Conservative leadership contenders have embraced a no-deal Brexit to see off the threat of Nigel Farage as the European election results pushed both main parties further away from a compromise. Dominic Raab said that the Tories’ disastrous performance meant that the party needed to show “unflinching resolve” to “get on and leave the EU” even without a deal. Esther McVey, the former work and pensions secretary, warned that a cross-party Brexit agreement was now “not possible”. They were joined by other leading Brexiteer candidates, including Boris Johnson and Andrea Leadsom, who said that Sunday night’s results made leaving the EU “decisively” more important than avoiding a no-deal departure in October.
Dominic Raab has warned MPs they will be unable to stop him carrying out a no-deal Brexit if he wins the Tory leadership race, vowing to be “resolute”. The hardline Brexiteer sought to outflank Boris Johnson by arguing it would be “very difficult” for the Commons to pass a law to block a no-deal departure on Halloween night – the current deadline. Giving his first interview since entering the contest, Mr Raab ruled out a further Article 50 delay, vowing: “I will not ask for an extension.”
The Conservatives will be committing “political suicide” if they attempt to push through a no-deal Brexit in the wake of their disastrous showing in the European elections, Jeremy Hunt has warned. Writing for The Telegraph, the Foreign Secretary said that any Prime Minister who tries to take Britain out of the EU without a deal will trigger a general election which risks the “extinction” of the Conservative Party.
Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt has warned that his party will be committing “political suicide” if it tries to push through a no-deal Brexit. The foreign secretary is one of 10 people seeking to replace Theresa May. Michael Gove has begun his pitch by pledging to allow EU nationals in the UK at the time of the referendum to apply for citizenship free of charge. The Brexit-supporting environment secretary will make an “open and generous” offer, sources said.
Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure to take part in live broadcast debates after all eight of his rivals for the Tory leadership said they were willing to do so. Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, on Monday wrote to broadcasters and news organisations asking them to commit to hosting debates between leadership candidates. It came after Dominic Raab, the former Brexit Secretary, said that live debates could “revitalise” support for the Conservative Party and that the country “deserves to see us set out our stall”.
Michael Gove will offer three million EU citizens the chance of free British nationality if he becomes Prime Minister, in an eye-catching policy pitch in the Tory leadership race. The environment secretary will waive the usual £1,330 fee for eligible EU nationals who lived in the UK at the time of the June 2016 referendum. And in a break with Theresa May‘s policies, Mr Gove will also water down the controversial ‘settled status’ scheme for EU nationals, replacing it with a less stringent registration scheme.
Michael Gove will offer free UK citizenship to three million European Union (EU) nationals if elected Conservative Party leader, a source close to the environment secretary has confirmed. People from the 27 EU nations, who were resident in the UK at the time of the June 2016 referendum, would be eligible for a British passport under the scheme. “Michael Gove is ready to unite the country.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has thrown his hat in the ring in the race to replace Theresa May . Mr Javid declared on the same day the Conservatives suffered their worst election defeat in 200 years. They collapsed into fifth place – taking less than 10% of the vote nationally. In a slick video Mr Javid announced he was standing to lead the Conservatives. He said: “I’m standing to be the next leader of Conservatives & Prime Minister of our great country.
Sajid Javid promised to bridge the Brexit divide and heal Britain as he became the ninth cabinet minister to join the race to succeed Theresa May. The home secretary avoided setting out his position on a no-deal Brexit as he staged a belated entry into the Tory leadership contest. Instead, he declared his candidature with a short video on the need to “restore trust” and spread economic opportunities.
Sajid Javid today joined the Tory leadership battle – the ninth MP to declare they are running – warning that the party ‘must deliver Brexit‘. The Home Secretary declared that he wants Theresa May’s job as the contest crunched into top gear after the Conservatives’ dire EU election results. In a video message posted on Twitter, Mr Javid said he would ‘restore trust, bring unity and create new opportunities across the UK’.
THERESA MAY has been told by Express.co.uk readers not to call a snap general election, despite her Conservative Party suffering humiliation in the European elections. The Conservative Party slipped to fifth place in the UK results with 9.1 per cent of the vote and just four MEPs – down from 15 from the last European elections in 2014. Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party scored a resounding victory, with 29 MEPs and 32 percent of the vote, becoming the largest party in nine of the 12 regions in the UK.
Jeremy Corbyn moved closer yesterday to unambiguously backing a second Brexit referendum after the Labour Party haemorrhaged support to pro-Remain parties. Key allies of Mr Corbyn, including John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, and Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, demanded a change in approach as the party was pushed into third place behind the Liberal Democrats — and polling suggested that nearly 40 per cent of Lib Dem votes in the elections came from people who supported Labour in 2017.
Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to support a second referendum on any Brexit deal after the Labour leadership came under overwhelming pressure to halt the exodus of its remain voters who backed pro-EU parties at the European elections. The Labour leader said he was “listening very carefully” to both sides of the debate after the party fell behind the Liberal Democrats and also lost ground to the Greens.
