Brexit

The Guardian reports that the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will condemn Cameron’s EU benefit brake.

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to attack David Cameron’s negotiations of an “emergency brake” on benefits for new migrants as potentially discriminatory, and make a positive case for European migration ahead of the crunch summit on Britain’s EU membership this week.

Despite serious concerns among some of the shadow cabinet, it seems the Labourleader is determined to present an “alternative argument” that discriminating against workers from east European states is unfair and will do nothing to reduce migration levels.

It is part of a series of potentially contentious moves by Corbyn in the coming months designed to leave his political stamp on the party, including a new “Labour fiscal credibility rule”, under which the party would “guarantee that all cuts announced for this parliament could be reversed in full”.

Sky News claims that some of the most senior members of the party will be supporting the Prime Minister’s effort to avoid Brexit.

Five previously Eurosceptic Labour Party figures have backed the case for Britain to remain in a reformed European Union, in apparent support for David Cameron’s negotiations.

Margaret Beckett, David Blunkett, Neil Kinnock, Jack Straw and shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn – who all campaigned against membership of the European Community in 1975 – have signed an open letter to argue the case for remaining in the EU.

The cross-party group Britain Stronger In Europe says the letter shows the Labour Party are now “united on the issue of Europe under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership”.

However, Mr Corbyn’s name is absent from the signatories.

And in a continuation of ‘Project Fear’ the Prime Minister claims the UK should stay in the EU to unite against aggression, says the Guardian.

Britain should stay in a reformed European Union so countries can stand together against the aggression of Russia, North Korea and Islamic State, David Cameron has said.

At a dinner in Hamburg hosted by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, the prime minister gave his strongest comments yet about what he sees as a need to stay in the EU for national security reasons.

He made the remarks in his final set-piece speech on the EU before he meets other leaders for a summit on 18-19 February to agree Britain’s renegotiation demands in Brussels.

Cameron needs all 27 EU leaders to back the deal hammered out with the European council president, Donald Tusk, who has cleared his diary to hold pre-summit talks with some of the doubters, including France’s François Hollande, Greece’s Alexis Tsipras, Romania’s Klaus Iohannis and the Czech premier, Bohuslav Sobotka.

But according to the Telegraph, some of Cameron’s own ministers will campaign for Brexit.

David Cameron is facing a mutiny from within his Cabinet over plans to gag ministers who want to campaign for Britain to leave the European Union.

The Prime Minister will travel to a crucial summit in Brussels this week to thrash out a final deal on new terms for Britain’s EU membership, which would then be put to voters in a referendum in June.

Up to 20 ministers are rumoured to be preparing to back the Leave campaign, including the Cabinet heavyweights Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary; Chris Grayling, the leader of the Commons; John Whittingdale, the Culture Secretary; and Priti Patel, employment minister.

This story is also in the Independent.

A Cabinet minister is reportedly set to break ranks and come out in favour of Britain leaving the European Union within minutes of the prime minister announcing a deal with Brussels.

Were they to do so, they would defy David Cameron’s decision that ministers had to abide by collective responsibility until it was officially lifted at a Cabinet meeting after the talks.

It is believed the minister will make their declaration at a Grassroots Out rally in Westminster on Friday night – when the Prime Minister is due to fly back to Britain with details of a deal renegotiating Britain’s relationship with the EU.

Organisers would not name the minister, but told The Telegraph that the minister in question was not Home Secretary Theresa May, a known Eurosceptic.

The Telegraph reports that the Prime Minister’s approval ratings have slumped.

David Cameron will demand a “legally binding, irreversible decision that would deliver fundamental changes” in Britain’s relationship with Brussels.

David Cameron’s personal ratings have slumped amid widespread public dissatisfaction with his renegotiation of Britain’s place in the EU.

The Prime Minister, who will travel to Brussels on 18 February for a crunch EU summit to thrash out the last remaining details of his deal, is now seen unfavourably by half the country – almost identical to Jeremy Corbyn’s ratings.

And there is no optimism over the Prime Minister’s EU reforms, says the Express.

THE MAJORITY of voters believe Prime Minister David Cameron’s weak attempts to reshape the UK’s membership of the European Union will fail to deliver, a damning poll has revealed.

Mr Cameron hopes to cement a deal which would stop migrants accessing benefits until they have been in Britain for four years, but almost two-thirds of people believe he will flop in his renegotiation bid.

The Prime Minister’s popularity plunged by seven points in just three months to just 31 per cent.

And also ITV News.

A majority of the public believe David Cameron will be unable to get a good deal in his renegotiation on EU membership, according to polling data, while five previously Eurosceptic Labour figures have backed the renegotiation.

Figures from the latest ComRes survey for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror newspapers, showed that 58 percent of people believed Mr Cameron will not get a good deal for Britain.

Of those surveyed, 21 percent thought he would achieve a good deal.

The figures put pressure on the prime minister as he heads to Brussels in the coming week for meetings with EU leaders.

