Highly-skilled Highly-skilled immigrants are being wrongly dubbed as terrorists so they can be deported allege MPs and experts in the latest scandal to hit the crisis-hit Home Office. They say at least 1,000 highly skilled migrants are wrongly facing deportation for minor discrepancies in declared income or making amendments to their tax records. MPs and immigration experts have slammed the use of the controversial section 322(5) of the 2014 Immigration Act to strip teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers and IT professionals of their right to indefinite leave. The Home Office’s own guidance to caseworkers specifies the rule should only be used in cases involving “criminality, a threat to national security, war crimes or travel bans”.
THE CONSERVATIVE Party is on the brink of a civil war over future customs relationships with the EU which “could be the end of Theresa May” as Prime Minister. As MPs return to Parliament today, Mrs May is facing a stark warning that Brexiteers will not put up with her pressing plans to create a new customs partnership with the EU which could tie Britain to Brussels rule for years to come. The warning comes after a weekend where Mrs May sent her Remainer business secretary Greg Clark out to the television studios to defend her plans. But environment secretary Michael Gove, the former leader of Vote Leave, then hit back by agreeing to a Twitter thread which attacked the controversial proposal.
Boris Johnson has described one of No 10’s proposals for a post-Brexit customs arrangement as “crazy”. A “customs partnership”, thought to be favoured by the PM, would involve the UK collecting import tariffs on behalf of the EU. In a Daily Mail interview, the foreign secretary said it would limit the UK’s ability to do post-Brexit trade deals. No 10 said the idea was still on the table after ministers failed to agree a customs plan last week. The newspaper quotes the foreign secretary as saying a customs partnership would create “a whole new web of bureaucracy”. “If you have a new customs partnership, you have a crazy system whereby you end up collecting tariffs on behalf of the EU at the UK frontier,” he said.
Tory Eurosceptics are expected to vent their frustration at Theresa May on Tuesday over the Government’s lack of clear vision for Britain’s future outside the EU. Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has openly challenged the Prime Minister to drop the customs partnership deal – under which the UK would collect tariffs for the EU after Brexit – saying it was a “crazy system” that would make it “very difficult to do free trade deals”. No 10 confirmed Mrs May’s Brexit war cabinet had delayed a decision from a meeting this Thursday on whether Britain will back the customs partnership, or adopt a more light touch customs arrangement.
Theresa May is facing renewed cross-party pressure to accept membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) or risk defeat in the Commons. Peers vote on Tuesday night on a series of amendments as officials work to try to find a deal on May’s preferred option of a customs relationship with Europe that is acceptable to Brexiters and remainers in her cabinet, as well as MPs and EU negotiators. The policy paper rejected by the inner cabinet on the Brexit subcommittee last week has been withdrawn for further work and will not be discussed at this week’s regular meeting. A Downing Street source said: “It was agreed on Wednesday that more work needed to be done to flesh out the general principles agreed – no hard border and as frictionless trade as possible.
Boris Johnson last night savaged Downing Street’s post-Brexit trade plans. In a major intervention, he branded the proposed customs partnership ‘crazy’ and claimed it would create ‘a whole new web of bureaucracy’. The Foreign Secretary added it would not meet the key test of Britain ‘taking back control’, and would restrict our ability to strike trade deals. The plan, which is backed by Theresa May, was narrowly rejected by her Brexit ‘war cabinet’ last week. Brexiteers now fear No 10 will try to ‘rebadge’ the plan and push it through by picking off two Remain-voting ministers – Sajid Javid and Gavin Williamson – who opposed it last week.
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At the EU referendum almost two years ago, the British people heroically saw through Project Fear. In their determination to embrace national independence, they refused to be intimidated by the deceitful scaremongering about our supposedly apocalyptic future after Brexit. Yet the Establishment has never accepted the democratic verdict of the electorate. Unable to imagine life without the EU’s rule, devoid of any real faith in Britain’s capabilities, key elements of the political class have embarked on a systematic campaign to obstruct and emasculate Brexit. That relentless hostility shone through most recently in debates in the House of Lords, where unelected, unaccountable peers lined up to sneer at the public’s wish for national freedom.
Jeremy Hunt has been urged to intervene in Brexit talks to stop British people from losing their right to free healthcare on the continent – amid warnings that changes could prevent those with long-term conditions from leaving the country at all. A cross-party group of British MEPs, including from the health secretary’s own Conservative Party, has written to Mr Hunt asking him to safeguard the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) – a perk of EU membership that entitles UK residents to the same subsidised care as local patients. Medical charities have warned that 29,000 kidney dialysis patients who need to attend hospital every other day would face insurmountable costs of more than £800 a week if the card goes, effectively putting holidays and rest breaks out of reach for people on ordinary incomes.
684 days have passed since Britain voted for Brexit. Theresa May has been Prime Minister for 664 days. There are just 325 days – ten months – until we are supposed to be leaving the EU. Still, the UK government does not have a policy on customs. Boris has given an interview to the Mail today in which he brands Number 10’s customs partnership proposal “crazy”. Guido has outlined the problems with it here. The customs partnership is dead in its current form, but the papers are full of speculation Downing Street is going to plough ahead with a rehashed version of the model rejected by the Brexit sub-committee last week. Just as worryingly, Number 10 is putting off the decision yet again.
