Den Plänen zufolge sollen die Zollbehörden zukünftig als Endnutzer:innen an den eigentlich auf die Strafverfolgungsbehörden ausgerichteten Sicherheitsforschungsprojekten im Rahmenprogramm Horizont 2020 teilnehmen.
– Nigel Farage announced history had been made as Johnson sealed a Brexit deal
– The leader of the Brexit Party said today was the day ‚people beat the politicians‘
– He said Johnson was also set to be known as ‚the man that finished the job‘
Das Handelsabkommen zwischen Großbritannien und der EU nach dem Brexit steht – kurz vor Ende der Übergangsfrist. Beide Seiten zeigten sich erleichtert. Nun sollen die Parlamente rasch über den Vertrag abstimmen.
Frankreich hat die wegen der neuen Coronavirus-Variante verhängte Beschränkung für Reisen aus Großbritannien wieder gelockert. EU-Bürger sowie Briten dürfen ab heute wieder einreisen. Das teilte die französische Regierung in Paris mit – zwei Tage nachdem die Reisebeschränkung verhängt worden war. Voraussetzung ist aber ein negativer Corona-Test.
STRANDED truckers were ready to roll again last night after shamed French leader Emmanuel Macron was forced to reopen his country’s border with the UK.
He caved in after pressure from Britain and the EU to end a 48-hour blockade imposed amid fears over the new Covid strain.
The agreement requires every driver to have been tested for coronavirus, using controversial lateral flow tests, which are able to turn around results in under an hour but have had their effectiveness questioned.
Those who come back negative will be told by text message in as little as 20 minutes, and be given the green light to hit the road and head over to the continent, but positive cases will be sent to a hotel to isolate.
Von der Leyen spoke by telephone to Johnson on Monday night to discuss a way forward and further calls are expected in the next 24 hours, but the commission refused to offer details.
Barnier said as he went into a meeting with EU ambassadors: “We are really in the crucial moment. We are giving it the final push. In 10 days the UK will leave the single market and we continue to work in total transparency with the member states right now and with the parliament.”
The Nuffield Trust thinktank stated: “The perilously uncertain future facing the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period could put the UK’s health and care system at risk.”
The report said new migration rules, possible disruption to medicines and devices, an ongoing economic slowdown and barriers to science investment would hit the health sector.
The warning came as a negotiated Brexit deal looks increasingly unlikely and Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the new variant of coronavirus as being „out of control“.
Der NHS befürchtet zudem, dass Rettungswagen aufgrund von Lastwagenstaus vor allem in der südostenglischen Grafschaft Kent am Ärmelkanal, einem Zentrum der Corona-Infektionen, nicht rechtzeitig die Patienten erreichen könnten. Johnsons Regierung hat eine Verlängerung der Übergangsphase bisher strikt abgelehnt.
– Port of Dover in Kent was dramatically closed to all freight vehicles leaving the UK for the next 48 hours
– Hauliers coming to UK will still be allowed but there are fears drivers won’t travel to avoid being ‚marooned‘
– Countries including France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Poland have announced restrictions on UK travel
– Comes after emergence of mutant strain of coronavirus in England which spreads quicker than predecessor
– PM Boris Johnson held a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee this afternoon to discuss travel ban
– Port of Dover later confirmed inbound freights were still arriving and France said movement would resume
– But Mr Johnson was unable to say exactly when the travel ban will be lifted as he expressed his frustrations
Responding to yesterday evening’s suspension of accompanied freight traffic from the UK to France, FDF CEO Ian Wright told Yahoo Finance UK: “Yesterday’s suspension of accompanied freight traffic from the UK to France has the potential to cause serious disruption to UK post-Christmas fresh food supplies – and exports of UK food and drink.
The government has ruled out extending the deadline for reaching a post-Brexit trade deal into 2021, amid a deadlock in talks and a growing Covid crisis.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and London mayor Sadiq Khan want the UK to follow EU trading rules beyond 31 December to allow more time for an agreement.
The teams led by the chief UK negotiator, David Frost, and his EU counterpart, Michel Barnier, were expected to continue talks on Monday despite the European parliament’s notice that it would not vote on a deal if not secured by midnight on Sunday.
Brussels had been accused of trying to force the UK to sign up to its rules.
The EU wanted the power to unilaterally apply tariffs on UK goods if they felt British firms had an unfair advantage over those on the continent due to a divergence in laws and regulations.
As the Brexit process reaches crisis point (again), the real issue is not ‘Carrie v Dom’, but elite domination or democracy? Is Johnson prepared to stick to his guns and see through the clean-break Brexit we voted for? Or is he getting ready to give in to the demands of the Remainer establishment and the EU? Brexit is far bigger than the survival of Boris and the Downing Street pecking order.
Self-isolation is intended to reduce the spread of Covid. But Boris’s decision runs totally counter to logic.
He continued: „Dom Cummings‘ presence at the centre of the government’s policy programme gave Brexiteers confidence that Brexit would take place in a meaningful way.“
Instead, he warned that the loss „makes post-Brexit Britain more likely to be very similar to a Britain inside the EU, and possibly worse“.
The two sides are in a race against the clock to settle their future economic partnership in time for it to take effect on 1 January, when the UK will leave the EU’s single market and customs union.
