EU

The French president’s plans have been rubbished, reports the Telegraph.

Emmanuel Macron’s “grand plan” to relaunch the euro on safer foundations lies in tatters after Europe’s northern bloc refused to contemplate any form of fiscal union, and exhausted leaders kicked the crucial issues into touch.
After battling deep into the night over migration there was no energy or emotion left at the Brussels summit for a fight over fiscal architecture. There was no plausible backing for the French president’s great leap forward any case.

Looks like the EU is threatening to exclude us from the EAW, says the Express.

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier’s uncompromising insistence that Britain will be excluded from the European Arrest Warrant system after the UK leaves the bloc will pose security risks for both sides, a policy expert has said.
Anna Nadibaidze, a researcher with the Open Europe think-tank, issued her warning after Mr Barnier’s speech to diplomats in Vienna during which he said Britain would be “outside the EU’s legal order”, adding: “This is a fact – facts have consequences.”

It seems the bloc has already made up its mind about the negotiations, reports Sky News.

EU leaders took “less than a minute” to confirm their stance on Brexit negotiations, as the bloc’s member states demanded clarity from Theresa May.
After all-night talks on migration, EU heads of government were revealed to have taken less than 60 seconds to approve their joint approach on the UK’s exit when they reconvened on Friday morning.
They continue to wait on Mrs May to reveal more detailed plans, with EU leaders expressing their impatience at the delay as the prime minister battles for an agreement among her warring ministers.

And the EU’s boss has laid the position on the line, says BBC News.

Donald Tusk has issued a “last call” to the UK to “lay the cards on the table” if a Brexit deal is to be done in time.
The European Council president said the “most difficult” issues were unresolved and “quick progress” was needed if agreement was to be reached by October.
Talks continue over the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in March next year. What happens to the Irish border remains a sticking point.
The UK says both sides want to see a “faster pace” in talks.

Looks like the Irish are revolting against the rest of the UK, reports the Times.

One of Britain’s closest allies told Theresa May yesterday that she cannot expect to have the kind of unprecedented post-Brexit security partnership that she wants with the EU.
Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, backed the tough stance taken by EU Brexit negotiators despite a personal appeal by Mrs May for leaders to compromise.
The failure to win round the Dutch, who have traditionally been a staunch ally of the UK, underlined Mrs May’s isolation.
The EU’s other 27 leaders spent less than 15 minutes discussing Brexit yesterday and pointedly failed to discuss that latest British request.

And it seems the EU is not prepared to help African migrants, reports the Times.

A deal to cut the flow of migrants from Africa may not be worth the paper it is written on because it has failed to bridge deep divisions across European capitals, senior EU figures admitted yesterday.
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, played down an agreement that he brokered in tense all-night talks because of continued political tensions over who takes responsibility for migrants.
“It is far too early to talk about a success,” he said. “We have managed to reach an agreement in the European Council but this is in fact the easiest part of the task compared to what awaits us on the ground when we start implementing it.”

If you don’t like the result of the referendum, take up citizenship of an EU country – and many have, reports BBC News.

There has been a surge in UK citizens acquiring the nationality of another EU country since the Brexit referendum, according to data obtained by the BBC.
In 2017 a total of 12,994 UK citizens obtained the nationality of one of the 17 member states from which the BBC has received figures.
This compares with 5,025 in 2016 and only 1,800 in 2015.
The most frequent new nationality was German, which saw a huge jump from just 594 cases in 2015 up to 7,493 in 2017.

Brexit

The Prime Minister has warned the EU not to put their citizens at risk, says the Independent.

Theresa May has told her 27 European counterparts to think of their citizens’ safety if Britain is locked out of EU policing and security databases after Brexit.
Speaking over dinner in Brussels the prime minister conceded that the “current legal framework” made Britain’s continued participation impossible and urged the leaders to rewrite their laws to accommodate the UK.
Her attempt to shift the conversation to security comes as EU leaders urge her to make progress on the Northern Ireland border, a question which continues to divide her cabinet.

And the Independent warns of a possible ‘no deal’.

The European Union has warned that “serious divergence” between itself and Britain in Brexit talks risks the possibility of a no deal, following a meeting by the 27 national leaders in Brussels on Friday.
After roughly an hour of discussion, leaders signed off a joint statement pledging to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal situation and highlighting their “concern” at the lack of progress on the Irish border issue.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s chief negotiator, warned: “On Brexit, we have made progress, but huge and serious divergence remains, in particular on Ireland and Northern Ireland.”
Mr Barnier called for “workable and realistic proposals” to be included in a UK government white paper scheduled for release next month.

But our Brexit secretary is not having any of it, reports the Express.

DAVID Davis has delivered a terse rebuke to Michel Barnier over a fresh attempt to blame Britain for the lagging pace of the Brexit talks. The Brussels diplomat yesterday claimed “huge and serious” differences between the UK and the EU still stood in the way of a departure deal.
And with a warning that time was running out in the search for an agreement, he summoned the Tory Cabinet minister’s negotiating team for urgent talks on Monday.
But a source close to the EU Exit Secretary dismissed the summons as a “gimmick” and urged Mr Barnier to “engage” with the proposals Britain had already put forward as a blueprint for a future partnership with the bloc.

