BRITAIN is due a massive Brexit repayment for its share of the multi-billion EU property empire, anti-Brussels campaigners said last night. New figures revealed that the European bureaucracy holds buildings, land and other assets worth more than £4.2billion including a series of towering office blocks in Brussels, tons of computer equipment and software and even a number of space satellites. Experts believe the UK should be reimbursed for its share of holdings when the country finally quits the EU. But a bitter fight with senior Eurocrats to reclaim the cash is expected given the depth of anger in Brussels about Britain’s historic referendum vote to leave the European bloc. Details of EU assets worth a million euros or more have been released by the European Parliament in response to a freedom of information request.
Facebook took down Tam Khan’s profile after the boxing trainer published an anti-Islamic State message urging Muslims in Britain to contribute to the country and respect its culture. In the Facebook post, Khan slammed Islamic State-supporting “monkeys” like Anjem Choudary and urged that Muslims who complain about Britain and are unwilling to integrate should leave the country. The mixed martial arts fighter, who helped train boxer Amir Khan, wrote: “I think it’s time the British or west deport not only those who speak bad or against the country but the entire family also. You come to a country to milk the benefit system, free education & health yet complain. Try that in Pakistan or the Gulf. See what will happen.”
Police have launched an investigation after a chilling handwritten letter addressed to “Muslim scum” was sent to the Jamia Masjid Abu Bakr in the Eastwood area over the weekend. Written in capital letters with a red pen, the note warns: “Next time it will be a bomb, you Muslim scum.” The letter was signed off with symbolic Nazi numbers 1488. The 14 refers to a well known white supremacist slogan fourteen words in length, which goes: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” The 88 is skinhead code for HH, which is short for “Heil Hitler”.
The cost to the UK of leaving the European Union without negotiating a replacement trade deal has been highlighted in a new report. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said that if the UK failed to negotiate any new trade arrangements, the cost could be the equivalent of 4% of economic output. The UK voted to leave the EU in the June referendum. However, the Government has yet to start negotiating the UK’s departure. “While leaving the EU will free the UK from having to make a budgetary contribution, loss of trade could depress tax receipts by a larger amount,” the IFS report said.
The Government should postpone triggering Article 50 until next autumn, the Mayor of London has told Sky News. Sadiq Khan said that waiting until after French and German elections next year will give European negotiators “latitude” to achieve a deal with Britain that “squares the circle” of access to the single market without freedom of movement. Mr Khan was speaking in Sky’s special documentary Out & Proud: Where Brexit Leaves Us Now.
Staying in the EU single market could add almost two years’ worth of growth to Britain’s economy, experts said today. Members of the Brussels trade club could boost output by up to 4%, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies. The think-tank claimed the uplift to the country’s trade, public finances, growth and living standards far outweigh the costs of being in the single market. It warned that simply having access rather than membership of the single market was “virtually meaningless”.
TOURISTS from across the world are flocking to Britain in unprecedented numbers the wake of the Brexit vote. Since the Leave camp was successful in its bid to break from the EU, the value of the British pound has gone down more than 10 per cent against the euro and the dollar. Not fabulous news for British tourists heading abroad but a bargain for millions of tourists, who are now flocking into the UK in order to make the most of the advantageous exchange rates. The number of Europeans planning to visit the UK is up by more than five per cent – meaning another 1.5 million will be spending money here.
A national shortage of emergency doctors might force an A&E in the East Midlands to temporarily close its doors at night. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), which runs the A&E at Grantham and District Hospital as well as two others in the region, said that it had been “seriously affected” by a “national shortage of appropriately trained doctors to work in A&Es”. “We have reached a crisis point and we may put patients at risk if we don’t act.” – UNITED LINCOLNSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST. Dr Suneil Kapadia, medical director at ULHT, said the organisation had “tried to recruit in the UK and internationally”. He added: “We haven’t made a final decision yet, and we hope to avoid this, but the reality is we will need to temporarily reduce the opening hours of A&E at Grantham.
AN NHS group that has run out of cash is proposing a temporary ban on “non-vital” operations, it was revealed yesterday. St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for the NHS purse strings locally, is proposing to suspend all non-essential hospital referrals for four months. The ban is part of a bid to help hospitals cope with increased winter demand despite a large funding gap. The move has sparked outrage among doctors, who have demanded the government takes action. “It cannot be right that the public will be effectively denied access to healthcare because the local CCG has run out of money,” said British Medical Association GP committee deputy-chairman Dr Richard Vautrey.
Patients may be denied cataract surgery and hip ops in shock cost-cutting measures that would bring misery to society’s most vulnerable. “Non-vital” procedures would be suspended for four months, and GPs banned from giving prescriptions for over-the-counter medicines like aspirin. In what could soon become a nationwide attempt to solve the NHS’ cash shortfall, the St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group also proposes suspending IVF services for those aged under 37 for two years. The Merseyside CCG overspent by £3million last year and needs to plug a £12.5million black hole for treatment in the next 12 months.
