Sunday papers – 17 September 2017

Sunday papers – 17 September 2017

Security

A new security treaty between the EU and the post-Brexit UK has been suggested by the Brexit secretary David Davis. The Independent reports:

Brexit Secretary David Davis has proposed a new treaty between Britain and the European Union to ensure security links are unhindered by Brexit and citizens are protected from crime and terror.
The announcement came as London was hit by its fourth suspected terrorist incident in a year after a device exploded on a tube at Parsons Green  station at the height of Friday’s morning rush hour.
Commuters described a “fireball” sweeping through the carriage, injuring 29 people and prompting a stampede by those trying to flee.
Mr Davis claims that the fight against terror will not be affected by Brexit, warning Brussels it is in both sides’ interest to continue the close cooperation to help keep citizens safe.

The Sun also has the story.

DAVID Davis has proposed a new legal pact to protect security ties with the EU after Brexit.
Close co-operation between the two sides must continue to help keep citizens safe against crime and terror threats, a new policy paper proposes.
The new treaty would give a legal underpinning to intelligence, law enforcement and criminal justice partnerships after March 2019.
The UK clearly sets out its position by saying that no operational gaps must be created on leaving the bloc.
Mr Davis said: “Effective international cooperation is absolutely crucial for both the UK and the EU if we are to keep our citizens safe and bring criminals to justice.

The Express claims the pact will help the fight against terror.

DAVID Davis has demanded that security links between the UK and the European Union must be protected after Brexit to ensure that the fight against terror is not affected by Britain’s EU exit.
Following Friday’s terror attack in Parsons Green where an explosion on a packed commuter train left 30 people injured, the Brexit Secretary has called on his Brussels counterparts to agree a new treaty to protect collaborative efforts amid continuing uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the EU.
He has drawn up proposals for a new treaty to give legal backing to intelligence, law enforcement and criminal justice partnerships after March 2019.
Mr Davis said: “Effective international cooperation is absolutely crucial for both the UK and the EU if we are to keep our citizens safe and bring criminals to justice.

Sky News claims the Home Secretary is in favour of the plans.

Security links between Britain and the European Union should be secured with a new legal pact, says the Home Secretary.
Amber Rudd says current security arrangements including membership of Europol and the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) “will end” after Brexit.
But days after 
Britain was hit by a terrorist attack at Parson’s Green station, the UK is preparing to present proposals for a new treaty to give legal backing to intelligence, law enforcement and criminal justice partnerships post Brexit.
Writing in The Sun on Sunday, Amber Rudd praises existing arrangements within the EU as “some of the world’s most sophisticated cross-border systems in the fight against crime”.

ITV News points out that the plan comes immediately after a terror attack.

The fight against terror must not be hit by Brexit, David Davis has said, as he called for a new legal pact to maintain security links between Britain and the European Union.
Just two days after the UK was hit by its fifth terror attack of 2017, the Brexit Secretary warned Brussels it is in both sides’ interest to continue close co-operation to help keep citizens safe.
On Friday, a bomb went off on a tube train at Parsons Green station in London, injuring 30 people.
Twenty-four hours later, a 
teenager was arrested and a foster couple’s home in Sunbury-on-Thames was raided.

EU

The Independent covers the Prime Minister’s major speech in Florence on Friday.

Theresa May should use her major Brexit speech in Florence next week to come clean with the British public about how much Britain needs cooperation with the EU on key issues, the President of the European Parliament said.
Antonio Tajani told
 The Independent  that to break the deadlock in talks the Prime Minister needed to “admit” that on some issues the UK needed the EU more than the Government was “letting on” to its domestic audience.
Echoing warnings by EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, Mr Tajani argued that it was Ms May’s duty to use the speech to put forward “concrete proposals” that would protect the rights of EU citizens, solve the question of the Northern Ireland border and settle the divorce bill.
The Prime Minister is travelling to the Tuscan city on Friday to make what is expected to be her most significant intervention in the Brexit process since her Lancaster House speech in January, when she committed to leaving the single market. 