Nun kommt es zu einer Art politischem Ping-Pong-Spiel zwischen dem Unter- und dem Oberhaus. Aus der Regierung hieß es bereits, man werde das Gesetz nach Änderungen im Oberhaus wieder entsprechend umändern.
‘They want the continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is completely unacceptable to an independent country.
‘And since we have only 10 weeks until the end of the transition period on January 1 I have to make a judgement about the likely outcome and to get us all ready.
Britain’s chief negotiator said he was „disappointed“ that European Union leaders dropped their commitment to intensified trade negotiations at a Brussels summit on Thursday night
Stunde der Wahrheit im Brexit-Streit: Der britische Premier Boris Johnson will am Freitag erklären, ob und wie Großbritannien weiter mit der Europäischen Union über einen Handelspakt verhandelt.
Mr Gove said the Internal Market Bill was one of several steps taken „to ensure this country is not held hostage in a negotiation process, but that we honour the vote people made in 2016 and again in 2019 to ensure we are properly independent“.
He added: „No one will be happier than me if we can conclude an agreement but we have an absolute obligation to ensure the country is ready in the event that we don’t.“
Following their conversation on Saturday, the pair have tasked their chief negotiators with working “intensively” to resolve the remaining differences in the post-Brexit trade talks.
Fishing rights, state aid and governance continue to be vexed issues between the two sides as they look to ratify a new trading relationship before the transition period ends on December 31.
Es ist auch ein Warnsignal an den Bundesrat für die anstehenden Gespräche über das Rahmenabkommen. Das Bekenntnis vom Sonntag zum bilateralen Weg ist nur ein Ja zur wirtschaftlichen Zusammenarbeit. Eine stärkere politische Anbindung hingegen stösst auf ungebrochene, bei den Parteien sogar zunehmende Ablehnung.
Es zeichnet sich ein deutliches Nein ab. Die EU freuts. Bei der SVP wird intern bereits Kritik an der Parteiführung laut. Die aktuelle Entwicklung zur Abstimmung im Ticker.
Am Abend stimmte das Parlament dann in erster Lesung für die umstrittene Änderung des Brexit-Vertrages. Für die Gesetzesvorlage votierten 340 Abgeordnete, dagegen 263. Das neue Binnenmarktgesetz würde den im Januar mit der EU geschlossenen Brexit-Vertrag einseitig ändern.
In einer ersten Abstimmung hat sich allen Warnungen zum Trotz eine Mehrheit im britischen Unterhaus für das umstrittene Binnenmarktgesetz von Premier Boris Johnson ausgesprochen. 340 der Abgeordneten votierten gestern Abend für das Gesetz, mit dem Johnson Teile des gültigen Brexit-Deals ändern will.
Boris has, in effect, created our very own backstop.
Oh the irony.
1. Bob Neil
2. Geoffrey Cox
3. Simon Hoare
4. George Freeman
5. Tobias Ellwood
6. Damian Green
7. Damian Collins
8. Sir Oliver Heald
9. Sir Roger Gale
10. Gary Streeter
11. Rehman Chishti
12. Jack Lopresti
13. Sajid Javid
14. Charles Walker
15. Jeremy Wright
16. Andrew Mitchell
– Sajid Javid and Geoffrey Cox have both said they cannot support PM’s proposal
Watch the House of Commons from 2:30pm on Monday as three days of intensive debate and scrutiny on the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill begins.
Published last Wednesday, the Bill sets out rules for the operation of the UK internal market- trade between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland- after the end of the transition period in January.
BUSINESS OF THE DAY
1. United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Second Reading
Until 10.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(3))
Europe’s refusal to offer its neighbour and security ally even a bare-bones trade deal is a hostile posture that has consequences
Im Zuge des Brexit-Streits debattiert das britische Unterhaus heute Nachmittag über das Binnenmarktgesetz. Mit dem geplanten Gesetz will Premierminister Boris Johnson Teile des bereits gültigen Brexit-Abkommens aushebeln. Dabei geht es um Sonderregeln für das britische Nordirland, die eine harte Grenze zum EU-Staat Irland und neue Feindseligkeiten dort verhindern sollen.
The former leaders, both vehement opponents of Brexit, said that respecting treaty obligations was „just as important“ as domestic law, and called for MPs to reject the legislation.
„As the world looks on aghast at the UK – the word of which was once accepted as inviolable – this government’s action is shaming itself and embarrassing our nation,“ they added.
We decided in the Withdrawal Agreement to create a Joint Committee, in which we would thrash out the details of these new arrangements. It is here that things risk coming unstuck. We are now hearing that unless we agree to the EU’s terms, the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish sea. We are being told that the EU will not only impose tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, but that they might actually stop the transport of food products from GB to NI.
I have to say that we never seriously believed that the EU would be willing to use a Treaty, negotiated in good faith, to blockade one part of the UK, to cut it off; or that they would actually threaten to destroy the economic and territorial integrity of the UK. This was for the very good reason that any such barrier, any such tariffs or division would be completely contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Good Friday agreement. By actively undermining the Union of our country, such an interpretation would seriously endanger peace and stability in Northern Ireland. This interpretation cannot have been the real intention of those who framed the protocol (it certainly wasn’t ours) – and it is therefore vital that we close that option down.
