Any economic benefits that come from leaving the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) under Brexit must be felt in the communities that depend on the sector, according to a report. The latest publication, part of a project by The UK in a Changing Europe, has called for an assessment of how fishing communities will be affected by leaving the EU. The recommendation is one of 15 in the report, which looks at the lessons that can be learned by a post-Brexit UK from other non-EU coastal states – namely Iceland, Norway and the Faroe Islands. It found that Brexit creates “opportunities” for the UK Government and the devolved administrations to develop their own approaches to fisheries management, but notes it also brings “challenges” linked to the devolution set-up and the complexity of the sector.
The chief of the Best for Britain campaign today compared Brexit to the appeasement of the Nazis just days before group launches its push for a second EU referendum. Lord Malloch-Brown insisted Britain still needed to learn from centuries of trying to ignore problems on the continent and in a Radio 4 interview specifically highlighted the rise of Hitler. The incendiary intervention comes a day after billionaire financier George Soros – who is bankrolling Best for Britain – revealed the referendum push would start in days. Ex Ukip leader Nigel Farage has lashed out at the campaign warning the country has already made up its mind about Brexit. Best for Britain wants to secure a large mandate to reverse the 2016 referendum on the grounds the negotiation has not secured a good deal for Britain.
Leaving the EU risks repeating isolationist mistakes of the past including Nazi appeasement, the leader of a campaign group calling for a second referendum on Brexit has said. Making the case for the UK to remain in the bloc, Lord Malloch-Brown, the former foreign office minister and ex-deputy UN secretary-general, said Europe’s problems had “horrible habit of infecting us anyway”. “Appeasement in the 1930s — you name it. For centuries Britain has ignored events on continental Europe at its peril,” the peer who heads the Best for Britain group told the BBC today.
A LEADING figure in the campaign to force voters to think again about Brexit provoked fury today by comparing the decision to quit the EU with the appeasement of Nazi Germany. Lord Malloch-Brown, head of the pro-Brussels pressure group Best for Britain, claimed that leaving the bloc was an attempt to “pull away from Europe’s problems” that could backfire on the UK. The peer, who was a Foreign Office minister in Gordon Brown’s Labour government, raised the failed effort by Neville Chamberlain’s government to reach a compromise with Adolf Hitler’s regime in the 1930s as a historical example of what could happen if Britain ignored events on the continent.
Brexit has been compared by a leading Remain supporter to appeasement of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Former foreign office minister Lord Malloch-Brown, head of the Best for Britain group, made the comments after billionaire George Soros announced a campaign for a new Brexit referendum is set to be launched. Mr Soros – who is reported to have given about £500,000 to Best for Britain, which was set up last year by anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller – said action was needed as EU withdrawal was “immensely damaging” for the UK. Lord Malloch-Brown said Britain needed to stay close to the EU because instances like appeasement showed what happened when the UK tried to shut itself off from the continent.
A LEADING anti-Brexit campaigner sparked uproar last night when he compared Britain leaving the EU to appeasing Hitler. Ex-Labour minister Lord Malloch-Brown, who fronts the pro-EU Best for Britain drive, said: “For centuries Britain has ignored events on continental Europe at its peril.” He added Britain needed to stay lashed to Brussels because giving in to Hitler in the 1930s before the Second World War showed what happened when the UK tried to cut ties from the continent. The Leave Means Leave campaign branded his comments “a really crass comparison”. Best for Britain is bankrolled by billionaire George Soros and wants a re-run of the 2016 referendum.
NEW coins are set to be made to commemorate Brexit. The Treasury has reportedly sent plans to the Royal Mint for the coins to be made. Tory MPs had written to the minister in charge of money to suggest new coins being forced to celebrate Britain’s exit from the EU. And Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Robert Jenrick has replied to say he is supportive of the idea and can “see the argument”. Now the plans have been sent to the official Royal Mint Advisory Committee – reportedly with the government’s blessing – ahead of the UK’s departure from Brussels next year.
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No, you can’t leave the EU, you can’t quit the euro and you can’t even have a little less Europe. How dare you even ask? You don’t really believe that we would let you have your own way, did you? That has been the establishment’s breathtaking retort to every democratic cris de coeur across Europe these past few years, most recently in Italy. This is an absurdly risky strategy straight from a kamikaze playbook: the EU is not merely playing with fire but deliberately setting light to the tinderbox. Why provoke electors by conceding nothing to their demands and treating them like children? Why incite a backlash, with potentially devastating consequences?
France is blocking Britain’s attempt to remain part of a European Union security system that helps to identify foreign criminals and is designed to keep the public safe. The government wants a guarantee that it can continue to access and share vital DNA, fingerprint and vehicle information with other European countries after Brexit. Ministers have said that Britain’s participation in the so-called Prüm Convention is “clearly in the national interest”. The system allowed French and Belgian authorities to identify the terrorists responsible for the Paris attacks in November 2015. Britain has been rebuffed, however, with France leading the resistance at a recent meeting to its efforts to join a “Prüm 2”.
