Brexit: 80 Tory MPs will reject Chequers plan says former minister

The Conservatives face a “catastrophic split” if Theresa May relies on Labour votes to push her Chequers plan through parliament, one of the prime minister’s most persistent critics has warned, as the conflict within the party over Brexit intensified. After a weekend dominated by coverage of Boris Johnson’s views on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and his tangled personal life, the former junior Brexit minister Steve Baker used an interview to mark 200 days before departure to argue May must take a different approach. Baker, who quit in July over Chequers, said at least 80 Conservative MPs would be willing to vote against the plan, which Eurosceptics argue ties the UK too closely to the EU on regulation and alignment, hampering future bilateral trade deals. The issue is expected to dominate the Conservatives’ annual conference at the end of the month, with MPs from the hard-Brexit-backing European Research Group (ERG), which Baker formerly chaired, hoping to sink the Chequers proposal. “If we come out of conference with her hoping to get Chequers through on the back of Labour votes, I think the EU negotiators would probably understand that if that were done, the Tory party would suffer the catastrophic split which thus far we have managed to avoid,” Baker told the Press Association.

“We are reaching the point now where it is extremely difficult to see how we can rescue the Conservative party from a catastrophic split if the Chequers proposals are carried forward. “It is absolutely no pleasure whatsoever to me to acknowledge that, but I look at the mood of colleagues and the mood of the Conservative party in the country and I am gravely concerned for the future of our party.” While it is widely acknowledged that Johnson, who also wants May to abandon the Chequers plans, is seeking to position himself as the next prime minister, Baker said he was not advocating a change in leadership. “Time is running awfully short for anyone who thinks a leadership contest and a general election is a good idea,” the Wycombe MP said. The justice secretary, David Gauke, disputed Baker’s assessment. Asked by Sky News if Baker’s view was accurate, he said: “No, I don’t think it is.” Gauke castigated Baker and fellow Eurosceptics for not having a coherent plan of their own: “This is a process that is going to require compromises from all sides. And I think it is really important that we go forward with the Chequers proposal. Frankly, there isn’t an alternative that has been put on the table by the critics of Chequers. We haven’t had an alternative set out.”

Gauke was similarly critical of Johnson after a furore over an article by the former foreign secretary on Sunday, in which he argued May’s Brexit plans amounted to “a suicide vest around the British constitution”. “I don’t think his comments yesterday were well judged,” Gauke said. “And, returning to the substance, I don’t think he’s set out an alternative approach to Brexit, in contrast to the Chequers plan. This is a time where we have to seriously address the issues in front of us, have a serious plan to deal with the situation. The prime minister is a serious politician who has set out serious plans.” Asked later by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme as to whether he could serve under Johnson, Gauke said there was no vacancy, adding: “I’m probably not a natural Boris supporter.” The former education secretary Nicky Morgan likened the “suicide vest” comment to a previous Johnson article in which he likened Muslim women wearing the niqab to “letterboxes”. Both were “deliberately incendiary language which just masks the ability to debate the issues”, she said. Morgan added: “Boris has to make a decision – I think he’s sort of made it. He’s either a journalist or a he’s a politician. He knew exactly what he was doing when he was using that language.” Baker and his ERG allies are seeking a so-called Canada-plus deal, which would be based around free trade, but with notably more limited alignment to EU rules. The ERG has been drawing up its alternative Brexit plan based on this.

A draft leaked over the weekend showed it also called for significant tax cuts, something strongly argued for by Johnson in his weekly column for the Daily Telegraph on Monday. Baker said the ERG had decided to hold back on the publication of its detailed plan in order to focus on a plan to avoid a hard Irish border after Brexit, which he said was the “key to the gate” to a satisfactory agreement. Another ERG member, the Tory MP Simon Clarke, told Today he believed this was possible, adding: “The Northern Irish border issue is one that has been greatly exaggerated and abused. I think, for Irish domestic political reasons and by the EU itself. I think there are good reasons to believe that if you want to solve the problem then you can.”

 

France ‘prepared’ to help forge EU deal with UK after Brexit

France ‘prepared’ to help forge EU deal with UK after Brexit

The French president will push EU leaders to make a post-Brexit deal with the UK at an upcoming meeting. Emmanuel Macron aims to use an EU summit next month to put pressure on the bloc’s leaders to push for a partnership with Britain. At the meeting in Salzburg, Austria, Mr Macron will outline a new structure for European alliances, based on “concentric circles” with the EU and Euro at its core and the UK in a second ring, according to The Times. The newspaper quoted a diplomatic source saying: “He sees a no-deal scenario as something that would break links and poison relations at a time when Europe needs to be united beyond the EU.” Mr Macron has said that any Brexit deal must not damage the EU’s integrity.

