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Saturday papers – 22 October 2016

Brexit

There have been calls for the Brexit negotiations to be in French, rather than in English, presumably to ensure the UK is at a disadvantage.

Breitbart reports:

The European Union’s lead Brexit negotiator wants British and EU officials to work in French rather than English during the divorce talks, an EU official familiar with Brussels’ Brexit task force said on Friday.
Michel Barnier, the former French foreign minister running the complex separation with London, is keen that his native tongue be used in meetings and documents, the source told Reuters during a EU summit at which Theresa May was making her first appearance as prime minister at the European Council.
Barnier wants French to be the working language in Brexit negotiations with Britain,” the source said.
An EU spokeswoman stressed this was not an official line: “There is no language regime for the negotiations,” she said.
A spokeswoman for May declined comment. “We will not comment until we receive a formal request,” she said.
Using French marks a shift away from standard practise among multinational teams in Brussels, where French lost its status to English as the EU’s main working language after northern and eastern states joined in the past two decades. Even officials from the EU’s founding powers France and Germany now communicate with each other mainly in English.

But the Prime Minister has rejected the calls, reports the Star.

THERESA May last night slapped down calls in Brussels for Brexit talks to be held in French.
Insiders say Eurocrats are trying to put up obstacles to our parting deal.
It was claimed top EU negotiator Michel Barnier wanted exit talks with the UK to be held in French.
But the Prime Minister was having none of it.
And EU heavyweights including German chancellor Angela Merkel backed her.
A source said: “Barnier wants French to be the working language in Brexit negotiations with Britain.”
But the Frenchman later went on Twitter to deny the claim.
He wrote: “Never expressed myself on negotiation language.
Linguistic regime to be set at start; to be agreed between negotiators.”
Mrs May said: “We will conduct the negotiations in the way that is going to make sure that we get the right deal for the United Kingdom.”

The Independent reports that Mrs May is also having a fight within Parliament.

Theresa May faces Brexit battles on two fronts after clashing with the European Union’s lead negotiator in Brussels, while fighting off a rebellious Parliament in London.
At Ms May’s first European summit as Prime Minister, negotiator Michelle Barnier was said to have called for Brexit talks to be held in French. Downing Street dismissed the idea, but EU leaders further side-lined the UK when Ms May was made to wait until 1am before delivering her speech about Brexit, which then lasted just five minutes.
Asked what he thought of her debut, Commission President Jean Claude Juncker simply said: “Pfff”.
In Britain, amid growing tension over whether Parliament will vote on Ms May’s negotiating position, a Cabinet minister warned the House of Lords it was risking its future if it tried to block Brexit.
When reports emerged that Mr Barnier was pushing for English to be dropped as the official negotiation language, Downing Street told journalists Ms May would not allow this.

But she is optimistic that she will get a good deal, says BBC News

Theresa May has predicted “difficult moments” ahead in Brexit negotiations but said she is optimistic she can get a deal “that is right for the UK”.
Speaking at a summit in Brussels, she said she felt it could be achieved, despite the continuing deadlock over a landmark EU-Canada trade deal .
Mrs May said she had played an active role in discussions and was not “backwards in coming forwards”.
It is her first EU summit since she became PM following the Brexit vote.
At a news conference before meeting European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for a working lunch, Mrs May said Britain would be “a confident, outward-looking country”.
She said she aimed to “cement Britain as a close partner of the EU once we have left”, with the country able to control its immigration but trade freely with the EU. She said she would seek a “mature co-operative relationship” with the EU.

She gold the EU leaders a few home truths, says the Express.

THERESA May told EU leaders to grow up and accept Britain is leaving.
Her withering rebuke came in response to signals that some still believe the Brexit vote can be reversed.
The Prime Minister demanded instead a “mature, co-operative” approach to talks on the UK’s departure.
Her forceful slapdown came at the end of a two-day Brussels summit which saw Eurocrats repeatedly seek to marginalise debate about Britain’s departure from the bloc.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s lead negotiator on the
Brexit process, is even said to have suggested snarling up the forthcoming talks by conducting them in French.
Even after the Prime Minister told the 27 other
EU leaders over a working dinner that she was determined to deliver Brexit, EU Council President Donald Tusk speculated that Britain’s referendum decision could be overturned.
If it is reversible or not, this is in the British hands. I would be the happiest one if it is reversible,” he said.

