BREXIT may not be discussed at the crucial summit next month unless Theresa May makes concessions on a deal. Neither eurocrats nor member states have accepted Mrs May’s request to add Brexit to the agenda for the summit in Salzburg on September 20. Downing Street insists Austrian leader Sebastian Kurz, who is hosting the summit, has agreed for Brexit to be at the top of the agenda. However, no such message has been heard from Austria, and EU Council chief Donald Tusk remains undecided. An EU ambassador said leaders would be unimpressed if the Prime Minister fails to present a fresh idea to the table.
THE BOSS of J D Wetherspoon has promised lower prices at his chain of pubs after a “no deal” Brexit. The leading Eurosceptic Tim Martin is launching a beer mat campaign at his pub chain calling on Theresa May to walk away from the EU negotiations without an agreement. Around half a million of them will be distributed to 875 pubs, including a message to the three main political party leaders. It says: “The vast majority of the public strongly objects to the crazy Government plan to pay £39billion to Brussels, with nothing in return.”
Pub chain Wetherspoon have printed another 500,000 beer mats promoting the advantages of Brexit and rallying against forking out a gigantic Brexit bill, as pro-Leave Chairman Tim Martin continues to drop truth bombs on the issue. Speaking about the new promotion, Martin said: “The beer mat points out that the vast majority of the public strongly objects to the crazy government plan to pay £39 billion to Brussels, with nothing in return. Lawyers have repeatedly said that there is no legal obligation to pay. That’s £600 for every man, woman and child in the UK or £60 million per MP to spend on their constituents.
EVEN Remain voters are now becoming increasingly frustrated by ongoing delays to the Brexit process as the pressure starts to mount in advance of March 29, 2019, the day the UK quits the bloc, results of a newly published survey have suggested. More than three-fifths of Britons are now so fed up with the whole thing they no longer care how or when we leave the European Union “I just want it all over and done with”. And of those, a total of 48 percent of Remainers agreed, compared with 47 percent who disagreed. Split along party lines, 58 percent of Tory Remainers and 42 percent of Labour Remainers also agreed.
The English region that could be crucial to a Conservative election victory and backed leaving the European Union in 2016 has swung against Brexit, according to a new poll. A YouGov survey shows people in the southwest now oppose the UK’s departure amid the chaos of the negotiations and the mounting prospect of a no-deal Brexit. The poll – commissioned by the People’s Vote campaign for a fresh referendum – adds that a greater proportion of people want another chance to vote on Brexit, by a margin of 42 per cent to 35 per cent.
Sajid Javid has refused a request to have the Union Jack flown at all border posts as people leave and arrive in Britain. The Home Secretary was asked to make it mandatory for the flag to be displayed at ports and airports, demonstrating national pride as the country leaves the EU. Janice Atkinson, an independent MEP for the South East, said it would ‘provide a warm and welcome sign of national embrace for returning and departing UK citizens and act as a reminder that they belong to a patriotic, decent and proud country’.
Foreign aid cash will be used to help overseas territories rebuild after devastating hurricanes. The Government is prepared to defy international rules that stop development budgets being directed at countries deemed too wealthy. It meant the Treasury had to find cash from outside the £13billion aid budget when UK territories were wrecked last autumn by hurricanes Irma and Maria. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has ordered her officials to fund disaster relief from her budget for such countries in future. She said: ‘The public support the tremendous work our armed forces and UK aid do to help people in dire need, especially in countries which have a close connection to the UK.
Residents are to be offered radical powers to veto or approve plans that affect their communities in an attempt by ministers to reconnect with voters who have lost faith in conventional politics. Decisions to approve housing developments, sell public assets such as community centres and swimming pools, or spend more on fixing potholes could be made using new forms of direct democracy. Ministers are proposing that local authorities use online polls and “citizen juries” to give residents a direct say in their communities, particularly in poor or remote areas.
PEOPLE in the UK will soon find themselves with extra control as the Government plans to hand power “back to the people” through the proposed Citizen Juries scheme. The new plans will give ordinary people a say over things such as local budgets and planning. It will mark the first Civil Society strategy for more than 15 years, and ministers hope it will bring huge changes to how local democracy operates. Citizens Juries are due to be established in six towns and cities, emulating structures already in place in different countries across the globe.
THE Home Office has issued a reminder that parents with different surnames to their children will need to bring their birth or adoption certificates to the airport – or face delays. Families will be asked questions to establish their relationship to deter child trafficking. The Home Office tweeted: “If your family has different surnames, please bring birth or adoption certificates to help get through passport control quicker. “We have a duty to safeguard children and to prevent people trafficking, child sexual exploitation and other crimes. That is why Border Force officers sometimes need to ask additional questions.”
