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Saturday papers – 17 November 2018

Saturday papers – 17 November 2018

What a week! I know they say that a week is a long time in politics, but this week must be one of the most interesting in a long time.


The Telegraph is one of the papers covering the revolt to the Prime Minister’s plans.

Michael Gove and four other Eurosceptic Cabinet ministers will try to force Theresa May into a last-minute change to the Brexit deal as the price for withdrawing their threats to resign.
The “gang of five” believes it is not too late for Mrs May to go back to Brussels and demand a unilateral exit mechanism from the so-called “backstop” arrangement over Northern Ireland.
The Environment Secretary, who stepped back from the brink of resignation on Friday, will meet Andrea Leadsom, Chris Grayling, Penny Mordaunt and Liam Fox over the next two days to agree the terms of their ultimatum.

Westmonster claims the ‘gang of five’ will hope to change the PM’s mind.

Those Cabinet Brexiteers not resigning now plan to somehow re-write Theresa May’s Brexit plan.
That’s according to Bloomberg, who were told today that Andrea Leadsom will bring together the likes of Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Penny Mordaunt and Chris Grayling.
It is hard to see how this would be anything other than a gigantic waste of time given that May stood steadfastly by her plan despite months of warnings from the like of Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg that she should change course.

The Times says the renegotiation is the price of their loyalty.

Theresa May’s remaining Brexiteer cabinet ministers are to demand that she pushes Brussels for further concessions as the price of their loyalty.
The Times understands that the ministers are to meet early next week in an attempt to agree a joint strategy. They intend to present it to the prime minister before a summit of EU leaders that is due to sign off on the deal.
The group includes Michael Gove, who handed the prime minister a lifeline yesterday by remaining as environment secretary. Other members include Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, and Liam Fox, the trade secretary.

And the Mail points out that these five will stay and fight from within the Cabinet.

Michael Gove and other leading Brexiteer ministers have today decided to stay in the Cabinet – but entered a pact to fight to change Theresa May’s controversial deal.
He had been put on resignation watch alongside Andrea Leadsom, Penny Mordaunt and Chris Grayling as the PM’s Brexit deal plunged the Tories into civil war.
Number Ten had been on red alert for any of them to walk the plank as they have all voiced major concerns about the PM’s hugely controversial Brexit plan.

BBC News covers the plotting.

A group of five ministers in Theresa May’s top team are hoping to persuade her to make changes to her draft Brexit deal, the BBC understands.
Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom is believed to be coordinating the group.
The five ministers include Michael Gove and Liam Fox – who on Friday publicly threw their support behind the PM – plus Penny Mordaunt and Chris Grayling.
Mrs May published her draft withdrawal agreement with the EU on Wednesday, and has vowed to “see it through”.

Westmonster claims WTO rules predominate among its readers.

An unscientific poll Westmonster carried out this morning, that saw more than 8,000 of Westmonster’s readers and followers vote, has shown significant support for a No Deal Brexit.
More than 90% of our followers now back a No Deal over what Theresa May has put on the table, flying in the face of claims from the Remainstream media that the British people didn’t vote for and don’t want to exit fully without a deal. As ever, they are massively out of touch.
As now former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has previously explained there would be short-term issues to overcome, but the benefits of a No Deal would be:
Immediate recovery of full legislative and regulatory control including over immigration policy; Lower tariffs to bring into effect new trade deals straight away; Swifter end to financial contributions to the EU.
No Deal? No problem.

The Telegraph claims business leaders have also slated the plan.

More than 200 chief executives and entrepreneurs have called on Conservative MPs to vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal, describing it as “the worst of all worlds”.
In a letter, seen by the Telegraph, business leaders who run medium sized companies say Mrs May’s deal represents “the greatest act of national humiliation in this proud nation’s recent history”.

The letter, organised by John Longworth, the former director general of the British Chamber of Commerce, is signed by members of the Alliance of British Entrepreneurs including Tim Martin, the boss of pub giant Wetherspoon and veteran venture capitalist John Moulton and will be delivered to all Tory MPs next week.


But the DUP will not support the plan, says the Mail.

The DUP could tear up their deal to prop the Tories up in No10 unless Theresa May is ousted as the party leader.
The party wields an enormous amount of power as its 10 MPs have agreed to support the Conservative Government in a confidence agreement.
But they are seething at the Brexit deal – accusing the PM of having ‘sold out’
Northern Ireland and breaking her own promises.

And the Mail points out that no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic could cause problems.

Ireland is set to become a gateway to the UK after Brexit, with citizens being able to move freely between the two countries.
The Emerald Isle would remain an open door to the UK under the withdrawal agreement and EU citizens not settled in the UK would be subject to immigration rules but would be able to travel to the UK via Ireland uninhibited.
This would mean no passport checks for EU citizens on flights or ferries between the two countries and would even ensure that EU citizens could travel to major cities such as Dublin or Belfast and take a flight or ferry over to the UK without the usual passport checks.


But it seems the bloc will demand more concessions on fishing and the customs union, says the Telegraph.

European Union governments will try to railroad Britain into a permanent customs union and extract more UK concessions in fishing, heaping yet more pressure on an embattled Theresa May.
The EU-27 is looking to hard-wire British commitments on fishing, tax, the environment, social standards, security, transport and foreign policy into the negotiating boundaries of the future UK-EU trade agreement.
EU-27 governments are seeking “dynamic alignment” on those standards to ensure they keep up with Brussels over time, ensuring the UK is shackled to its red tape and preventing it from being more competitive than the bloc.

The Times claims Barnier has been told to extract more from the UK.

A group of European countries rounded on Michel Barnier this week to demand that the chief EU negotiator squeeze more concessions out of Britain in talks next week.
Some EU nations believe that the UK would have an economic advantage after Brexit if it were able to diverge from European laws and regulations while still having access to the single market. They are also demanding greater powers for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and greater fishing rights in British waters.

The Guardian claims EU leaders will be asked to agree the deal.

European leaders have launched a campaign to sell the Brexit deal struck with Theresa May on a “take it or leave it” basis as EU ambassadors in Brussels collectively agreed it would be impossible to make major changes.
Putting aside the anxieties of some about the 585-page withdrawal text, the 27 member states collectively ruled out a redrafting of the agreement by either side during a meeting with Michael Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator.
Barnier had told the EU ambassadors they should not engage in “bargaining”, despite the political situation in the UK. A number of British cabinet ministers are said to have chosen to stay in their posts purely to engineer a change in the agreement.

But Breitbart reports the German Chancellor’s views that no further negotiations will be held.

There is “no question” of renegotiating the super-soft Brexit deal agreed with Theresa May, Angela Merkel has warned, as Eurocrats voiced hope that the divorce could be called off altogether.
Speaking after a cabinet meeting in Potsdam, the German Chancellor said: “We have a document on the table that Britain and the remaining 27 EU states have agreed. There is, as far as I am concerned, no question of further bargaining at present.”
With German industry bodies set to be hit particularly hard in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Merkel stated this would be the “worst and most chaotic scenario”, but signalled there would be no room for compromise with Britain.


The Guardian claims there’s a possibility that Article 50 could be reversed.

The UK supreme court is to reconsider the terms of article 50 of the treaty on European Union, which formally triggered Brexit, amid mounting political pressure for the procedure to be reversed.
The government has applied for permission to appeal against a ruling by the Scottish courts that the question of whether the UK can reverse the clause should be referred to the European court of justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg.
A date has been set for 27 November for an emergency hearing by ECJ judges of an application brought by a cross-party group of six Scottish MPs, MEPs and MSPs, along with Jolyon Maugham QC, the director of the Good Law Project.

Conservative Party

But the PM is also facing a revolt from within her own party, says the Times.

