EU

Express
EUROCRATS’ dreams of a European superstate are “breaking down” and another member state could follow Britain out of the bloc in the near future, a leading geopolitics consultancy has predicted. The EU27 is faced with a series of long-term challenges which, combined with Brexit, are causing “a lot of friction beneath the surface”, experts from Stratfor warned. And one of the geopolitcal firm’s specialists claimed the only way Brussels would realise its dream of a United States of Europe would be if the bloc “removed three-quarters of its members”.

Express
THERESA May said today the UK and France would continue their military ties with a joint force of up to 10,000 troops as she welcomed Emmanuel Macron to the UK. The pair spoke today at a joint press conference following Mr Macron’s visit to Sandhurst Military Academy. Mrs May said that the UK and France were “Europe’s two foremost military powers” and it was “incumbent on us to demonstrate leadership in meeting the great challenges of our time and upholding the international rules-based system”. She said the UK-France combined joint expeditionary force would be ready to deploy up to 10,000 troops “quickly and effectively to face any threat” by 2020.

Single market

Mail
Britain’s financial sector won’t get full access to the single market unless the UK pays billions to Brussels and follows EU laws forever, Emmanuel Macron has said. At a joint Press conference with Theresa May, the French President spoke warmly about relations between Britain and France, saying they were ‘making a new tapestry together’. But he adopted a tough line on Brexit, suggesting the UK will be offered only a limited trade deal unless it agrees to be bound by the rules of the single market – which Mrs May has already ruled out. He said Britain could ‘be my guest’ if it wanted to retain full access to the single market, but warned it would come with onerous conditions. ‘I am here neither to punish or to reward,’ he said. ‘I want to make sure that the single market is preserved because that is very much the heart of the European Union.

Guardian
French president Emmanuel Macron has rejected the idea of a tailored Brexit deal for the City, insisting Britain will not be allowed full access to European Union markets, including financial services, unless it pays into the EU budget and accepts all its rules. Macron delivered the tough message at the end of a joint press conference with Theresa May at Sandhurst military training college on Thursday. A day-long UK-EU summit was held to underline the close relationship between the two countries after earlier news of a £45m British boost to border security in Calais. Financial services is one of the sectors in which France hopes to seize an increased share of the EU market after Brexit.

Sun
EMMANUEL Macron warned Theresa May Britain will have to pay up if the City wants to retain full access to the EU’s single market after Brexit. Despite a huge charm offensive by the PM at a day-long summit yesterday, the French president quipped: “Be my guest — but you must contribute.” After talks at Sandhurst Military Academy — and lunch at a pub in Mrs May’s nearby constituency — Mr Macron said he was “here neither to punish nor reward” the UK over Brexit. He said France and Britain would continue to thrive together regardless of the Referendum result. Referring to the decision to loan the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK in 2022, he said: “We are making a new tapestry together.” But he bluntly repeated the EU’s line that Britain needed to sign up to the single market and accept European laws if it wanted a post-Brexit deal on the financial services sector.

Sky News
Emmanuel Macron has warned Theresa May the UK will have to pay into the EU’s coffers in order to secure a Brexit trade deal on financial services. Speaking alongside the Prime Minister during his first visit to Britain since being elected, the French President insisted he was “here neither to punish nor reward” over Brexit. But Mr Macron appeared to stick to the stance of the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, who has said a post-Brexit deal on financial services is unlikely, unless the UK pays into the Brussels budget and accepts the jurisdiction of EU judges.

Huffington Post
French President Emmanuel Macron has flatly ruled out a unique deal on single market access for the UK and warned Theresa May against Brexit “hypocrisy”.  A joint press conference at Sandhurst Thursday evening was designed to accentuate blossoming Anglo-French relations, with May agreeing more cash to prevent migrants from building up at Calais and Macron confirming a loan of the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK. But the cordial mood was shattered when journalists raised the spectre of Brexit.Macron was asked why he wanted to exclude financial services from a future UK-EU free trade agreement and appeared exasperated.   The French President pointed out there were two options – the Norway model or a Canada-style free trade deal.

Mirror
Theresa May suffered a humiliating blow as French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a Gallic slap-down to her Brexit plan. The French President told the prime minister that if the UK wants financial services access, “be my guest” but that would require paying into the budget and accepting free movement. It is a set back for Theresa May who hopes to persuade Brussels to make financial services a key plank of the UK-EU future deal. But Mr Macron said the only way the City of London could continue enjoying existing rights was if the UK pumped cash into the EU and accept the reach of the European Court of Justice, adding: “Be my guest.”