Patients with a devastating form of lymphoma are set to be the first to fall foul of an overhaul of the Cancer Drugs Fund. NHS drugs watchdog NICE is reviewing all 31 treatments that were previously provided via the Fund, in a bid to rein in spending. In a draft decision published today, officials recommend that the drug brentuximab vedotin no longer be provided on the NHS. The company which makes the drug, Japanese firm Takeda, is confident it can overturn the decision before it is finalised later this year. But if it fails, around 60 patients a year will miss out on the drug in England. In a sign of Britain’s widening postcode lottery, some patients with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Scotland and Wales have already been granted access to the drug. But NICE officials said there was not enough evidence on the drug’s clinical and cost effectiveness to recommend it for patients in England.
A bitter row has ignited at the top of the Labour Party after its deputy leader claimed old “Trots” had infiltrated the party to bolster Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Tom Watson said “Trotsky entryists” were “twisting the arms” of young party members to help the beleaguered leader retain control of Labour. In a fierce attack on Mr Corbyn’s Momentum movement, Mr Watson said the hard-left did not care about winning elections and saw the party as a “vehicle for revolutionary socialism”. But Mr Corbyn hit back in a scathing response accusing Mr Watson of “peddling baseless conspiracy theories” and using “the Owen Smith campaign’s ‘Project Fear’ approach to this election”.
OUTRAGED Labour members denounced allegations by deputy leader Tom Watson yesterday that the party had been infiltrated by so-called “Trotskyite entryists” who were “twisting the arms” of new young members to make them support Jeremy Corbyn. And officers of Angela Eagle’s Wallasey Constituency Labour Party (CLP) have mocked claims from a “close friend” of the MP that the constituency has been targeted by “entryists” — including two respected trade unionists in north-west England. Mr Watson made the wild allegations in an interview for the Guardian, while Ms Eagle’s “friend” spoke to the Liverpool Echo, which supported the MP when she challenged for Labour leadership. The allegations were denounced by officials in her own Constituency Labour Party (CLP).
Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign accused his own deputy of “peddling baseless conspiracy theories” today in a new row at the top of Labour. The spat broke out between the official Jeremy For Labour group and Tom Watson after he claimed “Trotsky entryists” had infiltrated the party. Labour’s deputy leader told The Guardian: “There are Trots that have come back to the party, and they certainly don’t have the best interests of the Labour party at heart. “They see the Labour party as a vehicle for revolutionary socialism, and they’re not remotely interested in winning elections, and that’s a problem.”
Jeremy Corbyn attacked his deputy for “peddling baseless conspiracy theories” yesterday after Tom Watson claimed that the Labour Party had been infiltrated by “Trotsky entryists”. The relationship between the party’s two most senior figures descended to a new low as Mr Watson claimed that entryists had been allowed to join the party en masse and were “twisting the arms” of young members. He also called for the reintroduction of shadow cabinet elections, a move that could boost the influence of marginalised MPs if Mr Corbyn wins the leadership election. In a sign of the chasm between the men, Mr Watson.
Jeremy Corbyn’s allies are planning to end the parliamentary careers of dozens of critical Labour MPs by approving plans for mandatory reselection by the end of the year. The Telegraph understands his supporters will use their increased majority on the party’s ruling body to clarify rules about which MPs can stand for election after the 2018 boundary review. Rhea Wolfon, elected to the Labour’s National Executive Committee [NEC] this week, hinted at the move by saying the party must have a “conversation” about “mandatory reselection”. However Andy Burnham, Labour’s new mayoral candidate for Greater Manchester, said it would “pull the rug from under our MPs” and fuel a “climate of distrust”.
Labour’s deputy leader wants to ditch the ‘one member one vote’ system that elected Jeremy Corbyn, he has revealed. In a major interview with The Guardian today Tom Watson claimed the process brought in by Ed Miliband was a “terrible error of judgement”. Instead he wants a return to the electoral college, which split votes into three equally-weighted blocks from members, MPs and unions. He called also for the return of direct elections by MPs to fill positions on the shadow cabinet.
Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has said his party is at risk of being taken over by hard-left “Trotsky entryists”, who are “twisting the arms” of young members, sparking a furious response from backers of Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn’s campaign team accused Watson of “peddling baseless conspiracy theories,” after the MP for West Bromwich East used an interview with the Guardian to claim that “Trots” are infiltrating Labour. Watson said many members of the grassroots Momentum movement, set up to support Corbyn’s leadership, are “deeply interested in political change, in building a more equal society, and are just on a journey in politics that they’re new to”. But he suggested some are being manipulated by seasoned hard-left operators.
Union barons yesterday threatened to inflict misery on rail passengers in another part of the country with a new wave of strikes. Members of the RMT union backed a walkout on the Virgin East Coast line whose main routes run from London to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Newcastle upon Tyne, Leeds, Newark and York. The dispute came as RMT members at Southern Rail continued their five-day strike, which began on Monday. Rail Minister Paul Maynard accused union bosses of ‘not caring’ about Southern passengers, while Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the RMT was ‘holding them to ransom’. Ministers urged union bosses to return to the negotiating table. Experts at business group London First estimated the five-day strike will cost London £100million.