Brexit 

Express
BREXIT minister David Frost left arch-Remainer Andrew Adonis reeling with anger following his speech today.
Speaking today, Lord Frost outlined his plans to scrap the special status for laws handed down by Brussels to create a world-class border with the bloc. Under these plans, Lord Frost insisted the UK will restore the sovereignty and status of Parliament and UK courts. Upon hearing Lord Frost’s speech, the arch-Remainer revealed his fury towards the Brexit minister. 
In a tweet, Lord Adonis said: “Lord Frost just said he is putting in place a ‘world-class border’ with the EU. World-class b******t.” 

Express
BREXIT Britain will ditch the EU’s CE mark and bring back the Crown Stamp on UK pint glasses while imperial measurements may also return.
As part of Lord Frost’s bonfire of EU regulation, the UK will bring back the stamp which was ditched in 2007. The stamp was introduced in 1699 before it was replaced by the European Conformity mark. The decision to bring back the Crown Stamp was announced as part of the UK’s so-called Brexit Opportunities document while shops may also be allowed to sell fruit and vegetables in pounds and ounces. 
The Government said in the document: “We will remove the EU-derived prohibition on printing the Crown Stamp on pint glasses and allowing publicans and restaurants to voluntarily embrace this important symbol on their glassware, should they choose to do so.”
Regulations were introduced in 1994 which required goods to be weighed in metrics. 

Other media picking up the story include Mail, Telegraph, Independent, Times, Order-order 

EU 

Express
THE LEADERS of Spain and Catalonia met on Wednesday to restart negotiations – but why will this cause friction with the European Union (EU)?
Spain restarted talks to resolve the Catalan secession crisis on September 15. Catalonia has attempted to become independent from Spain for more than 40 years, but it had its autonomy suspended after a failed independence bid. The leaders of Spain and Catalonia met to resolve the ongoing crisis but critics are already condemning these talks to failure – citing the full-blown constitutional crisis which developed in 2017. But why is the European Union likely to be impacted?
Catalonia’s drive for independence in 2017 plunged Spain into its biggest political crisis for 40 years.
The region had its autonomy suspended by Madrid for almost seven months after a failed bid to break away.
Both Spain and Catalan authorities called on the EU to intervene – but most member states were reluctant to respond formally.
Instead, EU member states saw the dispute as an internal Spanish matter. 

Trade 

Express
BORIS Johnson will sign a landmark agreement today with the UAE to “turbocharge” the economy of Brexit Britain.
The UK Prime Minister and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will agree on a comprehensive “Partnership for the Future” with the Middle East nation. The agreement will intensify collaboration between the UK and UAE in areas including trade, security, tech, development and tackling climate change.
The UAE-UK Sovereign Investment Partnership is also expected to confirm a multi-billion pound tranche of investments in the clean energy transition, life sciences and infrastructure and technology sectors.
This will include a £500m investment in digital infrastructure.
The deal will be announced after Mr Johnson hosts Sheikh Mohammed for a bilateral meeting at Downing Street, a military Guard of Honour and a UK-UAE business reception.
Ministers say the UAE is already a key partner for the UK, with total trade between both countries worth £12billion in 2020. 

Travel 

Mail
Hated travel testing rules are to be torn up for the fully jabbed in time for the half-term holidays – but unvaccinated Britons will still have to quarantine on their return from abroad.
Under a major shake-up to be announced today, the double-jabbed will no longer have to take costly PCR tests when they return from abroad. Instead, they will need only a cheaper lateral flow test.
The ‘pre-departure tests’ that travellers are forced to take before flying home are also likely to be scrapped. 
There will also be changes to the controversial ‘traffic light’ rules – which will be cut to a two tier ‘go’ and ‘no go’ system.
However those who are unvaccinated face even tougher restrictions. 
They will have to quarantine on their return from all countries, even though on the ‘go’ list. Insiders hope the strategy will help to drive up vaccination rates.
The changes are part of a long-awaited review of the travel restrictions that will also see the controversial ‘traffic light’ rules radically redrawn. 

More details are in the Independent, Mirror, Times, Evening Standard, BBC News 

Extinction Rebellion 

Mail
Priti Patel last night ordered police to take ‘decisive action’ against ‘selfish’ eco-protesters who blocked Britain’s busiest road twice in three days.
The Home Secretary described the ‘guerrilla tactics’ of Insulate Britain as ‘completely unacceptable’ after the eco-group held traffic at four of the busiest junctions of the M25 on Wednesday.
It was the second this week that the group, who are demanding Government action on home insulation, blocked the busy motorway – which is used by as many as 200,000 vehicles a day. 
Alongside taking aim at the eco-extremists, Ms Patel ordered police to get tough on those involved in the disruptive campaign- after video emerged of officers appearing to facilitate Wednesday’s protest.
The footage, from Junction 25 of the motorway, appears to show a Metropolitan Police officer waving through traffic to clear a backlog before stopping vehicles to allow protesters to walk out into the road and sit down.
Another video showed an officer asking a protester if they were in ‘discomfort’ and if they ‘needed anything’, in scenes which have sparked anger from several Tory MPs.  

