EU

Express
FRENCH President Emmanual Macron is leading punishing demands for Britain to be slapped with strict conditions if it is granted a further Brexit extension by EU leaders. The young president is willing to approve Theresa May’s request to delay Brexit until June 30 – but with strings attached. He is calling for the British to accept legally binding assurances which would mean over the coming months the UK would not have a say in decisions affecting the bloc’s future. In theory, the agreement would mean the UK would abstain from voting to select a new European Commission president and would not have any input into where the long-term EU budget is spent. European Council president Donald Tusk proposed a 12-month “flextension” which would postpone Brexit up until March 29, 2020.  Paris, which has emerged as the strongest voice in opposition to an extension, dismissed the proposal as “clumsy”.

Sun
THERESA May will be told to keep Britain in the EU until March 2020 by Brussels, it was claimed. In a humiliation for the PM, sources confirmed EU leaders will tomorrow demand an extension of up to a year because of her failure to pass a Brexit deal through the Commons. Britain will be told it can still “Brexit” on May 22 — but only if the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement is approved by MPs by Friday. EU Council chief Donald Tusk suggested March 2020 last week.

Reuters
EU leaders will discuss extending Britain’s Friday deadline for Brexit when they meet on Wednesday but must make clear its Brexit plan to avoid a disorderly departure from the bloc, Germany’s EU affairs minister said on Tuesday. “I must unfortunately note that the conditions set by the European Council at its last sitting have not been met. That means that the deadline will expire on April 12,” Michael Roth told reporters as he arrived for a meeting in Luxembourg of fellow ministers to prepare Wednesday’s Brussels summit.

Telegraph
Germany’s former European commissioner has lashed out at Brussels for pushing Britain into an impossible position on Brexit, while three of the country’s top economic think tanks have called for a radical change in the EU’s negotiating strategy. “Brussels has taught us a lesson in how not to deal with a member state that wants to leave. The problem is not on the British side. The problem is on the EU side,” said Günter Verheugen, Germany’s veteran ex-commissioner.

Fox News
A senior German official is demanding “substantial steps” forward in Britain’s Brexit standoff and insisting any delay must come with strict conditions, as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to plead for more time in Berlin. Michael Roth, Germany’s deputy foreign minister, said as he arrived at a European Union meeting in Luxembourg Tuesday that “so far absolutely nothing has changed” and “we are in a very, very frustrating situation here.”

Sky News
Theresa May will be back in Berlin and hoping for a rather more graceful arrival than during her last Brexit dash to the German capital. Back in December, the world’s media watched on as the prime minister found herself temporarily locked in her car while her German counterpart waited uncomfortably on the red carpet. The optics made for convenient headlines about a failure to exit. Months on Mrs May returns, still seeking an escape route from the European Union and hoping for a sympathetic ear from her German counterpart.

Independent
The European Union will present a common and united front over the withdrawal talks with the UK, a senior Hungarian minister stressed today, seemingly dashing lingering hopes of right-wing Brexiters that Viktor Orban’s government will be prove to be an ally against Brussels. Conservative hard-line Eurosceptics had claimed that countries like Hungary and Italy with their populist administrations, and with their own differences with liberal Western European member states, would help counter the European Commission.

Guardian
Britain’s new exit date from the EU, and the conditions attached to a Brexit delay, will likely be fixed in the gilded rooms of the Belgian prime minister’s 16th century Egmont Palace hours before Theresa May addresses the leaders. Under emerging plans, a small group of EU leaders whose countries will be most affected by the UK’s departure will be hosted by the Belgian PM, Charles Michel, on Wednesday afternoon. The guest list is likely to include the leaders of France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark and Ireland.

BBC News
The European Union will “stand fully behind Ireland” regardless of what happens with Brexit, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has said. Michel Barnier was speaking in Dublin after talks with Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar. A special EU summit will take place on Wednesday, to discuss Theresa May’s request for another extension. The UK is currently scheduled to leave the EU on 12 April, unless a delay is agreed. Mr Barnier said he was confident “operational solutions” could still be found to manage the Irish border, the sticking point in the talks.

Times
Britain will lose its say in future EU budget talks and trade deals as the price of another Brexit delay, Theresa May is to be told today. The prime minister will visit Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Macron in Paris today as she tries to avoid humiliation at an EU summit tomorrow. Mrs May wants another Brexit extension to June 30 but European leaders have started to spell out the price for agreeing to the delay. They will insist that Britain does not block or disrupt EU decisions during an extension period that is likely to be much longer than Mrs May’s request — possibly to March 31 next year.

Euro elections

Mail
Theresa May fired the starting gun on Britain’s participation in the European Parliament elections today as the country headed for a lengthy Brexit delay. Government officials formally triggered the elections for May 23 – at an estimated cost to the taxpayer of £100 million – while the Tories launched a search for candidates. Only last month, the Prime Minister said it would be ‘unacceptable’ to take part in the poll, almost three years after the vote to leave the EU.

