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News review – Friday 14 July 2017

Telegraph
At least 15 Conservative MPs are in talks with Labour about a deal which could keep Britain signed up to free movement after Britain leaves the European Union, the Telegraph can disclose. The Tory MPs could back a plan to keep the UK in the European Economic Area  after Brexit which would require the UK to accept unlimited numbers of migrants from within the EU. The news came as the Government published legislation which will repatriate thousands of Brussels powers to London after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.

Express
A GAGGLE of Conservative MPs are in talks with Labour about keeping Britain locked into accepting free movement after the UK leaves the EU. As many as 15 Tories could support a plan to keep the UK entangled in the European Economic Area (EEA) after Brexit, which in turn would mean accepting migrants from across the Brussels bloc. It comes after the Government published the Great Repeal Bill, which will repatriate powers from Brussels to Britain after the UK formally leaves the bloc in March 2019. The move means all existing institutions will be replaced by British alternatives so that the nation no longer remains under the thumb of EU case law. Legislation will then be able to changed as the British Government sees fit, most likely with the permission of MPs.

Mirror
Theresa May faces Brexit “hell” this autumn after Opposition parties refused to back her Repeal Bill. Tory Ministers begged Labour and Lib Dem MPs to “work together” with the Government as they unveiled the first big piece of Brexit legislation, giving them power to bring 12,000 important EU laws onto the British statue book. But the Bill confirmed that as they do so, Ministers plan to abandon the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights – a key document guaranteeing a raft of basic human rights to every citizen. Labour has said the charter must be incorporated into British law after Brexit, and made the issue a ‘red line’ for its support in Parliament.

Westmonster
Former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, John Longworth, has accused Brexit MPs of representing a “fifth column” in Britain who are working with the European Union to undermine the British national interest. Speaking to Iain Dale on LBC, Longworth said: “In a negotiation of course all sorts of tactics are going to be employed. “The truth of the matter is the European Union is not on our side in these negotiations, it would be foolish to think that they are. “EU propaganda department will use whatever rhetoric they feel appropriate to try to cause divisions within the UK and undermine our negotiating position in favour of the EU.“And of course the fact that they can reach out to a fifth column of which (Labour MP) Ben Bradshaw is one.”

Independent
Theresa May has been accused of trying to snatch sweeping new powers that would allow her to scrap people’s rights after Brexit without telling Parliament. Buried in the newly published Repeal Bill is a clause permitting ministers to tamper unhindered with employment and environmental protections as long as they deem there to be an “urgent” need. The Government was expected to try for some new powers in the 63-page bill, but the measures proposed go even further than the “Henry the VIII powers”, which already weakened scrutiny. Campaigners warned the bill was “ripe for abuse”, would lead to a bonfire of rights and protections and that the Government was “cutting Parliament out”.

Times
The political leaders of Scotland and Wales joined forces yesterday and threatened to block the laws needed to prepare Britain for Brexit. Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, and Carwyn Jones, her Welsh counterpart, warned that the prime minister faced a constitutional crisis unless she rewrote the legislation. They attacked the government’s plans, published in the so-called great repeal bill, as a “naked power-grab” by Westminster that undermined the principles of devolution. The bill, tabled yesterday in parliament, aims to create the legal framework for Brexit by repealing the act that took Britain into the EU in 1973. It will also incorporate existing EU laws into the British statute book.

Guardian
Theresa May appeared to be heading for an explosive constitutional clash over Brexit after the Scottish and Welsh governments said they could not support the great repeal bill – the key proposals drawn up to extricate Britain from the EU. The historic legislation, formally known as the European Union (withdrawal) bill, came under sustained attack after it was published on Thursday, with MPs and human rights campaigners, as well as leaders in Edinburgh and Cardiff, dismissing it as a Westminster power grab. Just hours after the government published the 66-page bill that will repeal the European Communities Act of 1972, and bring decades of EU law on to the UK statute book, the Scottish and Welsh leaders, Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones, rejected it.

