BBC Newsnight: Activist armed with ‘crock of s**t’ placard slammed as ‘idiot’ by Tory MP
A TORY MP has slammed an anti-Brexit activist after he was heckled during an interview on BBC Newsnight.
Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen appeared on the BBC Newsnight programme to discuss Boris Johnson’s leadership.
Pro-EU activist Steve Bray, 52, who was unable to retain his deposit when he stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Leave-voting Welsh seat of Cynon Valley in the 2019 General Election, held up one placard which said: “A crock of s**t.”
When Newsnight presenter Faisal Islam brought up the “distraction” behind Mr Bridgen on College Green, the MP described Mr Bray as a “village idiot”.
However, Mr Bray replied: “No, the village idiot is in front of the camera”.
Steve Bray and Andrew Bridgen in 2019 (Image: Getty Images)
Meddling Brexit-bashing peers back Labour plot against Boris Johnson’s future trade plan
PEERS have meddled in Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade plan after backing a Labour plot aimed at forcing Westminster to consult the devolved nations before any future trade decisions.
A vote in the House of Lords saw peers back a Labour motion ensuring the devolved adminstrations are involved in the future operation of the UK’s internal market.
Speaking in the Chamber, Labour frontbencher Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town stressed the importance of devolution.Highlighting the changes she wanted to the Bill, she said: “They don’t hand a veto to anyone of the devolved authorities.
“What they do is take further the very welcome admission by the Government… that it would be unthinkable to make regulations affecting devolved competencies without consulting their governments and legislatures.”
Peers have meddled in the government’s podt-Brexit trade plan (Image: Getty Images)
‘Need trade war like hole in head!’ Truss tipped to climb down in Brexit talks
LIZ TRUSS has been tipped to climb down in Brexit talks by Mujtaba Raham, who claims Boris Johnson “needs a trade war like a hole in the head”.
This comes after UK/EU talks related to the Nirthern Ireland protocal.
As significant challenges continue, some fear Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wil trigger Article 16.
This could result in retaliation from the EU and subsequent trade war between both sides.
PM accused of giving Remainers fuel for reverse referendum
A FORMER Tory adviser’s claim that Boris Johnson’s unstable leadership position following “partygate” threatens the future of Brexit has sparked a passionate discussion among Express readers.
Reader Lord Frosty said: “Over 4 million UK citizens have died since the 2016 referendum.
“Leave won by about 1,400,000 votes, I would think that has been severely eroded by now.
“Anyone of 23 today didn’t get a chance to vote in the referendum.
“I doubt many of them would vote for Brexit having seen what a disaster it is”
Boris Johnson has been accused of threating the future of Brexit (Image: Getty Images)
I want my money back! BBC row sparks bitter Brexit backlash from Remainers
A row over the future of the BBC licence fee has sparked a backlash over Brexit from Remainers.
Famous faces have expressed support for the corporation after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries indicated the fee would be scrapped.
Comedian David Baddiel tweeted: “If, as the Government is implying re the BBC, we should only pay for something we like and agree with, I wonder if I can ask for all the money back I’ve had to spend in taxes on Brexit.”
To which fellow Twitter user JymWhitelaw replied: “Brexit was voted for the BBC wasn’t!”.
If, as the Government is implying re the BBC, we should only pay for something we like and agree with, I wonder if I can ask for all the money back Iu2019ve had to spend in taxes on Brexit.
u2014 David Baddiel (@Baddiel) January 17, 2022
‘He got us out of cesspit EU!’ Britons back Boris despite mounting opposition to PM
Britons are still backing Boris Johnson, despite mounting pressure on the Prime Minister to resign, arguing that he “got us out of cesspit EU”.
Mr Johnson’s future is on a knife-edge as allegations of lockdown-breaking parties at Downing Street continue to dominate the headlines.
However, many Express.co.uk readers are still backing the Prime Minister.
Wilma Fingerdoo said: “The high ups have never wanted Boris in charge…
“They hate the fact that he went along with the democratic process when he got us out of the cesspit EU.”