The Telegraph also has details. 

AUKUS 

Guardian
What is Aukus?
It is a new three-way strategic defence alliance between Australia, the UK and US, initially to build a class of nuclear-propelled submarines, but also to work together in the Indo-Pacific region, where the rise of China is seen as an increasing threat, and develop wider technologies. It means Australia will end the contract given to France in 2016 to build 12 diesel electric-powered submarines to replace its existing Collins submarine fleet. The deal marks the first time the US has shared nuclear propulsion technology with an ally apart from the UK.
Why did Australia want to change its suppliers?
The perceived scale of the Chinese threat in the Indo-Pacific region – a vast zone stretching through some of the world’s most vital seaways east from India to Japan and south to Australia – has grown dramatically in recent years. Nuclear-propelled submarines in this context have longer range, are quicker and are harder to detect. But the UK national security adviser, Sir Stephen Lovegrove, has made it clear Aukus is about more than a class of submarine, describing the pact as “perhaps the most significant capability collaboration in the world anywhere in the past six decades”. He added it was a project “in gestation for some months”. The US president, Joe Biden, spoke of the need to maintain a “free and open Indo-Pacific” and to address the region’s “current strategic environment”.
What is China’s response?
Relations between the three allies and China were already at a low and the deal, which did not name China but was widely understood to be in response to its expansionism in the South China Sea and aggression towards Taiwan, drew a swift response from Beijing. Similar 

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Cabinet reshuffle 

Express
BORIS JOHNSON has appointed three new ministers today after sacking a string of his top team in a bombshell cabinet reshuffle.
John Whittingdale is the first of the top team to confirm today that he has been sacked as media minister and said he would be returning to the back benches. The high-level reshuffle began yesterday after PMQs with Gavin Williamson, Dominic Raab, Oliver Dowden, Robert Jenrick, Robert Buckland and Amanda Milling all being removed from their respective posts. Liz Truss ascended to foreign secretary in place of Dominic Raab, making her the first woman in Conservative history to hold that office, while Nadhim Zahawi replaced the gaffe-prone Gavin Williamson. Nadine Dorries made the biggest leap yesterday going from health minister to culture secretary.
Meanwhile, Anne-Marie Trevelyan has returned to Cabinet as international trade secretary and Simon Clarke will now be the chief secretary to the Treasury.
Michael Gove has been given the housing secretary office with commentators suggesting this could mark the end of his strained relationship with Boris Johnson. 

Full details can be found in Order-order, iNews 

Covid 

Telegraph
More than half of people suffering from long Covid may not have the condition and may just be suffering from normal bouts of ill health, research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests.
The ONS surveyed nearly 27,000 people, who tested positive for Covid, in the UK Coronavirus Infection Survey and used three different methods to estimate the prevalence of long Covid.
In one analysis, they found that five per cent reported at least one symptom 12 to 16 weeks after their infection.
However, the study also found that 3.4 per cent of people who had not been diagnosed with Covid also reported the same long Covid symptoms

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Scotland 

Express
THE SNP has been warned by top economists their currency plans for an independent Scotland would create major economic challenges and leave Scots forced to pay higher taxes.
Two studies released by the Institute for Government (IfG) today also said a separated Scotland would find it more expensive to borrow than UK Government counterparts due to a lack of track record in international markets. In a hammer blow to Nicola Sturgeon’s independence plans, economists said an independent Scotland would therefore need to raise taxes or have lower government.
At last year’s SNP conference, the Nationalists voted to replace the pound with a separate Scottish currency “as soon as practicable”.
The decision at the 2020 party conference last year was a major change to the party’s stance in the 2014 independence referendum.
At the time, former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond said an independent Scotland would continue to use the pound in a formal UK-wide currency union.
But in the report, published today, IfG economists warn a formal currency union with the rest of the UK is not “viable” – nor is joining the Euro in the event of Scotland entering the EU. 

The Telegraph also has the story. 

London 

Express
LONDON, Hull and Bristol are at risk of becoming uninhabitable because of the climate crisis, a lead scientist has warned, leading to an argument the capital city should be relocated.
Sir David King, the chair of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group, has made a stark warning stating the UK’s major coastal cities, including England’s capital, are at risk from the rising sea levels. Speaking to the Mirror, the lead scientist said Britain is likely to witness more extreme weather, such as storms and floods, unless the climate crisis is curbed.
“We are an island nation which means the biggest challenge we are facing from climate change is rising sea levels and storms at sea,” he told the Mirror.
“And storms at sea when you are an island nation also mean storms inland so the net result is our coastal areas are under attack at the same time as our rivers are flooding.
“If you think of London with the Thames in flood and coming up the Thames estuary flood waters as well..[you have] attack from flooding from both sides.” 

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