Brexit

Don’t write off the Prime Minister yet, says the Express.

BORIS JOHNSON has a legal ace up his sleeve which trumps EVERY Remainer ploy to thwart Brexit – and the warning has bizarrely come from arch-Remainer Sir John Major.
Sir John highlighted the method the Prime Minister will use to force a no deal Brexit through the House of Commons at the end of October this year – a statutory instrument known as an Order of Council. If an Order of Council is instigated the move would circumvent and suspend Remainer legislation known as the Benn Act which has banned the Prime Minister from leaving the EU without a deal – allowing Mr Johnson freer rein to negotiate a Brexit deal. On the BBC’s Question Time last night Tory Chairman James Cleverly refused to rule out an Order of Council and said: “I’m not going to discuss how we progress with this.”

And if there’s no deal, the Chancellor has promised grants to make up, reports ITV News.

Chancellor Sajid Javid is to unveil a £16.6 billion no-deal “guarantee” to make up for lost grants should the UK leave the bloc without an agreement.
Mr Javid said the sum – which includes £4.3 billion for the coming year – would cover EU money given to businesses, universities and charities.
October 31 is the current date when Britain will leave the European Union, although a bill obliges Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek another extension if no agreement has been reached at October’s European Council meeting.
Mr Javid said a no-deal departure was “very much on the table” and that he feared the fabric of society would be torn if the October 31 deadline was not honoured.

The Mail reports a warning.

Failure to deliver Brexit could irreparably ‘tear the fabric’ of society, Sajid Javid claimed on Friday night.
The Chancellor said even the disruption of No Deal would not be as bad as not leaving at all.
He also insisted that, despite the efforts of Remain MPs, No Deal was still ‘very much on the table’.
In an interview with the Daily Mail on the eve of the Conservative Party conference, Mr Javid said: ‘The best way to bring the country back together again and heal things is to deliver on that referendum.

The Telegraph is optimistic a deal will be struck.

Boris Johnson hopes to “hammer out a deal” with the EU by Oct 13, as the UK prepares to present formal proposals for the Irish border next week.
On Friday the EU suggested its leaders would refuse to negotiate with the UK during the October European Council summit, dashing hopes of a last-minute breakthrough.
A UK Government source told The Daily Telegraph on Friday: “After conference, you’ve got 10 days to hammer out a deal. The summit is the time to push the controversial bits and get the agreement.”

The Express says the plans will be presented to the EU after the Tory conference.

BORIS JOHNSON’s Brexit masterplan is set to be shown to the EU next week, sparking hopes an October 31 exit from the bloc could still be on track.
Sky News’ Adam Parsons has said the Prime Minister will submit “concrete proposals” for a new Brexit deal after the Tory Party conference ends next week. He tweeted: “Sources say UK will submit “concrete proposals” for a Brexit deal after Tory Party conference (which ends on October 2nd), but in time to be scrutinised before the European Council, which starts on October 17.”

The Evening Standard reports a warning that ‘there’s a long way to go’ before a deal is reached.

The government is reportedly ready to share its “concrete proposals” aimed at securing a Brexit  deal with the EU.
The BBC reported the plans will be revealed after the Conservative Party conference next week, allowing enough time for them to be scrutinised ahead of the vital EU summit on October 17.
But Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay tempered expectations in an interview with the corporation, saying “there’s still a long way to go”.

But will the deal just be a rehash of Mrs May’s WA?  The Times reports.

The Brexit secretary has rebuked colleagues for suggesting that plans to scrap the Irish backstop should be watered down to try to secure a deal with the EU.
In an interview with The Times, Stephen Barclay  made clear that Britain would leave without a deal unless the border backstop were removed from the withdrawal agreement entirely.
He said that the UK would share a legal text of its proposals on the backstop “in coming days” after the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

Could Boris break the law to get us out?  The Mirror says he just might.

Boris Johnson is gearing up for a second court showdown just days before a no-deal Brexit .
The High Court could convene a dramatic, late-night session to force the PM to obey the law and ask Brussels for an extension if he fails to get a deal at the EU summit on Friday October 18.
It would mean Mr Johnson faced a court challenge twice in less than a month.

It’s not too late for a deal yet, reports the Telegraph.

There is still time for the UK to strike a deal with the EU despite pessimism in Brussels, the Brexit Secretary has said.
Asked whether a deal could still be struck at the October EU summit, Stephen Barclay said the UK was approaching the “moment of truth” when a deal would happen.
Mr Barclay met with Michel Barnier, the EU’s top Brexit negotiator, this afternoon.
“A deal can be done, but there needs to be political will on both sides and we’re now approaching the moment of truth in these negotiations,” he said.

There could be a stalking horse waiting in the wings to take over from Boris, reports the Express.

AMBER RUDD could be plotting an ambitious attempt to lead a caretaker Government, according to reports.
Ms Rudd resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary, resigned the Tory whip earlier this month, and could become Prime Minister under the Fixed Terms Parliament Act. Under the act, Ms Rudd would have 14 days to win an explicit vote of confidence to take charge without a general election if the current Tory Government loses a vote of no confidence.