And was ignored, according to the Sun

THE EUROPEAN Council chief ignored Theresa May’s cast-iron pledge that there was no going back on Brexit and said he would be the “happiest one” if Britain stayed after all.
Donald Tusk’s comments came after the Prime Minister was side-lined at her first European Council summit in Brussels, reportedly only getting up to speak about eh UK’s position at 1am and only for five minutes.
At a dinner with her fellow EU leaders, Mrs May told her counterparts directly Britain would definitely be leaving, after suggestions in Europe the historic referendum result could be revisited.
But she also said her country was not to be left out during the period while it negotiates to leave, saying the UK wants to remain an active member of the group.

Immigration

Following the allegations that the child migrants allowed into the UK are adults, Breitbart report on plans to hide the immigrants from public view.

The entrance to the immigration centre welcoming busloads of ‘child’ migrants every day from Calais has been obscured by a 15ft high scaffolding and canvas fence, hiding the identities of new arrivals.
The giant barrier appeared overnight, 24 hours after the migrants began arriving with blankets over their heads. It was unveiled on the same day the first ‘child migrant’ was proven, with hard evidence, to be over 18.
Welcoming the migrants to London was a growing crowd of pro-mass migration activists, led by the Citizens UK group, who are funded by liberal billionaire George Soros and his Open Societies Foundation.

And Reuters is one of those media which report on the so-called ‘Le Touquet’ agreement.

The Le Touquet agreement which allows British officials to check passports in France and vice versa is working and there are no plans to change it, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Friday.
The Guardian newspaper reported on Friday that France’s Alain Juppe, who is on course to win the centre-right’s presidential ticket and favourite to win power in next year’s national election, said he would seek to overturn the treaty, which effectively pushes the British frontier to Calais in northern France.
May’s spokesman said of the report: “The current French government is clearly of the same view as the British government that the Le Touquet agreement is working, and there are no plans to alter it,”

The Guardian carries the same story.

Downing Street has rejected the suggestion from the French presidential hopeful Alain Juppé that he would tear up a treaty with the UK to push back the border for migrants from Calais to Kent.
A source made clear that the prime minister, Theresa May , who has spent two days meeting world leaders at the European council meeting in Brussels, would expect any French leader to maintain the agreement.
Juppé, the current favourite to win the presidency, said he wanted a complete renegotiation of Le Touquet treaty , the deal that keeps border checks and thousands of refugees and migrants on the French side of the Channel.
We can’t tolerate what is going on in Calais, the image is disastrous for our country and there are also extremely serious economic and security consequences for the people of Calais,” he said in Paris.
So the first thing is to denounce the Le Touquet accords. We cannot accept making the selection on French territory of people that Britain does or doesn’t want. It’s up to Britain to do that job.”

As does the Star

MIGRANTS living in the Calais Jungle should be moved across the Channel to Kent, according to a frontrunner in the French presidential race.
The 2003 Le Touquet agreement allows Britain to check passports on French soil.
But Alain Juppe, the bookies’ favourite to succeed Francois Hollande next year, today announced he wants to tear up the treaty.
He wants the border pushed back to the British side of the Channel so Britain has to deal with migrants entering the country.
He blamed the treaty for the creation of the Calais Jungle where thousands of migrants await their chance to cross to the UK.
Former French prime minister Mr Juppe said: “We can’t tolerate what is going on in Calais.
The image is disastrous for our country and there are also extremely serious economic and security consequences for the people of Calais.
So the first thing is to denounce the Le Touquet accords. We cannot accept making the selection on French territory of people that Britain does or doesn’t want. It’s up to Britain to do that job.”

And ITV News reports on the clearing of ‘The Jungle’ camp.

