Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin claimed Ireland’s Government hasn’t adequately prepared the country for the “mayhem” a no deal Brexit would bring. The unpreparedness of ports is one of the sticking points for Mr Martin, alongside with the possible return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Mr Martin said: “I am told the ports are not ready. Dublin Port is not ready for a no deal Brexit, despite what you hear.
Source: Brexit news: Ireland panics over no-deal Brexit – ‘Ports not ready’ | World | News | Express.co.uk
Speaking to BBC News, Mr Hammond said he could not serve in a no-deal Brexit cabinet. Ahead of a speech on Thursday, where he will warn Tory leadership hopefuls against “reckless” solutions offered by “populists,” Mr Hammond also did not rule out voting against a Conservative government in an attempt to block no deal. He said: “Leaving with no deal will be a very bad outcome for the economy. I’m not sure that people necessarily have understood what a risk we would be taking – not only with our economy but also with the future of our precious United Kingdom – if we left with no deal.”
Source: Brexit news: Philip Hammond threatens to withhold money unless no deal taken off table | UK | News | Express.co.uk
The European Commission President is set to step down from his role after five years in charge on October 31, the same day Britain is due to finally leave the EU. Speaking at a “citizens’ dialogue” event in Sibiu, Romania, the eurocrat revealed he had told the Prime Minister to “speed up the process” to avoid clashing with his departure. Mr Juncker said: “I will stop my job on November 1 this year. In fact at midnight on October 31.
“The British are supposed to leave on October 31 and I told Theresa May, ‘I will leave at midnight so please speed up the process.”
Meanwhile, Mrs May is set to put a vote on her Brexit deal to MPs before the European Parliament elections.
The Prime Minister’s de facto deputy, David Lidington, has already confirmed Britain have run out of time to deliver Brexit and will now have to participate in the vote on May 23.
As cross-party talks with Jeremy Corbyn on the brink of collapse, Mrs May is plotting to give MPs a fourth major vote on her hated deal.
Source: Juncker tells May to ‘SPEED UP’ divorce as Tory MPs demand PM quits | UK | News | Express.co.uk
The exclusive poll for Express.co.uk found a massive 86 percent of online respondents planned to vote for Mr Farage’s new party on May 23 as the scale of the backlash against Labour and the Conservatives became clear. According to our results, the number of people who said they would vote Tory this time round was so small it registered as a humiliating 0 percent. Labour fared little better with just 1 percent saying they would back Jeremy Corbyn’s party at the ballot box, according to the Express.co.uk poll.
Of the three main UK parties, the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats, who saw a huge surge in popularity at last week’s local council elections, came out on top but still managed only 5 percent.
The poll put Change UK and Ukip on 3 percent each, the Green Party on 1 percent and ‘other’ on 1 percent.
A total of 48,465 people took part in the poll, which was conducted online at Express.co.uk between 3pm on Tuesday May 7 and 5pm on Wednesday May 8.
Source: Brexit news: May NIGHTMARE as Farage set for EU election victory – Express.co.uk poll | Politics | News | Express.co.uk
Tony Blair took a dig at Britain’s departure from the Brussels bloc as he discussed the future of the country. Asked about the future of devolution in 20-years time, and how to make it work, Mr Blair commented on “escaping the problems of Brexit”. In an interview with the Institute for Government, he said: “Well, apart from the obvious, immediate thing of escaping from the problems of Brexit, I think we should think more carefully about how we have a British and UK identity and not just an English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh identity. I think that’s important.
Source: Brexit news: Blair’s PREDICTION of UK in 20-years time – ‘Get rid of Brexit’ | UK | News | Express.co.uk
BRITAIN used to have the most efficient agricultural sector in Europe, until the “clever” French devised a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) so “absurdly loaded in France’s favour” that the UK ended up subsidising them, journalist and author Christopher Booker shockingly claimed in a throwback report.
Source: Brexit news: Claim ‘clever French TRICKED Britain and used EU to SABOTAGE agriculture’ | UK | News | Express.co.uk
He said: “I think there is some scope for some further discussion about alternative arrangements.
“Why? Because the EU themselves have now said that no matter what there will not be a hard border on the border of Northern Ireland and Ireland and they will have alternative arrangements.
“Well, if they’re going to do that for no deal, their threat that there would be borders, a hard border in Northern Ireland, is gone.
“That means now there is scope to say ‘if you are going to do that – and we put forward proposals months ago to them about how they could do it using existing customs techniques – then you can do it when you have the deal.
Source: Brexit news: EU prepared to give up on KEY red line to deliver Brexit before May election | UK | News | Express.co.uk
Spain has announced it will guarantee British residents’ rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The Spanish government said it would allow British residents to stay if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, giving them until the end of 2020 to apply for permanent residency and making it automatic for many.
With less than a month until Britain is due to leave the EU, Theresa May has yet to convince Parliament to back the Brexit deal she negotiated. That leaves open the possibility of an abrupt exit with no agreement.
Spain has one of the largest British expatriate communities in the EU and has been at pains to reassure them that their rights will be protected after Brexit.
Source: Brexit news latest: Spain to guarantee British residents’ rights in event of no-deal | London Evening Standard
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay took details of “Plan C”, drawn up by Brexiteers and Remainers, to talks with his counterpart in Brussels. But the call for “alternative arrangements” to a backstop preventing a hard Irish border was sidelined in favour of legal assurances. Mr Barclay and Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox will return to Brussels on Wednesday to present EU officials with a “legal way forward”.
Mr Cox will aim to secure a fresh legal text that allows him to reverse his November warning Britain could be locked in the custom union backstop by the EU.
After a “positive” two-hour meeting with Brussels negotiator Michel Barnier, Mr Barclay said the Government now wants a document that sets out the temporary nature of the backstop.
He said: “The Attorney-General shared his thinking in terms of the legal way forward and how we address the central issue of concern in terms of the indefinite nature of the backstop.
Source: Brexit news: Theresa May infuriates Brexiteers as EU gets its way – ‘FLOWERY WORDS!’ | Politics | News | Express.co.uk
The European Union has been facing threats of further withdrawal from the bloc as several member countries swung towards the eurosceptic right in the past couple of years. Ms Fordwich suggested the Netherlands and Sweden could soon follow Brexit Britain if the UK were to secure a beneficial withdrawal and trade deal after March 29. Speaking to RT America, the business expert said: “It’s like a sort of club, or a cult. You can’t have one person leave and take what they want and do better because what would happen to all your members?
“The other members would leave and do the same thing. So you have to prevent this.”
Swedish eurosceptic party Sweden Democrats (SW) has issued a dire warning to Brussels, suggesting the Scandinavian country could very well leave the bloc unless eurocrats accept to make substantial changes to its core institutions. A shocking poll in 2017 suggested more than half of The Netherlands would prefer to quit the EU.
Ms Fordwich continued: “There were rumours of Nexit, the Dutch leaving and The Netherlands, and Swexit after the right swing in Sweden.
“That’s the fear. The Dutch and the Swedish are two they fear might want to go.”
Source: Brexit news: Next countries to quit ‘EU cult’ REVEALED as Brussels to face more struggle | UK | News | Express.co.uk