Former Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney was commenting on a poll posted by an unofficial Liberal Democrat account. Humiliatingly for the Lib Dems, t
Former Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney was commenting on a poll posted by an unofficial Liberal Democrat account. Humiliatingly for the Lib Dems, the results of the poll, which asked ‘In a referendum, would you vote to rejoin the European Union?’, were skewed massively against them.
Just 40.5 percent replied ‘Yes’.
The Brexiteer said: “The Lib Dems said ‘b*ll*cks to Brexit’ and the electorate said ‘b*ll*cks’ to you. Perhaps it’s time to move on?”
In a later tweet he added: “For the purposes of clarity, I meant time to move on from this second referendum business. You offered that up in December and it went down like a cup of cold sick. Public mood is dead against it, unless you believe your own polling.”
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7.30am update: Brexit negotiations could affect UK’s ability to fight terrorism – report
Losing access to European crime records would be “detrimental” to the UK’s efforts to fight terrorism, a watchdog has warned.
Biometrics commissioner Paul Wiles said he was “deeply concerned” about the “potential risks for UK law enforcement” if authorities were no longer able to share intelligence as a result of the ongoing Brexit negotiations.
He fears police could lose access to crime fighting databases like The European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), Prum – which shares fingerprints and DNA across Europe – and no longer be able to use the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) which allows suspects to be extradited between EU member states.
In his annual report published on Thursday after being submitted to the Home Secretary in March, he said: “As I write the outcome of negotiations with the EU is unknown.
“If the outcome of the negotiations is that we lose access to EU exchange mechanisms such as ECRIS, Prum, and the EAW that will be detrimental to the UK’s ability to deal with inter-European criminal activity (including terrorism) and international crime with European links, unless other mechanisms, with similar capabilities, can be agreed upon and established.
“I welcome the work being done by the ICCC (International Crime Coordination Centre) and ACRO (the criminal records office) to plan for such an eventuality but I remain deeply concerned about the potential risks for UK law enforcement of the loss of these exchange mechanisms with the countries of the EU.”
7.25am update: Trade talks break up early with ‘significant differences’
The latest round of negotiations between Britain and the EU on a post-Brexit trade deal have broken up early with “significant differences” remaining between the two sides.
The talks, which have been taking place in Brussels this week with the teams meeting face-to-face for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, had been due to continue to Friday but ended on Thursday.
In a statement, Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser David Frost said while meeting in person had given “extra depth and flexibility” to the discussions, there was more to do.
He said: “We have completed our discussion of the full range of issues in the negotiation in just over three days.
“The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful. But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.”
His EU counterpart Michel Barnier added: “Our goal was to get negotiations successfully and quickly on a trajectory to reach an agreement.
“However, after four days of discussions, serious divergences remain.”