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News review – Tuesday 24 June 2019

News review – Tuesday 24 June 2019

Tory leadership

Express
ANGRY Tory MPs last night accused a Left-wing hate mob of trying to wreck Boris Johnson’s bid to become prime minister with a campaign of intrusion and harassment. Jacob Rees-Mogg led a string of senior backbenchers in rallying around the former foreign secretary following the political storm about a row with his girlfriend that has threatened to derail his leadership campaign.

Mail
Boris Johnson warned Britain to ‘prepare for a No Deal Brexit’ last night in the hope of winning concessions from the EU. But as he revealed his Brexit blueprint, he was warned he faces a mutiny from Tory Remainers which could force him from office within months. In the most detailed explanation of his plans so far, Mr Johnson told the BBC that Theresa May’s Brexit deal was ‘dead’ – but insisted his ‘positive energy’, coupled with the threat of No Deal and the withholding of the £39billion divorce payment could persuade the EU to back down in key areas.

iNews
Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has been accused of “hypocrisy” after refusing to explain why he believes the time limit on abortions should be reduced. The Foreign Secretary told Good Morning Britain (GMB) it was important for his opponent Boris Johnson to answer questions about what he would do as Prime Minister, but would not expand on why he is in favour of cutting the current 24-week limit for abortions to 12 weeks.

Telegraph
Jeremy Hunt has announced plans for £15 billion of extra defence spending as he took advantage of Boris Johnson’s troubles to forge ahead with policy announcements. The Foreign Secretary has carried out eight broadcast interviews since Saturday, compared with Mr Johnson’s one, and is trying to close the gap on the front-runner by making bold announcements on how he would spend public money if he made it to Number 10.

Guardian
Jeremy Hunt will promise to increase spending on defence by a quarter during the next five years, as he seeks to woo the grassroots Tories who will select Britain’s next prime minister. The foreign secretary is the underdog in the race to succeed Theresa May, with Boris Johnson the clear favourite, but the defence pledge is the latest of a series of policy announcements aimed at enthusing the Tory grassroots – and highlighting the lack of clear policies in Johnson’s leadership platform.

Independent
Jeremy Hunt warned that a government led by Boris Johnson could “collapse immediately” due to a fragile coalition of people supporting his leadership.  The remarks from the foreign secretary came as he accused his rival in the race to succeed Theresa May of cowardice for “pathetically” avoiding questioning and trying to “slink through the back door” of No 10.

Sky News
Jeremy Hunt has pledged to spend an extra £15 billion on defence if he is made prime minister to help combat “new threats to western values”. The Foreign Secretary and Tory leadership hopeful said he would increase funding for the armed forces by 25% over five years to show Britain is “determined to remain a first-rank military power”.

Mail
Jeremy Hunt has promised a £15billion boost in defence spending to see off the rising threat from Moscow. The Foreign Secretary said he wants Britain to play a leading global role in deterring Russian aggression. The Tory leadership hopeful vowed that as prime minister, he would increase defence spending from 2 to 2.5 per cent of national income over five years. The former health secretary said the extra money would boost Britain’s naval presence in the face of Russian submarine activity, ‘fire up’ the country’s ability to counter cyber-attacks and provide ‘equipment upgrades’ for troops.

Times
Jeremy Hunt last night pledged to spend an additional £15 billion a year on defence as it emerged that Boris Johnson’s tax plans will cost £9 billion. Mr Hunt vowed to increase defence spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP over the next five years, up from its current level of about 2 per cent, which is the Nato minimum target. There was no detailed explanation of how the commitment would be funded, however.

Mail
Plans floated by Boris Johnson to give a tax cut to people on more than £50,000 would cost around £9 billion and mainly benefit the top 10% of earners, according to new analysis. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), a respected economic think tank, said it was ‘not clear’ that spending so much on tax cuts would be compatible with both ending austerity in public spending and the ‘prudent management of the public finances’.

Conservative Party

Mail
Veteran Tory europhile Ken Clarke suggested today he could help hard Left Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn collapse a Conservative government led by Boris Johnson if he tries to force through a No Deal Brexit.   The former chancellor said he would not back any administration which tries to ‘pursue policies which are totally incompatible with everything the Conservative Party has stood for’ since he became an MP in 1970.

Mirror
Tory veteran Ken Clarke has warned he’d BRING DOWN Boris Johnson with a no confidence vote in his government. The arch-Europhile former Chancellor said he will break ranks and vote to trigger an election if the new PM is heading for a No Deal Brexit . It comes hours after another top Tory, Tobias Ellwood, warned 12 Conservatives could vote no-confidence rather than face No Deal.

Guardian
Conservatives stepped up warnings on Monday that a Boris Johnson premiership could lead to the collapse of the government if the leadership frontrunner attempts to pursue no deal. One former Tory minister said he believed there were many more Tory MPs who would be prepared to take that step than those who would publicly admit it. “I do think at least 10 would vote to bring down the government if the government was taking us into no deal,” the MP said.