Mail
Labour, Nicola Sturgeon and the Welsh government last night threatened to band together to derail the Repeal Bill that ends the EU’s power over Britain. Ministers yesterday published legislation to repeal the European Communities Act, which enshrines the supremacy of EU law – and the European courts. It will smooth the path to Brexit by transferring thousands of EU regulations into British law, preventing legal uncertainty. But Labour’s Brexit spokesman Sir Keir Starmer warned that his party would try to block the legislation when MPs vote in September as it will not bring a controversial human-rights charter into UK law.

Independent
The Scottish and Welsh First Ministers have voted to block legislative consent for the Government’s Brexit Repeal Bill – throwing a spanner in the works of Theresa May’s plan to leave the EU. Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones said the bill was a “naked power grab” by Westminster because it did not immediately return powers to the devolved administrations after taking them from the EU. The Brexit Repeal Bill moves all EU law into the UK government statue books – freezing it during the Brexit process so that it can be changed piecemeal once Britain has left the bloc.

Breitbart
The Government has published a bill to repeal the European Communities Act 1972, which handed away Britain’s sovereignty to Brussels – but Remainers have vowed to fight it to the bitter end. “The Government cannot use the Great Repeal Bill to get their way,” declared Tim Farron, the former Liberal Democrat leader who resigned from his post after deciding that it was incompatible with his Christian faith. “We have been learning the lessons of Maastricht and I am putting the Government on warning. If you found [passing] the Article 50 Bill difficult, you should be under no illusion: this will be hell,” he promised.

Times
Britain has committed for the first time to make payments to the European Union after Brexit in a significant concession intended to smooth the path to a trade deal with Brussels. David Davis, the Brexit secretary, slipped out a statement yesterday in which he admitted that the UK had “obligations” that would “survive the UK’s withdrawal” from the EU. The language was seen in Brussels as highly significant before next week’s talks between Mr Davis and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator. On Wednesday Mr Barnier said that it was essential for the UK to recognise the existence of financial obligations that would post-date Brexit.

Express
LEAVING the European Union single market and customs union would be as bad a mistake for Britain as appeasing Hitler in the 1930s, a senior Labour politician has claimed. Former Cabinet Minister Lord (Andrew) Adonis also likened such a departure to the breakup of the British empire – and warned getting Brexit  wrong could slash living standards compared with France and Germany. He told The House magazine: “Anyone with a historical sense recognises that leaving the economic institutions of the EU, which have guided our destiny as a trading nation for half a century, is a very big step and the importance can’t be over-emphasised. “To my mind it’s as big a step … as decolonisation in the 1950s and 60s and appeasement in the 1930s.

Mail
A Government adviser is facing calls to quit after he compared Brexit to the appeasement of the Nazis in the 1930s. Lord Adonis also compared the decision to leave the EU to the fall of the British Empire and said it will lead to a period of ‘serious relative decline’ in living standards compared to Germany and France. His comments sparked outrage and Conservative  MPs called on him to resign from his role advising the government on infrastructure projects.  Lord Adonis, a Labour peer, said: ‘My language is usually pretty subdued in politics but anyone with a historical sense – and I’m a historian – recognises that leaving the economic institutions of the European Union, which have guided our destiny as a trading nation for half a century, is a very big step and the importance can’t be over-emphasised.

Times
A government adviser has compared Brexit to the appeasement of the Nazis in the 1930s. Lord Adonis, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, also likened the decision to leave the EU to the break-up of the British Empire and claimed that it would lead to a period of “serious relative decline” in living standards compared with Germany and France. The Labour peer, who was transport secretary under Gordon Brown, said Britain must try to retain membership of the single market and customs union after Brexit.