He wrote: “We are now hearing that, unless we agree to the EU’s terms, the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish Sea.
“We are being told that the EU will not only impose tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, but that they might actually stop the transport of food products from GB to NI.
PM defends decision to alter Brexit divorce deal, saying he cannot hand Brussels the ‚power to carve up our country‘
But when the Zoom call attended by 256 MPs suddenly broke off after twenty minutes, the online forum descended into chaos as MP Michael Fabricant started singing Rule Britannia, clutching a piece of paper with the words already printed out.
Even if the UK leaves without a deal, the Northern Ireland protocol would kick in.
The Northern Ireland protocol replaced the NI backstop created as part of Theresa May’s deal.
The protocol is due to come into force on January 1, 2021, the end of the transition period.
Zwischen der Republik Irland und Nordirland besteht seit 1998 eine „weiche Grenze“. Johnsons „No Deal“-Brexit könnte dies bald ändern.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove will meet EU official Maros Sefcovic in London to discuss how the development could affect the island of Ireland.
Das sorgt nicht nur für verdutzte Blicke aus Brüssel: Rund um die jüngste Brexit-Verhandlungsrunde warf nun Johnsons Chefjurist Jonathan Jones das Handtuch.
We are now entering the final phase of our negotiations with the EU.
The EU have been very clear about the timetable. I am too. There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on 15 October if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year. So there is no sense in thinking about timelines that go beyond that point. If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us, and we should both accept that and move on.
We will then have a trading arrangement with the EU like Australia’s.
An angry official hit back: “The government is completely committed, as it always has been, to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol in good faith.”
A new law will be published this week that sets out Britain’s position — with No10 arguing it had to come this week in order to get through Parliament by December.
The standoff turned nasty yesterday as Brussels voiced fury at UK threats to override parts of the Withdrawal Agreement thrashed out last year. Legislation would unilaterally ‚clarify‘ key parts of the settlement, including customs rules for Northern Ireland, that the EU insists should be resolved by a joint committee.
Despite Mr Barnier warning that step would end hopes for a trade deal, the PM’s chief negotiator Lord Frost increased the temperature again today, demanding ‚more realism‘ from the EU that the UK was now a sovereign country.
Die Gespräche mit EU-Unterhändler Michel Barnier sollten heute in London starten. „Wir müssen Fortschritte in dieser Woche machen, wenn wir noch rechtzeitig eine Einigung finden wollen“, forderte Frost. Die EU müsse bei den Verhandlungen anerkennen, dass Großbritannien ein souveräner Staat ist.
The UK ‚cannot compromise on the fundamentals of what it means to be an independent country‘
– Boris Johnson says there is ’no sense‘ in faltering trade talks after October 15
– He says he won’t compromise on UK’s freedom to set own laws and fish in waters
– Mr Johnson insists a No Deal departure would still be a ‚good outcome‘
– Is is also reported today the UK could tear up parts of the Withdrawal Agreement
– Such a move could be seen as ‚bad faith‘ by the EU, lowering chances of a deal
Der britische Premierminister Boris Johnson fordert von der EU bis 15. Oktober ein Brexit-Handelsabkommen. Er könne sich sonst auch einen harten wirtschaftlichen Bruch vorstellen.
– Lord Frost warned Michel Barnier that the UK would not become a ‚client state‘
– He said EU needs to realise PM’s Government is adopting more steely approach
– Comments come ahead of Barnier’s arrival in London for a fresh round of talks
EU-Chefunterhändler Michel Barnier bestehe darauf, dass London keine Änderungen an der britischen Gesetzgebung vornehmen dürfe, die zu Störungen im Handel mit der Staatengemeinschaft führten, ohne vorher mit Brüssel Rücksprache zu halten, berichtete die „Times“ am Samstag.
A Government source said: „The EU must also realise that we are serious about leaving with an Australian-style trading relationship and reclaiming our independence as a sovereign nation if we cannot find acceptable terms.”
Man dürfe auch die auf Eis gelegten Gespräche über eine Ausweitung der Zollunion zwischen der EU und der Türkei „nicht aus den Augen verlieren“.
Damit kam Merkel Erdogan im Streit über die Umsetzung des Flüchtlingspakts entgegen.
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the cabinet, the House of Commons and the parliamentary Labour party all meeting for the first time since the general election
Instead of growing the economy by state backing and export-led growth as competitors have done, we’re left behind clinging to a protectionist bloc designed to protect French agriculture and German manufacturing at our expense.
We want to stay in the Single Market but ignore the fact that we’re running a £100 billion trade deficit in goods with it. That means the export of jobs, money and economic demand primarily to Germany.
From conversations I have had in the last couple of hours, I strongly suspect that the bulk of those elected as Tories who voted for a customs union in the indicative votes would not back a customs union amendment to the WAB because they understand that it would wreck the bill. If an amendment does pass, it will do so largely on the backs of those who want a second referendum. They will hope that the addition of a customs union will lead to the deal failing; reviving the prospects of a second referendum.
No10 sources said Mrs Merkel told the premier during the 30-minute showdown that the province must remain within the EU’s customs union indefinitely.
