Brexit

Mail
Pro-EU MPs are deliberately trying to delay Brexit , Nick Clegg has said. A cross-party group of Remainers is demanding to know how ministers plan to exit the Brussels club. It will then try to force a binding Commons vote aimed at rejecting the negotiating stance. The former deputy prime minister has teamed up with former Labour leader Ed Miliband, ex-Tory minister Nick Herbert and other pro-Remain MPs. Those involved have previously insisted they respect the outcome of the June referendum, and are not trying to frustrate Britain’s exit from the EU. But Mr Clegg yesterday acknowledged the vote could delay the start of the Brexit process – and said that would be ‘a good thing’. He rejected claims he was an embittered ‘Bremoaner’, who could not accept that he had lost.

Telegraph
Philip Hammond is facing accusations of attempting to “undermine Brexit” by pushing for delays to Cabinet measures designed to control immigration. The Chancellor has been criticised by Cabinet colleagues for “arguing like an accountant seeing the risk of everything” rather than pressing ahead with plans for Brexit. It is understood that Mr Hammond was one of a number of voices urging caution during a Brexit Cabinet committee meeting last week during which proposals were discussed for a new work permit system designed to reduce immigration. At the meeting Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, presented plans for a post-Brexit visa regime that would see all European Union workers forced to prove they have secured a skilled job before being allowed into Britain.

Independent
Theresa May would have to delay Brexit if she gives MPs a vote on her negotiating strategy before triggering the formal process to leave the European Union and they reject it, Nick Clegg has admitted. The former deputy prime minister is leading a cross-party effort to force the Prime Minister to set out her Brexit plan – including whether she wants the UK to remain in the single market – and then give MPs a vote on it. Cabinet minister Priti Patel reasserted the Government’s position that it will not offer a “running commentary” and likened the negotiations to playing poker, insisting Britain cannot reveal its hand before Article 50 to begin the process of leaving is invoked. She also warned against “subverting the democratic will” of the public and insisted there will be several votes on the “Great Repeal Bill”. The bill transposes EU law onto the domestic statute book but will not come before the Commons until after Article 50 is triggered.

Reuters
British MPs from across the political spectrum will press their bid to force Prime Minister Theresa May to give parliament a vote on her negotiating strategy for leaving the European Union, saying she had no mandate for a “hard Brexit”. As Britain embarks on some of its most complex diplomatic negotiations since World War Two, Nick Clegg, former deputy prime minister, said May’s plan to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty by the end of March – triggering the formal Brexit procedure – would hand power to the other 27 EU members. “Whilst the government has a mandate to pull us out of the European Union they don’t have a mandate how to do that,” Clegg told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme on Sunday.

BBC News
Newspaper reports that the chancellor is attempting to slow down progress towards Brexit have been dismissed as “rubbish” by Treasury sources. Philip Hammond discussed plans for controlling immigration after Britain quits the EU with colleagues last week. Some newspapers say colleagues believe he is attempting to “undermine Brexit” by delaying decisions on migrant curbs. Sources said there were tensions at the meeting, but there was no row, BBC correspondent Iain Watson reported.

Reuters
British MPs from across the political spectrum will press their bid to force Prime Minister Theresa May to give parliament a vote on her negotiating strategy for leaving the European Union, saying she had no mandate for a “hard Brexit”. As Britain embarks on some of its most complex diplomatic negotiations since World War Two, Nick Clegg, former deputy prime minister, said May’s plan to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty by the end of March – triggering the formal Brexit procedure – would hand power to the other 27 EU members. “Whilst the government has a mandate to pull us out of the European Union they don’t have a mandate how to do that,” Clegg told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme on Sunday.

Austria

Breitbart
A respected economist has said that it is in Austria’s best interest to leave the European Union after Brexit due to the growing influence of poorer nations as a result of the loss of UK membership. Economics professor Hans-Werner Sinn is warning both Austria and Germany that the result of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, or Brexit, may affect them negatively. He argues that as a result of the UK leaving the union the number of poorer countries like Greece and Spain will now begin to outnumber the richer ones like Germany and Austria. Sinn’s solution is simple, Austria should cancel the Maastericht treaty and leave the bloc, reports Die Welt.