It comes as the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier offered words of optimism, saying: “We are prepared to offer Britain a partnership such as there never has been with any other third country.” Image: Michel Barnier said the EU respected the UK’s ‘red lines’ His words helped trigger a sharp rise for sterling, seeing the pound rise to its highest level for weeks. “We respect Britain’s red lines scrupulously,” Mr Barnier said during a news conference in Berlin. “In return, they must respect what we are. Single market means single market. There is no single market a la carte.”

Following his comments, the pound rose to more than $1.30 for the first time in over three weeks. Sterling jumped by a cent against the dollar, and was also up by a cent against the euro at just over €1.11. Mr Barnier’s comments came as Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab admitted the UK and EU might miss October’s deadline for agreeing a divorce deal. With negotiations still deadlocked on issues such as the Irish border, Mr Raab called for “renewed energy” to push an agreement over the line. Giving evidence to the House of Lords’ EU select committee, Mr Raab said: “It is important as we enter the final phase of the negotiations in the lead up to the October council and the possibility that it may creep beyond that, we want to see some renewed energy.

Pound rises as EU’s Barnier hints at ‘ambitious’ Brexit deal “We’re bringing the ambition and the substance of our white paper on the future relationship and also, I think, some pragmatism to try and go the extra mile to get the deal that I think is in both sides interests. “We need that to be matched obviously – it’s a negotiation.” His comments appear to confirm reports that EU and UK officials are now aiming to finalise divorce terms by the middle of November at the latest, which could prompt an emergency Brussels summit. Mr Raab also said a no-deal Brexit could alter the payments of the UK’s £39bn divorce bill to Brussels. Mr Raab’s fellow Brexiteers have argued no money is payable to the EU if there is no final agreement. Earlier on Wednesday, de facto deputy prime minister David Lidington delivered a warning to both Brussels and Tory Brexiteers. He urged them to swallow their opposition to Theresa May’s Chequers plan for the future UK-EU relationship or risk no deal.

Mr Lidington told a French business conference: “With exactly seven months until the end of Article 50 process and less than two months ahead of the October European Council, we face the choice between the pragmatic proposals we are discussing now with the European Commission, or no deal. “The alternative models do not meet the level of ambition or the outcome we all want to see delivered. “So, we need the EU to engage with us on our positive vision of the future relationship.”

 

Theresa May faces ‘up to 100’ Tory MPs rebelling over Brexit

Jacob Rees-Mogg is among MPs who want May to scrap her Chequers Brexit strategy.

Theresa May is facing a rebellion from ‘up to 100’ Tory MPs over Brexit, it has been claimed today. As Britain and the EU enter into another round of negotiations backbench Tory MPs in the European Research Group (ERG) are determined to scupper the PM’s strategy. ERG chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg wants the PM to scrap her Chequers Brexit plan which sparked the resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis.

Rees-Mogg told the Sunday Times today: ‘The prime minister needs to look at what she herself has said, the promises she has made, the commitments of the last election, and see if they square with Chequers and in my view they do not. ‘If she sticks with Chequers, she will find she has a block of votes against her in the House of Commons.’ The ERG is compiling a report which will set out the ‘Canada plus plus’ model and a ‘no deal’ Brexit option. Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, a member of the European Research Group, said: ‘In about two weeks we in the ERG are going to come out with our Canada plus plus and no deal proposals.

On the other hand, Theresa May faces UKIP leader Nigel Farage who delivered a blistering on-air interview, following his announcement of his return to frontline politics, as he claimed Mrs May does not believe Britain is “good enough to run its own affairs”.

Poll reveals British voters no longer care how or when we leave the EU

Poll reveals British voters no longer care how or when we leave the EU

The majority of voters – including those who backed Remain – now want ministers to just get on with Brexit, a poll has shown. Some 60 per cent said they no longer care how or when we leave the European Union, but ‘just want it all over and done with’. The survey by Deltapoll found that even 48 per cent of Remainers agreed, compared to 47 per cent who did not. The poll results are likely to please Downing Street as they seek to win support for the Prime Minister’s Brexit blueprint- the plan thrashed out by her Cabinet at Chequers.

The majority of voters – including those who backed Remain – now want ministers to just get on with Brexit, a poll has shown  According to the poll of 2,047 adults, 76 per cent of Tory Leave voters and 75 per cent of Labour-leaning Brexit supporters just want to get on with leaving the EU. Among those who backed Remain, 58 per cent of Tories and 42 per cent of Labour voters said they agreed. Tycoon: I’d bet my £3bn fortune on UK getting free trade pact   ONE of Britain’s wealthiest entrepreneurs is so convinced the country can get a free trade deal after Brexit that he would bet his £3.6billion fortune on it. But Peter Hargreaves, who co-founded blue-chip investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown in 1981, accused ministers of failing in their duty to negotiate a good deal as the UK leaves the EU. Nonetheless, in an interview with Bloomberg, he said: ‘The best option is no deal. No deal would give us free trade with Europe because the three biggest economies in Europe, outside Britain, are huge exporters to the UK – that’s Germany, France and Italy. And those three economies would absolutely demand free trade from the EU. ‘I guarantee my entire wealth that we would get free trade.’

