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Sunday papers – 20 August 2017

Brexit

The Times reports that the Brexit secretary is getting tough with the EU.

David Davis is cranking up the pressure on the European Commission to revise the timetable for the Brexit negotiations and to allow discussions to begin on a future trade deal.
Brussels made it clear at the start of the article 50 negotiations that it intends to carry out talks in two stages, with the first phase focusing on withdrawal and the second on any new trade agreement.
However, in an exclusive article today for The Sunday Times the Brexit secretary takes the fight to the Commission, arguing that the two subjects must be discussed in parallel.
“Nowhere is that point truer than on the question of Northern Ireland,” Davis argues.

ITV News also reports Davis’ words.

There is no point in negotiating aspects of Brexit twice as the “clock is ticking”, David Davis has warned the European Union in a bid to push withdrawal talks towards discussions on a future trading relationship.
During the next week the Brexit Secretary is due to publish five position papers setting out Britain’s negotiating strategy in an attempt to add pace to the talks.
One of the key documents is expected to be on the Government’s favoured approaches to enforcing rights outside the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
Disagreements over the ECJ’s role was a major sticking point during Brexit talks in July, with the Government against Brussels’ insistence that EU citizens’ rights should be enforced by the court once Britain has left the EU.

And the Independent also reports the new position papers.

Theresa May is to unveil five new Brexit negotiating position papers in the coming days amid reports that cabinet ministers privately fear a decision on progressing on to trade talks with the European Union  could be delayed until Christmas.
In her first full week back in Downing Street following her three-week holiday, the Prime Minister will release formal papers on key elements of the talks, including the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), data protection, and goods and services after Brexit.
It comes just one week before David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, heads to Brussels for the next formal round of negotiations. But due to a lack of progress made so far and the Government’s failure to publish any formal positions on two key demands from European negotiators – on citizens’ rights and the financial settlement – cabinet ministers are concerned the EU 27 could delay a decision on whether to progress to negotiating a future trade deal by two months.

UKIP Daily will do its best to bring you these papers as soon as they are published.

But trade with the US could prove more problematic, says the Mail.

Tory Ministers have warned Brexit Secretary David Davis that Britain’s hopes of getting a good US trade deal could be wrecked by the growing crisis surrounding Donald Trump.
They fear that if, as some experts predict, Trump is forced to resign or fails to retain the presidency in the 2020 US election, it could make a profitable Anglo-US Brexit trade deal impossible.
Trump has described his own victory last year as ‘Brexit plus’ and tweeted last year he was ‘working on a big and exciting trade deal with UK’.
It bolstered hopes in Theresa May’s Government that Trump would agree a successful and – equally important – swift trade deal, countering fears that the economy will ‘fall off a cliff’ when Britain leaves the EU in 2019.

Westmonster reports a paper which claims that we’ll do OK, even without a deal with the EU.

A new report out has backed up the idea that a ‘No Deal’ scenario between the UK and the EU would be no disaster for Brexit Britain and that global trade should be the number one priority.
The paper by the Institute of Economic Affairs, entitled ‘A Trade Policy for Brexited Britain’, makes clear that free trade across the world will help lead to higher wages for British workers and lower prices.
Though the IEA report pushes for tariff-free trade with the EU, it also insists that the UK should prioritise deals with the likes of Canada, Australia and America, whilst making clear to the EU that a bad deal would be rejected.
The IEA’s Research Direcot Jamie Whyte has said: “Many people believe that disaster will befall us if we do not forge a deal with the EU.
“In fact, we could unilaterally eliminate all import tariffs, which would give us most of the benefits of trade, and export to the EU under the umbrella of the WTO rules.

Determined to cast a shadow on the negotiations, the pro-EU Guardian reports that the PM’s plans have been ridiculed.

Theresa May’s Brexit strategy has been thrown into new doubt as a former head of the government’s legal services ridicules the prime minister’s claim that the UK can break free of all European laws while continuing to reap the economic benefits of the EU’s single market.
Sir Paul Jenkins, who was the government’s most senior legal official for eight years until 2014, told the 
Observer that the prime minister’s policy on the legal implications of Brexit was “foolish”. He insisted that if the UK wants to retain close links with the single market and customs union it will have no option but to observe EU law “in all but name”.

