EU

The Telegraph claims an exclusive that Barnier is likely to be stripped of his authority.

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is set to be sidelined by EU leaders in a bid to get a breakthrough in the negotiations about a trade treaty with the UK.
Representatives of the bloc’s 27 member states expect Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, to pave the way for heads of state and government to intervene in the deadlocked talks in a September 16 flagship speech.
EU leaders are hoping that by stepping in to get the talks moving, it will help bridge the deep divides between the two sides, allowing Mr Barnier and his UK opposite number Lord Frost to agree the details.
Two more rounds of trade negotiations are scheduled this month, with the first taking place in London next week, but the two sides remain divided.
Relations between the UK and EU have descended into mutual recriminations, with both sides blaming each other for the deadlock after no progress on the major issues of fishing and state aid.

The Mail has picked up the story

The EU is set to sideline Michel Barnier to try to crack the Brexit negotiations deadlock, it was reported tonight.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is expected to stand Brussels’ chief negotiator aside to help bring about a trade deal with the UK.
Heads of the 27 remaining member states are believed to be taking over the role after a speech from Mrs von der Leyen on September 16.
They hope the move will heal divisions – with Britain and the EU blaming each other for the stalemate – between the two sides as the timer on negotiations ticks down.

But heads of the EU governments may not become involved in negotiations, says the Guardian.

Boris Johnson’s hopes of a Brexit deal have been dealt a fresh blow as Brussels ruled out EU leaders intervening in the troubled negotiations at a summit this month.
According to EU diplomats, both the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and Downing Street have lobbied for 27 heads of state and government to seize control of the talks given the current impasse.
Despite the parlous state of the talks, the former Belgian prime minister Charles Michel, who now chairs the leaders’ meetings as president of the European council, has decided to focus on the bloc’s recovery from the coronavirus and relations with China at the summit on 25 September.
EU sources said expectations were “extremely low” for the next round of negotiations, which start on Tuesday, after a disappointing meeting between Barnier and the UK’s negotiator David Frost in London this week.
“From those discussions there is no basis to believe that there will be any progress at all next week,” said one EU source. “There was nothing new in what London was saying and there is no reason to think that this coming week will offer any progress.”
The major obstacle to a deal remains the issue of the UK’s plans for its domestic subsidy regime from 1 January 2021 when the country leaves the EU’s single market and customs union.

The Express also says Barmier isn’t going to get any help.

EUROPEAN leaders on Friday rejected Michel Barnier’s desperate pleas to intervene in the post-Brexit trade talks – signalling the next political push will be towards no deal.
In a fresh blow to the Brussels diplomat, member states said after “sub-zero progress” it was too early for governments to step in and rescue the future relationship negotiations with Britain. EU diplomats are preparing for next week’s wrangling over a free-trade agreement to breakdown when Mr Barnier meets his UK counterpart David Frost in London next week. But capitals have insisted prime ministers and presidents will not intervene until the final minute to save the process.

The problem, says the Times, is what the EU’s demanding.

The European Union is demanding a potential veto on Britain’s post-Brexit laws and regulations, senior government officials have claimed.
In what is described as the “single biggest stumbling block” to a deal, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier is said to be insisting that the government must agree not to implement any change to UK legislation that could distort trade with the bloc without first consulting Brussels.
The obligation, which the EU wants written into any trade agreement, would potentially delay the government from implementing reforms to Britain’s environmental, social or state aid rules until they had been through a formal dispute resolution process.

And a chap called Verhofstadt has actually claimed that most of the UK want to stay in the EU, reports the Express.

ARCH-federalist Guy Verhofstadt has accused Boris Johnson of delivering a “recipe for chaos” by securing Brexit – claiming Britons largely want to remain part of the European Union.
The senior Belgian MEP, who supports a united states of Europe, hit out at the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement as future relationship talks with the bloc risk collapsing without a deal. Mr Verfhostadt said: “Johnson sold Brexit to the public on the promise of an ‘oven ready deal’, but all we see is a recipe for chaos.” In a social media post, he insisted a European Social Survey showed a majority of Britons are in favour of overturning the 2016 referendum on the country’s EU membership.
“Unsurprisingly a huge majority of British want to rejoin and support for the EU grows across,” Mr Verhofstadt added.

Brexit

Meanwhile, talks on trade between the UK and the EU are still deadlocked, says the Express.

A BREXIT deal between the UK and European Union could be on the brink of collapse, with some of Boris Johnson’s most senior officials only seeing a 30-40 percent chance there will be a trade agreement struck due to the deadlocked negotiations over state aid rules.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has warned British counterpart David Frost a deal must be agreed by the end of October to be ratified by the European Parliament in time for the end of the transition period on December 31. If no deal is agreed, London and Brussels will fall back to trading on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms – adding potentially huge tariffs to a range of exports, including fish. But the UK’s desire to use state aid to bulk up its technology sector means the Boris Johnson‘s top team are unwilling to budge in negotiations on this crucial red line, which continues to be a major stumbling block in trade talks.

