World Trade Organisation

The Express claims the WTO could take a hand in our negotiations with the EU.

BRUSSELS bureaucrats are not the only ones who may cause barriers to the UK’s attempts to sign a customs deal with the EU after Brexit, with a legal expert arguing the World Trade Organisation (WTO) could also meddle in efforts to create a viable trading relationship with the bloc.
David Davis and Michel Barnier are currently at loggerheads on the future trade relationship the UK and EU should have.
However, Steve Peers, from the think tank UK in a Changing Europe, has warned even after the two negotiating partners come to an agreement, the WTO may intervene and demand changes to the deal.
Speaking to journalists including, he said: “Whatever relationship the UK has with the European Union, there could be some legal challenges within the WTO disputes settlement system brought by members other than the UK and the EU.


It seems our MEPs could be forced to stay in Europe to finish their terms of office, says the Sun.

BRITAIN’S euro MPs should be made to stick around in Strasbourg beyond Brexit day, a shock report has concluded.
A top expert has argued the UK’s representatives must serve their entire terms in the EU Parliament rather than being cut loose next March.
The dossier, by law and government Professor Federico Fabbrini, stunned their European colleagues who branded it an “Alice in Wonderland scenario”.
The Dublin City University academic argued that because our MEPs serve EU citizens as a whole, not just Brits, they can’t quit.
But ex Ukip leader Nigel Farage told Politico: “I will be leaving.”

Within the exit negotiations, it seems the EU may not be playing fair, says the Express.

BRUSSELS is “point-scoring” with the safety of UK citizens when it comes to security because “terrorists do not respect borders”, David Davis has said in a furious response to the EU’s attitude to the Brexit negotiations.
The EU has ruled out Britain being able to maintain involvement with the European Arrest Warrant extradition system after it leaves the trade bloc and is also threatening to cut access to the Galileo satellite navigation system.
Condemning Brussels’ actions, the Brexit Secretary said security “is not about public posturing and scoring points”.

And the Telegraph makes a similar point.

David Davis has accused the European Union of “public posturing” and “point-scoring” over public security after a breakdown in Brexit talks.
On Thursday the European Union accused the Government of “chasing a fantasy” and mounted an outspoken attack over Britain’s offer to co-operate on security after Brexit.
Brussels is threatening to shut British firms out of the £8.8billion Galileo satellite navigation system  and has also ruled out the UK’s continued involved in the European Arrest Warrant extradition system.

The Times also mentions the EAW.

David Davis has accused the EU of jeopardising the safety of its citizens after Brussels rejected a UK plea to remain within the European arrest warrant procedure.
The Brexit secretary said the EU should not put conditions on security co-operation, warning that “criminals and terrorists do not respect borders”.
The hardline stance was more about “public posturing and scoring points” than “resolving difficult issues” that were in “our shared interests”, he said.
Mr Davis was responding to an EU briefing in Brussels on Thursday. A senior EU figure told journalists that Britain would not legally be able to continue to participate in the European arrest warrant (EAW) after Brexit and would have to settle for an extradition treaty.

The Guardian points out differences in the treatment of non-nationals.

A majority of the EU27 do not plan to force UK nationals living within their borders to apply for a special residency status after Brexit, in contrast to the UK government’s treatment of EU nationals.
An initial meeting of officials and diplomats in Brussels on the treatment of UK nationals post-Brexit found a mood in favour of a “smooth and simple” approach.
Governments across Europe have different approaches to dealing with foreign EU nationals who move to live in their country, with some encouraging or demanding registration.

The Sun claims Brussels is playing games in the negotiations.

CABINET ministers have blasted Brussels hardliners for Brexit game playing in an appeal to European leaders to take control of faltering talks.
Amid a major row over security, Chancellor Philip Hammond arrived in Brussels and hit out at “unhelpful” briefings from EU officials after the Commission branded the UK’s demands a “fantasy.”
In contrast Mr Hammond said 27 member states were being “very constructive” and he was backed by David Davis who added other countries “value the UK commitment to the EU’s security.”
Mr Davis added that it was “imperative that we keep these talks constructive both inside and outside of the negotiating room” in a direct slap down of the EU Commission.
Downing Street were furious last night and said their Brussels negotiating counterparts were more interested in playing games than defending the continent from “an unprecedented terror threat.”

Our party’s business spokesman claims the UK government holds all the cards in the negotiations on the UKIP website.

Following Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on European car exports to the US, Christopher Mills, the UKIP business spokesman has pointed out the positive impact on the UK’s negotiating position over Brexit.
Mr Mills said: “It his clear from the way in which European manufacturers have responded that they are committed to low tariffs with their economic partners. What they say about the US counts just as well for the UK.
“Bernhard Mattes, the president of the German car manufacturers association the VDA has said ‘The German car industry has always pushed for the mutual dismantling of tariffs worldwide and for free trade treaties’. Quite so Mr Mattes, quite so”.


In other Brexit news, it seems Conservative rebels will try and force the PM into staying in the customs union, says the Sun.

