Brexit

We could just quit the EU without any problems, says the Express.

LEAVING the European Union without a trade deal would not be a “disaster” for Britain, experts have insisted.
Professor Kevin Dowd said a deal was “desirable but not essential” and the UK could cut prices for shoppers and companies if it focused on trading as freely as possible around the world after Brexit.
The Durham University finance and economics professor, whose other roles include membership of Economists for Free Trade, wrote a report on his conclusions for the Institute of Economic Affairs thinktank.
Jamie Whyte, IEA research director, said: “There are many myths being perpetuated about trade policy – and more specifically about the UK’s relationship with the EU – that must be debunked.
“Many people believe that disaster will befall us if we do not forge a deal with the EU.
“In fact, we could unilaterally eliminate all import tariffs, which would give us most of the benefits of trade, and export to the EU under the umbrella of the World Trade Organisation rules.

The Sun has picked up the story.

WALKING away from the EU without securing a deal would NOT be the disaster predicted, and would pave the way to slashed food prices, a think tank has said.
Experts claim that Britain could “unilaterally eliminate all import tariffs” making goods cheaper for customers.
A fresh report from the Institute of Economic Affairs said that the extra charges are a form of “self harm” and should be scrapped after Brexit.
“The default is that trading arrangements will remain substantially the same,” the report said.
If that were to happen, the EU would be within its rights to slap on extra tariffs, but doing so would be an act of “self-harm” as the UK would be likely to retaliate.
It urged the block not to do so for fears of sparking a “trade war” when we quit the block in 2019.
And the report said the UK should adopt a policy of “unilateral free trade” because customers will benefit, the UK will have greater prosperity, and it will lead to higher wages.

But Remainers are still trying to delay the process, says the Express.

CALLS for a lengthy transitional deal with Brussels are being used by Remainers as a way of “diluting Brexit” and must be resisted if Britain’s economy is to thrive, senior Leave backing businessmen said today.
Property developer Richard Tice and former British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) chief John Longworth said agreeing to the EU’s demands would “allow Brussels to stop the UK from benefiting from the economic opportunities of Brexit”.
In a joint statement the pair, who both backed Brexit during the referendum and run the Leave Means Leave campaign group, warned of the risk that a transitional deal will become a “permanent halfway house”. 

And the Telegraph reports a big jump in tourism.

The “Brexit effect” has seen the biggest increase in US tourists coming to the UK since the 1980s, official data shows.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that the past six months have seen a 25pc rise in visitors from North America compared to the first half of last year.
In June alone there were a record 650,000 visits, up 35 per cent on the same month last year, it showed.
And in an indication that major terror attacks which took place in London and Manchester over the period did not deter tourists, the majority of overseas visits were for holiday purposes, an increase of 20 per cent on a year earlier.
A spokesman at Visit Britain, said the influx of US tourists over the past year was largely down to a “Brexit effect”. 

Immigration

Meanwhile, a top Tory has warned the PM not to clamp down on immigration, reports Huffington Post.

William Hague has warned Theresa May she needs to adopt a “liberal approach” to immigration after Brexit.
The former Conservative Party leader and foreign secretary, said it was “essential to our economy in the short term”.
He told BBC Radio 4 that while the UK would “take back control” of immigration policy once it left the UK this did not have to mean shutting the door.
“We take back control but we use that to enter a strong free trade agreement.
“You can take back control of a gun but it doesn’t mean you use it to shoot your foot off,” he said.

EU

The problems within the bloc continue to escalate, says the Express.

TWO-THIRDS of voters in eight key European Union countries believe their national parliaments should be handed the power to reject Brussels diktats, a shock poll reveals today.
A majority of people surveyed in major member states including Germany, France and Italy believe eurocrats’ powers to force laws on them should be significantly restrained.
However, at the same time many indicate they are prepared to accept further integration of the bloc including handing the EU more powers over migration, defence and their economies.
The results, which will be cautiously welcomed in Brussels, come in a massive survey carried out by the German think tank Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) published today.  

And the Express also reports problems with transferring EU staff out of the UK.

BRUSSELS has been warned of the huge “challenge” it faces removing two key EU agencies from Britain after Brexit – by the man who oversaw the last such move from the UK.
Eurocrats could experience serious problems with staff mutinies, huge salary drops, a struggle to attract new talent and even legal challenges to the relocations according to past history.
In 2014 EU officials had to relocate the bloc’s tiny police training body – The EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) – after Theresa May axed it from Britain due to running costs.
But moving CEPOL, which has just 40 employees compared to the combined 1,050 at the currently UK-based European Banking Authority (EBA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA), quickly turned into a nightmare.
All but three of those working at CEPOL initially agreed to make the move, although seven unhappy staff later sued the EU over being forced to leave Britain. 

Northern Ireland

The Times turns its attentions to the possible problems caused in Ireland.

