Theresa May’s government has quietly agreed with the European Union (EU) to give European courts the final say over Brexit issues, including the massive “divorce bill”, migrant rights, and the Irish border “backstop”. The massive concessions from the Tories will give the European Court of Justice (ECJ) effective control over any dispute involving the £39 billion payment and the status of more than three million European citizens and migrants. The foreign judges will also control the implementation of the plan to keep Northern Ireland locked in the bloc’s Single Market if the border cannot be kept open by other means, as the Prime Minister has agreed.
DOWNING Street has denied claims that Theresa May is preparing a “completely unacceptable” concession of submitting Britain to European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgements after Brexit. The denial followed outrage from Brexiteers over reports that the government had “privately” accepted that the ECJ would hold jurisdiction on the £39 billion divorce bill and EU citizens’ rights in Britain in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock. It also claimed that the deal would see the ECJ rule on the backstop solution to the Northern Ireland border question meaning that regulations linked to the issue would be ruled on by the foreign court in Luxembourg. It is widely feared that senior Whitehall mandarin Olly Robbins, who heads the Downing Street EU unit, is making concessions without proper scrutiny or transparency.
Downing Street say there are no plans to use the Army to maintain food and other supplies in the event of the UK leaving the EU with no Brexit deal. No 10 is expected to publish around 70 separate papers with advice about the implications of no deal. The papers are due to be published in August and September – and will contain information for different industries. They are also expected to contain advice for consumers – for example about travelling around the EU. However No 10 dismissed newspaper reports that the Army might be called in to ensure food and medical supplies are maintained in more remote communities.
Brexiteers are “nationalists” who “hate foreigners” and are not “patriots” like those campaigning for a second referendum, Lord Mandelson has said. The former Labour Cabinet minister and European trade commissioner described leading Eurosceptics as “Brextremists”. Lord Mandelson claimed that the Eurosceptic backlash against the Prime Minister’s Chequer’s compromise proved the need for a second referendum. He told LBC Radio: “Patriotism is love of your country. Wanting to stand up for your country, wanting to serve the best interests of your country.
Peter Mandelson, the so-called ‘prince of darkness’ spin doctor to globalist former Prime Minister Tony Blair, has expressed confidence Theresa May will give in to calls for a second referendum on Brexit, in effect giving diehard Remainers like himself another chance to prevent Britain leaving the European Union. Discussing the very poor progress on the Brexit deal reached by fellow Remain campaigner Theresa May, the Labour big-hitter — since elevated to the House of Lords for his service to Blair — said it was “obvious” to him that Britain would not be taking back control or regaining any national sovereignty from the European Union, and this was something that Theresa May had to “absolutely come clean over”.
Peter Mandelson today provoked outrage by labelling extreme Brexiteers ‘nationalists’ who ‘hate foreigners’ and are not ‘patriots’ like him. The former EU trade commissioner said the people leading the charge for quitting the EU were ‘Brextremists’ not motivated by the best interests of the country. Leave supporters immediately condemned the incendiary remarks as the row over what kind of Brexit Britain will have next year continued unabated into the summer. Theresa May’s efforts to break the Brexit deadlock before MPs broke up for the holidays appeared to fail last week as Brussels rejected her Chequers plan.
Britain has warned Brussels that thousands of European investment funds will be under threat if it refuses to bow to demands for a comprehensive trade deal with the City of London after Brexit. Officials have begun laying out the risks to the EU of following the hardline approach towards the City that is being encouraged by the French. The British “tit-for-tat” warning strategy is designed to highlight the damage that could be caused if Britain fails to get a special deal for the City. Such a deal was being resisted completely by Michel Barnier, the chief Brexit negotiator, until his approach appeared to soften last week.
THE Government has been criticised for failing to draw up an immigration policy for after Brexit. A report from the powerful Commons Home Affairs committee has seen MPs from both sides of the debate unite over criticising the vacuum in government policy on the crucial issue. It follows revelations earlier this year by the Daily Express that the much delayed immigration bill will not contain a new policy on controlling the flow of migrants into Britain which is still well above the Tory commitment to bring it down to less than 100,000 net a year. While the latest figures showed that net migration was down to the lowest figure since 2011, it still was 282,000.
UK negotiators have told their counterparts in Brussels that about 7,000 European-based investment funds that rely on British clients for their cash and profits will be hit by regulators unless the EU changes its position on the City of London after Brexit. As frustration grows within Whitehall at what is seen as a dogmatic position taken by the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, the British side has upped the ante by making an implicit threat to EU interests. A section of a UK presentation made to the European commission’s negotiators last week, and seen by the Guardian, says that unless Brussels allows all UK sectors of the City of London to continue to operate after Brexit as they do today, at least initially, obstacles to European financial interests operating in the UK could also be put in place.
