Boris Johnson is asking the European Union to rule out a further extension to Article 50 as part of a new Brexit deal, The Times has learnt. The prime minister will publish a legal text spelling out his proposed alternative to the Irish backstop within days as negotiations with Brussels enter a crucial period. He has privately made clear that an agreement should include a commitment from the 27 other EU nations that they will not allow another Brexit delay. Mr Johnson’s intention is to confront MPs in parliament with a binary choice of agreeing the revised deal or ensuring that Britain falls out of the EU without agreement at the end of the month.
The government has prepared the legal text of an updated Brexit deal, government sources have told the BBC. It is expected to make more of the plans public in the next few days, a senior government figure says. The government has suggested creating “customs clearance zones” in Northern Ireland and Irish Republic, as part of the proposals put to the EU. Proposals for reaching a Brexit deal had been expected ahead of a crucial EU summit on 17 October.
BORIS JOHNSON’S secret Brexit plan is finally finished and proposals could be sent to the European Union within 24 hours, raising hopes the UK will leave the bloc with a deal in place on October 31. MailOnline has reported UK officials are understood to have completed the legal text, and will be submitted to Brussels after Boris Johnson‘s keynote speech on Wednesday at the Conservative Party conference.
Boris Johnson is set to present detailed Brexit proposals in the next few days, but Ireland has already dismissed one border plan as a “non-starter”. The prime minister will offer his blueprint for a Brexit deal to the EU following this week’s Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Mr Johnson has vowed to renegotiate the UK’s current withdrawal agreement and demanded the abolition of the Irish border backstop arrangement.
BORIS Johnson’s Brexit negotiator will this week reveal to Brussels the Prime Minister’s master plan for a deal. Sources claimed David Frost will show the legal text the Government wants inserted into the withdrawal agreement to kill off the Irish backstop. It follows growing speculation Mr Johnson will use his speech to the Tory conference tomorrow to lay out his proposal.
Boris Johnson will finally unveil his detailed plan for Brexit to EU leaders within the next 24 hours, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Downing Street will set out the Prime Minister’s preferred alternative to the Irish backstop in a series of calls to EU capitals ahead of a formal text being delivered to Brussels after his speech to the Conservative Party conference on Wednesday. Senior sources with knowledge of the UK proposals confirmed reports that it would require a customs border to be created in Ireland, but with technology to smooth the movement of goods between north and south.
Boris Johnson is expected to ask the European Union to block a further extension to Article 50 as he unveils his new ‘game-changing’ Brexit deal within the next 24 hours. The Prime Minister is to outline his alternative to the Irish backstop today, a report claims, with the legal document expected to be sent off to EU leaders tomorrow. As part of any new agreement, Mr Johnson is understood to require a pledge that the other 27 EU member states will not permit another delay to the UK’s withdrawal.
A TOP-SECRET Brexit letter has been leaked to the press exposing the head of the civil service’s thoughts on Britain’s negotiations with the EU. The letter from Sir Mark Sedwill reveals his innermost thoughts on Brexit, which also sees him praise Boris Johnson and his team on their “ambitious pace” to deliver it.
A split is beginning to emerge among cabinet ministers and advisers at the top of government over whether Boris Johnson could break his leadership election promise and delay Brexit beyond Oct. 31. The prime minister has long insisted that he will not agree to an extension of Article 50 beyond that date and that he would rather “be dead in a ditch” than ask the EU for another delay. But behind the scenes, cabinet ministers are divided on whether this hardline public position is realistic.
Boris Johnson’s secret plans to solve the Irish border Brexit challenge involve customs sites on both sides of the border and real-time tracking devices on lorries, it has been reported. The ideas, which mark a departure from his promise not to put infrastructure on the border, are part of four unofficial papers submitted by the UK to Brussels by Johnson’s team. The broadcaster RTÉ, which has had sight of the tightly guarded proposals, is reporting that customs clearance sites would be sited five to 10 miles from the border to the north and the south to deal with imports and exports.
BORIS JOHNSON’s plan on how to solve the troublesome Irish border issue has been revealed and will be sent to the European Union today, raising hopes the UK will leave the bloc with a deal in place on October 31. British officials have completed the legal text, which will be submitted to Brussels within 24 hours. Senior Government sources told MailOnline much will depend on whether Angela Merkel “comes out fighting” for a compromise Brexit deal.
The UK has proposed the creation of a string of customs posts along both sides of the Irish border as part of its effort to replace the Brexit backstop, it has been reported. Irish broadcaster RTÉ News said it had seen extracts of plans for “customs clearance centres” which would be located between five and 10 miles back from the border, in proposals sent from the UK Government to the European Union. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly promised an arrangement that avoids infrastructure at the Irish border and said he will not agree to a deal that contains the controversial backstop element.
