Brexit

The Prime Minister’s woes escalate, reports the Telegraph.

Theresa May’s Brexit plan will be blocked by MPs even if she is able to “bounce” the Cabinet into signing it off, the Prime Minister has been warned.
Senior members of the Eurosceptic grouping of Tory backbenchers and the Democratic Unionist Party figures are publicly uniting to insist they will vote against Mrs May’s proposals unless she backs down.
Their intervention came as senior government figures warned that the deal would still fall in Parliament even if it were forced through a reluctant Cabinet this week. A defeat for Mrs May would be likely to spark a leadership challenge.

The Express lays it on the line.

THERESA May’s Brexit plans have been dealt a huge blow after DUP leader Arlene Foster vowed her party would not back her plans for an Irish backstop if they go to a Parliamentary vote.
The party’s leader raged “no unionist” could support the Prime Minister’s apparent advocacy of a Withdrawal Agreement that includes a Northern Ireland-specific backstop measure to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. Theresa May relies on the support of the 10 MPs from the DUP for her to gain a crucial majority in the Commons, votes which could ultimately determine whether Mrs May gets any Brexit deal through Parliament.

The Mail claims the Irish have been joined by the ERG.

The DUP and Jacob Rees-Mogg’s group of Brexiteers have united and vowed to vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
Fifty-one Tories have already signed a pledge opposing Mrs May’s Brexit proposals – with concerns a no-deal insurance plan will lead to a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
Now, the DUP and The European Research Group of backbenchers, chaired byMr Rees-Mogg, have released an extraordinary joint declaration that they will stop a Brexit deal getting through Parliament if the Union is threatened.
Steve Baker, the group’s deputy chairman and Sammy Wilson, the DUP Brexit spokesman, wrote in The Sunday Telegraph: ‘We share the Prime Minister’s ambition for an EU free trade agreement, but not at any price and certainly not at the price of our Union. 

And the leader of the ERG proposes an alternative solution in the Mail (by Jacob Rees-Mogg).

Jo Johnson’s resignation is the ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ moment in the Brexit process.
He has stated clearly what everybody knows: that the negotiations satisfy no one and that we are hurtling towards making the UK a vassal state.
Theresa May will understandably be dismayed by his resignation and by new reports that, in any case, there can be no progress this week for her preferred Chequers solution as Brussels will not accept it.
However, it is time for the Prime Minister to be true to her mantra that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’. It is also time for convinced Brexiteers like me to compromise.
So at this late hour in the negotiations, we would like to make a new, generous offer to break the deadlock, to achieve a ‘No Deal Plus’.
It would cost us money but it would finally dispel the ‘crash out’ Project Fear nightmare scenarios.
It is true that with no withdrawal agreement at all, we legally owe the EU nothing – despite misguided claims from the Chancellor that we do.

ITV News points out that Mrs May is also facing opposition across the Channel.

Theresa May is battling to keep her Brexit agenda on track as she faces growing Tory tensions and reports of opposition from Brussels to a key part of withdrawal plans.
With the shock resignation of pro-Europe transport minister Jo Johnson continuing to cause ructions in Tory ranks, the Prime Minister is running out of time to seal an EU exit deal.
Hope of getting the Cabinet to sign off on Brexit deal proposals this week appeared to be rapidly receding as it was reported the EU had rejected UK plans for an independent arbitration clause that could allow the UK to quit a backstop deal on the Northern Ireland border.
With both pro and anti-withdrawal Tories becoming more vocal in their opposition to Mrs May’s stance, arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg called on the PM to change tack.
He urged Mrs May to end the deadlock by paying the EU £20 billion to secure a “no deal plus” arrangement with the bloc after withdrawal.

But is a ‘Norway-style’ deal the answer? The Express reports:

GROWING calls for Theresa May to pursue a ‘Norway-style’ Brexit would force Britain to accept continued freedom of movement for years after the split, Migration Watch UK has warned.
The Norway option would involve seeking European Economic Area (EEA) access and is favoured by a growing number of voters, according to recent research. And the prospect of temporary EEA membership has been floated by politicians from all sides in both the Commons and Lords as a way to avoid a hard Brexit until a long-term UK/EU trade deal can be agreed. Members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – like Norway – are granted EEA access which includes the single market but are required to sign up to the EU’s freedom of movement rules.
However members are allowed to make use of some safeguards – a so-called ‘emergency brake’ – to limit migration in certain circumstances.
These provisions have been touted by supporters of EEA access, including Nick Clegg, as a way to limit mass migration while still remaining part of the single market.
But the ‘emergency brake’ is “most unlikely to be effective” in the UK and would effectively mean “continued free movement for a number of years”, according to Migration Watch UK.

