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News review – Wednesday 5 December 2018

News review – Wednesday 5 December 2018

Brexit

Times
MPs gave themselves the power to stop a no-deal Brexit yesterday as Theresa May suffered the worst series of Commons defeats on a single day for 40 years. Parliament passed two votes that will force the release of confidential legal advice given to the cabinet on the Brexit divorce. MPs then defeated the government to ensure that they have a say over what happens next if they reject Mrs May’s agreement with Brussels. The passing of the motion makes it less likely that Britain will crash out of the EU without a deal on March 29 next year.

Express
THERESA May has been humiliated after suffering three separate Brexit defeats in the House of Commons – including a damning amendment tabled by rebel Dominic Grieve which all but rules out a no-deal exit. By 321 votes to 299 the Government was defeated on the vote over Mr Grieve’s amendment, which will allow MPs to vote on amendments to the EU exit deal if it is defeated in next week’s meaningful vote. Mrs May’s Government had already been defeated in two shock votes in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening as an ongoing contempt row threatens to derail the start of five days of Brexit debate.

Sun
EIGHT former Cabinet ministers led a devastating revolt against Theresa May to wrestle back control of Brexit. A total of 26 Tory MPs allied with Labour, the SNP and Lib Dems to force the Government to take orders from the House of Commons if the PM’s deal is voted down in six days time, as ministers expect. Tabled by former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, the rebel amendment was passed by 321 v 299, a majority of 22. It left shell-shocked Mrs May facing an all-or-nothing mighty showdown on Tuesday next week.

Mail
The future of Brexit was in the balance last night after Theresa May suffered a dramatic triple defeat in the Commons. Amid extraordinary scenes, 26 Tory rebels sided with Labour to push through an amendment that would let MPs step in if her deal is defeated next week. It could even halt the Brexit process completely. Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, led the rebellion which effectively takes a no-deal exit off the table. He claimed it could lead to a second referendum, adding: ‘MPs are tonight starting the process of taking back control.’

Art50

Mail
The UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50 without EU member states’ permission, an EU legal adviser said today in a significant boost to Remainers who say it paves the way for Brexit to be cancelled.  The most senior legal adviser at the European Court of Justice has concluded Britain would not need approval from the 27 other states to halt the process – and could retain the same membership terms.   The opinion from Advocate General Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona comes after months of legal wrangling – with both the EU and the UK government trying to kill the case off.

BBC News
The UK should be able to unilaterally cancel its withdrawal from the EU, according to a top European law officer. The non-binding opinion was delivered by an advocate general of the European Court of Justice. A group of Scottish politicians has asked the court whether the UK can call off Brexit without the consent of other member states. The Court of Justice (ECJ) will deliver its final ruling at a later date. The advice from advocate general Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona comes as the House of Commons begins five days of debates on Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal, with a vote due to be held next Tuesday.

Guardian
Remain campaigners have hailed a European legal opinion that the UK can unilaterally abandon Brexit, saying it greatly boosts their efforts to stop the process of exiting the EU. A senior legal adviser to the European court of justice (ECJ), Campos Sánchez-Bordona, told the court on Tuesday he believed the UK could revoke article 50 independently, without needing the permission of every other EU member state. Sánchez-Bordona, the court’s advocate general, said it was essential that MPs knew they could stop the Brexit process if they wished, dismissing the British government’s claims that the issue was hypothetical.

Breitbart
Supporters of the European Union in Britain have won an ironic victory at the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which has ruled that the United Kingdom has the sovereign right to act with total independence to decide to continue to subject itself to European Union control by cancelling the Brexit process. Although petitioners, including a group of politicians and lawyer Jolyon Maugham QC, want the United Kingdom to remain subject to European Union control, they appealed for absolute freedom from the bloc for the UK to make one key decision alone — to stay in the European Union.

Legal advice

Times
Theresa May will publish the “final and full” confidential legal advice given to the cabinet on her Brexit deal after the government became the first to be found in contempt of parliament. The prime minister’s concession, after a vote of contempt was passed by 311 votes to 293, appeared to head off a constitutional stand-off between parliament and the government. However, Downing Street refused to say when the advice from the attorney-general, Geoffrey Cox, would be published or how comprehensive it would be.

Guardian
Theresa May’s parliamentary authority has been thrown into further doubt after MPs passed a historic motion to hold the government in contempt over its failure to release the cabinet legal advice on the Brexit deal. The Commons leader, Andrea Leadsom, said the government would comply and publish the advice in full on Wednesday. The vote is an unprecedented move in recent political history and comes at the start of five days of debate leading up to the final vote on May’s Brexit deal next week.

Conservative leadership

Mirror
Remain campaigners are lining-up a stalking horse candidate as they bid to oust Theresa May after next week’s Brexit vote. Pro-EU fanatics want a junior minister to challenge the Prime Minister if, as expected, she suffers a humiliating Commons defeat on her EU withdrawal plan. While they do not expect the candidate to beat Mrs May in any leadership contest, the PM’s opponents believe a candidate could further undermine her crumbling authority – potentially dealing a fatal blow to her premiership. They hope Mrs May would be so badly wounded that other challengers emerge, perhaps forcing her to quit.

TV debate

Telegraph
The BBC has abandoned its plans for a debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn on the draft Brexit deal after it failed to break an impasse over the proposed format. In a move that throws the head to head clash into doubt, the broadcaster said it was “disappointed” not to have reached an agreement after 10 days of intense negotiations with Downing Street and Labour. Last night it released a statement confirming that it had abandoned the proposal, stating it had been “clear throughout” that it intended to host political figures from all eight major political parties “to reflect the wide range of views the public and parliamentarians hold about Brexit.”

