Cameron

The big story of the day is former Prime Minister David Cameron’s new book, which is being serialised in the Times.

David Cameron insists that he was right to hold the Brexit referendum while claiming he is “truly sorry” at the uncertainty and division it has brought and admitting: “I failed.”
The former prime minister says that Leave’s victory more than three years ago has left him “hugely depressed”. He worries “desperately” about the consequences and admits that some will never forgive him.
But Mr Cameron, 52, argues that a changing European Union meant that an “inevitable” referendum was already overdue by the time voters went to the polls on June 23, 2016, and that it was the “right approach”.

The Mirror claims he’s ‘bitter’.

Bitter David Cameron has taken brutal revenge on Boris Johnson and Michael Gove for betraying him over Brexit.
The former Prime Minister plunged the knife into the Leave-supporting pair now running the Government in a bombshell interview ahead of his autobiography being released next week.
He blasted “mendacious” Mr Gove – now in charge of no-deal planning – and claimed Mr Johnson believed Brexit would be “crushed” in the 2016 referendum.

The Guardian says Brexit is depressing him.

David Cameron has revealed Brexit makes him depressed and accused Michael Gove and Boris Johnson of “trashing the government” with their campaign to leave the EU, in a candid interview ahead of the release of his memoirs.
In an interview (£) with the Times before For The Record hits bookshop shelves, the former prime minister explained how he thinks about losing the referendum “every single day” and what the consequences will be.

And the Mail reports his apology.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is ‘truly sorry’ for the uncertainty caused by the referendum.
Writing in his new book, Mr Cameron is both defensive and apologetic, saying he has ‘many regrets’ about the vote and how he ‘failed’.
He adds: ‘I did not fully anticipate the strength of feeling that would be unleashed both during the referendum and afterwards, and I am truly sorry to have seen the country I love so much suffer uncertainty and division in the years since then’.

Several of the media report Cameron’s views on Gove and Johnson.  Sky News says he’s ‘anguished’.

David Cameron has accused Boris Johnson and Michael Gove of behaving “appallingly” during the Brexit referendum campaign.
The former prime minister’s anguish over the Brexit fallout has been revealed for the first time in his book For The Record, and in an interview with The Times.
Mr Cameron – who gave the green light for the vote to take place – attacked the behaviour of Mr Johnson and Mr Gove.

The Sun says his criticism is levelled mainly at Gove.

FORMER PM David ­Cameron has accused Boris Johnson of behaving “appallingly” during the EU referendum campaign — but singled out Michael Gove for his most stinging criticism.
The ex-leader even revealed he called his one-time close friend “a w****r” when they were in the Cabinet.
Mr Cameron hit out last night, ending a three-year silence over Brexit. He said the two Leavers, who campaigned against him in the 2016 vote, left “the truth at home” and blasted them for “trashing the government of which they were a part”.

The Express calls his attacks ‘extraordinary’.

DAVID CAMERON has launched an extraordinary attack on Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, raging they have behaved “appallingly” during EU referendum campaign.
David Cameron makes the shock new claims in his hugely anticipated memoir, For the Record. Speaking to the Times, Mr Cameron accused Boris Johnson and Michael Gove of “trashing the Government of which they were a part”. He said: “I say in the book: Boris had never argued for leaving the EU, right?

And the Telegraph says he claims both of his colleagues lied to the public.

David Cameron has accused Boris Johnson and Michael Gove of leaving “the truth at home” over Brexit as he said they behaved “appallingly” during the EU referendum campaign.
In an excoriating attack by an ex-prime minister on one of his successors, Mr Cameron criticised his former friends and colleagues over the claims they made about £350m a week payments to Brussels on their campaign bus.

‘Fascinating’ is the verdict of Huffington Post.

On the eve of the publication of his long-awaited memoirs, David Cameron has given an interview to the Times and it makes fascinating reading.
There’s lots of characteristically sweary indiscretions, but also a heck of a lot of what feels like denial about his role in the Brexit mess. It’s as if he’s cherry picked the five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance – and chucked them in a smoothie blender. And acceptance is the missing ingredient.

And the Evening Standard says he has even mentioned a second referendum, despite his promises before the first.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron has said a second Brexit referendum cannot be ruled out.
In an interview with The Times, he said: “I don’t think you can rule it out because we’re stuck.”
Mr Cameron – who called the 2016 referendum and campaigned for Remain – said that while he wasn’t backing a second EU poll, it remains a possibility “because you’ve got to find some way of unblocking the blockage”.

Brexit

The current Prime Minister has reiterated his intention of achieving Brexit at the end of next month.  BBC News reports:

Boris Johnson has said he “won’t be deterred by anybody” from leaving the EU on 31 October.
The prime minister said he was “cautiously optimistic” of getting a Brexit deal, but the UK would leave by the deadline “whatever happens”.
EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said he did not have “reasons to be optimistic” over getting a deal.