Independent
Boris Johnson has been warned that as many as a dozen Conservative MPs will back a vote of no confidence, triggering a general election, to block a no-deal Brexit. The former foreign secretary has promised to take the UK out of the Europe Union on 31 October with or without an agreement on divorce terms. And his rival for the Tory leadershipJeremy Hunt, the current foreign secretary, has not ruled out a potentially damaging no-deal outcome, though he says he is ready to extend Brexit negotiations in the hope of avoiding it.

Morning Star
SHOCK new polling has revealed the depth of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party. More than two-thirds of Tories believe there are areas of Britain “operating under sharia law,” according to a YouGov poll of party members. And almost half believe there are “no-go” areas of Britain where it is unsafe for non-Muslims to visit.

Independent
Two-thirds of Conservative Party members believe parts of Britain operate under sharia law, a new poll has shown amid a mounting Islamophobia scandal. A YouGov poll found almost half of Tories believed in the myth of no-go zones where “non-Muslims are not able to enter” and 39 per cent thought Islamist terror attacks “reflected widespread hostility to Britain among the Muslim community”.

Yahoo News
Two thirds of Conservative Party members believe that parts of Britain “operate under Sharia law”, a new poll has shown amid a mounting Islamophobia scandal. A YouGov poll found that almost half of Tories believed in the myth of no-go zones where “non-Muslims are not able to enter” and 39 per cent thought Islamist terror attacks “reflected widespread hostility to Britain among the Muslim community”.

Labour Party

Times
Labour MPs have been given two weeks to decide whether they want to stand for the party at the next general election. In a surprise message to the parliamentary Labour Party yesterday Jennie Formby, the general secretary, announced that the party’s national executive committee (NEC) would begin the process of choosing candidates for the next general election.

Guardian
Labour MPs have been given a fortnight to decide whether they want to stand again for parliament as the party gears up for an early general election by kicking off what some fear could turn into a wave of deselections. Those MPs who want to continue to represent their constituency in future must first navigate the trigger-ballot process. After a contentious rule-change at last year’s Labour conference, that means commanding the support of two-thirds of local party branches and two-thirds of affiliated trade union branches.

Morning Star
RAILWAY workers under a Labour government will have board-level representation at national level in a unified railway system, shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald said. He told delegates at RMT’s annual congress in Manchester today that a government led by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would create a single railway company that controls both infrastructure and train services within a single organisation.

Independent
A definitive shift in Labour’s Brexit policy has been put on hold after the Unite union dug its heels in against moves to throw the party’s full weight behind a second referendum and a Remain vote. Hopes that a change in position would be agreed on Tuesday at a crunch shadow cabinet meeting were dashed after the union’s intervention in talks with Jeremy Corbyn.

Telegraph
John McDonnell has confirmed Labour plans to delist from the London Stock Exchange any company that “fails” to address the climate change crisis. In a speech to City leaders and hosted by lobbying group UK Finance, the shadow chancellor said that regulation was necessary to “divert investment away from fossil fuels”. This effort required legislation to ensure that companies could be stripped of their London listings if necessary, he added.

TBP

Independent
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is to table a petition calling for an investigation into allegations of impropriety during this month’s Peterborough by-election. The move follows reports of irregularities in the use of postal voting in the contest, which was won by Labour’s Lisa Forbes by a wafer-thin majority of 683 over the Brexit Party. Mr Farage urged an end to the postal voting system in its current form, as party chair Richard Tice said there had been numerous “rumours” including of “vote rigging”.

BBC News
The Brexit Party has called for an investigation into Labour’s narrow victory in the Peterborough by-election. Labour’s Lisa Forbes won the seat on 6 June by 683 votes, ahead of the Brexit Party. Its chairman Richard Tice said there had been numerous “rumours” about the outcome, including “vote-rigging”. Cambridgeshire Police said no offences had been revealed in its inquiry into bribery and postal votes.

Westmonster
The Brexit Party have today announced that they are to legally challenge the result of the Peterborough by-election. It comes after claims of illegal activity, with Cambridgeshire Police having confirmed that they were investigating five allegations. Some of these have now been dismissed. At a press conference this morning, the party highlighted the involvement of Tariq Mahmood who had previously been jailed for postal vote interference.

Guardian
The Brexit party is to launch a formal legal challenge against the result of this month’s Peterborough by election, where it was narrowly beaten by Labour, claiming that allegations of corruption connected to postal votes need to be investigated. Nigel Farage, the party’s leader, insisted the challenge was about more than the loss to Labour by 683 votes, saying the wider use of postal votes was open to abuse and needed to be investigated

Express
NIGEL FARAGE’S Brexit Party will aim to get their first MP in Westminster as the Conservative Party name a convicted fraudster as their candidate for the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election. Chris Davies – who caused the by-election after being booted out by constituents in a recall petition – will stand for the Conservative Party in the Tory stronghold in a dramatic turn of events.