The Guardian reports on an EU meeting in Strasbourg.

On Wednesday afternoon, with Jean Claude Juncker’s state of the union speech calling for swifter, deeper integration still ringing in their ears, a gaggle of political leaders in the European parliament met in a room opposite the chamber in Strasbourg.
In the appositely named Salle de Margaret Thatcher, Guy Verhofstadt, the colourful former Belgian prime minister who is coordinating MEPs’ response to Brexit, discussed with colleagues from the pro-European political parties on the parliament’s Brexit steering group how they should respond to the seeming stalemate in the Brexit negotiations. The latest draft of a parliamentary resolution was discussed, lamenting the failure of the talks to develop on the key opening issues – citizens’ rights, the Irish border and the financial settlement.
The resolution is set to advise the member states’ leaders, who will make the big decision at a summit in Brussels on 19-20 October, that the negotiations cannot move on to trade as things stand.

Our own Nigel Farage has said that the intransigence of EU boss Juncker has scuppered the prospect of Remainers winning a second referendum, says the Express.

HOPES of a second referendum from within the Remain camp have been “killed off stone dead” by Jean-Claude Juncker’s “fantastical” vision of a Brussels-controlled EU superstate, according to Nigel Farage.
The former Ukip leader said the EU president’s unprecedented call to further federalise Europe and create an EU Army meant “no one in their right mind” would vote Remain again.
Claiming Britain would regret Brexit, Mr Juncker left MEPs open-mouthed on Wednesday when he spelled out plans for an unprecedented power grab to “unite” Europe.

Boris

The Telegraph claims Boris’ latest article in the paper has been welcomed by other ministers.

Michael Gove and Priti Patel have thrown their weight behind Boris Johnson’s bid to pressure Theresa May to deliver a bolder and more optimistic Brexit.
The two Cabinet ministers, who led the Vote Leave referendum campaign with Mr Johnson last year, are backing his demand that after Brexit Britain makes good on a pledge to spend some of the £350million which the UK sends to the EU on the National Health Service.
The Foreign Secretary set out his vision for Britain after leaving the EU in March 2019 in a 4,000 word article in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph.
It sent a shock wave through Westminster and was seen by Mr Johnson’s critics as a bid to reignite his hopes of leading the Conservative Party.

The Times also reports the renewed friendship.

Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have rekindled their Brexit partnership in a high-stakes attempt to force Theresa May’s hand on European Union talks as a new civil war erupted in the Conservative Party last night.
The Brexit heavyweights have told the prime minister to boost NHS spending by £10bn a year when Britain leaves the EU. The foreign secretary and environment secretary urged May this month to use Britain’s contributions to the EU to invest in the health service after Brexit in 2019. In a barely coded threat to May’s position, Johnson’s allies warned she would be on a “collision course” unless she listens to him when she makes a speech in Florence on Friday about the negotiations.

But it seems some ministers think Boris should be sacked for the article, says the Telegraph.

Theresa May has been urged to sack Boris Johnson after he challenged her authority by publishing a 4,000 word treatise setting out his demands from the Brexit negotiations.
The Foreign Secretary has infuriated some of his Cabinet colleagues, including Chancellor Philip Hammond, with his wide ranging demands in the article for The Telegraph. Downing Street was only given a few hours notice of publication of the article, which was interpreted by MPs and Westminster watchers as a bid to reignite his leadership campaign.
The Telegraph has learned that aides to Mrs May phoned Mr Johnson today to seek reassurances that his intervention, days ahead of her key speech in Florence on Britain’s future after the EU, was not a leadership bid. Mr Johnson’s friends vehemently denied that the article was a leadership bid or was intended to be critical of Mrs May.

The Guardian clams Mrs May is not strong enough to govern.

