COMMONS Speaker John Bercow has sparked fury by vowing to block a no deal Brexit should Prime Minister Theresa May’s successor put the scenario on the table. The Speaker of the House of Commons sensationally dismissed top contender for Mrs May’s coveted role Boris Johnson, who said the UK will leave on 31 October “deal or no deal”. Mr Bercow, an avid Remainer, said: “The idea the House won’t have its say is for the birds.” He added during a speech in the US: “The idea that parliament is going to be evacuated from the centre stage of debate on Brexit is unimaginable.” He agreed Britain leaving without a deal remains the default position, but added: “There is a difference between a legal default position and what the interplay of different political forces in parliament will facilitate.”
John Bercow has warned Tory leadership contenders threatening to crash out of the EU without an agreement in October that the Commons is likely to block it. The Speaker dismissed expert opinion that MPs had lost their opportunity to stop a no-deal Brexit, insisting: “The idea the House won’t have its say is for the birds.”
John Bercow has warned Boris Johnson and other Tory leadership contenders that parliament has the power to block a no-deal Brexit. The Commons Speaker said that while the UK was legally set to quit the EU on October 31, in practice the “interplay of different political forces” would be more important. In a move that raises the fresh prospect of a constitutional battle between himself and the new prime minister, Bercow also said that MPs were not bound by previous votes to trigger the formal two-year exit period.
John Bercow has warned Tory leadership candidates that parliament can still block a no-deal Brexit. Speaking in the US on Tuesday, the Commons Speaker fired a warning shot at those in the leadership race threatening to crash out of the EU without a deal. Contenders like Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab have insisted the UK will leave on 31 October “deal or no deal”.
John Bercow plans to stay on as Commons Speaker until Brexit is resolved, he has revealed. The announcement is likely to infuriate Conservatives, who believe he wants to thwart a no-deal exit from the European Union. Mr Bercow, who had been expected to step down this summer, said that he did not believe it was “sensible to vacate the chair” while there were major issues before parliament. He also warned Tory leadership contenders that parliament could override their plans to leave without a deal and said it was “unimaginable” that Theresa May’s successor would be able to override the views of MPs.
John Bercow has said he has no plans to stand down as Speaker of the House of Commons, despite speculation that he would retire this summer. He said he would remain in post while there were what he described as “momentous events taking place in Parliament”. He told the Guardian that it was not “sensible to vacate the chair” at the moment. There have been calls for the next Speaker to be a woman.
REMAINER John Bercow has vowed to stay on as speaker of the House of Commons past July after threatening to block a No Deal Brexit. The move risks sparking a fresh rift with Eurosceptic Tories, who have accused him of using his supposedly neutral role in Parliament to try to keep Britain in the EU.
Theresa May has given up on bringing her Brexit withdrawal bill back before MPs in the weeks she has remaining as prime minister. Senior cabinet ministers had urged her to use her time to push less controversial elements of the bill, such as citizens’ rights, through parliament.
Nigel Farage has lambasted Tory leadership candidates who claim they could renegotiate a better Brexit deal than the one tabled by Theresa May, saying it is ‘absolute rubbish’ to think the EU would change even ‘one dot or comma’. The triumphant Brexit Party leader launched a round of media appearances on both sides of the Atlantic last night to capitalise on his European election successes.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, has poured cold water on Tory leadership hopefuls’ claims that they will be able to renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement with Brussels. Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab and several other candidates have vowed they will pressure the EU to reopen talks over the agreement, which was rejected by the House of Commons three times.
The European Union will not renegotiate the Brexit deal that Prime Minister Theresa May agreed, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday, as concerns grew that a successor to May could trigger a confrontation with the bloc. Brexit is up in the air after May announced plans to step down, triggering a leadership contest in the ruling Conservative Party that could bring a new prime minister to power who wants a much more decisive break with the EU.
Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has delivered a stark message to candidates in the race to replace Theresa May . As the Tory hopefuls outline their visions for Britain’s future relationship with the EU, Mr Juncker delivered a pretty clear verdict on their horsetrading.
Two of the Conservative leadership contenders have talked up the possibility of the UK leaving the European Union on a No Deal basis if they are the next Prime Minister. Esther McVey has used a piece in today’s Sunday Telegraph to make clear that: “If the EU wants to come back to the UK to make a better offer, I will listen, but we must now all get ready to leave under World Trade Organisation terms at the end of October.”
Theresa May has warned her successor against pursuing a no-deal Brexit as the EU rebuffed the hopes of Tory leadership contenders by refusing to reopen talks. Ms May told reporters in Brussels that the next Tory leader must “get a consensus” as the number of Conservatives jockeying to replace her reached double figures.
