Brexit

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David Davis has warned he is ready to walk away from Brexit talks if Brussels demands a €100billion divorce bill. The Brexit Secretary declared that he would view £1billion as a ‘lot of money’ as he made clear he was braced for a ‘turbulent’ showdown with the EU. The tough line comes amid signs that the EU stance has hardened on the scale of the settlement demand. States who are net contributors to the bloc’s coffers are said to be unwilling to pump in more money to cover the huge hole left by Britain’s departure. Meanwhile, members who are net recipients of funds are refusing to accept low handouts. The tensions could mean the bill presented to Britain is even higher than the 100 billion euros previously mooted.

Independent
Britain will walk out of Brexit talks unless Brussels drops its demand to charge €100bn (£86bn) to leave the EU, David Davis has warned. The Brexit Secretary said negotiations would be plunged into “crisis” from the start because the EU refused to discuss a trade deal until Britain agreed to pay the “Brexit bill”. Following requests from several member states, EU negotiators revised their initial calculations to increase the liabilities the UK must help pay for. They include payment of farm subsidies and EU administration fees, which could continue after the UK officially leaves the Union until 2020.  Mr Davis also said he regarded even “€1bn as a lot of money” as he warned other member states would have to shift their position if they wanted to see progress.

Westmonster
The importance of this Brexit General Election is highlighted by the time frames of the negotiations following June 8th. Theresa May is set to double down on the Brexit issues as the Tories try to get back on the front foot, by pushing the line that EU negotiations will kick off just 11 days after the election. Regardless of electoral posturing, it is about time that the country got on with it. It seems highly likely that a Brexit majority in Parliament will be delivered, with the vast majority of the country now behind the UK’s EU exit regardless of how they voted in the referendum. With the likelihood of a no deal appearing increasingly likely, perhaps it won’t even come to 2019. As Nigel Farage has warned, if the EU’s ludicrous cash demands go on, perhaps Brexit Britain will walk away from the table by the end of this year. Vote for solid Brexit candidates and prepare for lift off…

Sun
THERESA MAY has said Brussels owes Britain £8.5billion and must pay their OWN Brexit Bill for our share in EU assets when we quit. The Prime Minister said our share in the European Investment Bank and other joint projects should be taken into account when discussing our exit. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, she said that “money paid in the past” must be considered – and that we have “rights” too. Brussels chiefs have repeatedly said they will charge us billions to quit the bloc when talks on our exit start within weeks. She said: “There is much debate about what the UK’s obligations might be or indeed what our rights might be in terms of money being paid in in the past. We make it clear that we would look at those both rights and obligations.”

Reuters
Britain is prepared to walk away from divorce talks with the European Union without a deal, Brexit minister David Davis said on Sunday, but stressed that he thought an agreement was the most likely outcome. Talks will begin next month on untangling Britain’s relationship with the EU and forging a new trade deal after Britons voted last year to leave the 28-country bloc. Wary of some in the bloc who might want to see Britain punished for leaving, Prime Minister Theresa May has said that unless she gets the kind of deal she wants from Brussels, she will withdraw without any accord.

Telegraph
Britain has “no time to waste” in Brexit talks, Theresa May will warn as she says formal negotiations about leaving the European Union will start just 11 days after the election. The Prime Minister will tell supporters in Wales – which voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union at the referendum – not to risk letting Jeremy Corbyn lead these talks. On her first visit to Wales of the official election campaign, Mrs May will stress that she will not take support from Welsh voters “for granted” as she seeks to win a Tory landslide on June 8.

Westmonster
The likelihood of no deal being reached between Brexit Britain and the European Union is appearing increasing likely. Both sides appear to be hardening their position. Theresa May’s main Brexit negotiator David Davis has talked down the possibility of the UK handing over a large wad of money, insisting that even £1 billion is a “lot of money”. “We don’t need to just look like we can walk away, we need to be able to walk away. Under the circumstances, if that was necessary, we would be in a position to do it,” The Sunday Times reports Davis as saying. On the Brussels side of things, an EU negotiator is now briefing that the chances of Britain Brexiting with no deal was now more likely than not. The real question hanging over this is whether the EU’s fantasy financial demands are serious or not. EU President Jean-Claude Juncker has publicly said the bill will be around “around” £50 billion, whilst German and French sources have talked of up to £90 billion.

Independent
Theresa May is to warn that the consequences of failing to get the right Brexit deal will be “dire” for ordinary working people. In a speech in Wales, the Prime Minister will seek to persuade voters that she should lead the negotiations with the European Union, rather than Jeremy Corbyn. According to an advance copy of her remarks, she will make clear how quickly the process will start to move after the election on 8 June. “There are just 17 days to go until this crucial General Election. Just 11 days after that, the European Union wants the Brexit negotiations to begin,” she says.

Scotland

Express
PAUL Nuttall has demanded that the next Government must end the system which means that English taxpayers’ cash is used to fund freebies in Scotland which are denied to people in England. On a trip to the target seat of Dagenham and Rainham, the 
Ukip leader told the Daily Express that the Tory plan to means test the £200 winter fuel allowance in England but keep it as a universal benefit in Scotland was “the last straw”. Already Scots get free tuition fees, do not have to pay prescription charges and have social care for the elderly paid for by the taxpayer. None of these benefits are available as “freebies” in England with English students being asked to cough up £9,000 a year in tuition fees, the elderly currently forced to spend their life savings on care and prescriptions charges still applying in England. But Mr Nuttall pointed out that the Barnett Formula, which decides how much money is distributed around the UK gives Scots an extra £1,700 a head, meaning the Scottish Government can spend billions on extra benefits “on the backs of English taxpayers”.

