Q And you said that you still — a few days ago, you said you squarely stand by your decision to pull out.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, I do. Because look at it this way, folks — and I’m going to — I have another meeting, for real. But imagine where we’d be if I had indicated, on May the 1st, I was not going to renegotiate an evacuation date; we were going to stay there.
I’d have only one alternative: Pour thousands of more troops back into Afghanistan to fight a war that we had already won, relative — is why the reason we went in the first place.
I have never been of the view that we should be sacrificing American lives to try to establish a democratic government in Afghanistan — a country that has never once in its entire history been a united country, and is made up — and I don’t mean this in a derogatory — made up of different tribes who have never, ever, ever gotten along with one another.
And so, as I said before — and this is the last comment I’ll make, but we’ll have more chance to talk about this, unfortunately, beyond, because we’re not out yet — if Osama bin Laden, as well as al Qaeda, had chosen to launch an attack — when they left Saudi Arabia — out of Yemen, would we have ever gone to Afghanistan? Even though the Taliban completely controlled Afghanistan at the time, would we have ever gone?
I know it’s not fair to ask you questions. It’s rhetorical. But raise your hand if you think we should have gone and given up thousands of lives and tens of thousands of wounded.
Our interest in going was to prevent al Qaeda from reemerging — first to get bin Laden, wipe out al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and prevent that from happening again.
As I’ve said 100 times: Terrorism has metastasized around the world; we have greater threats coming out of other countries a heck of a lot closer to the United States.
We don’t have military encampments there; we don’t keep people there. We have over-the-horizon capability to keep them from going after us.
Ladies and gentlemen, it was time to end a 20-year war.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pressuring Biden not to withdraw until evacuations were complete
Nach Informationen der ARD-Korrespondentin Isabel Schayani sollen die Evakuierungsflüge der Bundeswehr auf der Strecke Taschkent-Kabul-Taschkent wohl noch früher als gedacht beendet werden – nämlich möglicherweise schon heute. Zuvor hatte die ARD Informationen erhalten, dass die Mission am Freitag oder Samstag beendet werden sollte.
„Es sind heute keine neuen Daten über das bekannte Datum des 31.8. genannt worden vom Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika“, sagte Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel nach einem virtuellen G7-Gipfel zu Afghanistan. Sie betonte, dass auch Deutschland die Evakuierungen ohne die USA nicht fortsetzen könne.
President Joe Biden has decided, in consultation with his national security team, to stick with the August 31 deadline for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, according to a senior administration official.
Military advisers have told the White House that the decision must be made by Tuesday in order to have enough time to withdraw the 5,800 troops currently on the ground, as well as their equipment and weapons. If the President agrees, the military anticipates „a few more days“ of trying to evacuate as many people as possible before the drawdown of US forces begins, possibly at the end of this week.
The Telegraph understands that unless Mr Biden relents, UK troops are due to start to withdraw from Kabul airport towards the end of the week as they are expected to step up efforts to evacuate as many as 6,000 people.
Das britische Parlament hat das Ratifizierungsgesetz für das Brexit-Abkommen verabschiedet. Nach dem Unterhaus passierte der Gesetzesentwurf nun auch das Oberhaus, das House of Lords.
Boris Johnson’s Brexit Bill is set to become law on Thursday after clearing its finally parliamentary hurdle.
Nun wird das Gesetz noch in den Ausschüssen beraten. Dafür sind nach den Weihnachtsferien Anfang Januar drei weitere Debattentage vorgesehen, am 7., 8. und 9. Januar. Danach muss auch das Oberhaus noch zustimmen, damit Großbritannien die EU zum 31. Januar tatsächlich geregelt verlassen kann.
BRITAIN is officially on its way to leaving the EU on January 31 today after MPs finally backed Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal by a huge majority of 124.
There were loud cheers across the chamber as MPs opted by 358 – 234 to deliver the new deal after three years of dithering and delay.
MPs have backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January.
They voted 358 to 234 in favour of the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which now goes on to further scrutiny in the House of Commons and House of Lords.
– Boris Johnson has held the first meeting of his new Cabinet since election saying ‚you ain’t seen nothing yet‘
– The government has revealed that it is amending withdrawal legislation to stop any further delays to Brexit
– The new legislation would rule out any extension of the post-Brexit transition period beyond December 2020
– Officials have also strongly rejected any speculation that Boris Johnson could opt to embrace a softer Brexit
– Mr Johnson last night posed with 109 new Conservative MPs who will help him to deliver Brexit by January 31
We are back in a familiar cycle: posturing, bluster and a last-minute burst of Brexit talks.
The Daily Telegraph has obtained a ComRes survey which was presented last week at a conference fringe event attended by Tory MPs. Mapping voter reaction to five Brexit scenarios, it showed the Tories would only win a majority in the Commons if Britain left the EU on October 31.
