BRITISH pensioners have warned that an expat conwoman could be behind a Costa del Sol taxi scam.
The pair, both 75, claim they were confronted by the English woman on the Three Kings bank holiday as they waited for a bus at Arroyo bus stop in Benalmadena.
They told the Olive Press the woman, with a child in her car, told them the buses had been cancelled and they needed to board a shuttle, which was pulled up beside her.
She was ‘quite insistent’ and told them the driver of the 4×4 ‘shuttle’ had a town hall badge.
“We had heard about these scams in your paper and told her that we didn’t believe her,” one of the pensioners, who asked to remain anonymous, revealed.
“She insisted it was true and said the driver was official and had a badge.
“When we told her we would get a real taxi she said they will charge us treble on Three Kings’ Night and became oddly persistent.”
Alarmingly, he added that a foreigner appeared to be enticing a different pensioner across the road to get into the ‘shuttle’.
“At this point a bus came down and the English woman and ‘shuttle’ sped off.”
The expat branded the pair a disgrace.
“If he had a badge it was a forgery, and they were robbing the taxi drivers of business too, God knows what would have happened had we accepted the ‘free’ shuttle.
“Please warn everyone of this scam, it’s a disgrace!”
Have you seen this pair operating in the Benalmadena area or been a victim? Contact the Olive Press at firstname.lastname@example.org
they only present the truth,
ere’s all you need to know;
Conservative MP Nick Boles will propose an amendment to May’s deal next week (need to check exact timing).
That amendment will effectively be what is described as BINO (Brexit in Name Only).
May’s deal with that amendment will be passed by the house.
Only die-hard Brexit supporting MPs and out and out Remain MPs will vote against it. The rest will accept it meets the result of the referendum and does the minimum of damage to the economy. The latter group will be in the majority.
Some of the ‘52%’ will moan about it, as will some of the ‘48%’, but thems the breaks.
The Conservatives will crow that their leader’s deal has been victorious (even if it’s a heavily watered down deal with all the red-lines scrubbed out). They will then get busy electing an ERG type to replace May once everything is tidied up, hoping the public doesn’t realise the chance to change anything is long gone.
The Labour Party will crow that it is with a heavy heart they’ve accepted the deal, but it’s close enough to what they proposed to be ok. They will then enjoy watching the Conservatives in-fighting and entirely forget their own problems till it’s too late.
The DUP will accept the deal on the basis that NI is not treated differently to the rest of the U.K. and there is no impact on the GF agreement. They will continue to support the Conservatives and be paid handsomely.
The SNP will vote against the deal and crow about how this demonstrated the different thinking of the Scottish and that’s why you need to vote SNP. They do not have sufficient numbers to effect the result.
MPs will hope all this is forgotten by 2022 and that the public will vote along party lines like they always do. And they’ll be correct in imagining that that will be the outcome.
‘The only way out of chaos is general election’ – Corbyn
Japanese PM urges MPs to back May’s deal, saying ‘the whole world’ wants UK to avoid crashing out
There was fresh turmoil in British politics as the car-crash debate on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal continued for a second day in Westminster.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn claimed at an event with party supporters that the only way out of the “political chaos” is a general election.
In the House of Commons senior Conservative minister Michael Gove branded Labour’s position on Brexit as “b******s”.
Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – in London for talks with Mrs May – urged MPs to back her deal. He said “the whole world” wants Britain to avoid crashing out of the EU.
Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU – including the controversial backstop to avoid a hard Border in Ireland – is set to be voted on by MPs on Tuesday.
It faces massive opposition from Labour, some in the Conservative Party and the DUP, who Mrs May relies upon to stay in power.
She once again called on MPs to support her plan. In somewhat garbled remarks she said: “The only way to avoid no deal is to have a deal and to agree a deal, and the deal that is on the table, the deal that is the deal that the EU has made clear, is the only deal.” In Northern Ireland, Tánaiste Simon Coveney rejected suggestions that defeat of Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement is inevitable, insisting there is no majority in Westminster for a no-deal scenario.
Elsewhere, Communications Minister Richard Bruton said a no-deal Brexit would be of “immense concern” and warned of potential disruption to the single electricity market in Ireland. He also said Ireland depends on the UK for supplies of oil and gas but insisted the Government has been “doing a lot of contingency planning” on these issues.
He said the Government respects the British people’s decision to leave the EU. But he added: “It is upsetting to see the difficulty in Westminster in defining that clear way forward so that we can know what direction this is going to go. Hopefully we can reach a decision because a crash out by the UK would do immense damage, not just to us, but to British citizens [and] businesses”.
Mr Corbyn, speaking at an event in Yorkshire, said his party doesn’t have confidence in the British government and added: “The political chaos cannot go on. The only way out of it would be a general election.”
He confirmed his party will call for a vote of no confidence if the Brexit deal is voted down in a bid to force an election.
