French President Emmanuel Macron today warned the EU‘s unity was more important than ties with Brexit Britain. Mr Macron insisted France wanted a ‘strong, special relationship’ with the UK after it quits the EU in March but said this could not be at the ‘cost’ of the bloc unravelling. The intervention, in a major foreign policy speech at the Elysee Palace, are a blow for Theresa May who has fought for Mr Macron’s support in the Brexit negotiations. Mrs May cut short the first leg of her summer holidays for talks with Mr Macron at his holiday home in the south of France. But in a 90 minute address to French diplomats today, the President said: ‘France wants to maintain a strong, special relationship with London but not if the cost is the European Union’s unravelling.’
EMMANUEL Macron has issued a stark Brexit warning by saying the UK’s divorce from the EU must not undermine the bloc’s “integrity”. The French president, a staunch Europhile, showed no signs of softening his a hardline stance on Brexit as he gave a speech in Paris today. Mr Macron said his “priority” in the negotiations is ensuring the EU’s unity, rather than striking a favourable trade deal with Britain. His comments are likely to infuriate Theresa May who held one-on-one walks with Mr Macron in France earlier this month.
Emmanuel Macron has dealt Theresa May a major blow by rejecting the PM’s plea to rescue her Brexit plan, ruling out any compromises that risk the EU “unravelling”. In his first response to their emergency talks, the French president said he respected the UK’s decision to leave the bloc – but vowed to protect the EU’s “integrity” at all costs. The comments appear to be a severe setback to Ms May’s hopes that the pair’s surprise talks earlier this month could achieve a breakthrough to rescue her beleaguered Chequers proposals.
President Macron rejected Theresa May’s appeals for help to unlock Brexit talks as he insisted yesterday that EU unity trumped close ties with Britain. “France wants to maintain a strong, special relationship with London but not if the cost is the unravelling of the European Union,” he said in his annual foreign policy speech. Britain’s decision to leave the EU was “a sovereign choice, which we must respect, but it cannot come at the expense of the European Union’s integrity”. Mr Macron said he hoped that an arrangement could be found with Britain by the end of the year, but his remarks confirmed that France does not accept Mrs May’s “Chequers” scheme for a seamless flow of goods with the continent.
DETAILS of the European Union’s secret no-deal Brexit plans have been revealed and despite claims from Brussels they are reportedly “very similar” to the preparations made by the UK. A source within the European Commission told The Sun that the plans exist, but claimed they are being kept secret to increase the pressure on the UK to accept a soft Brexit deal. They said: “The EU doesn’t want 20 mile tailbacks as much as the UK doesn’t. “The thinking is we’ll keep things as they are because the regulatory platform is the same. “This will stay in place for a few months and then there’ll be a mad dash to get a new agreement in place.”
Northerners do not fear Brexit and the rest of the UK should be inspired by their optimism about Britain’s prospects, a minister has today said. Jake Berry, the Northern Powerhouse minister, went on 739-mile road trip across the region to talk to hundreds of workers in dockyards and building sites to find out their thoughts on the UK’s looming departure. He said that they are not spooked by scare stories that quitting the EU could mean shortages of donated sperm and bacon, and economic hardship.
Britain will find it “very challenging” to join a Pacific trade bloc singled out by Theresa May if it plans to maintain European regulations after Brexit, its members have warned. Signing up to the 11-nation alliance with a “carve-out” so that the UK can follow all European rules on goods and food would “make a nonsense of being a member”, one senior official said. The prime minister has batted away Brexiteer claims that her strategy agreed at Chequers in July for leaving the European Union would prevent Britain from signing big trade deals, arguing that it would “enable us to accede to” the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Theresa May claimed that a no-deal Brexit “wouldn’t be the end of the world” as she sought to downplay a controversial warning made by Philip Hammond last week that it would cost £80bn in extra borrowing and inhibit long-term economic growth. The prime minister conceded that crashing out of the European Union without a deal “wouldn’t be a walk in the park” but went on to argue that the UK could make an economic success of the unprecedented situation if it proved impossible to negotiate a satisfactory divorce.
Theresa May has warned Conservative MPs backing a new referendum on Brexit that they risk a backlash from their local parties. The prime minister said Tory associations that have powers to sack MPs cared most about “delivering what people voted for” in the 2016 referendum. She was speaking amid claims that thousands of ex-Ukip members and those linked to the Leave.EU campaign are said to be infiltrating local parties to push them towards a harder Brexit agenda.
THERESA May has slapped down apocalyptic warnings from Chancellor Philip Hammond about the damage a no deal Brexit will do the British economy. The Prime Minister insisted leaving the European Union without agreement with Brussels would “not be the end of the world” although she was working to get a good deal by October. She repeatedly dismissed figures released by Mr Hammond last week stating that no deal would cost the economy 10 percent of GDP compared to staying in the EU over 15 years, and £80billion in tax revenues , as an old “work in progress”.
