EU

It seems Juncker the drunker has been spouting off again. Westmonster reports:

Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, has claimed that without the creation of the Euro, we would have war.
Speaking to students in Luxembourg, the Eurocrat explained: “If we didn’t have (the euro) we would have tremendous conflict and consequences, including not just military war but also economic difficulties. We’d be much, much more impoverished too without our single currency.”
We’re not even sure where to start with that one, given the sweeping mass unemployment across southern Eurozone states and the hardship caused by ECB enforced austerity.
It’s also laughable for him to talk about the Euro bringing an end to military conflict, especially considering he’s currently drawing up plans to give himself an army.
Westmonster thinks he ought to lay off the brandy.

The Express also has the story.

BRUSSELS boss Jean-Claude Juncker today claimed that the introduction of the euro has prevented the start of World War Three in Europe.
The EU chief said without the single currency the continent would face “tremendous conflict” between states including “military war”.
And in a speech likely to raise hackles amongst struggling Mediterranean countries he claimed all Europe would be “much more impoverished” without it.
Mr Juncker made the remarks during an address to students at the University of Luxembourg, in which he also called for closer ties with Russia.
His comments will anger those voters, particularly in countries like Italy and Greece, who feel the euro has penalised them at the expense of Germany. 

And the Telegraph reports he is still demanding money from us.

Jean-Claude Juncker today warned that Britain will have to pay for Brexit if it wants to begin talks over trade and a transition deal with the EU during a remarkable speech in which he thanked the UK for the Second World War and claimed the euro had prevented other wars in Europe.
The European Commission president took the hard-line stance as it emerged that EU leaders were considering taking the first steps towards trade and transition negotiations.
The EU is refusing to fully engage in those negotiations until it judges that “sufficient progress” has been made in the three issues of the co-called Brexit bill, Ireland and citizens’ rights.
“I am not hating the British. The Europeans have to be grateful for so many things Britain has brought to Europe, during war, before war, after war, everywhere and every time, but now they have to pay,” he said to laughter from the audience.

The Sun calls it a ‘bizarre rant’.

JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER sparked fury today by praising Britain for saving Europe during WW2 – but saying it was now “time to pay” for a Brexit divorce bill.
The famously thirsty EU boss also compared Brexit to “ordering 28 beers” in a bar and then walking out without paying in a bizarre rant.
Comparing UK contributions to the EU budget as a bar bill, the loathed Eurocrat added: “if you are ordering 28 beers and then suddenly one of your colleagues is leaving and he’s not paying, that’s not feasible.”
And he claimed that Brexit “will “take longer than initially thought” — opening a fresh rift on the continent after EU Council chief Donald Tusk declared “considerable progress” had been made in exit talks. 
Mr Juncker insisted that Britain quitting the EU would be sorted out “easily with common sense” if both sides act in a grown-up way.

And the Guardian claims the pressure on May is growing.

Jean-Claude Juncker has upped the pressure on Theresa May over Britain’s Brexit divorce bill, acknowledging Europe’s debt of gratitude to the country “during the war, after the war, before the war”, but insisting: “Now they have to pay.”
With EU leaders meeting for a summit next week, the European commission president used a speech in Luxembourg to express his frustration at the British government’s failure so far to commit to honouring its financial obligations to the bloc on leaving it.
The Brexit secretary, David Davis, insisted on Thursday at the end of the fifth round of negotiations that the UK would only spell out what aspects of the past commitments it was willing to meet once talks were opened on the future trading relationship. As a consequence, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, claimed the talks were in a “very disturbing state of deadlock”.

The Independent reports that the delay means a waste of precious time.

Britain leaving the European Union will take longer than had initially been thought, the President of the European Commission has said.
Speaking in Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker said the UK would “have to pay” the Brexit divorce bill before negotiations could move onto the next phase.
The president’s comments come after EU negotiators warned that talks on the payments had reached a “disturbing deadlock” this week.
“The British are discovering, as we are, new problems every day. That’s the reason why this process will take longer than initially thought,” said Mr Juncker.
“We cannot find for the time being a real compromise as far as the remaining financial commitments of the UK are concerned. As we are not able to do this we will not be able to say in the European Council in October that now we can move to the second phase of negotiations.

Brexit

The Express reports we could be on the brink of a breakthrough.

A POWERFUL Brexit group has warned Theresa May that there must be “no more concessions” amid signs that the EU is preparing to perform a humiliating climbdown over trade talks.
Leave Means Leave, which is supported by more than 50 Tory MPs and MEPs, has said that Mrs May must not bow to pressure from the Germans to commit in writing to paying a divorce bill.
It comes as a senior MEP has claimed that Brussels is “panicking” over the increasing prospect of “no deal” as it finally orders preparations to begin for trade talks with the UK.
The European Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday claimed there was “deadlock” on talks and refused to move the negotiations on to trade because of a lack of progress on a divorce bill.

