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EU

Breitbart is reporting a French fear about the end of the EU.

The French establishment fear “Europe could die” following the EU Parliament elections next year, with President Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche! polling poorly and conservative-leaning populists looking set to make huge gains.
According to an Ifop-Fiducial survey for Paris Match, Sud Radio, and CNews, the French leader’s party is polling at 20 percent, down three percent compared to June 2017.
Meanwhile, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally is nipping at his heels on 17 percent – although its polling numbers are somewhat down since the last round of EU Parliament elections in 2014, where her party – then the Front National – came in first place.
“The ballot will be difficult for [Macron],” said an anonymous ministerial source quoted by Paris Match.
“I have a feeling that the European elections will be unlike any other because people are aware that Europe could die. That thought alone is enough to mobilise voters.”

The Independent turns its attention to Mrs May’s Chequers plan.

The EU’s chief negotiator has explicitly written off Theresa May’s Chequers Brexit  plan for customs and regulations as unworkable, in a further sign that the proposals are dead.
But Michel Barnier insisted he did not “just reject the white paper outright” and instead highlighted “two major problems” which he specifically said made the PM’s plan unacceptable to the EU.
The comments were made at a private meeting between Mr Barnier and MPs on the Commons Brexit Committee on Monday; a transcript of the meeting was released on Friday by the commons authorities.

And the Express claims the EU’s negotiator has made a concession.

MICHEL BARNIER has signalled one of the first major concessions from the EU to the UK in the Brexit negotiations after he told MPs the £40billion Brexit divorce bill could be linked to a post-EU trade deal.
The admission is a resounding u-turn from Brussels, as the European Commission has always insisted the payment of the divorce bill, which is a crucial part of the Withdrawal Agreement, had to be separate from the political declaration on trade.
The concession comes after the new Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, repeatedly warned the bloc the UK will refuse to pay the £39million EU divorce bill if Brussels fails to agree to a viable trade deal.
It is therefore seen as a major victory for Mr Raab and the UK.

An EU commissioner calls the talks ‘silly’ in the Independent.

Britain is “trapped in a recurring cycle of silly behaviour” over  Brexit and risks leaving the EU without an agreement on trade, one of the bloc’s top commissioners has warned.
Phil Hogan lambasted the “absurdist politics” dominating Westminster and suggested that Brexiteers Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg might want to “shut up and let Prime Minister May get on with her work”.
Speaking in County Wexford in Ireland, the member of the EU executive also warned: “If the UK attitude is Chequers and only Chequers, there will be no agreement before March next year on the future trade relationship.”

And the Guardian has resorted to personal attacks on some of our politicians.

An EU commissioner has likened Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nigel Farage to the “Three Stooges” and issued a stern warning to Theresa May that there would be no Brexit deal next March if she insisted on sticking to her Chequers proposal.
In a speech in Ireland on Friday, Phil Hogan said the EU would fight to the end to preserve the union of nations that has stood for the past 60 years.
He said Brussels would not allow the bloc to be damaged just to save the UK “from its own silliness” and reiterated the EU position that the four freedoms forming the bedrock of the union were not negotiable. He said the only room for a special deal on deviating from the four freedoms would be in relation to Northern Ireland.

Brexit

Tories are still pressuring Mrs May to chuck Chequers, says the Express.

THERESA May will be ousted as Prime Minister within two months if she does not drop her Chequers plan for Brexit, a former Tory aide has warned.
Stewart Jackson, who advised ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis, said Tory MPs were turning on Mrs May over her roadmap for leaving the EU.
And he warned she will face a leadership challenge by November unless she ditches the “incredibly unpopular” Chequers proposal.
Eurosceptics are furious at Mrs May’s plans because they would force Britain to keep obeying EU rules on trading goods.
And the UK could remain subject to rulings from the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ).

It seems that a top Brexiteer has been to Europe to recruit staff, says the Sun.

BREXITEER Tory MPs led by Jacob Rees-Mogg have hired a Dutch customs guru to solve the Irish border headache.
Hans Maessen, the ex-president of the Dutch customs association, is drawing up the alternative solution to the Prime Minister’s troubled Chequers blueprint.
The border-expert has been secretly advising the Brexit hardline ERG group of MPs led by Jacob Rees Mogg.
They who plan to declare an all-out assault on Theresa May’s plans for Britain to carry on collecting customs taxes on behalf of Brussels ahead of the Conservative Party conference next month.
Hardcore Leavers want a trade deal with the EU like Canada after Brexit, but have so far failed to work out how that could  avoid a hard border with the Irish republic.

And a top Tory has issued a warning about a new plan, says the Express.

EURO-sceptic Tories last night issued a warning that a new EU compromise plan being floated by party colleagues could condemn Britain to “the worst of all worlds”.
In a letter to two senior pro-Brussels MPs, former Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith dismissed proposals for Britain to temporarily stay in two European trade bodies while a full free-trade deal with Brussels is thrashed out over several years.
“The British public would quickly recognise, that it doesn’t deliver their vote to leave,” Mr Duncan Smith wrote.

