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Saturday papers – 8 July 2017

Brexit

Labour’s Brexit minister has warned that the party will try and stop the Great Repeal Bill going through the House of Commons, says BBC News.

Theresa May faces a battle to get a key piece of Brexit legislation through Parliament, opponents have warned.
Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said it was “highly likely” Labour would seek to amend the Repeal Bill, which aims to convert EU legislation into British law.
The SNP, Lib Dems and Green MP Caroline Lucas will also press for changes.
The bill, described by the PM as an “essential step” to EU withdrawal – was the centrepiece of the Queen’s Speech.
It will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which took Britain into the EU and meant that European law took precedence over laws passed in the British parliament.

And the Telegraph reports the error of a former chancellor’s warning.

George Osborne’s “project fear” warnings during the EU referendum campaign  were wrong, the official spending watchdog has found.
The former Chancellor ordered Treasury officials to compile two reports on the economic risks of leaving the European Union which were published in the run up to the vote.
The reports, which provoked a furious response from eurosceptic Tory MPs, warned Brexit could lead to a “severe shock” and wipe as much as £36billion a year from the public finances.
However an analysis by the National Audit Office has concluded that some of the key assumptions behind the report were wrong.

The current chancellor still claims the UK will take a ‘hit’ over Brexit, says the Times.

Philip Hammond rebuked Liam Fox yesterday with a warning that no number of trade deals could offset the “overnight” economic hit of leaving the European Union on bad terms.
Mr Hammond, the chancellor, used an interview on the fringes of the G20 summit in Hamburg to mark his political differences with the international trade secretary. He did not name Mr Fox but said he had made clear to “colleagues” that loss of access to European markets would have an “instant effect overnight”.
It would be madness, he added, not to seek the “closest possible” economic arrangement with the EU.

G20

The G20 summit in Hamburg is covered by several of the media. Sky News reports on a potential trade deal with the US.

Theresa May will attempt to sell the idea of a trade deal with post-Brexit Britain to Donald Trump as the G20 summit moves into its second day.
The Prime Minister will meet the US President on the sidelines of the Hamburg conference.
In talks with Mr Trump, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mrs May will make her pitch for trade deals with both countries, as well as reiterating Britain’s commitmen to tackling growing aggression from North Korea.
She will also raise the issue of climate change with Mr Trump, following his decision to take the US out of the historic Paris accord.

BBC News claims the deal will be sealed soon.

US President Donald Trump has said he expects a trade deal with the UK to be completed “very, very quickly”.
Speaking at the G20 summit in Hamburg, he also said he will come to London.
The US president is holding one-to-one talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May shortly to discuss a post-Brexit trade deal.
It is one of a series of one-to-one meetings with world leaders which will also see Mrs May hold trade talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Mr Trump told reporters that he expected an agreement on new trading arrangements with Britain that was “very powerful” and would be great for both countries.

ITV News claims Mrs May hopes to secure a deal with Japan as well.

Theresa May will discuss her hopes for post-Brexit trade deals with the United States and Japan on the final day of the G20 summit.
The Prime Minister will also tell leaders Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe that Britain stands with them in the battle to quash the “growing threat” from North Korea following its increased programme of nuclear weapons testing.
Mrs May is holding early morning talks with Mr Trump in the margins of the gathering of world leaders in Hamburg, Germany.
As well as discussions on a possible future trading agreement with the US when Britain leaves the European Union, Mrs May will raise the president’s controversial decision to pull out of the international agreement on tackling climate change.

Also at the G20 summit, the chancellor claims these post-Brexit deals won’t make much difference to our economy says the Independent.

Philip Hammond has said the global trade deals promised by Theresa May after Brexit will make a limited difference to the British economy, exposing cabinet splits over the European Union.
Speaking at the G20 in Hamburg yesterday, Mr Hammond said the deals touted by Brexiteers as the answer to any hit from EU withdrawal “won’t make any particular difference” to the unusually large portion of Britain’s exports that come from services rather than physical goods.
The Chancellor is attending the summit with the Prime Minister who hours earlier hailed the deals that Mr Hammond’s cabinet colleague Liam Fox is seeking as central to her Brexit plans.