Following yesterday’s poll which claimed that three-quarters of people want to get on and out of the EU, the Guardian reports another poll going in the opposite direction.

Labour MPs, including a member of Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench team, have seized on a poll suggesting the public now regrets the referendum decision to leave the EU.
A YouGov survey found that only 42% of respondents think it is right to leave the EU, compared with 47% who think it is wrong. This is the biggest gap in favour of remaining in the EU since the referendum in June.
The poll of 1,680 people for the Times, also detected some buyer’s remorse among leave voters. It found that 86% of those who voted leave thought they made the right decision, while 7% said they were wrong and 7% said they didn’t know.
The biggest gap was among female voters. Asked whether the UK was right or wrong to vote for Brexit, 49% of women said it was wrong, compared with 40% who said it was right.

The Mail reports there could be a delay in discussion of the Withdrawal Bill.

The crucial EU Withdrawal Bill is under mortal threat today after government whips were forced to delay its return to the Commons in the face of a slew of rebellions.
The flagship Bill was due to be scrutinised by MPs next week – but has been temporarily removed from the parliamentary calendar.
Ministers fear they could be defeated on more than a dozen of the 300 amendments that have been tabled, potentially undermining plans for cutting ties with Brussels.
A total of 300 changes and 54 new clauses have been laid, of which 13 are said to have enough Tory support to defeat the Government. 

Sky News blames Tory rebels.

No 10 has been forced to delay its flagship Brexit bill after Conservative rebels backed a series of hostile amendments.
Ministers had planned to push the EU Withdrawal Bill, which has passed its second reading in the House of Commons, through to committee stage next week.
But the timetable has slipped after the Tory whips decided they needed more time to strike compromises with rebel MPs in order to avoid a series of damaging defeats.
In total 300 amendments and 54 new clauses have been tabled to the bill, which transfers European law onto the domestic statute book after Brexit, underlining the resistance within the Commons from both opposition parties and some Conservative MPs.

The Independent also has the story.

The Government’s key piece of Brexit  legislation has been delayed due to a major push from MPs to force changes to it.
The EU withdrawal Bill will now not be debated next week after some 300 amendments were demanded by MPs, with many of them thought to enjoy enough support among Conservative MPs.
If Theresa May were to suffer a defeat at the hands of Labour and Tory rebels on her critical piece of Brexit legislation it would once again call into question the credibility of her administration.
It came after the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned of a “disturbing” deadlock in Brexit negotiations, with Ms May facing pressure to make further concessions to move talks on to future trade.

The Independent talks of ‘major concessions’.

Ministers are considering a further round of Brexit legislation in a major concession aimed at quelling a Conservative rebellion over  Theresa May’s EU withdrawal plans, The Independent can reveal.
Among options being explored are additional bills to deal with specific policy areas, like those already announced on immigration or trade, but also a major piece of legislation enshrining the final withdrawal agreement in British law.
It comes in response to deep concerns among Conservative MPs over sweeping powers being granted to ministers as part of the Brexit process, which allow them to change existing laws without full scrutiny in Parliament.

Fisheries

In other news, the Sun reports that the Royal Navy is ready to protect our fish.

THE ROYAL Navy has rushed out one of Britain’s first-class patrol ships to defend our fishing waters against EU fisherman today.
In a sign of things to come after we finally quit the EU in 2019, HMS Tyne was issued once more to safeguard our stocks from invaders.
HMS Queen Elizabeth tweeted this morning: “On #FishFriday HMS Tyne is off to patrol waters to safeguard fish stocks”.
The photos show ships blasting off to make sure other countries keep their hands off our fish and don’t take more stock than they are allowed.
The ship is just one of a number which inspect fishing vessels operating up to 200 miles off the UK’s coastline.
Current EU rules allows some foreign ships access to British waters from six to 12 miles off the UK coast, where they can catch up to 10,000 tonnes of fish each year.

Religious education

The Times reports a court ruling that boys and girls must not be segregated at school.

Religious schools that segregate girls and boys have been told they are breaking the law, but have been given time to change their regime, in a landmark court judgement.
Three Court of Appeal judges ruled unanimously that the mixed al-Hijrah school in Birmingham was unlawfully discriminating on the grounds of gender with its rigid policy of gender segregation. Girls and boys have separate classes, are banned from mixing at lunchtime or during any activities and use separate corridors.
Ofsted said that this failed to prepare pupils properly for modern British life and placed the school in special measures last June.

The Star criticised the policy.

