Philip Hammond will launch a pre-emptive strike on Boris Johnson today, warning that the next Tory prime minister will not have a mandate to take Britain out of the European Union with no deal. The chancellor is to make his most outspoken attack so far on those from the “populist right” whom he accuses of hijacking the referendum result “knowingly to inflict damage on our economy and living standards”. His speech at the CBI will come as the cabinet discusses whether to scale up no-deal planning again as Theresa May prepares a final attempt to win the support of MPs for her withdrawal deal.
Phillip Hammond will warn Boris Johnson and other Brexiteer party leadership candidates they have ‘no mandate’ for No Deal today. The Chancellor will claim that leaving on October 31 without a deal amounts to ‘hijacking the result of the referendum, and in doing so, knowingly to inflict damage on our economy and our living standards’. In a speech to the CBI tonight, he will round on those who claim leaving without a deal is the only ‘legitimate Brexit’.
Philip Hammond is to warn that “all the preparation in the world will not avoid the consequences” of a no-deal Brexit. The Chancellor will say in a major speech on Tuesday that MPs calling for Britain to fall out of the EU without an agreement want to “hijack the result of the referendum”. In one of his strongest attacks yet on a no-deal Brexit – an option the government is leaving open – Mr Hammond will declare that the scenario would “knowingly … inflict damage on our economy and our living standards”.
Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to make an explosive intervention in the looming Tory leadership race with a fierce attack on advocates of a no-deal Brexit. In remarks set to raise Tory tensions on EU withdrawal, the Chancellor will claim supporters of leaving the bloc without an exit agreement are trying to “hijack” the result of the referendum. Mr Hammond will use a speech to the CBI’s annual dinner in London on Tuesday to warn against “right-wing populism”.
Chancellor Philip Hammond will make an explosive intervention in the looming Tory leadership race with a fierce attack on advocates of a no-deal Brexit who he will say are trying to “hijack” the result of the referendum. In remarks set to raise Tory tensions on EU withdrawal, Mr Hammond will use a speech to the CBI’s annual dinner in London on Tuesday to warn against “right-wing populism”.
Theresa May is set for a new row with her cabinet over planning for a No Deal Brexit with her allies again warning it could break up the UK and be ‘immensely disruptive’ to the economy. The Prime Minister is still hoping MPs will back her ‘new and improved’ deal next month – but will bill it as the last chance for Britain to get out of the EU without crashing out. Backing up Mrs May today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: ‘If people don’t vote for the bill, there will be no vehicle to take us out of the European Union‘.
Chancellor Philip Hammond is to warn prospective Conservative leadership contenders against “hijacking” Brexit by “knowingly inflicting” a damaging no-deal exit on the economy. In a speech to the CBI, he will urge Tories not to ape the “populist right” by claiming a clean break from the EU is the only “truly legitimate Brexit”. It comes as Theresa May prepares to discuss her Brexit plan with cabinet. No 10 has promised a “bold, new offer” to try to win over Labour MPs.
THERESA May has ramped up efforts to get her Brexit deal through parliament with five new promises to be included in the forthcoming Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) aimed at securing cross-party support. Previously unseen documents have revealed Mrs May’s pledge to offer parliament a vote on the future relationship between the UK and EU as proposed by Labour MP Lisa Nandy.
Theresa May has launched a desperate pitch for Remainer MPs to back her Brexit deal – because they’ll get a vote on a second referendum in return. The flailing Prime Minister is hoping MPs will back her Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) in a crunch vote in early June – the fourth showdown on Brexit. MPs warn it’s doomed to fail after reports suggested her “bold new offer” is mostly re-heated promises she’s already made.
Theresa May is to ask the cabinet to sign off on concessions to Labour in a last-ditch attempt to keep her Brexit deal alive. The prime minister is said to want to put elements of the offer rejected by Jeremy Corbyn last week in the draft legislation, which is due to be voted on by MPs next month. The offer will include concessions on employment rights and green legislation, alongside a possible proposal for the UK to remain in a customs union with the EU until the next general election.
The EU Commission has confirmed that it will be making no changes to the Brexit withdrawal agreement following a claim by Theresa May that MPs would be voting on a new, better deal. A spokesperson told reporters in Brussels that collapsed talks between the government and Labour were “a Westminster process” and that there was “nothing that we can do at this stage”. “I think it’s clear that we’re in a situation where London talks to London, so there is nothing that we can do at this stage, as we think we said on many occasions in the past,” the spokesperson said.
THERESA MAY’s Brexit deal – and the threat of no deal – is back in the hot-seat after a few quiet months. The Prime Minister gearing up for another push at getting it over the line, but potential successors are circling ahead of the leadership challenge, and some of them insist no deal is the better option. So what do YOU think? Vote in our reader’s poll below.
IRELAND Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Republic is making “no preparations” for a hard border with Northern Ireland in the wake of cross-party talks between Theresa May’s Tory Party and Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn. Mr Varadkar said a no deal Brexit would result in custom checks in Northern Ireland, but added no plans have been made for a hard border between the UK and the Republic, the Irish Times reports.
