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News review – Tuesday 14 February 2017

Brexit

Mail
Britain’s contribution to the EU budget is to soar by almost a third – just before the country formally cuts ties with Brussels. Official figures slipped out by the Treasury reveal that the UK’s net contribution to the bloc will jump in the final two years before Brexit. Britain’s net payment of £7.9billion to the EU budget this financial year will rise to £8.1billion in 2017/18, before reaching £10.2billion in 2018/19. Britain’s contribution to the EU budget is to soar by almost a third – just before the country formally cuts ties with Brussels This means the UK will have to hand over at least £18.3billion during the next two years while Theresa May negotiates the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU. The 29 per cent hike in the net contribution, forecast by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility, reflects rising demands from Brussels and the falling value of the UK’s rebate. The bill could rise again if the Prime Minister agrees a transitional deal with the EU and Britain ends up continuing payments into the Brussels budget.

Guardian
Jeremy Corbyn has condemned Theresa May’s “Hunger Games approach to Brexit” after a document obtained by the Guardian warned that British nationals living on the continent could expect a backlash as a consequence of the government’s treatment of foreigners since the EU referendum. The leaked EU assessment of the legal impact of Britain’s withdrawal says the 1.2 million Britons living in the EU could pay a penalty for the prime minister’s failure to offer a secure future for EU nationals in the UK. The internal document drawn up by the European parliament’s legal affairs committee says it will be down to each member state to decide whether British citizens are allowed to carry on living within their respective borders after 2019, but adds: “The fact that it appears to be particularly difficult for foreign nationals, even if married to UK nationals or born in the UK, to acquire permanent residence status or British nationality may colour member states’ approach to this matter.”

Scotland

Guardian
The Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson, has accused the SNP of copying the tactics of the leave campaign and seeking to “weaponise Brexit” in an attempt to boost support for Scottish independence before a possible second referendum. In a speech at the London School of Economics on Monday, Davidson claimed nationalists were “cranking up the grievance machine in an attempt to push people towards the exit door” after the vote for Britain to leave the EU. People in Scotland voted 62% to 38% to remain a member of the EU in last June’s referendum, while 53% of voters in England and Wales opted to leave. In October the Scottish government published a draft bill on a second Scottish independence referendum, setting out proposals for the rules governing the campaign, the conduct of the poll and how votes would be counted.

Labour Party

Telegraph
Labour is now the third most popular party among working class voters, a new poll has revealed, as the party faces a close-run battle with Ukip to hold on to one of its key seats in the north. Research undertaken by YouGov found that Labour ranks behind Ukip and the Conservatives among lower-income voters for what could be the first time in the party’s history. It came as one of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies called Ukip voters in Stoke “toe-rags … who nick your bike” ahead of a by-election vote later this month.  Voters in the Labour-held seat will go to the polls on 23 February after Tristram Hunt stepped down, but the party fears it may lose the key area to Ukip and even election co-ordinator Ian Lavery sought to play down expectations over the weekend. In damning footage Paul Mason, one of the Labour leader’s closest allies, laid into working class voters, the very people Labour is hoping to win over.

Mail
Labour has slumped to third place among working-class voters for the first time, according to a poll. The survey suggested the party has the support of just 20 per cent of working-class voters – behind the Tories, on 39 per cent, and Ukip on 23 per cent. The findings will pile pressure on Jeremy Corbyn, whose brand of hard-Left politics is seen by many of his MPs as toxic to voters in the party’s working-class heartlands. It will fuel divisions over how to respond to the concerns of traditional Labour voters about issues such as immigration and Brexit. And fresh doubts will be raised over the party’s hopes in crunch by-elections next week in Stoke-on-Trent and Copeland, Cumbria.

Mirror
Jeremy Corbyn ’s Labour Party have fallen behind UKIP in a devastating new poll of working class voters. The YouGov survey for the Times put UKIP on 24% among people with blue-collar and manual jobs, compared to Labour’s 20%. “Labour stopped representing the working class a long time ago,” gloated UKIP’s spokesman on Brexit , Gerard Batten. Labour were a staggering 16 points behind the Tories overall on just 24% of the vote, with three years to go until the next election. The Tories were out in front on 40%, with UKIP third overall on 14%. It comes as Labour and the anti-Europe party prepare to go head to head in next week’s crunch Stoke by-election. Stoke has been dubbed ‘Brexit City’ due to its near-70% support for Leave at the EU referendum . New UKIP leader Paul Nuttall insists he can win the seat on February 23 after former Labour MP Tristram Hunt quit.

Independent
Labour in now the third most popular party among working-class voters, a new poll has revealed, suggesting it could lose upcoming by-elections in Stoke and Cumbria. Research undertaken by YouGov found that blue collar voters are now less likely to vote Labour than they are for the Tories or Ukip for the first time in the party’s history. The survey’s findings are likely to add to calls for leader Jeremy Corbyn to stand down as some MPs and activists fear the party could be wiped out in areas traditionally seen as its heartlands in the north and midlands. The poll, carried out for 
The Times, puts the Tories on 40 per cent,16 points ahead of Labour on 24 per cent, with Ukip closing the gap to just 10 points behind Labour on 14 per cent.