A German MP has provoked fury with a comment that the UK will not be able to survive outside the EU, says the Mail.

A diplomatic row erupted between Britain and Germany last night after a senior ally of Angela Merkel was accused of threatening a trade war if Britain quits the EU.

Prominent German MP Gunther Krichbaum said the UK ‘cannot survive’ on its own and raised the spectre of crippling trade tariffs on British exports should we vote to leave the union.

Mr Krichbaum’s warning came in a clash with senior Tory MP Sir Bill Cash, who accused the German politician of ‘threatening’ Britain.

Sir Bill said Britain had fought Germany in two world wars to keep its freedoms and was not going to surrender them to a German-run Brussels now.

Hard left Labour

In other news, the Telegraph claims that radical hard-Left Momentum activists are mounting a ruthless purge of the party.

It is the hard-Left group set up to bolster support for Jeremy Corbyn, but Momentum has already provoked anger and fear among MPs.

Critics have complained that it is a front for the infiltration of extreme Left-wing beliefs into the Labour party, with threats to purge moderate MPs who do not sign up to their beliefs.

Even the party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has admitted that there is an “entryist problem” in the organisation, having previously described it as “a bit of a rabble”.

But now the identities and backgrounds of those controlling Momentum can be revealed for the first time.

Fed up Conservatives

The Telegraph claims grassroots Tories are rebelling.

A handful of regulars – mostly men in their fifties and sixties – sit alone at small tables, reading newspapers and sipping their pints of beer.

On a sunny Thursday afternoon, the Conservative Club at Walton-on-Thames seems an unlikely place to find the seeds of a growing revolt.

The town lies in one of the safest of Tory seats, Esher and Walton, in Surrey, held by the MP Dominic Raab with 63 per cent of the vote at last year’s election.

Yet in this Tory heartland, behind the neat hedges and trimmed lawns, disappointment at the new Conservative government is beginning to give way to a simmering sense of anger.

Child prisons

The Guardian claims that thousands of injuries to children being detained have not been disclosed.

Thousands more children have been injured in custody through the use of controversial restraint techniques than the government had previously disclosed, new statistics show. This has prompted accusations that the true scale of harm in privately run jails has been suppressed. Figures reveal that the number of injuries to children caused by the use of restraint is more than three times higher than the total previously stated by the Youth Justice Board (YJB).

It has emerged that, between 2010 and 2014, children who were restrained while in custody suffered 3,312 injuries that had not previously been declared to parliament or included in the government’s statistical bulletins.

Islamist radicalisation

The Guardian claims France is battling to prevent Islamist radicalisation in jails.

Earlier this week, David Cameron gave a strong hint in a speech on prison reform that the option of a separate secure unit is being looked at. The prime minister said he was ready to consider major changes in the location of convicted terrorist prisoners to prevent them recruiting up to 1,000 current prisoners who have been identified as being at risk of extremist radicalisation.

“We will not stand by and watch people being radicalised like this while they are in the care of the state … And I want to be clear – I am prepared to consider major changes: from the imams we allow to preach in prison to changing the locations and methods for dealing with prisoners convicted of terrorism offences, if that is what is required,” Cameron said.

MP’s pay

In an exclusive, the Sun reports that senior MPs are in line for their third pay rise in 12 months.

SENIOR MPs are in line for yet another whopping pay rise — their third in the space of 12 months.

Wages watchdogs want to hand an extra £3,700 a year to 80 politicians who help chair meetings.

They claim there is a case for boosting the £15,025 they already get on top of their basic £74,000 salary.

The move comes days after The Sun revealed MPs will get a £962 hike this year.

The 1.3 per cent rise will take their basic wage to £74,962 nine months after they pocketed a ten per cent boost.

Ministers earn up to £68,000 over that.

Now officials have ruled 40 MPs who lead influential committees are underpaid.

Congestion charge

The Express reports on a recommendation by the European Commission to introduce a congestion charge in EVERY town.

MOTORISTS will have to pay to drive into town centres under EU guidelines to reduce global warming.

Councils are being told to introduce congestion charging and bin taxes to enable Europe to achieve its target on climate change.

The recommendations have been made by the European Commission in a guide for local and regional authorities on how to implement its Europe 2020 strategy.

Whale deaths

The Daily Star claims that the deaths of beached whales around our coasts could be linked to a system which hunts Russian submarines.

A ROYAL Navy system which hunts Russian submarines may have led to a spate of sperm whale deaths, it was claimed last night.

So far this year 30 of the marine mammals have died on the North Sea coasts of England, Germany, Holland and France.

Some conservation experts think surveillance equipment is interfering with the whales’ sonar navigation.

A chain of joint UK-American underwater listening posts monitors Russian nuclear subs straying close to Britain.

Ironically, the £100million technology was also put in place for sea mammal research and to protect the North Sea’s fish stocks.

But its high noise levels are feared to have disorientated a pod of young whales, leading to strandings in Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

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