Brexit

The Prime Minister has been urged to give the EU a piece of her mind. The Express says:

ON THE second anniversary of Britain voting to leave the EU, the Prime Minister has been urged to get tough on Brussels and threaten to withdraw our divorce bill money without a decent trade deal. A punchy open letter by an influential group of 60 top politicians, economists and business leaders calls on Theresa May to tell the EU: “No trade deal, no money.”
Urging her to take an “assertive” approach at this week’s EU Council meeting, high-profile figures including former chancellor Nigel Lawson, hotelier Sir Rocco Forte and a host of MPs and peers, say the UK must reserve the right to walk away without a trade deal – and take our £39billion with us.

BBC News says she must prepare for ‘no deal’.

Theresa May must prepare to exit the EU with no deal to have “real leverage” in Brexit negotiations, a letter from 60 politicians and business figures says.
The prime minister should also reserve the right to “take with it the £39bn it has offered to pay as part of a divorce settlement”, it says.
Signatories urge the government to accelerate plans to operate under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
Downing Street said it was confident the UK would get a good deal.

The Telegraph urges her to play ‘hard ball’.

Maybe it’s time to play hard ball. Theresa May has had a plausible excuse up to now for conceding and retreating and stepping back from the brink over and over again in her “negotiations” with Brussels. She was the leader, as she and the EU gang were fully aware, of a divided party. At the mercy of a gaggle of her own Irreconcilable Remainers who were in league with an orchestrated campaign whose battle plan was formulated in concert with the EU protection racket enforcers (sorry, negotiating team), she appeared to have little choice but to fudge and tactically retreat whenever Brussels barked.

And ITV News claims the pressure on the EU must rise.

Theresa May has been urged by hardline Brexiteers to speed up preparations for a “no-deal” Brexit to put pressure on Brussels during withdrawal negotiations.
Sixty former cabinet ministers, MPs, economists and business figures signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging her to issue orders to departments to accelerate planning for Britain to operate under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules if a deal cannot be done.
They argue that in order to have “real leverage in the Brexit endgame” the UK must reserve the right to walk away without a trade deal “and take with it the £39 billion it has offered to pay as part of a divorce settlement”.

The demand is being made by top businessmen, says Westmonster.

No Brexit trade deal, no divorce cash to Brussels – that’s the demand that’s been sent to Theresa May by 60 leading Brexiteers.
Top politicians and businessmen, such as Wetherspoon’s boss Tim Martin and John Longworth, former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, have co-signed a letter to the PM calling for her to be bolder in EU negotiations and threaten to walk away without paying a penny unless a good trade deal is put on the table.

The Times calls the letter to Mrs May an ‘attack’.

Business leaders have launched an unprecedented joint attack on the government’s handling of Brexit, warning that “time is running out” to save thousands of jobs.
In a sign that bosses are fast losing patience with the slow pace of negotiations, the five top business lobby groups said large companies were queuing up to shift work out of the UK.
In a blunt letter to Theresa May, Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said a lack of clarity on Brexit “could cost the UK economy billions of pounds, thousands of jobs and leave many families without a main income”.

The Telegraph claims the country is still split on Brexit.

Two years on from Brexit and the public are still as finely split on the decision to leave the EU as they were when the referendum originally took place.
It’s been two years since Britain voted to leave the European Union. Since then, David Cameron has resigned, the Conservatives lost their Parliamentary majority, Theresa May has faced  multiple rebellions  from within her own party, and no deal has yet been struck on Britain’s relationship with the EU post-Brexit.
The UK is due to leave the EU on the 29th of March 2019, but with that date fast approaching there has been little change in how people feel about the decision to leave the EU.

The Independent reports on the call for a second referendum.

Almost half of British people want a second referendum on Brexit, a new poll has found.
48 per cent of voters said they wanted a say on the final deal Theresa May negotiates with with the EU, compared to just 25 per cent who disagreed.
More than one in three people who voted Leave in the 2016 referendum want a second poll on the Brexit deal, as do two-thirds of those who backed Remain.
The survey also found that 53 per cent of voters now back remaining in the EU, compared to 47 per cent who still want to leave – a boost for campaigners who believe a “people’s vote” could stop Brexit.