Boris has finally presented his detailed proposals to abolish the Backstop in a letter to the EU. The ERG and DUP are behind the proposals, now over to Varadkar…
Read the proposals in full below…
Der von Brüssel geforderte Schutz des Europäischen Binnenmarkts vor Produkten, die nicht den EU-Standards entsprechen, läge in der Hand des nordirischen Regionalparlaments.
Die Volksvertreter dürften künftig alle vier Jahre darüber entscheiden, ob sich der britische Landesteil an europäischen oder an britischen Standards orientiert. Nach dem Willen Londons soll sich die Europäische Union gleichzeitig verpflichten, in keinem Fall Kontrollen an der Grenze durchzuführen.
Boris Johnson’s new Brexit offer to the EU comprehensively rips up the backstop agreed by Theresa May – but it contains one proposal that may upset some Brexiter purists, namely that Northern Ireland should more-or-less remain in the single market for goods, food and agricultural products, subject to rules set by Brussels.
First, we learnt that the economy overall expanded by 0.3 per cent in July, significantly faster than the 0.1 per cent expected, and better than most of our main rivals. Next, we found out that the trade deficit narrowed slightly as imports fell. Finally, we learned that employment was at record highs and that wages were still growing at record rates.
– Jeremy Corbyn delivered hard-Left attack on Boris Johnson in speech at TUC
– He said that the PM wanted a Brexit settlement to benefit his ‚wealthy friends‘
– Union baron Len McCluskey sent class war message ‚workers are coming for you‘
Let us be quite clear. The rearguard campaign to prevent a “no-deal” Brexit is merely a smokescreen for the real objective, which is to frustrate any Brexit at all and, in effect, overturn the referendum outcome.
Das Bundeskanzleramt rechnet einem „Spiegel“-Bericht zufolge mit einer Rezession.
Der Wert der Ausfuhren betrug 106,1 Milliarden Euro und sank damit um acht Prozent, wie das Statistische Bundesamt mitteilte. Der exportabhängigen deutschen Wirtschaft machen der Zollkonflikt mit den USA, die Abkühlung der Weltkonjunktur und Risiken wie der Brexit zu schaffen.
German carmaker’s CEO offers to travel to London to deliver message to PM saying ‘listen to business’
Brexit has created the potential greater democratic control of trade deals. And we must ensure we use that to craft a trade policy that is geared to justice for the many rather than profits for the few.
Die Schweizer Nationalbank hält am expansiven geldpolitischen Kurs fest, und Japan bleibt ebenfalls bei der extrem lockeren Zinspolitik. Nur in England schien die Tendenz in die andere Richtung zu zeigen – trotz der drohenden Brexit-Gefahren. Zuletzt gab es einige Signale, die darauf hindeuteten, dass die Bank of England die Zinsen noch in diesem Jahr erhöhen werde. Denn die ökonomischen Daten sehen komfortabel aus.
Im Rennen um das Amt des Tory-Parteichefs hat ein weiterer Kandidat seine Bewerbung zurückgezogen: Gesundheitsminister Hancock sich aus dem Rennen zurück. Damit ist das Bewerberfeld auf sechs geschrumpft.
The Tory leadership contender has revealed a five-point plan on Brexit which he believes are an „honest, credible set of proposals that recognises the significant challenges we face“.
Mr Javid rules out holding another referendum or an early general election, says he will not revoke Article 50 and vows to ramp up preparations for No Deal if he becomes prime minister.
It had been a „challenging fundraising year“ for all parties, the Tories said.
The figures do not represent all donations, as only those above £7,500 have to be reported.
A no-deal scenario would do „severe“ damage to businesses, it said in an open letter to all the MPs running to lead the party.
Director general Carolyn Fairbairn warned them that smaller companies cannot afford the necessary preparations for leaving without a plan.
– Boris Johnson abandons ambitions of becoming PM after Michael Gove drops him and launches own campaign
– Justice Secretary says Johnson was not up to job and questions if his ‚heart and soul‘ were in pushing through Brexit
– Boris aide said to have vented anger at Gove in expletive-laden text accusing him of plotting to win keys to No10
– Furious Conservative MP Jake Berry says on Twitter that there is a ‚very deep pit reserved in Hell‘ for Gove
– Alliance between Leave campaigners ripped up as Treasury minister Andrea Leadsom enters Tory contest
– Home Secretary Theresa May installed as favourite after delivering bravura performance at her launch
As she was arriving for talks with the 28 other EU leaders in Brussels, May told journalist, “The best option for the UK is to leave the EU with a deal.” May is scheduled to meet with EU leaders to name five people to hold the European Union’s top jobs for the next five years.
Michael Gove 18
Dominic Raab 15
Boris Johnson 14
Jeremy Hunt 13
Sajid Javid 8
Matt Hancock 6
Esther McVey 5
Mark Harper 4
Andrea Leadsom 2
Until Wednesday night, Mr Johnson had appeared the firm favourite to take over from David Cameron as Tory leader, and therefore prime minister. But shortly after 9am on Thursday, he learnt that he was the victim of the most spectacular political assassination in a generation.
