Starmer faces Labour revolt on EU exit acceptance (Image: GETTY)
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In a keynote speech, breaking his silence on Britain's future outside the European Union, Sir Keir pledged to "make Brexit work" and vowed not to try to join the Single Market or a customs union. His five-step plan includes sorting out the Northern Ireland Protocol; tearing down unnecessary trade barriers; supporting our world-leading services and sciences; keeping our nation safe, and investing in Britain. But his plan has met harsh criticism and grim realities this morning. Greek economist and politician Yanis Varoufakis said: “Keir Starmer just demonstrated how NOT to do politics: He pledged not to undo Brexit while failing spectacularly to come up with ANY plan (let alone a decent one) on how to make Brexit work. The epitome of the opportunist in search of a semblance of power.”
His comments come after shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry admitted Britain has to “make the most of what we have got” now that it is out of the European Union because rejoining on the same terms would not be an option.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, she said: “If we wanted to rejoin, we would have to join the euro.”
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Hungary hails post-Brexit 'cooperation' with UK
Péter Szijjártó, Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has hailed the country's "predictable relationship and stable partnership" with the UK.
He said after saying Europe is in a critical period: "We receive a lot of bad news and face many challenges each day.
“This situation makes friendships, predictable relationships and stable partnerships like that of the United Kingdom and Hungary all the more valuable.”
Mr Szijjártó added “in the spirit of mutual respect”, Hungary “was perhaps the only EU member state” that had not commented on or labelled the outcome of the Brexit referendum.
He also said: "We didn’t compete with others in saying how bad a decision the British people had made.
“We simply left it to the British people to decide on their own future.”
Turning to economic relations, Mr Szijjártó said British businesses made up the sixth largest investor community in Hungary, with more than 800 companies employing some 55,000 people.
He noted bilateral trade turnover came to nearly 5 billion euros last year, “which it will likely reach this year”.
‘Nothing to do with Brexit?’ BBC host has Rees-Mogg on spot over pivotal Tory claim
Brexit Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg was on the spot over Conservative suggestions that the UK’s Covid vaccine rollout was a success because the nation was free of the European Union’s constraints.
Speaking on the BBC's Newsnight, Mr Rees-Mogg reinforced his support for the Conservative Government's Brexit plan as he asserted the nation would be strengthened through the newly found independence.
The Brexit Minister said: "We've got such a good Brexit plan, it seems Sir Keir wishes to adopt most of it.
"Negotiations are going ahead with India and that's an important part of this.
"There is a very clear Brexit plan which is being implemented, that is dealing with these regulations, that is freeing up the UK.
"It is beyond economics as well, look at the place in the world that the UK is occupying now it is free from the common, foreign, and security policy."
Host Kirsty Wark interrupted the Minister to ask: "We were in the transition period, any country could have done that, it had nothing to do with leaving the EU, isn't that correct?"
‘Cut VAT on fuel NOW!’ Sunak faces drivers’ rage as EU stands in way of UK-wide reduction
Rishi Sunak has been urged to slash VAT on fuel for the whole of the UK but is facing a deadlock under EU legislation despite Brexit.
The Chancellor said he will carefully consider calls for a “more substantial” fuel duty decrease after the 5p-per-litre reduction implemented in March failed to halt price rises.
But as he readies to announce new measures to ease the cost of living, Mr Sunak will not be able to extend them to Northern Ireland under the Brexit Protocol.
In an open letter to the Chancellor, DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson wrote: “Energy costs are soaring both for business and domestic users and fuel costs are hitting home for working families who are now routinely paying £200 per week to fuel their vehicles.
“Almost 50 percent of this cost is drawn from duties, VAT and green taxes. It is time to ease the tax burden on working families.
“Any reductions however must be applicable to all regions of the United Kingdom and its benefits must be available directly to consumers in Northern Ireland.”
Euro slumps to 20 year low amid recession fears
THE EURO has slumped to a 20 year low as the latest surge in European gas prices adds to the region’s recession worries.
Its 1.2 percent drop took it to its weakest since the end of 2002.
