CABINET ministers are braced for an attempt to “impeach” Boris Johnson and install a pro-Brussels Tory in Number 10, a senior Government source has told the Daily Express. They fear Remainer MPs are preparing a legal challenge to force the Prime Minister out of Downing Street in a new bid to block the UK’s scheduled departure from the EU on October 31. Former ministers Philip Hammond and Amber Rudd are understood to be the two leading candidates to succeed Mr Johnson under the plan. One Cabinet minister said: “It would be a legal coup. There is nothing we can do to stop it.” Ministers have picked up rumours of the plot circulating in the Commons, where MPs are sitting despite the Tory conference going ahead in Manchester. They believe a cross-party group of lawyer MPs want to launch a legal action aping the attempt to impeach US President Donald Trump in Washington by the opposition in Congress.
Boris Johnson will on Wednesday unveil a radical new ‘two borders for four years’ Brexit plan which will leave Northern Ireland in a special relationship with Europe until 2025, The Telegraph can reveal. The plan, which was briefed to major EU capitals on Tuesday, will accept the need for both a regulatory border between the UK and Northern Ireland in the Irish Sea for four years – and customs checks between Ulster and the Republic of Ireland. The UK’s proposed replacement for the existing Irish backstop is expected to face fierce opposition from EU leaders who will be asked to grant the UK sweeping exemptions from EU customs rules to facilitate a Northern Irish customs border.
Boris Johnson has revealed he has just ten days to finalise Brexit plans as details of the ‘two borders for four years’ Irish backstop solution emerge ahead of his dramatic take-it-or-leave-it offer to the EU today. In a speech to the Conservative Party conference he will warn Brussels that ‘a new deal or No Deal’ are the only options. The Prime Minister will set out a ‘two borders for four years’ plan to resolve the backstop issue by leaving Northern Ireland in a special relationship with Brussels that would last for four years from the end of the transition period in January 2021.
Boris Johnson has struck a secret deal with the Democratic Unionist party involving radical proposals for a Belfast-Dublin “bilateral lock” on post-Brexit arrangements on the island of Ireland. Details have emerged of the prime minister’s final Brexit offer that he will lay out on Wednesday, with Northern Ireland staying under EU single market regulations for agri-food and manufactured goods until at least 2025, at which point its assembly in Stormont will decide whether to continue alignment with EU or UK standards.
Jacob Rees-Mogg is set to ask the Queen to prorogue parliament as soon as this weekend under plans to help the prime minister deliver a Queen’s Speech on October 14. Ministers are informally sounding out the Supreme Court before making another attempt to suspend parliament. Last week the court upended an earlier attempt to prorogue parliament, ruling that it was unlawful. Boris Johnson wants the Commons to wind up on Tuesday so that he can press ahead with the planned Queen’s Speech.
DOWNING Street is planning to suspend Parliament again next week – but only for three days. Boris Johnson is now expected to ask Her Majesty for a normal prorogation a week today so he can carry out a new Queen’s Speech as planned on Monday October 14. It comes just days after the PM was humiliated when the Supreme Court ruled he misled the Queen by asking for a five-week suspension last month. A routine meeting of the Privy Council attended by the Queen is in the diary for next Tuesday.
Boris Johnson has questioned the constitutional “legitimacy” of what he calls the “Surrender Act”, giving rise to speculation that the Government plans to mount a legal challenge against it. The Prime Minister on Tuesday questioned whether the proper parliamentary processes had been followed when MPs passed the Benn Bill last month. The hastily drafted law states that if Mr Johnson fails to win a deal by the end of the next EU summit on Oct 18, he must write a letter to Brussels asking for the UK’s departure to be delayed until Jan 31 – something that he says he will refuse to do.
The new British proposals to resolve the Irish border question represent a fundamental departure from Theresa May’s Brexit deal that was thrice-rejected in the Commons. From the outset of the Brexit negotiations, Mrs May agreed that the UK’s departure from the EU must not mean a return to the “borders of the past” in Ireland, repeating that pronouncement on a visit to Dublin in January 2017. By the end of that year, this broad commitment had been crystallised into a pledge in the December Joint Report that Brexit would not bring about “a hard border” in Ireland, including “any physical infrastructure or related checks and controls.”
Boris Johnson was yesterday accused by European Union diplomats of launching a “kamikaze” showdown with Brussels and increasing the risk of a no-deal Brexit. Officials and diplomats expressed anger after the prime minister admitted for the first time that his plan to replace the controversial backstop could lead to customs checks in Ireland. They fear that Mr Johnson is deliberately attempting to push the EU into rejecting his proposals in order to blame their intransigence for a move towards a no-deal Brexit. “If there’s not to be a hard border, there must be full regulatory alignment [with the EU’s customs territory],” said a senior diplomat.
