Brexit

The Mail speculates that if the Supreme Court case is lost next month, the Prime Minister could get a law through the House of Commons very quickly.

Theresa May will push a law triggering Brexit through the House of Commons in only five days if judges rule against the Government in next month’s court case.
The Prime Minister and David Davis have drawn up plans which ensure that the process for leaving the EU in March 2019 is not blown off course.
Mrs May said the public had spoken and there could be no attempt to ‘weasel out’ of the referendum verdict.
The plans come as Brexit faces the another onslaught – with ex-prime ministers Tony Blair and John Major saying the process could be stopped or that a second poll should take place.
EU leaders yesterday also lined up to increase the pressure on Britain.
Tiny Malta threatened to drive a hard bargain to ensure Britain would not be given a better deal than it enjoys at present – suggesting curbs on free movement will not be allowed if we wish to stay inside the single market.

The Express reports a plot to thwart the referendum result.

REMAIN supporters and EU leaders have been accused of plotting to block Brexit. Leave campaigners reacted with fury after Maltese premier Joseph Muscat said the EU was “not bluffing” about ending British access to the single market.
His intervention coincided with comments by Tony Blair who said Brexit could be reversed by a second referendum if the “pain” of leaving could be increased to change voters’ minds. There was also anger at another former Prime Minister, Sir John Major, who shared a platform with Mr Blair during the referendum.
He claimed Brexit was “the tyranny of the majority” and suggested the will of British voters should be ignored. In a further attempt to undermine Brexit, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny claimed it would be impossible for Britain to leave the EU in just two years.

BBC News carries the same story.

EU leaders are not “bluffing” when they say the UK will be left without access to the single market when it leaves the bloc if there is no free movement of people, Malta’s prime minister says.
Joseph Muscat, whose country assumes the EU’s presidency in January, told the BBC: “This is really and truly our position and I don’t see it changing”.
Theresa May says the UK will begin the legal process to leave the EU by March.
Mr Muscat said talks on the details of a “new relationship” could be delayed.
A Downing Street spokesman insisted negotiations were being approached in the “spirit of goodwill”.
“This is a negotiation that will take place next year and the government will set out its negotiating strategy in the fullness of time,” he said.

And several of the media report plans to offer individual personal membership of the EU.  The Times says:

Britons who want to live and work in Europe after Brexit would have to pay for individual EU citizenship under proposals backed by the chief negotiator in the European Parliament.
The plans would mean British citizens sending an annual fee to Brussels to retain many of the benefits of EU membership.
Guy Verhofstadt, who was appointed lead Brexit negotiator at the European parliament in September, told The Times that he supported the idea in principle. An advocate of a “United States of Europe”, the former Belgian prime minister has vowed to fight for the “rights of the 48 per cent” of British voters who voted for Remain.

The Star reports:

BRITONS might be able to keep their EU citizenships, a top Brexit negotiator has revealed.
The proposal – which is yet to go before European Parliament – would allow UK citizens to keep their EU rights by paying an annual fee.
Benefits could include free mobility to live and work in EU countries.
Guy Verhofstadt, a leading Brexit negotiator with the European Parliament, said he supports the idea.
He told the Times: “Many say ‘we don’t want to cut our links’.
“I like the idea that people who are European citizens and saying they want to keep it have the possibility of doing so. As a principle I like it.”
European Parliament will vote on the proposals by the end of the year – but any Brexit deal with the UK will need the support of the leader from all 27 EU nations.

And the Guardian also reports the plans.

Britons could pay to retain the benefits of European Union citizenship after Brexit under plans being considered by MEPs.
The European parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said he supported the principle of the idea, which would see UK citizens sending an annual fee to Brussels.
The former Belgian prime minister said Britons who voted remain did not want to sever their links to the EU.
“Many say ‘we don’t want to cut our links’,” he told the Times. “I like the idea that people who are European citizens and saying they want to keep it have the possibility of doing so. As a principle I like it.”
The proposals were tabled by a liberal MEP from Luxembourg and MEPs will vote on the proposals by the end of the year, but any Brexit deal with the UK would have to have the agreement of the leaders of the other 27 EU nations as well as the parliament.

The Sun calls the plans ‘barmy’.