He said Labour would campaign on a platform of opening fresh Brexit negotiations with Brussels on a potential deal involving a customs union and single market relationship.
Mr Corbyn suggested there would need to be extra time for these talks and so seeking an extension on the UK’s March 29 departure date from the EU would be a possibility.
He said Labour doesn’t have enough MPs to win a confidence vote on its own and MPs across the house should vote with them to “break the deadlock”.
Speaking in the House of Commons, environment secretary Michael Gove claimed that Labour’s Brexit stance is “b******s”. He referred to reports alleging that Labour shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner had made similar remarks. Mr Gove said: “There are some distinguished citizens in this country who have put on their cars a poster or sticker saying ‘b******s to Brexit’ – but we now know from Labour’s own front bench that their official Brexit position is b******s.”
Mr Gove said compromise was inevitable with any Brexit deal and insisted Mrs May’s agreement “honours the referendum result” and protects British interests.
The prominent Brexit supporter also defended the backstop for Northern Ireland.
During the debate the night before, Cabinet Office minister David Lidington – Mrs May’s de facto deputy – warned of security tensions in Northern Ireland and the risk that it could leave the United Kingdom in the event of a no-deal Brexit. He said “moderate” Nationalists are becoming more “hard-line” and questioning Northern Ireland’s constitutional status in the UK.
“Their consent… to the Union seems to me to be hugely important to preserving the Union, which I passionately want to do.”
Mr Lidington also said: “We should not underestimate the importance of the guarantee of no hard Border on the island of Ireland and no customs border in the Irish Sea.”
The UK media has buried key facts to narrate a Brexit uprising against Jeremy Corbyn from his supporters.
In its widely shared piece covering recent research on Labour members, the Guardian did not mention that 47% of members support the leadership’s position on Brexit. On the flip side, YouGov found that only 29% of members opposed the position, while 19% are neutral.
In other words, the percentage of Labour members who oppose Corbyn on Brexit is actually less than the 38% that voted for Owen Smith (who outright called for a second referendum) in the 2016 leadership election.
And the percentage of members who think Corbyn is “doing well” exceeds his vote share in the 2016 election (65%).
According to the research, 72% of Labour members think Corbyn should “fully support” a second referendum. But that is exceeded by the 84% who want a general election in the likely event that Theresa May’s deal is voted down. And the question on whether Corbyn should support a second referendum did not specify whether that would be a ‘Leave versus Remain’ referendum or a public vote on the deal. This ambiguity risks inflating support for an outright re-run of the 2016 referendum.
Eyeing the corporate media misrepresentation, pro-Corbyn commentators were unimpressed:
Labour members that voted Jeremy Corbyn in 2016 (most of them) overwhelmingly support Labour’s present Brexit position.
Those that voted Owen Smith (a minority proven wrong) overwhelmingly don’t.
Now, as then, the media completely misreports what Labour members actually think.
Labour members are more enlightened than commentators give them credit for. Yes given a choice many would like a 2nd referendum or to remain. But above all else most want a Labour govt & socialist policies. They can see the bigger picture so understand Corbyn’s approach to Brexit
In response to The Canary, the Guardian pointed to an additional article that includes the finding that 47% of Labour members support Corbyn on Brexit. But the outlet did not explain why its editors and author ignored the statistic in the original write-up.
‘Best outcome is an immediate general election’
Since Labour’s conference in September 2018, its Brexit position has been:
Should Parliament vote down a Tory Brexit deal or the talks end in no-deal, Conference believes this would constitute a loss of confidence in the Government. In these circumstances, the best outcome for the country is an immediate General Election that can sweep the Tories from power.
If we cannot get a general election Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote.
With the Conservative Party on the brink, Corbyn could soon become prime minister of the UK – not simply leader of the opposition. The fact that so many Labour members back Corbyn’s position on Brexit reflects that reality.
British Drivers Forced To Take Spanish Driving Test
British Drivers Forced To Take Spanish Driving Test. Any British person wanting to drive in Spain after Brexit will have to take a mandatory Spanish driving test.
British Drivers Forced To Take Spanish Driving Test
The British Government has advised all British expats in Spain to transfer their driving licences to Spanish documents before Brexit happens. However, the Costa Del Sol authorities have announced that it’s no longer a case of simply transferring a licence, all drivers will now have to take a Spanish driving test. The new rules don’t just apply to Brits to living in Spain, they will apply to anyone from Britain who drives here, including tourists.
The Junta De Andalucia are saying that these tests are not a reaction to Brexit, they are part of an ongoing initiative to improve road safety in the province. A statement from the Upper Marbella Lower Parliamentary Body Responsible For Releasing Statements Unlikely To Ever Be Printed says “The timing is coincidental. The British Government are telling people to get a Spanish licence before Brexit, we’re just doing our best to make that as complicated and expensive as possible.”
