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Brexit to cause immigration surge as 500000 East Europeans ‘will rush in before borders close’

Britain faces an influx of 500,000 East European migrants because of Brexit [1] . They are predicted to rush into the UK over the next two years before our borders are closed. The stark warning comes from former Immigration minister Phil Woolas [2] , who served under Gordon Brown s premiership. Mr Woolas, 56, says: Every time the UK Government announces a cap on immigration [3] , thousands rush in before the deadline. Would-be immigrants see that the door is about to slam. So they bring forward their plans and a last-minute rush heads for the UK. In the Home Office, they call it the fire sale. Mr Woolas, former Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, added: I faced the same problem in 2008 when the last Labour government wanted to strengthen the points-based system yes, we ve had such a law since then. The Brexiteers didn t invent it. I announced in Parliament that the numbers of non-EU unskilled workers would be restricted. “What happened was that more unskilled workers applied for visas than we d ever known. The same will happen now. Britain has voted to leave the European Union Negotiations with the EU [4] about Brexit are scheduled to go on for two years, although it could take longer. And until the process is finished, EU citizens will still enjoy unlimited free access to the UK. After the referendum result was announced on Friday, there was a 100 per cent surge in Google searches for Irish passports, mostly from people in Northern Ireland [5] . Irish passport holders will be able to work anywhere in the EU after Brexit [6] because the Republic is still an EU member. Read More Net migration to the UK the number of people who came here after subtracting the number who left rose to 333,000 last year. That was the second highest figure on record. And 184,000 came from the EU. Brexit leader Boris Johnson [7] said during the campaign the only way to bring the numbers down is to leave the EU. But astonishingly, a leading Tory Leave campaigner has claimed that free immigration from the EU into the UK could continue. Ed Wight Polish nationals checking in at the Wizzair desk at Chopin airport, Warsaw, for flights to Britain Video loading [8] Watch this video again Watch Next Click to play Tap to play The Live Event you are trying to watch is either unavailable or has not started Please refresh this page in your browser to reload this live event video Daniel Hannan, a Member of the European Parliament, told BBC s Newsnight: Frankly, if people watching think that they have voted and there is now going to be zero immigration from the EU, they are going to be disappointed. Mr Hannan, 44, said the UK would have to accept the free movement of people to remain in the European common market. The Conservative [9] MEP defended the campaign to leave the EU, which focused heavily on migration issues. He said Leave had been honest about the implications for immigration from the start. He said that it was up to future governments to decide if immigration should be limited. Getty Images French gendarmes face migrants on the Eurotunnel site near the boarding docks in Coquelles near Calais Meanwhile, Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart urged the French government to immediately begin renegotiations which could see the ‘Jungle’ refugee camps move to England. Currently, British border police and officials to operate in the French port. But it is feared that if the border is moved, the camps – which house hundreds of migrants waiting to be processed by authorities – could start appearing in England. Read More In another startling development, South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom [10] emerged as one of the favourites to become the next Prime Minister. Her level-headed performances during TV debates have led to a groundswell of support from Tory backbenchers who are not keen on Johnson. Matt Frost/ITV/REX/Shutterstock Andrea Leadsom has emerged as a serious rival to Boris Johnson for the Tory leadership Mr Johnson, 52, is clear favourite after the resignation of David Cameron [11] on Friday. But one backbencher told the Sunday People: [12] There is a feeling that although Boris had a good campaign and is favourite he is not yet ready. It s a long way from a done deal. And however popular Boris is out in the country there s not as much support as you would think for him in here. Home Secretary Theresa May, 59, is another name in the frame. But it is Mrs Leadsom, 53, who is developing the momentum needed to mount a successful challenge. One source close to her said: She has had a really good campaign and that s something that s been acknowledged across both sides of the party. “There is a lot of work to