Times
The prospect of a live debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn receded last night after the BBC pulled out of talks. While the Conservatives had agreed to the broadcaster’s proposal to involve other parties and views, this was rejected by Labour. ITV is still in the running to host a debate, tentatively scheduled for Sunday night. But while Labour is happy with the format of a head-to-head, No 10 is insisting that other parties should be accommodated. Downing Street accused Mr Corbyn of “running scared”, while a Labour source said that the party’s message to Mrs May was “come and join us on ITV”.

Sky News
Downing Street says Jeremy Corbyn is “running scared” of a Brexit debate with Theresa May. The debate is due to happen on 9 December – two days before MPs vote on the deal Mrs May has secured with the EU – but there is still disagreement over the format.
Mr Corbyn has said he will go with the Tory preference for a BBC debate if it is a straight head-to-head after previously indicating a preference for a similar ITV proposal. But the BBC offer also involves leaders taking questions from a wider panel and a Number 10 spokesman said they are sticking with that plan.

BBC News
The BBC has dropped plans to hold a Brexit debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, saying it “could not reach an agreement” on its proposal. Both it and ITV offered to air a debate between the leaders on Sunday – two days before Parliament votes on Brexit. But Labour had said the BBC’s proposed format was a “mish-mash, with a lop-sided panel of other politicians and public figures” taking part. No 10 said Labour’s objections were “false and flimsy”. The BBC had wanted to include “a range of voices” in the programme, including members of other political parties, as well as a head-to-head between the leaders.

Express
THE much anticipated Brexit TV debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn has been cancelled after the BBC failed to agree terms over the format.
The head-to-head between the Prime Minister and leader of the opposition had been proposed for this Sunday December 9 just two days before MP’s vote on the Brexit deal in parliament. The broadcaster is “disappointed” an agreement could not be reached and cited issues over the format could not be finalised. It is understood the key stumbling block was their plan to have a further eight panelists along with Mrs May and Mr Corbyn so the debate was “fair and appropriate”.

Farage

Telegraph (by Nigel Farage)
At the Annual Ukip Conference held this year in Birmingham, I spoke at the Gala dinner. My message was very simple: one of the reasons for Ukip’s success was that we’d excluded extremists and focused on organising and fighting elections. I warned that any change to this policy would damage the party beyond repair. As I walked back to my seat, I was met by several angry young men, red in the face and mildly abusive, who all seemed to be obsessed with Islam and Tommy Robinson. I wondered at that time if I’d just given my last Ukip speech.

Times
Nigel Farage has resigned from Ukip, the party he has dominated for more than 20 years, declaring that it has become obsessed with far-right extremism and Islam. Mr Farage, one of the crucial faces of the Brexit campaign, criticised the present leader for reversing a ban on far-right activists and bringing in members of the British National Party and English Defence League (EDL). He said the party had squandered a chance to fight Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Writing in The Daily Telegraph he said that “under Gerard Batten’s leadership the party’s direction has changed fundamentally”.

Mail
Nigel Farage has quit Ukip after 25 years in protest over new leader Gerard Batten’s ‘obsession with Muslims’ and his appointment of Tommy Robinson as an adviser on ‘Muslim rape gangs’.  ‘And so, with a heavy heart, and after all my years of devotion to the party, I am leaving Ukip today,’ he wrote in The Telegraph. ‘There is a huge space for a Brexit party in British politics, but it won’t be filled by Ukip.’ Speaking later on LBC, Mr Farage accused Mr Batten of ‘turning a blind eye to extremism’ and attempting to turn the party from an ‘electoral’ force into a ‘party of street activism’.

Mirror
Nigel Farage has sensationally quit UKIP in protest at the party’s links to far-right activist Tommy Robinson. The former UKIP leader and co-founder blasted his successor Gerard Batten’s “obsession” with the convicted criminal and English Defence League founder, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon. Mr Batten has come under fire for his association with Robinson – including making the EDL founder an adviser on grooming gangs and prisons, triggering fury among UKIP moderates.

Guardian
Nigel Farage has quit Ukip after 25 years, saying the party he led to its greatest election successes was now unrecognisable because of the “fixation” with the anti-Muslim policies of its leader, Gerard Batten. Farage, who took Ukip to third place by number of votes in the 2015 election and significantly shaped the ground for the Brexit referendum, said he was dismayed by Batten’s policies and his decision to appoint the far-right campaigner Tommy Robinson as an adviser. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Farage condemned Batten’s decision to throw Ukip’s support behind an anti-Brexit demonstration in London on Sunday organised by Robinson and his associates, saying it was likely to “inspire violence and thuggish behaviour”.

Order-Order
Above is the photo that was the last straw for Nigel Farage. Tommy Robinson can be seen seated beside Gerard Batten. Next to Robinson is a man called Daniel Thompson, a convicted armed kidnapper. There are other pretty unsavoury-looking characters dotted around the room. These are the people organising the ‘Brexit’ march that is now advertised on the UKIP website. My heart sinks as I reflect on the idea that they may be seen by some as representative of the cause for which I have campaigned for so much of my adult life. His Telegraph article lambasts Gerard Batten for being obsessed with Islam and Tommy Robinson. 

