The Prime Minister has repeatedly slapped down calls to improve her Brexit deal and remove the “Irish backstop,” claiming without the unpopular measure “there is no deal”. The backstop means that, if a trade deal is not agreed in the “transition period,” the entire UK will be forced to stay in a customs union with the bloc, with no ability to leave without Brussels agreeing. Northern Ireland, a full and equal part of the United Kingdom located in the north of Ireland will be tied to more of the bloc’s regulation than the rest of the UK, creating a regulatory border in the Irish sea and dividing the nation.
President Donald Trump criticized the emerging Brexit deal for Great Britain to leave the European Union on Monday. “Sounds like a great deal for the EU,” Trump said mockingly as he left the White House. The president expressed concerns that if the deal was passed, it would hamper trade between the United States and Great Britain. Right now, if you look at the deal, they may not be able to trade with us and that wouldn’t be a good thing,” he said.
President Donald Trump has warned Britain “may not be able to trade with the US” because of Theresa May’s Brexit deal in comments that could torpedo her hopes of winning Parliament’s backing. Mr Trump said the agreement Mrs May reached with Brussels on Sunday “sounds like a great deal for the EU” as he urged the Prime Minister to think again. The President’s intervention flies in the face of Mrs May’s claims that Britain will be able to strike free trade deals around the world after Brexit despite her concessions to the EU.
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has dropped a Brexit bombshell by suggesting the UK and America would not be able to strike a trade deal after the country leaves the EU. Donald Trump said the US and UK could be left unable to trade with America if it left the EU on the current Brexit deal. The President attacked Theresa May’s deal as “great” for the European Union and questioned whether the agreed terms would mean the UK and US could still trade.
Donald Trump has delivered a weighty blow to Theresa May’s hopes of steering her Brexit deal through parliament, saying it sounded like a “great deal for the EU” that would stop the UK trading with the US. Trump was speaking to reporters outside the White House when he was asked about the deal May struck with the EU’s other 27 heads of state and government on Sunday. “Sounds like a great deal for the EU,” the president said. “I think we have to take a look at, seriously, whether or not the UK is allowed to trade. Because, you know, right now, if you look at the deal, they may not be able to trade with us … I don’t think that the prime minister meant that. And, hopefully, she’ll be able to do something about that.”
Donald Trump has laid into Theresa May’s Brexit deal and said it could harm trade between the UK and the US. Mr Trump said that he wanted the Prime Minister to “do something” about the agreement to ensure the UK can trade with the US more freely. Speaking to reporters outside the White House he said: “Sounds like a great deal for the EU. “I think we have to take a look at, seriously, whether or not the UK is allowed to trade. “Because, you know, right now, if you look at the deal, they may not be able to trade with us. And that wouldn’t be a good thing. I don’t think they meant that. “I don’t think that the Prime Minister meant that. And, hopefully, she’ll be able to do something about that.
President Trump delivered another blow to Theresa May’s Brexit deal last night by saying that it could hamper trade between Britain and America. He said that the agreement sounded “like a good deal for the EU”. President Macron of France had claimed the deal would let his country “leverage” access to fishing waters after Brexit. Mr Trump’s criticism came at the end of another grim day for Mrs May.
MPs will vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday 11 December, it has been confirmed. The House of Commons is set to debate the pact for five days in the most significant showdown in years. More than 100 Tory or DUP MPs have indicated they could vote against the deal – enough for a crushing defeat. The Prime Minister will launch a “campaign” to win the public’s backing with a UK tour starting tomorrow, a private briefing tonight for Labour Mps, and even potentially a TV debate with Jeremy Corbyn.
A Tory MP revealed today he was ‘evolving’ a ‘Plan B’ Brexit to make it easier to agree with Brussels if Theresa May‘s deal fails in Parliament. Nick Boles, a former minister under David Cameron, said instead of trying to negotiate a brand new trade deal in just two years Britain should join a group called the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in 2021. This is a group of countries around the European Union which have close economic ties to the bloc but who are not full members. It includes Norway and Switzerland.
Almost half of Theresa May’s cabinet have held talks to weigh up the possibility of backing a soft Brexit option as a plan B if parliament rejects the prime minister’s EU withdrawal deal. Four cabinet ministers have held meetings to discuss the “Norway plus” plan amid concerns at the top of government that May will struggle to muster enough votes to get her proposals through the Commons. Five other, remain-backing ministers – David Lidington, Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd, David Gauke and Greg Clark – are understood to have agreed to try to get the prime minister to support a softer departure from the EU. Their favoured option is believed to be staying in a permanent customs union.
