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Sunday papers – 10 September 2017

Brexit

The Telegraph claims EU negotiators are not interested in a business deal with the UK.

Brussels shows no interest in finding “long-term solutions” to Brexit and could ignore the interests of European Union business, a leaked memo to financial leaders has warned.
There is just a “one per cent” chance of the EU agreeing to start discussing a trade deal in October as the UK wants, according to a source quoted in the note.
There is also no appetite for creating a “bespoke” transition deal that will allow Britain to retain the benefits of EU membership for years after formally leaving, it is warned.
The “sobering” analysis is contained in a 1,200 word memo from Jeremy Browne, the special representative for the City of London to the EU, which has been leaked to this newspaper. 

And trade secretary Boris Johnson claims the EU is legally obliged to talk about trade, says the Independent.

Boris Johnson has sparked fresh hostilities with Brussels, by claiming the EU’s approach to the Brexit  negotiations fails its own legal duty.
The Foreign Secretary claimed the EU is obliged to bow to British pressure to start talking about a future trade deal – just days after EU leaders again insisted the “divorce” must be settled first.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, together with leaders of the European Parliament, poured cold water on trade talks starting next month, as originally hoped.
They pinned the blame on Britain’s failure to make the necessary “sufficient progress” on a financial settlement for Brexit, on citizens’ rights and on the border in Ireland.

The US still seems keen on doing business with us, says the Express.

BRITAIN must strive for a quick and seamless Brexit transition before a trade deal with the US can be struck, business leaders there warned last night.
But America remains “eager” to strengthen its special relationship by boosting trade ties once Britain is free of EU shackles.
The first major report by the US-UK Business Council follows the arrival to London of new US Ambassador Woody Johnson, the charismatic billionaire and owner of the New York Jets American football team.
The Trump appointee, whose great-grandfather founded pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, has indicated he will “strengthen the special relationship” between both countries.
Last night sources said his brief boiled down to two things: “Jobs, jobs, jobs and security,” 

And the Express also claims our maritime industry is just about to bloom.

BRITAIN’S maritime industry will be one of this country’s biggest success stories after Brexit, experts claimed last night.
A report to be released next week reveals the sector now accounts for more a million direct and indirect jobs nationwide.
With £54billion worth of business, it now equals Britain’s other manufacturing giant, the motor industry, and dwarfs security, defence and aerospace.
Experts say that, given the right government support, the industry is “close to being Brexit proof”.
The report by lobby group Maritime UK predicts that the sector will overcome any sluggishness caused by Brexit uncertainty to grow by 15 per cent by 2022.
A separate survey, also by Maritime UK, found that 62 per cent of the world’s top 100 maritime industry leaders have stated they are “likely or very likely” to make the UK their home after 2019. 

But the devolved administrations could be about to cause trouble, says the Independent.

Wales and Scotland will formally lay down a challenge to Theresa May’s Brexit plans this week, warning she risks a constitutional crisis if changes are not made.
Governments in both nations are expected to officially submit documents confirming their intention to withhold consent for the Prime Minister’s approach to EU withdrawal unless it radically alters.
Conservative ministers have admitted to 
The Independent that pushing on without their backing could hold up Brexit, while politicians outside England warn it will strain the UK at the seams.
The devolved governments claim Ms May’s key piece of Brexit legislation will see London snatch authority over key policy areas and give Conservative ministers unacceptably-strong powers to meddle with other laws.

The Independent reports a call from north of the border.

Scotland’s Brexit minister is expected to call for a “radical shift” in how the UK Government deals with the devolved nations when he addresses the British Irish Association today.
Michael Russell said greater involvement from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish administrations is needed to avoid “the most damaging consequences” of leaving the European Union.
Following the general election, the Scottish Government called for the devolved governments to be included in the Brexit negotiations, with the Joint Ministerial Committee re-established.
But the JMC on EU Negotiations has not met since February.
Speaking at a Holyrood committee on Thursday, Mr Russell said the UK government was acting as if devolution “never happened”.

Immigration

A has-been Prime Minister is still trying to stick his oar in, says the Times.