In what has been perceived as a stab at the former London Mayor, the Environment Secretary claimed that he is more ‚capable‘ and said the next leader cannot just ‚respect‘ the Brexit vote but must have the ‚wherewithal to deliver it‘.
This echoes the 2016 Conservative contest when Gove famously sank Johnson’s campaign by quitting as its chairman and insisting he was unfit to be leader.
Michael Gove’s sensational entry to the Tory leadership race has electrified a contest that had hitherto been proceeding predictably enough towards a final round between Theresa May and Boris Johnson. The justice secretary’s statement tore up the script and, extraordinarily, persuaded the former London mayor not to run.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove has officially entered the race to be the next Prime Minister, as the fight for the Tory crown showed signs of turning increasingly bitter.
– Theresa May’s plan to bring forward new Brexit Bill is in tatters after repeated attempts to woo Labour MPs
– Her chances of getting the deal through are fading as Tories voice opposition with 65-plus set to rebel
– Michael Gove has refused to guarantee that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill would come to the Commons
– Tory 1922 committee is meeting at 4pm – after PM faces Commons – with members pledging to topple her
Theresa May’s premiership is on the brink amid a full-scale revolt over her new Brexit deal, with Tory MPs calling for a change in the party rules to facilitate a leadership challenge.
As Mrs May faces her final battle:
– Tory grandees threaten to change party rules so the leader can be removed immediately
– Fed-up backbenchers said she should go now and leave Brexit to her successor
– The PM’s DUP allies warned she is leaving Britain at the mercy of the EU
– Even Mrs May’s most loyal MPs said she should scrap the planned vote on her deal
Environment Secretary Michael Gove gave an apparent hint that a big Commons vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, due in the week of June 3, should be pulled.
Sources said several Cabinet ministers agreed with him that the vital Bill should be kept back for a new Tory leader to manage.
A long-standing – but not usually a very public – critic likened me to a spectator at the guillotine as I stalked the commons corridors.
I asked him when he felt the political blade would fall on Theresa May’s premiership.
With a smile, he said: „Soon – very soon.“
I fear we are in for a long, hot summer.
Senior Tory backbenchers will now try to force a confidence vote in the PM when the party’s grandees meet at 4pm on Wednesday.
Brexiteer Nigel Evans said: “She has U-turned on absolutely everything. We cannot put up with this any longer.
Theresa May has committed to ‘ten commandments’ as part of the new offer she is putting before Parliament in one final attempt to pass her Withdrawal Agreement. They include a vote on a second referendum. Read them here:
“We can’t just go on using up all the lifelines.”
Another Cabinet source said they couldn’t see the point of holding a vote on the Withdrawal Bill when Labour was against it, and several Tories who backed it in March were now opposed.
“It’s only going to stoke up more anger,” they said.
Theresa May’s final attempt to get a Brexit deal through Parliament appears doomed after a leaked document suggested it was nothing more than a “retread” of old ideas.
Mrs May will meet Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, to set out a timetable for her departure after the second reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning June 3, he said today.
The pair will explore updating the trade blueprint to add a temporary Customs Union, which could be made permanent if Labour wins power in May 2022.
EU officials have given a warm welcome to the plan – so long as the UK signs off on the withdrawal pact including the backstop.
One told The Sun: “This should be workable. The EU never has made any problem about having time limits on a Customs Union.”
After a marathon Cabinet meeting, ministers agreed to continue the cross-party efforts but ..
Setting a definite date could see the Prime Minister’s Brexiteer critics hold out for her departure, rather than backing her deal for the UK to leave the EU.
But chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers Sir Graham Brady is still insisting Mrs May sets a leaving date when she meets with his executive team next Thursday, the Sun reported.
The few Tory MPs who claim to understand how she thinks believe that it has at last percolated through to her that, were she to walk out after the catastrophic local election results, she would merely compound the view of herself as one of the worst prime ministers in history. They think she feels that if she can get a deal to leave the European Union, however bad it might be and by whatever means, she might yet slough off some of her iniquity.
– Sir Graham Brady suggested she could introduce the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – in the ’near future‘
– But some Tories believe the decision will see her caught in a trap if it fails to pass
– Tories fear a hammering at European elections at hands of the new Brexit Party
– Some officials believe they will get less than 10 per cent of the vote on May 23
George Osborne tells Sky News he thinks the time has come for a new leader and new mandate in the Conservative Party.George Osborne tells Sky News he thinks the time has come for a new leader and new mandate in the Conservative Party.
Sir Graham Brady has told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg that there is not yet „public clarity“ on when the prime minister will leave office.
Theresa May has faced a direct call from a Conservative MP in the House of Commons to step down and hand over to a new Prime Minister.
Brexit-backing Andrea Jenkyns told Mrs May that she had “failed” in EU withdrawal negotiations and forfeited the trust of the public.
July is no good, there won’t be a Conservative Party that is resueable by then, the 1922 Committee are, in Thatchers words FRIT. Mrs May has to go NOW, tomorrow would not be soon enough!
The Labour MP accused the Conservative Party rules of forcing a form of „dictatorship“ on Parliament as nothing can be done to oust the Prime Minister before the end of the year. Ms Hoey urged Theresa May to resign from her post as soon as possible in the best interest of the country and to help find a solution to the Brexit impasse.