Migration compact

Westmonster
More than 80,000 people have signed a petition urging the British government to reject the UN’s Migration Compact. Westmonster has covered controversy surrounding the pact, with government after government rejecting it. The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “The Compact fails to adequately distinguish between people who enter Australia illegally and those who come to Australia the right way, particularly with respect to the provision of welfare and other benefits.” PM Morrison also wrote that: “The Compact would risk encouraging illegal entry to Australia and reverse Australia’s hard-won successes in combating the people smuggling trade.”

France

Mail
French President Emmanuel Macron has today caved in and suspended hated fuel tax hikes in a victory for the Yellow Vest protesters.  In a humiliating U-turn, the government said it was planning to freeze upcoming increases on regulated electricity and gas prices following emergency talks at the Elysee Palace.  Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told MPs that stricter vehicle emission controls set to kick in in January 2019 will also be suspended – one of the demands of the movement which erupted last month. Government sources say the planned six-month suspension will cost 2 billion euros (£1.78 billion) with the
role in public finances funded entirely by corresponding spending cuts.

Morning Star
FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to order a six-month suspension of fuel tax rises that have aroused massive “gilets jaunes” (yellow vest) street protests doesn’t mean he has seen reason. He will mobilise all state resources to have his way by next May, hoping to deflect and disorganise the forces ranged against his neoliberal government. Macron poses as an altogether different political phenomenon from his predecessors, a moderniser who transcends special interests and old-fashioned political parties — a virtual reincarnation of the smiling, glib populist Tony Blair who once seemed likely to rule for as long as he wanted.

Breitbart
Representatives from the Yellow Vest movement have said that a temporary suspension of a further tax increase by the government does not go far enough, maintaining the taxes should be cut altogether. The government of Emmanuel Macron will announce Tuesday morning a moratorium on the increase of the fuel tax, slated for January 1st, according to government sources speaking to franceinfo and confirmed by
Agence France-Presse (AFP). The freeze on taxes is believed to last several months, with Prime Minister Édouard Philippe also set to announce other measures in an attempt to appease protesters.

NHS

Times
NHS chiefs have drawn up a list of hospitals struggling with their waiting lists and sent it to private healthcare companies to make them aware of opportunities. The list of 54 trusts, which was leaked to the Health Service Journal (HSJ), has been given to companies including Spire Healthcare, Care UK and Nuffield Health. The leak comes amid deteriorating performance against the 18-week target for treatment for non-urgent procedures such as hip and knee replacements or cataract operations.

Times
Airport security queues could be cut by using new a scanner that checks passengers without them having to turn out their pockets or take off their belts and shoes. The technology is being tested at Cardiff airport this week to screen people “on the move” using sensors designed to detect astronomical activity in deep space. It will use the human body as a source of light to spot hidden objects and show them in detail on screens. According to scientists the technology is capable of “learning” the difference between items that can and cannot be taken on board, reducing the false alarms that slow the screening process. It is claimed the system could ultimately allow passengers to walk straight through security.

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News review – Monday 3 December 2018

News review – Monday 3 December 2018

Brexit

Mail
Next week’s Brexit vote could be scrapped as the Prime Minister plans to seek more concessions from Brussels, it’s been revealed. The crucial vote – due to go ahead next Monday – could be postponed as Tory whips urge Theresa May to go back to EU to renegotiate her deal to avoid a defeat in the Commons. If true, the Government would abandon the vote on Friday – just two sitting days before the December 11 date, according to The Sun. The move is reportedly backed by a string of senior Cabinet ministers including Sajid Javid, Chris Grayling, Jeremy Hunt and Liam Fox. It could give Mrs May one last chance to win over Tory rebels, if she were to come back with a new and improved deal.

Express
NICOLA Sturgeon will arrive in London today where she will urge MPs to bring down Theresa May by rejecting the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal in a crucial House of Commons vote. Scotland’s First Minister will put pressure on politicians to secure an extension to Article 50 to avoid Britain crashing out of the EU without a Brexit deal as she launches another desperate attempt to keep the UK in the EU. Nicola Sturgeon will speak to opposition parties as she campaigns for the two-year period for leaving the Brussels club triggered by Article 50 to be extended to give Parliament time to find an alternative way forward ahead of the December 11 parliamentary vote.

Breitbart
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis has said Britain should accelerate its preparations for a “No Deal” Brexit, explaining that trading with the European Union under default World Trade Organization (WTO) terms is far from a “doomsday scenario”. Writing in the
Sunday Times, which backed a Leave vote in the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union — unlike its weekday sister paper — the MP for Haltemprice and Howden said “No Deal” was not “the doomsday scenario some are trying to paint” it as, and that it would in fact come with many “unique advantages”. “Project Fear will not work because the claims are not grounded in fact,” explained the former Tory leadership contender, referring to recent claims that “No Deal” could see the United Kingdom run out of drinking water and Mars bars, among other things.

Westmonster
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis has urged the government to accelerate preparations for a World Trade, No Deal Brexit and insisted that “it is not something to be afraid of”. With Theresa May’s unpopular capitulation plan taking a battering and likely to be voted down by MPs, Davis today uses a hit in the Sunday Times to write: “It’s time we accelerated our preparations to leave the European Union without a deal.” He makes clear that: “If it happens, it isn’t the doomsday scenario some are trying to paint. In fact, it may well be the opportunity to reset our Brexit strategy to give leadership and vision for a better future.” And whereas May has gone totally silent on ‘No Deal is better than a bad deal, Brexiteer Davis says: “Leaving on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms is not as good as a free trade agreement, but it is not something to be afraid of.”

