Brexit

The prospect of the referendum result being overturned is examined by several of the papers.

The Guardian reports on the actions of the government’s legal eagles.

Government lawyers are exploring the possibility of arguing in the supreme court that the article 50 process could be reversed by parliament at any time before the UK completes its exit from the European Union .
Prominent academic experts have told the Guardian they know the government’s legal team has sounded out lawyers about the potential change of tack, which some argue would lead to a victory in the case brought by Gina Miller and other campaigners.
Prof Takis Tridimas, an expert in EU law at King’s College London, said: “I know that the issue of revocation is a live issue in terms of the supreme court hearing.” He had heard that the government had commissioned research on the subject, he said.

The Independent claims the move is at the behest of the Prime Minister.

Theresa May could try and overturn the Brexit court ruling by claiming the triggering of Article 50 – officially launching withdrawal talks – has no direct impact on British citizens rights, The Independent has been told.
A senior Government source revealed lawyers are exploring if the argument could give Ms May the edge to reverse the shock High Court decision that is forcing her to let MP’s vote on triggering the Brexit process.
The line of argument relies on the notion of Britain’s “dualist” legal system – the idea that international law is not applicable in the UK until it is translated into national legislation.
If Ms May’s lawyers can convince judges that triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is purely an international affair, that in isolation does not directly impact on British law, they can claim it does not impinge on British citizens’ rights and so does not require an Act of Parliament.

And the Express claims the government’s intentions are clear.

THERESA May’s Government has insisted it would not be derailed from carrying out the will of the British people to leave the European Union as opposition MPs made new threats to frustrate the process.
Brexit minister David Jones accused them of trying to “thwart” the referendum vote while anti-EU campaigner Michael Gove condemned pro-EU opponents for being “arrogant”.
They hit back after Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said his troops would try to stop the Prime Minister launching the formal Brexit process unless she first guaranteed a second referendum on the final outcome of her talks.
Another Labour MP added her voice to a growing chorus in Parliament threatening to impede the Prime Minister’s right to launch up to two years of Brexit talks with the rest of the EU by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
A recent High Court case ruled in favour of protestors who claim Mrs May needs Parliament’s approval to invoke Article 50.

Reuters claims there is now very little alternative to what has become known as a ‘hard’ Brexit.

A “hard” Brexit in which Britain loses its free access to the European Union market now looks like the most likely outcome of the country’s plan to leave the bloc, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said on Friday.
Britain will suffer the brunt of the economic impact of Brexit and the effects on the world economy will be more limited, S&P said in its latest update on Britain’s economy.
S&P cut Britain’s top-notch AAA credit rating by two places to AA shortly after the June 23 vote to leave the EU, arguing that the country’s capacity for effective and stable policymaking had diminished.
On Friday, it said that it appeared that Britain’s government had not yet accepted that the EU was unlikely to yield on the indivisibility of its four freedoms – the free movement of people, capital, goods, and services.

Lib Dems

And it would seem that the Liberal Democrat Party will do all it can to frustrate the government’s plans, says Reuters

The leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrat Party said on Friday his lawmakers would vote against triggering the formal process of leaving the European Union unless the government promises to hold a second referendum.
Tim Farron, whose party has only have eight members in parliament’s lower House of Commons, has long called for a second referendum on the terms of any deal with EU leaders.
He said his party would now vote against triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which kicks off the EU divorce process, if its demand was ignored.
“We’d vote against Article 50 if our ‘red line’ is not met … which is we want to respect the will of the people and that means they must have their say on a referendum on the terms of the deal,” he told BBC radio.

And the party’s eight MPs will vote against the government’s plans, says BBC News

Liberal Democrat, some Labour and SDLP MPs have told the BBC they are prepared to vote against triggering Article 50.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said his party would oppose it, unless they were promised a second referendum on the UK’s Brexit deal with EU leaders.
Several Labour MPs are also willing to vote against it, despite the Labour Party pledging not to do so.
The government says Lib Dem and Labour MPs are “trying to thwart and reverse the referendum result”.
With the support of Conservative MPs and the support or abstention of most Labour MPs, the bill is well placed to pass through the Commons.
But the opposition of some MPs is likely to embolden critics in the House of Lords.