Theresa May is to meet the chairman of an influential committee of backbench Tory MPs, Sir Graham Brady, amid calls for her to set a firm resignation date.
It follows a request from the 1922 Committee for „clarity“ on the issue.
The Leave campaigner said his burgeoning Brexit Party would field a full slate of candidates against Tory and Labour MPs in a general election and “break the two party system” if Mrs May and Mr Corbyn made a pact to keep the UK tied to EU rules.
“I am so sorry at the loss of many excellent Tory councillors,” he told the Observer. “But frankly, given the performance of the government, it’s pretty amazing that anyone turned out to vote Conservative at all.”
A grassroots movement to force out the prime minister is gaining ground in the wake of a set of election results that saw the Tories lose an astonishing 1,300 councillors. MPs and local constituency chiefs also warned May that agreeing a Brexit deal with Labour would lead to the party’s annihilation.
Tory MP Mark Francois told LBC that Theresa May must go after disastrous local elections results and the prospect of a customs union with the EU.
She today wrote in the Mail on Sunday: ‘To the leader of the opposition, I say this: let’s listen to what the voters said in the elections and put our differences aside for a moment. Let’s do a deal.’
Theresa May is considering agreeing a cross-party deal with Labour to keep Britain in the tariff-free wall, which would bar Britain from striking new trade deals with other countries on goods but would allow agreements solely on services.
But the need to fight European elections – taking place on 23 May – has led 34 of the party’s candidates to say that this ambiguity is no longer sustainable.
Around 100 MPs from across the party agree with them.
They want a clear commitment to a referendum under all circumstances.
Das System zur Beilegung von Streitigkeiten ist allerdings noch nicht in Kraft. Dazu muss Ceta erst durch die Parlamente in allen 28 EU-Staaten ratifiziert sein.
„Linke“ und „Grüne“, die für „Europa“ schon das Grundgesetz in Frage gestellt haben, werden des „Rechtspopulismus“ verdächtigt, weil sie artig darauf hinweisen, dass erst der Bundestag Ja und Amen zu Entstaatlichungsprogrammen wie C.E.T.A. sagen muss.
Das wir das noch erleben dürfen.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today ruled that provisions for investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS, rebranded as ICS – Investment Court System) in the EU-Canada trade deal CETA are compatible with EU law.
This decision dangerously legitimises a mechanism that enables companies to claim multi-billion sum damages from governments that dare to stand up to their power. The ruling also comes as a blow to millions of citizens who have spoken out against this parallel justice system for corporations, most recently, more than 555,000 petitioners from all over Europe demanded an end to the ISDS system in all its forms.
The European Union-Canada free-trade agreement’s provisions to protect investors do not breach EU law, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday in a major relief for proponents of the deal that came into force in 2017.
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Hopes of a Brexit deal being struck between Labour and the Government have risen after both sides said progress had been made in the latest round of talks.
She even recklessly contradicted Sammy Wilson, the DUP MP, when he claimed she had never said “no” to anything in her Brexit negotiations. She had refused to accept Northern Ireland being separated from the UK in a temporary customs union, she said.
I am told that the prime minister’s mood is just as buoyant in private. Does she know something we don’t? Does she have a secret plan that will persuade MPs over the Easter break?
And referring to the cross-party talks she said: “We are sitting down seriously to find a way that enables this House to ensure that there is a deal that commands a majority so that we can leave the European Union.”
The PM met Jeremy Corbyn again for 20 minutes – and a number of Tory Ministers are expected to meet their Labour ‘Shadows’.
Theresa May edged closer to a compromise with Labour on a customs union last night as she resumed Brexit talks with Jeremy Corbyn.
The two met in Parliament hours after Mrs May told MPs there was ‚more agreement in relation to a customs union than is often given credit‘.
Zwei Tage vor dem – vorläufig – endgültigen Datum für den Austritt Großbritanniens aus der EU kommt es am Mittwoch zu einem letzten Spitzentreffen in Brüssel. Die britische Premierministerin Theresa May wird bei der EU um eine weitere Verschiebung des EU-Austritts ansuchen. Nur ein einstimmiges Ja der verbleibenden 27 EU-Mitglieder kann einen ungeregelten Brexit noch verhindern.
Brexit leads most of Wednesday’s papers as EU leaders gather in Brussels for another crunch summit when they will be asked to sign off on a second extension.
An apparent sticking point in the negotiations between the two parties is over membership of the Customs Union. To be clear, both sides are in absolute agreement that Britain should remain in the Customs Union in defiance of the public’s wishes to leave it.
Liam Fox has told Tory MPs that a Customs Union is the „worst of both worlds“ and will leave Britain unable to set its own trade policy in a leaked letter obtained by The Telegraph.
The International Trade Secretary said that the UK will itself be „traded“ by the European Union as it sells access to British markets as part of future deals after Brexit.
– Theresa May will jet to Berlin and then on to Paris today to urge Merkel and Macron to agree Brexit delay
– Their price is expected to be to refuse to let the UK have any say in future EU budget talks and trade deals
Theresa May was today ordered by Germany and France to accept “very strict” conditions in return for a Brexit delay.
