The Telegraph suggests the government is about to crash.
Theresa May’s Government was left teetering on the brink of collapse by a resignation pact between David Davis and his two most senior Brexit ministers, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
The Brexit Secretary had agreed with Steve Baker and Suella Braverman that all three would quit on Thursday if Theresa May did not make concessions over her backstop plan to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.
Government sources have described a “tinderbox” atmosphere in which “it felt, for the first time, as if it could all have toppled”.
The Mail reports that she’s about to invite them for a little chat at Chequers.
Theresa May will try to unite her warring ministers with Brexit peace talks after another day of brutal Cabinet infighting.
The Prime Minister will hold a crunch summit at Chequers next month to hammer out detailed plans for the UK’s future partnership with the EU.
The announcement came as Mrs May and Philip Hammond hit back at Boris Johnson after he made incendiary comments branding the Chancellor’s Treasury ‘the heart of Remain’. But Downing Street made clear the Foreign Secretary would not be sacked and the Prime Minister still had ‘full confidence’ in him.
But it seems the Tories have a lead over Labour in the polls, according to the Mirror.
THERESA May has opened up her biggest poll lead over Jeremy Corbyn since her disastrous snap election last year.
The Tories are leading Labour by seven points in the polls despite the bitter civil war engulfing the Prime Minister’s Cabinet.
Labour’s fortunes have nosedived since the party’s surprise performance in last June’s General Election put Mr Corbyn within a whisker of No10.
The Conservatives are now on 44 per cent, while Labour languish behind on 37 per cent, according to the latest YouGov poll.
It marks an extraordinary reversal in fortunes since Christmas, when Labour enjoyed an 11-point lead.
North of the border, it seems a judge has intervened over cancelling Brexit, reports the Guardian.
A Scottish judge has rejected an attempt by a cross-party group of parliamentarians to get the European court of justice (ECJ) to rule on whether the UK can unilaterally cancel Brexit.
Lord Boyd, sitting in the court of session, said the question of whether article 50 could be unilaterally revoked was “hypothetical and academic”, and criticised the applicants for taking their action.
Upholding objections by lawyers for the UK government, Boyd said ministers in London had repeatedly made it clear they had no intention of stopping the Brexit process, even if there were no deal with the EU.
The judge chided the group of eight MSPs and MPs, led by Andy Wightman, an MSP with the Scottish Green party, for taking the action.
And Westmonster asked readers what they thought about Brexit.
Yesterday we asked Westmonster’s followers on Twitter what they made of Theresa May’s handling of Brexit.
They didn’t hold back!
Lisa de Darston said that she had “hung on and on” for the Prime Minister to take tough action, but now she just wanted “real committed Brexiteers to take control”.
Phillipa Basnett feels that “our vote to Leave is being ignored” and that May “is bowing to the EU with no real effort to carry out our wishes”.
Kev said that he felt “betrayed, betrayed, betrayed”.
Scotty isn’t happy either, saying: “Absolutely rubbish. The way things are going we aren’t ever leaving the EU. #notwhativotedfor”
BBC News claims the government’s plans will be published after a big meeting later this month.
Detailed plans on the UK’s post-Brexit future will not be published until after this month’s EU summit.
Theresa May will summon senior ministers to an away day at Chequers in July to settle details of the white paper and find a common way forward.
With ministers aiming to complete the negotiations by October, many had expected the plans to be released earlier.
It comes after Boris Johnson said the UK’s Brexit strategy lacks “guts”.
The white paper has been called the government’s “most significant publication on the EU since the referendum”.
The Mirror claims a pro-Robinson march scheduled for today has been cancelled.
A ‘FREE Tommy Robinson’ rally due to be held in Newcastle today was scrapped over fears police will be overstretched by an Ed Sheeran concert.
The Northeast Frontline Patriots group organised the march to protest the EDL founder’s 13-month sentence after he pleaded guilty to contempt of court.
They agreed to cancel the event, planned on the same day superstar Sheeran was performing at The Blaydon Race, on police advice, the Chronicle reported.
A police spokesperson told the Newcastle-based newspaper: “The organisers of two protests planned for Newcastle on Saturday have, following consultation with police, decided not to go ahead with the events.
But the Morning Star hasn’t caught up.
ANTI-FASCISTS are set to mobilise in Westminster tomorrow against a rally in support of former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson.
The racists are demanding the release of Mr Robinson from jail, with him having been jailed for contempt of court.
Stand Up to Racism co-convener Weyman Bennett said that, following Mr Robinson’s arrest, hundreds of his supporters marched through the streets of Leeds shouting Islamophobic slogans and carried out arson attacks on a mosque and a gurdwara.
It seems the negotiations are not going Barnier’s way, reports the Times.
Brussels will not be “intimidated” by Brexit-supporting cabinet ministers like Boris Johnson who try to blame the European Union for their inability to secure the deal they want, Michel Barnier said yesterday.
Mr Barnier, a former French foreign minister, took aim at Mr Johnson for making aggressive comments over the lack of concessions made by the EU. “We’re not going to be intimidated by this form of blame game,” he said.
