Brexit

The Prime Minister has rejected claims by the EU that it should retain a hold over us following our withdrawal says the Express.

AN “outrageous” new demand by the EU that it continues to rule Britain after Brexit through the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has been rejected by Theresa May.
A new set of policy papers by the European Commission have revealed that Jean Claude Juncker and his fellow eurocrats want to continue to impose their will on Britain through legal rulings and fines from the ECJ.
Brexit campaign groups have branded the EU’s approach to the talks as “irrational” and warned that if Brussels does not withdraw its unreasonable demands on giving a foreign court jurisdiction in Britain then the Government must walk away from the talks.
Senior figures in the EU have seen the election result in the UK where the Conservatives failed to win a majority as an opportunity to try to force through a deal which in effect means Britain is still controlled by the EU.

And a judge has claimed we’ll be begging for the ECJ’s help, says the Express.

BRITISH businesses will be travelling to Luxembourg and “begging on their knees” for continued interventions by the European Court of Justice even after Brexit, its top judge has predicted.
In an outspoken intervention Koen Lenaerts said the UK would still need his court even after it has left the European Union because many British companies will set up subsidies on the continent that will need ongoing protection under EU law.
And he insisted that when Britain and the EU eventually sign a trade deal the British side will still need access to the ECJ in the event of the 27 member states flouting its terms. 

The Sun reports a change of advice from a top finance group.

THE HEAD of a respected international economic group has admitted Brexit won’t harm living standards in the UK despite claiming last year it would have “substantial negative consequences”.
The OECD were one of a number of groups, think tanks and business leaders who warned before the EU referendum that leaving would damage Britain.
But its secretary-general has now changed his tune somewhat, saying he thinks it will make little difference to the quality of life.
Angel Gurria said it “will probably remain to a very great extent as it is today” following our EU withdrawal, adding that the impact on immigration will depend on the form Brexit eventually takes.
He said that will determine whether the UK is “a more attractive place to go to work”.

The Guardian claims the PM is playing hardball in the negotiations.

Theresa May’s “absolutist” stance on Britain leaving the jurisdiction of the European court of justice has “hamstrung” David Davis in negotiations with Brussels, according to the Brexit secretary’s former chief of staff.
James Chapman, who worked for George Osborne before serving as Davis’s chief of staff until shortly before the election, said May’s insistence that the ECJ must not have oversight once Britain leaves the EU, revealed in her party conference speech last year, had made the negotiators’ task more difficult.
“She’s taken some absolutist positions on particular issues – I’m thinking of the European court of justice,” he told the BBC’s Week in Westminster. “She’s set a red line effectively for a conference speech that hamstrung these negotiations in my view,” said Chapman, who left government before the election and has now become a partner at the PR firm Bell Pottinger.

Labour’s Brexit secretary is still trying to thwart the referendum result, says the Mirror.

Labour’s Keir Starmer today vows to block Theresa May ’s plans for an extreme Brexit .
The Shadow Brexit Secretary moved to reassure Labour rebels by promising to push for a Commons vote to prevent the Prime Minister from walking away without a deal.
Mr Starmer also gives his strongest backing to date for the UK to stay in the customs union.
His comments came after 49 Labour MPs defied Jeremy Corbyn by voting to keep Britain in the single market and the customs union.

But Starmer is not being backed by all his MPs, says the Telegraph.

Jeremy Corbyn was facing an increasingly divided Labour party last night after  Remain-supporting MPs warned they can’t support his position on Brexit because their constituents do not support it.
MPs in remain-backing constituencies said they can’t vote in favour of the leader’s position on leaving the European Union, which is seen as increasingly hardline, for fear of losing their seats in another general election.
Their admission means the deep split is likely to widen in the coming weeks unless Labour can reconcile the two opposing viewpoints on its own benches and within its electorate.
It follows a rebellion by 49 Labour MPs over an amendment calling for the Government to retain access to the single market after Brexit which weakened Mr Corbyn’s ability to oppose Theresa May’s plans. 