However any delay – even if it leads to a no deal Brexit immediately after an election, or Brexit being cancelled altogether, will leave a hung Parliament.
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.
Boris Johnson has promised to “get Brexit done” and “send Jeremy Corbyn into orbit where he belongs”.
Er werde weiterhin mit der EU an einem Abkommen arbeiten. Klar sei aber, dass Großbritannien Ende Oktober austreten müsse – „komme, was wolle“. Dreieinhalb Jahre nach dem Referendum fühlten sich die Briten „als ob sie zum Narren gehalten werden“.
The United Kingdom can reclaim its natural and historic role as an enterprising, outward-looking and truly global country. But first we must restore trust in our precious democracy by leaving the EU on the 31st October, writes Boris Johnson
When asked how he could both obey the law and ensure Brexit by October 31, Mr Johnson said: „If you’ll forgive me, I don’t want to tip the hand of the UK government more than Parliament has already required us to do so.“
He’s repeatedly referred to the new law as the „Surrender Bill“, arguing it means the EU won’t give us a good deal as they think we’ll be forced to delay.
A No10 source said today: „If the question is ‚is he going to stop talking about the Surrender Bill‘ the answer is ‚absolutely no he’s not‘.“
When MPs who once vowed to honour the referendum result vote instead to proceed with a dodgy Bill, enabled by their puppet Speaker, surrendering power to the EU to determine a delay of its choosing — to be rubber-stamped by our Remainer-dominated Parliament.
Will three months suit Brussels? Six, maybe? How about ten years?
Remainers will, have no doubt, sign off whatever the EU decides.
– Boris Johnson called for snap election after being defeated by Remainer MPs
– The PM needs to secure a two-thirds vote in the Commons to hold an early poll
– Jeremy Corbyn has said he will block poll unless law is passed against No Deal
The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn has said that there is no consent to leave the EU without a deal and no majority for no-deal in the country.
He added that if Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to table a motion for a general election he should „get the bill passed first in order to take no-deal off the table“.
BORIS Johnson tonight demanded a snap general election after rebel MPs pulled off an extraordinary coup to allow a block on Brexit until next year plunging Westminster into outright chaos.
Twenty one Conservative MPs – including NINE ex-Cabinet ministers – were sacked minutes after siding with Labour to seize control of Parliament’s agenda from 3pm tomorrow.
Removing the whip effectively means expelling the MPs from their party.
The list of rebelling MPs included ex-Cabinet ministers Greg Clark, David Gauke, Rory Stewart, Oliver Letwin, Justine Greening as well as Mr Hammond and Father of the House Mr Clarke.
The political class has taken back control – from the people.
Damit können sie morgen über einen von Premierminister Boris Johnson abgelehnten Gesetzesentwurf abstimmen.
The lawmakers who voted in favor of the motion include a number of high-profile rebels in Johnson’s own Conservative Party, who now risk being stripped of their affiliation. Parliament on Wednesday will vote on a bill to force Johnson to seek a Brexit extension from the European Union.
But there are a myriad of scenarios that could frustrate the plans of both sides. Read on to find out how.
Brexit history and constitutional history may be made at 10 tonight.
Because the number of Tory rebels is holding firm at around 20.
And that means Sir Oliver Letwin’s motion under Standing Order 24, which would have the effect of handing control of business in the Commons to backbenchers tomorrow, could well pass by around five votes.
The meeting was said to be courteous but the ex-Chancellor repeatedly interrupted the discussion and spoke over colleagues.
And Government sources claimed that he let slip that the rebel bill – which will be put to MPs tomorrow to try and stop a No Deal – was drawn up with assistance from the EU’s legal team.
Follow events in the House of Commons Chamber as MPs meet for the first time after the summer recess.
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Der britische Premierminister Boris Johnson will unter «keinen Umständen» eine weitere Verlängerung der EU-Austrittsfrist beantragen. Das sagte Johnson am Montagabend in einer Erklärung vor dem Regierungssitz Downing Street in London.
«Wir werden die Europäische Union am 31. Oktober verlassen, ohne Wenn und Aber.»
In a statement delivered outside Downing Street, Johnson said he would not ask Brussels for an extension to the Brexit process, even if Parliament forces him to.
Urging lawmakers to reject a proposal to take no-deal off the table, Johnson made it clear that he would prefer an election over another „pointless“ Brexit delay. „I don’t want an election, you don’t want an election,“ Johnson said — with the unsaid implication that a new vote would be the only alternative.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives Brexit statement after emergency Cabinet meeting
Section 3, Paragraph 1 has already caught the attention of Brexiteers, as it would mean the EU can choose the length of the extension – without a limit – and the Prime Minister must agree to it.
