A BRITISH euro MP has revealed he is “95 per cent” certain to vote against any final deal between Britain and the European Union – and has revealed he expects his compatriots to do the same. Ukip MEP Gerard Batten said he is almost guaranteed to reject the contents of a compromise pact between Downing Street and Brussels when it is put before the EU Parliament in 2019. And he predicted he could be joined in a rebellion by europhiles from other parties including Labour, who will not want a final pact to succeed because they still hope to thwart Brexit. Mr Batten made the revelation in an interview with express.co.uk in Brussels, in which he also admitted that the EU can “reasonably” ask for Britain to cover financial commitments made as a member.
Theresa May has revealed detailed plans for quitting the EU with “no deal” in a move designed to pile pressure on Brussels to begin trade talks. The Prime Minister decided to “focus minds” by publishing draft legislation showing how the UK will implement independent trade and customs arrangements from “day one” after Brexit in March 2019. It is the first time the Government has set out what “no deal” would look like, and is aimed at kick-starting Brexit talks which have stalled because of a row over the size of the so-called Brexit “divorce bill”. It comes ahead of trips to Brussels by both Mrs May and her Brexit secretary David Davis in the coming days. White papers published on Monday on customs and trade made it clear that Britain would trade under World Trade Organisation rules if it left without a deal, and would set its own tariffs and taxes on goods.
Theresa May has warned the British public to prepare for crashing out of the EU with no deal, setting out emergency plans to avoid border meltdown for businesses and travellers. As hopes of an agreement appeared to fade at home and abroad, the Prime Minister – for the first time – set out detailed “steps to minimise disruption” on Brexit day in 2019. They included plans for huge inland lorry parks to cope with the lengthy new customs checks that will be needed – to avoid ports becoming traffic-choked. The move came as Ms May admitted she expected the deadlocked negotiations to drag on for another year before any possible breakthrough. At Westminster, Brexiteer Tories exploited the Prime Minister’s weakness – after last week’s attempted coup – to demand that Chancellor Philip Hammond, and other voices of compromise, be sidelined.
Theresa May has drawn up plans to waive import taxes and create huge inland lorry parks to keep trade flowing as ministers prepare for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. The Prime Minister told MPs they were preparing for ‘every eventuality’ in the Brexit negotiations – including the possibility that Brussels continues to stall on a new free trade deal. HM Revenue and Customs last night set out the first detailed proposals for policing a new post-Brexit border in the event of no deal. A white paper published by HMRC states that a new customs regime will be ready ‘from day one’ after Brexit, regardless of whether the EU agrees a trade deal. Plans include the creation of new inland lorry parks to check imports without causing queues at major ports like Dover and Harwich. A leaked document from the Department of International Trade also lays out radical contingency plans for leaving without a deal.
The European Commission has hit back at Theresa May’s comments on Brexit negotiations, admonishing the Prime Minister and warning Britain it still has more work to do before a deal can be struck. In a statement released to the media the night before the start of the fifth round of negotiations Ms May had argued that her Florence speech meant EU had to give ground and that “the ball’s in their court”. But speaking to reporters in Brussels on Monday the EU seemed unimpressed by the Prime Minister’s approach and comments. “This is not exactly a ball game,” Margaritis Schinas, the Commission’s chief spokesperson told reporters in Brussels. “We do not provide comment on comments. What I can remind you of is that there is a clear sequencing to these talks. There has been, so far, no solution found on step one, which is the divorce proceedings, so the ball is entirely in the UK’s court for the rest to happen.” The spokesperson said this sentiment been clearly express “by most if not all political groups” in the European Parliament.
A leading Tory backbencher has suggested that the Treasury is helping to undermine Britain’s position relative to the European Union, possibly in the service of Remainers aiming for “Brexit in name only”. In a Guardian article titled ‘It’s a Sad Truth: On Brexit We Just Can’t Trust the Treasury’, leading Tory backbencher Bernard Jenkin writes: “There is no intrinsic reason why Brexit should be difficult or damaging, but the EU itself has so far demonstrated it wants to make it so; and it has co-opted the CBI, parts of the City and, it seems, the Treasury to assist.” The Brexit supporter accused the finance ministry of assisting Brussels in “legitimising EU threats of economic disruption,” adding that “We are fast reaching the point when the Prime Minister should assert the authority of her office over the negotiations and call time.” Jenkin indicated that he was very much of the view that ‘No Deal’ would be better than a bad deal, noting: “A clean break in 2019 would be preferable to the mess they want to draw us into.”
