THE EU has “lit a bomb” underneath the car manufacturing industry as European governments are being advised not to use UK parts in vehicles for export ahead of Brexit. The Dutch government has advised all Dutch businesses that if a “large part of your product consists of parts from the UK” domestic exporters may lose free trade access under existing deals. The advice says: “Brexit will have consequences for exports outside the EU. “After Brexit, parts made in the UK no longer count towards this minimum production in the European Union.”
European governments are advising businesses not to use British parts in goods for export ahead of Brexit, Sky News has established. In its advice rolled out to all Dutch businesses, the Dutch government has told its exporters that “if a large part of your product consists of parts from the UK” domestic exporters may lose free trade access under existing deals. The advice says: “Brexit will have consequences for exports outside the EU. “After Brexit, parts made in the UK no longer count towards this minimum production in the European Union.” The Dutch Brexit Impact Scan says exporters may lose free trade access if they use UK parts.
The European Union has dealt France, which is notoriously protective of its mother tongue, a bitter blow by ordering its border guards to learn English. France has long bridled against the rise of English as the EU’s lingua franca and its usurpation of French as the international language of diplomacy. The country of Moliere is a member of the EU’s passport-free Schengen Zone and as such it must submit to periodical assessment of its border controls, which are evaluated in confidential reports.
The outlook in the eurozone has ‘darkened dramatically’, but Britain is bouncing back from a slow start to the year. Businesses in the EU have suffered their worst month for a year and a half. The German and French economies are both slowing while Italy remains stuck in the doldrums, according to research group IHS Markit. By contrast, the British economy has picked up pace and looks set for growth of up to 0.4 per cent in the second quarter of the year, following expansion of just 0.1 per cent in the first three months. Chris Williamson, chief business economist at Markit, said: ‘With the economic indicators turning down at the same time as political uncertainty has spiked higher, the eurozone’s outlook has darkened dramatically compared to the sunny forecast seen at the start of the year.’
Italy’s Eurosceptic, populist government pledged on Tuesday to work with the authoritarian prime minister of Hungary to “change the rules” of the European Union. In what could emerge as a new axis between Rome and the so-called Visegrad group of Eastern European nations, Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister, said he looked forward to working with Viktor Orban. “We’ll work to change the rules of this European Union,” said Mr Salvini, who is also deputy prime minister and the head of the hard-Right League party, which is in coalition with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement.
Labour will attempt to keep Britain permanently tied to the single market after leaving the EU and bound by the rulings of the European Court of Justice during a crucial Brexit vote next week. Jeremy Corbyn has tabled an amendment to the EU withdrawal bill calling for “full access” to the single market, shared institutions and regulations with Brussels and “common minimum standards, rights and protections”. The move is intended to see off a rebellion by up to 70 Labour MPs over a Lords amendment which will keep Britain in the European Economic Area. However it is still likely to mean Britain would be forced to accept rulings by the European Court of Justice and free movement.
Jeremy Corbyn has committed his party to retaining the main elements of Britain’s relationship with the European Union after Brexit in a significant policy shift announced yesterday. The Labour leader and his top team will vote next week for a Commons motion calling for “full access” to the EU’s single market and “shared institutions and regulations” with Brussels. The move is designed to unite his party and marks a shift to “the softest possible” Brexit outside of full single- market membership, Labour figures said. The issue will come to a head on Tuesday during a 12-hour series of votes in the Commons, with the Labour motion tabled as an amendment to Theresa May’s EU Withdrawal Bill.
Jeremy Corbyn’s latest attempt to unite his party over Brexit has been dismissed by MPs as “nowhere near enough”, as rebels accused him of having “dropped the ball” and warned they will defy his voting instructions. MPs rubbished a new parliamentary motion tabled by the Labour leadership on Tuesday in a bid to quell an uprising among pro-EU backbenchers ahead of crunch votes next week. The amendment seeks to force the government to negotiate a Brexit deal that would see the UK retain “full access” to the EU’s single market and guarantee “no new impediments” to trade. The move is designed to convince dozens of potential Labour rebels not to support another motion, passed by the House of Lords, that would keep Britain in the European Economic Area (EEA) – in effect, remaining part of the single market.
Labour is proposing an “internal market” that would deliver a new and close relationship with the European Union but falls short of membership of the single market while maintaining many of its advantages. The proposal was heralded by some as the party’s most significant move so far towards a soft Brexit. But the move stops just short of calling for the full single market membership sought by a vocal group of Labour MPs, after the Lords backed a Norway-style membership of the European Economic Area (EEA). Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, said: “Labour will only accept a Brexit deal that delivers the benefits of the single market and protects jobs and living standards.”