Breitbart
The British government has made it legal for an election to take place in May, the necessary legal preparation needed to hold the EU elections that the United Kingdom shouldn’t have been taking part in. Held every five years to select members for the European Parliament, the May election will come very nearly three years after electors in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union by a margin of more than a million votes.

Westmonster
The government have now confirmed that they are making preparations for the UK to take part in European Elections on 23rd May.  The legal order is set to be laid today, with a letter to MPs confirming the EU elections unless Theresa May’s deal is passed before then. The Conservatives clearly think the election will go ahead. In a letter to potential candidates, Tory HQ has said: “Due to the current situation we will be contesting the European Elections on 23rd May 2019.”

Times
Britain will lose its say in future EU budget talks and trade deals as the price of another Brexit delay, Theresa May is to be told today. The prime minister will visit Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Macron in Paris today as she tries to avoid humiliation at an EU summit tomorrow. Mrs May wants another Brexit extension to June 30 but European leaders have started to spell out the price for agreeing to the delay. They will insist that Britain does not block or disrupt EU decisions during an extension period that is likely to be much longer than Mrs May’s request — possibly to March 31 next year.

No deal

Express
EXPRESS.CO.UK readers have called for a no-deal Brexit over a second vote or general election, an exclusive poll of almost 50,000 people has revealed. The results of today’s online poll were overwhelming, with almost 75 percent opting for a no deal European Union exit over a second referendum or general election. The Express.co.uk poll, which went live on this website shortly before 11am on Monday, April 8, asked readers if they’d opt for a no deal Brexit, a general election or a second referendum.

Telegraph
Britons are split down the middle on whether the UK should leave the European Union without a deal – or scrap Brexit altogether, according to new poll for The Telegraph. The study by ComRes found that 38 per cent of Britons back leaving the EU this Friday without a trade deal, while 40 per cent backed revoking Article 50 and remaining in the EU. A similar proportion thought that a nationwide referendum between Theresa May’s deal and remaining in the EU (38 per cent) and a second nationwide referendum between Remain and Leave (39 per cent) was “very or somewhat acceptable”.

Customs union

Telegraph
Brexit day once again looms yet an end to the deadlock in Westminster looks no closer. Friday is the new cliff edge for British businesses and financial markets to fret over, with Theresa May now set to controversially push for a Customs Union with the EU. But the risk of an accidental no deal Brexit still remains “alarmingly high”, according to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, as the impasse drags on and cross-party talks could break down.

Independent
A customs union with the European Union is the “most likely outcome” of talks between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, a government minister has admitted. In remarks that risk further inflaming tensions in the Conservative Party, the solicitor general Robert Buckland insisted his party needed “to compromise” to salvage Brexit. Labour‘s key demand is for a customs union with Brussels, but Brexiteers vehemently oppose anything that would restrict the UK’s ability to strike independent free trade deals post-Brexit.

Second referendum

Mirror
Theresa May is reportedly considering allowing MPs to vote on a second Brexit referendum in a bid to break the stalemate with Labour . It comes after Jeremy Corbyn said his Shadow Cabinet team had been left “frustrated” by cross-party Brexit talks after the Prime Minister didn’t budge on her “red lines.” According to the Telegraph , the PM has today discussed bringing her thrice-defeated Brexit deal back to the Commons with a “confirmatory referendum” attached – in the hope it will be defeated.

Express
THERESA MAY could gamble on Brexit ever happening by holding a free Commons vote on a second referendum, it has been revealed. The Prime Minister looks set to infuriate Brexiteers after openly discussing with her Cabinet ministers the possibility of holding a Commons vote on whether to commit to a second referendum. This would be Mrs May’s latest – and boldest – attempt to break the deadlock in the ongoing Brexit talks with the Labour Party.

Comment Central (by Sir John Redwood)
A number of constituents have contacted me about a second referendum. If I thought another vote could produce an answer the majority were happy with and which the rest would accept I would be tempted.  I have given this considerable thought but have come down against supporting one for a variety of good reasons. A second referendum would increase divisions and undermine trust in the democratic process. This issue was raised prominently in the 2017 General election by the Lib Dems.

Cross party talks

Times
Labour will demand that Theresa May “Boris proofs” any concessions made by the government to break the deadlock in cross-party Brexit talks. Ministers are to meet their Labour counterparts for a fresh round of negotiations today after Downing Street tabled a new offer to the party yesterday. It is understood the Conservative side has agreed in principle to accept Labour demands that Britain will automatically adopt all new EU employment, environmental and consumer protection laws after Brexit.

Reuters
Brexit hung in the balance on Monday as Prime Minister Theresa May tried to coax the Labour Party into agreeing a divorce deal with a better chance of passage by parliament, ahead of a crisis EU summit where she will try to delay the April 12 departure. Britain’s exit from the EU has already been delayed once but May is asking the bloc for yet more time as she courts veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn, whose Labour Party wants to keep Britain more closely tied to the bloc after Brexit.

