Fisheries 

Express
A BREXIT fishing row between Britain and the European Union has exploded, with UK fisherman and campaign groups declaring a “state of emergency” in the English Channel and Southern North Sea.
Fishing groups from Eastbourne, Hastings, Thanet, Newhaven and Lowestoft, alongside the New Under Ten Fishermen’s Association (NUTFA), New Economics Foundation, Angling Trust, fishing businesses Sole of Discretion and Pesky Fish and Greenpeace have all signed a joint statement. They are calling on Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party Government to “take urgent measures to protect fishing communities and our oceans”. In the English Channel, the plans propose supertrawlers over 100 metres, bottom trawlers and fly shooters should be banned immediately for the 10 offshore Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that have been designated – more than 12 nautical miles from the coast.
Greenpeace said: “This will help marine ecosystems to recover from intense fishing pressure and impacts on the seabed, revitalise fish populations and help local fishermen by boosting catches and reviving coastal communities.
“And it would be a vital step towards the scientifically supported target of fully protecting at least 30 percent of our oceans by 2030.”
The groups are calling for an immediate ban on pelagic trawlers over 55 metres, as well as fly shooters, “on the grounds of the precautionary objective in the Fisheries Act, and based on the immense threat these fishing methods pose to the livelihoods of fishermen along the south coast”.
Greenpeace said this would also “protect local fishermen from any displacement of industrial vessels banned from English Channel offshore MPAs”. 

The Morning Star also has the story. 

Northern Ireland protocol 

Times
Unionist leaders have said that they would collapse Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government if changes are not made to the province’s Brexit deal.
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, signalled that his party would pull out of the Stormont executive and trigger new elections unless the European Union altered the Northern Ireland protocol.
His comments have been timed to coincide with a trip to the province by Maros Sefcovic, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator and vice-president of the European Commission. The DUP has been losing support to both other unionist parties and the cross-community Alliance party in recent months.
Shortly after Donaldson took office he published demands for changes to the protocol. 

A similar story appears in Breitbart 

EU 

Express
THE EUROPEAN Union is facing a huge backlash after eight nations rejected the bloc’s plans to impose new rules.
Austria, Denmark, Latvia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden have crushed the EU’s dreams of loosening the bloc’s deficit rules. Ahead of an informal gathering of their peers in Slovenia this Saturday, the countries issued a document to the bloc.
A one-page document signed by their finance ministers read: “Reducing excessive debt ratios has to remain a common goal.
“The [EU] Treaty … obliges all Member States to avoid and correct excessive deficits.”
This is set to be a major blow for France, Italy and Spain who have all said the rules should be adapted to post-pandemic realities and climate change.
Under the EU’s Stability and Growth Pact (SGP), it caps budget deficits at three percent of economic output. 

Mail
Michel Barnier was branded a hypocrite last night after calling for France to take back control of its sovereignty from the EU’s courts.
During talks with the UK, the EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator insisted that obedience to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) was a pre-requisite for free-flowing trade.
But Mr Barnier, who is now considering a run at the French presidency next year, yesterday said the role of the ECJ in France should be limited. In an extraordinary intervention, he said: ‘We must regain our legal sovereignty so that we are no longer subject to the rulings of the European Court of Justice or the European Court of Human Rights.’
Mr Barnier also called for a referendum on banning non-EU immigration to France.
During the Brexit talks, Mr Barnier tried to get the UK to sign up to ECJ oversight – a move that was resisted by Boris Johnson and chief negotiator Lord Frost.
But he succeeded in persuading the UK to continue with the European Convention on Human Rights as part of the Brexit trade deal. Last night, Mr Barnier clarified that he was not calling for France to pull out of the institutions but wanted a ‘constitutional shield’ to protect France from their rulings on immigration., 
Tory MP Michael Fabricant accused Mr Barnier of ‘breathtaking hypocrisy’ and said he appeared to be calling for ‘Frexit’ from the European Union. 

The Times carries the story. 

Illegal migrants 

Telegraph
Priti Patel has been told to “come to her senses” by the French as they claimed her plans to “push back” migrants in mid-Channel would put people’s lives at risk.
In an escalation of the diplomatic war of words, French officials warned they would no longer cooperate with the UK to halt the surge in crossings if she “unilaterally” directed Border Force to push migrant boats back into French waters and force France to return them to its shores.
“We consider [push backs] to be contrary to maritime law. People in danger must be brought to British shores and not into French waters,” said the French ministry of interior in a briefing on Thursday.
“We cannot cooperate serenely among neighbours if one of the neighbours takes unilateral measures. We cannot work like this. The cooperation would be put into question. We hope she will come to her senses [on push backs] because we really think it is in no one’s interest.” 

Several of the media have similar stories including Sun, Independent, Morning Star, Times, BBC News, Breitbart, iNews, GB News 

Lockdown 

Sun
BORIS Johnson will next week unveil a “toolbox” of contingency measures to see off a winter lockdown and keep Britain open, The Sun can reveal.
Ministers will give the go-ahead to vaccine booster shotsCovid passports for clubs and stadiums and the biggest flu jab rollout in history to ease pressure on the NHS.
An advertising blitz will urge the most vulnerable to get a third Covid jab and a flu shot to try to stop hospitals being overwhelmed if cases keep rising.
The PM is privately vowing another lockdown is out of the question and has ordered the Government to do everything possible to avoid future restrictions.
He will stress it is time to “learn to live with Covid forever” but wants to see the hated Coronavirus Act 2020 renewed as a precaution.
The emergency powers within it expire at the end of this month, so the PM will force a vote on extending them for another six months. 