Theresa May faces a fresh challenge today as peers seek to keep Britain in the single market and scrap the fixed date for leaving the European Union. Labour peers will today propose an amendment to key Brexit legislation so that March 29, 2019, is no longer fixed in law as the day of departure. A cross-party group has put down a further amendment that would force ministers to keep Britain in the European Economic Area with a Norway-style deal. The Lords has already inflicted ten defeats on the Government at the report stage of the EU Withdrawal Bill, including removing the option of the Prime Minister walking away from Brexit talks with no deal. Labour peers have been instructed not to back the cross-party amendment to keep Britain inside the single market, but dozens could defy the party leadership.
A Labour MP will launch a parliamentary bid for a public vote on the final Brexit deal, in a move that will add to growing pressure on the party’s front bench over its stance on leaving the EU. Former trade minister Gareth Thomas is calling on the government to take back control from Brexit “ideologues” by letting the people determine the terms of Britain’s exit from the bloc through a fresh referendum in the autumn. In a week set to be dominated by Brexit, Mr Thomas will use a 10-minute rule motion to test parliamentary support for a public vote, an idea he believes has cross-party backing. It comes as Jeremy Corbyn faced calls to soften his stance and allow peers to back a crunch vote in the Lords on Tuesday, which would effectively keep the UK in the single market after Brexit.
Thousands of Free Speech fans rallied on London’s Whitehall Sunday, protesting directly outside Downing Street on the first Day For Freedom march. Speakers including Breitbart London’s Raheem Kassam, UKIP leader Gerard Batten, former English Defence League leader and street organiser turned citizen journalist Tommy Robinson, and YouTube comedian Count Dankula. Organisers estimate that between four and six thousand attended the event, with approximately 200 counter-protesters staying briefly at the beginning of the event. The size of the rally and the failure of counter-protestors evidently surprised London leftists, with The Guardian reporting the comments of anti-Free speech protester Freddi Hyde-Thompson who “was shocked to find the counter-protesters outnumbered.”
Thousands turned out for yesterday’s ‘Day for Freedom’ including UKIP Leader Gerard Batten who spoke alongside the likes of the anti-Islam Anne Marie-Waters and Tommy Robinson who were supported by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA). Batten tweeted that he was “honoured” to lead the march from Hyde Park. Others who spoke included the likes of Count Dankula. Antifa turned out to protest the event. The Guardian spoke to a counter-protester who was shocked at the scale of the event, saying: “This cannot come to London and there be more of them than there are of us.” They also quoted a Muslim woman, Fatima, who said: “I’m here for freedom of speech.
FRENCH politicians have been left furious after the European Commission signalled English will remain the main language in Brussels after Brexit, despite Emmanuel Macron’s best attempt to make French Europe’s mother tongue. Funding for the English language will be maintained despite the UK exiting the bloc next year, a new budget proposal has revealed. The Commission stated: “Translation and interpretation services in the English language will remain unaffected.” Vice President of the European Parliament, Sylvie Guillaume, said: “After Brexit, there’s a big temptation to make English the language of reference even more in the future.” The French politician continued: “It worries me because I don’t really want us to end up speaking a language without subtlety on sensitive subjects.”
SLIGHTED French politicians have hit the roof after the European Commission signalled the English language will become more important in Brussels after Brexit. New budget proposals reveal funding for English translation will be maintained despite Britain leaving the EU. In the club’s latest seven year budget plan the Commission stated: “Translation and interpretation services in the English language will remain unaffected.” The European Court of Justice is also exploring the possibility of adopting our mother tongue as an official language as well as French. Socialist MEP Sylvie Guillaume moaned: “After Brexit, there’s a big temptation to make English the language of reference even more in the future.
John Bercow, the Speaker, should submit himself to a formal investigation following new allegations that he bullied senior staff, a senior Tory has said. Paul Scully, a vice-chairman of the Conservative Party, urged Mr Bercow to be “up front” and said that MPs were tiring of his “inconsistency”. Mr Bercow’s grip on the Speaker’s chair has weakened in recent weeks after former staff members accused him of bullying. His former chief of staff, Angus Sinclair, said he had been forced out after being demeaned, intimidated and humiliated by Mr Bercow. David Leakey, a former Black Rod, subsequently detailed incidents of “intolerable” rudeness that he said showed the Speaker was unfit for his office.
John Bercow has been quietly boosting his salary with a series of pay rises – despite Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn turning down the extra money. The Speaker has become the highest paid politician in Britain over recent years, with his total salary now well over £152,000 – nearly £2,000 more than the PM. He is set to move further ahead this year as another pay rise kicks in that Mrs May and ministers have refused. The increases have been driven by an obscure ‘ratchet’ in the legislation underpinning the salaries of officeholders – pushing them up in line with the average granted to senior civil servants. They emerged as Mr Bercow faces intense pressure to be ‘open’ and allow an investigation into allegations of bullying staff – which he denies.