EU

Meanwhile, across the Channel, some top officials still think there is a prospect of the UK changing it’s mind over Brexit, says the Guardian.

Ambassadors from larger EU states have started to review whether the UK will reverse its Brexit decision in light of the election result, despite many concluding no foreseeable political scenario exists for abandoning it.
Splits in Theresa May’s cabinet have emerged this week as senior figures set out alternative timetables for Brexit while the German finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, suggested the UK might realise at some point it “made a mistake”.
But the diplomats say senior UK civil servants have given no sign to them of an imminent change to May’s red lines on leaving the single market, the customs union and the jurisdiction of the European court of justice. They are expressing private impatience at the inability of the British government to set out a more detailed plan for Brexit more than a year after the referendum.

And it seems that France is planning to lure our bankers there, says the Times.

France has launched an offensive on swathes of the UK economy to exploit uncertainties over Brexit.
Emmanuel Macron, the newly elected French president with a large parliamentary majority, is spearheading the campaign to woo corporate Britain, in particular bankers, over the Channel.
He is expected to announce plans to cut and simplify corporation tax, while the Paris regional council is pledging to open bilingual schools where children of high-flying international executives can study in English. It has also set up a relocation service for those who want to move from London, offering help with buying a home, finding a school and dealing with bureaucracy.

Foreign aid

Back home, the Mail turns its attention to foreign aid.

The wage bill at the foreign aid department has soared by 40 per cent in seven years.
It now stands at £133million – £38million up on 2010 when David Cameron took power.
His target of diverting 0.7 per cent of national income abroad saw spending reach £13.3billion last year.
The huge sums were revealed as a Tory former minister said part of the aid budget should instead go on pay rises for police and nurses.
In 2010-2011, the Department for International Development had 1,822 staff. By this April this had leapt to 2,208, when other ministries were axeing jobs and slashing budgets.

And it seems a former minister has suggested the cash could be better used here in the UK, reports the Sun.

A FORMER Tory minister yesterday demanded that Theresa May pays for a public sector wage rise by raiding Britain’s giant foreign aid budget.
Rob Halfon said it is time to delve into the £13billion cash mountain.
The lowest paid of Britain’s five million state workers must be the first to get a hike, he added.
The demand came after The Sun revealed the PM has secretly agreed to end the one per cent cap on wage rises after senior Tory MPs marched on No10.
Ex- Skills Minister and former deputy party chairman Mr Halfon was sacked by Mrs May two weeks ago.
The PM refused calls during the General Election campaign to ditch a government promise to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas development.

The Mirror shows its political stance by calling Halfon ‘shameless’.

Shameless Tory ex-minister Robert Halfon says the bill for increasing the wages of hard-working nurses, police officers and firefighters should be paid for by the world’s poorest people.
The former Education minister, who was sacked by Theresa May after the election, said the public sector pay freeze must come to an end, but it should be paid for by slashing foreign aid.
He told the BBC’s Today Programme: “People recognise that many public sector workers have had to struggle over the past few years.
“I think we have to look, potentially, at sacred cows. What I’m suggesting is that we look at some of the overseas aid budget, which is going to be over £13 billion in the coming year.

Immigration

It seems the courts are overwhelmed by immigration cases, says the Mail.

Three senior judges have made an extraordinary plea for help in dealing with the avalanche of immigration, asylum and extradition cases clogging up the courts.
They said the Court of Appeal is under ‘considerable strain’ and expressed concern about ‘unacceptable delays’ before cases are heard.
The call came as they ruled that a ‘large-scale’ cannabis grower, who has been fighting a three-and-a-half-year battle to stay in the UK, should be deported back to China.
It can be revealed after the Daily Mail exposed a string of scandals involving foreign criminals and fugitives who have launched lengthy and expensive appeals to avoid being kicked out of the country.

Westmonster also has the story.

