Brexit 

Express
LORD David Frost’s decision to dump vast swathes of former EU rules and regulations have been welcomed by Lord Moylan, a former adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who described it as the “best political news of the year so far”.
However, the peer also suggested there were significant problems, especially in relation to Northern Ireland, which he warned was “still subject to a deluge of new EU laws”. Despite severing ties with the bloc, large numbers of EU laws remain on the statute book.
However, speaking in the House of Lords on Thursday, Lord Frost announced:
* Retained EU laws will be improved or repealed if they do not benefit UK citizens and businesses
* Individual regulatory reforms which will improve digitisation and unleash innovation
Lord Moylan, previously Daniel Moylan, who was chief airport adviser to Mr Johnson when he was London Mayor, told Express.co.uk: “This is the best political news of the year so far.
“At last the Government will fulfil the Brexit promise of British laws fit for Britain’s needs.” 

Illegal immigration 

Express
FRANCE has stopped more than two thirds of migrant channel crossings since Priti Patel threatened to withdraw a £54 million deal to control the migrant issue, reports suggest.
The Times recently revealed the Home Secretary was considering withdrawing the £54 million deal to solve the migrant crisis. This ultimatum included France stopping three in four migrant crossing by the end of September otherwise funding would be pulled.
The £54 million aid package would help fund a network of asylum reception centres in France to accommodate migrants before they attempt a crossing to the UK.
However, the number of crossings halted by the French has increased by more than two thirds since the Home Secretary mentioned pulling the money.
According to the Home Office, there have been 2,923 attempted Channel crossings in the ten subsequent days after The Times revealed Patel was considering withdrawing the funds. 

Mail
The Home Office has confirmed that UK authorities had to rescue or intercept 174 migrants today in six boats.
It takes the total number to arrive so far this year to a record-breaking 15,116. In 2020, 8,410 arrived.
And it means 2,689 migrants have made the dangerous cross-Channel journey in September alone in 96 boats. 

AUKUS 

Express
FRANCE has recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Australia, in a furious reaction to the AUSUK pact.
As part of the agreement Australia committed to building nuclear submarines with US/UK help, ending a previous multibillion-dollar order with a French company. This move sparked furious reaction in Paris, with the French foreign minister branding it a “stab in the back”.
In a statement the French foreign minister said: “At the request of the President of the Republic, I have decided to immediately recall our two ambassadors to the United States and Australia to Paris for consultations.
“This exceptional decision is justified by the exceptional gravity of the announcements made on 15 September by Australia and the United States.
“The abandonment of the ocean-going class submarine project that had linked Australia to France since 2016, and the announcement of a new partnership with the United States aimed at launching studies on a possible future cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines, constitute unacceptable behaviour between allies and partners, the consequences of which affect the very conception we have of our alliances, our partnerships and the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe.”
This is the first time France has withdrawn its ambassador from the United States since the country declared independence in 1776. 

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Express
BRUSSELS has been urged to impose an unlikely “blockade” on the “racist” UK in response to the trilateral security deal between Britain, the US and Australia this week – which has cost France a submarine deal with Canberra worth £90billion.
The bizarre suggestion was floated by Twitter user Mia Queef – an advocate of Scottish independence, judging by her Twitter handle – in a post the announcement, by Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, and Australian President Scott Morrison earlier this week. She posted: “France a pure EU member, has lost a €90billion contract to build subs because of Brexit.”
Ms Queef, whose Twitter page features a picture of herself draped in an EU flag, added: “The EU must make sure that the UK pays compensation to France and impose a total blockade until the racist UK pays up.” 

Mail
China has flown ten aircraft including fighter jets into Taiwan‘s air space just a day after the UK, US and Australia signed a defence pact to push back against Beijing.
Taipei said two J-11 fighters, six J-16 fighters, one Y-8 anti-submarine plane and one Y-8 spy aircraft entered its air defence identification zone near Pratas Island today.
Fighter jets were scrambled to turn the aircraft back while radio warnings were also broadcast and missile defence systems activated to monitor the situation. 

Scotland 

Express
SCOTLAND is to miss out on a second freeport after SNP ministers walked out on talks with UK officials about a joint agreement to establish new trade hubs.
The UK Government is expected to press ahead with plans to sideline Nicola Sturgeon’s administration by inviting bids for a single freeport north of the Border.
Officials had been discussing a deal which would have seen two ports in Scotland receive the special status, with the scheme a key part of Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade drive.
Freeports will receive significant tax breaks and exemptions from some customs rules, and advocates claim that would create thousands of jobs and boost local economies.
However, the SNP ministers demanded that the hubs were rebranded “greenports” north of the Border.
They also said operators must agree to meet certain environmental and employment standards. 

Read more about Scottish freeports in the Telegraph. 

Telegraph
Scotland’s NHS crisis has become so bad that GPs say they need a Nightingale hospital to cope, with 200 British troops set to be called in to prop up the SNP-run health service.
A senior family doctor claimed that closing the NHS Louisa Jordan, Scotland’s equivalent to the Nightingale field hospitals that were set up in England, may be “one of the worst decisions” of the pandemic taken by Nicola Sturgeon.
The First Minister on Thursday revealed that she was to formally seek assistance from the British Army, after a scandal in which a pensioner died at home after waiting 40 hours for an ambulance to arrive. 