Breitbart
Brexit leader Nigel Farage has told Breitbart London that he could work with a future Prime Minister Boris Johnson provided he was brave and “Churchillian” in office, but warned that he could be Mr Johnson’s worst enemy if he decided to betray Brexit. In comments made to Breitbart’s James Delingpole, Nigel Farage strongly implied the chances of heir presumptive Boris Johnson would make a good Prime Minister who would deliver both Brexit and conservative policies were pretty low, when he responded to a question on the matter with laughter only.

CHUK

Express
CHANGE UK has vowed to block a no deal Brexit in a move that could potentially bring the Government to its knees, despite the threat of total annihilation in a subsequent general election. This would see the struggling party, which now has just five MPs, perform a massive U-turn after suggesting in April it would in fact back Theresa May in a confidence vote because its own members did not believe a general election would solve the Brexit crisis.

Huffington Post
The Change UK party of breakaway MPs has vowed to back a no confidence vote in the government if it is necessary to stop a no-deal Brexit despite the threat of almost certain wipeout in a subsequent general election. It marks something of a U-turn for the fledging centrist party, which in April suggested it would back Theresa May in a confidence vote because its MPs did not believe an election would solve the Brexit impasse.

Ireland

Evening Standard
Boris Johnson has said he would be able to persuade Brussels to resolve the Irish backstop but admitted he would need EU cooperation.  In an interview with the BBC, the Conservative leadership frontrunner said he “did not believe for a moment” the UK would leave without a Brexit deal, although he was willing to do so if required. Mr Johnson said the existing deal negotiated by Theresa May was “dead” and he could agree a new deal with the EU before the October 31 deadline because their was now a “different understanding” of what is needed in the UK and Europe.

Independent
Proposed technological solutions to avoid a hard Irish border after Brexit will not succeed in the absence of consent from populations in both the Republic and the North, a former shadow Northern Ireland secretary has warned. A new independent report claims that “alternative arrangements” based on existing technologies could be in place within three years to keep the border open and do away with the need for the controversial backstop.

BBC News
A report on how to avoid checks on the Irish border after Brexit suggests the UK and Ireland could try to form a new single zone for food standards. The radical proposal is part of the Alternative Arrangements report. It is backed by Tory MPs Nicky Morgan and Greg Hands. Food standards are one of the most difficult border issues due to strict EU rules as food products entering from a non-member state must be subject to checks at the point of entry.

Telegraph
Ireland is facing demands from six fellow EU countries to set out detailed plans for how it will manage a no-deal Brexit as fears grow in Brussels that such an exit may be unavoidable, The Telegraph can reveal. In the first clear sign that EU solidarity with Ireland is starting to come under strain, a gang of six states: France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Denmark and the Netherlands; are insisting that Ireland must set out in operational detail how it will protect EU borders.

Scotland

Mail
Boris Johnson was today warned that he must ‘carry the whole United Kingdom’ if he becomes PM – after a poll suggested the drive for Scottish independence could be fuelled if he gets the top job. MPs insisted Mr Johnson and rival Jeremy Hunt must ‘prove’ their commitment to the union during the campaign.  The warning came after Nicola Sturgeon seized on a new survey to gloat that Mr Johnson will be a ‘disaster’ for the Tories.

Express
NICOLA STURGEON hit out at Tory leadership hopefuls Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson this afternoon, accusing them of failing to explain how they will deliver Brexit – which she claimed has created a “democratic deficit” in Scotland. Scotland’s First Minister Ms Sturgeon launched a blistering attack against Brexit and Whitehall, accusing Theresa May’s Government of leaving constitutional conventions “in shreds”.

EU

Telegraph
Switzerland will ban European Union stock exchanges from trading Swiss shares in retaliation for Brussels freezing its bourses out from the EU market. The European Commission refused to grant Swiss stock exchanges access after its patience ran out during negotiations over a long-delayed partnership treaty. “Equivalence”, the system of regulatory recognition used to govern access for financial services in non-EU countries, will now elapse on July 1.

Mirror
The European Commission has complained to the UK government over obstacles it says stopped EU citizens entitled to vote from casting a ballot in last month’s European elections. A letter sent to the Cabinet Office claims that voters from other EU states – who are entitled for vote in EU wide polls regardless of where they live in the union – faced “a number of obstacles to participation”.

Education

Times
Up to 8,500 children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are being left out of the education system, according to a study. The National Education Union analysed government data showing the number of pupils with an education healthcare plan, (which lays out the support their local council is obliged to provide), who do not have a place in school or higher education place.  Justin Cooke, policy manager for the charity Ambitious about Autism, said that schools have reduced support structures and teaching assistant numbers to cut costs and so are increasingly unable to meet the needs of pupils with special needs.

Sun
Chris Grayling and other Cabinet Ministers are joining forces to try and block Theresa May’s “outrageous” £27 billion school funding push in a serious blow to Downing Street plans. The Transport Secretary is among a group who have sided with Philip Hammond in the blistering row over the legacy blitz. Sources told The Sun the ‘rebel’ group could even write an official complaint to Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill in a staggering move.