A tiny British dependency in the Caribbean that faces economic ruin in the event of a hard Brexit could emerge as an unlikely saviour in the government’s increasingly fraught border dispute with Ireland.
There are few similarities between Anguilla — an island of 35 sq miles that is home to 15,000 British citizens — and Northern Ireland. Both, however, will share a direct border with the EU and are worried about the government’s Brexit strategy.
Anguilla has no land frontier with Europe but its nearest neighbour, the French overseas collectivity of Saint Martin, is considered by the EU as one of its outermost regions. Anguilla’s relationship with Dutch Saint Martin, its next closest neighbour, would also be jeopardised.

Trade

Post-Brexit trade agreements all over the world could be jeopardised by home nations – unless the trade secretary is clever, reports the Times.

Liam Fox is demanding the right to bypass the Scottish and Welsh governments when striking free trade agreements after Brexit.
The trade secretary has written to cabinet ministers suggesting that they deny devolved administrations the ability to veto deals, even if they allow in more genetically modified products, despite the bans on GM crops in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Dr Fox is also suggesting that the devolved administrations should not sit on the new board of trade that Theresa May has decided to reform. This is likely to be opposed by colleagues who fear it signals that the government is unwilling even to consult on trade.

And Guido Fawkes reports on the prospect of no trde deal with the EU.

Guido hears today’s new Institute of Economics Affairs report on trade policy has been well-received by ministers. It argues that no deal with the EU on trade would not be a disaster for the UK, recommending Britain commits to a policy of unilateral free trade with the rest of the world, eliminating all barriers to imports regardless of whether other countries impose tariffs on their imports from the UK.
It would then be up to the EU if it wanted to impose tariffs, which would hurt EU consumers by raising prices. In such a scenario, the 
IEA report concludes the UK would likely be given tariff free access to the single market:
There are many myths being perpetuated about trade policy – and more specifically about the UK’s relationship with the EU – that must be debunked. Many people believe that disaster will befall us if we do not forge a deal with the EU. In fact, we could unilaterally eliminate all import tariffs, which would give us most of the benefits of trade, and export to the EU under the umbrella of the WTO rules. Then we can seek free trade deals with all major trading partners, including the EU.”
If a bad deal is offered by the EU, the UK should say thanks but no thanks, walk away and unilaterally set tariffs at zero…

LibDems

The LibDem leader is, apparently, writing a book, says the Times.

Sir Vince Cable had been cast into the Westminster wilderness when he sat down to write a thriller — so he created the political landscape of 2019 without a Liberal Democrat in sight.
The party’s leader admitted that his belief that he had a “remote chance” of returning to politics had resulted in his fictional debut being “perhaps less discreet than it should be”.
“I didn’t put them [the Liberal Democrats] in the novel in quantity,” he said. “They weren’t marginal in the book because I think they are marginal,” he pleaded.
“Please don’t misinterpret their absence.” 

But the party is still mired in controversy, says the Sun.

THE Lib Dems were plunged into controversy yesterday after two MPs faced claims they broke strict rules on election expenses.
Deputy leader Jo Swinson and Edinburgh MP Christine Jardine are accused of dropping thousands of pounds from their spending totals in their successful bids to oust SNP MPs in June’s election.
The extra cash was allocated to national rather than local spending – bringing them in under legal caps on expenditure.
Ms Jardine – a former journalist – allocated a third of her election material bill to national spending.
It would have been £1,350 over the legal spending cap if it had been counted towards her constituency campaign costs, according to the  Herald newspaper.

Terror attacks

The terror in Spain is covered in the Mail.

British tourists in Spain were today warned to expect further terror attacks – as Europe’s top cop said holidaymakers faced their highest threat in a generation.
Europol’s chief Rob Wainwright spoke of the highest-ever terror alert on the continent following a string of attacks on holidaymakers.
The 49-year-old tweeted this morning: ‘Terrorism at its most simple and brutal. And highly challenging for police to stop. Highest threat in Europe for a generation.’
The Foreign Office has warned Britons to be vigilant while visiting Spain, as it warned that additional terror-related incidents were ‘likely’.
It is estimated that more than a million nationals are currently in Spain, which is by far the most popular destination for British holidaymakers during the summer.

The Mail report how it might have been.

Large gas containers which had been filled with deadly butane have been recovered from the rubble of a home which exploded ahead of the Barcelona massacre.
Investigators believe a 12-strong terror cell planned to detonate the highly-explosive gas, using plastic explosive TATP – which was also found at the site – in its attack on the Catalan city’s tourist district.
But less than 24 hours before the atrocity, one member was killed in an accidental blast. Police have said there may still be another body buried in the rubble of the house in Alcanar, which is more than 120 miles south of Barcelona.
More than 20 butane gas canisters were found intact in the wreckage, as well as Acetone peroxide (TATP) – nicknamed ‘Mother of Satan’ because of the high number of accidental explosions it causes.
Had the explosion not happened, a police chief said, Thursday’s attack would have had ‘bigger scope’. 