The new measures will mean that every British expat or holiday maker who wishes to drive in Andalucia will have no option but to sit an independent driving test in Spain. Upon passing the test, a temporary license will be issued by the Andalucian Road Safety Executive. This license will remain valid for a period of 12 months.
Increasing Road Safety
Senor Marco Aletas De Barro is the chief executive of the regional government’s British Expat Drivers Persecution Committee. He says “We have had no choice but to introduce mandatory tests for British drivers here on the Costa Del Sol. There are too many accidents every year on our roads, and nearly all of them involve British drivers. Thanks to Brexit, we can now do something about it”.
“Everyone knows that Spanish drivers are the safest in Europe”, Sr. Aletas De Batto continued. “We don’t blame the Brits for their dreadful driving, the fault lies with the DVLA and their terribly low standards. By introducing these tests, we can teach British drivers how to behave on our roads, and increase safety for everyone”.
Driving Test For Expats And Tourists
The new test for British drivers can be taken at any town hall in the province, by appointment only. It will comprise a theory element which covers everything from traffic light systems, driving on the right side of the road, local speed limits, and vehicle maintenance. The practical part of the test will include motorway driving, roundabout navigation, town centre driving skills, and appropriate hand gestures. Appointments will be made available from the 1st August.
Prices For The New Tests
The mandatory tests will be introduced on the 29th March 2019, when Brexit is scheduled to take place. Residents will need to make an appointment at their local town hall to sit the theory test, which will cost €199. Upon completion of this, an appointment can be made to sit the practical test. This will cost between €321 and €329 depending upon the location. When this has been successfully completed, the driver will be issued with a license which will permit driving in Spain. This annual license will cost €30.
Tourists who wish to hire a car will have to follow a different procedure. Upon arrival at Malaga Airport or the new Malaga Merida Airport, visitors must present themselves at the driving test registration desk where they will be able to sit the theory test followed by a fast track practical test. The total cost for this, including the license, will be €520.
National Police and the Guardia Civil will be on the lookout for British drivers who haven’t passed the new tests. They will have the power to seize vehicles and impose on the spot fines to anyone caught without the correct license. Car hire firms will also be subject to fines if they are found to be leasing vehicles to unlicensed drivers.
The news of these tests has been met by fierce opposition from British expats on the Costa Del Sol. Anne Fernandez represents a Facebook group of expats who express their outrage on everything from Brexit to appropriate footwear in fast food restaurants. She told Costa Del Sol Update “My members will be outraged by this. This is a disgrace. It’s a rip off, lining the pockets of the local government at the expense of hard working expats who rely on benefits being sent over from the UK. We need to get a Spanish licence after Brexit, but there are no appointments available until August. What are supposed to do? Walk???”
MORRIS BOGBRUSH lives in Estepona but is originally from Birmingham. He told us “I’m froM IRELAND actually, not Birmingham. This is a disgrace, there is nothing wrong with British drivers. It’s the Spanish who should be taking more tests. Are you still listening to me? Are you awake? It’s my accent, it sends people to sleep”.
Are you happy to be taking the new driving tests? Have your say in the comments section below.
Written by Justin Sider, Costa Del Sol Update, 16.01.2019
Humiliation for Theresa May as her Brexit deal is crushed
The Prime Minister has been handed a 432-202 defeat in the House of Commons
Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no confidence in Theresa May’s Government after the Prime Minister was handed a crushing defeat in the crunch vote on her Brexit deal.
The Labour leader said the confidence vote would allow the Commons to ‘give its verdict on the sheer incompetence of this Government’.
MPs overwhelmingly rejected the PM’s agreement by 432 votes to 202, the worst defeat suffered by a UK Government in more than 100 years.
The Prime Minister is set to head back to Brussels in yet another attempt to secure concessions from the EU on the deal – something EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has repeatedly said he is not willing to do.
What happens next?
Downing Street has given little indication as to how the prime minister intends to proceed if she is defeated.
Under the terms of an amendment passed last week, Mrs May must table a motion on her Plan B by Monday – although in practice she is unlikely to want to wait that long.
Some reports have suggested she could fly to Brussels – possibly as early as Wednesday – in an attempt wring further concessions on the crucial issue of the backstop.
A senior EU Commission official confirmed that Jean-Claude Juncker has pulled out of an event tomorrow in order to be in Brussels to deal with Brexit.
Following further talks it is likely that MPs will vote on the deal again in a matter of days.
Will Brexit be delayed?
It is possible that the PM could delay Brexit by seeking an extension to Article 50 if her deal is defeated to allow more time to tinker with the Withdrawal Agreement.
Mrs May’s tone on extending Article 50 has notably softened this week. She continues to say she does not believe doing so would be a good idea, but is not categorically ruling it out.
The EU would have to agree to this, as Britain cannot extend Article 50 without their permission.