At least the chancellor and PM agree over trade with the EU, says the Telegraph.

Philip Hammond has said it would be “madness” not to seek “the closest possible arrangement” with the EU in comments that appear to widen the gulf between the Chancellor and Theresa May over Brexit.
Mr Hammond, who flew to Hamburg with the Prime Minister for the G20 summit, suggested that leaving the EU was a “political argument” and stressed that the EU “will remain our largest trading partner”.
His comments jarred with Downing Street’s outward-looking trade agenda, and come as Mrs May uses the G20 to talk trade with the leaders of the three biggest economies in the world: President Donald Trump, President Xi Jinping of China and President Shinzo Abe of Japan.

Trump/Putin

Still at the G20, several of the media analyse the handshake between Presidents Trump and Putin.

The Mirror says:

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have finally met for the first time – sharing a warm handshake in the fringes of the G20 summit.
The hardmen presidents smiled as Trump, known for his trademark overbearing handshake, gripped the Russian Premier’s arm with both hands.
With his right he grasped Putin’s hand while with his left he propped up the powerful leader’s arm.
The hard-men, both famous for their big egos, poured praise on each other after talks on the summit fringes.
Mr Trump called it an “honour” to meet Mr Putin and said he looked forward to a positive relationship between the former Cold War rivals.

The Telegraph reports:

Today is an historic day, as world leaders from each of the G20 nations have gathered in Hamburg to watch Donald Trump and Vladamir Putin shake hands (and also discuss geopolitics and climate change and other such secondary stuff).
Trump’s unorthodox handshaking method has been the subject of much scrutiny. His typical technique has been the ‘clasp, yank, release’: a powerplay that sees him draw his interlocutor close, whether they like it or not.
Given Putin’s similarly elaborate taste in alpha male posturing (remember his shirtless horseback riding phase?), speculation has been rife: will Trump try his usual tactics again?
Let’s dissect exactly how it went down when these two titans clashed.

The Sun compares the meeting to a television drama.

DONALD Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin has been compared to a scene from Netflix political drama House of Cards.
One particular exchange between the US and Russian presidents appeared strikingly similar to a sequence from the show where Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood reaches out to shake the hand of fictional Kremlin boss Viktor Petrov.
The character of Petrov is known to be a rather heavy-handed reference to the real-life Moscow strongman.
Trump said he had been discussing “lots of positive things” with Putin and insisted “it’s all going well’ during their official exchange in front of the world’s press.
The firebrand Republican told the Russian leader that “it’s an honour to be with you” before the powerful pair had further talks away from the cameras at the event in Germany.

And the Independent also runs the story.

Reality, these days, has a pernicious habit of far outreaching even the most outlandish expectations, so we can be forgiven for sitting back on our sofas and expecting a certain degree of pyrotechnics from what would be the first ever public and (as far as we know) private handshake between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Even against the grand backdrop of 20th century history, in which the staccato notes of intermittent encounters between American and Soviet leaders punctuate the background mood music of the life of the world, Trump/Putin was destined to be a big, big handshake. The Super Bowl of Handshakes. The Matrix Reloaded of Handshakes. If handshakes were works of great literature, this was to be the final instalment of Harry Potter.
Never before can two crinkled extremities have come together with greater portent. Great sweeping, geopolitical questions, intense interpersonal drama, all would be there.

Breitbart reports on the substance of the meeting.

U.S. President Donald Trump met Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday at the G20 meeting, the two world leaders greeting each other with a handshake ahead of their formal meeting in the afternoon.
The White House is briefing that there is “no fixed agenda” for the meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin, though the Kremlin said that this will be a “fully fledged seated meeting”, expected to last 15 minutes.
The president is also due to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico on Friday and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday at the gathering hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the port city of Hamburg.