REMOANERS wanting to live and work in Europe could pay for individual EU citizenship under barmy new plans backed by a top Brexit negotiator.
The plans would mean Brits would have to send an annual fee to Brussels to retain EU membership benefits to opt out of Brexit.
Brexit negotiator and former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt told The Times he supported the idea as part of his fight for the “rights of the 48 per cent” of Brits who voted for Remain.
He said: “Many say ‘We don’t want to cut our links.
“I like the idea that people who are European citizens and saying they want to keep it have the possibility of doing so. As a principle I like it.”

ITV News claims one of the Brexit negotiators is behind the plans.

Britons could pay to keep the benefits of European Union citizenship after Brexit, under plans being considered by MEPs.
The European Parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, said he supported the principle of the idea.
Verhofstadt said Britons who voted to Remain in the referendum did not want to sever their links to the EU.
The idea, if granted, could see UK citizens sending an annual fee to Brussels to retain individual membership.
In an interview with The Times, he said: “Many say ‘we don’t want to cut our links’.

And the Mail says MEPs could vote on the issue within the next month.

Britons could pay to retain the benefits of European Union citizenship after Brexit under plans being considered by MEPs.
The European Parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt, 63, said he supported the principle of the idea, which would see UK citizens sending an annual fee to Brussels.
The former Belgian prime minister said Britons who voted Remain did not want to sever their links to the EU.
He told The Times: ‘Many say ‘we don’t want to cut our links’.
‘I like the idea that people who are European citizens and saying they want to keep it have the possibility of doing so. As a principle I like it.’
MEPs will vote on the proposals by the end of the year, but any Brexit deal with the UK would have to have the agreement of the leaders of the other 27 EU nations as well as the parliament.
Brexit-backing Tory MP Andrew Bridgen warned that Brussels would attempt anything to prevent the UK leaving the the EU.

The Independent reports on a new political movement.

The former Chancellor Alistair Darling has warned that disillusioned voters who backed Brexit could flock to a populist nationalist movement headed by a Donald Trump-like figure as they turn against Theresa May’s Government.
The Labour peer said this week’s Autumn Statement would do nothing for the people who felt “left behind” by globalisation, even though Mrs May promised to champion working class families on becoming Prime Minister in July.
Lord Darling doubted that his own party would benefit from the anger of voters who see their living standards decline over the next few years. In a damning verdict on Jeremy Corbyn, he said there was “no effective opposition” to the  Conservatives.
The former Cabinet minister told a discussion on the Autumn Statement hosted by the Resolution Foundation think tank: “The question, politically, is where do they [the ‘left behind’] go after this? We have seen what happened across the Atlantic and my guess is, especially in this country, where there is no effective opposition, the alternatives are not the conventional ones.

Brexit demonstration

The proposed London march planned for next month has been cancelled, according to the Independent

A march on the Supreme Court planned by Nigel Farage and other Brexit campaigners has been cancelled, sources close to the Ukip politician have confirmed.
The demonstration, proposed for the day the court’s judges will consider a crucial Brexit case, was dropped with it never having gone past early planning stages, the source said.
But reports also emerged claiming the event, organised by the Brexit campaign group Leave.EU, was cancelled due to fears that it could be hijacked by far right groups like the EDL and BNP.
At the start of next month, all 11 Supreme Court justices will rule on a government appeal against a High Court judgement forcing Theresa May to give Parliament a vote on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, officially launching Brexit talks.

NHS

In other news, the Telegraph reports on the health service’s pre-winter plans.

NHS hospitals have been ordered to hand over swathes of operations to the private sector to ease a looming winter crisis, according to leaked memos.
Health officials have also instructed hospitals to discharge thousands of patients in a bid to reduce record levels of crowding, while managers have been banned from declaring “black alerts”.
NHS trusts have been told to take a series of measures to dramatically reduce bed occupancy levels in an attempt to ensure that wards can cope as pressures mount.
Patients groups said the situation was “frightening”, while charities described the measures as an “extremely worrying” reflection of a system under “extraordinary pressure”.

ITV News has the same story.

Hospitals have been told to discharge thousands of patients to reduce pressure ahead of a potential winter crisis, according to a leaked memo.
The memo says hospitals should pass on some scheduled surgery to private organisations, with managers banned from declaring black alerts – the highest level when hospital services are unable to cope with demand.
The Daily Telegraph, who obtained the memo, said instructions were sent by NHS England and the regulator NHS Improvement last month
It was intended to reduce the levels of bed occupancy rates in hospitals, which are the most crowded they have ever been ahead of winter.