Theresa May has sought to calm fractious Tory grassroots activists angry with her Chequers Brexit plan, writing individual members a lengthy letter endorsed by sceptical cabinet Brexiters including Andrea Leadsom and Liam Fox. The prime minister’s charm offensive over the past few weeks has been aimed at convincing Conservative party members of the merits of her offer to the EU, outlined in the Brexit white paper. It includes a free-trade area for goods governed by a common rulebook.
Boris Johnson‘s burka broadside plunged the Conservatives into civil war tonight. Senior figures called for him to apologise or lose the party whip for saying fully-veiled Muslim women resembled letter boxes or bank robbers. Ruth Davidson, who is seen as a potential rival to Mr Johnson for the Tory leadership, said questioning the burka was like challenging the rights of Christians to wear a crucifix. But Mr Johnson, who is on holiday, refused to back down. His supporters claim the row is being exploited by Tory Remainers furious about his position on Brexit.
CONSERVATIVE Party leaders have been accused of lacking courage in response to Boris Johnson’s failure to apologise for his incendiary burka remarks, as officials come under increasing pressure to launch disciplinary action. Numerous complaints have been lodged with the Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis, who oversees the party’s code of conduct. The official has nevertheless come under criticism for failing to launch an official investigation into Mr Johnson’s remarks over 72 hours following their publication.
Pressure is mounting on Boris Johnson to apologise over his “gratuitously offensive” remarks about women wearing niqabs as a series of senior Conservative MPs rallied against the former foreign secretary. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson questioned whether Mr Johnson would ever write about having a debate on banning Christians from wearing crucifixes, after the Uxbridge MP suggested in his Daily Telegraph column that those who wore headscarves resembled “bank robbers” and “letter boxes”.
The Conservative party is coming under intense pressure to decide whether to take disciplinary action against Boris Johnson following his continued refusal to apologise for his controversial descriptions of fully veiled Muslim women. A complaint about Johnson has been lodged with Tory party chairman Brandon Lewis, who is responsible for the party’s code of conduct which says that Tory MPs and other holders of public office should “foster respect and tolerance” in their work. Lewis has to decide whether to launch disciplinary proceedings following a day of intense criticism of Johnson, largely from the liberal wing of the party, after he used a column in the Telegraph to compare fully veiled women to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”.
SNEERING that a woman wearing a burqa looks like a letter box or a bank robber wasn’t a slip of the tongue by Boris Johnson. This provocative slur represented a steely-eyed calculation that it would bring him the double benefit of keeping him in the headlines, despite his resignation as foreign secretary, and of sending a dog-whistle message to Tory Party Islamophobes that he’ll be their man when the time comes for Theresa May to go. Equally calculated has been his dogged refusal to apologise in response to anger from within Britain’s Muslim communities, who recognise opportunist cultural oppression when they see it.
A prominent imam has defended Boris Johnson in a row over the burka as Ruth Davidson joined senior Tories in criticising the former foreign secretary. Mr Johnson faces mounting pressure to say sorry, including from the prime minister, after comparing women in face-covering veils to bank robbers and letterboxes. However, Taj Hargey, the imam at Oxford Islamic Congregation, said Mr Johnson should “not apologise for telling the truth” and, in fact, did not go far enough. In a letter to The Times, Dr Hargey said there was “no Koranic legitimacy” for the burka, adding that it was “a nefarious component of a trendy gateway theology for religious extremism and militant Islam”.
The mainstream media has been embarrassed by a data poll which shows a large majority of the British public do not believe criticising the burqa is “racist” and would support banning the garment. The poll was conducted for Sky News using a nationally representative sample of 1,649 Sky customers on August 8th 2018, using data weighted to the profile of the population. It found that some 60 percent of respondents did not believe Johnson was “racist” to compare the appearance of women in burqas to “bank robbers” or “letterboxes”, and, moreover, that 60 percent of people would support following Austria, France, Denmark, and several other European countries in actually banning the oppressive garments — something Johnson himself said was a step too far.
The majority of Britons think describing women in burkas as looking like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers” is not racist – but are split as to whether Boris Johnson should apologise for doing so, according to a new Sky Data poll. Six in 10 – 60% – say it is not racist to compare Muslim women wearing burkas to bank robbers and letter boxes, as Mr Johnson did in an opinion column earlier this week, while 33% think it is. However, people are split as to whether the former foreign secretary should apologise for his remarks – 45% think he should do so, 48% think he should not.
A new Sky Data poll shows that 59% of Brits support banning the wearing of the burka in public places. Just 26% of people would oppose such a move in the UK. This poll backs up another done by YouGov in 2016 that found 57% of Brits in favour of banning the burka and just 25% against. Have the mainstream media and political establishment ever been more out of touch with British public opinion than now? The likes of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage are far more in tune with the man on the street than Theresa May and her painfully politically correct regime.
