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Brexit LIVE: Boris sends shockwaves through EU – conditions to scrap deal ‘already met’

Brexit LIVE: Boris sends shockwaves through EU – conditions to scrap deal ‘already met’
4 weeks ago04:07Dan HastingsPoland exposed EU’s ‘major weaknesses’ say expertsStefan Auer, a professor of European studies at the University of Hong Kong, and Nicole Scicluna, a professor in government and international studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, said the ruling by the Polish tribunal was “far more complicated” than Polexit as the country’s “place in…

Dan Hastings

Poland exposed EU’s ‘major weaknesses’ say experts

Stefan Auer, a professor of European studies at the University of Hong Kong, and Nicole Scicluna, a professor in government and international studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, said the ruling by the Polish tribunal was “far more complicated” than Polexit as the country’s “place in Europe is still quite secure”, the experts said.

“What is less assured, however, is the future of the EU as a quasi-federation,” they noted.

At the beginning of October, the tribunal ruled that some parts of EU treaties are incompatible with the Polish constitution, thereby challenging a pillar of European integration.

The decision was welcomed by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the largest party in Poland’s governing coalition.

He said that any different ruling would effectively mean that “Poland is not a sovereign state”, and insisted that the EU had no right to interfere in the country’s administration of justice.

Though the professors wrote that challenging the EU’s legal supremacy “is not unprecedented”, they said “the Polish court went much further” than previous attacks.

This was because “Poland’s court has declared whole provisions of the EU treaties to be incompatible with the constitution and, therefore, invalid.”

The European Commission said the ruling raised “serious concerns” and reaffirmed that “EU law has primacy over national law, including constitutional provisions”.

EU: Andrew Allison discusses possibility of ‘Polexit’

Dan Hastings

‘Taxpayers being robbed by Brussels’ claims pro-Irexit Irish Freedom Party

The attack came after Irish broadcaster RTE noted that the country is currently receiving €915million from the EU recovery fund.

In a damming reply, the IFP hit back: “They leave out the fact that we are paying in a whopping €18.7bn.”

Following up the piece, the party called on the broadcaster to correct the misinformation.

The tweet said: “#Irishfreedom have asked @rte for correction to their misleading figures on Ireland’s contributions.

They leave out the fact that Irish taxpayers are liable for €18.7bn in the EU recovery fund. It is an article designed to deceive and con the Irish people.”

A third tweet broke the figures down into yearly sums according to the party.

It said: “RTE Deception: “Ireland’s average net contribution from 2018-2020 stood at €377million.”

“Reality: 2018 €270million (final figure)… 2019 €684million (final figure)… 2020 approximate €700million, (final figure out in Nov/Dec).”

Commenting on the tweet, one disgruntled person, Ian Thewis, said: “Sound familiar, the EU pay us for a play area in a park and we pay for a new motorway in Europe.”

Dan Hastings

Germany fails to achieve above-average growth it was hoping

Today it emerged that Germany has downgraded its own predictions for this year’s growth and does not expect a strong economic upturn until 2022.

Initially, the government expected GDP to increase by 3.5 percent this year.

However, amid dour forecasts this has been downgraded to 2.6 percent – far below the 6.5 percent growth Chancellor Rishi Sunak expects Brexit Britain to see.

Acting Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier (CDU) said earlier today that Germany was back on the growth path after the coronavirus crisis.

However, he warned that supply bottlenecks in the economy and high energy prices around the world were hampering the recovery.

The knock-on effect of this was that the hoped-for “final spurt” in economic growth will not materialise this year, he said.

The economic catch-up is slowed mainly by delivery bottlenecks.

Mr Altmaier spoke of a historical shortage of intermediate goods despite the demand for German products on world markets remaining high.

Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier

Peter Altmaier said that Germany was back on the growth path after the coronavirus crisis. (Image: Getty)

Dan Hastings

NI could call an election over Brexit border issue says Donaldson

The DUP leader grilled Boris Johnson, 57, in Prime Minister’s Questions about the Northern Ireland Protocol and what the Government are doing to deal with this.

During PMQ’s, the 58-year-old pressed the Prime Minister about the Protocol, arguing that conditions for invoking a get-out clause in the agreement had “already been met”.

The longest-serving MP in Northern Ireland asked Mr Johnson: “Does the Prime Minister accept that the conditions now exist to trigger Article 16 of the protocol in the event that the current negotiations with the EU fail to arrive at an acceptable outcome?”