Tony Blair today demands tough new immigration rules, arguing that the open borders he presided over as prime minister are no longer appropriate.
Blair has put his name to a report calling on the government to force European Union migrants coming to Britain to register on arrival so they can be counted in and out of the UK.
Those who failed to register would be banned from renting a home, opening a bank account or claiming benefits.
In an explosive intervention that will electrify the Brexit debate, the former prime minister argues that by bringing in proper immigration controls it would be possible to take back control of Britain’s borders without leaving the EU.

The Independent claims new rules could mean we stay in the EU.

Tony Blair has called for tough new immigration rules which would allow Britain to exercise more control over who comes into the country without leaving the European Union.
The former prime minister admitted the open borders he presided over are no longer appropriate and put his name to a report calling for tighter domestic controls and the negotiation of modified free movement rules with the EU.
This would fulfil the will of the people expressed in last year’s Brexit vote while allowing Britain to stay in the EU, and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour should back the approach, he said.
Mr Blair’s intervention appears designed to provoke a fundamental shift in the Brexit debate and solve the seemingly intractable trade-off between the economy and immigration.

Sky News also reports the call.

Tony Blair is calling for tougher immigration policies to take back control of Britain’s borders without the UK having to leave the European Union.
The former prime minister has put his name to a report calling for tighter domestic controls and the negotiation of modified free movement rules with the EU.
He said the policy change would fulfil the will of the people expressed in last year’s Brexit vote, while allowing Britain to stay in the EU.
Mr Blair’s intervention appears designed to provoke a fundamental shift in the Brexit debate and solve the seemingly intractable trade-off between the economy and immigration.

As does ITV News.

Tony Blair has proposed tougher new immigration rules as a solution to Brexit.
The former prime minister has put his name to a report that calls for tighter domestic controls and the negotiation of modified free movement rules with the EU.
He said this approach would fulfill the will of the people expressed in last year’s Brexit vote while allowing Britain to stay in the EU.
Mr Blair’s intervention appears designed to provoke a fundamental shift in the Brexit debate and solve the seemingly intractable trade-off between the economy and immigration.
In an article for the Sunday Times website, Mr Blair said: “There is no diversion possible from Brexit without addressing the grievances which gave rise to it.

Another former Cabinet minister is quoted in the Guardian along the same lines.

The decision of the British people to leave the European Union could be reversed next year if France and Germany agree that the UK can take control over immigration while staying in the EU single market, the former Labour cabinet minister Lord Adonis said on Sunday.
With concern over the government’s handling of Brexit growing ahead of a key parliamentary vote on Monday, the peer said Angela Merkel, who is expected to be re-elected as German chancellor later this month, and French president Emmanuel Macron could well make such an offer if they believe it could mean the UK remaining in the EU.
Writing in the 
Observer, Adonis said he believes a majority of peers in the House of Lords will support an amendment to the EU withdrawal bill – now passing through the Commons – requiring another referendum before Brexit takes effect, with the options being to accept the deal on offer, or stay in the EU.

Roaming charges

Over on the Continent, it seems a widely-trumpeted victory is nothing of the sort, says the Express.

BRUSSELS’ highly self-publicised “major victory” in abolishing mobile roaming charges has been plunged into chaos as angry customers complain it has just led operators to hike their prices.
Mobile companies have started charging people more “across the board” according to one Danish MEP, who urged eurocrats to look into the damage their policy was causing.
Christel Schaldemose, a socialist MEP, said phone operators were “citing EU legislation” as justification for making major price rises to customers’ contracts.
When it launched the scheme, the EU promised to protect consumers against such a reaction.
The revelations will cause acute embarrassment to the EU, which hailed the abolishing of roaming charges over the summer as a “major victory” for ordinary European citizens. 

Labour Party

The Labour leader could be about to come under further pressure, says the Times.