Stoke by-election

Express
UKIP has been given a boost ahead of the upcoming Stoke Central by-election as the independence party is now more popular among working class voters than Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour, according to a new poll. A major YouGov survey put Ukip ahead in popularity among blue-collar and manual workers, with 23 per cent of working class respondents backing the pro-Brexit party, compared with just 20 per cent for Labour, who traditionally are said to represent the interests of the working man and woman. Coming top of the poll were the Conservatives on 39 percent. Amongst voters of all socio-economic groups, the Tories were found to be in the lead with 40 per cent, while Ukip was second on 30 per cent. Labour was in third on just 14 per cent and the Liberal Democrats on a mere 11 per cent. Ukip MEP Gerard Batten, the party’s spokesman on Brexit, said: “Labour stopped representing the working class a long time ago.”

Times
Labour suffered a series of setbacks as one of its by-election candidates had to apologised for sending “obscene and abusive” messages on social media. Gareth Snell, 31, who is hoping to hold Stoke-on-Trent Central against a challenge by Paul Nuttall, 40, the Ukip leader, tweeted general barbs such as “Dear world, just f*** off”, but was also accused of sexist posts. It also emerged that a prominent supporter of Jeremy Corbyn had attacked Ukip voters, calling them “toe-rags”. Polling shows that Labour is at risk of losing the working-class vote to Mr Nuttall’s party next week. Paul Mason, a former BBC journalist and vocal backer of Mr Corbyn, attacked Ukip voters at a recent event in London.

EU

Express
EUROPE’S free movement rules could be set for fundamental reform under proposals which would have a transformative effect on any future negotiation of a free trade deal between the EU and Britain. Eurocrats refused to be drawn today on dynamite plans by Austria that would put an end to the issue of wage undercutting by workers from other member states which has proved so unpopular with ordinary voters. Vienna said it was fundamentally “unfair” that workers predominantly from neighbouring Eastern Europe were willing to take jobs for lower pay at a time when unemployment amongst its own population is rocketing. Any move to restrict the movement of low-skilled labour would be one of the biggest shake-ups of free movement rules in the bloc’s history and would address key concerns voiced during Britain’s referendum campaign, but it would likely be ferociously opposed by eastern European members. 

Breitbart
Brexit may cost Germany up to one billion euros, the country’s European Commissioner has said. Günther Oettinger, who serves as Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, said that remaining EU nations, including Germany, will have to increase their contributions to the European Union (EU) budget after Britain leaves – or else the budget will have to be cut. Speaking to 
Bild am Sonntag, Mr. Oettigner said: “If the budget remains the same, other countries will have to help out [paying for Britain’s share].” The alternative, he added, was to “cut the budget by the volume of Britain’s share”. A third option, slightly reducing the EU budget while also asking EU states to pay more, could cost Germany around one billion euros.

Morning Star
EURO MPs are due to vote on a toxic trade deal with Canada tomorrow that could see Britain subject to corporate courts decades after it leaves the EU. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) — cousin to proposed EU-US deal TTIP — hands power to transnational companies to sue governments that pass laws affecting their real or imagined profits — such as the minimum wage or health and safety rules. Despite mass opposition stalling TTIP, tens of thousands of US firms with subsidiaries in Canada would get back-door access to the unaccountable corporate courts. Global Justice Now director Nick Dearden said: “This trade deal has very little to do with trade, and everything to do with handing corporations a frightening raft of new powers with which to alter laws and regulations to their benefit. “We’re just emerging from a referendum where ‘taking back control’ was the dominant rallying cry, and yet here we are with politicians handing over more control to unelected and unaccountable multinational corporations.

Express
GREECE could be poised to humiliate Brussels by ditching the euro and instead choosing to be tied to the US dollar, Donald Trump’s reported pick as EU ambassador has sensationally claimed. Professor Ted Malloch revealed that senior Greek economists have enquired about the possibility of adopting the greenback if the country crashes out of the single currency.  He asserted that Athens is so desperate it is prepared to tie itself to the dollar on the same terms as the likes of Puerto Rico if it means being able to quit the eurozone. And Prof Malloch said German leaders including Angela Merkel were “freaked out” at the humiliating possibility of losing Greece to a rival currency, which would be a devastating blow to the EU project.  Tying Greece temporarily to the US dollar would be one way for the authorities in Athens to ensure that its currency does not completely tank if it leaves the eurozone, as would likely occur with a reissued drachma.

