MEPs have accused Britain of jeopardising a Brexit deal, saying it will be impossible to meet an October deadline unless London gives in on money and citizens’ rights. “If we want negotiations to succeed within the limited time we have, progress on more detailed content will have to be made sooner rather than later,” said Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator, in a joint statement with colleagues yesterday. He was more candid on Twitter, accusing the UK side of “jeopardising” the talks. The intervention followed a closed-door meeting with the EU lead negotiator Michel Barnier, who briefed MEPs on last week’s exit talks.
The Brexit Secretary has said it is a “moral imperative” to reach a quick deal on the rights of EU citizens living in Britain and UK expats across the Channel. But David Davis also insisted that British courts should protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK after the country exits the bloc – touching on a major sticking point in the negotiations. The UK and EU disagree on the role of the European Court of Justice. Brussels wants the rights of more than three million Europeans already in the UK to be protected by recourse to the European court. London opposes this, saying it is unprecedented. It has insisted that any deal to protect EU citizens be accompanied by mutual guarantees for 1.2 million Britons on the continent.
THE European Parliament this morning fired a blunt warning shot to Theresa May and David Davis over the progress of the negotiations, saying there can be no trade talks until Britain coughs up for a Brexit bill. In a strongly worded statement MEPs on the parliament’s Brexit steering committee said they could “not be clear enough” that the UK refusing to compromise over a financial settlement would be a deal breaker. They bemoaned a lack of progress and said strides forward would have to be made “sooner rather than later” if the tricky divorce talks are going to result in a successful settlement for both sides.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, has warned “fundamental” differences remain between Brussels and the UK over the future status of EU citizens. In a press conference alongside Brexit secretary David Davis this morning, Barnier also said the issue of how much money the UK owed the EU “must be settled”. The EU wants its citizens who remain in the UK after Brexit to have their rights overseen by the European Court of Justice. But Theresa May has ruled this out. Davis admitted this week’s talks had been “robust” but also “constructive” as he struck a more upbeat tone than Barnier.
The EU is vowing to block Brexit talks unless Theresa May drops plans for criminal checks on European citizens hoping to stay in Britain. Senior MEPs attacked the requirement as a mass ‘invasion of privacy’ and called for a list of demands to be met by the UK. British ministers have insisted that the 3.2million people hoping to claim ‘settled status’ after the split with Brussels must undergo the checks in an attempt to root out criminals. But the powerful cohort of EU politicians, who will wield a veto over the final Brexit agreement, yesterday said talks cannot proceed unless the safeguard is ‘off the table’. The move will rankle with UK negotiators who are resisting the EU’s attempts to shape Britain’s immigration policy even after it leaves the bloc.
Jeremy Corbyn is facing a growing backlash from his colleagues after he explicitly said Labour in government would not seek to retain membership of the single market after Brexit. Contradicting the Labour leader, Carwyn Jones, the Welsh First Minister, however, claimed there is no need to leave the single market on leaving the European Union and that access could be maintained through a Norway-style model. Mr Jones told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “If we’re not in the single market, we would be having a debate about how to access it, not how to leave it. ving the single market would undermine all those objectives. Leaving the biggest and freest trading bloc in the world will cost jobs, and the loss of protections enshrined in EU law could make it easier for a Tory Government to cut workers’ rights.
Britain’s Brexit minister said Tuesday that progress has been made in talks with the European Union on the rights of citizens living in each other’s nations once the country leaves the bloc. But after meeting Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek, David Davis said disagreements remain over the role of the European Court of Justice. The EU wants the court to be the final arbiter on many issues after a Brexit agreement, something Britain rejects. Davis said his government wants a quick deal on the rights of one million U.K. citizens living in the EU, and three million EU citizens living in Britain.
Nigel Farage has accused the Tories of selling out the British public, saying they have betrayed the nation when it comes to immigration control post-Brexit. Farage blasted the party’s top brass for their consensus on transitional arrangements after we leave the EU, especially for its implications for our borders and immigration. Transitional arrangements could see Britain waiting years to enforce its own border security laws, which is not what the public voted for. He said: “Britain will have to wait until at least 2021 – five years after the Brexit referendum – to take back control.
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When I heard that the government minister Lord Prior had told a meeting of tech and insurance leaders last week that they shouldn’t worry about barriers to entry for future employees from the EU, I thought he’d gone too far. How could a Brexit administration elected on a promise of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands tolerate such behaviour? Surely Lord Prior would be sacked? Instead, it got worse. A new Cabinet consensus around transitional arrangements has been unveiled. Under it, open borders will be maintained for a minimum of two years after we finally leave the EU in 2019. Britain will have to wait until at least 2021 – five years after the Brexit referendum – to take back control. Millions who voted Leave will feel cheated, and rightly so: it’s clear the great Brexit betrayal has begun.