EU

Telegraph
The European Central Bank is becoming dangerously over-extended and the whole euro project is unworkable in its current form, the founding architect of the monetary union has warned. “One day, the house of cards will collapse,” said Professor Otmar Issing, the ECB’s first chief economist and a towering figure in the construction of the single currency. Prof Issing said the euro has been betrayed by politics, lamenting that the experiment went wrong from the beginning and has since degenerated into a fiscal free-for-all that once again masks the festering pathologies. Realistically, it will be a case of muddling through, struggling from one crisis to the next. It is difficult to forecast how long this will continue for, but it cannot go on endlessly,” he told the journal Central Banking in a remarkable deconstruction of the project.

Mail
Philip Hammond has refused to sign off plans for a tough new visa system for EU workers, it was claimed last night. The Chancellor is said to have led a small group of ministers asking for more work on the proposals, which were thrashed out by a Cabinet committee last week. The revelation will fuel concerns that Mr Hammond is increasingly at odds with fellow frontbenchers over the Government’s approach to Brexit . It came as the Treasury hit back angrily over suggestions that he has threatened to quit. An ‘ally’ of the Chancellor was reported yesterday claiming he could resign because of bust-ups with Theresa May over the strategy for leaving the European Union.

Grammar schools

Guardian
Theresa May should stop “obsessing” about grammar schools and order a massive expansion of vocational education to address skills shortages that will worsen after Brexit, England’s chief inspector of schools says. In a blistering attack on the prime minister’s priorities for education , Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, says more grammar schools will “reduce standards for the great majority of children”, undo much of the progress of recent years, and be socially divisive. Condemning the policy, reiterated by the prime minister at the Tory conference a fortnight ago, as a retrograde step, he says ministers should focus instead on promoting specialist, technical subjects in schools, and new technology colleges for 14-19-year-olds, so future generations have the skills necessary to drive the post-Brexit economy.

Independent
The chief inspector of schools has warned Theresa May to stop “obsessing” about expanding the number of grammar schools in the UK, calling it a “socially divisive” policy that will lower standards for most children. In a scathing parting shot at the Prime Minister, Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw said preparing for a likely skills shortage in the aftermath of Brexit should be the Government’s top priority, “not grammar schools”. Sir Michael will retire from his role at Ofsted in December at the end of his five-year term, and in an interview with The Observer said having to “deal with politicians” had been the hardest part of the job. Now that he is on his way out, it appears the 50-year veteran of the schools system has decided to turn the tables on the policy-makers. His intervention will be music to the ears of critics of Ms May’s drive for new grammars in her own Tory party, including the former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Scotland

Independent
Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland could retain access to the European single market after Brexit. The SNP leader told the Andrew Marr Show that the UK leaving the EU did not mean Scotland could not make its own, separate trade arrangement. I think that is possible,” she said. Access” to the single market is a confusing term, as all countries anywhere in the world have access to Europe’s markets. But to sell goods there with no tariffs whatsoever currently compels European countries to accept free movement of people too, something the UK government seems certain must come to an end.

Ireland

Guardian
Northern Ireland should push the EU to grant it special associate or even membership status to avoid the “devastating” consequences of Brexit for Irish people, Martin McGuinness has said. The deputy first minister and Sinn Féin leader told the Guardian that leaders in Belfast and Dublin needed to work together to make the case for special rules to apply to Northern Ireland. The province voted 56:44 in favour of staying in the EU in June’s referendum, but will be forced to pull out when Britain does. As things sit at the moment we are going to suffer big time,” McGuinness said. “Theresa May says ‘Brexit means Brexit’, but so far as we are concerned Brexit means disaster for the people of Ireland.” He said he was encouraged that the Democratic Unionists, with whom his party shares power in Belfast, also agreed that Ireland needed to be treated as a special case by Brussels because of the importance of the potential problems – borders, trade, peace and security – presented by Brexit.