But surprising, the far-left Morning Star comes out in favour of Leave.

THE country’s negotiators are now free from the attempted shackles Remainers were trying to lock them in. With the passing of the EU Withdrawal Bill, It is clear we will be out of the EU on March 29 2019.
Any deal is secondary to that fact because the EU needs us very materially in terms of trade and many other things, far more than we need it.
Parliament has rejected the wrecking amendments from the unelected House of Lords supporting their unelected friends in the European Commission.

EU

One of the proposed ‘punishments’ for leaving the bloc is outlined in the Mail.

EU bosses are planning to stop recognising UK qualifications for hundreds of UK jobs in a ‘no-deal’  Brexit scenario, it has emerged.
The European Commission has said a directive which accepts qualifications for professions including dance teachers, doctors and gas engineers will no longer apply to British citizens if there is no withdrawal agreement.
The move would hit those scheduled to complete their training after the UK’s exit, the document said.

Westmonster reports a survey claiming people still want to reduce immigration from the EU.

A survey by Channel 4 News of all people shows 70% of people want to reduce immigration and 73% want it reduced to the tens of thousands.
In fact, when asked what was more important, filling job vacancies or reducing EU migration, 61% said reducing EU migration.
Most Brits (55%) also want an immigration policy that treats Commonwealth citizens equally to EU citizens when it comes to migration, not favouring the EU nationals with whom Britain has much less of an historic tie.

And yet Breitbart reports the Irish prime minister’s claims that the EU needs MORE migrants.

Europe needs more mass migration from the Global South because it “enriches our cultures and societies”, according to Leo Varadkar, who announced he will import more asylum seekers to Ireland after meeting Hillary Clinton.
Speaking days after a meeting with senior EU figures in Dublin, the globalist taoiseach (prime minister) committed to resettling a greater number of illegal immigrants stuck in Greece and Italy in Ireland than the batch of 4,000 already agreed.

Mrs Merkel‘s problems are escalating, says the Express.

GERMANY’S failure to control its spike in immigration levels could cause a chain reaction of catastrophic proportions across the EU’s other 27 member states, Austria’s Vice Chancellor has warned.
Heinz-Christian Strache yesterday cautioned frazzled Angela Merkel, who is desperately battling to maintain her trademark open-border policy despite Horst Seehofer threatening to pull out of their coalition partnership should she keep Germany’s floodgates open.

The Mail also reports the attack on Mrs Merkel.

A German politician seen as Angela Merkel‘s main rival has launched a blistering attack on her  immigration  policy.
Markus Söder, the prime minister of the southern German state of Bavaria, attacked the chancellor’s decision to keep the country’s borders open during the refugee crisis.
Söder hit the headlines last month when he ordered Christian crosses to be hung at the entrance of all of Bavaria’s regional government buildings.
Now in an article for Die Welt newspaper, he said the German chancellor’s stance during the refugee crisis in 2015 was a ‘fundamental error’ which ‘we have to change’.

Anti-Brexit march

There are many reports of the anti-Brexit march, although none of the pro-Brexit march. The Times reports:

Thousands marched through central London yesterday, the second anniversary of the EU referendum, to demand a final vote on any Brexit deal. Organisers of the People’s Vote march estimated that more than 100,000 protesters joined the demonstration through Westminster.
The protest is part of a “summer of action” by campaign groups designed to
increase pressure on Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.

The Mail reports:

Thousands have marched in central London to demand a second vote on Brexit two years to the day since the Leave campaign’s victory in the 2016 referendum.
The anti-Brexit campaigners marched on Parliament on Saturday calling for a ‘people’s vote’ on whether to approve the final deal Theresa May strikes with the EU.
The ‘People’s Vote’ campaign, which includes several pro-EU groups, aims to ensure a public ballot ‘so that we can decide if a decision that will affect our lives for generations makes the country better or worse off’. 

