Farage

The Times is the only paper to pick up a story about our former leader.

Nigel Farage is in talks about returning to frontline British politics with the launch of a new pro-Brexit movement if Ukip’s leader Henry Bolton is forced to resign.
Farage has spoken to friends, including his financial backer Arron Banks, about forming a breakaway party if Bolton, 54, loses a vote of confidence today at a special meeting of Ukip’s national executive committee.
Banks and Farage met for dinner to discuss the plans on January 11, only a few days after the committee began an investigation into Bolton’s private life. He is embroiled in a dispute over racist texts sent by his former lover Jo Marney, 25, a model, who described Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s fiancée, as a “black American” who would “taint” the royal family.

Brexit

It seems the government is polarising over Brexit. The Sun raises the hopes of Brexiteers.

OVER 100 MPs will order Theresa May to hold Brussels negotiators to ransom by refusing to sign off on any divorce payments until a free trade deal is struck.
Led by top Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg, the group will demand that the prime minister ends free movement and Britain’s single market membership – no more than a second after Brexit takes place.
The newly-elected chairman of the influential European Research Group said he will call for the post-Brexit transition period to end in 2020 – a year earlier than the two-year period previously mooted.
Old Etonian Mr Rees-Mogg told The Sunday Express it would be “absurd” to remain in the single market and allow uncontrolled EU immigration continue after Brexit.
He said: “We must have control of free movement of people as soon as we leave.
This idea that we can let them carry on coming for another two years is absolutely absurd.

The Express also quotes Brexiteer-in-chief Jacob Rees-Mogg.

MORE than 100 MPs will demand that Theresa May ends free movement and takes Britain out of the single market the second we leave the European Union on March 29 next year. Led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, they will also pressure her to stick to her “red lines” and hold back any payments to the EU until a free trade deal is done.
The newly-elected chairman of the influential European Research Group said he will call for the post-Brexit “simplementation” period to end in 2020 – sooner than the two-year period previously suggested.
Mr Rees-Mogg, who represents more than 100 Eurosceptic back- benchers from the Tory party, said it would be “absurd” to remain in the single market and allow uncontrolled EU immigration to continue after we leave in 14 months’ time.
Voicing his support for the Prime Minister, he called for Cabinet Remainer Chancellor Philip Hammond to make amends with Mrs May and tow the line, insisting: “The Prime Minister is boss.”
Britain officially leaves the European Union on March 29, 2019, at 11pm British time – midnight European time.
“We must have control of free movement of people as soon as we leave,” said Mr Rees-Mogg.
“This idea that we can let them carry on coming for another two years is absolutely absurd.”

But it seems some MPs are trying to cash in over Brexit, says the Mail.

A political storm erupted last night over claims that three former Cabinet Ministers secretly tried to earn thousands of pounds in a ‘cash for Brexit‘ scandal.
The senior politicians were lured to a luxury Mayfair office where they were secretly filmed discussing being paid for telling Chinese tycoons how to make money out of Britain leaving the European Union.
Those targeted were ex-Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell, and ex-Trade Secretary Peter Lilley. All three last night denied wrongdoing.
Lord Lansley, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, said he had referred himself to the parliamentary anti-sleaze watchdog, and expected his name to be cleared.
Mr Lilley said: ‘It was a tawdry attempt at entrapment and I did nothing improper whatsoever. I thought it might be a sting from the beginning.
‘They said they had a budget of £18,000 but I told them I was already on the advisory board of a Chinese company, that I was comfortably off and I did not pursue the matter.’
Mr Mitchell claimed he was ‘totally innocent’ and had been the victim of ‘attempted entrapment’.

The Sun also reports on what could be a ‘sting’.

