Keir Starmer has warned Boris Johnson that MPs will “do everything to stand in his way” if he tries to force through a “bad deal or a no-deal Brexit”. Johnson, the frontrunner in the race to be Britain’s next prime minister, has suggested he will “disaggregate” Theresa May’s “otherwise defunct” withdrawal agreement and implement its less contentious elements. But research commissioned by Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, from the House of Commons library suggests this would still require the government to bring legislation before parliament, which MPs could then reject or amend. The library’s experts said: “Without an act of parliament, the UK cannot ratify the withdrawal agreement.”
CLAIMS that a no deal Brexit would cost the country £90billion were rubbished yesterday as it emerged the UK is well prepared for leaving the EU. Philip Hammond said that leaving the European Union without a deal in place would hit nation’s coffers hard – far more than is set aside to cope with such an outcome. The Chancellor poured scorn on pledges from Tory leadership hopefuls Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, telling MPs he is not in favour of “ad hoc” spending or tax cut commitments being made.
FRONTRUNNER Boris Johnson has left rival Jeremy Hunt trailing in his wake after raising half a million pounds in the last year, newly released figures have shown. Meanwhile a Brexit no deal could be blocked by Chancellor Philip Hammond, who is plotting chaos from the backbenches if Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt attempt to quit the EU without a deal. Mr Johnson has registered £235,000 in the last two weeks, taking the total amount he has received in the last year to £502,000, according to new figures released by Parliament.
Foxhunting is part of the countryside’s “heritage” and should be legalised, Jeremy Hunt has said as he promised that he would give Boris Johnson a “very important Cabinet job” if he wins the Tory leadership election. Mr Hunt also warned that, if he became Prime Minister, MPs might be forced to cancel their summer holidays to pass the necessary laws next month to allow Britain to leave the European Union without a deal in October. Speaking to today’s Chopper’s Brexit Podcast – which you can listen to easily by logging in or subscribing below – Mr Hunt said that leaving the EU can be “a terrific success” and disclosed that at home his wife, Lucia is more likely to take out the bins.
Boris Johnson has “laid down the law” to ministers jockeying for position in his future government amid concern that they are distracting from his core message on Brexit, The Times has been told. Mr Johnson has told ministers to “rein it in” amid accusations that some are “peacocking” and floating personal agendas in an attempt to secure promotions in the cabinet.
Boris Johnson faced a ferocious backlash over his plans to review the sugar tax yesterday, as MPs threatened to block any attempt to scrap it. Theresa May, anti-obesity campaigners and opposition politicians all criticised Mr Johnson’s suggestion the levy could be abandoned amid a moratorium on ‘sin taxes’. Downing Street defended the measure, saying it had led to a 44million kg reduction in the amount of sugar consumed by Britons after soft drinks firms changed their recipes. And former public health minister Steve Brine – a supporter of Jeremy Hunt – suggested he would rebel against any attempt to abolish the tax.
Boris Johnson has pledged to find £1.1 billion to hire an extra 20,000 police officers as he portrayed himself as the candidate of law and order in the Tory leadership race. Mr Johnson said he will put bobbies back on the beat if he becomes prime minister because “more police on our streets means more people are kept safe”. He promised to reverse the cuts to policing numbers made while Theresa May was home secretary and concentrate resources on rural areas, which have seen the biggest reductions in police funding.
Boris Johnson will today pledge to put an extra 20,000 police on the streets within three years. Positioning himself as the champion of law and order, the Tory leadership frontrunner will unveil plans for a recruitment blitz. It will reverse the huge cuts in police numbers since 2010, which have been blamed for a 19 per cent rise in violent crime. An extra 20,000 officers will cost £1billion a year – money that would be borrowed or come from the £26billion ‘headroom’ set aside by Philip Hammond to cope with a No Deal Brexit.
BORIS Johnson unveils a bold manifesto to unite divided Britain by getting a good Brexit, boosting police numbers and keeping Jeremy Corbyn out of No10. He outlines his dream of a prosperous, confident, forward-looking nation — a vision he describes as “tailor-made for Sun readers and all their concerns”. Boris, front-runner in the race for No10, also pledges to close the “opportunity gap” between haves and have-nots. Writing in The Sun, he vows to fund 20,000 new police officers, an increase of a sixth.
Theresa May is warning the two men vying to be her successor that one of their “first and greatest” duties as prime minister will be to strengthen and preserve the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In comments which will be seen as a veiled swipe at Boris Johnson’s readiness to take the UK out of the EU without a deal against the wishes of a majority of Scots, Ms May will say that she expects her successor to make the the union “their priority”.
