Von der Leyen says ‘stakes couldn’t be higher’ at EU summit
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The Prime Minister is set to announce 30 new peers later this month to mark his first year in Downing Street. The list is said to include arch-Remainers Philip Hammond, Ken Clarke and Ed Vaizey in a bid to heal divisions in the Conservative Party. THIS BLOG IS NOW CLOSED. Click HERE for your latest Brexit updates
Former chancellors Mr Hammond and Mr Clarke and ex-culture minister Mr Vaizey had the Tory whip withdrawn after attempting to block Mr Johnson's efforts to reach a Brexit agreement with the EU.
The list also includes a string of Brexit supporters including former England cricketer Sir Ian Botham, according to The Times.
And it was reported that there will be peerages for ex—Labour MPs Frank Field and Gisela Stuart who both supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum.
Former Labour MPs Ian Austin and John Woodcock, who backed Remain but supported Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal and urged Labour voters not to support Jeremy Corbyn, are also said to be on the list.
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Boris Johnson is set to reward three Remainers with life peerages, according to reports (Image: GETTY/FLICKR)
Sunday, July 19
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02:10am update: Cornwall calls for £700m to cover loss of EU funding
Cornwall Council has asked the Government for another £700 million in funding to replace lost EU funding over the next decade.
In 1999 Cornwall was granted Objective One status by Brussels entitling it to extra funding due to economic deprivation.
Explaining the demand for extra funding Kate Kennally, council chief executive, said: “The amount is the same as what Cornwall Council has been calling for in terms of the equivalent of what Cornwall would have received from the EU and as the level of funds to catch up with other parts of the country as part of the levelling up agenda.
“We are calling for it as a single pot to prevent us having to continually bid for separate pots. We want to have the funding in a single pot that will be managed by organisations here in Cornwall.”
00:15am update: Liam Fox says Brexit won’t derail his WTO bid
Liam Fox, the former Secretary of State for International Trade, has insisted Brexit won’t stop his campaign to become the first British head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Mr Fox, a Brexit backing Scottish Tory MP, is one of eight candidates bidding to replace Brazilian Roberto Azevedo as WTO chief.
He claimed not every country “sees every issue through the Brexit prism”.
Britain has been a WTO member since its founder but has only sat independently since it left the EU earlier this year.
James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Laura O’Callaghan
Saturday, July 18
Nicola Sturgeon may be willing to trade Scottish Brexit benefits in exchange for her dream of independence, a former MEP has claimed.
During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Habib claimed Nicola Sturgeon would have to meet three crucial requirements before the EU would consider Scotland’s membership.
He argued that the First Minister would be willing to sacrifice access to Scottish fishing waters and willing to pay massive sums into the EU.
Mr Habib said: “There are three instant requirements the EU would have if they were to entertain any application from Scotland.
“The first would be that they would require Scotland to be a net contributor to the EU.
“I think the Scots might find that unpalatable.”
9.51pm update: Brexit farce: How David Beckham claimed ‘Man Utd won more trophies because of EU’
David Beckham risked the wrath of Leave voters during the Brexit debate as he suggested Manchester United were more successful because Britain was in the EU, unearthed reports reveal.
The former England captain risked a backlash as he suggested Britain's EU membership contributed to his sporting success.
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Boris Johnson is set to reward Brexiteers with peerages (Image: GETTY)
8.40pm update: EU nations deadlocked at tense coronavirus recovery summit
A stand-off between EU leaders at a summit in Brussels on Saturday threatened to derail plans for a massive stimulus fund to breathe life into their coronavirus-hammered economies.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte issued a warning in a video on Facebook as the 27 European Union leaders neared the end of a second day of talks.
He said: “We are in an impasse now.
“It is more complex than what was expected.
“There are many issues that remain unresolved.”
With the pandemic dealing Europe its worst economic shock since World War II, leaders gathered on Friday to haggle over a proposed €750 billion recovery fund and a 2021-27 EU budget of more than €1 trillion.
7.27pm update: Brexiteers hailed as ‘well-deserving’ peerage recipients
Pro-Brexit think-thank the Bruges Group has congratulated Brexiteers Gisela Stuart and Frank Field on their peerages.
The Bruges Group tweeted: “Gisela Stuart and Frank Field are two well-deserving recipients of peerages.
“In particular, Gisela's dedication to Brexit and democracy has been absolute – even when it took her from the Labour backbenches to campaigning in last year's GE for Boris.
6.50pm update: EU superstate: All members should unite and form 'one economic nation' says expert
EU states should go further than the single market and merge together to create a Single Economic Territory, an expert has said.