Ireland’s deputy premier has dismissed proposals to set up “custom clearance centres” on both sides of the border after Brexit as a “non-starter”. The idea for the customs posts were reportedly contained in papers submitted by UK officials during recent technical discussions surrounding Britain’s departure from the EU. Posts would be built between five and 10 miles back from the current border under the plans, according to Irish State broadcaster RTE.
UK prime minister Boris Johnson’ expected plan to offer a compromise Brexit deal to Brussels this week suffered a setback on Sunday, when Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader, Arlene Foster, told the Conservative Party conference in Manchester that she could not accept any kind of internal customs border within the UK. Foster said her party would however be open to discussing a time-limited backstop.
Britain is proposing to set up “customs clearance centres” on both sides of the Irish border after Brexit, Irish national broadcaster RTE reported on Monday, an idea Ireland’s foreign minister quickly dismissed as a “non-starter”. The British proposal would place clearance centres, effectively customs posts, between 5-10 miles (8-16 km) ‘back’ from and on each side of the border, RTE Europe Editor Tony Connelly said on Twitter. Connelly reported that the details came from technical papers, or so-called “non-papers”, sent from London to Brussels, of which he had seen extracts.
The Queen would dismiss Boris Johnson if he refused to comply with a law requiring him to seek an extension to Brexit talks, according to leading Remainer Dominic Grieve. The claim came amid a storm of outrage over allegations the embattled prime minister groped a female journalist when he was editor of The Spectator, with anger threatening to overshadow the Conservative party conference in Manchester. Meanwhile, Opposition parties agreed to discuss plans for a government of national unity to oust Boris Johnson if he refuses to delay Brexit, according to Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson.
The Queen would dismiss Boris Johnson as prime minister if he refused to comply with a law requiring him to seek an extension to Brexit talks, leading Remainer Dominic Grieve has said. The former attorney general said the PM would be “out in five minutes” if he tried to defy a Supreme Court order to go to Brussels. Mr Grieve said he expected current attorney Geoffrey Cox and lord chancellor Robert Buckland would resign, while the civil service would withdraw co-operation with a prime minister openly flouting the law in this way.
DOMINIC GRIEVE has said Labour refused to form a caretaker Government to oust Boris Johnson because they are afraid of losing the money they get awarded as an opposition party. The Tory rebel was one of 21 MPs expelled from the Conservative Party after voting to block a no deal Brexit. Mr Grieve said that legislation may be needed so that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party can keep the funds given to them by the Government. The party reportedly receives £7.9million in what is known as “short money”.
Labour MPs have told Jeremy Corbyn to secure a new Brexit referendum before the next general election is held, HuffPost UK can reveal. The weekly meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) saw backbenchers urge the Labour leader to either back a ‘confirmatory’ referendum on any Boris Johnson deal – or to instigate one during a temporary caretaker government. At the gathering in the House of Commons, MPs from both Leave and Remain seats united to praise Corbyn for his handling of Brexit in recent weeks and for the way the party had outflanked the government over the prorogation of parliament.
The ‘Remainer alliance’ looked to be descending into shambles today as they failed to agree how to ramp up pressure on Boris Johnson or who could replace him as an emergency prime minister in a government of national unity. Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems and other smaller parties met in Westminster for talks amid claims the attack on the embattled PM would be stepped up. The Lib Dems had been pushing for a move to bind Mr Johnson more tightly, making him beg for a Brexit extension from the EU by Saturday.
The Remain Alliance of anti-Brexit MPs will meet with Jeremy Corbyn on Monday to plot forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask the EU for another Brexit delay as early as this weekend. The Benn Act would stop a no-deal Brexit on Halloween and force the prime minister to ask for a further extension of Article 50 — the legal mechanism for leaving the EU — by October 19th, but die-hard Remainers fear that they will not have enough time to launch a court challenge to stop Mr Johnson from taking the UK out of the EU in a clean break.
Opposition parties have agreed to discuss plans for a government of national unity to oust Boris Johnson if he refuses to delay Brexit, Jo Swinson has said. Labour, the SNP, the Liberal Democrats and the smaller parties decided to put plans for a no-confidence vote on ice amid fears an attempt during the Conservative Party conference could “play into Boris Johnson’s hands” and make a no-deal Brexit more likely. After talks on Monday, the Lib Dem leader disclosed that opposition party whips will hold crunch talks to plot different scenarios “including the possibility of an insurance option of a government of national unity”.
Remainer plots to topple Boris Johnson descended into chaos last night after rival factions failed to agree on a battle plan. Talks in Westminster between opposition parties collapsed without any pact being struck on the next steps to take. Chancellor Sajid Javid said a no-deal Brexit 31 October “may well happen” despite the legislation trying to stop it. Liberal Democrats wanted a rebel law demanding the Prime Minister asks for a Brexit extension from Brussels changed to force him to make the request by Saturday.
