The Brexiteer MP warned the Conservative Party will face a wipeout at the next general elections if the MP coming out a winner from the leadership contest don’t deliver Brexit on time but seek another extension to Article 50. She said: “This is not going to keep people with us.
“The established party is being crucified by parties like the Brexit Party.
“The longer we delay Brexit the more oxygen we give to alternative political parties.”
The Conservative Party gathered only 8.9 percent of the votes at the May 23 European elections, while Nigel Farage’s party gained more than 30 percent of the votes.
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Priti Patel said not delivering Brexit will further harm the Conservative Party
This comes as Sam Gyimah became the 13th Conservative MP to join the Tory leadership race.
The Tory MPs’ positions on a no deal Brexit have become the real battlefield of the contest.
A number of MPs, including Boris Johnson and Esther McVey, have embraced a UK exit without an agreement in place.
Others, including Mr Hancock, Sajid Javid and Michael Gove, have ruled out a no deal Brexit, with the Health Secretary saying this option is “not available” to the next Prime Minister.
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3.33pm update: German political crisis deepens as SPD leader quite
Germany’s coalition government is in disarray with the Social Democrats considering appointing three caretaker leaders after the resignation of leader Andrea Nahles.
Members have been stunned by the party’s plunging popularity and are now calling for their scrappy coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel to be ditched.
Ms Nahles, the most vocal proponent of the SPD’s reluctant decision to form a third so-called “grand coalition” with Merkel’s conservatives, quit after a disastrous showing at last weekend’s European Parliament elections.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of Ms Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), appealed to the SPD to remain in their governing alliance, in which the Social Democrats are the junior partner.
She said: ”Germany must be able to act and be fit for the future, and we very much hope that the Social Democrats will make their decision so that this will continue to be possible.”
13 MPs are running to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader
2.55pm update: Britain’s scientific sector to ‘suffer’ without EU’s Horizon Europe’s funds
Sir Paul Nurse, the Nobel Prize-winning director of the London Francis Crick Institute, said the seven-year programme Horizon Europe, which will fund €100bn in research projects, was so important that not be included would likely be a disaster for the UK.
Sir Nurse said: “There are three major power blocs in science in the world: Europe, the US and China.
“The UK has a lead role in Europe and will lose that world leadership in science unless we remain part of the European system.
“If scientists in the UK couldn’t go for European grants, UK science would undoubtedly suffer.”
2.45pm update: Piers Morgan outlines simple Brexit message he would send EU – ‘Brits are sick and tired’
Piers Morgan said Tory MPs running to replace Theresa May should deliver a simple message to the EU as the UK is still in stalemate on how to deliver Britain’s departure from the Brussels bloc.
Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Morgan explained that he would support Britain leaving the European Union without a deal, with Britons “sick and tired” with Brexit.
He said: “Isn’t the more honest position to say, if I was a Tory candidate here, I would literally go out and say, if I won, ‘we are where we are, we are all sick and tired of this’.
“‘We have a choice as a country, we either go down another referendum for another year-and-a-half and then another one and we keep going that way’.
“‘We keep trying to argue with the EU over minutiae which they don’t want to budge on, and we are nowhere with that, that is years away as well’.
“Or, we swallow a bit of pain, take the no deal option and we work all of this out after we have actually made a damn decision and we leave.”
2.30pm update: Tory leadership contest labelled ‘a shambles’ by Ken Clarke
Tory former minister Ken Clarke said the Conservative Party has “never seen such a crisis” before and labelled the leadership contest “a shambles”.
Mr Clarke, MP for Rushcliffe, said he fears the Conservative Party is “tearing itself apart” and that both the Tories and Labour are facing a “very dangerous moment”.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “It is all a shambles and is in danger of becoming a rather tragic farce unless some order is brought into it.
“There is nothing I can do about that; the 1922 Committee perhaps should have tightened up the rules before we started.”
He went on to say that International Development Secretary Rory Stewart “has a chance” of succeeding Theresa May as the next Prime Minister and “shake up the present establishment of the party”.
