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Saturday papers – 1 October 2016

Brexit

Several aspects of our escape from the EU are covered in the media.

Sky News reports that the expected breakdown of our country following the referendum simply didn’t happen.

We were warned of a Brexit apocalypse: the pound in free fall, investment frozen, and the Chancellor forced to pen an emergency budget to save the nation from penury.

Remainers warned that traditional allies would spurn us, forcing the UK to “the back of the queue” as global markets shuddered.

However, 100 days after polling stations opened and the nation decided to walk away from the European Union, we may have felt the tremors, but an earthquake has failed to materialise.

The Times reports growth in the country.

The UK’s services sector has defied expectations by continuing to grow at a solid pace in the first month after the Brexit vote.

The sector covers everything from restaurants and hotels to banking and financial services, and makes up three quarters of the economy, meaning its growth is considered one of the best indicators of how well the UK is doing.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that services grew by 0.4 per cent from June to July, faster than the 0.3 per cent between May and June.

As does BBC News

The UK services sector grew 0.4% in July, much more strongly than expected in the wake of June’s vote to leave the European Union.

It shows consumers carried on spending as normal after June’s Brexit vote.

Other figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show economic growth accelerated faster than thought in the run-up to the referendum.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 0.7% in the three months to the end of June, up from the 0.6% first estimated.

The second-quarter figures were well up from the 0.4% growth of the previous quarter.

ONS statistician Darren Morgan said: “Together this fresh data tends to support the view that there has been no sign of an immediate shock to the economy, although the full picture will continue to emerge.”

BBC News turns its attention to how we extricate ourselves from the bloc.

Britain could quit the EU well within the two-year time limit laid down by Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, Tory ex-ministers have told Theresa May.

They also called for a work permit and cap system to control the number of EU migrants coming to the UK.

Led by Leave campaigner John Redwood, the “Brexit Blueprint” urges a “take it or leave it” attitude to EU trade.

Mrs May, who is due to tackle Brexit at the Tory conference on Sunday, says the right deal may not be the quickest one.

She has already stated that Article 50, the formal mechanism for Britain leaving the EU, will not be triggered this year – but faces calls to clarify the government’s demands.

And Reuters also reports on the Prime Minister’s expected speech tomorrow.

Prime Minister Theresa May will set out her vision of a successful Brexit on Sunday as investors raise growing concern that the world’s fifth largest economy could face upheaval from a disorderly exit from the European Union.

The June 23 Brexit vote took many investors and chief executives by surprise, triggering the deepest political and financial turmoil in Britain since World War Two and the biggest ever one-day fall in sterling against the dollar.

May’s government has tried to reassure manufacturers and banks that Britain is open for business and that it will take their views into account during the country’s negotiations on new trade relations with the EU.

In a speech to open the annual conference of the ruling Conservative Party on Sunday, May will give her first big speech on Brexit since winning Britain’s top job on July 13.

The Guardian reports on the EU pressure on the Prime Minister.

Theresa May is facing pressure from European leaders to use her party conference speech this weekend to name the month she will trigger article 50, beginning the two-year countdown to the UK’s exit from the EU.

Senior EU figures have been told in private the prime minister wants to trigger the formal start of the talks early in the new year, but so far she has refused to say so in public .

The pressure not to name a date is intense due to the government’s acknowledgement that the UK negotiating position would have to be outlined in the formal letter issued to trigger article 50. As a result, by naming the date she plans to send a letter to Brussels, the prime minister would set herself on an irreversible course before the cabinet has agreed its negotiating objectives.

May is speaking to the Conservative party conference on Sunday, as well as making the closing address on Wednesday, and could use the occasion to signal a timetable. Both Eurosceptics such as Iain Duncan Smith and pro-Europeans such as Nicky Morgan have urged her to provide clarity on the start of negotiations.

The Express reports on the calls for what is known as a ‘hard Brexit’.

THERESA May is facing a major challenge ahead of the Tory party conference in Birmingham as the group leading the charge for a hard Brexit publishes a blueprint to get Britain out of the EU.

With the Prime Minister set to make a big speech on Brexit on Sunday, Leave Means Leave, backed by a number of senior MPs, will call for a “super Canada” free trade deal with the EU.

The organisation chaired by business man and Leave.EU veteran Richard Tice also uses a new report – Going Global Without Delay – to call on Mrs May to end the dithering and give the EU two years to agree a free trade deal or suffer the consequences.

And one of her advisors confirms these plans, says the Express.