The Calais ‘jungle’ camp will be cleared starting Monday, French authorities have said.
Officials at the interior ministry have said most of the 6,500 residents in the camp will be offered relocation in reception centres in Europe.
The UK government has called for as many children with links to the UK as possible to be brought to the UK before the camp is demolished.
The dismantling of the camp has become a major issue for French President Francois Hollande ahead of next year’s presidential elections, with rivals positioning immigration as a key battleground.
Britons heading to France have been warned they may face delays as a result of the clearance operation, which is expected to last a few days.
The Foreign Office said: “The French government has declared its intention to clear the migrant camp in Calais, starting on Monday October 24.

UKIP

Breitbart reports on the prospective party leader Suzanne Evans.

Recently restored UKIP member Suzanne Evans appeared on BBC This Week with Andrew Neil and seemed unsure whether or not she will put her hat in the race for the party leadership.
UKIP insiders however, have told Breitbart London that Ms. Evans will be launching her campaign on Sunday, and noted “the coy thing doesn’t really work because people know she’s power mad”. Another source stated: “If she wants it, she needs to be a lot more convincing than sighing and claiming she’s on the fence. We don’t want another reluctant leader”.
Less than a month after her party suspension had lapsed, Suzanne Evans took to the BBC this Week programme with Andrew Neil to discuss the future of the United Kingdom Independence Party. Mr. Neil pushed Ms. Evans over whether or not she would consider a leadership bid after the sudden resignation of newly elected leader Diane James, but Ms. Evans herself claimed to be sitting on the fence over the issue, unable to confirm if she was running or not.

EU

The trade deals between the EU and Canada seems to have broken down, says Sky News

The failure of talks to agree a free trade deal between Canada and the EU has cast doubt on whether the UK can achieve the same after Brexit.
The trade agreement, which is supposed to allow Canada access to EU markets and vice versa, has been held up after a regional parliament in Belgium wanted more guarantees to protect its farmers.
Wallonia, which has to ratify the CETA treaty if it is to be adopted by the EU, fears the agreement will allow huge multinationals to crush small Walloon enterprises and the country’s way of life.
Canadian free trade minister Chrystia Freeland walked out of the talks, which have been going on for seven years, after they broke down.

And the Telegraph reports a comment from the Canadian government:

The EU is “impossible” to do deals with, the Canadian government said as a major trade agreement appeared to be on the brink of collapse.
In a sign of how difficult Britain’s Brexit negotiations will be the Canadians walked out of talks on Friday after a major trade deal was put on hold because of a tiny region in Belgium.
The region of Wallonia, population 3.5 million, is blocking the Canada-EU trade deal, which was due to be signed next week after seven years of talks.

Breitbart reports that one of the Canadian officials was in tears.

Canada walked out of talks Friday meant to save a massive trade deal with the European Union, unable to break a deadlock with a small Belgian region that has been defying multinational efforts to have the pact signed next week.
Fighting back tears, Canadian International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said it had been impossible to overcome the differences with Wallonia, a French-speaking region of barely 3.5 million people.
Despite the stunning setback, European officials refused to accept that the pact, which had been agreed on provisionally two years ago, could not be saved. The impasse, however, raises troubling questions about the 28-nation EU’s ability to negotiate major international agreements.

ITV News reports that further talks are being held to try and save the negotiations.

The head of the European Parliament and Canada’s trade minister are holding emergency talks in a bid to save a trade deal between the EU and Canada.
The talks descended into crisis on Friday when Canada’s trade minister Chrystia Freeland walked out of meetings with southern Belgian politicians and said the planned deal had failed.
EU Parliament President Martin Schulz tweeted on Friday night that he would be meeting Ms Freeland on Saturday morning.
All 28 EU governments support the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) ,which would set up a free trade zone between the EU and Canada and mark the first time the bloc signed such an agreement with a major economy outside the EU.
However, Belgium cannot back it without the support of its five sub-federal administrations – and the regional government of the French-speaking region of Wallonia has refused to give the go-ahead.

