Brexit LIVE: Wetherspoons in Brexit BOOST as Tim Martin calls for no deal 'multi deal'

Posted on Jul 11 2019 - 12:43am by admin

The Brexit Party told supporters they were now the “only party who will stand up for democracy” after the Labour Party became a Remain party despite five million of its voters supporting Britain’s decision to leave the EU. Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Brexit Party MEP and sister of Jacob Rees-Mogg, tweeted: “Voted Labour and support leaving the EU? Only the Brexit Party is listening. Labour officially now a Remain party despite 5m of its supporters (and a majority of voters) supporting our exit from the shackles of the EU. Support @brexitparty_uk to have your voice heard.

The party’s official party tweeted: “Labour have backed remain. The Brexit Party is the only party who will now stand up for democracy.”

Labour betrayed Leave voters within its ranks when Mr Corbyn moved to block Brexit by calling on the next Tory leader to deliver a second vote before the UK unshackles itself from the bloc.

He said Labour would campaign for Remain despite millions of his voters backing Brexit.

It comes as John Major sparked a row with a threat to launch a judicial review if Boris Johnson overruns Parliament to get through a no deal Brexit.

FOLLOW EXPRESS.CO.UK BELOW FOR LIVE UPDATES

brexit latest

Brexit latest: Tim Martin said Wetherspoons’ has enjoyed a boost in sales (Image: GETTY)

5.30pm update: ‘Remain alliance’ formed to stop Brexiteers from being elected to Commons

Remainer’s have begun yet another plot to stop Brexit by forming a “Remain alliance” in an attempt to limit the number of leaver supporters elected into the House of Commons.

The Pro-EU group, led by former Tory MP Heidi Allen, has outlined a plan to work with all Remain-supporting parties and Independent MPs to boost the Remain vote at parliamentary elections.

Independent MP, Mrs Allen, said the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party all want to stay in the bloc and insisted people have been “crying out” for Remain parties to work together following the EU elections.

Mrs Allen said: “At the European elections, people were crying out for Remain parties to work together.

“We need one organisation to essentially bring all the Remain parties together with the exception of the SNP in Scotland, they are of the view they are the leading Remain voice there.”

READ MORE: Brexit block: ‘Remain alliance’ formed to stop Brexiteers from being elected to Commons

brexit news

Brexit news: Heidi Allen has outlined a plan to work with all Remain-supporting parties (Image: GETTY)

4.45pm update: Corbyn’s Brexit climbdown will backfire leaving MPs furious, says analyst

Jeremy Corbyn has been forced into changing his policy over a second, confirmatory Brexit referendum by Remainers within his own party – and his decision is likely to anger MPs fearful for their seats in northern constituencies which voted to leave the EU four years ago, a political analyst has said.

Professor Tony Travers was speaking the day after Mr Corbyn confirmed Labour’s switch in a letter to party members. In it, Mr Corbyn said: “Whoever becomes the new prime minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or no deal, back to the people in a public vote.”

Prof Travers, director of LSE London, told Express.co.uk: “He’s got here by getting an enormous amount of pressure from within his own party.”

He added: “It will alienate a number of northern MPs with big Leave votes who will feel it is wrong for them, and puts their seats at risk.

“On the other hand, in other parts of the country it may be better received.”

READ MORE: Labour betrayal: Corbyn’s Brexit climbdown will backfire leaving MPs furious, says analyst

brexit news

Brexit news: Jeremy Corbyn has backed a public vote on any Brexit deal (Image: PA)

4.25pm update: No deal Brexit to put 40,000 jobs in Northern Ireland at risk – Economic report warns

A no-deal Brexit could put a least 40,000 jobs in Northern Ireland at risk, a report published by the Department for the Economy has warned.

Economic experts state Britain leaving the European Union without an agreement would have a “profound and long-lasting impact on NI’s economy and society”.

The paper states that a no-deal Brexit on October 31 could lead to a “sharp increase in unemployment, with at least 40,000 jobs at risk, based on EU export exposure”.

The paper has also highlighted exports to the Republic of Ireland could fall by between 11 percent and 19 percent.

3.55pm update: Sterling nears two-year low as Brexit and diplomatic relations worsen 

Sterling has neared a two-year low as Brexit and diplomatic relations with the US worsen.

The pound is set for a record 10-week losing streak versus the euro.

