Brexit

The fallout from this week’s court judgement continues to reverberate around the media.

The Express reports:

HARDLINE “Remoaners” in Parliament were slammed tonight after revealing they intend to use the High Court ruling to thwart the will of the British people and block Brexit.
Lib Dem MP Nick Clegg has indicated he intends to use a cross party alliance in the Commons and Lords to block leaving unless the Government promises a soft Brexit.
He added: “There should be some means by which the British people can have a say on the final deal.”
And Tory peer Baroness Wheatcroft said: “It’s only right to delay triggering Article 50 till we’ve a clearer idea of what it entails.”
But Remoaners, so called for refusing to accept the majority vote by 17.4 million people, were warned there would be a fierce backlash if they blocked Article 50 trigger for Brexit talks.

ITV News says:

A number of politicians have called on to Theresa May to “make clear” that the independence of the judiciary was a fundamental aspect of British democracy – slamming the “disgraceful” reaction from some parts of the press, as well as several Tory MPs.
The judges behind the ruling have faced furious criticism after declaring Theresa May does not have the power to trigger Article 50 – the official start of the Brexit process – alone, meaning it must go to a vote in Parliament.
Bob Neill, the Conservative chairman of the justice select committee, said the backlash threatened the “independence of our judiciary” and had “no place in a civilised land”.

BBC News talks of a ‘backlash’.

Theresa May has been urged to calm the backlash against the High Court ruling on the process of leaving the EU.
The prime minister has been asked by some senior MPs to “make clear” that the independence of the judiciary is a part of British democracy.
Conservative MP Dominic Grieve said the criticisms over the High Court judges’ decision were “horrifying” and reminded him of “Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe”.
On Thursday, the court ruled Parliament should vote on triggering Article 50.
Three judges found that the government could not start the formal process – the triggering of Article 50 – of leaving the EU by using the royal prerogative alone, and would need the backing of Parliament.

But BBC News also claims the Prime Minister thinks she will win the appeal in the High Court.

Theresa May has said she is “confident” that the government will win its appeal against a High Court ruling on triggering Brexit talks.
She told European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Germany’s Angela Merkel she was committed to triggering Article 50 by March 2017.
Three judges ruled that she cannot do so without Parliament’s support.
It comes as a Conservative MP said he was quitting due to “irreconcilable” differences with the government.
Stephen Phillips has been among Tory MPs pushing for Parliament to be consulted over the UK’s strategy for negotiating its exit from the EU, accusing ministers of trying to “ignore their views”.

Reuters claims the PM has already told EU leaders that her plans will be going ahead.

Prime Minister Theresa May told European Union leaders on Friday she was confident a court ruling that could delay Britain’s departure from the bloc would be overturned and said she would stick to her Brexit timetable.
May told German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker she believed her case that the government – not parliament – should be responsible for triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty to begin the divorce would win in Britain’s highest court, a spokesman said.
She also told French President Francois Hollande and European Council President Donald Tusk that the British government was sticking to its plan to invoke Article 50 by the end of March.

The Express has a similar story.

A DEFIANT Theresa May told European leaders yesterday that she will not delay her plans to get Britain out of the EU as quickly as possible.
In a round of top-level telephone calls, the Prime Minister assured them that she will stick to her timetable of starting proceedings by the end of March.
Her swift, decisive action came as 99 per cent of Daily Express readers who responded to a phone poll in their thousands agreed that the High Court ruling blocking Brexit was “a scandalous betrayal” of the British people.
Mrs May insisted she is confident the Government will win its appeal against the ruling in the Supreme Court next month.

The Star covers the resignation of a pro-Brexit MP.

DEFIANT Theresa May vowed to save Brexit after a heavy-handed High Court ruling threatened to halt plans to quit the EU.
The PM insisted nothing would stop our exit and assured Brexiteers the process is ongoing.
Three judges ruled on Thursday that Article 50 cannot be triggered without an MPs’ vote.
And not even the resignation of pro-Brexit Tory Stephen Phillips threw Mrs May off course.
The MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham, Lincs, announced that he was quitting over “irreconcilable policy differences”.
A Number 10 spokesman said the Government did not accept the court’s judgment and was “confident” of victory in an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Mrs May called European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and German chancellor Angela Merkel to tell them Brexit will happen.

And the Independent claims there will be a ‘guerrilla’ war in Parliament.

Theresa May is braced for guerrilla warfare in Parliament in order to drive through Brexit, after the shattering blow of defeat in the High Court.
The Prime Minister accepts an Act of Parliament will be necessary to win the right to trigger the Article 50 exit notice – unless yesterday’s judgment can be overturned in the Supreme Court.
That would open the door for MPs and peers to challenge and amend – and even stall – the Government’s strategy for withdrawal if they oppose aspects of it, perhaps in lengthy Parliamentary battles.
It means Ms May has lost some control over the perilous process – throwing into doubt her timetable for invoking Article 50 by the end of March.
The High Court defeat increased the odds against a so-called ‘hard Brexit’, because there is a majority in Parliament for retaining close access to the single market.