Fabian Zuleeg, chief executive of the European Policy Centre said that COVID-19 triggered "unprecedented" government interventions across the EU.
Mr Zuleeg stressed that because of this, it was making the Single Market vulnerable.
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Sir Ian Botham has earned a peerage for his Brexit campaigning (Image: GETTY)
5.38pm update: ‘Enough’s enough!’ – Ian Botham on the EU
Sir Ian Botham looks set to be given a peerage in recognition of his support for Brexit – and archive reports reveal how the England cricket legend hit out at Remainers for failing to accept the result of the 2016 referendum.
Sir Ian publicly supported the Brexit campaign and appeared alongside Mr Johnson before the referendum four years ago.
Vowing to back Leave "with a straight bat" he claimed "enough's enough" when probed about the EU.
He appeared at a County Durham event with Mr Johnson and said: “I have been lucky enough to grow up in a wonderful country, a country that has always been able to look after itself.”
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4.54pm update: Six in 10 firms have not made any no-deal preparations
British firms are now less prepared for a no-deal Brexit than they were this time last year, a new report has said.
The warning for ministers come from the Institute for Government thinktank.
It cites official data suggesting that 61 percent of businesses have made no preparations at all for December 31 – when the Brexit transition period comes to a close.
3.44pm update: US ambassador says EU criticism of Poland ‘overblown’
The US ambassador to Poland said the European Union’s criticism of Poland’s adherence to democracy is “overblown”, as Warsaw faces cuts to EU budget funds over its judiciary reforms.
Since coming to power in 2015, Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has faced criticism from the EU over its overhaul of its judiciary system, with Brussels accusing Poland of violating EU laws.
As its relationship with the EU has faltered, PiS has focused on building strong ties with the United States, especially since President Donald Trump came to power in 2016.
US ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher said: “If you’re asking me…do I think that a lot of the attacks on Poland about democratic values is overblown, my answer is yes, I do.”
The EU is struggling to respond to what many in western Europe see as creeping authoritarianism in the eastern wing of the bloc, especially Poland, Hungary and Romania.
Cornwall Council is calling on the Government to pump cash into the region to soften the Brexit blow (Image: GETTTY)
3.18pm update: Cornwall calls for £700m in funding to soften blow of Brexit
Cornwall, which voted for Brexit, has called on the Conservative Government to pump £700 million into its local economy to fill the gap left by the European Union’s funding post-Brexit.
Cornwall Council is petitioning the Government for the money which would cover the loss the popular tourist region is set to suffer over the next 10 years due to the impact of Brexit.
The council’s chief executive Kate Kennally said: “The amount is the same as what Cornwall Council has been calling for in terms of the equivalent of what Cornwall would have received from the EU and as the level of funds to catch up with other parts of the country as part of the levelling up agenda.
“We are calling for it as a single pot to prevent us having to continually bid for separate pots.
“We want to have the funding in a single pot that will be managed by organisations here in Cornwall.”
Laura O’Callaghan takes over the blog from Katie Harris.
2.50pm update: Norway rushes to sign post-Brexit trade deal with UK
Boris Johnson is on track for an early trade victory after Norway moved to sign an ambitious and free post-Brexit deal by the end of this year.
Norway, not part of the EU and reliant on Britain as its single largest trading partner, said it is keen to strike an "ambitious and comprehensive" free trade agreement by the end of the transition period on December 31.
Oslo is keen for Norwegian companies to have at least as much access to the UK market as EU companies.
Trade and Industry Minister Iselin Nybø said: "We want to negotiate a comprehensive free trade agreement with the British, in which current trade is continued as much as possible.
"This is about goods and services that cross our borders every year worth billions of krone.
"Unfortunately, the agreement will not be able to replace the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement, and business will have to prepare to face new trade barriers when the UK leaves the single market."
Boris Johnson is set to give three Remainers peerages in a bid to heal divisions in the Conservative Party – but do you agree with the Prime Minister handing out honours to Tories who tried to block Brexit?
Express.co.uk is asking readers if you agree with the PM rewarding Tory Remainers with peerages to heal Tory divisions.
Former chancellors Philip Hammond, Ken Clarke and ex-culture minister Ed Vaizey are said to be in line for peerages despite their attempts to frustrate Brexit.
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SNP MP Pete Wishart flew off the handle over reports that Boris Johnson plans to award peerages to “Brexit loyalists” despite still not offering one to former Commons Speaker John Bercow.
Referring to former England cricketer Sir Ian Botham, Mr Wishart told Sky News: “This is just the most absurd and ridiculous political institution anywhere in the world.
“We’re going to be having a whole raft of Brexiteers appointed by the Prime Minister to have a part in our legislature.
