A new poll by BMG Research for Huffington Post has found that just 16% of Brits favour remaining in the EU when presented with all the options. Even among those who voted Remain in 2016, just 32% support remaining today. A Canada-style deal was the most popular of all the options with 22% of the country supporting it, ahead of No Deal in second place. Chequers was as unpopular as the Norway option, with both languishing on 11%.
THERESA May has told the Cabinet her Chequers plan for a Brexit deal will work because some EU leaders are beginning to crack. Differences are finally emerging among the 27 other leaders who have been unified until now, the PM told her top table on Monday as she implored them to “hold our nerve”. And she believes the UK can exploit them to win goods-only access to the single market. In a bid to cheer up her Cabinet during her update to them on last week’s disastrous Salzburg summit, the PM told them: “Some heads of government want to be more constructive than the commission”.
THERESA May has insisted exiting EU without a deal would still be better than the Canada-style Brexit trade deal that could ‘break up the UK’. Senior Tory Leavers including David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg have backed proposals calling on the Government to seek a “basic” free trade agreement for goods, similar to that struck between the EU and Canada, pointing out that such a move has already been offered by Brussels. But the Prime Minister has outright rejected these proposals.
THERESA May today declared that a “no deal” Brexit could be better than a Canada-style agreement backed by both Brexiteers and Brussels. The Prime Minister said the idea was even worse than the chaos of crashing out with nothing in place because it would threaten to break up the UK. The comments will be seen as a slap down of the leading Tory backbenchers who support the alternative proposals, including Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg.
A no-deal Brexit would be better for the UK than any Canada-style free trade agreement allowed by the EU, Theresa May has argued as she arrived at a United Nations summit determined to regain control of the narrative after some bruising recent days for her own Chequers proposal. At the start of a two-day trip to New York, the prime minister knocked down the possibility of a more basic free trade deal with the EU touted by more hardline Brexiters in her Conservative party, saying it could prompt the disintegration of the UK.
THERESA May will signal that Britain is ready to compete with the EU if they force a “no deal” Brexit. In a speech at Bloomberg in New York, the Prime Minister will outline a vision for a low tax Britain to attract businesses from around the world. It comes as Mrs May delivered a warning to her Brexiteer MPs led by Jacob Rees-Mogg that she believes a “no deal” is better for Britain than the Canada plus trade deal they have proposed as an alternative to her Chequers plan.
Theresa May will put Britain’s low corporation tax rates at the heart of her pitch for a post-Brexit Britain as she appeals to global business to invest. The prime minister will assert that Britain will be “unequivocally pro-business” despite bust-ups between ministers and big companies linked to Brexit. She will recommit to existing plans to continue lowering corporation tax. She will tell the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York: “Whatever your business, investing in a post-Brexit Britain will give you the lowest rate of corporation tax in the G20.
Theresa May will on Wednesday pledge to use low tax and “smart regulation” to make post-Brexit Britain an economic powerhouse and the envy of Europe. The Prime Minister will tell an audience in the United States that Britain will have “the lowest rate of corporation tax in the G20” after leaving the EU, making it “one of the most business-friendly economies in the world”. As well as being a sales pitch to foreign investors, Mrs May’s comments will be seen as an attempt to convince Eurosceptics that she can be trusted to maximise the benefits of Brexit as she prepares for a challenging Conservative Party conference next week.
THERESA May will today pledge to oversee a “low tax” economy after we leave the EU as she makes a major Brexit sales pitch to global business leaders. Speaking in New York she will tell the world’s biggest firms they should have confidence to invest in post-Brexit Britain because of her plan to create “one of the most dynamic and business friendly economies in the word”. The PM will also appeal to business chiefs by vowing to implement ground-breaking trade deals with the likes of the US – and will insist she will win a comprehensive trade deal with the EU.
Theresa May is to use her trip to New York for a UN summit to sell her vision of Brexit to international business leaders, insisting that her Chequers plan is still viable. The prime minister will address executives at a business forum organised by the former mayor Michael Bloomberg which will be attended by leaders from companies such as Google and the international brewing conglomerate InBev. In extracts of her speech released by Downing Street in advance, May insists that “a post-Brexit Britain will be an unequivocally pro-business Britain”.
The UK government would have to return to the EU negotiating table if Parliament rejects its Brexit deal, Jeremy Corbyn has told the BBC. Mr Corbyn said Labour would decide whether to back the deal based on its six tests – which the party says the government is currently nowhere near meeting. He denied this made the possibility of no Brexit deal more likely. He also refused to say how he would vote if there is another EU referendum.
