Brexit

Mail
The UK has shelled out billions of pounds in subsidies to France since Brexit – including huge sums to keep its borders safe.
As part of the ‘divorce’ agreement with the EU, Britain must continue to pay into European schemes, with the final bill expected to soar to as much as £42.5 billion.
The UK has so far paid £55 million to bolster France’s border security patrols between Boulogne and Dunkirk and around the port of Dieppe, as well as reinforcing air patrols to target small boats attempting to cross the Channel.
And it has committed £10 million towards border security following a Joint Declaration with France in 2015, with extra payments of £17 million being made in 2016 and £36 million in 2017.
In January 2018, London and Paris signed the Sandhurst Treaty, with the UK committing to spending of £45.5 million.

Tory leadership

Express
LIZ TRUSS has promised to review all European Union laws kept after Brexit if she wins the race to become Prime Minister.
The leadership hopeful has vowed to scrap or replace legislation deemed to hinder the UK’s economic growth. The announcement comes as the final two candidates vying to be the UK’s next PM came to blows this week over their tax proposals, with Rishi Sunak warning against a “huge borrowing spree” as Ms Truss defends her £30billion tax-cutting plans.
The Foreign Secretary’s campaign team said on Friday that she believes “a red tape bonfire” will encourage business investment and boost growth.
Ms Truss, who voted Remain in the 2016 Brexit referendum, is pitching herself as the “best candidate to deliver on the opportunities of Brexit” in a bid to gain the votes of Conservative members who will determine the winner of the race for No 10.

Mirror
Tory leadership rivals Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak signalled worrying lurches to the right tonight as both PM candidates issued new pledges on migration.
In a grim declaration, Foreign Secretary Ms Truss vowed she would send MORE migrants to Africa, under the Tory government’s controversial and widely derided Rwanda asylum scheme.
While former Chancellor Mr Sunak also defended the policy, despite the UK standing to lose millions of pounds if it doesn’t go ahead, and vowed to introduce a cap on refugee numbers if he becomes PM.
The announcements mean the UK will crack down further on illegal migration in the coming months regardless of who enters Downing Street, after both rivals pledged fresh measures to tighten British borders.
On a weekend in which the two rival camps traded blows over tax cuts and economic credibility, both the Foreign Secretary and the former chancellor appeared united on the need to toughen up UK policy on migrants as Ms Truss promised an expanded Border Force and Mr Sunak committed to an annual cap on the number of refugees.

Morning Star
THE two Tory candidates fighting to be the next prime minister have come to blows over their finance plans.
The differences between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss continued to grow as the two battled for the votes of the Tory membership, who will decide the winner.
In an interview on Thursday evening, former chancellor Mr Sunak warned against a “huge borrowing spree” and claimed the Tories would suffer a defeat at the next general election under the leadership of his rival Ms Truss.
Mr Sunak said he thought borrowing £30 billion for unfunded tax cuts would be “inflationary,” adding that going on a “huge borrowing spree” would only “make the situation worse.”
Asked if the Tories would likely be defeated in the next election if Ms Truss became leader, Mr Sunak told Tonight with Andrew Marr on LBC: “That’s what all the evidence that we have today would show, and that’s what our members will need to consider.”

ITV News
The UK will crack down further on illegal migration in the coming months regardless of who enters Downing Street, after both Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak pledged fresh measures to tighten British borders.
On a weekend in which the two rival camps traded blows over tax cuts and economic credibility, both the Foreign Secretary and the former chancellor appeared united on the need to toughen up UK policy on migrants as Ms Truss promised an expanded Border Force and Mr Sunak committed to an annual cap on the number of refugees.
The campaign so far had seen both candidates re-commit to the government’s controversial Rwanda asylum scheme, over which Britain currently stands to lose the £120 million it has paid to Rwanda if the plan to deport migrants is ruled unlawful by the courts.

Evening Standard
The UK will crack down further on illegal migration in the coming months regardless of who enters Downing Street, after both Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak pledged fresh measures to tighten British borders.
On a weekend in which the two rival camps traded blows over tax cuts and economic credibility, both the Foreign Secretary and the former chancellor appeared united on the need to toughen up UK policy on migrants as Ms Truss promised an expanded Border Force and Mr Sunak committed to an annual cap on the number of refugees.
The campaign so far had seen both candidates re-commit to the Government’s controversial Rwanda asylum scheme, over which Britain currently stands to lose the £120 million it has paid to Rwanda if the plan to deport migrants is ruled unlawful by the courts.

BBC News
Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have vowed to toughen controls on migration into the UK as part of their bids to become next Tory leader and prime minister.
Mr Sunak said he would tighten the definition of who qualifies for asylum and introduce a cap on refugee numbers.
Ms Truss said she would extend the UK’s Rwanda asylum plan and increase the number of Border Force staff.
More than 14,000 migrants have crossed the Channel to the UK on small boats so far this year.
In an attempt to deter the crossings, in April the government announced it would send some asylum seekers deemed to have entered the UK illegally to Rwanda to claim refuge there.
However, no asylum seekers have been sent to the east-African country yet following a series of legal challenges.