The Independent is one of the media reporting Boris’ trip to Europe next week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to travel to Luxembourg on Monday for Brexit talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.
It will be the first time Mr Johnson has met the outgoing EU leader and chief negotiator Michel Barnier in person since taking office in July, but it is not thought to herald a breakthrough in talks on a withdrawal deal.
News of the trip emerged as Irish premier Leo Varadkar cautioned that UK proposals on border arrangements “fall far short” of what would be needed to replace the controversial “backstop”.

But the Guardian reports the lack of a breakthrough.

Downing Street has played down the prospect of an early breakthrough in Brexit talks despite hopes of a compromise on the Irish backstop, as Boris Johnson prepares to meet the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker.
There has been a renewed drive in No 10 for an agreement since parliamentarians passed a law aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit on 31 October and twice rejected Johnson’s demand for a snap general election.

The Times reports the potential backing of members of the opposition.

Boris Johnson’s hopes of getting a deal through the Commons have been given a boost by Labour MPs who are indicating that they could back a new compromise.
The prime minister said that a “rough shape of a deal to be done” was emerging before his first meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker, the outgoing president of the European Commission, on Monday. He will also meet Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator.

Second referendum

We Leavers must not relax our vigilance because, as the Telegraph says:

Remainers are organising. Their new plot, spearheaded by former Conservative Oliver Letwin, is predicated on keeping this rotten parliament alive for as long as possible, denying the people the ability to kick out their duplicitous representatives for months on end. All to try to cancel the largest vote ever taken in the United Kingdom.
In 2017, just three parties with 48 MPs between them stood on manifestos committed to denying the result of the referendum. All other MPs stood for parties promising to respect the result.

Ireland

Does the island to our west have the answer?  Reuters reports the concern of EU negotiators

European Union negotiators are very concerned by the idea of handing Northern Ireland’s devolved government the right to approve future regulatory changes as a part of finding a Brexit compromise, Ireland’s foreign minister said on Friday.
“There is certainly a concern at EU level over the idea that a devolved institution in Northern Ireland could have a veto over how the single market operates or a border on the single market operates. So it’s not as straightforward as some people are suggesting,” Simon Coveney told a news conference.

And the Independent claims the plan will not be acceptable across the English Channel.

British government proposals to give the Northern Ireland assembly control over a new Irish backstop are likely to be rejected by the EU, the Irish government has warned.
Foreign minister Simon Coveney said that the nascent plan give Stormont a major say over the single market regulations – drawn up in London to placate the DUP – would likely not fly.

The Irish government is not happy with the plans, says the Guardian.

The Irish government has cast doubt on suggestions that Northern Ireland’s Stormont assembly could provide the key to unlocking the  Brexit impasse.
Simon Coveney, the deputy prime minister, expressed scepticism about reports that the Democratic Unionist party might sign up to a Northern Ireland-only backstop for the Irish border if the devolved legislature had a veto on future EU rules applying in the region.

If Boris can persuade the EU to change its demands, he might yet secure an agreement says the Sun.

BORIS Johnson could break the Brexit deadlock if he gets the EU to ditch its red line of no checks on the island of Ireland.
Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay has drawn up three tests the Government must meet before it formally asks to renegotiate the deal — and has passed two of them.
He told a key Cabinet committee this week that solutions have been found to avoid infrastructure on the border with Ireland, and a way to protect the integrity of the EU’s single market.

Labour Party

The prospect of trade unionists wielding power is examined in the Express.

JEREMY CORBYN’s astonishing promise to “put power in the hands of workers” has been brutally torn apart by critics, who have raged it will leave Britain “petrified” of being trapped in a vice-like grip of “bully boy” trade union barons.
On Tuesday, the Labour Party leader launched into an “up the workers” speech at the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Brighton, vowing to unleash the biggest “people-powered” campaign ever seen as battle lines for a general election were drawn. Jeremy Corbyn said a Labour Government would create a “Ministry of Employment Rights” to deliver better wages, greater job security and give workers more of a say over how their workplaces are run.

At the upcoming Labour conference, there are likely to be calls for the party to come out in favour of Remain, says the Independent.

Labour activists have backed a move to force Jeremy Corbyn to fully oppose Brexit, paving the way for a major battle at the party’s annual conference later this month.
More than 60 local Labour Party branches have voted to submit a motion to the conference calling for the party to shift its position to clearly back remaining in the EU.
Most of the motions submitted are based on a template saying Labour should “campaign energetically for a public vote and to Remain” and “support revoking Article 50 if necessary to prevent no-deal”.

More members of the party are pushing for Remain says the Guardian.

Another senior Labour figure has confirmed he would campaign for remain in a second EU referendum, as Brexit looks set to become a flashpoint at the party’s conference in Brighton.
In an email seen by the Guardian, Labour’s chief whip, Nick Brown, told his constituents this week he would campaign for remain, joining his senior colleagues John McDonnell, Diane Abbott, Emily Thornberry, Keir Starmer and Tom Watson in backing that position.

The Brexit Party

Where will The Brexit Party get its supporters?  The Mail claims they’ll be ex-Labour.