Three senior judges have spoken out about the overwhelming number of asylum, immigration and extradition cases that are grinding the British legal system to a halt.
The Court of Appeal simply doesn’t have the resources it needs to cope with the volume of people fighting deportation – and top judges point to the case of a Chinese cannabis grower who spent 3-and-a-half years wrestling extradition as a good example.
Appeal Court judge Sir Stanley Burnton said there is a ‘strong public interest’ in the removal of foreign criminals, adding: “Indeed, it is important that all immigration cases… should be heard and determined speedily. The resources of the Court of Appeal are at present, and have been for some time, under very considerable strain.

Terror attacks

The Times has a story about protection around some public places.

Digital force fields could be installed around sensitive buildings and bridges under government plans to prevent vehicles being used in terrorist attacks.
The Department for Transport is investigating the use of high-tech solutions to stop a repeat of terror incidents such as those at Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.
It is believed that ministers are interested in the development of technology such as “geo-fencing” systems that employ satellites to create electronic boundaries around specific sites.
It would connect with on-board computers in cars to prevent unauthorised vehicles gaining access or slowing them to walking pace.

And the Sun claims tennis and rowing will be highly protected.

OFFICIALS are taking no chances with security at Wimbledon and Henley Regatta this year.
A ring of steel has been put in place around London’s SW19 area ahead of the world-famous sporting showpieces.
Pictures show workmen installing anti-terror barriers and huge concrete blocks to protect the public around Wimbledon.
And armed cops have maintained a visible presence at the Henley Royal Regatta with security particularly tight today during the visit of PM Theresa May.
The beefing up of security comes after two terror attacks in London this year that saw a car and a van used to mow down innocent people.
Khalid Masood killed five people when he ploughed his vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on March 22.

Conservatives

Do you fancy running the Tories’ next campaign? The party is looking for a new employee says the Independent.

The Conservatives are advertising for a new campaign manager after the party’s recent election campaign failed dramatically to secure the majority vote.
The advertisement for a number of new campaign managers across England and Wales states that the ideal candidate will be “enthusiastic and ambitious,” someone “who thrives on a wide-range of competing challenges.”
It also claims the job is a “’rolling-up-the-sleeves’, do whatever needs to be done, frontline campaigning role.”
The Tories will be seeking help in improving the party’s image following a series of set-backs during the election campaign trail.

Labour

And the Sun has a story claiming Corbyn can’t find enough support within his party.

JEREMY CORBYN has been forced to delay his reshuffle after struggling to find Labour MPs to serve in his top team.
The Labour leader sacked three shadow ministers and another quit after they defied him on Brexit and voted in favour of Britain staying in Europe’s single market.
And in a further blow, Diane Abbott was left as the only member of Labour’s Shadow Home affairs team as it emerged her deputy Lyn Brown quit after the pair fell out.
She followed two other MPs – Carolyn Harris and Rupa Huq – in resigning from Ms Abbott’s team this month. The shadow Home Office team usually consists of six MPs.

And the Express claims Corbyn will demand to be made Prime Minister at today’s big march.

JEREMY Corbyn has been condemned after it was announced he will lead a massive protest by leftwingers tomorrow aimed at bringing down the elected Government.
Despite losing the election with 55 fewer seats that the Conservatives, the hard Left Labour leader continues to insist that he won and will demand that he is allowed to become Prime Minister.
Tomorrow he will be the lead speaker at the massive NotOneDayMore/ ToriesOut march by hard line socialists demanding Theresa May steps down despite the Tories easily beating Labour in the election.

Life on Mars

And once again, we can count on the Star for a wacky story, this time about kidnapped children on Mars.

NASA has been forced to deny ludicrous claims it is harbouring a colony of kidnapped children on Mars.
Far-fetched conspiracy theories claiming humans – and even aliens – are living on the red planet are nothing new.
But alt-right talk show host Alex Jones and ex-CIA case officer Robert David Steele concocted a theory so outrageous NASA were compelled to respond.
Steele made the bizarre allegations while appearing on the US-based InfoWars talk show hosted by Jones.
Without presenting any evidence, Steele asserted that NASA have been secretly keeping kidnapped children prisoner on Mars for more than two decades.

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