EU

Telegraph
The EU has been plotting for weeks to thwart Theresa May’s plans to secure a deal for British expats in Europe and migrants in the UK, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, is reported to have been “astonished” by Mrs May’s demand that an agreement be reached by the end of next month. But documents seen by this newspaper disclose that Mrs May made exactly the same demand to Donald Tusk, the European Council president, at a meeting three weeks earlier.

Sun
EU chiefs spent weeks plotting to scupper Theresa May’s plans to come to a quick solution over the fate of EU and British nationals after Brexit, a shock report claims. Documents show the PM demanded to Donald Tusk, the European  Council president, in April that they work with her immediately to find an agreement on the key Brexit sticking point. But three weeks later Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission president, was said to be “astonished” by the PM’s demand to come to an agreement by the end of June, the Telegraph reportsTheresa May has been blamed by Remoaners for failing to give EU nationals in the UK peace of mind by telling them their new lives here are safe. She has said she would not come to an agreement until similar commitments were made by Europe for Brits abroad.

Times
Theresa May faced criticism last night for her handling of Brexit talks after a damaging account of her recent dinner with the president of the European Commission was leaked. She was accused of “megaphone diplomacy” and a complacent approach over her allegedly fractious exchanges with Jean-Claude Juncker. The report of the dinner last Wednesday, in the German newspaper  Frankfurter Allgemeine, exposed a gulf between how the two sides view the sequence and outcome of talks. Mr Junker’s officials left the meeting believing that there was a greater than 50 per cent chance that Brexit talks would collapse, it is claimed.

Independent
The British government should abandon the “fairy tale” it will be better off after Brexit, Germany’s Europe minister has said. Michael Roth’s made the claim in both English and German on Twitter.  “The British government must finally say goodbye to the fairy tale that after Brexit everything will go better for all Britons,” he wrote in his native tongue. Reverting to English he changed the words “fairy tale” to “myth”.  His public intervention added to several recent criticisms from senior German politicians about the UK government’s approach towards the Brexit negotiations.

Guardian
Theresa May is fighting off accusations of a botched and humiliating start to the Brexit negotiations as claims emerged that the prime minister was told by the European commission’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker, that there may not be any point in her even turning up to the first day of talks. Speaking on the campaign trail in Lancashire, the prime minister sought to dismiss as “Brussels gossip” devastating accounts of a dinner with the EU chief, where it is claimed she was warned negotiations may not even get going unless she accepted that the bloc would not talk about a future trade deal until the British government came to an agreement on its estimated €60bn divorce bill and citizens rights. According to multiple accounts of Wednesday night’s dinner, attended by May, Juncker and their negotiating teams, the prime minister’s insistence that talks about the future relationship should start early and that Britain did not owe any money to the EU under the current treaties were met with disbelief from her guests from Brussels.

BBC News
Theresa May has dismissed as “Brussels gossip” an account of a dinner with EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, published in a German newspaper. The pair reportedly clashed over Mrs May’s desire to make Brexit “a success” and whether the issue of protecting the rights of expat UK and EU nationals could be agreed as early as June. The Frankfurter Allgemeine claims Mr Juncker said: “I leave… 10 times more sceptical than I was before.” But Mrs May said it was “constructive”. And she told the BBC’s Ben Wright: “I have to say from what I’ve seen of this account I think it’s Brussels gossip.” Speaking during an election campaign event in Lancashire, she added: “Just look at what the European Commission themselves said immediately after the dinner took place, which was that the talks had been constructive.”

Mail
Theresa May today brushed off damaging leaks about a Brexit dinner at No 10 as ‘Brussels gossip’ as she played down claims the chance of a deal is less than 50 per cent. Speaking at a campaign rally in West Lancashire today, Mrs May said the claims proved the Brexit negotiations would be ‘tough’ and proved the need for ‘strong and stable leadership’.  The Prime Minister hosted EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Downing Street last Wednesday night. But the 90 minute dinner broke up with Mr Juncker insisting he was ‘ten times more sceptical’ about the prospects of a deal within two years, according to a highly partisan leak in the German press. The new account, based entirely on Brussels sources, reveals Mrs May urged ‘let us make Brexit a success’ but Mr Juncker replied ‘Brexit cannot be a success’.