Labour is edging closer to support for a second Brexit referendum, after a drubbing at the European Parliament elections which saw Remain voters desert them for Liberal Democrats and Greens. In early-morning messages after seeing the party slump to third place with a 14 per cent share of the vote, both Jeremy Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell said that the issue of EU withdrawal must be put to a public vote – which could come in a general election or a Final Say referendum.
Jeremy Corbyn was close to surrender over a second EU referendum last night after Labour’s electoral humiliation triggered a mutiny at the top of his party. Mr Corbyn signalled he could be ready to commit to a second Brexit vote after his closest colleagues said it was the only way to stop Labour haemorrhaging support. John McDonnell and Diane Abbott both told him the party must guarantee a new referendum under any circumstances in the wake of its European elections mauling.
Nigel Farage has suggested the Brexit Party will win the next general election if Britain does not leave the EU on October 31, as he prepared to “interview” 650 candidates for Parliamentary seats. The Brexit Party’s 32 per cent vote share and dominance in hundreds of counts would translate to 458 seats in the House of Commons if it was replicated in a Westminster poll, with the Conservatives losing every single MP.
Nigel Farage has said his Brexit Party is already focusing on fighting a general election after the Conservatives and Labour saw dramatic losses in the European elections. The Tories dropped to just 9% share of the vote in, suffering their worst ever performance at the ballot box. Labour picked up just 14.1% of votes, voters favoured alternatives offered by Mr Farage and the pro-EU Liberal Democrats.
Nigel Farage has demanded a seat on Britain’s Brussels negotiating team for the Brexit Party after it pulled off a major victory in the European elections on Sunday night. The new group won the British part of the elections by far, with at least 28 seats – surpassing the former success of Ukip which had won the 2014 elections under Mr Farage’s leadership. The Brexit Party took 32 per cent of the national vote share and topped the poll in nine of the 10 regions declared.
Nigel Farage has set the Brexit party’s sights on winning next month’s byelection in Peterborough, urging supporters to prepare for a possible general election. Speaking at a press conference held to celebrate victory in the EU elections surrounded by most of the 29 MEPs who will go to Brussels to represent the fledgling organisation, he poured scorn on Conservative and Labour attempts to get to grips with leaving the EU. The Brexit party was formed just six weeks ago.
Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable warned today that a No deal Brexit would see the UK wander into a global trade ‘battlefield’ between the United States and China, saying he would try to avoid it happening. Sir Vince, 76, who has announced his is to step down, insisted that there was a ‘majority to stay’ in the EU after his party beat the Tories and Labour in an election for the first time in 100 years.
Liberal Democrats are planning to target Conservative leadership contenders who have been exposed as vulnerable to a Brexit backlash from Remain-supporting voters in their own constituencies. The party’s analysis of voting figures in this week’s European elections showed that the combined support for Remain parties made up more than half the votes cast in the council area covering the constituency of prominent hard Brexiteer Dominic Raab.
Ukip has been all but wiped off the electoral map, losing all its MEPs and pulling in 3.3 per cent of the vote. The Eurosceptic party won 24 seats and 26.6 per cent of the vote at the previous European elections in 2014. It now faces questions over its future after its vote collapsed and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party won the allegiance of millions of Leave voters.
Ukip‘s leader has lost his seat at the European Parliament elections, in the latest blow for the disintegrating eurosceptic party. Gerard Batten has held his seat in London for a decade but was defeated on Sunday night after his voters switched over to the Brexit Party. The party lost all of its MEPs as its vote share collapsed to only 3.3 per cent nationally after Nigel Farage’s new breakaway group came top of the polls.
Senior figures in Change UK have publicly clashed over the party’s tactics after it failed to return a single MEP in the European elections. The party, which was formed as the Independent Group by breakaway Tory and Labour MPs in February, had a disastrous result, securing less than 4 per cent of the vote despite a big launch and several well-known candidates. After the result Anna Soubry, the new party’s spokeswoman on Brexit, accused Heidi Allen, its interim leader, of “bizarre” behaviour for suggesting that their supporters should engage in tactical voting.
It was not a good night to be Tigger. The party – founded to shake up British politics around Brexit after members defected from the Tories and Labour – did not win a single seat in the European election. Now senior figures in Change UK are involved in a public row. Anna Soubry, the party’s Brexit spokeswoman, accused leader Heidi Allen of “bizarre” behaviour for suggesting their supporters engage in tactical voting. Change UK secured just 4% of the vote after rushing to register as a party in time for the European contest.
The leader of Change UK has sounded the death knell for the troubled party after just three months – by proposing a merger with the Liberal Democrats. Heidi Allen called for a single centrist party a day after a colleague, Chuka Umunna, admitted “mistakes” and suggested a pact to end rivalries in individual constituencies. Asked if she would go “one step further” than Mr Umunna, she replied: “I would like us to be in the same vehicle.”
