Brexit

Express

DAVID CAMERON tonight insisted “of course” Britain could survive outside the EU – despite his claims of war and economic catastrophe in the event of a Brexit vote. The Prime Minister has faced ridicule following his suggestion World War Three could break out in Europe if Britain quits the EU on June 23. He also claimed this week Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists and combative Russian president Vladimir Putin would welcome a Brexit vote.

Referendum

Mail

With barely a month to go, the campaign to keep Britain in the EU holds an 11-point lead – but voters have rejected David Cameron’s claim that Europe could slide into war if we leave.

In a Daily Mail poll, 52 per cent said they would vote for Remain, compared with 41 per cent who back Leave. The gap has narrowed by four points in the past month, with 7 per cent still saying they don’t know. However the public have emphatically dismissed the Prime Minister’s argument that, if the UK quits the EU, the continent will be at greater risk of war and genocide. Nine in ten said it would either make no difference to the prospects of conflict on the continent, or make a war less likely.

Express

A TORY MP today accused Remain campaigners of resorting to “insults, personal attacks and petty tabloid smears” because they know they are losing the argument over Britain’s EU membership. Steve Baker, a leading Brexit supporter who co-chairs the Conservatives for Britain group, claimed those wanting the UK to remain in the EU on June 23 seem to be “stuck in a corner” and “lashing out at their opponents”. The Wycombe MP denounced Downing Street for arranging this week’s attack by Tory grandee Lord Heseltine on Brexit figurehead Boris Johnson, as well as Chancellor George Osborne’s suggestion that Leave supporters are “economically illiterate”.

Independent

A senior Conservative Brexit campaigner has accused the Remain camp of resorting to “insults, personal attacks and petty tabloid smears”, and accused Downing Street of orchestrating criticisms of Boris Johnson, as the Tory civil war over the EU referendum deepened today. Steve Baker, the MP for Wycombe and co-chair of Conservatives for Britain, said the nature of the EU campaign so far had been “breathtakingly disheartening”, singling out attacks on Mr Johnson and accusations from George Osborne that Leave campaigners are “economically illiterate”.

The Guardian

First-time homebuyers in the UK would benefit from a vote to leave the EU, according to a leading ratings agency. Moody’s said a fall in house prices triggered by a Brexit would make it more affordable for people trying to get on the property ladder for the first time. “First-time buyers would benefit from lower competition for housing, as house price and rental inflation would slow down if immigration is curbed,” said Gaby Trinkaus, a vice president and senior analyst at Moody’s. Trinkaus added that whatever the outcome of next month’s referendum, the outlook was picking up for first-time buyers in the capital.

Express

QUITTING the European Union will allow a £50billion ‘National Dividend’ to be spent on parts of Britain damaged by uncontrolled immigration, a leading Brexit campaigner claimed today. Former Labour foreign secretary Lord Owen called for the savings made from ending the UK’s multi-billion pound contribution to the EU budget each year to be used for new hospitals, schools and housing. He said the money must be ring-fenced for those areas of Britain where public services are most under strain due to influxes of EU migrants.

Morning Star

HUNDREDS of left-wing Brexit campaigners from across the world rallied in London against EU membership on Wednesday night. Attendees to left-wing EU exit campaign Lexit’s event heard Dublin People Before Profit’s Brid Smith describe how the EU-IMF austerity programme had punished the unemployed, public servants, travellers and lone parents. “These are the people that [Irish] Finance Minister Michael Noonan cynically called the ‘low hanging fruit’ to be picked off by benefit, wage and pension cuts,” she declared. On a Skype link from Greece, junior doctor Argyri Erotokritou said that the “illusion” that the EU meant freedom of movement for the people had collapsed.

BBC New

Vote Leave’s Lord Owen has dismissed the “voices of doom” warning against Brexit and said the sooner the UK can quit the EU, the better. He said the quicker it began, the less likely the UK was to be “dragged down” should the Eurozone collapse. The former SDP leader accused Downing Street of “manipulating the FTSE 500” to back the Remain campaign.

Cameron

The Times

John K Galbraith once formulated a law of politics that anyone who says four times that they will not resign, will. David Cameron has to say that he will not resign for fear that Labour supporters will cast frivolous votes to leave the European Union just for the sport of deposing him. This unnecessary referendum is so irritating that I am tempted, for sure. There is no question that if Britain votes to leave the EU, Mr Cameron’s time is up. The intriguing question is whether he has much time left even if he wins.

Terror

The Mail

The head of France’s internal intelligence agency had warned the country was being ‘clearly targeted’ by ISIS a week before the Paris to Cairo flight took off. EgyptAir Flight MS804 has gone missing over the Mediterranean with 66 people on board amid reports of a merchant ship captain having seen a ‘flame in the sky’. An Egyptian civil aviation authority spokesman has said the plane, with 15 French passengers and one Briton on board – most likely crashed into the sea.

