No Deal block

Mail
Tory Remainers vowed to join forces with Labour in Parliament today in a bid to stop Boris Johnson pursuing a No Deal Brexit. In a dramatic move last night, timed to coincide with Mr Johnson’s leadership launch, Jeremy Corbyn will force a Commons vote on a plan designed to make it illegal for Theresa May’s successor to take Britain out of the EU without a deal. It comes as a poll predicted that Boris Johnson could win a majority of 140 seats in a general, assessing him the only leadership candidate capable of besting both Jeremy Corbyn on the left and Nigel Farage on the right.

Evening Standard
Boris Johnson today faces a cross-party attempt to block his plans for a no-deal Brexit as he officially launches a campaign to become the next prime minister. The former foreign secretary will later deliver his pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on October 31 – the current deadline – whether and agreement is in place or not.  But within hours of his campaign launch, a Labour-led bid aimed at preventing any future PM from forcing through a no-deal divorce from the bloc will get under way.

Guardian
Labour will launch the first step in an audacious cross-party attempt to block a new prime minister from forcing through a no-deal Brexit in October. The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, threw down the gauntlet to Tory cabinet ministers including Amber Rudd and Philip Hammond, saying they should back Labour’s attempts if they were serious about preventing no deal.

Mirror
Labour have tabled a cross-party vote to stop no deal in a bid to hamstring Tory leadership hopefuls. Support for crashing out of the EU without a deal on 31 October has become a key pledge for the candidates vying to become the next PM. The opposition are spearheading a plan which would hand control of the Commons agenda to MPs.

Express
LABOUR has announced a plot to block Tory leadership hopeful Dominic Raab to shut down Parliament to force a no deal Brexit through should be scoop Theresa May’s coveted Prime Minister role. Jeremy Corbyn’s party said it plans to use the opposition debate tomorrow to seize control of the House of Commons order paper to prevent a no deal Brexit from happening under what would be Mr Raab’s Government.

Independent
MPs are making a cross-party bid on Wednesday to seize control of the Commons agenda to prevent the next Tory prime minister forcing through a no-deal Brexit. The binding motion, tabled by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and backed by senior figures including Tory grandee Sir Oliver Letwin and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, would see MPs hijack the parliamentary timetable on 25 June, allowing them to introduce legislation to rule out no deal and bar a PM from using prorogation.

Telegraph
Remain-backing MPs will attempt to thwart Boris Johnson’s plans for a no-deal Brexit on the day he launches his campaign to become the next prime minister. Within hours of the former foreign secretary’s speech tomorrow, Remain-supporting MPs, led by a key ally of Michael Gove, will try to kill off no deal once and for all in a plot to make it illegal. It comes as a new poll suggests that Mr Johnson could win a landslide victory in a general election if he wins the Tory leadership race.

Prorogation

Times
Suspending parliament to prevent MPs blocking a no-deal Brexit would not be illegal, the attorney-general has said. A number of Tory leadership candidates have refused to rule out closing the Commons to force through Brexit, provoking a furious row and claims that the Queen could be dragged into the conflict. Hardline Brexiteers want the new prime minister to end the parliamentary session to hamstring any attempt to stop Britain leaving the EU in October.

Independent
It will not be possible for parliament or the speaker to block a no-deal Brexit if the government is determined to deliver it, Andrea Leadsom has said. In a swipe at Tory leadership rivals such as Jeremy Hunt and Rory Stewart, who argue that MPs will not permit EU withdrawal without an agreement, Ms Leadsom said: “You can’t block no deal. You can’t put into law that you can’t leave without a deal.”

iNews
Andrea Leadsom has insisted that neither MPs nor the Commons Speaker John Bercow has the power to stop Brexit taking place in the autumn as she launched her Tory leadership bid. Setting out her plans for a “managed exit” from the European Union, she declared that she would not delay Brexit beyond the current deadline of 31 October. She said she viewed that date as a “hard red line” and would pursue a policy to “leave at the end of October in all circumstances”.

Irish border

Guido
The EU have been doing their bit to try to influence the Tory leadership race, insisting that they will not be changing any of the terms of the Brexit deal for any new Prime Minister who comes in. It doesn’t take a genius to work out why the EU would rather have a new Prime Minister who comes in and accepts everything they say rather than demanding changes… Behind closed doors it’s a different story.

Mail
Brussels is preparing to deploy technology to keep trade flowing between Ireland and the EU via Britain under a No Deal Brexit. EU officials will use ‘IT systems’ so goods can continue across the sea from Ireland through the UK and on into France, according to a leaked document. The paper, which will be presented to EU leaders next week, ramps up No Deal warnings amid EU fears that a Brexiteer will win the keys to No 10.

Westmonster
The European Commission has prepared a dossier for European leaders vowing to solve the so-called Irish border crisis in the event of a No Deal Brexit, using technological solutions that have often been suggested by British Eurosceptics but rejected by pro-Remain figures in the government and media. The Brussels volte-face will frustrate many following their stubborn insistence that the hated Irish backstop protocol – which would either bind the UK to the EU as a vassal state, or annex Northern Ireland – was allegedly required because of the impracticality of alternative technological arrangements.

