Cabinet Minister Michael Gove pointed out Sir Keir’s confusing message on Brexit, as he states the Labour leader has often changed his mind on the matter. Mr Gove even blasted Sir Keir being “silent” on Brexit over the past few weeks.
Mr Gove made the comments in response to a question by Labour’s Rachel Reeves.
He said: “I have to say and this is no reflection on her but if she can talk about past statements, she better clear that with the leader of the Opposition who in the past has simultaneously favoured EU membership, said he would accept the referendum where we left, and said we needed a second referendum to satisfy the first, and then said we need an extension of the membership and the transition period.
“And now is silent on all of those issues.”
The Speaker then intervened on his rant against the Opposition and reminded the minister the question was about the Government’s Brexit policy.
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Michael Gove’s Brexit committee is set to meet five times per week as of today
EU fishermen are facing yet more bad news this week, as Brussels decides the annual fishing quotas for 2021.
Next year’s quotas are set to be severely restricted, prompting fears among European trawlers.
The EU is expected to sign off on plans to reduce catch in the western Baltic Sea by 11 percent, and by a whopping 70 percent in the eastern Baltic Sea.
European fisherman have heavily condemned the proposals, and argue such a move effectively stops trawlers from catching cod.
5.20pm update: Talks will not resume unless EU fundamentally changes its approach, says UK
Following the talks between Lord Frost and Michel Barnier today, a Number 10 spokesman said: “This was a constructive discussion. The UK has noted the EU’s proposal to genuinely intensify talks, which is what would be expected at this stage in a negotiation.
“However, the UK continues to believe there is no basis to resume talks unless there is a fundamental change of approach from the EU.
“This means an EU approach consistent with trying to find an agreement between sovereign equals and with acceptance that movement needs to come from the EU side as well as the UK.
“The two teams agreed to remain in close touch.”
Theresa May appeared furious today after the Cabinet Office Minister, Michael Gove delivered a brutal response to her question over a no deal Brexit.
Speaking in the Commons this afternoon, the former Prime Minister expressed her concern over the state of the UK’s security apparatus post-Brexit.
She claimed neither Mr Gove, nor Boris Johnson had so far made reference to the matter amid the backdrop of the current talks.
Despite her concern, Mr Gove dismantled her critique with a brutal three-point response.
4.15pm update: EU pledges to intensify talks on Brexit
The EU is ready to intensify talks towards a deal on future trade ties with Britain after a meeting to discuss the existing Brexit agreement, at which both sides showed “political will” to move swiftly, senior officials with the bloc said.
European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said, after talks with London about upholding the Withdrawal Agreement on Monday, that Britain had much work to do to honour commitments on the island of Ireland.
He said contacts would “significantly intensify”, with a view to another such meeting in mid-November. EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier then tweeted that the bloc was available to intensify talks in London this week “on all subjects, and based on legal texts.”
4pm update: Michael Gove’s statement in full
Michael Gove told MPs: “If the EU wants to change this situation and I devoutly hope it will, it needs to make a fundamental change in its approach and make clear its answer, it has to be serious about talking intensively on all issues and trying to reach a conclusion and I hope it will.
“But it also needs to accept that it’s dealing with an independent and sovereign country now.
“We’ve tried to be clear from the start that we would not be able to reach an agreement inconsistent with that status and I do not think you could accuse us of keeping that a secret.
“And yet the proposals that the EU have discussed with us in recent weeks, which it presents as compromises, are simply not consistent with our new sovereign status, certainly not yet.
“So while I do not doubt that many of the EU side are well intentioned, we cannot accept the negotiators’ proposals that would require us to provide full permanent access to our fishing waters with quotas substantially unchanged to those which were imposed by EU membership.”
3.40pm update: Gove says trade talks with the EU have effectively ended
Michael Gove has said trade negotiations with the EU have effectively ended.
He said talks would be meaningless and take us no where nearer to a solution.
The minister added the EU refused to discuss the legal texts of Brexit.
Boris Johnson must “get a grip” of the Brexit situation and walk away from trade talks or risk the UK being saddled with a “lousy” trade deal, Ann Widdecombe has said
Emily Ferguson has taken over live reporting from Katei Harris
Boris Johnson must “get a grip” of the Brexit situation and walk away from trade talks or risk the UK being saddled with a “lousy” trade deal, former Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe has said.
The former shadow home secretary fears the Prime Minister is struggling to apply himself – with the result that he is failing to make the decisions necessary to resolve the situation.
Assessing Mr Johnson’s performance, Miss Widdecombe told Express.co.uk: “He’s worn out, by COVID and this. He’s got to deal with two very big issues and this is not really his forte.”
The EU has been torn apart by an ecologist for “exterminating” Europe’s wildlife with its agricultural policy.
EU agricultural ministers will meet in Luxembourg this week to discuss the reform package of the Common Agricultural Policy, including how its funds will be spent over the next seven years.
Protesters were spotted outside the council meeting taking place today as they criticised EU governments for stalling EU food and farming reforms.
This comes ahead of the EU Parliament’s vote on new reforms this Wednesday.
Irish ecologist, known as Collbradan on Twitter, claimed the ministers will propose reforms that will result in EU taxpayers forking out on “another seven years of destruction”.
