BREXIT uncertainty has caused a marked decline in British tourists visiting Ireland, says an ally of Irish leader Leo Varadkar.
Joe McHugh, Ireland’s education minister, has said that Brexit uncertainty is having a negative impact on the tourism and hospitality sector. Ireland, which is dependent on summer tourism, saw a huge decrease in visitors this summer. The Donegal Branch of the Irish Hotel Federation reported a 20-25 percent decrease in the number of visitors coming from Britain.
Mr McHugh said: “It has manifested itself in a very real way, a very economical way this summer, because there are fewer English tourists, and there seems to be less spending coming from the north.
“There’s an uncertainty that is very apparent.”
In a damning letter to the Prime Minister, Philip Hammond has accused Mr Johnson of ruining any chance of a new Brexit deal with the EU.
The former Chancellor has written to the Prime Minister to say his red lines for Brussels to scrap the Irish backstop “set the bar so high that there is no realistic probability of a deal being done”.
The provocative letter has been signed by 20 other senior Tory MP’s, according to The Sun.
John Bercow has said that he would refuse to let the Prime Minister take Britain out of the EU by suspending Parliament, according to the chief political correspondent at the Daily Telegraph.
He said the Commons Speaker would fight any attempt to prorogue Parliament “with every bone in my body”.
Mr Bercow said: “The one thing I feel strongly about is that the House of Commons must have its way. If there is an attempt to circumvent, to bypass or – God forbid! – to close down Parliament; that is anathema to me and I will fight it with every bone in my body to stop that happening.
“We cannot have a situation in which Parliament is shut down – we are a democratic society. And Parliament will be heard and nobody is going to get away as far as I am concerned with stopping that happening.”
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has dropped in popularity due to Boris Johnson’s bullish stand when it comes to taking Britain out of the European Union, according to new polling data.
The Brexit Party has dropped six percentage points in barely two months, a drop which appears to strengthen the argument of those who have suggested the former UKIP leader should step aside, eight months after the launch of his latest political venture, in order to allow recently elected Tory leader and Prime Minister Mr Johnson to get Brexit over the line.
ComRes published its most recent poll today, commissioned by the Daily Telegraph, which put Conservative support at 31 percent, four points ahead of Labour on 27 percent.
The Brexit Party was on 16 percent, a significant drop compared with a ComRes poll undertaken on behalf of the same newspaper published on June 10.
The Prime Minister should suspend Parliament indefinitely to force through a no deal Brexit, according to 90 percent of Express.co.uk readers.
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson and Lib Dems leader Jo Swinson have urged supporters of their respective parties to work together to block a no deal Brexit.
The two senior politicians said preventing an “undemocratic” no-deal outcome would require people to work across party lines.
Mr Watson said no-deal would do “dreadful damage to the whole country”.
He branded Boris Johnson’s reported plan to force a no deal Brexit by sidelining Parliament and scheduling an election for the weeks after the October deadline “undemocratic tricks.”
Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has said she will urge Mr Johnson not to prorogue Parliament in order to force through a no deal Brexit against the will of MPs.
She said she will tell the Prime Minister that the Commons cannot be ignored.
A cult sci fi novel is getting a new lease of life of Amazon – because its hero is called Boris Johnson.
Agent of Chaos, by US author Norman Spinrad, was written in 1967, three years after the birth of the UK’s recently confirmed Prime Minister.
And fans have been quick to point out eerie and often amusing parallels between the book’s chief protagonist, leader of the so-called Democratic League, and the current occupant of Downing Street (and leader of the Conservative Party) – especially in the context of Brexit.
The action pits Johnson against a tyrannical organisation called the Hegemony, which rules the galaxy with an iron fist.
The Prime Minister has said he expects negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal with the US to be a “tough old haggle”, but he is confident Britain “will get there”.
He made the comments after one of President Trump’s advisers met with key members of Mr Johnson’s cabinet today.
Former education secretary Damian Hinds accidentally revealed the Tories had a “GE team” in a message posted to his Instagram account.
The Tory MP posted an image to his account, which appeared to show an email titled “GE2019 team”.
Following today’s meeting with Mr Bolton, the US’ national security adviser, Mr Javid said the discussions were a “win-win for our mutual prosperity and security”.
The Chancellor said it was a pleasure to host a “wide-ranging” discussion with Mr Bolton.
Speaking about US national security adviser John Bolton’s warm words, and that the US would not give the UK something for nothing, Mr Johnson said: “In my experience the Americans are very tough negotiators indeed, and we will do a great deal with them and it will open up opportunities for UK business, particularly service companies in the US, but it will be a tough old haggle – but we will get there.”
Speaking during a visit to HMP Leeds, the Prime Minister said he expected US trade negotiations to be a “tough old haggle”.
He said: “I want to see trade with our European neighbours, and I want to see trade with countries around the world.
“We have fantastic opportunities to open that up.
“Actually the US market is growing very fast for the UK, but they still ban haggis, for Heaven’s sake.
“In the US there are all sorts of opportunities we have to open up trade, but that also goes for companies around the world, but the single biggest deal we need to do is a free trade deal agreement with our friends and partners over the Channel.”