Express
IRELAND’S tánaiste (deputy prime minister) has been forced to reject claims an early general election is in the works, a divisive vote that could threaten the fragile government’s Brexit unity. The recent European Elections resulted in the Ireland South spots being given to Wexford-based Independent TD Mick Wallace and Cork-based Fianna Fail Minister Billy Kelleher. This means there will be by-elections in Cork and Wexford, with some commentators believing a full-scale general election could be called instead.

Fox News
German boat captain is set to stand trial in Italy for her rescue of more than 1,000 illegal immigrants in the Mediterranean Sea, according to reports. As Germany’s The DW reported, Pia Klemp, a 35-year-old Bonn native, was charged in Sicily with assisting in illegal immigration before her boat was impounded in 2017. She has been accused of helping to rescue more than 1,000 illegal immigrants at risk of drowning as they attempted to cross to Europe in search of a better life, the news outlet said.

Labour Party

Independent
Jeremy Corbyn could become prime minister without a general election next month if Conservatives elect a leader who cannot command a majority of MPs in the Commons, one of the contenders to succeed Theresa May has warned. Parliamentary rules state that after a prime minister loses a confidence vote in the Commons, an alternative PM has 14 days to show that they can secure a majority of MPs before a general election is triggered.

Yahoo News
Jeremy Corbyn could become prime minister without a general election next month if Conservatives elect a leader who cannot command a majority of MPs in the Commons, one of the contenders to succeed Theresa May has warned. Parliamentary rules state that after a prime minister loses a confidence vote in the Commons, an alternative PM has 14 days to show that they can secure a majority of MPs before a general election is triggered.

Breitbart
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has suffered his ‘worst ever’ meeting with his MPs, with members of the party calling Mr Corbyn out on a number of topics including Brexit, sexual harassment and the failure of Mr Corbyn to deal with Labour’s antisemitism crisis. Meeting with his MPs on Tuesday for the first time since Labour’s disappointing European election results, Mr Corbyn was told of the concerns of members in no uncertain terms.

Guardian
Labour MPs tore into Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit strategy at a party meeting on Monday night, with several MPs loyal to the leadership saying they felt ashamed to vote for the party at the European elections and urging a change of direction. MPs inside the private gathering said there were surprise interventions from colleagues who had never before spoken out against Corbyn, including Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Marie Rimmer.

Guido
Guido understands that after a long-running row over pay, Labour Party staff have formally decided to hold a ballot on strike action. The decision was taken today although the ballot won’t happen immediately. The strike has had some vocal backers in recent weeks including Mary Robertson – Jeremy Corbyn’s head of economic policy – Guido is told that Robertson did not speak today but has previously said “it doesn’t matter how much it will cost, we need to deliver it.”

Conservative Party

Telegraph
Boris Johnson is the only Tory leadership candidate capable of beating both Jeremy Corbyn and the Brexit Party, according to new polling which suggests he would win a crushing 140-seat majority for the Conservatives at the next general election if he was elected Prime Minister. The findings come as Mr Johnson launches his leadership campaign on Wednesday with the message that “delay means Corbyn”, warning Conservative colleagues the party will ‘kick the bucket’ if Brexit isn’t delivered by October 31.

Independent
Britain’s largest Muslim organisation has condemned the Conservatives over “fundamental failures” in addressing Islamophobia within the party’s ranks.  In alarming remarks, the spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said he had documented “hundreds of cases” showing the scale of Islamophobia in Tory quarters. It comes after the MCB submitted more than 20 pages of evidence to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

BBC News
Boris Johnson has warned any further delay to Brexit will spell disaster for the Conservatives ahead of the launch of his leadership campaign. He will tell supporters the UK must leave on 31 October and that any more “can kicking” will mean defeat for the party at the next general election. He will say his two election victories as London mayor mark him out as the person most able to beat Jeremy Corbyn.

EU

Express
NIGEL Farage’s Brexit Party is getting closer to forming an alliance with the Five Star Movement, Italy’s anti-establishment party who suffered losses in the European elections. The Brexit Party was not the only Eurosceptic party to enjoy big successes in the European elections, with Italy’s Five Star Movement (MFS), led by Luigi Di Maio, also coming to the fore. There has been uncertainty as to whether the two forces will merge together to join the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD), the Eurosceptic political group in the European Parliament.

Telegraph
Brussels will not renegotiate the EU-UK withdrawal agreement no matter who replaces Theresa May as prime minister in the Tory leadership race, Jean-Claude Juncker has said in comments that exposed the looming threat of a no deal Brexit. Almost all of the leadership candidates have said they would try and renegotiate the withdrawal agreement, which includes the Irish border backstop.

Breitbart
A representative of the French Government has said that the EU is not prepared to re-open discussions on the terms of Britain’s EU withdrawal agreement, and that without a distinct change in policy such as the promise of a new referendum Britain must prepare to leave the EU on October 31st. Amelie De Montchalin, France’s minister for European Affairs said “We consider it is up to Britain to decide how it wants to proceed.

