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Saturday papers – 19 November 2016

Brexit

The route out of the EU is still fraught with danger, reports the Express

GERMANY has bowed to French pressure and now stands firmly in the way of a smooth Brexit after its finance minister dashed any hopes of tax breaks or migration limitation.
Wolfgang Schäuble said Britain would be bound by tax rules after it leaves the European Union (EU) which would restrict giving incentives to retain investors.
The German finance minister also said the UK would be forced to pay EU budget bills for more than ten years, echoing proposals for the UK to pay an exit bill of up to £43billion.
Theresa May had been looking to close ally Germany, as a net exporter to Britain, to quell French demands the UK “pay a price” for wanting to leave the bloc.
Mr Schäuble told the Financial Times: “Until the UK’s exit is complete, Britain will certainly have to fulfil its commitments.

And Reuters claims the Prime Minister’s rhetoric has changed.

There is a recognisable repetition in Theresa May’s speeches about Britain’s decision to leave the European Union: “Brexit means Brexit”, making “a success of it” and getting “the best deal” for Britain are some of her stump phrases.
But a closer look at her speeches suggests her position on key aspects of Brexit has evolved since she took office in the aftermath of the June 23 vote to leave.
Together with public comments by ministers in her Conservative government, the changes appear to suggest May has shifted from favouring a “hard Brexit” – a clean break with the EU’s single market of 500 million consumers – to supporting continued membership of that market if possible.

Supreme court challenge

Several of the media report on next month’s challenge to the Government, which Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have now joined. Reuters says:

An attempt by a Northern Ireland activist to block Britain’s exit from the European Union was referred to the Supreme Court on Friday after the case was rejected by Belfast’s High Court.
Belfast’s Court of Appeal on Friday ruled that the contention by rights activist Raymond McCord that the people of Northern Ireland should have sole sovereignty on deciding their future within the EU should be decided by the Supreme Court.
The court heard that a parallel case against Brexit by several members of Northern Ireland’s regional assembly was referred to the Supreme Court earlier this week by a High Court order after an appeal by Northern Ireland’s attorney general.

 ITV News claims the PM is under pressure to scrap the challenge.

The Prime Minister is being urged by MPs to abandon an appeal against a High Court ruling which states Parliament must vote on leaving the EU.
Former head of the Government’s Brexit preparations Oliver Letwin has called for Theresa May to scrap the Supreme Court appeal over the decision on Article 50 .
Ex-attorney general Dominic Grieve and former solicitor-general Sir Edward Garnier also echoed this opinion.
The Conservatives, who all supported the Remain campaign, instead want the process commenced as soon as possible with a Bill in Parliament.
Mr Grieve told the BBC’s Today programme that the Government’s chance of success at the Supreme Court hearing, scheduled to start on December 5, is low.

BBC News has a similar story.

Theresa May should abandon an appeal against the court ruling that means MPs must vote on the UK leaving the EU, leading Conservatives say.
Sir Oliver Letwin, former head of the government’s Brexit preparations, and two former law officers said the case should not go to the Supreme Court.
Instead, they want ministers to bring a bill to Parliament to start the process of Brexit as soon as possible.
The government said it would robustly defend its position at the appeal.
The MPs voiced their concerns after the Supreme Court decided on Friday that the Scottish and Welsh governments should have a say at the appeal hearing in December.
Former minister Sir Oliver, who oversaw a “Brexit Unit” in the Cabinet Office after the referendum, told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that the Supreme Court hearing could see ministers’ powers outside Parliament curbed.

And Sky News claims Scottish and Welsh law will be admitted to the hearing.

The Scottish and Welsh governments will be allowed to intervene in the court battle over how Brexit should be triggered, the Supreme Court has announced.
The High Court ruled earlier this month that Theresa May could not trigger the formal divorce process with the EU without putting the matter before Parliament, a decision the Government is appealing against.
Counsel for the Scottish Government will be invited by the Supreme Court – which will hear the Government’s appeal – to address the court on the relevance of points of Scots law, so far as they do not form part of the law of England and Wales.

The Guardian has the same story.