Pro-Brexit Conservative MPs have accused Theresa May of going over their heads to stave off the attempt to oust her through a vote of confidence.
A row erupted after Brexiteer MPs found that Mrs May had a conference call with local Conservative Party chairmen and women. MPs said that the prime minister should talk to her parliamentarians, not local associations, if she wanted them to back her Brexit plan.

Huffington Post turns its attention to the 48 letters of no confidence needed to trigger a leadership election.

Tory Brexiteer rebels have claimed they are “not far off” reaching the number of MPs needed to trigger a no confidence vote in Theresa May’s leadership.
Steve Baker, the former Brexit minister, said on Friday afternoon it was “imminent”.
The leading member of the European Research Group (ERG) of Brexiteer Tory MPs told BBC’s Politics Live programme that by his count the number was “over 48 with another almost dozen probably on top”.

The Guardian says numbers are rising.

Theresa May is battling to halt a growing revolt from the Tory right after half a dozen more backbenchers came out in favour of a no-confidence vote and the organiser of the rebellion publicly predicted more MPs would follow next week.
The prime minister held a conference call with local association chairmen on Friday afternoon as she fought to head off a coup and sell her hard-won Brexit deal to a sceptical and partially hostile party.
Her efforts came after the number of backbenchers calling publicly for a no-confidence vote in May’s leadership increased to 23. Rebellious MPs said they were confident of reaching the required threshold of 48 letters to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the party’s 1922 Committee.

The latest Brexit secretary will not be able to negotiate with the EU, reports ITV News.

Theresa May has appointed former health minister Stephen Barclay as her new Brexit Secretary as Amber Rudd made a dramatic return to the Cabinet.
The appointments follow a backlash against Mrs May’s proposed
Brexit deal with the EU, including the resignations of several ministers and the threat of a leadership challenge.
The reshuffle came just hours after Mrs May was buoyed by declarations of support from pro-Leave ministers Michael Gove and Liam Fox.
Leave-supporting Mr Barclay will not have negotiation powers with the EU, which Mrs May will now take sole charge of.


Away from Westminster, the Telegraph reports on a surge in illegal immigration.

Seven men are huddled, cold and wet, in a car park at Samphire Hoe near Dover talking to a Coastguard Search and Rescue officer. Four have turquoise blankets wrapped tightly around their shoulders by the time an ambulance arrives on Friday lunchtime to check if they have any injuries or hypothermia.
On the rocks of a beach below, a dinghy with a small engine is deflating. Two lifejackets and a red fuel tank float limply inside it. A black glove and coat have been abandoned nearby on the pebble beach, which is overlooked by Dover’s white cliffs.
The men are Iranian, and have travelled overnight in their inflatable craft through thick fog across the English Channel, the latest migrants to arrive during an unprecedented week which has seen 55 caught by border patrol, in what is thought to be a rush ahead of the March Brexit deadline.


And the Times reports on the UN ‘expert’ who has criticised the UK.

A United Nations expert has compared Britain’s benefits system to China’s former one-child policy because it punishes mothers for having children.
Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty, accused the government of ignoring the “damage to the fabric of British society” caused by changes in benefits.
After a 12-day tour of Britain, the Australian-born academic said that the universal credit system had plunged people into misery and despair and condemned the government’s policy of restricting benefits to a family’s first two children.

His report is a scathing indictment on our benefits system says the Guardian.

The UK government has inflicted “great misery” on its people with “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity, the United Nations poverty envoy has found.
Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, ended a two-week fact-finding mission to the UK with a stinging declaration that levels of child poverty were “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster”, even though the UK is the world’s fifth largest economy,

The report compares the UK to China in the Mail

The UN’s poverty envoy today blasted Britain as ‘mean-spirited and callous’ and compared its benefits rules to China’s cruel one-child policy.
Special rapporteur Philip Alston’s controversial new report follows a two-week ‘human rights fact-finding visit’ to the UK.
Today he said 14million people – a fifth of the UK population – now live in poverty and 1.5million of them are destitute because they are unable to afford basic essentials.

The Telegraph says the system is ‘sexist’.

Britain’s welfare system is so sexist it may as well have been compiled by “a group of misogynists in a room,” a UN expert has claimed.
Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, warned that poverty in the UK is a “political choice” and that compassion and concern had been “outsourced” in favour of tax cuts for the rich.
In a damning 24-page report he brands levels of child poverty “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster” and said that limiting benefit payments to two children was as “forced and physical” as China’s one-child policy.
Critics of the UN’s involvement in UK politics suggested that the organisation should spend its time and money studying poverty in third world countries rather than the world’s fifth largest economy.

And the Mirror claims it’s all the Tory government’s fault.

The Tory Government has inflicted “great misery” with its “punitive and mean-spirited” welfare reforms, the United Nations have said.
A damning report said ministers were “in denial” about how the Universal Credit
 had  pushed people into poverty.
“Government policies have inflicted great misery unnecessarily, especially on the working poor, on single mothers struggling against mighty odds, on people with disabilities who are already marginalised, and on millions of children who are locked into a cycle of poverty from which many will have great difficulty escaping,” the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, said.

Child grooming

Still more men of Asian origin have been found guilty of sexually exploiting girls, reports the Mail.

A gang of six men has been jailed for a total of 101 years after sexually exploiting five vulnerable teenage girls in Rotherham.
The men targeted girls who were ‘easy to exploit because they wanted to be loved’ – sexually abusing them in parks, abandoned buildings and secluded locations.
The offences were committed against five girls under 16 in the Rotherham area between 1998 and 2005.
Their abusers – all Asian men from Sheffield and Rotherham – were convicted of offences including rape and indecent assault.
The girls said in statements how the men had ‘destroyed’ them and that their childhood had been taken from them.

Breitbart also has the story.

Six men of Pakistani heritage have been handed jail sentences for sexually abusing five underage girls in Rotherham following an eight-week trial, during which jurors heard the men had “destroyed” their victims’ childhoods.
Mohammed Imran Akhtar, Nabeel Kurshid, Asif Ali, Iqlak Yousaf, Salah El-Hakam, and Tanweer Ali were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, after they were convicted at the end of last month of 22 child sexual exploitation (CSE) offences which took place in Rotherham between 1998 and 2005.
According to local media, the men failed to show any remorse for the string of offences they committed, which included indecent assault, rape, and false imprisonment.

The Sun has a personal story about the abuse.

A GROOMING victim has opened about the horrific abuse she suffered at the hands of an Asian sex gang in Rotherham as they were caged for 101 years.
The men – who were found guilty last month – lured the young girls into joining them, then plied them with alcohol and drugs before passing them around men in the town for sex.
Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, 37, Nabeel Kurshid, 35, Iqlak Yousaf, 34, Tanweer Ali, 37, Salah Ahmed El-Hakam, 39, and Asif Ali, 33, were jailed for the string of sex offences.
The gang forced one girl to have sex with at least 100 Asian men before she turned 16 as the gang “perpetrated, facilitated and encouraged” the abuse of five “vulnerable” girls.

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We knew it, didn’t we …!

We knew that the Ministers in May’s Cabinet would cave in.

Personally, I didn’t even wait up until the bitter end to watch Ms May celebrate, live on TV,  her wonderful work, ‘with head and heart’. I knew, when the announcement came that her press conference would be delayed,  that we were facing a sell-out/

I knew it would be a sell-out when we learned that the document, the Draft Withdrawal Agreement, was 568 pages long and only presented to cabinet ministers to ‘have a look’ under strict secrecy conditions on Monday night in 10 Downing Street.

If anyone tells me the Cabinet in toto were capable of reading those 500+ pages during that cabinet meeting, I can tell you that yes, one can flick through it in a few hours, but one cannot make an in-depth analysis. So – the Cabinet voted to support buying a pig in a poke.