“These people can now make laws, make amendments and initiate legislation. What’s his qualification? He’s a cricketer who supported Brexit. It’s absolutely absurd.”
He continued: “Let’s look at two candidates for the House of Lords: Ian Botham, Brexiteer and cricketer, and John Bercow, former Speaker of the House of Commons with something like 25 years political experience.
“I’d ask your listeners: who is more qualified to have a role in deciding the laws of this country? Who is more qualified?
“But it’s not up to anybody to decide that, it’s should be up to an electorate. It’s actually up to the PM now.
“He will appoint his donors, his cronies, his friends. Those people that he owes favours to. It has to stop, enough is enough.”
Former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney – regarded by many Brexiteers as the embodiment of Project Fear – has quit Britain and returned to his native Canada after seven years – with the luxury north London home in which he and his family have been living on the market for an eye-watering £5.5million.
Mr Carney, who holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship, had been renting the property for £3,500 a week.
Wife Diana had previously raised the subject of expensive London homes on Twitter – but the couple and their five daughters subsequently moved into a five-bedroom property in West Hampstead, before relocating to an eight-bedroom house in South Hampstead five years ago.
Mr Carney was lured from his job at the Bank of Canada in 2013 for an annual salary of £624,000, along with a housing allowance of £250,000 a year.
Remainers Ken Clarke (left) and Philip Hammond (right) are set to receive peerages, according to reports (Image: PA)
12pm update: Ex-MEP fumes over Hammond peerage reports
Former Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe has warned Boris Johnson has "got this so wrong" following reports former chancellor Philip Hammond is in line for a peerage.
He tweeted: "Giving Philip Hammond a peerage is an utter disgrace.
"The establishment looks after their own! The man spent years frustrating Brexit and almost succeeded. Boris has got this so wrong.
"Hammond was a failure. In my view, failures should not be rewarded with peerages."
A fishing chief has warned of the staggering arrogance of members of the European Commission, saying by the time they realise how important sovereignty is to Britons it may be “too late”.
Simon Collins, executive officer of Shetland Fishermen’s Association, said the EU has time and again “failed to appreciate what matters to the UK” when it comes to voters’ reasons for wanting out of the bloc and he warned Boris Johnson against any sort of “sellout” for fishermen.
As fishing continues to be one of the main sticking points in talks, Mr Collins said Michel Barnier should wake up to the fact that regaining rights over British waters is central to the Brexit cause.
Boris Johnson's chief negotiator hopes to overcome “significant differences” with the European Union next week when Brexit talks restart in London (Image: REUTERS)
EU ‘flaws’ have been exposed by COVID-19 claims Hewertson
Boris Johnson should have followed through with his threat to leave the EU with a no-deal Brexit last OCtober, an expert has claimed.
Peter MacSwiney, chairman of Agency Sector Management, said: "In all honesty, we would've been better off if we had taken a no deal Brexit last October. By now, we would've have sorted all the problems.
"The Northern Ireland Protocol would not be in place. We’d probably be most of the way to resolving the issues.
"There are going to be problems and there were problems then. But now we'd be nine months further down the line and things would've settled down.
"I think a lot of businesses will find themselves somewhere they're not prepared to be. They won't know how to get out of it."
9am update: EU leaders deadlocked over coronavirus recovery plan
EU leaders failed to make progress in negotiations on a post-coronavirus stimulus plan after meeting for their first face-to-face summit in five months.
Speaking ahead of the summit, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “The stakes couldn’t be higher. The whole world is watching us.”
The meeting between the 27 EU leaders is due to continue today.
Brexit timeline (Image: EXPRESS)
Boris Johnson's chief negotiator hopes to overcome “significant differences” with the European Union next week when Brexit talks restart in London.
David Frost is understood to be eyeing his first breakthrough in the future relationship negotiations after holding talks with his EU counterpart Michel Barnier in Brussels.
The pair agreed to put added emphasis on Britain's future security pact with the EU as a potential landing zone for an agreement emerged.
The two sides will hold four separate sessions on "law enforcement and judicial cooperation" as the Capital hosts its first ever round of negotiations with Brussels.
As part of the four-day talks, UK and EU officials will also discuss the bloc's demands for regulatory level-playing and access to Britain's fishing grounds.
7.30am update: Next round of post-Brexit talks in London
The latest round of post-Brexit trade talks between the UK and the EU will take place in London next week.
Boris Johnson has insisted he will not allow the discussions to drag on into the autumn.
If the two sides are unable to strike an agreement by the end of the transition period on December 31 2020 it will mean Britain leaving the single market and the customs union without any agreement on future access.
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