The European Commission has claimed it is not subject to the strict new data protection law that it has imposed across Europe, following an “embarrassing” leak of personal data on its website. Officials in Brussels admitted the bureaucracy that designed the rules is not itself compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). A spokesman said the European Commission was “taking and will continue to take all the necessary steps to comply”. The revelation comes after The Daily Telegraph found the European Commission has leaked the personal details of hundreds of citizens. This would constitute a breach of GDPR were other organisations to have done it.
Patriotic Visegrád nations in the east will each see their regional funding from Brussels slashed by around a quarter under new European Union (EU) budget rules which reward the intake of third world migrants. Presented by the European Commission on Tuesday, the draft budget for 2021-2027 proposed what New Europe describes as “drastic” cuts in cohesion funds to Central Europe, with Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic each set to see a reduction of just under 25 per cent. The plans would see Brussels shift the criteria for allocating the €373 billion pot — which is aimed at boosting the economies of poorer nations — away from GDP per capita and towards so-called EU “values” including migration and environmental policy.
More than half a million people have signed a petition calling for the right wing activist Tommy Robinson to be freed from jail, in just a few days. Mr. Robinson was jailed for 13 months over the weekend after pleading guilty to breaching contempt of court laws whilst on a suspended sentence for the same charge. He was given 10 months for the contempt of court charge and a further three months for breaching the suspended sentence, incurred after filming outside a gang rape trial in Canterbury last year. The petition, however, claims he was “arrested and jailed for reporting on Muslim grooming gangs”, adding: “A job that he chooses to do with no regard for his own safety, informing the public of all the wrongs committed in the name of Allah.
An MEP quit UKIP after 22 years due to the party’s support for anti-Islam campaigner Tommy Robinson. James Carver resigned from UKIP, which he first joined in 1996, earlier this week claiming he found himself “increasingly out of kilter with the party”. Explaining the reasons for his departure further to Sky News, the West Midlands MEP cited UKIP leader Gerard Batten’s attendance at a demonstration in support of Robinson. Mr Carver said: “I haven’t left UKIP, UKIP has left me.”
The latest political crisis to engulf Europe, this time coming in Italy, was triggered when the country’s President, Sergio Mattarella, refused to sign off on a new government that had been proposed by two populist parties, and which included an openly Eurosceptic finance minister. In place of the coalition government, which would have comprised the populist Five Star movement and the hard-Right League, both of which had voiced a desire to reform the Eurozone, the President appointed a caretaker Prime Minister, Carlo Cottarelli, who happens to be a former International Monetary Fund (IMF) official. Cottarelli is very unlikely to win a vote of confidence and so Italy looks set for fresh elections.
Italy‘s two anti-EU populist parties which have been unsuccessfully trying to form a coalition government would have an outright majority in parliament if a new vote was held today, polls show. Attempts in Rome to form a coalition government crumbled again this week, sending markets into turmoil both in Italy and across the Eurozone, as a July snap election is becoming increasingly likely. It is feared repeat elections could turn into a de-facto referendum on the country’s euro membership. Support for the right-wing League party was up eight per cent in one poll, and ten per cent in another, from its 17.5 per cent result at the March 4 elections.
Italy could still get a populist coalition government despite a move last week by the country’s president to block its formation. Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, indicated on Wednesday that he was willing to compromise on his choice of finance minister – previously the main roadblock to agreeing an administration. Though the Five Star Movement and their far-right would-be coalition partners the League have agreed a broad programme for government, Italy’s president refused to sign off Five Star pick Paola Savona, a Eurosceptic economist, for the key role.
THREE pro-EU former Cabinet Ministers are trying to sabotage plans for a clean break from the EU by calling for a “sensible Brexit” which involves a “compromise” between Remoaners and Brexiteers. Remainers Amber Rudd, Damian Green and Justine Greening held a private meeting with Theresa May in which they claimed the majority of Tories favour a compromise with the EU. The trio are reported to have asked the Prime Minister to ignore protests on extremes of the Party and pursue a policy which keeps the UK closely aligned to the single market and customs union. Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “That’s where the vast majority of the party is.
Three former cabinet ministers are attempting to unite warring Conservative MPs behind a “sensible Brexit” compromise. Amber Rudd, Damian Green and Justine Greening held a private meeting with Theresa May yesterday at which they told her that there was a large majority in the parliamentary party in favour of a compromise with the EU. It followed a series of informal consultations with backbench MPs on both sides of the Brexit divide in an attempt to build a consensus on a “pragmatic approach” to the negotiations in Brussels. The trio told Mrs May to ignore the noisy protests on both extremes of the party and pursue a policy that kept the UK closely aligned to the single market and customs union.
