We’ll start with comments by our former leader on yesterday’s speech by the Prime Minister. Breitbart reports:
Brexit leader Nigel Farage has blasted Theresa May’s Florence speech as a betrayal, after the Prime Minister said she’d be keeping Britain in the EU until 2021 through a transitional deal and left the door open to paying a significant Brexit bill.
Speaking to Breitbart London Friday afternoon, Nigel Farage said of the PM’s speech: “May’s vision for Brexit Britain is that we leave in name only and that all current arrangements, the status quo, is simply to be rebadged.
“In trade, security, science, she proposes no change whatsoever. And finally, most tellingly she said ‘we do not seek an unfair competitive advantage’. That statement is a sell out of our national interest, and a betrayal of Brexit.”
Westmonster also quotes Farage.
Nigel Farage has torn into Theresa May ahead of her big Brexit speech in Florence, saying the public didn’t vote for a transitional deal that will be bad for the British economy.
Nigel said: “I expect what she’s going to say is that effectively we’re staying a member of the European Union for another 2 years. The £20bn effectively keeps us as part of the Single Market and if she thinks that’s going to impress Michel Barnier then she’s got another thing coming because they’ll be asking for a separate Brexit bill on top of that.
“We didn’t vote for a transition deal, we voted to leave the EU – no ifs, no buts – and I see today as quite a victory for Westminster, the political class, Goldman Sachs and people like that…
“We’ll get to the end of 2021 and the Tory party will say trust us, vote for us in the General Election and we’ll be the party that takes you out.
And the Express, part of the MSM, reports the prospect that Nigel might come back to politics.
NIGEL FARAGE is “thinking hard” over the next few days about whether to make a comeback as Ukip leader on the back of fears that the historic referendum vote has been betrayed by Mrs May and the Conservatives.
Ukip’s former donor, billionaire businessman Arron Banks last night led calls for the party’s leadership contest to be scrapped and for Mr Farage to be reinstated as leader.
He Tweeted: “The UKIP leadership election has to be stopped, Farage needs to be back.”
And a senior Ukip figure told the Daily Express, that “high level conversations have been had” about Mr Farage returning.
He said: “The country is facing a crisis, Brexit has been betrayed and we need Nigel back to lead us in the this fight. He is the only person for the job in these circumstances.
Other media concentrate on the reactions to yesterday’s speech. The Telegraph says:
Theresa May put Brexit on ice until 2021 by announcing a two-year transition period during which Britain’s relationship with the EU will remain virtually unchanged.
In a keynote speech in Florence, the Prime Minister set out plans for a status quo implementation phase with the UK and EU maintaining access to each other’s markets “on current terms” and under “the existing structure of EU rules and regulations”.
It means freedom of movement will effectively continue for another four years, with Britain paying its full contribution to Brussels of around £9 billion per year in that period.
Mrs May faced an immediate backlash from Tory Eurosceptics who said Britain would not be able to reap the benefits of quitting the EU for fully five years after voters chose to leave.
The Times says:
Theresa May conceded yesterday that she is prepared to pay up to £40 billion in return for a Brexit transition deal that means Britain will as good as remain in the European Union until 2021.
In a significant compromise with the EU, the prime minister said that the UK would “honour commitments” made during its membership of the bloc and that no European country would be left worse off by Brexit.
Hours after Mrs May set out her stall in a speech in Florence, Britain was downgraded by the credit rating agency Moody’s, which cited economic uncertainty caused by complex Brexit negotiations and the likelihood of weaker public finances. The new rating is AA2, a notch below the previous position.
The Mail says:
Theresa May was today accused of betraying the referendum by effectively keeping us in the EU for another two years – as she made concessions on citizens’ rights, money and law in a bid to kickstart Brexit talks.
The Prime Minister used a crucial speech in Florence to declare that Britain will cover the huge hole left in Brussels‘ finances for another two years after we formally leave in 2019 – contributing potentially another 20 billion euros.
She also said the European court could help enforce the rights of EU nationals – easing back a previous red line – and admitted that bringing in tougher immigration measures would take time, raising the possibility that free movement rules could essentially stay in place for longer.
But Mrs May said in return for the ‘generous’ financial offer the UK must have full access to the single market during a two-year ‘transition’ period.
The Independent reports:
Theresa May today conceded that Britain would have to accept EU free movement and stay in the single market for at least two years after Brexit to stop businesses facing a cliff-edge departure from the union.
In a major speech in Florence, the Prime Minister committed to a full-blooded transition period after Article 50 negotiations finish in March 2019 – rejecting counsel from hard Brexiteers who want an immediate clean break.
In a victory for less Eurosceptic figures in her Cabinet such as Chancellor Philip Hammond, Ms May said free movement would continue under EU rules for the duration of the period – though immigrants would have to sign up to a new Belgian-style migration register, which is permitted by existing EU rules.