The EU’s lead negotiator caused confusion and dismay in London by appearing to rule out the government’s latest “backstop” proposal to avoid a hard border in Ireland after Brexit.
And the Express claims the EU’s negotiator has already dismissed the UK government’s plans.
BREXIT talks have been thrown into chaos after Theresa May’s proposals for a customs backstop were dismissed by EU negotiator Michel Barnier.
At a press conference in Brussels, Mr Barnier said the proposed backstop would only be feasible for Northern Ireland and not the whole UK.
He warned the Prime Minister: “Let me be very clear. Our backstop cannot be extended to the whole of the United Kingdom.
“It has been designed for the specific situation of Northern Ireland. The temporary backstop is not in line with what we want.”
Mrs May proposed the backstop idea yesterday to avoid a hard border being imposed between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The Guardian also reports Barnier’s comments.
Michel Barnier has warned that Theresa May’s backstop solution to avoid a border on the island of Ireland raises “more questions than answers” as he ruled out the whole of the UK staying in the customs union and key parts of the single market after Brexit.
“Backstop means backstop,” the EU’s chief negotiator told a press conference in Brussels, as he insisted the UK needed to be pragmatic and accept that Northern Ireland would have to be treated differently to the rest of the country, with checks taking place on goods travelling across the Irish Sea.
The backstop plan is set to snap into effect should a free trade deal or technological solution not be in place by the end of the transition period to prevent the need for a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
The Independent claims Barnier has refused to be intimidated by the UK.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has rejected the idea of applying a ”backstop” solution to the Northern Ireland border to the whole UK, arguing that to do so would not be “feasible”.
Speaking in Brussels on Friday Michel Barnier also said Europe would not be “intimidated” by Brexiteers’ “blame game” for the downsides of leaving the EU.
The British government on Thursday unveiled a white paper spelling out its plan for a so-called “backstop” to prevent a hard border in Ireland after Britain leaves the bloc.
The UK rejected an earlier Brussels plan to keep Northern Ireland aligned with EU regulations and customs procedures, which would introduce customs checks on ferries across the Irish sea.
The bottom line is that the UK and EU simply can’t agree, says Sky News.
The EU and UK have failed to move beyond a Brexit impasse after Brussels rejected significant parts of Theresa May’s proposed backstop solution to the Irish border issue.
Little more than 24 hours after the UK’s fresh proposal for avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland was published, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier dismissed key elements of the plan.
On Thursday, Brexit Secretary David Davis fought the prime minister for clarification of the time-limited nature of the backstop proposal before its publication, which prompted speculation as to whether he could quit the government over the issue.
But, during a combative appearance at a press conference in Brussels on Friday, Mr Barnier told the UK that putting a limit on the length of a backstop proposal was not acceptable to the EU.
Elsewhere in Europe, it seems that Austria is getting tough with Islam, says Westmonster.
Austria’s government is shutting down 7 mosques and expelling around 60 imams in a bid to remove political Islam and parallel societies in the country.
Sebastian Kurz said: “Parallel societies, political Islam and radicalisation have no place in our country.”
It comes after shocking images emerged of scores of children dressed up in military uniform reenacting the battle of Gallipoli.
A a mosque in Germany did the same, in worrying scenes.
“What happened there…has no place in Austria. The government will show zero tolerance,” Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said.
The Independent reports the prospect that the north and south could unite again.
Brexit has caused a huge surge in support for a united Ireland among the population of Northern Ireland, according to new research.
A poll by YouGov commissioned by the BBC found that a referendum or “border poll” on whether to leave the UK would now be a close-run result, with undecided voters having the casting vote.
Over a quarter of people in the six counties say they have changed their mind since the Brexit vote and now support a united Ireland – bringing polling for a referendum to 45 per cent staying in the UK and 42 per cent leaving it, with 13 per cent undecided.
Brexit has made 28 per cent say they are more likely to support a united Ireland, 27 per cent say they were already likely to support a united Ireland before Brexit, and 40.6 per cent say they still support union with the UK. Just 0.85 per cent of the public say Brexit has made them less likely to support a united Ireland.
The Express also carries the story.
THE UNITED Kingdom could be torn apart after a shock poll today revealed support for a united Ireland is surging in Northern Ireland – with Brexit cited as a major cause for the swing.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland faces an uncertain future with a growing number of Northern Irish citizens supporting reunification with the Republic.
The possibility of a referendum on the creation of a united Ireland is permitted by the Good Friday Agreement, with the UK government agreeing to a vote if public support indicates it could pass.
And Northern Irish citizens increasingly appear to support leaving the UK to form a united Ireland, according to a new poll released today which was commissioned by the BBC.
Young men are still trying to get into the UK by whatever means they can, says the Mail.
As ferries prepare to leave the port, migrants loiter down alleys or crouch behind bushes and signs.
Suddenly, they spot what they are waiting for – an un-padlocked lorry bound for Britain that has slowed as its driver navigates the lanes of the Normandy village.
Now the chase is on. The migrants – who are being forced from Calais by tightened security – sprint down the road, and, desperate to cross the Channel, force open the door and hurl themselves inside, in full view of passers-by and tourists.