Dementia

Telegraph
Common drugs including antidepressants could increase the risk of dementia by up to 50 per cent, a major study has found. Experts said the findings had “enormous implications” for millions of Britons, with half of middle-aged people taking one of the medications. The class of drugs – which are also prescribed to treat bladder conditions, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy- are called anticholinergic medication.

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YOUR DAILY BREXIT BETRAYAL – Tuesday 25th June 2019

YOUR DAILY BREXIT BETRAYAL – Tuesday 25th June 2019

 

Inevitably, the headlines in our Establishment MSM are again full of the Boris-Affair. It’s all very interesting, I’m sure, if you are into that sort of thing. It’s also interesting that the Remainers’ latest dahlink, Mr Jeremy Hunt, is celebrated for the inanity of proposing to spend an extra £15bn on defence (link, paywalled). He must have been promised unfettered access to that famous Money Tree kept secretly in the Treasury gardens …!

In the other corner, in a BBC interview last evening, BoJo has come out with his fabulous proposals to get us Brexit: 

“In the most detailed explanation of his plans so far, Mr Johnson told the BBC that Theresa May’s Brexit deal was ‘dead’ – but insisted his ‘positive energy’, coupled with the threat of No Deal and the withholding of the £39billion divorce payment could persuade the EU to back down in key areas. The Tory leadership frontrunner said he would engage in ‘creative ambiguity about when and how’ the divorce payment is made. He insisted a new deal could be struck in time to take Britain out on October 31. And he said the EU would agree to a Brexit transition even in the event of No Deal – something Brussels has strenuously denied. But he said it was ‘common sense’ to ‘prepare confidently and seriously for a No Deal outcome’, as this was the best way of securing concessions from the EU.” (source)

I’m not sure if he is also ‘engaging in creative ambiguity’ with us and the MSM – especially the Remain MSM – or if he has some machiavellian plans hidden away, to deal with his Tory Party ‘rebels’ like Mr Grieve and Mr Kenneth Clarke.

Given this background, you might think there’s nothing happening on the EU Continent, but let me assure you, there is! Firstly, there’s our Celtic neighbour, the one with the Backstop. Have pity on them, because reality is starting to bite. 

The Varadkar government has to produce a budget, and we read that this will be one where a No-Deal-Brexit is priced in. The report in The Express is based on this one in the Irish Independent:

“Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe’s next budget is “all but certain” to be based on a disorderly Brexit, his ministerial colleagues believe. The minister will tomorrow take the unprecedented step of publishing two economic outlooks on which Budget 2020 could be based. His Summer Economic Statement (SES) will present one set of figures for dealing with an orderly Brexit and another for a ‘doomsday scenario’. However, senior Government sources say if Brexit continues on the current timeline, Mr Donohoe will have little option but to base his budget on “the disaster”. “Ultimately he will have to decide in September which set of figures to use on Budget Day. At that stage it’s unlikely we’ll have clarity on Brexit so you’d have to work off the worst-case scenario,” the source said.”

Isn’t it … strange how our Remainers, how Brussels and now Ireland are bleating about a worst-case scenario should No Deal Brexit happen while the more rational ministers and civil servants in Ireland,  here and in the EU member states all prepare for it!

A couple of days ago Sir John Redwood remarked in his Diary that the EU is “ready for UK exit in October without the Withdrawal treaty”, concluding shrewdly:

“This of course all goes largely unreported by the Remain facing UK media, who carry on with silly scare stories based on an imaginary exit with none of these agreements in place.”

Ah, but our MSM must spend time and resources on that titillating story, that ‘Johnson affair’! Their non-reporting of preparations made everywhere for a No Deal Brexit shows nicely that the whole uproar about cliff edges, a ‘cast-in-stone’ WA, the Backstop, is simply driven by ideology, not pragmatism.

Next there’s one (!) report about some EU member states apparently getting a bit impatient with the Irish tail wagging the EU dog:

“Ireland is facing demands from six fellow EU countries to set out detailed plans for how it will manage a no-deal Brexit as fears grow in Brussels that such an exit may be unavoidable. In the first clear sign that EU solidarity with Ireland is starting to come under strain, a gang of six states: France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Denmark and the Netherlands; are insisting that Ireland must set out in operational detail how it will protect EU borders. It reflects growing impatience among EU member states over the refusal of the Irish government to spell out what will happen if the Irish backstop – which was designed to prevent the return of a hard border in Ireland – backfires and causes a no deal.” (paywalled link)

I don’t want to gloat, but this next bit reads as if the days of the Taoiseach’s posturing and demands without substance are coming to an end:

“Until recently, the Irish government has avoided the detail, countering that the UK has a mutual duty to help avoid a return to a hard border under the Good Friday Agreement, and threatening to not hold any EU-UK trade talks until London complies. But the decision to put pressure on Dublin reflects concerns in Berlin and Paris that if the UK does not cooperate, then Ireland will pose a risk to the integrity of the EU single market in the event of a no deal. Poland is understood to be among a minority of member states who harbour hopes that forcing Ireland to confront the difficulties of a no deal could pave the way to reopening the debate on time-limiting the backstop.” (paywalled link)

Interesting, isn’t it: at five minutes before midnight what was anathema until now can suddenly be mentioned. One wonders when our home-grown, EU-supported Remainers will cotton on to this, especially those Tory MPs in the HoC who would rather bring their own government down if there is No Deal.

