A by-election has been sparked after 19 percent of the electorate voted to oust the Tory MP after he falsified expenses. The Brexit Party confirmed it will be contesting the seat. It said in a statement: “The sheer scale of the vote to force a recall and a by-election shows how strongly the level of dissatisfaction with politics in the country is rising up the agenda.
“The Brexit Party will be contesting the forthcoming by election. It is clear that people of this county want to change politics for good.”
It comes as the Tories are busy with their leadership race, as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt battle it out to replace Theresa May.
Mr Johnson has promised there will be no more Brexit delays if he takes the top job.
Meanwhile Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt admitted he would push back Britain’s departure from the bloc beyond October 31 if a deal was in reach.
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Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party will make another Commons bid
3.45pm update: BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg reveals real reason Tory MPs didn’t vote for Michael Gove
BBC News Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg revealed the real reason why Environment Secretary Michael Gove failed to make it through the latest round of the Tory leadership contest, following the results of Thursday evening.
Speaking on Brexitcast, Ms Kuenssberg claimed the past animosity between Boris Johnson, the frontrunner of the Tory leadership contest, and Michael Gove might have influenced Tory MPs to vote against the Environment Secretary in order to avoid a head-to-head battle between the two Tory rivals.
Mr Gove was criticised in 2016 for announcing his leadership campaign to succeed David Cameron hours after he claimed he would be supporting Boris Johnson, forcing the former Mayor of London to withdraw from the contest.
The BBC editor revealed Tory MPs and peers still regarded Michael Gove as a backstabber since the 2016 campaign.
She said: “Michael Gove, of course, completely sabotaged Boris Johnson after the referendum in the most spectacular sort of Jeffrey Archer couldn’t have made it up kind of way.
“One peer, a Conservative Member of the House of Lords, said to me this week: ‘Every time I look at Michael, I see a knife in his hand’.
3.30pm update: Tories to face joint Liberal Democrat and Plaid Cymru by-election bid
The Tories could face off against a joint Liberal Democrat and Plaid Cymru bid in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election triggered by the ousting of Tory MP Chris Davies.
The Lib Dems held the seat between 1997 and 2015 and could be aided by the pro-remain Welsh national party in order to help secure a People’s Vote in the House of Commons.
A swing of 9.8 percent would be needed by the Lib Dem candidate Jane Dodds to win the seat which saw a majority of 8,038 for Mr Davies in 2017.
A source within Plaid Cymru said while the party could field its own candidate for the by-election, it was “open” to pacts, agreements, and even a joint candidate for the upcoming by-election, adding the Lib Dems would be “the likely choice” to work with.
2.40pm update: Macron reveals fears over new PM
Speaking at the Brussels summit, French President Emmanuel Macron said: “We shall regret her leaving because we shall regret her country leaving. This is the first thing I will believe, that Brexit is bad news for Europe.
“Also Theresa May, all the way through the negotiations she’s been incredibly loyal and respectful, she never stood in the way of Europe, we sometimes disagreed but she never took the discussions on the future or Europe hostage.
“I do not know who will come next, and I certainly do not want to interfere in the British life, but I hope it will be the same sense of respect and seriousness that she had. And all that truly matters is we’re able to reach a final decision.”
2pm update: Ireland warns against “dumbing down” border issue
The contenders to replace Theresa May should not “dumb down” the issues Brexit poses for the border by suggesting simplistic solutions, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney warned.
He said: “I’m very careful not to get involved in the leadership contest in the UK, that would be wrong. But I think it is important that what are presented as facts in the debates we’ve heard to date are actually scrutinised and challenged.
“I do think some of the rhetoric we have heard in the context of the leadership debates in the UK is simply not based on reality – I say that respectfully – these issues cannot be dumbed down into simplistic solutions such as technology will provide all the answers.
“We have to respect the British political system, but we have a responsibility to ensure that the commentary in relation to Ireland and Ireland’s position on Brexit is based on facts. People are entitled to their opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.”
12.50pm update: Tusk says Brexit could be “more exciting” with new PM
Speaking at an EU summit in Brussels, the European Council President said: ”We are waiting for the new British prime minister and we have to be very precise and also patient.
“It’s waiting for the decisions or maybe new proposals, but our position remains as I informed just five minutes ago.
“Maybe the process of Brexit will be even more exciting than before because of some personnel decisions in London, but nothing has changed when it comes to our position.”
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker added: “We repeated unanimously that there will be no renegotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement.”