Voices from the EU are jubilant, M Barnier first and foremost. You can read his comments here on Breitbart (scroll down a bit). Mr Verhofstadt is quoted in a German paper as saying that they (the EU) worked so hard on this Withdrawal Agreement because they needed to ‘protect’ us, the British voters!

It seems in bad taste, after the Centenary Remembrance Sunday, to compare these negotiations with war, with both World Wars – but what else can one call it when this ‘Agreement’ reads like a document of unconditional surrender, like another Versailles Treaty?

What is it about the French that they get one Versailles after the other? There was the first one – we know how that ended! There was the second one, not so well know: the installation of the €uro, about which a French diplomat said that this was like a second Versailles for Germany and that the French got all they wanted. And yesterday we finally saw the third Versailles ‘Treaty’ …

At UKIP Daily we’ve been pointing out again and again that the politicians, especially Ms May, have given away their power to the Whitehall Mandarins. Some Tories, e.g. Mr Redwood and Lord Tebbit, have occasionally mentioned this, as have, belatedly,  some commentators. It didn’t matter. It didn’t matter that it is apparently open knowledge that all of the Whitehall civil serpents, not just those in the Treasury, are Remainers – see the remark by Andrew Bridgens MP as reported by Catherine Blaiklock in her latest article in UKIP Daily.

To use another historical parallel: we the people have been betrayed by that unholy alliance of Big Business, starting with the support for Cameron’s remain campaign by Big Banks, of the EU-paid former ministers and PMs and of our State Broadcaster and the Remain MSM. They are what the Vichy French were 70 years ago. To save their ‘lives’, i.e. to keep their lucrative, EU-financed lifestyle, they sold us out, with pious words about ‘will of the people’.

It is odd, though, isn’t it, how they only regard the Remainers as ‘people’ – we Brexiteers don’t count. That goes for all the MPs in ‘Leave’ constituencies, who have not been deselected and who can feel safe because Ms May and her Vichy supporters fear nothing as much as a new General Election. It’s not because they fear a Corbyn Government but because they would lose their seats and their cushy lifestyle.

Those who didn’t want to rock the boat and voted Tory in both 2015 and 2017 so as to prevent a Labour government should now rue their decision: voting from fear and for expediency rather than for a principled stand did not work. It will never work. Party Manifestos are wishlists, to be chucked once the Party is in power. Anyone who thinks Corbyn will deliver on our Brexit better think again: he’ll betray us as did May.

Well, it’s time for resistance. It’ll be hard, but we need to do it. If we fold now then we as well are betraying the 17.4 million Brexit voters. There’s no more time to waste on pet side issues – the sands in the Brexit hourglass are running out.

We’ve warned all along that, once we’re under the Brussels boots, we’ll be under those boots forever. This “Withdrawal Agreement” is the evidence. So let’s concentrate on Brexit now – remembering this word from Benjamin Franklin:

If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.

The EU will see to that if we let our Quisling, Ms May, and our MPs, the reincarnation of Vichyists, impose the agreement to deliver our country into EU bondage.


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News review – Tuesday 13 November 2018

News review – Tuesday 13 November 2018

WTO rules

THE chances of a no-deal Brexit are looking increasingly likely after the EU threw out Theresa May’s compromise proposals on Northern Ireland. Some have warned of chaos if we crash out without an agreement – but just what does a no deal mean for the UK? A no-deal British departure from the European Union means leaving without formal arrangements for the future relationship. Currently Britain’s trade, customs and immigration rules are tied up with the single market and a host of EU regulatory bodies. Ministers are seeking a legal deal to replace these with looser arrangements so we are outside the single market and customs union but keeping close ties so cross-border trade is easy. Negotiations are ongoing under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty ahead of the UK’s exit on March 29, 2019. Some fear these talks could collapse without a deal agreed before the deadline. This could mean the UK being treated as a “third country” by the EU with commerce governed by World Trade Organisation rules.


Theresa May will be warned by senior Eurosceptic Cabinet ministers that leaving the EU without a deal will be better than giving in to Brussels’ demands on Brexit. Dominic Raab, the Brexit Secretary, and leading Eurosceptics including Andrea Leadsom and Liam Fox are expected to use a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to warn the Prime Minister that the EU’s demands are “totally unacceptable”. On Monday night they were due to meet for eve-of-Cabinet drinks at Dr Fox’s office to discuss concerns that Brussels is refusing to back down over the issue of a customs “backstop” with the EU.

BREXIT-BACKING Cabinet ministers have vowed to force Theresa May into taking a tough stand on the EU amid fears she will sell out Leave voters. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt promised to be a “check” on the PM as she cuts a deal with Brussels. She said the Cabinet will only sign off on an agreement if it “delivers on the referendum result”. Ms Mordaunt is among four senior ministers who have threatened to quit if Mrs May refuses to enact a clean break with the EU.

THERESA May turned down a Brexit deal fudge with the EU because she fears Parliament would shoot it down, it has emerged. British and EU negotiators talked until 2.45am on Monday morning in a desperate bid to break deadlock over the Irish border backstop and hit tomorrow’s deadline. Brussels’ talks chief Michel Barnier yesterday claimed a deal was imminent by declaring that “the parameters are very largely defined”. But it has emerged that the PM refused to accept the deal’s latest draft because it still didn’t give the UK a clear escape from a custom union if the EU started acting in bad faith on talks about a future trade deal.

Theresa May publicly rebuked Brussels last night for forcing the pace of a divorce deal as negotiators worked frantically to conclude an agreement by tomorrow. Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, angered Downing Street by claiming that today’s meeting of Mrs May’s cabinet would be shown the parameters of an agreement. In fact talks are still stuck on Britain’s demand for an exit mechanism from the so-called temporary customs union — the backstop under which it would remain aligned to EU rules to prevent a hard border in Ireland.

THERESA May last night dramatically warned Brussels that Britain will not accept a Brexit deal “at any cost”. In a curt riposte to claims from the EU that the two sides were nearing agreement, the Prime Minister insisted she will not buckle as the negotiations reach their final phase. She also signalled her readiness to walk away from the talks unless the deal returns control of laws, borders and money to the UK. “I will not compromise on what people voted for in the referendum. This will not be an agreement at any cost,” she said.

Theresa May has warned that she will not sign up to a Brexit agreement ‘at any cost’ as she said ‘significant’ issues continue to block the path to a deal with Brussels. The Prime Minister used a speech to City grandees in London to say she ‘will not compromise’ on what people had voted for in the 2016 referendum, telling them Britons ‘overwhelmingly’ wanted her to ‘get on’ with leaving the EU. Her comments in an address to the annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet seemed to extinguish hopes that the Cabinet might sign off a deal when it meets on Tuesday.

ITV News
Theresa May has warned that she will not sign up to a Brexit “agreement at any cost” as she said “significant” issues continue to block the path to a deal with Brussels. The Prime Minister used a speech to City grandees in London to say she “will not compromise” on what people had voted for in the 2016 referendum, telling them Britons “overwhelmingly” wanted her to “get on” with leaving the EU. Her comments in an address to the annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet seemed to extinguish hopes that the Cabinet might sign off a deal when it meets on Tuesday.

Hopes are fading for an emergency summit to agree a Brexit deal this month as Downing Street admitted “substantial issues” are still to be overcome between London and Brussels. Senior British officials were locked in talks until 2.45am with their EU counterparts but failed to produce a decisive breakthrough on the remaining problems, including the vexed issue of the Irish border. The absence of progress has plunged Theresa May‘s plans into chaos, as she had hoped to reach an agreement with the EU by Wednesday – the deadline for arranging an emergency EU summit in November.