Those who have been quite happy to see power drip from Westminster to Brussels are now enthusiastic converts to parliamentary sovereignty. Of course, the brand of democracy that’s fashionable with EU-loving protesters is of a very specific variety. It’s the type that places the votes of a few hundred MPs above the 17.4million members of the public who voted for the UK to leave the EU. It’s the type of democracy that demands we bend the knee to our representatives in parliament, who are expected to think and act on our behalf.
– The PM has convened a last-minute cabinet meeting for 5 pm, with the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg saying Boris will discuss calling an election this week
– This is well-timed to be followed by a previously-arranged garden party with all Tory MPs. Great way to get all his MPs in one place for any announcements…
– No. 10 have publicly said they are treating tomorrow’s Remainer plot to take over the House of Commons Order Paper as an implicit vote of confidence in the Government’s negotiation strategy – many are reading into this as a vote of confidence in the government as a whole.
– In the event of a government defeat on Tuesday or Wednesday, Boris would seek an election.
They are expected to put forward legislation on Tuesday to stop no deal under „SO24“ or Standing Order 24 – the rule allowing MPs to ask for a debate on a „specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration“.
Sources have told the BBC the bill would force the prime minister to seek a three-month extension until 31 January if no withdrawal deal has been passed by 19 October – the day after the next EU leaders‘ summit.
BORIS Johnson is planning a snap general election in five weeks‘ time if he loses to rebel Tories this week, The Sun can reveal.
The dramatic move is a significant change of thinking in No10 as it would see a nationwide poll take place before Brexit is due on October 31.
This makes it clear that the Government is working within the legal stipulations set by Dominic Grieve’s political chicanery, and is responding in kind. So there is nothing unconstitutional or improper here. And if the Commons does not like the move, then it is free to pass a motion of no confidence in the Government. As long as a majority of MPs have confidence in the Government, but disapprove of its Brexit policy, they cannot complain about any legal and constitutional means the Government employs to achieve its objectives.
As Britain’s EU membership finally comes to an end next month, so (hopefully) will John Bercow’s miserable time as Speaker. Luckily, however, the St Helena Tourism Board have posted a job vacancy perfect for him should he be looking for a new job over the coming weeks.
TORY MPs who vote to block a No Deal next week will be sacked from the party, we can reveal.
No10 will bar Remainer rebels from standing at the next general election.
– Even a fifth of Labour supporters believe Mr Johnson is doing a good job so far
– They think he has more of the ‚common touch‘ than Jeremy Corbyn
– Only a month into the job, Jo Swinson is seen as a more suitable PM to Corbyn
– The survey puts the Tories on 31 per cent, Labour on 24 and Lib Dems on 21
That’s why German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron sounded fairly enthusiastic when Boris Johnson went to Berlin and Paris last week to talk about getting an agreement, even if they were sceptical that there is a different deal to be agreed.
So why are they not saying anything on the day the prime minister announces the suspension of Parliament in September?
Yesterday’s announcement that Parliament will be suspended is the biggest gamble that any British prime minister has taken in 80 years.
If it pays off, Boris Johnson will be a hero to millions.
– Boris Johnson told his Cabinet EU negotiations would be helped if Parliament could not ‚frustrate‘ Brexit
– Explaining yesterday’s dramatic prorogation he said the EU would think ‚these guys really are serous‘
– Yesterday the Queen assented to the request to suspend Parliament until an October 14 Queen’s Speech
– Move means the House of Commons will be suspended at some point in the week beginning September 9
– Proroguing Parliament will reduce the amount of time available for MPs to try to stop No Deal Brexit
For their lunchtime broadcast, BBC News ventured as far as the Midlands to get the actual electorate’s reaction to the news, only to be astonished that the vast majority of those asked supported the PM’s decision. Watch above…
Here are the best reactions of the bunch:
One insider said: “The EU will never negotiate with us and consider changes to the backstop if they believe Parliament can block a No Deal.
“As well as having the advantage of sending Remainers into meltdown and putting them on the back foot, this is about showing the EU that they have to come to the table.”
Remainers have had a painful reminder of what happens when they forget Mike Tyson’s cardinal rule:: „Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.“
Hätte die Queen ablehnen können?
Theoretisch liegt es in der Macht von Königin Elizabeth II., den Antrag der Regierung abzulehnen. Doch das ist undenkbar.
MPs do not vote to prorogue – it’s a power that rests with the Queen, done on the advice of the prime minister.
Proroguing parliament to force through Brexit is wrong. But using parliament to stop Brexit is far worse.
THE Queen has approved Boris Johnson’s bombshell request to suspend Parliament and stop Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to block No Deal Brexit.
Her Majesty met with the Privy Council today at Balmoral and an order was greenlit to prorogue Parliament from any date between September 9 to October 14.