And the Guardian reports:
Theresa May proposed pausing a full Brexit until 2021 by asking EU countries to agree to a two-year transition period during which the UK would continue to enjoy unfettered access to the single market.
The prime minister said the government would be prepared to accept EU rules in that time, including allowing EU citizens to live and work in Britain, submitting to European laws and continuing to pay into the EU budget.
But although her speech was described as “constructive” by Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, and appeared to have placated Boris Johnson, the two-year transition plan was immediately criticised by hardline Brexiters for lasting too long – and by business groups for being too short.
The Mirror points out:
Britain will continue to pump cash into the EU budget for up to two years after Brexit , Theresa May signalled today as she delivered her crunch speech in Florence.
The UK’s new relationship with the EU could be delayed by an extra two years after the Prime Minister outlined plans for a transition deal.
An “implementation period” could last “around two years” following the UK’s withdrawal in March 2019, she said.
During the transition, “access to one another’s markets should continue on current terms”, added the PM.
That suggests unlimited EU migration could continue until 2021.
And the Sun says the PM issued a warning.
THERESA May last night warned the EU to accept her Brexit compromises or risk damaging Europe. The PM, in Florence, called for a two-year transition.
The PM wants a two-year transition period after Britain leaves in 2019, which will mean more free EU migration and an extra £18billion of funding to Brussels.
She also made a vow to “honour” all financial commitments during our membership could also send the final Brexit bill soaring to £40billion.
EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said her speech in the Italian city had been “constructive” and praised her “willingness to move forward”.
But hardline Brexiteers were left furious by her offers, and accused her of betraying 17.4million Leave voters.
UKIP’s interim chairman also slammed Mrs May.
UKIP interim leader Steve Crowther said: “It was hard to see what in Mrs May’s speech would conceivably move the EU’s position. Ernest entreaty and good faith is not a negotiating position, especially with the EU, when they are bent on an inflexible stance and a disadvantageous outcome to teach everyone a lesson.
“Oddly, she spent time setting up the vital importance of the UK’s co-operation to EU security, then said that our participation was ‘unconditional’. The latter is laudable, but cancels out the former, which is potentially a basis for getting the ‘flexibility, ambition and creativity’ she expects from the EU.
“Overall, the whole speech could be paraphrased as “Oh come on, guys. Can’t we just do this nicely?”. Time our side started negotiating properly. No further talks until Barnier and the EU start talking properly, drop the ransom demand and start talking about sensible trade relations.”
Comments from Europe are positive, says the Express.
EUROPEAN leaders this evening gave a cautious thumbs up to Theresa May’s big speech on Brexit, whilst stressing that more work still needs to be done to unlock all-important trade talks.
In her keynote address in Florence the PM signed the UK up to a two-year transition period on membership terms, a sizeable divorce fee and ongoing respect for ECJ judgements.
But whilst the prime minister offered concessions in some areas she was steadfast in others, insisting that Britain will leave the Single Market and Customs union in March 2019.
The speech had been widely billed as a make-or-break attempt to unpick the deadlocked Brexit talks. Had Brussels rejected her offer out of hand, it was hard to see where negotiations could go next.
And the Mail says Barnier welcomed the speech.
The EU‘s chief Brexit negotiator today welcomed the ‘constructive spirit’ of Theresa May‘s Florence speech.
Michel Barnier said the Prime Minister’s landmark address is a ‘step forward’ in the crucial talks.
But he repeated his warning time is running out and ‘sufficient progress’ must be made on the withdrawal deal before proper trade talks can start.
His cautious welcome to the speech came just a day after he had tried to turn the heat up on Mrs May over Brexit by demanding Britain ‘settle its accounts’ with the bloc.
But it seems the EU’s Brexit chief has rejected one of Mrs May’s suggestions, says the Independent.
The chief Brexit coordinator for the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, has said Theresa May‘s plan for a EU migrant registration scheme is “out of question”.
Mr Verhofstadt, who has frequently criticised the UK’s approach to the Brexit negotiations, praised the Prime Minister for “finally” conceding that the UK will need a transition period after it officially withdraws from the EU in March 2019 but said in order for it to work the UK could not “cherry pick” which parts of EU membership they wanted to keep.
He said this means “a new registration mechanism for EU citizens going to live and/or work in the UK is out of the question”.
And the French president also rejected the PM’s suggestions, says the Express.
BREXIT talks cannot progress until EU citizens’ rights, the divorce bill and the Irish border are settled, French president Emmanuel Macron has said.
Theresa May’s attempt to break the deadlock in Brexit talks was given a cautious welcome by chief negotiator Michel Barnier, with the PM signing the UK up to a two-year transition period on membership terms, a sizeable divorce fee and ongoing respect for ECJ judgements.
But she could give no firm guarantees on some key issues which the EU insist must be agreed before talks can move onto a future trade agreement.