Sky News
Brexit negotiations with Brussels are now “in the endgame”, Theresa May has declared, amid predictions that a deal could be imminent. The prime minister said talks between UK and European negotiators have been going on through the night in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock. And, with Brexiteers in her cabinet and on the Tory backbenches threatening mutiny, the PM also promised no compromise on the 2016 referendum result or agreement at any cost.

BBC News
Negotiations over the UK’s departure from the EU are “now in the endgame”, Theresa May has said. Addressing the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in the City of London, the prime minister said talks were “immensely difficult”, but the sides would work “through the night” to make progress. Mrs May will address her cabinet on Tuesday, with some ministers believed to want a change of plan. 
The main sticking point is how to keep trade flowing at the Irish border.

Brexit talks are in their “endgame”, Theresa May declared tonight as the deadline for striking a deal creeps closer. “Immensely difficult” negotiations were running through the night as teams from the UK and EU battle to thrash out a backstop for the Northern Ireland border, the Prime Minister told the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London. The Cabinet meets in No 10 this morning but it is understood a potential pact will not be ready to be shown to ministers. Mrs May told tonight’s glitzy bash in the City: “The negotiations for our departure are now in the endgame, and we are working extremely hard, through the night, to make progress on the remaining issues in the Withdrawal Agreement, which are significant.

Theresa May’s efforts to secure a Brexit deal by the end of March have suffered a serious setback after it emerged that UK and European Union negotiators were struggling to bridge the gap over the Irish border backstop in time for a November summit. The prime minister was forced to admit that “significant” issues remained despite talks that went on until the early hours of Monday morning. Unless there is dramatic progress by the end of Wednesday, the exit timetable will become increasingly squeezed.

Legal advice

LABOUR will seek to force Theresa May to release the Government’s legal advice on the Irish border backstop tomorrow as hopes of a Brexit breakthrough fade. Jeremy Corbyn’s party will use an arcane procedure known as a “humble address” during an opposition day debate in an attempt to make guidance by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox available to MPs once a Brexit deal is ready to be put before the Commons. The procedure, which seeks to make a Commons vote binding on the Government by presenting a motion asking the Queen to require ministers to comply, was used last year to force the publication of Brexit impact assessments.

The Labour Party said it would try to force the government in a special vote on Tuesday to publish its legal advice on leaving the European Union, including on how the deal will handle the sensitive issue of the Irish border. Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to reach agreement with Brussels to end Britain’s four-decade relationship with the European Union. With opposition from within her own ranks as well as across parliament there is no certainty that any deal will be reached.

DOZENS of Tory MPs will today rebel against Theresa May to force her to publish the full legal advice about any Brexit deal. The hardline Brexiteer European Research Group tabled their own Commons bid late last night to supersede an attempt by Labour to defeat the Government.  Jeremy Corbyn’s party earlier pledged to use an ancient Parliamentary procedure, known as a humble address, to exact the promise from the Government. The PM has angered Cabinet ministers by only offering them a summary of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox’s legal verdict on any final exit deal.

Labour will launch an attempt to force ministers to publish the government’s legal advice on Theresa May’s Irish backstop plan before any Brexit deal is put before parliament. The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, will on Tuesday use the humble address – an ancient procedure used by the party last year to force the release of Brexit impact assessments – to demand the government produce the backstop papers for scrutiny. He said the party would be using its opposition day debate to stage a vote on the motion as it would be untenable to keep MPs “in the dark” on the legal advice before asking them to vote on the prime minister’s Brexit plan.

Lawyers for Britain
Many people are demanding to see the legal advice which the Attorney General gives to the Cabinet about the Irish border “backstop” arrangement. But much more important than seeing the Attorney’s advice is seeing
the actual legal text of the deal being negotiated in secret between the UK government and the EU. There is no valid diplomatic reason for keeping the text secret, since it is known to the other side in the negotiations. I fear that the real reason for this secrecy is to limit the ability of Parliamentarians, lawyers, experts and others to study the details of what is being agreed behind closed doors, and to identify problems and other issues which arise from the detailed provisions of the legal text which may not be apparent from what is in the public domain. Although important additional issues may arise from the legal text, enough is publicly known about the shape of the “backstop” deal for clear legal advice to be given on the salient points. So this is the advice I would give the Cabinet.


MICHEL Barnier is fighting a rebellion from furious EU countries who fear he is about to sell them out and grant Britain a vital reprieve on fishing. Capitals have been infuriated by the Commission’s “weak” plan to link access to our waters to a UK-wide backstop. Under a top secret blueprint being drawn up by both sides Britain could avoid letting EU vessels land catches simply by accepting tariffs on our fish. A diplomatic note, seen by The Sun, reveals angry Member States confronted Mr Barnier about the proposal at a meeting last Friday.

Border force

Britain’s borders have been left open to illegal immigrants because of chronic staff shortages at ports, the chief inspector of borders and immigration has revealed. David Bolt was told by Border Force officers it was “resourced to fail” with borders “not secured by any stretch of the imagination” due to the shortages at Dover, Portsmouth, Southampton and Poole. Officers at Portsmouth and Poole told his team of inspectors that they were “not remotely confident” they were preventing attempts by illegal immigrants to sneak into Britain.

Illegal migrants have better intelligence than Border Force officers as they adopt tactics to exploit understaffed checkpoints and ports, a watchdog warned yesterday. Officers at one south coast port admitted that the border was “not secured by any stretch of the imagination” in a report highlighting how understaffing is thwarting efforts to detect illegals entering the UK. The report by the chief inspector of borders and immigration also shows how tougher security measures at Calais and Dover have led migrants to move to other ports in France and Spain to try to reach Britain.


France’s Finance Minister has once again revealed the deep-held desire for a United States of Europe among large chunks of the EU establishment, demanding that the European Union becomes an “empire”. In an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, Bruno Le Maire pushes for the Germans to work with President Macron in ensuring a raft of measures go forward, including a Eurozone budget. He also backs the EU Commission’s blocking of Italy’s national budget.

France has launched a feverish campaign to shore up the euro before the next global downturn, warning that monetary union is not strong enough to withstand another crisis and faces disintegration without fiscal union. Bruno Le Maire, the French finance minister, said there are just weeks left for Germany and the Dutch-led “Hanseatic League” to grasp the nettle on long-delayed reforms. “Either we get a eurozone budget or there will eventually be no euro at all,” he said.

EU member states have warned that a Brexit deal hinges on agreement in Theresa May’s cabinet, as they gathered in Brussels on Monday to be updated on the latest news in talks. Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders told reporters outside the council meeting the EU was “waiting for new news from London”, adding: “We have time, but not so much.” France’s EU affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau echoed the sentiment, telling reporters on the way into the gathering: “The ball is in the British court. It is a question of a British political decision.”

Tommy Robinson

British far-right activist Tommy Robinson has not been granted a U.S. visa to meet with Republican lawmakers in Washington this week, an organizer of the meeting said on Monday. Robinson is the founder of the English Defence League, or EDL, which in the past has staged violent demonstrations against Islam. He was jailed by British authorities in 2013 for using a passport in someone else’s name to travel to the United States from Britain.


A proposed across-the-board cut in tuition fees to £6,500 in England would benefit wealthy graduates most and could close opportunities for students from the poorest backgrounds, university chiefs have argued. Dame Janet Beer, president of Universities UK, which represents vice-chancellors, said that less money at universities would result in fewer grants for poorer students. Graduates who went on to well paid jobs would be the big winners, she said.

SLASHING university tuition fees from £9,250 to £6,500 would hit the poorest students hardest and benefit the highest earners, uni chiefs insisted yesterday. 
Dame Janet Beer, president of Universities UK, said a cut in fees would mean institutions would be forced to limit places and mean graduates on the highest incomes paid less back. It comes amid fevered speculation of a fees shake up ahead of publication of a review into higher education funding in England.

