The trouble on the continent continues. The Telegraph claims the German leader’s position is in jeopardy.

Almost half of Germans want Angela Merkel to resign as their country’s leader, a new poll has shown, as the German chancellor comes under renewed pressure over her handling of the immigration issue.
A YouGov survey showed that 43 per cent of Germans now want her to leave office, compared with 42 per cent who want her to remain – 15 per cent did not express an opinion.
Even in her own CDU-CSU coalition, 27 per cent want to see her quit.

The Times reports on the lady’s emotions.

The raw emotion of the British withdrawal finally proved too much for Angela Merkel this week. In between talks to save her governing coalition, she allowed her true feelings to show at a special farewell concert where she led wild applause tinged with regret.
Not even the threat of German and EU political meltdown could stop Merkel from attending one of the final performances given by Sir Simon Rattle as he bowed out as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic after 16 years.

The Irish boss is getting ready for ‘no deal’, reports the Express.

LEO Varadkar admitted Ireland is preparing for a no deal Brexit crisis today and urged the other members of the EU27 to be ready for “all possible scenarios”.
The Irish taoiseach joined Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones for a Brexit summit in the Channel Islands today.
Representatives from Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet were also present at the British-Irish Council (BIC) to hear Mr Varadkar’s Brexit warning.

And the French president has claimed it’s the people who are to blame, says Breitbart.

French President Emmanuel Macron has launched an astonishing attack on the populist, nationalist, and traditionally conservative political parties rising in Europe, angering Italy’s new government.
“I’m saying to you in the gravest terms: Many hate [the European Union], but they have hated it for a long time, and now you see them rise, like leprosy, all around Europe, in countries where we thought that they would never reappear,” said the Frenchman.

A German official says the euro will never die, reports the Telegraph.

German finance minister Olaf Scholz said the euro is “irreversible”, echoing comments made by European Central Bank Governor Mario Draghi earlier this month in response to growing anti-euro sentiment in Italy.
In an interview with German newspaper 
Rheinische Post to be published tomorrow morning, Mr Scholz said the euro “secures our common future in Europe”.
He said there was “a new momentum in Europe and this is thanks to President Macron”, referring to the deal struck between France and Germany earlier this week to set up a common budget for the currency bloc, a proposal championed by Emmanuel Macron. 

But there are some countries that are less than happy, says Westmonster.

The Visegrad Four (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia) have said they will boycott the EU’s migration summit at the end of the month, in a snub to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, said the meeting was pointless because countries had previously rejected the proposals on the table and they wouldn’t take part to ease Merkel’s “domestic political difficulties.”
“We understand there are domestic political difficulties in some countries but that cannot lead to pan-European haste,” he said.
“We understand that there will…be a mini-summit on Sunday but we would like to state clearly that the Prime Ministers of V4 agreed that they will not go to that.”

The Express claims it’s France who is blocking Brexit.

FRANCE is the European Union member behind the blocking of the majority of the UK’s Brexit offers to the bloc’s leaders as talks appear to have made very little progress in the last few months, according to one source close to negotiations.
Paris has presented itself as a Brexit stumbling block with the UK’s close neighbour fearful of losing its lucrative relationship with London after its EU divorce, according to the EU diplomat.

And the problems of migrants trying to get to Italy are highlighted in the Mail.

Italy‘s hard-line interior minister has refused to let a rescue boat with 224 migrants on board dock in Italy, saying those on board ‘will only see Italy on a postcard’.
Matteo Salvini’s latest move to clamp down on arrivals from the Mediterranean comes a week after he turned away another foreign ship, the Aquarius, which was carrying 630 migrants and had to reroute to Spain.
Salvini said the latest ship, operated by German aid group Mission Lifeline, had loaded the migrants in Libyan waters against the instructions of Italy’s coast guard. 


The Express is talking up Brexit.

BRITAIN is heading for a “fantastic” future of prosperity and opportunity outside the EU, David Davis has said today in an exclusive interview to mark two years since the historic EU referendum vote.
The leading Cabinet Brexiteer delivered his most upbeat vision yet of what the country can expect from the “big national project” to quit the bloc.
Rejecting claims that the departure negotiations are faltering, Mr Davis insisted Theresa May can win a “good deal” with Brussels.
He also vowed Brexit negotiation will continue to be taking back control of our borders, control of our laws, control of our money, adding: “Those are the things that matter.”

And a top minister claims his boss is not bluffing, says the Mail.

Theresa May is not ‘bluffing’ about her threat to walk away from Brexit talks if Brussels tries to punish Britain, Liam Fox said last night.
Speaking on the second anniversary of the EU referendum, the international trade secretary remained confident of getting a good trade deal with Brussels.
But he warned Brussels not to underestimate Britain’s resolve to walk away if it continues to stall on trade.
Dr Fox told the BBC it was ‘essential as we enter the next phase of the negotiations that the European Union understands that and believes it’.
Dr Fox said: ‘I think our negotiating partners would not be wise if they believed that the Prime Minister was bluffing.’

The Express also reports Dr Fox’s words.

