Brexit

Mail
The battle to take Britain out of the EU is ‘not yet won’, Jacob Rees-Mogg warned last night – as campaigners launched a fundraising drive to take on calls for a second referendum. In an open letter yesterday, Tory MP Mr Rees-Mogg made a direct appeal for funds to help take on the lavishly resourced Remain campaign. 
The prominent Eurosceptic described diehard Remainers as ‘cave dwellers (who) still want to stop the process’. But he warned that the pro-Brexit camp still had a fight on its hands to ensure Britain leaves the EU in a year’s time. ‘Remain campaigners have still not given up on their attempts to trap us inside the EU,’ he said. ‘They want us to go crawling back to Brussels, in what would be the biggest humiliation since Suez.

Express
THERESA May must deliver a “proper” Brexit that decisively cuts ties with Brussels to keep the support of Tory backbenchers, Jacob Rees-Mogg warned today. In a stark challenge to the Prime Minister, the leading Eurosceptic MP condemned her plan for a 21-month transition out of the EU as “not a good deal” for the country. Speaking at an event in central London hosted by the Leave Means Leave pressure group, he predicted that the Leave campaign would win “by miles” if a second referendum on the Brexit decision was held. Mr Rees Mogg admitted being disappointed with Mrs May’s transition deal, agreed by the EU last week, because it kept the UK locked in the Common Fisheries Policy, the Commons Agriculture Policy and a host of other Brussels rules and regulations. He said during a question-and-answer sessions following his speech: “We’re staying in everything – we’re not leaving anything.”

EU

Westmonster
With a year to go until technical Brexit, Jacob Rees-Mogg has delivered a speech with Leave Means Leave, talking up how an EU exit will help the poorest in society, whilst also insisting that the UK has “great strength” in the negotiations as No Deal would be a “disaster” for the European Union. Mogg points out that: “It is worth asking what preparations has the EU made for No Deal because if the EU is faced with No Deal it is insolvent. “The EU has no legal ability to borrow, it has to raise its money from the Member States that it seeks to spend.  If it does not have that money it cannot spent it.  What plans has the EU made to cut expenditure in Romania, in Poland, in the Czech Republic? Or what plans has it made to ask the Dutch and the Germans and the French for more money to fund those projects? The answer is none. “Its commitments are still there but it would not have the funding to pay for them. It will be a quarter of the way through a financial year anyway so it would be a sudden hit for the EU if we left without a deal, without paying any money.  

Fisheries

Express
THERESA May has insisted Britain will take back control of its fishing waters as she was challenged over a transitional Brexit arrangement with the EU that has caused widespread accusations of “selling out” the UK’s fishermen. During an appearance before the Commons Liaison Committee, the Prime Minister was probed about the concerns of the fishing industry that they could be “negotiated away” in the final EU deal. Neil Parish told the Prime Minister: “Fishermen expect to get our fishing rights back. “They felt they were carved up as you’ve said back in the 70s and I think they don’t mind altogether waiting as long as they’re not going to be negotiated away again when it comes to a final deal with Europe. “We must get ourselves into an independent coastal state and be ready to run our own fish. “Can we have those absolute reassurances?” Mrs May replied: “We will be an independent coastal state.

Scotland

Express
NICOLA Sturgeon and the SNP have been slammed as “dishonest” as they look to be gearing up for yet another independence referendum after the Party registered a website to organise supporters, it has been revealed. The Party’s head of data and technology Chris Jones created the website organise.scot which was registered last year. Mr Jones, who has been the head of technology since December 2014, had registered two pro-independence websites for the Party before called ref.scot and mobilise.scot. The website was brought after SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament that she has “reset” her referendum timetable which has led opposition parties to fear she will push for Indyref2. Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw said: “This shows that while Nicola Sturgeon was pretending to the people of Scotland she was pausing the independence agitation, her party machine was doing the very opposite.

Conservative Party

Independent
Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned Theresa May she risks splitting the Conservative Party in two and could be ousted as prime minister if she breaks Tory backbench Eurosceptics’ red lines on Brexit. The arch Brexiteer compared Ms May’s predicament to that of 19thCentury prime minister Sir Robert Peel, who forced through the controversial repeal of the Corn Laws against the wishes of many of his MPs. The move resulted in Peel being forced to quit as prime minister and the Conservative Party splitting, with the “Peelites” eventually joining forces with the Whigs and others to form the Liberal Party. Asked about Brexiteers’ demands after delivering a speech to mark one year until Brexit, Mr Rees-Mogg said Ms May would be risking similar consequences if she relies on Labour votes to get a final Brexit agreement through parliament without the support of her Eurosceptic backbenchers. He said: “Let’s be frank: all the red lines have gone in the transition deal – there isn’t a red line left in that.