Legal advice

Telegraph
Theresa May’s chief Brexit adviser secretly warned her that the customs backstop
is a “bad outcome” for the UK which will see regulatory checks in the Irish Sea and put security co-operation at risk, The Telegraph can reveal. Oliver Robbins warned in a letter to the Prime Minister that there is no legal “guarantee” that Britain will be able to break off from the backstop, potentially leaving the UK trapped in a Customs Union with the EU. He argued that extending the transition period after Brexit would provide a more “cast iron escape route” than entering into the backstop, which under Mrs May’s deal will kick in if a solution to the Irish border issue cannot be found by December 2020.

Sun
BRITAIN would be locked “indefinitely” into the EU’s customs union if Theresa May’s Brexit deal proposal was passed, leaked documents of the attorney-general’s legal advice claim. The details have been suppressed with senior ministers saying the Prime Minister has refused to publish the advice because it highlights that the UK could end up being trapped in a “backstop” arrangement with Brussels. The Sunday Times claims it has seen the letter Geoffrey Cox wrote to cabinet ministers last month. It says: “The protocol would endure indefinitely.”

Guardian
Theresa May faces her first major battle in a crucial period for her Brexit plans, with the government at risk of being declared in contempt of parliament in a row over the publication of official legal advice on the departure deal. The prime minister, back in London from the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, will simultaneously begin a charm offensive to win over Conservative MPs in dozens of face-to-face meetings before the Commons votes on the deal on 11 December. On Monday afternoon the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, is scheduled to brief the Commons about his advice on the Brexit plan before – in an unusual move for the government’s chief law officer – answering questions from MPs.

Sky News
Theresa May has been warned she risks creating a “constitutional crisis” if the government fails to release the full legal advice it has received on the Brexit agreement thrashed out by the prime minister in Brussels. Opposition parties are threatening to launch contempt of parliament proceedings against Downing Street over the issue, with MPs voting last month to ensure the government would be required to lay before parliament “any legal advice in full”, including that given by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox.

Mirror
Theresa May has been warned she is on course for a “historic constitutional row” unless the Government releases its full legal advice on the Brexit deal. Labour said it is ready to combine with other opposition parties to start proceedings for contempt of Parliament unless the legal opinion of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox is published in full. The DUP – which props up the Conservative government in the Commons – was said to be ready to sign a joint letter with other parties to Speaker John Bercow on Monday unless ministers back down.

Times
The attorney-general will try to reassure MPs today that they do not need to see his full legal advice on Theresa May’s Brexit deal despite ministers risking being held in contempt of parliament. Geoffrey Cox is ready to hold a marathon question-and-answer session in the House of Commons, with sources saying that he will respond to every concern from Tory MPs worried that the agreement with Brussels could limit Britain’s ability to make trade deals. However, parties including the Democratic Unionist Party, the Conservatives’ government partners, will combine to try to force ministers to publish the full advice.

Telegraph (by Boris Johnson)
Yes, of course the public is entitled to see the legal advice from the Attorney General to the Prime Minister. It is a scandal that this is currently being withheld.  You will recall that, when she was in opposition, the present Prime Minister wrote to the Labour government and complained of their failure to publish the Attorney General’s advice on the Iraq war. She was right then – and how much more wrong and absurd is her position now, when you consider that this legal question is more important even than the Iraq war.

DUP

Times
Theresa May was under fresh pressure last night as the DUP threatened to abandon her in a confidence vote if she failed to get her Brexit deal through parliament. Party sources said that they were considering the move, which would leave the prime minister without a Commons majority, over fears that her plan would create a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. 
The warning came as Labour said that it would table a no-confidence motion in the government if MPs voted down her Brexit deal next week.

Labour Party

Telegraph
Labour will call a confidence vote in Theresa May if she loses the crunch Commons vote over her Brexit deal, in a bid to trigger a general election. Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit Secretary, said his party will “inevitably” table a no confidence motion if Mrs May’s Brexit deal does not pass through Parliament. He criticised the Prime Minister for “running down the clock” and coming up with a “bad deal”. “People praise her resilience – at the moment I don’t think this is resilience, it’s just ploughing on regardless,” he said.

Mirror
Sir Keir Starmer has said it’s “inevitable” Labour will call a motion of no confidence if Theresa May loses a Commons vote on her Brexit deal. The crunch vote on the 12th December is seen as a key test of the Prime Minister who is trying to convince MPs to back her deal. But with more than 100 Tory MPs publicly admitting they can’t back the agreement, it looks more and more likely Mrs May will lose the vote. The shadow Brexit secretary told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “It seems to me that if the Prime Minister has lost a vote of that sort of significance then there has to be a question of confidence in the Government…

Sun
LABOUR announced it will call a no-confidence vote in Theresa May if she loses her crunch Brexit showdown next week. Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said his party would “inevitably” try to collapse the Government after what is expected to be a big defeat for the PM in her December 11 crunch vote. A General Election could follow if Mrs May fails to win a majority in a no-confidence vote in the Commons. Sir Keir told Sky News: “It seems to me that if the Prime Minister has lost a vote of that sort of significance then there has to be a question of confidence in the Government.