TORY EU rebels are to bring forward their major Brexit showdown with Theresa May to next month by forcing a fresh vote to stay in the customs union.
Instead of acting when a deal with Brussels is done in the Autumn, they have decided the best time to try to enforce a soft Brexit is now.
A group of at least 15 pro-EU Conservative backbenchers have vowed to back a series of amendments to Brexit bills to keep the UK locked into a customs union and abandon any independent trade policy.
As well as voting for ex-minister Anna Soubry’s amendment to the Customs Bill, they are also ready to draw up fresh wording to strengthen an amendment made to the EU Withdrawal Bill by the Lords if the former is not called, The Sun has learned.

The Express also reports Remoaners’ plans.

BACKBENCH Tory Remoaners are plotting to force Theresa May into conceding to a soft Brexit by backing a series of amendments to keep the UK locked into the customs union, it has been reported.
The Tory rebels are also set to abandon any independent trade policy.
As well as this, the Remoaners are ready to put together fresh wording to strengthen an amendment made to the EU Withdrawal Bill by the Lords.
One leading Tory rebel said: “Our moment of maximum leverage is now, not October, while we can still change Government policy.

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But Mrs May is also facing problems on a different front, says the Sun.

TORY grandees are hatching a ‘dream plan’ for Michael Gove to serve as caretaker Prime Minister and step down for Ruth Davidson in 2021.
The plot comes as a consensus emerges among frustrated Tory MPs that Theresa May will be forced out in a year’s time as soon as Brexit is delivered next March.
As many as 30 ambitious Tory MPs have already begun canvassing for support to replace her as party boss.
But several senior figures have now settled on a master plan, dubbed the ‘Gove-Davidson succession’.
Under the plot, Environment Secretary and leading Brexiteer Mr Gove would take the keys to No10 for two years to finish the Brexit negotiations and transition period.


Further conflict with the EU over the satellite navigation could be averted if the UK builds its own system, says the Telegraph.

The UK will build its own “competing” satellite navigation system if frozen out of the European Union’s Galileo project, Philip Hammond has said.
The European commission has threatened to shut British firms out of the €10 billion (£8.8bn) programme, citing legal issues about sharing sensitive information with a non-member state.
The UK cannot accept such a decision, Mr Hammond told reporters while arriving in Brussels for a meeting of finance ministers on Friday.
“We need access to a satellite system of this kind,”  the Chancellor said. “A plan has always been to work as a core member of the Galileo project, contributing financially and technically to the project.


But there’s still plotting north of the border, reports the Telegraph.

Nicola Sturgeon has been challenged to disclose whether she supports tough spending restrictions laid out in the SNP’s new blueprint for independence amid warnings about the impact on the NHS and education system.
The Scottish Tories and Labour warned the Sustainable Growth Commission’s plan to cut Scotland’s deficit to 2.6 per cent within a decade would mean making billions of pounds of savings to public services on top of the SNP’s planned cuts to defence.
Although the commission insisted that public spending would rise by more than inflation, around 0.5 per cent annually, the Conservatives calculated that £27 billion would be taken out of the system over a decade.

And the Times claims Scotland may keep the pound.

An independent Scotland would be forced to keep the pound, a study commissioned by the SNP suggests.
The country would be able to adopt its own currency only once a series of tough economic tests had been met, the paper said.
The growth commission report, which Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, said would restart the debate about Scotland leaving the UK, was set up to answer the economic questions that plagued the Yes campaign before the 2014 independence referendum.
The report recommended that an independent Scotland’s currency should “remain the pound sterling for a possibly extended transition period”.

The Scottish first minister is still plugging for independence, says the Mail.

Nicola Sturgeon today tried to revive her floundering bid for Scottish independence by pleading with voters to see it as an escape from the ‘despair of Brexit‘.
The Scottish First Minister is publishing a new report on how independence would work today despite repeated setbacks at the ballot box as voters reject the idea.
Ms Sturgeon insisted there was now a ‘very different political and economic situation’ to when the last referendum was held in 2014.
Her report advocates keeping the pound during a transition period after an independence vote – before potentially moving to a new currency. 

And the Independent claims a report will hand cash to immigrants who move into the country.

A Scottish government report has proposed giving prospective immigrants financial incentives to move to Scotland, in a bid to boost the country’s economy and offset the consequences of Brexit.
The Sustainable Growth Commission, set up by the SNP to assess the country’s economic prospects, suggested introducing a “Come to Scotland” package that would include tax cuts for highly skilled migrants.
It would see immigrants allowed to deduct the costs of their move from their income tax bill

The Sun calls it a ‘smash and grab raid’.

NICOLA Sturgeon yesterday unveiled a £26billion smash and grab raid from the rest of the UK as part of her independence plan for Scotland.
The Scots First Minister infuriated unionists by demanding the jumbo sum to top up her share of all British government assets if she ever won a break away referendum.
According to a new independence blueprint published by the SNP yesterday, Scotland’s per head share of the UK state’s net £1.39trillion worth is £116billion.
But as state resources – such as property and vehicles – north of the border only add up to £90billion, No10 would have to refund her the difference.


Would you pay more to prop up the ailing NHS? The health secretary things you would, says the Independent.

