Boris Johnson is confident he can make the EU blink first in striking a new Brexit deal with the UK just days before the deadline of 31 October, it was claimed. The Prime Minister is engaged in a stand-off with Brussels by refusing to hold face-to-face talks with EU leaders until they drop their refusal to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement, making a no-deal Brexit more likely. Mr Johnson used apparently contradictory language during a visit to Scotland, when he struck an upbeat tone on his chances of securing a new deal and said his government would “go the extra thousand miles” to achieve it – despite sticking to his refusal to engage in sit-down talks with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Emmanuel Macron.
BORIS JOHNSON has turned up the pressure on Brussels by refusing to meet EU leaders until they drop the Irish backstop. In a message to his European counterparts, the Prime Minister promised to go “the extra thousands of miles” to agree on a new deal before his looming October 31 departure deadline. But he made clear he will not join further talks as long as the bloc shifts from the current insistence that Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement cannot be rewritten.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pointed out that the European Union has one incentive to stop delaying Brexit: 29 MEPs from Nigel Farage’s party sat in the European Parliament. In an interview today, he said of the EU: “They’ve now got 29 Members of the Brexit Party sitting in Strasbourg not exactly full of the ‘Ode to Joy’. “They’re not going to want that situation to continue. There’s big incentive on both sides to get this thing done and we’re going to come out deal or No Deal on October 31st.”
Boris Johnson looks set for a summer of Brexit deadlock after admitting he has made no headway in persuading EU leaders to reopen the withdrawal agreement signed by Theresa May but rejected three times by parliament. The prime minister rejected the claim by Michael Gove – the minister he has put in charge of no-deal preparations – that the government is now working on the assumption of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. He claimed there was “ample scope” for negotiations to rewrite Ms May’s deal by removing the controversial Irish backstop – something the EU have said they will not do.
BORIS Johnson has no plans to meet EU leaders for a charm offensive this summer – unless they say they will be willing to re-open Brexit talks. Instead he will give them the cold shoulder for up to a month as he dramatically ramps up preparations to leave the EU without a deal in October. France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel have issued invitations for the PM to visit them and talk Brexit, but nothing is in the diary as of yet. Boris has spoken to them both on the phone – along with EU boss Jean Claude Juncker.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told EU leaders he will not meet to discuss Brexit with them until they are ready to renegotiate the exit treaty. “The PM has been setting out to European leaders the position… that the Withdrawal Agreement with the backstop has not been able to pass parliament on the three occasions it was put in front of parliament. Therefore it needs to change,” Prime Minister Johnson’s spokesman said on Monday, according to Reuters.
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Boris Johnson has hinted he is open to working with Nigel Farage by calling the success of the Brexit Party ‘an incentive’ for the EU to reopen talks with the UK. Britain’s new Prime Minister praised the Brexit Party for their efforts to attack the core of the EU on a visit to Scotland today. Mr Johnson said the fact that so many Brexit Party representatives had been elected as MEPs would put extra pressure on Brussels to renegotiate a deal before the October deadline. ‘They have now got 29 members of the Brexit Party sitting in Strasbourg, not exactly full of the Ode To Joy,’ he said on Monday.
The Conservatives asked the Brexit Party about not putting up a candidate for an upcoming by-election, it has been claimed. Several sources told BBC Wales the Tories had discussed a possible pro-Brexit electoral pact in Brecon and Radnorshire. It is said the idea was made by the party’s constituency chairman Peter Weavers. However, Mr Weavers has denied the claim. Voters go to the polls on Thursday.
Boris Johnson has ordered the Treasury to embrace a new philosophy of ‘Boosterism’ as it prepares for an emergency Budget this autumn. Senior Tories said the new Prime Minister had made it clear he wants ‘rocket boosters’ placed under the economy in the run up to Brexit, with a huge investment in infrastructure and an end to the tight austerity spending rules that have characterised the last decade.
The pound slumped to its lowest level for more than two years last night as the Government stepped up preparations for a No Deal Brexit. Sterling fell to $1.22 on international currency markets and to 1.10 euros, a drop of more than 1.3 per cent in a day. Boris Johnson yesterday insisted there remained a ‘very good chance we can get a deal’ if the EU agrees to abandon the Irish backstop. But Downing Street confirmed revelations in yesterday’s Daily Mail that the Prime Minister has no plans to hold face-to-face talks with EU leaders unless they meet his precondition to tear up Theresa May’s deal.
Boris Johnson will continue his whirlwind UK tour with a visit to Wales today, attempting to reassure farmers about a no-deal Brexit. There was no let-up in the pressure facing the pound overnight as sterling hit fresh 28-month lows in Asia trading. It stood at $1.2131 and €1.0890 – just shy of a further cent down against each currency – by 6am. A note to clients from London Capital Group said of the no-deal Brexit effect: “From a market perspective, the worst is probably being priced in right now”.