And ex-Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith warned there were far more problems with Mrs May’s deal than the backstop – such as the lengthy transition period and the collaboration with the EU on defence.
But in a sign of the hardening attitudes in No.10, a senior ally of the PM said: “We know the ‘Spartans’ are going to accuse us of betrayal at some point.”
Jeremy Corbyn secured the support of five other parties yesterday in his bid to further delay Britain’s departure from the EU.
The five other leaders had forced the Labour leader to drop his preferred option of tabling a vote of no confidence.
Instead, the opposition groups agreed to prioritise passing a law to extend Article 50 again.
– Boris Johnson said EU does ‚tend to come to an agreement right at end‘ of talks
– PM said he would not ‚walk away‘ from talks until the Halloween deadline expires
– Mr Johnson said negotiations will be ‚difficult‘ but still hoped a deal will be done
– Comments came at end of the G7 summit in the French coastal town of Biarritz
Even the civil servants seem suddenly to be standing straighter. After three years of immobilism, dreariness and funk, the Government is again exuding purpose.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said for the first time that the Withdrawal Agreement can be amended to allow the UK to leave the European Union with a deal.
– Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron meeting in Paris for lunchtime talks
– Mr Johnson told French president he is serious about leaving the EU on Oct 31
– Angela Merkel has given Mr Johnson 30 days to propose backstop alternatives
– Mr Macron suggested he was open to hearing what the UK could come up with
– But he appeared to set bar very high as he said the backstop is ‚indispensable‘
– Mr Macron said yesterday reopening Withdrawal Agreement was ’not an option
Der Backstop sei nur als Übergangsregel für die nicht endgültig gelöste Irland-Frage gedacht gewesen, sagte Merkel gestern in Berlin bei einem Treffen mit Großbritanniens Premierminister Boris Johnson. Beide signalisierten Optimismus, allerdings ohne konkrete Fortschritte zu erzielen.
Now, getting rid of the backstop is essential. If activated it would tip the UK into an arrangement worse than EU membership. We’d be bound by EU rules and institutions with even less control over them than we had before. This would reduce Britain to the status of an EU colony, all for the sake of avoiding a ‘hard border’ that Ireland, the EU and the UK all do not want, and which all parties have promised never to erect.
But what is more significant about Johnson’s letter is what it didn’t mention.
The process of Britain leaving the European Union will start in just 10 days‘ time after UK diplomats were ordered to dramatically reduce contact with their EU counterparts.
British officials will withdraw from hundreds of official meetings in Brussels as the deadline for leaving the EU approaches …
The Prime Minister had previously insisted that he would not hold any talks with EU leaders until they agreed to scrap the controversial Irish backstop.
That pledge appears to have been shelved, as he is making a diplomatic dash to Berlin on Wednesday to meet Mrs Merkel and then Emmanuel Macron, the French president, in Paris on Thursday.
Former Tory former cabinet ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson claimed the leak of documents on ‚Operation Yellowhammer‘ was an example of the ‚establishment‘ plot to ’sow fear in people’s minds‘.
In a joint statement, they said: ‚This Operation Yellowhammer leak is the version of what the contingency executive put together. We remember attending a briefing on privy council terms which they said was not worst case but reasonable worst case. Theresa May had asked for this to be done. It was obviously Project Fear dressed up.
DEFIANT Boris Johnson will meet the leaders of Germany and France this week with a stark message: MPs won’t stop Brexit.
The PM will use a two-day trip to the continent to insist the referendum result will not be delayed again beyond October 31.
Boris Johnson will hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week ahead of the G7 summit in Biarritz.
– A secret Whitehall dossier outlines possible pandemonium in a No Deal Brexit
– Operation Yellowhammer casts a dark shadow over proposed October 31 exit
– Hard border in Ireland, fuel, medicine and food shortages are anticipated
– News comes as Boris Johnson prepares to meet EU leaders at the G7 this week
And thanks to a boozy civil servant leaving a stash of Brexit papers in a Westminster pub, The Mail on Sunday can reveal the full extent of Mr Johnson’s rigid new regime.
An eight-page document entitled ‘Core Brexit Brief’ and prepared specifically for Mr Johnson by Whitehall spin doctors and policy advisers was found abandoned in The Feathers public house, in the heart of Westminster.
BORIS Johnson is set to sign an act to repeal EU law in days and FINALLY free us from Brussels control.
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has been ordered by the PM to sign a “commencement order” that will cement his “do or die” pledge to leave the bloc by October 31.
Former Cabinet ministers Dominic Grieve and David Gauke both distanced themselves from the Labour’s leader’s cross-party call to back him in leading a „strictly time-limited“ government that would extend Article 50 and then call a general election.
