Brexit news latest – UK 'headed for DICTATORSHIP' claims ex Supreme Court president in bombshell Brexit intervention

THE UK is at risk of a "dictatorship" after Brexit, a former Supreme Court president has sensationally warned.

In a bombshell Brexit intervention, Lord Neuberger claimed the Government's current strategy risked driving Britain down "a very slippery slope" towards "tyranny".

In an online meeting of lawyers, Lord Neuberger blasted Boris Johnson's controversial Internal Market Bill saying: "Once you deprive people of the right to go to court to challenge the government, you are in a dictatorship, you are in a tyranny."

But a government spokesperson previously dismissed such criticism, saying: "We need a legal safety net to protect the integrity of the UK's internal market, ensure ministers can always deliver on their obligations to Northern Ireland and protect the gains from the peace process."

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  • Samantha Lock

    BIDDING FOR £1.TRILLION IN GOV CONTRACTS

    International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said UK companies will soon be able to bid for £1.3 trillion worth of government contracts across the world.

    She told the Commons the UK has joined the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement.

    She added: “Yesterday, we joined the WTO Government Procurement Agreement which gives British businesses access to a £1.3 trillion global market.”

    International trade minister Greg Hands also assured MPs that any future trade deal with the US would not prevent the UK Government from making social media companies more responsible for content on their platforms.

    Responding to Tory MP Damian Collins (Folkestone and Hythe), Mr Hands said: “Nothing in any trade agreement would prevent us from legislating against online harms in this country.”

  • John Hall

    'NOBODY BENEFITS FROM PROTECTIONISM': BANK OF ENGLAND GOV

    Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey was asked today about the prospect of a trade deal between Britain and the European Union before a post-Brexit transition ends on Dec. 31.

    Bailey replied that it was vital that economies remained open.

    “Nobody benefits from protectionism in my view,” he said.

    Britain's post-Brexit transition would not be easy and “would have been easier had we not have to deal with COVID,” Bailey said.

    He also said he believed Britain and the EU should be able to reach a trade deal, and that he did not expect the new wave of coronavirus cases to be as damaging as the first.

  • John Hall

    CHARLES MICHEL VISITS DUBLIN TO DISCUSS BREXIT

    European Council president Charles Michel visits Dublin on Thursday to discuss the Brexit negotiations.

    He meets Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin ahead of next week's summit of EU leaders in Brussels.

    Ireland's premier said considerable gaps remained in the trade talks with the UK.

    “I hope that, as negotiations intensify, it will be possible to find a means to bridge the considerable gaps that remain between the EU and UK positions.

    “As EU leaders have stated repeatedly, we want an agreement, but it cannot be at any price.

    “The EU has also made it clear that the UK needs to demonstrate its commitment to full and faithful implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, including the Protocol on Ireland.

    “Trust in this regard urgently needs to be restored.”

  • John Hall

    'BACK BRITISH FARMERS'

    Keir Starmer has demanded that the Prime Minister “back British farmers” by supporting the Labour Party’s plans to protect the UK from lower-standard food imports after the Brexit transition phase ends.

    The opposition party has argued that the government has refused to protect the country’s food standards ahead of Brexit.

    The government refused in May to amend its agriculture bill in a way that would ensure the UK’s existing environmental protections, food safety regulations and animal welfare laws are safeguarded in future trade deals.

    In a letter sent on Wednesday, Starmer told Boris Johnson: “I want our country to produce the best food in the world, where our farmers compete on the basis of quality and are not undermined by producers working to lower standards elsewhere.

    “Britain should be a beacon of quality, high standards, ethical treatment of animals and environmental protections in all aspects of food production.”

  • John Hall

    BORIS MEETS WITH UKRAINE PRESIDENT

    Boris Johnson is to sign a strategic partnership deal with the president of Ukraine today in the face of Russia's “destabilising behaviour” towards the country.

    President Volodymyr Zelensky will visit Boris Johnson in Downing Street later this morning.

  • John Hall

    BREXIT DEAL ‘WILL TIE UK TO EUROPEAN COURT’

    Negotiators are close to a deal that commits the UK to remaining subject to rulings by the European Court of Human Rights after Brexit, it was reported.

    The UK would sacrifice a new extradition treaty and access to EU criminal databases if it quit ECHR, under the terms of the potential deal, Brussels sources told the Daily Telegraph.

    The EU insists that respect for the ECHR, and its Strasbourg court, is a condition for cooperation in law enforcement after the end of the transition period on December 31.

    “Upholding the ECHR would be identified in the deal as a precondition for cooperation in the security area,” an EU source said.

    “Should that stop, then the security cooperation would end.”

  • John Hall

    GAPS REMAIN IN TRADE TALK SAYS IRISH PM

    European Council president Charles Michel visits Dublin on today to discuss the Brexit negotiations.

    He meets Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin ahead of next week's summit of EU leaders in Brussels.

    Ireland's premier said considerable gaps remained in the trade talks with the UK.

    “I hope that, as negotiations intensify, it will be possible to find a means to bridge the considerable gaps that remain between the EU and UK positions,” said Mr Martin.

    “As EU leaders have stated repeatedly, we want an agreement, but it cannot be at any price.”

  • John Hall

    BORIS 'WILL WALK AWAY'

    The PM and Charles Michel, president of the European Council, agreed to intensify efforts to resolve the fishing dispute during a call last night.

    Mr Johnson insisted he wants a deal but will walk away if it does not “reflect what the British people voted for”.

    Mr Michel said: “The EU prefers a deal but not at any cost. Time for the UK to put its cards on the table.”

    Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney warned the UK not to underestimate the strength of feeling among coastal states.

    France wants EU negotiator Michel Barnier to demand status quo fishing access to UK waters.

    Mr Barnier urged nations to give him more room for manoeuvre. He expects trade talks to stretch beyond a leaders’ summit later next week.

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