EURO bully Jean-Claude Juncker has tonight suggested British planes may be stopped from landing in the EU if Brexit “goes wrong”. The European Commission president, 63, threatened a “no deal” divorce could see Brit planes bound for the continent turned away at airports — leading to travel chaos for millions. And he even said pet dogs and cats could be stopped from crossing between the UK and the EU as customs arrangements collapse. The former Luxembourg PM said: “What’s going to happen to air traffic in Europe if everything goes wrong?
EU diplomats have rejected Theresa May’s conference pitch that Brussels must move first to break the deadlock over negotiations as Jean-Claude Juncker said British people were only “finding out now” about the scale of the problems caused by Brexit. The European commission president told an audience in Germany that he regretted that the voters had not been properly informed ahead of the Brexit referendum in 2016. He claimed that UK ministers were only now discovering the costs.
As Theresa May fights to control deepening Brexit divisions in her party at the Conservative conference, top Eurocrat Jean-Claude Juncker has suggested that British planes may not be able to land in the EU if Brexit goes wrong. The European Commission president has also said a four-day quarantine may be imposed on pet dogs and cats passing from the UK to continental Europe and again on their return journey. Speaking at a public meeting in Freiburg, Germany, Mr Juncker asked: ‘What’s going to happen to air traffic in Europe if everything goes wrong?
THERESA May must stand up to “bullying” EU negotiators and refuse to pay the £39bn Brexit divorce bill, Tory MP Priti Patel has said. Brexiteer Ms Patel, a former Cabinet minister, said the European Commission’s hardline stance in the exit talks was “unreasonable”. She also urged the Prime Minister to step up preparations for a no-deal Brexit, saying the UK must “be ready” for such an outcome. In a fiery speech at the Tory conference yesterday, she said: “We need to say ‘no’ to the EU and say: ‘No deal means no cash’.
Jeremy Hunt should read a history book, the European Commission said on Monday, as politicians and diplomats in Europe reacted angrily after the foreign secretary compared the EU to the Soviet Union. Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference on Sunday, Mr Hunt said EU leaders were trying to punish Britain for Brexit. He said: “The lesson from history is clear: if you turn the EU club into a prison, the desire to get out won’t diminish it will grow, and we won’t be the only prisoner that will want to escape.”
Jeremy Hunt faced a backlash from European leaders last night after comparing the EU to a Soviet jail. Brussels officials told the Foreign Secretary he should ‘read a history book’ to learn how communist rule was a ‘dark period’. A senior MEP said Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher would be ‘turning in their graves’ over his remarks. There was also criticism from former British diplomats who said his comments were ‘unworthy’ of a Foreign Secretary.
Two of the Foreign Office’s most senior former mandarins have turned on Jeremy Hunt, after the Foreign Secretary compared the EU to the Soviet Union. In his keynote speech to the Conservative conference in Birmingham, Mr Hunt accused Brussels of seeking to “punish” Britain for wanting to leave the EU and compared it to the Soviet Union trying to stop its citizens leaving. The comment was denounced as “unworthy of a British Foreign Secretary” by the former head of Foreign Office civil servants Lord Ricketts, while his successor as Permanent Secretary Sir Simon Fraser described it as a “shocking failure of judgment”.
Dominic Raab today warned Brussels not to take the ‘crass and unproductive’ step of effectively cutting Britain off from Europe after a no deal Brexit. The Brexit Secretary said the EU was unlikely to take steps that would be self-damaging even after an acrimonious collapse in talks. But speaking to the Tory conference in Birmingham he insisted Britain was right to get ready for all eventualities. Mr Raab told Tory activists Britain was negotiating in good faith but would only compromise so far in pursuit of a deal.
Britain’s chief Brexit minister warned the European Union — and his divided party — on Monday that the country will leave the bloc without a deal rather than accept continued close adherence to its rules and obligations. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab planned to tell Conservative Party members in a speech that if the EU tries to “lock us in via the back door” by keeping Britain in the bloc’s single market or customs union, “then we will be left with no choice but to leave without a deal,” according to extracts released in advance.
Theresa May is preparing to limit Britain’s ability to strike free-trade deals after Brexit in a significant concession to the European Union aimed at breaking the deadlock in negotiations. The prime minister is ready to propose a “grand bargain”, according to her colleagues, which would keep Britain tied to European customs rules on goods after the transition period ends in December 2020. No 10 will claim that the UK has left the customs union at this point, but by keeping key rules the ability to agree trade deals would be curtailed for many years.
Theresa May has signalled she may be willing to compromise further with the EU on her under-fire Chequers proposals for Brexit, risking anger from Tory eurosceptics. The prime minister used an interview at the opening of Conservative conference to urge Brussels to set out detailed concerns and bring forward counter proposals, referring to her own plans as the only ones available “at the moment”. The move risks further antagonising those in her party who want her Chequers plans dropped altogether, with both Boris Johnson and David Davis branding them unworkable on Sunday.