Ken Clarke said the Conservative leadership contest is ‘a shambles’
2.15pm update: Theresa May and Donald Trump won’t have a one-to-one meeting
Theresa May and Donald Trump will have “substantial talks” but no formal one-to-one meeting during the US President’s state visit.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said it was “always going to be the case” that the meeting in the Cabinet Room at Number 10 would involve the delegations from the two sides rather than just the leaders and there would be “substantial bilateral discussions”.
He added: “These are always how the discussions take place with any leader.”
The spokesman insisted the two leaders would have time for informal private talks during Mr Trump’s visit.
“You can see the events they are at, you can see the fact she is providing him with a tour of the Churchill War Rooms, I would expect them to be having discussions with just the two of them.”
Donald Trump arrived to the UK earlier this morning
1.40pm update: EU stonewalling may be over as new EU Commissioners MAY agree to further discuss divorce arrangements
European Commissioner Věra Jourová has suggested the European Union could agree to modify the controversial Brexit withdrawal agreement over the coming months, marking a shocking U-turn.
European Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourova, signalled the bloc may soon budge and agree to further discuss divorce arrangements with the British Government.
Ms Jourova insisted the current Commission has no plan to renegotiate but suggested new Commissioners, who are bound to take their place in November, could agree to negotiate the Brexit agreement further.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, the Czech politician said: “On this, I will be very careful so I will relay, again, the same answer.
“It’ll be on the President of the Commission and on Michel Barnier, who is the main negotiator.
“But, for the moment, we say that the withdrawal deal is on the table and that’s it.”
Theresa May didn’t say whether the Government will let Mr Farage sit at the Brexit negotiating table
12.30pm update: Theresa May doesn’t answer questions regarding Donald Trump’s remarks and Nigel Farage’s possible seat at the Brexit negotiating table
The Prime Minister’s spokesman didn’t comment on the remarks made by Donald Trump ahead of his trip to the UK on Theresa May’s handling of Brexit, his support to Boris Johnson and his praises for Nigel Farage.
Her spokesman said: “The President was asked a series of questions and he chose to answer them.”
Asked whether Brexit Party leader Mr Farage should join the negotiations with Brussels, the spokesman said: “The next phase of Brexit negotiations will be conducted by somebody else, not by the Prime Minister.
“It will be for them to seek a way forward.”
12.15pm update: Ukip to name seventh leader as Gerard Batten quits
Ukip leader Gerard Batten quit following the sounding defeat obtained at the European elections on May 23.
The move triggered the election of a new leader, with the next head of the party set to become the seventh in less than three years.
Ukip chairman Kirstan Herriot said: “We are incredibly grateful to Gerard for his dedicated service to the party and expect to be announcing our new leader in early August.”
Ukip lost all of its seats in the recent European Parliament elections in contrast to the Brexit Party, led by former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, which gained 29 seats in the EU Parliament and became the UK’s strongest party in Brussels.
Ukip leader Gerard Batten quit
12pm update: Theresa May and Donald Trump to discuss future US-UK economic relationship
Theresa May will discuss future economic ties with US President Donald Trump during his visit to Britain, her spokesman said today.
Mrs May’s spokesman added she would have substantial bilateral discussions with Mr Trump during his three-day state visit.
Both leaders will host a round table with British and US businesses early on Tuesday, he added.
The spokesman also said both the world leaders have repeatedly expressed a shared desire for a trade deal after Brexit.
11.40am update: Rory Stewart speaks of ‘severe’ impact of no deal Brexit on farmers
Rory Stewart, one of the 13 Tories running to replace Theresa May, wrote on Twitter he has seen with his own eyes to which extent a no deal Brexit would damage farmers across the UK, and especially in Northern Ireland.
He wrote on Twitter: “I began to see the problems of a no-deal Brexit clearly with farmers in Cumbria – but here in Northern Ireland the impact of no tariff agricultural imports and 40-60 percent tariffs with EU will be even more severe. #rorywalks”
Donald Trump and Melania Trump arrived in the UK this morning
11.25am update: Housing Secretary says Tories should ‘think carefully’ before entering the leadership contest
Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has urged MPs to “think carefully” before throwing their hats into the ring for the Tory leadership contest, as the party doesn’t have the “luxury of weeks of navel-gazing”.