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has admitted to ITV News that delaying the start of Brexit next March is an option. He said if any deal the Government gets is not acceptable to his Party then they will vote against it. When told by ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston it would be “inconceivable” for a General Election to be held, a Labour government formed and the party negotiate a different deal with the EU before the UK’s agreed leaving date of March 29, 2019, Mr Corbyn said “all options” were there.
Labour divisions on a second Brexit referendum became starkly evident yesterday as Britain’s second biggest union clashed publicly with the shadow Brexit secretary. In remarks that were not cleared with Jeremy Corbyn, Sir Keir Starmer drew a standing ovation from the conference floor after he told activists that “nobody” was “ruling out Remain as an option” in a second referendum. He was immediately rebuked by a senior figure from the Corbynite Unite union who warned that any vote could not include an option to stay in the EU.
Labour activists rose to their feet in a huge standing ovation today as Brexit chief Keir Starmer declared “nobody is ruling out Remain” in a second EU referendum. It was an apparently ad-libbed line, which did not appear in the original, approved text of the speech to Labour’s party conference in Liverpool. It provoked a deafening roar of approval from the conference floor. It came as delegates tonight passed a motion that commits Labour to considering the “option” of a public vote on Brexit – if there’s no deal and no general election.
LABOUR’S rift over Europe widened today when frontbencher Sir Keir Starmer suggested voters should be given the chance to choose to stay in the EU in a fresh referendum. In a Labour conference speech that was given a standing ovation, the shadow EU exit secretary veered off his script to insist: “Nobody is ruling out Remain as an option.” He also hinted that Labour could back an extension to the EU departure process.
Labour is likely to vote down any withdrawal agreement Theresa May reaches with the EU, even if the alternative she presents is crashing out without a deal, the party’s Brexit spokesman has said. Keir Starmer predicted the deal the prime minister was likely to secure in the coming weeks would fail Labour’s six tests, so the party was preparing to reject it in parliament. In an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “I think it is going to be a very bad deal.
Jeremy Corbyn will today vow to carpet Britain in thousands more wind turbines in a ‘green jobs revolution’. The Labour leader will pledge to tear up planning rules to allow developers to double the number of wind turbines on land, and increase the number at sea sixfold. The move would mean installing almost 20,000 extra wind turbines across the UK. And Labour will set a target for retro-fitting insulation to four million homes – a move which could cost middle-class families thousands.
Jeremy Corbyn will vow to tear up decades of economic thinking in a major speech today, denouncing “greed is good” capitalism while pledging to pump billions of pounds of public money into green industries. The leader will also attack politicians who “strained every sinew” to bail out the banks, words that risk being seen as criticism of the former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown.
A young Corbynite has given an impassioned plea at Labour Party conference against a second referendum and for Brexit, among a background of bickering among senior party members over whether to oppose Brexit or not. Young Labour member David Mallon, from Blyth Valley, in the north of England, condemned the debate surrounding a possible party-backed second referendum, arguing it would increase the feeling of marginalisation of voters in his constituency which voted 60 percent in favour of leaving the EU.
Labour MP Laura Smith has said that there should be a mass participation General Strike if an election isn’t called. Speaking at a fringe event at Labour Conference, the MP for Crewe and Nantwich said: “If we can’t get a General Election we should organise with our brothers and sisters in the Trade Unions to bring an end to this government with a General Strike.” The call received standing ovation including from Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon.
JEREMY Corbyn was blasted for hypocrisy last night as it emerged Labour is using a company that employs workers on zero-hours contracts at its conference. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell again vowed two days ago to ban the employment agreements that lock in staff without any minimum guarantee of work. But The Sun has discovered that a cleaning contractor at the party’s annual gathering in Liverpool use the controversial contracts – dubbed by its MPs as exploitative.
Theresa May has ruled out calling a General Election before Brexit, saying it would not be in the national interest. The Prime Minister moved to scotch suggestions of a November poll after reports that Downing Street officials had war-gamed a winter vote. Speaking to reporters as she flew to New York for a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, Mrs May said: ‘What I’m doing is working to deliver a good deal with Europe in the national interest.
Theresa May has ruled out the idea of another general election before Brexit day, saying it “would not be in the national interest”. Speculation about the idea of an autumn election to break the Brexit deadlock within the government has increased since the prime minister’s Chequers plan got a cool reception from EU leaders in Salzburg. And at Labour’s party conference in Liverpool this week there have been repeated calls from John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, and other senior party figures for a swift election to allow the public to say whether they are happy with May’s Brexit negotiations.
Theresa May has rejected Labour’s demands for an early general election, saying a snap vote “would not be in the national interest”. Mrs May was speaking to reporters on a flight to New York ahead of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn believes a general election would be the best wayto resolve the political crisis enveloping the Brexit negotiations, after EU leaders rejected the prime minister’s Chequers plan in Salzburg last week.