Eurosceptic Conservative MPs last night turned on Theresa May after she admitted for the first time that Britain could remain under the rule of EU judges for up to two years after Brexit. In a collapse of the Tories’ fragile consensus around the prime minister’s Florence speech, senior backbenchers accused Downing Street of misleading them over the extent of the concessions she was prepared to offer Brussels. Others urged the prime minister to rapidly speed up preparations for a “no-deal” scenario to ensure that Britain could walk away from talks if the terms on offer were not acceptable. Several said they had been privately told that the European Court of Justice would not have direct jurisdiction over Britain during any implementation period.
Theresa May has admitted that the European Court of Justice could continue to have jurisdiction over Britain during the implementation period, sparking anger from Brexiteers. May, addressing Parliament yesterday, said the transitional Brexit “may mean we will start off with European Court of Justice still governing rules we’re part of for that period”. Jacob Rees-Mogg responded by saying: “If the ECJ still has jurisdiction, we will not have left the EU. It is perhaps the most important red line in ensuring the leave vote is honoured.”
Theresa May faced a backlash last night after confirming the UK will be subject to European judges’ rulings during a two-year transition out of the EU. The Prime Minister was criticised by some Eurosceptic MPs after warning that Britain could even have to accept some new EU rules after leaving in March 2019. Senior MPs were last night seeking ‘clarification’ from Downing Street. But Boris Johnson and Michael Gove supported Mrs May, saying the key issue was that the UK would be free to set its own laws after the post-Brexit ‘implementation period’ ended. The row erupted after Mrs May said the desire for a ‘smooth and orderly’ exit meant the European Court of Justice (ECJ) would still be ‘governing rules’ during a transition for ‘around two years’ from March 2019. She also confirmed that the UK would have to accept new EU regulations during this period, although she said it was ‘highly unlikely’ that any laws devised after the UK left would become law within two years.
Prime Minister Theresa May has delivered a set-piece speech to the House of Commons on Britain’s ongoing negotiations with the EU. Mrs May pledged that Britain would definitely leave the EU’s Single Market and Customs Unions, and rejected a European Economic Area (EEA) type relationship with the bloc, arguing this would mean sacrificing too many decision-making powers to Brussels. She also rejected a Canada-style trade agreement, saying she did not regard it as sufficiently ambitious. The Tory leader confirmed the Government hopes to implement a time-limited ‘transition period’ of “around” two years after Britain’s formal departure from the European Union during which little will change in practical terms, so British and EU businesses can adjust. She added, however, that it is the Government’s responsibility to prepare for a ‘No Deal’ scenario, and that it will be publishing White Papers explaining how it intends to do so.
Theresa May has angered pro-Brexit MPs by conceding that the European court of justice would continue to have jurisdiction over the UK during the “implementation period” when Britain leaves the European Union. In response to a question from Jacob Rees-Mogg, who was the darling of Eurosceptic Tories at the party’s conference last week, the prime minister said a transition deal “may mean we will start off with European court of justice still governing rules we’re part of for that period”. She went on to stress that long lead-in times meant it was unlikely any new rules would be implemented in that period, which the government expects to be about two years.
THERESA May enraged Brexiteer MPs tonight by explicitly saying Britain will be ruled by EU judges and new rules for at least two more years. In a slap down to Boris Johnson — sat just yards away — the PM declared her implementation phase “may mean we will start off with the ECJ governing the rules we are part of”. But her big Florence speech, delivered just two weeks ago, was kept deliberately vague on the matter. Then Mrs May talked only of Britain operating under “current arrangements” during the two year exit extension. Updating MPs on her Brexit progress, the PM told the Commons that her planned transition out of the EU will seek to operate on the “same rules and regulations” until 2021. And she insisted that it was “highly unlikely” that new rules made by the EU could affect us without a say as the EU takes so long to make new rules.
Theresa May is facing a fresh blow from Brussels as it prepares to ignore Britain’s demands to agree the Brexit transition deal before the end of the year, delaying trade talks further. Germany, France and Romania have blocked attempts to open exploratory trade talks after next week’s meeting of European Union leaders. Business groups have been eager for the government to confirm what will happen immediately after March 2019, when Britain formally leaves the EU. Mrs May promised a “standstill” transition in her speech in Florence that would keep the UK-EU relationship broadly similar. Such a transition is yet to be negotiated with the EU, with cabinet ministers saying as recently as last week that they thought this was achievable.
The latest Brexit papers will pave the way for the UK to operate as an “independent trading nation”, Theresa May has said. The documents on post-Brexit trade and customs arrangements were published as the Prime Minister told MPs that “real and tangible progress” had been made in the negotiations since her high-profile Florence speech. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was dismissive about the Prime Minister’s latest update, telling MPs that “no real progress” had been made, 16 months on from the Brexit vote. Despite an EU official earlier saying further compromise was needed from the UK to move the talks onto the next phase, the future trading relationship, Mrs May insisted it was up to Brussels to show “flexibility”. In a statement in the Commons, she said: “A new deep and special partnership between a sovereign United Kingdom and a strong and successful European Union is our ambition and our offer to our European friends.