NHS

Times
The NHS has been promised a new hospital every year in the biggest infrastructure expansion for a decade. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, who is pushing the prime minister for a ten-year NHS funding plan, said he wanted to “expand capacity for the future” with a host of new buildings. A £3.5 billion capital fund promised by Philip Hammond, the chancellor, in last year’s budget would allow a major project equivalent to a new hospital each year for the next five years, he said. Shrewsbury and Telford will receive £300 million this year to turn two hospitals into one “hot” emergency care hospital and one “cold” hospital for scheduled treatments and operations.

Sky News
Theresa May wants a “long-term” health funding plan in order to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the NHS this year. The Prime Minister has hinted she is backing Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s call for a 10-year NHS spending deal as she warned of a need to get away from “annual top ups” of hospital budgets. Mrs May, appearing before the House of Commons Liaison Committee, described NHS funding as a “critical priority” after highlighting “serious cost and demand pressures” on the health service. The Prime Minister suggested the Government “cannot afford to wait until next Easter” – and a planned spending review for all Whitehall departments – for an answer to NHS spending. “We need to, I think, get away from this annual approach we see to the NHS budget,” Mrs May told the group of MPs, made up of the chairs of all Commons committees.

Sun
THERESA May pledged ten years of guaranteed cash for the health service as a 70th birthday present to the NHS. Backing Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the PM told MPs a “long-term plan” for NHS funding will be hammered out this year. It is possible that the Prime Minister has given the NHS a lifeline with this cash promise. It will be negotiated separately and beyond next year’s Whitehall-wide review into public spending for the next five years. Appearing before the powerful Common’s Liaison Committee, Mrs May admitted the health service “can’t afford to wait” until 2019. And she insisted that the Government needed to get away from annual top-ups of the struggling health service budget. Mrs May told MPs the doctors and hospitals are facing “serious cost and demand pressures” and “we can’t afford to wait until next Easter”. She added: “I think in this 70th anniversary year of the NHS’s foundation we need an answer on this.”

BBC News
Theresa May has promised a “multi-year” funding plan for the NHS in England to address its long-terms financial needs. The PM said she wanted to get away from annual “cash top-ups” and would come up with a blueprint later this year to allow the NHS “to plan for the future”. She said she hoped to build a political consensus on improving productivity and efficiency and reducing cost pressures. Labour said it welcomed any promise of extra funding from a government which had “starved” the NHS of resources. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said the health service needed to capitalise on advances in medical care while ensuring the “great pressure” on front-line staff was alleviated. Following one of the toughest winters in recent years, more than 100 MPs have urged the PM to set up a cross-party Parliamentary Commission to address the health service’s long-term financial needs.

Mirror
Theresa May today said she will unveil a massive shake-up of NHS funding THIS YEAR after she faced massive pressure to solve the cash crisis in the health service. The Prime Minister told MPs she will present a “multi-year funding settlement” for hospitals – BEFORE a Whitehall-wide spending review reports back next year. Admitting the health service needed help, she said: “I would suggest we can’t afford to wait until next Easter. “I think in this, the 70th anniversary year of the NHS’s foundation, we need an answer on this.” The announcement, welcomed by NHS England, signals funding will shift away from annual budgets and onto long-term planning in a major change. But Mrs May wouldn’t directly confirm if it’ll actually mean extra cash for the NHS – instead claiming she had already committed more money to struggling hospitals.

Environment

Telegraph
A tax of up to 22p could be added to plastic bottles to prevent the tide of rubbish flowing into the oceans, under plans announced by Michael Gove on Wednesday. The Department of Environment is considering implementing a deposit return scheme similar to those which already exist in Denmark, Sweden and Germany. In Europe consumers pay between 8p and 22p extra, which they get back when they return their bottles. The plans may involve a network of reverse vending machines, where people could insert their bottles – plastic, glass and metal – and be reimbursed.

Times
Shoppers will be charged up to 20p extra for drinks cans and bottles under plans for a refundable deposit scheme to tackle litter and boost recycling. Michael Gove, the environment secretary, will announce today that the proposed scheme will apply to all drinks containers, whether plastic, glass or metal. His plans are more radical than expected. Retailers could be compelled to install thousands of reverse vending machines, which return the deposit in cash or as a voucher when an empty container is inserted. The scheme, which Mr Gove hopes to introduce next year, is expected to cost retailers and the drinks industry hundreds of millions of pounds to introduce.

