Brexit

With Brexit coming before MPs again tomorrow, several of the media report the words of the Brexit secretary David Davis. The Telegraph says:

David Davis has issued a last-minute warning to Tory rebels not to sabotage the Article 50 Bill amid fears any change could see Brexit end up in the courts.
Writing exclusively for the 
Telegraph, the Brexit Secretary says that putting promises over leaving the EU into law creates a “greater risk of legal action”.
He warns that Theresa May would be negotiating with “one hand tied behind her back” if MPs approve two changes to the law proposed by Lords.
Mr Davis also says that protecting the rights of EU citizens in the UK without reciprocal promises would plunge more than a million Britons abroad into “uncertainty”.
“There will be many opportunities for Parliament to debate the ins and outs of our negotiation of a new partnership with the EU, and influence the outcome,” he writes.

ITV News reports:

Brexit Secretary David Davis has encouraged MPs to leave the Government’s Brexit Bill unchanged, days after the House of Lords voted in favour of amending the legislation.
Peers sent Theresa May’s Bill back to the Commons when it voted in favour of an amendment
guaranteeing Parliament a “meaningful” vote on the final divorce deal struck between the Government and European Union.
The move was Mrs May’s second defeat over the Bill, the first which called for protections for EU nationals living in Britain.
But Mr Davis has urged MPs to leave the legislation unscathed when it is debated again in the Commons this week.
He warned that Mrs May should be allowed to “get on with the job” of triggering Britain’s exit from the EU.

And the Independent claims the government will issue an instruction to its MPs.

The Government will instruct MPs to reject House of Lords amendments giving them a “meaningful vote” on the Brexit deal and letting EU nationals stay in Britain, David Davis confirmed on Saturday night.
Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union said the Government wanted to move ahead on triggering Article 50 “with no strings attached” and that no amendments added by the Lords would be accepted.
Ministers are however coming under increasing pressure to give Conservative MPs reassurances from the dispatch box that the Commons will get a vote on the final deal and also information about what will happen in the event no deal can be reached.
The Lords added amendments to the Exiting the European Union Bill clarifying the fate of EU nationals in Britain, and on giving MPs a meaningful vote.
Ministers have indicated they want to use EU nationals as one of their “main cards” in negotiations and have refused to say they will definitely be allowed to stay. They also say a final vote on the Brexit deal will be between the deal and crashing out of the bloc on WTO terms.
Mr Davis said on Saturday evening: “However they voted in the referendum, the majority of people now want the Prime Minister to be able to get on with the job.
“By a majority of four to one, MPs passed straightforward legislation allowing the Government to move ahead with no strings attached. I will be asking MPs to send the legislation back to the House of Lords in its original form so that we can start building a Global Britain and a strong new partnership with the EU.

BBC News also carries the story.

The Brexit secretary has urged MPs to leave the bill for exiting the EU unchanged when it is debated again in the Commons on Monday.
David Davis wants MPs to reject a proposal by peers for the bill to guarantee a “meaningful” parliamentary vote on the final exit package.
If MPs pass the bill, Theresa May could trigger Article 50 as early as Tuesday.
She has said she will take the UK out of the EU even if MPs reject the deal she is offered.
Monday will be the second time MPs debate and vote on the EU withdrawal bill.
Amendments were made to it last week after they were backed by a majority of peers.
The Lords’ demanded protections for the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, and a written guarantee that Parliament will have a “meaningful vote” on the final terms of the UK’s departure.

Westmonster has said MPs could ‘sabotage’ the Bill.

Brexit Minister David Davis has warned the pro-EU establishment in Westminster not to sabotage the process of EU withdrawal in today’s Sunday Telegraph.
He’s referring to amendments that the House of Lords passed which would effectively weaken the Prime Minister’s hand in negotiations with Brussels and would also give Parliament the ability to veto Brexit at the last minute.
Article 50 to trigger the process of EU withdrawal could kick off as early as Tuesday but MPs will first vote on Monday whether to back the measures passed by the meddling unelected Lords.
Potentially there could be enough MPs for this to occur with some heavily pro-Remain Tory MPs teaming up with others in a last ditch effort to scupper Brexit completely.
If this does happen, anger in the country will be huge. Once again the politicians are not listening. On June 23rd the country voted to leave the EU, leave the single market and put in place strong border controls. For that verdict to be second-guessed would lead to huge electoral consequences and rightly so.

The Sun says the Bill should be ‘untouched’.

DAVID Davis has urged MPs to leave the Brexit bill untouched tomorrow to allow Theresa May to start EU divorce talks.
The defiant Brexit Secretary insists the public now want the Prime Minister to get on with formally triggering our departure from the EU.
He wants the Commons to kick out measures introducing protections for EU nationals living in the UK and allow a “meaningful” vote on the final exit package.
The House of Lords backed the amendments to the bill and Labour made a “direct appeal” to the PM in a letter on Friday to give them her “urgent personal attention”.
Mr Davis said: “However they voted in the referendum, the majority of people now want the Prime Minister to be able to get on with the job.
“By a majority of four to one, MPs passed straightforward legislation allowing the Government to move ahead with no strings attached.