Mr Grieve – who on Thursday agreed to sit down for talks with Mr Corbyn – said he would „not facilitate“ a government led by Mr Corbyn, according to a leaked email.
Der Chef der größten britischen Oppositionspartei soll eine Revolte gegen Premierminister Boris Johnson planen. Doch Corbyn fehlen die Unterstützer. Seine Idee sei „nonsense“, so das Echo.
Britische Medien berichten, Oppositionsführer Corbyn wolle Premierminister Johnson per Misstrauensvotum stürzen. Als Chef einer Übergangsregierung will er so den No-Deal-Brexit verhindern und anschließend ein zweites Referendum.
– Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of plotting a ‚desperate‘ coup
– He pleaded for support in bringing a no confidence vote to prevent No Deal
– Embarrassingly Mr Corbyn’s plans have been rejected by the Lib Dems already
British diplomats will be pulled out of EU meetings on European law and policy under plans designed to show Brussels that Britain is serious about quitting the bloc on October 31.
The move, which is expected to take effect in a matter of days, comes after Boris Johnson said he would “unshackle” British officials from EU affairs in his first statement in the House of Commons.
– PM ordered fast-track spending review to make good on police, NHS pledges
– The move has fueled raging speculation about an imminent general election
– Allies say Mr Johnson would set poll date after Brexit if he loses confidence vote
– Move would frustrate Remainer efforts to stop him going through with No Deal
– PM has repeatedly refused to rule out setting the election date for November
– The Prime Minister has created a list of British employers considered at risk
– It comes after the country’s economy shrunk for first time in seven years
– Economy is the lowest it has been in a decade, prompting fears of recession
The Prime Minister said laying the groundwork for leaving the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement was now the Government’s “top priority”.
Mr Johnson set out the change of pace in a letter to all Whitehall staff.
– PM said he still believed it was possible to find an agreement with the EU
– He also claimed there was ‚bags of time‘ in which to do it, with 84 days remaining
– Johnson refused to say if he would ignore a no confidence vote if he lost it
– Aides suggested election could take place within a matter of days of Brexit
Mr Johnson’s response comes amid speculation that the new Conservative leader could launch an election campaign to try to consolidate his power in the Commons.
Great strategists are unpredictable strategists. So it has been exhilarating to watch Boris Johnson hurl the lightning bolts of shock-and-awe regime change through Britain’s May-grey political skies with such unexpected ruthlessness. Since becoming PM, he has surprised everyone from paranoid Brexiteers to complacent centrists by forming a serious no-deal Cabinet and bellowing for the “abolition” of the backstop from the despatch box.
Of course, such unpredictability is anathema to homo bureaucratus, that snarling, slow-witted behemoth in Brussels that Mr Johnson must take on.
– Boris Johnson made combative start to his time in Downing Street yesterday
– He insisted Irish border backstop must be scrapped for the UK to do a Brexit deal
– Told Emmanuel Macron in tense late-night call the backstop must be on the table
– No10 said he made clear negotiations cannot begin until EU agrees to scrap it
– French ministers accused Mr Johnson of ‚posturing‘ with the Brexit demands
– EU diplomats raised fears he won’t back down and could spark ‚Brexit Cold War‘
The German government is not only worried about the cost of bailing out Ireland — and it would undoubtedly be the major contributor to such a rescue plan.
It is also keenly aware of the impact on its already weakened economy of a No-Deal Brexit, and has every incentive to avoid such an outcome now that Boris Johnson has seriously put it on the cards.
Boris Johnson has begun purging the Cabinet of Jeremy Hunt and his supporters, as he this afternoon started building a new administration committed to delivering Brexit by October 31.
via @ComRes, 15 – 16 Jul Excl. undecideds and non-voters
Amber Rudd today made a desperate bid to keep her Cabinet job under Boris Johnson – saying she will not ‚lie down in front of bulldozers‘ to stop No Deal.
The Work and Pensions Secretary admitted she had shifted position on leaving the EU without an agreement, saying ‚circumstances have changed‘,
Boris knows that this time he must be prepared.
To try and avoid a repeat of the referendum error, Sir Eddie Lister—who will be Boris’s chief of staff—is drawing up a detailed plan for the first 72 hours in Downing Street. I understand that he is also in the process of appointing several deputy chiefs of staff.
The Tory leadership result will be announced on Tuesday week.
– Police are investigating alleged leaking of ambassador Sir Kim Darroch’s emails
– Scotland Yard say its counter-terrorism command is leading the investigation
– Met Police say ‚there has been damage caused to UK international relations‘
– They said there is clear public interest in bringing person responsible to justice
HMS Duncan is currently in the Mediterranean and is expected to join HMS Montrose in the region next week.
