Immigration

Express
MORE than a million extra European Union nationals could move to Britain in the next two years if Theresa May does not act fast to regain border control, a leading Brexit campaigner warned today. It puts fresh pressure on the Prime Minister not to wait until Britain actually leaves the European Union in 2019 to curb free movement of people which lets all EU citizens work and live in each other’s countries. Richard Tice, co-chairman of the Leave Means Leave clean Brexit campaign, said his calculations, based on recent years’ National Insurance Number (Nino) registrations by EU workers, should be a wake-up call to the Government. He hailed Mrs May’s hard-hitting speech last week making clear her intention to take Britain out of the EU single market and regain control over immigration. But he was fearful about the impact of doing nothing to tackle uncontrolled EU migration while we remain members of the bloc, after Mrs May failed in her speech to answer Leave Means Leave’s previous call to announce the end of free movement as far as Britain is concerned.

Westmonster
It was clear that the Brexit vote gave a huge mandate for Britain to strengthen its borders and to lower migration levels which are currently at a record high. Subsequent analysis has shown the immigration issue to have been the driving force behind the landmark Leave vote. Yet though we have had lots of words from Theresa May, we’ve yet to see action. Today campaigner Richard Tice estimates that over one million EU migrants could come to Britain by the time we actually leave the EU if the government does nothing now. That would place a huge burden on low-skilled jobs, housing, hospital and roads. Theresa May’s own track record on lowering migration is appalling. As Home Secretary, she oversaw record high net migration figures whilst David Cameron’s hollow “tens of thousands” net migration pledge demonstrated how the Tories like to talk about migration control, but are poor at following through.

Trade

Telegraph
Theresa May and Donald Trump will this week hold talks over a US-UK trade deal that slashes tariffs and makes it easier for hundreds of thousands of workers to move between the two countries. The Prime Minister will on Friday become the first foreign leader to hold talks with the new President in the White House following assurances by Mr Trump’s team that he wants to do a major free trade deal with Britain that can be announced in the weeks after Brexit. One option understood to be being discussed in Whitehall is to agree to cut – or even drop – tariffs on items Britain and America already export to one another.

Times
Theresa May has insisted that she “won’t be afraid” to tackle Donald Trump as she prepares to become on Friday the first foreign leader to visit the White House after the inauguration. She faces one of the most daunting diplomatic challenges to confront a prime minister in Washington, amid tensions between the new US president and the media and within his own cabinet. Splits among Mr Trump’s most senior advisers over the future of Nato threaten to complicate her talks with the new administration. Before meeting the president Mrs May will give a speech in Philadelphia to congressional Republicans, who are at odds with Mr Trump over free trade, tax and healthcare.

Brexit

Express
BRITONS should be given two votes before Theresa May takes the UK out of the European Union, Labour’s Brexit secretary has demanded. Keir Starmer declared on Peston on Sunday that he would not accept the Government invoking Article 50 and reaching an agreement with Brussels without putting it to the people first. Vowing to fight for a “meaningful” vote, he told the ITV host: “This is classic of this Government, which is to say ‘we’ll give you a vote but it won’t be a meaningful vote’. We are going to fight on that because it has to be a meaningful vote.” “There are two agreements that have to be reached, the Article 50 leaving agreement, that’s the one that has to be reached within two years. “And then the new agreement, the UK-EU agreement which defines the future relationship.” The shadow minister added: “We have got to have a vote on both of those and I do not accept the proposition that on the second vote, which is the one that really counts, the new relationship, that we should have a vote that is a rock and a hard place. “I don’t accept that, and we’ll be fighting that.”

Times
EU leaders have warned Theresa May that Britain remains barred from negotiating new trade deals as she prepares to visit Washington to open talks with Donald Trump on an “early” agreement. Mrs May said that she would speak to the new president about Britain’s “future trading relationship” when she visited the White House on Friday. Downing Street said later that the two leaders would “discuss how we can deepen our already huge economic and commercial relationship to the benefit of both of our countries, including our shared ambition to sign a UK-US trade deal once the UK has left the EU”.