Boris Johnson’s plan for a Brexit deal will be delivered to Brussels on Wednesday with a message that there will be no delay beyond the October 31 deadline. The Prime Minister will use his speech at the Conservative Party Conference to say “we can, we must and we will” get Brexit done because voters feel they are being “taken for fools” by Westminster’s politicians. British officials have made clear to EU counterparts that the legal texts which will be presented to the European Union are a final offer and unless Brussels is prepared to engage there will be no more talks until after Brexit.
Boris Johnson will lay down a “take it or leave it” ultimatum to Brussels on Wednesday, warning he will take the UK out of the European Union without a deal if it is rejected. If the EU is unwilling to “engage” with the final offer, there will be no further negotiation and Britain will leave without a deal in 29 days’ time on 31 October, said Downing Street. The prime minister will spell out details of what he describes as a “fair and reasonable compromise” in his keynote speech to the Conservative conference in Manchester.
Boris Johnson will present the EU with a take-it-or-leave-it Brexit offer on Wednesday with a fresh warning that he will not tolerate delay beyond October 31. The prime minister will use his speech at the Tory conference in Manchester to vow that “we can, we must and we will” quit the European Union by the Halloween deadline agreed earlier this year. Crucially, Johnson is expected to signal that if Brussels fails to immediately engage with his new proposals he will break off all negotiations and go straight for a no-deal exit.
Boris Johnson is demanding complete secrecy from the European Union as the Government dispatches its “take it or leave” Brexit blueprint to Brussels. The Prime Minister’s final Brexit proposals – which concede that checks will be needed on the island of Ireland to resolve the border impasse – will be sent after his closing address to the Conservative conference in Manchester. UK officials insisted he would pull the plug on the talks if the EU failed to engage seriously with his plans. The Tory chairman James Cleverly told i that the final proposals have not been shared with most Cabinet ministers.
BORIS JOHNSON will make his final take-it-or-leave-it offer of a Brexit deal to the EU today. Unveiling long-awaited details of his proposal for new divorce terms, the Prime Minister will insist his blueprint is a “fair and reasonable compromise” that can be agreed by both sides. And vowing to bring the Brexit wrangle to a conclusion at last, he is to signal the negotiations will be cancelled immediately if the EU refuses to seriously discuss his offer. “Let’s get Brexit done on October 31 so in 2020 our country can move on,” the Prime Minister will tell the Tory conference in his first keynote speech as party leader.
European states have considered offering a time limit to the Irish backstop in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock, it was claimed last night. The idea has been discussed in Paris and Berlin as a possible compromise in recent weeks amid tougher rhetoric from Boris Johnson on a No Deal Brexit. However, sources in Brussels insisted yesterday that the option was not yet formally on the table and had not been discussed among all the 27 remaining member states. It is understood the proposal, reported by Bloomberg, would involve the UK having to accept a backstop which keeps Northern Ireland in the customs union and single market and not the rest of the UK – something Mr Johnson has previously ruled out.
BORIS Johnson tells The Sun he has just ten days to crack a Brexit deal with the EU — as he unveils his “final offer”. He will send a blueprint for a new agreement to Brussels tomorrow in a pivotal moment for negotiations. Sources say it would involve two borders until 2025, one in the Irish Sea and one between Ulster and Ireland. Downing Street warned EU chiefs if they do not “engage” with Boris’s new legal text he will end all talks and prepare for No Deal instead. In an exclusive interview on the eve of his first Tory Conference speech as leader, Boris revealed the tight ten-day timetable he faces. He must broker a deal by October 11 — the day the agenda will be set for the crunch EU summit starting on October 17.
Inflation in the 19-country eurozone weakened in September, slipping farther from the European Central Bank’s goal and underlining President Mario Draghi’s arguments for a recent stimulus package. Statistics agency Eurostat said Tuesday that the annual inflation rate eased to 0.9% in September from 1.0% in August. Low inflation can be a sign of economic weakness and has been a concern for officials at the ECB, whose goal is to have inflation of just under 2%. The central bank, which sets monetary policy for the euro countries, decided Sept. 12 to launch a package of measures aimed at raising inflation and supporting weakening growth.
The home secretary promised yesterday that she would introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system as she vowed to end the free movement of people. Priti Patel said that a new immigration system would attract the brightest and the best while remaining under the control of the British government. Her promise to delegates at the Conservatives’ annual conference came after she had announced measures aimed at restoring the party’s reputation on law and order. Teams of police officers are to be deployed at railway stations across England as part of a £20 million package to tackle so-called county lines drug-trafficking, when gangs in big cities expand their operations to smaller towns and rural areas.
Priti Patel vowed to end ‘end the free movement of people once and for all’ as she outlined a hardline immigration policy under Boris Johnson’s leadership today. The Home Secretary said the UK would introduce an Australian-style points based system as she hit the stage at the Conservative Party conference. It came after she used the event to warn criminals ‘we are coming after you’ amid multi-million pound plans designed to make the Tories the party of law and order again. She unveiled a £10 million ring-fenced fund to equip up to 60 per cent of police officers with Tasers.