THERESA May last night ruled out a General Election before Brexit – saying going back to the polls would not be “in the national interest”. She said another vote would trigger further uncertainty so close to Brexit Day – crushing speculation that No10 was “war-gaming” a snap election in November in a bid to get voters to approve her under-fire Chequers blueprint. Speaking as she travelled to the UN General Assembly in New York, the PM also launched a passionate defence of her Brexit strategy – insisting it was the only credible Brexit plan on the table.
The EU has again blocked the publication of MEPs’ expenses, with Euro-judges today quashing a three-year battle by journalists to get the documents published after the European Parliament itself previously refused to hand over any details. The judges in the ECJ’s sister court ruled that the Parliament was right not to publish the documents as it would enable the MEPs to be individually identified.
European Union judges have spared MEPs from scrutiny by backing the European Parliament’s refusal to disclose details of politicians’ expenses. The European Court of Justice supported the “refusal to grant access to documents relating to subsistence allowances, travel expenses and parliamentary assistance allowances”. It will prevent MEPs, who face elections in the spring, from being required to account for annual allowances.
The Angela Merkel era continues to come to an end in Germany, with her close ally Volker Kauder having been voted out and replaced by Ralph Brainkhaus. After 13 years in the role, Kauder lost by 125 votes to 112 in a vote of the CSU/CDU alliance in the German Bundestag. It comes as France’s President Macron has a dismal disapproval rating of 70% in France, worse than Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy at the same time into their presidencies.
Germans were speculating over the “beginning of the end of the Merkel era” on Tuesday night after the chancellor suffered a shock defeat in a key vote of her party’s MPs. For the first time since Angela Merkel took power almost 13 years ago, MPs from her Christian Democrat party (CDU) rejected her chosen candidate as their leader in parliament and voted instead for a challenger who had promised to be more independent.
Angela Merkel has warned the British government that the 21-month Brexit transition period will not be long enough if the terms of a future trade deal with the UK are not made clear and concrete in the next eight weeks. In a speech to industrialists, the German chancellor gave her support to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who wants to avoid a vague political declaration on the terms of a future deal.
The NHS is paying five times as much as it should for insulin, according to a new study. The research, published today in BMJ Global Health, calculated the actual production costs of the drugs and allowed for some profit. It found that patients with type 1 diabetes should be able to buy insulin for less than $100 (£75) per year. However, the cost in the UK is $532 per person per year, and in the US $1,251.
Victims of the tainted blood scandal were labelled ‘drug addicts or secret alcoholics’ as doctors tried to cover up the role of the NHS, an inquiry heard yesterday. Around 30,000 patients were said to have been given unsafe blood products in the 1970s and 1980s, exposing them to hepatitis C and HIV. Some 3,000 are thought to have since died. At the second day of the public inquiry’s preliminary hearings, chairman Sir Brian Langstaff was repeatedly told medical records of those affected had been ‘destroyed or redacted’.
Ryanair faces a fresh clash with Britain’s aviation watchdog after insisting that passengers affected by a strike by cabin crew this week would be ineligible for compensation. The budget airline announced yesterday that 190 flights would be cancelled because of industrial action by staff in Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Germany. The walkout, one of the biggest yet by the airline’s cabin crew, will force the cancellation of flights for 30,000 passengers on Friday. It is not known how many flights originate or end in the UK.
The number of passengers suffering serious injuries on the rail network has soared by a fifth in a year amid warnings that stressed commuters are taking extra risks to board delayed trains. Official figures show that 318 passengers sustained major injuries in the 12 months to the end of March – the highest number in at least 15 years. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) said that the number of serious injuries suffered by passengers on the mainline rail network was up by 20.5 per cent in just 12 months.
A rail network is facing scorn after delays to services over the past couple of weeks have been blamed on the awkward angle of the sun. Drivers operating C2C trains, a network which operates between London and Essex, have been forced to walk through their trains because they were not able to see whether passengers had boarded safely. The low autumn sun has been dazzling drivers’ eyes and has been bouncing off the monitors they use to check passengers have safely boarded – leading them to walk as much as 240m to check manually.
BRITS are set for warmer days again as temperatures soar to 23C tomorrow – but experts have warned of record-breaking freezing weather and snow by November. But for now things look toasty for Brits this week with temperatures making the country hotter than Athens. The south, Wales and the Midlands will see the best of the weather with glorious sunshine making a welcome return. But the north will see more wind and outbreaks of rain through the week and cloudier skies – although temperatures will still be warmer than the recent chillier conditions.