Jeremy Corbyn is demanding a “new single market” deal for the UK after Brexit and he wants to make full access to the EU market a main objective. But the move by the Labour leader to attempt to avoid a Labour split on Brexit in the Commons next week appears to have backfired already. Last month in the House of Lords 83 Labour peers defied his order to abstain and voted for UK membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) – the so-called ‘Norway model’ – after Brexit. The result was a government defeat, one of 15 in the Lords on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which the government will attempt to overturn in a marathon 12-hour Commons debate next Tuesday.
Labour rebels called for the party to back membership of the single market despite Jeremy Corbyn’s top team rejecting a Norway-style relationship with the EU. The Labour frontbench rejected offering support to measures which would see the UK remain in the European Economic Area (EEA) after Brexit and instead proposed an alternative plan. The official Labour amendments to the Brexit Bill would call on Theresa May to make maintaining “full access” to the EU “internal market” an objective of the negotiations with Brussels. A Commons showdown on the Government’s Brexit legislation has been set for June 12 after the House of Lords rewrote significant parts of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill – including inserting a commitment to staying in the EEA. It is understood Labour MPs will be ordered abstain on the Lords EEA amendment but will be asked instead to back the call for a “bespoke” deal which would see shared UK-EU institutions and regulations.
Jeremy Corbyn has sparked fury among his MPs by ruling out backing a Brexit Bill amendment to keep the UK in the EU single market. The Labour leader has faced growing calls from his backbenches to back the Lords amendment to keep the UK in the European Economic Area (EEA) – the so-called Norway option. But he tonight said that he will table an alternative change calling for the UK to negotiate a new deal which keeps ‘full access’ to the market. It is understood that Mr Corbyn wants a deal which would mean Britain does not have to keep free movement rules and state aid stipulations which limit state aid. But Remain-backing Labour politicians hit out at the move – saying Mr Corbyn wrongly thinks he can ‘have his cake and eat it’ if he thinks the EU will give Britain such a generous deal.
Labour tonight unveiled its latest bid to shape Brexit, demanding full single market access. The party published amendments to the flagship EU (Withdrawal Bill), which returns to the Commons on Tuesday. In a softening of its position, Labour calls for common minimum standards, rights and protections with Brussels, and “full access to the internal market of the European Union, underpinned by shared institutions and regulations”. The party still rules out membership of the European Economic Area – an option many of its backbenchers, such as one-time leadership hopeful Chuka Umunna, want left on the table. But the fresh move will be seen as an attempt to quell a potential backbench rebellion over the EEA, which threatens to embarrass Jeremy Corbyn .
Theresa May is being warned by rightwing Eurosceptic MPs that any climbdown on amendments to Brexit legislation next week will be “catastrophic politically” and could “potentially reverse” the decision to leave the European Union. There are fears that Mrs May is prepared to back down and accept some of the 15 “opposition” amendments which were made to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. The Telegraph can disclose that a 35 page dossier which will be sent to ministers by a group of Eurosceptic MPs this week makes clear that five of the 15 amendments will cause “serious damage” to Brexit. The dossier singles out the amendments on a giving Parliament a meaningful vote on the final deal.
Ministers are being urged to ditch the “fallacy” of securing easy trade deals after Brexit amid fears the UK will be forced to accept reduced standards as well as tough trade-offs on visas and tariffs. Ahead of a major Commons battle over Brexit next week, pro-EU campaigners will publish detailed analysis of Britain’s future trading prospects with major global players such as India and China. Senior Remain-backing MPs will warn that Britain risks “crippling” its reputation as a top trading nation if it leaves the EU’s customs union and single market and is forced to surrender on trade terms to powerful allies like the United States. Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, previously argued that securing a trade deal with the EU would be the “easiest in human history” but critics have cast doubt on his optimism about securing new deals for Britain for the first time in decades.
FURIOUS David Davis has threatened to humiliate Theresa May by making a plea to the full Cabinet to overrule yet another Brexit delay. The angry Brexit Secretary believes No10 officials are “putting sand in the engine” by insisting on rewriting a long-promised Brexit blueprint paper for a FIFTH time. It also emerged last night that key decisions on a new customs relationship with the EU will be ducked yet again when the Cabinet’s Brexit committee meets on Thursday. Senior ministers are pleading with No10 to enforce a decision between two options, which has split the Cabinet down the middle. But instead, the PM will ask her 11-strong inner sanctum to discuss Melton Mowbray pork pies and Stilton cheese.
The Prime Minister’s approval ratings have plummeted by nearly 17 points in just weeks among Tory Party members, as she stalls on delivering a clean Brexit. Confidence in cabinet ministers overall fell by 18 points between April and May, according to a survey of members by the grassroots website Conservative Home. On Tuesday morning, it was reported that Mrs. May has once again failed to resolve the Customs Union question and answer key Brexit questions, and anti-Brexit MPs look likely to win votes against her government. Ministers who are opposed to a clean Brexit were among the least popular, with Chancellor Philip Hammond the lowest-ranked, not for the first time, falling to a disastrous -24.8.
