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BORIS Johnson has been warned he'll be booted out of the Number 10 if he can't secure post Brexit Britain's future over the coming days.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier is now warning that "time is very short" to secure a Brexit trade deal, with the key sticking point appearing to be reaching an agreement over French fishing rights.

Ex Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib warned the next few days are so vital that they'll not only decide the success of Brexit, but also whether Boris Johnson stands a chance against Labour's Keir Starmer at the next General Election.

"We are in the final days of determining what sort of Brexit Boris Johnson will deliver. "The political consequences of not taking back control of our laws borders cash and fish would be vast," he tweeted.

"It would promote Keir Starmer to Number 10," he added.

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  • OSBORNE: GOVERNMENT 'FRANTICALLY REPOSITIONING ITSELF' FOR BIDEN PRESIDENCY

    Boris Johnson's government is “frantically repositioning itself” to prepare for a potential Joe Biden presidency, former chancellor George Osborne claimed.

    He told CNN yesterday that Downing Street would have to “work hard” to overcome the initial lack of warmth from the Democratic nominee towards the government after Brexiteers sided with President Trump.

    Mr Osborne suggested that negotiating a UK-US trade agreement could be tricky under a Biden presidency.

    “There's no doubt that the Brexit government here will face a challenge with a Biden administration,” he said.

    “But, Joe Biden, who I dealt with when I was in office, knows the Brexiteers associated themselves with Trump, he knows they're not his fellow travellers, and they will find it hard to pivot towards a Biden administration.”

  • BREXIT MAKES BRITAIN 'LESS USEFUL TO THE US'

    Paris and Berlin will overtake London in terms of importance for the US, particularly if Joe Biden becomes president, a former senior diplomat and cross-bench peer has warned.

    Peter Ricketts has defended Britain's interests around the world for 40 years but he offered a sobering interpretation of the impact Brexit is having on the UK globally.

    “When Biden looks towards Europe, he will see Paris and Berlin as a centre of gravity of what's really important for America in Europe, both economically and in security terms, and Britain will be seen as an outlier, rather outside the mainstream of Europe,” he told Politico.

    “There will continue to be an important bilateral relationship on defence and security of course, but in other areas, Britain will not have the same prominence it has been used to having in Washington because, frankly, Britain is less useful to the U.S. administration.”

  • PM DENIES STALLING BREXIT TALKS UNTIL AFTER US ELECTION

    Number 10 has played down claims that Boris Johnson is delaying talks with the EU until after the US presidential election.

    Ivan Rogers, who was the UK's permanent representative in Brussels from 2013-17, told the Observer that ministers in several European capitals believe the PM is trying to stall talks until the result of next week's election is known.

    Boris insisted this was not the case.

    He said: “The two things are entirely separate. On EU negotiations, they've come back, I'm very glad to say, to discuss the way forward, we'll see where we go.”

    The PM said he wouldn't be “getting involved” in the US election process.

  • POWER STRIP

    Powers enabling ministers to break international law could be stripped from controversial Brexit legislation by peers within days.

    The UK Internal Market Bill is undergoing detailed line-by-line scrutiny in the House of Lords, and is currently scheduled for four days of consideration at committee stage.

    The legislation sets out the way that trade within the UK will work once it is outside the EU's single market and customs union.

    But cross-party amendments have been tabled to strike out clauses linked to the most contentious part of the Bill, namely part five which gives ministers the power to breach the Brexit divorce deal – known as the Withdrawal Agreement – brokered with Brussels last year.

    The amendments are in the name of Lord Judge, a former lord chief justice, shadow attorney general Lord Falconer of Thoroton and Conservative former leader Lord Howard of Lympne.

  • 'AN ASSAULT ON DEVOLUTION'

    The UK Internal Market Bill disrespects the devolution settlement, a peer has said.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Humphreys of Llanrwst said: “In Wales, this is seen as an assault on our devolution settlement, heralding the return of direct rule from England.

    “We're faced here with another example, as with the Covid-19 response in England, of Whitehall insisting on managing from the centre rather than understanding and empowering local decision making.

    “The powers of our devolved legislatures and the powers of the regional mayors, although limited, seem to be resented and distrusted by the Government – and the automatic response seems to be to claw back control to the centre.

    “My fear is that this Government's knee-jerk reactions all add to the perception that the Union isn't working for the devolved nations.

    “And as I've said in previous contributions, this is encouraging an increasing percentage of people in Wales to conclude that the future lies in independence.”

  • EUR LOSS

    No Deal will cost the EU a whopping £30 billion a year in lost trade with Britain, experts warned last night.

    Germany, the Netherlands, and France will be hit the hardest if the Brexit talks fail, according to a bombshell report.