Senior Conservatives have denounced Theresa May as “too weak” to unite her cabinet and run an effective government after she refused to sack her foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, for breaking ranks over Brexit.
Johnson infuriated Tory MPs on both sides of the European debate when he spelt out his own personal vision of a hard Brexit in a newspaper article, only days before May is expected to outline possible areas for compromise with Brussels in a speech in Florence.
Downing Street insisted that May still had full confidence in Johnson, although he had not informed her of the content of his article. Writing in the
Daily Telegraph, Johnson insisted that the UK must not pay any money to the EU for access to its markets after Brexit and made no mention of a transition period after 2019 to avoid a “cliff-edge” for UK businesses.

But the government is united, it insists in the Mail.

Downing Street insisted today the Government is united behind Boris Johnson’s pledge to give £350 million a week to the NHS amid speculation he is launching a leadership bid.
Mr Johnson last night threw down the gauntlet to the prime minister warning her against giving in to Remainers in the Cabinet.
In an extraordinary intervention the Foreign Secretary published an essay setting out his personal manifesto for Brexit.
The stunning move comes less than a week before Mrs May is due to make her most significant Brexit intervention in months with a major speech in Italy.
But No 10 insisted today the intervention was in line with Government policy and not a sign of threats to Mrs May’s position.  

LibDems

The LibDem boss, a committed Remainer, has slammed the EU boss, says the Mail.

Sir Vince Cable has launched a new verbal assault on EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, branding him ‘pompous, self-important and overpaid’.
The Lib Dem leader called for Mr Juncker to be sacked and mocked his ‘vision’ of a United States of Europe.
In a reference to his reported drinking habits, Sir Vince said: ‘Since Mr Juncker has several visions, perhaps he should go and see an optician.’
Fervent pro-European Sir Vince said Juncker should be replaced by someone ‘more attuned to reality and public opinion’.
His comments, made at the start of his party’s annual conference in Bournemouth, come after outspoken Eurocrat Juncker, who earns nearly £300,000 a year, said Britain would ‘regret’ Brexit and set out new plans to expand the EU.

And yet, also in the Mail, Sir Vince told his conference that he was still opposed to Brexit.

Sir Vince Cable tonight opened the Liberal Democrat conference with a vow to offer Britain an ‘exit from Brexit’.
In his first address to activists as party leader, Sir Vince said under his leadership the party was still the ‘party of remain’.
In defiance of the historic referendum vote last year, the Liberal Democrats gathered in Bournemouth today plotting ways to halt Brexit.
Deputy leader Jo Swinson earlier told activists she believed a transitional deal could be used to halt Brexit before Britain ever leaves the EU.
Leading Brexiteers told MailOnline the Lib Dems ‘can’t or won’t get the message’ from the electorate.

And the way they’re going to do it is by a long transition period, says the Sun.

THE LIB Dems plan to use a long Brexit transition period to reverse the EU referendum result, it emerged today.
The party’s deputy leader Jo Swinson said she was working with rebel Tories and Labour MPs to ensure we keep close relations with Europe.
And she admitted that staying in the single market and imposing a lengthy transition could be a back door to make it easier to cancel Brexit completely.
Ms Swinson was speaking alongside party boss Vince Cable at an event in Bournemouth where the pro-EU party is holding its annual conference.
The pair told activists they are committed to holding a second Brexit referendum once we have agreed a deal with Brussels, in a bid to convince voters to change their mind on the issue.

Strikes

With the winter looming, the unions are getting out of their prams again says the Sun.

NURSES are threatening strike action over pay during the flu-crisis winter months, it has emerged.
Union chiefs indicated last night that industrial action is being lined up for the cold snap if their salary cap isn’t “genuinely lifted”.
Philip Hammond has been warned he must “not play with fire” and offer a pay rise above increases in the “cost of living” with additional money in the Budget.
The Royal College of Nursing are furious the government has refused to confirm the NHS pay review body can give workers a pay rise.
The intervention comes days after NHS  England chief executive Simon Stevens said avoiding a winter flu crisis was now “the top priority for every part of the NHS” as Britain faces a “more pressurised” flu season.

