Brexit

The Prime Minister’s meeting with the French president is highlighted in the Mail.

Emmanuel Macron last night warned Theresa May that he stood firmly behind EU negotiators as he refused to break ranks over Brexit.
The Prime Minister cut her holiday short to set out her Chequers plan to the French president at his Riviera retreat yesterday.
She warned him that Brussels faces a choice of a ‘Chequers deal or no deal’ as they held talks at Fort Bregancon. Downing Street wanted to use the meeting to win over Mr Macron, who is seen as one of the biggest obstacles to getting an agreement.

And, also in the Mail, the EU’s chief negotiator has declined the PM’s Chequers plan.

Michel Barnier has rebuked the UK’s  Brexit  proposal, warning it poses a threat to the future of the European single market.
In an incendiary article published in 20 newspapers across Europe yesterday, the
EU‘s chief negotiator issued a stark warning to Prime Minister Theresa May.
The open letter is likely be seen by international powers as a direct response to British attempts to get EU leaders to back May’s soft Brexit Chequers Plan.

Project Fear

Several of the media report the governor of the Bank of England’s comments. The Telegraph says:

Mark Carney’s gloomy predictions about Brexit have been blamed for a slump in the pound that has upped the cost of foreign holidays.
The Governor of the Bank of England was described as the “high priest of project fear” after he warned that Britain faced an “uncomfortably high” risk of a no deal Brexit, which he said would lead to higher prices.
He said banks had “done the stockpiling” and could survive a recession that meant property prices falling by a third, interest rates increasing by four percentage points and unemployment rocketing to 9 per cent.

The Mail pointed out that Carney’s predictions could be self-fulfilling.

Brexiteers condemned Mark Carney as ‘deeply irresponsible’ today after he send the pound down by warning the risk of a no deal Brexit.
The Bank of England Governor’s remarks sent the pound below 1.30 against the dollar while sterling was also weaker against the euro.
He warned Britain ‘accidentally’ leaving the  EU without a deal and no transition in March 2019 would be ‘highly undesirable’ for the economy.

The Times claims Brexiteers are furious at Carney’s words.

The likelihood of a no-deal Brexit and consequent damage to the economy is uncomfortably high, the governor of the Bank of England has said, provoking fury among Brexiteers.
Mark Carney said that a no-deal scenario would be highly undesirable and that the UK and the European Union “should do all things to avoid it”.
Speaking on Today on BBC Radio 4, he said that leaving the EU without a deal in place would mean “disruption to trade as we know it”.

Sky News reports a slide in the pound as a result of the comments.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned that Britain faces an “uncomfortably high” risk of leaving the EU with no deal.
The pound slipped to below $1.30, its lowest point in eleven days, as Mr Carney issued the warning on negotiations with Brussels.
He said: “I think the possibility of a no deal is uncomfortably high at this point.
“People will have things to worry about in a no deal Brexit, which is still a relatively unlikely possibility but it is a possibility.”

The Mirror describes the warning as ‘grim’.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney today sounded a grim warning against the growing threat of a No Deal Brexit .
The nation’s most senior economist declared the chance of crashing out of the EU without agreement is now “uncomfortably high”.
He added a no-deal Brexit would be “highly undesirable”, would trigger higher prices “for a period of time” and leading politicians must “do all things to avoid it”.

The pro-EU Independent revels in the comments.

The Bank of England governor says a no-deal Brexit will mean higher prices and “disruption to trade as we know it”, in a stark warning of the impact on the country.
Mark Carney urged Theresa May and other governments to “do all things to avoid it” – just hours after No 10 again insisted she was ready to crash out of the EU with no agreement if necessary.
He also likened his efforts to stabilise the financial system for the huge shock to the stockpiling of food and medicines, saying: “We have already done the stockpiling.” 

The Express has given Carney a title.

THE Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney has been dubbed the “high priest of Project Fear” after he added his voice to those trying to fuel fear over a World Trade Deal with Brexit. Mr Carney claimed that a so-called no deal with the EU on Brexit is “uncomfortably high” and will lead to higher prices.
A failure to get a deal with the EU means that Britain would go on to what is known as a World Trade Deal using international rules from the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Fake news

A recent report that troops were on standby for Brexit has been debunked in the Times.

General Sir Nick Carter, the chief of the defence staff, said that there had been no request for troops to be put on standby in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
He told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 yesterday: “There hasn’t been any request yet as far as I’m aware.”
Pressed as to whether there had been any discussion about a no-deal Brexit, he added: “The armed forces are always doing contingency planning but we’ve not been asked that specific question.

EU

Meanwhile, over on the Continent, the bloc is facing further pressure from Italy, reports Westmonster.

Matteo Salvini has managed to become more of a cult hero than he was before, something few people thought possible.
The unashamedly proud Italian gave a rousing speech in which he spoke of tearing down the Brussels establishment and restoring a Europe that actually worked for its citizens.
Salvini said: “There was a time when bringing down the Berlin Wall was unthinkable. The next wall we will bring down is that of Brussels!

Ireland

There’s still trouble in our western neighbour, reports the Times.