Foreign aid

In other news, there’s a plan afoot to buy insurance to cover natural disasters abroad, reports the Independent.

The British Government plans to leverage the wealth and expertise of the City of London to help disaster-hit third world nations, Theresa May has announced.
At the G20 conference in Hamburg, the Prime Minister unveiled the establishment of a new London Centre for Global Disaster Protection, which will help the governments of developing countries plan for disasters such as droughts and famines.
But crucially the centre will also aim to develop insurance markets in poorer countries, which the Government says will be a “more cost-effective, rapid and reliable” way of raising finance than disaster aid.

The Times puts it a bit more simply:

British taxpayers will pay poorer nations’ premiums for new insurance cover against natural disasters for the next four years.
The £30 million package is designed to prime a new market to ensure fragile states insure themselves against floods, hurricanes and other events rather than rely on emergency handouts.
Theresa May will say today that the cash was part of the “future of aid” in which “Britain’s future trading partners” were helped to help themselves. The initiative risks provoking new controversy over Britain’s aid budget, however, as uninsured flood victims in the UK demand similar help.

And the Express also carries the story.

BRITISH taxpayers’ cash is to be spent insuring Third World countries against the risk of natural disasters including floods and droughts, Theresa May announced today, sparking widespread fury.
Around £30million from the foreign aid budget will be lavished on the insurance premiums over the next four years.
Officials say it aims to help developing nations become less dependent on overseas assistance over the long term.
But it provoked fresh criticism of the Government’s spiralling £13billion annual foreign aid budget – anger which was fuelled when the department that spends most of the cash has hired even more staff.

The Guardian claims the plan will cover only African countries.

Theresa May is planning to spend tens of millions of pounds of aid funding on buying premiums with British insurance companies to help cover the costs of natural disasters in African countries, such as severe drought.
The prime minister believes that buying up private insurance policies in the UK, in a break from more traditional forms of aid spending, could reduce the need for expensive direct humanitarian support in the future.
A senior Downing Street official said the plan was to spend £30m over four years on the initiative, after which the companies would be able to continue working directly with African countries, opening up the opportunity to make a profit.

Immigration

The problems of migrants in France continue, says Westmonster.

Europe’s migrant chaos continues this morning as 2,500 migrants are evacuated from the Port de la Chapelle, following reports of growing tensions and squalid conditions.
Riot police moved in just after dawn to evacuate the men, mostly from Eritrea and Afghanistan, using 60 coaches to move migrants to “different parts of France”. A source told Westmonster that he believes this is just a smokescreen to appear tough, and that the men will be back in Paris within days. He claims apartments are being converted into houses of multiple occupation in anticipation of people coming straight back to the French capital.
Westmonster reported yesterday that 1,500 migrants had been camping out in Northern Paris in unsanitary conditions that were leading to health issues and the spread of scabies. The Paris Police Prefect said in a statement: “These illegal camps present a security and public health risk for both the occupants and local residents.”

And the Sun claims migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean are to be turned back.

A NEW vessel will shortly join the flotilla looking for migrants in the choppy waters of the Mediterranean.
Yet the Suunta — a ship crowdfunded by shadowy far-right group Generazione Identitaria — is clearly not on a mercy mission.
The extremists’ firebrand Italian leader, Lorenza Fiato, 23, says: “Migrants breed like ­rabbits. They literally replace the native population in some neighbourhoods. We are being replaced in our own cities.”
Generazione Identitaria — known as the Identitarians — says it wants to preserve Europe’s national identities against a migrant “invasion”.
Already steaming towards Sicily, the Suunat will later this month attempt to turn back the flimsy dinghies laden with ­people escaping poverty and conflict in Libya.

RSPCA

The animal charity is trying to get new powers for itself says the Telegraph.

