THE Brexit Secretary declared Britain will leave the European Union and take control of our borders and laws in his first major speech since the referendum. David Davis explained the Government’s emerging terms of withdrawal and said the Government is confident that Britain will “flourish outside of the EU keeping members as friends, allies and trading partners.” He said Britain would not turn its back on Europe as it seized the “historic and positive moment for our nation”. The Brexit Secretary, flanked by Boris Johnson and Liam Fox, spoke of his plans to get a “unique deal” during negotiations with Brussels. Outlining his 300-strong department’s plans Mr Davis said the Government will build a national consensus for EU talks, put Britain’s interests first, minimise uncertainty and leave the EU.
Prime Minister Theresa May said she wanted Britain to become a global leader in free trade as it exits the European Union.“As the UK leaves the EU I’ve set out our ambition to become the global leader in free trade,” May told reporters after a two-day summit of leaders from G20 nations in China. May said there would be no retreat towards protectionism and that there had been positive reactions from partners about securing new trade deals. “The leaders from India, Mexico, South Korea and Singapore said that they would welcome talks on removing the barriers to trade between our countries,” she said.
Theresa May has shattered the illusions of pro-Brexit colleagues by admitting Britain could continue to pump cash into the European Union. Speaking at the G20 summit in China, the Prime Minister also suggested there would be no injection of extra cash for the NHS. And she dismissed talk of points-based immigration – which was at the heart of Vote Leave’s manifesto. Foreign Secretary and leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson has urged the PM to ensure we stop paying into the EU budget after we leave. But several nations outside the bloc, including Norway and Switzerland, pay annual fees in return for access to the single market. Asked if she would rule this out, Mrs May said: “What we’re doing is making our preparations before we trigger Article 50 and go into the formal negotiations. I’m not going to give away my negotiating hand.”
Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Houses of Parliament on Monday to demand that Prime Minister Theresa May heed the will of the British public and begin the process to get the UK out of the European Union (EU). Despite the breadth of support for the “Invoke Article 50 Now” demonstration – which included left-libertarians, trades unionists, UKIP supporters, Tories, and Labour types – the establishment media failed to cover the event. While fair to say that this weekend’s “March for Europe” was far better attended – though the constituents seemed to mainly be rent-a-lefty protesters and foreign nationals – the fact that the winning side of the Brexit referendum is having to protest at all should perhaps be worthy of news coverage. The likes of the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, and others have been known to cover protests involving just a handful of people, such as the Calais pro-open borders protests across London last year. For a pro-Brexit demo on their doorstep however, they refuse. The March for Europe, sponsored by the same corporate lobby groups that failed to win the EU referendum in June, attracted just over 1,000 people. Today’s static demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament attracted few than 100.
EU migrants would need a job before entering the UK under post-Brexit border plans. The regime will be more rigorous than the points-based system proposed by Leave campaigners, Government sources said last night. David Davis, who is Cabinet minister for Brexit, said the UK was prepared to quit the single market to regain control over borders. He told MPs that outright departure from the tariff-free zone was almost certain and Britain would strike alternative trade deals.
Theresa May is considering banning EU migrants from Britain unless they have a job, it has emerged as the Prime Minister denied that she has gone “soft” on immigration. Despite admitting that Britain will only get “some control” over freedom of movement rules after Brexit, it is understood that Mrs May is planning a tough work permit system to ensure that EU migrants cannot come to Britain looking for work. It came after she was on Monday accused of “back-sliding” after ruling out Boris Johnson’s plans for an Australian-style points-based migration system. She said that such a system would be “open to abuse” and would entitle migrants to “automatically” enter Britain if they had enough points. She added, however, that British voters only want an “element” of control over the free movement of EU migrants.
Closing the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais is unlikely to make any difference – as it will simply move elsewhere. Reporting from Calais, ITV News’ Dan Rivers said it will not address the problem of thousands of people in the French port wanting to get to Britain. The French government have promised the camp will be demolished following protests by lorry drivers. There are no details as to it will be dismantled and there are, as yet, no plans as to what will happen to the 10,000 inhabitants of the camp.