Against the dollar, it is at its weakest since April 2017.

Adam Cole, chief currency strategist at RBC Capital Markets in London said: “It looks like sterling is managing to find bad news everywhere.

“Sterling is characterised by fat-tail risks in both directions, but at the moment downside risks dominate.”

Against the dollar, sterling edged 0.1 percent higher to $ 1.2470, just off Tuesday’s low of $ 1.2439.

Meanwhile against the euro, it dropped 0.1 percent to 89.95 pence.

3.30pm update: Wetherspoon boss backs ‘winner’ Boris to be ‘useful string to the Brexit bow’

JD Wetherspoon boss, Tim Martin, has backed “winner” Boris Johnson to deliver Brexit.

The Brexiteer said the frontrunner to win the Tory leadership contest “could be a useful string to the Brexit bow”.

Mr Martin said: “I think that the reality is that the next prime minister is going to come from the Tory party and Boris has a very close association with Brexit having led the campaign to leave during the referendum.

“I have known him since then and I think he could be a useful string in the Brexit bow.”

The pub firm’s chairman also said he was impressed with Mr Johnson’s record as Spectator editor, mayor of London and Vote Leave frontman.

He added: “I think he can be a good prime minister because he has had another job, he has been a magazine editor for a long time which is a tough gig, he has been mayor of London and he was very successful in leading the referendum campaign.

“So I think he’s a winner. Can he deliver Brexit? I hope that he can.

“He has got to overcome the Oxbridge Remainers who dominate all the political parties in Parliament and that’s not easy.”

3.15pm update: Juncker successor urges UK scrap EU exit and join federal united states of Europe

Jean-Claude Junker’s successor revealed today she wants Britain to scrap Brexit and become part of her arch-federalist plans for the European Union.

Ursula von der Leyen, who is in line to become the first female European Commission president in November, told MEPs it would be a “good development” if Britain decided to make a dramatic Brexit U-turn.

During a meeting with liberal MEPs in Brussels, she signalled Theresa May’s Brexit deal will not be reopened by Britain’s next prime minister.

Ms von der Leyen, a German defence minister who supports an EU army, also claimed Brexit should not be seen as the end of Britain’s relationship with Brussels.

READ MORE: BREXIT BLOCK: New Juncker urges UK scrap EU exit and join federal united states of Europe

brexit latest

Brexit news: Tim Martin revealed a Wetherspoons boost in sales (Image: GETTY )

1.15pm update: Tim Martin hails Brexit boost

The Wetherspoons boss said his pub chain had saw sales rise 6.9 percent in the 10 weeks to July 7, helping shares in the FTSE 250 firm leap 46p to 1454p.

He also called for Britain to implement a no deal “multi-deal”, “a multitude of deals agreed between individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations”. 

12.51pm update: ‘I will make sure we leave on October 31’ – Boris 

Asked if he would resign if Brexit was not delivered by October 31, Boris Johnson said: “I will make sure we leave on the 31st.

“I do not wish to provide any incentive to any party not to give us the deal that we want by offering the mouthwatering prospect of my resignation.

“It sounds to me like another bad negotiating technique from the other side.”

12.39pm update: Boris dismisses John Major’s threat 

On a campaign visit to a pub in London – alongside Brexiteer and JD Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin – Boris Johnson dismissed Sir John Major’s comments.

Mr Johnson said: “What we are going to do is deliver Brexit on October 31, which is what I think the people of this country want us to get on and do.

“I think everybody is fed up with delay and I think the idea of now consecrating this decision to the judiciary is really very, very odd indeed.

“What we want is for Parliament to take their responsibilities, get it done as they promised that they would.

“They asked the British people whether they wanted to leave in 2016, the British people returned a very clear verdict so let’s get it done.”

brexit latest

Brexit latest: Corbyn accused May of ‘sucking up’ to EU governments (Image: PA )

12.33pm update: UK on brink of recession over Brexit

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said the UK is already on the brink of recession with Brexit “driving the economy over a cliff”.

Mr Blackford (Ross, Skye and Lochaber) said: “The dark clouds of Brexit are with us. Will the Prime Minister continue to ignore all the warning signs of recession?”

Mrs May replied: “I am very pleased to see that we actually have the best record in the G7 in terms of growth, we have the longest quarterly period of growth of any of the countries in the G7.