Trade

The Guardian reports that the bloc could be in jeopardy.

Theresa May has been told by European leaders that an attempt to protect the UK’s industrial base by gaining single market access for goods alone after Brexit is a nonstarter, as the Irish prime minister warned: “We are not going to let them destroy the European Union.”
After being given a “broad brush approach” presentation at a Brussels summit of May’s long-awaited paper, yet to be signed off by her warring British cabinet, the taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, told her that unless the final document presented a departure from the UK government’s thinking over the last two years, it would be dead on arrival.

Ireland

The Irish prime minister has spoken out in favour of the EU in the Sun.

IRISH premier Leo Varadkar sparked fresh Brexiteer fury yesterday by saying Britain can’t be allowed to “destroy” the EU.
Speaking in Brussels, the Taoiseach claimed Theresa May had talked him through her upcoming Brexit White Paper – which will map out the UK’s Brexit ambitions.
And he insisted there could be no “cherry picking” of EU rules by the PM – such as wanting access to the single market but limiting immigration. He said: “While we regret them leaving, we are not going to let them destroy it.”
It came 24 hours after the Taoiseach said Britain had to remember it wasn’t an equal partner to the EU – and should have developed a plan two years ago.

And the Express claims the country could be in for an election.

IRELAND could be set for a snap election with leader Leo Varadkar contemplating collapsing his own government and sparking political chaos on the island in order to increase his mandate during Brexit talks.
Mr Varadkar’s Fine Gael party is soaring in the polls and, like Theresa May last year, the taoiseach (prime minister) believes an election could help him increase his parliament majority.
But political rivals have accused him of “reckless” politicking which could actually weaken Ireland’s in Brexit negotiations with the UK.

Migration

The question of migration is said to be vexing the EU leaders more than Brexit.  The Sun reports:

ANGELA Merkel was saved from the brink yesterday as EU leaders agreed a deal that could see Brussels create migrant camps in Africa.
In a package of measures, the EU said it would explore the possibility of “disembarkation platforms” where economic migrants would be filtered out from ‘real’ refugees before trying to cross the Med.
After nine hours of marathon talks, leaders also vowed to create processing centres on the Continent to judge asylum claims of thousands of migrants.

A top Italian has claimed the EU leaders are split, reports the Express.

A FORMER Italian official has branded the EU summit a “de-facto failure” due to the deep divisions which exist between the EU28 leaders, and blasted their failure to reach a concrete solution on the EU migrant crisis.
Lorenzo Codogno, former chief economist and director general at the Italian Treasury Department, noted the final agreement reached by the EU leaders on the migrant crisis paves the way for further negotiations over the coming year.

The Morning Star has hit out at EU leaders too.

AID WORKERS urged European Union leaders to “come to their senses” yesterday after 220 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean last week.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) called for an end to aggressive policies that “trap” people in war-torn countries like Syria and Libya or leave them to die at sea.
MSF head of emergencies Karline Kleijer said that EU member states are “abdicating their responsibilities to save lives and are deliberately condemning vulnerable people to be trapped in Libya or die at sea.

Crime

Back home, it seems the London Mayor is under fire in the Express.

A FURIOUS mother told London’s mayor families “do not feel safe” as she condemned police station closures and falling officer numbers. Sadiq Khan announced the closure of 37 of the capital’s 73 police station front counters last year, blaming government cuts.
Yesterday the Labour mayor said council tax could go up by an extra £12 a year to support the Metropolitan Police.
It came a day after an audience member at a State of London Debate told Mr Khan communities did not feel safe amid rising violence on the city’s streets.
The mayor was also jeered when he said people should take confidence from the huge number of knives seized in recent months.

Breitbart also carries the story.

London’s Labour Mayor has been shouted down at a public event, with a mother explaining she and her son do not “feel safe” in his city.
Sadiq Khan refused to take responsibility for the massive violent crime wave sweeping London, once again blaming the Conservatives and calling the Government “anti-London”.
The crowd did not accept his excuses and the Mayor was “booed by the audience as he finish[ed] his speech” as the people were “very angry at the level of crime in London”, LBC editor Theo Usherwood reported.
“There are no bobbies on our street, Londoners don’t feel safe, our communities don’t feel safe,” the unidentified woman shouted at the LBC State of London event, to loud cheers from the crowd.

And Westmonster claims the woman making the allegations against the Mayor received support.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan was given both barrels at a ‘State of London’ LBC event last night, with a lady in the crowd telling him straight: “We don’t feel safe anymore”.
Receiving support from the crowd as she spoke, the woman told Mayor Khan: “There are no bobbies on our street, Londoners don’t feel safe, our communities don’t feel safe.
“You give me statistics Mr. Khan, but for me as a parent, I’m telling you, we do not feel safe.
“We do not feel safe in London and we want you to do something about it!”
The wave of violence in the capital is truly disturbing. This year in London there have already been 81 murder investigations, compared to 83 in the whole of 2014. Sadly, many of the victims are young.