Independent
Theresa May has dismissed reports in a German newspaper about a disastrous meeting with Jean Claude-Juncker as “Brussels gossip”. German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung said the European Commission (EC) president walked out of Brexit talks in London last week saying he was “10 times more sceptical than before”. It led to a flurry of criticism of Ms May’s Brexit negotiating strategy, with opposition parties warning the UK was heading for a “disastrous hard Brexit”. The reported disclosures were attributed to sources at the EC.

Sky News
Theresa May has dismissed reports that last week’s working dinner with EU officials went disastrously as “Brussels gossip”. During a campaign stop in the Lancashire town of Ormskirk, the Prime Minister rejected a newspaper’s claims that Jean-Claude Juncker thinks Brexit talks will collapse. She told a reporter: “Just look at what the European Commission themselves said immediately after the dinner took place which was the talks had been constructive. “But it also shows these negotiations are at times going to be tough. In order to get the best deal for Britain, we’ve got to make sure we’ve got that strong and stable leadership.”

Express
BRUSSELS has revealed its detailed strategy for the upcoming Brexit negotiations in a little publicised document which could have serious repercussions on the likelihood of a settlement being reached. The EU Commission has laid out plans showing how it intends to address each of the individual issues arising from Brexit in sequence, with the talks operating on a rigid structure of four-week blocs.  Its proposal could not be further from the way forward proposed by the UK Government, which has repeatedly sought to secure an overarching framework which includes various issues, including trade, all being put on the table at once. The detailed structure demonstrates the extraordinary extent to which Brussels is seeking to take control of the talks and prevent Theresa May from any attempts to drive a wedge in its Brexit strategy. 

Westmonster
The Brexit negotiation is taking an increasingly confrontational turn, with Brussels apparently plotting to string Theresa May along on rights for Brits living across the European Union. May has brought up the important issue repeatedly with EU leaders but they have planned to block any early agreement all along, presumably until the UK agrees to cough up £50 billion. It follows briefings that May’s meeting with unelected EU Pres Jean-Claude Juncker was a disaster, with the two sides way said to be miles apart on a deal. The PM dismissed the reports as “Brussels gossip”. Interestingly, the Tories have started pushing the negative start to negotiations as a reason to vote for them in the General Election.

Express
EUROPE’S “surprising” level of unity on Brexit may not last as the bloc splits into two camps for an epic battle over its future budget, EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker has admitted. The EU Commission boss conceded there are serious disagreements within the club over how Brussels should finance its gargantuan needs without Britain which are threatening to shatter the current calm.  Angela Merkel is currently acting as a peacemaker between the two rival camps, urging the 27 member states to hold off on bickering until a financial settlement has been reached with the UK.  But her Government has already placed itself firmly in alliance with the EU streamliners, who want to see the bloc’s budget slashed and efficiency increased after Britain’s departure. 

NHS

Times
Locum pay has risen to its highest level on record as hospitals struggle to find enough doctors to keep wards running. Four in five shifts by stand-in doctors now exceed pay caps, according to data that suggests that the logic of supply and demand has defeated efforts to control spending on temporary staff. One in 30 locums now earns more than £120 an hour as hospitals find no other way to attract qualified staff. The data from Liaison, a company that processes hospital locum payments, shows that average hourly pay has bounced back to £64.17 in the three months to December, beating the £63.61 seen before pay caps were introduced.

Policing

Guardian
Jeremy Corbyn will pledge to put 10,000 additional police on to the streets of England and Wales in a policy designed to challenge the Conservatives in their own political territory of law and order. The Labour  leader will promise on Tuesday to fund the extra “bobbies on the beat” by reversing Tory cuts to capital gains tax (CGT) if he wins next month’s general election. Conservative plans to go ahead with the cut to the higher rate of CGT from 28% to 20% and basic rate from 18% to 10% announced in last year’s budget would cost public services more than £2.7bn over five years, a Labour spokesman said. The Tories have dismissed the policing proposal as “nonsensical” and claim Labour has already committed the same savings to fund other pledges. Under the plan, funding would be provided for the 43 forces in England and Wales to recruit 10,000 additional officers in community policing roles – the equivalent of one officer for every electoral ward.