A MUSLIM school’s policy of separating boys and girls is unlawful, a court ruled in a landmark case yesterday.
The Al-Hijrah School bars pupils from mixing for all lessons, breaks, school clubs and trips from the age of nine to 16. Pupils are also forbidden from walking down the same corridor.
But three of Britain’s top judges decided unanimously that the segregation policy amounted to sex discrimination.
Their ruling overturned last year’s High Court judgement that Ofsted was wrong to penalise the mixed-sex school.
The Court of Appeal panel allowed the challenge by the education watchdog’s chief inspector Amanda Spielman and paves the way for Ofsted to challenge other schools with a segregation policy.

And the UKIP party website also reports the action.

The Court of Appeal has overturned last year’s finding by a High Court judge that Ofsted inspectors were wrong to penalise the mixed-sex Al-Hijrah school in Bordesley Green in Birmingham.
Margot Parker, UKIP’s spokesperson for Women and Equalities, said: “Although the Court of Appeal ruled this school was discriminating against its pupils, there are still many questions to be answered.
“First of all I find it most concerning that the situation ever arose in the first place – there should have been checks and balances against segregating boys and girls.
“Secondly, I am astonished the High Court made a decision to clear the school of discrimination, leading to this appeal by Oftsed.
“Lastly, there is the very real concern this policy did did disadvantage girls more than boys. This was rejected by the Court of Appeal.
“This is Britain, this is 2017 – surely no-one considers this form of segregation, where boys and girls from Year Five are completely separated, even being made to walk in different corridors, is acceptable.

Acid crimes

The growing problems of attackers using acid will face a clampdown, says the Star.

TOUGH new penalties on acid crimes will be unveiled today.
Thugs who are caught twice with corrosive substances will automatically face a prison sentence of at least six months under the plans.
And a new offence to stop the sale of acids to under-18s is also being weighed up.
It comes after victims such as celebrity Katie Piper described acid attacks as a “life sentence”.
The model, 34, who suffered horrific burns to her face in a 2008 attack, said “I will need operations and therapy for life”.
Andreas Christopheros, of Truro, Cornwall, suffered horrific injuries when acid was thrown in his face in a case of mistaken identity in 2014.
He has said: “The repercussions for an acid attack are lifelong.”

ITV News claims attackers could face prison.

People who are caught twice with corrosive substances in public will automatically face a prison sentence of at least six months under government proposals to counter the threat of acid attacks.
The Home Office proposals form part of a drive to tackle the recent spike in acid attacks in the UK.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd also announced at the Conservative Party conference that shops will no longer be able to sell acids to people under 18. She said: “Acid attacks are absolutely revolting.
“You have all seen the pictures of victims who never fully recover – endless surgeries, lives ruined.”

Cyber attack

Several of the newspapers claim a cyber attack on Parliament was undertaken by Iran. The Telegraph says;

Iran was responsible for a cyberattack on Parliament that hit dozens of MPs, including Theresa May, Whitehall sources have told The Daily Telegraph.
The unprecedented “brute force” cyber attack in June lasted more than 12 hours and compromised around 90 email accounts.
It was initially thought that Russia was behind the attack, but intelligence officials have now concluded Iran is responsible. It would be Tehran’s first significant cyberattack on the UK.
In the attack, hackers repeatedly probed “weak” passwords of politicians and aides, forcing parliamentary officials to lock MPs out of their own email accounts as they scrambled to minimise the damage from the incident.

ITV News also blames Iran.

Iran is being blamed for a brute force cyber attack on parliament that compromised MPs’ email accounts.
Blackmail fears were raised when hackers tried to break into the system used by MPs, peers and staff by searching for weak passwords.
Around 90 of the 9,000 email accounts were undermined in the”sustained and determined” attack in June.
Investigators say they have traced the source of the hit to the Tehran regime, according to The Times.
The House of Commons said it did not comment on security matters.

And the Times claims it was a ‘brute force’ attack.

Iran carried out a “brute force” cyberattack on parliament that hit dozens of MPs this summer, according to a secret intelligence assessment.
Some 9,000 email accounts, including those belonging to Theresa May and other cabinet ministers, were subjected to a sustained attack on June 23. Ninety accounts were compromised.
Russia was initially blamed but investigators have traced the attack to the Tehran regime, The Times can reveal. It is believed to be Iran’s first significant act of cyberwarfare on Britain and underlines its emergence as one of the world’s biggest cyberpowers.

The Mail has picked up the story.

Iran was last night reported to be responsible for a massive cyber-attack on parliament.
A secret intelligence assessment has identified Tehran as the likely source of a ‘brute force’ attack that hit dozens of MPs this summer.
Around 9,000 email accounts, including those belonging to Theresa May and other members of the Cabinet, were targeted in the attack in June.
Russia was initially blamed. But, according to a report in the Times, the intelligence services now believe the attack originated in Iran.
It is thought to be Tehran’s first major cyber-attack on the UK and comes at a time when Mrs May is urging Donald Trump not to axe the Iran nuclear deal.

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