EU

The chances of a deal with the EU seem to be receeding says the Express.

THE chances of no deal Brexit have increased to nearly 50 percent an EU official said after Brussels concluded no substantial progress had been made on Brexit talks at the EU summit on Friday.
An EU prime minister sitting around the summit table said he was alarmed by the tone of Theresa May’s words on Brexit, an official he briefed on the discussion told Bloomberg.
He left the meeting thinking the risk of a “no deal” Brexit had increased from about 20 percent to nearly 50 percent, the official said.
The EU prime minister is said to have been alarmed by Mrs May’s suggestion there was a real possibility of the talks collapsing.
The EU leader’s comments have been echoed by former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt who also argued “the risk is increasing”.
Speaking on Sky News, Mr Bildt told host Adam Boulton that the lack of progress in negotiations between the UK and European Union meant the likelihood of a no-deal scenario is increasing by the day.

The Independent also reports the position.

EU negotiators have abandoned all hope that a Brexit deal will be signed with the UK at October’s European Council summit, The Independent has learned.
Brussels officials said a complete standstill in talks with Britain means securing settlements on major outstanding issues in the remaining three-and-a-half months is fanciful.
They point to the political logjam in Theresa May’s government as the obstacle blocking negotiations, piling pressure on the prime minister to break the deadlock this week.
She is set to meet her full cabinet on Friday at Chequers for a meeting that may go late into the night, in a bid to finally thrash out the government’s approach to post-Brexit relations with the EU.
The EU officials were speaking after last week’s European Council summit which saw the bloc focus on tackling immigration from north Africa, while warning Ms May that time to secure a deal is now running out.

And the Guardian quotes a rival paper.

EU negotiators have abandoned all hope that a Brexit deal will be signed with the UK at October’s European Council summit, The Independent has learned.
Brussels officials said a complete standstill in talks with Britain means securing settlements on major outstanding issues in the remaining three-and-a-half months is fanciful.
They point to the political logjam in Theresa May’s government as the obstacle blocking negotiations, piling pressure on the prime minister to break the deadlock this week.
She is set to meet her full cabinet on Friday at Chequers for a meeting that may go late into the night, in a bid to finally thrash out the government’s approach to post-Brexit relations with the EU.
The EU officials were speaking after last week’s European Council summit which saw the bloc focus on tackling immigration from north Africa, while warning Ms May that time to secure a deal is now running out.

The Times reports a problem with the deal to cut migration.

A deal to cut the flow of migrants from Africa may not be worth the paper it is written on because it has failed to bridge deep divisions across European capitals, senior EU figures admitted yesterday.
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, played down an agreement that he brokered in tense all-night talks because of continued political tensions over who takes responsibility for migrants.
It is far too early to talk about a success,” he said. “We have managed to reach an agreement in the European Council but this is in fact the easiest part of the task compared to what awaits us on the ground when we start implementing it.

Brexit

Trade agreements are already being discussed says the Times.

One of  Donald Trump’s most trusted advisers held a secret meeting with senior Conservative Eurosceptic MPs where he revealed that the US president wants to accelerate a trade deal after Brexit, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.
John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security adviser, spent more than an hour discussing Brexit with members of the European Research Group of
Conservative MPs in London last week.
He used the meeting to stress the president’s enthusiasm for Brexit and his belief that the US and UK can agree a trade deal two years after Britain leaves the European Union.

Ireland

And the Irish Prime Minister is still making threats, says the Express.

IRISH Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has sparked fury among Brexiteers for saying Britain cannot be allowed to “destroy” the EU in his latest patronising rant.
His comments came after he claimed Theresa May had given him exclusive access to paperwork mapping out he UK’s ambitions post-Brexit, in which he also warned the Prime Minister about “cherry picking” of EU rules and regulations.
He said: “While we regret them leaving, we are not going to let them destroy it.”
Mr Varadkar also said Britain should know its place after Brexit and that it was not an equal partner to the bloc, The Sun reports.
He also attacked Britain for not developing a post-Brexit plan two years ago when the historic EU referendum saw the country vote to cut all ties with Brussels.

Turkey

The country’s hopes of joining the EU are in jeopard,y reports the Express.

TURKISH hardline politician Devlet Bacheli and his National Movement Party (MHP) make up the majority of Recep Tayyip’s Erdogan’s government – but his anti-immigration stance could spell disaster for the country’s ambitions to gain full EU membership.
Mr Bacheli, 70 – seen as one of Turkey’s most ultranationalist politicians – is ready to bring right wing, anti-migration stance to the country as a migrant crisis grips Europe.
His party were previously sidelined as an ageing relic of nationalist politics and faced near extinction – but on Friday the right-wing figure declared himself a key figure in President Erdogan’s reshuffled cabinet.
A hardline Turkish nationalist faction, the MHP allied with Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) just before the elections, endowing Erdogan with dual electoral victories.
According to the FT, Mr Bacheli – a former Deputy Prime Minister for the country’s AK party 16 years ago – hailed the MHP’s success, adding: ”We have overcome all the obstacles, defeated the game playing and frustrated the dark plots.

Conservative Party

The Tories ‘ internal struggles are coming out, says the Times.

Theresa May has vowed to defy cabinet plotters, telling aides that she will not be bullied out of office by ministers or hardline Brexiteers opposed to her EU plans.
The prime minister has decided to stand and fight if Tory MPs force a vote to oust her — declaring that she is content to “win by one vote”.
That means the rebels would need 159 MPs to bring her down, more than three times the 48 who would be needed to trigger a vote of no confidence.
May’s decision comes as she faces crunch Brexit talks with the cabinet at Chequers this week and MPs revealed that six senior ministers are plotting to succeed her.

