Theresa May is preparing to cave in to Labour demands on Brexit, Eurosceptic ministers fear, after they were told an “unpalatable” outcome would be better than a “disastrous” one. The Prime Minister has made it clear that she wants cross-party talks wrapped up by the middle of next week, adding to suspicions that she is waiting until after tomorrow’s local elections before announcing a climbdown. A Cabinet meeting yesterday was dominated by discussion of how the Government can get a Brexit deal through Parliament so that Britain can leave the EU before the current deadline of October.
The Tories may have to accept a permanent customs union to get Brexit through Parliament, the Cabinet was warned yesterday. In a blunt analysis, the Government’s chief whip Julian Smith said there was no chance of passing a version of Mrs May’s deal without Labour’s support – and warned that the Government could be ‘sunk’ if it tried. A source said Mr Smith told yesterday’s meeting of the Cabinet: ‘It’s a customs union or a second referendum, and we are not having a second referendum.’
Labour and the Conservatives are said to be closer to agreeing a deal over Brexit after further talks this week. Theresa May’s supposed “red lines”, sticking points in negotiations, have reportedly been moved, potentially allowing more compromise with Labour to get a Brexit deal through the House of Commons. One Labour source said, “There wasn’t complete movement but there was movement.”
Theresa May will abandon attempts to strike a Brexit deal with Labour if no cross-party agreement can be struck within one week. The prime minister has bowed to pressure to finally set a deadline for ending the talks with Jeremy Corbyn if necessary – deciding the Labour leader must be on board with seven days, a government source said. If Labour agrees not to block the withdrawal agreement bill, it would then be put to the Commons.
BREXIT talks between the Tory Government and Labour Party could be on the brink of collapse after Theresa May reportedly set Jeremy Corbyn a deadline for discussions to be over in just seven days. Express.co.uk is asking do you think the Prime Minister should end Brexit talks with Labour immediately? Theresa May wants talks with the opposition Labour Party on a Brexit compromise to reach a conclusion by the middle of next week, according to reports.
There have been no signs of a breakthrough, despite cabinet ministers holding three hours of talks with Labour frontbenchers in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock. Cabinet ministers held more than three hours of talks with Labour frontbenchers yesterday in a fresh bid to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit. Sources reported a warmer mood but admitted there were no signs of a breakthrough.
CABINET tensions were reignited after Theresa May blocked Brexiteer demands for the new laws needed to take Britain out of the EU being put before MPs this week. Plans were in place to introduce a crucial exit bill in the Commons in the scramble to secure the UK’s departure from the bloc. But the timetable was ripped up and the delay means a new wave of British MEPs are now likely to take up their seats in Brussels in July.
Theresa May blocked cabinet demands to speed up the stalled Brexit process this week, HuffPost UK has learned. Brexiteer ministers had expected the withdrawal agreement bill (WAB) to be brought before the Commons, but were overruled by Downing Street. The prime minister is concerned that MPs could simply vote down the laws at the first attempt, potentially triggering a general election.
TORY party chiefs are to delay Theresa May’s showdown reckoning with furious members to allow her to host Donald Trump. An unprecedented Emergency General Meeting is due to be called in early June amid a grassroots activists’ revolt over Brexit. As The Sun revealed yesterday, the PM is to be hauled in front of the 800 constituency chairmen after a petition from 70 of them demanded her resignation for failing to take Britain out of the EU.
Grassroots Conservatives have warned Theresa May she will face a challenge to her leadership at an unprecedented summit in June. Amid fury over delays to Brexit, local constituency chairman have reached enough support to force an emergency general meeting to discuss Ms May’s premiership and her strategy on leaving the European Union.
New polling released today by YouGov reveals less than a third of 2017 Conservative voters think the party is pro-Brexit. When asked whether voters felt the party was more pro-Brexit or anti-Brexit, just 29% opted for the former with more (31%) actually feeling the party held an anti-Brexit stance. Another 15% said they didn’t know. In a devastating blow to Theresa May’s administration, just 27% confirmed they planned to vote Conservative again in the upcoming European Parliamentary elections on May 23.
Change UK has called on Labour supporters to “lend us your vote” in order to put pressure on the Labour leadership to fully support a second Brexit referendum. At an event in Westminster on Tuesday, which the party said was the first in a series around the country, the former Labour MP Chuka Umunna said that even if Labour did back a new referendum, it would only do so under a “whole list of terms and conditions”.
MORE than half of Tories who backed Theresa May in the 2017 election now are set to abandon her for Nigel Farage’s Brexit party, shock polling has shown. Surveys from YouGov showed that just over a quarter said they would vote for Mrs May’s party again in the upcoming European elections – which the PM promised Britain wouldn’t take part in.