Last week, it showed the Boris Johnson on 67 per cent and Jeremy Hunt on 29 per cent.
A few days later, YouGov found Johnson on 74 per cent and Hunt on 26 per cent.
Today, our survey shows Johnson on 72 per cent and Hunt on 28 per cent.
We have varied the standard question and added one to ask whether or not respondents have already voted. Seventy-one per cent of respondents say that they have done so (see below).
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party vote would collapse and switch back to the Tories if Boris Johnson succeeded in taking the UK out of the EU by October 31, a poll of Tory party members shows.
The vast majority of Conservative switchers to the Brexit Party would come back to the Tories in a subsequent general election, leaving Mr Farage with a tiny rump, according to the survey by pollsters Orb International for the Telegraph.
On the biggest issue in British politics, Labour promised one thing before the election and then did the complete opposite afterwards. The last party that performed such an outrageous U-turn was the Liberal Democrats over tuition fees, and they were rightly destroyed in the following election.
Labour is now possibly facing that same oblivion.
As of this morning, just under five million Labour Leave voters are homeless. I’m sure The Brexit Party will be delighted.
Already Labour are below 20 per cent in some general election polls and it is hard to see how they will survive a four-way squeeze in any snap election.
The only thing that might avoid this doomsday scenario is if the Tories manage to take the UK out of the EU by 31st October. Given that the dreadful withdrawal agreement is now dead in the water, that means, somewhat ironically, only a ‘no deal’ Brexit can save Labour.
Speaking to The Independent on condition of anonymity, the government insider said there was frustration in Conservative ranks that Downing Street was allowing opponents of Brexit opportunities to tie the future prime minister’s hands.
Today is a tragic day in the Labour Party’s history, and a fatal day for British democracy. It is, potentially, the beginning of the end of the Labour Party as we know it.
In backing Remain, Corbyn has turned Labour into an authoritarian tool of the establishment.
Der neue britische Premierminister sollte das Vertrauen haben, ihren Deal oder „No-Deal“ der Öffentlichkeit zur Abstimmung vorzulegen. Unter diesen Umständen „würde Labour für einen Verbleib werben“.
In a bombshell announcement Jeremy Corbyn said today that his party will back another divisive vote to stop Brexit – as long as the Tories are still in power.
After years of flip-flopping on the issue, he said that no matter what Brexit deal the next PM gets with the EU, they should put it back to the people for another say.
However his message, which came during a day of meetings with senior party figures, raised fresh questions over Labour’s Brexit strategy in a general election.
It comes as attempts to stop the next prime minister forcing through a no-deal Brexit by Halloween were rejected by the deputy speaker.
Grieve’s plan was less concerned with the meat of the legislation itself than it was with giving MPs opportunities to impose their will on an executive determined to leave the EU without an agreement. Now that is has failed, the legal path to progrogation remains clear to a prime minister sufficiently motivated to take it – though the politics are still tricky.
The frontrunner to succeed Theresa May in little over a fortnight urged European leaders to „look deep into our eyes“ and understand that the UK will leave the EU with or without an agreement on Halloween, if he becomes prime minister.
The warning, in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, will rankle in Brussels where EU figures insist they will not re-open the exit deal agreed with Theresa May. Mr Johnson hopes to secure changes by making clear that he will walk away if Brussels refuses to budge, after Mrs May failed to deliver on a similar promise in March.
Overall that’s over £225,000 Hunt’s backers have donated to anti-Brexit campaigns, parties and politicians, before sticking their financial clout behind him. Tory members might well be wondering what he’s telling his hardline Remain donors that he isn’t telling them…
Boris Johnson is on course to enter Downing Street with a resounding victory this month, according to a poll of Conservative Party members.
Mr Johnson is backed by 74 per cent with Jeremy Hunt on 26 per cent, according to a YouGov/Times poll taken as Tories start to receive ballot papers.
The majority of replies on which this result is based came in on July 3 – the day on which at least some ballot papers were dispatched to the best part, we are told, of about 160,000 Conservative Party members. So a small minority of these survey responses will have been returned at the same time as real votes. CCHQ expects a high turnout.
The pledges come two days before ballot papers are posted to the party members.
Voting closes on 22 July, with the winner expected to be announced the following day.
As many as 12 Labour MPs are now “willing to countenance” a no-deal Brexit, according to BBC Newsnight Political Editor Nick Watt.
– Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt continuing to trade blows in Tory leader contest
– Mr Johnson made clear all ministers must be ready for No Deal by October 31
– Comments came amid confusion on whether he would try to suspend Parliament
– Remainer MPs are launching another attempt to block No Deal Brexit next week
Boris Johnson remains the overwhelming choice of Tory members to be the next party leader and prime minister despite a week of serious campaign setbacks, a new poll reveals today.