Ministers are planning a package of radical tax cuts for households and businesses to turbo-charge the economy if Britain quits the EU without a deal, the Daily Express has learned. Corporation tax could be halved and millions of earners see their income tax significantly reduced under the move to attract a rush of new UK if the Brussels talks collapse. Legislation needed in the event of a no-deal departure has also been fully drafted and is ready to go to Parliament.
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has suggested the Tories would slash corporation tax and other taxes if Brussels forces Britain into a ‘no deal’ exit from the EU. The cabinet minister told a fringe meeting at the party conference that radical moves to lower levies on business was what Chancellor Philip Hammond meant by using “fiscal firepower” in the event of no agreement being struck on UK-EU trade. Hammond had used his own speech to the gathering in Birmingham to declare there would be a “dividend” for the UK from Brexit.
The chancellor has said that the public finances will get a “deal dividend” if parliament backs the Chequers plan. Philip Hammond told the Conservative Party conference that successfully concluding Brexit talks would boost economic growth, which would feed through to higher tax revenue, giving the option for higher spending. The move is an attempt to turn on its head the claim by Brexiteers that leaving the EU will mean reclaiming £350 million a week sent to Brussels.
Boris Johnson’s “positive” vision for Brexit has been praised by the DUP leader Arlene Foster as she said she would work with him if he became Prime Minister. In a major boost for Mr Johnson’s leadership ambitions, Mrs Foster endorsed the “belief” and “spirit” contained in his blueprint for Brexit. She criticised Theresa May’s Government, which needs the DUP’s votes to maintain its working majority, saying one of her biggest disappointments was the failure of ministers to “talk about the aspirations for the nation”. She also refused to rule out backing a Canada-style deal for Brexit if an agreement could be found on avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland.
Cabinet ministers have ramped up warnings of violence in Northern Ireland if Britain fails to secure a Brexit deal, with one suggesting dissident republicans are already using uncertainty to boost recruitment. Another warned that any new infrastructure required by the Canada-style trade deal promoted by some Brexiteers would create targets for those looking to heighten tension. It came as chancellor Philip Hammond openly warned that Britain would have to enforce controls on the Irish border if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal.
Arlene Foster is prepared to reach a compromise on a Northern Ireland amnesty to prevent elderly veterans from being repeatedly investigated over deaths during the Troubles, The Telegraph understands. In a significant breakthrough, sources in Belfast and Whitehall claim that the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and Gavin Williamson are now “on the same page” and are discussing proposals which they hope will be approved by the Attorney General. The plans, which are yet to be signed off by Number 10, would bring about new protections for veterans, including safeguards for those who have been investigated.
Conservative Party Conference is well underway and some Tories are deeply unhappy with how their Party is being run. Westmonster visited an event run by the Campaign for Conservative Democracy with speakers from David Campbell-Bannerman MEP, veteran Tory democracy campaigner John Strafford and Ben Bradley MP. Strafford pointed out: “70% of the hierarchy and the Parliamentary Party supported remaining in the European Union. Whilst 70% of the members of the Party wanted to leave the European Union.”
Tory europhile Dominic Grieve has called for a “polite rebellion” if Theresa May presses on with Brexit, suggesting a national unity government should deliver a second EU referendum. The former Attorney-General, who serves as the ad hoc leader of a group of EU loyalist rebels which has already voted against the Government to defeat aspects of the legislation to deliver Brexit in Parliament, declared that “the time has come for a polite rebellion by pragmatic Conservatives” in a Sunday Telegraph article.
Boris Johnson will make on overt pitch for the backing of Tory members on Tuesday, demanding the party get back to “conservative instincts” instead of trying to ape Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn. The former foreign secretary will say the party should focus on tax cuts, homes and law and order as he courts members who would vote in any future leadership contest. In a sign that he is trying to appeal to a broad range of the party following comments that offended many people about Muslim women wearing burqas and niqabs, he will seek to position himself as a “one nation” Tory.
BORIS Johnson has told senior Tories he would delay Brexit by at least six months if he can topple Theresa May to become PM. The former Foreign Secretary wants to use the pause to reset stalled negotiations with the EU. The mop haired Tory’s plan has surfaced after he began privately setting out his leadership stall to some Cabinet ministers in a bid to win them over, The Sun can reveal.
BORIS JOHNSON would stall Brexit by at least six months to reboot talks with the EU if he successfully succeeds Theresa May to become the next Prime Minister, it has emerged. The Old Etonian would use the proposed extension period to attempt to break the current impasse with the Brussels bloc. The news comes on the day the Former Foreign Secretary plans to launch what is being seen as a leadership bid in the form of an anti-Chequers fringe rally at the Tory Party conference in Birmingham.
Far fewer low-skilled workers will be allowed in from Europe after Brexit, Sajid Javid and Theresa May pledged last night. Unveiling the biggest immigration reform for decades, the Home Secretary vowed to end EU free movement completely. He said the system would now focus on skilled workers and Europeans would be treated the same as citizens from anywhere else. Mr Javid also warned that migrants would have to integrate. ‘If you want to come to our country and contribute, great,’ he said, speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail.
