The Home Secretary earlier claimed the Treasury has refused to release the money needed to prepare for the UK leaving ithe EU on October 31 with No Deal. Sources at the Sun have claimed the Home Office already received £480 million of £2 billion released by the Treasury for 2019-2020. But he also wants extra police and border staff that were hired before the original Brexit deadline of March 29 to be kept on.
A source said: “Sajid appears to be trying to score some political points.”
But Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd is not convinced that so much funding should go on No Deal, as it will mean there will be no money for other causes.
She said: “For example I want to see more money spent on child poverty and to improve housing and to boost education.
“So when we think about the costs of preparing for No Deal we should consider the priorities we all came into politics to talk about and change.”
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4.39pm update: House of Commons staff given Brexit bonus totalling £700,000 for ‘hard work’
A staff of 2,800 Commons administration and Parliamentary Digital Service staff were granted a ‘Brexit Bonus’ of £250 in April, according to figures obtained under Freedom of Information Act by the Telegraph.
A Commons Executive Board approved the payment during a meeting on March 29, which was the day the UK was originally due to leave the EU.
A Commons spokesman said the payment showed a “period of considerable pressure” for staff and they were given it for “the impact of additional sitting days, late nights and changed or cancelled recess dates”.
It added staff had been required to work additional hours at short notice “due to late sittings during key Brexit votes”.
4pm update: Irish Prime Minister backs up Theresa May’s deal
Leo Varadkar revealed today he was “conerned at the idea in London that somehow Mrs May was a bad negotiator”.
He added “she got the best deal the UK could”.
Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU was rejected three times by MPs.
But she handed in her resignation when she faced backlash over her plans to put it to MPs for a fourth time.
3.14pm update: Boris Johnson must not have a ‘coronation’ if he wins Tory leadership battle
Sajid Javid’s pitch to Tory members inside the hustings was his party must “deliver on Brexit”, an insider said.
He also said a “coronation” of Boris Johnson should be avoided – joking “that worked well last time”.
The Home Secretary said it was important to win back people who have “turned off” the Conservative Party, and made the point it has not won a majority for 25 years.
The party must also reach out to young people and disaffected Labour voters, he said.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has sent a warning about the backstop
2.42pm update: Brussels warns Boris to keep away if he becomes Prime Minister – but may offer more reassurances on the backstop
Nick Gutteridge, the Sun’s Brussels reporter, has tweeted: “Brussels is urging Boris to stay away for the first few months of his premiership, until after Tory party conference ending Oct 2. They fear if he arrives in July threatening to tear everything up he’ll put relations into an unrecoverable downward spiral.
“The EU has been watching the leadership race with growing unease at the promises being made by candidates – especially Boris who they’ve already factored in as the next PM. ‘If you look at the race you can’t ignore that the probability of no deal is going up’, says one official.
“But they don’t believe his central promise to leave on Oct 31 deal or no deal, for the simple reason they reckon he doesn’t want to risk becoming Britain’s shortest-lived PM ever. Instead they’re braced for a renegotiation attempt that will almost certainly require another delay.
“As they see it, Boris is being dealt the same hand as May and will be just as paralysed by it. Going for a second referendum, General Election, revocation or No Deal will ‘mean the end’ of his premiership within months. So more talks is the only avenue for survival open to him.
“Barnier’s team has been put on stand-by for July, but diplomats are urging Boris not to come here where he’ll be met with a firm line based on the negotiating mandate. Instead they say he should visit capitals – Dublin, Paris and Berlin – to explore any kind of wiggle room in it.
“There is scope for more assurances on the temporary nature of the backstop if he can prove they’ll get the deal through parliament. An EU official says: ‘This can be explored. It never went further with May because she was never able to demonstrate that she had a majority.'”
2.04pm update: Dominic Raab blasts Boris Johnson for being part of ‘privileged elite’
Boris Johnson has been criticised by Tory leadership rival Dominc Raab as their race t oget t oNumber 10 has turned frosty.
The former Brexit Secretary has questioned whether Mr Johnson has the “mettle” for the top job as Prime Minister after he won the first MPs ballot.
1.48pm update: Boris Johnson mocked by Rudd as she offers to stand in for Tory front-runner in TV debate
Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has joked she will be Mr Johnson’s replacement at the Channel 4 debate tomorrow.
She said: “If Boris doesn’t want to do Sunday – I’m very much available to step in for him.”
Ms Rudd famously slapped down Mr Johnson during the 2016 EU Referendum campaign.
During a television debate between the two she took a dig at the MP’s love life.
Ms Rudd said: “Boris? Well he’s the life and soul of the party but he’s not the man you want driving you home at the end of the evening.”
She admitted later she was pleased she had a chance to deliver this “zinger” to Mr Johnson.
