Theresa May has criticised European Union leaders who have been threatening Britain ahead of its Brexit negotiations, warning them that they “will sign up to a deal with us”. The Prime Minister hit out at EU leaders after they said they will make Brexit “very painful” for Britain to ensure the UK is worse off outside the bloc. A number of Eastern European nations have warned they will threaten Britain’s Brexit deal unless their citizens are given full access to live and work in the UK, something Government sources say will not happen. Mrs May will on Tuesday address the UN and defend the Brexit vote, saying that the British people did not back Leave because they want to “turn inwards or walk away”. She will also warn world leaders that the referendum shows that voters want “a politics that is more in touch with their concerns”.
Theresa May has dismissed threats by EU countries to veto Brexit negotiations with the UK, as she declared: “The 27 will sign up to a deal with us.” The prime minister said other nations would accept an agreement with Britain after the Slovakian prime minister said that four central European countries were willing to block talks unless their citizens retained their rights to work in the UK. Robert Fico said last week that Slovakia , Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary would be “uncompromising” during talks and ready to veto arrangements “unless we feel a guarantee that these people are equal”. However, May rejected such warnings when asked whether it would really be possible to secure the agreement of all other member states for Brexit and trade talks. “The 27 will sign up to a deal with us,” she said. “We will be negotiating with them. And … we will be ambitious in what we want to see for the UK. A good deal for the UK can also be a good deal for the other member states because I believe in good trading relations and I have said I want the UK to be a global leader in free trade.”
The leaders of the other 27 European Union countries will sign a trade deal with the UK, Theresa May has insisted as she committed to be “ambitious” in the negotiations. The Prime Minister claimed that a good deal for the UK would also benefit the remaining members of the bloc. She distanced herself from International Trade Secretary Liam Fox’s attack on British business culture as she urged firms to take the opportunities offered by Brexit . She was speaking after Slovakian leader Robert Fico warned that Britain should expect the negotiation process to be “very painful” .
DEFIANT Theresa May slapped down sniping EU leaders and said they will do a deal with Brexit Britain – as turning their backs would cost them a fortune. In a Maggie-style blast the PM said the 27 member states knew it made economic sense to work with the UK as she reacted to a weekend of threats. On Friday EU officials warned Britain may not even be able to access the single market if it ripped up free movement rules. Slovak’s PM Robert Fico threatened to veto a Brexit deal — and yesterday signalled the EU should punish Britain for leaving. But on arrival in New York a determined Mrs May snapped: “Look, the 27 will sign up to a deal with us.
BRITAIN will get an “ambitious” trade deal with the EU without having to accept unlimited EU migration, Theresa May promised last night. In an optimistic rallying cry to British business, the Prime Minister forcefully rejected claims from some European leaders that the UK cannot expect a deal with Brussels after Brexit unless it continues to abide by EU free movement rules. Mrs May confidently predicted that the remaining 27 EU nations “will sign up to a deal with us” because free trade is in their interests. She said: “We will be ambitious in what we want to see for the UK. “A good deal for the UK can also be a good deal for the other member states.” Mrs May delivered her upbeat prediction for the forthcoming negotiations yesterday while heading out to a United Nations summit in New York. Speaking to reporters travelling with her on her official government jet, the Prime Minister brushed aside threats from four Eastern European nations to veto any deal agreed between London and Brussels that does not maintain free movement for EU citizens.
Britain will get “the right deal in terms of trade” with the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May told a group of U.S. business and finance leaders on Monday, in a bid to reassure investors after her country’s shock vote to leave the European Union. “In terms of the negotiations with the European Union, we will be getting the right deal for the United Kingdom and that is the right deal in terms of trade in goods and services because we recognise the importance of both,” she said. The June 23 vote took many investors and chief executives by surprise, triggering the deepest political and financial turmoil in Britain since World War Two and the biggest ever one-day fall in sterling against the dollar.
Britain is open for business, Prime Minister Theresa May announced to US business chiefs, telling them to “please feel free to invest in the UK”. In meetings intended to reassure US investors following the vote to leave the European Union, Ms May added that the UK will get “the right deal in terms of trade” with the EU, and that she wishes to develop a strong relationship with the US to help trade after Brexit. While in New York for her first United Nations General Assembly meeting, Ms May took the opportunity to meet with senior leaders from companies such as Amazon, Goldman Sachs, IBM and Morgan Stanley.
On a mission to shore up British clout after the shock vote to leave the European Union raised questions over the future unity of the West, Prime Minister Theresa May will tell leaders on Tuesday that Britain will not turn away from the world. In her maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly, May will sketch her views on how to deal with terrorism, mass migration and modern slavery while also calling for modernization of the 71-year-old organization. On Brexit, May will tell the General Assembly that the British people “did not vote to turn inwards or walk away from any of our partners in the world,” according to remarks released by her office. She told reporters in New York on Monday that she was “batting for Britain” after the Brexit vote. The June 23 vote took many investors and chief executives by surprise, triggering the deepest political and financial turmoil in Britain since World War Two and the biggest ever one-day fall in sterling against the dollar.
EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker has been caught up in a row over whether a journalist was told to soften questions he was asked during a high-profile YouTube interview last week. Laetitia Birbes, a French videoblogger, has accused YouTube of attempting to “influence” her to ask only “very plain questions” of the top Brussels bureaucrat. Mr Juncker, the president of the European Commission, faced a grilling from a trio of YouTube presenters in a live interview last Thursday. But in a video on her YouTube channel, Ms Birbes – one of the interviewers – last night published secretly-filmed footage of an apparent YouTube employee warning her not to “get on the wrong side of YouTube and the European Commission” before the event. The employee, shown wearing a YouTube-branded T-shirt, was quoted as referring to a potential “red flag” as they discussed her questions.
Armed police will patrol Canterbury Cathedral from today in the latest tightening of security following terror attacks in Europe. Gun-carrying officers will stand guard outside the iconic place of worship after an increase in the number of international terror attacks and a rise in national threat levels. The Cathedral – founded in 597AD – was rebuilt by William the Conqueror and is one of England’s oldest Christian buildings surviving the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the Blitz. Extra patrols will also guard Bluewater shopping centre and Dover’s port although Kent Police stress there was no direct threat to the Cathedral or other sites.
Spy chiefs will for the first time be tasked with helping to block illegal immigration routes into the UK. Theresa May has asked the heads of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ to run covert operations against people-smuggling gangs. She wants the intelligence bosses to help find evidence that could secure convictions and end the ‘horrifying inhumanity’ of ‘modern slavery’ in the UK. Normally, the spy agencies’ activities are limited to terrorism and the most serious organised crime. But, speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, Mrs May said she wanted people-smuggling and exploitation to be elevated to the same level. The Prime Minister said the world was experiencing unprecedented levels of immigration and ‘mass displacement’ of people. She urged a string of world leaders to do more to tackle the problem at its sources – pledging tens of millions of pounds of British aid to those who agree to help. ‘Just as the criminals cross borders, so we need a radical new approach that crosses borders – sharing intelligence and joining up investigations,’ Mrs May said.
NHS doctors will have to declare their income from private work for the first time under plans to ensure that they are not short-changing the health service. Every hospital will be made to publish a register of consultants’ outside earnings from April to expose potential conflicts of interest. An NHS review cites concerns that some senior doctors may be giving too much time to private work, delegating excessively to junior colleagues while they see paying patients, and even letting waiting lists grow to boost their outside practices.
The Home Office is preparing to pay a private company up to £80m to provide security at ports in northern France. The “maximum” level the Home Office has set aside for the new three-year contract is 10 times what was agreed when it was last advertised in 2011. The department placed an advert in July inviting applications for the contract. The successful bidder, which has yet to be announced, will be responsible for searches at Calais and Dunkirk ports, and Eurotunnel’s terminal at Coquelles. The current contract was awarded to Eamus Cork Solutions in 2011, with a value of £8m for three years, and was later extended for a further two years.
Nick Clegg has defended the Lib Democrats’ policy of seeking to block Britain’s departure from the EU by demanding a second referendum, after Vince Cable said such a move would be disrespectful to voters. The Lib Dems campaigned for a remain vote in June’s referendum, but a split has emerged at the party’s annual conference in Brighton this week about how best to respond to the result. The Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, has told delegates he believes Theresa May should be forced to put the details of any Brexit deal to the public, either in a second referendum or a general election – a position ratified in a vote on the conference floor.
Jeremy Corbyn will put Labour on a general election footing if he is re-elected leader, Newsnight has learned. Mr Corbyn is planning to tell the party that Theresa May could call an election as early as next spring to secure a mandate for her Brexit negotiations. The leader hopes the prospect of an early poll might instil some discipline among Labour MPs, and he would help bring it about. Newsnight understands he would instruct his MPs to vote for an early election.
Jeremy Corbyn is embarking on a fresh battle with his opponents in the Labour Party ahead of his expected leadership election triumph this weekend. With victory over his challenger Owen Smith now such a near-certainty, he is planning big changes, giving party members a role in choosing his top team and shaping policy. At a meeting of Labour’s ruling national executive, Mr Corbyn will clash head on with his deputy, Tom Watson, over moves to elect the party’s shadow cabinet. Two weeks ago the Parliamentary Labour Party voted overwhelmingly to bring back elections to the shadow cabinet, scrapped by Ed Miliband in 2011, with only MPs voting.
NEIL Kinnock has predicted there will not be another Labour government in his lifetime if Jeremy Corbyn remains as party leader. The former leader, who played a key role in ousting the hard-left Militant grouping in the 1980s, said the party were facing their greatest crisis of his lifetime. Lord Kinnock, who led Labour to two election defeats, said: “I’m 74, and unless things change radically, and rapidly, it’s very doubtful that I’ll see another Labour government in my lifetime.” His comments, in a BBC programme looking at the state of the Labour Party, came as Corbyn’s attempts at reconciliation with disaffected Labour MPs were overshadowed by suggestions party members could be involved in picking the shadow cabinet.
ANGELA Merkel has admitted for first time she may have blundered over the migration crisis in the wake of another bitter poll drubbing. The German Chancellor admitted she was “unprepared” for last year’s one million strong migrant influx. And she also signalled a change of tack in policy saying: “If I knew what change in refugee policy the people in Germany want, I would be prepared to consider it”. In the wake of thumping losses to the far Right in Berlin elections Mrs Merkel said she blamed herself for the “bitter” result. She said: “I take responsibility as party leader and chancellor. “If I could, I would go back in time to be better prepared for the refugee crisis in 2015, for which we were rather unprepared.”