In a fresh humiliation, the Prime Minister was told she can only have a longer extension of Article 50 if Britain is bound by a good behaviour contract.
At the weekend Philip Hammond, the chancellor, said that there were “no red lines” for the government in its talks with Labour aimed at finding a Brexit compromise. This morning, in a doorstep on his arrival at the EU foreign affairs council, Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, said more or less exactly the same thing.
Theresa May is set to offer Labour a customs in order to salvage the Government’s Brexit deal, Robert Buckland, the Solicitor General, has indicated.
Mrs May would have ‚days‘ as Prime Minister if she doesn’t hold her ground and refuse a Brexit date of June 30, MPs have claimed
In a bid to save the talks from collapsing, the Chancellor said he was “optimistic” ministers would be able to reach an agreement with Labour and “should be open to listen to suggestions”.
However, his intervention has provoked a furious backlash among Brexiteers, who accused him of “deliberately touting his own view” and attempting to push Theresa May into signing up to a customs union.
– Theresa May will write to EU Council President Donald Tusk to request extension to Article 50 beyond April 12
– Prime Minister wants ‚termination clause‘ to leave EU on May 22, day before European elections if deal passes
– AG Geoffrey Cox we need to use ‚any means to secure an ends‘ and cross-party talks are vital for securing deal
Singham: I’m not suggesting that we leave without a deal – we should follow the proposals I’ve outlined. But if we did, for whatever reason, there will be temporary disruption – and part of that disruption will be down to the government’s lack of preparation. It’s certainly possible to prepare for No Deal. Many other countries are more prepared than us, such as the Dutch, who have made lots of customs preparations. To not prepare adequately was a deliberate choice by our government. The only reason not to upgrade our customs facilities was if the government was planning all along to remain in the EU Customs Union.
Talks between Conservative and Labour teams have taken place for a second day, in a bid to end Brexit deadlock.
The discussions, which lasted 4.5 hours, were described as „detailed and productive“ by the government.
So we lurch towards a permanent customs union and British infeudation as a non-voting member of the EU legal and regulatory system. This can end only in acrimony and years of bitter conflict with Europe.
Sooner or later an explosive issue will arise. It will become clear why a G7 industrial democracy with 65 million people cannot subcontract swaths of policy-making to a foreign power.
Has it really come to this? Are we really stuck with a Tory Prime Minister who believes Jeremy Corbyn to be the country’s last hope of salvation? Is this just a nightmare from which we are all about to awake, or is Theresa May actually for real?
This will go down like a cup of cold sick with Tories already incensed by Theresa May’s approach to Jeremy Corbyn. Both Steve Barclay and May herself refused to rule out second referendums yesterday, a Government source confirmed to Guido then that nothing was off the table besides a full-on revocation of Article 50. Brexiteers fear an even greater betrayal coming…
Last night Mr Hammond risked a Tory backlash as he said a ‚confirmatory referendum‘ – on Mrs May’s deal versus Remain – was a ‚perfectly credible proposition.‘
And her Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has also made the case for a customs union compromise, insisting it was ’not some kind of sell-out‘.
Industry sources said Mr Hammond tried to strike an upbeat tone on Brexit at the US investment bank’s 150th anniversary party in the Natural History Museum, which Mr Solomon travelled to London to attend.
A Treasury spokesman confirmed that Mr Hammond met with Mr Solomon as well as other senior figures at the event. About 700 guests listened to a speech by Mr Solomon, who replaced Lloyd Blankfein in October, on the „challenges“ posed to Europe by Brexit.
THERESA MAY and Jeremy Corbyn have agreed to further cross-party talks in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock – but could we see a coalition between the two party leaders?
After the talks, which lasted just over two hours, Jeremy Corbyn told the Mirror that they had gone „very well“ and that he expected to sit down again with the PM soon.
Talks between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were took place in the Prime Minister’s office in the Commons.
The Brexit pile-up in parliament really is unlike anything we’ve witnessed in modern times. The government and MPs are refusing to implement the biggest democratic mandate in British political history, the clearest and most weighty demand ever issued to them by the public. And yet they are still straining to agree how best to bury it for good.
„It’s really kicking off,“ one Brexiteer told me in the aftermath of Mrs May’s statement.
„This cannot be allowed, that cabinet has to move against May. The 1922 [backbench committee] chairman [Sir Graham Brady] has to go and tell her she has to go.“
The Brexiteers can’t stage of a vote of confidence – she secured a year’s grace after winning the confidence vote last December, but they can try to destabilise her government.
She is likely to face an onslaught from Conservative Brexiteers at Prime Ministers Questions this afternoon after her controversial proposal to negotiate with the Labour leader.
Ominously for the PM, Boris Johnson has joined the Brexiteer backlash, which has seen some Tory MPs urge cabinet ministers to stage a mutiny and move to oust her immediately.
– Theresa May made a dramatic shift as she promised new Brexit talks with Jeremy Corbyn to ‚break the logjam‘
– She said the Government wanted to strike a new deal on the final UK-EU deal both parties could live with
– If talks with Mr Corbyn fail then May promised to hand the decision to Parliament to find a way forward
– Warned there is no hope of changing the divorce treaty – a hint she is abandoning hard Brexiteers and the DUP
– Brexit Tories led by Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg exploded with rage at May’s apparent concessions
– May said she wants to persuade the EU to agree to the new timetable next week and leave the EU on May 22
– Brussels has been clear any delay longer than May 22 would require Britain to hold EU elections next month
– May’s announcement came after a marathon seven-hour Cabinet meeting with ministers locked inside No 10
„There was a very significant shift to a softer Brexit,“ said a senior minister.