The UK has been urged to formally propose a role for itself in the EU’s foreign policy after Brexit by taking up observer status at the twice-weekly meetings of diplomats that shape the bloc’s relations with the rest of the world. The idea was first suggested earlier this year by Crispin Blunt, the then chairman of the UK foreign affairs select committee, but has subsequently won the support of the former foreign secretary, William Hague, the former Nato secretary general Lord Robertson and this week the former Spanish foreign affairs secretary, Ann Palacio. Palacio said “a future arrangement could entail … UK participation in the European Union’s powerful ambassador-level political and security committee, which shapes much of the EU’s foreign policy”.
The Government today hailed the huge ‘vote of confidence’ in Brexit Britain after BMW announced the new electric Mini will be built in the UK from 2019. The manufacturers said a new, greener generation of the iconic car will be built at their state-of-the-art plant in Cowley near Oxford. Business Secretary Greg Clark said the ‘landmark’ decision shows that the UK’s car manufacturing business is a ‘great British success story’. Meanwhile, Amazon announced it plans to bring 450 new research jobs to London in a sign that the country’s economy is booming. Mr Clark said: ‘This landmark decision is a vote of confidence in the determination of our industrial strategy to make Britain the go-to place in the world for the next generation of vehicles.
Donald Trump has promised a “very big and exciting” trade deal with the UK after Brexit. In a tweet on Tuesday lunchtime, the US President said his administration was “working on a major trade deal”, adding: “Could be very big & exciting. JOBS!” He also accused the EU of being “very protectionist” and told the bloc to “STOP!” Mr Trump earlier predicted a “new chapter for stronger trade” between Britain and America. Even though the President has said he wants to see the two countries quickly seal a bilateral trade deal, it often takes years to negotiate tariff and non-tariff barriers in areas such as agriculture and the car industry. The agreement will also require the approval of US Congress.
Donald Trump has said he is working on a “major” post-Brexit trade deal with the UK that could be “very big”. The announcement in a tweet came as International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is visiting Washington to prepare the ground for possible US-UK trade agreements after Britain leaves the European Union. The US President criticised the EU’s trade relationship with the US, saying Brussels is “very protectionist” toward America. Mr Trump’s tweet said: “Working on major Trade Deal with the United Kingdom. Could be very big & exciting. JOBS! The E.U. is very protectionist with the U.S. STOP!”
The new electric Mini will be assembled in Britain after a year-long battle by ministers to stop production going to mainland Europe. Ministers were told to “pull out all the stops” to prevent work on the brand moving to Germany or the Netherlands after Brexit and putting 8,000 jobs at risk. BMW, the owner of the Mini brand, which was first built in Britain in 1959, said yesterday that the new model would go into production in 2019 at its historic home in the Plant Oxford factory in Cowley. Senior government sources suggested that they were disappointed that the most valuable parts of the Mini E, the electric motor, battery and powertrain, would be manufactured and assembled in Germany before being shipped to Britain.
A hat-trick of #DespiteBrexit good news today, as three major employers strengthen their commitment to Brexit Britain. EasyJet has announced its largest ever intake of new cabin crew, recruiting an enormous 1,200 extra staff. More than half of that number will be based at London Gatwick. EasyJet became notorious for its sky-high levels of Remain rhetoric before the EU referendum; chief executive Carolyn McCall said Brexit “would not be good at all” for the airline. Good for those extra staff, though… From the skies to the roads: BMW have announced that the new electric model of the iconic Mini will be manufactured in the UK, not in Germany. The car will be built at the firm’s Cowley plant, near Oxford. Business Secretary Greg Clark said the move was a sign that the UK is now “the go-to place in the world for the next generation of vehicles”.
NICOLA Sturgeon has backtracked on her promise to drop Scottish independence less than a month after claiming the issue was dead in the water. Scotland’s First Minister will hold a summit early next month with the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC), the cross-party group which promotes splitting away from the rest of the UK, the SNP confirmed. The meeting is part of her plans to engage with the “wider independence movement”, her party said. But her scheming has been met with fury from Downing Street with the Prime Minister once again warning Ms Sturgeon “now is not the time”.
Jeremy Corbyn is facing calls to resign for breaking his promise to write off student debt after it emerged two shadow ministers publicly boasted about the plans. Former Labour peer Alan Sugar said Mr Corbyn should quit because he got votes with ‘false promises’. The Labour leader has insisted he never promised to wipe the £100billion debt after admitting that he would not carry out the expensive pledge if he gets into No10. But in footage posted online, shadow justice minister Imran Hussain hailed the policy as ‘fantastic news’ while on a visit to a school. While shadow health minister Sharon Hodgson tweeted her delight at the announcement to her 21,000 followers just days before the election on June 8.
Jeremy Corbyn has disagreed with his own Shadow International Trade Secretary, and said that the Labour party would keep membership of the customs union after Brexit “on the table.” Mr Gardiner had said in a newspaper article and repeated his comments in various television interviews, that remaining in the customs union after leaving th EU would render Britain a “vassal state” as it would be subject to rules it had no power to set or amend. A spokesperson for Mr Corbyn said it was wrong to “sweep options off the table.”