do healing the wounds that have opened up. Andrea would be an ideal unity candidate. She might have been pro- Brexit [13] but she did it in such a way that she didn t make many enemies at all. Odds with online bookie Betfair tonight were: Boris Johnson 4/5, Theresa May 5/2, Andrea Leadsom [14] 6/1, Michael Gove 9/1. Brexit concerns Surge in migrant workers applying for full UK citizenship predicted Ed Wight Erhan Hasanov and Alexandra Jachymek Hundreds of thousands of immigrants could apply for full British citizenship following Brexit [15] . Foreigners who have lived in the UK for five years are entitled to ask for permanent residence. Alexandra Jachymek, 26, who is originally from Lublin in Poland but now lives in Birmingham, where she works in a coffee shop, said: I am completely surprised. “Everyone thought Britain would stay. I may try and apply for residency. Alexandra s boyfriend Erhan Hasanov, 30, a Bulgarian who has lived in Birmingham for five years where he works as a waiter, said: It will definitely become harder for us. People who haven t been there very long will have to get visas. It s a shame Britain has voted to leave and I think you will regret it. At the end of the day, we can leave and either go home or to another EU country. British people are now stuck. ‘It happened before and will happen again’ says Phil Woolas PA Phil Woolas GB Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth Around half a million extra East Europeans looking for work in Britain will arrive on our shores in the next two years before we Brexit [16] . Those who wanted to halt immigration will, perversely, cause the opposite effect. In my experience, every time the UK Government announces a cap on immigration, thousands rush in before the deadline. In the Home Office, they call it the fire sale . It s a simple idea but a very real consequence of immigration clampdowns. It goes like this: British Ministers get jittery about excessive immigration when their constituents and colleagues tell them It s out of control . A new policy is announced. Back in the real world, would-be immigrants see the door is about to slam. So they bring forward their plans and a last-minute rush heads for the UK or whichever western country offers apparent riches. It first happened with the 1962 Commonwealth Immigrants Act. The Conservative [17] Government led by Harold Macmillan, worried about large numbers of South Asian immigrants arriving in Britain, announced a cap on numbers. It was very popular with the public. The problem was that the very announcement caused a surge in new applicants who wanted to get into Britain before the door was closed. I faced the same problem in 2008 when the last Labour Government wanted to strengthen the points based system yes, we ve had such a law since then. The Brexiteers didn t invent it. I announced in Parliament that the numbers of non-EU unskilled workers would be restricted. What happened was that more unskilled workers applied for visas than ever. The same will happen now. Whatever we think of the highly controversial issue of immigration, I m afraid the solutions are not that simple. References ^ Brexit ( ^ Phil Woolas ( ^ immigration ( ^ the EU ( ^ Northern Ireland ( ^ Brexit ( ^ Boris Johnson ( ^ Things get heated on Question Time as Daniel Hannan is laid into by audience ( ^ Conservative ( ^ Andrea Leadsom ( ^ David Cameron ( ^ Sunday People: ( ^ Brexit ( ^ Andrea Leadsom ( ^ Brexit ( ^ Brexit ( ^ Conservative (


Viking Ragnarok Challenge: Event Report

By: Pip Evans , Photography by: Pip Evans Date: 02.06.2016 Complex off-road challenges awaited the sixty competitors who did battle at Viking 4×4 Club s recent Ragnarok Challenge in Northamptonshire, sponsored by Alkmonton Tractors. Viking Ragnarok Challenge: Event Report Over the weekend of May 14 th / 15 th , the Viking 4×4 Club [1] ran its first Ragnarok interclub challenge. This was for teams of five trucks, one of which could only be fitted with one winch and no traction aids an appealing concept, as the event was a complete sell out with a full capacity of six teams entered. Competitors from all over the UK, plus a crew from Ireland came along for the event, making a total of 30 trucks and 60 competitors. Timing was tight, but everything worked like clockwork. Marshals were briefed at 08.30 and sent off to their sections and the driver s briefing was held dead on time at 09.15. Once the briefing concluded competitors headed off into Weekley Woods to be at their sections in readiness for a 10.00 start. Team 1 started as section 1, Team 2 at section 2 etc. Every section had a 45 minute DNF time and the next section would start at 11.00, whether the team was there or not. There were also a number of punches in each section and all the trucks in the team had to get the punch in order to score. Day 1 Team tempers