The Express is one of the media that examines the prospect of no deal in two years’ time.

THERE is a real possibility Brexit talks may end with no deal and Britain must urgently plan for that, MPs have warned.
Failure to reach agreement in the forthcoming negotiations will be “very destructive” for both Britain and the EU, they said.
With 
Theresa May set to trigger the start of the Article 50 withdrawal process within days, the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said ministers should order all Whitehall departments to draw up a “no deal plan”.
“The possibility of ‘no deal’ is real enough to justify planning for it,” it said.
Failure to prepare for such an outcome would be a “serious dereliction of duty”.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly said she would rather walk away without a settlement than agree to a “bad deal”.

And the Guardian makes an accusation against the Prime Minister.

Theresa May has been accused by a powerful parliamentary committee of putting the national interest at risk by failing to prepare for the “real prospect” that two years of Brexit negotiations could end with no deal.
The criticism – and warnings of dire consequences – is levelled at May by the all-party foreign affairs select committee only days before she is expected to trigger article 50 – the formal process that will end the UK’s 44-year membership of the European Union.
After a detailed inquiry into what would happen if Brexit negotiations failed, the Tory chairman of the committee, Crispin Blunt, a supporter of leaving the EU, said: “The possibility of ‘no deal’ is real enough to require the government to plan how to deal with it.
“But there is no evidence to indicate that this is receiving the consideration it deserves or that serious contingency planning is under way. The government has repeatedly said that it will walk away from a ‘bad’ final deal. That makes preparing for ‘no deal’ all the more essential.

The Express claims no deal could be ‘destructive’ for Britain.

THERE is a real possibility Brexit talks may end with no deal and Britain must urgently plan for that, MPs have warned.
Failure to reach agreement in the forthcoming negotiations will be “very destructive” for both Britain and the EU, they said.
With 
Theresa May set to trigger the start of the Article 50 withdrawal process within days, the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said ministers should order all Whitehall departments to draw up a “no deal plan”.
“The possibility of ‘no deal’ is real enough to justify planning for it,” it said.
Failure to prepare for such an outcome would be a “serious dereliction of duty”.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly said she would rather walk away without a settlement than agree to a “bad deal”.

In another angle, the Times reports the Prime Minister’s intention to counter the EU’s cash demand.

Teresa May will call on Brussels to hand back £9bn of UK assets held by an EU bank when she fires the Brexit starting gun — dramatically cutting Britain’s final bill.
Senior government sources say that when the prime minister triggers article 50, she will point out that Britain is entitled to the return of funds held by the European Investment Bank (EIB).
Legal advice circulating in Whitehall — seen by The Sunday Times — says that not only is the government not legally obliged to pay Brussels a penny, but the EU should pay Britain for its share of the funds in the EIB.
That will allow May to argue that EU demands for Britain to pay €60bn — about £53bn — in contributions.

The Express quotes former minister Lord Heseltine encouraging the ‘fightback’ of the Remainers.

BREXIT was won by leavers under a “shamelessly false prospectus”, claims Lord Heseltine as he revealed he is “thrilled” the Remoaner “fightback” has started.
In a savage attack on Brexit, Heseltine argues Farage wanted another referendum if the result had been different and he will battle to keep “a deep bond with Europe”.
He said: “Some say the involvement of parliament will weaken the prime minister’s hand. I reject this argument as mere blackmail, much of it peddled by extreme Brexiteers, fearful that any second thoughts should be voiced by voters, far less MPs.
“Indeed, some openly hanker for the hardest Brexit of all, without a deal of any kind with our EU partners.
“I want no part of the cheap jibes uttered by Brexiteer fanatics, some of them sitting on the government front bench.

And the Telegraph claims the original date scheduled for the Article 50 announcement was changed.

It is a date famous for treachery when Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by friends who turned out to be enemies.
But for Number 10 the famous prophecy to “beware the Ides of March” was originally ignored as they picked March 15 as the likely date to trigger Brexit. 
Now the UK’s “independence day” is expected to be later in the month amid concerns from Government figures about the symbolism.
“We cannot have begun Brexit on the Ides of March. It doesn’t exactly send the right symbol,” said a baffled Government minister.
Theresa May has less than 20 days to choose from according to her own timetable for starting Brexit by triggering Article 50. 
But the next fortnight is littered with potential embarrassments over which date will enter history as the moment Brexit formally begun. 

Cyber crime

The Times claims the next General Election could be hit by cyber attacks.

Spies at GCHQ have called an emergency summit with Britain’s political parties after warning them that they are at risk of Russian cyber-attacks disrupting the next general election.
Security sources say GCHQ now regards protecting the political system from foreign hackers as “priority work”. They fear that Kremlin-backed hackers could steal and leak internal emails or publish private databases of voters’ political views in an attempt to damage the standing of political parties with the public.
Spy chiefs stepped in after Russia was accused of helping Donald Trump win the US presidential election by hacking and publishing 20,000 emails from the rival Democratic Party.
Russia was also accused of infiltrating the German parliament’s computer network in 2015.