And a top cancer doctor has predicted that Brexit will help the service survive, says the Express

ONE of Britain’s leading cancer specialists has said that Brexit will save the NHS from collapse.
Writing exclusively for Daily Express online, Professor Angus Dalgleish, a member of the campaign group Leave Means Leave, has outlined how the end of uncontrolled immigration and ditching Brussels’ rules will rescue the NHS from its current crisis.
Professor Dalglish, who is an oncologist at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London and has also done groundbreaking work on HIV, pinpointed health tourism from EU citizens as one of the key threats to the NHS which is unable to cope even with an extra £10 billion from the Government.
He noted: “The Blair government predicted that 13,000 Eastern Europeans would settle here and planned on that basis.

Scotland

Reuters outlines the Scottish arguments around Brexit.

The Scottish government on Friday published legal arguments it will use to try to persuade Britain’s highest court that the devolved Scottish parliament must give its approval before Prime Minister Theresa May can trigger the Brexit process.
A High Court ruled earlier this month that the government must seek the approval of the British parliament before starting the legal process of leaving the European Union. The British government is appealing that judgement in the Supreme Court.
The nationalist Scottish government is joining the legal case, due to be heard in early December, and on Friday set out its argument in full.
It raises the threat of a delay to Brexit and an even greater constitutional puzzle – if it wins its case and if, as expected, the Scottish parliament subsequently votes against May’s plan to start EU divorce proceedings by the end of March.

France

On the Continent, it seems that a top Eurocrat is terrified the right wing will win next year’s election, says the Express

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has been accused of personally intervening in a French legal case in a bid to stop Marine Le Pen from becoming the country’s next president.
The Brussels chief has reportedly moved to ensure a hearing pitting Uber against the French government is postponed over fears victory for the taxi firm would provide the Front National leader with more anti-globalist rhetoric.
He is said to have overruled other senior bureaucrats to put a halt to the case in a move which demonstrates the panic gripping the euro elite over the prospect of a Le Pen presidency.
Uber has appealed to the EU Commission in a bid to get key aspects of French employment law, which it says unfairly impact on its operations, overturned by Brussels.
But Mr Juncker is said to fear that taking the government in Paris to court over the issue before next March’s presidential election would play into the hands of Ms Le Pen, who is standing on a eurosceptic platform.

Turkey

And Breitbart reports on a Turkish threat of thousands more refugees.

The day after the European Union (EU) Parliament’s non-binding vote to freeze Turkey’s accession to the bloc, the nation’s Islamist president has threatened to flood the continent with migrants.
“If you go any further, these border gates will be opened,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in Istanbul. “Neither me nor my people will be affected by these dry threats. It wouldn’t matter if all of you approved the [European Parliament] vote.”
“We are the ones who feed 3-3.5 million refugees in this country,” Mr. Erdoğan said in his speech Friday. “You have betrayed your promises”, he added, according to Deutsche Welle.
In March of this year, Brussels agreed to provide up to €6 billion in aid to Turkey, fast track its accession into the EU, and bring in thousands of Syrians from camps in Turkey if Mr. Erdoğan stopped boats crossing to Greece and accepted the return of some “irregular migrants”.

Spaceship

It’s the Sun which has the dramatic story today, alleging that aliens have landed on Mars.

A GIGANTIC ‘alien mothership’ has been spotted ‘crashed’ on the surface of Mars.
The giant UFO was discovered by a YouTuber after studying photos taken by NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor (MGS),
Now experts say the image shows clear evidence of a flying saucer crash site and proves martians may be out there.
Tireless UFO hunter Scott C Waring claimed:  “The long and turned landing tracks left behind from the craft show that the ship crash landed as gently as it could.”
Nigel Watson, author of the UFO Investigation Manual, told the Metro:  “There does seem to be a Mars Curse, as two-thirds of our own missions to this planet have failed. Even NASA scientists jokingly call it the great ‘Galactic Ghoul’.
“Now it looks like alien spacecraft suffer from the same problems. I think it is more likely to be a natural geological formation.

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