The Guardian claims it was the ‘largest ever’ demo.

At least 100,000 people took to the streets yesterday as part of the largest ever demonstration of support for a new referendum over Britain’s final Brexit deal.
With more businesses poised to issue dire Brexit warnings this week and senior Tories already drawing up plans to soften Theresa May’s exit proposals, organisers of the march on Sunday said it showed Britain’s departure from the
European Union was not a “done deal”.

But the Labour leader was nowhere to be seen, reports the Express.

ANTI-BREXIT activists chanted “where’s Jeremy Corbyn?” after the Labour leader failed to turn up or acknowledge today’s march in London which called for a “People’s Vote” on the final EU exit deal.
The embattled Labour leader has been accused of “burying his head in the sand” as he opted to visit the Middle East to meet refugees at Jordan migrant camps instead of attending the march, which attracted more than 100,000 people to the capital.

Conservative Party

It seems Mrs May is fighting a fifth column in her own party. The Times says:

Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, was at the centre of a row over defence spending last night after he was accused of trying to whip up an attempted coup against the prime minister.
Theresa May is facing a rebellion from Conservative MPs demanding that she boosts spending on the armed forces. The MPs are said to be threatening to vote against the budget this autumn, and to have been pushed into action by Williamson, who was promoted from chief whip to defence secretary by May last November. He is reported to have told senior military leaders: “I made her so I can break her.”

Is the Defence Secretary planning a coup? The Sun says:

DEFENCE Secretary Gavin Williamson was last night accused of whipping up an attempted coup against the PM.
Up to 20 Tory MPs have threatened to vote against the Budget unless Theresa May agrees to boost military funding.
After a bitter showdown in No 10, furious Mr Williamson is alleged to have told Army chiefs: “I made her.
“I can break her.”

And Westmonster claims he’s planning to bring down the government.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is reportedly threatening to bring down Theresa May’s government unless she gives a massive cash injection to Britain’s ailing armed forces.
It comes after the PM announced a £20bn increase in funds for the NHS, something Williamson would like to see replicated for the military.
Reports claim Williamson said: “I made her, I can break her.”

The row is over defence cuts, says the Mail.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has threatened to sweep Theresa May from power in a bitter Cabinet row over military cuts.
Furious Mr Williamson warned the Prime Minister that if she did not commit an extra £20 billion to the Ministry of Defence then Tory MPs would vote down the next Budget – effectively passing a motion of no confidence in her.
‘I made her – and I can break her,’ Mr Williamson is said to have boasted to service chiefs. 

He wants £20bn for defence, says the Independent.

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson has reportedly demanded an extra £20bn for the armed forces – or threatened to bring down Theresa May’s government.
There was no immediate official confirmation of claims Mr Williamson has warned the prime minister that if she did not commit the money then Tory MPs would vote down the next budget.
“I made her, and I can break her,” the former chief whip is said to have boasted, the
 Mail on Sunday reports.

It could be that an arch-remainer is fighting for her political life, reports Guido.

Anna Soubry’s Constituency Association’s constituency chairman has canvassed the support of the MP.
Guido contacted Dr John Doddy, chairman of the Broxtowe Conservative Association, to confirm the authenticity of this leaked membership survey. He said 
“no comment”, which Guido takes as confirmation. Association chairman do not do this if they are happy with their MP. It takes a lot to bring about the ousting of a Tory MP, Soubry’s flirtation with the idea of a centrist party even more than her Europhilia will not go down well with Tory activists. This does not bode well for her…

Labour Party

Labour is not without its problems says the Sun.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said he believes a second General Election would be better than a referendum if a Brexit agreement cannot be reached.
The Labour MP voiced his preference in the event a deal is not agreed and approved before the UK leaves the European Union.
Speaking at Open Labour’s annual conference in London he added he wanted to avoid a Ukip resurgence or a rise of xenophobia that marred the 2016 vote.
Mr McDonnell said: “I have said time and time again we don’t want to rule out any form of democratic engagement.
“My view: I would rather have a general election.”