Breitbart
A group of cross-party MPs is plotting to make Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) as ‘soft’ as possible and keep the UK in the single market. Labour, Liberal Democrat, Conservative and Green party MPs have written to Theresa May in protest following her speech last Tuesday, in which the Prime Minister pledged to take Britain out of the customs union. If the supreme court rules on Tuesday that the issue of triggering article 50 must be voted on in parliament, Europhile MPs have agreed to work across party lines and seek to amend the legislation so as to make a ‘hard’ Brexit impossible.

Express
THE Welsh first minister has been accused of trying to fight the referendum result by launching a Brexit plan for the country that demands Britain remains inside the single market. Labour’s Carwyn Jones and Plaid Cymru’s leader, Leanne Wood, have said they want “continued participation” in the EU’s trading bloc once Britain’s divorce is complete. The pair, along with the Welsh Liberal Democrats, are responding to a historic speech by Theresa May last week, where she outlined her 12 principles for Brexit. The prime minister vowed to pull out the country from the single market and
halt the annual payments of “huge sums” into the EU budget. But, speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Jones disagreed with Mrs May, claiming a vote to leave the bloc did not mean leaving the single market.

Industrial strategy

Mail
Britain will slash bureaucracy, boost broadband coverage and improve transport links in a post-Brexit industrial strategy, the Prime Minister will announce tomorrow. Theresa May also wants to introduce a fund to invest in smart energy technologies, artificial intelligence, robotics and the 5G mobile network. In a Green Paper, she will set out the ten pillars that underpin the strategy, including getting firms to identify any red tape that can be cut after Britain leaves the EU. The industrial strategy, which aims to create better paid jobs, was due to be unveiled by the Cabinet today in the North West.

Independent
Theresa May is to set out plans for the Government’s new industrial strategy, which she hopes will more equitably spread wealth across the country and enable the regions to take advantage of opportunities in new industries and sectors. On Monday morning the Prime Minister will attend her first ‘regional cabinet’ meeting in the north west, and publish a green paper which will explain how the government can offer support, and potentially amend regulations to allow businesses to develop in new sectors and increase exports to the rest of the world. The plans involve a new £170 million investment to set up new institutes of technology, and a new approach to science and innovation. Ms May said in a statement: “‘The modern Industrial Strategy will back Britain for the long term: creating the conditions where successful businesses can emerge and grow, and backing them to invest in the long-term future of our country.

Sky News
Theresa May is to take her Cabinet to the birthplace of the industrial revolution to launch a new strategy for British industry for the 21st century. The Prime Minister and her ministers will meet in the northwest of England as the Government pledges to boost economic growth that benefits the whole of the UK. As well as unveiling a new industrial strategy, the Government is also announcing £556m for the Northern Powerhouse to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth. Projects that will benefit include a terminal linking rail, sea and road at Goole, a 21st century conference centre in Blackpool and a new innovation fund for Manchester and Cheshire businesses. The Cabinet meeting in the North West – where the industrial revolution began with cotton mills, canals and railways – will be the first held outside London by Mrs May since she became Prime Minister.

ITV News
Theresa May will launch her new industrial strategy today, which includes a vow to back UK businesses in post-Brexit Britain, and announce a £556 million boost for the so-called “northern powerhouse”. The announcements will come as the prime minister chairs her first regional cabinet meeting, in the northwest. She will use the visit to announce new projects to create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth in the North. The funding pledge comes on top of the £2.9 billion of growth deal funding already awarded to 11 local enterprise partnerships in the region. But Labour said the money could not make up for cash lost in cuts to council budgets.

BBC News
The prime minister is to unveil a new, more interventionist, industrial strategy on Monday, designed to boost the post-Brexit UK economy. The government will be “stepping up to a new, active role”, Mrs May said. She will launch the new strategy at her first regional cabinet meeting, to be held in the north-west of England. Business leaders welcomed the plan which will focus on “sector deals” in areas such as life sciences and low-emission vehicles. A green paper will set out ways the government can provide support to businesses by addressing regulatory barriers, agreeing trade deals and helping to establish institutions that encourage innovation and skills development.

Guardian
Theresa May will signal an era of greater state intervention in the economy as she launches her industrial strategy with a promise of “sector deals”, a new system of technical education and better infrastructure. The prime minister will publish the strategy at a cabinet meeting in the north-west of England, setting out five sectors that could receive special government support: life sciences, low-carbon-emission vehicles, industrial digitalisation, creative industries and nuclear. She will say the government would be prepared to deregulate, help with trade deals or create new institutions to boost skills or research if any sector can show this would address specific problems. The deals will only be available to sectors that organise themselves and make the case for government action, with May citing the automotive and aerospace industries as sectors that have successfully used this model.

