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Amber Rudd confirms holiday visas are on the table in Brexit negotiations

Brits could be forced to pay for visas to go on Discount Holidays © holiday in Europe as a result of Brexit1 negotiations, Amber Rudd confirmed today. The Home Secretary admitted the ‘ESTA’ style travel permits will be on the table when the Tories cut a deal for Britain leaving the EU. She said reports the European Commission is considering plans for a visa programme to operate across the Schengen free movement area is a “reminder” that the UK is in a “two way negotiation” with the EU as it seeks its divorce from Brussels.

She agreed that people would be “surprised” if they had to apply for a short-term visa to visit countries like France but insisted such a scheme could be rolled out.

Amber Rudd Confirms <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Visas Are On The Table In Brexit Negotiations Amber Rudd said Discount Holidays © holiday visas would be on the table

She told the Andrew Marr Show on BBC One: “I think they (British citizens) would be surprised.

“I don’t think it’s particularly desirable but we don’t rule it out because we have to be allowed a free hand to give the best negotiation.”

Control over who comes to the UK was a central issue during the EU referendum2 campaign. Ms Rudd said the UK will be able to control its borders post- Brexit3 but stressed any measures introduced would have to be “reciprocal”. She said: “Once we leave the European Union we will have complete control over who comes into the UK from the EU and who doesn’t, with one or two provisos of course.

“First of all, it’s going to be reciprocal, we are going to have to work out what’s in the UK’s interests as well going to the European Union and what works for our economy and making sure that we get the right balance.

Amber Rudd Confirms <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Visas Are On The Table In Brexit Negotiations

“Looking across the whole spectrum is what’s going to be the guiding principle.”

She also reaffirmed the Tory manifesto commitment to cut immigration to the UK to the tens of thousands.

“I’m completely committed to making sure that we reduce it and yes, tens of thousands, although it will take some time,” she said. Ms Rudd said it is “too early” to outline the specifics of how the Government will achieve its target but she repeated the Prime Minister’s rejection of an Australian-style points system.

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However, she suggested a work permit system is being considered.

“Whether we look at a work permit system or another system is something that my department is looking at closely at the moment,” she said. She said a work permit system “certainly has value” and “we are not ruling anything out at the moment”.

Ms Rudd also addressed her comments from the referendum campaign when she said Boris Johnson was not the person you want to drive you home at the end of an evening out. Following the suggestion that Mr Johnson was now driving Brexit4 in his role as Foreign Secretary, Ms Rudd said: “Boris is not the driver. Theresa May is the driver.

The rest of us are in the car.”

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References

  1. ^ Brexit (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ EU referendum (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Brexit (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ Brexit (www.mirror.co.uk)

Team Sky apologise for close pass incident involving cyclist and team bus: ‘it is unacceptable’

Team Sky issues statement after a video is published online of the driver of their team bus passing very close to a cyclist in Wales

Team Sky Apologise For Close Pass Incident Involving Cyclist And Team Bus: ‘it Is Unacceptable’

Team Sky have reacted to a video posted online of their team bus1 driver passing very near to a cyclist on a Welsh road, branding it unacceptable and apologising for the incident. According to Sky, the driver of the vehicle has already been spoken to . Cyclist Andy Rolfe posted a video on Twitter of the incident, in which the driver of the Sky bus is seen passing very closely to Rolfe just as a white tanker lorry approaches them on the other side of the road.

Team sky s bus almost taking me out, sorry about the language, but this needs to go viral for the safety of cyclists pic.twitter.com/nmojiJnoXf2

Andy Rolfe (@AndyRolfe65) September 8, 20163

Note: Video contains bad language

What is shown in the video is unacceptable and we are sorry, said a statement issued by Sky on Thursday.

We ve already spoken to the driver and we ll be discussing this with him again in more detail.

We will also be speaking to all staff and reminding them of their responsibilities.

Encouraging people to get out and on their bikes is a huge part of what we stand for as a team.