Boris Johnson left by the back door of Nicola Sturgeon’s official residence yesterday to avoid protesters after awkward meetings with the first minister and Ruth Davidson, leader of Scotland’s Tories. Mr Johnson met the Scottish National Party leader at Bute House in Edinburgh despite warnings from senior Tories that it would be a bad idea. About 200 protesters booed, swore and waved pro-independence flags as he arrived. Only one “pro-Boris” placard could be seen. He left via a basement and passing the kitchens, apparently to avoid the protests.
BORIS Johnson is “secretly” gunning for a no deal Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon claimed, following a tense trip to Scotland by the new Prime Minister who told the Scottish First Minister the UK would be leaving the EU on Halloween “come what may”. Mr Johnson appeared to ruffle the feathers of the SNP leader, who was slapped down by the Brexiteer when she once again called for a second Scottish independence referendum
Boris Johnson kicked off a Brexit row with Remainer Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today by defiantly telling her it was happening on October 31 whether she likes it or not. On his first visit to Scotland, Mr Johnson told the SNP leader the UK would leave the EU on Halloween ‘come what may’. But his comments during a head-to-head in Edinburgh sparked a furious response, with the First Minister accusing him of secretly wanting a No Deal Brexit instead of a deal with Brussels.
Nicola Sturgeon has said Boris Johnson is a pursuing a “dangerous” no-deal Brexit after she met with the prime minister in Edinburgh. Scotland’s first minister also said there was no clarity on how he planned to reach an exit deal with the European Union, which has repeatedly said it will not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement it reached with his predecessor Theresa May. Ms Sturgeon continued: “That makes me think that whatever Boris Johnson might be saying publicly about his preference being to strike a deal, in reality he is really pursuing a no-deal Brexit because that is the logic of the hardline position that he has taken.
Boris Johnson has been accused by Nicola Sturgeon of intentionally pushing the UK towards a no-deal Brexit, despite his “bluff and bluster” about wanting an agreement with EU leaders. After meeting Johnson face-to-face in Edinburgh, the Scottish first minister said she believed he was pursuing a “dangerous” hardline strategy with EU leaders, with the likely outcome of no-deal Brexit. She made the accusation on a day of chaos over the new prime minister’s Brexit strategy, as he told reporters in Scotland that there should be no assumption in favour of a leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October.
Boris Johnson was booed and jeered by protesters as he arrived for talks with Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon on his first trip north of the border since becoming prime minister. The PM has met resistance to his Brexit plans on his trip, with Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson making clear that she will not support a no-deal outcome. Mr Johnson admitted he had made no headway with European leaders since taking the task of delivering Brexit over from Theresa May last week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell Welsh farmers on Tuesday they will get a better deal after Brexit, part of a countrywide tour to win support for his “do or die” pledge to leave the European Union by Oct. 31. Just days after taking office as prime minister, Johnson kicked off the domestic tour, underlining his desire to win Britain over rather than courting EU leaders to try to persuade them to change their minds on a divorce deal he says is dead. His reluctance to engage with EU leaders until they signal a willingness to renegotiate the agreement Britain’s parliament rejected three times has increased the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, sending the pound to its lowest level since early 2017.
BORIS JOHNSON has been warned not to “sacrifice” British waters in his attempts to get the UK out of the EU by the Halloween deadline. The new Prime Minister has been in office for less than a week and is already working hard to secure Britain leaves the EU by October 31. Mr Johnson has a raft of policies to deliver in advance of the Halloween deadline – and fishing laws could be a difficult one to agree. The PM has now been issued a stern warning form one Brexiteer after French Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume said he does not think French fishermen should be blocked from UK waters post-Brexit.
Boris Johnson’s new Brexit chief wants to scrap Theresa May’s commitment to protect British workers’ rights, and has suggested Brexit is an opportunity to escape the EU’s “heavy labour market regulation”, The Independent can reveal. Just two months ago David Frost said he was opposed to the approach advocated “by the leaders of both major political parties”, and argued that EU rights should not automatically be written into law after Brexit. Mr Frost, former chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was appointed last week by Mr Johnson to replace Olly Robbins as Downing Street’s EU chief, a role that will see him leading any future talks with Brussels.
INTERNATIONAL Trade Secretary Liz Truss has declared the UK is ready to strike a US trade deal. Ms Truss, who was promoted by Boris Johnson when he became Prime Minister last week, hit out at the “inward-looking” EU and hailed a “new chapter of optimism and success”. With Britain due to leave the bloc on October 31, the new International Trade Secretary said that her “main priority” was to strike a trade deal with the US. Ms Truss said: “Wednesday saw Britain turn the page to a new chapter of optimism and success.