But the PM has said that Brexit will go ahead, reports the Sun.

DEFIANT Theresa May last night vowed to smash “anti-democratic” bids to block Brexit as arrogant Remain campaigners plotted a second referendum.
In her most challenging day since entering Downing Street, the PM told Euro leaders Britain’s timetable to leave the EU would not be blown off course by High Court judges .
And Ministers slammed pro-EU MPs Nick Clegg and Owen Smith as they vowed to use every parliamentary trick to thwart our departure.
A No 10 source said: “The PM is clear. The British people voted to leave the European Union and we’re absolutely committed to delivering on their verdict.”
The counter attack came as Mrs May reeled under a fresh onslaught following Thursday’s High Court victory for “Wrexiteer” Gina Miller that Brexit cannot be triggered without parliamentary approval.

General Election

Some of the media speculate on whether the PM will call an election in order to try and increase her majority.

The Telegraph reports:

Ministers are preparing for an early general election after Theresa May saw the first Conservative MP resign in protest at her handling of Brexit .
The prospect of the Prime Minister being forced to call a national vote in order to be able to deliver Brexit is now being “openly discussed” by Government ministers, senior sources said.
It came after Stephen Phillips, the Leave supporting MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham, triggered a by-election, saying that he had “irreconcilable policy differences with the current Government”.
It prompted fears that Europhile Tories who oppose Brexit could follow him and trigger their own by-elections to pile further pressure on Mrs May.

The Mail re-reports the Telegraph’s story:

Ministers are preparing for an early general election after three High Court judges ruled that Brexit cannot be triggered without a vote in Parliament, according to reports.
Thursday’s ruling prompted hardcore Remainers such as former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg to vow to use Parliamentary votes demanded by the High Court to try to derail Britain’s exit from the EU.
Some pro-Brexit ministers have responded to this threat by suggesting that Mrs May call a general election in order to increase her Parliamentary majority to reduce the voting power of the so-called ‘Remoaners’.
Addressing the ‘problem’ of the Remain majority in Parliament, a member of the Government told the Telegraph that Mrs May ‘must now go to the country’ to increase her majority and stop Brexit from being delayed.

EU

But in the EU, the German chancellor has been advised to stop Brexit, reports Breitbart

The German Council of Economic Experts, who advise on policy to the German government, have urged Chancellor Angela Merkel to block Brexit.
The so-called “Wise Men” – an independent and influential group of academics set up in 1963 to advise on economic policy – called for “constructive negotiations to prevent an exit”.
Brexit can still be prevented”, they claimed in a recent report, cited by Bild, which was delivered to Chancellor Merkel on Thursday.
Due to the consequences, political actors should not assume too soon that Brexit is a done deal,” the document adds.
Failing attempts to block the will of British voters, Mrs. Merkel should “at the least to come to an agreement that minimises the damage on both sides”.

And the Express claims the Germans have issued a warning to the UK.

THE GERMANS have warned Remain supporters not to leave Britain “in limbo” over Brexit as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson assured them there would be no delay.
During a bilateral meeting in Berlin the German Government made it clear that they do not want any delays in getting Britain out of the EU.
German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier did not hide his concerns about the High Court ruling to allow MPs and peers to veto Brexit or block Article 50 despite the overwhelming mandate by the British people to throw off Brussels rule.
Mr Steinmeier also backed up Brexit campaigners views that the government needs to speed up invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which officially opens the two year-long talks on the divorce deal.

New peers?

How will the split be achieved? Breitbart reports the prospect of flooding the House of Lords with peers.

Brexit will be achieved – even if it takes the creation of 1,000 new peers, a purge of the Europhiles, and a general election, a prominent Eurosceptic MP has vowed.
Writing in The Telegraph on Thursday’s High Court decision to prevent the government invoking Article 50 without the approval of parliament, senior Conservative backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg has pledged that Brexit will take place, vowing to do whatever it takes to achieve it.
Rees-Mogg conceded that the Supreme Court may reach the same decision as the High Court when the government appeals the decision, “in which case, Parliament must legislate,” he said.
This could be done through a small Bill that merely gives a Minister the right to give notice under Article 50 and need not run to more than a couple of clauses. Such a Bill could be passed within hours – but it is possible it could be obstructed.”

The Express also reports the plans.

LEADING Brexit MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has called on the Prime Minister to appoint 1,000 new pro-Leave peers amid suggestions the House of Lords could block leaving the European Union (EU).
Following yesterday’s shock High Court ruling, Theresa May now has to seek the consent of both the House of Commons and House of Lords before triggering Britain’s departure from the EU.
With judges telling the Government they cannot invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the legal mechanism for quitting the Brussels-based bloc – without the approval of Parliament, there are fears pro-Remain peers could delay or even halt Brexit.
Those fears strengthened today when leading Conservative peer Baroness Wheatcroft predicted “a majority” of the House of Lords would seek to prolong the enacting of Article 50 beyond the Prime Minister’s stated aim of kickstarting Brexit before April next year.