 South Thanet

The row over the failure of Nigel Farage to win the Kent seat at the last General Election rumbles on, with the Times adding to the police investigation.

The Conservative Party chairman during the last election has intervened to put one of the prime minister’s key aides at the centre of a Tory voting operation being investigated by police.
Grant Shapps, who co-chaired the party during the 2015 election, told The Sunday Times that Nick Timothy appeared to have “led” and “orchestrated” the campaign in the Kent seat of South Thanet that saw the Tories narrowly defeat Nigel Farage of Ukip.
The Conservatives have always insisted Timothy, then Theresa May’s special adviser as home secretary and now her joint chief of staff at Downing Street, played only a minor role in South Thanet.
The Tory campaign in the constituency is under police investigation for allegedly breaching election spending limits.

And our former leader has given police a dossier of the dirty tricks the Tories got up to says the Mail.

Nigel Farage has piled the pressure on Downing Street over a growing electoral fraud inquiry by giving police a dossier about the Tories’ battle to stop him becoming an MP.
Police, who are investigating whether the Tories broke spending laws when they defeated Mr Farage in the 2015 Thanet South campaign, interviewed one of his most senior aides, election strategist Chris Bruni-Lowe, this month.
Mr Bruni-Lowe’s evidence included the astonishing claim that the party’s only MP, Douglas Carswell, passed confidential Ukip data about local voters to the Conservatives to help them defeat Mr Farage.
If the police probe leads to criminal charges, it would force a new vote in the constituency – giving Mr Farage the chance to finally win a Commons seat. He has pledged to stand again if the investigation results in a by-election.

Turkey

Turkey has make threats if is is not admitted to the EU says Westmonster.

The push from Turkey to secure visa-free access to the European Union is continuing, with Turkey threatening to pull out of co-operation in dealing with the migrant crisis if their demands are not met.
Turkey’s Islamist President Tayyip Erdogan has made no secret of his demand for Turks to be able to travel to the EU with minimal restrictions.
Such a move would represent a massive security risk to Europe, with the country bordering Iran, Iraq and Syria.
This would be a dream for the likes of ISIS who could slip into mainland Europe with even greater ease, aided by EU open borders.
Once again we see the colossal mismanagement from Eurocrats who are now being held over a barrel by an Islamist strongman in Erdogan.

And Breitbart claims the country coulc allow migrants passage if its demands are not met.

The Turkish Foreign Minister has said that his country is prepared to once again allow migrants passage into Europe if Turks are not permitted to travel in the European Union (EU) without visas.
Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told CNN Turk television Saturday that the EU’s failure to uphold its part of the agreement entered into last March jeopardized Turkey’s will to keep migrants from crossing through Turkey into Greece.
Turkey will present a final text to EU leaders, Cavusoglu said, “and either it will all be canceled, including the visa liberalization and migrant deal, or it will all be implemented.”
This is not Turkey’s first threat to release droves of migrants into the European Union.

Madeleine

Despite the decade since the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the investigation has received a boost, says the Express.

DETECTIVES investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have identified a person they want to question and have been given an extra £85,000 to follow up the crucial lead.
The hunt was due to end within weeks as funding ran out. But in a fresh development detectives said there is a specific person of interest they need to question.
The lead is seen as solid enough to persuade the Home Office to grant the extra money which will extend the search until September.
It means the investigation will continue past the 10th anniversary of 
Madeleine’s disappearance in May.
She vanished from her bed in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz while her parents ate a meal nearby with friends just days before her fourth birthday in 2007.
Police said there is one individual they want to speak to who was in the same area of Portugal when she went missing.

The Mail also has the story.

The parents of Madeleine McCann have been given a lifeline in the search for their daughter with a new £85,000 cash boost to police who now reveal they are closing in on her kidnapper.
Kate and Gerry McCann tonight said they are ‘very grateful’ for the continued support by Scotland Yard amid fears the controversial £11.1million investigation into Maddie’s disappearance, codenamed Operation Grange, was being shelved.
The couple face the agonising milestone 10th anniversary of her abduction in just eight weeks.
A Met Police spokesperson confirmed the Home Office had approved the extra funding to continue inquiries for another six months.
But he refused to say if they were now trying to quiz one final Portuguese suspect, simply saying: ‘We are cracking on. The Operation Grange team are not prepared to discuss any lines of inquiry while the investigation is ongoing.’

Volcano

Another volcanic eruption is forecast to spread air travel chaos says the Star.

A MONSTER volcanic eruption is set to trigger ash cloud chaos for millions of travellers.
Bogoslof volcano in Alaska has exploded more than thirty times since last December.
And the restless peak is on “red alert” as it continues to shoot ash more than 30,000 feet into the air – forcing pilots to dodge the drifting debris as they navigate the treacherous skies.
The remote volcano is on a tiny island in Alaska’s Aleutian archipelago.
It is at the centre of a flight path used by commercial jets carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers between Europe, the USA and Asia every day.
Scientists believe Bogoslof – part of the notorious Pacific Ring of Fire – could go off again at any time.

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