However, they and the May-Replacement would do well to take note of and learn from the ‘Swiss experience’. A week ago we read that:

“Brussels is increasingly likely to cut off Swiss stock exchanges from the EU’s single market to send a “warning shot” to Bern but also to Brexit Britain.” (paywalled link)

Today there’s a report that the Swiss aren’t going to cave in but are instead retaliating:

“Switzerland will ban European Union stock exchanges from trading Swiss shares in retaliation for Brussels freezing its bourses out from the EU market. The European Commission refused to grant Swiss stock exchanges access after its patience ran out during negotiations over a long-delayed partnership treaty. “Equivalence”, the system of regulatory recognition used to govern access for financial services in non-EU countries, will now lapse on July 1. In retaliation Bern said it would withdraw recognition from trading venues in the EU from July 1 to “protect the Swiss stock exchange infrastructure in the event of non-extension. “Trading venues in the EU would thus be prohibited from offering or facilitating trading in certain shares of Swiss companies from that date,” the Swiss government said.” (paywalled link)

You might say that this is only little Switzerland, so why should we care. However, the EU has been trying to play hard ball with the Swiss explicitly to prepare the way for the UK’s agreement to stay in the Single Market thanks to May’s WA:

“Last week, an European Commission document called for a “crystal clear” message to be sent to Bern but also to Brexit Britain. “An expiry of the ‘equivalence’ may be just the warning shot across the bow they need,” the document said. […] Equivalence lies entirely in the gift of the European Commission, the EU’s civil service, and can be withdrawn at short notice and with no right of appeal. British and EU negotiators have agreed that the same system will be used after Brexit, if the Withdrawal Agreement is ever ratified by the House of Commons.” (paywalled link)

Do take note of those last sentences – do read them again and let them sink in! Then ask your MP if he or she is happy with that! It constitutes a pretty clear warning to the Remainers – but perhaps they think the City will be fine with this? Perhaps they ought to think about the following:

“It is unlikely in the short term that Brussels would attempt similar hardball tactics with the City of London because of its larger size and the EU’s greater exposure to it. But the Swiss example will serve as a warning that the EU is not willing to compromise on its red lines, even if that means a “no deal” with Bern.” (paywalled link)

Of course the EU isn’t ‘willing to compromise’, not with Switzerland, not with us. it’s only Ms May and her civil serpent negotiators who have been compromising all the way down.

Why? And why, if the Swiss can stand up to the EU, are the Remainers insisting that we’re too weak, too feeble, to stand up for ourselves?

Do  the Golden Fleshpots of the EU beckon? Stay vigilant – and

 

KBO!

 

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Northern Ireland Brexit checks ‘would require full police support’

Officials would need security in nationalist areas, says author of report on backstop alternatives

Full police support would be needed for officials if they tried to go into nationalist areas in Northern Ireland to do Brexit checks, one of the authors of a report on alternative arrangements to the Irish border backstop has been told.

Shanker Singham said he was given this advice by a community representative recently when in the Creggan estate in Derry, where the journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead in April.

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However you look at it, the logic of a Brexit backstop refuses to yield

None of the options proposed as a solution to keeping the Irish border looks workable

The question, set less by Brussels than the logic of Brexit, is how the UK government can in one move leave the European union’s single market and customs while also maintaining the flow of trade and people on its one land border with the bloc in Ireland

The fact that the existence of the land border in question cost more than 3,600 lives over 30 years led to the British government in December 2017 restating its commitment to avoid “a hard border, including any physical infrastructure or related checks and controls”.

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News review – Monday 24 June 2019

News review – Monday 24 June 2019

WA

Independent
The Conservatives are under fire for a shock plan that would allow the new prime minister to “chicken out” of putting their Brexit plan to the House of Commons until the autumn. Opposition MPs spoke out after aides to Boris Johnson and  Jeremy Hunt were told the winner of the Tory leadership race would not move into No 10 on Tuesday 23 July, as widely expected. Instead, Theresa May proposes to make a final appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions the following day before resigning – just one day before MPs depart for their long summer recess on 25 July, they were reportedly told.

GE

Express
BORIS Johnson should call a snap general election in the event that he becomes prime minister, while pursuing a policy of “managed no deal” rather than suffer a “death of a thousand cuts” by trying to limp along with a paper-thin majority, a Tory ally has said. Daniel Kawczynski said it was his understanding that at least two of his fellow Conservative MPs were in discussions with Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable about the possible defections, and suggested an election was preferable to the current impasse. Several Tories including former Attorney General Dominic Grieve and veteran Tory MP Ken Clarke have already suggested they could be willing to back a Labour vote of confidence and bring down a Johnson-led Government if he refuses to rule out a no deal option when it comes to Brexit.