Tory leadership contender Matt Hancock has declared it is ‘mission critical’ for the party to deliver Brexit before the next general election. The Health Secretary said the party was under attack ‘on two sides’ as Nigel Farage humiliated the party while Conservative candidates also fell behind the pro-Europe Liberal Democrats. Writing for the Daily Mail, Mr Hancock warned that ‘Tory voters who supported Remain and younger voters who share our values are being hoovered up by the Lib Dems in growing numbers’.
Jeremy Hunt is losing support to Michael Gove in the Conservative leadership race because MPs believe that he is flip-flopping on a no-deal Brexit. The foreign secretary said yesterday that pursuing a policy of leaving the EU without a deal would be political suicide for the Tories. He has previously said that he would choose no-deal over no Brexit.
Conservative leadership contenders have embraced a no-deal Brexit to see off the threat of Nigel Farage as the European election results pushed both main parties further away from a compromise. Dominic Raab said that the Tories’ disastrous performance meant that the party needed to show “unflinching resolve” to “get on and leave the EU” even without a deal.
Jeremy Hunt has pledged to give the DUP and Tory Eurosceptics a say in Brexit negotiations if he becomes prime minister. But the foreign secretary, a frontrunner to succeed Theresa May, ruled out a seat at the table for Labour, the Brexit Party or the Scottish National Party (SNP), although Scottish and Welsh Tory MPs would be included. Nigel Farage has demanded a role in the talks after his Brexit Party’s victory in the European parliament elections.
Arch-remainer Tony Blair has leapt on the decisive victory of the Brexit Party in Sunday’s European Union election count as a clear sign that the United Kingdom needs a second referendum and to vote to cancel Brexit, keeping the country in the EU. Speaking in an in-studio with Sky News’s Adam Boulton the Iraq war architect, New Labour leader, and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair reacted to the Brexit Party’s sudden surge from being founded as a new force to coming first in a national election in just 45 days by dismissing the concerns of their voters, claiming that a desire for Brexit itself is based on a “myth”.
Tony Blair has been blasted after trying to spin the result of the European elections into a Remainer win despite the Brexit Party running away with the result. The former Labour PM was criticised after trying to suggest that pro-EU parties won a bigger share of the vote after Nigel Farage’s crushing victory. He said that the Remainer vote was bigger than that of both the Brexit Party and Ukip combined but failed to mention the votes won by the Conservative Party, which also backs Brexit.
Jeremy Corbyn moved closer yesterday to unambiguously backing a second Brexit referendum after Labour haemorrhaged support to pro-Remain parties. Key allies of Mr Corbyn, including John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, and Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, demanded a change in approach as the party was pushed into third place behind the Liberal Democrats — and polling suggested that nearly 40 per cent of Lib Dem votes in the elections came from people who supported Labour in 2017.
Jeremy Corbyn was close to surrender over a second EU referendum last night after Labour’s electoral humiliation triggered a mutiny at the top of his party. Mr Corbyn signalled he could be ready to commit to a second Brexit vote after his closest colleagues said it was the only way to stop Labour haemorrhaging support. John McDonnell and Diane Abbott both told him the party must guarantee a new referendum under any circumstances in the wake of its European elections mauling.
The Labour Party is facing internal conflict over the issue of a second referendum after shadow home secretary Diane Abbott added her voice to the increasing calls for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to endorse the policy. “We want to be clear now. We are foregrounding what was always Labour Party policy – a people’s vote,” Ms Abbott told Radio 4’s Today programme on Tuesday, despite the party having campaigned on a manifesto pledge in the 2017 General Election to respect the referendum result
JEREMY Corbyn has hinted that he will fully throw his weight behind a second Brexit referendum after Labour’s EU election flop last night. The Labour boss was plunged into a fresh leadership crisis last night after his senior MPs blamed his pro-Brexit stand for Labour’s euro polls disaster. Labour shed hundreds of thousands of votes, as its Remainers defected to the Lib Dems and Greens, and its Leavers backed the Brexit Party.
ALASTAIR CAMPBELL, the man behind the infamous “sexing up” of the dodgy dossier making the case for the unprovoked invasion of Iraq, has been expelled from Labour for voting Liberal Democrat. The contrast between the scale of his real crime — helping to start a war that left a million people dead, created the Isis terror group and destabilised the whole of the Middle East — and the misdemeanour for which he has finally been called out brings to mind murderous mafia boss Al Capone finally going to jail for tax evasion.
Alastair Campbell has been expelled from the Labour Party after voting for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections. Labour said his support for a rival political party was “incompatible” with membership. Mr Campbell, Tony Blair’s former press secretary and a leading proponent of a second Brexit referendum, said there was “plenty of precedent” of members voting for other parties or causes.