A report drawn up by the Republic of Ireland’s customs authority has ruled out an open customs border with the North – effectively pouring cold water on UK plans for the frontier. The unpublished report, drawn up after the Brexit vote and obtained by Irish broadcaster RTE, spells out the huge logistical difficulties Britain leaving the EU will cause for trade on the island of Ireland. The UK says a “unique” solution can keep the customs border, which is currently not policed, frictionless – despite the UK’s intention to leave the EU customs union, which would ordinarily see checks placed there. But the report, by the Revenue Commissioners, says: “It is probably somewhat naive to believe that a new and entirely unique arrangement can be negotiated and applied to the EI/UK land frontier.
The health and social care system is “straining at the seams”, with 1.2 million older people not getting the care they need, quality inspectors have warned. Presenting the Care Quality Commission’s annual assessment, Sir David Behan, chief executive, warned that the future of many services was “precarious” as unhealthy lifestyles added to pressure on the health system. While finding that the overall quality of care had been maintained this year, the CQC warned that some services that had been rated good had deteriorated by the time inspectors returned. The report found that 26 per cent of mental health services, 23 per cent of adult social care services, and 18 per cent of hospitals dropped at least one rating between inspections.
Britain’s health care services are “struggling to cope with 21st century problems” and straining “at the seams,” according to a report published on Tuesday by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The document reveals a “precarious” public health system beleaguered by fewer staff and more patients, particularly those with preventable illnesses linked to unhealthy lifestyle choices. As a result, the regulator said services are at a tipping point with health care quality likely to deteriorate, while social care across Britain is in desperate need of funding. Fewer bed are available for patients, the document said, and waiting times for treatments have risen. The report also highlighted how demands on the NHS are changing, with more older patients, many with dementia, placing a huge pressure on services.
Unhealthy lifestyles are putting unprecedented pressures on the NHS, the official watchdog warns. The Care Quality Commission said hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries were ‘straining at the seams’ over a lack of beds, insufficient staff and record demand. Much of this demand is fuelled by illnesses caused by ‘lifestyle choices’ – obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and dementia – the watchdog claimed. It said organisations were struggling to cope with these ‘21st century problems’ and an ageing population. David Behan, CQC chief executive, said: ‘The good news is we are all living longer but … we are not living healthily longer. ‘Our healthy life expectancy is not keeping pace with our life expectancy – and it is that which is driving the demand.’ He added that the state of the NHS and social care was ‘precarious’ and that safety remained a ‘big concern’.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says the health system is “straining at the seams” and faces a “precarious” future. The England’s regulator’s annual report raised concerns about staff shortages, rising demand and the number of patients with preventable illnesses. It said so far the quality of NHS and council care has been maintained but warned standards were likely to drop. Health Minister Philip Dunne suggested that extra money for social care, mental health and A&E was enough. “With record funding and more doctors and nurses, the NHS was recently judged the best healthcare system in the world, despite the pressures from increasing demand,” he said.
The label “junior doctor” faces banishment from the NHS after the country’s head medic backed a campaign to change job titles that have been condemned as confusing and demeaning. Ministers and NHS training chiefs are considering an end to the use of terms such as “trainee” and “junior” to describe qualified doctors who often have a decade of experience, The Times has learnt. Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, said that doctors needed job titles that give them “the respect they deserve”. She is supporting a campaign to rename doctors below consultant level that will be launched today by Oxford University academics.
The title ‘junior doctor’ should be banned from the NHS, the chief medical officer has claimed. Dame Sally Davies has backed a campaign which claims current job titles are confusing and demeaning. She wants to stop labelling doctors below consultant level – who often have a decade or more experience – as ‘trainee’ and ‘junior’. The campaign will be launched today by Oxford University academics, who claim the term ‘junior doctor’ is ‘discriminatory and belittling’. Despite having medical degrees, more than 52,000 doctors training to become consultants have been referred to as ‘trainees’ and ‘junior.’ Many of the doctors who fall in the categories the campaign will aim to re-name are in their late 30s and are allowed to make life-or-death decisions.
Schools, police forces and councils will have “nowhere to hide” on discrimination, Theresa May pledges today as she publishes research laying bare racial divides across the country. The first government “race audit”, said to be the most ambitious project of its kind in the world, reveals divides in health, education, employment and the criminal justice system in England. Dorset police will be challenged to explain why black people were seven times more likely to be arrested in its area than in Essex last year. Stockport’s primary schools will face questions about why less than a quarter of black 11-year-olds reached the required standard in reading and maths for their age while in Sunderland the figure was more than three quarters.