Express
Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon’s visit to Brussels today is pointless as they will have no influence over Brexit negotiations, Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said. The staunch Brexiteer said the Labour and SNP leaders are entitled to attempt to dip their oar into the European Union. However, he insisted suggestions they will have any influence over the final negotiations is nonsense – and if they tempt Brussels’ into punishing the UK, then leaving the EU without a deal will benefit Britons. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said: “They’re entitled to, they’re opposition politicians and the job of the opposition is to oppose.

EU

Express
BRUSSELS was today plunged into bitter infighting as MEPs accused member states of pressing for “unacceptable and indiscriminate” cuts to the EU budget. Furious euro MPs ripped into national capitals over plans to slash £1.5 billion from research and agriculture projects, saying they had betrayed promises on spending.  The EU is facing a cashflow crisis from 2019 when Britain, one of the bloc’s biggest net contributor, quits the club creating a £10 billion a year black hole at the heart of its finances.  And in a sign of things to come the EU parliament, council and commission are already bickering over where best to spend taxpayers’ cash even whilst the UK is still paying into the pot.  Plans for the bloc’s 2018 budget – which will be the last with Britain involved as a full member – were published by the member states today and focus on jobs creation and there migrant crisis. 

NHS

Times
The NHS paid £1. 7 billion to settle negligence claims last year after a 15 per cent rise in the total that led to warnings that the cost of errors could cripple the health service. Lawyers suing the NHS took home almost £500 million of the total, up 19 per cent, a figure criticised as “disproportionate” by health chiefs. Compensation payments have doubled since 2010 and settling outstanding claims is likely to cost the NHS £65 billion in the future, according to the annual report of NHS Resolution, which handles claims against hospitals. The number of negligence claims fell last year to 10,686 but costs rose as payouts and legal bills increased again.

UKIP

Express
PETER Whittle has promised a grassroots revolution which will focus on rebuilding “a sense of British patriotism” if he is elected as the leader of Ukip. The former London Mayor candidate who is a member of the London Assembly admitted that the period since the EU referendum success for Ukip has been “difficult” but said the party has “a remarkable and exciting future” ahead of it. The current deputy leader hopes to replace Paul Nuttall who stepped down after the general election where Ukip’s vote collapsed from the high point of 2015. Mr Whittle attacked the decision to not run candidates against known Brexit MPs saying that “it helped prop up a failed two party state” and was “a total disaster for Ukip”.

Rail strike

Times
Train drivers have voted to strike over pay despite being offered more than £11,000 extra over four years for a four-day week. Aslef said that 62 per cent of its members on Southern rail voted in favour of the strike, with a turnout of 81 per cent. Drivers will walk out on Tuesday August 1, Wednesday 2 and Friday 4. This is likely to lead to the complete shutdown of Southern for a week, causing disruption for up to 300,000 passengers. Drivers have been offered a 23.8 per cent pay rise over four years, taking their basic salary for a 35-hour four-day week from £49,001 to £60,683.

End of cash?

Telegraph
Visa is planning to pay British businesses not to accept coins and notes after its chief executive vowed to “put cash out of business”. The Daily Telegraph can reveal that the payments giant will soon attempt to strike cashless agreements with British shops and restaurants, which will see them offered lump sums worth thousands of pounds and free contactless technology upgrades. In return they must agree to ban customers from paying with cash and ensure that every item is bought using a debit card, credit card or digital payment like Apple Pay.  At present many smaller retailers actively discourage consumers from making card payments and encourage cash for small purchases, due to the high fees charged by card companies.  UK retailers currently spend £800m a year on transaction fees for over 10 billion card payments, data shows.  

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9 Comments on News review – Friday 14 July 2017

  1. I’d have expected even remoaners to have the sense to know that many of Mrs Merkel’s two million or so guests who’ve arrived over the last few years, will soon be making their way in our direction waving their brand new EU passports. Maybe it won’t concern remoaners but it will definitely concern those who are already alarmed at the increasing rate of immigration the UK has experienced over the last twenty years or so.