Joe Twyman, director of Deltapoll, said: ‘What these results show is that for many people, particularly those who voted to leave the EU, the precise details of the negotiations are not important. ‘While politicians and commentators from all side of the political spectrum dissect, debate and discuss the minutiae of Brexit, the majority of British voters just feel like they want to get it over and done with as soon as possible.’ The poll results are likely to please Downing Street as they seek to win support for the Prime Minister’s Brexit blueprint. Aides hope voters will ultimately choose to back the plan thrashed out by her Cabinet at Chequers, rather than send the Government back to the drawing board. Ahead of the Brexit deadline in March next year, Mrs May has said the country has a choice of either supporting her plan or leaving the EU without a deal. Yesterday she visited Edinburgh on the latest leg of her UK-wide tour to gain support for her plan. But an international trade expert last night warned that her proposals to charge varying rates of customs tariffs on goods coming into the UK – depending on whether they were eventually destined for the continent or not – would fall foul of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Health chiefs call for stockpile of drugs in case of no deal  DRUG companies will be asked to stockpile up to six weeks of medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Department of Health is expected to write to pharmaceutical companies, urging them to boost stocks to provide cover in case of import delays. The move is thought to be part of plans to ensure medical supplies will not be affected if Britain leaves the EU without a deal. The Government will pay for increased warehousing capacity but will not provide funds for the increased supply, the Health Service Journal said.

The news comes weeks after NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said significant planning was taking place. Mr Stevens said last month: ‘There’s extensive work underway between the Department of Health, other parts of Government, the life sciences industry and the pharma companies.’ In a report for the pro-Brexit group Lawyers for Britain, Professor David Collins from City Law School said at least two aspects of the so-called Facilitated Customs Arrangement could breach WTO law. He said the ‘illusory’ plan would ‘severely constrain the UK’s capacity to sign free trade agreements’ with other countries. He warned that foreign traders would find the system over-complicated and could lead some to decide not to bother exporting to the UK any more. Meanwhile, the railway industry called for customs checkpoints to be established at rail freight terminals across Britain to avoid congestion in Kent after Brexit. The Rail Delivery Group, which represents rail firms, said there could be ‘significant disruption and delays’ if only a single checkpoint near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel is used. Public and private sector funds should be used to install customs facilities at existing freight terminals across the country, such as Daventry, under the proposals. Former foreign secretary William Hague also warned Emmanuel Macron that it is not in France’s interests to stand in the way of Britain’s attempts to secure a favourable Brexit deal. Lord Hague said it was clear ministers see France as the ‘biggest national obstacle’ to an agreement. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said: ‘In the world of a rising China and a less reliable America, Britain and France will need each other more.’

 

Boris Johnson has FINALLY moved out of his lavish official residence

Boris Johnson has FINALLY moved out of his lavish official residence

Removal vans were pictured at Carlton Gardens, the £20million apartment overlooking St James Park that is used by the serving Foreign Secretary. Mr Johnson’s wife Marina Wheeler, a barrister, and his son Milo were pictured today removing the family’s possessions – including a punching bag.  Mr Johnson walked out of Government on July 9 but was given permission to stay on in the luxury pad while sorting out an alternative place to live.   The continued presence has led to claims Mr Johnson is squatting in the luxury apartment – despite it being common practice for ex-ministers to stay on for a short period of time. Protesters picketed the residence, which is opposite St James Park in central London, with a stunt removal van last week. Boris Johnson’s wife Marina Wheeler and son Milo were seen helping the movers remove family possessions from the grace and favour apartment on Carlton Gardens today  There was no sign of the former Foreign Secretary as his family threw out rubbish as part of today’s move forced by his resignation over Brexit Movers removed exercise equipment including a punch bad and a bench from the £20million apartment in central London today.

Removal men also took carefully wrapped possessions out of the apartment, which overlooks St James Park  Removal vans were pictured at Carlton Gardens today, the £20million apartment overlooking St James Park that is used by the serving Foreign Secretary Johnson has remained at One Carlton Gardens (left) while also renting out a property in Islington, North London (right) for the past three weeks  Protesters picketed the residence, which is opposite, St James Park in central London, with a stunt removal van last week (pictured) As he resides in One Carlton Gardens, Johnson is also raking in tens of thousands renting out a four-storey Georgian property four miles away, Mirror Online reports.   Johnson is expected to receive a £17,000 payoff after quitting his cabinet job.