Guardian
Labour would almost certainly seek a vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s government if she loses the key Commons vote on her Brexit deal in nine days’ time, Keir Starmer has said. Setting out the likely choreography for opposition efforts if, as expected, May is defeated on 11 December, the shadow Brexit secretary said it seemed impossible that May could remain in office if she was defeated on her flagship policy. “I think the prime minister, as we all know, is going to struggle between now and that vote,” Starmer told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday show, saying that if she were to lose, May would have to outline her next move to the Commons.

Second referendum

Mail
Michael Gove today warned that a second Brexit referendum would ‘rip apart the social fabric’ of the UK. The Environment Secretary said any attempt to re-run the historic vote would do terrible damage to ‘faith in democracy’ – as it would effectively be telling the public they were ‘too thick’ to choose properly. Mr Gove, a leading light in the Leave campaign, also gave firm backing for Theresa May‘s Brexit deal with the EU, while he admitting key parts of it made him ‘uncomfortable’.

Telegraph
Remainers pushing for a second referendum think Brexiteers are “thick” and “too prejudiced” to know what they voted for, Michael Gove has said. The Environment Secretary warned that holding a second Brexit vote would be seen as “condescending” and would “undermine faith in our democracy”. Asked if people perhaps had misunderstood in 2016 what voting leave would bring, Mr Gove said: “So they were too thick to make the decision then, were they?” “People knew they were voting to leave the EU and we should honour that verdict.

GE

Mail
A snap election now could see Jeremy Corbyn in power propped up by Nicola Sturgeon‘s SNP, according to new analysis. A poll of polls by the Electoral Calculus website found on current standings the Tories would still end up as the biggest party with 286 MPs. However, they would be well short of a majority in a 650-strong parliament, even with support from the DUP. By contrast Labour securing 283 seats could potentially form a government if the SNP’s 43 MPs agreed to prop them up.  The figures give a snapshot of the situation – but the outcome is likely to be much worse for the Tories if they are forced into a panicky election by Brexit chaos.

Immigration

Times
No 10 was blocked by the Home Office from making a key announcement about immigration yesterday. Instead, Sajid Javid will today reveal the extension from next summer of the use of airport ePassport gates to travellers from Singapore and South Korea. This will put the home secretary rather than Theresa May at the face of a “global Britain” drive, in a boost to his profile. Mr Javid’s move is part of his broader effort to sell the prime minister’s Brexit deal as the chance to replace the EU’s freedom of movement with an immigration system that benefits British workers.

TV debate

Telegraph
The BBC’s plans for a head-to-head TV debate will “breach the concept of impartiality” unless a prominent Brexiteer is allowed to join it, five Eurosceptic former Cabinet ministers have warned. Tory MPs including Boris Johnson, David Davis and Dominic Raab have written to the chairman of the BBC board warning that the debate between Mrs May and Mr Corbyn risks playing “fast and loose” with democracy. It came as broadcasters warned the debate could be cancelled unless the Tories and Labour agree on a format. Downing Street has backed holding it on the BBC at 8pm next Sunday, but Mr Corbyn wants to go with a slot offered by ITV instead.

ITV News
Downing Street has accused Jeremy Corbyn of “running scared” of a Brexit TV showdown with Theresa May amid continued wrangling between the two sides over the format. No 10 confirmed there is still no agreement on the debate, due to be screened on Sunday December 9 – two days before the crunch Commons vote on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. The latest spat erupted after Mr Corbyn said on Saturday he was prepared to accept Downing Street’s preferred option of the BBC, provided it was a straight head-to-head discussion between the two leaders.

Times
The Brexit TV debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn is hanging by a thread after each side accused the other of running scared. Mrs May is at loggerheads with the Labour leader over whether ITV or the BBC should host the debate on Sunday before MPs vote on the Brexit deal. Labour says that the BBC’s plans would feature up to 20 extra participants involved in Brexit, possibly including MPs from other parties. Mr Corbyn would prefer the hour-long head-to-head debate suggested by ITV. Mrs May, however, has accepted the BBC’s offer and No 10 said last night that she did not intend to budge.

UKIP

Express
Ukip’s national executive has voted against a motion of no confidence in leader Gerard Batten after he faced an onslaught of criticism from party members for hiring far-right activist Tommy Robinson as an adviser. Mr Batten appointed Mr Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, as an adviser on rape gangs and prison reform. The activist was the founder of the English Defence League. His appointment led to widespread criticism, including from former party leader, Nigel Farage. Last month, Mr Farage said he would write to Ukip’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) to demand a vote of no confidence to remove Mr Batten as leader. However, on Sunday, Ukip said the NEC had voted “overwhelmingly” against a motion of no confidence.

BBC News
UKIP leader Gerard Batten has survived a vote of no confidence held by the party’s National Executive Committee. Mr Batten had been criticised by some in the party – including former leader Nigel Farage – for appointing far-right activist Tommy Robinson as an adviser. UKIP said its ruling body had voted “overwhelmingly” against a motion of no confidence. However it said it did not endorse Mr Robinson’s appointment. He was barred from membership “through his associations”, it added.

NHS

Guardian
NHS bosses are considering a shake-up of A&E care that could lead to patients with only minor ailments no longer being guaranteed that they will be treated within four hours. Under the plans being examined, people with non-urgent medical needs would be advised to seek help at a GP surgery, walk-in centre or pharmacy instead – or face a long wait in A&E. Senior figures in the NHS are also looking at bringing in extra targets to complement the four-hour waiting time standard under which the most urgent cases are seen within an hour.