City of London bosses launch masterplan to draw talent after EU exit
Brexit Britain could receive a huge with City of London chiefs reportedly putting together plans to inject massive momentum in the capital’s listing structure to attract fast-growing tech companies.
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has put forward proposals to erase the normal lines between public and private companies, according to City AM.
This would see private firms given access to a special market that would enable them to trade shares on specific days.
The latest breakthrough was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Plans have been tabled to the Financial Conduct Authority – the Treasury and the City watchdog – according to a person close to the matter.
It would build on a continued drive to boost London’s ability to rapidly expanding tech companies following the UK’s departure from the EU.
Truss urged to invoke Article 16 NOW and escape ‘desperate EU chancers’
Liz Truss has been warned she must invoke Article 16 now to escape pointless negotiations with the European Union, as the bloc’s bureaucrats have been labelled “desperate chancers with a punishment agenda”.
The furious outburst comes after Lord Frost exposed how the EU is “invested in Brexit failing” and accused some of its officials of ongoing bad faith.
The UK’s former Brexit minister, who resigned from his role last month, told The Daily Telegraph: “While I was in those [Brexit] negotiations, I often felt we weren’t being taken seriously, that the EU didn’t look on us as an equal negotiating partner, but as a kind of province or territory in which they expected to exercise exceptional influence, one way or another.
“That’s not how we saw it – and I wasn’t happy about it.
“I think the atmosphere is gradually improving, as certain people move on. But a lot of the EU is invested in Brexit failing.”
Truss urged to invoke Article 16 NOW and escape ‘desperate EU chancers’ (Image: GETTY)
‘5,000 soldiers are just the beginning’ EU Army warning as Brussels ready to deploy troops
Eurosceptic campaigners in the Netherlands have been issuing warnings over Brussels’ ambition to create an EU army under the false pretence of a different name.
The EU has been mulling the deployment of 5000 troops from across the bloc as a backup plan in emergency missions in the name of enhanced “strategic autonomy”.
The idea, first floated by French President Emmanuel Macron, is taking shape around the EU Commission’s table and will reach Parliament in Strasbourg soon.
New Dutch defence minister Kajsa Ollogren attempted to minimise the plan saying the troops are not to be called “EU army” per se.
But Nexit Denktank campaigners warned: “Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren (D66) says that the 5000 soldiers that can be quickly deployed by the EU should not be called an EU army.
“Just because you don’t call it an EU army doesn’t mean it isn’t an EU army… 5,000 soldiers are just the beginning.
“They know they don’t have the people on their side, so they play games with language.”
EU ups the pressure with team sent to Gibraltar days after Brexit warning
The EU is to send a team of delegates to Gibraltar, days after a Brexit warning over the Customs Union was issued.
Negotiations are underway between Britain and the EU on trade and mobility.
The Brexit trade agreement signed at the close of 2020 does not apply to the Rock and negotiators are now working towards formalising a proper agreement.
A technical delegation of the European Commission will visit Gibraltar on January 18 and 19, according to website Europa Sur.
It is seeking to procure details about the current situation regarding customs and border controls at the Rock’s border.
EU ups the pressure with team sent to Gibraltar days after Brexit warning (Image: GETTY)
‘Never happen!’ Remoaners’ 100k City exodus myth SMASHED – jobs surge 100%+
Brexit has not caused a mass exodus from the City of London despite the fears many Remainers had in the lead up to the UK’s exit from the EU.
Despite fears London would lose its place as a world-leading financial hub, the number of jobs in the capital’s financial services industry more than doubled.
In the three months leading to December last year, the number of jobs hit 8,140, which was more than double than the same period in 2020.
Such is the surge in jobs, Hakan Enver, managing director at Morgan McKinley UK said Remoaner fears had now been dispelled.
He told City AM: “Back in 2016, there were numerous reports circulating that up to 100,000 jobs would be lost from the UK to the EU following Brexit.
“Five years later, this hasn’t happened and is likely never to happen in those volumes.”