BORIS Johnson is ready for a courtroom battle against Tory MPs trying to block him from getting elected as the new party leader. An ‘Anyone But Boris’ group of largely Remianer Conservative MPs have vowed to stop him from seizing the keys to No10 by voting tactically for rival candidates. During the imminent leadership contest’s first stage, the 313 Tory MPs narrow down the field contest for the party’s 150,000-strong membership to pick between.
The basic rate of income tax should be cut by 5p, Conservative leadership candidate Dominic Raab suggested on Monday night as the race to succeed Theresa May began in earnest. In a head-to-head debate with four other Tory rising stars, the former Brexit secretary set out a radical tax-cutting plan to “give working Britain a fairer deal” and reinvigorate social mobility. Matt Hancock, Liz Truss, James Cleverly and Victoria Atkins also urged the Tory leadership to put money back in voters’ pockets, solve the housing crisis and deliver Brexit to see off the threat of Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage.
TORY leadership hopeful Dominic Raab – Boris Johnson’s main Eurosceptic rival – pitched some voter-friendly policies by saying he wants to cut income tax. And he revealed he would also like to see the National Insurance threshold raised to help workers save more cash. Mr Raab wants income tax cut by a penny each year, reducing from 20p to 15p over the course of a five-year Parliament – the lowest basic rate in modern history
Amber Rudd and up to 30 moderate Conservative MPs want to stop Dominic Raab or Esther McVey from becoming the next Tory leader but have reserved judgment on Boris Johnson. The One Nation group of Tory MPs, representing centre-right Conservatives, met last night in an attempt to ensure that the party does not move further to the right after Theresa May departs as leader.
Amber Rudd warned today that moderate Tories want to ‘shape’ the future of the party in direct defiance of Conservative Brexiteers. The Work and Pensions Secretary spoke as around 30 MPs attended the launch of the One Nation Conservatives – a Remainer-heavy group that largely wants a soft deal with Brussels. The launch came on the same day as Brexiteer Esther McVey – a possible leadership rival for Ms Rudd – launched the Blue Collar Conservatives with a more hardline pitch at Working Class Tories.
Former minister Esther McVey set out a leadership pitch today calling for the party to use £7billion of foreign aid cash on buckling British police forces and schools. Launching a ‘blue collar conservatism’ campaign the Brexiteer MP, 51, said her party had ‘lost the trust’ of working people by failing to leave the EU already and must pursue ‘radical conservative agendas’ to win it back’.
Matthew Hancock has refused to rule out a leadership bid, claiming “lots of people” have urged him to stand – despite poor approval ratings among Tory grassroots. The health secretary said it was “flattering” that supporters had urged him to throw his hat in the ring but he held back from openly declaring his candidacy. Senior Tories are openly jockeying for position as Theresa May is widely expected to announce her departure in the summer, triggering a fierce leadership contest.
A second referendum is the most likely outcome of the Brexit stalemate, one of Jeremy Corbyn’s most senior shadow ministers has said. A day after the Labour leader moved closer than ever towards backing a referendum on any deal, Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, said that a fresh vote was “very likely”. Asked on the BBC programme Politics Live if a vote was the most likely eventuality, Mr Ashworth replied: “I think it probably is because parliament is deadlocked.
Labour voters have little idea whether Jeremy Corbyn would push through Brexit or cancel it altogether, according to a poll today. Supporters are split almost down the middle over what they think would happen if the veteran left-winger ever becomes PM. Some 46 per cent believe a Labour government would take the country out of the EU – while 38 per cent say the UK would remain in the bloc.
Voters do not know whether Labour is a party of Leave or Remain, according to a new poll. The Ipsos Mori survey found that even Labour supporters are uncertain of the party’s position on Brexit, with nearly half (46%) saying it stands for leaving the EU and 38% thinking it stands for remaining a member. And half of Labour voters questioned in the poll for the Evening Standard, just days before the European elections on May 23, said they disliked their party’s stance on Brexit.
The former Labour minister Jane Kennedy has said the party is “broken to the core” and has been hijacked by “something really nasty and dark in the hard left”. Kennedy, the police and crime commissioner for Merseyside, quit the Labour party in March after the resignation of Luciana Berger, saying it had failed to get to grips with antisemitism. The former Liverpool Wavertree MP, who served as a minister under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, said on Monday that other centre-left figures were being “hounded out” as a result of ongoing antisemitism and homophobia in local Labour parties.
Former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has had the Tory whip suspended after saying he would vote Liberal Democrat at the European elections, a Conservative spokesman said. The grandee, a lifelong pro-European, said he would ‘experiment’ with voting Lib Dem because of the Government’s Brexit policy. A spokesman for the Tories said: ‘Lord Heseltine has given more than half a century of service to the Conservative Party, and his longstanding and sincerely held views on Europe are well understood.