Lawyers for the Scottish and Welsh governments have been allowed to take part in the supreme court case over Theresa May’s decision to bar MPs from voting on Brexit.
In an unprecedented hearing, all 11 supreme court judges will convene in early December to rule on whether the Commons must be allowed to vote on triggering the article 50 process, against the UK government’s wishes.
The supreme court confirmed on Friday that the chief law officers for the Scottish and Welsh governments would be allowed to intervene, broadening the case into a legal battle over the role and status of three parliaments in the process.
Meanwhile in Belfast, a campaigner for victims of paramilitary violence has won the right to a hearing in the supreme court aimed at blocking Northern Ireland from leaving the EU. The high court ruled that Raymond McCord’s legal challenge against Brexit could be heard in London.

The Mirror claims Scots and Welsh lawyers will try and stop Brexit.

The Supreme Court Brexit case will hear from Scotland and Wales after both nations won a bid to fight their corner – separately from the UK government.
The decision is a victory for pro-Remain Nicola Sturgeon, who vowed to intervene as part of her bid to stop Theresa May pushing through ‘Hard Brexit’.
Eleven top judges will spend four days deciding if MPs should vote before triggering two-year exit process Article 50 on December 5-8.
The government will present new arguments in a bid to overturn the High Court’s ruling this month that Parliament should get a say.

The PM has changed the way she’s going to fight for Brexit, says the Independent

Theresa May has changed her legal case for the right to start Brexit without the consent of Parliament in a way that could yet allow the process of leaving the EU to be halted.
A document submitted to the Supreme Court shows that the Government will – as revealed by The Independent last week – argue the triggering of Article 50 will not directly affect the rights of British citizens.
The shift is designed to overturn the High Court’s ruling that MPs and peers must be involved at the start of Brexit because rights would irretrievably be lost at that point.
The new argument – that Britain has a “dualist” legal system – rests on the idea that international law is not applicable in the UK until it is translated into national legislation.
If the Supreme Court agrees that triggering Article 50 is purely an international action which does not directly impact on British law, it could decide that an act of Parliament is not required.

But BBC News reports the PM is still claiming Brexit is ‘on track’.

The Scottish and Welsh governments are to be allowed to have a say in the Supreme Court battle over how Brexit should be triggered.
The government is appealing against a High Court ruling that MPs must get a vote on triggering Article 50.
The Supreme Court confirmed that Wales and Scotland’s senior law officers will be allowed to take part in the appeal.
UK PM Theresa May said on Friday that work was “on track” to begin the formal process of Brexit by April 2017.
At a joint press briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, following a meeting with EU leaders in Berlin, Mrs May said: “We stand ready to trigger Article 50 by the end of March 2017 and I want to see this as a smooth process, an orderly process, working towards a solution that’s in the interests of both the UK and also in the interests of our European partners.”

Turkey

Breitbart reports that Turkey plans to allow those who rape a child to get off punishment.

A new bill proposed by the Turkish parliament will allow those who rape underage children to be pardoned for the crime as long as they marry the victim after the act.
The ruling party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the AKP, has provoked outcry after they proposed the bill which would see the pardoning over some 3,000 child rapists. According to the AKP, the bill is intended to benefit men who have had sex with a minor they are in a relationship with, and deal with the complications of child marriage within the country the Telegraph reports .
The new bill would be a reversal of a law that was passed over a decade ago in 2005 that criminalized child rape regardless if the victim and the attacker were married or not. The new bill also stipulates that if the marriage does not work out and the two parties agree to a divorce then the rapist would once again be arrested for the crime and continue any deferred sentence.

The Star has the same story.

CHILD rapists willing to marry their victims will dodge jail if a draft law goes ahead in Turkey.
The sickening proposal will see paedos walk free if their crime was committed without “force, threat, or any other restriction on consent” if they then “married the victim”.
The government has defended its stance – saying the new law would pardon men who did not realise they were having sex with underage girls.
But critics are furious – saying the proposal goes easy on predatory child rapists and forced child marriages.
Opposition MP Ozgur Ozel said: “Sexual abuse is a crime and there is no consent in it. This is what the government fails to understand.
“Seeking the consent of a child is something that universal law does not provide for.”

EU

Stories are now emerging of admissions by prominent Europeans that the EU project has failed. The Express quotes the Portugese prime minister.

PORTUGAL’S prime minister today admitted the EU is hopelessly failing working people but still attacked Brexit as “xenophobic populism” in a bombshell interview.
António Costa launched a blistering attack on leading Brexiteers including Nigel Farage at the same time as laying into Brussels bigwigs over crushing austerity and their shoddy treatment of Mediterranean countries.
The socialist leader blasted the Ukip supremo as “irresponsible” for taking Britain out of the EU and voiced his hope unelected eurocrat Jean-Claude Juncker will now take over running the continent from national governments.
In an astonishing interview Mr Costa admitted ordinary Europeans are “afraid” because of the euro elite’s chronic economic mismanagement of the bloc, which he called a “great failure”.