Tory conference

The Conservative conference will go ahead, albeit truncated.  But Boris may not have an easy ride, says the Telegraph.

Boris Johnson faces being ambushed at Tory Party conference, as it emerged on Friday night that the Scottish Nationalists and Labour are discussing tabling a confidence vote as early as next week.
Senior SNP figures have told The Telegraph that they will vote to put Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street, having concluded that it is the only way to guarantee that no-deal is taken off the table.
It comes just hours after Nicola Sturgeon piled pressure on opposition MPs to bring down the Prime Minister, stating that she agreed a vote of no confidence was the “only fail safe way” to delay Brexit.

And a policy regarding planning has been leaked to the Sun.

CABINET ministers will unveil a revolution in planning rules next week to turbo-charge house building in Britain.
The red tape will be relaxed so homes can be made bigger and new ones can be built on existing commercial sites without planning permission.
House building on green belts will also be allowed where there is already some development — such as a train station.

Carbon emissions are also in the spotlight in the Independent.

New Conservative plans for achieving their net-zero pledge to end carbon emissions by 2050 – including a nuclear fusion plant – have been criticised for lacking urgency and practical solutions.
Green groups hit out after the Tories kicked off their annual conference with the first, long-awaited policy changes to help hit the legal commitment to end UK contributions to global warming.
Measures to boost the uptake of electric cars, to plant one million more trees and to improve home  energy efficiency are described as “another step on the road to the 2050 net zero target”.

And pet cats may need to be micro-chipped, says the Sun.

ALL pet cats will have to be micro-chipped and households could face a ban on keeping monkeys as pets under plans being announced by the Tories.
Environment Ministers Theresa Villiers and Zac Goldsmith will lay out the party’s pre-election animal welfare policy ahead of the Tory party conference in Manchester.
They will unveil proposals to restrict long journeys for live animals to slaughter houses, which the Government is currently powerless to do under EU law.

Brexit Party

The Brexit Party is also holding its conference this weekend.  Sky News reports:

Nigel Farage has said he is confident that the Leave vote would win by an even larger margin if a second referendum was called.
Speaking at the Brexit Party conference in London on Friday night, he said: “If we did have to face a second referendum, and provided we were given a proper question with a genuine Leave on the ballot paper, I have absolutely no doubt we would vote to Leave by a bigger margin than we did back in 2016.”
Mr Farage’s comments were met with cheers from the audience, before he went to say: “But whatever happens, there will not be violent riots on our streets because we have got a well-run, sensible, moderate, democratic party called the Brexit Party.

And Buzz Feed has the reason why the party has no members.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party does not allow people to join as members because it feared that supporters of the far-right British National Party and English Defence League would sign up, according to documents disclosed by the Electoral Commission.
The documents reveal that the Brexit Party initially intended to organise itself similarly to UKIP — the anti–European Union party that Farage led for a decade until 2016 — but changed its constitution soon after registering to exclude members.

The party leader has issued a warning to the Prime Minister, says BBC News.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to return from Brussels with Theresa May’s “reheated deal”.
At a rally in London, he said the Tories will “lose votes to us” in “huge numbers” when voters “realise nothing has changed” if they keep that deal.
He then criticised Labour’s “policy of uncontrolled mass immigration”.

And Reuters reports the business secretary’s comment that we’ll be OK after Brexit.

UK business secretary Andrea Leadsom said Britain’s economy is robust and that it could withstand a no-deal Brexit, according to an interview on.ft.com/2nWiCGV with the Financial Times published on Friday.
In the interview with the Financial Times, Leadsom admitted that a no-deal Brexit would pose difficulties. “There will be some disruption to the way we do things now. Obviously it will lead to change and to some business disruption, but the government is doing everything it can to minimise it,” the newspaper quoted her as saying.

Labour Party

Corbyn is also putting out his latest proposals.  BBC News says:

A future Labour government would scrap Universal Credit – which merges six benefits into one payment, Jeremy Corbyn is to say.
In a speech, the Labour leader will brand the benefit “cruel and inhumane”.
He will promise an interim payment after two weeks, across the UK, to replace a five-week waiting period.
The government said Labour’s plans were “reckless” and amounted to “political point-scoring” but acknowledged there was work to do to improve the system.

EU

The bloc is in trouble, says the Telegraph.

Business confidence in the eurozone has suffered its biggest monthly plunge since the financial crisis as recession gloom descends on the region.
Dwindling sentiment in factories on the Continent helped drag overall economic confidence to its lowest level in four years.
Germany and Italy were among the most pessimistic as business confidence tumbled to a six-year low amid worries over shrinking order books, the European Commission said.

Juncker is getting his excuses in before talks break down, says the Mail.

Jean-Claude Juncker went on the attack over Brexit  today amid ‘despairing’ claims from the EU that Boris Johnson does not want a deal.
The commission president insisted he and chief negotiator Michel Barnier were doing all they could to get an agreement.
He warned that ‘responsibility will lie exclusively on the British side’ if there is no breakthrough to prevent the UK crashing out on October 31.
But despite Mr Barnier and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay holding more talks in Brussels this afternoon, the prospects of a settlement emerging seem remote.

