0 Have your say Terry Palmer has popped up in your letters column, (January 17), demanding that the UK leave the EU immediately. Where I do agree with him is that we need some real debate in Parliament and the country about the complexity of leaving an organisation of which we have been a member since 1973 and with which our economy and citizens’ rights are very integrated.If we pull out immediately, with no contingency plans in place, we will face immediately a customs barrier to our main export market; our universities will lose access to European research programmes; our hospitals will lose access to Euratom’s radioactive isotopes for cancer treatment; our police will lose access to Europol to fight crime across borders; the financial sector (the major part of our economy) will lose access to the European Market; our farmers will face barriers to their exports and World Trade Organisation tariffs will apply to our food imports from Spain, France etc. pushing up … [Read more...] about Leaving the EU not as easy as you think
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Brexit minister David Davis has complained in a letter to the prime minister that Brussels is damaging British interests by talking up the threat to companies if the UK leave the EU without a deal. What does the letter say? That Davis has sought legal advice over whether Brussels is breaching Britain's rights as a member state by advising companies of the risk to trading in the event of a "no deal". It was first published by the UK Financial Times and confirmed as genuine by an aide from Davis's department. "The EU has adopted a number of measures that put agreements or contracts at risk of being terminated in the event of a 'no deal' scenario and/or would require UK companies to relocate to another Member State." "It's clear there have been a number of instances where the (European Commission), by treating the UK differently despite still being a member of the EU, have not acted in good faith," added an aide in the department, confirming the letter. "It should be no surprise that if … [Read more...] about Brexit: will the UK sue the EU?
British farmers will retain the current level of subsidies they receive from the European Union for five years after Brexit, Michael Gove has said. In a speech to the Oxford Farming Conference on Thursday (4 January), the Environment Secretary unveiled plans to launch a new system prioritising the environment in 2024, instead of 2022 as was originally planned. Worth around £3bn (€3.4bn) a year, the current subsidies are based on the land farmers own. Under the new system, they would receive payments for initiatives such as planting wildflower meadows and woods. "Paying landowners for the amount of agricultural land they have is unjust, inefficient and drives perverse outcomes," Gove said. "It gives the most from the public purse to those who have the most private wealth. "After a transition, we will replace the basic payment scheme [the system currently in place] with a system of public money for public goods. The principal public good we will invest in is environmental … [Read more...] about Brexit trade deal: Farmland could be turned into meadows after UK leaves the EU
DAVID Davis risked fresh Cabinet turmoil after sharing plans to quit his position in 17 months' time and hand the Brexit torch to Boris Johnson, The Sun can reveal.The Brexit Secretary has told friends it is vital for EU negotiator Michel Barnier to get a good divorce with Britain as the Frenchman has hatched plans to be the next EU President whereas “I'm retiring after this, he's not."It is widely believed in Brussels that Mr Barnier will have a tilt at becoming the next EU Commission chief should the ambitious politician hammer out a decent settlement with Britain.Despite Theresa May’s plans for a two year transition after exit day on 30 March 2019, Mr Davis has signalled he has no wish to stay in office to see the phase through, saying: “someone else can do that, Boris can do that."His threat to throw in the towel before Britain has fully departed the EU will add further fuel to already bitter Tory conference rows - and infuriate anti-BoJo leadership rivals. … [Read more...] about David Davis sparks Cabinet turmoil over his plans to quit and pass Brexit responsibilities on to Boris Johnson once UK leaves the EU
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has urged Northern Ireland’s politicians to resolve their differences and restore powersharing as the Brexit talks enter their crucial stage.Mr Varadkar has arrived in Northern Ireland for his first visit since becoming Taoiseach.In a speech at Queen’s University in Belfast, he warned that time is running out to try to achieve the best outcome for the island of Ireland after the UK leaves the EU.He told an invited audience that “every single aspect of life in Northern Ireland could be affected by Brexit” and that it is “the challenge of this generation.”Mr Varadkar highlighted that the EU 27 would meet in October to decide whether enough progress had been made in the initial phase of negotiations – focused on the financial settlement, citizens’ rights and the Irish border – to enable talks to proceed to the next phase.He stressed the need for Northern Ireland’s voice to be heard ahead of the crunch … [Read more...] about Leo Varadkar urges Northern Ireland politicians to restore powersharing – as time running out to achieve best outcome for Ireland after UK leaves the EU