He has been urged to pack his bags and shift out of the house near ­Buckingham Palace so that new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt can move in. Following his resignation, Labour MP Catherine West accused Johnson of ‘taxpayer-funded squatting’, adding: ‘He should pack his bags and move on.’ Stephen Doughty MP said it was ‘­extraordinary’ that the ‘failed Foreign Secretary’ remained at the property while renting out his own, pointing out that prime ministers vacate Number 10 in just one day.  It is understood that Johnson will live rent-free in the property (pictured) until the end of July despite quitting his Foreign Secretary position 11 days ago  A government spokesman said: ‘Former Ministers are expected to leave official residences as quickly as practicable at the end of their tenure, taking into account their personal ­circumstances and family needs. ‘We can confirm there is no additional cost to taxpayers involved.’ A Whitehall source claimed Hunt and Johnson had a ‘discussion’ about the Grade I listed home. The source said the former Health Secretary lives in Pimlico but holds official engagements at One Carlton Gardens. Johnson is understood to still be paying all running costs of the private living area. But the source confirmed that he has been living at the home rent-free as people close to him insisted Johnson has permission to stay until the end of the month as he prepares to move into a new home. Royal Ballet ­choreographer Wayne McGregor rents Johnson’s Islington house in North London and moved in toward the end of 2016. Wayne McGregor (pictured at the Olivier Awards with the prize for Best New Dance Production in 2016) rents Johnson’s Islington property Johnson declared ‘rental income of more than £10,000 a year’ for the £2.3million house he bought in 2009 in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.

The Mirror found a similar property on the same street was today being offered for £6,500 a month or £78,000 a year in rent. Mr McGregor, who is thought to have met Johnson in 2015 at a school dance project, declined to comment when asked whether he would be moving back in to his home. The Crown Estate – which looks after the Queen’s properties – owns One Carlton Gardens.  The Foreign Office leases the building and ­in 2015 officials paid £482,341 a year in rent on the property, meaning at least £13,000 has been spent on it since Johnson quit. He wrote a column in The Daily Telegraph a week after leaving his role and it is understood that this will become a weekly role.  He earned about £250,000 a year writing a column for the paper before joining the Cabinet in 2016, describing the pay as ‘chicken feed’.

Four out of five doctors ‘believe NHS may collapse after Brexit’

Four out of five doctors ‘believe NHS may collapse after Brexit’

Doctors have warned the NHS is at risk of collapse after Brexit, with an ­exodus of staff, drugs shortages and savage cuts. Four out of five medics quizzed in a poll fear for the future of the service once we leave the EU next year. There are concerns a brain drain of European NHS staff will deepen the recruitment crisis. An array of treatments, especially cancer care, could also be negatively affected. Imports of vital drugs such as insulin could be badly hit and investment in research and funding slashed. One medic said the London School of Hygiene and ­Tropical ­Medicine survey results did not surprise him. Dr William Sapwell added: “My impression from the front line is everyone knows it’s going to be bad. It affects every little corner of the NHS. “We have recruitment and retention problems for doctors and if you put a barrier in front of seven to 10% of the ­workforce, it will get far worse. “It’s going to massively affect our ability to treat and detect some types of cancer. That’s the scariest part. How will Brexit affect the National Health Service once it comes into effect? “There is also a real risk we will run out of insulin.” Survey lead author Dr Kate ­Mandeville said: “Doctors are among the best-placed people to understand the impact of political decisions on the NHS. “On Brexit their opinion is very clear: Brexit is bad for the nation’s health.” Labour MP Dr Paul Williams said: “Last week the Health Secretary admitted the NHS is s­tockpiling drugs, and we know if we leave the ­European Medicines Agency we will join the back of the queue for new drugs.” The British Medical ­Association has called for the public to have a say on the terms of the final Brexit deal. Dr Andrew Dearden, of the BMA, said: “Doctors are worried Brexit could seriously undermine the healthcare.” The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, also found 79% of doctors voted Remain. The Department of Health and Social Care said: “We have continued to work closely with the EU to ensure minimal disruption to the NHS.” Half of Brits want second vote… with choice to stay put Half of Britons yesterday said they would now support a second EU referendum. An online poll of 1,466 Sky customers found 50% wanted another vote with three options – supporting the final deal, leaving without a deal, or staying in the EU. But 45% voted against and No10 insisted there would be no referendum. Eloise Todd has insisted that a second referendum vote is needed. Best for Britain chief executive Eloise Todd said: “The public are tired of being spoken for. They don’t want a deal full of concessions, or a nightmare no deal. It’s crucial to have a people’s vote with the option to stay in the EU.” Tory infighting over Brexit continued yesterday. One Cabinet source said of Theresa May’s Chequers plan: “It is a kamikaze approach to no deal. It’s chaos.” The Tories yesterday denied claims the Army was on standby to hand out food if a doomsday no-deal Brexit happens. Lack of immigration policy risks creating a bad vacuum Theresa May’s failure to outline a post-Brexit immigration policy has created a dangerous vacuum, MPs warn today. The Commons Home Affairs Committee is urging the Government to set out plans for who will be allowed to come to the UK. Chairwoman Yvette Cooper said: “Immigration was one of the central issues during the referendum and it divided the country, but sadly there has been no attempt by the Government to hold any kind of sensible debate on it since. Yvette Cooper has criticised the Government for not addressing immigration which was thought to be behind the Brexit vote “That is disappointing and it has left a vacuum and it’s really important that people don’t exploit that again. “Those who exploited concerns over immigration during the referendum need to be more responsible when it is debated in the run-up to the final deal.”