THREE senior Tories have denied wrongdoing after being embroiled in an alleged “cash for Brexit” scandal.
The former cabinet ministers were allegedly secretly filmed discussing payment for advising Chinese businessmen how to best to cash in on Britain leaving the EU.
Ex-Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell, and ex-Trade Secretary Peter Lilley were reportedly lured to a Mayfair flat by a supposed representative of Asian millionaire tycoons.
But all three strongly denied misconduct and said they were unfairly targeted in an entrapment campaign by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, according to the Mail on Sunday.
The show’s producers wanted their exposé to show “how former Cabinet Ministers are offering themselves to private companies as Brexit advisers”.
Offers of a “highly attractive remuneration package” were given to the politicians by Fei Liu, managing director of a company called Tianfen Consulting, it is claimed.

And the Express reports that an anti-Brexit petition has been set up.

MORE than 47,000 Remainers, including many living outside the UK, have signed a petition calling for MPs to be given a vote on staying in the EU when the final Brexit deal is done.
The online campaign, set up by French translator and hardcore Remainer Anne Greaves, has amassed huge support since it was set up just before Christmas.
It demands MPs be given the option of overturning the referendum result and axing Brexit if they do not like the final deal.
After a Commons defeat for Theresa May by rebel Tories last month, MPs will get a “meaningful vote” on the final deal with the EU.
But they have been warned even if they vote down the agreement, it simply means the UK will crash out of the bloc without a deal.

EU

Sky News claims Brexit could result in more countries joining the euro.

More EU countries could be pressured to join the euro after Brexit, a senior MEP overseeing negotiations has suggested.
Danuta Hubner, who chairs the European Parliament’s influential Constitutional Affairs Committee, warned the bloc’s “political centre” will shift significantly when Britain leaves in 2019.
She predicted the departure of a “very important leader” against the single currency will see non-euro nations sidelined.
Currently, only nine of the EU28 do not use the Euro. They are predominantly Eastern European countries, including Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
It was introduced when the EU had 15 members – but was resisted by the former soviet states.

An Italian has told the EU where it can go, according to Breitbart.

Italian populist Matteo Salvini, frontrunner to win the nation’s coming elections, has said the European Union “can go f*ck itself” in an explosive interview.
Salvini, a member of the European Parliament and leader of the Lega Nord party, on Thursday agreed on a joint manifesto with two other right-leaning leaders, and the coalition is now favourite to govern Italy after the vote on March 4th 2018.
During a heated interview with Italian TV Channel Rete 4 this week, Mr. Salvini reaffirmed his eurosceptic credentials, blasting: “Europe can go f*ck itself!”
“Europe has been punishing us for the last 15 years and we are worse off than 15 years ago,” he added. “European measures are the last thing I am interested in.”

Boris’ bridge

The foreign secretary’s call for a bridge linking the UK and Europe is reported by the Mail.

Eurotunnel has praised Boris Johnson’s idea for building a new English Channel crossing and wants to be involved if the plan goes ahead.
The Foreign Secretary’s plan for a bridge was branded ‘very interesting’ by Eurotunnel chiefs.
Mr Johnson put forward proposals for a second Channel crossing in meetings at Sandhurst Military Academy with French President Emmanuel Macron  on Thursday.
If built, the structure would become Europe’s longest bridge at 22 miles in length.
Mr Johnson is understood to have told aides: ‘They are two of the world’s biggest economies and they are linked by a single railway. It is ridiculous.’
He had tweeted earlier in the day: ‘So much important work in [the UK-France summit] outcomes, but I’m especially pleased we are establishing a panel of experts to look at major projects together.

The Independent also reports the plans.

Eurotunnel has said it is “right to be thinking about” building a new English Channel crossing and would want to be involved if the plans floated by Boris Johnson went ahead.
The Foreign Secretary’s idea for a bridge, floated at a summit attended by French president Emmanuel Macron was “very interesting”, corporate affairs director John Keefe said.
Current Channel Tunnel traffic only runs at about 54 per cent of total capacity but the company has the rights to build any second crossing until 2086.
Mr Keefe said it would be “decades” before the extra capacity was needed but fluctuating growth rates and changes in technology made it difficult to be more precise.
He said: “It’s certainly right to be thinking about it and it’s something we consider on a regular basis. We look at the forecasts and we look at where we see traffic growth going and when we have got a stable period ahead of us then we can plan and predict.”

