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Brexit LIVE: Tom Bradby says Boris Johnson was a Remainer in bombshell interview

Jersey: French fishermen ‘taking fight to UK’ says expert

The Prime Minister has long faced accusations that he was actually in favour of membership of the EU but opposed it during the 2016 referendum campaign to further his political career. It has even been claimed that before coming out he wrote two versions of his Telegraph column, one backing each side of the argument.

The outspoken Tory then sensationally went against then-prime minister David Cameron and was crucial in securing Brexit.

Now ITV newsreader Tom Bradby has claimed that Mr Johnson appeared to back Remain when they met with his press secretary at an Italian restaurant near London’s City Hall.

The meeting happened shortly before Mr Johnson revealed he would back the Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum.

After Mr Bradby pressed on what side he would support, Mr Johnson said it was “really difficult” before pulling out a pen and writing out the arguments to leave and remain in two columns on a restaurant tablecloth.

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Boris Johnson is a secret Remainer, according to ITV newsreader Tom Bradby (Image: NUMBER10 ITV)

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A French ship rammed a Jersey boat trying to leave the port last Thursday (Image: Getty)

Mr Bradby told The Times: “He wrote out the arguments – Leave and Remain – in two columns on the tablecloth.

“And looking at them I said, ‘Well, you’re for Remain then?’

“And he was like, ‘Well, I don’t know. It’s a difficult decision’.

“When I got up, I tried to take the tablecloth with me and [press secretary] Will Walden was like, ‘No way’.

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French fishermen have tried to bully their counterparts in Jersey in the row (Image: PA)

“And he took the tablecloth, folded it, put it in his pocket. I assume he’s still got it.

“But I left that restaurant convinced Boris was for Remain.”

“We really don’t believe it’s a problem of our making, but you need to make sure member states are allowing access to the market appropriately.”

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Leo McKinstry slammed Remainers for playing down the success of Brexit Britain (Image: Getty)

11.45pm update: Boris Johnson credits success of Brexit for string of historic election victories

Boris Johnson credited the success of Brexit for triggering a string of historic election victories yesterday.

The bounce saw Labour’s stronghold of Hartlepool elect its first Tory MP, as a blue wave gave the party a majority of almost 7,000 in the town.

Conservatives seized control of councils across the country and the jubilant Prime Minister said: “People want a party and a Government that is focused on them, focused on delivering change.”

Mr Johnson said Leave-backing Hartlepool had given his Government the thumbs-up for securing a successful departure from the EU. 

Alex Shipman takes over from James Bickerton.

8.00pm update: Respect the Brexit deal! Fury as French ban Jersey fishermen from landing catch at ports

Jersey fishermen have been banned from landing their catches at key French ports following a tense row over fishing licences.

Local Government in La Manche, Normandy announced fishermen from the British Crown Dependency would not be allowed to enter the ports of Granville, Barneville-Carteret and Dielette to land their catch. 

It comes after 60 boats approached the port of St Helier after claims French fishermen were being unfairly deprived of access to rich fishing grounds off the coast of Jersey.

Jersey: French boats arrive for post-Brexit fisheries protest

5.11pm update: SNP plans to ‘woo Germany’ in plot to rejoin EU as independent Scotland

The SNP is said to be hoping to gain the support of Germany in a plan to take Scotland out of the UK and into the EU.

Nicola Sturgeon has demanded a second referendum on Scottish independence, amid of the Scottish election results being imminently announced. 

If successful she wants Scotland to rejoin the EU as a new member.

3.07pm update: Barnier lifts the lid on what he REALLY thinks about Nigel Farage and a bizarre job offer

Nigel Farage told Michel Barnier the European Union would no longer exist after Brexit, according to the negotiator’s diaries.

In his account of more than four years of wrangling, the Frenchman outlined his relationship and several meetings with the leading Brexiteer.

While Mr Barnier openly criticises Mr Farage’s public persona, he claimed the former Brexit Party leader was “cordial and gentle” during their face-to-face showdowns.

