Referendum debates

ITV News

David Cameron and Nigel Farage will take part in a live EU referendum event on ITV, the broadcaster has announced. The two party leaders will each take questions from a studio audience during an hour-long programme moderated by Julie Etchingham. “Cameron and Farage Live: The EU Referendum” will be broadcast at 9pm on Tuesday, June 7, on ITV and is the first of two live events on ITV ahead of the vote. British voters will take part in an in/out referendum on June 23.

Sky News

Broadcasters have agreed a series of set piece EU referendum TV programmes in June with the Remain and Leave campaigns. Sky News is to host two major live special shows debating the UK’s membership of the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron will face live questions from Sky News journalists and members of the public in the first big television event of the referendum campaign. The hour-long event will be broadcast on Sky News at 8pm on 2 June, three weeks before the 23 June referendum.

The Independent

Vote Leave have reacted with fury at news that Nigel Farage has been invited to take part in a live EU referendum debate with David Cameron on ITV.  The campaign, which was designated at the official Leave campaign by the electoral commission, has attacked the broadcaster for the decision to invite the Ukip leader – who is affiliated to the rival camp Leave.EU.

Daily Telegraph

David Cameron will refuse to debate against any of his Conservative rivals ahead of the European Union referendum but will appear on the same programme as Nigel Farage, The Telegraph understands. The Prime Minister’s has set a “red line” over the prospect of a televised debate against a Tory Eurosceptic such as Boris Johnson. Instead, he will on June 7 appear on an ITV debate against Mr Farage. However, the two men will never be on screen together and will face separate 30-minute question sessions by Julie Etchingham, who is hosting the event.

BBC

ITV News

The BBC is to be regulated externally for the first time in its 90-year history, the government will announce today. Independent media regulator Ofcom will become the official regulator of the BBC, replacing the internal BBC Trust. The change is just one of a number of proposals contained in a long-awaited White Paper on the BBC’s future.

BBC News

Plans for a “major overhaul” of how the BBC is run are expected to be unveiled in a government White Paper later. The trust governing the BBC is expected to be abolished, and a new board set up to run day-to-day matters, while Ofcom will become its external regulator. Ministers will say that the licence fee will continue for at least 11 years and in future viewers will need to pay it to use BBC iPlayer catch-up services.

The Independent

Ministers will announce a climb down on contentious proposals to curb the independence and power of the BBC in face of a stars’ revolt and growing unease among Tory backbenchers about the plan. The Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, is expected to publish a White Paper that will form the basis of BBC’s next Royal Charter that will govern the corporation for the next eleven years. Mr Whittingdale had been proposing to use the charter to hand the Government power to appoint a majority of members to a new BBC governing board that will become the ultimate decision making body in the organisation.

EU 

BBC News

Statistics which MPs and economists believe will shed more light on the full scale of EU migration into the UK are set to be published. The release of data on the number of National Insurance numbers actively used by EU citizens comes six weeks ahead of June’s EU referendum. Leave campaigners argue official figures on inward migration from the EU vastly underestimate the true numbers. Revenue and Customs said it would give a “fuller picture” of migration trends.

The Telegraph

Italy is running out of economic time.  Seven years into an ageing global expansion, the country is still stuck in debt-deflation and still grappling with a banking crisis that it cannot combat within the paralyzing constraints of monetary union. “We have lost nine percentage points of GDP since the peak of the crisis, and a quarter of our industrial production,” says Ignazio Visco, the rueful governor of the Banca d’Italia. Each year Rome hopefully pencils in a fall in the ratio of public debt to GDP, and each year the ratio rises. The reason is always the same. Deflationary conditions prevent nominal GDP rising fast enough to outgrow the debt.

Breitbart

A new survey shows 64 percent of Germans do not want Chancellor Angela Merkel to stay on for another term, as her coalition plummets in the polls. New findings from a poll conducted by German magazine Cicero show that 64 per cent of Germans do not want to see current Chancellor Angela Merkel seek a new term in the office. The poll was carried out by the Insa institute and found that the rejection of Mrs. Merkel came strongest from 45 to 54 year old men and women in a survey of 2,000 participants, Frankfurter Allgemeine reports.