Sun
RISHI Sunak has vowed to tackle the Channel crossings crisis as a priority in his first 100 days if he becomes PM.
The Tory leadership ­contender today unveils a ten-point plan to take back control of the UK’s borders as he declares the system “broken”.
The former Chancellor is understood not to have ruled out withdrawing from the European Convention of Human Rights — if there is no other ­solution to the migrants problem.
Mr Sunak last night said: “It must stop — and if I am Prime Minister I will stop it.”
Writing in this paper today, he adds: “People are tired of seeing small boats arrive in this country with the authorities appearing helpless to stop them.
“I know Sun on Sunday readers are patriotic, generous people who want to help those who play by the rules and need our assistance.
“But they are rightly baffled as to why the Government can’t stop the boats drifting on to Britain’s beaches hour by hour.”

Mail
Liz Truss today vows to implement a hard line on immigration if she wins the keys to No 10 – including extending the scheme under which migrants who cross the Channel in small boats can be sent to Rwanda.
The Foreign Secretary uses an interview with The Mail on Sunday to try to cement her early lead over Rishi Sunak by promising to increase frontline border staff by 20 per cent, and by striking Rwanda-style deals with more countries.
Her pledges come as Mr Sunak – who has denied claims he tried to block the controversial policy while in Cabinet –yesterday set out his own ten-point plan to tackle immigration, which he promised would be one of ‘five major emergency responses’ he would enact during his first 100 days as Prime Minister.
Ms Truss says: ‘The Rwanda policy is the right policy. I’m determined to see it through to full implementation, as well as exploring other countries that we can work on similar partnerships with. It’s the right thing to do.
‘I’m also determined to make sure we have the right level of forces at our border. I’m going to increase the Border Force to make sure that we have the proper protection in place directly at the border.’

Express
LIZ TRUSS has vowed to implement a tough line on immigration should she win the Conservative leadership contest and become Prime Minister, reports state.
The Foreign Secretary has pledged to extend the Rwanda scheme, meaning migrants who cross the English Channel in small boats can be sent to the African nation. The South West Norfolk MP promised to increase frontline border staff numbers by 20 percent and strike Rwanda type deals with more countries.

Sun
LIZ Truss vowed to enforce the controversial Rwanda policy last night as the battleground in the Tory leadership race centred on immigration.
The Foreign Secretary and rival Rishi Sunak kick-started a policy blitz before the party faithful start to vote a week tomorrow.
The two candidates attempted to move the focus away from their opposing tax plans — ahead of taking part in The Sun’s Showdown debate shown on Talk TV this Tuesday at 6pm.

Dover

Sun
A FRENCH police chief who is critical of Brexit was blamed for the Dover traffic chaos which continued to cause misery for thousands of holidaymakers yesterday.
It came as French border staff working inside Dover port carried out full passport checks for the first time since 2019.
Fernand Gontier, 62, director general of France’s PAF Border Police, has been moaning about Britain ­leaving the EU since the ­referendum in 2016 — calling it a “regression”.
He was accused of being responsible for there not being enough French officers in Dover port to process checks on Friday.
Families faced 30-hour queues while as few as four of 12 French border passport booths were opened at one time.
And there were still queues of up to six hours yesterday as the Kent cross-Channel ferry port officials struggled to cope with the huge backlog built up from Friday.

Guardian
Long summer queues at the border risk becoming the “new normal” after Brexit, holidaymakers have been warned, as a fierce diplomatic row erupted with France over the lengthy tailbacks affecting Dover.
Both Tory leadership candidates rushed to blame a shortage of French border staff for delays that saw some travellers waiting for hours. Former chancellor Rishi Sunak said the French “need to stop blaming Brexit and start getting the staff required to match demand”. Foreign secretary Liz Truss said she was in touch with her French counterparts, blaming a “lack of resources at the border”.
However, diplomats, French officials and border staff warned that the delays were a result of post-Brexit border arrangements struggling to cope in their first major test since Britain left the EU. It comes after holidaymakers faced extensive queues for a second day at Dover on Saturday, while there was also congestion on several major motorways as families across the country set out on their summer holidays.

BBC News
Holidaymakers and hauliers are being warned of another day of disruption at the Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel after two days of gridlock.
On Saturday, travellers faced seven-hour queues to cross the Channel.
Overnight, some reported sleeping in cars on the road as the approach to the Eurotunnel remained gridlocked.
In Dover, cars were facing 15-minute queues on Sunday to reach border checks, P&O Ferries said. French and UK officials have clashed over the delays.
The UK government said French authorities had failed to find enough border staff to check passports at Dover, demanding they resolve the “terrible situation”.
But French Transport Minister Clement Beaune hit back, saying France was not responsible for the additional border checks brought on by Brexit.