Theresa May today hit back at Emmanuel Macron and vowed to block French trawlers from keeping their rights to fish in British waters after Brexit. The French President sparked fury by saying that the EU will exert pressure to try to force the UK to hand over rights to their waters in return for a trade deal. He said France will force Britain into the controversial Irish border backstop and tied to EU customs rules, if ministers refuse to cave to their demand.
Downing Street has hit back at a threat by the French president to trigger the customs “backstop” if the UK does not swiftly agree to allow European Union boats to fish in British waters. The prime minister’s official spokesman said such a threat, if carried out, would amount to a “breach of good faith” under the withdrawal agreement and the UK would immediately refer the situation to independent arbitration. “If the EU were not willing to engage in a genuine negotiation to replace the backstop with the future relationship or alternative arrangements, for example if it had closed its mind from the outset to the UK position on fisheries, that would put it in breach of its duty of good faith under the agreement.
Theresa May has slapped down Emmanuel Macron after he said the UK would have to stay in the customs union if there wasn’t a fishing deal. The French president said he would demand ongoing access to UK waters for French fishermen as the price of a future trade deal and the UK quitting the controversial backstop. His remarks have angered Brexiteers and Scottish Tories for whom fishing is a major concern. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “If the UK enters into the backstop we will be outside of the Common Fishery Policy and have full control of whether French fisherman can enter our waters.
THERESA May has hit back at Emmanuel Macron by threatening to ban French fishing boats if he blackmails Britain over an EU trade deal. The French president hinted on Sunday that the EU could force the UK to stay in a Customs Union backstop for potentially years if its demand for access to our waters isn’t met. While enraging No10, the remarks were also leaped on by the PM’s Tory critics as a major flaw in her newly signed Brexit divorce deal. But she used an interview with The Sun yesterday – her first since sealing the landmark divorce agreement two days ago after 20 painstaking months of talks – to issue her own icy retaliation.
THERESA May today challenges Jeremy Corbyn to a live Brexit TV debate, set for December 9 — the night of the I’m A Celebrity final. She wants to expose what she insists is the Opposition Leader’s failure to offer any workable alternative to hers for leaving the EU. The primetime TV clash will now be the climax of Mrs May’s titanic two week fight to win MPs’ support to save her controversial divorce deal. She told The Sun last night: “I am going to be going out and round the country. I am going to be talking to people. “I am going to be explaining why I think this deal is the right deal for the UK – and yes, I am ready to debate it with Jeremy Corbyn. “Because I have got a plan. He hasn’t got a plan.”
Theresa May was mauled by MPs from all sides today as she pleaded with them to back her Brexit deal and not to send Britain ‘back to square one’ in the crunch negotiations. The Prime Minister was given a furious grilling by MPs for over two and a half hours in the Commons as she made her latest desperate bid to win over critics after sealing the package at an EU summit over the weekend. Despite looking on track for a catastrophic defeat in a crunch vote in Parliament next month, Mrs May told MPs they had a ‘duty’ to listen to constituents and do ‘what is in the national interest’. But she faced a barrage of attacks from all sides of the House – including from Tory big-hitters Boris Johnson, David Davis and Iain Duncan Smith.
Theresa May is coming under pressure to give Tory MPs a date for her departure to secure their support for her Brexit deal. The prime minister endured another torrid day in the Commons yesterday, capped by another Conservative backbencher’s demand that she quit. Andrew Lewer, the Tory MP for Northampton South, became the 25th MP to announce publicly that he had submitted a letter to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers.
Theresa May faced mounting Cabinet gloom today as she launched a desperate two-week bid to save her Brexit deal. The PM briefed ministers on the dramatic developments in Brussels over the weekend saying doubters had been ‘proved wrong’. Downing Street wants to stage a huge PR drive to force the agreement through Parliament in a crunch vote next month. There are claims the highlight of the campaign could be a TV showdown with Jeremy Corbyn.
GERMAN businesses have revealed fears that Theresa May’s Brexit agreement could be rejected by the House of Commons as the Prime Minister faces major opposition to her deal from ministers. German business leaders have expressed their concerns over the vote in the Commons which is set for December 11. Angela Merkel’s ally Andreas Krautscheid, chief executive of German banking association BdB, called on MPs to accept the Brexit deal. Mr Krautscheid said: “The whole of Europe is now looking with great anxiety at the British House of Commons.
Jean-Claude Juncker declared after the EU backed the Brexit deal that any MP who thought it could be renegotiated would be disappointed in the “first seconds” after Westminster rejected it. But is the EU-27 really prepared to stick to their guns, if it is also faced with a damaging no deal Brexit? Brussels, after all, is a world capital of political fudge-making and would surely find a way? The smoke signals at Sunday’s EU summit were the complete opposite. The president of the European Commission wasn’t alone.