The Express reports the pressure the UK is putting on the EU.

PRESSURE is being piled on the European Union this week as the Government presents a series of “imaginative and creative” solutions to bring about a viable exit deal.
It will unveil five papers that outline its plans on key Brexit issues, including ensuring “the most free and most frictionless trade possible” in goods and services.
It will also repeat Britain’s determination to end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and discuss how laws can be enforced in any future deal.The EU insists “sufficient progress” on initial issues about Britain’s exit needs to be made before any future trade deal can be discussed.
Brexit Secretary David Davis said the new papers would help “show beyond doubt” that talks could move forward. 

And the Sun has a column by Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke about the deal.

THIS week our Government offered Brussels the deal of the decade.
They would be crazy to turn it down. The offer to continue tariff-free trade after we leave Europe is a great deal for the EU.
For tariffs would hit Europe’s exports to us twice as hard as they would hit our exports to them.
Today we trade as part of the EU’s Customs Union.
That means there are no tariffs or trade barriers between Britain and the EU. The EU are the winners from this.
They sell us £240billion of goods every year. In return, we export just £144billion to them. They sell £96billion more goods to us than we sell to them.
No free-trade deal would mean Europe’s exports to us would be hit for £13.2billion of tariffs.

And despite a row as to whether or not the ‘bongs’ of Big Ben will fall silent for several years, the Independent reports a call for it to chime on ‘Independence Day’.

Leave-backing Tory MPs have called for Big Ben to chime on the day the UK leaves the European Union.
Parliament said earlier this week it would review plans to silence the Great Bell for four years during maintenance work, after Prime Minister Theresa May joined a backlash against the move.
But the bongs will still be halted after noon on Monday to ensure the safety of workers during the renovation of Elizabeth Tower, which houses the bell.
Earlier this year, Downing Street said Britain would leave the EU “when Big Ben bongs midnight” on March 29, 2019, the deadline for the two-year Article 50 withdrawal process.
But Commons authorities could not confirm when the chimes would start up again, or whether Big Ben would bong on Brexit day.

EU

Meanwhile, over on the Continent, the Telegraph claims things are getting difficult for the German Chancellor.

At the entrance of Annaberg-Buchholz, a picturesque former mining town in Saxony, an inscription on a makeshift chalkboard on a haystack did not bode well for the German chancellor: “Merkel has to leave”.
A hundred yards away, campaign posters for the chancellor’s CDU party dotted the lamposts of the town, where Mrs Merkel campaigned on Thursday night.
The incumbent leader kicked off her campaign for next month’s general elections this week, significantly later than her rivals, over whom she holds a comfortable lead.
The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) fares at 40 per cent nationwide, while its main rival, the Social Democratic Party led by former President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz stagnates at 23 per cent.

And Breitbart carries an EU video promoting immigration.

The European Parliament has produced a slick propaganda video claiming Europe “need[s] people to come here… to maintain the level of our welfare systems”.
The video, put out on Twitter, features liberal and socialist members of the European Parliament (MEPs), who concede migrants often come from a “totally different culture”, but say it is the European people’s “responsibility” to “foster an atmosphere of integration”.
EuroparlTV released the short film on the 17th of August, just hours before terrorists of North African Muslim background murdered 14 people in Spain in an Islamist attack claimed by Islamic State.

Radical Islam

The Mail carries a story about potential threats to Jews.

Barcelona’s chief rabbi has urged Jews to move to Israel after warning that Europe has been ‘lost’ because of the threat from radical Islam.
At least 14 people were killed and some 130 others injured when attackers ploughed into pedestrians on a promenade in the tourist area on Thursday evening.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Barcelona outrage and another attack in Cambrils yesterday, which resulted in one person dying and seven people being injured after five men wearing fake suicide belts drove an Audi A3 into crowds on the seafront.
Western Europe has been a regular target for jihadists over the last few years. And Barcelona’s chief rabbi Meir Bar-Hen told his congregation to move to Israel to flee terror.