He replied: “He is completely right, I am sad to say, in what he says.”

Unionist Sir Jeffrey vowed that unless action was taken from the Government, then they would be left with no choice but to go to the polls in Northern Ireland.

He continued: “I am glad that the Government has stepped up and our pressure has brought Brussels back to the table.

“That is progress from the days of ‘no, nay, never’ to changes.

Northern Ireland protocol ‘provides no protection’ says Donaldson

Bill McLoughlin

Brexit betrayal: Civil servants urged to pull rug from under Boris over EU withdrawal

The former lead Brexit envoy to the United States has said that civil servants should feel free to speak out when they disagree with their government’s policy, as she did over Brexit.

Alexandra Hall Hall resigned as a diplomat in December 2019 just weeks before the general election after expressing “concerns” about “specific demands placed on the civil service” to “deliver lines on Brexit which were neither fully honest, nor politically impartial”.

In an essay, she said civil servants “have a duty to speak out to ensure the electorate has the facts” in cases where they believe that the Government “is acting in a manner which wilfully deceives the public over the true nature and consequences of its policies”.

Ms Hall Hall spent 33 years working for the Foreign Office, including a stint as the ambassador to Georgia from 2013 to 2016, before heading to Britain’s embassy in Washington DC.

In her resignation letter, sent on December 3, 2019 she said that though she was “not vested in any one particular outcome on Brexit,” she had become “increasingly dismayed by the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit”.

Bill McLoughlin

David Frost responds to France threat

In light of France’s threats over Jersey fishing licences, Lord Frost called for urgent clarification of the matter. 

He said: “It is very disappointing that France has felt it necessary to make threats late this evening against the UK fishing industry and seemingly traders more broadly.

“As we have had no formal communication from the French Government on this matter we will be seeking urgent clarification of their plans.

“We will consider what further action is necessary in that light.”

Bill McLoughlin

No10 vows retaliation after France threat

Downing Street has vowed to retaliate if France goes ahead with sanctions against the UK amid the row over fishing licences. 

The French government as warned it will block British vessels from entering ports next week if more licences are not granted. 

France has also warned it will tighten custom control for vessels moving between the two countries. 

A Government spokeswoman said in response: “

A UK Government spokeswoman responded: “France’s threats are disappointing and disproportionate, and not what we would expect from a close ally and partner.

“The measures being threatened do not appear to be compatible with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and wider international law, and, if carried through, will be met with an appropriate and calibrated response.”

Bill McLoughlin

Germany slashes growth forecast

The German economy will grow by just 2.6 percent this year, ministers have revealed. 

Economy Minister Peter Altmaier claimed the country will now miss the 3.5 percent target forecast earlier this year due to supply chain issues. 

In contrast, Rishi Sunak revealed Britain’s economy will increase by 6.5 percent this year despite the fears from Remainers surrounding Brexit. 

Brexit news

Brexit news: A timeline of events leading to the UK’s exit (Image: Express)

Bill McLoughlin

Brexit betrayal! Boris and Rishi backtrack on key Vote Leave pledge in

Millions of Brexit voters are right to feel betrayed by Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak’s Autumn Budget, Mike Foster, CEO of the Energy and Utilities Alliance, has told

At the height of the Vote Leave campaign in 2016, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove promised to scrap the EU’s five percent VAT on household energy.

According to the pair, the move would restore control over the UK’s energy market into the hands of Westminster and usher in cheaper energy bills for all.

But the Government has failed to deliver on this promise and will not scrap the “unfair and damaging tax” as revealed today in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Autumn Budget.

Bill McLoughlin

DUP threatens early election

The DUP has threatened an early election if no progress is made on the Northern Ireland protocol. 

If no action is made on the hated protocol, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said he will have no option to call an early Stormont Assembly election. 

He said: “I am glad that the government has stepped up and our pressure has brought Brussels back to the table. That is progress from the days of ‘no, nay, never’ to changes. But endless negotiations without product will not suffice.

“It is welcome that the prime minister wants to see rapid progress and recognises that the conditions to trigger Article 16 have already been met.

“If Brussels is not prepared the make the kind of changes envisaged in the July Command Paper, then it is time for the government to act unilaterally and protect this part of the United Kingdom in line duty it’s NDNA (New Decade New Approach deal) commitment.

“If the government fails to act, then I will have no option but ask the people of Northern Ireland to make their voice heard at the ballot box.”

