The transport secretary has a good idea, says the Times.

Every adult should be given a cash handout to mark Britain’s exit from the EU, Chris Grayling suggested at a special cabinet meeting.
The transport secretary’s proposal for a “Brexit bonus” came as ministers discussed this week how to respond to the possible economic shock of crashing out of the EU without an agreement. The suggestion was met with astonishment by some colleagues, according to a witness.

It looks like we’re nearing a deal, reports the Express.

BRITAIN and the European Union are “closing in” on a withdrawal agreement, Brexit minister Dominic Raab said on Friday, before a meeting of European leaders in Salzburg next week.
Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29 but has yet to reach a full exit deal with Brussels, and some rebels lawmakers in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party have threatened to vote against any agreement unless she changes her proposals.

Elsewhere in the negotiations, it seems political has-beens are trying to persuade Europeans to stop Brexit, says the Guardian.

Prominent remain supporters including Tony Blair and  John Major have been working with Nick Clegg and Peter Mandelson on a diplomatic mission to try to persuade European leaders to stop Brexit.
Clegg, the former deputy prime minister, began the mission independently but has taken on the role of informal shop steward to the grandees.
In recent weeks Clegg has met Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, the German Bundestag president, Peter Altmeier, the German economics minister, Sigmar Gabriel, a former German foreign minister, and senior officials in the foreign policy team of the French president, Emmanuel Macron. 

And the chancellor is still trying to thwart the referendum result, says the Sun.

PHILIP Hammond has angered Theresa May by suggesting Britain may have to delay Brexit to fully prepare for no deal.
The Chancellor told the Cabinet that we may need to remain an EU member beyond March 29 next year under the emergency scenario so the Government has time to pass a morass of new laws.
His idea was immediately slapped down by the PM, who told him that it was not going to happen.


Are we getting closer to a deal? The EU seems to have a different view, according to the Guardian.

Dominic Raab has surprised EU officials and diplomats by optimistically claiming the Brexit talks are “closing in” on a solution to the Irish border problem, following a 30-minute telephone conversation with Michel Barnier.
In an an article on Thursday, in which he had threatened to withhold the UK’s £39bn divorce bill, the British cabinet minister had told how he was looking forward to continuing negotiations with Barnier the following day.
In reality, the two men had a call that lasted about 30 minutes on Friday, sources said. EU diplomats in Brussels also expressed astonishment at the sunny outlook offered by the British cabinet minister over the state of the negotiations.

And Reuters claims there is still a lot on which the two sides do not agree.

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday that key differences remained between the EU and Britain over the future of the Irish border and the EU’s system of protecting food names.
Barnier tweeted that he had had a “useful dialogue” with his British counterpart Dominic Raab on Friday morning about progress their teams had made towards a withdrawal agreement.
“But substantive differences remain on the Protocol for IE/NI, governance and GIs (geographical indications),” Barnier said on Twitter.

Chequers plan

Back home, the plan put forward by the Prime Minister will not be backed by the opposition, says the Times.

Labour has been accused of putting “power over principle” after Emily Thornberry all but ruled out backing a Chequers-style Brexit deal.
The shadow foreign secretary savaged Theresa May’s attempts to find a compromise with the EU and said that a workable deal was “just not going to happen”.
She also indicated that Labour would press for a general election rather than a second referendum if parliament rejected a deal this autumn.

The Express also has the story.

LABOUR has admitted it will not back a Brexit deal whatever Prime Minister Theresa May agrees with the EU. In a move which appears to confirm that Jeremy Corbyn’s party is willing to put the UK at risk, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said she could not see how Labour could support a May deal.
In an interview with the FT Weekend magazine, she said they would not vote for a “flimsy bit of paper” simply because the Government said the alternative was no deal. 

The Mirror reports the shadow foreign secretary has categorically rejected the deal.