Talks between Jeremy Corbyn and leaders of Westminster’s smaller parties on how to block a no-deal Brexit have been hit by a rift between Labour and the Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson is vetoing a plan – backed by the other parties – to install Mr Corbyn as a temporary prime minister if Boris Johnson is defeated in a vote of confidence. Speaking after the meeting, Mr Corbyn said moves to force Mr Johnson to comply with the so-called Benn Act, tabling a vote of no confidence in the government and seizing control of the Commons agenda were discussed.
Opposition parties will not call for a vote of no confidence in the government to topple the PM this week. Speaking after cross-party talks, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he will back a motion “at a point we can win it and take no-deal off the table”. The SNP’s Ian Blackford said his party was keen to push for an early no confidence vote but wanted to take the other parties with them.
A Government of national unity could be ready to oust Boris Johnson unless he delays Brexit , the Lib Dems claimed today. Opposition leaders agreed to shelve plans for a no-confidence vote in the Prime Minister amid fears it could make a no-deal departure from the EU more likely. Triggering such a move would “play into Boris Johnson’s hands”, warned Lib Dem chief Jo Swinson. Instead, whips from across the Opposition parties will meet to “plan out different scenarios, look at different options, including the possibility of an insurance option of a Government of national unity”, she said, following talks with counterparts.
Sexual predators and the most violent criminals face longer jail terms under Tory law and order plans. Ministers want to end the policy of letting hardened offenders go free only half way through sentences. Instead they would have to serve at least two thirds of their time. The move will be unveiled by Justice Secretary Robert Buckland tomorrow, along with radical plans to make drunken yobs and drink drivers wear electronic ‘sobriety bracelets’.
Violent and sexual offenders will have to serve at least two-thirds of their prison sentences, instead of being eligible for parole after half, as is currently the case. The Justice Secretary Robert Buckland will set out details of the new policy in his speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester today. Anyone sentenced to at least four years for offences that carry a maximum life term will no longer be free at the halfway point, if the parole board deems them fit to be released.
TROUBLEMAKERS with booze problems are to be issued with ‘sobriety tags’ that will see them jailed if they touch a drop. Under the high tech plan, courts can impose orders on alcohol-related offenders to ban them from drinking. They will be ordered to wear high tech devices that can immediately detect when they’ve had a drink, and police will them haul them back in front of a judge.
Violent and sex offenders in England and Wales will no longer be automatically released halfway through their jail sentence under government plans that will increase the prison population by about 3,000. Nearly all offenders – 92% in 2018 – sentenced to immediate custody are released at the midway point on licence in the community under rules introduced in 2005. As part of a tough-on-crime agenda dismissed as populist electioneering by critics, the justice secretary has announced that offenders guilty of violent and sexual crimes that carry a maximum sentence of life – such as manslaughter, rape, grievous bodily harm – and who are sentenced to at least four years in prison will be required to serve two-thirds of the sentence in prison before being released on licence.
Murderers and rapists will no longer be eligible for release halfway through their prison sentences under new plans to be unveiled by the government on Tuesday. Robert Buckland, the justice secretary, will tell the Conservatives’ annual conference that the most violent criminals will be made to serve two-thirds of their sentence before early release can be considered. The government said that most offenders are currently released having served only half of their sentence, even if they could pose a further risk to the public.
Drink drivers and yobs convicted of alcohol-related violence will be tagged with ‘sobriety bracelets’ in a blitz on booze-fuelled disorder. For the first time, all judges in England and Wales will be given the power to force offenders to wear US-style electronic ankle tags that monitor alcohol consumption. Under measures announced by Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, the courts can order adults in trouble with the law to comply with ‘alcohol abstinence requirements’ – requiring them to avoid booze for a period of time.
The Brexit Party
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has confirmed that he will be running for a parliamentary seat in a future General Election. Mr Farage made the announcement of Sophy Ridge on Sunday, but declined to reveal for which constituency, saying: “…of course I’ll stand. I will lead the charge on behalf of the Brexit Party.” “We are in a position here where if we get to the 1st of November and haven’t left the European Union you will see support for the Brexit Party rise considerably, and I do think in those circumstances we’ve got a very, very important role to play.”
Vaping companies could see restrictions placed on advertising as the government watchdog launches investigations into e-cigarette marketing that could entice children. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has received hundreds of complaints relating to film, social media and poster adverts for a handful of vaping companies in the UK market. Serious concerns have been raised about campaigns that appear to target the under-18s, who are not legally allowed to vape, and adverts that “misinform” about the dangers of e-cigarettes.
Terry Miller believed the hype about vaping and it may well have cost him his life. The 57-year-old from Gateshead swapped his 20-a-day smoking habit for e-cigarettes — hailed by UK health officials and anti-smoking campaigners as the safer alternative — only to die of the lung disease lipoid pneumonia (when fat particles enter the lungs) eight months later. Doctors said oil from vaping fluid was found on his lungs. Mr Miller, who died in 2010, is thought to have been the first British vaping fatality.