Theresa May will admit Britain has a long way to go to achieve racial equality after a major review laid bare significant divisions in the way black and ethnic minority people are treated. The Prime Minister will also warn business leaders, government, police and other institutions that they have “nowhere to hide” and must ensure that race is never a barrier to people achieving their goals. The data, published on Tuesday, will offer an unprecedented insight into how people from different backgrounds face a postcode lottery of outcomes, as the unemployment rate for ethnic minorities is nearly double that of white British adults, with a larger gap in the North of 13.6 per cent, compared to 9 per cent in the South. Other findings Ms May will highlight include wide gaps over home ownership as white people, Indians and Pakistanis are more likely to own their own home than Bangladeshis and black people.
THERESA May will demand Britain tackles terrible race inequalities exposed in a shock report. The year-long Race Disparity Audit – the first done by any government in the world – was first pledged by the PM as she took office on the steps of No10 in June 2016. Published in full, it reveals huge disparities of how people from different races fare dramatically differently from public services, from education and prison to housing and health. Among its disturbing findings, the Race Disparity Audit has found; Just 32% of poorer white British pupils on free school meals reached expected standards by the age of 11 – the lowest of any ethnic group, while Chinese pupils scored the highest on 71; Three times the proportion of Black Caribbean school kids are permanently excluded in comparison to white pupils (a rate of 0.1%); White teenagers are almost four times more likely to be smokers than black teenagers, with a rate of 9.2% versus 2.4%; A far higher percentage of while people have jobs than black and minority ethnic people; 75.7% versus 63.9%
A national audit of racial inequality in the UK has revealed glaring disparities between white Britons and British ethnic minorities. The results of the Government probe, which will be published on Tuesday via the government’s new Ethnicity Facts and Figures website, highlight significant differences of outcomes across health, education, employment and the criminal justice system. It will also show a gap between those living in the north and the south and across socioeconomic groups. Findings revealed by the investigation include: Chinese and Asian pupils perform better than white and black children in secondary school; In primary school, 71% of Chinese children meet the expected standard for reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2. Only 54% of white British pupils reach the same standard, and white Gypsy and Roma pupils perform significantly worse at 13%; Only 32% of white British children who receive free school meals reach the expected Key Stage 2 standard; Ethnic minorities are underrepresented at senior levels across Britain’s public sector; The unemployment rate for Black, Asian and minority ethnic adults (8%) is nearly double that of white Britons (4.6%); White people, Pakistanis and Indians are more likely to own their own home than Bangladeshis and black people.
Theresa May is to challenge society over differences in how public services treat people of different races. The prime minister is to say the government and institutions must “explain or change” the differences. An “unprecedented” audit pulls together data on how people of all ethnicities are treated in areas including health, education, and criminal justice. The Equality and Human Rights Commission called for a “coherent race equality strategy” from government. The prime minister will launch a website later containing the data, compiled from across the UK government. The government says the figures released at 12:30 BST will suggest: Black Caribbean pupils were being permanently excluded from school three times as often as White British pupils; At key stage two, 71% of Chinese primary school pupils met the expected standard for reading, writing and maths, compared with 54% of White British pupils and 13% of White Gypsy and Roma pupils; White British pupils on free school meals performed the worst in the second stage of primary school (key stage 2) with 32% reaching the expected level; Unemployment among black, Asian and other ethnic minorities is almost double that of white British adults; Those more likely to own their own home are Indian, Pakistani and white people compared with black people and those from Bangladesh.
THERESA May will today say that far more action is needed to stamp out racial discrimination in every walk of British life. Stepping up her personal campaign against racial injustice, the Prime Minister plans to highlight the many gaps in attainment between different ethnic groups in employment, business, schools, the Civil Service and virtually all other major public institutions. She will announce a new Government website being launched today that will publish a vast range of official data auditing the differences in life outcomes for people from different groups. The Ethnicity Facts and Figures website, the first of its kind anywhere in the world, contains thousands of statistics covering more than 130 topics in areas including health, education, employment and the criminal justice system.
Theresa May will today demand an end to racial discrimination in everyday life. The Prime Minister will publish an analysis showing huge disparities in employment rates and school attainment between white people and those from ethnic minority backgrounds. She will launch a massive database – the first of its kind in the world – covering 130 areas of life across health, education, employment and criminal justice, all broken down by race. Mrs May has ordered a review of school exclusions after the audit revealed that some black children were three times as likely to be excluded or suspended as white British ones. The figures show that poorer white children tend to do worse in tests at junior schools, and that black people are less likely to own a house and more likely to be found guilty in court.