It’s getting tense, reports the Guardian.

The Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, has said the EU is facing a “moment of truth” next week after his latest round of talks with Michel Barnier ended with both sides seeking to shift the blame for the impasse.
The UK government is expected by EU officials to table formal proposals next Thursday after the Conservative party conference, but talks on Friday wound up in apparent acrimony.
With the two sides sharply divided, both the EU and the UK sought to lay responsibility for the lack of agreement on the other, in a sign of the futility of the recent negotiations.

A comment from Conservative Woman argues we’re going round in circles.

We are trapped in a perpetual Brexit wash cycle. Arguments are circular, accusations baseless or exaggerated, and in true Lewis Carroll fashion, words can mean whatever the speaker chooses. There is no clear way out, and the suspicion grows that many of those at Westminster are not looking to resolve the situation, only to perpetuate the chaos and misery for personal and political gain.
To get some perspective, it is helpful to reflect on how we came to be at this current impasse.
The EU decided that they would not allow any discussions on trade until after the UK left. To justify this ‘red line’, they claimed it was a legal requirement. In fact, Article 50 says nothing of the sort. It was a clear negotiating ploy by the EU to cause the maximum problems for the UK after Brexit.

And Breitbart reports that defiling the EU flag or anthem could result in a prison sentence.

The German Bundesrat, the upper chamber of the German parliament, has proposed banning Germans from denigrating both the European Union flag and anthem.
The Bundesrat, which is composed of delegates from the German states, passed a bill that could see individuals who either denigrate the EU flag or the EU anthem, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, punished with a fine or up to three years in prison, Die Welt reports.

Racism

Is anti-white racism any different from anti-black racism?  The Mail reports:

Edinburgh University has been slated for hosting an event where white people will be banned from asking questions – which has been described as ‘blatantly racist’.
A Q&A event – Resisting Whiteness 2019 – will bar Caucasian guests from speaking from the floor.
There will also be two ‘safe spaces’ – one of which white people are banned from entering.
University bosses have ‘raised concerns’ about aspects of the event.

And the row over BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty goes on in the Times.

The BBC is “not impartial on racism”, the director-general insisted as he praised Naga Munchetty for speaking out against Donald Trump’s prejudice amid a growing public backlash.
The BBC’s executive committee, led by Lord Hall of Birkenhead, paid tribute to Munchetty’s honesty in an attempt to quell anger at the treatment of the BBC One Breakfast presenter after an impartiality ruling against her.
A letter signed by 150 ethnic minority broadcasters including Sir Lenny Henry and Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the Channel 4 News presenter, accused the BBC of “racially discriminatory treatment” of black employees over its handling of the row.

The Beeb claims it is not impartial on racism, reports the Mail.

BBC bosses have said they are not impartial on racism after the decision to rebuke Naga Munchetty for criticising Donald Trump provoked a fierce backlash.
Director-general Lord Tony Hall and other executives sent a letter to corporation staff assuring them that ‘racism is racism’ and that ‘diversity matters hugely’.
Staff at the broadcaster have been told that the impartiality of the BBC does not extend to racism, which is not a matter of opinion or debate.

Thomas Cook

Did you book with Thomas Cook?  You booking may still be valid reports the Times.

Thousands of Thomas Cook customers may wrongly think that their holidays have been cancelled, travel companies have warned.
When the tour operator collapsed on Monday holidaymakers were told that all future bookings had been cancelled. However, a “high percentage” of its business on the high street was as a travel agent — booking holidays with other tour operators. Those bookings will be honoured.

And some of the company’s employees intend to take legal action, reports the Mail.

More than 100 former Thomas Cook employees have launched legal action against the collapsed travel firm after losing their jobs.
It comes after it was also revealed that the travel firm were still hiring more staff just days before it went into liquidation.
Former staff members claim the firm acted unlawfully in their dismissal and have now appointed lawyers to seek redress through an employment tribunal.
Ex-staff members said the company failed to keep them up to date with the status of the operator.

Thousands of complaints have not been dealt with, says ITV News.

A former Thomas Cook worker exposed the scale of the travel company’s complaints backlog on Friday, leading to calls for a change in consumer law.
Its claimed there are thousands of complaints that will now not be dealt with, leaving angry customers without answers, compensation or refunds.
Speaking to ITV News anonymously, the redundant employee said grievances included in the backlog concern, “anything from food complaints to somebody being beaten in resort or being hurt with health and safety issues”.

Space wars

Our satellite system could come under attack, says the Telegraph.

The Ministry of Defence is preparing for a space war within the next 15 years, and has awarded £1.5 million to companies who can devise ways to protect UK satellites.
Britain currently has more than 50 satellites in orbit, and also relies heavily on international systems such as GPS, telecommunications networks and weather monitoring services.
But countries including China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are developing anti-satellite missiles, jammers, high-power microwaves, robots, lasers and chemical sprayers which could bring the country to a standstill.

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