The President of the EU has said that Brexit has nothing to do with the failings of Brussels – as he warned there is no alternative to Theresa May’s deal. Jean-Claude Juncker blamed the vote to leave the bloc on British politicians moaning about the EU over many years. It comes after Mrs May got her divorce deal signed off by the EU at a milestone summit in Brussels at the weekend, but now faces the mammoth task of getting it passed by MPs. She is gathering her Cabinet for crisis talks in No10 today as she kicks off a fortnight-long PR blitz as she desperately tries to peel off opponents. Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, he was quizzed about his previous comments that Brexit process ‘felt like a failure’. Mr Juncker said: ‘Everybody is losing.’
European Union leaders were solemn as they prepared to endorse the Brexit deal on Sunday but, among the architects of the pact, there was a sense of grim satisfaction that the strategy they had planned all along had worked. Provided MPs in Westminster backed the deal, the worst appeared to be averted. Despite last minute dramatics from Spain over Gibraltar, the Brexit divorce treaty had cleared a significant hurdle. “There have been many times when we feared it would not be possible to bring this process to a conclusion,” a senior EU official said.
Tory Eurosceptics reacted with fury on Monday after Theresa May’s chief of staff invited Labour MPs to a briefing on the Brexit deal in the hope of persuading them to support it. Backbenchers warned Mrs May that her time as Prime Minister would effectively be over if she had to rely on the Opposition to get through the most important vote of her premiership. It came as it emerged that a Downing Street task force set up to save Brexit is already resigned to losing the vote on the deal, and is engaged in damage limitation.
Number Ten has called a meeting with Labour MPs tonight where Theresa May‘s inner circle will plead with them to back her Brexit deal amid massive opposition. The PM is ramping up her PR blitz to win backing for her hugely controversial deal after more than 90 mutinous Tory MPs vowed to vote it down. She is sending in her trusted lieutenants Cabinet minster David Lidington and chief of staff Gavin Barwell to schmooze Labour MPs at a private briefing tonight.
Labour will not allow a representative of the People’s Vote campaign to take part in any televised Brexit debate involving Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, with the party instead pushing for a format that would allow the opposition leader to criticise the prime minister’s domestic policies. May’s team has proposed holding a live primetime TV debate ahead of a crunch parliamentary vote next month on Britain’s exit from the EU, prompting a discussion over the debate format and which broadcaster would host it.
Plans to tackle knife crime are being blocked amid fears over the cost of jailing offenders. In a bid to tackle a surge in stabbings, Home Secretary Sajid Javid is proposing to use Asbo-style powers against thugs. Breaching these ‘knife crime prevention orders’ would be a criminal offence, potentially punishable by prison. But Mr Javid’s colleague David Gauke, who is responsible for jails, has questioned the plans, saying they could ‘accelerate the criminalisation’ of young people.
Efforts to save lives by detecting cancer earlier have stalled because British patients are fearful of wasting GPs’ time, a report has found. A major review concludes that thousands of deaths could be avoided each year if the UK were to match international cancer standards, but that progress is being hampered due in part to embarrassment over troubling busy family doctors with what seem like minor symptoms. The Health Foundation report said more than a fifth of patients are worried about wasting their doctor’s time.
Testing for cancer should be routine for minor symptoms to end a British survival scandal equivalent to a plane crash every fortnight, a think tank said. A report for the Health Foundation published today concludes symptoms such as weight loss must be checked. A huge expansion of testing is needed to end a situation where GPs are blocked from referring patients because hospitals say they are too busy, Sir Mike Richards, the former national cancer chief said.
Donald Trump said on Monday he did not believe his own government’s report last week warning of massive economic losses if carbon emissions continue to feed climate change unchecked. “I don’t believe it,” Mr Trump said at the White House, adding that the United States would not take measures to cut emissions if the same was not done in other countries. Mr Trump said he had read “some” of the report and that it was “fine”. However, he rejected the central warning in the National Climate Assessment, which said there will be hundreds of billions of dollars in losses by the end of the century due to climate change “without substantial and sustained global mitigation.”
Natural disasters will become more frequent as a consequence of climate change, the United States government has warned. Disasters will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars in lost economic activity and damage the health of millions, according to the US National Climate Change Assessment published on Friday. The warning appeared to conflict with the rhetoric used by President Trump, who has frequently downplayed global warming and once dismissed it as a hoax engineered by the Chinese government.
Shocking climate statistics reveal how temperature is set to rise by 5.4C by 2070 according to new research. Britain is likely to experience hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters by the 2070s, as well as rising sea levels which can lead to floods, long-term projections show. A report based on science from the Met Office and around the world sets out a range of climate scenarios over the next century to help homes and businesses plan for the future.