Economists said the risks of Europe backsliding into a recession were clearly growing after a 17 percent jump in natural gas prices in Europe and in Britain looked set to push inflation even higher.
Meanwhile, sterling has risen against the euro, reaching its highest livel since mid-June.
The pound has risen against the euro (Image: Getty)
Getting prisoners to pick fruit among worker shortage ‘a good opportunity’ – Raab says
DOMINIC RAAB has said prisoners could be used to pick fruit and vegetables from UK fields amid a labour shortage.
The Deputy Prime Minister was asked by LBC presenter Tom Swarbrick if he would consider the measure to help growers cope with a lack of workers and no planned changes to visa rules to allow more to enter Britain from the EU.
Mr Raab said: “Absolutely, and in fact we’re already talking about it. There’s a massive push to get offenders, either prisoners those on licence, those leaving prison into work. In fact over the last year, we’ve increased the number of people in work within six months of release by 67 percent.
“I would say where there are shortages, whether in agriculture or other areas, this is a good opportunity.
“We vet those offenders to make sure they’re suitable, but I do think that’s one important avenue.”
Dominic Raab (Image: Getty)
What is the Good Friday Agreement?
The Good Friday Agreement (so-called because it was reached on Good Friday, April 10, 1998) was an agreement between the British and Irish governments and most of the political parties in Northern Ireland on how the country should be governed.
Talks leading up to the Agreement addressed issues which had caused conflicts in previous decades.
The aim of the Agreement was to create a new devolved government for Northern Ireland in which unionists and nationalists would share power.
The Agreement marked the end of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
However, there are fears that Liz Truss’ plans to override parts of the Northern Ireland protocol could endanger the Good Friday Agreement.
BBC 'resolutely accepts' bad EU actions! Brexit bias fury over Labour single market probe
Brexiteer Sir John Redwood has levelled further allegations of bias against the BBC – by claiming the corporation “resolutely accepts” the “bad actions” of the European Union.
And former Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe has backed him up, branding the BBC a "state monopoly" which he claimed was seeking to "brainwash" the British people.
Sir John, Tory MP for Wokingham, was reacting after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer confirmed there would be no attempt to rejoin the EU, instead insisting his party would find a way to "make Brexit work".
Without naming Sir Keir or any other Labour heavyweights, Sir John tweeted: "The BBC ask Labour why they do not want to re-enter the EU single market, but refuse to challenge them over how they think the EU could be persuaded to change its extreme interpretation of the NI Protocol.
"As always the BBC resolutely accepts the bad actions of the EU."
The BBC ask Labour why they do not want to re enter the EU single market, but refuse to challenge them over how they think the EU could be persuaded to change its extreme interpretation of the NI Protocol. As always the BBC resolutely accepts the bad actions of the EU.
\u2014 John Redwood (@johnredwood) July 5, 2022
‘All options on the table’ Germany ambassador warns EU to hit out if Brexit deal ignored
German Ambassador Miguel Berger warned the UK that “all options are on the table” should the Government push ahead with plans to legislate on the unilateral change of the Brexit protocol on Northern Ireland.
The German Ambassador insisted the UK should agree to renegotiations within the terms of the Brexit protocol instead of trying to circumvent the agreement.
He said the European Union is hoping the British Government will shelve the controversial Northern Ireland Bill, warning of the risks it poses to the country’s international standing.
Asked whether the bloc is ready to retaliate should the UK ignore Brussels’ requests for renegotiating, he insisted “all options are on the table.”
German diplomat says ‘All options on table’ if Brexit deal ignored
Thanks, Norway! EU outsider to help ease UK energy crisis and vows to ‘send more gas’
Norway has pledged to send more gas to the UK amid the energy crisis as the two nations build on their already strong relationship – while the EU faces chaos over Russia’s gas cuts, Express.co.uk can exclusively reveal.
Although the UK only gets five percent of its gas from Russia, the Government has still been scrambling to avert a crisis and shore up supplies as the cold winter months approach.
And with the energy price cap (maximum annual tariff) expected to soar to £2,800 in October, it appears that Britain needs all the help it can get to drive down bills.