After economic collapse, food shortages and even Armageddon one might have thought that Brexit was running out of dire consequence. But under one contingency, Britain’s exit from the EU results in blackouts. Plans to use tens of thousands of electricity generators to keep Northern Ireland’s lights on are included in proposals for the most disruptive form of Brexit, according to a Whitehall source. Northern Ireland has operated a single energy market with the Republic with both sharing a grid for more than a decade. Officials in London making contingency preparations for the most extreme form of Brexit identified the possibility that power providers in the Republic could withhold energy in the absence of a legal document.
Westminster should not “impose its will” on Northern Ireland by changing abortion laws, the government says. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said she would personally like the law to be changed. But she said the matter was devolved and “should be decided by the people of Northern Ireland”. She was responding to cross-party calls for a change in the law that criminalises abortion in Northern Ireland. In the House of Commons, both sides set out their case in an often emotional debate, with Democratic Unionist MPs saying it should be left to politicians in Northern Ireland.
The cost of flying into Heathrow may rise to pay for a third runway, it emerged yesterday as ministers sought to end 50 years of indecision by endorsing airport expansion in the southeast. Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, said that Britain’s biggest airport must remain “affordable to consumers”, with Heathrow told to keep costs down under the controversial scheme. He said that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had been tasked with ensuring that charges remain “close to current levels” when the £14 billion runway is built in the next eight years.
Boris Johnson was effectively gagged by Theresa May over Heathrow last night as No 10 insisted Tory rebels would not be allowed to campaign against a third runway. After the long-delayed airport expansion finally received Government approval, the Prime Minister took a hard line with ministers who have opposed the project. Those with ‘long-standing views’ will need to seek permission from No10 in advance even to comment to their local paper, officials said. Downing Street also confirmed it would impose a three-line whip on a vote on the plans, meaning any ministers who want to vote against will be forced to resign. Both the Foreign Secretary and Greg Hands, the International Trade minister, are expected to be absent from the vote on overseas trips to spare their blushes.
Plans for a controversial third runway at Heathrow airport have been given the go-ahead by the cabinet, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced. The divisive project was approved by the cabinet’s economic subcommittee, before being rubber-stamped by Theresa May’s top team on Tuesday. MPs will be given a vote on the scheme by early July, although hardened critics of the project such as Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, will reportedly be allowed to be out of the country on the day of the vote. Mr Grayling told the Commons: “Today, I am laying before parliament our final proposal for an airports national policy statement, which signals our commitment to securing global connectivity, creating tens of thousands of local jobs and apprenticeships, and boosting our economy for future generations by expanding Heathrow Airport.”
The parliamentary battle for Heathrow’s third runway was effectively over before it even began when the SNP government in Holyrood came out in support. The Scottish government was explicit about the price it extracted after what was effectively a bidding war with Gatwick conducted over several years. The deal included the promise of a new “logistics hub” for the construction of the new runway and the pledge to make more landing slots available at Heathrow for flights from Scottish airports. Four hubs are to be built around the UK that will assemble parts for the expanded airport before transporting them to Heathrow.
Hundreds of lung cancer patients will receive a cutting-edge immunotherapy drug on the NHS after health chiefs boasted of beating down prices. The deal was the first test of a controversial policy that allows NHS England to restrict or delay medicines that will cost taxpayers more than £20 million a year, even if deemed cost-effective. Officials said the threat of such measures had been enough to persuade the drugmaker, MSD, to agree a confidential discount. Pembrolizumab costs £84,000 per patient at full price and to get below the threshold would have to be reduced to a fraction of that. About 1,800 patients a year will now be eligible.
Personalised cancer treatment can raise the chances of survival by up to six times, a study has found. The treatment, which is tailored to individual patients’ tumours, has been described as the biggest medical breakthrough since chemotherapy. In the US study of more than 3,700 people with incurable or untreatable cancer, 6 per cent given personalised medicine survived the next decade, compared to just 1 per cent of those treated the traditional way. Using the latest type of gene sequencing, researchers tested for mutations in 20 to 50 genes at once. They then used these results to give people ‘matched’ treatments based on the biology of their tumours.
THE biggest cancer breakthrough since chemotherapy could lead to sixfold improvements in survival, a study shows. Individual analysis of DNA from the tumour allows doctors to pinpoint the best available treatment for it. It could mean an end to the traditional labelling of cancers based on the site such as breast, prostate and lung. Researchers holding the first long-term study of “personalised” medicine found 15 per cent of very ill patients with various tumours treated after genetic tests survived three years. Only seven per cent receiving standard treatments survived. Six per cent survived ten years, compared with one per cent in the untested group.