can no longer be contained, even by Italy’s ever-ingenious mandarin class.
The three million EU citizens living in Britain at the time of Brexit should get a new legal right to remain in the UK without going through the uncertainty of applying to a settlement scheme, the Home Affairs Committee says. In a report on Thursday, the MPs warn the Government risks repeating the Windrush scandal due to problems over the EU settlement scheme and lack of certainty over their future rights in the UK.
Brussels is moving to break up the team that negotiated Theresa May’s Brexit deal, in the most concrete sign yet that the EU has absolutely no intention of reopening talks on the treaty. Sabine Weyand, the brains behind the withdrawal agreement, will be leaving the European Commission’s Article 50 taskforce next week to start a new job running the EU’s trade department. Ms Weyand’s departure comes as Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, was named by French president Emmanuel Macron as someone who might make a good next president of the commission– suggesting that he too may also soon be moving to a different role.
A 20p deposit scheme on plastic bottles and cans could deliver a windfall of more than £2billion to charities and good causes, campaigners said last night. Shoppers would be given a refund when they return bottles and cans – and would have the option to ask retailers to give it to charity. The Campaign to Protect Rural England said this could provide a cash lifeline to community groups involved in tackling litter – and boost funds for sport, health, education and the arts.
Households have been overcharged by £24.1billion for utilities because of failures by regulators, a charity claims. Citizens Advice says Government watchdogs have allowed a number of companies which build and maintain pipes, wires and connections to impose unfair price rises. Now it wants the businesses to deliver rebates voluntarily – or face being forced to do so by the Government.
A guide to help high-ranking British officers spot right-wing extremists in their ranks has been leaked – and the signs include people calling themselves ‘patriots’ and making ‘inaccurate generalisations about the Left’. The leaflet, made in 2017, is titled ‘Extreme Right Wing (XRW) Indicators & Warnings’ – and advises senior army staff to look out for people who ‘use the term Islamofacism’ [sic] and call people who challenge their ‘XRW’ views ‘indoctrinated’. The document, which an MoD spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline is genuine, was leaked online, sparking threads on several social media platforms such as Reddit.
SOCIAL media has erupted in fury after it was revealed high ranking British military leaders were given guides on how to spot right wing extremists in the ranks. The leaflet told officers to look out for troops who added “istan” to British place names and called themselves “patriots”. Other criteria include those speaking of an “impending racial conflict” or “race war” and describing multicultural cities as “lost”. Officers were also told to look out for people who referred to “Political Correctness as some left wing or community plot” and made generalisations about Muslims and Jews.
Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May will announce her backing on Thursday for the reintroduction of maintenance grants for university students from disadvantaged backgrounds, a move that will pressure her successor to follow suit. Student maintenance grants were axed by former finance minister George Osborne in 2015 who deemed them too costly for taxpayers, but May will say this decision proved to be a failure
Theresa May will urge her successor to bring back university maintenance grants for the poorest students in the hope of improving her legacy as prime minister. Mrs May commissioned Philip Augar to review the tuition-fee system after concerns that the prospect of debt was deterring young people from poorer homes from going to university. Maintenance grants were scrapped in 2016 and replaced with loans for those from low-income families whose parents were less likely to be able to help them financially.
Student tuition fees should be cut to £7,500 but graduates should be made to pay back more of their debts, an official review panel has said. The Government-commissioned report claimed its recommendations would be fairer to both students and taxpayers, but critics have labelled them ‘a con’. The panel, chaired by banker Philip Augar, wants fees of £9,250 a year reduced by 19 per cent, and rates of interest cut.
Student fees would be slashed to £7,500 a year, under a report for the government which warns the fear of high debt deters teenagers from poorer backgrounds. The study, ordered by Theresa May last year, also calls for maintenance grants to be restored for low-income students – after they were controversially axed by George Osborne four years ago. And it says interest on loans should be scrapped while studies continue, but recommends it be charged at inflation-plus-3-per-cent after graduation.
University tuition fees should be cut to £7,500 to give the taxpayer better value for money, an official review recommends today. The current cap is £9,250, which means students are paying “too much” for their degrees, and the report recommends axing the “punitive” interest payments that students face while they are still at university. To ensure that a greater proportion of student loans are paid back, they should be written off after 40 rather than 30 years, the report says, meaning many will be paying off student debt into their 60s.
Millions of graduates will still be paying back student loans in their sixties under plans to reform university funding. A report has concluded that too few graduates are meeting the full costs of their studies. They should be made to start repaying their loans sooner and continue to make payments for a full 40 years after leaving university, the review of higher education funding said. In return, fees should be cut from £9,250 a year to £7,500 and the interest rate on loans, which is now 6.3 per cent, should be reduced to the level of inflation while they are studying.