Telegraph
Theresa May is set to announce plans for the biggest investment in transport, broadband and energy in a generation to “back Britain for the long term”. The Prime Minister will on Monday launch her industrial strategy for the UK, pledging to develop new technologies across the country and make it easier for companies to do business in the UK. Central to the strategy will be spending and development of digital industries like broadband and 5G mobile technology. The Prime Minister will also cut red tape to ensure businesses are not hampered by regulation. A £4.7billion fund to pay for research and development into smart energy technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence and 5G mobile network technology is a bigger increase that in any Parliament since 1979, Downing Street said.

Mirror
Britain’s beleaguered steel industry can “thrive nationally and globally” if ministers follow a detailed blueprint to save the sector, MPs say today. The Steel 2020 masterplan paints a potentially upbeat future for the industry at the heart of a UK manufacturing revival. But it offers a bleak assessment of the coming decade unless ministers take action to support the sector. Today’s blueprint for saving the embattled industry and protecting 40,000 jobs is formally launched by Westminster’s cross-party task force at lunchtime. It has 43 recommendations and identifies seven key areas, including, as we revealed last week, slashing energy prices for manufacturers, imposing tough “defence” measures to tackle Chinese dumping, and striking a “strong trade deal” with the EU after Brexit.

Sun
THERESA May will take her entire cabinet to Warrington, Cheshire, to unveil a £556 million blueprint to kickstart a tech boom in the North. As part of her long awaited Industrial Strategy plan, the PM will announce she is cutting red tape and using the cash injection to try rebalance the Britain’s North/South divide and make the UK “a hive of new industries.” And the PM will lay out her ten point plan for how Britain can boom after Brexit — starting with a listening exercise to ask businesses what bureaucracy is getting in the way of their success. Mrs May will promise that the Government will “step up” and take an active role in backing business. Central to the PM’s plans will be new “sector deals” and “major” investment in research and development to support the “industries of the future” and create more high-skilled, high-paid jobs.

Business rates

Times
Rural enterprises will be among the biggest losers in the most radical reform of business rates for a generation. Riding schools, livery yards, stud farms, vineyards and livestock markets are facing some of the steepest business rate rises in England, according to league tables seen by The Times. Kennels and catteries, polo grounds, racecourses and racing stables will also be among the worst hit, when the new rates come into effect in April. The biggest winners include photo booths, bingo halls, cement and steel works and oil refineries, which will all receive a reduction in their bills.

Climate change

Independent
The Government has been accused of trying to bury a major report about the potential dangers of global warming to Britain – including the doubling of the deaths during heatwaves, a “significant risk” to supplies of food and the prospect of infrastructure damage from flooding. The UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Report, which by law has to be produced every five years, was published with little fanfare on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) website on 18 January. But, despite its undoubted importance, Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom made no speech and did not issue her own statement, and even the Defra Twitter account was silent. No mainstream media organisation covered the report.

Strikes

Morning Star
PLANS to severely limit lawful strikes that would see workers treated as “galley slaves” are to be debated in Parliament tomorrow as a Tory MP accuses rail unions of “completely unreasonable” action. 
Chris Philp will introduce the Industrial Action (Protection of Critical National Services) Bill under the 10-Minute Rule because he believes unions have “abused” their right to strike, especially on the failing Southern network. The Croydon South MP claims the proposals have “enormous back-bench support,” with 50 of his Conservative colleagues signing a letter backing the plans. However, a rail union accused the Tories of regarding workers as “galley slaves.”

Europe

Star
EUROPE will descend into a brutal and bloody war between Muslims and non-Islamic citizens, according to experts’ terrifying claims. The coming year and beyond will most likely see bloodshed across the continent as a battle between cultures turns violent. The prediction of an impending religious war has been made by numerous experts, from the Dalai Lama to the western world’s most influential think tanks. Warnings of religious warfare across the secular continent have come as early as 2006 – years before the migration crisis even began. American think-tank, the Washington Institute, published a shocking report stating a religious war is looming.

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