BRUSSELS would be foolish to think Theresa May is bluffing about being prepared to walk away from Brexit talks without a deal, Liam Fox has insisted.
“The Prime Minister has always said that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed and that no deal would be better than a bad deal, and I think it’s essential as we enter the next phase of the negotiations that the European Union understands that and believes it,” he told the BBC.
“It has added credibility because if we were to leave, the economic impact on a number of European countries would be severe … and that cannot be what the EU 27 want to see.”

Our former leader calls the Brussels elite ‘fat cat idiots’, reports Westmonster.

Nigel Farage said it would be ‘a total sell-out’ if Britain agreed some kind of Single Market agreement with the EU in exchange for the continuation of free movement of people – the people voted for independence, not to be ruled over by ‘idiots’ in Brussels.
Nigel made the point that Brexit wasn’t about economics, it was about control and not having to take orders from fat cat idiots in Brussels.
The Brexit mastermind said: “The referendum was about do we want to govern our own country? Yes or no?

And Sky News claims the ‘Brexit dividend’ could be fiction.

Nigel Farage has rubbished Theresa May’s claim there will be a “Brexit dividend” to help fund more money for the NHS.
The former UKIP leader said he thought there “could be one” but that her current deal with Brussels meant the UK would still be paying more in.
Asked if he thought there would be a Brexit dividend, Mr Farage told Sky News: “There could be, but not if you stay in a transition period, where effectively you go on paying £10bn a year.
“At the moment, this £20bn she’s talking about now, it’s not a Brexit dividend because we won’t actually have left.”

Talks with the EU aren’t going well, reports the Express.

BRITISH Brexit negotiators have been branded “awful” after close analysis of the recent joint progress report revealed how the slow-moving talks with the European Union have virtually stagnated over the previous three months.
The joint EU-UK progress report claimed crucial work had been done on a number of disagreements had been addressed in customs, sales tax and nuclear materials. However, the report also highlighted other disputed areas remain unsolved.
While Britain insisted the report represents an “important step forward”, Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator, encouraging Westminster to step up talks on the Irish border because “serious divergencies remain” in the thinking of both parties.

But the Communist Morning Star is more optimistic.

THE country’s negotiators are now free from the attempted shackles Remainers were trying to lock them in. With the passing of the EU Withdrawal Bill, It is clear we will be out of the EU on March 29 2019.
Any deal is secondary to that fact because the EU needs us very materially in terms of trade and many other things, far more than we need it.
Parliament has rejected the wrecking amendments from the unelected House of Lords supporting their unelected friends in the European Commission.


Nicola Sturgeon could hold the government to ransom, reports Sky News.

Holyrood will not give consent to any further Brexit legislation until the “broken” devolution system is fixed, Scotland’s Brexit Minister has said.
Michael Russell said the Scottish government no longer trusted UK ministers after they pushed through the Brexit bill last week.
He was speaking as Nicola Sturgeon held talks in Guernsey with UK Cabinet Minister David Lidington.
Both said they wanted to rebuild their relationship and move forward.

Trade wars

The import duties war between the EU and the US could hit us, says the Mail.

Shoppers are facing higher prices on jeans, bourbon, orange juice and peanut butter as  Theresa May  backed  EU trade reprisals against the US that come into force today.
Brussels has slapped higher duties on around £2.5billion of typical American products in retaliation for Donald Trump‘s decision to impose tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminium.
But the spat is on the verge of erupting into a full-blown trade war this afternoon after the US president vowed to hit car imports with a 20 per cent tax. 

But Breitbart reports that the threats from Airbus are political.

Brexit leader Nigel Farge has said Airbus’ intervention in the Brexit debate is politically motivated after the aviation giant threatened to pull out of the UK unless business ties with the European Union (EU) are maintained.
The European multinational corporation released a “risk assessment” this Friday, threatening close it’s British factories if the government allows a “no deal” Brexit or leaves the bloc without a long “transition period.”
The firm – which employs 14,000 people at 25 sites across the UK – appeared to anticipate the intervention would be perceived as an attempt to keep the UK tied to the EU’s customs union and trade regulations, denying they were pushing “Project Fear” in a press release.

And the Telegraph claims the company would lose out.

Ministers have warned the aircraft manufacturer Airbus that it risks losing vital defence contracts if it goes ahead with its threat to pull out of Britain in the event of a “no deal” Brexit.
Ben Wallace, the security minister, reminded the firm that without the support of Britain it would not have been able to cover its budget overruns on the A400m transporter aircraft, of which the RAF has 14.
Meanwhile Jack Lopresti, the MP whose constituency includes Airbus’s Bristol factory, suggested EU member states were “using Airbus to try to influence the UK Government into giving them what they want in any Brexit deal”.

Other business are also thinking of relocating, says the Times.

Business leaders launched a concerted campaign yesterday to shift cabinet thinking on Britain’s future trading relationship with Europe before a critical meeting of ministers next month.
BMW weighed in behind Airbus to become the latest firm warning that it could withdraw investment unless Theresa May negotiated a Brexit deal that kept Britain closely aligned with Europe.

