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Sunday papers – 24 June 2016

Brexit

The Express reports that the coming negotiations with the EU will result in a good outcome from the UK, according to Brexit advisor Boris Johnson.

BORIS JOHNSON is confident Britain will strike a deal with Europe that combines free trade with slashing immigration.

The Foreign Secretary said he had detected a “quite striking” change of mood in European capitals “as understanding starts to break in and people see what this is all about”. 

Mr Johnson insisted a deal could be done combining the benefits of free trade with a curtailing of migration. 

He said: “I have absolutely no doubt that balance can be struck and over the next few weeks we’ll be discussing that in the Government and with our European friends and partners. Be in no doubt that this is something where everybody wishes to make fast progress in the economic interests both of Britain and the EU.

And several of the media claim the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, desperately tried to get Germany’s Angela Merkel to agree to restrict immigration.

Reuters reports:

Days before Britain’s referendum on whether to leave the European Union, former Prime Minister David Cameron made an appeal to German Chancellor Angela Merkel for limits on the free movement of people, the BBC reported on Saturday.

Britons voted on June 23 to exit the EU, with the issue of immigration and control of the free movement of people from the bloc a key campaigning issue for the “Leave” camp.

As polls indicated immigration concerns were swaying the public towards supporting Brexit, the BBC said Cameron, who quit after the EU result, telephoned Merkel to ask if she was willing to issue a statement with other EU leaders agreeing to make concessions on free movement if Britain voted to stay.

The idea was eventually shelved and the BBC said Merkel had told Cameron at an EU summit after the vote that there could be no compromise on free movement within the bloc.

BBC News also covers the story.

David Cameron made a late appeal to Germany’s Angela Merkel for limits on free movement of people if the UK voted Remain, BBC Newsnight has learned.

The then-prime minister called the German leader days before the EU referendum, as opinion polls seemed to show voters moving to the Leave camp.

But he later abandoned the idea of getting her and other EU leaders to make a statement granting concessions.

No 10 decided it could be portrayed by Vote Leave as a sign of weakness.

Newsnight has learned that Mr Cameron telephoned the German chancellor to ask whether she would be willing to issue a statement with fellow EU leaders granting the UK concessions on free movement.

As does the Independent.

David Cameron issued a last-minute plea to the German leader, Angela Merkel, for the UK to be able to limit free movement if it remained in the EU, days before the European referendum, it has been reported.

Shortly before the vote, after polls showed public opinion swinging towards leaving the EU, the then-Prime Minister called Ms Merkel to ask her to allow the UK a concession on EU immigration.

But Mr Cameron gave up trying to get the German leader to agree, after Downing Street decided it might appear as a sign of weakness, BBC2’s Newsnight reported.

And the Guardian.

David Cameron made a last-minute appeal to Angela Merkel to limit free movement of people if the UK voted to remain in the European Union, it has been reported.

The former prime minister called the German chancellor in the days before last month’s referendum vote as opinion polls showed voters moving towards leave, after the government again missed its target for cutting net migration, according to BBC2’s Newsnight.

However, the plan for European leaders to issue a statement promising concessions on the issue was said to have been abandoned due to fears it could be portrayed as a sign of weakness by the Leave campaign.

 

Parliamentary privacy

Several media outlets claim that an MP’s office was entered without permission.

ITV News claims:

A Labour MP has filed a formal complaint against aides to party leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell for a “breach of parliamentary privilege”, after allegedly entering her House of Commons office without permission.

Seema Malhotra, who quit the shadow cabinet last month in protest against Mr Corbyn’s leadership, said her staff had felt “harassed, intimidated and insecure” after the unauthorised visit.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn played down the incident and denied any intimidation had taken place.

The Mirror says:

A Labour MP has accused aides to Jeremy Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell of entering her House of Commons office without permission.

Seema Malhotra said the action constituted a “breach of parliamentary privilege” and has lodged a formal complaint with Commons Speaker John Bercow.

In a statement to The Observer, Ms Malhotra – who quit the shadow cabinet last month in protest at Mr Corbyn’s leadership and is now backing the challenger Owen Smith – said her staff felt “harassed, intimidated and insecure” as a result of what had happened.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn played down the incident and said that claims of intimidation were “untrue”.

And the Guardian reports:

The battle for the leadership of the Labour party took an extraordinary twist on Saturday as Jeremy Corbyn’s aides were accused in effect of breaking into the offices of a resigning shadow cabinet minister in a major breach of security and parliamentary privilege.