Express
BORIS Johnson has been warned he could last just 24 hours as Prime Minister before MPs oust him. Senior Tories are said to have told the leadership hopeful’s team it is highly likely a vote of no confidence being plotted by Jeremy Corbyn would succeed. Labour MPs are being told they must attend the Commons the day after Theresa May quits ready for the move. Party chairman Brandon Lewis and Chief Whip Julian Smith are said to believe at least two Conservative MPs are ready to defect and others could follow to bring Mr Johnson down.

Evening Standard
Boris Johnson has been warned by Tory former attorney general Dominic Grieve that Conservative MPs could push him out of office in October if he becomes prime minister and tries to leave the EU without a deal. In a thinly veiled threat to the front runner in the race for Number 10, Mr Grieve insisted a large number of Tory MPs would mobilise to prevent a no-deal Brexit in the autumn. Mr Johnson is now in the final two in the Tory leadership contest alongside Jeremy Hunt, and has insisted the UK must leave the EU on the current deadline of October 31.

iNews
Boris Johnson could face a daunting test of his political strength within hours of arriving in Downing Street as Jeremy Corbyn launches an immediate attempt to topple him as prime minister. Labour sources confirmed that the party stood by its commitment to table an instant vote of no confidence in the winner of the Tory leadership contest. Mr Johnson remains the front runner despite recent damaging headlines over his personal life.

Breitbart
EU loyalist Dominic Grieve has warned that he and other Remainer Tories could topple Boris Johnson if he backs a No Deal Brexit, as opposition MPs plot to end the next Tory leader’s premiership in a day. Grieve, who represents a Leave-voting constituency and has already lost a vote of no confidence by the Tory constituency association — but has been protected by Remain-voting party chairman Brandon Lewis MP — warned: “If the new prime minister announces taking the country on a magical mystery tour towards an October 31st crash-out, I don’t think that prime minister is going to survive very long.”

Tory leadership

Independent
Boris Johnson’s poll ratings have suffered a major slump  following the loud altercation with his girlfriend, as voters say his private life does matter in the race for No 10. The favourite’s lead among Conservative voters has more than halved since the incident in the early hours of Friday morning – and rival Jeremy Hunt has snatched the lead among the wider public. More than half of voters said Mr Johnson’s private life was relevant to his ability to be prime minister and three-quarters said a candidate’s character was relevant to the contest.

Mail
Great Britain should not become Little England, Jeremy Hunt said yesterday as he pledged to abandon the tens of thousands target for immigration. The Tory leadership hopeful told the Daily Mail that he would abandon Theresa May‘s flagship pledge to limit the numbers moving to the UK. Calling for flexibility, the Foreign Secretary said Britain could not ‘pull down the shutters’ after leaving the EU and said skilled workers should be prioritised.

Mail
Jeremy Hunt insisted he is the PM Nicola Sturgeon ‘fears most’ today – as he took his campaign to Scotland. The Foreign Secretary gamely drank a can of Irn Bru, scoffed chips, visited his 99-year-old great aunt and inspected freshly-caught fish on a trip to Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. The photo opportunities came as Mr Hunt scented an opportunity to gain ground on his rival Boris Johnson, who was recorded having a major bust-up with his girlfriend on Friday that resulted in police being called to his South London home.

Reuters
Jeremy Hunt, the underdog in the race to be next British prime minister, said he would take the United Kingdom out of the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31 if the EU had not showed it was willing to renegotiate the Brexit deal. “If we got to the 31st of October, and the EU have not shown the willingness to negotiate a better deal … then my judgment is that weighing those difficult options up, the political risk of no Brexit is far worse than the economic risk of no deal,” Hunt said at a leadership hustings event in Birmingham, central England.

Mail
Boris Johnson has repeated his determination to deliver Brexit by Halloween, in what will be seen as an attempt to refocus attention away from his private life. The Tory leadership candidate appeared to deliver a retort to his rival to be prime minister as he vowed ‘we are not going to bottle it’ on the EU exit date of October 31. But Jeremy Hunt called on Mr Johnson not to be a ‘coward’ by avoiding a live TV debate with him this week, as he suggested otherwise he would be ‘slinking through the back door’ of Number 10.

Lib Dems

Mail
The frontrunner to be the new Liberal Democrat leader was branded ‘ridiculous’ last night after claiming the UK is a ‘racist country’. Jo Swinson, the favourite to succeed Sir Vince Cable as Lib Dem party boss, was accused of smearing the entire nation with her ‘absurd’ remark. The Scottish MP, currently the party’s deputy leader, made the comment while raising concerns over challenges faced by black people in public life.

Evening Standard
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said he is in talks with a number of Tory and Labour MPs about joining his party.  Sir Vince said the idea of forming a new centre grouping is now dead and Change UK was a “media bubble”. He told BBC Radio 4’s The Westminster Hour: “There are quite a lot of Tory MPs, some Labour, who were going to make the jump and didn’t but are now realising that their position is becoming impossible and who might well come to us.