A row between two high-profile Democratic Unionists over a poll on Irish unity has deepened.
Peter Robinson, the former party leader and first minister, and Sammy Wilson, the East Antrim MP, are at odds over Mr Robinson’s suggestion last week that Unionists should make preparations in case a border referendum were called in the future.

Labour Party

And back home, Corbyn’s problems are not going away, reports the Telegraph.

Jeremy Corbyn has admitted Labour has a “real problem” with anti-Semitism but accused Jewish newspapers of “overheated rhetoric”.
After weeks of intense criticism Mr Corbyn said that trust between Labour and the Jewish community wasat a “low ebb”  and warned anti-Semites: “You do not do it in my name”.
However, he refused to back down and accept an internationally recognised definition of anti-Semitism, insisting that it could restrict legitimate criticism of Israel.

Corbyn has tried to sort it out – and failed, says the Times.

An attempt by Jeremy Corbyn to defuse the antisemitism row that has engulfed the Labour Party backfired as Jewish community leaders complained that an article designed to repair relations was released shortly before the Sabbath.
The criticism came as the veteran MP Dame Margaret Hodge threatened to take her party to court over the antisemitism dispute after she was told a disciplinary action against her would be dropped only if she apologised.

The Sun claims the attempt has backfired.

JEREMY Corbyn’s bid to heal a rift with Jews backfired disastrously after he said it’s fine to oppose Israel’s right to exist.
In an article for The Guardian, the Labour leader admitted for the first time the party has a “real problem” with anti-Semitism.
Jeremy Corbyn has acknowledged Labour had been ‘too slow’ in dealing with complaints of anti-SemitismBut he also argued that opposing Zionism — the movement to create a Jewish homeland — was still the action of “honourable proponents in our movement”.

Only now, after the row has rumbled on for so long, has Corbyn commented, says the Express.

JEREMY Corbyn has admitted his failure at stamping out anti-Semitism within his own party and has pledged to “root out” anti-Semites, despite refusing to accept the internationally recognised definition of anti-Semitism.
The Labour leader has spoken out for the first time about the anti-Semitism scandal which has plagued the party.
Writing in The Guardian, Mr Corbyn said he was confident the disagreement over the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism “can be resolved through dialogue with community organisations”.

Bur Corbyn’s efforts have been dismissed in the Mail.

A Jewish leader has said there is ‘no action Jeremy Corbyn can take’ that will deal with Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis after the party leader again refused to adopt the full international definition.
After days of criticism following a leaked recording of his ally Peter Willsman ranting about ‘Jewish Trump fanatics’ inventing the row, the Labour leader admitted trust between his party and Jews was at a ‘low ebb’.
But he ignored calls from Jewish leaders for an ‘abject apology’ and rejected an unprecedented joint claim from three Jewish newspapers he was an ‘existential threat’ to the community.

He’s trying to sort the problem out, says the Independent.

Jeremy Corbyn has acknowledged Labour has a “real problem” with antisemitism as he attempted to defuse the row engulfing his party.
The Labour leader admitted the party “hasn’t done enough to foster deeper understanding of antisemitism among members” but vowed to “root out” anti-Jewish abuse.
He told Labour antisemites: “You are not my supporters and have no place in our movement.”
However, Mr Corbyn hit back at claims, made in a joint front page article by three Jewish newspapers, that a Labour government under his leadership would pose an “existential threat to Jewish life” in the UK, describing them as “overheated rhetoric”.

Forced marriage

Police are failing the victims of forced marriage, says the Times.

Police forces have been accused of failing thousands of victims of forced marriages by charging a suspect in only one in 38 cases.
Officials at the Home Office received more than 3,800 reports of forced marriages or victims being at risk of forced marriage in the past three years. Hundreds of the victims are children, with the youngest only four years old.
However, The Times surveyed police forces and found that fewer than 80 suspects had been charged in this time. It became illegal to force someone to marry in 2014 but only three cases have resulted in convictions.

And the Home Secretary has admitted he needs to do more, says the Mail.

Sajid Javid last night admitted that ‘more needs to be done’ to combat the ‘despicable’ practice of forced marriage.
The Home Secretary vowed to take action after his department was accused of ‘turning a blind eye’ to girls forced into abusive marriages by handing visas to their foreign husbands.
Mr Javid wrote on Twitter: ‘Despite excellent Government work since 2010 combating forced marriage, more needs to be done. It’s a despicable, inhumane, uncivilised practice that has no place whatsoever in Britain.’

The Independent also reports the Home Secretary’s words.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has pledged to do more to fight forced marriages in the UK, a practice he described as “despicable, inhumane” and “uncivilised” which had no place in British society.
Charities have previously warned that the  Home Office has failed to protect British women and teenage girls forced into abusive marriages by granting their foreign husbands visas.
But Mr Javid insisted: “We will be doing more to combat it and support victims. Those who force British women into marriage, be warned that we are redoubling our efforts to make sure you pay for your crimes.”

Nuclear bomb

The Mirror reports Germany’s consideration of whether it should become a nuclear power.