NHS

Elsewhere, the Times is one of those papers reporting the prospect of deaths by faulty syringes.

Thousands of elderly patients may have died prematurely because of cheap, faulty syringe pumps in a scandal described as “one of the biggest cover-ups” in NHS history, The Sunday Times reveals today.
A whistleblower on the government inquiry into hundreds of deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Hampshire, said decision makers on the panel had “ignored” evidence of fatalities caused by the devices because they feared a national scandal.
The pumps, or drivers, used in the NHS for at least 30 years, led to the rapid infusion of dangerous doses of drugs into the bloodstream and made the behaviour of Dr Jane Barton — in charge of prescribing medicine on the Gosport wards — even more dangerous than had been thought.

The Sun also has the story.

THOUSANDS of elderly patients may have been killed by “faulty” opiate syringes before officials had tried to shut down the investigation, it’s reported.
Dr Jane Barton, 69, was found responsible for the deaths of 656 patients
at  Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Hampshire, after patients were  prescribed lethal opiates.
But cheap, faulty syringe pumps, could have made her even more lethal, according to the Sunday Times.

The Mail reminds us that there is already an investigation into the hospital.

Faulty syringe pumps may have led to the deaths of thousands of elderly patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in ‘one of the biggest cover-ups in NHS  history’.
The ‘confusing’ and ‘dangerous’ devices could have made disgraced Dr Jane Barton even more lethal, an investigation by The Sunday Times has revealed.
Last week she was found to be responsible for the deaths of up to 650 people and a culture of recklessly dishing out powerful opiates at the hospital in Hampshire.
Now it has emerged that syringe pumps were being used at the hospital which could dispense medication into the bloodstream at a dangerous speed.

The Sun claims an exclusive story about the service’s funding.

AS the National Health Service approaches its 70th birthday, the amazing scale of its expansion over the years can be revealed.
During the past seven decades, the cost of funding it has risen almost ninefold in real terms, while its staff total has leapt from 68,013 to close to 1.5million — making it the world’s fifth biggest employer.
In 1948 the NHS’s budget for its first year was just £437million, which is roughly £15billion in today’s money.
Now it costs around £125billion a year, and the proportion of our GDP, or Gross Domestic Product — the market value of all of Britain’s goods and services — which is spent on the health service has gone up from 3.5 per cent seven decades ago to 9.8 per cent today.

Heathrow

The third runway comes to the House of Commons tomorrow and the Times claims the vote will be ‘fixed’.

Downing Street has ordered a no-holds-barred effort to “fix” tomorrow’s crucial Commons vote on Heathrow’s proposed third runway, including sending the most high-profile opponent, Boris Johnson, on a trip to Africa.
Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, has scheduled the vote days before publication of a government report warning that surging aviation emissions would destroy Britain’s greenhouse gas reduction targets. It means MPs will have had no chance to read the report, from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on Thursday, before voting.

Education

Tougher GCSEs have been rejected by private schools, says the Times.

Britain’s leading private schools have refused to allow their pupils to be guinea pigs for this summer’s new tougher GCSEs even though teenagers at state schools have been forced to take them.
Of the 30 top private schools such as Eton College and Winchester, only one is exclusively doing GCSEs while the rest are largely taking the international GCSE, widely seen as an easier test. More than 500,000 state school pupils are doing the new tougher GCSEs, which Nick Gibb, the schools minister, has said are “more rigorous”.

Volcano

And the Star reports that a super volcano could be just about to blow.

THERE are fresh fears the Yellowstone super volcano is due to erupt after boiling water exploded from a previously dormant geyser.
The Steamboat Geyser is now one of the world’s most active after erupting 10 times in three months.
Prior to this, it had only spat water around 10 times in over three decades.
Wendy Stovall, of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), said: “There’s been a lot of hype about the Supervolcano of Yellowstone and the potential for a super-eruption.”

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