NHS

The crisis-hit NHS is starting to cancel surgery, says the Times.

Hundreds of thousands of NHS patients will be told that they cannot have procedures deemed useless in a drive to save hundreds of millions of pounds every year.
An initial list of 17 operations ranging from varicose vein surgery to tonsil removal has been drawn up by NHS England in a first step to banish outdated and ineffective treatments.
Patients will be informed that they have a responsibility to the NHS not to demand surgery that does no good, in the same way they have been urged not to badger doctors for antibiotics.

The Sun also carries the report.

THE NHS is set to stop 17 routine operations it is describing as “useless” in a bid to save hundreds of millions of pounds a year.
An initial list including removing tonsils and varicose vein surgery has been drawn up by NHS England in a bid curb outdated treatments.
Patients are set to be told they have a responsibility to the Health Service not to demand futile surgery in the same way they should not demand unnecessary antibiotics, The Times reports.

And the Morning Star quotes TUC research.

NEW TUC research lays bare the critical state of England’s GP crisis today as tens of thousands rally in London to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.
All 44 of the sustainability and transformation partnership (STPs) into which NHS England is divided are running with a shortage of GPs, the TUC found.
And half of them have at least 20 per cent fewer GPs than local populations require.
Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire & Luton STP has the largest shortfall, with 43 per cent fewer GPs than needed.

BBC News reports violence in the service.

Police are called to at least one violent incident against NHS staff each day on average, figures have suggested.
Statistics from four health boards showed officers were called 521 times in 2017/18 and 2,719 times since 2013.
One nurse said she struggled to pass a street in Newport where she was attacked by a patient’s husband on a home visit.
She spoke out as a bill to double the sentence for assaults on emergency workers was discussed in Parliament.

ITV News reports on a demo today.

Tens of thousands of people will join a huge demonstration on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS and call for money for the health service.
Politicians, actors, musicians and union leaders will address a rally in central London, demanding an end to cuts and a halt to “ruinous” privatisation of services.
Nurses, doctors and other health workers will join the protest, timed to mark the 70th anniversary on July 5.

Education

Teaching unions are demanding more money, says the Mail.

Teaching unions have backtracked over their dire warnings of funding cuts and now admit that schools will not lose out next year.
The School Cuts coalition had claimed that the Government had ‘broken its promise’ to schools and accused the Department for Education of failing to protect per-pupil funding.
It said this week that ‘for 2018/19 schools in England have on average been allocated less per pupil in real terms than in 2017/18’. The group, including the National Association of Head Teachers, the Association of School and College Leaders and the National Education Union, calculated that schools had been given an average of £4,630 per pupil, which was £59 less in real terms.

Cannabis

Could the government legalise weed?  The Star reports.

LEGALISING cannabis could bring in more than £1billion a year in tax revenues, a think tank has claimed.
The Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) has called on Britain to follow Canada and parts of the US by decriminalising the Class B drug.
The report – called Joint Venture: Estimating the Size and Potential of the UK Cannabis Market – claims the current black market for cannabis is worth £2.6bn a year with 255 tonnes sold to three million people.
Introducing a commercial market for cannabis would lead to savings for the police and other public services, the free market think-tank claimed.

CO2

The Telegraph is one of the media still reporting the shortage of gas.

Britain is facing the prospect of a shortage of meat and other food supplies amid calls for ministers to intervene in the growing crisis sparked by the   shortage of carbon dioxide.
Supermarkets warned customers that some products were already unavailable, with shelves expected to be empty of certain foods within days.
CO2 is used for carbonating soft drinks, packaging a wide range of products including meat and bakery items and in the slaughter process of pigs and chickens.

And the Sun claims a top supermarket has put fizzy drinks on ration.

ASDA has rationed its fizzy drinks after panic shoppers bought dozens in a bid to beat the CO2 crisis which is now affecting beer, cider, fresh meat and salad.
The supermarket chain has limited the online purchases of a number of soft drink bottles and multi-packs.
Asda’s own-label soft drinks have been rationed alongside Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta and 7Up.

UKIP

The Mirror reports on the latest addition to our team.

A string of high-profile hard-right ‘influencers’ have very publicly joined Ukip, sparking an influx of their young, largely alt-right followers into the party’s membership.
Last week, YouTube personalities Paul Joseph Watson, Sargon of Akkad, Count Dankula and former tech blogger Milo Yiannopoulos announced they were joining the ailing party.
And the party has welcomed their new members, who prefer to label themselves ‘classical liberals’ or ’radical centrists’ rather than ‘alt-right’.
What unites them is a fundamentalist, almost fanatical defence of ‘freedom of speech’.

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