Reuters reports that more ‘remain’ ministers are on the verge of quitting.

Four British ministers who back remaining in the European Union are on the verge of quitting Theresa May’s government over Brexit, the Sunday Times reported, as pressures built on the prime minister from all sides.
The newspaper also said that the European Union had rejected May’s plan for an independent mechanism to oversee Britain’s departure from any temporary customs arrangement it agrees. The newspaper sourced the development to British sources, and not sources in the EU team.
May is trying to hammer out the final details of the British divorce deal but the talks have become stuck over how the two sides can prevent a hard border from being required in Ireland.

EU

The Times lays out the bloc’s reaction to Mrs May’s proposals.

Theresa May has been plunged into a deeper crisis after Brussels rejected her key Brexit proposal, which was intended to avoid the UK being trapped in an indefinite customs union.
The prime minister had hoped to unite her cabinet and overcome the final hurdle in negotiations with the EU by offering to create an “independent mechanism” to oversee how the UK might leave a temporary customs arrangement if Brexit talks collapsed.
But this weekend senior EU officials sent shockwaves through No 10 by rejecting May’s plan, sparking fears that negotiations have broken down days before “no-deal” preparations costing billions need to be implemented.

The Mail also reports Brussels’ rejection of the plans.

EU leaders have thrown Theresa May’s hopes of a Brexit deal this month into fresh jeopardy, after warning that crucial obstacles remain.
A meeting in Brussels was told there had been no significant progress on how to settle future disputes over the Irish border, with the two sides also still far apart on fishing rights.
The verdict, delivered at a briefing of EU27 ambassadors by the Brussels negotiating team, cast fresh doubt on the prime minister’s hopes of agreeing an outline deal by the middle of next week.
If that deadline is missed, it is unlikely that an emergency summit to sign it off can be held in November – throwing back a final agreement until the middle of December.

Sky News reports EU demands that the ECJ must become involved.

Theresa May is facing a battle to save her Brexit plan amid claims the European Union has rejected a key proposal.
Talks with Brussels have reportedly broken down over the PM’s solution to the Irish backstop.
The
current proposal would see the whole of the UK remaining in a temporary customs arrangement to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
To allay fears this would leave the UK trapped indefinitely in a customs union – Mrs May had drawn up a mechanism which would allow the UK to leave the backstop.
Using the legal expertise of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, it proposed using an independent arbitration panel.
But the EU has reportedly dismissed this plan, dubbed the “Cox compromise”, insisting any arbitration must come from the European Court of Justice.

Breitbart reports a new group openly demanding the creation of an EU superstate.

Artists and intellectuals across Europe are calling for the founding of a continentwide republic to replace its many nation-states.
Activists planned to proclaim a ‘European Republic’ in dozens of cities at 4 p.m. (1500 GMT) Saturday, almost exactly 100 years after the end of World War I.
The event is being organized by a group calling itself the European Balcony Project. Its listed supporters include political scientists, philosophers and writers such as Austrian literature Nobel prize laureate Elfriede Jelinek.
A manifesto on the group’s website declares that “the sovereignty of states is hereby replaced by the sovereignty of citizens.”

But the EUs top man likes his status – and his booze – and is planning to stay on, reports the Times.

Jean-Claude Juncker is sizing up his chances for an extended term at the helm of the European Commission after his mandate as president ends next year.
Juncker’s commission, headed by his top aide Martin Selmayr, is due to step down in November 2019.
However, the flagging fortunes of centrist parties threaten a parliamentary stalemate in European elections next May and the EU president has privately warned leaders that an inconclusive result will complicate the task of electing his successor.

Labour Party

Back home, the Times has a column by Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary Kier Starmer.

Jo Johnson’s resignation exposes a fundamental truth: this government is broken. The divisions in the Conservative Party run deep. The three-decade-long argument about Europe isn’t over. And the government is in a state of permanent paralysis over the biggest task facing this country in a generation.
No 10 will tell us that a breakthrough is just around the corner. But that’s delusion, not reality. There is no hiding the fact that this government is incapable of negotiating the right Brexit deal for this country.
Sooner or later, parliament will have to decide whether to approve the Brexit deal the prime minister has negotiated with the EU (assuming she has been able to reach an agreement).

BBC News claims he has said that ‘no deal’ is a hoax.

Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has said the government’s threat of leaving the EU without a deal is a “political hoax”.
He said Parliament must “take back control” instead if the government’s plan is rejected by MPs.
“There is no duty on MPs to surrender to a bad deal,” he writes in the Sunday Times.
A Downing Street source said the government aimed to secure an agreement with the EU soon, but not at any cost.
Any deal reached between the government and the EU is likely to have to rely on the 10 votes from MPs in the Democratic Unionist Party for a majority in Parliament.
Labour confirmed its willingness to vote down the agreement and a key DUP MP also sounded a warning.