Mirror
Labour will pay for an extra 10,000 bobbies on the beat by reversing the Tories ’ cut to capital gains tax. Jeremy Corbyn will make the pledge today, saying it will boost all 43 forces in England and Wales at a cost of £2.5billion over five years. 
Mr Corbyn will contrast Labour’s promise of more officers with the Tory record on law and order which has seen a rise in reported crime across Britain. In Theresa May’s time as Home Secretary the number of officers was cut by 20,000, he will say, adding: “Cutting police numbers especially when there is more crime to deal with is unacceptable.

ITV News
Labour is promising to put 10,000 extra police on the streets of England and Wales if the party gain power in the June 8 election. In his latest campaign pledge, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said extra “bobbies on the beat” will be funded by reversing Tory cuts to Capital Gains Tax. In last year’s Budget, the Government announced plans to cut the higher rate of CGT from 28% to 20% and the basic rate from 18% to 10%. But the Tories dismissed the proposal as “nonsensical”, saying Labour had a
lready committed the CGT savings to fund other pledges. The move will be seen as an attempt by Mr Corbyn to claim the political initiative on law and order – an issue on which he has been accused of being weak in the past.

Sky News
Labour is promising to put an extra 10,000 “bobbies on the beat” funded by reversing tax cuts for the “richest 5%”. The Conservatives have branded the party’s proposals “nonsensical” saying Labour has pledged the cash from reversing cuts to capital gains tax (CGT) for other policy promises. However, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott hit back saying that it suited the Tories to “quibble about figures” rather than talk about the shortage of police officers and the rise in violent crime. Labour says it plans to reverse the Government cuts to the the higher rate of CGT from 28% to 20% and the basic rate from 18% to 10% announced in last year’s Budget. This would mean £2.7bn to spend on more police officers.

Nuclear power

Independent
The Government must act urgently or risk “severe ramifications” for the UK’s nuclear industry from its approach to Brexit, an influential group of MPs has warned. A report from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee raised concerns that Brexit could throw the industry into flux by removing key standards and provide an opportunity for ministers to ditch climate change policies. The cross-party group of MPs said there was a long-term risk the UK could become a ‘rule taker’, where it was unable to influence the European rules and standards that it still had to comply with.

BBC News
Ministers must act “as urgently as possible” to clarify how the nuclear industry will be regulated after Brexit, MPs have warned. The Commons energy committee, which has been investigating the impact of Brexit on energy policy, urged the UK to delay leaving Europe’s nuclear regulator. Power supplies could be threatened if a new regulator was not ready, it said. Ministers had told the committee that guaranteeing the UK’s supply of nuclear fuel was a “high priority”. The report, by the cross-party Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, warns that Brexit could distract the government from introducing policies to tackle climate change and result in key standards being removed. It says there is a long-term risk the UK will become a “rule-taker” – unable to influence European rules and standards it has to comply with – and says plans to leave the European regulator Euratom have not been thought through.

Express
THE government has failed to protect the nuclear industry in the wake of the Brexit referendum, MPs warned. The MPs said the continued operation of nuclear power, which supplies about 20 per cent of the UK’s electricity, has faced uncertainty since the decision to break free from Europe. The all-party Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said Brexit means the UK will have to leave the EU-wide European Atomic Energy Community or Euratom which sets standards and offers a market for nuclear power. Any interval between quitting Euratom and entering into secure alternative arrangements “would severely inhibit nuclear trade and research and threaten power supplies”, said the committee. The MPs called for the UK to remain in the Internal Energy Market, with no accompanying tariffs or barriers to trade.