THERESA May will tell the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today that she WON'T get to have a veto on Britain leaving the EU.The Prime Minister will face pressure today from the other leaders of the devolved assemblies to have a greater say in Brexit talks.The heads of the Scottish and Welsh Governments have put forward plans to keep full access to the Single Market after we leave the EU - but they insist the PM isn't listening to them.Mrs May will attend the Joint Ministerial Committee in Cardiff today to discuss their role in Brexit - but the Supreme Court ruled last week that triggering Article 50 was a matter for the UK Government alone.That means Ms Sturgeon won't need to give her permission before starting Brexit talks - Mrs May has said she will trigger Article 50 by the end of March.Ms Sturgeon said that there was "no sign whatsoever that the UK government is taking Scotland's position remotely seriously". Her party has already said they will table FIFTY amendments to … [Read more...] about Theresa May to tell Nicola Sturgeon she will accept her input on Brexit – but she can’t halt Britain leaving the EU
A FRESH challenge to Brexit was blocked by the High Court this morning - in a blow to Remoaners who wanted us to stay in the EU's Single Market.Theresa May will breathe a sigh of relief after judges rejected arguments that there should be ANOTHER vote in Parliament before the UK can come out of the European Economic Area. The case focused around triggering Article 127 of the European Economic Area agreement (EEA), which allows non-EU members the same freedoms as those available to EU members.The EEA gives countries access to the Single Market - but in return they must allow free movement of people and implement some EU laws. Norway, Iceland and Lichetenstein have this special status.Lawyers argued that MPs need to give their permission before taking us out of the area - but judges refused to give it the green light.Judges listened to the case for just 45 minutes. They took only three minutes to come to their conclusion to turn down the application for a … [Read more...] about High Court blocks latest legal challenge to leaving the EU – which would have fought for a ‘soft Brexit’ to keep Britain in the European Economic Area
THERESA May told world leaders Britain is "open for business" in a key speech today.The Prime Minister addressed government and business leaders just days after she announced Britain would leave the European single market.In an exclusive piece for The Sun, May roared: "We will make Britain fairer for ordinary working people by getting control of the numbers coming here from the European Union."May insisted the historic vote to leave the EU did not mean the UK turning its back on the world – but instead seeking out new trading partners and allies around the globe while maintaining its friendship with European neighbours.Voters who opted for Brexit in last year’s referendum were choosing to “leave the EU and embrace the world”, and Britain would as a result become “even more globalised and internationalist in action and in spirit,” she said.Conservative leader May was addressing hundreds of key world leaders this morning at the World Economic Forum in … [Read more...] about What did Theresa May’s Davos Brexit speech reveal? What did she say about globalisation and the UK’s plans for leaving the EU?
FORMER PM Gordon Brown risked a furious backlash last night after suggesting there could be riots on the streets of the North when Britain leaves the EU – and Out voters lose their jobs.In a doom-mongering speech yesterday Mr Brown declared the “post-referendum optimism” felt by Leave supporters in the North will be “short-lived”.He claimed Britain could see “discontent turn to anger” as Brexit voters see their standards of living fall and jobs vanish.And he dismally described the United Kingdom as “united in name only” as he called for a UK-wide “people’s constitutional convention” to give more powers to regions.He told an audience in London: “Sadly, the post-referendum optimism felt by Leave voters in the North whose rebellion gave Leave a majority will be short-lived.”He said the North was far more dependent on trade than the South with 58 per cent of goods in the North East going to the EU compared … [Read more...] about Former PM Gordon Brown faces furious backlash after suggesting Brexit voters in the North will riot when UK leaves the EU
KEITH Chegwin says the UK should leave the European Union as the country to get a better deal with Brussels.The Cheggers Plays Pop legend becomes the latest celeb to back Brexit, though he is unlikely to be the big name backer Boris Johnson et al were looking for.His views on the June 23 referendum were revealed in an online Q&A with mFortune Bingo last week.The former Naked Jungle star declared: “I’m Brexit! There you go. I’m honest about it.“The only reason being is because, yes, we can stay in and renegotiate new terms."But I think it’s always better to shut the door, then open it again and agree better terms.“So let’s come out and agree a better deal for our United Kingdom. It just seems that there’s a lot of money going to Europe, and it doesn’t seem like there’s that much coming back.“So let’s leave, and let’s create a new contract.”The 59-year-old, who came fourth in Celebrity Big Brother … [Read more...] about Keith Chegwin backs the UK leaving the EU in online Q&A with bingo website, declaring: ‘I’m Brexit!’