In his blow-by-blow account of the Brexit negotiations – The Grand Illusion – the former Brussels diplomat raises one intriguing meeting between the pair and how he turned down a sarcastic job offer from the Brexiteer.

James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Oliver Pritchard-Jones

2.20pm update: Remainers’ lies exposed AGAIN – UK heading for biggest boom on record LEO McKINSTRY

Influential commentator Leo KcKinstry has slammed the lies of Remainers as Brexit Britain booms.

He said: “The doom-mongers have been proved wrong yet again. Their pessimism turns out to be utterly unfounded. Far from sliding into another recession, it looks as if our country is about to enjoy an unprecedented boom.

“Yesterday, in a remarkably upbeat assessment, the Bank of England predicted that the economy will expand by 7.25 percent this year, the strongest growth since records began in 1949.

“Even as the furlough schemes end in the autumn, the strength of the recovery will mean that unemployment is likely to be far lower than was forecast at the height of the Covid pandemic.”

Royal Navy frigate

Royal Navy boat around Jersey (Image: Getty)

1.20pm update: Shameless Verhofstadt and scores of MEPs vote against transparency for their spending plan

Shameless MEPs have come under fire after they voted against releasing details on their spending for the Conference on the Future of Europe.

A majority in the European Parliament voted against releasing exact financial records for the flagship event due to be launched this weekend.

The year-long conference is due travel the Continent seeking advice from citizens on potential reforms for the Brussels project. It has largely been described as a “travelling circus for europhiles” to massage their egos in the wake of Brexit.

Last week, the EU Parliament voted on whether there should be “a commitment to full transparency on the expenditure of this conference”.

12.35pm update: Jersey fishermen feel like ‘piggy in the middle’ in post-Brexit dispute with EU

Jersey fishermen have revealed they feel like a ‘piggy in the middle’ between the UK and EU as the battle of post-Brexit fishing rights continues.

Steph Noel, has been fishing the waters off Jersey for almost four decades, saw no point in casting his nets this weekend.

“There’s no value in it for me,” he said. “It’ll cost me in bait and diesel but even if I have a good day there’s no market there for what I bring back.”

The 52-year-old said: “You can’t keep them there for too long, especially as the sea warms up. They’ll start eating each other. I don’t know what I’m going to do with them.”

Expats

Expats have been a frequent target of the EU (Image: PA)

11.35am update: Tories hail success of Brexit and vaccine rollout for election victories

Environment Secretary George Eustice said Brexit and the success of the vaccine rollout had helped the Conservatives to win votes off Labour at the Super Thursday elections.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “When it comes to the really big breakthrough in the Hartlepool by-election and the election of Ben Houchen as well (as Tees Valley Mayor), I think really it is a case of parts of this country feel they have elected Labour for a very long time, they feel taken for granted.

“I think the Brexit decision and the wrangling over that in recent years has focused minds in that they have questioned whether the Labour Party was really in touch with their priorities.

“And of course the rollout of the vaccine has been successful and I think people feel positive and that they can see a way out of this terrible pandemic we have been enduring.”

Put to him that “crises favour incumbents”, Mr Eustice replied: “I’m not sure that is the way I would view it.”

11.01am update: ‘Lazy’ EU looking to use British expat residency row to ‘punish’ UK for leaving bloc

Brexiteers have slammed the EU for taking a “lazy” stand over the rights of British expats amid a claim that new residency rules are designed to punish the UK for leaving.

New residency rules imposed on Brits living in the EU have come under fire from Brexiteers who believe the new requirements have been designed to punish the UK.

In Spain, Italy and France, British residents have face uncertainty as they look to register for residency post Brexit, facing long delays and bureaucratic pitfalls when trying to access healthcare or apply for a driving licence.

Senior Research Executive at Get Britain Out, Joshua Mackenzie-Lawrie has slammed the EU for “lazy and vindictive behaviour” towards British expats.