Brexit

BBC News

George Osborne has said contingency planning is taking place to anticipate the likely impact on the UK’s financial stability of a vote to leave the EU. The chancellor told MPs there would be a “number of impacts” on the financial system that would have to be addressed. Economists have warned of market volatility and a sharp fall in sterling should there be a Leave vote. The chancellor said it would be up to the Bank of England to consider appropriate monetary responses.

Daily Express

TREASURY officials are making preparations for the possibility that Britain could quit the EU, George Osborne admitted yesterday. The Chancellor confirmed his Whitehall staff were doing “quite a serious amount of contingency planning” to deal with potential financial consequences of a “leave” vote in the EU referendum on June 23.  His remarks were being seen last night as belated recognition within the Government that chances of a Brexit vote appear to be growing.  Until he spoke out, Government ministers and officials had repeatedly insisted no planning was being done about for a vote to leave.

Daily Express

A SENIOR Tory tonight claimed a new study revealing the “real” scale of EU migration to Britain will be a “turning point” in the campaign for Brexit. Former Europe minister David Davis said he expects a new analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), due to be published tomorrow morning, will show UK authorities have been “significantly underestimating” the true number of EU migrants moving to the country. The ONS has carried out a probe into its immigration figures following a row over exactly how many EU migrants have taken advantage of Brussels’ freedom of movement rules to live and work in the UK. The latest set of official immigration figures show 257,000 EU nationals moved to Britain in the 12 months to September last year, but the Government has admitted there were 630,000 National Insurance (NI) numbers handed out to EU citizens over the same period

The Guardian

George Osborne has conceded for the first time that the Treasury and the Bank of England are carrying out detailed contingency planning to prevent a vote to leave the European Union unleashing a financial crisis. Appearing before the Treasury select committee of backbench MPs, the chancellor said there would be “very significant financial volatility” if voters chose to leave the EU in the 23 June referendum, which would push up interest rates and tighten credit conditions – making it harder for borrowers to get loans.  “The Bank of England and the Treasury are doing a serious amount of contingency planning for the impact on financial stability of a vote to leave,” the chancellor said.

Wales

Sky News

Labour has suffered an unexpected blow in a shock vote in Wales in which Carwyn Jones failed to win election as First Minister. Less than a week ago, he insisted in a Sky News interview that he would remain as First Minister despite Labour falling just short of an overall majority in the Welsh Assembly. In the Assembly elections last Thursday, Labour won 29 of the 60 seats, a result hailed by Jeremy Corbyn in a speech to his MPs this week as “the second best result in Wales since devolution”.

The Guardian

The Labour party has been faced with deadlock in the Welsh assembly after an informal coalition of Plaid Cymru, the Conservatives and Ukip successfully blocked a vote to reappoint Carwyn Jones as the country’s first minister. The leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, was able to draw level with Jones in the vote on Wednesday, with 29 assembly members each. The nationalist leader received the unlikely support of other parties who won seats from Labour in the recent local elections, including the Tories and Ukip. Throwing the process into confusion, the meeting was adjourned until further notice and the parties were expected to begin talks in an attempt to break the stalemate.

The Independent

The Welsh Assembly has been plunged into political crisis after members failed to select a First Minister to lead the devolved administration. Members were unable to reappoint Labour’s Carwyn Jones after Plaid Cymru’s leader Leanne Wood was backed by the Conservatives and Ukip, leaving the Assembly deadlocked. With the backing of the other parties, Ms Wood matched Mr Jones’ count of 29 votes. Her selection as the country’s First Minister was only averted after Kirsty Williams, the only Liberal Democrat member of the Assembly, voted with Labour.

Irish terror

The Times

Dissident republican terrorist groups are increasingly intent on carrying out a deadly attack in Britain, MI5 has warned. The threat level for terrorism linked to Northern Ireland was raised yesterday from “moderate” to “substantial” — meaning that an attack is a strong possibility — after a Security Service analysis of intelligence from the province. Announcing the increased threat level, Theresa May, the home secretary, said the decision “reflects the continuing threat from dissident republican activity”. She added: “We are working closely with the police and other relevant authorities to ensure appropriate security measures are in place.”

 

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