    • @ Marie
      I have given up expecting Remoaners and others of an internationalist Leftard persuasion to have any sense, common or otherwise, not even the basic sense they were born with. Even babies have a sense of self-preservation.
      It is a truth not commonly acknowledged that WW2, as well as being a disastrous event for Europe and the world in general, was a disaster in its aftermath, delivering us into the hands of the Left, the Ultra-Left and the Insane Left. We have suffered the effects of their twisted ideologies for more than half a century in Education, Domestic Politics, Law, Foreign Affairs and Global Vision.
      Their loyalties are to internationalism and socialist ideology, not to Democracy, the Nation or the Nation’s People. They couldn’t give a flying fig for what the People want, only what they, the self-declared Elite think is right and fitting. So if mass, uncontrolled immigration and a pandered-to, rapidly growing muslim population can end only in the takeover of our homeland by foreigners and an alien religion, that is none of their concern. In fact, they approve of the alien religion because its followers are much more likely to vote for them in elections. What islam would do with its infidel Leftard supporters after gaining power is an intriguing subject for speculation.
      Right now, the Insane Left are busy trying to abolish any history that does not accord with their ideological proprieties.
      Viv’s article today, packed with quotations describing and attacking the Left, makes me realise as never before that we need to fight and overcome the Leftist hegemony (let’s steal their fave words) in the UK, Europe and the West.

  2. It’s worth remembering that an end to cash payments would mean an end to anonymity; and thus an end to privacy.
    Is a paper trail on every financial transaction you ever make an attractive prospect? I don’t think so.
    Where’s my copy of 1984….

  3. Remainer Lord Adonis is unfortunate in that his appearance does not live up the name of the handsome youth of Greek myth, beloved of Aphrodite.
    However, he has something in common with his namesake in spending half the year in the underworld known as the House of Lords.
    Members of the HoL are known for having hardly any of the sense of reality that comes from being in close touch with the land of the living. This is proven by their ability to pronounce at least three ridiculous things before signing in for their over-generous allowance. Lord Adonis managed this easily by comparing Brexit to the appeasement of Hitler in the 1930s and to decolonisation at the end of the British Empire. He then astonished us all by informing everyone he’s an historian, so he recognises that leaving the EU ‘is a very big step and its importance can’t be over-emphasised.’

    Really? And there we were, the ignorant, unhistorian masses, completely unaware that we voted for ‘a very big step’ last year. Like Ross in ‘Friends’, we just thought ‘we were on a break’ and could have a bit of fun flirting with the rest of the world for a bit, before returning to our old EU-amour.
    It must be the years working with Gormless Gordon that convinced Adonis of the stupidity of everyone except himself.

  4. Visa is planning to ‘put cash out of business’ is it? I’ll have to remember that next time I need to renew a credit card. It won’t be a Visa card.

  5. Westmonster seems to have omitted the vital prefix ‘anti-‘ in its comment about ‘Brexit MPs representing a 5th column’ in their working with the EU to undermine the national interest. These anti-Brexit MPs are traitors to put it more simply. Isn’t there any law they can be charged with breaking? Doesn’t it say in the 1688 Constitution that those who support or give comfort to foreign rulers against the interests of Britain will be punished?
    Time to dust off those old yet still relevant documents and see what can be done to make the MPs and others pay for their treachery.

  6. 15 MP’s to vote against the government. Why were they not deselected at the last GE

    • @ ko
      Absolutely, why weren’t they? Probably because their Remainer constituencies still wanted them, but Theresa should have found a way to get rid of them before the election. It’s what the country wants that matters, not individual constituencies.
      All these arrogant Labour, Welsh Labour, LD, SNP and assorted Tory/Green goons who are threatening to wreck the Repeal Bill and Brexit are traitors trying to redeliver us into the hands of a dictatorship. We should neither forget nor forgive these latter-day Lord Haw Haws. If only they could be locked in the Tower as he was before they hanged him.

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