Bill McLoughlin

Brexit betrayal: Two key promises BROKEN as Rishi plots path to

Brexiteers are set to be disappointed after Rishi Sunak announced his budget, pathing the road for the UK to become a “science superpower”.

It comes after the Chancellor failed to cut the European Union’s five percent energy tax, despite facing mounting pressure from the Labour opposition and British public.

Cheaper bills and greater control over the UK’s energy market were some of the key pledges of the 2016 Vote Leave campaign.

At the time, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove vowed to slash the EU’s VAT on domestic energy while promising “fuel bills will be lower for everyone”.

But the Government appears to have backtracked on this Brexit campaign pledge as it was not included in today’s announcement.

Bill McLoughlin

If push came to shove! EU

EU officials have been left “reeling” by a ruling in Poland that undermines the bloc’s legal foundation.

Brussels has wanted Poland to change its rules for appointing and removing Polish judges for some time, arguing that they compromise judicial impartiality.

But asked to decide whether, if push came to shove, the Polish Constitution or EU law would prevail if the two clashed, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal voted 12-2 for the constitution.

Andrew Tettenborn, a professor of commercial law, has written in Spiked Online that the verdict has left the EU “reeling”.

This is made clear by the bloc’s threat of withdrawing funds to Poland and of excluding the country from the EU’s Covid recovery plan.

Brexit news

Brexit news: Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (Image: GETTY)

Bill McLoughlin

France readying sanctions for UK

Amid the row of fishing licences in Jersey, French fishermen have threatened to announce sanctions as early as Thursday. 

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said France’s patience was beginning to run out. 

He said: “Our patience is reaching its limits.”

French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune also warned border checks may increase if the UK does not grant more licences for French fishermen. 

Brexit news

Brexit news: France has threatened to impose sanctions as early as Thursday (Image: GETTY)

Bill McLoughlin

EU fisheries face major overhaul: New plan announced to carve up system as crisis hits

German fishing organisations are calling for a major reform of the EU’s fisheries policies, in a warning Brussels could be set for new troubles in the sea.

German fishing organisation Deutsche Umwelthilfe [DUH, Environmental Action Germany] has teamed up with fisheries allies in the country to push for a reform of the EU’s fishing policies.

The organisations are calling for the distribution of catches to be redesigned according to ecological criteria.

In a blow to Brussels, already dealing with the aftermath of post-Brexit fishing licences between the UK and France, they published a long manifesto pledging to trigger Article 17 of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.

They wrote: “Since the EU member states recently had to set fishing bans due to the extremely poor condition of some fish populations in the Baltic Sea, it has been clear that fishing in Europe must become sustainable.

“The Our Fish initiative and Low Impacts Fishers of Europe (LIFE) have presented a catalogue of criteria for this purpose.

“The poor condition of, for example, herring, cod and salmon require a rapid restructuring of the industry towards an environmentally friendly, low-carbon and socially just fishery.

“That is why Environmental Action Germany (DUH) demands that Article 17 of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) of the European Union, which was introduced for this purpose, is now applied as quickly as possible in all EU member states.”

Ciaran McGrath

Rishi Sunak plots path BACK to EU project with ‘unprecedented’ £5.9bn investment

has plotted a path back into the EU’s Horizon Europe project with an “unprecedented” £5.9billion investment.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is delivering his Budget, which he says will help make the UK a “science superpower”. While he said the UK is “already a world leader,” he vowed to “go further” and increase Research and Development (R&D) funding.

He said: “We will maintain our target to maintain R&D investment to £22billion.

“In order to get there, we will reach the target in 2026/2027. Spending by the end of this Parliament £20billion a year on R&D.”

Ciaran McGrath

London will thrive outside EU as UK will be financial leader for next decade

London will continue to be the financial capital of Europe over the next decade, most high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) in the UK believe.

Despite warnings from a good deal of politicians, journalists and international organisations that Britain’s economy would collapse after leaving the EU, confidence in the state of the country’s finances remains high.

The majority of HNWIs believe London will guide the country into a bright decade of relative success.

The results of a survey of over 1,000 people in the UK with investable assets of over £250,000, published today, are encouraging.

City of London

The City of London is tipped to thrive in the next decade (Image: GETTY)

Ciaran McGrath

Boris issues Article 16 warning

Boris Johnson has warned the EU “all the conditions have been met” to trigger Article 16 and suspend the Northern Ireland Protocol is a clear sign that the UK’s patience has all but worn out.