>>> Team Sky bus involved in alleged close pass with cyclist (video)4

We are a team of cyclists and we all know how important it is for us as a team to set an example when it comes to ensuring cyclists are able to use the roads safely.

The bus is being used by Sky during the Tour of Britain, which visited Wales on Wednesday for a stage between Denbigh and Builth Wells in Wales.

References

  1. ^ video posted online of their team bus (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ pic.twitter.com/nmojiJnoXf (t.co)
  3. ^ September 8, 2016 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ >>> Team Sky bus involved in alleged close pass with cyclist (video) (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Couple’s fine for taking son on holiday is thrown out because of ‘exemplary’ attendance record

A fine issued by ‘bully-boy authorities’ to parents who took their student son – who has a 96 per cent attendance record – on Discount Holidays © holiday has been thrown out by magistrates. Richard and Tania Davey have hit back following their ‘educational’ trip to Malta in autumn last year, meaning their son missed five days of secondary school. They were hauled before the courts after the council issued them with a 120 fine, which they refused to pay.

Richard, 44, and Tanya pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to ensure the regular attendance of their child at school.

Couple's Fine For Taking Son On <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Is Thrown Out Because Of 'exemplary' Attendance Record

Richard Davey (pictured) and wife Tania have hit back after their ‘educational’ trip to Malta, meaning their son missed five days of school

The Daveys took the stance to stop parents from being pushed around by what he claims are ‘bully-boy authorities’. Magistrates in Swindon, Wiltshire, ruled there was no case to answer. IT worker Richard said: ‘It was a big gamble to take. If I had paid the penalty fine that’s an admission of guilt and I don’t think I had done anything wrong.

‘I am strong advocate of education and every child should have the opportunity to succeed at school.

‘However, I believe that a family life is more important and unwarranted intrusions by the state or a local authority are not appreciated.

‘There are good families up and down this country that are being chased by over-zealous councils which must stop.’

The Daveys claimed they shouldn’t have been punished because their son’s attendance was otherwise exemplary – for the period of September to April it stood at almost 96 per cent. The High Court has said parents would not break the law if their child’s attendance over the rest of the academic year was sufficiently ‘regular’. Richard added: ‘I do my best to get holidays booked in school holidays but unfortunately we all work and just because the school is off it doesn’t mean the rest of us are going to be off.

‘I did think long and hard about this, and what I did do was speak to the school and ask for the time off. I followed their processes.

‘I gave them the application form in June for the Discount Holidays © holiday in October.

They didn’t respond to me. I chased it four times.

‘The local authorities are more-or-less saying to you that you’re committing a criminal offence but if you give us 60 per child, per parent, we will turn a blind eye.

‘That goes against what the government is saying about there being a persistent problem with children being out of school during term time.

‘To be told by the magistrates that there was no case to answer was a relief obviously. If it had gone the other way I would have had a criminal record.’

Couple's Fine For Taking Son On <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Is Thrown Out Because Of 'exemplary' Attendance Record

Magistrates in Swindon, Wiltshire, ruled there was no case to answer, much to the couple’s relief

During the week-long Discount Holidays © holiday to Malta, Mr Davey said the family spent time exploring local landmarks and taking in the country’s culture, not lazing about on the beach.

Richard, of Swindon, said his son was set work to do during the week-off by his teacher. He also had to complete an essay about it which would be handed in when he returned. A spokesman for Swindon Borough Council said: ‘The government’s intention when the regulations were introduced was to stop parents taking children out of school on Discount Holidays © holiday without the school’s permission, because it affected their learning and chances of educational success.

‘We have taken cases to court in Swindon for no other reason than the educational interests of the children concerned.

‘What is clear in Mr Davey’s case is that the headteacher had not given written permission for the absence, and that is the only authorisation that is valid.

‘The fact that an individual teacher may give a child work to do while they are absent does not constitute permission.’