People are willing to pay higher taxes to fund the  NHSJeremy Hunt has said, amid an ongoing row among senior ministers over how to secure the future of the health service.
The health secretary said the public was open to the idea of tax hikes to pay for healthcare “provided they can see that it is not being wasted”, after a major report said the NHS would need £2,000 from every household to stay afloat.
The comments will stoke the ongoing row with the Treasury, which has reportedly pushed back on Mr Hunt’s calls to increase the NHS’s annual budget.


In a story covered only by the Sun, the EDL boss was reported to have been arrested.

ENGLISH Defence League founder Tommy Robinson was today arrested on suspicion of breaching the peace while filming outside court.
The 35-year-old was at Leeds Crown Court on Friday morning and started a live feed on his Facebook page as a child grooming case continued.
Footage showed Mr Robinson being led to the back of a police van and he could be heard shouting to a friend: “Please, George, get me a solicitor, I’m on a suspended sentence, you see.”
The video, filmed on a smartphone, shows Mr Robinson – who was wearing a suit jacket – explain what is happening outside the court.
He said: “I’m being arrested for a breach of the peace. You’ve all watched this. Can you get me a solicitor?”


The referendum on abortion in Ireland looks like a ‘yes’ vote, says the Telegraph.

Ireland has voted by a landslide to reform its tough abortion laws, exit polls indicated on Friday night.
According to the Irish Times projection, 68 per cent voted Yes to scrapping the country’s de facto ban on abortion, while RTE television projected support would reach nearly 70 percent.
Voters were asked whether to scrap the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution, which puts the life of a mother and her baby on equal footing. The amendment was introduced via a referendum in 1983.
The current regime forces thousand of women to travel to England for terminations, which the pro-choice Yes campaign says is inhumane and causes needless suffering in an already traumatic situation.

The Times also reports on the historic vote.

Exit polls from Ireland’s historic referendum on abortion indicate that an overwhelming majority of voters have endorsed government plans to scrap Europe’s most restrictive law.
According to an exit poll published by The Irish Times, 68 per cent voted in favour of abolishing the 1983 amendment to the constitution that gives an unborn child and its mother equal rights to life. The consequent ban on abortion was partly lifted in 2013 for cases where the mother’s life was in danger.
An exit poll by the national broadcaster RTE put the “yes” vote at 69 per cent.

And the Sun reports the high turnout.

IRELAND is set to vote in favour of legalising abortion after two major exit polls recorded a landslide win for the “yes” campaign.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar hailed Friday’s referendum as “historic” after one poll suggested almost 70 per cent voted to end the termination ban.
One poll by national broadcaster RTE suggested almost 70 per cent of the electorate have voted to end the country’s all but blanket ban on terminations, with another, by The Irish Times, recording 68 per cent in favour of reform.
Counting does not begin until Saturday morning, with a formal result not due until later in the day, but the data suggests Ireland is on the cusp of a defining moment in its social history.

ITV News claims its a ‘landslide’.

Exit polls in Ireland’s abortion referendum suggest more than two thirds of voters want the country to liberalise its law.
Two polls – by Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE and the Irish Times newspaper – suggest a landslide victory in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment of the state’s constitution, which prohibits terminations unless a mother’s life is in danger.
Counting will begin at 9am on Saturday, with the result expected later in the day.
RTE’s exit poll suggests 69.4% are in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment. The Irish Times’ exit poll suggests ‘Yes’ has 68% of the vote.


The bank is still having its problems, reports the Times.

A bank customer watched thousands of pounds being stolen from his TSB account while he was on hold to the company’s fraud department for four and a half hours.
Ben Alford, who is saving to get married, is among hundreds of people targeted by fraudsters following computer chaos at the bank that left thousands locked out of their accounts.
Some of the victims have told The Times they were robbed of five and six-figure sums after being fooled by scam text messages which asked them to click on a link and put in their details.


And horror of horrors, the Telegraph reports on a plan to fix a cricket match.

A plot to fix an upcoming England cricket match has been exposed by an undercover investigation, the Telegraph can reveal.
Match fixers have been caught discussing  plans to rig the outcome of England’s first Test in Sri Lanka, scheduled to begin on November 6.
An undercover journalist, posing as a businessman looking to place bets on the match,  filmed a match fixer and the groundsman of the match venue in Galle agreeing to help alter the outcome.
The “wicket fixing” plot involves doctoring the pitch to make it impossible for the contest to end in a draw. Such tactics would allow those involved to profit dishonestly from placing bets against that outcome with unsuspecting bookmakers.

The Times claims it was a question of fiddling with the pitch.

Cricket match-fixers discussed plans to rig a forthcoming England Test match in Sri Lanka, according to an undercover investigation.
A journalist posing as a businessman filmed a match-fixer and the groundsman of the stadium in Galle allegedly agreeing to help to rig England’s first Test on their tour of Sri Lanka, which starts in November.
The plot involved doctoring the pitch to make it impossible for the game to end in a draw. Details will be shown in the documentary Cricket’s Match-Fixers, to be broadcast by Al Jazeera tomorrow night.

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