The Mail points out that the big car manufacturer is German.

BMW has followed Airbus’s warning about the consequences of its future in the UK following Brexit.
The German car giant’s UK boss Ian Robertson says clarity is needed by the end of the summer.
BMW makes the Mini and Rolls Royce and employs about 8,000 people in the UK.
Ian Robertson, BMW’s special representative in the UK, said uncertainty was causing problems for the industry.
Politicians however have accused businesses such as BMW and Airbus as scaremongers who are putting pressure on the Government for a favourable Brexit deal.   

But the government has played down the comments, reports the Independent.

Downing Street has downplayed concerns raised after aerospace giant Airbus  warned it may be forced to leave the UK due to Brexit.
Number 10 insisted Britain will get the “good deal” that would negate the need for the aircraft maker which employs 14,000 people in the UK to relocate.
But it failed to allay the fears of workers at the manufacturer who said the closure of UK factories would have a “devastating” effect.


Could we be forced to pay for NHS treatment? The Times reports a call from doctors.

Patients should pay for some treatments or services on the NHS, doctors will say next week. They will argue that the injection of funding announced last week does not go far enough.
Any such move, which could include charges of between £5 and £25 for GP appointments, could also dampen rising demand at surgeries, delegates will be told at the British Medical Association’s annual conference.
On Monday they will vote on the motion: “This meeting, in the light of the NHS resource and funding crisis . . . believes co-payments from patients should be considered.”

The Sun has picked up the story.

PATIENTS could have to pay £25 to see their GP under controversial plans unveiled yesterday.
Britain’s biggest doctors’ union says billing for some NHS services is the only way to beat a lack of cash.
They argue it could help to ease demand in the same way a 5p charge on plastic carrier bags has vastly reduced use.
But patients groups warn proposals will lead to sick folk dying because they can’t afford to be seen.


The number of people coming into our country is still vexing Britons, says the Mail.

More than 70 per cent of people want to see lower  immigration from Europe after Brexit and most support dramatic curbs on all new arrivals, a poll reveals today.
The figures are a boost for Theresa May who has been left isolated inside her own Cabinet by maintaining a tough line on immigration.
Her new Home Secretary Sajid Javid has broken with eight years of Tory policy to ease a series of policies on the border.
Mr Javid has taken doctors and nurses out of rules on skilled worker visas and allowed more refugee children in.


Female genital mutilation is still rife, reports Westmonster.

There have been 1,030 new cases of female genital mutilation discovered in England alone between January and March 2018, according to NHS data.
The report into FGM showed London was the worst affected, with 425 newly recorded incidents, followed by the North of England, with 275, the Midlands has 195 and the South of England has 110 – there were clearly a few cases where no fixed address could be given.
The overwhelming majority of recorded victims hail from East Africa and Western Africa.


Calls to reform the handing out of medals are reported in the Mail.

Campaigners have demanded an overhaul of the honours system after fresh evidence showed gongs are being given to those on the very committees handing them out.
The Daily Mail revealed last week that two recipients in this month’s Queen’s Birthday Honours were members of the secretive Whitehall groups that recommend who should get awards.
Now we can reveal that the practice has been going on for years – with another four cases going back to 2016.


The Telegraph reports a call for criminals’ families to be evicted from council homes.

Violent criminals and gang leaders should have council houses taken away from their families to deter them from crime, a minister has said.
Victoria Atkins, a minister in the Home Office, says hardened criminals who are blighting communities should lose their homes so that they “understand the consequences” of their actions.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Ms Atkins becomes the first minister to publicly endorse the plan, which is currently being tested in north London.

The Guardian also reports the call.

Families of gang members who are living in council  housing should have those homes taken away from them in order to deter the criminals, a government minister has said.
Victoria Atkins, a Home Office minister, backed a scheme being trialled in north London that threatens whole families in council homes with eviction and offers leniency to gang members in some low-level cases, such as possession of cannabis.

The Sun reports on a trial of the scheme.

A TRIAL scheme which can see families of violent gang members evicted from council homes has been backed by a Home Office minister.
Victoria Atkins said crooks must “understand the consequences of their criminal behaviour” in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.
A trial of the scheme is taking place in an area in North London where at least 14 gangs are fighting turf wars.
The Tory MP for Louth & Horncastle said: “In the most serious cases, with these people who are exploiting young people, making the lives of local residents a misery, putting fear into people’s hearts when they’re picking children up from the school gates, I think absolutely they should understand the consequences of their criminal behaviour.”


Could we run out of carbon dioxide? The Telegraph reports.

Sell-by dates on packaged food will be reduced as a result of a nationwide shortage of carbon dioxide, the Telegraph has learnt.
The gas is used in the vacuum-packing process for meat, poultry, cheese, salads and ready meals to preserve them. Industry insiders say that to avoid such products running out, they will have to be given a shorter shelf life.
In order to eke out existing supplies of CO2, factories are likely to dilute it with other gases, which will affect the length of time they can be left on shelves before being consumed.
As a result, shoppers are being warned to pay close attention to what they buy, with consumer groups saying they could be “caught out” by the shorter dates.

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