Germany is debating whether to become a nuclear-armed country as experts claim the country “can only rely on itself”.
A top professor, who also plays a key role in the creation of Germany’s foreign policy, said the issue of nuclear weapons for Germany is a “priority”.
Writing in an academic essay , Christian Hacke, a political scientist, said: “National defense on the basis of a nuclear deterrent must be given priority in light of new transatlantic uncertainties and potential confrontations.”

NHS

The Times reports on a ‘toxic’ row.

Toxic bickering between rival camps of surgeons at a leading heart unit contributed to an increase in patient deaths, a leaked report says.
Staff at St George’s Hospital in south London felt a “dark force” was at work in the heart surgery unit, according to a review that condemns inadequate monitoring of deaths and “tribal-like activity” among surgeons.
The review’s authors said they were unable to investigate further claims made by staff. The Times understands that these include allegations of incompetence, cronyism and cover-ups, and sources spoke of discontent in the unit about the inadequate investigation.

The Mail reports on the incidents of sepsis.

Sepsis deaths recorded by hospitals have risen by more than a third in two years, official figures show.
The illness was behind 15,722 fatalities either in hospital or within 30 days of discharge between April 2016-17.
This is up from 11,328 in 2014-15. Experts say the rising numbers are largely down to better recognition and recording of the ‘silent killer’ following a drive to raise awareness, including the Daily Mail’s End The Sepsis Scandal campaign.
The condition is the country’s leading cause of avoidable death, with the overall total, including those outside of hospital, reaching 44,000 a year.

The Sun also reports on the deaths.

HOSPITAL sepsis deaths rose by more than a third in two years, figures suggest.
Some 15,722 are thought to have died after getting it in 2016/17, up from 11,328 in 2015/16.
Prof Sir Brian Jarman, from Imperial College London, says staff shortages and ward overcrowding are partly to blame.
But health chiefs say it is likely to be due to increased awareness and better diagnosis.

Foreign aid

And if you hoped the UK’s foreign aid bill would drop soon, you’ll be disappointed by the story in the Mail.

Britain is to double the amount it ploughs into an emergency foreign aid scheme that hands cash and debit card payments directly to families.
It could mean that by 2025 the UK is doling out more than £300million a year this way – or £3billion over a decade – despite concerns about fraud.
The Daily Mail first revealed the existence of a similar scheme in Pakistan last year, when families were pictured queuing to withdraw money from an ATM where cards funded by British taxpayers could be used. The scheme was dogged by claims of corruption.

Recycling

Think you’re doing your bit for the environment by recycling your plastic? Think again, says the Mail.

Two-thirds of plastic pots, tubs and trays recycled by families are burnt or go to landfill.
Town halls admitted last night that only a third of the 525,000 tons they collect from households can actually be reused. The black plastic in ready-meal packs is hard to process, according to the Local Government Association.
It said margarine tubs and yoghurt pots made from polypropylene were extremely difficult to recycle. And it cited major problems with fruit and vegetable punnets and bakery goods trays.

ITV News also has the story.

Two-third of plastic food pots, tubs and trays bought by households cannot be recycled, local authorities have warned.
Town hall chiefs have urged manufacturers to scrap the “smorgasbord” of plastics used to package foods from fruit and vegetables to yogurts, margarine and microwave meals to help cut waste and increase recycling.
Analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) suggests 525,000 tonnes of plastic pots, tubs and trays are used by households a year.
But just 169,145 tonnes can be recycled, meaning 355,855 tonnes or two-thirds of the total heads for landfill or incineration.

Heatwave

And how could we ignore the glorious summer? The Telegraph reports:

Scorching Europe is putting Britain’s heatwave in the shade as temperatures risk surpassing  the continent’s all-time high of 48 degrees Celsius this weekend, according to meteorologists.
The extreme heat has prompted a raft of unusual measures across the EU, from gorillas being given banana ice cubes to cool down in one French zoo to Austria’s famous fiaker carriages being grounded to avoid the horses keeling over from heatstroke.

The Times has a warning.

Englishmen and women still insist on going out in the midday sun, even when it produces temperatures of 40C, Spanish emergency workers have discovered.
They are being called out to deal with fainting tourists who ignore health warnings and go sightseeing in the hottest part of the day.
With temperatures to hit at least 46C in Portugal and Spain this weekend, British holidaymakers have been flocking to water parks.
A spokesman for the emergency services line said that they had received more calls than usual to people fainting and vomiting and suffering with stomach cramps and low blood pressure brought on by the heat.

And the Mail report on an increase in deaths.

The heatwave has been blamed for causing an extra 650 deaths so far this summer.
And one doctor has warned that the toll could reach thousands.
Official statistics show a spike in the number of recorded deaths in England and Wales during June and July, with experts blaming soaring temperatures for many of these.
Health officials have warned that the elderly are particularly vulnerable to heatstroke and dehydration, which can cause organ failure.

The Mirror claims we’re in ‘meltdown’.

THE scorching weather which has sent Brits into total meltdown has already cost hundreds of lives in England and Wales, according to official statistics.
Figures reveal during the 15-day peak of the scorching heatwave during June and July around 700 MORE people died than on average with fears the final death toll could hit 1,000.
The heatwave will have been associated with a number of excess deaths,” said Dr Adrian Boyle, of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

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