The UK will have control of its immigration policy for the first time in decades after Brexit, Theresa May has promised. The prime minister said low-skilled immigration will fall under a new visa system where it is “workers’ skills that matter, not where they come from”. The plans follow a recommendation by the Migration Advisory Committee, which was also backed by Labour. The cabinet agreed to the committee’s recommendations last week.
THERESA MAY last night vowed to bin preferential treatment for EU migrants as she unveiled a “global” post-Brexit immigration regime. Settling the 20-year row over free movement, the PM said Britain would take back control of its borders by handing visas out based on skills rather than nationality. Under the biggest shake up to immigration for years, the PM vowed: High skilled workers will get “priority” while the numbers of low-skilled migrants will “be curbed”;
High-skilled workers will be given priority over those who head to the UK for low-paid jobs under new immigration rules after Brexit, Theresa May has said. The Prime Minister confirmed that European Union countries will be treated the same as those across the rest of the world when the new system is introduced after the Cabinet agreed the move last month. Tourists and visitors making short trips to the UK from low-risk countries would be dealt with swiftly through electronic visa checks.
Civil servants have told ministers that attempts to respect the referendum result and reform the UK immigration system after Brexit could cause a “Windrush-style” crisis. They claim that distinguishing between European Union (EU) migrants arriving after the divorce date and those who were here before, and therefore retain a right to remain and be treated as UK citizens, will be difficult. Ministers hope to introduce a system from January 2021 that will end open borders and the ability of unlimited numbers of EU citizens to use the taxpayer-funded NHS and claim benefits.
The move to announce the country’s new post-Brexit immigration plans has been branded “shambolic” by Conservative MPs amid claims of a Tory turf war between Downing Street, the Home Office and rival newspapers. A story breaking news of what would be in home secretary Sajid Javid’s speech at the Conservative conference was published by one news outlet on Monday evening, only to be followed by a similar article in a separate outlet, this time with both Theresa May and her minister making the announcement.
BELGIUM has demanded extra help from Britain to shore up its border controls amid a surge in migrants trying to smuggle themselves cross the Channel. Immigration minister Theo Francken wants the UK to strike a new treaty with his country to tighten up security at the major port of Zeebrugge. In an interview with The Sun he said Britain’s loose ID controls and booming black market are proving a major pull factor for illegal migrants.
Patients who visit the GP with possible signs of cancer will be promised a diagnosis within three weeks, under radical new Government proposals. The new policy will mean millions more patients will be offered CT and MRI scans via mobile units set up in supermarkets and shopping centres across the country. The proposal is part of a 10-year plan for the NHS, which is attempting to tackle Britain’s woefully late diagnosis rates from the major killers. Under the strategy, which focuses on breast, bowel, prostate and lung cancer, doctors will be encouraged to refer patients for immediate tests.
An emergency £240m will be pumped into social care in England to ease pressure on the NHS this winter by enabling more elderly people to be cared for at home. The cash will help councils pay for measures like housing adaptations and care packages, Health Secretary Matt Hancock will tell the Tory conference. Getting people back home will “free up hospital beds”, Mr Hancock will say. Winter months often place hospitals under strain. In January, one in five patients faced long delays for a bed.
Cambridge University has begun a £500 million fundraising drive to overhaul financial support for students, including the offer of a fully funded “transition year” for bright but disadvantaged students who struggle to meet the university’s entrance requirements. There is also the prospect of “debt-free” degrees for students from poorer backgrounds thanks to bursaries to cover tuition fees and maintenance. The measures were announced by Stephen Toope, Cambridge vice-chancellor, in his annual Senate House address yesterday and are designed to ensure that students “are not deterred from participating in the richness that Cambridge has to offer”.
Plans to make it easier for people to claim compensation for rail delays and cancellations have been announced. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the Conservative conference he wanted to see a “one click” system of online financial redress for passengers. All new franchises will be required to speed up claims by ensuring people do not have to enter their personal details each time they submit a form. Mr Grayling again apologised for the network’s performance this year.
Hundreds of airline passengers have been left stranded in Europe and the United States after budget airline Primera collapsed. Would-be passengers were warned not to turn up for flights, while others had already checked in when their journey was cancelled on Monday. Primera Air ceased operations ahead of filing for bankruptcy. Stansted Airport said travellers due to fly with the airline should not travel to the airport, from which Primera operated flights to Spain and the US.
STARGAZERS are in for a spectacular show this month as debris from Halley’s Comet rains down to Earth’s atmosphere in the annual Orionid meteor shower. NASA describes the display as “one of the most beautiful showers of the year”. The US space agency said this year shooting stars will appear from October 2 until November 7. The dazzling display is one of two meteor showers throughout the year caused by debris from Halley’s Comet.