Theresa May is accused today of leaving a dangerous “vacuum” that will allow pro-Brexit groups to “exploit” fears about immigration again in the run-up to the UK leaving the EU. The prime minister’s failure to set out new immigration rules is condemned in a fresh report by MPs, which warns the “misinformation and tensions” of the referendum campaign could be repeated. The cabinet is yet to discuss any proposals in detail – despite the passing of two years since the Leave vote – with a promised white paper shelved until the end of the year. Now the influential Home Affairs Committee has raised the alarm over another “rushed and highly politicised debate” over immigration as the prime minister seeks a Brexit deal.
MICHEL Barnier and Guy Verhofstadt should be sacked and replaced with Brexit negotiators friendlier to Britain, a leading German MEP has said. Hans-Olaf Henkel told The Sun the pair were destroying the chances of a good trade deal by trying to punish the UK for leaving. The top Euro MP, who is a former head of the Federation of German Industries, also urged eurocrats to strike a pact with the UK on controlling immigration. His remarks came as Mr Barnier warned he would make it “crystal clear” by the end of the Brexit talks that Britain was worse off outside the bloc. The Frenchman is the club’s chief negotiator, whilst Mr Verhofstadt represents the EU Parliament in the talks. Both have repeatedly denied any attempts to punish the UK and insist they are trying to secure the best possible deal on trade and security.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will visit Paris and Vienna this week to discuss Brexit and warn of the costs to Britain and the European Union of failing to reach a transition deal, his office said on Tuesday. Hunt was in Beijing on Monday, where China offered Britain talks on a post-Brexit free trade deal, reaching out to London as Beijing remains mired in an increasingly bitter trade war with Washington. On his return to Europe, Hunt will travel to France and Austria, meeting their foreign ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian and Karin Kneissl, and trying to gain support for Brexit proposals set out by Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this month.
Jeremy Corbyn’s closest political ally is leading a shadow cabinet rebellion over the Labour leader’s handling of the antisemitism scandal engulfing the party. John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, has met Mr Corbyn to criticise his approach. In particular he is said to have demanded an end to disciplinary proceedings against Dame Margaret Hodge, MP, brought after she allegedly swore at Mr Corbyn and called him an antisemite. A senior shadow cabinet source said that Mr McDonnell’s intervention was backed by many other shadow ministers.
A recording has emerged of a Jeremy Corbyn ally claiming Jewish “Trump fanatics” are behind recent claims of anti-Semitism that have dogged the party. In the audio, obtained by the Jewish Chronicle, National Executive Committee member Peter Willsman is heard telling a meeting that he would be “amazed” if anyone there had seen examples of anti-Semitism within the party. “They can falsify social media very easily,” Mr Willsman says. “And some of these people in the Jewish community support Trump. They’re Trump fanatics and all the rest of it.”
Labour has vowed to make it a legal obligation for youth services to be provided in every area of England as part of a plan to stop young people being lured into gangs. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, and Cat Smith, shadow minister for voter engagement and youth affairs, announced that a Labour government would ring-fence spending on services for young people in a bid to tackle rising levels of violent crime. New figures from the House of Commons library reveal local councils are spending 52 per cent less on youth services than they were in 2012, they said, while over 600 youth centres have closed since 2010. Labour said it would introduce legislation to guarantee “quality youth services for all young people”, which would be overseen by a new national body with ring-fenced government funding.
Momentum, the left-wing campaign group that helped propel Jeremy Corbyn to victory, has failed in its attempt to take control of a key London constituency. Activists from the group had tried to win support for a slate of candidates in Bermondsey and Old Southwark, a seat held by the centrist Labour MP Neil Coyle. All 13 candidates the group put up for election to the constituency executive committee were defeated. A further four candidates who had stood for borough-wide posts also failed to win. After the defeat one of the Momentum candidates was reported to the police following a row at a social event at which they are alleged to have punched another local Labour activist.
Jeremy Corbyn has been condemned by his closest political ally over his handling of the anti-Semitism scandal embroiling Labour, it was claimed last night. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is said to have demanded a climb down over a damaging stance which has seen the Labour leader branded an ‘existential threat’ to the UK’s Jewish community. Amid mounting signs of a shadow cabinet revolt, Mr McDonnell is said to be particularly unhappy about disciplinary proceedings against Dame Margaret Hodge. Actions is being taken after the former Labour Cabinet minister, a Jewish MP who lost family members in the Holocaust, accused Mr Corbyn to his face of being a ‘racist anti-Semite’.
Doctors have warned the NHS is at risk of collapse after Brexit, with an exodus of staff, drugs shortages and savage cuts. Four out of five medics quizzed in a poll fear for the future of the service once we leave the EU next year. There are concerns a brain drain of European NHS staff will deepen the recruitment crisis. An array of treatments, especially cancer care, could also be negatively affected. Imports of vital drugs such as insulin could be badly hit and investment in research and funding slashed. One medic said the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine survey results did not surprise him. Dr William Sapwell added: “My impression from the front line is everyone knows it’s going to be bad. It affects every little corner of the NHS.