Sky News has the same story.

The Lib Dems have threatened to block an Article 50 vote on starting EU divorce proceedings if Theresa May does not agree to put the terms of a Brexit deal to the public in a second referendum.
Leader Tim Farron issued the ultimatum ahead of the Government appeal against a High Court ruling that the Prime Minister does not have the power to trigger Article 50 without putting it before Parliament.
While the party only has eight MPs, it does have more than 100 peers in the House of Lords and this could mean trouble for Mrs May if she has to put the EU exit trigger to the vote.

And the Mirror reports the Prime Minister’s problems as she tries to implement the referendum decision.

Theresa May has been given a fresh indicator of the difficulties she could face if Parliament is given a vote on article 50, as MPs lined up threatening to vote against triggering Brexit .
Ministers are challenging a High Court ruling that Parliament must be given a say before the formal two-year process can be started by the Government, but if it comes to a Commons vote a number of MPs have indicated they would oppose the measure unless there are major concessions.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said his party would vote against Article 50 unless there was a guarantee that the final Brexit deal with the European Union is put to a fresh referendum.

The Telegraph claims some MPs are demanding a second referendum.

More than 80 MPs are plotting to stage a Parliamentary vote calling for a second Brexit referendum.
In a move that prompted anger from Conservative ministers a coalition of MPs led by Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, said that they now intend to force a vote calling for another referendum of the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU.
Theresa May’s Government is appealing a High Court ruling which stated that she must get Parliament’s approval before triggering Article 50 , which formally begins the Brexit negotiations with Brussels.

EU

Meanwhile, on the continent, Breitbart reports the EU president’s comments on the election of the US presidency.

The President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, has unleashed a mean-spirited assault on President-elect Donald Trump, claiming that Mr. Trump didn’t know about Europe and that it would waste two years while he learned.
Mr. Juncker, who was recently devastated by the British vote to leave his failing European Union, was quoted after speaking to students at a conference, where he said : “The election of Trump poses the risk of upsetting intercontinental relations in their foundation and in their structure”.
He mentioned what he called the “pernicious” consequences of President-elect Trump’s statements on security policy, while also insulting the new U.S. President’s knowledge of Europe despite Mr. Trump’s long-standing investments and numerous visits to the continent over the past few decades.

And our own International Trade secretary has failed to cross the channel, says the Express

INTERNATIONAL Trade Secretary Liam Fox has snubbed colleagues in the EU since Brexit by failing to take a single official trip across the Channel.
The Brexit-backing business chief is yet to make an overseas trip to visit his European counterparts in a bid to drum up trade post-Brexit, preferring instead to fly to several other continents.
Dr Fox has tried to maximise Britain’s trading potential by jetting off to Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, India and America, who could all become valuable economic partners when Theresa May invokes Article 50 and sets the Brexit wheels in motion.
The movements of the pro-Brexit campaigner can be revealed following a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association.

TTIP

And Breitbart reports that the EU has accepted that the Trans Atlantic deal is dead in the water.

The European Union is conceding defeat over the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership hailed by President Barack Obama and Democrat Party candidate Hillary Clinton following the election of Republican Donald Trump.
Protests against the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal have crossed the political spectrum, thought it has been the left primarily responsible for bringing the issue to the public consciousness.
From mass protests in Germany to huge online petitions, TTIP was widely believed by those on the left and right to be a “corporate stitch-up” deal. The issue attracted the ire of UKIP’s Nigel Farage, Greenpeace, as well as the socialist worker’s parties across the continent. Now, according to the European Union (EU), it is basically dead.

Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has had his first talks with the Prime Minister, reports the Express

DONALD Trump yesterday paved the way for beefed-up trade ties with post-Brexit Britain as he held his first talks with Theresa May.
Reaffirming the importance of the two nations’ special relationship, the US President-elect, whose mother was Scottish, told Mrs May the UK was a “very, very special place for me and for our country”.
In a telephone call before visiting the White House for handover talks with President Barack Obama, he said he would be honoured to welcome her to Washington as soon as possible to discuss a trade deal face-to-face.
And he recalled the warm relationship that existed in the 1980s between their predecessors Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

And Reuters claims the UK’s foreign secretary says he can work with the new president.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, setting aside his previous hostility toward Donald Trump, said on Thursday the U.S. Republican’s presidential election victory offered economic opportunities and there was no need for Europeans to be despondent about it.
“I may respectfully say to my European friends and colleagues that it’s time we snapped out of general doom and gloom about this election,” Johnson said after meeting Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.
“He is after all a deal maker. He wants to do a free trade deal with the UK,” Johnson told reporters.