Travel 

Mail
Holiday bookings soared yesterday after punitive travel restrictions were finally lifted.
Within minutes of the official announcement, travel agents were deluged with inquiries and predicted this weekend would be their busiest of the year.
Demand for October half-term trips was three times higher than in August as firms slashed prices.
Turkey and the Maldives, both removed from the red list yesterday, were among the most sought after destinations. 
The traffic light system is also being replaced with a simpler ‘go/no-go’ regime with far less coronavirus testing.
The fully vaccinated will no longer have to pay for costly PCR swabs or pre-return tests. 
Instead they will need to purchase only a cheaper lateral flow test within two days of returning, taking a free PCR swab if this is positive. 

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Covid 

Express
CORONAVIRUS deaths have surged in the UK with the country seeing an over 20 percent increase in the past week, just as the Government opens up the travel sector.
On Friday, 158 Covid related deaths were reported in the UK as the Government released the updated travel restrictions. The amber list is now merged with the green list as the international travel traffic light system will be simplified in England, starting from October 4.
With only the red list remaining, fully vaccinated people will not need to take a pre-departure test before leaving a country which is not on the red list.
Along with scrapping the amber list, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps also announced that eight countries will be removed from the red list on October 4.
Wales said it would follow England in removing Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya from the red list.
While uncertain if these changes will be permanent, a Downing Street spokesman cautioned that “the pandemic is still ongoing and there is always the chance of unexpected challenges, such as an even more transmissible or more deadly variant emerging”. 

Mail
Two professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing have refused to get Covid jabs ahead of the launch of the latest series on Saturday, leaving some contestants reluctant to pair with them.
The pair are reportedly the only two pro dancers out of 18 who have not been vaccinated for the BBC hit show, which is hosted by Claudia Winkelman and Tess Daly.
BBC bosses are said to now be fearful that there could be a larger outbreak among those participating in the show. 

The Sun and Mirror have the story. 

Guardian
Senior scientific advisers have publicly accused the government of sidelining behavioural experts and appearing unwilling to listen to “uncomfortable truths” on vaccine passports and masks during the pandemic.
The scientists told the Guardian that their input to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) was apparently no longer wanted owing to the expansion of in-house expertise. 

Mail
The emergence of a vaccine-dodging coronavirus variant will force the Government to impose ‘another full lockdown‘, a Cabinet minister said today. 
Environment Secretary George Eustice let slip that a national shutdown is in the Government’s toolbox to prevent the spread of the disease should the virus manage to ‘get around’ the jabs. 
Mr Eustice insisted another lockdown ‘is not what we want’ but his confirmation that it is on the table is likely to spark Tory fury, with many MPs vehemently against the potential return of nationwide draconian curbs. 

Environment protesters 

Mail
Priti Patel today summoned Met Commissioner Cressida Dick and other police chiefs responsible for the M25 after they failed to drag away protesters ‘immediately’ when up to 80 eco-morons blocked the motorway for the third time in five days and also shut down the M3 and M11 as they ran riot.
The Home Secretary held the emergency Zoom call after protesters from Insulate Britain shut down the UK’s busiest road during rush hour every 48 hours this week and made officers ‘look like idiots’, one Tory MP said.
The enviro-zealots even warned officers they would do it again after being released without bail conditions on Monday and Wednesday – with Hertfordshire Police defending the decision not to charge them claiming they still need time to ‘gather evidence and build a case’ despite arresting dozens of them in the middle of the M25.
Surrey Police’s Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, Kent Police’s Chief Constable Alan Pughsley, Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Charlie Hall and Essex’s Ben-Julian Harrington are all in the firing line over their soft-touch response to the crippling protests. 

More in the Telegraph 

GPs 

Telegraph
GPs have demanded more money to return to face-to-face appointments, as official documents revealed the full impact on patients of not being able to see doctors during the pandemic. 
Dr Richard Vautrey, chairman of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee, complained that the funds raised through the increase to National Insurance will not go to family doctors. 
He said that without money to pay for more GPs and more space in surgeries, face-to-face appointments could not return to pre-pandemic levels. 
It came as an official assessment by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed the “unintended consequences” of resorting to remote consultations. 
More than 175,000 diagnoses of key conditions are estimated to have been missed in 2020, the document states. 

Gas 

Mail
Russia has been accused of rigging the prices of gas to damage Britain’s economic recovery from Covid and shortages that could ruin food chain supply in just two weeks.  
The country’s state-owned energy firm, Gazprom, is now facing an investigation into the rise in price.  
And more than 40 MEPs last night signed a letter to the company in which they accused it of ‘deliberate market manipulation’.   
Government ministers last night were in emergency talks with food producers to try and tackle the issue. 
Two fertiliser plants were forced to close down in the north of the country due to a lack of carbon dioxide available in the food industry which has a devastating effect on the product of lots of products including meat.   
And food supply chains are already under a significant amount of strain due to a shortage in delivery drivers caused by test and trace systems forcing isolation and some drivers leaving the UK after Brexit.  

Similar stories appear in the Telegraph, Times, Evening Standard 

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