UK EU BOMBSHELL: How the bloc ‘imposed the HIGHEST electricity and gas bills on Britain’ THE EU has imposed some of the highest electricity and gas bills in the world on the UK over the years, bringing about huge damage to Britain’s steel industry, Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan claimed in his latest book. PUBLISHED: 08:55, Wed, Jan 9, 2019 | UPDATED: 20:04, Wed, Jan 9, 2019 0
Last night, Theresa May suffered a humiliating defeat in the House of Commons by MPs who oppose leaving the EU without a deal. The Finance Bill amendment – which passed by 303 votes to 296 – means that the Government needs explicit parliamentary approval to leave the EU without a deal before it can use certain powers relating to taxation law. The crushing defeat was interpreted by many as “a signal” there is “no majority for a no-deal outcome to Brexit”. Related articles Susanna Reid: ‘Completely unacceptable’ GMB star HITS OUT at abuse
Since the 2016 referendum, warnings that a no-deal scenario could have “catastrophic” consequences have been issued on a daily basis.
Last month, The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) said a no-deal Brexit could increase electricity generation costs by £270million a year.
According to the UKERC, trade barriers threaten to increase the cost of importing gas and electricity across the Channel.
However, in his 2016 book “What next: How to get the best from Brexit”, Conservative MEP and Leave campaigner Daniel Hannan claimed the reason why “Britain has some of the highest electricity and gas bills in the world” in the first place is “because of EU policy”. THE EU has imposed some of the highest electricity and gas bills in the world on the UK (Image: GETTY) Mrs May suffered a defeat by Labour and Conservative MPs, who oppose leaving the EU without a deal (Image: GETTY)
Mr Hannan wrote: “Brussels drives prices up in two ways: through setting renewables targets and, since 2010, through direct legislation.
“As a result, medium-sized business in the EU pay 20 per cent more for energy than an equivalent firm in China, 65 per cent more than one in India and 100 per cent more than one in the US.
“These artificially high energy prices have already closed most of Britain’s steel industry, and now threaten other high-energy manufacturers.”
Mr Hannan went on to explain how the prices have also made an impact outside manufacturing, adding: “In 2012/2013, the NHS spent an extraordinary £630million on energy bills.” Related articles
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Image caption Mrs May said the deal was in the national interest at a press conference on Thursday Theresa May has spoken to the leaders of two of the biggest unions in the UK as she continues to try to build support for her Brexit deal.
The PM spoke to Unite’s Len McCluskey and the GMB’s Tim Roache by phone on Thursday in what her spokesman described as “constructive” calls.
He said Mrs May was undertaking “widespread engagement” about the deal.
Mr Roache said he was glad the PM had “finally picked up the phone” but that her deal was not “good enough”.
“If the deal genuinely did the job for GMB members, our union would support it, but it doesn’t,” he said.
“It’s clear more time is required, we need to extend Article 50 and ultimately give the final say on Brexit to the public.”
Laura Kuenssberg: What could change Brexit vote dynamics? Brexit: A really simple guide Corbyn calls for election over Brexit World against no-deal Brexit – Japan PM Mrs May also spoke to John Allan, president of the CBI business lobby group, as MPs continue to debate the EU withdrawal agreement her government has negotiated with the EU, ahead of next Tuesday’s vote.
She has also met some Labour MPs as she continues efforts to build support for the deal, which more than 100 of her own MPs have said they will oppose.
Asked if she was still ruling out Labour’s policy of a permanent customs union with the EU, after talking to the party’s MPs and union leaders, she her deal would deliver an “ambitious” trading arrangements with the EU and allow the UK to strike trade deals around the world.
At a press conference with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, she said her deal was in the national interest “because it’s a good deal and therefore I hope that it will get wide support across the whole of Parliament”.
Speaking alongside Mrs May in Downing Street, Mr Abe said his country was in “total support” of Mrs May’s EU withdrawal agreement and wanted to “invest more into your country and to enjoy further economic growth with the UK”.
“That is why we truly hope that a no-deal Brexit will be avoided, and in fact that is the whole wish of the whole world,” he added.
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It has emerged that the government is considering backing an amendment from Labour Leave supporter John Mann, giving extra protections to workers and the environment, in a bid to win support.
A number of Labour MPs in Leave-supporting constituencies back Mr Mann’s amendment, which the MP said would open up the opportunity for other improvements to the prime minister’s deal.