and triumphs at Weekley Woods At dead on 10.00, the peace and tranquillity of Weekley Woods was shattered by 30 revving engines as 60 fired-up competitors started the weekend s campaign. Most challenge crews are used to competing on their own and very seldom have they ever had to work in conjunction with anyone else. However, working as a team of five involved a level of complexity seldom encountered and involved a completely new approach to traversing through a challenge section. Rushing things created carnage, so slow, steady and methodical was the fastest way to progress. Team 1 which featured Allen Sharp and Duncan Smith in the lineout would be the team to beat, but the other five teams were very eager to knock them off their perch at the Ragnarok. On their first section, only three of the teams managed to get through their sections within the 45 minute deadline. Four teams managed to collect all five punches in the section before being moved on by the marshal. The other two teams had all sorts of mechanical difficulties to contend with, all trucks in Team 4 managed to collect two punches in their sections but Team 6 had the unfortunate distinction of being first through section 6, which was the only section with bonnet level water to contend with; they both ran out of time and collected no punches. One truck in the team lost a front diff and a rear half-shaft so this had to be quickly recovered to the pits for repairs if the team were to have any kind of success. In fact, this one small water trap was to cause problems for half the teams. One member of Team 3 refused to enter the water as he knew it would be terminal for his petrol V8 and one member of Team 5 broke down in the middle of the water with a wiring fault. The winchman had to fix it while the driver sat patiently up to his waist in water inside the truck. Teams were allowed to carry on without the full complement of trucks, but if any less than five turned up for a section, they would automatically get a zero time score. However, they were still able to accrue punch scores for as many trucks as collected all punches in the section. So if four trucks entered a section and all got punch 1, the team would get 400 points. Teams with no breakdowns and a quick section time were at a huge advantage, as they could saunter over to their next section, check it out, plan their method of attack and have some down time before the next start time. However, any team that left their section after the full 45 minutes would only have 15 minutes to fix any issues and get to the start of the section in time for the hourly starts. So steady and reliable was far more successful than hell for leather and breakages. Team 1, led by Allen Sharp were definitely in the slow and steady category. Their section times were good but were beaten by Team 4 on four out of the six sections, however they were to take a DNF on 2 sections in the afternoon due to a breakdown which was to cost them dear. Reliability proved to be the major factor on the results and the number of breakdowns had an incremental effect on temper levels within each team. The weary crews returned to the paddock by around 17.30 and scores were collated. Things were close between Teams 1 and 4, but Team 2 were also snapping at their heels. Some way behind but still in contention were Teams 3 and 5, separated by just 100 points, but Team 6 were languishing behind, having taken a DNF on all of the day s sections. The main thing though, was that they were still collecting punch scores, having fun and enjoying the event. Day one scores were announced and then it was time for Sam, the catering man to serve up 85 meals for hungry challenge crews, organisers and marshals. It s amazing the way challenge teams somehow manage to repair their trucks no matter what the problem but possibly the most amazing yet, is a problem faced by Team 5 led by Jake Cooper. One of their trucks was running a Lexus V8 with an auto box, but the box had packed up. Amazingly one of the other team members had one in his garage in Cannock, so they drove the 160 mile round trip, swapped the boxes around in the paddock, and were ready to compete again on Sunday. Day 2 Digging deep at Deep Scar Day 2 dawned as warm and sunny as Day 1 had been. Today s activities would involve another six timed sections, all in Deep Scar. Though The Scar has a fearsome reputation, the sections would be no more difficult than the previous day. The big problem was the difficulty in manoeuvring 30 trucks around each other while moving between sections in the narrow confines of The Scar. Amazingly, all six teams were still going and most teams had a full complement of five trucks. Team 6, Stuart McClurg s Team WKD had a few issues, so they decided to give the first section a miss. This was probably for the best as their first section was