Thursday, 20 September, 2018

British PM faces fresh threat of Brexit rebellion

The EU is preparing to issue Michel Barnier new instructions for negotiating Brexit The EU is preparing to issue Michel Barnier new instructions for negotiating Brexit
Kenny Thornton | 15 September, 2018, 04:25

We are reaching the point now where it is extremely hard to see how we can rescue the Conservative Party from a catastrophic split if the Chequers proposals are carried forward, he said.

The flurry of activity came after Mr Johnson launched a fresh attack on the PM's Brexit plan, claiming it would be "substantially worse than the status quo" for British businesses.

The Mid-Norfolk MP said there should be a leadership contest next summer, lasting no more than three months, to determine the party's future direction, and he was prepared to throw his hat into the ring.

The former foreign secretary's extraordinary comments provoked an immediate backlash from Tory critics in the latest sign of the bitter Conservative divide over Brexit and the future leadership of the party.

May's spokesman said her so-called Chequers proposal is the only serious, credible and negotiable plan available.

"People are stuck in entry-level jobs and they're not progressing".

On Monday, Barnier said he thought reaching an agreement on the terms of the UK's departure was "realistic" within the next six to eight weeks.

Divisions in the Conservative Party over Britain's relationship with the European Union contributed to the fall of all three previous Conservative premiers - David Cameron, John Major and Margaret Thatcher.

If a deal has been reached by then, it will need to be approved by MPs.

What To Expect As Hurricane Florence Bears Down On Carolina Coast
The storm's forward motion has slowed 11km/h since Wednesday (local time), which was predicted as the storm nears the coast. As Florence reaches landfall, storm surges are the biggest concern, with 49% of U.S. hurricane deaths attributed to surges.

Mr Baker, a former chairman of the influential pro-Brexit European Research Group of Conservatives, urged Mrs May to negotiate a free trade agreement instead of the Chequers plan.

The ERG has condemned May's plans for Britain to remain in a free trade zone for goods with the European Union after it leaves the bloc in March next year but has faced criticism itself for failing to suggest a detailed alternative.

"Now is the time for this Conservative government to show how a post-Brexit Britain will be a happy and dynamic economy that fosters enterprise, that rewards the strivers and the innovators, and where people can hope to take home more of their pay to their families", he wrote. One of those present said opposition to her leadership has hardened over the summer.

Mr Johnson said there are "far better technical solutions" to the Irish border issue.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove - one of the leaders of the official Leave campaign who ran unsuccessfully against Mrs May - also rallied behind the Prime Minister.

"Brexit is a negative negotiation, unfortunately".

"There's a great deal of anxiety among colleagues in parliament", former Brexit minister Steve Baker, who chaired the meeting, told AFP.

"Any diversion or any distraction from that mission means that our ability to ensure that the referendum mandate that we were given is delivered, is undermined".

Recommended

The Weather Channel Goes All In With Apocalyptic Hurricane Florence Graphics The Weather Channel Goes All In With Apocalyptic Hurricane Florence Graphics Surges and flooding will reportedly continue as it lashes SC . "It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". According to Fire Chief Glen Rogers, there are in fact only 12 people left on the beach to sit out the storm.

How to watch Apple's 2018 iPhone keynote announcement - Stream, schedule, info How to watch Apple's 2018 iPhone keynote announcement - Stream, schedule, info But now we've also got the iPhone XS Max , which sounds like nothing less than a Championship Edition fighting game re-release. Apple's desire to "kill" the headphone jack has been clear since it first removed the port from the iPhone 7 in 2016.

Eminem - Killshot Lyrics (Machine Gun Kelly Diss) Eminem - Killshot Lyrics (Machine Gun Kelly Diss) Eminem kicks off the track by giving Rihanna a big shout-out. "I'd rather be 80-year-old me than 20-year-old you". "I'm perplexed. It didn't take long for people to begin responding to Eminem's digs on his response, " KILLSHOT ", aimed at MGK.

Beach landslide injures tourists in Zante Beach landslide injures tourists in Zante Coast guard officials told the Evening Standard that those hurt had not sustained any life-threatening injuries. The spot is popular with tourists and locals, who get to the cove either on small tourist or private boats .

Teen dead as gas explosions rock U.S. towns Teen dead as gas explosions rock U.S.  towns Recent deliveries to the local distribution company from Tennessee Gas Pipeline "have been around 10,000 MMBtu, or 0.01 Bcf/d". A fire engine is seen near a building emitting smoke after explosions in Lawrence, Massachusetts , US, September 13, 2018 .

Tesla thins out its paint palette to "simplify manufacturing" at factory Tesla thins out its paint palette to Quality is more important than speedIn the near term, Tesla is going to focus on the more profitable models, Acevedo said. During the three months that ended in June, Tesla produced 53,339 vehicles and delivered 40,740.

New Stats Support Umpire Carlos Ramos In Dispute With Serena Williams New Stats Support Umpire Carlos Ramos In Dispute With Serena Williams This is what he does for a living and we've all appreciated what he's done over the years in all different cartoons. However, she will now also be provided with Nissan vehicles at her tennis tour destinations.

Unai Emery reveals the truth behind relationship with Mesut Ozil Unai Emery reveals the truth behind relationship with Mesut Ozil The Magpies might be able to welcome 26-year-old Shelvey back to their side this weekend, with his absence having been evident in Newcastle's recent games.

Are Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin already married? Are Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin already married? According to various media reports, many eyewitnesses saw Justin crying while looking at Hailey saying he can't wait to marry her. An insider explained: 'He's definitely engaged in the process and giving her feedback on things when she wants it.

Hurricane Florence Downgraded as Trump Claims It’s "More Powerful" Hurricane Florence Downgraded as Trump Claims It’s Next week, when Florence has finally passed the Carolinas and moved into the Ohio Valley, the rain will have been the big story. Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.

SpaceX to send world's first private passenger around Moon SpaceX to send world's first private passenger around Moon The BFR is SpaceX's newest rocket, a super powerful launch vehicle with 31 engines and the capacity to lift 150 tons into space. Asked whether he'd be the first passenger, Musk - who's also the CEO of Tesla - posted an emoji of a Japanese flag.

5 a.m. update: Hurricane Florence continues to approach Southeast coast 5 a.m. update: Hurricane Florence continues to approach Southeast coast Life threatening storm surge and "catastrophic" flash flooding is possible with this storm, the NHC wrote in a Tweet this morning. The centre is slowing down and is expected to stall and perhaps wander around just off shore on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Putin Says U.K. Attack Suspects Are Civilians, Should Go Public Putin Says U.K. Attack Suspects Are Civilians, Should Go Public They are civilians of course. "I would like to appeal to them so that they hear us today". "They should go to some media outlet". "There is nothing particularly criminal there, I assure you", Putin said.

Hungarian PM accuses European lawmakers of insulting Hungary Hungarian PM accuses European lawmakers of insulting Hungary The most severe punishment under the Article 7 procedure is stripping Hungary of its voting rights in the EU. The group may now consider whether to suspend Orban's Fidesz party.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos launches a $2 bln philanthropic fund Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos launches a $2 bln philanthropic fund The fund will also launch a network of "full scholarship" preschools based in underserved communities. The Washington Post's top editor has said that Bezos has no involvement in its news coverage.