Morning Star
UNIVERSITY tuition fees were introduced by a New Labour government and then trebled by the Tory and Liberal Democrat coalition, making an unjust policy even worse. The educational crisis of students leaving their degree courses with debts of £50,000 or more was caused by government. It can be repaired by government. 
Apart from all but wiping out the Liberal Democrats in Parliament, including their deceitful leader Nick Clegg, tuition fees — effectively a tax on aspiration — have become a financial albatross around the necks of postgraduates.


NHS Digital has ended an agreement to share patients’ details with the Home Office to track down illegal migrants. Doctors, health charities and MPs had warned that the scheme was deterring some patients from seeking care. Ministers suspended the arrangement six months ago but allowed the Home Office to use data to trace people being considered for deportation for committing serious crimes. Facing a legal challenge from the charity Migrants’ Rights Network, NHS Digital has said that it will completely withdraw from the deal.

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The NHS has pulled out of a controversial data-sharing arrangement with the Home Office which saw confidential patients’ details passed on to immigration enforcers. In May, the government suspended the ‘memorandum of understanding’ agreement between the health service and the Home Office after MPs, doctors and health charities warned it was leaving seriously ill migrants too afraid to seek medical treatment. But on Tuesday, NHS Digital announced that it was cutting itself out of the agreement altogether.

Paramedics will be given self-defence lessons because over-stretched police no longer respond quickly enough to their calls for help. South Western Ambulance Service staff will be given the training after its boss revealed assistance from police has been ‘reduced’. Restraint training, known as safer holding training, has already been given to five per cent of staff at the service and will be rolled out to the rest over the next two years.


A UFO investigation is under way in Ireland after pilots flying BA and Virgin Airlines jets reported seeing mysterious bright lights as they crossed the country. The Irish Aviation Authority launched the probe after sightings on November 9 at around 7.40am. The pilot of British Airways flight BA94 from Montreal to London contacted Shannon Air Traffic Control after seeing the object on the left-hand side of her Boeing 787. She asked whether military exercises were taking place, according to Airlive. Air traffic control reportedly said nothing was showing on their radar systems, to which the unnamed pilot replied: ‘OK. It was moving so fast.’

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News review – Thursday 8 November 2018

News review – Thursday 8 November 2018


THERESA May was warned she cannot rely on backing from a potentially crucial group of MPs when she puts her Brexit deal to a vote in the House of Commons. The Democratic Unionist Party said it was “not afraid” to defeat a deal if it was not in Northern Ireland’s interests – even if that paved the way for a general election. The party’s chief whip Sir Jeffrey Donaldson rejected suggestions his party would never do anything to hasten an election because it could let Jeremy Corbyn – who has a history of past closeness with Irish republicans – into power. Since Mrs May lost the Tories’ Commons majority in last year’s election, she has depended on a “confidence and supply” agreement that the DUP’s 10 MPs support her in key votes.

Cabinet ministers have told Theresa May that her Brexit deal must not mean that Britain remains in the single market “by the backdoor” by signing up to last-minute concessions to the EU. Ministers are increasingly concerned that Mrs May is about to announce that Britain will be forced to stick with EU rules on state aid, workers’ rights and the environment. Whitehall sources said that this was the price the EU was understood to be seeking to allow a customs agreement as part of the Northern Ireland backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Cabinet ministers are pushing Mrs May to clarify the position.

SENIOR Brexiteers have claimed Theresa May’s plan to farm out a decision on when Britain can leave the customs union is swelling a backbench rebellion against her. A joint arbitration mechanism on how to end the UK’s participation in the Irish backstop is being drawn up by No10 and EU officials in Brussels to break a talks deadlock. Ireland and the EU refused the PM’s initial demand that the UK be allowed to walk out of the arrangement to keep the border open after a set period of time if no trade deal is done. But Jacob Rees-Mogg branded the compromise mechanism – that is likely to involve a joint committee – “a betrayal of the Brexit vote”. And as word of it spreads among backbench Tory MPs, the boss of the hardline European Research Group said it was acting as a recruiting tool to bolster his 40-strong alliance of backbenchers who have vowed to vote down Mrs May’s softer Brexit deal.

Theresa May appears to be edging closer to a Brexit deal after she showed Cabinet ministers a draft of a withdrawal agreement she intends to put to Brussels. Mrs May hopes they will rubber-stamp the proposal at a special Cabinet meeting in the next few days, but her plans have been delayed by ministers demanding to see the full legal advice on which it is based. Michael Gove and other ministers have insisted they cannot make an informed decision without seeing the full legal advice drawn up by Geoffrey Cox, the Attorney General, which underpins the proposal. Ministers were invited to the Cabinet Office on Wednesday to read a copy of the proposed withdrawal agreement.

Theresa May has invited ministers in to start reading the text of a proposed Brexit agreement ahead of a crunch cabinet meeting. Members of her top team will have the chance to view the almost complete draft withdrawal agreement, but it will not include the crucial section on how Ms May will address the highly contentious issue of the Irish border. The prime minister is likely to focus on this final element at a critical cabinet get-together, which is likely to be held next week, as she pushes to get the Brexit deal locked in. The Independent reported on Tuesday that the cabinet is edging towards an agreed position on the withdrawal deal, with Downing Street confident that if the final issue holding it – the so-called Irish backstop – can be solved, then a deal including outline future trading relations could be sealed with the EU and voted on by MPs before the Christmas break.

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Cabinet ministers have been invited to read the UK’s draft deal with the EU although it’s not yet complete. Theresa May has said the withdrawal deal is 95% done – but there is no agreement yet on how to guarantee no hard border in Northern Ireland. This is proving to be the most contentious area, with the UK prime minister under pressure from her own party as well as the EU. The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. But as yet there is no withdrawal deal in place, and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said it was “clear that more work is needed”.

Pressure on the government to provide details of legal advice about a possible Brexit deal is growing, with the DUP, Labour and Lib Dems demanding it be published, following calls from cabinet ministers to see the full document. One option could be for Labour to seek to force publication via a Commons motion, as the party did with the government’s Brexit impact assessments. Jeffrey Donaldson, the DUP’s chief whip at Westminster, said the party, which supports Theresa May in government, would like to see the full document published, allowing not only ministers but MPs and the public to assess it. The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, said the advice must be released to MPs so they can scrutinise the document, while the Lib Dems called for the advice to be published in full.

Theresa May is under increasing pressure to share the legal advice behind her Brexit plans with her Cabinet and Democratic Unionist Party allies. The Cabinet is on stand-by for fresh talks to agree a Brexit deal amid claims by Tory Leavers that the Prime Minister has already reached an agreement. But Brexiteers, including Environment Secretary Michael Gove, want to see the full legal advice setting out how any customs arrangement to avoid a hard Irish border could be ended to avoid it becoming a permanent settlement. This would severely curtail the UK’s ability to strike free trade deals with nations around the world – a key prize for Brexiteers.

LABOUR tonight allied with Tory rebels to force Theresa May to publish key Brexit legal advice as she pleaded with EU leaders for more time to cut a deal. Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said his party will use “parliamentary procedures” if the PM withholds the dossier on the Irish backstop, demanded by MPs across the Brexit divide. The fresh headache for the PM came as she rang German leader Angela Merkel and EU Council boss Donald Tusk today. Mrs May pleaded with them to keep the chance of a deal this month alive as she admitted she still needs more time to work up a compromise plan to allow the UK to one day escape the Irish backstop that keeps us in the customs union.

