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Sunday papers – 9 July 2017

Brexit

Don’t worry’ – that’s the message coming from an expert over the Brexit negotiations, says the Express.

PEOPLE should not be disheartened if Brexit talks appear to be slow to yield immediate results because a lot more is going on behind the scenes, an expert said last night.
Samuel Dinnar, lead instructor at the Harvard Law School’s Negotiation Institute, said a study of commercial and diplomatic deals throughout history reveals the end results rarely reflect the daily reports.
For more than 40 years the world-renowned law school has been training some of the globe’s most important industrialists, military leaders, diplomats and US presidents in the sophisticated art of deal making.
“When one side appears to announce a victory during negotiations the actual story can be quite different,” Mr Dinnar explained.

And several of the media highlight the comments by the US President that a post-Brexit trade deal is on. The Mail says:

Donald Trump has said he expects a trade deal with the UK to be completed ‘very, very quickly’ – and said his controversial state visit to London will go ahead.
The US president hailed the ‘very special relationship’ he had developed with British Prime Minister Theresa May as the pair met for talks on the margins of the G20.
Mr Trump said he expected an agreement on new trading arrangements with Britain that was ‘very powerful’ and would be great for both countries.
But the discussions are set to anger EU chiefs, who have warned Britain about reaching agreements while it is still a member state.
The US president is set to hold one-to-one talks with Mrs May to discuss a future trade deal.

The Independent says:

Donald Trump has said he expects a trade deal with the UK to be completed “very, very quickly”.
The US President is due to meet Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg on Saturday.
The deal would be “great for both countries,” he said, but provided no details. He claimed the new trade arrangements would be “very powerful” and talked up the “very special relationship” between the US and UK.
Mr Trump also said he plans to come to London. Asked when, he said: “We’ll work that out.”

And BBC News:

US President Donald Trump has said he expects a “powerful” trade deal with the UK to be completed “very quickly”.
Speaking at the G20 summit in Hamburg, he said he would visit London. Asked when, he said: “We’ll work that out.”
In one-to-one talks, Mr Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to prioritise work on a post-Brexit trade deal, a UK government official said.
Mrs May said she was “optimistic” about a deal, but warned there was “a limit” to what could be done before Brexit.

The Telegraph highlights the President’s ‘optimism’.

Theresa May has seized on the “optimism” of Donald Trump and world leaders over Brexit to face down a growing rebellion from Cabinet colleagues and backbenchers.
The Prime Minister revealed that the heads of the biggest economies globally had agreed to deepen trade with the UK in a “powerful vote of confidence” in its post-Brexit future.
President Trump personally assured Mrs May that a “powerful” trade deal between the US and the UK would be completed “very, very quickly”, as they met at the G20 in Hamburg.

And the Sun claims Trump’s comments are a boost to May.

DONALD Trump gave Theresa May a massive Brexit boost today as he said a UK-US trade deal will be signed “very, very quickly” after Britain leaves the EU.
The US President told the PM it would be a “very powerful deal” as he lavished praise on the UK – saying “no country could possibly be closer than our countries”.
He told her he believes Britain will “thrive” outside the EU and spoke of the “very special relationship” the pair had developed since he took office in January.
No10 said the two nations want to make sure they are in a position on Brexit day in March 2019 to sign and implement a deal “as soon as possible”.

Westmonster confirmed that the President will be visiting London.

President Trump has confirmed that he expects a UK trade deal to be completed “very, very quickly”.
He’s also confirmed a visit to London is on the cards.
Trump has long been known to favour a strong relationship with the UK and the ability for a strengthened UK-US relationship is now possible with Brexit Britain free to negotiate global trade deals.
There’s a whole world of opportunity out there and with Barack ‘Back of the Queue’ Obama out of the way, the special relationship can be great once again.

The Times covers potential problems with the Great Repeal Bill.

Theresa May claimed last night that plans for a trade deal with America had put Brexit back on track as critics warned she faced a “legislative war” to pass the Repeal Bill severing ties with Brussels.
Anti-Brexit MPs and peers said they would try to derail the bill, to be published this Thursday, the first anniversary of May becoming prime minister.
But May seized the chance to reassert her authority over Philip Hammond, the chancellor, who had urged her to put the economy at the heart of her Brexit negotiations — after Donald Trump rode to her rescue.