Conservative Party

Telegraph
Theresa May is facing demands from her own MPs to stand down immediately after senior backbenchers told her she is now “the problem”. A delegation of executives from the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers met Mrs May in Downing Street on Monday and said the mood among party supporters had turned against her over the weekend. Mrs May sat in stony silence and refused to discuss her future as the MPs made clear the “damage” she is causing the party, sources said.

Westmonster
Whilst she tries to cobble together a stitch-up deal with Jeremy Corbyn and is off to ask Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel to help her delay Brexit, Theresa May is coming under increasing pressure from Conservative MPs to resign. A delegation from the Conservative 1922 Committee yesterday visited Downing Street and told the PM that she is now actively damaging the party.

Mail
A senior Tory backbench Brexiteer has demanded Theresa May face a confidence vote by her own MPs before begging EU leaders for a Brexit delay. Mark Francois said that the Prime Minister should be subjected to an informal ‘indicative vote’ of confidence that would allow disgruntled MPs ‘to demonstrate that they have lost faith in her leadership’.  In a letter to backbench leader Sir Graham Brady the Essex MP said ‘we are living in a world gone mad’.

Local elections

Times
The Conservatives’ campaign for next month’s local elections will be hampered if Brexit has not been completed, a polling expert has warned. Lord Hayward, a Conservative peer and psephologist, said that his party was set to lose a large number of councillors at the May 2 poll, and that the result would be even worse without a Brexit deal. More than 8,000 seats are up for election in 51 English councils — 4,628 of them Conservative.

Independent
Theresa May‘s Conservatives face a voter deficit if no Brexit deal is secured in time for the local elections, according to one of the party’s most respected polling experts. With the deadlock over Brexit showing no sign of easing at Westminster and less than a month to go until parts of the country go the polls, Lord Hayward also claimed turnout could dramatically decline.

Divorce

Telegraph
The Government has unveiled a new ‘no fault divorce’ law to prevent children from being damaged in a bid to “end the blame game” and “mudslinging” between parents under the current system. The new legislation, to be announced Tuesday, aims to overhaul divorce law and reduce family conflict. It comes following overwhelming pressure from senior judges, lawyers, politicians and members of the public amid calls for reform.

Times
Spouses will no longer have the right to contest divorces under reforms that will stop people from being trapped in unhappy marriages. At present husbands and wives are entitled to fight an application for divorce, forcing their partner to wait five years if no split can be agreed. The new law, to be announced today by David Gauke, the justice secretary, is to be introduced within three months.

Mail
Divorce laws are undergoing a radical overhaul to try to limit the blame and bitterness of marital break-up. The shake-up – the biggest in 50 years – will sweep away the legal principle that one partner should usually be identified as at ‘fault’ for a split. The three grounds for an at-fault divorce – adultery, unreasonable behaviour and desertion – will be axed. ‘Irretrievable breakdown’ becomes the sole reason and it will take just one party to state that a marriage is over.

Independent
Divorce will be made easier under a shake-up of the law introducing no-fault break-ups, ministers have announced. The move has divided campaigners on relationships and traditional values, with critics accusing the government of tearing down the institution of marriage and warning the change would make life more chaotic for children. The need to prove adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion – or to live apart for five years – will be scrapped, the government said.

NHS

Times
Public health bosses will issue advice to hospitals over a deadly fungus that has become resistant to treatment and been found in about 260 patients in Britain in six years. Candida auris appears to thrive in healthcare settings and is raising concerns among experts worldwide. Treatments still exist but it is resistant to many antifungal drugs and has developed new mechanisms of resistance in some patients within weeks.

Sun
A KILLER fungal infection that’s immune to drugs is said to be sweeping the globe, experts have warned. The newly-discovered germ, called Candida auris, can remain on people’s skin and objects, such as furniture and equipment in hospitals, for a long time. It means it can be spread indirectly between patients and leave those with weak immune systems, including the sick, elderly and babies, more vulnerable. Most worryingly of all is that C.auris can be resistant to the three major classes of anti-fungal drugs – leaving doctors with few treatment options. Over the last five years it has struck medical centres around the world, including a neonatal unit in Venzeuala and a hospital in Spain.

Star
A FUNGUS resilient to drugs has infected patients in Brit hospitals. Candida auris, a type of yeast, can cause bloodstream, ear and wound infections in patients with a weakened immune system. The pathogen was first identified in Japan in 2009, and since then has swept the globe including North America, Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa. The Royal Brompton Hospital, in London, reportedly struggled to get rid of the fungus in 2015.

Gender identity

Times
Children mental health services must not treat gender issues with a blanket approach, the Royal College said. New guidelines for the treatment of young people with gender identity issues are to be drawn up by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The college, which sets professional standards, said that it was talking to paediatric specialists about producing its first guide to such treatment to deal with a rising number of cases and controversies. The college said that local child mental health services needed to improve how they dealt with young people questioning their gender identity as not all of them required specialist care.

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