And a former Labour leader could be preparing to return to front-line politics to lead a new party, says the Times.

David Miliband is poised to return to the UK amid growing speculation that a new centrist party could be launched within months.
Labour MPs who have been involved in talks about a new party believe Miliband and his family will move back to London next year.
The former foreign secretary, who runs the International Rescue Committee in New York, fuelled speculation about his return in June when he said he missed Britain and took Marmite and PG Tips to America with him, adding: “Of course I’ll come back. It’s my home. I’m British.”

Parliament

The leader of the House of Commons will not let the bullying allegations drop, says the Times.

Andrea Leadsom has launched an attack on the House of Commons authorities, accusing them of failing to get a grip on the bullying and harassment scandal that has rocked Westminster.
The leader of the Commons has waged a year-long campaign to stamp out misconduct of this kind after a series of scandals. In an unprecedented move, she has accused the Commons leadership of burying their heads in the sand and has urged them to either “stand up and be counted — or consider their positions”.
Leadsom’s intervention comes weeks after an independent inquiry led by Dame Laura Cox found that parliament’s leadership was incapable of changing the widespread culture of abuse.

Westmonster calls the decision ‘disgusting’.

In a truly disgusting state of affairs, it has been claimed that persecuted Christian Pakistani Asia Bibi won’t be given asylum in Britain because of concerns for her safety if she came to the country.
Bibi has been released from death row after 8 years for blasphemy after the Supreme Court overturned the conviction. Her supposed crime? ‘Insulting the Prophet Mohammed’.
Her husband Ashiq Masih now fears for his family’s safety and has said: “I am requesting the Prime Minister of the UK help us and as far as possible grant us freedom.”

Social care

The vexed question of who pays as we all get older is addressed in the Telegraph.

A new levy targeted at the over-40s is being considered by ministers to help solve the social care funding crisis.
Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Secretary, told the Telegraph he was “attracted to” a cross-party plan for a compulsory premium deducted from the earnings of the
middle-aged and over-65s to fund the cost of their care in later life.
The proposals, set out by two Commons committees, are based on the system in Germany under which all workers over 40 pay 2.5 per cent of their wages into a pot formally earmarked for social care.

Recycling

We’re still throwing away too much rubbish, says the ITV News.

Government targets for household recycling will be “significantly” missed if current trends continue, according to opposition analysis.
The Scottish Conservatives said the percentage of recycled household waste has only risen from 40.1% to 45.6% between 2011 and 2017, with a national target set at 60% by 2020.
If annual increases continue in the same trend, it will take until 2032 to meet the target, the Tories said.
The figures come as the opposition party plans to use next week in the Scottish Parliament to highlight environmental issues.
Maurice Golden, Scottish Conservative environment spokesman, said: “The SNP appear to have no ability to substantially improve household recycling and would rather bury waste in the ground, export to China or burn it.

Drugs gangs

The Times claims children are being targeted by drugs gangs.

Gangs are slipping knives into children’s bags to get them expelled from school so they can be recruited to carry drugs, school inspectors warn today in a hard-hitting report.
Today head teachers in London are told not to exclude too readily pupils with weapons, making them easy prey. Some are also accused of a culture of secrecy on knife crime.
The warning from Ofsted comes as the children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, called for schools that expel children to be fined by the government.
Longfield said such children were being left “at the mercy of unscrupulous and highly professional organised criminals. The recent tragic murders of young boys in London show just how urgently we need to take on the scourge of gang violence”.

Microchips

Could some companies be seriously preparing to implant microchips into their staff as one would do with a pet? The Telegraph reports.

British companies are planning to microchip some of their staff in order to boost security and stop them accessing sensitive areas.
Biohax, a Swedish company that provides human chip implants, told the Telegraph it was in talks with a number of UK legal and financial firms to implant staff with the devices.
One prospective client, which cannot be named, is a major financial services firm with “hundreds of thousands of employees.”
”These companies have sensitive documents they are dealing with,” said Jowan Österlund, the founder of Biohax and a former professional body piercer. “[The chips] would allow them to set restrictions for whoever.”

Climate change

It seems the animals we are eating are producing too much carbon dioxide, says the Times.

Britons must eat less red meat — and more vegetables — if the UK is to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the government’s climate change watchdog will warn this week.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has calculated that “enteric fermentation” in Britain’s sheep and cattle, which causes them to fart and burp, produces the equivalent of 23m tons of CO2 a year.
This is so high that it would undermine any chance of the UK achieving its target of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050, the committee will warn.
Lord Deben, chairman of the CCC, has written to Michael Gove, the environment secretary, saying government policy should be changed.

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