Brexit

Express
BREXIT Britain’s future could prove to be vastly profitable for UK industries according to one expert. Think Tank Director for The Bruges Group, Robert Oulds, argued Britain’s Brexit future looks bright. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Oulds claimed companies that have resided in the EU will leave in favour of operating out of the UK. He added an individual UK would be very appealing to foreign investment as the EU struggles with a multitude of problems. Mr Oulds said: “What we will also see is more companies fleeing the EU for the UK. “We have already seen how Unilever wants to take its headquarters outside of the Netherlands into the UK. “There are car companies that want to shift their production from Spain to the UK.” Mr Oulds reiterated that Britain had great potential outside of the European Union.

EU

Express
GUY VERHOFTSADT has sparked a furious Brexit backlash after once again referencing the UK in another post on Twitter, with one person furiously replying: “The EU is finished without us and you know it.” The outspoken former European Parliament Brexit coordinator has continued to lash out at Britain throughout the Brexit process since the EU referendum in June 2016. Now the Brexit critic and Belgian MEP has retweeted a YouTube video from April 2016 over a Patrick Stewart sketch from The Guardian entitled: “What has the ECHR “European court of Human Rights) ever done for us?” The description reads: “After Theresa May says Britain should leave the European convention on human rights, Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough and Sarah Solemani expose the problems in the Conservative plan for a UK bill of rights.

Express
BREXITEER Ann Widdecombe warned the EU other countries will follow Britain’s route out of the bloc in a confident prediction. Former Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe insisted discontent for the European Union has been growing since the start of the coronavirus crisis. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Ms Widdecombe argued the UK is shedding its identity as the odd country who can’t appreciate the EU. She added the EU’s future will be in doubt if another country decides they want to leave as the domino effect would send the bloc into crisis.

Labour Party

Sun
SIR Keir Starmer was branded “clueless” last night after he refused to say what he would do in the crunch Brexit talks. The Labour boss has slammed Boris Johnson for clashing with Brussels — and brazenly swiped the PM’s mantra calling for No10 to “get Brexit done”. But he was left tongue-tied when asked if he would stand up to the EU over fishing and state aid — the two obstacles to getting a deal. And he refused to say if he would choose to delay Brexit rather than leave with no trade deal on New Year’s Eve.  Quizzed on the sticking points, Sir Keir said: “I think those two issues are capable of resolution.

Express
A BITTER Labour Party row has broken out in the middle of Sir Keir Starmer’s first party conference as leader, with trade union chief Len McCluskey savaging Sir Keir’s “meaningless” slogans. Sir Keir Starmer’s latest leadership slogan has been ruthlessly savaged by trade union chief Len McCluskey. The General Secretary of the Unite Union said that the new slogan ‘A New Leadership’ was “meaningless” and dull. He went on to warn Sir Keir that the Labour leader will be “in trouble” if he does not follow a “radical Corbyn agenda”.

Guido
Shadow health minister Justin Madders has been busy undermining any confidence in the Labour Party’s ability to lead on Coronavirus this morning, using Twitter to ask followers whether it is true flu shots can result in positive Covid tests. This conspiracy has been widely debunked over the last few months, with Facebook even labelling images containing the claim as “false information, checked by independent fact-checkers”. Doesn’t instil confidence in Sir Keir’s top team…

Trade

Telegraph
Liz Truss is ready to rip up the Trade Department’s rule books on assessing deals in a bid to improve how it measures the economic benefits of its post-Brexit “Global Britain” project.  The Trade Secretary has drafted in experts to overhaul the department’s models. Tony Venables, an economics professor at Oxford University, will lead a team including Graham Gudgin of Cambridge University, Swati Dhingra of the London School of Economics, Michael Plummer of John Hopkins University and Christine McDaniel of George Mason University. Their task will be to advise the chief economist of the Department for International Trade (DIT) on how to adapt its traditional “trade gravity” model, which gives weight to the proximity of trading partners, to focus more on trade in services, including digital and data.

Express
BREXIT trade talks with Australia have kicked off today, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has announced this morning. The second round of talks will focus on key areas including financial services, data, digital services and food and drink. Ms Truss said on Twitter: “The second round of UK-Australia trade talks starts today. “We’re intensifying talks and pushing UK interests hard in vital areas like tech, telecoms, financial services and food & drink. “We want a gold standard agreement that delivers for the whole of Britain.” The Government has estimated a trade agreement with Australia could increase UK exports by up to £900million.

Parliament

Guardian
Conservative MPs irked by the government’s sweeping lockdown measures are plotting a rebellion when emergency Covid legislation is renewed this month, led by the party grandee Sir Graham Brady. Many Tories have publicly expressed their frustration at aspects of the restrictions. Some are also concerned the emergency law passed six months ago leaves too much power in the hands of ministers. There is also irritation at policy being announced in late-night briefings to journalists instead of in the House of Commons.