Mr Johnson issued his stark analysis of the situation during the course of a fiery Prime Minister’s Question Time in the House of Commons.

The Protocol is the mechanism agreed by the UK and the EU to prevent a hard border on the island of Irelnad – but critics suggest it has instead resulted in a border down the Irish Sea.

Mr Johnson told MPs: “The conditions for invoking Article 16 have already been met.”

Northern Ireland may become ‘serious problem’ warns Rogers

Ciaran McGrath

EU sends ‘Halloween warning’ to Boris Johnson with bizarre trade ‘enforcement’ video game

Eurocrats have shared a bizarre v-style clip on Twitter together with a vow by the bloc to “up its game” with respect to “unjustified trade barriers” – and a leading Brexiteer believes the move was intended as a “Halloween warning” to Britain.

The post, sent from  Trade, the official account of the International Trade Department of the  at 7.30am today, declares: “ is not only about closing deals, but also about keeping track of the commitments we make with our trading partners.

“And if there are unjustified barriers, we are stepping up our game. #AssertiveEU #EUTrade”

Mr Jones, the Tory MP for Clwyd West, told it was difficult to be certain the post was in reference to the UK.

However, he added: “There’s certainly an undertone.”

Ciaran McGrath

Brexit Britain’s growth DOUBLE expectations – Sunak proves the europhile economists wrong

Britain’s economy is set to grow by seven percent this year, almost double the growth previously predicted.

The UK’s bounce back from the pandemic has defied expectations with growth levels not seen in more than 70 years.

In March, the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasted a four percent increase in GDP for 2021.

Britain’s bulging economy means the country has almost recovered its pre-pandemic levels.

Ciaran McGrath

Michel Barnier admits immigration policy ‘doesn’t work’ in desperate bid to oust Macron

Former EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has admitted France’s immigration policy “does not work” and raged it is to the “detriment of the unity of our country” as he launches a desperate bid to out President Emmanuel Macron from power.

The heavy pro-EU supporter was the European Commission’s Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom from 2019 until 2021, leading tense and often bitter Brexit negotiations as Britain departed the bloc.

In August, he announced his candidacy for President of France in the 2022 presidential election and is currently running for The Republicans presidential nomination.

During the two year period negotiating Brexit for the EU, Mr Barnier was well known for strongly defending the bloc’s principle of freedom of movement.

Michel Barnier

Michel Barnier, the EU’s former Chief Brexit negotiator (Image: Chatham House)

Ciaran McGrath

EU showdown: Von der Leyen under pressure over border wall ‘war’ as migration soars

is under pressure to issue EU funds for the creation of border fences to protect the bloc from the influx of migrants coming from Belarus.

The EU Commission President said last week that “there will be no funding of barbed wire and walls”, after being urged by 12 member states to issue EU funds for the project.

But Mrs von der Leyen is still under pressure to cave as the number of migrants coming from Belarus to the bloc fails to subdue.

The leader of the European People’s Party in the EU Parliament, Manfred Weber, is the latest to call on the Commission chief to change tactics on the issue.

Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission (Image: GETTY)

Ciaran McGrath

‘Sounds like Brexit – and we’ve got that!’ Ranvir Singh skewers Labour’s economic policy

Ranvir Singh put Labour MP on the spot during Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain as the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury explained the party’s proposed economic policy.

Ranvir Singh and Richard Madeley welcomed the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury onto Good Morning Britain on Wednesday to discuss Rishi Sunak’s Autumn Budget.

However, Singh hit out at Bridget Phillipson as she pointed out Labour’s economic policies sounded a lot like Brexit.

Singh began: “I think the problem for Labour is a lot of people will owe their jobs and the fact that for the last few months during furlough they were able to live on 80 percent of their salary and also, the vaccine rollout has ultimately gone well.”

Ciaran McGrath

Brexit: ‘Fing fishing!’ Furious Elton John LOSES IT with Boris in staggering rant

Raging Elton John has criticised the UK government, saying they are ‘so fing disgusting.’

The five-time Grammy-award-winning singer’s comments come after several leading organisations in the music industry wrote an open letter to the government.

The letter criticised “misleading” new claims about the status of post-Brexit touring in Europe. They called the governments latest announcement a “non-announcement of spin and misinformation”, regarding their ability to tour the world.