But the Prime Minister has slapped down the idea in the Express.

THERESA May has “no plans” to back Boris Johnson’s idea of building a bridge over the English Channel, Downing Street said. In a rebuff to the Foreign Secretary, a senior official distanced the Prime Minister from the Foreign Secretary’s vision of a new link between Britain and France.
But the official did confirm that the British and French governments were poised to have discussions about joint infrastructure projects.
Mr Johnson raised the suggestion during an Anglo-French summit held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Surrey earlier this week.
He told French officials he thought it was “ridiculous” that two of the world’s biggest economies were “linked by a single railway”, later repeating his views on Twitter.
Sources close to Mr Johnson claimed French President Emmanuel Macron was enthusiastic about the suggestion.
But a spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “I haven’t seen any plans on that.”
He added: “What was agreed yesterday, and I think that’s what the Foreign Secretary tweeted about as well, is a panel of experts who will look at major projects together including infrastructure.”
Mr Johnson has put forward the idea of a road bridge between Britain and France in the past.

Labour Party

Labour is moving to the left, it appears, reports the Times.

Up to 50 Labour MPs are on a deselection hitlist drawn up by left-wing supporters of Jeremy Corbyn, it has been claimed.
Moderate Labour MPs have been warned that Corbyn’s allies want centrist candidates replaced with more left-leaning ones.
A Labour Party whip has been privately telling moderate MPs not to rock the boat or they could face deselection, amid fears that up to 50 will be targeted if rule changes are pushed through this autumn.
Chris Leslie, the former shadow chancellor, and Hilary Benn, the former shadow foreign secretary, are believed to top the list. Angela Eagle, who challenged Corbyn for the leadership in 2016, and her sister Maria Eagle, the former shadow culture secretary, are also thought to be vulnerable.

The Express also reports on the purge.

DOZENS of Labour MPs could face the chop as leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to rule out deselection amid rumours of a moderate purge of those ‘not loyal’ to the party.
Hard-left Labour members and activists suggested that MPs who are not loyal to Mr Corbyn should have the threat of deselection “hanging over them”.
The threat comes after Jon Lansman, the founder of the left wing pro-Corbyn group Momentum, was elected to Labour’s National Executive Committee this week in a huge boost of support for the embattled leader.
But while many claim Labour needs to pull together and unite if they have any hope of defeating Theresa May and the Tories, Mr Corbyn instead refused to condemn the suggestions.
Instead, he confirmed the party would “look at democracy within the party and look at the process of selections”.

And anti-semitism has reared his head in north London, says the Times.

Seven Sisters, a long, thin council ward in the north London borough of Haringey, borders the Orthodox Jewish area of Stamford Hill. At a meeting of the local Labour Party last month, they discussed the problem of street prostitution. “The only reason there are prostitutes in this ward is because of the Jews,” said one of the activists.
“No one said a word. No action was taken,” said one senior Haringey Labour member. “Everyone, including him, just carried on with the discussion, and it was one of countless examples, including things like open hate material being shared on the Tottenham Labour Facebook forum. A new set of norms has been created in the Haringey Labour Party.”

In the Mail, the party is accused of racism.

Jeremy Corbyn faced a race row last night for making white people pay more than ethnic minorities to hear him deliver a speech.
The dispute erupted over a decision by Labour chiefs to charge black and ethnic minority activists £10 less per ticket than white activists to attend a rally next month.
Tory MPs last night accused Labour of racism and said it was further evidence that the party had abandoned the white working class.
Labour officials defended the decision to make white party members pay £40 to attend the East Midlands Labour gathering in Loughborough on February 17.
In contrast, the charge for black and minority ethnic (BAME) members is £30. 