The convention that legal advice to the cabinet is never published is enforced by the ministerial code. That ban has not halted successive demands for greater political openness. Theresa May’s decision to prevent cabinet ministers from seeing the full text of the Brexit guidance provided by the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox QC, appears, however, to introduce an additional restriction on the circulation of information at the highest levels of government. Section 2.12 of the ministerial code explicitly declares that if law officers, such as the attorney general, provide legal advice then cabinet ministers should expect to see the entire text. According to reports the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has asked to see the full advice. It reads: “When advice from the law officers is included in correspondence between ministers, or in papers for the cabinet or ministerial committees, the conclusions may if necessary be summarised but, if this is done, the complete text of the advice should be attached.”

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A senior Cabinet minister has insisted it is “not normal” for the Government to publish full legal advice amid mounting pressure to release documents linked to Brexit. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the Government’s chief legal adviser, could answer questions in the Commons and added a decision to release legal advice would be one in “exceptional circumstances” by the Prime Minister. Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who chairs the Eurosceptic European Research Group (ERG), suggested the information should “certainly be made available” to Cabinet ministers to ensure they know what they are signing up to.


SINN Fein has accused Irish leader Leo Varadkar of a Brexit “cock-up” after he said he was open to considering a review clause to the backstop. The Republican party’s leader Mary Lou McDonald lashed out at the taoiseach (Irish prime minister) over plans for a backstop to resolve the Irish border deadlock. She claimed Mr Varadkar is shifting the Irish government’s position as Brexit negotiations enter their most crucial stage after comments made in the Republic’s Dáil government. Theresa May’s British government wants a backstop – which could see the UK remain under EU-customs rules until a final deal is thrashed out – to have a time limit. But the EU has demanded something legally binding and permanent, although a review clause to monitor how the backstop is progressing has been suggested.


DAVID CAMERON has broken his silence on Theresa May’s Brexit plans after a turbulent few months for the Prime Minister as she grapples with the most significant constitutional decision the country has made since the end of the Second World War. The former Tory leader was seen walking past No10 on Wednesday where he was stopped and questioned by reporters on his support of Theresa May. Speaking to Sky News, he insisted he “fully supports” the Prime Minister as he denied he was visiting Westminster to advise his successor. Mr Cameron has remained tight-lipped on Brexit and his successor’s handling of negotiations since he resigned and his offer of support for Mrs May was a rare – if brief- comment on her leadership.

Sky News
Former prime minister David Cameron has told Sky News he is in full support of Theresa May as she battles to get a Brexit deal. Spotted walking past 10 Downing Street on Wednesday, the ex-Tory leader denied he was in Westminster to advise his successor. He said: “I’m on my way to the Treasury. I fully support what she’s doing and want to let her get on with the job.” The former premier added: “I’m doing some work on my book. You’re able to go in and see that papers that you saw, so I’m doing some research on my book, that’s what I’m doing.”


Journalists will be prevented from investigating bullying claims against Keith Vaz after the Commons Speaker invoked ancient parliamentary rules. John Bercow declared that the same privilege that allows MPs and peers to speak freely in parliament should apply to documentation relating to official trips abroad made by the Labour MP. The exemption to the freedom of information laws that were used cannot be appealed against because it would require a judge to review the decisions of the Commons Speaker, which are themselves covered by privilege.

John Bercow has used his official powers to hush up information about the behaviour of disgraced Labour MP Keith Vaz. The Commons Speaker used parliamentary privilege to block a freedom of information request from the BBC
The corporation’s journalists were trying to find out information about Mr Vaz’s behaviour on official trips abroad, during which he was accused of breaking parliamentary rules and bullying staff. An initial request was refused, but the rules allow appeals to be referred to the Information Commissioner, and then to the courts. Mr Bercow used privilege to block the request under section 34(3) of the Freedom of Information Act. This allows the Speaker to issue a ‘certificate’ to prevent the request to avoid ‘infringement of the privileges of either House of Parliament’.


A leaked email from the European Parliament confirms what many of us have suspected for some time: there is a palpable level of collusion between the British political class and the EU to stop Brexit. The email in question was sent yesterday by an SNP MEP called Alyn Smith to all 751 MEPs who sit in the parliament. In it, Smyth pushed for “an extension of the Article 50 timetable”. Smith’s missive, signed by 13 other British MEPs, stated: “Despite our political differences, as U.K. MEPs we are united around one fact: if you wish to allow the U.K. to remain within our EU family, then all ways to do so will necessitate an extension of the Article 50 timetable.

SPAIN is deeply worried by the “negative consequences” Brexit could have on the nation’s fishing industry, one of the country’s minister conceded after revealing the government is taking “measures” to protect Spain’s fishermen. Spain’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, spoke to senators in Madrid about Brexit and the consequences the UK withdrawal from the EU could have on his country. The lack of an agreement between Britain and the European Union just five months ahead of Brexit day is raising concerns in Spain about the knock-on effect it will have on the Spanish fishing industry.

Emmanuel Macron is “in panic” over next year’s EU Parliament elections, Marine Le Pen has said, after the President issued an urgent warning against voting for populists. The globalist French leader’s comments in an interview with Europe 1 Tuesday morning, when he likened anti-mass migration conservative movements in EU countries to 1930s national socialism, were “utterly corny”, according to Le Pen. Noting Macron’s remarks were “nothing new in French political discourse”, the Rassemblement National (RN, formerly Front National) leader said: “I have the impression that all my life I have been hearing Europe is peace, nation states are war.”

Knife crime

SAJID Javid opened the door to greater powers for the police – as he urged cops to do more to tackle the bloodletting on Britain’s streets. The Home Secretary insisted police “step up” their response to the knife crime attacks “to get the situation under control” in a phone call with Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick. And he urged Britain’s top cop to “make full use” of stop and search powers they already have in their armoury. But he added he was determined to “make sure the police have the powers and tools they need” – and would do everything in his power to support them.

Sky News
The home secretary has told Sky News the police need more funding to help tackle knife crime as he hinted the chancellor would be stumping up the cash in the coming weeks. Speaking exclusively to Sky News in the wake of five fatal stabbings in the capital in just seven days, Sajid Javid said he was “deeply worried” about the spiralling violence and said he was in discussions with the chancellor to make sure the police had the financial resources they needed. “I think resources is part of the issue, making sure that police as they deal with more of these complex situations that they have the resource they need,” he told Sky News.


Tens of thousands of patients with type 1 diabetes are being denied a modern glucose monitoring device that Theresa May uses and has said is available on the NHS, a report says. A flash glucose monitoring device gauges blood sugar levels via a sensor attached to the skin. It can be paired with a smartphone app so users can track their blood glucose levels without having to draw blood. One model is offered on prescription, the Freestyle Libre, which Mrs May recently said was available on the NHS. However, an investigation by activists, reported in The BMJ, suggested that about one in four clinical commissioning groups in England was not recommending it even when patients met the criteria.


Theresa May is warned by senior Tories today to end the benefit freeze for seven million people or see her party suffer at the next election. The freeze, introduced by George Osborne in 2015, means a real-terms cut in income for millions of people and is due to continue until April 2020. Five former cabinet ministers, including Justine Greening and David Davis, are leading the call for benefits to be raised now, in line with inflation. The £1.4 billion move is also backed by Nicky Morgan, chairwoman of the Treasury select committee, the former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith and the former universities minister Lord Willetts.

As the plans for universal credit were being finalised a senior official at the Treasury picked up the phone to the Department for Work and Pensions. He was shouting so loudly that Iain Duncan Smith could hear him from the other side of the room in which the call was taken. “He was saying, ‘Your boss is mad, you’re all completely mad, we’re not going to have this’,” recalls the former work and pensions secretary. When the tirade ended the “quiet man” of politics was so furious that he turned to his official and said: “Next time he calls tell him that if he ever speaks to anybody in this department like that again, he’ll be eating his own balls for breakfast.”