The Sun reports on the Prime Minister’s problems.

THERESA May has been ordered not to give in to Brussels’ bullies ahead of leaving the EU – by her own MPs.
The PM must show “courage and leadership” in the face of people desperate to undermine the referendum result.
Nearly three dozen Tory MPs have signed a letter to Mrs May demanding she gets tough with counterparts in Brussels.
It comes days after President of the European Council Donald Tusk said the PM has been given a “last call” to explain her Brexit demands.
In the letter – signed by MPs including ex-Ministerial aide Andrea Jenkyns and Simon Clarke – demands are made not to extend the transition period beyond December 2020.
They also state they will not accept any extension to the two-year withdrawal period in March next year.

The Telegraph claims she’s fighting back.

Theresa May has launched an appeal for MPs, peers and party members to submit 1,000 policy ideas to form the basis of the Conservative party’s bid to win the next general election.
The Prime Minister has announced she has set up a new Conservative Policy Commission in the biggest overhaul of the party’s policy thinking in more than a decade, personally appealing to Brexit voters in particular to offer up their own ideas.
The new Commission, chaired by Chris Skidmore MP, has been charged with developing the ideas in time for the Tory party conference next year.
The next general election is expected in 2022 but the relatively short timetable means Mrs May will be presented with a ready-made policy.

The Prime Minister has called for more policy ideas, reports the Express.

THERESA May has called on Conservative MPs and peers to propose 1000 new policy proposals to the Government to form the new Tory manifesto for the next General Election, in a bid to beat Labour at the polls.
Downing Street has launched a new Conservative Policy Commission in a landmark move to develop new policies ahead of the Conservative Party conference next year.
The Prime Minister indicated she hoped the policy overhaul would cater to Pro-Brexit voters and lead to greater inclusion within the Conservative Party.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mrs May said: “The Commission’s task forces will undertake the most extensive exercise of policy renewal ever conducted by a party in Government.
I want it to produce fresh, innovative thinking. Above all, I want to listen to the communities who voted for change two years ago.”

Brexiteer Micxhael Gove is getting tough, reports BBC News

Environment Secretary Michael Gove physically ripped up a report on Theresa May’s preferred option for a new customs partnership with the EU.
He was said to have been “livid” as he felt the government document downplayed his objections to the proposal.
It comes amid cabinet splits over the future shape of Brexit, which Mrs May hopes to resolve on Friday.
European Council president Donald Tusk has said the UK must agree its position and “lay its cards on the table”.

And one of her senior advisors made a basic mistake says the Times.

Theresa May’s Europe adviser was involved in a security breach that threatened to derail Britain’s negotiating position on Brexit, The Sunday Times can reveal.
A folder belonging to Oliver Robbins containing “cabinet-level briefings” and correspondence with the prime minister was left on a train in an embarrassing lapse that caused panic at the Department for Exiting the European Union (Dexeu).
The paperwork, which was marked with Robbins’s handwriting and reflected the positions Britain was planning to take on the customs union and migration, was discovered by a retired school teacher on a Eurostar train travelling from Brussels to London.

Air travel

The French air strike is causing havoc for some holidaymakers, reports the Mail.

Thousands of passengers have been stranded as confusion over French air strike has cancelled flights for the seventh weekend in a row.
Up to 300 flights have been grounded today and tomorrow after the French air traffic control called a strike – only to cancel their industrial action at the last minute.
Ryanair and easyJet had already taken the steps of cancelling or offering customers refunds, but the cancelled industrial action has left the airlines with little to no time to reinstate the previously scheduled journeys.
easyJet said it was trying to reinstate some of the cancelled flights to and from France today although Ryanair said all its cancellations will remain in place.
In a statement, easyJet said: ‘Unfortunately, at this late stage, it will not be possible to reinstate many of the affected flights however we are working hard to see if it is possible to reinstate some flights.

BBC

Our national broadcaster is accused of bias, says Breitbart.

Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó had to chide BBC anchor Emily Maitlis for “unbalanced, one-sided” journalism after she lost her temper and launched into a rant about the EU standing for “tolerance, diversity, and human rights”.
Speaking to Szijjártó on the publicly-funded broadcaster’s flagship BBC Newsnightprogramme, Maitlis took umbrage with the Hungarian statesman’s claim that “the current migration policy of the European Union can be very easily translated as an invitation” to illegal migrants.
On World Refugee Day this week, you passed a new law which makes it illegal to help migrants. It criminalises helping undocumented immigrants, and that includes asylum seekers. Why would you do that?” she asked.
Szijjártó attempted to correct the presenter, saying that the anti-illegal immigration package — dubbed ‘Stop Soros’ — was aimed only at those organisations which “help people to ask for asylum even if they have no legal basis for that… and promoting [immigration] opportunities with no legal basis”.

Aliens

And the Star has a typically wacky stiory.

A FORMER NASA research scientist has claimed aliens exist but many governments have covered up extraterrestrial encounters.
Kevin Knuth, who is now a professor of physics at the University of Albany, believes there is “plenty of evidence” to support the existence of UFOs in our universe.
The former NASA worker says humanity needs to “face the possibility” UFO sightings may be “visitors from afar” and insists more research needs to be done on the topic as it would benefit mankind.
The confession comes the day before UFO day, which has been observed every year on July 2 since the holiday’s inception by UFO hunter Haktan Akdogan in 2001.

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