Russia

Reuters
The chief of Britain’s foreign intelligence service will warn the Kremlin on Monday not to underestimate the West after a brazen nerve agent attack on a retired double agent in England stoked fears about Russian covert activity abroad. In his second major speech since being named in 2014 to head the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, Alex Younger will say Russia has a stance of “perpetual confrontation” with the West. Younger will outline how, after the attack on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer who betrayed dozens of agents to MI6, Britain’s allies in Europe and the United States took its part and ordered the biggest expulsion of Russian diplomats since the height of the Cold War.

Times
The head of MI6 accuses Russia of trying to subvert the British way of life as he warns Moscow “not to underestimate our determination and our capabilities” in a rare public speech today. Alex Younger, 55, who as chief of the intelligence agency is known as “C”, will make the riposte to President Putin
in an address at St Andrews University. He will also discuss the need for “fourth generation espionage” that fuses human and artificial intelligence in the face of so-called hybrid threats, which include cyberattacks.

Mail
The head of MI6 will today warn Russia and others ‘intent on subverting our way of life’ not to underestimate Britain. In a rare public speech, Alex Younger will say agencies are developing a new type of espionage which takes into account rising cyber threats.  The head of the foreign intelligence service will issue a stern warning to potential foreign enemies not to test ‘our determination and our capabilities’. The talk, to students at St Andrews University, his alma mater, is only the second Mr Younger has given in public during his four years in the post.

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News review – Monday 26 November 2018

News review – Monday 26 November 2018

Fisheries

Breitbart
EU leaders have wasted little time in gloating over “the worst deal in history” negotiated by Theresa May, with French president Emmanuel Macron gloating he can blackmail Britain into surrendering its fishing waters or force it into the humiliating “backstop”. The European Union controls its member-states territorial fishing waters centrally, sharing them out via a controversial quota system which grants British fishermen less than half the stocks in their own waters, destroying tens of thousands of jobs. Brussels negotiators have been keen to maintain or duplicate this Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) beyond Brexit Day in March 2019, despite Theresa May’s repeated assurances that she will restore Britain’s status as an “independent coastal state”.

Mail
French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to force Britain into the Irish border backstop if it does not give up access to UK fishing waters. Mr Macron said maintaining the customs union would be used as ‘leverage’ in the next phase of talks on the final UK-EU trade deal.  Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted Britain will leave the customs union, which is essential to striking trade deals, after Brexit.

Westmonster
France’s President Emmanuel Macron is already using the terms of the deal agreed by Theresa May to threaten Brexit Britain, warning that the country would be trapped in the ‘backstop’ Customs Union if it didn’t submit to France’s demands on access to British fishing waters. In a message that perfectly illustrates how those in the EU may seek to lock the UK in its orbit indefinitely, Macron today said: “We will concentrate our efforts in order to obtain access to the British waters before the end of the transition period. And of course all of our fishermen will be protected.”

Express
EMMANUEL Macron has fired a warning to Theresa May by demanding French fishing is protected in any future trade negotiation. The French president made his comments as European Union national leaders arrived in Brussels for a crunch vote to approve the Brexit withdrawal agreement. All EU nations are expected to give the deal the green light before the UK Parliament then votes on the agreement.

Mirror
Emmanuel Macron has said the UK will be forced to stay in the customs backstop unless Theresa May grants the EU generous fishing access. The French President said the entire EU27 support his demands for guaranteed access to UK fishing waters as part of any future trade deal. On Sunday the bloc published a document stating a new fisheries agreement was a matter of priority “and should build on, inter alia, existing reciprocal access and quota shares”.

Sun
FRANCE and Spain turned the screw on Theresa May today as they vowed to exploit the Brexit deal to extract big concessions on fishing and Gibraltar. Emmanuel Macron hinted the EU will resort to the Irish backstop and make Britain stay in the customs union if he doesn’t secure access to our waters. And Pedro Sanchez vowed to use the “position of strength” he has achieved to push for further control over the Rock’s affairs. The pair’s remarks will cause major problems for the PM following a summit at which EU leaders had gone to great pains to support her deal. Mr Macron said the withdrawal agreement, which states a fisheries pact should be done by July 2020, provides “a lever” over the UK.

Guardian
Emmanuel Macron has said the UK will be trapped in a customs union after Brexit unless Downing Street offers European fishermen full access to British waters during the coming trade negotiations. As the 27 EU heads of state and government took a decisive step towards sealing the terms of Britain’s split from Brussels after 45 years of membership, the French president laid down his red lines in the talks over the future relationship. Macron said the EU’s demands on fisheries needed swift resolution after 29 March 2019 or the talks on a wider trade deal would fail leaving the UK in the “backstop” customs union envisioned in the withdrawal agreement.

Gibraltar

Mail
Spain’s Prime Minister has claimed Brexit could mean splitting the sovereignty of Gibraltar between Westminster and Madrid. Leader Pedro Sanchez said that ‘everyone loses’ when it comes to Brexit, but Spain has ‘won’ on the issue of Gibraltar after receiving assurances from other EU leaders. He said the UK’s withdrawal from the EU would ‘open talks on joint sovereignty’ of the Rock, which has been a British overseas territory since 1713.

Express
SPAIN has gloated that Prime Minister Theresa May’s controversial Brexit deal has given Madrid “strength over Gibraltar”. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told a press conference in the immediate aftermath of the remaining 27 EU leaders giving Mrs May’s Brexit deal the nod, that Spain has been given the upper hand with future negotiations over the Rock. He said: “This puts Spain in a position of strength in negotiations with the United Kingdom over Gibraltar that we have not had until now.”