Japan’s Foreign Minister has warned that Britain leaving the EU without a trade deal could threaten the UK’s automotive industry.
Tarō Kōno today said that a No Deal exit would have ‚very negative‘ consequences for more than 1,000 Japanese firms operating in the UK.
The candidates are set to clash again this evening as they take part in a digital hustings streamed live over Facebook and Twitter.
– Mr Johnson’s allies say bid by MPs to block No Deal would have ‚zero legal effect‘
– Supporter Dominic Raab says Boris could see off blocking bid and ‚get us out‘
– Team Johnson allies turn on Liam Fox over criticism of favourite’s Brexit Plan B
– It came as new poll showed majority of people still want some form of Brexit
– Some 28 per cent back No Deal and 13 per cent want Theresa May’s deal
– Some 16 per cent are in favour of a softer Brexit and 43 per cent want to stay
– Tories and The Brexit Party both on 22 per cent in latest general election poll
Boris Johnson zofft sich mit seiner Freundin durch den Juni. Das könnte seiner Kampagne schaden. Hält die Beziehung bis zur Wahl Ende Juli?
In an interview with talkRADIO he said: „We are getting ready to come out on October the 31st. Come what may. Do or die.“
He refused to delay Brexit again with another extension like Mrs May did twice, and said his „positive energy“ would unlock the talks.
Boris blasted: „I’ve never seen such morosity and gloom from a government.
In a stormy LBC interview, Mr Johnson was repeatedly challenged by interviewer Nick Ferrari to say if he was accusing Mark Carney of being wrong.
Mr Johnson insisted Britain would be allowed to use world trade laws to enjoy a period without any changes to tariffs that would endanger exports, something the Bank Governor and many others have stressed would be impossible to demand without agreement in Brussels.
It is incredible, it is infuriating, it is disgraceful that it should now be three whole years since the EU referendum result; and I can tell that the whole country is positively aching for us to get it done. You can feel the impatience building like a giant thunderstorm on a hot June day.
I know that if we fail again, we face a democratic explosion and a deluge in which both major parties may be swept away. And so, my friends, it is absolutely vital that we keep our eyes on the prize. It has been a long and parching march, but the oasis is finally in sight. We are so nearly there.
Conservative leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has accused rival Boris Johnson of refusing to answer „difficult“ questions amid scrutiny of his private life.
“Just gave Boris Johnson the finger,” she wrote, referring to her greeting for the prospective Tory leader staying at his girlfriend’s flat in the same block as Ms Leigh’s apartment in south east London.
Ms Leigh, an American theatre producer, director and writer, has now deleted her Twitter account – possibly because the influence she and her husband, Tom Penn, have had over the leadership race became immeasurable this weekend.
Is it right to record a couple’s private conversations, through the walls of their home, and then publish their words verbatim in a national newspaper? Most people would say no. Most people would consider that a grotesque invasion of privacy. Most people would think it profoundly morally wrong to spy on a couple’s most intimate moments and then salaciously expose those moments to readers hungry for scandal.
n 2018, PR Week listed her in its top 10 figures in political communications – second only to No10 chief Robbie Gibb.
Prior to the role, Ms Symonds was a special adviser to Sajid Javid during his tenure as Communities Secretary …
Quietly and discreetly, the planning for Boris Johnson’s premiership has begun.
Nächste Wahlrunde bei den Tories, nächster Sieg für Boris Johnson. 143 der 313 Stimmen der Tory-Abgeordneten entfielen auf den ehemaligen britischen Außenminister.
Here’s how the results break down for round three of the Tory leadership contest (round two results in brackets):
Boris Johnson has raced further ahead in the battle for No 10 after another sensational win in the third Tory leadership ballot.
Dominic Raab, who was knocked out on Tuesday, has backed Boris Johnson.
Surviving candidates will face further ballots until only two are left. Members of the Conservative Party will then be able to vote on the final two.
Mr Johnson warned of the “catastrophic loss of confidence in politics” that would come if the government failed to exit the European Union by the current October 31 deadline.
Speaking alongside his fellow candidates on the BBC debate programme on Tuesday night, the former foreign secretary said the public are „getting thoroughly fed up“ with delays to the process.
Tory leadership rivals have clashed in a live BBC TV debate on whether the UK can leave the EU, no matter what, by the 31 October deadline.
Here’s how the results broke down for round two of the Tory leadership contest (round one results in brackets):
MPs are openly speculating about who might be promoted to Mr Johnson’s front bench if – as bookmakers expect – he is crowned Prime Minister next month.
Mr Johnson is expected by MPs to take more of a hands-off „chairmanship“ role as Prime Minister, handing down authority over policy areas to trusted lieutenants.
Several hopefuls vying to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May turned their fire on favourite Boris Johnson on Sunday, questioning his pledge to leave the European Union by the end of October no matter what.