The Express reports a German call to the UK to stop criticising the proposed Euro army.

GERMANY has hit out at Britain for blocking plans to create a massive European army which experts have warned will seriously undermine the NATO alliance.
Berlin’s defence chief told the UK that the insane drive for a Brussels force was none of its business now that the country is set to quit the troubled bloc.
Eurocrats are scrambling to pull together their own army amid growing signs that the EU will be sidelined on the international stage by new president Donald Trump , who looks set to prioritise alliances with Britain and Russia.
Angela Merkel is scrambling to maintain a relationship with the US under the bombastic Republican, but did her cause no favours today by hosting a fawning love-in with outgoing president Barack Obama.
And now Ursula von der Leyen, the German defence minister, has urged Britain to stop blocking moves to strengthen defence cooperation among EU members, saying the efforts were urgently needed to deal with changing global threats.

And the Express also claims the plans will mainly be funded by Germany.

ANGELA MERKEL will milk German taxpayers of billions of euros to fund her long-cherished dream of an EU Army, an explosive Berlin leak reveals tonight.
The beleaguered German chancellor has drawn up secret plans to plough huge sums of cash into the controversial Brussels defence force as Britain prepares to quit the troubled bloc.
She will use surplus tax receipts to bankroll Jean-Claude Juncker’s crazed military ambitions in a move bound to infuriate millions of ordinary working Germans.
Brussels has significantly accelerated its drive to secure its own army following Brexit, with Britain and eastern Europe the main opponents to a force which critics warn will weaken NATO.
The leaked proposal, from Mrs Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, has emerged just days before she is expected to confirm she will run for a fourth term as Germany’s leader despite her flagging popularity.

The Independent has a warning that the UK could pay into the bloc for a long time after Brexit.

Germany has warned Theresa May that Britain could be forced to pay into the EU for a full decade after it leaves.
Wolfgang Schäuble, the country’s finance minister, also sought to dash Tory hopes of slashing taxes to attract companies after Brexit, insisting G20 rules would continue to impose limits.
The interview, with the Financial Times, was seen as a hardening of Germany’s stance, as the Prime Minister arrived in Berlin to meet with Nato allies and update Angela Merkel on her preparations for Brexit.
No.10 has been hoping that Ms Merkel will help to soften demands from other EU countries – with France particularly determined to ensure Britain pays a heavy price for voting to leave the EU.
Mr Schäuble backed claims from Poland that the EU would continue to demand billions of pounds in contributions after Brexit to cover its previous pledges.

The Telegraph reports on the failing euro.

The euro has suffered its longest losing streak against the dollar since the single currency came into existence in 1999 . The euro’s 0.5pc drop in Asian trade to $1.0582 marked the tenth straight daily drop, taking the currency to its lowest level since December 3 last year.
We take a closer look at why the single currency has fallen in value and how low it could go from here.
Donald Trump’s victory in the US elections has shaken up global markets and triggered what analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Baml) have described as a “violent rotation”.
Mr Trump hasn’t even entered office, but investors believe his programme of tax cuts and infrastructure spending will raise growth and inflation in the US, while his protectionist policies are expected to hit emerging markets.

Islam

Breitbart claims a radical Islamist group is working the streets of Britain.

A Salafist group banned in Germany and under legal pressure in Switzerland that inspired more than 140 Islamic State jihadists is actively recruiting in Britain’s largest cities.
Die Wahre Religion (DWR), or The True Religion, was banned for inciting hate in Germany by Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière following raids across 200 locations in 10 states on Tuesday.
After taking part in DWR activities, more than 140 young individuals so far have travelled to Syria or Iraq to join in the fighting by terrorist groups,” de Maizière said.
The group, which radicalises under the cover of Koran distribution, has been seen sending its members to set up branded stalls and hand out strict, traditionalist translations of the Koran on Britain’s busy high streets, reports The Independent.

Labour Party

The Express claims Labour are in deep trouble.