„There is no turning back“.
And there you have captured the magnitude of the risk the PM is taking.
Theresa May ignored the will of her Cabinet by ruling out a no deal Brexit and choosing to extend Article 50 as she asked Jeremy Corbyn to help her find a compromise.
It was billed as the ultimate Brexit showdown and in the end the seven-hour marathon cabinet meeting ended in rows and recriminations after a cabinet majority for no deal was ignored in favour of a customs union consensus with Jeremy Corbyn.
The fact that the epic political pow wow started with a brief delay should have acted as an omen.
(2.4.2019) When Theresa May stood in 10 Downing Street earlier this evening and announced that she would try and break the Brexit logjam by liaising with Jeremy Corbyn, she gave the impression of speaking with Cabinet backing. However, the full story is now emerging. In a stormy seven-hour meeting, minister after minister protested at her proposal to use Labour votes for a softer Brexit ( potentially a customs union) in order to pass a deal. As many as 14 ministers said they’d rather keep no deal on the table. It seems that only about ten supported her final plan.
The PM effectively ruled out No Deal as she vowed to work with Jeremy Corbyn to get a deal through the Commons
By backing Common Market 2.0, the left has embraced ‘Euro-jingoism’.
Since then, our Remainer-stuffed Parliament has pulled every trick in the book to keep us as close to the European Union as possible. And now MPs want Britain to stay inside the customs union, the EU’s most important legal construct, while claiming they “still respect the referendum result”.
This is abject nonsense. The customs union is enshrined in the 1957 Treaty of Rome, the EU’s legal bedrock. The EU is, in essence, the customs union.
Nick Boles told a shocked House of Commons he was quitting the Tories – seemingly because he was upset that the Government whipped hard against his amendment and in favour of their own policy and manifesto.
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MPs hijacked control of the Commons again tonight to try to find a way through the Brexit mess but NOTHING won a majority for the second time
Keiner der nichtbindenden Lösungsvorschläge erhielt eine Mehrheit. Im Kabinett herrscht Chaos, die konservative Regierungsfraktion ist tief gespalten
The Labour Party is at the Rubicon. The first agenda item at the inaugural Labour Party conference of February 28, 1900, was “Object of conference: a resolution in favour of working-class opinion being represented in the House of Commons.”
Even in that first debate, the new leaders made clear that the appeal would need to be beyond the traditional working classes and should not be to encompass the concept of “class war”.
But it set up a political party whose reason for existence was entirely centred on giving voice and vote to working-class opinion.
Labour’s position on the customs union is baffling. For the British left, supporting membership in the customs union is historically incongruous, morally aberrant, and logically inconsistent. Anti-racists, internationalists, and leftists should oppose EU customs union membership for Great Britain.
In the pages that follow I explain why staying in the EU’s Customs Union, while outside of the EU and without a seat at the table, would be one of the worst Brexit options.
There are very real implications for the UK’s future trade policy. In short, a Latvian MEP would have more say over UK trade policy than any elected politician in the United Kingdom.
ConHome have done their own set of indicative votes among the Tory membership, finding massive grassroots opposition to any of the options apart from No Deal. Nearly 90% are opposed to Customs Union membership, revoking Article 50 or a second referendum, while 79% oppose ‘Common Market 2.0’, with barely double figures in favour of them.
DUP leader Arlene Foster has told Sky News her party is unable to support Theresa May’s Brexit deal while it „poses a threat to the integrity of the UK“.
In a historic encounter with Tory MPs, the Prime Minister promised to hand over to a new PM within months
Any decision taken by indicative votes would not compel the government into pursuing that course of action, but would show what Parliament wants and where the most votes lie.
Theresa May is considering plans to allow MPs a vote on keeping Britain in a Customs Union as she refuses to quit as Prime Minister despite MPs and ministers urging her to stand down.
Mrs Merkel said: „We, the EU27, will discuss this today. We can fulfil this wish in principle if there will be a positive vote about the exit deal next week in the British Parliament.
Die deutsche Kanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) hat vor Beginn des EU-Gipfels am Donnerstag und Freitag ein Ja der EU-Staaten zu der von Großbritannien beantragten Brexit-Verschiebung auf Ende Juni mit einer vorherigen Zustimmung des britischen Parlaments zu dem Austrittsabkommen mit der EU verknüpft.
Arrival and doorstep by Michael ROTH, Minister of State for Europe of Germany, at the General Affairs Council, taking place on 19 March 2019 in Brussels.
“For my Government it’s the key priority to prevent a no-deal Brexit. I don’t have any appetite for substance-less, very abstract discussions and negotiations on Brexit. Please deliver, dear friends in London please deliver. The clock is ticking.”
The prime minister was reported to be planning to hold a third vote on Tuesday but may be forced to call it off amid ongoing opposition from Tory Eurosceptics and continued negotiations with the DUP.