Labour is set to vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal, top MP Emily Thornberry signalled today.
The Shadow Foreign Secretary said she “can’t see” a situation where the deal will meet Labour’s tests, adding: “We’re not going to agree”.
And she said “we are going to have a general election” either in the autumn or the spring, suggesting the vote would topple the Prime Minister.

And the Telegraph claims Ms Thornberry called the plan ‘nonsense’.

Labour will block any Brexit deal based on Theresa May’s Chequers plan, Emily Thornberry has confirmed.
Ms Thornberry said the Prime Minister’s withdrawal strategy was “nonsense”, with the shadow foreign secretary ruling out Labour backing any agreement underpinned by the blueprint.
She said Labour would not agree to Mrs May’s deal and would not accept the prospect of a no-deal departure either as she claimed there will be a general election in the autumn or the spring.

The Sun claims the party will try and vote down the plan in order to force an election.

LABOUR will vote down any Brexit deal brought back from Brussels by Theresa May, according to Emily Thornberry.
The shadow Foreign Secretary and close Corbyn ally said they will oppose it to try to force an election by Christmas.
Speaking to the FT she said a deal which meets her party’s tests was “not going to happen”, and therefore the Prime Minister would be forced to quit.

But is the party putting politics above the national interest? The Mail thinks so.

Labour was accused of putting politics above the national interest tonight after Emily Thornberry said the party would vote against any Brexit deal Theresa May secures.
The shadow foreign secretary said defeat for Mrs May’s deal would force the PM to resign and call a general election – possibly before Christmas.
Tories on the Brexit Delivery Group, which includes MPs from Leave and Remain and who want to deliver a smooth exit in March 2019, accused Labour of ‘dangerous game playing’.  


The former foreign secretary is setting out his stall for the leadership, says the Mail.

Boris Johnson has set out his vision to emulate both Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill by giving people more control over their lives and copying the ‘can-do’ spirit of the Second World War.
In what will be seen as yet another thinly veiled leadership pitch, the former foreign secretary warned that the Government was failing to help poor people get on.

The Express calls it a ‘clear sign’ of his ambitions.

BORIS Johnson has laid out his manifesto to be Prime Minister in the clearest sign yet that he is preparing to take power. The former foreign secretary put a revival of Margaret Thatcher’s blueprint for social mobility and delivering a proper Brexit as his two main priorities.
Mr Johnson laid out his vision at a dinner in Washington where he was given a prestigious award by the American Enterprise Institute.

A senior Tory says in Sky News that he might just make it.

Boris Johnson looks likely to become the next Conservative leader but the move will probably divide the party, Lord Heseltine has suggested.
The former deputy prime minister – who has been an outspoken critic of Mr Johnson – said a string of recent negative headlines about the former foreign secretary have not done him irreparable harm.
Lord Heseltine’s comments come as Mr Johnson urged MPs to focus on “chucking Chequers” rather than seeking to oust Prime Minister Theresa May.

Electoral Commission

Several of the media report the incorrect decision by the Electoral Commission. Order-Order says:

The High Court has made a remarkable ruling in the long-running legal battle over Vote Leave’s  spending in the EU referendum, finding that the Electoral Commission itself issued incorrect advice to Leave campaigners during the referendum.
Their mistake means that
 Vote Leave and other Leave campaigners have been embroiled in a hugely costly legal battle for two years – solely as a result of erroneous advice given to them by the Electoral Commission in the first place.

Westmonster reports the High Court ruling.

The High Court has today ruled that the Electoral Commission misinterpreted the law when advising Vote Leave during the referendum.
Darren Grimes was paid £625,000 by Vote Leave so as not to go over the legal spending limit however, since the referendum, the Electoral Commission fined Vote Leave and Mr Grimes also referring him to the police.
Both Vote Leave and Darren Grimes reject any wrongdoing.
In his judgment at the High Court, Lord Justice Leggatt ruled that the Electoral Commission had “misinterpreted the definition of ‘referendum expenses’” as defined by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendum Act (PPERA).

Sky News reports on the fines levied by the commission.