Tory grandee Michael Heseltine has had the Conservative whip suspended after more than 60 years in the party. The former Deputy Prime Minister, 86, was summoned to a meeting with the Tories’ chief whip in the Lords tonight after saying he’d vote Lib Dem in this Thursday’s EU elections. But party chiefs stopped short of the more severe punishment of suspending his membership of the Conservative Party.
Lord Heseltine has been doing the media rounds yet again this morning as broadcasters scrape the barrel to generate ‘blue-on-blue’ content now the Soubries of this world have jumped onto their own sinking ship. Not that Heseltine is making any effort to be ‘blue’ any more after publicly endorsing the Lib Dems over the weekend. Will the Remainers in CCHQ be expelling him from the Party like they threatened to do with anyone who backed the Brexit Party?
Nigel Farage says he intends to press changes for assault after he was targeted by a protester who pelted him with a posh milkshake today. The Brexit Party leader vented fury at his security and ‘radicalised Remainers’ today after he was splattered with a £5.25 Five Guys banana and salted caramel dairy drink on his European election tour. Mr Farage was heard saying ‘how did you not stop that?’ as he was bustled away by security as he made the latest stop of his campaign in Newcastle.
Just two days after Change UK’s star MEP candidate Rachel Johnson called her party a “sinking ship”, interim leader Heidi Allen couldn’t even confirm that she would be standing for Change UK at the next election on Today. The only thing she’s sure about is that she’s not rejoining the Tories. Having spoken to a number of Cambridgeshire Conservatives, Guido can assure her the feeling is mutual…
The eurozone is facing a weak second quarter as the German economy goes into “reverse” and political cracks widen in Italy. Germany’s central bank, the Bundesbank, revealed its gloomy view on the eurozone’s largest economy on Monday. A host of one-off effects had helped to boost growth so far this year after stagnation in the second half of 2018.
Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission is riddled with false expenses claims and cases of harassment, according to reports. Some 77 cases were investigated by the EU Commission’s discipline watchdog last year, a Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed. Among the investigations recorded were several instances of staff claiming expenses in order to pay off family members, with one employee supposedly receiving physiotherapy treatment from a relative and charging the Commission the expenses to pay for it.
Jean Claude-Juncker today furiously denied he has a drink problem. The EU Commission President has repeatedly blamed his outlandish behaviour on his eccentric personality and his unsteady walk on sciatica. Mr Juncker, who will leave his job in July, raged when asked if he was a heavy drinker by journalists, calling them ‘stupid’. He said today: ‘I’ve said it many times that I do not have a problem with alcohol. Stupid journalists always ask the same question, even though this question has already been answered.’
Hundreds of illegal migrants occupied the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in France, preventing people from boarding their flights and demanding to speak to Emmanuel Macron’s prime minister, Edouard Philippe. “France does not belong to the French! Everyone has a right to be here!” yelled one of the migrants, organised by the pro-migration La Chapelle Debout group, through a loudspeaker, as they pressed for their presence in the country to be regularised.
Despite having a swanky Central London HQ staffed with around 90 people, running a leafleting campaign across the country and designing a flashy new website instructing voters which parties to vote for in the EU elections, People’s Vote have only declared a single donation to the Electoral Commission – from the 2017 General Election – and still under their old name of Open Britain.
Currently Alastair Campbell is on Twitter blowing a gasket about how using Paypal foreigners could fund the Brexit Party. He is demanding the BBC cover the story. Nick Robertson this morning asked Richard Tice about it without any evidence of any foreign funding. This site’s editor is currently sat in sunny Waterford, Ireland. He is a foreign national. He just went on the People’s Vote website and made a donation: To make the donation anonymous he gave the name Vladimir Putin.
Ten-minute GP appointments are letting down patients and should be made a “thing of the past” over the next decade, family doctors say. Artificial intelligence triage systems and greater use of pharmacists and support workers for routine appointments should allow family doctors to offer face-to-face appointments of at least 15 minutes, the Royal College of GPs has said. Britain has some of the shortest GP appointments in the developed world, with one study finding that consultations lasted an average 9.2 minutes, half the length of Sweden or the US and behind countries such as Peru and Russia
Prostate cancer patients can avoid anxious waits to visit their doctor by seeing test results online as soon as they are available under a new model for after-care. Men can take control of their own care, and free up vital NHS time as a result, Prostate Cancer UK said after a report on a trial at a number of health trusts showed promising results. As well as being able to get their results online, people can complete assessments, see their patient information and message their clinical team as part of the digital approach to after-care trialled by researchers from the University of Southampton.
Hostile state actors including spies are to be targeted under Home Office plans to update espionage and treason laws, the home secretary announced. Sajid Javid said that he is planning a new espionage bill, including updating Britain’s 650-year-old treason law and requiring foreign agents to register, as takes place in Australia and the United States. He also said that the tempo of terrorist activity was increasing, with 19 attacks foiled in Britain in the past two years, up one from the figure in January.