And the Mail has a column bSara Khan Director Of Counter-extremism Organisation Inspire 

The Islamic State-inspired atrocity that killed 14 and injured many more in Barcelona will be claimed as another example of the clash of culture, religion and ideas between the world of Islam and the West.
There will be a swift recognition that the perpetrators were young men, either first- or second-generation immigrants, radicalised by fundamentalist Islamism.
There will be hand-wringing about what motivates them to carry out such horrific attacks and how to prevent it.
But to restrict ourselves to the same narrow questions can only result in failure to get to grips with global jihadism.
I run an organisation which works to oppose Islamist extremism and have seen at first hand the reality of radicalisation of young people in Birmingham, Bradford and Luton.

NHS

It seems a war of words between the Health Secretary and scientist Stephen Hawking is escalating, says the Mail.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt sensationally accused Stephen Hawking of lying yesterday in a heated war of words over the future of the NHS.
Mr Hunt said Professor Hawking was guilty of making a ‘pernicious falsehood’ in claiming that the Government wanted to replace the National Health Service with a US-style system of medical insurance.
He was speaking ahead of last night’s lecture by the world-renowned scientist at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on the state of the Health Service. On Friday, the cosmologist claimed ‘that the direction of change [in the UK] is towards a US-style insurance system’.
Professor Hawking, a lifelong Labour supporter, also accused Mr Hunt of ‘cherry picking’ evidence in favour of seven-day working to help him push through the new junior doctors’ contract.
But in a string of tweets Mr Hunt hit back at Professor Hawking, who is director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge University.

Sky News also has the story.

Jeremy Hunt has come under fire as he reiterated his criticism of Professor Stephen Hawking amid a war of words between the two.
The world-renowned physicist and lifelong Labour supporter claimed the NHS was at risk of privatisation under the Tories.
He said: “We see the balance of power in the UK is with private healthcare companies, and the direction of change is towards a US-style insurance system.”
But Health Secretary Mr Hunt challenged the scientist to “look at the evidence”.
He wrote on Twitter: “Most pernicious falsehood from Stephen Hawking is idea govt wants US-style insurance system. Is it 2 much to ask him to look at evidence?
“NHS under Cons has seen more money, more docs and more nurses than ever in history. Those with private med insurance DOWN 9.4% since 2009!”

The Independent claims Hunt is on the attack.

Jeremy Hunt has launched a fresh attack on Stephen Hawking for suggesting the “direction of change” in the NHS was pushing it towards the US-style insurance system.
The Health Secretary issued an initial response on Twitter where he claimed Professor Hawking was “wrong on lack of evidence” for the weekend effect and then followed it up 17 hours later saying the scientist was spreading “pernicious falsehoods”.
The war of words broke out on when Prof Hawking, a lifelong Labour supporter, accused Mr Hunt of “cherry-picking” evidence while suppressing contradictory research in order to suit his argument.

And in other NHS news, the Telegraph reports the massive salaries being paid to managers.

Temporary NHS managers brought in by failing health services are being paid record rates of up to £400,000 a year.
Ministers have repeatedly ordered clampdowns on “excessive and indefensible” management pay and promised extra scrutiny of deals which pay more than the £142,500 salary of the Prime Minister.
But a 
Telegraph investigation of 32 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) failing so badly that they have been taken over by NHS England shows that in fact rates have reached a record high.
Nurse leaders last night said executive pay was “spiralling out of control” amid warnings that  “sky-high” remuneration packages were not being matched by improvements to frontline services.
Health services insisted they were forced to pay “premium” rates to attract good managers quickly.

The Mail has a story about being treated in France.

A radical deal to get NHS patients treated faster by sending them to France has fallen flat – with only two Britons taking up the offer.
The scheme, announced to great fanfare two years ago, was meant to ease pressure on waiting lists by taking on up to 400 operations a year.
But so far only two patients have gone through with treatment at the Centre Hospitalier de Calais.
When NHS bosses in Kent revealed the scheme in 2015, they said it would give patients facing lengthy waits for operations the possibility of receiving faster treatment.
Under the arrangement, patients from Folkestone or Dover could get treatment in France, paying only for their travel costs.