EU

Meanwhile, across the Channel, the Germans will not provide any help, says the Guardian.

German industry has warned Britain not to rely on its help in securing a good Brexit deal, in a stark intervention that strikes a blow at the government’s EU departure plans.
Senior ministers have repeatedly claimed since the election that Germany’s powerful exporters will exert pressure for a deal handing Britain substantial access to the EU’s markets.
However, ministers are told that it is up to the British government to limit the economic fallout from its decision to leave the single market. With the government facing new pressure from business to soften its Brexit plans, German industrialists also warn that Britain will struggle to avoid economic damage as a result of exiting the bloc. 

Conservative Party

May is not having a party to celebrate her first year in office, says the Times.

In keeping with her refrain that she is “getting on with the job”, Theresa May will mark her first year in Downing Street this Thursday not with a lavish party but by focusing on the issue on which her potentially short premiership will be judged: the battle for Brexit. On that day the Department for Exiting the European Union will publish the government’s Repeal Bill — the legislation that will guide Britain out of the EU.
May’s own reflections on her turbulent time at the top will come in a speech on Tuesday at an event where reforms designed to help self-employed people will be published.

And the Mail reports growing pressure on her to quit.

Pressure on Theresa May to quit as Prime Minister grew last night after it emerged that former Tory Cabinet Minister Andrew Mitchell said she had lost all authority and should go.
Mr Mitchell, a close personal and political ally of Brexit Secretary David Davis – the favourite to succeed Mrs May – told a secret Commons dinner that the party needed a new leader.
A Conservative MP present at the gathering on June 26 said: ‘Mr Mitchell effectively said she was dead in the water. He said she was weak, had lost her authority, couldn’t go on and we needed a new leader. Some of us were very surprised and disagreed with him.’

The Sun reports a ‘vicious smear campaign’ against an MP.

A TOP Tory claims he became target of a vicious smear campaign after he stopped two of Theresa May’s closest aides becoming MPs.
Former party chairman Grant Shapps  says the angry pair stormed out of a meeting vowing: “You will live to regret this decision.”
He then found himself at the centre of a wave of false and malicious rumours which began sweeping Westminster.
Mr Shapps lifted the lid on the “destructive” forces at the heart of the PM’s team as he urged her to clean up the toxic atmosphere in Number 10.
He told how he met a fearsome backlash after he blocked two senior advisers from running in safe Tory seats at the General Election.

And a former minister denies anti-PM comments, says Sky News.

A former Tory Cabinet minister has sought to play down reports that he believes Theresa May has “lost her authority” and is “dead in the water”.
Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell is claimed to have made the comments at a private dinner on 26 June, the day Mrs May struck a deal with the DUP to prop up her minority government.
A Conservative MP present at the gathering told the Mail on Sunday: “Mr Mitchell effectively said she was dead in the water. He said she was weak, had lost her authority, couldn’t go on and we needed a new leader. Some of us were very surprised and disagreed with him.”
But Mr Mitchell denied the report to an extent.

Labour Party

Labour is also in trouble, reports the Times.

Moderate Labour MPs, angered by plans by Jeremy Corbyn’s allies to deselect them, are poised to stand down, triggering a string of potentially damaging by-elections.
A party insider said MPs were prepared to quit after Corbyn’s allies signalled that they wanted to purge critics of the leader and change party rules to strengthen their position.
The news comes just days after the MP for Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana Berger, was threatened with deselection by hard-left activists unless she apologised for criticising Corbyn.
The insider said: “Any attempt by the hard left to increase their stranglehold over the party will backfire.

Prisons

Drugs and mobile phones are apparently rife in prisons, reports the Independent.

More than 200 kilograms of drugs and 13,000 mobile phones were found in prisons last year as the Government admitted the situation was “unacceptable”.
The haul of contraband seized in prisons, which also included 7,000 mobile phone sim cards, illustrates the scale of the challenge facing prison officers who have had to cope with staff cuts and increased violence over recent years.
Prisons minister Sam Gyimah acknowledged the issues would not be resolved overnight but praised the efforts of staff to tackle the problems and highlighted the Government’s recruitment drive to increase officer numbers.