And the Mail claims next week’s talks are likely to collapse.

The latest round of Brexit talks could be doomed to failure before they have even begun, Britain’s chief negotiator warned yesterday.
David Frost said that Brussels’ demands on fishing and state subsidies could ‘limit the progress’ made in talks next week.
In a sign the UK could be edging closer to a No Deal Brexit, Mr Frost said: ‘The EU still insists we change our positions on state aid and fisheries if there are to be substantive textual discussions on anything else. From the very beginning we have been clear about what we can accept in these areas, which are fundamental to our status as an independent country.

In case of problems transporting goods across the Channel, the Telegraph reports on the prospect of lorry parks.

People living in dozens of towns and villages are facing lorry parks being imposed on them to cope with Brexit without any ability to oppose the plans.
It comes as haulage groups requested an “urgent” meeting with Cabinet ministers over worries that there are “significant gaps” in the Brexit preparations.
“If these issues are not addressed, disruption to UK business and the supply chain that we all rely so heavily on will be severely disrupted,” their letter said.

There could be 29 such lorry parks, says the Independent.

Up to a further 29 lorry parks will be built across England in order to cope with border trading chaos after Brexit, under emergency government powers.
Local residents will have no say over the construction of the sites, which are required because of growing fears that truck drivers will face long delays to enter the EU, or be turned away altogether.
Some are in inland areas – Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Solihull – while others are in coastal trading hotspots, including in Kent, Essex, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

And the Mirror says they could be built soon.

Tory ministers this week gave themselves wide-ranging powers to build lorry parks in 29 council areas across the UK – without asking local councils.
As Britain counts down to our exit from the EU on January 1, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick set out plans to give himself the authority to start the construction of the facilities.
But local residents will have no say over the construction of the sites – as the powers, unveiled after MPs had left Westminster, put all the authority over the building of the sites in the hands of ministers.

Illegal migrants

The Mail has tracked down the ‘Mr Big’ behind many of the Channel crossings.

He poses proudly for his picture outside the magnificent town hall in the French port of Calais.
Wearing a black bomber jacket bearing the distinctive insignia of the Chicago Bulls basketball team and with a chunky watch on his left wrist, this is the man at the centre of a people-smuggling gang making millions fleecing migrants for boat rides to Britain.
A fine sailor, he is a Kurd who was brought up on Iran’s Caspian Sea, which is renowned for its fishing and boating and where watercraft is taught from childhood.
The Mail has spent weeks investigating this smuggler after being given his name and shown his social media accounts and a photo of him by Iranian and Iraqi migrants waiting in Calais to cross the Channel earlier this year.
The migrant informants revealed that he was the pilot of a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) which set off from France on a calm winter’s day last year, with 34 migrants, including women and children, bound for the Kent coast.

The Morning Star reports a demo in Dover today.

ANTI-RACIST campaigners are preparing to muster in Dover tomorrow (Saturday) in solidarity with refugees against far-right thugs who are set to descend on the port town.
Fascist groups said they intended to “take over” Dover tomorrow by blocking the port with a motorcade in protest against refugees crossing the Channel.
Campaign group Hope not Hate warned yesterday that the far-right demonstration could prompt violence with a number of extremist groups and individuals expected to show up.
Lead researcher Joe Mulhall said fears earlier in the week had lessened however due to a number of groups pulling out, citing poor organisation.
“A few days ago we were concerned that they might all turn out but I think the latest intelligence we’ve been getting is we are slightly less concerned in terms of numbers because it’s been badly organised, a lot of people don’t know who’s organising it,” he said.

Covid

Back to the pandemic and the Times reports the shift in the demographic of sufferers.

Most confirmed coronavirus cases are now in younger people in an “extraordinary” shift that has raised hopes that deaths can be kept low without lockdowns.
Two thirds of confirmed infections are in the under-40s while numbers in older people have fallen sharply, a Times analysis of Public Health England figures reveals.
A fifth of cases are in people over 50, compared with three quarters in the spring. Cases in those over 80 account for 3 per cent of the total, down from 28 per cent in March.

The Star quotes The Times.

In an “extraordinary” shift, coronavirus cases are now mostly in younger people which could mean lockdown may be able to ease.
Most confirmed cases of the deadly bug are appearing in those under-40s according to The Times analysis of Public Health England figures.
Data suggests the number of cases in older people have sharply fallen which means they are voluntarily shielding.
Figures also revealed cases in those over the age of 80 stand at 3% of the total, which is a sharp decrease from 28% in March.

Testing

A testing centre has been set up at Heathrow – but it’s empty, says the Mail.