Breitbart reports on the wider picture from the European Union.

As Europeans assess the fallout from the U.K.’s Brexit referendum , they face a series of elections that could equally shake the political establishment. In the coming 12 months, four of Europe’s five largest economies have votes that will almost certainly mean serious gains for right-wing populists and nationalists. Once seen as fringe groups, France’s National Front, Italy’s Five Star Movement, and the Freedom Party in the Netherlands have attracted legions of followers by tapping discontent over immigration, terrorism, and feeble economic performance. “The Netherlands should again become a country of and for the Dutch people,” says Evert Davelaar, a Freedom Party backer who says immigrants don’t share “Western and Christian values.”
Even Europe’s most powerful politician, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is under assault. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has drained support from Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrats in recent state and local elections, capitalizing on discontent over Germany’s refugee crisis.

And the Express reports that the Italian government is getting cross with the EU.

FURIOUS Italian leader Matteo Renzi has thrown down the gauntlet to unelected eurocrats over their plot to block his latest budget as Rome admitted he was at “the limit” of his patience with Brussels.
Senior officials indicated they are prepared to ignore any order from Jean-Claude Juncker’s army of pen-pushers as the growing war of words between Italy and the EU escalated further.
Instead Rome turned both barrels on its fellow member states, telling the chief eurocrat he should focus on punishing countries in eastern Europe which are refusing to accept migrant quotas.
The spiralling row further highlights the ever-widening divisions within the crumbling 27-member bloc, which has been battered to breaking point by crisis after crisis.

Volcano

Ever the sensationalist paper, the Star reports the prospect of huge eruptions in Japan.

EARTHQUAKES that rocked Japan on Friday could be the warning tremors of a cataclysmic volcanic eruption, scientists have claimed.
Japan has taken a battering in recent weeks from tremors as well as a huge typhoon with 233mph winds.
But the worst could be yet to come.
Scientists say Mount Aso – one of the largest active volcanos in the world – could blow at any minute.
The team of experts already predicted that Mount Aso would erupt before it dramatically shot out huge plumes of smoke earlier this month and the Japanese government issues a warning to its citizens.
But after the recent earthquakes that caused damage across western Japan, they say more eruptions could follow.
Scientist Aiming Lin said: “The possibility that 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes could trigger a large eruption of the Aso volcano in the near future should be reassessed.”

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3 Comments on Saturday papers – 22 October 2016

  1. George Soros is the biggest mischief-maker on the planet. He’s now funding pro-mass immigration UK activists currently welcoming in refugee ‘children’, probably old enough to be their dads, from Calais. Other useful activities these immature, anti-democratic idiots perform are going over to Calais, having a good cry and telling the unwelcome that they have a right to be in Britain, and waving placards saying ‘No Borders’ when the majority of British people want our borders strengthened.
    I wish someone would round the lot up (including uppity weepy actresses) and send them to live in the Calais camp they’re so keen on visiting. They don’t deserve to live in this country if they’re so happy to see it changed out of all recognition.
    I do hope that Soros, when he dies, has left a will of such complexity that the money is frittered away in legal fees. I dread to think of what the money will be used for when the dreadful old troublemaker has popped his clogs. We need Donald Trump for POTUS to rein him in.

  2. Brexit:

    Never mind the obstacles being placed by the EU; they could work in our favour by showing May that negotiation with them is wholly impracticable, so we must bail out.

    Immigration:

    The fiasco of the “child” migrants is a clear confirmation, if one were needed, that there are a good number of traitors in government doing as traitors do. Again this could work for us in convincing more people that they need to change their allegiance.

    Suzanne Evans:

    By my definition “unsure” equates to “not fit to be leader”.

  3. Politicians love selling us a tale that prosperity depends on the trade deals they make. In reality, nearly the entirety of the increase in living standards is due to ‘God and the engineers’ as Joan Robinson put it.

    The reason why PCs are now so cheap is because productivity gains were running for years at an astonishing 10 or 20 per cent or more a year after the PC age dawned.

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