In a speech at a think tank, he said: “We simply do not have the luxury of weeks of navel-gazing or days and days of whittling candidates down to the final two and talking to ourselves.
“I say gently to some of my colleagues who have put themselves forward for what has been described as the Grand National of Political Contests. Please think carefully.
“If you already know it’s going to be a bit of a struggle to get over the first fence let alone Becher’s Brook ahead, then maybe you should pull up.
“There is no embarrassment in that.”
James Brokenshire, the Housing Secretary
11.08am update: Boris Johnson ‘has a record of delivery’ says Brexit Under-Secretary
Kwasi Kwarteng, the Brexit Under-Secretary of State, said Boris Johnson has a “record of delivery” just minutes after the former Foreign Secretary launched his leadership campaign.
He told talkRADIO: “He provokes a lot of opinions, but every big political figure in our history has divided opinion.
“I think he also unifies, he is someone who as Mayor of London has a record of delivery.”
This comes as Tory MP for Pendle Andrew Stephenson publicly backed Mr Johnson’s leadership bid.
He wrote on Twitter: “We need a Prime Minister who can create a hopeful vision for our country and deliver Brexit.
“That’s why I’m supporting @BorisJohnson to be our next Prime Minister @BackBoris #BackBoris.”
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10.50am update: Priti Patel warns of devastating consequences for the Conservative Party if the UK doesn’t leave the EU on October 31
The Brexiteer said: “This is not going to keep people with us. The established party is being crucified by parties like the Brexit Party.
“The longer we delay Brexit the more oxygen we give to alternative political parties.”
Her remarks come as the Conservative Party gathered less than 9 percent at the European elections, while Nigel Farage’s party obtained more than 30 percent of the votes, becoming the UK’s largest party in the European Parliament.
Priti Patel told the Government to deliver Brexit or face the destruction of the Conservative Party
10.30am update: Michael Gove is ‘delivering No 10 keys to Jeremy Corbyn’
Michael Gove has told Cabinet he is ready to delay Brexit for another year to avoid a no deal Brexit, which he deems problematic for the UK, according to The Times.
But this behaviour would only fuel the Conservative Party’s crisis, as Mr Gove’s plan is to carry on doing what the Prime Minister has done so far, according to one source taking part to a rival campaign.
They told The Times: “It seems that Michael Gove’s great Brexit idea is to continue with Theresa May’s failed plan.
“This is only going to deliver Jeremy Corbyn into No 10.”
Michael Gove is giving Jeremy Corbyn the keys to No 10 with his Brexit strategy, a source said
10.16am update: Juncker complains he doesn’t have an Air Force One plane or residence in Brussels
Jean-Claude Juncker complained EU officials don’t have a residence where they can receive officials and guests or a plane like the US Air Force One.
In an interview with Germany’s Bild, he said: “The Commission President doesn’t have a residence.
“I have been living in a hotel apartment measuring 50 sqm for €3,250 per month.”
Mr Juncker also moaned that NATO’s secretary-general and the EU28 leaders’ personal ambassadors to the bloc all enjoy their own “stately homes” in Brussels.
He continued: “The Nato secretary-general lives in a stately home and invites us there sometimes. All the ambassadors have residences”.
Jean-Claude Juncker lamented EU officials don’t have an official residence in Brussels
10am update: Boris Johnson said Brexit MUST be delivered on October 31
Boris Johnson officially launched his leadership campaign today publishing a campaign video on Twitter.
In the video, featuring clips of the former Foreign Secretary talking to voters and a monologue delivered straight to camera, Mr Johnson can be seen speaking to members of the public and confirming his position on a no deal exit.
He said: “If I get in we’ll come out, deal or no deal, on October 31.”
In the video, he also argued for more investment in education, infrastructure and healthcare.
He said: “Cut some taxes and you get more money in.
“Now is the time to unite our society, and unite our country. To build the infrastructure, to invest in education, to improve our environment, and to support our fantastic NHS.
“To lift everyone in our country, and of course, also to make sure that we support our wealth creators and the businesses that make that investment possible.”