And our former leader has claimed there is a link between terror and immigration, reports Westmonster.

Nigel Farage was on Fox News reacting to the latest atrocity on European soil, telling Tucker Carlson that there is a direct link between the number of those allowed into European countries and the terror attacks now blighting western civilisation.
Farage said: “If we’re being really frank about this, Tucker, there is a direct link and relationship between the number of people you let in from different religions and different cultures and the number of terror attacks.
“That’s why in Eastern Europe you’re simply not seeing it.”
There is no doubt that the West is now under attack from jihadists and that it is time to face up to reality if this threat is to be defeated.

NHS

Hospices have a stigma – and it’s affecting patients, says the Times.

Tens of thousands of patients miss out on expert end-of-life care each year because of an outdated stigma attached to hospices, a charity leader has said.
Many people with a terminal illness die sooner or without skilled pain relief or support because they are reluctant to approach a hospice or do so too late, according to the head of Hospice UK.
The organisation supports 220 hospices around the country, most of them charities, that provide care and support for about 200,000 dying people each year. They estimate that another 100,000 die from known conditions with an unmet need for hospice care.

The number of NHS patients being treated in mixed sex wards rocketed in the last year, new figures reveal – despite ministers’ promises to eliminate the practice.
Statistics from NHS England show hospitals breached rules on mixed sex wards 908 times in July 2017 – more than twice as many as the 408 recorded in the same month last year.
A total of 9,004 patients were placed in mixed sex wards in the last year – 55 per cent more than in the previous 12 months.
The July figures mark the second highest number of breaches since January 2011 and more than a fivefold increase in the last three years.
It comes despite ministers having consistently promised to end the use of mixed sex wards in the NHS, which many patients find humiliating and inappropriate.

Big Ben

London’s iconic bell is back in the news, reports the Telegraph.

A new row about Big Ben has broken out after it emerged that a historic lamp installed by Queen Victoria to show that Parliament is sitting will be turned off for months.
The House of Commons confirmed that the Ayrton Light at the top of the Elizabeth Tower which houses Big Ben will be switched off for months while maintenance work is carried out.
It will be the first time in over 70 years that the lantern has not been lit when MPs or peers are sitting.
The last time it failed to shine was when German bombers were strafing London during the Second World War.
It came as John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, defied Theresa May, the Prime Minister, and refused to order a rethink of the decision to silence Big Ben for four years from this Monday to allow for the maintenance of the great bell’s clocktower.

The Sun also reports the controversy.

A NEW row has broken out over Big Ben after it was revealed that a historic lamp installed by Queen Victoria is to be turned off for months.
The Ayrton Light, which sits at the top of the Elizabeth Tower and shows off the Houses of Parliament, is to be extinguished for months while maintenance work is carried out.
This will be the first time in 70 years the lamp will not be shining while Parliament is in sitting – the last time was during the Blitz.
This news comes after Speaker John Bercow refused Theresa May’s order to rethink silencing big Ben’s bongs for four years while the iconic clock undergoes maintenance works.

Education

With exam results coming out, the Times reports the increased stress on students.

Tougher new GCSEs could fuel the increase in mental ill health among teenagers, with many hoping for grade 9s, equal to an A**, in their results next week.
The heads of leading schools said that their pupils were aiming for grade 9s, even though grade 8 is the equivalent of an A*. Mental health experts and teaching unions suggested that some perfectionist pupils could feel like failures if they were awarded a grade 8.
GCSEs in English and maths will be ranked from 9 to 1 this year, and they contained more challenging content. Coursework has been cut or abolished.

And the Sun claims there are problems as businesses find the results are difficult to understand.

Teenagers are set to miss out on jobs because firms can’t understand the new “gibberish” GCSE grading system, business leaders have warned.
Business leaders have warned that employers will favour job candidates with old-style letter grades instead of the new numbered scoring system.
A survey of mums and dads found parents have been left baffled with the new grading system.
Under the shake-up, A*-G grades will be replaced with a 9-1 mark, with 9 being the highest.
The first to move over is English and maths, with other subjects following over the next two years.
The move has been introduced in a bid to allow more differentiation between students, particularly among the brightest.

UKIP leadership

The Guardian reports on a reaction to a statement by one of our leadership candidates.

Senior Ukip politicians have condemned a party leadership candidate’s suggestion that British dual-nationals could be paid up to £9,000 to leave the UK.
John Rees-Evans, a controversial Ukip activist who is currently the fourth favourite for the party leadership, suggested a scheme to persuade dual-nationals to leave Britain would help him reach a goal of reducing net migration to minus 1 million a year and could also boost international trade ties.
Peter Whittle, Ukip deputy leader and leadership frontrunner, called the suggestion “utterly and entirely wrong”, while party leadership rival Jane Collins MEP told the Mirror the policy was similar to the BNP’s 2010 manifesto.

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