Theresa May dismissed fears of a no-deal Brexit apocalypse as she played down the Chancellor’s warnings of major economic consequences. The Prime Minister repeated claims that no agreement with the EU “would not be a walk in the park” but “wouldn’t be the end of the world”, initially made by the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Roberto Azevedo. She added the Government is putting in place measures to ensure it can “make a success of no deal” and remains confident it can do similar with a “good deal” – which she maintained it was possible to agree.
Theresa May delivered a rebuke to her chancellor as she arrives in Africa for her first visit to the continent as prime minister. When asked whether she thought her chancellor was right in his assessment of the economic impact of “no deal” – as outlined in a letter to the treasury select committee last week, the PM refused to endorse Philip Hammond’s position, stating that the figures he quoted were out of date. She said: “First of all, the chancellor was talking about a set of figures that I think came out in January.
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis has had harsh words for Chancellor Philip ‘Remainer Phil’ Hammond’s latest anti-Brexit intervention, branding the Treasury “disgraceful”. Davis became leader of the new Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) after the EU referendum and Britain’s lead Brexit negotiator — at least in theory. He resigned from Theresa May’s Remainer-dominated government after she unveiled her Chequers plan for an ultra-soft Brexit, saying it “hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense”. However, the EU has simply used the concession in the Chequers plan — as Davis predicted — as a launchpad to make even more demands, causing many Brexiteers to demand the Government stop bending the knee and prepare to leave the bloc on ‘No Deal’ terms.
PRO-EUROPEAN Union media outlets are excited about the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn’s rejection of another EU referendum being overturned at Labour Party conference. Corbyn supporters whose backing for the Remain side in June 2016 tempts them to jump on board the People’s Vote (PV) bandwagon should realise that this outfit is a Trojan horse for the Dump Corbyn brigade. Headed by Chuka Umunna, PV Labour front-runners are precisely those who have waged a guerilla war against Corbyn since his second, more decisive, leadership victory against Owen Smith.
Campaigners who want a second Brexit referendum are launching a bid to change Labour’s stance on the issue, according to a leaked memo. The People’s Vote campaign, which is lobbying for a vote on the final deal Prime Minister Theresa May secures with the EU, will attempt to secure a motion on the issue at the party’s annual conference in Liverpool next month. The group wants MPs and activists to submit a motion calling for a referendum on the withdrawal agreement with Brussels before Britain leaves in March.
The People’s Vote campaign, which wants a new referendum on Brexit, is attempting to change Labour Party policy, according to a leaked memo. It wants MPs and activists to submit a motion at the Labour conference next month, committing the party to backing a new referendum on the final deal. It stresses that it is not an attempt to change the party leadership too. Campaign leaders think the best way to get a new referendum is to get the main opposition party to back it officially. At the weekend, the People’s Vote commissioned polling which suggested voters targeted by Labour were more likely to back a referendum – and to favour remaining in the EU – than the electorate as a whole.
Jeremy Corbyn moved last night to distance himself from claims that Labour is to penalise those judged to have made “vexatious” allegations of antisemitism for “factional” purposes. The claim has deepened the dissent over the party’s attempt to overhaul its disciplinary process. The contents of a new code of conduct, together with a definition of antisemitism and examples, will be discussed by the party’s ruling body next week. The National Executive Committee (NEC), already split over the definition and examples, will be asked to approve moves to penalise “vexatious” complaints.
What a sorry state of affairs; Jewish Labour MPs will be given protection at their party conference because of the growing threat of anti-Semitism, according to reports. It comes after persistent allegations surrounding Jeremy Corbyn after he was videoed making remarks about ‘Zionists’…as well as numerous other incidents. One source told the Jewish Chronicle: “This conference will be particularly tense as much of the worst antisemitic trolling on the internet has been traced back to hotspots in Merseyside.
NIGEL Farage branded Remainers’ call for the Labour Party to support a second Brexit vote as “suicide” – claiming too many Labour voters would abandon the party if Jeremy Corbyn called for a second referendum. Speaking on his LBC show, the former Ukip leader argued Labour supporters who voted to Leave the European Union in the 2016 Brexit referendum would no longer support Jeremy Corbyn‘s party if he joined the call for a second vote. It comes as People’s Vote campaigners commissioned polling which suggested voters targeted by Labour were more likely to back a referendum – and to favour remaining in the EU – than the electorate as a whole.
BRUSSELS is ready to accept Scotland as an independent member of the EU, according to the Scottish Brexit Secretary. The SNP’s Michael Russell insisted a second Scottish independence referendum will take place and that EU leaders will accept the nation as an independent state. Mr Russell told the Scotsman: “The choice will come – we just have to see how we get there.” Mr Russell’s words came after former president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, warned a no-deal Brexit could lead the break up of the UK.