The Electoral Commission misinterpreted EU referendum spending laws allowing Vote Leave to break them, the High Court has ruled.
Vote Leave paid £625,000 to clear bills allegedly run up by university student Darren Grimes.
The watchdog initially said it had no grounds to suspect this was a scheme to get round spending limits.
It later changed its mind and fined Vote Leave and Mr Grimes – and also referred him to the police.

The law was ‘misinterpreted’ says the Times.

The Electoral Commission misinterpreted election law in the run-up to the Brexit vote, the High Court ruled yesterday, raising questions about the judgment of the watchdog.
Vote Leave, the lead organisation in the campaign to quit the EU, donated £625,000 to Be-Leave, another pro-Brexit group which was aimed at the youth vote. That money went to Canadian data firm Aggregate IQ.

And the Express reports calls for commission members to quit.

SENIOR election watchdogs were last night facing demands to quit after the High Court accused them of not understanding the law in dealings with Vote Leave.
The judgment came after a challenge by Vote Leave into the Electoral Commission’s decision to fine it £61,000 and refer the official Brexit campaign to the police over referendum spending.
It allegedly exceeded its £7million limit by almost £500,000 over which leave campaigner Darren Grimes was fined £20,000 for his involvement in the affair. 

The legal challenge was won by the Good Law Project, says the Independent.

The elections watchdog “misinterpreted” spending rules surrounding donations by the official  Brexit  campaign during the EU referendum, the High Court has ruled.
Campaigners from the Good Law Project (GLP) won a legal challenge against the Electoral Commission  over election spending by Vote Leave, arguing that the watchdog failed in its duty to regulate the referendum process.
In a ruling on Friday, Mr Justice Leggatt said the Commission had misunderstood the definition of referendum expenses in relation to Vote Leave.

Labour Party

A former Labour leader could have been a spy, says the Times.

MI6 believed that Michael Foot had been a paid informant of the Soviet Union and was prepared to warn the Queen of his “KGB history” when he stood to become prime minister, its officers have revealed in a new book.
The British intelligence apparatus concluded that the evidence presented by a Soviet defector about the Labour leader’s links with the KGB was strong enough to warrant the unprecedented constitutional action.

The Mail says it was sued over the comments.

MI6 believed claims made by a Soviet defector that former Labour leader Michael Foot was a paid KGB contact, according to a new book.
Intelligence chiefs were reportedly briefed on the politician’s KGB history in 1982 and were prepared to pass on the information to the Queen had he become prime minister after the following year’s general election.
Allegations of Mr Foot’s links to Soviet intelligence, made by double-agent Oleg Gordievsky, were first published in the Sunday Times 23 years ago. At the time he dismissed the claims as a ‘big lie’ and successfully sued the paper for libel.

Conservative Party

The Tories have rejected applications from ‘second referendum-ers’ to attend their conference says the Guardian.

Three leading campaigners for a second Brexit referendum have been refused passes for the  Conservative party conference, prompting them to complain that the governing party is suppressing voices it disagreed with.
Eloise Todd, Best for Britain’s director, was among those who were refused passes on Thursday night in a terse email that gave no explanation as to why her accreditation and that of two colleagues was not granted.

All three applications were rejected, says the Mirror.

Tory chiefs have banned the leader of a prominent anti-Brexit group from their party conference just two weeks before it starts.
Best For Britain had all three of its applications for passes rejected ahead of this year’s gathering in Birmingham – including for chief executive Eloise Todd.
The campaign group has received almost £800,000 from billionaire George Soros and pushes for a second referendum on Brexit.

Despite working on his leadership plans, Boris has called for support for Mrs May in the Telegraph.

Boris Johnson has urged fellow Eurosceptics to focus on challenging Theresa May’s Brexit policy rather than trying to oust her.
In his first comments about Mrs May’s premiership since Brexiteers began openly discussing a coup, the former foreign secretary said “it’s not about changing Prime Minister, it’s about chucking Chequers”.
He went on to set out his own alternative vision for the Conservatives and called for a return to Thatcherite values.