An estimated 90,000 Britons will die by 2050 from infections that are treatable unless effective action is taken to deal with drug-resistant microbes, researchers say. A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development also said that over the next 30 years superbugs could kill 1.1 million people in North America and Australia and 1.3 million in Europe. However, the authors of the report added that simply by implementing sensible policies on handwashing and by cutting down on the overprescription of antibiotics the figure could be reduced by a million, even without the development of new drugs.

LETHAL superbugs will kill more than 90,000 Brits over the next three decades, a report warns. Experts claim drug-resistant infections could spell the “death of modern medicine” – making routine operations and minor injuries deadly. But three in four superbug deaths could be prevented with basic measures such as better handwashing and doling out fewer antibiotics. Research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates drug-resistant infections could kill 2.4 million people in Europe, North America and Australia over the next 30 years. It includes 90,045 deaths in the UK by 2050.

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News review – Wednesday 7 November 2018

News review – Wednesday 7 November 2018


Michel Barnier has cast doubt on reports that Brussels could offer the UK an escape route from the Irish backstop, an EU demand which could keep Britain in the bloc’s customs territory after Brexit. After reports that Brussels was preparing to back a compromise deal creating an independent mechanism that could give the UK a way out of a temporary customs arrangement with the EU after Brexit, the EU’s chief negotiator told reporters in Bratislava: “I don’t see what you’re speaking about, a review clause.

The European Union’s (EU) chief Brexit negotiator has said there can be no “time limit” on the UK staying locked in the bloc’s Customs Union if a trade deal is not struck before the end of the “transition period.” Hardliner Michel Barnier was characteristically belligerent, insisting that the “backstop means backstop” and there is “still a real point of divergence” on the Northern Ireland issue. He was speaking in Slovakia just hours after Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly proposed a “review mechanism” which would allow the UK to leave the backstop at some point.

A deal between Britain and the EU on the Irish border is not “close” despite hopes of a breakthrough, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has warned. Michel Barnier said there was “still a real point of divergence” on the Northern Ireland issue, after Theresa May called for a “review” mechanism to be attached to the EU’s planned backstop that would guarantee no hard border. The warning came as Theresa May told her Cabinet that a deal ”would not be done at any cost”.

Today an email was sent by a group of anti-Brexit UK MEPs to all European Parliament Members. The email calls on all MEPs to campaign to extend Article 50 beyond March 29, 2019. UKIP Leader Gerard Batten, who was sent the email responded with the following: 
“The anti-Brexit UK MEPs who put their name to the email asking for an extension to Article 50 have revealed themselves for what they are – a bunch of snivelling quislings who are desperate to keep their seats on the EU Parliamentary gravy train.

BRITAIN could REJOIN the EU after Brexit, leading Eurocrat Michel Barnier has claimed. Brussels’ Brexit envoy was blasted by Tory MPs – who warned there is no way the UK will ever want to return to the European Union. Speaking at a conference last night, Mr Barnier was asked whether Britain could change its mind about quitting the EU, according to Politico. He replied: “If the UK changes its red lines, then we will adapt immediately. “After [Brexit] it will be a third country, and like a third country it can ask to join the EU.”

MICHEL Barnier has revealed details of a frosty encounter with Nigel Farage, who warned the EU will “no longer exist” after Brexit. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator described the encounter as a “stimulating exchange” after disclosing the details during a speech at a Catholic conference in Brussels on Monday. Mr Barnier said: “I told him, ‘You led Brexit, you won and now we are delivering Brexit. Can I ask you how you see the relationship between the U.K. and the EU after Brexit?’  
And he said this ‘Mr. Barnier, after Brexit the EU will no longer exist.’ We cannot.” He added: “Allow Mr. Farage to be right, and this depends on us.”

The British government has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to endorse billions of pounds of EU spending on aid projects, as it accused the European commission of discriminating against UK-based organisations over Brexit. In a vote among the 28 member states on the latest allocation of the bloc’s £26.5bn development budget, the UK government declined to give its support for aid spending for the first time. It instead issued a statement accusing the commission of failing to offer the best value for money for European taxpayers by discriminating against British-based organisations that were seeking funding.

French President Emmanuel Macron has once again revealed the desire of EU true believers for the bloc to have full military capability, calling for a “real European army”. Worryingly, Macron is seemingly now setting out America as a potential enemy, telling Europe 1 Radio: “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America.” Specifically on America, Macron has said: “When I see President Trump announcing that he’s quitting a major disarmament treaty which was formed after the 1980s euro-missile crisis that hit Europe, who is the main victim? Europe and its security.

Emmanuel Macron has called for the creation of a “true European army” to allow the EU defend itself from threats ranging from Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin. 
The French president has pushed for closer EU defence union since coming to power last year but has been so far met with limited success amid foot-dragging by other member states. “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” Mr Macron told France’s Europe 1 radio in an interview.


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The BBC has seen a suggested detailed timetable of how the Government might try to sell a Brexit deal to the public and parliament. The notes passed to the BBC give a step-by-step timeline including a speech from the Prime Minister at the CBI conference later this month where it’s suggested she would say: ”We have delivered on the referendum.” A government spokesman said: “The misspelling and childish language in this document should be enough to make clear it doesn’t represent the government’s thinking.

Theresa May was tonight accused of secretly lining up a Brexit deal behind the backs of her Cabinet after a leaked memo revealed detailed plans for selling the deal to the public. A three-week strategy leading up to a parliamentary vote includes daily “themed” announcements, a major speech by the Prime Minister and a televised interview with David Dimbleby. The document, which was seen by the BBC and appears to have been written in the past week, proposes a vote on the deal on Nov 27, adding to suspicions from ministers that Mrs May, desperate for a deal before Christmas, was rushing into an agreement with Brussels.

DOWNING Street has denied bombshell leaked government notes reveal Theresa May’s plan to sell Brexit to the British public. The notes are said to show the Prime Minister’s decision to give a speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) which would outline Britain’s Brexit path. The leaked timetable, seen by the BBC, also reveals how ministers are set to give high-profile media interviews. Number 10 claims the document’s “childish language” shows it does not represent the government’s Brexit strategy.

Theresa May was warned last night not to overplay her hand after leaked Whitehall notes suggested that her government would deploy foreign leaders and business figures to pressure sceptical Conservative MPs into backing her eventual Brexit deal. The prime minister was rebuked by Brexiteer cabinet sources after details emerged of a three-week round-Britain blitz to begin the moment agreement has been reached in cabinet. The notes, believed to have been drawn up by a Whitehall official and passed to MPs, suggest that Mrs May could be in a position to tell the CBI annual conference on November 19 that “we have delivered on the referendum”.

Downing Street has dismissed the accuracy of a leaked document suggesting the government is planning to give MPs a vote on the final Brexit deal within three weeks. The timetable, said to have been drawn up by officials at the Brexit department, sets out how Theresa May will win public support for the agreement she hopes to bring back from Brussels. It proposes that the Commons would hold a vote on the deal on 27 November after a week in which the government would line up business leaders, foreign politicians and Westminster insiders to publicly endorse Ms May’s plan.

As a PR plan it is certainly ambitious, featuring endorsements from world leaders and an interview with Theresa May by David Dimbleby. However, Downing Street insists a leaked “communications grid” supposedly intended to sell a Brexit strategy does not reflect its thinking. Details of the plan, seen by the Guardian among others, lay out an apparent timetable for the month, from a cabinet meeting on Tuesday to a House of Commons vote on the deal it says will take place on 27 November.