 

How a no deal Brexit might have an effect on roads, medication and even orchestras

How a no deal Brexit might have an effect on roads, medication and even orchestras

Theresa Could will mobilise her most senior Cupboard Ministers this summer season to attempt to promote her Chequers deal in sceptical EU capitals. Amid rising concern throughout Europe over the political deadlock in London, Mrs Could hopes to place the onus on Brussels to ramp up the tempo and depth of the negotiations. David Lidington, her de facto deputy, will journey to France, whereas International Secretary Jeremy Hunt will go to Germany, Dwelling Secretary Sajid Javid will go to Spain and Enterprise Secretary Greg Clarke will fly to Italy. The Prime Minister mentioned final night time: ‘Over the summer season our negotiating workforce might be travelling to Brussels to barter our imaginative and prescient for the longer term relationship with our EU companions. ‘We should step up the tempo of negotiations and get on to ship an excellent deal that can convey better prosperity and safety to each British and European residents. We each know the clock is ticking – let’s get on with it.’ Theresa Could will mobilise a workforce to step up negotiations with the Europen Union over solutions a ‘no deal’ scenario might develop into actuality However the Tory revolt in opposition to Mrs Could’s Chequers plan for a delicate Brexit – along with the cool response from Brussels – has led to claims that the UK is on the right track for a tough Brexit. Each the Authorities and the EU have stepped up contingency plans for such an eventuality. It signifies that when the UK cuts all ties with Brussels on March 29 subsequent yr at 11pm (we needed to convey it ahead one hour as a result of will probably be midnight within the EU), all present preparations with Brussels will finish instantly. And there might be nothing to interchange them. It has been described as ‘falling off a cliff edge’ and ‘Armageddon’ by some. Others say such doom-laden forecasts are a continuation of Undertaking Worry, the label pinned to warnings through the 2016 referendum. Till we really depart the EU, we gained’t know the reality. However with the prospect of a tough Brexit or ‘No Deal’ rising every day, Undertaking Worry is popping into Undertaking Close to. Right this moment, The Mail on Sunday seems on the doable impression of a ‘No Deal’ or laborious Brexit on a variety of points, from flights to meals – and even travelling musicians. Financial injury Privately, many Brexiteers admit the UK is in for a ‘bumpy journey’ once we depart the EU, however argue we might be higher off within the long-term. Some consultants have claimed Britain will lose as much as £400 billion in misplaced financial progress by 2030. Professional-Brexit Cupboard Minister Liam Fox says the EU would face ‘catastrophic financial penalties’ within the occasion of ‘No Deal’ – and Eire’s financial system might collapse by eight per cent. The Worldwide Financial Fund says ‘No Deal’ might value the EU practically £200 billion in misplaced output. European big Airbus, which employs 15,000 individuals within the UK, has warned it could have to chop British operations underneath a tough Brexit. Aviation Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was referred to as an ‘airhead’ by Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg after threatening to ban British planes from the skies above his nation. Michael O’Leary, Ryanair chief government, has mentioned: ‘There may be not a authorized mechanism wherein the airways can function in a tough Brexit or No Deal end result.’ Chancellor Philip Hammond says whereas it’s ‘theoretically conceivable’ flights might cease immediately, ‘nobody thinks that’s the place we’ll find yourself’. Ports The Port of Dover says a ‘two-minute delay’ within the time taken to course of lorries if there may be ‘No Deal’ might lead to ‘17 miles of tailbacks’. Customs chiefs say customs declarations at ports comparable to Dover might enhance fivefold to greater than 250 million a yr. Brexiteers say the present trouble-free dealing with of £80 billion of products a yr at Felixstowe, Britain’s busiest port – together with to and from non-EU international locations – reveals such claims are ‘scare tales’. Britain’s Minister for Europe David Lidington might be despatched to France to carve out a deal whereas others go to Germany, Italy and Spain Automobiles The Society of Motor Producers and Merchants, which represents UK automobile makers, has mentioned a ‘cliff edge Brexit’ is its ‘greatest concern’. It’s claimed