Migrants

Express
UP to a million more EU citizens could get the right to settle in Britain if Theresa May gives in to the EU’s latest negotiation demands, a report warned last night. Research from the population pressure group Migration Watch estimated that accepting a Brussels demand for unlimited free movement to continue for a transitional period of up two year after Brexit could lead to a significant increase in the numbers allowed to come into the country before new border controls are imposed. A draft document leaked from Brussels earlier this week showed that EU negotiators will make the demand in the next phase of talks about the UK’s departure from the bloc. They want EU citizens to continue to be able to claims full permanent residency rights in Britain throughout the transition period.

Mail
Migrants at Calais will be fast-tracked into Britain under new plans agreed by Theresa May as she bowed to further pressure from the French. Adult migrants seeking to come to the UK via Calais will have their applications processed within one month, rather than have to wait for six months. Children will see their waiting time slashed from six months to just 25 days, it was announced yesterday. French President Emmanuel Macron outlined the deal at a joint press conference with Mrs May after an Anglo-Franco summit at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Independent
Theresa May is expected to agree to accept more child refugees stranded in Calais and will spend £44.5m to boost security at the French port, when she hosts Emmanuel Macron at a UK-France summit. The two leaders will sign a new treaty on Thursday to “complete” the Le Touquet agreement, which allows Britain and France to station border officials on each other’s soil, Paris said. The new agreement would include “precise commitments” from the UK to speed up the processing of asylum claims and accept more unaccompanied minors, as well as the extra cash to protect the port, according to briefings from the Elysee Palace.

Sun
THERESA MAY’S offer of £44million to strengthen the Calais border is the SIXTH bailout handed to France in less than four years, The Sun can reveal. The PM today agreed to hand over a new slice of cash to Emmanuel Macron’s government to shore up security at the Channel crossing – bringing the total to nearly £170million. But Tory MPs warned Mrs May that she should not continue to spend money on Calais indefinitely amid fears the latest payout could be seen as “a bung to Macron”. Today’s announcement follows at least five previous offers of cash to the French since September 2014. Each one was trumpeted as key to securing Calais and stopping the unrestricted flow of migrants from France to the UK.

BBC News
France and the UK have signed a treaty to speed up the processing of migrants in Calais, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on his first UK visit. After talks with UK PM Theresa May at Sandhurst military academy, he said the treaty would offer a “more humane approach” and be “more efficient”. But he suggested France would not bow to UK demands to include financial services in any post-Brexit trade deal. Mrs May praised the “uniquely close relationship” between the two nations. She said both leaders remained committed to the “Le Touquet” border agreement in Calais – the UK has announced an extra £44.5m to be spent on beefing up Channel border security.

Westmonster
Theresa May has capitulated yet again – she has agreed to pay £44.5m for  border security at the Calais border and agreed to take in more ‘child migrants’. Emmanuel Macron apparently said he might order his security service to stop patrolling the Calais border unless Britain stumped up more cash. This is despite the fact idiotic EU policy caused the migrant crisis in the first place and his own borders and internal security are so weak that migrants were allowed to wander in (and then all the way through) France before massing at Calais. So, naturally, Theresa May rolls over and gives him what he asks for. She has managed to negotiate a deal where Britain pays more to take in more migrants.

Channel bridge

Telegraph
Boris Johnson has raised the prospect of Britain and France building a bridge over the Channel as Emmanuel Macron said the two countries should “make a new tapestry together”. The Foreign Secretary, who met French president Macron at yesterday’s Anglo-French summit, said it was “ridiculous” that two of the world’s biggest economies are “linked by a single railway”. The Daily Telegraph has been told that when Mr Johnson suggested building a second Channel crossing Mr Macron replied: “I agree. Let’s do it.” Mr Johnson had championed the idea of a road tunnel under the Channel alongside the existing tunnel that carries rail passengers and freight but believes a bridge might now be an option.

Times
Boris Johnson has raised the prospect of building a bridge over the Channel to link Britain and France. President Macron of France is said to have backed the idea. According to a source, when asked about the concept he is understood to have replied: “I agree — let’s do it.” Yesterday, as Mr Macron made his first visit to Britain as president, the foreign secretary met his French counterpart and agreed to set up a panel of experts to look at joint projects. Mr Johnson tweeted: “Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?”