Blair

Mirror
Twenty years ago today Britain celebrated an election victory which brought the sparkling hope of New Labour and the youngest Prime Minister in a century. It seemed anything was possible and, as the soundtrack to the party’s election campaign promised, things really could only get better. In today’s Daily Mirror Tony Blair marks the anniversary of his epic 1997 landslide victory over John Major – with the extraordinary revelation he is returning to UK politics . For a man who sparked huge anger – revulsion even – over his decision to follow America into war in Iraq, it is a bold move.

Sun
SUSPICIONS are mounting that Tony Blair is about to launch a new centre-ground political party. He repeatedly refused to rule one out as he announced his formal return to frontline politics. He said he was “not sure I can turn something into a political movement” but crucially added: “I think there is a body of ideas out there people would support.” But even senior Europhile Blairites told him to stand for re-election as a Labour MP or “shut the f*** up.” An ally of the former PM admitted: “He just can’t help himself — but he’s not part of the solution. “And that’s the problem. “Either come back or don’t.” They pointed out that the constituency neighbouring his old Sedgefield seat was up for grabs for the June 8 election.

Express
TONY BLAIR is plotting his political comeback 20 years on from Labour’s historic landslide election victory. The former Prime Minister has had talks with the Liberal Democrats about setting up a new force to fight for the centre ground. He has spoken to Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and his predecessor Nick Clegg about the prospect of creating a pro-European group that would appeal both to Lib Dems and disaffected Labour voters. A source close to Blair said: “He wants to save the Labour Party along with his legacy by wading in behind the Lib Dems and forging a new progressive alliance that will fight for the centre ground.” A source close to Farron has confirmed the talks took place.

Sky News
Tony Blair has indicated a return to a more active role in politics, saying he wants to be “part of the debate” while expressing concern that the centre-ground is being “squeezed out” by the left and right. The former prime minister has ruled out standing as an MP but says he wants to focus on “solutions for today’s world”. It is 20 years since New Labour’s landslide victory in 1997 and to mark the occasion, Mr Blair talked candidly to Sky News about the changing politics within the Labour party.
He rejected the idea that the Iraq War is what turned his party away from New Labour, describing this as “the wrong reading of history”. But while Mr Blair admitted the war “left people dismayed”, he does not believe it contributed to the rise of Jeremy Corbyn.

Guardian
Tony Blair has said he plans to become more involved in the debate surrounding Britain’s departure from the European Union because of the harm it would cause the country. The former prime minister said he would be “getting out more and reconnecting with voters” because of his worries about the economic damage incurred by leaving the single market, and warned that there were some Conservative politicians who wanted to deliver Brexit at any cost. He said he would not be standing for a parliamentary seat or giving up work with his charitable foundation, but would try to influence the policy debate shaping the government’s exit negotiations. The 63-year-old, who was speaking on the 20th anniversary of his landslide win over John Major at the general election in 1997, told the Daily Mirror: “I am going to be taking an active part in trying to shape the policy debate.” 

Express
TONY Blair was ridiculed today after promising to re-enter politics to launch a last-ditch attempt to halt a clean break from the EU. The former Labour prime minister accepted he was reviled by many voters but insisted he was desperate to speak out in the debate about the country’s future. And he claimed Britain will one day re-join the European bloc even if 
Brexit goes ahead. Mr Blair said: “My prediction is it may take another generation but at some point we will want to be back in the EU.” He ruled out a return to Parliament but vowed to continue intervening in the Brexit debate. He added: “You need to get your hands dirty and I will. This is not about defying the will of the people – it is saying the will of the people may change when they see the final deal.”

Breitbart
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has heaped praise on globalist former investment banker Emmanuel Macron, remarking that were he to be elected to the presidency this week it would be a “victory” for the world. Emmanuel Macron, who has been consistently likened to Tony Blair during the electoral campaign for his centrist, globalist politics and considerably establishment background came first in the first round of the French presidential elections in April. In the second round this coming Sunday the former banker is set to face populist leader Marine Le Pen, who recently stood down from the leadership of her Front National party to appeal to a broader base in the coming vote.

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