PRITI Patel has vowed to end freedom of movement “once and for all” after Brexit and “take back control” of Britain’s borders. The Home Secretary told the Tory party conference the government would introduce an Australian-style points system that works in the “best interests of Britain”. During her commanding conference speech, the Home Secretary vowed to End freedom of movement “once and for all” after Brexit; Give forces the power to increase the number of cops carrying TASERs; Tackle county lines drug gangs, including creating squad within BTP; Create £25m Safer Streets Fund to invest in CCTV & street lighting. Ms Patel has previously indicated that the Tories would abolish freedom of movement as soon as we left the EU on October 31.
Sajid Javid has revealed he is considering scrapping inheritance tax in what would be a huge handout to some of the wealthiest people in Britain. “It’s something that’s on my mind,” the chancellor told a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party conference, agreeing with a questioner who branded it the “most hated tax”. Mr Javid said: “I shouldn’t say too much now, but I understand the arguments against that tax. “I do think that when people have paid taxes already, through work or through investments and capital gains and other taxes, there is a real issue with then asking them, on that income, to pay taxes all over again.
Chancellor Sajid Javid has revealed that he’s considering scrapping inheritance tax in a massive handout to the richest families. The levy is already only paid by around 5% of households. But the Tories have begun raising the threshold reducing those eligible – and tonight the Tory finance chief revealed he could go much further. In a fringe at the Tory Party conference Mr Javid was asked: “will you consider getting rid of the most hated tax as described my many people and that’s the death or inheritance tax?” The chancellor replied: “We’ve already made some sensible reforms of that tax but I hear what you’re saying you’re not the only one.
CHANCELLOR Sajid Javid last night dropped a major hint he could abolish death duties in his Budget later this year. He said getting rid of inheritance tax was “something that’s on my mind” as he said it was unfair to target the elderly “all over again” when they die. The levy is currently charged at 40 per cent of estates worth more than the tax-free level of £325,000 – or £650,000 for a couple. Gifts of money, property or possessions made in the seven years before someone’s death is liable to inheritance tax.
Chancellor Sajid Javid has revealed scrapping inheritance tax is “something that’s on my mind” and he “understands the arguments against that tax”. Speaking at an event on the fringes of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Mr Javid hinted at action on what opponents brand the “death tax”. He admitted there is a “real issue” on taxing a person’s estate when they die, if they have already been taxed already on those earnings or investments during their lifetime. Currently, inheritance tax is levied at 40% on the value of someone’s estate above a £325,000 threshold.
Four energy firms have been ordered to pay more than £14million to support green power or risk being shut down. The Renewable Obligations scheme, aimed at helping Britain hit CO2 reduction targets, compels all energy suppliers to fund development of alternative power sources such as wind and solar. Watchdog Ofgem says the firms failed to meet a deadline on September 1 and has given them until October 31 to pay up or it could start the process of revoking their energy supply licences.
Virgin Atlantic could face a pilots strike over the busy Christmas period in a row over pay and benefits – causing chaos for thousands of passengers. Pilots represented by the Professional Pilots Union (PPU) are in dispute with the airline, owned by Sir Richard Branson, and sent postal votes to members yesterday, as reported by The Sun. It follows a similar action at the same time last year that was stopped after a judge ruled the proposed strike action was unlawful and granted the airline an injunction. Virgin pilots, who earn around £150,000 a year, are unhappy with their expenses and benefits, which they claim the airline has slashed.
The Duke of Sussex has issued an extraordinary statement condemning what he has called a “ruthless campaign” against the Duchess, saying: “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.” The Duke, who is currently in South Africa with his wife and son, accused the tabloid media of “bullying” behaviour which “destroys people and destroys lives” with “continual misrepresentations”. Saying his “deepest fear is history repeating itself”, he invoked the memory of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in calling for the public’s support.
Prince Harry launched an unprecedented attack on the tabloid press last night, accusing it of waging a ruthless campaign against his wife that has left him a “silent witness” to her suffering. In a lengthy and passionate statement he said the “press pack” had “vilified her almost daily for the past nine months” and evoked memories of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales. Meghan, he said, was “falling victim to the same powerful forces” and his “deepest fear is history repeating itself”. He wrote: “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person.”
PRINCE Harry has revealed his wife Meghan has launched legal action against the Mail on Sunday. In a lengthy statement published on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s website, Harry alleged the paper had “unlawfully” published a letter from her to her father Thomas Markle. Meghan Markle insists the letter – which detailed her pain at their estrangement since the Royal Wedding – was private. In a statement revealing the legal action, Prince Harry claimed the couple were suffering from the “painful” impact of “relentless propaganda” against Meghan.