A Brexit deal will “not be done at any cost”, Theresa May proclaimed today as she summoned ministers for a three-hour Cabinet meeting. The Prime Minister is said to have emphasised a deal needs to be found in November – otherwise there will not be time to get it through Parliament before Brexit Day, 29 March 2019. But in today’s epic meeting – which did not make a single decision – she tried to bat away talk of compromise. Tory Brexiteers fear the UK will agree a “backstop” (backup plan) that keeps us tied to EU customs rules with no clear way of pulling out. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is said to have demanded the power to unilaterally quit the backstop – an idea Ireland branded unacceptable.

Theresa May has told the cabinet she will not agree a Brexit deal “at any cost” amid a fresh row over the vexed issue of the Irish border. The prime minister’s spokesman said there remains “a significant amount of work to do” and sought to reassure twitchy ministers that she would brief them before agreeing any deal. Addressing journalists at a briefing on Tuesday, Ms May’s spokesman said:“The prime minister said she was confident of reaching a deal.

Cabinet ministers could sign off a new proposal to break the Brexit deadlock within days following concessions from both sides. It came as a leaked Whitehall memo apparently revealed a plan to sell Theresa May’s eventual deal by touring the country and seeking endorsements from world leaders and business chiefs. 
At a tense meeting of the Cabinet yesterday, Mrs May briefed ministers on compromise plans aimed at resolving the Northern Ireland border issue – which has dogged negotiations with Brussels.

THE Cabinet was yesterday told a Brexit deal by Christmas is now within sight after a “major shift” by the EU. With just weeks left, Theresa May’s top table met for a mammoth three hours on Brexit in a bid to end deadlock over the Irish border.
Attorney General Geoffrey Cox declared a climb down by Brussels this week to agree to look at a joint arbitration mechanism to decide when to end the backstop plan could be the basis to a compromise agreement. It would also answer Brexiteer Cabinet ministers’ demand to ensure the UK can escape an ongoing customs union instead of it turning into a permanent trap.

Labour Party

LABOUR’S Sir Keir Starmer will meet EU chiefs today to warn of the dangers of the UK and the bloc striking a loose deal on future relations as Theresa May stands firm and refuses to rush Brexit. Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir claims splits in the Conservative Party have stalled progress on trade links with the EU and will mean years of further negotiations.

John McDonnell last night blasted Theresa May‘s Brexit strategy – comparing it to Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Adolf Hitler. The shadow chancellor said the PM’s plan is the ‘worst of all worlds’ which would fail to provide stability for businesses or workers. And he confirmed Labour would be voting against the deal if a customs union with the EU is not permanent – despite the prospect of a revolt by backbenchers who have said they could back the PM. Mr McDonnell said Mrs May will come back hailing a deal, but it will be ‘more like Neville Chamberlain’ than Winston Churchill and will ‘disintegrate’ over time.

Labour will vote down any Brexit deal that does not contain details about what kind of trade deal Britain will have with the EU, Sir Keir Starmer has said. 
The party’s shadow Brexit secretary is travelling to Brussels on Wednesday for meetings with senior EU officials where he is expected to make clear that the opposition party is opposed to a so-called “blind Brexit”. Any Brexit deal will include two elements. Firstly, a withdrawal agreement – solving separation issues like Ireland, the divorce bill and citizens rights.


The Lib Dems have been accused of selling the personal data of its members for £100,000 to an anti Brexit campaign group. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) received claims the party sold the data to Britain Stronger in Europe, which campaigned for Remain, and a linked broker. The party strongly denies the claims they misused data during the 2016 referendum campaign. The Lib Dems insist they only shared electoral register data supplied by councils – not private membership information.

Guido can shed more light on the
Information Commissioner’s Office investigation into the use of data by campaigns during the EU referendum. The report reveals that the ICO is “still looking” into breaches of data by BSE that may require further action. After the referendum, BSE became Open Britain, and this summer re-branded again as the ironically named People’s Vote campaign. All while the investigation was ongoing… The campaign’s re-branding leads to priceless tweets, but it doesn’t get them out of the serious ICO investigation.

Child grooming

The mother of a Huddersfield grooming gang victim said her daughter’s rapist told her the police “won’t touch me, they don’t like us P***s”. The mother of ‘Girl L’ told the
Huddersfield Examiner that she had struggled to get West Yorkshire Police to take her complaints of grooming and abuse against her daughter seriously, and several times told the rapists to stay away from her daughter. On one occasion, she said she told Irfan Ahmed (also known as ‘Finny’, pictured above, left) on the telephone: “I’ve reported you to the police for child sexual exploitation.” To which, she said Ahmed replied: “Bring it on, they won’t touch me, they don’t like us P***s.”

Knife crime

Four in ten criminals caught more than once with a knife are spared prison. 
Nearly 5,000 repeat offenders avoided jail despite a ‘two strikes and you’re out’ rule. The shocking figures were revealed following the third fatal stabbing of a London teenager inside a week. Adults caught with a knife for the second time should be locked up for at least six months under laws rolled out by the Tories in 2015. But, of the 13,056 people convicted of a further knife offence over the past three years, 4,908 were given suspended sentences, community punishments, fines or cautions.


Reductions in police numbers and funding have “severely dented” public confidence in the service, MPs say. Financial pressures have left police struggling to provide an effective service, risking serious consequences for public safety, according to a report by the Commons public accounts committee to be published today. Officer numbers have fallen by 21,300 over the past decade; those remaining are taking longer to charge suspects and making fewer arrests. Forces are increasingly called on for non-criminal incidents amid cuts in other public services.

Public confidence and trust in police is “breaking down” as forces struggle to respond to crime because of government cuts, MPs have said. A report by the Public Accounts Committee found that funding for policing is down by almost one-fifth since 2010-11, and there are nearly one-fifth fewer officers and staff. It was released amid national calls for a crackdown on violence after five people were stabbed to death in London in just a week, and official statistics show knife crime at record levels.

Social care

One of the biggest home care providers in England may be on the brink of collapse, inspectors have warned.  The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has raised concerns that Allied Healthcare may not be able to continue to operate after November 30. The company offers home care services across 84 councils to around 9,300 people in England. It provides care to 13,500 in the UK, in total.

Specialist support provided to thousands of elderly and disabled people is at risk of being disrupted after a warning that the country’s biggest domestic care provider is struggling to survive. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has notified local authorities that Allied Healthcare, which provides care at home to 13,000 people across the United Kingdom, had been unable to confirm evidence of funding beyond the end of this month.

MORE than 13,000 vulnerable Brits face losing vital home care, with one of nation’s largest providers teetering on the brink. Allied Healthcare helps OAPs with basic tasks such as washing, dressing and managing medication. But watchdog the Care Quality Commission has taken the unprecedented step of writing to 84 councils raising fears the firm could soon go bust. It said there is a “credible risk of service disruption” after the end of this month – and warned local authorities must step in to help elderly and disabled users if needed. Charities and campaigners claim it is a “stark illustration” of a broken social care system “close to collapse”.

Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson today presented a petition to Downing Street with nearly 200,000 signatures opposing a ‘political witch hunt’ against the Armed Forces. The English Defence League founder, who was formally released from bail yesterday, met a group of soldiers in camouflage at Watford Gap services on the M1 last month. One of the soldiers was allegedly discharged after pictures and videos emerged of the meeting, but Robinson said he had since started training again with the Army. 


Sky News
A cigar-shaped interstellar object that flew past the sun could be an alien spacecraft, researchers from Harvard University have said. Scientists have been trying to figure out what the 1,312ft (400m) object named Oumuamua might be after it was first spotted by
a telescope in Hawaii in October 2017. the object’s flat, elongated shape and reddish colour is from outside our solar system, according to the researchers. It was moving at 59,030mph when it was first tracked by scientists. Oumuamua’s unusual trajectory and high speed sets it aside from other space objects such as asteroids and comets. Harvard researchers have now said it “may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilisation”.

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