Libraries

In other stories, ITV News reports on a march aimed at stopping cuts to public buildings.
Activists will take part in a march today in protest at cuts to libraries, museums and galleries.
Unite, Unison, and the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union warn of a “national crisis”, saying more than 340 libraries have been closed in six years – losing a quarter of staff.
Unite officer Fiona Farmer said ahead of the demonstration in London: “Tory Government cuts to local government funding have wrought havoc to our public libraries with hundreds closing.
“What we are seeing community by community is an act of cultural and educational vandalism.
“Libraries are the gateway to knowledge, learning and enjoyment for all ages of people from all walks of life.
“Yet more and more communities are seeing their library disappear or service diminish because of librarian cuts or failed privatisation.”

Warships

Reuters is one of those media reporting on the prospect of new ships being built.

Britain’s BAE Systems said on Friday it had agreed with the UK government that the manufacturing of eight new anti-submarine warships would start in the summer of 2017, adding that a final contract was still being negotiated.
Europe’s biggest defence contractor said in a statement that the Type 26 programme, the name given to the new combat ships which the government said last year it planned to buy, helped to secure jobs at its shipbuilding facilities in Scotland.
Britain has to date invested 1.9 billion pounds in the new ships but has not yet signed a final manufacturing deal for the fleet of new ships. BAE’s current contracts for design and initial supply chain work runs until June 2017.

The Star also carries the story.

A FLEET of Navy frigates will keep Vladmir Putin’s deadly super-stealth submarines out of British waters. The new steel Type 26 anti-submarine frigates – described as “the most advanced combat ships on the planet” – will be decked out with a 5-inch calibre gun and a world-class missile-defence system.
Ministry of Defence officials announced plans for the new £1.9 billion programme which will prepare a national defence system to combat stealth submarines in British waters.
The announcement comes after a summer of increased concerns over the Russian Navy’s military might with their new super-stealth subs .
Three Russian attack ships were spotted off the British coast last week , less than a month after Vladimir Putin’s war fleet passed through the English Channel in a chilling power display.

And the Times reports the ships will be built with British steel.

Britain will start cutting steel on what are being billed as the most advanced warships on the planet next summer, the defence secretary has said.
The small print in the contract with BAE Systems has yet to be finalised, but Sir Michael Fallon sounded confident when he announced the timing for construction of the Royal Navy’s eight new frigates on the Clyde, in a major boost to the Scottish economy.
The primary role of the Type 26 global combat ship, armed with Sea Ceptor anti-air missiles and with a helicopter on board, will be to protect Britain’s nuclear-armed submarines from being detected by enemy boats. The missile system has a short to medium range and is designed for defence, not attack.

The Morning Star is also happy about the decision.

DEFENCE SECRETARY Michael Fallon announced yesterday the building of a new fleet of navy frigates will begin next summer after months of delays.
Announcing the news on a visit to the BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow, Mr Fallon told workers that the “growing defence budget” meant the Westminster government had “reached agreement in principle with BAE Systems to turn our Type 26 ambition into reality and invest in the most advanced combat ships on the planet.”
But Mr Fallon said that the investment was “on the basis that Scotland will be staying in the United Kingdom.”

But the Mirror claims the steel may not be British.

Ministers have refused to guarantee that British steel will be used to build the Royal Navy ’s new Type 26 frigates.
The first steel will be cut for the ships next summer, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced today.
But officials were unable to say whether it would be British or foreign.
Labour MP Stephen Doughty said: “The Tories are still failing to deliver on commitments to use British-made steel in key defence projects.
It is vital the new frigates use high-quality British steel. To do otherwise would betray our national interest, our steelworkers and an industry facing huge challenges.”

Scotland

North of the border, the Guardian reports that the practice of searching children will be dropped.

Scottish ministers have banned police from stopping and searching children for alcohol without legal cause after they found little evidence to support its use.
To the irritation of some rank and file officers, Michael Matheson, the Scottish justice secretary, said the government would instead focus on introducing a new statutory code of practice to cover searches of adults next year.
We know stop and search can be a valuable tool on combating crime, but it is important that we get the balance right between protecting the public and the rights of individuals,” Matheson said.
Scottish police will still have the legal power to require an underage child to hand over alcohol if they can see it on them but, after this new bar on non-statutory searches, would need to arrest them if they refuse to hand it over.

Junior doctors

And the Sun revisits the question of striking doctors.

MILITANT junior doctors plan to target struggling hospitals with strikes in a bid to derail the introduction of new contracts.
Union bosses were today said to be meeting to plot a fresh wave of walkouts to inflict maximum chaos on the NHS .
The British Medical Association had to suspend five days of all-out action over fears for patient safety and a backlash from members.
But hardliners are determined to strike at “weak” hospitals to disrupt Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s weekend working deal, an insider claims.
One medic said the walkouts would be like “holding a gun” to their heads.
The first targets could be those already implementing the contracts — such as London’s St George’s Hospital, now in special measures after it was rated inadequate.
Militants hope it will discourage other hospitals.

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