“SIGNIFICANT” number of top NHS doctors are struggling with mental health problems, a poll published today shows. Researchers found that 43 per cent of NHS consultants had symptoms of anxiety and 36 per cent showed depressive symptoms. The study, published in the BMJ Open online journal, examined the effects of job autonomy, such as how much freedom employees have while working, and work-related pressure on mental health. If consultants were given more job autonomy they were less likely to report depressive symptoms or anxiety and were less likely to want to retire early, it found. Researchers also examined two elements of workplace burnout — emotional exhaustion and feeling impersonal towards people — and found more autonomy resulted in less burnout.
Legal permission will no longer be needed to withdraw treatment from patients in permanent vegetative state, the Supreme Court has ruled. It will now be easier to withdraw food and liquid to allow such patients to die across the UK. When families and doctors are in agreement, medical staff will be able to remove feeding tubes without applying to the Court of Protection. Lady Black ruled there was no violation under the Human Rights Convention. Relatives who have faced the court process in the past said the ruling would help families dealing with a “tragic situation”. But anti-assisted dying campaigners said vegetative patients are “effectively going to be starved and dehydrated to death”. Previously the Court of Protection has ruled on cases but the process can take months or years, and it costs health authorities about £50,000 in legal fees to lodge an appeal.
End-of-life care can be withdrawn from patients in a permanent vegetative state without consulting a judge, the UK’s highest court has ruled. The Supreme Court upheld a decision which meant that a man with an extensive brain injury should be allowed to die without his family going before a judge. From June 2017, the 52-year-old financial analyst, who can be identified only as Mr Y, was in a prolonged disorder of consciousness (PDOC) after suffering a cardiac arrest as a result of coronary artery disease. PDOC covers patients remaining in a coma, vegetative state and minimally conscious state after a brain injury. Experts agreed it was highly improbable that Mr Y would re-emerge into consciousness and – even if he did – he would have profound cognitive and physical disability and always be dependent on others.
A major firm condemned by MPs over a recent NHS outsourcing “shambles” has been given a lucrative contract allowing private companies to arrest people for dodging court fines. Ministers have been criticised over the decision to hand over the collection of court fines to four private companies, including Capita, a major outsourcing firm accused of putting patients at risk by delaying transfers of medical records. The results of the tender process were quietly published in the rush before the MPs’ summer break, finalising plans to transfer services done by civilian enforcement officers, currently employed by HM Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS), to the private sector. It comes as a damning report by the Public Accounts Committee said 1,000 GPs, dentists and opticians were delayed from working with patients for up to six months and nearly 90 women were dropped from cervical screening programmes due to Capita’s botched delivery of backroom services for NHS England.
A rail boss has been accused of “living on another planet” after claiming that Britain’s railways are the envy of Western Europe. Robert Nisbet, regional director of the Rail Delivery Group which represents train companies, said that other EU nations can “only dream” of having the UK’s levels of punctuality and efficiency. Mr Nisbet conceded that passengers had faced “frankly appalling” levels of service, but went on to defend the performance of the railways. He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “We’re a hugely successful railway in many ways – much more so than many countries in Western Europe who would only dream about having our kind of performance and punctuality records.
Britain’s railways are the “envy” of Europe, an industry leader said yesterday just as train passengers in northern England faced travel chaos. Robert Nisbet, regional director of the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train companies, said that other European Union nations could “only dream” of the UK’s levels of punctuality and said: “We’re a hugely successful railway in many ways.” The transport secretary is under further pressure to intervene as rail passengers in northern England faced delays and cancellations despite the introduction of an improved timetable. More than 100 trains were affected yesterday, which was supposed to herald a turnaround for Northern Rail. Passengers complained on social media about trains that did not run or were too full to board.
A rail boss has sparked incredulity after claiming Britain has the most efficient railways in Europe. Robert Nisbet, regional director of the Rail Delivery Group said European nations including France, Spain and Italy could ‘only dream’ of the ‘punctual’ services in this country. His bold claim comes as a fifth of Northern Rail services were delayed or cancelled on Monday, causing travel chaos for thousands of passengers. He was accused by critics of ‘living on a different planet’. Mr Nisbet told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘We’re a hugely successful railway in many ways – much more so than many countries in Western Europe who would only dream about having our kind of performance and punctuality records.
Theresa May has been urged to personally step in and end the rail chaos plaguing commuters in the North of England. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham called for the Prime Minister to intervene, claiming there were no signs of improvement, despite repeated demands for action from failing Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. In a letter to Theresa May, he wrote that performance on Northern Rail services “continued to be poor” following Mr Grayling’s statement in May that the issue was the number one priority for his department.