Brexit has not caused a mass exodus from the City of London (Image: GETTY)
Boris Johnson urged to use lessons of Brexit to save the Union and thwart Sturgeon’s plans
Boris Johnson has been urged to learn lessons from Brexit to avoid a potential break up of the Union amid increasing support for Scottish independence.
Brexiteer Daniel Hannan said negotiations with the EU “should have made a great show of taking eurosceptic concerns on board” as he argued the same approach should be adopted by the Prime Minister to thwart Nicola Sturgeon’s push for Scottish independence.
Despite Mr Johnson rejecting a second vote on the matter Ms Sturgeon still plans to push ahead with an IndyRef2.
But former Tory MEP Mr Hannan claimed Westminster can demonstrate it wants to “address nationalist grievances by offering a “new and more decentralised” power settlement.
Boris Johnson urged to use lessons of Brexit to save the Union and thwart Sturgeon’s plans (Image: GETTY)
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British expats aren’t put off moving abroad by Brexit – most popular country
The Brexit transition period ended just over a year ago but did Brexit put British expats off moving overseas?
Since the Brexit transition period ended at the end of 2020, British expats have needed a visa to retire in the EU.
However, new research has found that the majority of Britons are still planning to buy property abroad despite Brexit.
International property experts, Property Guides, asked 900 people if their plans to move abroad had now changed.
Just over 10 percent of expats said they had gone ahead and bought properties abroad despite Brexit.
Another 85 percent of those surveyed said that Brexit hadn’t changed their plans to move abroad.
Just four percent of those surveyed had given up their plans to move abroad due to the changing rules.
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THE BREXIT transition period ended just over a year ago. But did Brexit put British expats off moving overseas?
Not another doom-mongering Brexit prediction! UK exports to EU ‘may’ drop warns expert
The UK’s exports to the EU may drop due to “Brexit bureaucracy” while other EU countries benefit, experts at an online trading provider have predicted.
City broker IG Group told City A.M. this morning that Brexit could reduce the UK’s exports to the EU by -7.73 percent by 2025.
This, the experts say, is because some smaller EU countries are benefiting from Brexit – in particular Finland, Luxembourg and Portugal.
The countries are predicted to see an increase in trade as a result of the vacuum left by Britain in the EU.
Other countries that are predicted to benefit include Ireland, Croatia, Greece, Lithuania, and Cyprus.
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‘Tentative encouraging sign!’ Brexit breakthrough hopes after major Truss change in talks
Liz Truss has made a “tentative encouraging sign” that the ongoing impasse over the Northern Ireland Protocol could soon be resolved.
The Foreign Secretary – who took over responsibility for Brexit after Lord Frost resigned last month – held talks with Maroš Šefčovič – the Vice-President of the EU Commission last week.
It focused on resolving the protocol – which has sparked anger amid allegations that it is splitting up the UK’s internal market by creating a border in the Irish Sea.
During his tenure, Lord Frost repeatedly threatened to invoke Article 16 – which would have unilaterally suspended the protocol.
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Brexit news: Liz Truss (Image: GETTY)
‘It’s an absurdity!’ George Galloway unleashes scathing attack on anti-Brexit BBC
George Galloway has followed his previous attacks on the BBC with another scathing rant, claiming the British broadcaster “relentlessly works against the state”.
In the Twitter post, Mr Galloway described the public service broadcaster as “otiose” and said, “a state-mandated television broadcaster belongs in the 20th century”.
He also criticised the broadcaster for being anti-Brexit and against Scottish nationalism.
The Workers Party leader said the BBC “relentlessly works AGAINST the state which mandates it – Brexit, Scottish nationalism etc – it’s an absurdity”.
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No10 should start making good on Brexit promises to make up for Partygate, says JAYNE ADYE
In recent days it was confirmed two of the largest fishing vessels in the world (the ‘Afrika’ and the ‘Zeeland’) were both spotted fishing just 15 miles off the coast of Cornwall.
Both are registered in the Netherlands, and for some obscure reason, have been given licences to fish in UK waters.
They are both well over 100 yards long and use nets which can be the size of six football pitches.