Mail
Boris Johnson raised the prospect of building a bridge or road tunnel between Britain and France during yesterday’s crunch summit. The Foreign Secretary is understood to have put forward the idea of a second Channel Tunnel in the meetings at Sandhurst military academy.  He is understood to have told aides: ‘They are two of the world’s biggest economies and they are linked by a single railway. It is ridiculous.’ Mr Johnson had tweeted earlier in the day: ‘So much important work in [the UK-France summit] outcomes, but I’m especially pleased we are establishing a panel of experts to look at major projects together. ‘Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?’

Independent
Boris Johnson has raised the prospect of a bridge across the English Channel  after top-level talks between the UK and France. The Foreign Secretary said “good connections” were important to the relationship between the two countries and wondered whether the Channel Tunnel should merely be regarded as “a first step”. Mr Johnson said the UK-France summit, attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Theresa May, had agreed to establish a panel of experts to look at major projects. The Foreign Secretary is understood to want a new fixed link between the UK and France and believes “it’s crazy that two of the biggest economies in the world are connected by one railway line when they are only 20 miles apart”.

Momentum

Independent
Membership of Momentum has surged above 35,000 and is growing by more than 1,000 a month, setting the organisation on course to surpass the activist bases of some of the established political parties. Insiders at the  Jeremy Corbyn-backing organisation told 
The Independent that membership figures had now overtaken Ukip and claim they are on course to overtake the Green Party, who currently boast a membership of 39,000.  Now Momentum has launched a campaign to overtake the membership of the Conservative Party by the next general election scheduled for 2022.  While Momentum is not a political party and all members of the organisation have to be signed up to the Labour Party, the latest figures show the activist base has expanded by 4,000 in the space of three months. 

Flu

Telegraph
Flu has reached epidemic levels in some parts of the UK with the “Japanese” strain now dominant after the NHS failed to vaccinate against it, official figures show. Latest data from Public Health England shows that cases of flu have risen by 150 per cent in two weeks, fuelling a “significant excess” of elderly deaths. 
The statistics show that epidemic levels have already been reached in the city of York, with Herefordshire and north Somerset close behind. Health officials said the current season is the worst for seven years. If trends continue, an epidemic will be declared across England within a fortnight.

Times
Tens of thousands more people went down with flu last week as Britain endured the worst outbreak since the aftermath of the swine flu pandemic. GP visits for suspected flu increased by 42 per cent in a week, hospital admissions were up by 11 per cent and at least 17 people died. This winter’s confirmed flu death toll now stands at 120. There were significantly more deaths among the over-65s than usual. Public Health England said that flu and a cold snap were likely to be the cause, raising fears of tens of thousands of deaths among the elderly. Hospitals have been put on high alert as more snow is forecast.

Star
THE FLU outbreak has now killed 149 people, doctors confirmed. And they say that 8 million more have been hit by the deadly bugs. Some 120 deaths were recorded in England, 21 in Scotland and eight in Northern Ireland. Fatalities have soared by 45%, raising fears this could be the worst outbreak in 50 years. Last week more than 4,500 people were admitted to hospital with flu, up 11% on the previous seven days. And 60% of the patients were suffering influenza B, caused by the Japanese flu sweeping Britain. Another 361 people were admitted with Aussie flu, with 20 fighting for their lives in intensive care. Worst-hit regions include urban centres including Birmingham, Norwich, Nottingham, Manchester, York, Newcastle, Bristol, Portsmouth and Canterbury.

NHS

Times
A simple blood test that can spot eight common types of cancer has been developed by scientists, who hope it could one day be used to screen people and catch the disease before symptoms appear. Other scientists cautioned that it was still a long way from being a useful medical tool. The test, called Cancerseek, looked for telltale signs that appear in the blood when a cancer is present. After a tumour appears, it starts shedding mutated DNA into the bloodstream, along with a distinctive fingerprint of proteins. Because tumours start doing this early in their development, researchers have been searching for ways to spot the signs using a “liquid biopsy”.

Mail
cancer drug is in development that could stop the disease in its tracks.  The unnamed medication targets a specific enzyme that fuels the spread of tumours, new research reveals. It does this by binding to the membrane of rapidly multiplying cells, a European study found. This hijacks cancer’s ‘survival mechanism’ and prevents tumours from attaching to the protein they need to thrive. Around 357,000 people get diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK.  The anti-cancer drug binds to cancerous cells’ membrane protein, known as dehydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH).