Boris Johnson confirmed he is backing a no deal Brexit
9.45am update: John Bercow says ‘politics can’t satisfy everybody’s needs’ when asked why Brexit has yet to be delivered
The Speaker of the House is in Italy to attend the Economic Festival in Trento, this year focused on nationalism and populism.
When asked why Brexit hasn’t been delivered three years after the EU Referendum took place, Mr Bercow said: “This is a first, there isn’t a legislation in place on the topic, time is required.
“Democracy comes at a price: Parliament needs more time to act than the one expected by citizens to find an agreement on the exit.
“Politics is a process, it can’t satisfy the needs of everybody.
“Brexit may create a constitutional crisis – but not in the short term.
“By October 31 we can find an agreement with the EU to leave the bloc or extend Article 50.
“Liberal democracy isn’t in crisis, but it is under threat and is facing challenges.”
John Bercow said the UK may ask for another extension in October
9.30am update: Jeremy Hunt says he would leave EU without a deal if it was the only way to do it
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he would accept a no deal Brexit if it represented the only way for the UK to leave the EU.
Mr Hunt, who had previously said a no deal Brexit would be “political suicide”, has become the latest Tory MP running to replace Theresa May to accept it as a possible outcome.
Asked if he would back a no deal Brexit on October 31, the Foreign Secretary said he “would be prepared to do it in extremis.”
He told the BBC: “In the end, if the only way to leave the European Union, to deliver on the result of the referendum, was to leave without a deal, then I would do that.
“But I would do so very much as a last resort, with a heavy heart because of the risks to businesses and the risks to the union.
“I would be prepared to do it in extremis but I wouldn’t do it if there was a prospect of a better deal and I think there is a prospect of a better deal and I think it’s possible to get one before October 31, although I don’t pretend it’s going to be easy.”
Among the hardline Brexiteers ready to lead the UK outside the EU without an agreement in place there are Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey.
Matth Hancock is one of the 13 Tory MPs taking part to the leadership contest
9.10am update: Matt Hancock presents his five-point Brexit plan as he rules out a no deal Brexit
The Health Secretary and Tory leadership contender published his five-point Brexit plan.
His programme includes a time limit to the Irish backstop and an Irish border council.
The council would include British and Irish officials, the EU and the Northern Ireland’s political parties.
Together, these forces would work to find a way to avoid a hard border within the timeframe set by Mr Hancock.
A source close to the Health Secretary said officials in Brussels have already seen his programme and it had received a “positive response”.
They said: “He has had conversations with figures at a European level and they have been quite open to his plan for a time-limited backstop.
“A five-year limit has been suggested in Brussels, and that means you can engage in conversations to see what you can get that time span down to.
“Matt has had a positive response to his ideas.”
8.40am update: No deal Brexit branded ‘economic LUNACY’ by manufacturing firms
Trade body Made UK and accountancy firm BDO branded a no deal Brexit scenario “economic lunacy” as figures gathered by them show manufacturing businesses were down in the second quarter of the year when compared to the first one.
Stephen Phipson, chief executive of Make UK, said: “With this picture, it would be economic lunacy to take the UK out of the EU with no deal in place.”
The research carried out by Made UK and BDO revealed the manufacturing industry did get a boost earlier in the year when customers were stockpiling products out of fear of a no deal exit on March 29.
8.10am update: Priti Patel urges Government to ‘join forces’ with the US
Priti Patel, the former International Development Secretary and hardline Brexiteer, warned the US is the UK’s strongest ally and it should “join forces” with it.
She said: “We should join forces with our strongest ally to secure our future outside of the EU – that means leaving the EU on our terms whether the EU likes it or not.”
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8am update: Donald Trump ATTACKS Sadiq Khan – ‘I don’t think much of him’
Donald Trump launched a stinging attack on Sadiq Khan after the London Mayor branded the US President “a 20th-century fascist”.
The row erupted as Mr Khan attacked the language used by Mr Trump ahead of his state visit this week.
The US President compared Mr Khan to far-left New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in his last interview before leaving for the UK.
He said: “I don’t think much of him.
“He’s the twin of de Blasio except shorter.”