LABOUR’s uneasy truce looks set to crumble amid bitter internal party rows over Brexit and the public’s demand for tighter immigration controls.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer is reported to be “absolutely furious” with John McDonnell after the shadow chancellor used a major speech this week to suggest quitting the EU presented “enormous opportunities”.
And, in a further sign of angry divisions among senior Labour figures, top MP Ian Austin has lashed out at shadow home secretary Diane Abbott for spouting “offensive nonsense” over voters’ immigration concerns.
Labour MPs have attempted to present a united front since Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as leader this summer strengthened his grip on the party.
Many top MPs such as Sir Keir recently returned to Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet having previously quit in protest at his hard-Left leadership.

HS2

The Times reports further problems with the high speed train line.

It has been billed as Europe’s most ambitious engineering project: a 335-mile high-speed rail line that will scythe through the heart of England, bringing 250mph trains to our biggest cities.
However, work on part of the £56 billion HS2 scheme has already hit the buffers after staff made a basic error.
Contractors for HS2 Ltd have been forced to pack up heavy drilling equipment and rigs after trying to work on part of the route without the proper permission from the local council.
Engineers were given 24 hours to leave a field near Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, after complaints from residents.

Parliament

Plans to cut the number of MPs have been debated, says BBC News.

A bid to stop plans that would cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600 has cleared its first Commons hurdle.
Labour MP Pat Glass’s bill, which aims to retain the current number of MPs at 650, was backed by 253 votes to 37.
But Tory David Nuttall accused some Labour MPs of opposing the plans because they feared being replaced by pro-Corbyn Momentum candidates.
New government-backed boundary proposals would see fewer MPs and create equal-sized seats.

And the Mirror claims the move is a victory for Labour.

Labour MPs have won a landslide vote to destroy a constituency boundary shake-up they claim is “Tory gerrymandering”.
The review is set to cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600 using proposals by an independent commission.
Experts warn 15 more Labour than Tory seats will go and the review will airbrush out a huge surge of 2million newly-registered voters.
But Tory ministers are pressing on with the ‘reform’ anyway – despite stuffing more peers into the unelected House of Lords at the same time.
A Labour bid to scupper the review passed 253-37 today in the House of Commons while most Tories were away on constituency work.

FIFA

Following the row over wearing poppies during a football match, the Times claims FIFA is still upset with the FA.

Fifa has started disciplinary action against the Football Association after The Last Post was played before England’s international match against Scotland on Armistice Day.
The charge represents an escalation by Fifa, which is taking action against both sides for wearing armbands embroidered with poppies.
Fifa’s decision is likely to inflame tensions that have already led to Theresa May and the Royal British Legion criticising the football body’s stance.
The FA worked with the Royal British Legion to organise events to mark the occasion on November 11, with a bugler sounding Last Post in front of hundreds of servicemen and women who had been invited to carry flags with poppies on before the game at Wembley stadium.

Farage

Will our party leader become a peer? BBC News claims he has turned the suggestion down – for now.

Nigel Farage has said he does not want a peerage “at this moment” – but joked that “he might think about it”.
The UKIP leader has been mentioned as a possible “go-between” between the UK and US President-elect Donald Trump because of their friendship.
And speculation grew he could secure the role and a place in the House of Lords when Prime Minister Theresa May refused to deny talks had taken place.
But Mr Farage said “it’s not going to happen”, at least in the near future.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions programme, he said there was more chance of him going into the jungle on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here than becoming a member of the House of Lords.
When asked if he would accept a peerage, the MEP said: “A) it’s not going to happen and B) it’s not what I want in my life at this moment in time.
“When I’m old, you know, I might think about it.”

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2 Comments on Saturday papers – 19 November 2016

  1. Pathetic, petty Corbyn attacking Nigel Farage and bracketing him with Trump as ‘rich white men with fake anti-elitism’. I bet Nigel wishes he had a tiny fraction of Trump’s wealth!
    Apparently, the new insult words are ‘rich’, ‘white’ and ‘men’. Corbyn himself qualifies for two of those and many of the people he claims to be heart-bleedingly concerned about would consider him to be rich as well if they got a peek at his bank balance.
    As for ‘fake anti-elitism’, I’ve read Nigel’s books and it seems to me that he’s always been an iconoclast. If he’d wanted to be one of the rich, conforming elite, he would have stayed in the Tory party instead of embarking on a long, hard, lonely road in UKIP.
    Corbyn is a boring, smirking, hypocritical twit who cares more for terrorists and foreigners than he does about the ordinary people of this country.

  2. The legal argument in The Indy about a ‘dualist’ system seems to be that made by Michael Shrimpton QC in these columns recently.

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