Downing Street has said the EU will have to change its stance for talks to resume
1.50pm update: Downing Street says EU will have to change stance for talks to resume
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “If the EU change their position then we will be willing to talk to them.
“But they must be ready to discuss the detailed legal text of a treaty in all areas.”
They must also be committed to a resolution that “respects UK sovereignty and independence”.
The spokesman added: “If not, we will end the transition period on Australian terms.”
1pm update: Board of Trade meets for first time
The new Board of Trade, including former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, is to look at ways of boosting links with the Commonwealth as the UK considers its post-Brexit future.
The panel of politicians, economists and industry figures met for the first time today.
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said it was a “critical moment for the UK and our trading relationship with the rest of the world”.
12.25pm update: Farage demands ‘clean break Brexit’
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage took to Twitter to share his latest Daily Express comment piece as he called for a “clean break Brexit”.
Mr Farage wrote: “If we do a deal on the basis of a new EU treaty, there are issues that will come back to haunt is in the years ahead.
“Come on @BorisJohnson, let’s have that clean break Brexit.”
Nigel Farage has called for a “clean break Brexit”
11.45am update: EU ‘ready to work until the last minute’ to get a deal – Sefcovic
Speaking after a Joint Committee meeting, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said: “It has to be a fair agreement for both sides – we are not going to sign an agreement at any cost.
“The EU is ready to work until the last minute for a good agreement for both parties.”
11.20am update: Did the BBC ‘side’ with EU in Brexit coverage?
The BBC has been accused by Labour peer Kate Hoey of “siding” with the EU over Brexit – but do you agree with the claim?
Express.co.uk readers can vote in our poll on whether you think the BBC “sided” with the EU on Brexit.
Our poll comes as Brexiteer Ms Hoey launchd a furious attack on the BBC in a Twitter post.
She said: “When the history of the Brexit period is written the BBC will be shown to have totally sided with the fear mongering EU.
“Most @BBCNews journalists could not accept that the British people ignored their views and voted to Leave.”
Chief negotiators Lord Frost and Michel Barnier
10.40am update: Chief negotiators to hold call this afternoon
UK chief negotiator Lord Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier are to discuss continuing trade talks on the phone at 2pm.
It comes after Lord Frost told Mr Barnier not to travel to London for negotiations this week following Boris Johnson’s announcement on Friday that the UK would prepare for no deal unless the bloc changes its approach.
The BBC has come under fire from Labour peer Kate Hoey who has accused the corporation of failing to accept people voted to leave the EU.
She tweeted: “When the history of the Brexit period is written the BBC will be shown to have totally sided with the fear mongering EU, most BBC News journalists could not accept that the British people ignored their views and voted to Leave.”
The BBC has come under fire from Labour peer Kate Hoey who has accused the corporation of failing to accept people voted to leave the EU
9.35am update: No deal would ‘chuck businesses and communities under the bus’ – Blackford
The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “This is chucking business and communities under the bus.
“We really should recoil at the possibility of a no-deal Brexit when we’re going through a health pandemic, when there are significant risks to our economy, where people are losing their jobs.
“This is just putting misery on misery and quite frankly the Government has got to come to its senses.”
9.05pm update: Archbishops warn Brexit legislation could set ‘disastrous precedent’
The UK’s archbishops have warned the Government’s controversial new Brexit legislation could set “a disastrous precedent” if passed in its current form.
Writing in the Financial Times, the five senior church leaders – including the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby – said they wanted to “highlight the grave responsibility” of peers in the House of Lords as they debate the UK Internal Market Bill on Monday.
The legislation threatens to breach international law by overriding key parts of the Withdrawal Agreement.g
The UK’s archbishops have warned the Government’s controversial new Brexit legislation could set “a disastrous precedent” if passed in its current form
8.20am update: Jenrick calls for EU to compromise
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News: “It would be sensible at this point for them to go that extra mile, to come closer to us on the points that remain for discussion.
“They haven’t done so yet and that’s disappointing.
“And if they’re not able to do so then we won’t be able to conclude the discussions in the way that both sides I think would like to at this point.
“We hope that they could come forward now with some relatively small but important changes which respect us as an independent sovereign nation.”
7.40am update: Brexiteer calls for UK to trade with rest of world who ‘do not want to stop us being independent’
Conservative MP John Redwood tweeted: “The Netherlands tells us to give in to the EU to help their exports to us.
“Let’s instead grow more of our own food and trade more with rest of the world who do not want to stop us being independent as a requirement to trade.”
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7.30am update: ‘Time is running out’ Brexit campaign launched
Business leaders are being urged to ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit in a new Government campaign dubbed “Time is running out”.
The campaign comes after Boris Johnson told the country to get ready for an Australian-style arrangement – a no deal outcome trading on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms – in a televised statement on Friday.
In a call on Tuesday, the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove will urge business leaders to prepare for when the transition period comes to a close at the end of the year.
HMRC is also writing to businesses that trade with the EU to set out the new customs and tax rules and how to deal with them.
Mr Gove said: “At the end of this year we are leaving the EU Single Market and Customs Union and this means there are both new challenges and new opportunities for businesses.
“Make no mistake, there are changes coming in just 75 days and time is running out for businesses to act.
“It is on all of us to put in the work now so that we can embrace the new opportunities available to an independent trading nation with control of its own borders, territorial waters and laws.”