“We also, I have to say, we have record numbers of people in employment, a record low in unemployment, and investment in our economy.

“This is an economy that is doing well, but it could really take off, and it would have done if you had actually voted for Brexit and voted for the deal we put before this House.”

12.21pm update: Corbyn accuses May of sucking up to EU governments 

He told the Commons: “Coming from the Prime Minister who created the hostile environment, which brought about the Windrush scandal, who ordered go home vans to drive around London, who refuses to acknowledge Islamophobia in her own party, and whose party consorts with racists and anti-Semites in the European Parliament and sucks up to those governments across Europe, we don’t need those kind of lectures.”

 

brexit latest

Brexit latest: May called out Corbyn for changing stance on Brexit (Image: PA )

12.18pm update: May lays in to Corbyn over Brexit U-turn 

The Prime Minister told the Commons that Mr Corbyn “was an anti-racist, now he ignores anti-Semitism” before claiming he backs Remain over Brexit, adding: “He’s truly living up to the words of Marx: ‘Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them I’ve got others’.”

Mrs May also said Labour could have “done a darn sight more” when in power to deal with burning injustices as Mr Corbyn attacked her Government for failing to honour her pledge made on entering Downing Street.

She said: “I say to (Mr Corbyn), the way he talks you’d think he was a man of principle – but what do we actually see from him?

“Labour policy is to ban non-disclosure agreements but his staff has to sign them. He was an anti-racist, now he ignores anti-Semitism. He’s been a Eurosceptic all his life, now he backs Remain.

11.52am update: Remain alliance launched for General Election

A new “Remain alliance” group has been launched in an attempt to get as many pro-EU MPs elected as possible in the next general election.

Unite to Remain pledges to work with all Remain-supporting political parties and Independent MPs to boost the Remain vote at parliamentary elections.

Former Conservative MP Heidi Allen, who has been appointed independent chairwoman of the group’s advisory council, said people have been “crying out” for Remain parties to work together.

Independent MP Mrs Allen, of South Cambridgeshire, who recently left Change UK, said the by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire, where Remain-supporting parties have stood aside to avoid taking votes away from Liberal Democrat Jane Dodds, is a “test case”.

11.56am update: Sir Kim Darroch resigns 

Kim Darroch has resigned as the British ambassador to the US after memos where he attacked Donald Trump as “inept” were leaked.

In a letter to the head of the Foreign Office, Sir Simon McDonald, Sir Kim said the current situation had made it “impossible” for him to carry out his job. He said he believed it was “responsible” for a new ambassador to take his place after Donald Trump lashed out at him for being a “stupid guy”.

brexit latest

Brexit latest: Boris Johnson is on the campaign trail with Brexiteer Tim Martin (Image: PA)

11.07am update: Tory leadership debate “swamped by Brexit” – analyst

Last night’s debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt was characterised by “an enormous lack of detail”, illustrating the way British politics has been “swamped” by Brexit, a political analyst has said.

Tony Travers was speaking after the head-to-head clash, televised on ITV, which saw the two Tory leadership candidates both pledge to take Britain out of the EU, with discussions on the subject taking up most of the first half of the programme.

Mr Travers, director of LSE London, told Express.co.uk: “I think there was an enormous lack of detail – a huge amount of talk about Brexit and very little about other polities.

“There was no sense that the Conservative Party as a whole, which has been in power for ten years now, was working through any kind of policy platform.

“Brexit has swamped everything.

“It’s an issue which dominates the discourse. The attitude seems to be that until this is sorted out, nothing else can be sorted out.

“This is totally untrue of course – during the Second World War all sorts of policies were put into place.

“It is possible to do more than one thing at a time in politics.”

10.45am update: ‘Last tactical prorogation of Parliament was Major’

Nikki da Costa, Theresa May’s former director of legislative affairs at Downing Street, tweeted: “Feel the need to point out that the last tactical prorogation of Parliament, for political means and to avoid Commons looking at something in more depth was by John Major to avoid the publication of a Cash for Access report when the House was sitting, leaving to long gap till GE.”

10.24am update: Labour MP hints at support for Brexit 

Labour MP Stephen Kinnock said he will vote for a Brexit deal in order to prevent no deal – just a day after Jeremy Corbyn said his party will back Remain. 