The Morning Star explains that several unions are ganging together.

FOURTEEN unions representing NHS workers came together yesterday to demand an above-inflation wage rise from the government and an end to the public-sector pay squeeze.
The unions, including GMB, Unison, Unite, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), wrote to the government calling for a 3.9 per cent rise, along with £800 per worker to make up for the fall in real-terms wages since the 1 per cent public-sector pay cap was imposed in 2010.
Wages are usually determined by the NHS Pay Review Body, which was established by 1986, but the unions said the government had consistently undermined its role and “severely restricted” its ability to make recommendations.
They said they were “seizing the initiative” and going directly to the government to demand an end to public-sector austerity.

And the Times claims the Labour leadership are acting against the law in refusing to condemn wildcat strikes.

The lord chancellor has accused Labour of being a threat to the rule of law after senior figures in the party refused to condemn illegal strikes.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, David Lidington, who is also the justice secretary, launched a stinging attack on his opposite number, Richard Burgon, after he repeatedly refused to rule out supporting illegal strike action in protest at the public sector pay cap.
Lidington said he was “appalled” when Burgon refused to dissociate himself from remarks by the general secretary of Unite, Len McCluskey, that he is ready to defy a legal requirement that strikes be approved by a ballot with a turnout of more than 50%.

The Sun claims a union leader is out to smash Royal Mail.

A POSTAL union leader has vowed to “smash the Royal Mail to bits” in a dispute over pensions.
Terry Pullinger warned of a fight as 110,000 posties were balloted on strike action.
Bosses want to scrap their final salary retirement scheme and replace it with a less-generous system.
But Mr Pullinger, deputy general secretary of the Communication Workers Union, said he would rather destroy the industry than back down.
He told members: “We’re going to fight. Every postal worker I’ve ever known built this industry.
“I’d rather smash it to bits than hand it over to them, to stuff their mouths with gold and make your lives a misery.”

Tuition fees

It seems Philip Hammond could take a leaf out of Labour’s last manifesto by suggesting a cut in student tuition fees says the Times.

The chancellor is considering slashing the annual tuition fee universities can charge to £7,500, saving every student at least £5,000 on the cost of a degree.
The proposals, being drawn up for Philip Hammond for this autumn’s budget, come amid frustration that some universities are not offering students value for money. Ministers believe too many have been overpaying vice-chancellors and raking in fees from cheap-to-run arts degrees whose graduates struggle to find jobs.
An official analysis approved by accountants and seen by The Sunday Times shows several universities have built up multimillion-pound surpluses from fee income.
Lowering the cost of degrees has been a priority for ministers since the election, which saw young voters swing behind the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Independent also has the story.

Cuts to tuition fees that would save students at least £5,000 over a three year course are being considered by the Chancellor, it has been reported.
Philip Hammond is looking at capping annual charges at £7,500 instead of the current level of £9,250, according to 
The Sunday Times.
The reported move comes amid concern from Conservatives about their low support base among young people, who voted for Labour in huge numbers in the June election.
The government has come under intense pressure to ease the burden of student finances after warnings that most graduates will never clear their debts.

And the Mail.

Cuts to tuition fees that would save students at least £5,000 are being considered by the Chancellor, it has been reported.
Philip Hammond is looking at capping annual charges at £7,500 instead of the current level of £9,250, according to The Sunday Times.
The government has come under intense pressure to ease the burden of student finances after warnings that most graduates will never clear their debts.
Universities have also faced a wave of criticism for paying out staggering salaries while those signing up for courses are plunged tens of thousands of pounds into the red.
Critics have accused institutions of acting like a cartel to set the maximum level of fees and concerns have also been raised about student loans with interest rates of more than 6%.

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