In his most high profile European Union (EU) speech to date, British Prime Minister David Cameron asked yesterday: “Can we be so sure that peace and security on our continent are assured beyond any reasonable doubt?” He need only look around him for an answer to that question. In recent months both Paris and Brussels have had inflicted upon them the most devastating attacks since the end of the Second World War.
BRUSSELS is plotting to impose Euro law on the UK in a move which will cost the British people their “personal freedom” for good, a senior democracy campaigner has told Express.co.uk. Plans to create a centralised EU prosecutor will fatally undermine our legal system and kill off the principles of trial by jury and ‘innocent until proven guilty’ which have been the fundamental rights of Britons since the Magna Carta. Express.co.uk has learned that a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), which would have sweeping powers to pursue British citizens, is expected to be up and running by the end of this year.
Germany had a “de facto veto” on the Prime Minister’s EU reform plans, ex-minister Iain Duncan Smith claims. The ex-Tory leader said Berlin exercised the “ultimate power” over what changes David Cameron sought from Brussels. He told The Sun this led to Cameron being forced to drop a cap on foreign workers coming to the EU – a key demand – at the final hour on Germany’s behest.
Germany had a “de facto veto” over David Cameron’s EU renegotiations, ex-minister Iain Duncan Smith has said. He told the Sun the PM ditched plans in 2014 to demand an emergency brake on migration after Germany objected. Downing Street said curbs it negotiated on in-work benefits for EU migrants were a “more effective” way forward.
Germany had a secret veto over what David Cameron could demand as part of his renegotiation of Britain’s membership of the EU, a former Cabinet Minister claimed today. Iain Duncan Smith, who resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary in March, alleged that a key speech by the Prime Minister in which he was due to demand restrictions on all EU migrants coming into the UK was partially dropped at the insistence of Germany. And he even claimed there was an empty chair in Downing Street – dubbed the German chair – that symbolised their power in dictating the terms of any deal David Cameron would be able to negotiate.
The majority of business people plan to vote for the UK to remain in the EU but the gap with those wanting to leave has narrowed, a survey suggests. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said 54% of 2,200 members it surveyed in April said they would vote Remain, down from 60% in February’s survey. In contrast, 37% said they would vote to leave, up from 30% two months ago. Almost all of those surveyed – 90% – said they were unlikely to change their opinion ahead of the 23 June vote.
A POLL has today shown the UK on course for Brexit for the FIFTH consecutive week as the EU celebrates ‘Europe Day’. An ICM survey put ‘Leave’ regaining a two point lead over ‘Remain’ by 46 per cent to 44 per cent. And despite David Cameron last week dragging another world leader into the EU referendum debate, Britons appear to have ignored Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s warning over Brexit. The ICM poll showed a one per cent rise in support for Leave compared to the previous week.
The Conservative civil war over Europe has come to a head, as Boris Johnson accused the prime minister of undermining public trust over immigration before being rebuked for his own comments about the European Union’s impact on Ukraine. Johnson, a leading Tory figure in the out campaign, and Cameron, who is leading the battle to remain, locked horns in speeches to mark the start of the final phase of the EU referendum campaign. Johnson ridiculed claims made by Cameron in a speech earlier in the day that there was a risk to peace in Europe if Britain left the EU, arguing that he did not expect “world war three” to break out.
Harriet Harman today became the latest senior Labour figure to attack Jeremy Corbyn saying that the party’s election results were “not nearly good enough”. The former deputy party leader urged Mr Corbyn to follow the example of Sadiq Khan, who “reached out beyond Labour’s core base” to become Mayor of London.
Jeremy Corbyn was openly attacked by his own MPs on Monday night during a meeting at which Sadiq Khan, the new Mayor of London, told the Labour leader he must stop missing “open goals”. Mr Corbyn faced furious criticism after he warned MPs not to “parade” on TV and radio to give “a running commentary” about the party, while Mr Khan piled on the pressure by adding Labour must show it is a “credible Government-in-waiting”.
A second Sats test in spelling and grammar has been accidentally published online. The answers to the test appeared on a website for the English exam board on Monday night and remained in a password-protected area for several hours before being removed. But the leak was not judged to be significant enough to cancel today’s test.
A SATs test due to be taken by year six pupils across the country today has been accidentally published online – the second time it has happened in recent weeks. The answers to the Key Stage Two grammar, punctuation and spelling test are understood to have appeared on a website for an English exam board last night. They remained in a password-protected area for several hours before being removed.
BRITAIN is sleepwalking to catastrophe over the influx of migrants, the nation’s ex-race equality supremo said last night. Trevor Phillips warned the old attitude that they will simply fit in was dangerously misguided and risked massive social unrest. He demanded state action to integrate the unprecedented numbers settling here. And he blasted the politically correct brigade for standing in the way. It’s been a year since David Cameron defied the pollsters to slip back into Number 10 with a small parliamentary majority. But his dreams of having an unquestioned Tory mandate with which to force through right-wing policies haven’t quite gone to plan. In just 12 months they’ve been forced to rethink, retreat and ‘pause’ on at least 24 policies, facing pressure from both opposition parties, the public – and even his own MPs.
Britain risks ‘sleepwalking into catastrophe’ and a wave of racial unrest unless it addresses concerns over immigration, the former head of the equalities watchdog has warned. In a devastating analysis, Trevor Phillips insisted the failure to allay fears about the rapidly changing face of the UK is fuelling growing community tensions. He called anti-immigrant sentiment a ‘smouldering’ tinderbox that could ignite at any time, stoked by people who had felt unable to speak out for fear of being branded ‘white racists’.