The RSPCA is seeking new police powers to allow hundreds of its inspectors to enter private property and seize pets, The Daily Telegraph  can disclose.
The charity is in talks with police chiefs and the Government about new statutory powers to allow its inspectors to gain access to gardens, sheds and outhouses without a police officer.
The news appalled some MPs and campaign groups. One MP said the “RSPCA is a welfare charity not a private police force”.
The organisation wants the new powers despite a cross-party group of MPs publishing a report last November in which the RSPCA was accused of “targeting vulnerable, ill and elderly” people and removing their pets.

Gibraltar

And the Sun reports on a potential flashpoint over The Rock.

THERESA MAY faces a diplomatic storm next week as her own MPs threaten to walk out of a state address by the Spanish King over Gibraltar, The Sun can reveal.
Patriotic Tories last night vowed to stage an unprecedented protest if King Felipe dares raise the Rock in an address to Parliament on Wednesday.
If the Spanish monarch raises his country’s discredited claim of ownership, as expected, a walkout could create a major diplomatic embarrassment.
Relations between Britain and Spain have already been tense after Gibraltar was put at the heart of Brexit negotiations in April.
The EU demanded Spain get a veto over the Gibraltar’s place in a future trade deal between the UK and the EU after we leave the bloc.

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2 Comments on Saturday papers – 8 July 2017

  1. Stuart, they are making all this unseemly fuss because they are trying to cheat democracy. Having lost the Referendum, they reject a democratic majority vote in favour of opposing it through the courts, through media, through fund-raising, through petitions, through forming anti-Brexit groups, through constant bitching, whining, and squalling like children denied their dummies.
    It doesn’t matter what the truth is, what is reasonable, what is lawful or good for Britain: these anti-democratic toddlers want their EU comforter back and will try every lie, every underhand trick, every specious argument, every foot-dragging resistance in order to circumvent the will of the people. According to them, the dimwits who voted Leave did not know what ‘Leave’ meant when they put their X’s in the ‘Leave’ boxes. This is outrageous insult and disdainful condescension on a massive scale.

    These scoundrels are true children of the EU which much prefers elite-decision-making to democracy. Their idea of ‘democracy’ is to elect MEPs to sit in a ‘Parliament’ where there is no debate and the MEPs role is simply to raise their hands in aquiescence to directives formulated by unelected bureaucrats. This mode of government is a dream come true for those who look back to the days of feudal lords and subservient serfs with nostalgia and an ambition to be one of the lords.

    It’s gone well beyond ‘Everyone has their own opinion’ into Traitor Territory because these people are aligning themselves with a foreign power against the sovereignty of our country.
    Theresa May should bring back the crime of Treason that Balkanising Blair conveniently dispensed with and have it read out in the HoC in order to concentrate a few minds.
    The rest of us can try to remember as many of these traitors as possible and hold them in the contempt they deserve, regard them with distaste, boycott their businesses and oppose any attempts they make to gain power.

    ‘Remainer’ are you? Then I won’t be buying anything from you and I wouldn’t dream of voting for you. (Sainsbury’s and Virgin are on my boycott list.)

  2. I honestly don’t know why people are making such a fuss about the Great Repeal Bill.
    Labour want to protect workers rights.
    The Greens want to protect the environment.
    What these people don’t seem to grasp is that all current EU laws become UK law after the Great Repeal Bill. It is then up to the UK Government to pass legislation to remove or amend those laws as appropriate. Legislation which will ultimately have to be debated and voted on in parliament, so the likes of Starmer and Lucas will have their opportunity at that point.
    It just stinks of more obfuscating and obstruction by those determined to stop Brexit at all costs, or at least to keep us shackled to the EU in some way or form.
    It harks back to the Article 50 Bill (or ‘Notification of withdrawal from the European Union’), which should have just been a very simple bill to draft and pass, “can we please hand in our notice to the EU?”, yet we then get all these proposed amendments, like guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens etc. There’s a time and a place for that, and this wasn’t it!

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