TORY MPs are planning to swamp Commons Speaker John Bercow with Parliamentary Questions to try to force him to quit, it emerged yesterday. Backbenchers want to intensify the pressure on him in an attempt to hold him to his pledge of serving no more than nine years in the post. The Speaker is facing a string of bullying allegations and is due to reach the nine-year milestone on June 22. One MP said: “June 22 is a pressure point. If he is still there on June 23, he is going to be there for a while and we would need to get him out with a crowbar. “I think there will be a point in the next week where we start throwing the kitchen sink at him.”
Jeremy Corbyn secretly supports Scotland leaving the United Kingdom, an SNP MP has claimed. Mhairi Black said she knew from private conversations with the Labour leader that he was in favour of breaking up the union. She said the left-winger was a ‘hypocrite’ for sticking to the party’s policy on Scotland and issues like Trident renewal rather than saying what he really believed. The sensational comments could revive controversy about Mr Corbyn’s confused stance on the future of the UK. During the last general election campaign, the veteran left-winger insisted Scottish independence would be ‘catastrophic’ and cause ‘turbo-charged austerity’. But he was also condemned by Labour MPs and MSPs after saying he was ‘absolutely fine’ with the idea of a new referendum taking place.
Private hospitals must put their “house in order on safety” if they are to become a partner to the NHS, the health secretary has said. Jeremy Hunt demanded in a letter to chief executives of leading independent healthcare providers that urgent action be taken to improve patient safety in their sector. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated a third of independent hospitals as requiring improvement and cited patient safety as its biggest concern in a report last month. As of January 2, 62 per cent of independent hospitals were rated as good overall and 8 per cent as outstanding, but 30 per cent required improvement. Ratings for safety were worse, with 41 per cent requiring improvement and 1 per cent rated inadequate.
Ministry of Defence officials have started preliminary work on a £3billion British satellite navigation system because the UK could be shut out of the European Union’s Galileo network. The move comes amid a deepening row with Brussels over whether Britain can continue to be trusted with Europe’s most sensitive security information in the wake of the Brexit vote. The Government has already started to take legal advice on whether the Government can recoup the 1.4 billion euros (£1.2 billion) it has invested in the programme since 2003 after being blocked from the most sensitive elements.
Train passengers are better off buying two separate tickets for some single journeys, rail bosses have admitted as they promise an overhaul of what they describe as a “frustrating” system. The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train companies and Network Rail, conceded that passengers were sometimes charged peak fares for off-peak journeys because of strict rules forcing them to offer one “through fare” at the time of purchase. This can happen if a passenger starts a two-legged journey during a peak period and then changes to start the second part of the trip in off peak hours.
Rail companies are proposing the biggest overhaul of the fares system since privatisation two decades ago to stop millions of passengers being ripped off. The review will address concerns that travellers are being cheated by fare structures. Only a third were sure that they had bought the best-value ticket, according to research commissioned by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents train companies. It said “long-standing” anomalies meant that about 55 million different fares were available on the national rail database at any one time. The group admitted that it had become “increasingly difficult for rail companies to guarantee the right fare”.
Britain’s rail companies are to launch a public consultation aimed at making ticketing fairer and easier to use. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents rail firms, said about 55 million different fares exist in the current system. A passenger group said reform was “overdue”. The industry admits passengers are not currently always offered the cheapest fare available due to “long-standing anomalies” such as split ticketing. That means it can be cheaper for passengers to buy several tickets for a single journey than one ticket. Another “anomaly” it highlights is the charging of a peak-time fare when half a trip is on an off-peak service. The industry has pledged that average fares will not rise as a result of any reform.
With rail travel plagued by delays, overcrowding and ever-rising season ticket prices, the golden age of steam can seem like a long time ago. But commuters have been given a rare boost after it was announced that the confusing system of wildly differing fares could be overhauled. Passengers can pay high prices for long connecting journeys when there are quicker, cheaper alternatives – or more for a return than two singles. Currently around 55 million different fares exist, including long-standing anomalies such as charging a peak-time fare when half a trip is on an off-peak service. Meanwhile, ‘split ticketing’ – buying multiple tickets to cover different stages of a single journey – can be cheaper than buying just one ticket.
NAZI spy documents reveal Adolf Hitler’s invasion plans for Britain, Daily Star Online can reveal. Classified files seized by the British army at the end of World War 2 reveal an incredible trove of spy plans should Hitler have the Nazis invade Britain. Documents held by the Bodleian Library – the top research library for the University of Oxford – reveal the incredibly detailed plans for the invading forces. And Britain is not the only country – with dossiers also discovered for nations “from North Africa to Norway”. Maps, aerial photographs, lists of roads, region by region stats, and even an English phrase book were compiled for the Nazi soldiers of the Wehrmacht. Daily Star Online can now reveal these incredible files which reveal the Nazi planning for the invasion of Britain as the UK marks its victory in WW2 today on VE Day.