    But if a trade agreement is found the impact on businesses in major European economies would be roughly halved.

    The findings will heap pressure on EU leaders, including Emmanuel Macron, to compromise as negotiations reach their climax.

    Dutch credit insurer Euler Hermes, which is owned by the German financial services giant Allianz, put the chances of No Deal at 45 per cent.

    Under that scenario Germany would suffer a £7.4 billion a year hit, affecting its famed manufacturing sector the worst.

    The Netherlands, which has a booming trade in chemicals with Britain, is predicted to lose £4.3 billion.

    And France, whose leader Mr Macron is taking the hardest line, faces a £3.3 billion whammy with its food and wine industry in the firing line.

    But the report warned the UK would also be hit badly by No Deal, with GDP plummeting by five per cent and exports dropping 15 per cent.

  • ELECTRIC CARS MORE EXPENSIVE IF A BREXIT DEAL ISN'T REACHED

    Electric vehicles could become £2,800 more expensive on average next year if a Brexit deal is not reached, a trade body has warned.

    A rise would be unavoidable as a result of 10 per cent tariffs being placed on all vehicles imported to the UK from the EU, Mail Online reports.

  • NEW INVESTMENT STRATEGY 'WILL CREATE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS'

    Trade minister Ivan McKee will set out the plan to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.

    He said: “It aims to create high-value, skilled jobs in growing sectors and attract businesses that share our progressive, outward-looking values.

    “With global economies still being impacted by coronavirus, and the end of the Brexit transition period looming, this plan is designed play an important part in driving Scotland's economic recovery.”

  • FAIR COMPETITION

    The main priority for EU leaders was to ensure fair competition rules, Macron said.

    He added: “And it happens the remaining 27 leaders of the EU, who chose to remain in the EU, are not there simply to make the British prime minister happy.”

  • 'FRENCH FISHERMEN KNOW SITUATION WILL CHANGE'

    French fishermen know they won’t get the same access to British fishing waters after Brexit, President Emmanuel Macron said.

    “Will the situation be the same as today’s? No, that’s for sure. Our fishermen know it, we know it too. We’ll have to help them. But can we accept a Brexit that sacrifices our fishermen? No,” Macron said.

  • OPTIMISM

    EU negotiator Michel Barnier has extended his stay in London to Wednesday amid optimism of a breakthrough.

    His British counterparts will then travel to Belgium to continue talks ahead of a mid-November deadline.

  • HUNDREDS OF FOREIGN CRIMINALS SLIPPED INTO UK

    Hundreds of foreign killers slipped into Britain unhindered in the past three years.

    Many only had their crimes uncovered when arrested for new offences.

    Criminal Records Office checks revealed 802 cases where a suspect had a conviction for murder or manslaughter abroad.

    You can read more here

  • BRITS GOING TO EUROPE FACE QUEUES AT AIRPORTS

    Brits going on holiday to Europe next year face an extra hour in airport queues after eurocrats rejected pleas to grant us access to fast lanes.

    The EU Commission has told Member States visitors from the UK won't be allowed to use passport e-gates from January 1.

    It means we'll have to join long lines with arrivals from the rest of the world including the US and China.

  • FRANCE 'PLAYING THE BAD COP'

    France has admitted it is playing “bad cop” on Brexit as trade talks enter a vital week.

    Europe minister Clément Beaune said Paris is ensuring the EU is “really tough” with Britain.

    He said: “We’ve always been accused of being the bad cops — we take full responsibility for that.”

    More on the story here

  • BARNIER IN LONDON UNTIL WEDNESDAY

    Barnier and his EU team will be in London until Wednesday, after which talks will switch to Brussels and continue through the weekend, an EU spokesperson said.

  • DEVOLUTION SETTLEMENT

    The UK Internal Market Bill disrespects the devolution settlement, a peer has said.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Humphreys of Llanrwst said: “In Wales, this is seen as an assault on our devolution settlement, heralding the return of direct rule from England.

    “We're faced here with another example, as with the Covid-19 response in England, of Whitehall insisting on managing from the centre rather than understanding and empowering local decision making.

    “The powers of our devolved legislatures and the powers of the regional mayors, although limited, seem to be resented and distrusted by the Government – and the automatic response seems to be to claw back control to the centre.

    “My fear is that this Government's knee-jerk reactions all add to the perception that the Union isn't working for the devolved nations.

    “And as I've said in previous contributions, this is encouraging an increasing percentage of people in Wales to conclude that the future lies in independence.”

  • 'ABSOLUTE LAUGHING STOCK'

    Boris Johnson's Government has become an “absolute laughing stock” given its conduct in relation to the Brexit divorce deal, Labour has claimed.