Section 12 at the far end of the site. Though all five of their trucks were still going, a couple of them were struggling with various mechanical problems and making their way back up the site to get to Section 7 at the near end would have been a challenge in itself. Team 5 was down to four trucks as the Lexus auto box swap was still on the go when proceedings started. This truck joined them later but sadly one of their team had to drop out when the driver developed severe cramp in his leg. Team 4 was pushing hard to try to compensate for taking two DNF s on day 1 and took fastest times on three of the days sections. Team 2 were also pushing hard as they were in with a fighting chance of catching Team 4; they had the fastest times on 2 sections. Team 1 had the overnight advantage and knew they could continue with their steady, methodical approach which would give them reasonable section times without risking too many breakages. They had the fastest time on one of the day s sections. Things remained tight between Teams 3 and 5, but Team 5 s scores slowly slipped away as they were unable to set any section times due to being missing one team member. The event ended at 16.30 and the battle weary crews returned to the paddock and loaded up their trucks. The numbers were crunched as soon as the marshals time sheets came in and the results were ready to be announced by 17.30. It came as no big surprise that Team 1 had won the first ever running of the Ragnarok Challenge on 42,494 points. As well as the very smart winch hook trophies for each truck, they also got two gallons of oil each from event sponsors Alkmonton Tractors and a goodie pack from Llama 4×4. Team 4 had given them a very good run for their money to take second place on 40,816 points. Had they not had the two DNF s on Day 1, they would have been giving Team 1 something to sweat over. Similarly for Team 2, they suffered only 2 DNF s on Day 1. They had taken three fastest section times and were in a very respectable 3 rd place on 36,634 points. The event was a huge success and enjoyed by all so it looks highly likely that it will be run again next year. A huge thank you has to go Alkmonton Tractors [2] , Llama 4×4 [3] and to the marshals, without whom there simply would not be an event. See the Viking 4×4 Club website [4] and the Odyssey Batteries Winch Challenge Facebook Page [5] for loads of comments and photos. Fancy receiving the latest Land Rover news direct to your inbox? Sign up to our FREE newsletter here [6] . References ^ Viking 4×4 Club ( ^ Alkmonton Tractors ( ^ Llama 4×4 ( ^ Viking 4×4 Club website ( ^ Odyssey Batteries Winch Challenge Facebook Page ( ^ FREE newsletter here (

Millennium Falcon and Wild West saloon among 32 vying to be Shed of the Year 0

Millennium Falcon and Wild West saloon among 32 vying to be Shed of the Year

A re-creation of the Millennium Falcon, a restored nuclear bunker and a converted camper van are among the wacky designs shortlisted for the 2016 Shed of the Year. While most people are happy if they can escape for the odd hour or two among pot plants and rusty old saws, more committed enthusiasts have lovingly put time and patience into creating some of the most eye-catching sheds in the UK. Their finest efforts have been whittled down from 2,825 to a shortlist of 32, which will battle it out to be named the Cuprinol Shed of the Year. Sheds have been nominated in eight categories, from pub and entertainment-themed sheds to those with an environmental angle, cabins and summerhouses, workshops and historic sheds. Among them is a restored three-man nuclear bunker, owned by Jim Sherrit in Brechin, Scotland, which is 20ft (6m) below ground and only accessible by a hatch and ladder. Ilona’s Summerhouse is one of the budget finalists, a sunlit hideaway created from recycled pallets, doors and reclaimed paving slabs, while the Maggie Ewing is a renovated ex-boat wheelhouse, owned by David Carter in the Scottish Highlands, made from one of the last boats ever commercially built in Caithness. Other entrants include a shed built on the back of an Austin J4 pick-up truck, a Wild West “saloon” where owner Alistair Baranowski and his friends drink Scotch on the rocks, and a shed that houses a real African dwarf crocodile. There is even a Star Wars shed, owned by Stephen Gee in Nottinghamshire, inspired by Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, complete with its own flight deck. The shortlisted sheds will feature on a TV programme, Amazing Spaces Shed Of The Year, on Channel 4, and the public can vote until June 8 for the category winners. Competition founder Andrew Wilcox said: “These 32 sheds include some of the best I have ever seen in the history of the competition, so deciding who will take out top honour as the Shed of the Year 2016 will be tough, I love them all.” To vote, visit