And much like Mr Barnier, Mr Macron was quick to pick out the flaws in the Prime Minister’s pledges.
Mr Macron is demanding ‘clarification’ says BBC News.
The UK must provide more clarity about its negotiating position on Brexit, the French president has said.
Emmanuel Macron said the issues of EU citizens’ rights, the exit bill and the Irish border question must be settled before talks could be held on trade.
On Friday, Theresa May made suggestions including a two-year transition period after Brexit, and that the UK pay the EU for “commitments” previously made.
She hoped this offer, made in a speech in Italy, would unblock Brexit talks.
In the first response by a European leader to the speech, Mr Macron welcomed her initiative, but said the British position still needed to be fleshed out.
In other news, it seems a doctors’ surgery is segregating its patients, says the Telegraph.
A surgery has been accused of “segregation” after it was revealed that NHS patients are made to sit on hard chairs while private patients get plush seats in the waiting room.
Chris Corcoran, a pensioner from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, made the discovery when he visited The Junction Surgery in Moldgreen.
The 66-year-old photographed a sign at the surgery which details where private clients of dermatology clinic Skyn Doctor and NHS eye screening patients should sit.
“I thought it was laughable at first,” said Mr Corcoran, a retired technician at Syngenta in Huddersfield.
British values are considered in the Times.
Schools should not shy away from teaching British values because some children are being brought up in environments “actively hostile” to them, the head of Ofsted said yesterday.
Amanda Spielman said children were making pictures of the Queen out of sequins as a “superficial” way of learning about British values.
She said that ten unregistered schools had been found in Birmingham in the past two years, with eight now registered or closed while the other two are operating legally. She described the issue as a dangerous problem.
The chief inspector of education told officials in the city: “That is why what we call British values are so important. And we shouldn’t be afraid to say that British values are not universal values.
Flying abroad? There’s an imminent pilot’s strike, says ITV News.
Thomas Cook pilots are staging a 24-hour strike today in a dispute over pay after several days of talks failed to break the deadlock.
Members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) took industrial action earlier this month in what was the first UK pilots’ strike in over 40 years.
Balpa has also announced two further 24-hour strikes on September 29 and October 6 should an agreement not be reached.
General secretary Brian Strutton said: “Tortuous negotiations at Acas have failed to resolve the pay dispute.
“Whilst both sides have compromised there is still a considerable gap. Regrettably this means the strike goes ahead.
The war of words between Trump and Kim is continuing, says the Mirror.
Donald Trump continued his rhetorical sparring match with Kim Jong-un on Friday as he continued to refer to the North Korean leader as “Little Rocket Man”.
Speaking at a rally in Alabama, Trump said the dictator “should have been handled a long time ago” and vowed to protect the US people.
The US President responded after he was branded “mentally unstable” by Kim, who vowed to “highest level of hard line counter measure in history” against Trump.
Trump injected himself into a bitter US Senate primary fight on Friday, putting to the test his ability to enlist his anti-establishment voters to help an endangered Republican incumbent.
He spoke at the rally on behalf of Senator Luther Strange, who was appointed after the seat was left vacant when Jeff Sessions was named Trump’s attorney general.
The Sun also reports the exchanges.
RAGING Kim Jong-un has let rip at US rival Donald Trump labelling the US president “mentally deranged dotard” in a rare personal statement last night.
These comments were later clarified when the North Korean foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, said this could mean that the country would test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.
Ho told Yonhap, the South Korean news agency: “It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific. We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.”
The foreign minister did not specify where Kim Jong Un said the test would happen near Japan, where he recently launched two missiles.
Do you fancy taking a leading role in the State Opening of Parliament. It seems there is an opening for a new Back Rod, says BBC News.
Parliament is advertising for a new Black Rod to replace Lieutenant General David Leakey, who is retiring.
Black Rod is best known for a role in the State Opening of Parliament, knocking on the door of the House of Commons to summon MPs for the Queen’s Speech.
But the post-holder has year-round responsibilities for the security and maintenance of the House of Lords.
The successful applicant can expect to earn up to £93,000 per year.
As well as organising ceremonial events, Black Rod manages a team of 30 staff involved in the day-to-day running of the House of Lords.
And trust the Star to come up with a story that is out of this world.
SCIENTISTS have made a huge breakthrough in the search for extraterrestrials as they admit super-intelligent life could have existed for centuries.
Experts have blown the debate wide open as the search for alien life rumbles on.
That’s because a team of scientists claim we have been looking in the wrong place all along.
Rather than biological – or living – aliens, we should have been looking for conscious artificial intelligence, according to researchers.
Susan Schneider of the University of Pennsylvania even claims that such artificial intelligence may have existed for centuries.
She believes aliens are likely to live as supercomputers and recently detailed her views while outlining her “short window theory”.