Daily Star

FRANCE faces a series of devastating ISIS attacks, spy chiefs have confirmed, ahead of next month’s Euro 2016 tournament.

Patrick Calvar, head of France’s DGSI internal intelligence agency, said Islamic State were ready to target large crowds in the country. His comments come just hours after EgyptAir MS804 flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared in Egyptian airspace – sparking fears ISIS have struck again. While the terror group have already revealed their willingness to target sports fans, having targeted the Stade de France during November’s Paris attacks.

EU

The Mail

Britain has been ordered by Brussels to build more houses – to cope with all the EU immigrants. The European Commission warned the UK is heading for an ‘acute’ housing crisis caused by massive population growth. It admitted that first-time buyers were being hit particularly hard and the situation could worsen, with official projections saying the UK needs at least 220,000 new houses a year. But, rather than acknowledging the clamour in the UK for stricter border controls to ease demand, the Commission ordered Britain to ‘take further steps to boost housing supply’. The demand for more building is contained in a report into Britain’s housing market which was quietly slipped out on Wednesday.

Health

Mail

Junior doctors are in mutiny against their union for climbing down to the Government over a controversial new contract.  They have accused the British Medical Association of ‘making us look like fools’ for staging a series of high profile strikes – apparently all in vain. Last night, the Government and BMA announced they had agreed to a draft new contract ending a ten month long bitter dispute. But in order for the deal to be introduced, it must now be voted on by 55,000 junior doctors in a referendum next month. Senior officials at the BMA are worried that the majority will say ‘no’, meaning they will have to start talks with the Government all over again.

Daily Star

THE government could face a humiliating defeat over the Queen’s Speech unless it commits to protecting the NHS from international trade deal TTIP, trade unionists said yesterday. MPs across the political spectrum are being urged by Unite to back an amendment to the speech, which will be voted on next week, forcing the government to include the commitment. The initiative has fuelled speculation that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn may form an unholy alliance with rebel Tory MPs to vote down the controversial US-EU deal. A successful rebellion could spell the first time a government has been defeated on a Queen’s speech vote in 100 years, dumping PM David Cameron into a major crisis just weeks before the EU referendum.

Mirror

Tory Eurosceptics are to join forces with Labour to vote down the Queen’s Speech unless David Cameron exempts the NHS from the EU-US trade deal. A group of 25 Conservative MPs are ready to back an opposition amendment demanding the NHS is protected from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Opponents of the trade deal claim it will allow private American firms to bid for lucrative contracts in the health service, paving the way to privatisation. The issue has now been seized on by Brexit campaigners who have agreed to form an unusual alliance with Labour. With Labour set to whip the vote Mr Cameron faces almost certain defeat in the Commons.

Aircraft carrier

The Sun

THIS is the £3.1bn aircraft carrier which when completed will be the pride of the British Navy. HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest warship ever built for Britain’s armed forces, and will soon replace HMS Illustrious, which was decommissioned in 2014. At a whopping 280m, she is longer than the Houses of Parliament and towers over the dock where she is being built. When completed she will carry up to 40 aircraft and 250 Royal marines among the total 800 crew. She is expected to be commissioned next year and could be instrumental in the UK’s military operations around the world.

Migrants 

Sky News

An estimated 800,000 migrants are waiting in Libya to cross into Europe and there is an increased possibility that terrorists will try to cross with them, a report by Interpol and Europol says. The conclusions of the international policing groups have been seized on by Leave campaigners who want the UK to quit the EU. The report states: “While a systematic link between migrant smuggling and terrorism is not proven, there is an increased risk that foreign terrorist fighters may use migratory flows to (re)enter the EU.” The report adds that the closures of some border in response to the migration crisis will lead to more widespread and sophisticated people smuggling operations.

ITV News

A huge hunt for the wreckage of the downed EgyptAir plane is continuing amid fears a terrorist act was to blame. The plane was travelling from Paris to Cairo when it swerved sharply and plummeted 22,000 feet into the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday morning. Sixty-six passengers and crew are feared dead. No wreckage or debris from the aircraft has yet been found – despite earlier conflicting reports. Egyptian authorities said terrorism was a more likely cause than a technical fault, but French President Francois Hollande stressed that no theory could yet be ruled out.

Breitbart

A British Member of the European Parliament has told Breitbart London how non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Greek migrant camps are trying to shut down debate around minority oppression by Muslim migrants. Janice Atkinson – an independent MEP who sits with the Europe of Nations and Freedom group in the European Parliament – revealed that during her trip to Greece to investigate the migrant crisis and its impact on the country, she found that foreign aid workers were strictly managing the public relations effort around the invasion of Europe.

Breitbart

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – President Barack Obama and the United States favor illegal migration in Europe because they want to fill it up with Muslims, the chief of staff of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday. Janos Lazar also described Hungarian-born American financier George Soros as a standard-bearer for Obama’s immigration policies for Europe and said “certain American groups” want Europe to be “diluted … so Europe and America can cooperate without restraint.”

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