Labour Brexiteers are much more likely to switch to Nigel Farage than the Conservatives, a study has found.
Boris Johnson is hoping his robust stance on Brexit will help him snatch seats from Jeremy Corbyn in his party’s northern heartlands at an election.
But polling by The British Election Study found ‘very high levels of antipathy’ to the Tories among 2017 Labour voters, regardless of how they felt about Brexit.

But pressure is growing for a pact with the Tories, reports the Express.

BORIS JOHNSON is under growing pressure from leading Brexiteers to form an election pact with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.
The Prime Minister has so far ruled out joining forces with Mr Farage, after the Brexit Party leader proposed a “non-aggression” deal. A senior Conservative source described Mr Farage and Brexit-campaigning ally Arron Banks as not being “fit and proper”, and said they should never be “allowed anywhere near” Government.

And Breitbart says a senior Tory is urging Boris to reconsider a pact.

Chairman of the European Research Group (ERG) Steve Baker has called on the prime minister to reverse his rejection of an election pact with Nigel Farage, with other Tory Spartans saying the agreement is needed to win Brexit-supporting seats in Labour heartlands.
Last week, the former Brexit minister Steve Baker called on his own party to agree a non-aggression pact with the Brexit Party, where each party would strategically field candidates so as not to split the Brexit-supporting vote.

LibDems

The Times reports that the LibDems are growing even more determined to stay in the EU.

Jo Swinson will tell Liberal Democrats at their conference in Bournemouth today to go back to their constituencies and prepare to stop Brexit.
In her first conference as party leader, Ms Swinson will seek to convince them to back proposals to scrap Brexit altogether.
With a general election looming, she will also attempt to present the Lib Dems as the best choice for Labour and Tory voters disgruntled with the direction of their parties.

EU

The EU’s chief negotiator has welcomed the LibDems’ anti-Brexit stance, says the Independent.

The European parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt has hailed the new Liberal Democrat policy to revoke Article 50 as the “natural stance” for any party committed to stopping Brexit.
His comments to The Independent came as the MEP – who has become a bogeyman for Brexit supporters – arrived in the UK to take part in the Lib Dems’ annual conference in Bournemouth.

iNews reports on next week’s meeting between the PM and Juncker.

Boris Johnson faces an awkward encounter with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker next week amid pessimism in Brussels over the prospect that a Brexit breakthrough is imminent. Ahead of their meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, Mr Juncker warned that “time is getting short”.
The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has also said the UK government is yet to table concrete plans for ending the impasse over the Irish backstop.

Defence

Conservative Woman is highlighting a little-considered aspect of Brexit.

ONE of the aspects of Brexit which has received little scrutiny is defence. This is understandable as we have long been assured by our political leaders that the EU Army is a myth and that the UK’s defence (such as it is) is based upon our membership of NATO.
It transpires that as part of her negotiation in the worst deal in history Theresa May was prepared to hand control of our armed forces to the EU.
That’s right. Sir Alan Duncan MP, working for Boris Johnson who was then Foreign Secretary, signed up to this on 19 November 2018. So Boris knows about it too. And yet he thinks he can tweak May’s deal to get it through the House of Commons.

NHS

Locum GPs will be able to claim holiday pay – unfortunately for the NHS says the Times.

The NHS faces a bill for hundreds of millions of pounds after a court ruled that locum GPs were workers and eligible for holiday pay.
The judgment, which sheds new light on how the so-called gig economy extends beyond fast-food delivery riders and other low-paid jobs, could lead to self-employed locums, who earn on average about £140,000 a year, receiving back-dated holiday pay for up to six years — which could amount to tens of thousands of pounds each.

High Streets

Millions of pounds are to be poured into our High Streets reports the Mail.

Historic buildings will be converted into shops, houses and community centres in a £95million project to breathe new life into our high streets.
The move follows a study showing chain stores are closing outlets at a record rate of 16 a day, ripping the heart out of communities and creating ghost towns.
The funding for 69 high streets combines cash from two government departments and the National Lottery‘s heritage fund, designed to encourage residents to engage with the history of their local area.

Drones

Heathrow Airport has found a way to jam drones’ signal, says the Times.

They wanted to cause chaos for airline passengers by flying drones near Heathrow. The only flights that failed to take off were their own.
Climate change activists from Heathrow Pause, a splinter of the protest group Extinction Rebellion, claimed that a jamming device had grounded the drones. They had to resort instead to holding up the drones with their hands to mimic flight.
A video posted by activists on Twitter yesterday morning shows them repeatedly trying to fly a drone at the edge of the airport. It flashes its lights on the ground but refuses to lift off.
They then discuss how a jamming system must be blocking the controller’s signal.

Ageing

Are you worried about growing old?  The Times could have a solution.

A cocktail of drugs has been found to reverse a critical element of the ageing process for the first time.
Scientists said a clinical trial, carried out at Stanford University in California, suggested that growing old could one day become a treatable condition.
The study involved nine men aged 51 to 65 who took three existing drugs — a growth hormone and two diabetes medicines — for one year. The drugs appeared to alter chemical compounds attached to their DNA, reversing changes that accumulate over time.

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