    Shadow attorney general Lord Falconer of Thoroton said other countries will believe the UK is “not reliable” given it is threatening to override the Withdrawal Agreement signed with the EU.

    Shadow attorney general Lord Falconer of Thoroton said other countries will believe the UK is “not reliable” given it is threatening to override the Withdrawal Agreement signed with the EU.

    “As it happens, you make this Government an absolute laughing stock by the way first of all (Northern Ireland Secretary) Brandon Lewis said they were breaking the agreement, then (former Advocate General for Scotland) Lord Keen of Elie said they weren't breaking the agreement, then Brandon Lewis said again 'oh yes we are', then Lord Keen resigned over what Brandon Lewis said, and then (Cabinet Office minister) Michael Gove says 'maybe we are, maybe we aren't'.”

  • MUCH WORK TO BE DONE

    Boris Johnson's official spokesman said: “We are in now what is an intensive phase of negotiations.

    “I wouldn't wish to pre-empt what's being discussed.

    “It's the first time that we have been negotiating on legal texts and across all areas at the same time and we have welcomed that fact.

    “But there is also much work to be done if we are going to bridge what are the significant gaps that remain between our positions in the most difficult areas and time is very short.”

  • RESPECT THE LAW

    Conservative peer Baroness Altmann called on the Government to confirm that it wishes to maintain the UK's reputation for upholding the rule of law.

    Lady Altmann told peers: “If part five is a negotiating tactic and the Government really does not intend to have to use it and is aiming to get a deal, or if there is no deal, surely we still need to respect the Good Friday Agreement, and our internal market needs to respect the promises made that this Northern Ireland protocol would be part of our future relationship with the EU.”

  • 'GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT IS OUR HERITAGE'

    Conservative peer Lord Cormack warned the Government not to put the Good Friday Agreement “at risk”.

    Lord Cormack told peers: “It would be an act of supreme folly if anything we did in this Parliament endangered the continuity of the Good Friday Agreement.

    “It is absolutely crucial that each and every one of us recognises this in whatever party we sit, or on the cross benches.

    “This agreement is our heritage and it is our duty to conserve it.

    “And it is nothing to do with whether you are on the Brexit side or the Remainer side, that argument is over.”

  • WHAT IS A NO DEAL BREXIT?

    A No Deal departure from the European Union means leaving without formal arrangements for the future relationship.

    Britain's trade, customs and immigration rules were tied up with the single market and a host of EU regulatory bodies.

    Mr Johnson had insisted Britain would leave the EU on October 31 “do or die” – and was prepared to leave with no deal.

    The PM said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask the EU for another Brexit extension.

    But a proposed law blocking a No Deal Brexit was backed by MPs on September 4, 2019 and was passed in the Lords on September 6.

    The Benn Act required the Government to either reach a deal – or gain Parliament's approval for a No Deal Brexit by October 19.

    The UK ended up leaving the EU on January 31 with a transition period until December 31 2020.

    While we did leave with a deal – in which this transition period was agreed – there is still the possibility of ending up in a no deal scenario still.

  • BREXIT PARTY WADES INTO FREE SCHOOL MEALS ROW

    The Brexit Party has joined the onslaught of criticism directed at the Government over free school meals.

    The right-wing party, once headed by Nigel Farage who also raised eyebrows last week when he tweeted support for free school meals during the holidays – hit out at No 10 on Twitter.

    In a tweet from the official Brexit Party account, a spokesperson wrote: “The Government was happy to help adults to eat out in August, but now it lets the poorest children go hungry during the school holidays.Does this seem fair to you?”

  • PRICE HIKE ON EU-BUILT ELECTRIC VEHICLES

    Car buyers in the UK could face a hike of £2,800 on EU-built electric vehicles if the UK leaves the transition period without a future trade deal.

    Analysis conducted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders revealed that the sharp rise in cost could cut demand in electric vehicles by 20 per cent.

    Under a so-called Australian style trading arrangement, tariffs would be imposed – which is estimated to add around £2,000 to the cost of electric vehicles that are built in the UK and exported to the EU.

    Around two-thirds of electric vehicles on sale in the UK are built in factories on the Continent.

  • NO 10: ‘TIME IS SHORT’

    Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said of this week’s talks: “It’s the first time that we have been negotiating on legal texts and across all areas at the same time and we have welcomed that fact.

    “There is also much work to be done if we’re going to bridge what are the significant gaps that remain between our positions in the most difficult areas, and time is very short.”

  • PM DENIES WAITING FOR US ELECTION

    The Prime Minister has denied reports he is waiting to see what happens in the upcoming US election before making a final decision on the Brexit trade agreement.

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