Amber Rudd mocked Boris Johnson about him not taking part in the TV debate
1.07pm update: ‘Go to North Korea!’ Noel Gallagher delivers expletive-laden Brexit rant against Remainers
Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has delivered a scathing assessment of Remainers who are pushing for a second Brexit referendum – urging them to go to North Korea if they don’t like how democracy works.
He told Manchester Evening News: “There’s only f***ing one thing worse than a fool who voted for Brexit. That’s the rise of the c*** trying to get the vote overturned.
“You take part in a democratic f***ing process – if you don’t like the outcome, go to North Korea.
“I sat in the day of Brexit and thought: ‘I can’t be arsed going to the polling station, who the f*** would vote to leave Europe? It’s a nonsensical f***ing idea’.
12.48pm update: A Brexit deal without the Northern Ireland “backstop” clause is as much a threat to Ireland as a no-deal Brexit, says Ireland’s prime minister.
Leo Varadkar warned today that the European Union would not allow the clause to be dropped.
Leading contenders in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister have called for the controversial clause, designed to avoid a border checks between Ireland and Northern Ireland, to be changed or scrapped.
“To me no backstop is effectively the same as no-deal because what the backstop is is … a legally operable guarantee that we will never see a hard border emerge again,” Varadkar told RTE radio. “If we don’t have that, that is no deal.”
12.24pm update: Experts issue exchange rate ‘risk’ warning amid grim reality of weak pound
Brexit’s impact on the pound to euro exchange rate is tangible – and terrifying – for some British holidaymakers.
Last month saw the worst value of sterling since the Millennium, while GBP as a whole has failed to regain the heights reached prior to the 2016 Brexit referendum.
The chaotic nature of the UK’s negotiations on leaving the EU – now set for October 31 – has seen the exchange rate rise on hopes of a Brexit deal.
Tipping the other end of the scale, the pound has slumped when the prospect of a no deal Brexit – where the UK would leave the EU with no route on how to proceed – was touted, yet in either circumstance, a stark new warning over currency “risk” has come to light.
Paul Brewer, founder of Currency Online Group, told Express.co.uk: “Brexit could happen before the October 31 deadline so waiting until then to exchange euros back to pounds risks leaving you out of pocket with a currency that is worth less than before the referendum.
12pm update: Boris Johnson targeted in secret plot by Ministers scheming to derail Tory leadership bid
Cabinet Ministers are reportedly plotting to derail Boris Johnson’s leadership bid by telling MPs he can’t be trusted.
A source told The Sun: “One Cabinet Minister in particular has been going round saying Boris is a liar, he’s not trustworthy.
“People are keen to point out that no one really knows what Boris wants, on Brexit, no deal, or even stuff like HS2 as he keeps saying different things to different people.”
11.36am update: Rees-Mogg fears for future of Tory party if UK doesn’t leave EU on October 31
Leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned the Conservative Party could collapse if the next Prime Minister fails to take the UK out of the EU by October 31.
Speaking on his LBC radion show, he said: “If the Tories don’t deliver Brexit by October 31, would there be a Conservative Party to lead?
“If we have a Conservative Party leader who doesn’t get us out, there’s no Conservative Party to lead.”
11.09am update: Channel 4 to ’empty chair’ Boris Johnson at Tory leadership TV debate
Boris Johnson will be replaced by an empty podium during Channel 4’s television debate on Sunday night.
The former foreign secretary turned down an invitation to participate in the Channel 4 leadership debate, as he said it would be “cacophonous”.
But after rival candidate Jeremy Hunt accused him of “hiding away”, Mr Johnson has since said he will take part in the BBC’s debate next Tuesday.
Channel 4’s debate will start at 6.30pm on Sunday night.
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10.22am update: EU chiefs ‘expect Boris Johnson to break Brexit pledge’ if he becomes Prime Minister
According to The Times and the Daily Mail, EU negotiators have said that whoever wins the Conservative leadership race will agree to an extension to the UK’s departure from the EU.
A senior source told the Daily Mail that some in Brussels think Mr Johnson, who is the frontrunner to replace Theresa May, will try to sell an amended version of the her deal.
The source said: “A lot of people are scared about Boris, but I don’t think he is the worst of all.
“I think Boris can sell things back home that Theresa May probably couldn’t.
“If people really brief Boris and talk him through the implications of No Deal, I think he will really think twice.”
9.23am update: DUP MP savages Ireland’s role in Brexit impasse – ‘They won’t budge’
Speaking to RTE radio’s Morning Ireland, DUP MP, Jeffrey Donaldson, urged the Irish Government to agree a timeline to the Backstop in order to help break the Brexit deadlock.
Mr Donaldson insisted that a set timeframe on the matter would provide clarity for the public.
Speaking on Morning Ireland, he said: “Dublin knows that the problem is. The Irish Government is refusing to budge on the time scale.
“That’s the only problem. Parliament could agree if that was removed.”