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Jeremy Corbyn calls for an election over Brexit A spokesman for the prime minister said it was something they would “consider very seriously”, adding that the government had “a long standing commitment to strong labour protections”.
Mr Mann told BBC News his amendment would make it more likely for him to back the deal, but admitted it didn’t mean other Labour MPs would be “rushing” to do the same.
But Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party did not “accept or endorse” what was on offer in the proposed amendment.
He said it has already been “quite clearly and emphatically rejected” by leading trade unions.
Analysis By BBC political correspondent Chris Mason
The prime minister is hitting the phones – and the people on the other end are not regular recipients of telephonic greetings from Downing Street.
So what’s happening?
Theresa May is reaching out.
Her proposed Brexit deal needs friends, and if that means phoning people who wouldn’t count as such politically, then so be it.
The response from the trades unions has been less than gushing. One source told me they amounted to “eleventh hour, ten minute calls.”
But, at the very least, it means Mrs May can say she is listening.
Even if those on the other end of the line don’t like what they are hearing.
Why this year’s flu is hitting kids hard | CBC News
Why this year’s flu is hitting kids hard Why this year’s flu is hitting kids hard The burden of the flu is falling heavily on young children this year — an age group that traditionally shows low vaccination rates, Canadian doctors say. Better awareness and vaccination rates for children could help, Ontario public health official says CBC News · Posted: Jan 11, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: January 11 Arwin Hosseini receives his first flu shot in Toronto.(CBC)
The burden of the flu is falling heavily on young children this year — an age group that traditionally shows low vaccination rates , Canadian doctors say.
The H1N1 strain of influenza is the main one circulating this year. As in the 2009-2010 pandemic, H1N1 tends to target children and younger adults, according to infectious disease experts.
“Bottom line is that this one has a bigger impact on kids,” said Dr. Sanjay Mehta, a pediatrician at Kindercare in Toronto. “So this is the year where we’re potentially going to see more death and devastation from it.”
Flu infections bring fever, cough, general malaise and achy muscles and joints.
As of Dec. 29, the most recent data available from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), there were 13,796 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases across the country, with the provinces and territories reporting 1,046 hospitalizations and 24 deaths. Quebec’s flu season — and vaccination campaigns — are upon us again
At this point last flu season, a total of 11,275 cases of lab-confirmed flu had been reported.
Since September, PHAC reported 414 children under 16 have been hospitalized for flu, with the highest estimated rate of admission among kids under five.
By comparison, there were 195 pediatric hospitalizations over the same period last season.
#Influenza, (the #Flu) extremely deadly in children. Previously healthy children are also affected. Please give your children the vaccine before it’s to late. @SaskHealthpic.twitter.com/VkmGwPtAK5
Report: Jeff Flake in Discussions to Join CBS News
Report: Jeff Flake in Discussions to Join CBS News Alex Wong/Getty Images 10 Jan 2019 Recently-retired Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is in talks with CBS News to join the major broadcast network, according to a report. Flake, who was among the Senate’s most vociferous critics of President Donald Trump, was reportedly seen at CBS News’ office in Manhattan Friday. While details are few about the role Flake is in negotiations for, the Hollywood Reporter says the ex-lawmaker could “serve in the standard role for ex-politicians, as an on-air contributor — or as something more.” Flake, nor CBS News would comment on the report.
In his final Senate floor speech, Flake, declining to run for re-election in 2017, warned that the U.S. faces “threats” from within its political system, stating “to say that our politics is not healthy is something of an understatement.”
“I believe that we all know well that this is not a normal time, that the threats to our democracy from within and without are real, and none of us can say with confidence how the situation that we now find ourselves in will turn out,” Flake said . “[T]o say that our politics is not healthy is something of an understatement.”
Speaking to reporters last week, President Trump criticized Flake and then-Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) for their long-standing criticism of him and predicted the Arizona Republican would likely take a job at CNN.
The Daily Beast previously reported Flake met with CNN president Jeff Zucker and MSNBC president Phil Griffin to discuss a pundit gig. “That’s down the road—that’s six months,” Flake chuckled when asked about the reported meetings.
On Monday, CNN announced Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Mia Love (R-UT) as new political commentators for the partisan network.
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Exclusive: NBC News source says Mueller probe wrapping by March
Rachel Maddow relays exclusive news from Pete Williams, NBC News justice correspondent, whose sources say that Robert Mueller is nearing the end of his investigation, with one source saying the bulk of Mueller’s work will be done by the end of February. Jan. 10, 2019