Times
Up to 40 Conservative MPs are expected to say no to unconscious bias training intended to tackle racism in the Commons, accusing parliamentary authorities of “pandering to the woke agenda”. The Times revealed last month that the training, which has existed for parliamentary staff since 2016, was being piloted for MPs. It focuses on addressing prejudices people may have absorbed without knowing it. Tories in the European Research Group and “Common Sense Group” of right-leaning MPs said most of their colleagues would not take part. “I would really rather gouge my eyes out with a blunt stick than sit through that Marxist, snake oil crap,” said one.

Lockdown

Times
Britain is at a “tipping point” and will face further damaging and restrictive lockdowns unless the public starts obeying existing rules to combat Covid-19, Matt Hancock has warned. In a bleak assessment the health secretary said there was a danger that coronavirus cases could “shoot through the roof” unless a “significant minority” of people who were flouting the existing rules changed their behaviour. He said on Times Radio yesterday that he “couldn’t rule out” workers in London being told within days to stay at home if possible as evidence suggests cases are surging in the capital.

ITV News
The UK coronavirus infection rate is “heading in the wrong direction”, Professor Chris Whitty will warn in a public briefing on Monday morning, as he lays the ground for tough new controls in an urgent attempt to halt the surge in infections. In a televised briefing at 11am, the chief medical officer for England will say Britain stands at a “critical point” in the pandemic and the country faces a “very challenging winter.” Prof Whitty, who will appear alongside the government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, will explain how the virus is spreading in the UK and the potential scenarios that could unfold as winter approaches.

Telegraph
Britain is in “the last chance saloon” to avoid tougher lockdown measures, Government sources have warned. Boris Johnson is expected to give Britain one final chance to prove it can follow the rules and suppress a second wave, as his chief medical officer warns on Monday that the nation has reached a “critical point in the pandemic”. Professor Chris Whitty will give a live televised broadcast to the nation alongside Sir Patrick Vallance, the Chief Scientific Advisor, warning the spread of the virus is “heading in the wrong direction” and that Britain faces a “very challenging winter period”.

Mirror
The Government’s top scientists will warn the public on Monday that the country is at a “critical point” in tackling a second wave of the deadly coronavirus. The chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser will tell people to steel themselves for a “very challenging” winter as coronavirus cases continue to soar. Prof Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance will publish the latest data on the deadly disease in a bid to encourage the public to stick to the rules.

Guardian
Britain’s most senior government scientists will make a direct appeal to the public on Monday, warning that the coronavirus trend is “heading in the wrong direction” and “a critical point has been reached”. As Downing Street considers imposing nationwide curbs to contain a sharp jump in cases, the chief medical officer for England, Chris Whitty, will make a rare live televised address alongside the UK chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance. The scientists will set out the latest data on the spread of the disease, and urge people to exercise caution.

Mail
The UK is at a ‘critical point’ in the coronavirus pandemic, Professor Chris Whitty will warn in an address to the nation this morning as the Prime Minister lays out new measures to control a second devastating wave of coronavirus. In a televised briefing, the chief medical officer for England will say the country faces a ‘very challenging winter’, with the current trend heading in ‘the wrong direction’.  The stark warning is set to come after Boris Johnson yesterday held talks with Professor Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance as he draws up a virus battle plan that could see the country face another six months of lockdown restrictions.

Times
Britain faces a further six months of “very difficult” lockdown restrictions, Downing Street has warned, as Boris Johnson prepares the country for fresh measures to combat the latest increase in infections. The government’s chief scientific and medical officers will tell the public today that Britain is “heading in the wrong direction” and that we are at a “critical point in the pandemic”. Mr Johnson is expected to announce further lockdown measures in the coming days, with cabinet ministers split over how extensive these should be.

Mirror
Emergency talks are being held today about London’s surging coronavirus rate as the capital faces the threat of new lockdown rules within days. Government and City Hall officials are expected to meet this afternoon to study the data on rising Covid-19 infections in the city of 9million people. It’s understood restrictions could include a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants, a ban on socialising with people from other households, and advice to work from home wherever possible. That would bring London in line with some of the restrictions that are already in force for more than 10million people across swathes of northern England, the Midlands, Scotland and South Wales.

Children

Telegraph
As Britain appears to be on the brink of a second wave of coronavirus, children, once again, seem set to pay a high price. Just two weeks into the start of the academic year, hundreds of schools have been forced to close or send whole year groups home because of pupils testing positive. Nurseries are reportedly sending toddlers home at the first sign of a cold. Last week, as the testing crisis grew and frustration among parents boiled over, head teachers warned they were preparing for schools to run part-time.

Education

Times
Questions surround next year’s GCSE and A-level exams after ministers, unions and private schools raised doubts that they would run as normal. Scotland is likely to cancel the equivalent of GCSEs — National 5 tests — but will press ahead with a scaled-back version of Highers, which are akin to A-levels, it was reported yesterday. The leader of a private school body told The Times that heads of elite schools doubted whether exams would take place next year due to the amount of schooling lost and fresh disruption from coronavirus testing problems.

