BRITAIN’S charge towards the EU exit was proceeding at a cracking pace last night with work on a string of trade deals already underway in Whitehall. Ministers were preparing the ground for rapid negotiations on new agreements with around a dozen countries to meet their timetable for leaving the European bloc in the early months of 2019. Tory Cabinet minister David Davis, the newly appointed EU Exit Secretary, said: “We’re talking to large numbers of people who all want to help and we’ll get a very, very large trade area, much bigger than the European Union, probably ten times the size.” Countries queuing up to trade with Britain outside the EU were thought to include Australia, the US, New Zealand, India, Mexico, South Korea and Iceland.
David Davis has dealt a blow to Nicola Sturgeon by ruling out the possibility of Scotland having a veto on any Brexit deal. The minister also stated that European Union (EU) migrants who arrive after a certain cut-off point may be sent back. The Secretary of State for Leaving the European Union (EU) appeared on Sky News to talk about Britain leaving the EU. Asked by Dermot Murnaghan about the reality of Nicola Sturgeon’s pledge to Scots that the country could stay in the EU, Mr. Davis said: “I don’t think that works.”
Theresa May has told senior ministers they have a responsibility to make Brexit work for all the UK and “not just the privileged few”. The new Prime Minister, who is to hold her first cabinet meeting on Tuesday, said her administration will not be “defined” by Brexit but will take advantage of opportunities presented by leaving the EU. May will also hold her first National Security Council session, discussing the global threats facing the UK and Britons overseas.
THERESA May will today order every minister in her Cabinet to play their part in making Brexit a success. Chairing her first Cabinet, the new Prime Minister will also insist that they must help deliver her vow to make Britain a country in which everyone can share the benefits of prosperity, “not just the privileged few”. Afterwards she will chair her first National Security Council session, focused on global threats and the safety of British citizens abroad. Tomorrow, after taking her first Prime Minister’s Questions session in the House of Commons, she flies to Berlin for talks with German counterpart Angela Merkel, and on Thursday she will meet French President Francois Hollande in Paris. Both meetings will be dominated by Britain’s referendum vote to leave the European Union.
Nicola Sturgeon has said she may call a second referendum on Scottish independence next year if she is not satisfied with Britain’s Brexit deal. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, the Scottish First Minister said she would consider the move if the UK government chooses to trigger Article 50 without the approval of the Scottish government. “Of course at that point that would be an option and a decision that I would have to consider,” she said.
NICOLA Sturgeon shamelessly announced plans yesterday for Scotland to remain in the EU in a bid to ignore the vote to Leave. Scotland’s First Minister said she would not rule out the possibility of staying in the EU and remaining part of Britain but said if necessary she would call an independence referendum as early as 2017. “When you are in unchartered territory you have effectively a blank sheet of paper in front of you then you have an opportunity to think things that may have been previously unthinkable,” Sturgeon told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. Asked if Scotland could stay in the EU while England and Wales exited the bloc, Sturgeon said: “I don’t think that should be ruled out at this stage.”
THERESA May will slap down Nicola Sturgeon by insisting that the Scottish leader cannot stop Britain leaving the European Union. The Prime Minister is set to make it clear that Scotland will leave the Brussels club alongside the rest of the UK following suggestions that Edinburgh could look to negotiate its own deal with EU leaders. Mrs May will make her remarks after visiting Ms Sturgeon at Holyrood to discuss the fallout of the Brexit vote, which has caused a rift between England and Scotland.
The House of Commons has backed the renewal of the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system by 472 votes to 117. The MPs’ vote approves the manufacture of four replacement submarines at a current estimated cost of £31bn. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told MPs nuclear threats were growing around the world and Trident “puts doubts in the minds of our adversaries”. Labour was split over the issue with 140 of its 230 MPs going against leader Jeremy Corbyn and backing the motion.
MPs have overwhelmingly voted in favour of renewing the Trident nuclear deterrent. Some 472 members supported the Government’s motion, while 117 voted against – a majority of 355. The cost of replacing four ageing Vanguard submarines which carry the Trident ballistic missiles has been estimated at £31bn over 30 years – with £10bn set aside as a contingency.
Theresa May has said she would be willing to authorise a nuclear strike that could kill 100,000 people, as the House of Commons voted overwhelming to replace Britain’s Trident programme. The prime minister confirmed she would be prepared to press the nuclear button if necessary as she opened a debate about whether the UK should spend up to £40bn replacing four submarines that carry nuclear warheads. After more than five hours of discussion, parliament voted in favour of Trident renewal by a majority of 355 in a motion backed by almost the entire Conservative party and more than half of Labour MPs.
Russia is on the brink of a total ban from the Olympic Games next month after an investigation uncovered a massive state-sponsored doping programme and the systematic faking of drug tests. Russian athletes from more than 30 sports returned at least 577 positive tests between 2012 and last year, but 312 of the results were covered up by the country’s sports ministry, investigators found. The period includes the run-up to the London Olympics in 2012 as well as the Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 2014.