Plan B’

Telegraph
Arlene Foster has appeared to confirm that her party is locked in secret talks with Cabinet ministers over a “Plan B” Brexit plan, amid fears that the draft withdrawal agreement will be rejected in Parliament. The DUP leader said that it would “surprise” no one that her MPs were working behind the scenes to bring about a “better deal”, adding that there are “conversations going on across Government”. It comes after The Telegraph disclosed that several ministers are engineering an alternative Norway-style relationship with Brussels, unbeknown to the Prime Minister, which would see the UK remain a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), without full EU membership.

Mail
DUP leader Arlene Foster hinted she could back a ‘plan B’ Brexit that ministers are said to be considering if Theresa May‘s deal is destroyed in the Commons. Mrs Foster told the BBC‘s Andrew Marr she would consider any plan that did not separate Northern Ireland from the mainland UK. She insisted the deal negotiated by Mrs May in Brussels, endorsed by EU leaders at an historic summit this morning, clearly breached the red line. The backup plan being formulated by ministers would be a ‘Norway option’ in which Britain stays in the European Economic Area (EEA), the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Sun
CABINET ministers are planning for Britain to join an EU halfway house with Labour rebels’ help after giving up hope that Theresa May’s Brexit deal will pass. 
The Sun can reveal that Amber Rudd and Michael Gove have formed a cross-Brexit alliance to push for membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The move by the Remainer Work and Pensions Secretary and Leave campaign boss Environment Secretary is a last-ditch solution to end an impending national crisis if Parliament fails to agree any Brexit outcome.

Economy

Times
Theresa May’s Brexit deal will leave the UK’s GDP about £1,000 lower per person than if the country remained in the EU, according to an economic analysis. A report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research think tank said that under the prime minister’s plan to leave the EU in March 2019, have a transition period until the end of 2020, then leave the customs union and have a comprehensive free trade agreement, GDP would still fall significantly. In 2030, the forecast said, it would be 3.9 per cent lower than if the UK had remained in the EU.

BBC News
The government’s Brexit deal would leave the UK £100bn a year worse off by 2030, analysis by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has claimed. The study commissioned by the People’s Vote, which wants a second referendum, said GDP would shrink by 3.9% annually. “This is the equivalent of losing the economic output of Wales or the City of London,” it said.

Huffington Post
Theresa May’s Brexit deal will have equivalent cost of losing the economic output of Wales or the City of London, research suggests. The prime minister will plead with MPs to back her deal in a Commons statement on Monday afternoon. A report by the the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said May’s plan will reduce the value of the UK economy by 3.9% – or £100bn a year by 2030 – compared to staying in the EU. According to the study, this would be an average cost of more than £1,000 a person.

TV debate

Telegraph
Theresa May will challenge Jeremy Corbyn to a TV debate on her Brexit deal as the showpiece of an election-style campaign to seek the country’s backing. The Prime Minister intends to hold the crucial Parliamentary vote on the deal on December 12, and will on Monday update Cabinet on plans for a two-week media blitz timed to exert maximum pressure on MPs to fall into line. On Sunday she reached another significant milestone by agreeing the deal with EU leaders, but the far bigger challenge will be to get Parliament’s support for the agreement.

Sky News
Jeremy Corbyn would “relish a head-to-head debate with Theresa May about her botched Brexit deal and the future of our country”, a Labour Party spokesman has told Sky News. The spokesman was responding to a report in The Daily Telegraph suggesting the prime minister would challenge the Labour leader to a TV debate on Brexit. The newspaper reported that Mrs May wanted to hold a televised debate with Mr Corbyn during a Sunday evening primetime slot.

Telegraph
Theresa May has warned MPs from all parties they will lose their seats if they ignore the will of their constituents by voting down her Brexit deal. After European leaders rubber-stamped the deal in Brussels on Sunday, the Prime Minister insisted it represented a final offer that could not be renegotiated, and that she had no “Plan B” if it was rejected. More than 90 Conservative MPs have publicly stated that they intend to vote against the deal, with Labour also insisting its MPs will be instructed to oppose it.

Mail
Theresa May told MPs to do their ‘duty’ and vote for the Brexit deal as she promised she will fight ‘with all my heart’ to get it through the Commons. After an historic Brussels summit to seal the deal, the Prime Minister said the deal took back control of ‘our laws, borders and money’ while protecting jobs and security – meaning it was in the ‘national interest’. At a press conference to mark the landmark day on the road to Brexit, Mrs May began a two week battle to persuade fractious MPs the deal was the best available.

Times
Theresa May launches a frantic two-week campaign today to save her Brexit deal and premiership by telling MPs to do their duty and support her or face going “back to square one”. In a high-risk strategy to turn the tide of opposition in Westminster, the prime minister will then embark on a nationwide tour designed to sell her plan directly to the electorate. Taking personal responsibility for winning round voters, she will warn her party to put aside its differences and listen to constituents who are fed up with Brexit and want to “move on”.

Express
THERESA May will today warn MPs that they have a duty to listen to demands from voters for Parliament to “get on” and deliver Brexit. In a stark message, the Prime Minister is expected to tell the Commons that people around the country have had enough of the political infighting over her deal with Brussels and want the issue concluded as soon as possible. “I believe our national interest is clear,” she will tell MPs. “The British people want us to get on with a deal that honours the referendum and allows us to come together again as a country whichever way we voted.”