NIGEL FARAGE’S new Brexit Party have their eyes on a shock Westminster entrance as he targets a potential by-election win in Brexit-backing Peterborough. A by-election could be called later this week if a “recall” petition against shamed MP Fiona Onasanya is passed. Peterborough voted heavily for Brexit in the 2016 referendum, with a 60-40 split backing Leave. Mr Farage’s new party said that it was “highly likely we will stand. We would be fighting Peterborough to win it”.
EUROPEAN Parliament elections are fast approaching and the Brexit Party is maintaining a staggering lead in the polls. Here is all the latest polls ahead of the European elections 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Government had hoped – and are still hoping – these elections would never happen. If the embattled Brexit deal manages to make it through the House of Commons, the UK’s participation in the EU elections could still be called off.
Tom Watson has walked out of a shadow cabinet meeting after Jeremy Corbyn refused to allow its members to see a draft policy on a fresh Brexit referendum. Relations between the leader and his deputy plunged to a new low – hours before the party was due to decide Labour’s European elections manifesto at a marathon meeting. Shadow cabinet members were only shown the document on a big screen, rather than being handed hard copies of the text, The Independent was told.
Jeremy Corbyn has faced down a challenge spearheaded by his deputy, Tom Watson, for Labour to signal its unequivocal backing for a second Brexit referendum in the forthcoming European election campaign. In a move that sparked an immediate backlash among remain-supporters, Labour’s ruling national executive committee (NEC), announced that its manifesto for the election would be “fully in line” with its longstanding policy.
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson walked out of a shadow cabinet meeting after not being shown the party’s EU elections manifesto. Mr Watson is calling for the party to explicitly commit to a second EU referendum ahead of next month’s European Parliament elections. His demand has piled the pressure on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to shift his party’s stance before the 23 May polls.
Labour has kicked a decision on a second referendum down the road after agreeing to stick to Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit policy fudge. The party’s ruling body took more than five hours to thrash out a compromise in a bid to unite warring Labour MPs for now. The National Executive Committee agreed Labour’s manifesto for the EU elections would not include a firm pledge for a fresh public vote.
LABOUR’s ruling body has come to an agreement on the party’s position on a second referendum after an eight-hour meeting – which is EXACTLY the same as its existing one. The party’s manifesto for the European Elections will commit to supporting a second referendum if it cannot get a general election, or if the government will not change its policy on Brexit.
LABOUR’s national executive committee (NEC) has reaffirmed the party’s existing policy on leaving the European Union, in a significant victory for Jeremy Corbyn. The party’s governing body agreed that its manifesto for the European Parliament elections will commit to supporting a second referendum if a general election cannot be forced, or if the government will not change its policy on Brexit.
Jeremy Corbyn and his allies have seen off a bid to bind Labour tightly to a second Brexit referendum after a heated battle today. The party will campaign in May’s Euro elections on a platform of only seeking a new vote if it cannot enact its own Brexit plan or force changes to Theresa May’s own strategy, in a blow to deputy leader Tom Watson. Remainer Mr Watson had been seeking to make a new referendum a key part of the party’s election manifesto, but lost a vote of its National Executive Committee today.
Labour supporters of a second Brexit referendum have failed to force Jeremy Corbyn to commit to a public vote in all circumstances, after a marathon five-hour meeting. The party’s ruling national executive committee agreed a manifesto for the European elections “fully in line with Labour’s existing policy”, a source said. It means Labour is only pledged to support a fresh referendum if it cannot secure “the necessary changes to the government’s deal or a general election”.
Jeremy Corbyn has been warned that “demoralised” Labour voters will boycott crucial elections after he crushed an attempt to commit the party to a second Brexit referendum in all circumstances. The Labour leader demonstrated his iron grip by defeating a bid – led by his deputy Tom Watson – to end the “fudge” that would mean no public vote if the party’s “alternative plan” wins support at parliament.
Jeremy Corbyn is embroiled in a fresh anti-Semitism row after he was found to have endorsed a book which argued that Europe’s banks and press were controlled by Jews. The Labour leader has been condemned by Jewish campaigners after it emerged that he had written the foreword to a new edition of an early 20th century which claimed European finance was controlled by “men of a single and particular race”.
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A BREXIT-SUPPORTING lawyer who insists the Article 50 extension is illegal and Britain has already left the EU has lashed out at Theresa May. Robin Tillbrook, a solicitor who chairs the English Democrats, has challenged the Brexit delay in the High Court. He said Mrs May and her EU counterparts were desperate to push the unpopular withdrawal agreement through Parliament even though it was a “terrible deal”.
Ukip has released a video of its former leader Nigel Farage making alleged anti-Muslim statements. Ukip ridiculed the claim that Mr Farage’s new Brexit Party will be “deeply intolerant of intolerance”. The video showed Mr Farage, who recently accused Ukip of a “lurch towards extremism”, talking about a “fifth column” of Muslim jihadists living in Britain. “They carry our passports. They speak our language and they hate us . . . they want to kill us . . . they want to overthrow our culture, our constitution, our whole way of life,” Mr Farage is recorded as saying at the Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe.