Languages

BBC News
The government must plan now to avoid a post-Brexit languages crisis, say a cross-party group of MPs and peers. Trade talks after leaving the EU will need more UK officials with language skills, say the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Modern Languages. There is already a languages skills shortage but currently the UK can rely on other EU nationals “to plug the gap”, say the group. Ministers say their reforms are already boosting language learning in schools. Launching a checklist on Brexit and languages, the group say lack of language ability loses the UK an estimated 3.5% of economic performance. The country currently relies on the EU to negotiate trade deals but this will no longer be possible once the UK has left the Union, they add.

Calais

BBC News
Fourteen migrant children are due to arrive in the UK from Calais to be reunited with their relatives. They are the first group of minors to be brought over by the Home Office under a fast-track registration scheme – among about 100 expected this week. They include Afghans, Syrians and stateless Bidun children who originated from Kuwait. An EU regulation allows them to seek UK asylum because they have close relatives living here. Under the rules, asylum claims must be made in the first safe country a person reaches, but children can have their claim transferred to another country if they have family members living there.

Star
WORKMEN have started building a 13ft high concrete wall to stop migrants sneaking onto UK-bound lorries in Calais. The huge barrier – dubbed the Great Wall of Calais will run along 1km of motorway leading to the port at Calais, in France. Truckers fear for their lives running the gauntlet to the port as increasingly violent migrants will stop at nothing to get into Britain. The first panels of the wall were laid on Saturday – and the barrier is due to be finished by Christmas. The concrete wall will replace fencing – which has failed miserably to stop migrants from the nearby “Jungle” camp breaking for the border. Holidaymakers have been warned to beware as roving gangs of masked migrants armed with branches – or even chainsaws – have attacked vehicles approaching the port. British taxpayers are paying for the £2.5million construction – despite it being in France.

Heathrow

Guardian
The swell of voices demanding an urgent decision on Heathrow’s third runway has been intensified by the Labour party, a cross-party group of politicians and Britain’s biggest trade union, as the pressure grows on Theresa May to approve the airport’s expansion. Labour sources said the party would back a third runway, despite the reluctance of Jeremy Corbyn and the opposition of shadow chancellor John McDonnell, whose constituency borders the airport. In an article for the Guardian , the shadow transport secretary, Andy McDonald, said the “imperative was overwhelming” for more capacity and that “there would have to be overwhelming evidence that the Airport Commission’s report and conclusions were fundamentally flawed for parliament to depart from it”. A Labour source said McDonald’s words were intended to back Heathrow’s expansion. “Until we see the detail we can’t commit unequivocally but on the assumption that they meet the tests we’ve been clear on, we will look to support.”

TTIP

Breitbart
Several hundred people have protested in Madrid against the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a major free trade deal between the United States and the European Union. The protesters Saturday also urged officials not to approve the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, a smaller trade agreement between Canada and the EU, and the Trade in Services Agreement, which involves the EU. Protesters carried signs claiming the deals would impoverish locals, chanting “They are not treaties, they are coups d’état!” and “We are people, not merchandise!” Some wore huge yellow foam chains around their necks to signify enslavement, while others dressed up as tycoons.

Asteroid

Star
KILLER asteroids big enough to crush cities could be bound for Earth and we would have no idea they are coming, or any way to stop them. Scientists have warned space rocks with enough power to completely level cities and kill more one million people pose a very real threat to humankind. Current asteroid warning systems run by government agencies such as NASA were slammed, as experts said they were insufficient to tackle the looming space threat. They warned asteroids carrying enough weight and speed to devastate whole cities can sneak past any current warning systems. The shocking revelation was made at a conference in Paris announcing the birth of new space nation Asgardia and plans for a new asteroid defence system to protect Earth .

Ukip can have a bright future, but only by uniting and turning its fire on the real enemy, by Paul Nuttall

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