Health

And in a connected health story, the Times reports that thousands could have been affected with a virus.

A leading British supermarket may unwittingly have infected thousands of people with a pig virus that causes liver cirrhosis and neurological damage, say researchers at Public Health England.
Hepatitis E (HEV) is transmitted by sausages and pork products from Europe, mainly Holland and Germany. UK pigs do not have the virus strain in question.
Scientists at PHE, a government agency, have traced the shopping habits of infected people and found that a common factor is consumption of own-brand sausages from “Supermarket X”.
PHE and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have refused to name Supermarket X but two separate sources said it was Tesco.

Conservatives

Looks like George Osborne is still causing trouble for the Prime Minister, says the Telegraph.

It is the moment Theresa May aims to reboot her premiership after endless leadership speculation over the summer. But the Prime Minister’s unity drive at Tory conference could be scuppered by the presence of her great political rival – George Osborne.
The former chancellor, who she sacked within hours of entering No 10, has been granted a pass for the gathering in October, it can be revealed.
Tory HQ sources confirmed that Mr Osborne, who is now the editor of the Evening Standard after quitting ­politics, will be attending through his media role.
The news triggered fears that he could go public with criticisms of the Prime Minister by speaking at fringe events – undermining a Downing Street drive to heal internal rifts.

Labour Party

And Labour are not faring much better, with accusations of anti-semitism says the Independent.

Over 80 per cent of British Jews believe the Labour party is too tolerant of anti-Semitism among its own MPs, members and supporters, a new poll has found.
According to the poll by YouGov for the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), which surveyed 2,025 British Jews over the last month, nearly two in 10 – 19 per cent – of respondents believed the Conservatives were not doing enough to tackle anti-Semitism in the party’s ranks.
Despite this being a seven per cent increase for Theresa May’s party since the question was last polled in 2016, it is the lowest of all the major political parties. For the Liberal Democrats, 36 per cent of British Jews felt more could be done, while 41 per cent said the same for Ukip and 40 per cent for the Green Party. 

The Telegraph has a similar story.

The vast majority of British Jews believe the Labour Party is too tolerant of anti-Semitism, the results of a new poll suggest.
Eighty-three per cent of those taking part in a survey said they thought racist sentiment was not sufficiently challenged among Labour MPs, members and supporters, compared to 19 per cent about the Conservatives.
The YouGov survey also suggests one in three jews in the UK has considered emigrating due to pervading anti-Semitic feeling.
The poll for the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) follows mounting criticism of Jeremy Corbyn’s efforts to combat anti-Jewish sentiment within Labour.

The Independent also reports a potential change of rules for the next Labour leader.

A compromise could be reached over changing the rules for a future Labour leadership contest, making it easier for a left-wing candidate to stand, the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said.
The rule change – dubbed the “McDonnell amendment” due to his two failed bids for the leadership in 2007 and 2010 – would mean lowering the threshold of the number of nominations needed from parliamentary colleagues from 15 per cent to 5 per cent, essentially guaranteeing a left-wing figure a place on the ballot.
But while efforts were concentrated on the rule change among Labour’s left before the general election, Mr McDonnell now believes the “heat is off” after Jeremy Corbyn defied pundits and outperformed expectations in June. 

The Queen

The Times reports that our monarch is sitting tight.

The Queen has no intention of stepping aside for Prince Charles and insists it is “duty first, nation first, I’m going to be there”, according to sources close to the monarch.
Royal insiders said the Queen, the world’s longest-reigning living monarch, remained as committed as ever to her duty. They dismiss claims that she will request that the Regency Act come into force in the foreseeable future.
Neither Buckingham Palace nor Clarence House is planning for a regency, three separate senior sources told The Sunday Times.
Palace officials have not commented but refer to the Queen’s pledge on her 21st birthday: “I declare . . . that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.”

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1 Comment on Sunday papers – 20 August 2017

  1. The media continues to refuse to link the anti-semitism in the Labour party to the pro-Islam stance of the Labour party.

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