Speaking to NME Magazine for a cover feature John said: “The Government didn’t make any provisions whatsoever for the arts during Brexit.

Ciaran McGrath

How Poland could unravel EU’s legal authority – and what that means for Brexit

Poland’s landmark ruling against the EU this autumn has caused havoc for the EU and challenged the heart of its legal foundation.

Warsaw’s challenge to the supremacy of European law has sparked a crisis in the heart of Brussels.

A court ruling from Poland has found elements of EU law are incompatible with Poland’s constitution – in particular, the role of the Court of Justice (ECJ) as the bloc’s ultimate arbiter of law.

While Brussels prepares its punishments for the member state, there are even more wide-ranging consequences coming down the road for the EU – with legal implications that can’t be solved by handing out financial punishments.

Ciaran McGrath

Britain to import Christmas turkeys from France amid ongoing shortages: ‘The irony’

Turkey shortages in British supermarkets have been predicted – and importing turkeys from EU countries might be the only solution, according to recent reports.

Brexit-induced shortage of workers reportedly forces some turkey farmers to raise fewer chicks this year because they forecasted there would not be enough staff in processing plants to handle them.

Covid and the lack of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers have also heavily affected the turkey supply chain in the UK to the extent that experts of the industry have suggested to MPs that importing poultry should be the only way to fill up the shelves before Christmas.

The Government recently announced it would allow in 5,500 poultry plant workers on short-term visas, but this came too late to boost the number of turkeys being raised.


Could turkeys be off the menu this Christmas? (Image: GETTY)

Ciaran McGrath

Brexit betrayal as EU’s energy VAT will not be cut in Budget despite Vote Leave promise

Brexit voters are facing bitter disappointment when the delivers his Autumn Budget, which is not anticipated to include a promised cut to VAT on household energy.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has reportedly refused to cut the European Union’s five percent energy tax, despite facing mounting pressure from the Labour opposition and British public.

Cheaper bills and greater control over the UK’s energy market were some of the key pledges of the 2016 Vote Leave campaign.

At the time, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove vowed to slash the EU’s VAT on domestic energy while promising “fuel bills will be lower for everyone”.

Ciaran McGrath

EU ready to bend spending rules AGAIN as debt cripples Brussels

Brussels is set to bend its to protect EU27 members already saddled with high levels of debt from another round of crippling austerity.

And the revelation has prompted one prominent Brexiteer to suggest the UK should be thankful for the decision to quit the bloc when it did – because otherwise it would be facing the prospect of picking up the tab.

Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Executive Vice President, and Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for Economy, confirmed their plans today as they unveiled proposals to reform what is known as the Stability And Growth Pact (SGP), which caps budget deficits at three percent of economic output and tries to drive public debt down to 60 percent of GDP.

Neither was explicit – but speaking in Strasbourg, Mr Dombrovskis gave a clear indication that leniency would be the order of the day.

Ciaran McGrath

Sunak ready to take advantage of post-Brexit freedoms in today’s Budget

Rishi Sunak is ready to hail a “new age of optimism” in today Budget with predictions suggesting he will have more cash than expected to spend due to a rapid bounce-back from Covid.

The Chancellor will unveil an extra £5.9 billion in capital funding to help the NHS clear the backlog created by COVID-19.

The Treasury has pledged green investment and others policies aimed at capitalising on post-Brexit freedoms and is planning to spend £7 billion overhauling local transport.

Mr Sunak may also increase revenues to address national debt, although the Treasury is believed to have all but confirmed to MPs that he will not do this by raising fuel duty.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will deliver his budget today (Image: GETTY)

Ciaran McGrath

Macron runs to EU as French plot new Jersey fishing war – announcement TODAY

Emmanuel Macron will today up the stakes in France’s bitter battle to win more permits for fishermen operating in British waters by unveiling a package of punitive measures which he will demand approval from Brussels.

The French President is furious at Britain’s refusal to grant what he sees as sufficient licences for smaller vessels to fish in waters six to 12 miles from the UK coast.

In total just 15 permits out of 47 have been granted. A total of 200 more have been issued for French boats to operate in the wider economic zone around the British isles.

Measures, which would need EU approval, may include increasing the price of electricity to Jersey, as well as restrictions for British ships trying to unload their catches in France. New tariffs on British goods are also a possibility.

Emmanuel Macron, France's President

Emmanuel Macron, France’s President (Image: GETTY)

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