Education 

Times
Gavin Williamson told universities in a virtual speech not to rely on online teaching yesterday after pulling out of a conference in person.
The education secretary was due to speak at the Universities UK conference in Newcastle but addressed the audience via a videolink instead.
Sources said that the decision was taken because MPs had had to be in London for the Commons vote on NHS and social care reforms the previous evening. Williamson was also  criticised on Wednesday for telling an interviewer that he had met Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United footballer, when he had actually spoken to Maro Itoje, the England rugby player.
He told the conference that vice-chancellors should not use Covid as a cost-cutting excuse not to return to in-person teaching. 

GPs 

Mail
Remote GP appointments may have contributed to the deaths of five people who did not see their doctor in-person, a coroner has concluded.
Doctors missed important details in telephone appointments that may have been spotted if they were seen in face-to-face, senior coroner for Greater Manchester Alison Mutch warned. 
Fadhia Seguleh – who had phone call appointments with her GP about her anxiety and  depression, which the corner warned made it harder to assess her needs – committed suicide in her home on February 25.  
Ms Mutch also had concerns about the role of remote doctor appointments in the deaths of three other people, who died from a fatal blood clot in the lung, undiagnosed Covid and a drug overdose.
And a fifth patient, who was a frail elderly man with a host of severe underlying health conditions, died after breaking a bone that wasn’t spotted by hospital doctors and his GP in a phone call consultation.  

NHS 

Telegraph
Almost half of all NHS staff are managers, administrators or unqualified assistants, it has emerged, as Boris Johnson came under pressure to insist on health service reforms as the price of increased funding.
The proportion of clinical staff who are professionally trained has declined from 55.5 per cent in 2013 to just 52.5 per cent now, meaning 47.5 per cent of staff have no medical qualifications.
Separately, it has emerged that the number of NHS managers paid more than the Prime Minister is about to rise to more than 400. Some hospitals have as many as nine managers earning more than Mr Johnson’s £157,000.
MPs said the figures showed that with £36 billion extra going to the NHS and social care, funded by a 1.25 percentage point increase in National Insurance, it was time to have a root and branch review of NHS spending.
One said it was time to have an “honest conversation” about the NHS to avoid the UK becoming “a health service with a country attached to it”. 

The Independent also has the story. 

Telegraph
Boris Johnson’s £36bn tax raid will not be enough to plug holes in the NHS and further large increases are likely within just three years to make up the shortfall, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned.
The new Health and Social Care Levy of 1.25pc on workers and their employers which has taken taxes to their highest level since the Second World War is likely to be just the start of efforts to plug a gaping void in the Covid-hit health service, the institute (IFS) said.
In the first detailed analysis since the Prime Minister announced the tax rise earlier this week, analysts said the NHS will face another possible shortfall of £5bn in 2024-5 because the Treasury is likely to have underestimated the long-term impact of the pandemic.
The extra money is being funnelled into cutting waiting times, which ballooned as all non-Covid work stopped during lockdowns. Ministers are providing the equivalent of a 3.9pc annual increase in NHS funding, according to the IFS – which is in fact the same rate as before the pandemic, suggesting they do not expect any sustained rise in costs due to Covid. 

Social care 

Guardian
The cap on the cost of social care could create a new market in insurance to cover nursing home fees – 11 years after the last policy was withdrawn from the market.
This week’s shake-up of how adult social care is funded has renewed discussion about how families meet any costs above the government cap.
Earlier this year, ex-Tory minister Peter Lilley proposed a state-backed, not-for-profit insurance company that – for a one-off premium of “about £16,000” per person – would enable homeowners to protect against having to sell their homes to pay for social care.
Others have suggested that insurance companies may begin to offer private cover as the government’s plan that from 2023 no one will pay more than £86,000 for the care they require has removed some of the uncertainty over payouts.
Former pensions minister Steve Webb said the fact that the liability was no longer open-ended was likely to be attractive to insurers.
Webb, now a partner at actuaries LCP, said: “The cap does matter – insurers hate risk.”
One model could be a lump sum premium paid when someone retires – for example, out of the tax-free cash from their pension – which covers them for care bills up to the government cap, he said. 

Scotland 

Express
SCOTLAND will implement a controversial vaccine passport from October 1st amid the outrage of both opposition and industry leaders.
The Scottish Parliament approved the upcoming vaccine passport scheme on Thursday with 68 votes to 55. In order to slow down the spread of Covid within spaces of entertainment such as nightclubs, concerts, and sports games, this new measure will only allow entrance to those who can show they are double-jabbed.
Under the plans, everyone will have to show certification to gain entry except children, those who are medically exempt or taking part in vaccine trials, and employees working at the venues.
Both opposition parties and business leaders have expressed their worries about these new compulsory passports.
Douglas Ross, the Scottish Tory leader, said: “The SNP’s plan is riddled with holes.”
“The flaws are considerable and the lack of detail is astounding. At the last minute, all we got was a subpar pamphlet that can be summed up in three words – ask again later.” 

There are more stories from Scotland in Mail, ITV News, GB News 

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