Labour could switch its stance on Brexit if the British public change their minds about leaving the EU, Jeremy Corbyn ’s election campaign chief has said. Speaking at an event in London, shadow cabinet minister Andrew Gwynne suggested Labour’s support for Brexit could be “flexible” if public opinion turns against leaving Europe. His comments come amid a bitter row among party chiefs over whether Labour should support leaving the EU’s single market and customs union.
LABOUR was plunged into renewed infighting over Brexit today after senior figures rejected Jeremy Corybn’s call for Britain to quit the EU’S single market. Former frontbencher Chuka Umunna and Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones insisted Britain should remain in the Brussels-run trade area after leaving the bloc in 2019. They spoke out after the Labour leader insisted at the weekend that his party was committed to a full break from the EU. One of his closest allies, shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner, went even further today by warning that staying in the single market would be a “disaster” for the country.
Diesel drivers on congested roads in towns and cities across the UK face new pollution taxes under Government plans which will ultimately herald the end of the traditional car. Ministers have identified 81 major roads in 17 towns and cities where urgent action is required because they are in breach of EU emissions standards, putting people’s health at risk. The Government will also commit to banning the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars by 2040 in a bid to encourage people to switch to electric and hybrid vehicles. The air quality strategy urges local authorities to first try to reduce emissions by retrofitting the most polluting diesel vehicles, changing road layouts and removing speed humps. However it concedes that as a last resort councils will be allowed to impose tough restrictions on the most polluting diesel vehicles as soon as 2020 to bring down the levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide emissions.
NO new petrol or diesel cars will be sold in the UK after 2040, the Government is to announce today. The move is part of a new plan to drastically cut air pollution. Environment Secretary Michael Gove will reveal plans to BAN the sale of new petrol and diesel cars as part of a dramatic plan to slash vehicle pollution across the UK. Detailing the Government’s delayed Air Quality Plan, the Cabinet Secretary will announce the end of the road for traditional motors within a generation. No new petrol or diesel car will be sold beyond 2040 with Brits expected to fork out for electric or hybrid vehicles. The decision echoes a similar ban by the French earlier this month. And it follows a flurry of announcements by car giants such as Volvo – which recently announced all of its new motors will be electric or hybrid post 2019.
Sales of new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned from 2040, the government is to announce today. The supply of new hybrid vehicles that have an electric motor and a petrol or diesel engine will also end in a move that comes after a similar pledge this month by President Macron of France. Less than 1 per cent of new cars sold in Britain run solely on electric power. The ban is part of a government plan to improve air quality. It includes £255 million to help local authorities to deal with toxic nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from diesel vehicles.
Petrol and diesel cars are set to be banned from sale from 2040 in a landmark drive to cut pollution deaths. Environment Secretary Michael Gove is expected to announce the dramatic move to force drivers towards buying hybrid and electric vehicles – ending a chapter of motoring history that has lasted more than a century. But he risks drivers’ fury after failing to bring in a diesel scrappage scheme that would compensate owners of existing cars. Instead the government is only set to launch a consultation on a scrappage scheme this autumn. The government’s air quality plan is set to be published tomorrow just days before a July 31 deadline set by the High Court.
New petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2040 to improve air quality. The crackdown could also see the introduction of levies on busy roads for owners of the most polluting vehicles. And hopes of a major scrappage scheme to help those who were encouraged to buy diesels appear to have been dashed. The strategy will be launched today by ministers Michael Gove and Chris Grayling. It was forced on the Government by defeat in a High Court case on air pollution. From 2040, drivers will be able to buy electric cars only – ending the near 150-year reign of the internal combustion engine.
Men’s sperm counts have fallen by almost 60 per cent since the 1970s, according to major research which warns that modern life may be fuelling a male fertility crisis. Experts said the “shocking” decline should be treated as an “urgent wake up call,” with chemicals, pesticides, stress and obesity among the factors linked to the changes. Researchers said humans could become extinct if sperm counts in Western countries continue to fall at the current rates. Scientists behind the study, which tracked more than 40,000 men, said the findings should also be seen as a “canary in the coal mine” which could signal damage to health far beyond fertility. Lower sperm count is linked to higher death rates, as well as to increased chances of suffering other diseases.
Sperm counts in the western world have plummeted by 50 per cent over the past 40 years and are continuing to decline, according to a study. The research should be a wake-up call, fertility experts said, warning of increasing problems in trying to conceive, especially when combined with women putting off motherhood until their thirties. Research has previously linked sperm quality to factors such as exposure to chemicals in the womb, adult pesticide exposure, smoking, obesity and stress. Poor semen quality has also been linked to a greater risk of hospitalisation and death.