I am willing to bet the farm on Boris Johnson becoming the next leader of the Conservative party because any other outcome is pretty much mathematically impossible. So the drama – such as it is – of the next few weeks is going to be irrelevant soon. I suggest we agree on that and get down to the serious business of playing Fantasy Cabinet.
Boris Johnson has confirmed he will take part in a televised Tory leadership debate on the BBC.
The event will take place after the second round of voting.
Mr Johnson is said to have refused to take part in Sunday’s planned debate on Channel 4, with rival candidates accusing him of avoiding media scrutiny.
UK leadership race frontrunner Boris Johnson insisted Friday he would never raise the „white flag“ of surrender and plead for a further delay of Brexit if no EU deal was ready by October 31.
Conservative leadership candidates including Boris Johnson hoping to force a “deal or no deal” Brexit in October have been handed a boost after MPs defeated a Labour-led attempt to tie the next prime minister’s hands.
– Remainer MPs tabled a motion in the Commons designed to block No Deal
– Motion would have seize control of business from government at end of month
– But it was humiliatingly defeated by 309 to 298 in a victory for Brexiteers
– Ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve says he’d bring down PM to stop No Deal
– Boris Johnson formally launched his campaign to become Tory leader earlier
– The former foreign secretary insisted the UK must leave the EU by Halloween
Von den zehn Bewerbern, die ihren Hut in den Ring geworfen haben, werden Johnson die besten Chancen eingeräumt. Die Zahl der Kandidaten soll nun in mehreren Wahlgängen von der Tory-Fraktion auf zwei reduziert werden. Die sollen sich dann einer Stichwahl unter den rund 160.000 Tory-Mitgliedern stellen. Bis Ende Juli soll der neue Parteichef und Premierminister feststehen.
– MPs to kick off bid to block no-deal Brexit in Commons
– Boris Johnson faces Remainer plot to thwart no-deal Brexit
– Poll: Johnson on course for landslide election win if he is Tory leader
Where is he? Where’s Boris? It’s like waiting for Harry Lime to turn up in the Third Man. Everyone is talking about him, his footsteps can be heard in the dark, a shadow passes in the night.
Then, beneath the sudden glare of a lamp, there he is, smirking smugly. Yes, it’s all about me; now the drama can really begin.
– Boris Johnson will formally set out his stall for the leadership of his party today
– But Opposition MPs have tabled a motion to take control of Parliament and potentially pass legislation taking No Deal off the table
– Johnson has staked his leadership bid on a promise the UK will leave the UK with or without a deal on October 31
– Leadership outsiders Andrea Leadsom, Rory Stewart and Mark Harper launched their campaigns yesterday
– Michael Gove stepped up his attack on Johnson’s tax plans, calling them ‚insane‘
– European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Brussels will not renegotiate the Brexit deal, regardless of who replaces Mrs May
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.
The government has lost the ability to run the country. It is no longer in charge of its own destiny, let alone that of the nation. What makes this so humiliating is that power has been ceded not to parliament, but to the European Union. The immediate future of our country will be decided in Brussels and the capitals of the EU, not in Westminster.
The EU’s chief negotiator told ministers of the 27 remaining countries in the bloc that the leader of the British opposition had sought a head-to-head meeting with him. Mr Barnier and Mr Corbyn will hold talks in Le Berlaymont, the EU’s headquarters in Brussels, on Thursday morning.
The European Council is to consider the UK’s request for a Brexit delay. British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will also meet EU leaders in Brussels.
With just eight days before the UK is due to leave the EU, the Prime Minister will make the case for extending the Article 50 withdrawal process to June 30 at a Brussels summit on Thursday.
Gut eine Woche vor dem ursprünglich geplanten Termin für den Brexit beraten die EU-Staaten heute bei einem Gipfel in Brüssel über eine mögliche Verschiebung des britischen EU-Austritts.
The latest updates from Westminster and Brussels following Theresa May’s request to extend Article 50 for three months.
THERESA MAY has asked the EU for a three-month delay to Brexit in the hopes of finding a way to get her deal through Parliament. Read the full letter she sent to European Council President Donald Tusk below.
Theresa May writes to the EU asking to delay Brexit until 30 June, and tells MPs at PMQs public would find long delay unacceptable
Backbench Eurosceptic Tory MPs have made a behind-the-scenes bid to persuade European Union leaders to veto any delay to Brexit at this week’s Brussels summit.
The undercover diplomatic initiative has been led by Tory MPs Daniel Kawczynski, Craig Mackinlay and former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson.
Angry ministers turned on the Prime Minister after she refused to tell them how long an extension she intends to request from the EU, leaving some suspecting she could ask for a delay of up to two years.