Mail
Schools could be forced to close unless the Government takes emergency measures, a teaching union warned yesterday. In a fresh threat, the National Education Union told Boris Johnson  that he should not take support for wider reopening of schools ‘for granted’. The NEU has written to the Prime Minister demanding that children and staff be made a ‘high priority’ for testing. And the Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield said such closures risked ‘failing a generation’ of youngsters and tests must be found.

Breitbart
White working-class children have been systematically disadvantaged in the United Kingdom as educational institutions prioritise children from minority backgrounds, a report submitted to the House of Commons Education Select Committee found. The research revealed that working-class white students are 50 per cent less likely than their minority counterparts to score strong passes in the eight General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exams used by colleges and universities to determine an individual’s academic level.

Breitbart
Secondary schools which fail to teach pupils LGBT lessons will be penalised by inspectors, it has been revealed. Ofsted, the British schools regulator, said that schools will no longer be able to secure a rating better than “requires improvement” if they neglect to inform pupils about LGBT lifestyles and about “all the protected characteristics”, the Daily Mail reports. An Ofsted spokesman commented: “The Department for Education’s guidance makes it clear that secondary schools must teach about LGBT issues.

Social care

Mail
Care homes are having to wait up to 15 days for Covid test results, the Daily Mail can reveal. Managers say the system is so ‘shambolic’ they fear further fatal outbreaks. With Health Secretary Matt Hancock warning that a virus ‘tipping point’ is approaching, the care bosses demanded a much quicker turnaround. The Mail spoke to 19 providers which together run 393 homes. Staff or residents tested positive at a third of the chains over the past fortnight and in most cases results came late. Nine said they had to throw away tests after couriers did not turn up on time.

Sun
CARE homes are waiting 15 days for coronavirus test results with staff fearing another wave of deadly outbreaks, according to reports. Managers have branded the system “shambolic” with some having to throw swabs away because couriers do not collect them in time. A third of 19 chains in the UK say staff and residents at their 393 homes have tested positive for the disease over the past two weeks. And they claim in most cases results from vital tests have come back late, the Daily Mail reports.

Times
The care homes worst hit in the first wave are likely to be immune and could be tested for coronavirus less often, Public Health England has said. Government experts said there was “increasing evidence” that antibody tests could spot those who were immune to the virus and less likely to pass it on. Two thirds of staff and residents in some homes have effective antibodies, researchers found, suggesting they could be spared weekly testing. Currently care staff and residents with no symptoms get regular tests. However, this takes up 100,000 coronavirus tests a day, almost half the total, and PHE scientists suggest cutting back on the frequency of tests to free up capacity for people with symptoms.

Cancer

Mail
CANCER sufferers have told how they felt abandoned by the NHS as it turned its focus to coronavirus. Patients had vital operations cancelled and missed out on potentially life- saving treatments because tackling Covid-19 had become the sole focus of the health service. In one shocking case, a rectal cancer sufferer was told their operation was being cancelled and all they could do was to pay £25,000 to have it carried out privately. The patients’ plight has emerged in a dossier of complaints to hospitals obtained by the Daily Mail and revealed today. Documents show how critically ill cancer patients complained of being denied vital information, refused tests and put to the back of the queue for treatment, leaving them angry and scared and potentially with less time to live.

Panic buying

Sun
SUPERMARKET bosses have urged Brits not to panic buy as they assured everyone there is plenty of stock and delivery slots. Pictures over this weekend showed shelves already stripped bare as fears loom of another lockdown amid a coronavirus surge. Big chains are desperate to avoid repeats of the scenes in March when customers bulk bought essentials like toilet roll, flour and pasta. Stores bosses have insisted they have more enough to go around as they urged everyone to be sensible.

iNews
Mounting fears surrounding a second wave of Covid-19 cases have prompted some shoppers to stock up on food for the winter. Consumers anticipating “difficult times” ahead have begun adding extra items to their trolleys to tide them over during the colder months amid speculation that a new national lockdown could be imposed in the coming weeks. Canned food, pasta, toilet paper and flour – all of which vanished from supermarket shelves earlier this year ahead of, and during, the peak of the health crisis – are back in demand among those stocking up

Air travel

Times
Ministers will face further pressure to approve coronavirus testing at airports today as new research shows that the collapse in air travel between the UK and US will cost the economy £11 billion this year. The government has been urged to run trials of a new testing system on the vital long-haul route between London and New York to minimise the “devastating” impact of the current travel restrictions. Airlines want a two-test solution in which passengers are screened on departure or arrival followed by a second test up to five days later. Two negative results would release passengers from the requirement to quarantine for two weeks.

Property

Times
Demand for larger homes during the pandemic has driven asking prices for three and four-bedroom homes to a new high. Buyers seeking extra space as coronavirus restrictions force people to spend more time at home have propelled the average asking price for “second stepper” homes to £291,618 this month, up 0.4 per cent from last month. Rightmove, the property website, said that so far this month three and four-bedroom homes had outperformed the overall housing market on a rise in asking price.

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