Donald Tusk said Brexit could be “more exciting” with new prime minister
12pm update: Bank of England Governor blasted over tariff claim
Tory MEP Daniel Hannan criticised Bank of England Governor Mark Carney after he rejected claims by Boris Johnson that trading arrangements with the EU could continue largely unchanged if there is a no-deal Brexit.
Mr Johnson has suggested that a world trade rule known as Gatt 24 would allow existing tariff arrangements to apply until a new free trade deal is negotiated with Brussels.
But Mr Carney told the BBC: “Gatt applies if you have an agreement, not if you have decided not to have an agreement or have been unable to come to an agreement.”
Mr Hannan hit back, tweeting: “Mark Carney is wrong – and @BorisJohnson is right – about EU tariffs.
“There is no legal requirement for the EU to impose tariffs in a no-deal situation, provided talks are underway.
“It may CHOOSE to do so, of course, but that is a different thing.”
11.50am: Another chance for Brexit Party as Chris Davies booted out of Commons
Brecon and Radnorshire MP Chris Davies has been kicked out by his constituency – triggering a by-election which will see the Brexit Party make another bid for Parliament.
The 51-year-old Tory was booted out by voters after falsifying expenses. 10,005 people, making up 19 percent of the electorate, voted to trigger a by-election. The threshold to be met was 10 percent.
He becomes the second MP to lose his seat in such a way, following Peterborough’s Fiona Onasanya last month.
The Brexit Party contested that seat but narrowly missed out, coming second to the Labour Party.
Brexiteer Boris Johnson is the bookies’ favourite to become prime minister
11.15am update: EU talks on filling Tusk and Juncker’s jobs fail
Talks aimed at reallocating the EU’s top jobs will continue later this month after no majority could be reached on any candidate at the Brussels summit.
European Council President Donald Tusk said the leaders of the 28 member states would meet again on June 30.
They discussed who should take over from Mr Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, as well as other roles.
10.45am update: Brexiteer Boris Johnson bookies’ favourite for next PM
Ladbrokes has slashed the odds on the former foreign secretary becoming the next Tory leader to just 1/14, while rival Jeremy Hunt is at 8/1.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Johnson for PM has never looked more likely as far as we’re concerned and it’s now just a matter of when, not if, he replaces Theresa May as the Conservative Party leader.”
10.25am update: Question Time’s Fiona Bruce halts Remainer rant
BBC Question Time host Fiona Bruce shut down a fiery audience member who accused Wetherspoon boss and Brexiteer Tim Martin of “lying” about the benefits of a no-deal Brexit.
The presenter looked stunned when the audience member appeared to blame the businessman for the demise of independent British pubs.
The BBC host eventually shut down the audience member, after they claimed that Tim Martin and other business owners “lied about the reasons they support Brexit”.
10am update: Farage predicts Hunt’s odds in final showdown with Boris Johnson
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has revealed how likely he thinks it is that Jeremy Hunt will become prime minister in the battle against Boris Johnson.
Speaking on his LBC show, he said that Mr Hunt, who campaigned for Remain in the 2016 referendum, had a “five or seven percent chance” of winning the Tory leadership contest.
Nigel Farage said Jeremy Hunt has a “five or seven percent chance” of becoming Tory leader
9.30am update: Tim Martin makes brilliant no-deal Brexit point
Weatherspoon boss Tim Martin defended leaving the EU with no deal during an appearance last night on BBC Question Time.
Brexiteer Mr Martin said: “No deal on day one means you save £39billion, there’s no legal obligation to pay.
“Number two is that you regain control of fishing which is a very important industry.
“Number three is you can eliminate tariffs on over 12,000 goods on imports from outside the EU and that would reduce prices.”
9.15am update: Brussels will not renegotiate Brexit deal – Luxembourg Prime Minister
Xavier Bettel has said Brussels will not renegotiate Theresa May’s Brexit deal with her replacement.
He said: “The decision is not taken in London, it is a deal we have done with Theresa May.
“It is the best possible deal. We will not start to renegotiate again without having a reason to delay.
“I am speaking about delaying, not renegotiating.”
9am update: Carney fires warning over no-deal Brexit
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has claimed 150,000 businesses are “not fully ready” for a no-deal Brexit because their paperwork is not in order.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that only 40 percent of businesses would be able to continue to export to the EU under no deal although this had risen from 20 percent six months ago.
8.30am update: Corbyn ambushed by voters as 287 areas demand he campaigns to reverse Brexit
Jeremy is set to face a Remainer showdown at Labour’s conference with activists demanding he commits to reversing Brexit.
Hundreds of Labour branches have signed up to a motion demanding Mr Corbyn backs a second referendum and campaigns for Remain at the meeting in September.