Such large vessels indiscriminately catch huge numbers of fish at one time, whatever their species and size, with no regard for the damage this must do to the fish stocks of this country as well as the general biodiversity of UK waters.
Despite this serious threat to the United Kingdom’s fishing industry, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), headed by George Eustice, gave permission for both these vessels to fish here, as well as seven other so-called ‘Supertrawlers’ registered in the European Union, as part of the rollover of more than 1,500 fishing licences for EU vessels to operate in UK waters.
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Galileo shock: UK could re-join EU project as Putin raises fears over Ukraine invasion
The UK may rejoin the EU’s Galileo project as fears over a Russian invasion of Ukraine boil over, an MP has exclusively told Express.co.uk.
The Galileo satellite system is an £8billion navigation project intended to rival the US-controlled Global Positioning System (GPS).
The UK was barred from the Galileo project following its departure from the EU.
However, David Morris, Conservative MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, believes the UK will likely rejoin the project, especially over concerns in Russia and Ukraine.
Kiev has come under intense pressure from its neighbour, with a build-up of some 100,000 Russian troops near its borders.
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Boris vows to bounce back from ‘partygate’ scandal to level up Britain
Boris Johnson will fight tooth and nail to save his political future by levelling up Britain, say his allies.
The PM will clear out No10 aides – before launching a blitz of popular policies to bounce back from Partygate scandals.
His fightback – tagged Operation Red Meat – aims to bolster support in the key seats Tories won in the last election.
Under-pressure Mr Johnson plans to take personal charge of the Channel migrants crisis and to set up a post-Covid NHS “war room”, moving on from claims of illicit lockdown parties held in Downing Street.
Despite growing unrest in Tory ranks, the PM’s backers hope an inquiry into the saga will stop short of implicating Mr Johnson directly and let him cling on to power.
A Government source claimed to the Daily Express last night that Mr Johnson had “got the big judgment calls right.
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Brexit news: Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)
Gina Miller shamed after political party launch event compared to ‘bloody massacre’
Brexit-bashing activist Gina Miller has been torn apart over the launch event for her new political party, after just 13 people were reportedly in attendance.
The former City trader, famous for challenging the Government on Brexit in court, promised to clean up politics and push for a constitutional overhaul.
Speaking at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre on Thursday morning, Ms Miller detailed plans for the new True and Fair Party.
She also justified the launch of her new party, saying polling had found two-thirds (66 percent) of people would consider voting for a new political party.
But just 13 people – including five journalists – were said to be in attendance for the launch, with empty seats visible throughout the room.
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‘Supranational monster!’ EU savaged as Frexiteers ready masterplan to ‘take back control’
The European Union has been brutally taken down by a leading Frexiteer, with momentum surging in a campaign for member states in the bloc to “take back control” in the form of a new documentary on Brexit.
Over the past 12 months, Brexit Britain has signed lucrative trade deals with countries around the world – such as Australia and New Zealand.
Late last year, oil giant Shell detailed plans to relocate its head office from the Netherlands to the UK in what was seen as a major nod to Brexit Britain, while car manufacturer Nissan will make a multi-billion investment into developing electric cars at its Sunderland plant.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) also predicted the UK economy will outperform the EU’s top economies and that of the Eurozone as a whole in both 2022 and 2023.
But pressure is ramping up against the EU with a group of Frexieers in France planning to film a documentary to explore whether Brexit has been the big disaster the Project Fear campaign has made it out to be.
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‘Never happen!’ 100k City exodus Remoaner myth SMASHED – jobs surge 100%
Despite Remoaner fears that London would lose its place as a financial capital, jobs in the sector have more than doubled.
According to figures, there were 8,140 jobs in the financial services sector at the end of last year.
Hakan Enver, managing director at Morgan McKinley UK, told City AM: “Back in 2016, there were numerous reports circulating that up to 100,000 jobs would be lost from the UK to the EU following Brexit.”
“Five years later, this hasn’t happened and is likely never to happen in those volumes.”
Brexit news: The City of London has retained its place (Image: GETTY)