Step off an incoming plane at Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport and you enter a ghost town where masked travellers cast nervous glances at empty Duty Free shops and stroll past once bustling restaurants where staff now outnumber customers.
What was once Britain’s vibrant ‘gateway to the world’ is now almost entirely moribund, with acres of unused chairs and untrodden carpets symbolising the economic malaise that the coronavirus pandemic has wrought.
In normal times, roughly a quarter of a million free-spending punters pass through London’s busiest transport hub each day.

Education

And just three out of thousands of tests taken in primary schools have come back positive says the Times.

Children going to primary school or nursery are at no greater risk of picking up Covid-19 than those staying at home, according to the first results of a national surveillance programme.
Public Health England said that it had picked up only three positive cases — two staff and one pupil — out of more than 12,000 people tested in English primary and pre-schools in June and early July. All three were mild or asymptomatic, and researchers found no additional cases when their households, class bubbles and wider schools were tested.

BBC

The Telegraph claims that there could be a revolution at the corporation.

The BBC has told Gary Lineker and other outspoken stars they will not be bound by Tim Davie’s new impartiality rules, The Telegraph can disclose.
Within hours of the new Director General warning of a crackdown on outspoken attacks on social media, the celebrities were given assurances that they would be exempt from new rules.
The Match of the Day presenter confirmed that he was unfazed by his new bosses’ drive to eliminate bias when he simply replied “nah” in response to suggestions he should be “terrified” of the clampdown.
It was one of a number of challenges to Mr Davie’s authority within hours of his first speech, in which he warned that if stars wanted to be “opinionated” “or a partisan campaigner on social media” then they “should not be working at the BBC”.
After Mr Davies vowed that impartiality is “the very essence of who we are”, the BBC aired Frankie Boyle’s New World Order? containing jokes about Donald Trump, Matt Hancock and Boris Johnson dying of coronavirus.
Springwatch presenter Chris Packham also appeared to ignore the dictat when he took to social media to call on his followers to sign a petition about the importation of shark fins and criticised a stag hunt.

NHS

You may have to book an emergency appointment in A&E says the Telegraph.

Patients will be told to call 111 before attending Accident & Emergency departments under controversial reforms of the NHS.
Pilot schemes will be launched in every part of the country, urging patients who do not require an ambulance to book appointments at casualty units in advance.
NHS chiefs say the schemes aim to reduce crowding in A&E and direct people to the “most appropriate” place for help.
Those considering going to A&E will be asked to phone 111, or navigate its website, with those considered to need hospital care given a time slot to attend, and others directed to the best place for treatment.
But medics have raised concerns that the reforms could create deadly obstacles for those in need of urgent care.
It comes amid concern about rising numbers of deaths among those who went untreated for killer diseases such as heart conditions during lockdown.

The Mail says it’s to stop overcrowding in waiting areas.

Patients are being urged to call 111 before attending accident and emergency departments to help regulate the number of people in hospital waiting areas.
Under the new scheme, those in need of care for a serious but non-life threatening condition will be able to book an appointment at their nearest A&E to avoid a long wait at hospital.
The 111 First programme is intended to schedule slots at A&E to help maintain social distancing in hospitals, or direct patients to other services such as a GP or pharmacist.

And ITV News says some patients should contact their GP or pharmacy.

Patients are being urged to call 111 before attending accident and emergency departments to help regulate the number of people in hospital waiting areas.
Under the new scheme, those in need of care for a serious but non-life threatening condition will be able to book an appointment at their nearest A&E to avoid a long wait at hospital.
The 111 First programme is intended to schedule slots at A&E to help maintain social distancing in hospitals, or direct patients to other services such as a GP or pharmacist.

Extinction Rebellion

Newspapers might be in short supply today following action by XR says the Times.

Extinction Rebellion formed blockades at key printing sites last night saying that it was attempting to stop national newspapers from being distributed to the public.
Dozens of protesters were blocking roads leading to printworks used by News UK, publisher of The Times and The Sun, in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, and Knowsley, Merseyside. The sites also print other newspapers including The Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times and the Daily Mail. It was unclear last night how many copies of the papers would get out.
Protesters were also blockading a site in Holytown, near Motherwell, to disrupt the distribution of The Scottish Sun.

The Guardian says there have been arrests

More than a dozen Extinction Rebellion protesters have been arrested after blockading two UK printworks owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp on Friday evening in a bid to stop a range of papers reaching newsstands on Saturday.
More than 100 protesters used vehicles and bamboo lock-ons to block roads outside the Newsprinters printing works at Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, and Knowsley, near Liverpool on Friday.
Hertfordshire Police said delivery lorries had not left the Broxbourne site as of 6am on Saturday, and that 13 arrests had been made.
The presses print the Murdoch-owned News Corp’s titles including the Sun, Times, Sun on Sunday and Sunday Times, as well as the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, and the London Evening Standard.

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