Labour Party

Independent
Tom Watson has accused Labour bosses of rigging an analysis of the party’s European elections disaster to block a shift to fully backing a fresh Brexit referendum.  In an explosive memo, the deputy leader attacked a “series of assertions based on no evidence” that was leaked to the media ahead of a shadow cabinet meeting on the controversy. Mr Watson said most of the document was “an accurate and fact-based reflection of the state-of-play”.

Mirror
Union members would be overwhelmingly more likely to vote Labour if the party gives them the chance to back remain in a second referendum. A new poll for the People’s Vote campaign found 64% of union members back having a referendum, compared to 33% against. And if there is a new referendum 71% of union members would support staying in the EU, the poll claimed. The YouGov poll of 1,813 trade unionists also found they were more likely to back than abandon Labour if the party backs a ‘People’s Vote’.

Sky News
Hilary Benn has urged the Labour Party to come out “loud and clear” in support of a second referendum. Speaking at the launch of People’s Vote North, Mr Benn described the Brexit campaign as a “fantasy” and said the UK’s withdrawal has been a “complete and utter mess”. The pro-Remain Labour MP joined celebrities, sports stars and other politicians at a rally at New Dock Hall in Leeds, the first of 15 similar events planned across Britain this summer.

Independent
Trade unionists overwhelmingly back a fresh Brexit referendum, a survey has found, as Jeremy Corbyn consults them ahead of a possible shift in Labour policy. Almost two-thirds of union members support a Final Say public vote, it showed – rising to more than three-quarters of those who backed Labour at the last general election. They also want Labour to campaign for the UK to stay in the EU by a three-to-one margin and are three times more likely to vote for a Labour Party fully backing a referendum than deterred from doing so.

BBC News
The “time has passed” for Labour to be able to get its own Brexit deal and any agreement should go to a vote, shadow cabinet minister Andrew Gwynne says. He said the party “will do everything we can to stop no deal”. But Caroline Flint, one of 26 Labour MPs who have urged Jeremy Corbyn not to call for a second referendum, said she would prefer no deal to no Brexit. She said the number of Labour MPs prepared to back the government’s Brexit deal “will go up” in the future.

Express
JOHN MCDONNELL has pledged to appoint a Bank of England (BoE) Governor “in tune” with the current hard-left Labour Party’s leadership if Jeremy Corbyn wins the next general election. The Shadow Chancellor said he would install a person able to “meet the requirements of what will be a radical Labour Government”, a newly re-surfaced September 2018 interview has revealed. Mr McDonnell told left-wing media organisation Novara Media: “When we move forward what we will want to have is someone in the Bank of England that, yes, is in tune with our ideas, but has the status and the experience of understanding the economy – and there is a range of people out there.

Guardian
Labour will back measures deterring investment in fossil fuels as part of a new drive to stop the financial sector from funding  global heatingJohn McDonnell will reveal this week. In the latest attempt by Labour to display its green credentials, the shadow chancellor will use a speech in the City on Monday to commit to using the “full might of the Treasury” to tackle the issue. He will commit the party to forcing the private sector into investing in the “green industrial revolution”.

Conservative Party

Mirror
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have been challenged to tackle Tory Islamophobia after a shocking poll revealed the extent of anti-Muslim sentiment in the party. Almost half of Tory party members (40%) believe the Government should “lower the number of Muslims entering Britain,” according to the survey. The results of the YouGov poll for Hope Not Hate also show more than two thirds of those questioned (67%) believe the lie that parts of Britain operate under Sharia law.

Sun
A BITTER split has opened up inside Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign over personalities and Cabinet jobs, The Sun can reveal. Antagonism has developed between the frontrunner’s newer recruits, campaign chiefs James Wharton and Gavin Williamson, and Boris’s long standing allies from his previous leadership bid in 2016. A feud has also erupted over Cabinet jobs, as a series of his senior MP supporters vie for top posts. The Boris ‘old guard’ who have been with the former London mayor for years include ministers Jake Berry and Ben Wallace, as well as ex-minister Nigel Adams.

Express
REMAIN-BACKING Conservative MPs are being targeted by hardline Brexiteers who have launched a campaign to “deselect the Tory traitors” and make the party more eurosceptic. Former Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has become the latest target of the Blue Wave campaign led by Arron Banks, the businessman who helped fund the Leave.EU campaign, according to a leaked document seen by the Sunday Times. The report shows Mr Gyimah, who is MP for East Surrey, could soon be hit by a no-confidence motion, as a petition circulating among the constituency party members is “very near” to get to 50 signatures, the amount required to trigger a vote.

TBP

Express
THREE years to the day since the referendum which saw 17.4 million people vote for Britain to quit the EU, Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice has warned Remainers they will not be able to stem the “tidal wave” of pressure to quit the bloc much longer. Mr Tice, a leading light in the party launched by Nigel Farage in January, was speaking on the anniversary of the historic vote – since when, Britain has conspicuously failed to act on the result.