Their brazen bid – close to one of the main landing areas of the D-Day invasion – is spotted by the French police, who flag down the lorry and turf them out.
Smiling and undeterred, the would-be stowaways drift off. As regular as the ferry timetable, however, they will be back again soon to have another go.
The big summit conference in Canada is proving a bit difficult, says the Telegraph.
The G7 summit is poised to end without a formal communique after Donald Trump clashed with European leaders over trade, the environment and Russia.
The US President made clear during working sessions on FRiday and over dinner that he is not prepared to concede ground over steel and aluminium tariffs.
He repeatedly highlighted the United States’ trade deficit with European nations in a variety of sectors, arguing that it showed how unfairly America was being treated.
European leaders in turn united as they accused him of imposing “unjustified” sanctions and warning that they would ultimately damage the US economy.
The Times blames the US president.
President Trump has wrecked Theresa May’s efforts to use the G7 summit to further isolate President Putin, by calling for Russia to rejoin the elite group.
His call, backed by the new Italian prime minister, came as the US president flew into an already tense meeting with allies outraged at his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium.
Mr Trump, who traded blows with President Macron of France on Twitter before the Quebec summit, is leaving Canada this morning, before the summit ends, to fly to Singapore for his meeting with Kim Jong-un of North Korea.
The Independent calls the president’s words ‘explosive’.
Theresa May has rejected Donald Trump’s explosive call for Russia to be readmitted to the G7 group of powerful nations, because of the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal.
The prime minister said Vladimir Putin’s regime must “change its approach” before it could restore its role at the table of the world’s richest economies.
Speaking in Canada, she highlighted Russia’s “malign activity” – in particular, the use of a nerve agent to poison Mr Skripal, the Russian double agent, and his daughter, in Salisbury.
Our own Prime Minister is not impressed, says the Mirror.
Theresa May has blasted Donald Trump over his “deeply regrettable” steel tariffs and warned revenge was “unavoidable”.
The Prime Minister said she was “disappointed” he was sticking with the move to impose a 25% duty on steel and 10% on aluminium.
And she warned his radical move would make “everyone poorer”. Her dramatic intervention sparked fears of a tit-for-tat trade war.
The EU, which has called Mr Trump’s decision “illegal” and a “dangerous game”, is now sizing up a revenge attack with duty on US bourbon, jeans and Harley-Davidson motorbikes unless he backs down.
At showdown trade talks at the G7 summit in Canada, Mrs May blasted the US president’s actions which have hit its “strongest allies”.
The Telegraph has an interesting piece, and picture, about a handshake.
It wasn’t quite the 25-second gripper of their encounter during Donald Trump’s Bastille Day visit to Paris.
But Emmanuel Macron, the French president, still managed to leave finger marks on his counterpart during what was no doubt an awkward meeting with the American leader at the G7 summit in Canada on Friday evening.
They both said the rights things afterwards – claiming that progress was possible on the contentious issue of US trade tariffs – but the handshake suggested they were far from being on the same wavelength.
In other news, the Times reports on the possibility of pre-fab A&E units.
Dozens of flat-pack casualty units, operating theatres, maternity wards and MRI suites will be built under plans to increase NHS efficiency through prefabricated hospitals.
Ministers are hoping to spend a significant chunk of a £3.5 billion infrastructure fund on ready-made hospitals that speed up construction and standardise NHS buildings.
With conventional buildings taking the best part of a decade to complete, ministers say that the NHS does not need “bespoke” designs when off-the-shelf can be quicker and cheaper.
In an exclusive report, the Telegraph claims meat has been found in vegetarian products.
“Meat free” and vegan food sold at Britain’s leading supermarkets contains traces of meat, an investigation by the Daily Telegraph can disclose.
Laboratory tests found traces of pork in Sainsbury’s own brand “meat free” meatballs and traces of turkey in a vegan macaroni ready meal from Tesco’s new “Wicked Kitchen” line.
Friday night the Food Standards Agency said it was investigating this newspaper’s findings. Jewish and Muslim groups warned consumers would be “distressed” to discover they may have inadvertently eaten pork, and demanded the affected items be recalled.
The Times has picked up the story.
Vegetarian and vegan food products sold in Sainsbury’s and Tesco have been found to contain traces of meat, it was reported yesterday.
Tests revealed turkey DNA in a vegan ready meal from Tesco’s Wicked Kitchen line and pork in Sainsbury’s own brand “meat-free” meatballs.
The Food Standards Agency has begun an investigation into the findings, which could mean that vegans and vegetarians have inadvertently eaten meat. Jewish and Muslim groups demanded a recall of the affected products and warned that some customers would be distressed if they found out that they had eaten pork.
The Mail claims there’s going to be an investigation.
The Food Standards Agency has launched an investigation after traces of meat were found in vegetarian and vegan meals sold by two leading supermarkets.
Laboratory tests showed traces of pork DNA in Sainsbury’s own brand 380g Meat Free Meatballs which the supermarket says is suitable for vegans and which cost £1.50.
The test results also found traces of turkey DNA in Tesco‘s Wicked Kitchen 385g BBQ Butternut Mac, which again is labelled as being vegan and sells for £4.