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Welsh Labour leader Mark Drakeford (Image: Getty)

12.55pm update: Former EU chief Michel Barnier discusses DUP in Brexit diaries

The EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator says he found it “difficult to stay calm” while meeting the DUP’s Arlene Foster and Diane Dodds.

Michel Barnier has published diaries which he kept during the negotiations in a book called The Grand Illusion; the secret journal of Brexit 2016-2020.

Talking about a meeting with the DUP in October 2018, he said the party “oppose everything” and “don’t want to hear about the concrete proposals we are making”.

He also assessed that Mrs Dodds – the party’s MEP at the time – and Mrs Foster “don’t like each other and it shows”.

12:25pm update: Welsh Labour prove doubters wrong to hold off Tories despite Brexit bounce

Welsh Labour looks set to win the Senedd election after the party fought off challenges from the Tories to key red wall seats in North Wales.

Labour First Minister Mark Drakeford said his party had “exceeded expectations” and ended Friday with 30 seats, just one short of a majority.

The results of eight remaining regional seats, for South Wales Central and South Wales East, will be announced on Saturday, though Labour is not expected to pick up any more from that number.

Meanwhile, the Welsh Conservatives have 12 seats, including taking Vale of Clwyd from Labour, Plaid Cymru have nine having lost former leader Leanne Wood’s Rhondda seat to Labour, and the Liberal Democrats have one.

Labour declared its strong Senedd election performance as “an extraordinary set of results in extraordinary times” with the party favourite to retain control of the Welsh Government.

Emmanuel Macron

French president Emmanuel Macron (Image: Getty)

10.32am update: ‘Anti-British’ Biden told to keep trade deal after blow to talks: ‘Look elsewhere Boris!’

Boris Johnson has been told to sideline the US and instead look to other nations for trade deals after “anti-British europhile” Joe Biden threw a spanner in the works.

Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, caused unease among many Britons when he said the new administration would adopt an America first policy, carried on from Donald Trump.

And he warned London that Washington would not sign a trade pact unless it was fully “consistent with the principles” of Democratic President Biden.

Mr Blinken also appeared to side with Ireland and the wider EU when he said: “We want to make sure that, whether it’s with the United Kingdom or the EU, whether it’s anything we’re doing, that we make sure that the tremendous gains from the Good Friday Agreement are sustained and that the economic as well the political wellbeing of Northern Ireland is taken fully into account.”

10.12am update: Macron’s power grab: ‘Provocative’ French president ‘trying to assert himself’ as EU king

Emmanuel Macron is “trying to grab power” in the European Union by “asserting his authority” on Britain post-Brexit, Government defence advisor Nicholas Drummond has told Express.co.uk after slamming the French president.

Jersey became the scene of the first major trade dispute of the Brexit era after France threatened to cut off the Crown dependency’s electricity over fishing licenses.

The move saw roughly 60 French fishermen descend on the Channel Island’s main port, St Helier, in protest, sparking the swift dispatch of two Royal Navy ships – HMS Severn and HMS Tamar “as a precaution”.

Mr Macron’s nation threatened to escalate tensions when they sent two vessels to the area “in a spirit of responsibility” after accusing Jersey of breaching the post-Brexit trade deal signed by the UK.

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Boris Johnson visited Hartlepool yesterday to celebrate his by-election victory (Image: Getty)

9.48am update: Scotland will ‘not be abandoned by the EU’ if Sturgeon demands second independence vote

Nicola Sturgeon could appeal to the EU if Boris Johnson refuses to allow a second Scottish independence referendum, as “Scotland is now viewed as a country loyal to the EU that should not be abandoned” an expert has claimed.

According to an Irish political expert, if Nicola Sturgeon believes she has the mandate to hold a second independence referendum she could “appeal to Brussels or individual member states” for support.

In January Nicola Sturgeon tweeted, “Scotland will be back soon, Europe keep the light on”, however, there are mixed feelings within the bloc over attitudes towards Scottish independence.

