Labour and Tory re­main­ers aim to re­voke Ar­ti­cle 50 as May faces vote hu­mil­i­a­tion ‘Lure for for­eign crim­i­nals’ warn­ing in no-deal spec­tre

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY NIGEL NEL­SON Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor BY NIGEL NEL­SON Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor


it, but don’t or­gan­ise it. What we stand for is to make sure our chil­dren grow up in a so­ci­ety that is not full of ha­tred. I’ve got no prob­lem with le­gal im­mi­gra­tion if we are help­ing peo­ple from war torn coun­tries, like we did with the Jews in World War Two.

“But peo­ple are leav­ing their own coun­tries just to have the ben­e­fits of our coun­try. UKIP is the fu­ture. We are not racist. My girl­friend’s dad comes from Iran. Through­out our move­ment we have black peo­ple, Sikhs, Mus­lims. I am not racist. I have lots of Mus­lim friends. I have no prob­lem with them.”

Thomas’s pal God­dard, mean­while, was freed by po­lice later and given just two hours to leave the area in­side the M25.

He read out the de­tails of his bail to sup­port­ers at a pub in Hol­born, Lon­don, be­fore re­turn­ing home to Le­ices­ter.

Re­fer­ring to the Home Sec­re­tary and Met Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, he said in a video posted on­line: “Sa­jid Javid is in­volved, Cres­sida Dick is in­volved. I have to leave the area of the M25 within two hours or they are go­ing to put me back in there. I have to sign on at the po­lice sta­tion ev­ery Mon­day and Fri­day.

“I have to live at home, I’m not al­lowed in the con­si­tituency area of Anna Soubry or any of her work­places or press events.”

As sup­port­ers chanted “Soubry is a Nazi”, de­fi­ant God­dard added: “I’ll just go do some­thing in Manch­ester or Le­ices­ter. This is all about si­lenc­ing peo­ple.” He even claimed Ms Soubry or­ches­trated his ar­rest, say­ing: “She is not even a mem­ber of Cab­i­net and she has done this – it is all her. This is gonna open up the big­gest can of worms ever be­cause of what she has done. Ev­ery­one who has ever been called a Nazi should re­port it to po­lice.”

Yel­low vest pro­test­ers had gate­crashed the Peo­ple’s Assem­bly Against Aus­ter­ity rally, at­tended by thou­sands in Trafal­gar Square yes­ter­day. Thomas was there – film­ing him­self and mix­ing with anti-aus­ter­ity cam­paign­ers.

Bot­tles were thrown, one man was ar­rested and an EU flag was burned in nearby Par­lia­ment Square.

Ms Soubry, mean­while, branded the yel­low vest move­ment’s lead­ers “racist, fas­cist and a threat to democ­racy”.

She said: “Ev­ery now and then far-right groups crawl out from what­ever rock they’ve been hid­ing un­der and latch on to an is­sue to try and spread their views. These peo­ple are no dif­fer­ent.” BRI­TAIN will be­come a mag­net for for­eign gang­sters if it crashes out of the EU with no deal.

Crooks know that the Euro­pean Ar­rest War­rant would no longer ap­ply with­out a Brexit agree­ment, mak­ing ex­tra­di­tion much harder.

The warn­ing comes from the House of Com­mons Li­brary in a 212-page re­port to MPs in ad­vance of Tues­day’s big vote.

It quotes Metropoli­tan Po­lice Deputy As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Richard Martin as say­ing: “Crim­i­nal groups may al­ready be think­ing that if cer­tain pow­ers do not ex­ist there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to op­er­ate here.”

The re­port also warns that Bri­tish doc­tors may be un­able to work in Europe and that there could be grid­lock in the south­east be­cause of cus­toms de­lays.

On the plus side the UK would be­come an “in­de­pen­dent coastal state”, giv­ing fish­er­men the run of catches for 200 miles.

YEL­LOW PEST Thomas in thick of Lon­don demo LABOUR is get­ting ready to unite with Tory Re­main­ers to sab­o­tage Brexit.And a highly-placed No10 source said: “No Brexit is now more likely than No Deal.”Theresa May is pin­ning her hopes on an 11th-hour prom­ise from the EU to­mor­row that the con­tro­ver­sial Ir­ish back­stop will be only tem­po­rary.But as this pledge will not be legally bind­ing the PM faces cer­tain de­feat when MPs vote on her with­drawal deal on Tues­day.Tory Brex­i­teers pre­dict she will lose by more than 200.Jeremy Cor­byn would pre­fer to force a Gen­eral Elec­tion by win­ning a vote of no con­fi­dence in the Gov­ern­ment. But Tory loy­al­ists, rebels and the DUP will bury dif­fer­ences to stop him.Mrs May, pic­tured above right, told to­day’s Sun­day Ex­press: “I face a Labour leader more con­cerned with play­ing pol­i­tics than act­ing in the best in­ter­ests of our coun­try. He wants to reck­lessly sow the seeds of di­vi­sion in a bid to boost his own ca­reer.”Plan B for Mr Cor­byn is to stop No Deal, which would be the re­sult of MPs dump­ing Mrs

May’s deal. That would mean unit­ing with Tory Re­main­ers, SNP and Lib Dems to re­voke Ar­ti­cle 50, which takes us out of the EU on March 29.Mrs May added: “With MPs un­will­ing to face the uncer­tainty of no deal and with no other of­fer on the ta­ble, we will risk not leav­ing the EU at all.”The Par­lia­men­tary process for scrap­ping Ar­ti­cle 50 is not clear, but se­nior Tory and Labour MPs be­lieve it is achiev­able. A Labour source said: “That is the di­rec­tion this is now head­ing.”The EU is adamant the deal on the ta­ble is the only one on of­fer. And noth­ing would de­light its lead­ers more than for the UK to ditch Brexit. A se­nior White­hall source said: “All the EU has to do is sit on its hands while we tear our­selves apart.”Even if Mrs May mirac­u­lously won the vote, Ar­ti­cle 50 might still have to be post­poned.There are doubts whether six es­sen­tial pieces of Brexit leg­is­la­tion and 300 smaller changes can be rail­roaded through Par­lia­ment in the 75 days left be­fore we leave.A No10 source said: “We will do all it takes to get leg­is­la­tion through in time.”

DEMO Left-wing march in Lon­don yes­ter­day

VEST AR­REST God­dard is led away yes­ter­day

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