Britain must be “unashamed” about using its £13.1bn aid budget to promote “our national interest” by boosting free trade with the developing world post-Brexit, Theresa May will say on Tuesday in a keynote speech due to be delivered in South Africa. Addressing a delegation in Cape Town on the first day of her visit to Africa, the Prime Minister will signal a major shift in the way that aid is spent so that it provides a platform for British businesses to invest in emerging markets. Mrs May, who landed in Cape Town on Tuesday, will state her desire to transform foreign aid so that it is “fully aligned” with Britain’s national security priorities, helping to stabilise countries in crisis and prevent migrants from making dangerous journeys to Europe in search of work.
Theresa May will vow to deploy Britain’s aid budget to help boost post-Brexit trade with Africa as she kicks off a visit to the continent. The Prime Minister is to make clear the £13billion annual development budget will ‘unashamedly’ be used for the UK’s ‘national interest’. Mrs May landed in Cape Town this morning on board the RAF Voyager following a 12-hour flight ahead of a three-day tour of South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. In a keynote speech today, she will also pledge to drive up investment by British businesses in Africa. The UK must be the biggest investor in the continent by 2022, she will insist.
More stop and search is needed to combat the violent crime epidemic sweeping across the country, according to former Tory Leader Iain Duncan Smith. It comes after the number of violent deaths in London this year reached 100 and there were also more than 100 arrests at Notting Hill Carnival alone. IDS said: “Stop and search does two things. It tells the gangs they cannot move their guns and drugs around, making their lives much more difficult. “People claim, ‘it’s not fair’, but who are the communities affected by this the most? It’s the poorest communities in our country.
Police should dramatically increase the use of stop and search to combat spiralling gang violence, former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith demands today. A ‘toxic cycle of serious violence’ fuelled by drug dealers who operate ‘with impunity’ is spreading around the country, a major report by the Conservative MP’s think-tank warns. The 148-page blueprint – which will heap pressure on London Mayor Sadiq Khan just days after the number of killings in the capital this year reached 100 – calls for a US-style crackdown on gang leaders. In what will be seen as a criticism of Theresa May, the report accuses senior officers of all but abandoning ‘active policing’ – including stop and search – because they fear being accused of institutional racism.
POLICE have arrested 126 people at the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival and seized 16 knives, Scotland Yard have confirmed.Officers detained 42 people on drugs offences, 20 on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and seven on public order offences. A further two people were arrested on suspicion of sexual offences, three for common assault and 12 on suspicion of possessing psychoactive drugs. The bank holiday weekend event is being policed by the highest number of officers in six years. Almost 7,000 officers, some from the Metropolitan Police’s newly formed Violent Crime Task Force, will be policing Monday’s event to “combat the threat of violent crime”.
Tens of thousands of patients with heart failure are missed by GPs every year and the proportion is rising in what is being termed a “medical emergency”. Increasing numbers of patients run a higher risk of dying early because they only get a diagnosis when they are taken to hospital, NHS data shows. About 100,000 people a year are given a late diagnosis, with women and the elderly most likely to be missed and not offered crucial treatment, amid concerns that an NHS bonus scheme was discouraging doctors from finding heart failure patients.
Love them or hate them, carbon contracts are the City’s hottest trade this year. Those hedge funds and eagle-eyed amateurs who track the EU’s regulatory flow have made windfall profits. Permits for EU carbon emissions spiked to a seven-year high of €20.84 on Friday. They have risen fivefold since the spring of 2017, the best performing “commodity” in the world. The contracts have decoupled completely from energy prices and global raw materials.
State schools have been accused of “gaming the system” by excluding thousands of badly performing students in the months before their GCSE exams. Almost 13,000 teenagers did not have results recorded in league tables last year despite appearing on their schools’ rolls a year earlier, an investigation by The Times has found. The number of pupils removed in the months before exams had been just over 9,000 in each of the previous two years. The rise in exclusions means that more than 7,000 students who have just completed their GCSE year did so in pupil referral units. This is more than double the number of any other school year.
Thousands of students are removed from mainstream schools before exams every year, with many being sent to pupil referral units (PRUs) or disappearing from records. While a school’s results can be boosted by the absence of troubled pupils, the children often become targets for gangs, experts say. The Times analysed more than 30,000 Department for Education records for the past three years to identify schools with wide gaps between the number of pupils registered as starting GCSEs and those whose results then counted towards league tables.
A little bit of what you fancy could be good for the heart, as well as the soul, a study suggests. Research on more than half a million adults found that those who ate chocolate in moderation had a lower risk of heart failure than those who avoided such treats. Scientists found those eating up to three bars monthly had a 13 per cent lower risk of heart failure compared to those who ate none. Researchers say natural compounds in cocoa called flavonoids boost blood vessel health and help reduce inflammation. But they warned against having too much chocolate, with those indulging daily seeing their risk of heart failure increase by 17 per cent.