BRITAIN is heading for a “full Brexit” that will decisively cut the country’s ties to Brussels, a senior Cabinet minister declared tonight.

In the clearest signal yet of the Government’s plans for leaving the EU, Sir Michael Fallon dismissed calls for a so-called “soft Brexit” that would leave the UK signed up to Single Market rules including free movement for migrants.

“It is not hard or soft, it is full Brexit. We are leaving the European Union,” the Tory Defence Secretary told the Daily Express.

Sir Michael also launched a scathing attack on senior Eurocrats for plotting an EU Army while failing to meet Nato armed forces commitments.

And he revealed that work will begin next week on building the first of Britain’s new generation of Trident nuclear deterrent submarines, before going on to savage Labour leader Jeremy Corybn for wanting to “dismantle” the county’s defences.

The Guardian concentrates on the views of Europeans.

European diplomats are increasingly convinced the UK will sever economic ties with the continent when it leaves the European Union , as hopes of a special partnership languish.

As the European commission’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, prepares to start work on Saturday, the dominant mood among senior diplomats is that the UK is on the path to “hard Brexit”, namely giving up membership of the EU single market, as well as the customs union that allows free circulation of goods.

Under this clean-break scenario, London-based banks would lose the passports that allow them to operate across the continent, while Britain’s trade would be governed by a new agreement yet to be defined.

Barnier, a veteran French centre-right politician, is expected to make a low-key start to his high-profile role, with no public statements scheduled on a weekend that also marks the passing of 100 days since the 23 June referendum.

And the Sun reports two of the Brexit negotiating team have joined up.

BORIS Johnson has declared his support for a hard Brexit by saying he wants the UK’s exit deal to “liberate us to champion free trade”.

The Foreign Secretary allies himself today with International Trade Secretary Liam Fox to suggest he too is in favour of a clean break from the EU’s single market and customs union to broker our own new trade deals.

He revealed his views to The Sun in his first newspaper interview since arriving at the Foreign Office ahead of the Tories’ annual conference tomorrow.

Quizzed on what sort of exit deal he wanted to see, Mr Johnson said: “I am confident that we can get a deal that is exhilarating for this country, that is a massive opportunity and that liberates us to champion free trade round the world.

To make Britain once again to be the great motor of free trade.”

The Express warns that negotiations will not be easy.

BRUSSELS chief Jean-Claude Juncker is “hostile” to Britain and should stand down before Brexit negotiations begin, a senior Tory said today.

Andrew Davies, the Conservative leader in Wales, branded the EU Commission president “deluded” and warned he could stand in the way of an amicable exit deal with Europe.

The Tory veteran, who was the only leader within the party to campaign for Brexit, also praised Theresa May’s tough negotiating stance and vowed she would not be “bullied and bludgeoned” by Brussels.

In an interview with Express.co.uk he accused eurocrats of living in “ivory towers”, saying other EU leaders were “too frightened” to hold membership referendums because they fear their own populations would also opt to quit the struggling bloc.

Grammar schools

In other news, the Independent claims grammar schools will return under a new name.

Ministers have been accused of paving the way for more selective schools through the back door, skirting around what would be a risky vote in Parliament.

Campaigners against grammars have seized on a clause in Government proposals to allow multi-academy trusts (MATs) to create a single “centre of excellence” within their chain of schools.

They fear the trusts will move their brightest pupils into that centre – which will, effectively, become a grammar – while less academic children will be shunted to other sites

Becky Allen, director of the think-tank Education Datalab, said: “I think [the Government] could circumvent the need for legislation to go down this route of selection within MATs.”

The back door route to selection has been uncovered by the online magazine Schools Week , which has highlighted how the Department for Education (DfE) has shifted its ground.

Islam

Breitbart reports on a mosque which could be promoting a cult.

A London mosque allegedly used as the “headquarters” of a sectarian hate group is under investigation by the Charities Commission for “distributing literature from its premises” promoting “hatred” towards the persecuted Ahmadi sect.

Stockwell Green Mosque, a registered charity, is also known as Khatme Nabuwat – an organisation with the stated aim of annihilating the Ahmadi Community, who they refer to with derogatory language as the “Qadiyani cult”.

The group’s activities have been well known for years, but the government department was only prompted to act after the BBC published leaflets found at the mosque this April suggesting Ahmadis who did not convert to mainstream Islam within three days should face “ capital punishment ”.

The mosque denied the leaflets were on their premises.