Professor of Politics Donnacha Ó Beacháin at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University (DCU), spoke to Express.co.uk and explained that within the EU “there are states which are wary of supporting secessionism because of their own domestic issues in this regard”.

9.25am update: Brexit Britain poll: Should Boris look elsewhere after Biden’s US trade deal blow? VOTE

The White House has put the brakes on a post-Brexit deal with the UK, so should Boris Johnson look elsewhere after Joe Biden’s US trade deal blow? Vote now.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has been in London this week for a G7 meeting of foreign ministers and downplayed the prospect of a US-UK trade deal. Mr Blinken said the Biden-administration would “review everything” that has already been discussed between UK and US officials and acknowledged this would “take some time”.

He added the US would only strike an agreement that was “consistent with the principles” of Mr Biden and the country would continue to adopt an America first policy.

Steve Coogan

Remain supporter Steve Coogan (Image: Getty)

9.07am update: We are seeing EU’s real (nasty) face – they’re manning the lifeboats in Brussels COMMENT

Political commentator Jonathan Saxty has slammed the EU over its treatment of Jersey fishermen.

He said: “In yesterday’s fishing spat over the waters of Jersey – just off the coast of France – the EU accused the UK of breaching the terms of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TC&A) between the two sides. 

“The EU’s behaviour is not unexpected given the unfolding crisis within the bloc and brought the potential for serious political earthquakes in the crucial Franco-German alliance into sharp relief. The row threatened to escalate with naval gunboats on the scene amid threats of France cutting off electricity to the British Crown Dependency – something even the Nazis didn’t do.”

8.49am update: Steve Coogan’s unprovoked Brexit rant after calling Leavers ‘ill-informed and ignorant’

Steve Coogan once launched into an unprovoked attack on Leave-voting Britons after being asked about his character, Alan Partridge.

Coogan’s hit character Alan Partridge recently returned to screens with his new series, ‘This Time with Alan Partridge’. Here, we see Partridge having survived as a co-host of a popular television show, akin to The One Show and Good Morning Britain. The character has remained a fixture on the radio and television scene for three decades.

Many, including Coogan himself, have noted that Partridge has in a way became a self-fulfilling prophecy, much to the detriment of those he mocks.

Coogan, a staunch Remainer, in the aftermath of the Brexit vote became unafraid to air his dismay and dislike of the Leave campaign, as well as those who voted out.

Several times has he been accused of “elitism” and “condescension”.

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A Royal Navy ship watched the row (Image: Getty)

8.35am update: Boris insists no new Scottish independence referendum – ‘It’s irresponsible and reckless’

Boris Johnson has insisted there should not be another Scottish independence referendum as now is not the time “to be talking about ripping our country apart”.

On Friday, 48 of the 73 Scottish constituency results were declared. So far, the SNP have 39 seats, Liberal Democrats four, Conservatives three and Labour two.

Speaking to The Telegraph, the Prime Minister made it clear he would reject calls for a second Scottish independence referendum if Nicola Sturgeon secured another term in office.

He said: “I listened to the Scottish election carefully.

“My impression was that they [the SNP] moved away from the idea of a referendum, and I think very wisely.

8am update: Brexit BONANZA: Liz Truss eyes new mammoth trade deal in SE Asia – ‘£3bn just the start!’

Britian’s Brexit bonanza is set to continue with Liz Truss setting her sights on the latest mammoth trade deal for the UK, a Tory MP has claimed.

With Ms Truss leading the charge to shape Britain post-Brexit future, one Tory MP has claimed the UK was ready to become a trade champion in the emerging markets in Southeast Asia.

Ms Truss has already signed deals with Singapore and Vietnam but Richard Graham, Tory MP for Gloucester and trade envoy for the ASEAN Economic Community, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, indicated Brexit Britain was now targeting its latest deal in the region.

Indeed, speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Graham revealed a Joint Economic Trade Committee had now been established with Indonesia to push forward with a free trade agreement.


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