Seema Malhotra, who was until recently shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said a campaign of intimidation and harassment against her staff had culminated in the “illegal” and “unauthorised entry” to her office in Westminster.

Malhotra, who worked closely with the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, until her resignation last month, said she had alerted the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, and the serjeant at arms, to demand an urgent investigation.

BBC News also says staff had been harrassed.

A former Labour shadow cabinet minister has accused an aide to leader Jeremy Corbyn of entering her parliamentary office without permission.

Seema Malhotra formally complained to Commons Speaker John Bercow, saying the “privacy, security and confidentiality” of her MP’s office had been violated.

She also said her staff had felt “harassed, intimidated and insecure”.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said an aide had been checking when the office would be vacated, and denied intimidation.

Ms Malhotra resigned as shadow chief secretary to the Treasury last month in protest at Mr Corbyn’s leadership and is now backing leadership challenger Owen Smith.

And Sky News reports that the MP has complained about the action.

Jeremy Corbyn is embroiled in a row over an alleged “breach of privacy” after an aide entered a former shadow cabinet minister’s office without permission.

Seema Malhotra has written to the speaker to complain of a “breach of parliamentary privilege” along with “aggressive and intimidating” behaviour from Mr Corbyn’s office manager Karie Murphy.

It appears that Ms Murphy tried to use a key card to gain access to the room on 15 July, while Ms Malhotra was in her constituency.

Dover crossing

Social media users have questioned whether France is ‘punishing’ the UK for voting to leave the European Union by holding up holidaymakers.

The Mail reports:

Frustrated motorists facing days of misery after getting stuck in miles of gridlocked traffic near Dover have questioned whether the chaos was caused by the French authorities punishing Britain for leaving the EU.

The mayhem has left 250,000 drivers stranded in ‘horrendous’ 15-hour queues after the French border force imposed thorough security checks in the wake of the terror attack in Nice last week.

Many holidaymakers were forced to sleep in their vehicles overnight and worried Brits have posted their fears that this is punishment for the referendum vote on June 23.

Police have warned the disruption on the roads – with cars remaining stationary as tailbacks stretch for 10 miles – could last until Monday.

And ITV News also has the story.

Drivers who have been stranded in Dover for almost a day say the situation is getting “desperate” as water has started to run out.

Long queues built up at the Port of Dover after France stepped up its security checks in the wake of recent terror threats.

UK border officials have been drafted in to help with the checks after the “extraordinary disruption”.

Officials said they expect the delays to linger on until Monday.

Airport expansion

BBC News claims a report by a group of MPs urges swift action.

The government must make an “urgent and immediate decision” on airport expansion in south-east England, a group of cross-party MPs have said.

The British Infrastructure Group (BIG) report says a lack of runway capacity at Heathrow is causing “substantial damage to the industry as a whole”.

Both Heathrow and Gatwick are bidding for an extra runway to be built.

A Department for Transport spokesman said it was important to consider all the evidence before making a decision.

Last month, the then transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said a decision on expansion had been put back until “at least October” following the result of the EU referendum.

Terror

Ever sensationalist, the Sun claims Russia could become aggressive.

A NEW study has warned Russia could invade Poland ‘overnight’ at any time and NATO forces must be prepared to respond.

The aggressive foreign policy of a resurgent Russia under president Vladimir Putin has countries in the region on high alert after they annexed Crimea from Ukraine.

The Atlantic think tank warns: “Even if Moscow currently has no immediate intent to challenge NATO directly, this may unexpectedly change overnight.”

It talked up the rapid speed of Russia’s military operations and warned Poland and its allies that they must be prepared and arm up as a deterrent.

 

Labour

The Mail claims the Prime Minister could call a General Election if Jeremy Corbyn retains the Labour leadership.

Labour would be wiped out if Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected as leader because Theresa May would immediately call a snap General Election, a senior party figure warns today.

Michael Dugher MP, a political adviser to Gordon Brown when he ‘bottled’ calling an early Election as Prime Minister, predicts that Mrs May would win a 100-seat majority if she went to the country in the autumn.

Labour could be looking at decades in the political wilderness,’ the Barnsley East MP writes in today’s Mail on Sunday. ‘I think she’ll be persuaded to seize the chance to go to the country sooner rather than later – maybe as early as October – if Jeremy Corbyn is still leader’.

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