Jeremy Corbyn has expelled Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell from the Labour Party after he voted for the Liberal Democrats at the European elections. Mr Campbell, a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said he was “sad and disappointed” but insisted he “always will be Labour” and intended to appeal against the decision. It came as the party’s leadership continued to edge closer to backing a second referendum in all circumstances in the wake of a disastrous set of European election results.
An investigation into whether the Labour Party “unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised people because they are Jewish” has been launched by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The EHRC said it had contacted Labour after receiving a “number of complaints” about antisemitism within the party.
Labour is being investigated to see if it has unlawfully discriminated against Jews, a move that has reignited the party’s row over antisemitism. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which said in March that it was considering an investigation, yesterday launched a statutory inquiry, which means that it can compel Labour to reveal details of its handling of complaints of antisemitism, including internal communications such as text messages and emails, and can demand that witnesses be interviewed.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a formal investigation into the Labour Party over allegations of anti-Semitism. The watchdog told the party in March it had received a number of complaints and was considering its next steps. It will now formally look into whether Labour has “unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised people because they are Jewish”.
Nigel Farage has warned the next Conservative leader that they must take Britain out of the EU by the end of October or face a reckoning with his new Brexit Party at the next general election. The former Ukip leader followed a victorious night for his new party in the European parliamentary election by increasing pressure on Theresa May’s successor to pursue a no-deal Brexit.
NIGEL FARAGE and his Brexit Party have emerged victorious in the European Parliament elections. So what next? Could Mr Farage be Prime Minister? The Brexit Party swept up some 32 percent of the vote in the European elections, which took place in the UK on May 23. The party, which was launched just six weeks ago, shot to the top of the polls on the back of voter frustration with the ruling party and the Brexit crisis.
THE 2019 European elections have now concluded, meaning one of the next big challenges for the EU is the budget. Who pays the most in and who gets most back? The European elections are over, giving way for the EU’s next big challenge – to agree its budget. The bloc agrees on a long-term spending plan every seven years, where all EU leaders have to agree on it unanimously. The last seven-year plan was agreed in 2013, for the period 2014-20.
European Union divisions over who should succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as the head of the bloc’s executive were brutally exposed at a summit in Brussels on Tuesday night. In a rare public disagreement, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron were at loggerheads over the identity of the next European Commission president, and EU leaders were also on a collision course with the European Parliament over the appointment.
Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron clashed yesterday over who should get the European Commission’s top job. The row came after last week’s European parliament elections when centrist conservatives and socialists lost control of the EU’s assembly for the first time while liberals, backed by the French president, made big gains. Mrs Merkel, 64, who is embroiled in a bitter fight in Berlin over her own successor as chancellor, has backed Manfred Weber, a German, to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as commission president when his term ends in November.
Humiliated Theresa May faced European leaders who spent months hardballing her over Brexit today – as Nigel Farage revelled in his election triumph and told her the UK must leave by October 31 at the latest. She met a host of EU bigwigs including outgoing European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels today for her last summit as Conservative leader.
Theresa May has blamed the failure to deliver Brexit for the Conservative party’s disastrous European election results in her first public appearance since announcing her resignation as prime minister, but cautioned against leaving the EU without a deal. As she arrived at a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels, May said she hoped her successor would find a “consensus” in parliament that could take the UK out of the bloc with an agreement with the other 27 member states.
If the Tories thought they were having trouble getting rid of Theresa May, they should spare a thought for the German CDU where Angela Merkel has just announced that she won’t be resigning as German Chancellor after all. Heiliger Strohsack! Merkel has reportedly decided that her chosen successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, abbreviated to slightly dubious acronym ‘AKK’, is not up to the job after watching her popularity slide since she took over leadership of the CDU.
EU budget commissioner Günther Oettinger has warned Jean Claude-Juncker could remain in power for longer than expected, with rising uncertainty over whether the new EU Commission can begin in November following the EU election results. Mr Oettinger has cast doubt over whether the EU Commission can begin working cohesively as a unit by November 1 – their expected start date.
Fresh from his triumph in the European parliament elections, Matteo Salvini began a new battle against Brussels yesterday by vowing to fight its debt rules and the fines imposed on profligate governments. The Italian deputy prime minister and leader of the League party said that he would spend €30 billion on a vote-winning flat tax which economists say will drive up Italy’s €2.5 trillion debt and breach EU spending rules.
Draconian new rules designed to make the web safer for children will wreak ‘untold harm’ on newspapers and websites, the Society of Editors has warned. The proposed code will limit online advertising so severely it will drive regional newspapers to the point of collapse and ‘severely damage’ national newspapers and broadcasters, the influential industry group said. Under the rules, drawn up by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), internet firms will be forced to introduce strict new age checks on their websites – or treat all of their users as if they are children.