Jeremy Corbyn has taken the Labour Party to its lowest level of support in polling history, with fewer than one in five voters planning to back him at the next election, according to a survey. Labour are fourth for the first time, with only 18 per cent saying that they would vote for the party if an election were held today, the Times/YouGov poll shows. The only previous occasion when Labour have scored 18 per cent since polling began in the 1940s was in May 2009 as Gordon Brown’s government grappled with the financial crisis.
Labour has fallen to fourth place according to a YouGov opinion poll. The party is backed by just 18% of voters, two points down on a week ago, the poll for The Times suggests. The Conservatives have climbed two points to 24% while the Brexit Party is on 23% and the Liberal Democrats have 20%. The survey found that only 25% of Remain supporters intend to support Labour. This compares with 48% of Remainers who said they would vote for Labour at the beginning of the year, and 40% who gave the party their backing at the end of April.
Labour’s support is polling at a record low with 18 per cent backing Jeremy Corbyn – as he equals a joint worst with Gordon Brown during the financial crisis. A YouGov poll for The Times found that fewer than one in five voters will support him at the next election. The poll found that Labour had fallen by 2 percentage points since last week, revealing their stance on Brexit to be increasingly unpopular. Now only 25 per cent of Remain voters say they will back Labour, compared with 40 per cent at the end of April and 48 per cent at the start of 2019.
JEREMY CORBYN could be prepared to table a no-confidence vote to bring down the Government if the new Tory leader pushes forward with a no deal exit from the European Union, insiders have long speculated. But one Labour MP has made the sensational claim that several colleagues may abstain to support the move by the next Prime Minister. The MP told The Sun, several of his colleagues might end up being “locked in the toilet” so they could dodge voting in the motion. On Monday night, Nicholas Watt told Newsnight that 12 Labour MPs were “prepared to countenance no deal” meaning Remainer MPs fear they lack the numbers to block no deal.
In a stunning reaffirmation of core European values, the next European leadership team will be led by women and men who are strongly committed to European partnership and opposed to the anti-European ideology of Boris Johnson, Viktor Orban, Matteo Salvini and Marine Le Pen. In a clean sweep for pro-European liberal centrists, the EU Commission president will be Ursula – “Uschi” – Von Der Leyen, a 60-year-old mother of seven, who is currently Germany’s defence minister.
With the appointment of the EU’s top posts, here is a firm message for a new prime minister and it is that Europe will not blink because of no-deal Brexit threats made in the Tory leadership race. Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have promised to take Britain out of the EU without a deal on October 31 unless European leaders give new concessions on the Irish backstop.
BRITAIN’S stumbling exit from the European Union has hit yet another hurdle after EU leaders nominated a staunch opponent of Brexit for the bloc’s top job. German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen won the surprise nomination and is likely to press ahead with plans to thwart Brexit and create a controversial EU army. The 60-year-old, who is set to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission, has previously described Brexit as a “burst bubble of hollow promises by populists”.
Whether you are for or against Brexit, the EU has hardly enhanced its reputation through the behaviour of its top brass. President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and EU Council President Donald Tusk have shown themselves to be stubborn, unimaginative and keener on political point scoring than securing a Withdrawal deal which is best for everyone.
Brexit Party leader and MEP Nigel Farage has called the nominations for the new heads of European Union institutions a “Franco-German” set-up. While Eurocrats lauded the “perfect gender balance” after EU leaders agreed nominations for the bloc’s top jobs, the roles will likely remain dominated by Germany, France, and the Benelux countries: the French International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde is tipped to run the European Central Bank (ECB); German defence minister and Angela Merkel ally Ursula von der Leyen is the favoured candidate for top job as European Commission president.
THE new president of Europe calls Brexit a “bubble of hollow promises” which means “everybody loses”. Ursula von der Leyen, who’s set to be the next European Commission president, is fiercely opposed to Britain’s EU exit. He has also warned German firms to prepare for No Deal – predicting the next PM may not be able to get a better deal. Ms von der Leyen was yesterday named as EU leaders’ pick to run the powerful Commission currently headed by Jean-Claude Juncker.
EU leaders surprised pretty much everyone on Tuesday by tapping Ursula von der Leyen to be their pick for commission president. The 60-year-old defence minister is relatively unknown outside of Germany, where she’s presided over her ministry since 2013. Getting the job would be something of a homecoming for the Christian democratic politician, who was actually raised in Brussels as a native French and German speaker. Her father, Ernst Albrecht, was a top EU civil servant in the Sixties.
Incoming EU chief Ursula von der Leyen insisted the Irish backstop must not be changed today in a major blow for Boris Johnson. The German defence minister, unveiled as the surprise choice to replace Jean-Claude Juncker last night, has previously called for a ‘United States of Europe’. And Mrs von der Leyen has moved to burnish her credentials with MEPs – who still need to confirm her in the job – by signalling a tough line on Brexit.