Breitbart
Top EU economic affairs official Pierre Moscovici heads to Athens for talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday in an effort to unblock bailout negotiations. Months of failed talks between Athens and its eurozone and IMF creditors have alarmed markets and raised fears of a new debt crisis that could again jeopardise Greece’s place in the euro. “Intensive meetings are taking place and I will myself visit Athens on Wednesday,” Moscovici told reporters in Brussels on Monday. The former French finance minister said he would meet with Tsipras as well as Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos during the visit. Moscovici, who is considered an ally of the Greek government, said that all sides should avoid any needless instability, calling Greece a potential “success story”. “We cannot, just like that, bring a crisis to the recovery in Greece amid global uncertainty,” he said.

Westmonster
According to reports, Germany and France are to team up with the Netherlands in a renewed European defence cooperation initiative to be announced at a meeting in Brussels. The reports say that the countries will spend billions of Euros on new planes, tanks and training exercises. The militarisation of the European Union has long been something that the likes of Nigel Farage have warned about. After all the Eurocrats want to create a country and for that they need an army. The worry is that the clueless, unelected EU elite will seek to use a military force to push for EU foreign intervention. An extremely dangerous prospect given how incompetent and nationalistic the organisation is.

NHS

Mail
Family doctors are denying thousands of women cheap drugs which could prevent breast cancer due to a worrying lack of knowledge, experts warn today. 
Two major studies have shown many GPs are unaware that prescribing certain patients daily pills can slash their odds of developing certain tumours. One investigation found that half of local doctors did not know they should be prescribing the 6p-a-day drug tamoxifen to women at high-risk of breast cancer. The second study discovered the majority of GPs were not aware patients at high risk of bowel cancer should be prescribed a daily aspirin. Doctors are meant to offer the 1p-a-day drugs to anyone with Lynch syndrome, which affects 175,000 Britons and causes small cysts in the bowel. But only 27 per cent of GPs had heard of the condition and of these, just 47 per cent were aware aspirin should be prescribed to sufferers. Both studies involved a survey of 1,007 family doctors by researchers at University College London and Queen Mary University of London.

Education

Mirror
Theresa May’s plans for a new wave of grammars could have a “dire” impact on other state schools, MPs have warned. The Education select committee slams the PM’s reforms as a “distraction” that will not close gap between pupils from rich and poor backgrounds. They warn that expanding selective education could see comprehensives starved of funds, face larger class sizes and unable to attract the best teachers. The MPs say Government has failed to show how the new grammars will not cream off the brightest pupils or how they will stop wealthy parents “gaming” the system by paying for tutoring to get their children into the schools. The report says the new swathe of selective schools will have “effects throughout the education system.”

Asylum seekers

Sun
SIX adult asylum seekers who posed as children have been nicked in one county. The cases emerged after last year’s row over “child” migrants from the Calais Jungle camp which prompted some MPs to call for dental checks to prove their ages. The Home Office rejected tests on teeth, saying it would be “intrusive”. The six asylum seekers in Staffordshire were said to have lied after interviews with social workers. Two of the men were between 19 and 21, one was 20 and three at least 18. The six, sent to Staffs between November 2014 and March 2015, claimed to be 16 or 17, with one pretending he was 14. Since 2014, Staffs has taken 64 unaccompanied child refugees. Councillor Mark Sutton said: “Every one has their age assessed by a specialist team. “Those who are over 18 are referred to the Home Office who process their claims as adult asylum seekers accordingly.”

Social care

Express
PENSIONERS face having to sell their homes as senior government officials warned the elderly must take responsibility for looking after themselves. The warning signals a “culture shift” in policy to make people realise they will have to foot the bill for their care in later life rather than relying on the state. A senior government source said the principle responsibility for looking after people when they are frail and elderly will be “themselves, their own finances and assets”. In 2015, the Conservative Party fought the General Election with a key manifesto commitment to introduce new rules designed to prevent older people from having to sell their homes when they go into care. However, within weeks of winning an outright majority, the Conservatives announced that the introduction of a lifetime cap on care costs in England – which was set at £72,000 for people above state pension age – was being deferred until 2020.

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2 Comments on News review – Tuesday 14 February 2017

  1. Bernard from Bucks // February 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm // Reply

    Whilst we are all being distracted by ‘Bercowgate’ quite a few other things are going on.

    “How to Abandon the Common Currency in Exchange for a New National Currency.”
    Abstract
    The question of how to leave a monetary union has become an important economic issue during the last few years. Uncertainty relating to its costs tends to discourage political leaders from taking decisive steps towards an exit. This article provides thoughts on what the necessary steps are, what are the associated pitfalls, how they can be overcome, and how can an exit from a currency union be effectively managed to control associated risks and costs. Uninterrupted functioning of the payments system, political response and the solvency of the private and public institutions are shown to be the major determinants of the costs of an exit. Issues of public governance, such as legality of the exit, can become an issue only if political and public support for the exit is lacking.

    So at least someone is considering it a possibility?

    Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2847507 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2847507

    Also did anyone pick up on this about Finland doing a ‘Finexit’?
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-euro-may-already-be-lost_us_58709915e4b0eb9e49bfbbab

  2. “Britain’s contribution to the EU budget is to soar by almost a third ….”

    Yet another reason for a rapid so-called “hard” exit; just what we voted for.

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