tariffs might enhance the price of imported vehicles by £1,500 on common. British motorists face having to use for worldwide permits to drive on the Continent. London’s Japanese Embassy – which represents 1,000 Japanese corporations with UK operations, together with Nissan, Toyota and Honda – says a ‘No Deal’ Brexit could be ‘unattainable for us to just accept’. The Metropolis In response to some estimates, as much as 35,000 jobs within the monetary sector may very well be in danger, in addition to about £four billion of tax revenues. Brexiteers dispute claims that Paris or Frankfurt will substitute London as Europe’s monetary HQ, however Financial institution of China UK boss Solar Yu mentioned a ‘No Deal’ would threaten London’s standing as a hub for worldwide banks. Medicines The British Pharmaceutical Business says greater than 1,000 medicines made within the UK would have to be relicensed elsewhere within the EU to allow them to keep it up being bought. ‘This isn’t like transferring a submitting cupboard from one location to a different,’ mentioned a spokeswoman. The provision of medication and medical provides may very well be affected by modifications to present European rules, overseen by the European Medicines Company. MPs voted final week in opposition to plans for Britain to stop the EMA. Farming As soon as the UK is out of the EU, animal and meals merchandise could be exported to France solely through Le Havre and Dunkirk. There have been stories that neither can address the quantity of UK exports which at the moment don’t want checking. The Nationwide Farmers’ Union has warned of ‘enormous disruption by way of value’. Foods and drinks Underneath a Brexit ‘Armageddon’ state of affairs, some supermarkets might run out of meals inside a few days. Practically a 3rd of meals in UK supermarkets comes from the EU and reaches cabinets in two days. Some estimates say meals costs might go up by 20 per cent. The British Retail Consortium says the common tariff on EU meals imports could be 22 per cent. Wine might rise in value by 1 / 4 in response to some analysts if Britain fails to make a Brexit take care of the European Union  Alcohol Britain imports 1.eight billion bottles of wine a yr value £2.eight billion – with greater than half from the EU. In response to some consultants, tariffs might assist push the price of French, Spanish and different EU wines up by 1 / 4 after March – sparking the resurgence of alcohol smuggling. A spokesman for the Wine and Spirit Commerce Affiliation mentioned: ‘There should be mechanisms to permit cross-border commerce of wine and spirits the second we depart the EU.’ If not, wine and spirits could ‘not get on to the cabinets’ and there may very well be ‘an inflow of bootleggers’. Further checks in Paris might trigger main delays on the Eurostar, it has been claimed  Eurostar Passengers face the specter of queues and additional checks on the Gare du Nord in Paris. The French authorities are refitting the station, however failure to achieve a Brexit deal might make delays worse. The Anglo-French Treaty of Le Touquet at the moment permits for each international locations’ passport checks to be performed as passengers board the practice – enabling them to stroll straight out of the station after they arrive. Eating places The British Hospitality Affiliation has warned of a staffing disaster attributable to the lack of EU staff. In some restaurant chains, as few as one in 25 job candidates are British. However claims that the business confronted chaos had been dismissed by anti-EU campaigner Tim Martin, boss of pub chain JD Wetherspoon. Animals could be stopped from the pet passport scheme contained in the European Union if there isn’t a deal, it has now been steered  Pets There could be no extra pets’ passports enabling households to journey freely with their pets to Europe. About 250,000 British cats and canines journey to the EU yearly. Chemical compounds Exports and imports underneath the EU guidelines for industrial chemical compounds would stop by legislation. These embrace chemical compounds utilized in toothpaste and shampoo. The Chemical compounds Business Affiliation has warned of a ‘disaster’ if the UK is excluded from EU markets. Orchestras The Affiliation of British Orchestras has warned that money-spinning EU excursions by British orchestras may very well be hit. EU guidelines that cease musicians having tax and social safety deducted from charges whereas overseas would finish.
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Brexit marketing campaign chief should be hauled before Commons, say MPs