The EU will make sure eurosceptic candidates are blocked from top jobs in Brussels regardless of the results of May’s election, Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has bragged. In an interview with Polish media at the weekend, Jean-Claude Juncker rejected the idea that the surge at the ballot box for national populist parties predicted next month would slow the progress of the globalist EU integration process.
The election of a far-right party to the Spanish parliament on Sunday means that 23 out of 28 EU member states now have right-wing populist, hard Eurosceptic, or far-right parties in their national parliaments. Vox won 10.3 per cent of the vote in the Spanish general election and 24 seats in the Spanish national congress in elections on Sunday, falling short of the larger gains they had hoped for.
No one is more looking forward to the forthcoming European elections than Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. One of the Russian leader’s defining characteristics is his unerring ability to identify an opportunity in the face of even the most extreme adversity. Thus, at a time when Moscow finds itself subject to international ostracism for its role in last year’s Novichok attack in Salisbury, Mr Putin views the EU elections as an opportune moment to restore Russia’s standing in Europe.
Victims of the NHS contaminated blood scandal have been promised extra cash help, as a long-awaited public inquiry gets underway. Annual payments will rise from £46m to £75m, Theresa May announced, describing it as “a tragedy that should never have happened”. The boost comes ahead of the inquiry beginning to hear individuals’ testimonies about the disaster, that has killed thousands of people given blood products or transfusions from the 1970s to the 1990s.
One of Britain’s biggest care home operators has gone into administration after racking up debts of £600 million. Four Seasons Health Care has appointed administrators in what is the largest care home group collapse since Southern Cross failed in 2011. Four Seasons looks after 17,000 residents and patients in 300 care homes in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It employs more than 20,000 staff.
One of Britain’s biggest care home groups went into administration yesterday, leaving thousands of elderly residents and their families fearing closures. Two holding companies behind Four Seasons Health Care, which operates 322 homes, collapsed under debts of around £625million owed to a US hedge fund. Around 17,000 people live in Four Seasons care homes and the group employs more than 20,000 staff.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock faced accusations that his government has failed to tackle Britain’s social care crisis by failing to publish plans to fix it for over two years. Mr Hancock admitted after being quizzed by peers that the government’s plan to fix Britain’s broken care system will not be published until after Brexit . To laughs Mr Hancock said that the long-awaited social care green paper will be published “in due course”.
Campaigners trying to block Heathrow expansion will find out if their High Court challenge against controversial plans for a third runway has succeeded. Leading judges will give their ruling on Wednesday following separate judicial reviews of the Government’s decision to approve the plans, brought by a group of councils, residents, environmental charities and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Lawyers for some of the claimants argued at a hearing in March that the plans would effectively create a “new airport” with the capacity of Gatwick and have “severe” consequences for Londoners.
Hundreds of thousands of older people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are probably suffering from a different disease, which is why drugs trials keep failing, scientists have concluded. In new findings hailed as the ‘most important research to be published in dementia in the past five years’, experts said that around one third of people over 85 are probably suffering from Late disease even though many show signs of Alzheimer’s.
Another type of Alzheimer’s disease has been discovered. Researchers say ‘LATE disease’ likely affects tens of thousands, and though it has exactly the same symptoms as Alzheimer’s it looks completely different on brain scans. Its discovery sheds light on why scientists have struggled to find a cure for the brain disease; the two would need very different treatments. The lead authors say they hope to show it’s time we stop thinking of dementia as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ disease.
Scientists have identified a new form of dementia that has often been mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease in research hailed as a milestone in treating it. The researchers believe the impact of the disease rivals that of Alzheimer’s, and its discovery has been regarded as the biggest breakthrough for years. Signs of the degenerative condition known as limbic-predominant age- related TDP-43 encephalopathy, or Late, are thought to be present in the brains of between 20 and 50 per cent of individuals aged above 85.
One in eight cash machines could introduce fees before the end of the year as the shift to charges accelerates at an “alarming” rate, campaigners have said. More than 1,000 cash machines introduced fees last month alone, meaning that 1,700 have been converted since the start of the year. Another 5,000 machines are under review and could introduce fees in the coming months, according to Which?, the consumer group.
One in ten of the free-to-use cash machines that give a lifeline to communities are under threat, campaigners warn. Thousands are being converted so that they charge for withdrawals or they are being removed entirely, research shows. In the first three months of the year, 1,700 ATMs have begun charging up to £1.99 per withdrawal. With many more due to be taken away or introduce charges, consumer experts Which? say that within months more than ten per cent of the UK’s free cashpoints could be lost.
Rail bosses yesterday set out plans for ‘dynamic’ pricing – varying fares to match demand. The rigid system of peak and off-peak times could be relaxed so that passenger numbers are ‘spread more evenly’, a report said. Travellers would be able to buy cheaper tickets on the day for quiet trains, while busy services would be more expensive. Operators said they were hampered by ‘outdated regulations’ that have created 55million different fares.