Nicola Sturgeon called for a new independence referendum yesterday after her party emerged as the clear winner in Scotland after the European election. The Scottish National Party won nearly 38 per cent of the vote, pushing Labour into fifth place. Jeremy Corbyn’s party suffered a catastrophic collapse in support, winning 9 per cent of the votes cast and losing its two MEPs. David Martin, one of Britain’s longest serving MEPs until Sunday, said he warned Mr Corbyn that ambiguity over Brexit would cost the party dearly but found the leader “non-committal”.
The SNP hailed its best ever European election results today as Labour suffered a humiliating wipeout disaster in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declaring it ’emphatically clear’ that Scotland has rejected Brexit. The nationalists scooped up three of the six Scottish MEP seats as they won 37.7 per cent of the vote north of the border. But the real losers were Labour, who humiliatingly lost their two MEPs. It prompted two Labour MPs to warn Jeremy Corbyn and Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard that the result must act as a wake up call’ .
Alastair Campbell is going for a repeat of his 2010 performance when he toured the studios arguing, most famously with Adam Boulton, that Gordon Brown should stay in Downing Street as Prime Minister because the Tories had not really won. Al’s now arguing, after saying he voted LibDem because Labour weren’t anti-Brexit enough, that if you add up all the remain supporting parties’ votes, remain won. Despite the Brexit Party clearly and obviously winning. The clue is in the name.
EU leaders, including the almost ex-prime minister Theresa May, gather tonight in Brussels to discuss what happens next for Brexit amid the fallout from the European elections. Europe’s top table will want to know how Mrs May believes both Brexit and the Conservative leadership contest will play out over the summer. They are well aware that there will be little time for a new Conservative prime minister to assume office, form a government and agree a cabinet strategy to salvage or drop the Brexit withdrawal deal stuck in the Commons.
Far-right and Eurosceptic parties have won more European Parliament seats than ever before after voters across the continent left their nations’ rulers with bloody noses. Conversely, left wing and pro-EU Green parties also surged amid the highest turnout in 25 years as the 40-year majority held by the two largest centre-right and centre-left groups of parties was broken. Marine Le Pen’s National Rally inflicted a painful defeat – but not a knock-out blow – on pro-European French president Emmanuel Macron before her party called for a ‘powerful’ group of far-right parties to join forces in the EU Parliament.
THE Brexit Party has taken the European Parliament by storm as it became not only the largest party in the UK but also one of the biggest in Europe, gaining 29 seats just like Angela Merkel’s CDU, latest results show. The Brexit Party has swiftly conquered more than 30 percent of the votes in the UK, latest projections show as the vote counting is still underway across the EU.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Rally party in France, in a Breitbart News exclusive interview on Monday called on French president Emmanuel Macron to resign the presidency, but said he is not honest or bold enough to recognize his worldview has been defeated. In the United Kingdom, Le Pen noted, David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister when the British people voted to leave the European Union back in 2016. And in 2019, Le Pen noted, Prime Minister Theresa May announced her plans to resign after the Brexit Party defeated her party and all others in the U.K.’s European Parliament elections.
Sebastian Kurz was voted out of office as Austrian chancellor on Monday, less than 24 hours after his party won a resounding victory in the European elections. Mr Kurz’s government lost a confidence vote in the Austrian parliament following the collapse of his coalition with the far-Right Freedom Party (FPÖ). President Alexander Van der Bellen will now appoint a caretaker government until elections scheduled for September.
Austrian People’s Party leader Sebastian Kurz has been formally removed as Austrian Chancellor following a non-confidence vote passed by the Social Democrats and the populist Freedom Party. At just after 4 pm local time a vote of non-confidence in the government of Sebastian Kurz was carried in the Austrian parliament, which sees the downfall of both him as Austrian Chancellor and the rest of his ministers.
The German political establishment is reeling after most voters rejected the two historical parties of government for the first time in a nationwide ballot. Angela Merkel’s conservative Union alliance recorded its worst result in four decades, with 28 per cent of the vote. Its embarrassment was overshadowed only by that of the chancellor’s Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partner, which came third with its lowest vote share at a free election in 130 years.
Flights from British airports were delayed by an average of 16 minutes last year, with Stansted emerging as worst for punctuality, according to new analysis. Departures from the Essex hub were an average of 25 minutes late in 2018, the poorest record of any of the country’s airports in recent years. Birmingham and Luton, where flights typically took off 19 minutes behind schedule, recorded the joint second worst punctuality, analysis of Civil Aviation Authority data found.
Stansted was the worst UK airport for flight delays last year, an investigation has found. Departures from the Essex airport were an average of 25 minutes late, according to an analysis of Civil Aviation Authority data. Stansted is the fourth busiest airport in the UK, and is used by 28million passengers a year. It is a hub for holidaymakers travelling across Europe on low-cost airlines including Ryanair, EasyJet and Jet2.