And Breitbart also reports on what it calls ‘French double standards’ in which it appears the Muslims are portrayed as the good guys and Christians as the baddies.

A historian has slammed the double standards employed in French schools which present Muslim conquerors as peaceful and brilliant, and Christians as backwards oppressors.

Against the backdrop of terror attacks and rising Islamic extremism worldwide, teacher and author Barbara Lefebvre contends that education on Islam has “never been more necessary”. But the historian, who has published several books on the Holocaust, argues that textbooks’ sanitisation of Muslim conquests and their presentation of an Islamic supremacist version of history is completely unhelpful.

The historian says textbooks focus on the “peaceful coexistence” of Muslims and Christians and that official guidelines tell teachers not to study “events that tend to emphasise the warlike contacts”.

And despite the number of Muslims living in Bulgaria, it seems the burqa has been banned, according to Breitbart.

Bulgaria’s parliament approved on Friday legislation outlawing face-covering Islamic veils in public, joining a small number of EU countries as debate rages across Europe about religious freedoms.

The law “bans wearing in public clothing that partially or completely covers the face”, referring to the burqa or the more common niqab.

Infringements carry fines of 200 leva (103 euros, $114), rising to 1,500 leva for repeated offences.

Bulgaria’s mostly centuries-old Muslim community, dating back to conversions during Ottoman times, makes up around 13 percent of the population, mostly in the Turkish minority.

Muslim women in Bulgaria have generally worn just a simple scarf to cover their hair.

But recently there has been a small rise in the number of women wearing the niqab among ultra-conservative Muslim communities of the Roma minority.

Refugees

ITV News reports on tomorrow’s Hungarian referendum which concerns the thousands of refugees trying to get into the country.

As Hungary prepares to vote in Sunday’s referendum on the EU’s resettlement of refugees in the country, thousands of migrants remain in limbo on the border with Serbia, waiting for a chance to pass the razor-wire fence.

Just 15 people per day can ask Hungary for asylum, and as a result many are trying to make their own way across by cutting holes in the fence.

In a bid to keep migrants out, Hungary is building a second fence behind the first, and as well as police patrols, mayor of border town Ásotthalom, László Toroczkai, is employing private citizens to help “protect Europe from Muslims”.

Mr Toroczkai, a member of far-right party Jobbik, believes the “European nations are in danger” from an influx of migrants.

“I think the European nations are founded of [sic] Christianity, and I don’t want to change it… I think there is a place for Islam, but not in our country, not in Hungary,” Mr Toroczkai explained.

And Breitbart claims the Hungarian government’s proposals will be rejected in the referendum.

Hungarians are poised to reject the EU’s troubled refugee quota plan in a referendum on Sunday, as fiercely anti-migrant Prime Minister Viktor Orban rides a populist wave across the bloc.

Following are the main European populist parties that have stoked concerns about the continent’s worst migrant crisis since World War II to boost their support and even enter government in some countries.

Flooding

With the imminence of winter, the Morning Star warns that there could be more catastrophic flooding, as there have been in past winters.

HOUSEHOLDERS were warned yesterday to prepare for more flooding this winter.

The alert follows last year’s storms which devastated 15,000 homes and businesses, particularly in northern England, and comes from the leaders of local authorities across Britain.

The Local Government Association (LGA) is encouraging people to check if their homes are at risk from flooding and identify what they would take with them if they had to evacuate.

A survey by the LGA found that 15,237 homes and businesses in eight areas had been affected by the flooding. The worst-hit areas were Cumbria and Calderdale in West Yorkshire.

In Cumbria, 6,568 homes and 897 businesses were flooded; in Leeds, 298 and 375; in Calderdale, 2,135 and 945; in Lancashire, 2,090 and 533; in North Yorkshire, 404 and 96; in York, about 350 and 157; in Northumberland, 197 homes and 90 businesses; and in Kirklees, 37 and 65, the survey found.

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2 Comments on Saturday papers – 1 October 2016

  1. This would not be tolerated in either Germany or France; why is it tolerated here? This is another area where our Parliament is failing!

  2. Islam:

    “A London mosque allegedly used as the “headquarters” of a sectarian hate group is under investigation by the Charities Commission for “distributing literature from its premises” promoting “hatred” towards the persecuted Ahmadi sect.”

    I guess that sect is considered more important than the native Brits who suffer hatred in all the ghettos and, most likely, the mosques within them where the teachings of a so-called “prophet” are promoted every day.

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