The Independent also reports his call.

Boris Johnson has urged MPs to focus on dismantling the Chequers deal rather than ousting Theresa May, days after Brexiteers met to plot her downfall.
Around 50 Tory MPs spent nearly an hour devising ways to replace Ms May on Tuesday evening amid anger over the Chequers plan for Brexit.
Asked if he had a message for them, Mr Johnson told 
The Daily Telegraph: “It’s not about the leadership. It’s about the policy.
“It’s not about changing prime minister. It’s about chucking Chequers.”


The Mirror reports that the LibDem leader is nearing the end of the road.

Vince Cable is quitting as Lib Dem leader because “he can see the end of the road”, one of the party’s elder statesmen reveals tonight.
Former Cabinet Minister Sir Vince announced plans to stand down as premier because he realised he could take the party no further, according to ex-boss Lord Ming Campbell.
“You know when you’ve run out of road,” said the respected peer.

The LibDem leader is calling for more members, reports BBC News.

Sir Vince Cable has urged opponents of Brexit in other parties to join the Lib Dems to create a “more powerful force” in the centre ground of politics.
Ahead of the party’s conference, which starts on Saturday, its leader said it offered a home to “liberals, social democrats, progressive and centrists”.
He has proposed an internal shake-up to build a “movement for moderates”.

But a new party may be ‘impossible’, reports ITV News.

The creation of a new centrist political party “may be impossible”, former prime minister Tony Blair has said.
Mr Blair, Labour leader between 1994 and 2007, wrote in The Times that the forthcoming party conference season will “expose in sharp relief the changing state” of his former party and the Conservatives.
Rumours of such a plot by Labour MPs unhappy with the party under Jeremy Corbyn have circulated during the summer Parliamentary recess.


Elsewhere, the Mail has a story of waste.

From their beds, patients at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital have a grandstand view of the sleek new wards being built next door.
But although the building is virtually complete, none of them stand any chance of being treated in it anytime soon.
The collapse of construction giant Carillion, in January, meant work on the £429million project stopped overnight and for the last eight months the new hospital has been mothballed.


The train track could devastate some beautiful countryside, says the Times.

Ministers once promised that the HS2 railway would be a “thing of beauty” but that is not the description used by residents about to live in its shadow.
Designs for two viaducts carrying the high-speed line through the Chilterns, an area of outstanding natural beauty, have been called “grotesque” and “Stalinist”.
An artist’s impression of the line’s most contentious stretch shows 30-metre reinforced concrete structures towering over the landscape.


Many of us have received Amazon packages in huge boxes. The Mail reports a potential extra tax.

Amazon is facing the threat of a ‘cardboard box tax’ to help fund the huge cost of dealing with its packaging.
Councils are picking up bills running to tens of millions of pounds a year to collect and recycle cardboard from online retailers.
Currently, businesses which create cardboard waste pay towards collection and recycling through the Packaging Recycling Obligation system.
Now ministers are drawing up a new Resources and Waste Strategy that will see big increases in charges.


Breaking up a marriage could be made easier, reports the Independent.

No-fault divorces will be introduced as quickly as possible, ministers vow today, to reduce the “conflict” between separating couples and harm for their children.
Archaic laws demanding proof that a marriage has broken down due to a partner’s adultery, unreasonable behaviour, or desertion, will be swept away, they confirm.
Spouses would also be stripped of any right to contest a divorce application made by their partner, under a 12-week consultation launched by the Ministry of Justice.

ITV News also has the story.

No-fault divorces would be introduced under a planned shake-up of the “archaic” law governing the end of marriages, the Justice Secretary has announced.
The need for couples to separate or allege “fault” would be taken away under a proposed change unveiled by David Gauke.
Spouses would also be stripped of any right to contest a divorce application made by their partner, a consultation launched on Saturday has proposed.

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