Express
RUTH DAVIDSON has launched a blistering attack on Nicola Sturgeon over her plans for a second Scottish independence referendum as the first TV debate of the election north of the border got under way. The Scottish Tory leader urged the first minister to ditch her desperate plans to drag Scotland out of the Union during the fiery exchange.  She said: “The country said ‘No’ and you won’t listen to them.” Ms Davidson was joined by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale who urged the SNP leader to give up and drop plans for a second independence referendum. She said: “We answered the question in 2014. We spent two-and-a-half years debating and we said ‘No’. People want to move on from that.”

Polls

Express
THERESA May’s lead in the polls has halved since last weekend as Jeremy Corbyn lashed out at the ‘divisive’ Conservative manifesto, according to the latest poll. Here are live updates, the most recent polls and breaking news from the campaign trail. The latest polls show Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is the narrowing gap with the Conservatives after Theresa May announced her manifesto on Thursday. Although the Tories are still on track to win the general election on June 8, the Prime Minister yesterday warned: “If I lose just six seats I will lose this election.”  Jeremy Corbyn claims his party’s message is “getting through” after the Conservative manifesto came under fire for unpopular policies such as means-testing the winter fuel allowance. 

Telegraph
The Conservatives’ shrinking lead in the polls should “focus minds” among the party’s supporters that the election victory is not assured, a Cabinet minister has said. Two polls published on Sunday and Monday give the Conservatives single digit leads over Labour – the party’s smallest advantage this year. A Survation poll for ITV’s Good Morning Britain gives the Tories a nine point lead, putting the Conservatives on 43 per cent, ahead of Labour on 34 per cent. The Tories’’ lead – according to Survation – has now halved form 18 per cent in just a week. The shrinking lead will raise questions about whether the publication of the party’s manifesto last Thursday has damaged the Tories’ electoral prospects.

Social care

Mirror
Theresa May is under ­growing pressure as Tory policies that attack the elderly started to unravel. Critics believe social care reforms, dubbed the “dementia tax”, and the axing of winter fuel payments will cost the PM dearly on June 8. 
Minister Damian Green struggled to justify why anyone needing long-term home care should pay for it if they have assets worth £100,000 or more. The Work and Pensions Secretary also refused to say how many pensioners would lose help with their heating bills – worth up to £300 a year – under means-testing outlined in the Tory manifesto.

Times
Theresa May’s plans to overhaul social care could be wrecked by poorly performing local authorities, amid further signs that Labour is closing the gap with the Conservatives. Research suggested that people in some parts of the country were struggling to exercise their legal right to defer residential care payments until after their death, with some authorities making it difficult or impossible to strike a deal. Freedom of information responses from 140 councils revealed a disparity in how they offered residents going into care homes the legal right to delay payments, which was introduced in April 2015.

Morning Star
BILLBOARDS warning of the threat Theresa May poses to public services went up in marginal constituencies across Britain early this morning. The People’s Assembly Against Austerity (PAAA) blasted the Tories for their “manifesto of misery” as the posters in over 40 locations in towns and cities such as Birmingham, Cardiff, London and Manchester. PAAA national secretary Sam Fairbairn said the group wanted to “expose the lies behind Theresa May’s soundbite rhetoric” — in what he says is “one of the most important elections for generations.” The group protested at the Tory manifesto launch in Halifax last week and has vowed to continue “pulling together protests, demonstrations and actions” to expose Conservative policies for what they are.

Education

ITV News
Labour has defended the party’s £9.5bn election pledge to abolish tuition fees in England as “the right thing to do” as the party makes a last-ditch plea to students to register to vote. The party said it would bring forward the measure to benefit students beginning university this autumn if it wins the election, as it stressed its 
manifesto policy on the final day of voter registration. Critics have said the expensive pledge is not justified with a record number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education. But shadow education secretary Angela Rayner told ITV’s Good Morning Britain the investment to remove the “arbitrary cap” on students was justified and would benefit the nation’s workforce.

Frexit

Telegraph
Marine Le Pen is to abandon all plans to leave the European Union and restore the French franc, accepting that her high-risk strategy has proved a costly error for the party. The Front National’s leadership will hold a forum after the parliamentary elections next month to thrash out an entirely new policy. “There will be no Frexit. We have taken note of what the French people told us,” said Bernard Monot, the party’s chief economic strategist. “I continue to think that the euro is not technically viable but it makes no sense for us to keep insisting stubbornly. From now on our policy will be to renegotiate the EU treaties to give us more control over our budget and banking regulations,” he told The Telegraph

Breitbart
The political establishment prepared detailed plans to “protect the republic” if Marine Le Pen won the French presidency. “It was a multi-stage rocket. The philosophy, and the imperative priority, was to maintain civil peace,” a senior government official told 
L’Obs. The plan, drawn up by a small group of ministers, chiefs of staff and top civil servants, would have involved calling an emergency parliamentary session to discuss the “national crisis and outbreaks of violence” a Le Pen victory was expected to provoke, following horrific violence against police officers by Left-wing antifa groups when she qualified for the second round. A confidential note prepared by the intelligence services prior to elections had stated that “without exception, every local public safety directorate has expressed its concern” about the consequences of a Le Pen win, according to the Guardian.

Wexit

Sun
WALES is “strong enough” to become independent from the UK, claims a top Welsh nationalist. Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru, said the nation can “stand on its own two feet” and has not ruled out calling for a referendum on a divorce between Wales and the UK. She told the Daily Star: “Wales isn’t at the same independence threshold that Scotland is. “But Plaid’s ambition is for an independent Wales, a Wales that’s successful enough and strong enough to stand on its own two feet.” But she added the party’s focus for the impending election is to get Plaid Cymru MPs into Parliament to represent Welsh interests.

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