Breitbart
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has slammed the British political establishment for three years of “betrayal” as the country marks the third anniversary of the Brexit vote — still inside the European Union. Mr Farage said the British public had “suffered three major betrayals” at the hands of “the political establishment” in an article for the Sunday Express — and warned that “the worst may be to come”. “We could be facing the biggest betrayal of all if [Members of Parliament] prevent the UK from leaving on the new deadline of October 31,” wrote the veteran campaigner.

Ireland

Telegraph
A hard border in Ireland can be avoided using existing technology for “invisible” customs checks that would render the controversial backstop “obsolete”, a report backed by Brexiteer MPs will say on Monday. The think tank Prosperity UK believes alternative arrangements to the backstop can be up and running within three years, solving the current deadlock that has prevented a Brexit deal being agreed. It claims that with “goodwill and pragmatism” from all sides, a technology-based plan for avoiding a hard border is already possible, and has the support of Parliament, which backed such an idea in January.

EU

Express
ITALY’S deputy Prime Minister has threatened to quit the government as part of his budget battle with the European Union to push through at least 11 billion euros (39.8 million) in tax cuts. Right-wing leader Matteo Salvini has declared: “Lower taxes or I leave the government”, which has prompted fears this could complicate Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s talks with the European Commission over Italy’s growing debt.

Crime

Independent
MPs are calling on authorities to reverse a “covert change in policy” on rape cases amid plummeting prosecutions. Only 1.7 per cent of rapes reported to police in England and Wales now result in a charge, and victims have accused authorities of “decriminalising” sex attacks. In a letter seen by The Independent, a cross-party group of MPs called for the attorney general to “immediately reinstate the merits-based approach to charging decisions in rape cases, so that more people can see their assailants brought to justice”.

Mail
Criminals in this country have a higher chance of going to jail than anywhere else in western Europe, figures show. The Prison Reform Trust found 140,000 were imprisoned in England and Wales in 2017, 40,000 more than in Germany. Out of every 100,000 people, 238 were jailed in England and Wales compared with 143 in France and 121 in Germany. It comes amid a row between the Government and senior judges over short jail terms. Justice Secretary David Gauke has said judges should be stopped from jailing offenders for fewer than six months because ‘prison isn’t working’.

Post Office

Mail
Thrown into Britain’s toughest women’s jail as a teenager, she twice attempted suicide and is still traumatised two decades on. Her crime was ‘stealing’ £11,500 from the post office where she worked – her first job after leaving school. Tracy Felstead’s horrific story is one of the most harrowing yet to emerge from the High Court trial in which more than 550 former post office workers are suing Post Office Ltd for ruining their lives. They were accused of stealing from their branches, with many jailed as common thieves or made bankrupt. Yet evidence now suggests a computer accounting glitch meant the money was never missing in the first place.

Child abuse

Telegraph
Facebook’s plans to encrypt its services will lead to more children being sexually abused online as its boss Mark Zuckerberg puts profits and secrecy above safety, the head of the NSPCC warns on Monday. Peter Wanless said the company, which has 1.3 billion users, was cynically going ahead with the plans even though it knew they would lead to more children being groomed and sexually abused. “It betrays very obviously their misplaced priorities,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph in advance of Tuesday’s annual NSPCC conference which will focus on online child safety.

Gambling

Times
A tax on betting companies to pay for the treatment of gambling addicts appears to be moving closer after the head of the NHS said that a voluntary industry levy was not raising enough money. Simon Stevens said that the industry was spending only a fraction on support for problem gamblers that it spent promoting betting. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said that he would do everything he could to help gambling addicts. The Gambling Commission, which regulates the industry, called for a compulsory levy to fund addiction treatments through the health service, replacing the voluntary donations that fund support through the charity Gamble Aware.

Mail
Betting firms should fund treatment for Britain’s 55,000 child gambling addicts, the head of the NHS said last night. The first ever specialist clinic for children will open amid warnings that gambling is ‘destroying the mental health of young people’. Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said it was unfair taxpayers were being forced to ‘pick up the huge tab’ for the expansion of services to help addicts. He called for a mandatory levy on betting firms and slammed them for ‘pumping out’ online adverts.

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Brexit: alternative to Irish backstop ‘feasible in three years’

Exclusive: Report on keeping border open, backed by Nicky Morgan and Greg Hands, suggests special economic zones

Alternative arrangements for keeping the Irish border open in the event of a no-deal Brexit or the collapse of future trade talks with the EU could be up and running within three years, a report concludes.

The interim report by a non-government organisation calling itself the Alternative Arrangements Commission will be unveiled at a special conference on the Irish border in London on Monday.

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Donald Tusk: Johnson may make Brexit more exciting, but we won’t budge

EU chief says member states are united in rejecting further talks on the withdrawal deal

Brexit may become “even more exciting” when Boris Johnson is in Downing Street but the deal will not change, Donald Tusk has said, as the EU readied itself for a new British prime minister.

An offer to listen to the ideas of whoever replaces Theresa May came with a warning from the European council president and fellow leaders that the withdrawal agreement was final.

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