Immigration

The prospect of extra security at Calais has exacerbated the migrant problem there, reports the Mail.

Migrants flocked around lorries at a depot in Calais after Emmanuel Macron demanded £45million for extra fencing and CCTV.
The men were seen trying to yank open the back door of a HGV this morning, as they loitered around the trucks and tried to avoid French police patrols in the area.
Pictures of the group emerge days after the French president called for Theresa May to pledge millions to beef up security in France’s ports.
The men, wearing hooded tops and dark jackets, wandered around in groups of four as they stared at the lorries coming to and from the port.
Others were spotted near a small settlement of tents, among trees in a wooded area, near the truck depot.
Men carried sleeping bags as they walked among the filthy camp, with litter strewn across the floor.
The pictures come as Mrs May said the cash pledged to Calais was in Britain’s ‘national interests’.

And Westmonster reports on a new smuggling route across the Mediterranean.

A new migrant smuggling route has opened up in Spain, with 22,900 people arriving in the country from Morocco and Algeria last year alone.
The change has been brought about by tighter controls in Turkey limiting arrivals in Greece and a clampdown in Libya easing the pressure on Italy slightly.
The route into Spain has traditionally been used by drug dealers, but now human traffickers have muscled in.
Westmonster has reported on 500 migrants being rescued from the water just of Spain’s coastline in November and earlier this month 200 migrants stormed the Spanish border at Melilla.
The migrant crisis is far from over. The European Union has hung countries like Italy, Greece and Spain out to dry. Once these migrants get into Spain they can travel across the EU, no doubt in a bid to mass at the Calais border and attempt to get into Britain.

More migrants are expected to use a new route, says Westmonster.

A new migrant smuggling route has opened up in Spain, with 22,900 people arriving in the country from Morocco and Algeria last year alone.
The change has been brought about by tighter controls in Turkey limiting arrivals in Greece and a clampdown in Libya easing the pressure on Italy slightly.
The route into Spain has traditionally been used by drug dealers, but now human traffickers have muscled in.
Westmonster has reported on 500 migrants being rescued from the water just of Spain’s coastline in November and earlier this month 200 migrants stormed the Spanish border at Melilla.
The migrant crisis is far from over. The European Union has hung countries like Italy, Greece and Spain out to dry. Once these migrants get into Spain they can travel across the EU, no doubt in a bid to mass at the Calais border and attempt to get into Britain.

Bolton

Our leader is still in the news, reports the Mail.

Last night Jo Marney resigned from Ukip after being presented with more evidence from The Mail on Sunday about racist messages she has sent.
In an exchange with a friend on social media last year, Ukip leader Henry Bolton’s former mistress described Muslims as ‘all f****** idiots’ and said she ‘wouldn’t trust any of them with a potato gun’.
In one Facebook message, she said: ‘If it were Christians who were the threat I would be the first f****** one to say so. It isn’t. It’s Islam.
‘They’re the cancer of this earth. And we need to get rid of them from this country. Before more of us are murdered.’
Ms Marney then explains why she expresses such shocking views, saying: ‘I will say what I think. 

And it seems that his colleagues are deserting the UKIP leader, says the Mail.

Henry Bolton’s campaign chief quit in disgust after the beleaguered Ukip leader allegedly boasted of ‘seeing’ an Italian au pair half his age while his wife was pregnant.
Neil Jones claimed that Mr Bolton, 54, was ‘full of himself’ after he invited striking Chiara Colombo, 27, to campaign with him when he ran as Ukip’s candidate for Kent police and crime commissioner in January 2016.
The allegations pile further pressure on Mr Bolton ahead of an emergency meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee today.
They come after he left his wife for 25-year-old glamour model Jo Marney on December 23, followed by this newspaper’s revelations of Ms Marney’s racist text messages about Meghan Markle.
Mr Bolton met Ms Colombo in Keppels bar at Folkestone’s Grand Hotel, ironically named after Alice Keppel, Edward VII’s mistress.

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