Evening Standard
Traffic at the Port of Dover is once again “flowing normally” after days of lengthy queues created travel chaos for holidaymakers.
Extra post-Brexit border checks and French authorities’ understaffing of checkpoints in Dover have been blamed for the hold-ups.
However, the port said on Twitter that as of 2.15am on Sunday the system brought in temporarily to manage excess traffic in the area had ended and traffic can proceed directly to the port.
The tweet said: “#TrafficUpdate at #PortofDover at 0215hrs. TAP is off for freight traffic. Freight can travel straight to the Port.
“Tourist traffic is also clear in the Port. The approach roads to the Port (A2 / A20) are flowing normally.”

Energy

Telegraph
Households could be asked to turn down their thermostats and switch off their lights under Government plans to avoid winter blackouts.
Emergency contingency plans for a gas or electricity supply shortage include public appeals to use less energy, The Telegraph can reveal.
Amid mounting concern over shortages in the coming months, the National Grid has held meetings in recent days with representatives from energy intensive industries to try and avoid a worst case scenario of blackouts or a shutdown of supply.
EU countries have been asked to cut their gas usage by 15 per cent from next month, amid fears they will not be able to store enough for winter after Russia reduced supply via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
Several European countries including Germany, Austria and France have already appealed to the public to cut their energy use by taking shorter showers, switching off lights and turning down thermostats.
Official contingency plans for the UK seen by The Telegraph include the option for the Government to give similar advice.

Independent
Britons could be asked by the government to switch off their lights and turn down their thermostats in a bid to avoid blackouts over the winter months, reports suggest.
It comes as nations in the European Union have been asked to slash their gas usage by 15 per cent from August onwards over fears of winter energy shortages after Russia reduced its supplies to the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
France, Germany and Austria are among several countries urging people to minimise their energy usage by using similar proposals to those now reportedly under consideration by the British government.
Plans seen by The Sunday Telegraph reveal the government could ask the public to cut back on long showers, lighting and heating via radio, television, posters and leaflets.

NHS

Independent
The NHS has broken its “fundamental promise” to the public to have life saving emergency care when they need it, a top NHS doctor has said as ambulances lose tens of thousands of hours outside hospitals.
Katherine Henderson, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has said the “fundamental promise” the NHS holds to provide an ambulance in a real emergency is “broken.”
Her words come as West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) Trust has predicted it will lose 48,000 ambulance hours waiting outside of A&Es in July. This would be the worst month on record.
In papers published on Thursday, WMAS said the impact of handover delays means patients are waiting longer than needed for emergency responses, including patients in category one which are those needing immediate life saving care.

Social care

Morning Star
THE human rights of people in care are at risk of being disregarded by slow progress towards allowing visits after the pandemic and the wrong use of resuscitation notices, MPs found today.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights said that restrictions which were introduced during the pandemic are still preventing people from visiting residents in some care homes in England.
MPs sitting on the committee warned that the situation has continued despite government guidance which says “there should not normally be any restrictions to visits into or out of the care home.”
The group said that it is concerned Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are not being used properly, meaning someone’s liberty can be wrongly withheld.
Committee chairwoman and SNP MP Joanna Cherry called for “careful balance” between protecting human rights and preventing harm.
“We are concerned that too often safeguards are not being applied correctly,” she said.

Industrial action

Mail
Striking rail workers were yesterday accused of demanding pay rises ‘at the point of a gun’ amid claims that some drivers already earn over £100,000 a year.
Ahead of yet more stoppages this week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps angrily insisted that drivers and other rail workers already had ‘generous salaries … paid for by the public’.
But union leaders were prepared to ‘punish commuters’ and stoke inflation by demanding even more, he added.
Mr Shapps said: ‘And who’s going to pay for these pay rises demanded at the point of a gun? The weary taxpayer who has pumped in £16 billion of rescue money during the pandemic to rail already?’

Guardian
Talks over crucial pay deals and funding across the public sector are being damaged by government paralysis as a result of the Tory leadership race, senior teachers and doctors have warned.
Autumn and the new year could see an unprecedented wave of strike action among teaching staff and doctors after a pay deal that is set to see their wages falling in real terms in the face of the cost of living crisis. There have also been warnings that the failure to provide extra funding for the increases will plunge public services deeper into crisis.
Figures from both teaching and health unions said that with a new prime minister due to be in place by the autumn, they feared the temporary status of the current government was affecting the ability of ministers to take the necessary decisions.

Jailed terrorists

Mail
The country’s most dangerous terrorists will be sent straight to specialist extremist wings in jails following sentencing under new Government rules.
Units for prisons’ most high-risk, radicalising terrorists were established in 2017 to stop extremists spreading their ideology to other inmates. Currently there are three such units in operation across the country, which held around ten terrorists earlier this year.
The Government is moving to expand the use of the units – known as separation centres – and has now changed the rules so that prisoners can be referred to the wings immediately after being sentenced in court.
Previously jail staff could apply to move extremists into the units as a last resort and only after spotting any tell-tale signs of radicalisation inside prison – even when a convicted terrorist has a long-documented history of preaching hate.

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