Independent
The president of the European Commission has criticised the British political class for being more interested in ousting Theresa May than finding a solution to Brexit. Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday, Jean-Claude Juncker said the withdrawal agreement could not be changed and was not open to negotiation by future Tory leaders.  “I don’t like what is happening … I have the impression for months now that the main interest for the British political society was how to replace Theresa May and not how to find an arrangement with the European Union,” he told Politico in a live interview.

Scotland

Sun
PM hopeful Andrea Leadsom stunned Westminster by opening the door to a second vote on Scottish independence. The former Commons Leader said she would “never say never” to the prospect of another indy vote. And she insisted it would be “disrespectful” to the Scottish Parliament for the UK Government to rule it out.

Mail
Nicola Sturgeon was seen hugging Jean-Claude Juncker as she claimed that Scotland is ‘increasingly’ on a separate path to the rest of the UK.   The First Minister said her country will ‘always be’ a European nation while on a visit to Brussels, where she embraced the European Commission President and declared that Scotland identified with values of ‘internationalism, solidarity and co-operation’.

Oxfam

Telegraph
Oxfam risked the safety of children to protect its reputation, a Charity Commission report into the Haiti sex abuse scandal has found.  In the first external investigation since it emerged that charity workers sexually exploited young girls and women following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Oxfam has been criticised heavily for its procedures and response. The Charity Commission reported: “It is the inquiry’s view that Oxfam GB should not have taken the risk with the safety of minors.”

Sun
OXFAM has been let off with a warning over its Haiti sex scandal despite dismissing claims a girl aged 12 was raped. The Charity Commission found serious allegations of wrongdoing and said Oxfam put children in danger. But it decided the charity was only guilty of “corporate failure” and no individuals should be held responsible. The commission conducted an 18-month probe into allegations Oxfam staff sexually exploited 2010 earthquake victims in Haiti.

Times
Oxfam put destitute children at risk by not investigating allegations of sexual assault by aid workers, a highly critical report into the Haiti abuse scandal said today. Emails sent to the British charity in the summer of 2011 claimed that two girls, aged 12 and 13, were being “beaten and used” by aid workers and their “boss”. The messages were seen by the head of Oxfam at the time, Dame Barbara Stocking, and came as the charity was already investigating allegations that senior aid workers were paying local women for sex in the country shattered by earthquakes.

Times
Destitute children may have been put at risk when Oxfam failed to investigate allegations of sexual assault by aid workers properly, the highly critical report into the Haiti abuse scandal said yesterday. Days after a whistleblower flew to Britain in July 2011 to raise the alarm about senior aid workers paying young women to engage in “sex parties”, an email was sent to Dame Barbara Stocking, then chief executive of the charity, and to its press office.

Mail
Oxfam failed to investigate the sexual abuse of children as young as 12 and ‘lost sight of the values it stands for’, a charities watchdog inquiry found today. The Charity Commission for England and Wales said there was a ‘culture of poor behaviour’ among Oxfam staff sent to help victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The report following an 18-month investigation also found serious allegations of wrongdoing including sexual abuse of children were not fully disclosed.

Climate change

Independent
Theresa May today pledges to introduce a legally binding target forcing the UK to end its contribution to climate change  by the middle of the century.  In one of her last acts in office before leaving No 10, the prime minister will lay legislation in the Commons, setting a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Fox News
The UK will slash its net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, Theresa May has vowed. The legislation – which will be announced in parliament on Wednesday – will make the UK the first G7 country to set such a target into law. May said the move would allow the UK “to be truly proud of our record in tackling climate change”. “Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children,” she said.

Sky News
The UK will produce net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Theresa May has pledged. The outgoing prime minister is to announce a legally binding agreement on Wednesday to put the UK on the path to end its contribution to climate change in just over 30 years. This would mean any emissions produced by the UK after 2050 would be offset by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere.

Guardian
Theresa May has sought to cement some legacy in the weeks before she steps down as prime minister by enshrining in law a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, making Britain the first major economy to do so. The commitment, to be made in an amendment to the Climate Change Act laid in parliament on Wednesday, would make the UK the first member of the G7 group of industrialised nations to legislate for net zero emissions, Downing Street said.

Environment

Times
Millions of parking spaces should be removed and replaced with trees and cycle lanes to reduce air pollution and tackle climate change, according to a body advising mayors of the world’s biggest cities. About 135,000 parking spaces could be removed in London and 10.5 million overall in 94 main cities globally in a reallocation of urban space, the C40 Cities group says.

NHS

Times
One of the country’s most densely populated cities does not have a single dentist able to take on NHS patients. Up to 20,000 residents of Portsmouth will be without a dentist when a chain of practices closes its doors next month. With no surgeries accepting adult NHS patients, the nearest practices are in Gosport, which is a ferry-ride away, or Havant, a half-hour drive away, according to the NHS website.

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