Sky News presenter Adam Boulton asked him: “If the Withdrawal Agreement bill comes back to parliament will you vote for it, whatever the Labour leadership say?” to which Mr Kinnock replied: “Yes I will”

10.02am update: Matt Hanock says John Major block ‘won’t happen’

The Health Secretary said: “I don’t think that is going to happen. I’ve made very clear what I think about prorogation. I understand why Boris hasn’t ruled it out. But ultimately when you have to chose between who’s going to be the next Prime Minister you have to take everything into account.

“I have chosen to back Boris because he is the best person to deliver Brexit.”

9.46am update: Labour’s Brexit position is ‘clear, crisp and principled’ 

Labour’s Brexit Secretary told Sky News: “Whatever outcome the incoming PM puts before Parliament, there will be a referendum, with Remain as an option and the Labour Party will campaign to Remain.”

9.37am update: Major’s threat will add ‘fire’ to Brexiteers

BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg said John Major’s threat to block no deal Brexit will give “more fire” to Brexiteers. 

She tweeted: “In the dynamics of this Tory race tho, Major’s threat will probably give more fire to Brexit supporters.”

9.11am update: Brexiteer’s scathing attack on Kim Darroch over EU ties 

Sir Bill Cash launched a scathing rebuke of embattled British ambassador Kim Darroch – pointing out that the diplomat had spent his entire career “devoted to Brussels and the EU”.

Brexit-backing Tory MP Sir Bill Cash ripped into Sir Kim Darroch’s record for being “strongly committed” to Brussels and the EU.

Sir Bill Cash, who has been a lifelong Brexit supporter, took aim at Sir Kim’s “devotion” to Brussels.

He told Sky News” “Kim’s entire career has been entirely devoted to the EU.

“In fact he gave a very important speech in April 2016 before the referendum, explaining why we should remain in the EU.”

READ MORE: Tory leader live

8.42am update: John Major has ‘gone completely bonkers’ 

BBC assitant political editor Norman Smith revealed Boris Johnson sources had said John Major has gone “completely bonkers” over Brexit after the former prime minister threatened to launch legal action over the Tory leadership frontrunner’s plans for no deal Brexit. 

He tweeted: “Senior Boris Johnson source says Sir John Major has ‘gone completely bonkers’ over threat of judicial review.

“Boris Johnson source on Sir John Major – “He’s clearly been driven completely mad by Brexit.”

8.39am update: John Major threatens legal challenge against Boris’ no deal Brexit 

Former prime minister Sir John Major said he would launch a legal challenge if Boris Johnson sought to suspend Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Johnson has refused to rule out proroguing Parliament to prevent MPs blocking a no-deal exit from the European Union on October 31.

Sir John told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think the idea of proroguing Parliament is utterly and totally unacceptable from any British parliamentarian or democrat.”

“I for one would be prepared to go and seek judicial review to prevent Parliament being bypassed.”

brexit latest

Brexit latest: The Brexit Party is expecting a major boost after Labour’s support for Remain (Image: EXPRESS)

8.32am update: Ireland will be worse off than UK in Brexit no deal 

Stephen Barclay warned that Ireland would suffer a greater hit than Britain in the event of a no-deal Brexit last night after a showdown with Brussels negotiator Michel Barnier

The Brexit Secretary said Brussels recognises that there will be an “asymmetric impact across Europe”, especially for Ireland, if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal.

After meeting Mr Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator in Brussels, he insisted that both sides would continue to work to avoid such a scenario.

Mr Barclay said: “The EU also recognises that no deal is in neither side’s interest, that no deal particularly, if one looks at the asymmetric impact across Europe, particularly impacts in Ireland.

“I think the impact of no deal is greater to the Irish economy than it is to the UK, so the EU wants to avoid no deal just as much as the UK wants to avoid no deal.”

8.14am update: Brexit Party will have revenge over shameless Labour – Farage

Nigel Farage has accused Corbyn of betraying Brexit and his supporters that voted to leave the EU. 

Writing for the Daily Express, he said: “Now Corbyn has shamelessly abandoned his principles and given in to the political pygmies of Labour’s Remainer front bench.

“They have broken every promise that they made to millions of Labour voters – most notably, the 2017 Labour manifesto commitment to ‘respect the referendum result’.”

(Additional reporting by Rebecca Perring)

Leave A Response