Stepping in, non-EU member Norway has already been a reliable supplier – the UK's major one – unlike Russia which has sparked emergency gas warnings across the EU.
Now, it could be set to further ramp up its exports to help Britain cope with the crisis.
What is the EU proposing?
The EU has warned it will take retaliatory action if the UK acts unilaterally to scrap parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, but what are they proposing?
It has offered to get rid of sanitary and phytosanitary checks on chills meats with an exemption for British sausages and other goods for Northern Irish supermarkets.
The proposal suggests reducing customs declarations by 50 percent.
An ‘express land’ out of ports would be offered for goods destined for Northern Ireland only.
An uninterrupted supply of medicines was also offered.
‘How do people trust Labour?’ BBC's Sally Nugent savages Thornberry over Brexit U-turn
BBC Breakfast presenter Sally Nugent tore into Labour’s Emily Thornberry over her party “ruling out” plans to rejoin the European Union in a heated debate.
The Shadow Attorney-General appeared on Tuesday’s instalment of BBC Breakfast where she faced a grilling from host Sally Nugent over Labour’s Brexit U-turn.
The debate came in the wake of the party’s leader Sir Keir Starmer unveiling Labour’s vision of Brexit as he ruled out any plans to take Britain back into the EU.
Nugent savaged Thornberry on the matter and questioned how Britons would be able to trust the Labour Party.
‘How do people trust Labour?’ BBC's Sally Nugent savages Thornberry over Brexit U-turn (Image: BBC)
German radio caller savages plan to get Brexit Britain back in EU
A German caller has lashed out at plans for the UK to rejoin the EU single market saying that Britain is “not missed”.
Caller Ulf from Hamburg has insisted the UK would not be allowed back into the European Union and was a “nuisance” when it was a member.
Speaking to LBC, Ulf said: “You have an inflated sense of self-importance. Nobody needs you. You are nice to have, you joined late.
“Get the thought out of your head that you’re sorely missed. You’re not.
“For the past six years, you have been acting like lunatics and a big nuisance.
“Even before that, your acceptance was a constant bother.
“Nobody in their right mind would give Boris Johnson the chance to make political decisions.
“I know you Brits did but we in Europe are not going to do so.
“At best, you might be permitted to enter the single market, the customs union but even then that might be rescinded by the Tories.”
LBC: German caller savages plan to get Brexit Britain back in EU
What is the Northern Ireland protocol?
The Northern Ireland protocol is the piece of legislation that prevents a hard border from being in place between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Before Brexit, it was easy to transport goods between Northern Ireland and the Republic because both sides were subject to the same EU rules.
However, after Brexit, a new system was needed as the EU has strict rules and requires border checks when certain goods arrive from non-EU countries.
The protocol agreed that there would be no checks at the Irish border but there would instead be checks on goods coming from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
However, the UK government now wants to rip up parts of the protocol and remove the need for goods checks between Britain and Northern Ireland.
‘Look forwards, not backwards’ pleas Thornberry
Britain needs to deal with the “immediate problems” caused by being out of the single market as well as the cost-of-living crisis, shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry has said.
She told BBC Breakfast: “The fact is if we wanted back into the single market then we would not be able to have the same relationship that we had before.
“We need to be truthful with ourselves about that.
“Frankly, what we should be doing is dealing with the immediate problems which we have now, which is how do we export cheese from Cheshire into France at the moment?
“It is impossible to do it without wading through ridiculous amounts of red tape.
“We need to be dealing with that problem right now. We need to be dealing with the cost-of-living crisis and we need to be looking forward, and not backwards.”
Starmer braced for Labour revolt as MPs turn on plan to accept EU exit
Sir Keir Starmer is braced for a Labour Party revolt as MPs start to voice their opposition to their leader’s five-point plan to “make Brexit work”.
In a keynote speech, breaking his silence on Britain's future outside the European Union, Sir Keir pledged to "make Brexit work" and vowed not to try to join the Single Market or a customs union.