Labour Party

The Morning Star claims that ex-Militants are asking rejoin the Labour Party.

SOCIALIST Party members made a mass application to rejoin the Labour Party yesterday, saying they aimed to “pacify the Blairites.”
Seventy-five activists who had been expelled from Labour for association with the Militant tendency said they wanted to become involved in Labour again to stop “further compromise and retreats.”
The group includes former Liverpool Labour bigwig Tony Mulhearn, former Labour MP Dave Nellist and Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe.
Mr Taaffe said: “We want to play our part in the struggle to transform Labour and urge the national executive committee to aid this process by admitting us, and others who have been similarly expelled or excluded, into membership, and also by deciding favourably on requests for affiliation from any socialist organisation that so applies.”

And the Guardian is also running the story.

Peter Taaffe, the driving force behind the hard-left organisation Militant Tendency, has submitted an application to rejoin the Labour party, as part of a group of 75 activists, in the hope of strengthening Jeremy Corbyn’s hand against backbench rebels.
Taaffe, who now leads the Socialist party , the successor to Militant, said he and his allies had more than 1,000 years of Labour membership between them, before they were thrown out during a party crackdown.
Jeremy represents a new era: democratic, open and so on,” Taaffe told the Guardian. “Our position is that a new era needs a new form of organisation, which embraces different strands on the left.”

Waxworks

On a lighter note, Reuters reports that Madame Tussauds is well ahead of it’s French rival.

While London’s Madame Tussauds is showing off work well under way on its waxwork of Donald Trump, its Paris rival has found itself on the wrong side of a bet that Hillary Clinton would win the U.S. presidency.
The Musee Grevin has only just started to create its effigy of Trump but has almost finished its Clinton, after deciding to take the risk the outsider would not win.
“We are getting to work on it and the sculpture will be ready within six months,” said Yves Delhommeau, acting managing director of the central Paris tourist attraction.
Le Figaro newspaper said the Clinton figure would be put to one side in case of future need.
Across the Channel, Tussauds had already created clay sculptures of the Republican Trump and his Democratic rival Clinton before Tuesday’s election.

End of the world

As ever, the Star has a doom-laden prophesy.

THE mysterious “Trump’s trumpet” sound has returned – and many fear it’s warning us of impending DOOM after The Donald’s shock presidential win. Daily Star Online revealed earlier this year how hundreds of people across the globe have been left spooked by a strange drone-like noise appearing from nowhere.
Now it has returned – and some fear it is the sound of “Trump’s trumpet” ushering in a new era or the impending apocalypse as the billionaire businessman prepares to become the 45th president of the United States.
It’s claimed “Trump’s trumpet” is the harbinger of the end of the world, and was predicted in the bible as the First Four Trumpets of the Revelation .
A video emerged online of the spine-chilling noise recorded in Slovakia at sunrise – and it has freaked everyone out.

But today, the Mirror also has a frightening prediction:

Donald Trump’s victory was ‘predicted by Nostradamus who said it would bring about the end of the world’.
Conspiracy theorists claim the famous 16th century prophet saw it coming – something the pollsters failed to do.
Add this to the pile of conspiracy theories surrounding the US presidential election : Nostradamus predicted Donald Trump’s shock victory – but with a chilling consequence.
Conspiracy theorists claim the 16th century prophet saw it coming – something the pollsters failed to do – and predicted the election result would lead to the end of the world through a catastrophic war.
They’re quoting two different predictions which refer to a “great shameless, audacious brawler” taking control of the army and a breakout of “nuclear combat”.
Trump, the Republican candidate, will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the US on January 20 after upsetting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in Tuesday night’s historic vote .

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