ITV News
Consumers could face paying a deposit on drinks bottles and cans which is repaid when they hand them in for recycling, under Government plans to tackle plastic waste. Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed ministers would introduce a deposit return scheme for single use drinks containers such as plastic and glass bottles and aluminium cans in England, subject to consultation. The move aims to boost recycling rates and cut litter, and comes amid increasing concern over the issue of single use plastic waste, much of which ends up as rubbish polluting the countryside and oceans. UK consumers use an estimated 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year, but more than three billion are incinerated, sent to landfill or end up as litter in towns, the countryside and the seas, officials said.

Mail
A deposit return scheme for drinks bottles and cans will be unveiled by Michael Gove today in a major victory for the Mail’s campaign to slash plastic waste. As well as plastic bottles, the scheme will cover aluminium cans and glass bottles, the Environment Secretary will say. It is expected to involve putting a small charge on recyclable bottles and drinks containers. This deposit would be returned when empty bottles or cans are returned to a new network of ‘reverse vending machines’. As the Mail revealed on Saturday, Mr Gove will announce a formal consultation on how such a scheme will work in practice. A poll shows a 10p deposit could prove effective in the UK. In Europe, the deposit charged ranges from 5p to 22p. In an article for the Mail today, the Environment Secretary says ‘reward and return’ schemes are a powerful agent of change.

Independent
Shoppers will be given money for recycling single-use drinks containers, under plans to help cleanse streets and oceans of waste plastic, ministers have announced. Proposals from Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, would see people either pay a deposit on purchasing an item, which is returned when they recycle, or simply handed cash for every container they take back. Officials hinted that recycling of glass, plastic and metal containers could even be carried out through a network of “reverse vending machines”, which pay people for each item. The new scheme is the latest initiative from Mr Gove as he stakes out environmental issues as Conservative political territory, with campaigners now encouraged to push for progress in other areas too.

Mirror
A deposit return scheme for drinks cans and plastic and glass bottles will be introduced to boost recycling, the Government has announced. Ministers have been under mounting pressure to curb plastics polluting the seas in the wake of the BBC’s Blue Planet II. The move, which is subject to consultation, is a major victory for green campaigners who pressed the Government to act.UK consumers buy an estimated 13 billion plastic drinks bottles every year. But more than three billion are incinerated, sent to rubbish dumps or chucked away to litter streets, countryside, seas and beaches. While tonight’s announcement only affects England, officials and ministers are poised to thrash out plans with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland amid hopes it could be rolled out across the UK.

Russia

Telegraph
British spies will launch a counter-propaganda war against the Russians as part of a major overhaul of the UK’s security capabilities announced by Theresa May. The Prime Minister has instructed the intelligence services to use social media to disrupt misinformation as she promised to use “every capability at our disposal” to defeat the new threat facing Britain. As well as increased Russian aggression, sources warned the Islamist terror threat is likely to rise in the next two years as Mrs May revealed a major new effort to ensure every Government agency and department views national security as their priority, rather than just police and security services.

Breitbart
Russia’s Pravda news portal, the online descendant of the infamous Soviet-era Communist propaganda sheet, responded to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from several Western nations on Monday by invoking the Cold War, referencing the remarks of the Russian ambassador to the U.S. calling the move a “tantrum”. While the  English Pravda edition on Monday limited its content to listing the nations which had so far expelled Russian diplomats and embedding a YouTube video warning “Russia and UK on verge of war because of Theresa May’s circus show”, the Russian language version of the same article edition was more explicit.

Sun
THERESA May will warn Vladimir Putin that she is mobilising “every capability at our disposal” to fight back against Russia’s hybrid warfare. For the first time, security chiefs will be able to draw on the soft power of the whole government as well as our traditional military prowess. That means throwing Britain’s intelligence expertise, economic wealth, cutting edge communications and even the giant £13billion pot of aid money into the real time fight. The ‘Fusion Doctrine’ will also allow ministers to tackle the full spectrum threats that international terror movements like ISIS pose as well. In the foreword to the National Security Capability Review drawn up over the last nine months, Mrs May will say: “As long as we defend our interests and stand up for our values, there will continue to be those who seek to undermine or attack us. “But these people should be in no doubt that we will use every capability at our disposal to defeat them.

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