Guardian
Theresa May
will take the high-stakes battle to save her Brexit plan and her premiership to all four nations of the United Kingdom this week after warning MPs on Monday that failing to back the deal will take Britain “back to square one”. EU leaders gave their formal backing to the Brexit deal at a special summit in Brussels on Sunday, after more than a year and a half of painstaking negotiations. But they were adamant that there was no plan B other than a no-deal exit if MPs were to reject it in the House of Commons in a “meaningful vote” expected to be held on 12 December.

Mail
Theresa May‘s team were last night said to be offering rebel MPs peerages and other sweeteners in a bid to buy votes to get her Brexit deal through Parliament. With more than 90 Tory MPs indicating they will not back it, and the Democratic Unionist Party withholding support, the Prime Minister faces an uphill struggle. Mrs May has vowed to ‘make the case for this deal with all my heart’ to persuade restless MPs to back her. But it appears she will also resort to horsetrading. Some Brexiteers were said to have been offered peerages.

Immigration

Express
DOUBTS were raised today that Theresa May can rush forward publication of plans for a post-Brexit immigration policy in time to win rebellious MPs over to her deal with Brussels next month. Reports this weekend said the Prime Minister will announce curbs on low-skilled migrants within days – before the Commons votes on her Brexit deal. Leaked documents suggested the Home Office was preparing for a system that gives low-skilled migrants 11-month visas with restricted rights while scrapping the cap on the high-skilled.

Breitbart
The UK government has been accused of planning to “massage” immigration statistics in its plans to maintain low-skilled labour after the country leaves the open borders European Union. Leaked Cabinet papers from the Home Office outline plans that will launch 11-month visas for unskilled workers, reports
The Telegraph. The newspaper reports that the visa would put migrant workers under “restricted entitlements and rights” while they live in Britain, and the proposals are expected to be announced in the Government’s White Paper on migration set to be released in the week beginning December 3rd.

Social care

Telegraph
P
ensioners face rising care costs after a 350,000 shortfall of workers to look after them was identified by a leading think tank. The Institute for Public Policy Research warned there will be a shortage of 350,000 social care workers by 2028 – unless care providers pay them better. The shortfall, which assumes that current migration levels will not change despite Brexit, will particularly hit pensioners who are reliant on care staff as they get older and could have to pay more for their care if salaries increase.

Mirror
Britain is facing a social care time bomb with hundreds of thousands set to leave the profession because of low pay and poor working conditions. A landmark report says nearly half of the 1.3million people working in the care sector are earning less that the real living wage of £9 an hour, with one in four (325,000 people) on a zero-hours contracts. And it warns that unless pay and conditions are improved there could be a shortage of 400,000 care workers by 2028.

ITV News
Low pay and poor working conditions have led to a “crisis” in the care sector, with employers struggling to recruit and retain the staff needed to meet rapidly rising demand, a new report has warned. On current trends, there will be a shortage of 350,000 workers in social care by 2028, rising to nearly 400,000 if freedom of movement ends after Brexit, said the IPPR. The think tank said the “growing workforce crisis” had been caused by chronic underfunding, and a dysfunctional social care system.

NHS

Times
Patients may need to bypass their GPs for urgent cancer checks because the family doctor system contributes to patients dying early, a review has concluded. Ways of getting scans and blood tests more quickly must be tried out to help to close a persistent gap in survival rates between Britain and other countries, Professor Sir Mike Richards, the former national cancer director, has concluded.

Education

Telegraph
A public school has become the first to cut fees by 10 per cent amid concerns they are no longer affordable to middle classes. Millfield School in Somerset, whose former pupils include pop star Lily Allen and Olympian Duncan Goodhew, charges more than £38,000 a year for boarders aged 13 and over. But now it is is slashing its fees amid fears that British families are being “priced out” of private education by wealthy oligarchs and students coming from overseas.

Rail travel

Times
Rail companies will be forced to pay compensation for late trains, mis-sold tickets and dodgy wifi under a new passenger complaints service. For the first time the rail ombudsman, introduced today, will compel train companies to issue a refund, provide a ticket discount or give passengers a goodwill gesture, typically money off a future journey. They could also be required to provide an explanation or apology for poor service.

Russia

Sun
RUSSIA has admitted to opening fire on Ukrainian ships and capturing three vessels in the latest flare-up off the coast of Crimea. Special forces seized the boats along with 23 crew members after claiming they had entered Russian waters illegally – prompting Ukraine’s president to call an emergency summit of his war cabinet and sparking protests outside Kiev’s Russian embassy. On Monday MPs will vote on whether to declare nationwide martial law following the emergency summit held by Petro Poroshenko.

ITV News
Ukraine’s president has convened an emergency military meeting after two of its ships were allegedly hit by fire from Russia near the Crimea. Petro Poroshenko is to gather the country’s top military brass after the two navy vessels were damaged and two crew members were injured on Sunday evening. Ukraine said that the ships were then seized by Russia, as tensions around the annexed region continue to rise.

Breitbart
The Ukrainian president will ask his parliament to consider enacting martial law after three Ukrainian navy ships were fired upon and captured in the Black Sea on Sunday. The incident followed a day of high tension and took place near the Crimean Peninsula, a site of historic tensions between the two countries. Russia has blamed Ukraine for starting the clash, which saw ships ramming each other, shots fired, and boardings launched. Two crewmen of the Ukranian navy are understood to be injured and two gunboats and a tugboat are in the hands of the Russian secret service, known as the FSB, who accuse the ships of violating Russian territorial waters.

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