Brexit marketing campaign chief should be hauled earlier than Commons, say MPs

A cross-party group of MPs is demanding new powers that might force witnesses to present proof before parliament or face potential imprisonment, as anger grows over the refusal of the previous Vote Leave director, Dominic Cummings, to reply claims that the organisation that helped to ship Brexit broke electoral regulation. Stress for parliament to have the ability to power attendance is coming from senior parliamentarians, together with the chairs of a number of highly effective choose committees. A parliamentary report from the all-party digital, tradition, media and sport (DCMS) committee can be anticipated to name for parliament to have the flexibility to demand attendance, backed by the specter of sanctions, this week. Anger at Cummings’s refusal to come back earlier than MPs has intensified since Vote Depart was fined £61,000 and referred to the police after the Electoral Fee discovered final week that it had damaged electoral regulation. The watchdog dominated it had exceeded its £7m spending restrict by funnelling £675,315 by way of the pro-Brexit youth group BeLeave – particulars of which have been revealed within the Observer. The founding father of BeLeave, Darren Grimes, was fined £20,000 and referred to the police, together with Vote Depart official David Halsall. Cummings, who escaped censure, had beforehand been requested by the DCMS committee to present proof over claims of rule-breaking however refused, accusing MPs and the Electoral Fee of “grandstanding”. The Observer understands that an interim report by the DCMS committee, chaired by Tory MP Damian Collins, will name inside days for an inquiry into how you can beef up the powers of parliament to make sure folks known as to present proof can not merely refuse to attend. Final evening a Labour member of the DCMS committee, Paul Farrelly, mentioned: “There isn’t any level in us huffing and puffing about this and permitting folks like Cummings to thumb their noses at us. Parliament was the establishment that Cummings needed energy to be restored to. The Electoral Fee has now discovered that Vote Depart broke electoral regulation. We will definitely name for an pressing examination of how you can give the Home powers to summon witnesses within the digital age. This needs to be carried out by the Home of Commons Requirements committee.” In an interview with the Observer, Vote Depart volunteer Shahmir Sanni, who blew the whistle on co-operation between Vote Depart and BeLeave this 12 months, mentioned neither the politicians behind the Vote Depart marketing campaign – Michael Gove and Boris Johnson – nor the officers on the high of the organisation have been being held to account. “This debate is now not about Brexit. It’s merely concerning the regulation and the way democracy was perverted by the breaking of it. Not one of the administrators of Vote Depart or the ministers on its board and committees have been held to account. There are individuals who oversaw this criminality nonetheless working in authorities, deciding the way forward for this nation. “The sheer disrespect that Dominic Cummings has proven towards parliament and that [former Vote Leave chief executive] Matthew Elliott has demonstrated in interviews towards our authorities is testimony to how tainted Westminster has turn out to be. Everybody concerned should be held to account, in any other case we’re going to lose much more than simply low cost flights to Europe come March 2019.” An Opinium ballot exhibits that 66% of the general public imagine Vote Depart’s behaviour in breaking electoral regulation is a “severe matter” – versus 17% who don’t. Some 40% suppose the behaviour affected the results of the referendum whereas 41% don’t. A number of different heads of choose committees spoke out to demand that parliament have energy to summon witnesses, and a brand new system with sanctions together with fines or imprisonment in the event that they refuse to take action. Sarah Wollaston, who chairs each the well being and social care choose committee and the liaison committee, which contains all chairs of choose committees, mentioned: “It’s the peak of hypocrisy that somebody who ran a marketing campaign that emphasised returning powers to parliament now refuses to seem earlier than MPs. Now that there’s a judgment [from the Electoral Commission] in opposition to Vote Depart it’s much more vital that he seems to elucidate what was occurring.” Nicky Morgan, chair of the Treasury choose committee, mentioned: “The choose committees are an important a part of democracy. Refusing to seem in entrance of 1 isn’t nearly snubbing parliament: it’s about intentionally turning your again on our democracy. Somebody who requested voters for his or her belief simply two years in the past ought to behave higher.” The previous Legal professional Normal Dominic Grieve, who chairs the intelligence and safety committee mentioned: “It’s time for parliament to plot a brand new system that allows folks to be summoned, backed by correct sanctions ought to they refuse to take action.” The Labour MP Hilary Benn, who chairs the Brexit choose committee mentioned: “Vote Depart might have gained the referendum however they’re now rightly being held to account each for the guarantees they made and for his or her behaviour in combating it. The extra this scrutiny reveals, the much less a number of the people concerned seem to wish to be related to their position and its penalties for the nation. Day-to-day, nonetheless, we’re studying how mistaken they have been.” Cummings was not obtainable for touch upon Saturday. Vote Depart responded to final week’s Electoral Fee report by saying it was “wholly inaccurate” and “politically motivated”. Greater than 40 MPs known as on Friday for far-reaching adjustments to the UK’s electoral system, which was described as unfit for objective and in dire want of reform. Stephen Kinnock, whose letter to the speaker, John Bercow, was signed by 45 Labour, Lib Dem and Inexperienced MPs, mentioned the present fines have been an inadequate deterrent and have been considered “merely as the price of doing enterprise”.

Boris Johnson’s resignation speech in full: ‘It isn’t too late to save lots of Brexit’

Boris Johnson’s resignation speech in full: ‘It isn’t too late to save lots of Brexit’

Removed from making legal guidelines in Westminster, there are massive sectors during which ministers could have no energy to provoke, innovate and even deviate. After many years during which UK ministers have gone to Brussels and expostulated in opposition to expensive EU regulation we at the moment are claiming that we should settle for each jot and tittle for our financial well being with no say of our personal. And no approach of defending our companies and entrepreneurs from guidelines now and sooner or later that will not be of their pursuits. My Rt Hon buddy the Chancellor was requested to determine the largest single alternative from Brexit After some thought, he mentioned “regulatory innovation. Nicely, there could also be regulatory innovation post-Brexit, however it gained’t be alas coming from the UK, or not in these areas We’re volunteering for financial vassalage not simply in items and agri-foods however we shall be pressured to match EU preparations on the setting and social affairs and far else moreover.