British members of parliament on Monday debated a petition signed by more than 4.1 million people that demands a second referendum on European Union membership. Britain’s government has ruled out a second referendum and says that it is preparing to trigger the formal divorce proceedings that would eventually take Britain out of the club it joined in 1973. In the days following the referendum result, millions of people signed the petition calling for a second vote on membership. “The Brexiteers wanted out of Europe but they had no plan for the day after or any other day in the future,” said Ian Blackford, a Scottish National Party MP who supported the motion for the debate, in parliament’s second debating chamber, which does not have the power to change the law. In the June 23 vote, 51.9 percent, or 17.4 million people, voted to leave the EU while 48.1 percent, or 16.1 million people, voted to stay in the EU.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to set out her programme for government with education at its heart. Ms Sturgeon’s SNP formed a minority government after winning 63 seats in May’s Scottish Parliament elections. She will make a speech outlining her priorities for the next five years, with education, healthcare and new welfare powers high on the agenda. Opposition parties will also get a chance to set out their priorities for the coming term over a two-day debate. The Scottish Conservatives called on the government to make warm homes a priority, along with a “focus on the day job” rather than the issue of Scottish independence. And Scottish Labour has already laid out an “alternative programme for government“, calling for a focus on public services.
BREXIT Minister David Davis said he will consider a separate deal for Scotland and the EU after Britain leaves the crumbling bloc. Mr Davis revealed his Leave strategy today in his first major speech in the House of Commons since the historic referendum. He told the Commons he would consider plans which offer separate arrangements between Scotland and the EU. But he added he does not think such proposals would work.
Labour MPs are to vote on Tuesday on a proposal to allow them to elect members of the shadow cabinet. MP Clive Betts has suggested the change as a “pragmatic” way of making different factions in the party “work together”, denying it is an attempt to “hobble” Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Appointments have been the leader’s responsibility since 2011 when the elections system was scrapped. Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee must approve any changes. A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn has suggested any debate about changing the rules should consider whether MPs, conference or the party membership decides.
Labour MPs are set to vote on a motion to reverse one of Ed Miliband’s reforms and reintroduce the elections of shadow cabinet ministers. The motion proposed by Clive Betts, the Labour MP for Sheffield South East, is the first formal attempt to restore the elections. On Tuesday the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) will vote between 10am and 5pm on the issue in a secret ballot. If the motion passes, it will then be up to Labour’s governing body, the National Executive Committee (NEC), to vote on the measure at their next meeting. It is understood that no one in the party spoke against or for the motion at the first meeting of the PLP after the summer recess.
Jeremy Corbyn has revealed he is investigating allegations that Labour’s leadership contest is being rigged against him after a number of his supporters received letters barring them from taking part. In an interview with the Guardian, the Labour leader said he hoped party officials were not working against him but could not rule out the possibility. “I’m surprised at the numbers of people who’ve been denied a vote and I’m surprised at the lack of reason that’s been given to people,” he said, in his strongest intervention on the subject so far. “I’m concerned about that because surely in a democratic process everyone should be entitled to vote unless there is some very good reason against them.”
Junior doctors have suspended their plans for a five-day walkout next week in a dispute over contracts. The announcement follows warnings by the General Medical Council that industrial action at such a scale was unjustified at such short notice. In a statement, the British Medical Association (BMA) said the abandoned strike does not absolve Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and warned remaining walkouts later in the year will go ahead as planned.
Junior doctors have cancelled this month’s five day strike in response to public fears for patient safety. Ellen McCourt, chair of the British Medical Association’ s Junior Doctors Committee, released a statement saying the walkout planned to begin September 12th was being called off. But she said the strikes planned for November and December were still planned to go ahead. She said: “Patient safety remains doctors’ primary concern. For the first time in this dispute NHS England have told us that a service under such pressure cannot cope with the notice period for industrial action given.
An unprecedented series of week-long junior doctor strikes was thrown into chaos on Monday night after a mutiny from medics, who feared the walkouts could cost lives. The British Medical Association (BMA) said it would suspend the first walk out – due to begin Monday 12 September – after being warned by senior and junior doctors that the plans were too dangerous. The BMA admitted that it acted after being contacted by “thousands” of junior doctors concerned that patient safety will be compromised by the planned five day walkout.
THE Royal Navy has tested a futuristic high-speed drone boat designed to intercept aquatic terror attacks. The Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed – dubbed “MAST” for short – was unveiled on the River Thames yesterday. The unmanned craft has a “Bladerunner” hull design usually seen on elite racing boats and can reach speeds of up to 60mph. It is unarmed – but can check out vessels and detect enemy attacks using a 360 degree camera and radar.
End of the world
A GROUP of hardcore Christians has claimed a solar eclipse due to hit the UK and America next year, will bring about an apocalypse. The eclipse will plunge countries into darkness and spark the end of the world, doomsayers from Christian website Unsealed have alleged. A total eclipse is expected to spread across America on August 21 2017, with western Europe experiencing a partial eclipse. It will be the first total eclipse to travel from one coast of America to the other, for almost a century. Conspiracy theorists have pointed to passages from The Book of Revelation to support their predictions.