Alastair Campbell has said he no longer wishes to be a Labour member, warning that Jeremy Corbyn is poised to lose the next election against Boris Johnson and destroy the party “as a political force capable of winning power”. The former No 10 director of communications under Tony Blair had intended to fight his expulsion from Labour after revealing that he voted Liberal Democrat in the European elections, but has now written to Mr Corbyn to say he no longer wishes to be a party member. Campbell, who was been campaigning for a ‘people’s vote’, said in his letter which has been published in the New European: “With some sadness but absolute certainty, I have reached the conclusion that I no longer wish to stay in the party, even if I should be successful in my appeal or legal challenge.
The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is not a “political force capable of winning power” from Boris Johnson, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor claimed last night. In a letter to the Labour leader Alastair Campbell said that he no longer intended to fight his expulsion from the party for saying that he voted Liberal Democrat in the European elections in May. He also said that Labour’s confused Brexit policy would cause the party lose a “no-deal” election called by the new prime minister. “I see no strategy in place that remotely meets the electoral or policy challenges ahead,” Mr Campbell wrote in The Guardian.
Labour have selected a 24-year-old foul-mouthed former student politician to take on Boris Johnson in his Uxbridge constituency. Ali Milani, who was profiled by JOE.co.uk last week, has just finished serving as a Vice President of the NUS, after working as president of Brunel Student Union. Not exactly doing much studying… His extensive time in student politics was not without controversy. Milani, a close ally of former NUS President Malia Bouattia, has a history steeped in anti-Semitism. His comments have included: “Nah u won’t mate. It’ll cost you a pound #jew.” “I want to be the President of Israel. They have a self desruct button right ?” “your Israel is a land built on ethnic cleansing and colonialism.
A quarter of students now receive at least one unconditional offer, the latest figures show, despite Government pressure on universities to crack down on the practice. The proportion of school leavers who were handed at least one university place regardless of their A-level results reached a record high this year, an analysis by the admissions service Ucas shows. Fierce competition between universities to attract students has seen the number of unconditional offers surge from 2,985 in 2013 to 75,8453 this year, up by more than 2,440 per cent. In the past year alone, there has been a 12 per cent rise.
Two in five students received at least one unconditional offer of a university place this year – despite fears that it leads to falling standards. Some 38 per cent of youngsters were made such offers in 2019 – up from 34 per cent in 2018, according to admissions body UCAS. Six years ago, the proportion was just 1 per cent. Unconditional offers guarantee a university place regardless of A-level grades. Institutions have resorted to using them because of an oversupply of places, leaving them competing to attract students.
Poor pupils are trailing 18 months behind their classmates at GCSE level after the attainment gap widened for the first time this decade, researchers have found. Disadvantaged pupils are now about a week further behind their peers than a year ago. Government critics blamed financial pressure on schools for the findings, which the authors said were a “major setback for social mobility”.
Chinese students are two years ahead of their white British peers by the time they finish their GCSEs, an analysis of official data shows. Chinese pupils, who make up 0.4 per cent of the total student population, perform “significantly better” in Maths and English GCSE and by age 16 they are 24.8 months ahead of their white British counterparts, according to a new report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI). Analysing figures from the Department for Education’s national pupil database, researchers also found that Indian students are over a year (14.2 months) ahead of white British pupils by the end of GCSEs.
An Army major being investigated for the eighth time over the death of an Iraqi 16 years ago last night accused ministers of using soldiers as ‘political fodder’. Major Robert Campbell, 46, also criticised generals for ‘doing nothing to help’ as hundreds of troops were quizzed over their actions more than a decade ago. Maj Campbell and his comrades have been repeatedly cleared over the drowning of Said Shabram, 19, in 2003.
Boris Johnson is to establish Britain’s first dedicated veterans’ office with a priority of stopping the legal witch-hunt against troops. Tory MP Johnny Mercer, a former Army officer and frontline soldier, was yesterday appointed veterans minister working across the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence. The new Prime Minister is understood to have told Mr Mercer in a phone call to find a way to put an end to the relentless spurious probes against soldiers. The idea is that he will be able to oversee all veterans’ issues across Government, including housing, mental health support and finding work.
The military has swapped cardboard boxes for plastic sleeves in which to wrap its ration packs, to the dismay of environmentalists. Two million ration packs are issued by the Ministry of Defence each year, so the switch to a non-recyclable material is likely to create more toxic waste. Yesterday Greenpeace said that the MoD was moving in the wrong direction and that the new single-use plastic packaging would end up “going to landfill, incineration or polluting our oceans”.
Life just got a bit easier for those looking to make their laundry routine more eco-friendly. A 40 per cent rise in demand means supermarkets are now selling products that will keep your clothes clean without polluting the environment. Waitrose has responded by stocking the £30 Guppyfriend Washing Bag – which traps microfibres from synthetic clothes – as well as the £9.99 Ecoegg, whose mineral pellets wash clothes without the need for detergent and will last for 70 washes.