A group of about 70 MPs from opposition parties are backing a bid to have Scotland’s highest civil court rule that Mr Johnson cannot ask The Queen to prorogue, or suspend, parliament before Britain leaves the European Union on October 31.
Lawyer Jo Maugham from the Good Law Project, which is supporting the challenge, said case had its first court outing earlier today at which the Court of Session decided that a substantive hearing would take place on September 6.
John Bolton, America’s national security adviser, has said Britian will be the “first in line” for a trade deal with the US.
Speaking following a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on a visit to London, Mr Bolton said Washington would support an accelerated series of trade deals on a “sector-by-sector” basis.
He said “both President Trump and I were leavers before there were leavers” on his first day of a two day visit to London.
On Britain’s decision to exit the EU without a deal, he said: “If that’s the decision of the British government, we will support it enthusiastically and that’s what I’m trying to convey.
“We’re with you, we’re with you.”
There are “no guarantees” that people will not lose their jobs following a no-deal Brexit, Amber Rudd has admitted.
The Work and Pensions Secretary said there are “no guarantees about jobs, in or out, under any economic circumstances”, and said a no-deal Brexit would be “far worse than a deal Brexit”.
Ms Rudd said the Government is focused on getting a deal, but that they have to be prepared should a no-deal situation arise on October 31.
Speaking on ITV News, Ms Rudd said: “A no-deal Brexit is definitely going to be a challenge for the economy, which is why the Government is putting together so much preparation should it come to that, and we are very clearly focused as a Government that we want to get a deal.”
Asked about previous comments she made in which she said a no-deal Brexit would cause “generational damage to the economy”, she said: “I can tell that a no-deal Brexit would be far worse than a deal Brexit, which is why the Government is so focused on trying to get that.
“But we are also putting in place a lot of preparation to make sure that, should it come to that, we will have done all we can to mitigate against any difficulties.”
Pensioner Hazel Jones was taken to task after she was caught scribbling anti-Brexit graffiti on the external wall of a school’s playground in Wakefield, West Yorkshire to protest the European Union being turned into a “boogeyman”.
She interrupted her walk around Wakefield, West Yorkshire last week to graffiti a school’s playground wall with the sentence ‘Brexit is based on lies – reject it’.
The former teacher was confronted about her decision to vandalise the wall, with Channel 4 News’ Cathy Newman insisted she should be “setting an example” for younger generations. Ms Newman said: “Isn’t the older generation supposed to set an example rather than vandalising the neighbourhood?”
More than 50 major retailers from across the UK have come together to write a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to warn of the dangers of a no-deal Brexit, which they said ‘would place a considerable strain’ on the sector.
Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), has sent the letter signed by 51 retailers to The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP as the chances of a no-deal Brexit seem to be increasing. In the letter they call for an overhaul of the business rates system.
Signatories to the letter include chief executives, chairs and directors from such retailers as New Look, Pret A Manger, River Island and the Scottish Midland Co-operative Society.
The letter said: “In this context, the Prime Minister’s intention to pursue an economic package to boost business and investment in the UK is crucially important; we strongly believe that reform of the broken business rates system should be front and centre of that package.
“This outdated tax is hindering our plans for investment, holding back productivity growth and detrimentally impacting communities up and down the country.”
Boris Johnson is preparing for a showdown with pro-Remain MPs who are threatening to block his plans for a no deal Brexit in October.
MPs could use a motion on restoring the Northern Ireland executive, due to take place on September 9, to seize control of the House of Commons agenda, according to the Financial Times.
Next chief executive Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise said the worst outcome of a no-deal Brexit will be “mild disruption” given the preparations being made by Boris Johnson’s Government.
He said he will be “much less frightened” of the UK leaving the EU without a deal if the Government is well prepared – and he has “every indication” they are now taking it seriously under the new Prime Minister.
He was also sharply critical of the no-deal planning by Theresa May’s administration, insisting there was “almost a wilful attempt” to not prepare as they did not want to admit it could happen.
The Conservative peer said the required level of confidence, energy and vigour “certainly wasn’t” in Mrs May’s Government.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m very pleased to see that that vigour has now come to government and we are properly preparing for all eventualities.”
Lord Wolfson added of Mrs May’s time in office: “I think there was almost a wilful attempt to not prepare in government and mainly out of the fear that they were so scared of no-deal, they wouldn’t allow anyone to admit it could happen.”
Sales have soared to £6.3 billion this year in the UK.
Iceland shoppers say frozen foods have been growing in popularity.
A spokesman said: “Not many would know that warm water king prawns, marinated in a creamy, Italian white wine and lemon sauce for our Prawn Alfredo, could be found in the freezers of Iceland. Yet, shoppers are screaming online that they ‘don’t see how it can be improved.'”
ING, one of Europe’s largest banks, said it saw a 25 percent chance of a no-deal Brexit and a 40 percent chance of an election in Britain.
ING economist James Smith said: “Deal or no-deal a general election looks increasingly likely.
“There’s a 40 percent probability of a general election coupled with an Article 50 extension.”
The bank said sterling could hit 95 pence per euro this quarter.