Vote Depart whistleblower sues TaxPayers’ Alliance for unfair dismissal

Vote Depart whistleblower sues TaxPayers’ Alliance for unfair dismissal

The Vote Depart whistleblower Shahmir Sanni has sued the rightwing stress group the TaxPayers’ Alliance for unfair dismissal, claiming he was fired for going public with issues about unlawful behaviour on the official Brexit marketing campaign. Sanni filed the lawsuit the day after the Electoral Fee printed its findings that the Vote Depart marketing campaign broke spending legal guidelines throughout the Brexit referendum. He initially labored as a volunteer with Vote Depart, and was then requested to hitch the BeLeave youth marketing campaign, which was on the centre of the fee’s investigation. It was used to channel practically £700,000 of donations, whereas illegally coordinating spending with Vote Depart, the Electoral Fee discovered. The swimsuit alleged that Sanni was fired “due to his perception that defending the integrity and sanctity of British democracy from taint and corruption was paramount”, and his resolution to go public together with his issues about Vote Depart. The TaxPayers’ alliance mentioned it “acted always in a good and proper method and we reject (and can be defending) the claims Mr Sanni has made.” The group declined additional remark as a result of a proper authorized course of was underway. Sanni’s swimsuit alleged that his employers fired him as a result of they thought the main points he made public may undermine Brexit, a coverage aim for the group together with a “wider community of [eight other] right-wing entities that act in cohort.” The swimsuit additionally claimed that Sanni’s disclosures revealed potential wrongdoing by the Vote Depart marketing campaign, whose former workers included folks now employed both on the TaxPayers’ Alliance or throughout the wider community, together with the web site Brexit Central. “The disclosures due to this fact pose dangers each to these people and to the UK’s exit from the European Union,” the lawsuit mentioned. “The letter dismissing the claimant demonstrated that his protected disclosures [whistleblowing] and/or his protected perception [in British democracy] had been the primary or substantial cause for his dismissal.” A letter from the TaxPayers’ Alliance quoted within the swimsuit, mentioned Sanni was being monitored for punctuality lapses, however steered his public feedback on Vote Depart funding had been the set off for the firing. “These current points have now been compounded and delivered to a head by latest occasions regarding referendum donations (hereafter known as ‘the funding difficulty’) and the brand new marketing campaign you’re engaged on,” the letter mentioned. The letter claimed his whistleblowing actions had introduced “destructive consideration … and adversarial publicity” for the TaxPayers’ Alliance. Sanni’s swimsuit claimed the disclosures didn’t concern his employer, and dovetailed with the Taxpayers’ Alliances’s acknowledged dedication to “promote transparency and activism to reveal wrongdoing.” It alleged that workers from the group of 9 organisations, all primarily based out of the identical London handle, had common fortnightly conferences to share goals. It additionally claimed they mentioned his whistle-blowing revelations, and his firing in retribution for them, at considered one of these gatherings. They met “to agree a standard line on political subjects within the information … and to coordinate the general public messaging that the person organisations can then difficulty,” the lawsuit claimed, for subjects from Brexit to Labour occasion coverage bulletins. Matthew Elliot based the TaxPayers’ Alliance and headed up the Vote Depart marketing campaign. {Photograph}: Dominic Lipinski/PA “The specific function of that is to offer a single set of agreed rightwing speaking factors on a given matter within the media … getting extra media protection than a single message from a single organisation, thus securing extra publicity to the general public for the general pre-agreed rightwing line to take.” BrexitCentral mentioned its workers had not sought to affect selections about Sanni’s employment standing with the TaxPayers’ Alliance. “Nor have [the editor], Jonathan Isaby, or [the editor at large], Matthew Elliott, participated in any dialogue of ‘protected disclosures and/or protected perception’ at any assembly,” Isaby mentioned in an emailed response to questions. Isaby and Elliot weren’t conscious of any fortnightly assembly of the type described within the lawsuit, and BrexitCentral was not a part of a composite “lobbying group pursuing the identical political agenda”, he added. Elliot, the founder and former chief govt of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, was additionally head of the Vote Depart marketing campaign group. After the Electoral Fee’s report was launched on Tuesday he tweeted: “They’ve ignored VL’s [Vote Leave] detailed proof, so it’s riddled with errors & conclusions utterly incorrect. We accepted their invitation for an interview in early March. Senior workers additionally volunteered to be interviewed. They haven’t adopted due course of.” Sanni advised the Guardian that the results of the Electoral Fee investigation had vindicated his resolution to go public together with his issues concerning the Vote Depart marketing campaign, however he was nonetheless battling the non-public and monetary fallout from coming ahead. “The Electoral Fee has now concluded that Vote Depart broke electoral regulation, simply as I mentioned. Vote Depart obstructed the investigation and lied about it however I used to be sacked and outed by authorities officers for serving to the Electoral Fee and the general public,” he mentioned. “My goal in bringing this declare is to hunt justice for the way in which by which British democracy has been broken by these folks. I’m reliant on donations to satisfy the prices of doing this. It’s an immense and daunting job however I’ll take it so far as it must be taken.”