Britain leaving the European Union will force a realignment of the bloc which would be akin to a dam bursting, potentially releasing member states from “financial dictatorship”, a Brexit Party MEP has said. Speaking just minutes before the group of Brexiteers launched their protest against continued attempts to normalise the idea of the European Union being a country in its own right by turning their backs to the playing of the bloc’s anthem, West Midlands representative Andrew England Kerr pointed to the coming storm Europe will face without British money.
George Osborne is considering putting himself forward to run the International Monetary Fund after Christine Lagarde was tapped to head the European Central Bank, The Telegraph can reveal. The move could place the former chancellor in direct competition with Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, whom Mr Osborne appointed. Friends of the erstwhile Tory politician, now editor of the Evening Standard, said Mr Osborne was giving the role “serious thought”. The Washington-based IMF acts as a global lender of last resort, stepping in to bail out countries if they fall into financial difficulties.
GEORGE OSBORNE, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, is plotting a bid to become the next head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Mr Osborne has told friends he is considering a bid to replace outgoing head Christine Lagarde, who is set to become chief of the European Central Bank. The IMF was set up to co-ordinate and effectively police financial policy after the Second World War. The head of the IMF is usually European, while the head of the World Bank is traditionally American.
George Osborne is preparing a campaign to become the next head of the International Monetary Fund. The former chancellor has told friends that he is considering a bid to replace Christine Lagarde and become the fund’s first British managing director in Washington. The IMF, jointly governed by 189 countries, was set up to co-ordinate global financial policy after the Second World War. It provides bailouts and policy advice to member states and acts as a global financial policeman.
George Osborne is lining up a bid to become the first British head of the International Monetary Fund. The former chancellor has told friends he is well placed to replace Christine Lagarde, who was picked as head of the European Central Bank this week. It would represent a dramatic return to a major public role for Mr Osborne, who was sacked from Number 11 after the Brexit vote.
Retailers should be forced to introduce binary labeling to clearly inform consumers whether a product is recyclable or not, amid widespread confusion, two industry leaders had said. Stuart Lendrum, Head of Packaging at Iceland, told the Environment Food and Rural Affairs committee that the government must introduce laws to simplify the current system which uses dozens of symbols, most of which the public does not understand.
The BBC has set aside £12 million to help settle the historical tax bills of presenters being pursued by HM Revenue & Customs despite the BBC’s auditor calling the payments “irregular”. The money will be paid in return for the taxman dropping cases again hundreds of current and former presenters at the corporation. The amount, which equates to 77,000 licence fees, will prove contentious at a time when the corporation is stripping free TV licences from 3.75 million people over 75.
Tory MPs and peers today pile pressure on the next prime minister to fund free care for the elderly. In a major report, a House of Lords committee chaired by a former Tory minister demands £8billion a year is spent providing free personal care to end the ‘national scandal’ of poor standards. There are also calls for social care to be taken over by the NHS, with the taxpayer funding all costs up to a certain level. Under England’s broken care system, people have to pay the full cost of their care down to their last £23,250 – meaning thousands are denied the chance of handing their house to their children.
An extra £8bn a year is needed to bring the adult social care system back up to an acceptable standard – that’s according to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee. In its report it suggests introducing free personal care so those with critical needs can receive help with daily activities. It says such a move – even though it may prove more expensive than some alternatives – could reduce demand for residential care and health care by encouraging people to seek home care early.
The two Tory leadership candidates have been challenged to urgently bring forward plans to tackle the social care crisis if they become prime minister. A committee of peers has called for an immediate £8bn cash injection and a move to a free, NHS-based, system. And councils say the government’s much-delayed plans on elderly care should be published by September at the latest. Jeremy Hunt says more money is needed, while Boris Johnson is calling for a cross-party approach to the issue.
Frail pensioners should receive free care, peers say today, as they warn that Winston Churchill’s “safety net” for a civilized society has been broken. The major report, calling for an end to the “scandal” of a failing social care system, comes as Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, a key supporter of Boris Johnson, called for the NHS to fund such services. A cross-party Lords committee today calls for radical changes and £15 billion extra funding to overhaul a system “riddled with unfairness”.
One in ten people in NHS hospitals is alcohol dependent, according to a major study which calls for all patients to be quizzed on their drinking habits. The study of more than 1.6 million admissions found that one in five people admitted for any reason was drinking at harmful levels. And one in ten was classed as being dependent on alcohol, the research by Kings College London found. Researchers called for checks on all patients admitted to hospital – whatever the reason.
SCIENTISTS are “closer than ever” to finding a cure for HIV after discovering a way to wipe out the virus in living animals for the first time. Researchers say it marks a critical step towards a possible cure for humans – and clinical trials could begin as early as next year. Current treatment focuses on the use of antiretroviral therapy, known as ART, which suppresses HIV replication, but does not eliminate the virus from the body.