Scallop wars

Despite a tentative agreement by politicians, the Guardian reports that fishermen are not happy.

British and French fishermen have failed to finalise a deal to end the “scallop wars” over fishing in the Channel, according to the French camp, despite reaching an agreement in principle earlier this week.
“The fact is that there is no agreement because British claims [for compensation] were disproportionate … We have a blockage, but the discussions have not broken down,” said Hubert Carre, the director of the French national fishing committee, adding that it would now be up to the “two ministers to call each other to arrange a possible future meeting”.

Ireland

The Brexit secretary has issued a warning to the EU’s negotiator in the Express.

BREXIT Secretary Dominic Raab has warned EU counterpart Michel Barnier that Brussels will be forced to reinstate the Northern Ireland border in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The clash at a highly-charged meeting in Brussels left Mr Barnier “absolutely furious”, according to Brussels sources.
The heated exchanges last month occurred when Mr Raab and Mr Barnier met for just the second time.
Progress on the Irish border issue since then has been “close to zero”, insiders said.
Mr Barnier has repeatedly rejected UK proposals for avoiding a hard border such as using technology and exemptions to create an invisible border or a “dual tariff” customs partnership.

But the Irish boss is not happy, says the Express.

IRELAND’s premier, Leo Varadkar, has hit back at suggestions he is making preparations for border checks between the North and the Republic as he attempted to quash fears of a hard border in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
His denial came after reports emerged Revenue Commissioners and Government officials were working together to draw up plans for a hard border with full customs checks.
Even before the UK joined the EU there was no hard border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland as part of the common travel area agreement.
Responding to the speculation, Mr Varadkar said: “The direction we’ve given to Revenue is not to prepare for customs posts on the land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland because that’s something we’re not contemplating.”

Labour Party

The Telegraph has an interesting story concerning infiltration into the Labour Party.

Iran has “infiltrated” Labour, one of the party’s pro-Israel MPs has warned after journalists from its state broadcaster joined the party and then filmed a members-only meeting in her constituency.
Press TV, which is banned from broadcasting in Britain, was able to film the moment a no confidence vote was passed against Joan Ryan because its journalists were permitted to join the Labour Party as a member several months ago, The Telegraph understands.

The Independent reports a vote of no confidence in an MP.

Labour MP Joan Ryan has attacked “Trots, Stalinists and Communists” in her constituency after local party members passed a vote of no confidence in her.
The Enfield North MP hit back after a campaign by left-wing activists saw the motion narrowly approved, by 94 votes to 92.
Ms Ryan is the chair of Labour Friends of Israel and has been critical of Jeremy Corbyn‘s handling of antisemitism in Labour.
Writing on Twitter following the vote, the MP, a former minister under Tony Blair, said: “So lost 92 to 94 votes hardly decisive victory and it never occurred to me that Trots Stalinists Communists and assorted hard left would gave confidence in me. I have none in them.

The Morning Star also has the story.

LABOUR Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan is among two MPs whose constituency Labour parties (CLPs) passed no confidence motions against on Thursday night.
The Enfield North MP lost the vote 94-92 while Luton South MP Gavin Shuker also lost a confidence motion. Both MPs have a record of attacking Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Ms Ryan has been engulfed in controversy since an undercover reporter exposed a conversation she had with Israeli diplomat Shai Masot at the 2016 Labour Party conference, in which they discussed a fund of over £1 million provided by the Israeli embassy to take Labour MPs to Israel.
The same investigation filmed then Labour Friends of Israel parliamentary officer Michael Rubin acknowledging that the organisation worked “really closely” with the Israeli embassy “behind the scenes” and that Ms Ryan spoke to Mr Masot “most days.” 

The Morning Star claims Labour has changed.

LABOUR has changed — and for the better, MPs and trade unionists told Tony Blair today after the former prime minister launched a broadside against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
The war criminal behind the invasion of Iraq lamented that Labour was “a different type of party” from the one he led. “Can it be taken back? I don’t know,” he told the BBC.
Mr Blair claimed that the British public would not find a choice between Mr Corbyn’s Labour and the Tories “acceptable,” despite last year’s election giving the two main parties their greatest combined share of the vote in decades.

But a former Labour frontbencher has issued a call to his leader in the Independent.

Former frontbench MP Chuka Umunna has implored Jeremy Corbyn to “call of the dogs” trying to drive centre-left MPs out of Labour.
The Streatham MP made the comments after leading pro-Israel MP claimed so-called moderates faced a “clear and present danger” of being run out of the party by hard-left factions.
Mr Umunna’s comments came after leading pro-Israel MP Joan Ryan and Luton South MP Gavin Shuker lost no-confidence votes among local party members.
Ms Ryan blamed the result on “Trots, Stalinists, Communists and assorted hard-left”, while Mr Shuker, who was elected in 2010, said: “I’ve not changed,. but the Labour Party has.”

Sky News also has the story.