Times
Hospitals rely on wasteful emergency bailouts that get in the way of improving care, the spending watchdog says. Cuts to services will be needed because local efforts to join up care are hampered by weak leadership and put short-term savings before long-term upgrades, according to the National Audit Office. Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England, has set out a five-year plan that relies on local areas planning together to beef up GP care and take the pressure off hospitals. However, in a highly critical report on the state of NHS finances, the NAO says that the plan is not making enough progress.

Bolton

Telegraph
Ukip’s leader yesterday took the extraordinary step of publishing taxi receipts in a bid to prove that his former girlfriend did not spend the night with him. Henry Bolton, 54, said in an interview with The Telegraph on Wednesday that he is in love with Jo Marney, a 25-year-old glamour model, and hinted that he could rekindle his relationship with her. Hours after the interview he was pictured have an intimate dinner with Ms Marney at the National Liberal Club in Westminster, where they were seen holding hands and embracing. They were subsequently pictured on the tube together and again at Folkestone West station, where they took a taxi back to Mr Bolton’s apartment at 11.21pm.

Mail
Scandal-hit Ukip boss Henry Bolton was pictured embracing model Jo Marney in a London wine bar last night – despite both of them claiming they are not together.  The married 54-year-old – who insists he has split from Miss Marney for the good of his party – was pictured having dinner with the 25-year-old at a private members club and at a nearby bar. The pair were later seen on the Underground and disembarking a train in Folkestone, where he has a flat, suggesting they were going back to his. After the photos of their evening out emerged, Mr Bolton told Ukip bosses he had not spent the night with her at his house – and went to the cab firm this morning in a bid to prove she had travelled back to her parents’ home in Maidstone. 

Sun
UNDER-fire Ukip boss Henry Bolton has been caught having dinner with the girl he said he’d dumped earlier this week for sending racist and offensive messages. He was seen out with 25-year-old glamour model Jo Marney last night in a Westminster club, and later snapped on the train. The under-fire boss will face party grandees at a meeting of the National Executive Committee on Sunday – where he could be forced to quit. Last night Mr Bolton declared his continued love for Ms Marney, even after the racist texts were revealed last weekend.

Guardian
Ukip has descended into virtual civil war after its embattled leader, Henry Bolton, accused members of plotting “an organised coup” against him after he was seen having dinner with his former girlfriend, who has been suspended from the party for racism. Amid predictions Bolton could face a vote of no confidence by Ukip’s national executive this weekend, he insisted he would hold on to the post despite the controversy over his ties to Jo Marney, a 25-year-old activist and model, whom he said in an interview on Wednesday that he still loved and could get back together with. Bolton, 54, was pictured dining with Marney on Wednesday night at the National Liberal Club in Westminster, despite days before saying he was ending their relationship after it emerged she had sent racist and offensive text messages.

Sky News
UKIP’s embattled leader has hinted he could get back with the girlfriend he left for sending “racist” texts about Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle. Henry Bolton did not rule out rekindling the romance that has plunged his job into jeopardy. The 54-year-old revealed on Monday he had 
ended a one-month relationship with model Jo Marney. In a leaked exchange of messages with a friend, Ms Marney branded Ms Markle a “dumb little commoner” that would “taint” the royal family with her “seed” to pave the way for a “black king”. The 25-year-old also said Ms Markle had a “tiny brain” and that black people were ugly. The revelation sparked fury among some senior UKIP figures, with accusations of “racism” and calls for Mr Bolton to resign.

Mirror
Under-fire UKIP leader Henry Bolton has insisted he did not spend the night with his race-slur model ex-girlfriend – and showed the Mirror taxi receipts he claims prove it. Mr Bolton, 54, maintains he broke up with Jo Marney, 25, on Monday, after she was suspended from the party over racist texts about Meghan Markle . But on Wednesday night, the pair were spotted enjoying an intimate dinner at a private members’ club in Westminster. Onlookers spotted the couple “holding hands” during the meal at the National Liberal Club, before being photographed together on the same Tube train. Approached outside the club, Mr Bolton said: “Jo’s had some death threats against her today and so she wanted to speak to me about that.

Huffington Post
Henry Bolton could survive being ousted as Ukip leader because the party cannot afford to hold a contest to replace him.
HuffPost UK has learned Ukip’s finances are in such a state that it would struggle to stump up the cash for what would be its fourth leadership contest in 15 months. A well-placed source said a fresh leadership election to replace the under-fire Bolton could cost between £30,000 and £60,000, and it might need to axe staff in order to finance the contest. According to the Electoral Commission, Ukip received just £25,140 in cash donations in the final three months of 2017 and membership rates have falling for months. 

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