Jeremy Corbyn’s allies are plotting to entrench the power of Labour’s hard left when the party holds its annual conference this month, according to two leaked documents.
A paper circulating in constituency Labour parties urges left-wing delegates to back seven measures that would hand power to the grassroots.
They include “mandatory reselection of sitting MPs”, seen as a way of purging moderates, and plans to “ensure the general secretary of the Labour Party is elected by the membership on a one member, one vote basis”.
That measure could be used to oust Iain McNicol, the moderate who holds the job.

Student loans

Meanwhile, the Government is looking at helping students who have massive loans, reports the Telegraph.

Theresa May is looking at cutting 
interest rates on student loans and strong-arming universities into lowering tuition fees in an effort to win back young voters.
Announcements could come within weeks as the Tories try to broaden their appeal at next month’s party conference and the autumn Budget.
Young voters abandoned the Conservatives in their droves at the June general election, after Jeremy Corbyn promised to scrap tuition fees.
One plan being considered is to change the formula through which many graduates pay interest rates of more than 6 per cent – about double the rate of inflation.

The Times also has the story.

The interest rate on student loans could be cut and poorly performing universities named and shamed as part of a new drive by the Conservatives to attract younger voters.
The moves come after a surge in youth turnout to a 25-year high during the general election in June helped wipe out Theresa May’s majority. Sixty per cent of those aged 18 to 24 turned out for Labour after its promise to tackle student debt galvanised the vote.
A Conservative announcement designed to appeal to young voters could come ahead of the party’s autumn conference and the upcoming budget.

And the Independent.

Theresa May is reportedly looking at plans to ease the burden of student debt in a bit to win back young voters who appeared to back Labour in their droves at the general election.
The Prime Minister’s authority has been diminished after a disastrous campaign in which the Tories lost their House of Commons majority and Jeremy Corbyn’s party gained seats on an anti-austerity platform that included a pledge to scrap tuition fees.
With the Conservative Party conference just weeks away, Ms May is looking at proposals to change the formula through which many graduates pay interest rates of more than six per cent, more than double the inflation rate, according to the 
Sunday Telegraph.

The Guardian claims it’s a plan to win the support of young voters.

Theresa May is reportedly looking at plans to ease the burden of student debt in a bid to win back young voters who appeared to back Labour in their droves at the general election.
The prime minister’s authority has been diminished after a disastrous campaign in which the Conservatives lost their House of Commons majority and Jeremy Corbyn’s party gained seats on an anti-austerity platform that included a pledge to scrap tuition fees.
With her party’s annual conference just weeks away, May is looking at proposals to change the formula through which many graduates pay interest rates of more than 6%, more than double the inflation rate, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
She is also considering a plan to name and shame universities that charge high fees but fail to improve students’ earning potential, the newspaper said.

Korea

The secretive state of North Korea may have planted agents all over our country, says the Star.

A SECRET army of North Korean “sleeper” agents is thought to be living in the UK. Intelligence chiefs fear they could launch cyber attacks on nuclear power stations and air traffic control centres in the hope of plunging the country into chaos.
MI5 and MI6 believe they entered using fake passports and posing as South Korean students.
They are thought to be part of a North Korean secret unit called the General Bureau of Reconnaissance, which conducts clandestine operations against “enemies of North Korea”.
They would have been acting on the orders of Kim Jong-un the country’s supreme leader.

Nigel

In a speech in Germany, our own former leader has claimed Germany could come under an ant-EU movement, says Breitbart.

Nigel Farage told press that Germany was ‘about to get a voice of opposition’ as he shared a platform with Alternative for Germany (AfD) MEP Beatrix Von Storch ahead of the German Federal election later this month.
“We are on the verge of something very interesting happening in that the biggest and most powerful member-state of the European Union is about the get a voice of opposition in the Bundestag [the German parliament]. That in of itself is a very big moment,” he said.
Mr. Farage came on a personal invitation from Ms. von Storch, whom he has known for some years, and although having no association with the AfD, was happy to appear with the fellow Member of European Parliament on Friday.
In Germany’s first major televised debate last Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), who is leading in double digits, and Martin Schulz of the Social Democrats (SPD), broadly agreed on many issues.
Mr. Farage noted of the debate, watched by 20 million people, that neither candidate discussed Brexit or the implications of Brexit on Germany.

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