Labour backbencher Chuka Umunna has accused leader Jeremy Corbyn of driving centre-left MPs out of the party, urging him to “call off the dogs”.
The pro-EU campaigner claims “moderates” in the party are being targeted by more hardline factions and face a “clear and present danger” of being forced out.
Several Labour MPs who have been critical of Mr Corbyn, particularly over his handling of the anti-Semitism row, have found themselves locked in battles with members of their constituency Labour Party.

LibDems

It seems that the change of rules in a leadership election will favour a well-known campaigner, says the Express.

GINA Miller has been shortlisted among one of the bookies’ favourites to became the next leader of the Lib Dems after Sir Vince Cable announced he will stand down as head of the party.
After Mr Cable announced he will leave his post, bookies make Jo Swinson the even money favourite to replace Sir Vince at the helm of the party.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “As and when Sir Vince decides to stand down, the odds suggest it’s a two-horse race between Swinson and Moran for the top job.”
But Ed Davey and Remainer Ms Miller are also considered among the favourites, with their odds respectively at 6/1 and 10/1.
However, Mr Cable, 75, said he won’t immediately quit his role, but will leave only after the announced new party’s structures are implemented and Brexit “is resolved or stopped”. 

New party

And the Express carries further rumours of a new Remain party.

A CENTRIST bloc of moderates from across the political spectrum are being gathered in a bid to create a platform for Remain-backing MPs in the run up to the next election, a senior Lib Dem revealed.
Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable is already looking for possible members of this centrist alliance, according to the source.
Among those deemed interested to split from their party whips are two Labour MPs, Chuka Umunna and Chris Leslie, and Conservative backbencher Anna Soubry, they claimed.
Speaking to Business Insider, the source revealed the alliance is not yet thought to become a new political party, but rather a bloc of moderates MPs coming together when there are certain decisions to be taken.
They added the Lib Dems are already “putting in a position to be non-tribal and reach out when this happens”.
They added: “It begins with a coalition of forces which finds expression in the House of Commons.
“Will it be a new political party? Probably not.

Electoral fraud

Although investigators haven’t found any problems with the 2014 mayoral elections, there may be other charges in the offing, says Sky News.

There is not enough evidence to prosecute any individual following a £1.7m year-long investigation into alleged fraud in the 2014 Tower Hamlets mayoral election, Scotland Yard has said.
However, the Metropolitan Police said it had found “prima facie evidence” of a serious offence not directly linked to electoral fraud.
That offence has been passed to the City of London Police to investigate because of its “nature”, officers said.
City of London Police declined to comment, citing “operational reasons”, adding that “evidential opportunities” had been “identified” by the Met.
The former mayor of Tower Hamlets in east London, Lutfur Rahman, was forced to step down after an election court found him guilty of a series of corrupt and illegal practices.
But he has not faced a criminal prosecution.

Breitbart also reports a lack of evidence.

A £1.7 million police investigation into electoral fraud during the 2014 Tower Hamlets mayoral election has concluded without sufficient evidence to charge anyone, Scotland Yard has said.
The troubled area of East London, which is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the country, has been rocked by years of claims of tribal political wars and sectarian tension.
London Police investigated 170 allegations of electoral fraud  and malpractice relating to the 2014 mayoral election, after an electoral court found former mayor Lutfur Rahman guilty of a large number of corrupt and illegal practices, forcing him to step down in 2015.
The Metropolitan Police announced in a statement on Friday that the year-long inquiry involving 20 officers had unearthed “prima facie evidence” of a serious offence “not directly linked” to election fraud.

Climate change

The BBC has decided that climate change is irrefutably down to humans, says the Mail.

The BBC says manmade climate change is so indisputable that it does not need to invite ‘deniers’ on to its shows for balance.
Fran Unsworth, who is the corporation’s head of news and current affairs, told journalists the issue should be treated in the same way they would report the score in a football match.
In a note to staff, she said: ‘Manmade climate change exists: if the science proves it we should report it.
To achieve impartiality, you do not need to include outright deniers of climate change in BBC coverage, in the same way you would not have someone denying that Manchester United  won 2-0 last Saturday. The referee has spoken.’

Royal Navy

There could be problems dealing with China after Brexit, says the Independent.

Britain may have damaged its chances of securing a post-Brexit free trade deal with China after a Royal Navy warship sailed close to disputed islands in the South China Sea, a major Chinese state-run newspaper has warned.
Beijing was outraged when the HMS Albion, a 22,000-ton amphibious warship, sailed near the Paracel Islands last month, calling the move a “provocation.”
The UK has long looked towards China for a post-Brexit trade deal and talked of a “golden era” of relations, though any formal talks cannot begin until it officially leaves the EU.

Russia

The Telegraph claims there are still disagreements over the novichok poisoning.

Russia hit back at the international community this morning, saying that accusations that its agents were responsible for the  novichok attack on Salisbury were a “frank lie”.
Moscow was accused last night of “playing dice” with British lives after it was said that the dose of nerve agent brought into the UK was strong enough to kill 4,000 people.
The amount of novichok in the perfume bottle used in the attempted assassination of a former Russian agent had been enough to cause “a significant loss of life”, a security official told The Times.
Britain’s most powerful allies at the United Nations have joined Theresa May in accusing Russia of being responsible for the attack.

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