THE TORIES have “serious questions to answer” over lavish donations to the party by the wife of a former Putin associate, Labour said today. The Conservatives received £4.7 million in donations in the first three months of 2018, more than three times the £1.49m pulled in by Labour between January 1 and March 31, data from the Electoral Commission has revealed. But £100,000 of the Tories’ total came from Lubov Chernukhin, whose husband Vladimir was Russia’s deputy finance minister during Vladimir Putin’s first term as president, before settling in London in 2006. Ms Chernukhin has now donated over £620,000 to the Tories since June 2012, including a payment of £160,000 in July 2014 to play tennis with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and £30,000 this February to have dinner with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.
The Muslim Council of Britain has written to the Conservative Party calling for an urgent inquiry following a number of allegations of Islamophobia, The Independent can reveal. The organisation, which represents more than 500 mosques, schools and associations in Britain, has urged James Cleverly, the Tory deputy chairman, to conduct a full audit to tackle the “more than weekly occurrences of Islamophobia from candidates and representatives of the party”. Mr Cleverly has launched a code of conduct for MPs and local election candidates, which requires members to “encourage and foster respect and tolerance”. The letter highlights the lack of action regarding Bob Blackman, the MP for Harrow East, who was accused of endorsing Islamophobia after he posted an anti-Muslim article on Facebook.
The Muslim Council of Britain has called on the Conservatives to launch an independent inquiry into allegations of Islamophobia within the party. The group said the last month had seen weekly incidents of Islamophobia from Conservative representatives and candidates. It aired “serious concerns” that anti-Muslim bigotry had “poisoned elements of the party”. Alleged incidents have included Conservatives tweeting that “the Prophet Mohammed was a f****** paedophile”, calling Islam the “new Nazism” and sharing articles that called Muslims “parasites”. In a letter to party chair Brandon Lewis, the group criticises the party for failing to take action against MP Bob Blackman.
Labour has conceded that its handling of antisemitism complaints appeared to be vulnerable to “political forces” in the senior ranks, a leaked report discloses. The party is examining a 13-point plan to improve its ability to tackle antisemitism amid concerns about delays in the complaints procedure and a lack of consistency in its approach. A specialist panel has been proposed to expedite the complaints, according to the report leaked to The Jewish Chronicle. Training on the issue will be offered to all 39 members of the party’s national executive committee (NEC).
Labour’s investigations into antisemitism within its ranks should be sped up and complaints anonymised to protect it from the perception of political bias, a leaked report has shown. The party’s ruling body is considering recommendations for a new dedicated antisemitism panel to deal swiftly with complaints, as well as ensuring all cases are anonymous to address fears that “political forces” could influence judgements. Labour has been embroiled in a row over its handling of allegations of antisemitic abuse, with a backlog of around 100 ongoing complaints of anti-Jewish sentiment.
Jeremy Corbyn holds “antisemitic views” which could drive Jewish people to leave Britain if he becomes prime minister, one of the UK’s most senior Jewish leaders has said. Jonathan Arkush, the outgoing president of the board of deputies, said Corbyn “has views which are antisemitic, and he has problematic views”. He also criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who should have had a “stronger, clearer voice” in support of the Jewish community, he said. Arkush, who was among senior Jewish leaders who met Corbyn in April to discuss concerns about antisemitism, told the Daily Telegraph that British Jews were asking: “Do we have a future here?”
Britain’s most senior doctors have warned ministers that they will not be able to bring down waiting lists or treat mental illness properly without annual £7 billion increases to health spending. The professional leaders of Britain’s 220,000 doctors called for a rise in the NHS and social care budgets of 4 per cent each year for more than a decade. Official figures released today show that hospitals overspent by almost £1 billion last year, twice as much as planned, and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said that patients “urgently need a settlement for the NHS and social care that goes beyond managing short-term crises”.
There has been a sharp rise in the number of patients who have waited more than a year for NHS care in England, according to a new report which paints a bleak picture of the NHS’ performance and finances. More than 2,600 people have waited more than a year for treatment and half of the nation’s “best performing” accident and emergency departments are unable to meet waiting time standards, according to the latest quarterly performance figures from NHS Improvement. Meanwhile, the NHS provider sector ended the financial year with a deficit of £960 million – £464 million above the plan set for the year.
HALF of 999 patients will be treated at the emergency scene by 2023 under NHS plans. The UK’s biggest ambulance service wants to cut numbers in A&E by using video to assess patient needs. Paramedics will send images from tablets or smartphones to doctors at a “clinical hub” who can then decide whether a casualty trip is needed. Also patients who ring the non-emergency 111 number may be asked to send pictures, cutting the number of medics sent out. Around 3,800 front-line staff already have iPads to access patient notes. London Ambulance Service claims it can cut the number of A&E cases by 122,000 annually, speeding up treatment times for the most serious cases.
The Home Office is considering abandoning a £1.2 billion project to modernise emergency services communications amid alarm over costs and delays. Another option is to extend drastically the timetable for replacing the UK-wide radio Airwave system used by police, fire and ambulance services. Both options would be a humiliation for the department which was warned two years ago by the National Audit Office of the “high risk” nature of the ambitious plan to upgrade emergency services communications.