But this new stance has not gone down well across the party. London Mayor Sadiq Khan voiced his opposition just hours before Sir Keir was expected to speak, saying: "Keir's job is to be leader of the Labour Party, my job is to be the Mayor of London.
“That'll mean on many occasions I agree with the Labour Party, on some occasions I may disagree.
“Londoners elected me to be their champion, their advocate. I believe that our city and our country's future is best served being members of the Single Market."
His concerns were echoed by Stella Creasy, the MP who chairs the Labour Movement for Europe, who urged Sir Keir “not to take anything off the table” as they are just understanding “the damage Brexit is doing”.
Resistance is likely to be met with David Lammy, who last month backed reworking key elements of the EU relationship, telling LBC: "Of course, if we were in government there are aspects of our relationship with the European Union that do need to be determined."
Starmer braced for Labour revolt as MPs turn on plan to accept EU exit (Image: GETTY)
Britain has to ‘make the most of what we have got’
Britain has to “make the most of what we have got” now that it is out of the European Union, shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry has said.
She told BBC Breakfast: “We won’t be able to go back on the same terms that we were members of the European Union before.
“If we wanted to rejoin, we would have to join the euro.
“We would have to join the Schengen agreement, which is all about immigration, and we would not have the rebate we had before.
“We wouldn’t be able to go back on the same terms and, frankly, is the British public really going to want to argue for the next two years about whether or not we should go back into the European Union, and on what terms, and then have another referendum? No, they are not.
“So, let’s make the most of what we have got and let’s make sure that we look after our country and face up to the problems we have, and sort them out.”
Britain has to ‘make the most of what we have got’ (Image: GETTY)
Boris handed key to seize ‘biggest and quickest’ Brexit win to urgently ‘rein in’ Brussels
Boris Johnson has a golden opportunity to deliver the full benefits of Brexit by ruthlessly stripping away the red tape hampering the UK’s economy.
Legal expert Barnabas Reynolds urged the Prime Minister to adopt a proactive approach, warning failure to do so risked leaving the UK in an even worse position than it faced before quitting the bloc.
But he also revealed a "key ingredient" that he said would ensure equality before the law for all interested parties.
He explained: "Now that we have left the EU, the UK has the chance to leap ahead economically and restore its business-friendly approach to law and regulation, while at the same time protecting consumers from harm.
"The biggest and quickest win would be to rein in the regulators. Currently they enjoy what is, in effect, unfettered power over the everyday activities of Britain's financial services firms."
Barnabas Reynolds (R), partner at Shearman and Sterling (Image: GETTY)
‘Rewriting history!’ Ireland’s Coveney rumbled as new anti-Brexit claim about EU unravels
Former Irish diplomat Ray Bassett has said the EU had zero involvement in the peace process which yielded the Good Friday Agreement, despite apparent claims to the contrary by Ireland’s deputy leader Simon Coveney and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.
Mr Bassett, who was on the negotiating team which thrashed out the GFA, was reacting to a joint op-ed by the two leaders in which they argued there was no legal or political justification for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to override parts of the Brexit deal governing trade with Northern Ireland.
The article suggested Brussels had "played a vital role in the peace process" – but Mr Bassett, Ireland's former ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas, was baffled by the remarks.
Questioning why Ms Baerbock was getting involved in the ongoing row, he told Express.co.uk: "The article is a curious piece as I am not sure what role Germany is playing here."
Ireland’s deputy leader Simon Coveney (Image: GETTY)
‘Was he half-asleep last year!?’ Keir Starmer slapped down over ‘half-cock’ Brexit plan
Sir Keir Starmer has been slapped down by Jacob Rees-Mogg over the Labour leader’s latest policy pledges for Brexit.
Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has argued that Sir Keir Starmer’s plan for Brexit is a “half-cock” attempt at copying what the Conservatives are already doing.
Mr Rees-Mogg pointed out to former BBC presenter Andrew Marr that some of the Labour Leader’s newly announced Brexit positions were ones the Government have already been taking action on including the Northern Ireland Protocol and on the recognition of qualifications.
Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg (Image: GETTY)
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