ITV News also has the story.

More than 200kg of drugs and 13,000 mobile phones were discovered in UK prisons in the space of a year, it has been revealed.
New figures released by the Ministry of Justice show that a total of 225kg of contraband drugs were recovered across prisons in England and Wales in 2016, as well as the phones and 7,000 mobile phone sim cards.
Acknowledging that the amount of drugs and phones in prisons is “unacceptable”, Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah warned that the issues would not be resolved overnight as he highlighted the need for more frontline staff.
The MoJ said the seizure of mobile phones and sim cards helped thwart efforts by inmates to continue plotting further crimes from behind bars.

Immigration

The problems in the Med continue, says the Times.

British volunteers on the island of Lesbos have accused the Greek authorities of endangering the lives of migrants by launching a crackdown on their rescue operations.
The move comes as governments across Europe confront a summer surge in illegal migration from Africa and the Middle East — with no agreed solution in sight and a hardening of attitudes among authorities.
New regulations imposed by the Greek coastguard restrict private lifesaving boats to one launch a day, and require volunteers to inform the authorities of any planned rescue attempts 24 hours in advance.

And the Mail claims the Mafia are profiting from the migrants.

Not everyone, it seems, is troubled by the migrant crisis engulfing Sicily.
On one side, there are the ruthless criminal gangs making huge sums ferrying people across the Mediterranean – and now it emerges that the Mafia is exploiting the other end of the operation, attracted by the hundreds of millions in EU cash that has been given to Rome.
From this fund, including money from British taxpayers, those sheltering and feeding migrants receive £31 per day per person. Mainly it goes to hoteliers, or those owning buildings equipped to house large numbers.
Never slow to ‘wet their beaks’, the mob, according to prosecutors, decided it was too good an opportunity to ignore.

Student loans

Student loans could be under review, says the Times.

Ministers are considering a review of the tuition fees and student loan system after a damning report revealed that three-quarters of students will never fully repay their loans, which leave graduates with average debts of more than £50,000.
Sources close to Jo Johnson, the universities minister, indicated this weekend that a looming interest rate rise on student loans to 6.1% might be reduced and also said a review of higher education funding was promised in the Tory manifesto. Johnson indicated last week that the situation was being looked at.
Yesterday Lord Adonis, a former Labour education minister who originally promoted tuition fees, said the annual £9,000 charges should be scrapped after becoming a “Frankenstein’s monster”.

Apocalypse

And as usual, the Star brings us an ‘end-of-the-world’ story.

ALARMING footage showing an asteroid explosion with the force of 10 cruise missiles rocking the moon has provoked fears of meteor doom on Earth.
Astonishing video released by NASA shows the 88 lbs (40 kilos) space rock pummelling into the moon at 56,000mph – triggering a huge explosion.
Scientists from the space agency have revealed the clip to illustrate the destructive force a meteor strike could unleash on Earth.
Although the space rock was modest in size – around the average weight of a labrador – the impact was devastating with the blast producing the brightness of a magnitude 4 star.
If the asteroid were to hit Earth, analysts believe thousands could be killed as the impact creates a kill zone comparable to a ten Tomahawk missile strike.

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3 Comments on Sunday papers – 9 July 2017

  1. The best thing to do with these anti-British Remoaners is to turn to another channel, switch off the TV/radio, turn over the page and ignore them completely. They had their vote in the referendum the same as everyone else. The people spoke and they should listen. Why should we listen to their blether now when they told us bare-faced lies and grim fantasy scenarios before the referendum?
    Ostracise them, shun the traitors. The enemedia might even notice that they’re losing viewers/listeners/readers and worry about their ratings and advertising revenue. They’ll soon flush the blockage out of the sewers if they realise no one wants to hear from those losers.

  2. Meanwhile, the BBC continues with its anti-Brexit propaganda:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40547733

    It riles me how much airtime these Remainers get to peddle their misguided views. Why the assumption that we’ll all end up poorer?

  3. The papers are jammed with bogus insider comment about what’s happening with Brexit.

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