John McDonnell has called for the establishment of a nationwide movement against the far-right which could emulate the work of the 1970s Anti-Nazi League. Labour’s shadow chancellor said he was pressing for the new movement amid demonstrations in support of the far-right former EDL leader Tommy Robinson and an attack on a socialist bookshop in central London at the weekend. He also highlighted incendiary remarks from the former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, who on Monday used a column to suggest that women wearing niqabs resembled “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”.
Three men from the notorious Rochdale paedophile ring will be stripped of their UK citizenship after they lost an appeal. Taxi drivers Abdul Aziz, 47, Adil Khan, 48, and Abdul Rauf, 48, were among nine men jailed over appalling crimes against girls in Greater Manchester in 2012. The then home secretary Theresa Mayruled in 2015 that all three men – who have dual British and Pakistani nationality – should have their names deleted from the roll of British citizens. The decision was a prelude to government plans to deport them to Pakistan upon their release from jail.
Three rapists from the Rochdale child grooming gang will be stripped of British citizenship after a top judge branded their predatory attacks “serious organised crime”. Three years ago Theresa May, then Home Secretary, decided that Abdul Aziz, 47, Adil Khan, 48, and Abdul Rauf, 48, should lose their British passports because of their crimes and the fact they are also citizens of Pakistan. Before their imprisonment, the trio worked as taxi drivers, with Rauf also acting as a Muslim preacher. They lost an appeal against the decision this Wednesday after being initially jailed at a trial in 2012. All had been found guilty of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16 and trafficking for sexual exploitation at trial.
Fed up homeowners are demanding a return to weekly rubbish collections after their bins became infested with maggots during the heatwave. Thousands of people have now signed a petition calling for urgent action from their council. Blaby District Council scrapped weekly bin collections in July, blaming budget cuts. It now carries out alternative weekly collections with general rubbish one week and recycling the next. But it means household waste and food is being left for two weeks at a time, and residents in Blaby, Leicestershire, say their bins are now a health hazard.
THE US has said Russia used a chemical weapon to try to assassinate ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, and it is to impose new sanctions. The US state department announced the move today after Sergei and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the town in March. Both spent several weeks in hospital after falling seriously ill. Downing Street has said it welcomes the new sanctions after a liquid form of the Novichok type of nerve agent was applied to Sergei’s front door. US state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it had been determined that Russia “has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law, or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals”.
The United States is to impose new sanctions on Russia after concluding that it was responsible for the Salisbury nerve agent attack. The surprise measures were announced by the State Department, which said that the Kremlin “has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals”. The British government welcomed the move, which is a boost for its diplomatic efforts to win support for its assertion that Russia was behind the attack in March on Sergei Skripal, 67, a former double agent, and his daughter Yulia, 33.
The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would slap new sanctions on Russia in retaliation for the poisoning of an ex-spy in England. Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in a Salisbury park at the beginning of March. Authorities determined that they had been attacked with a military-grade Russian nerve agent known as Novichok. Vladimir Putin‘s government violated an international act banning the use of chemical and biological weapons with the assassination attempt, the State Department said.
Donald Trump is reportedly poised to slap Russia with new sanctions in retaliation for the Salisbury nerve agent attack. According to NBC News, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has signed off a determination that Russia violated international law in the novichok attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March. Such a determination would trigger automatic sanctions under US laws on chemical weapons.
Ryanair has been plunged into a fresh crisis after German pilots joined colleagues across Europe in a wave of coordinated strike action timed to cause maximum disruption to summer getaways. One sixth of Ryanair’s flights, nearly 400 in total, are due to be grounded on Friday, disappointing tens of thousands of customers at the height of the holidays. German pilots announced a 24-hour walkout on Wednesday. They joined industrial action previously planned by Ryanair pilots in Ireland, Sweden and Belgium.
HOLIDAYMAKERS are in for another dose of travel turmoil this week after more Ryanair staff voted to join a Europe-wide strike. More than 70,000 passengers will have their holiday plans wrecked on Friday after Ryanair pilots in Germany voted to join captains in Sweden, Belgium and Ireland to stage yet another a 24-hour strike. Almost 400 flights have been grounded across Europe, with that figure set to rise sharply if pilots in the Netherlands also decide to join the strike. The airline has cancelled 20 Irish flights, 104 Belgian flights, 22 Swedish flights and 250 German flights scheduled for Friday.
Sunseekers are being warned about a venomous fish on Britain’s beaches after hundreds of people were stung. The weever is a small, camouflaged fish that buries itself in the sand in shallow waters with only its black dorsal fin protruding. If trodden on the spines discharge a powerful venom that can cause excruciating pain. Lifeguards in Cornwall treated more than 70 people for stings in a week and Dover RNLI has been inundated with cases. In Cumbria Lee Baines, 52, contracted blood poisoning and had to have spines surgically removed.