Farage

Most of the papers lead on the meeting between Donald Trump and our own Nigel Farage – the first British politician to meet the President-elect.

Reuters says:

Leading Brexit campaigner and UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage visited U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at his home in New York City on Saturday and a Trump aide said the pair had a “very productive” meeting.
“We’re just tourists!” Farage joked with reporters after he was seen waiting for an elevator in the skyscraper’s lobby.
In brief comments later to reporters, Kellyanne Conway, manager of Trump’s election campaign, confirmed the pair met while the president-elect was upstairs in the Trump Tower, spending time with his family, receiving phone calls and visitors.

The ITV News report is:

Nigel Farage has become the first British politician to meet Donald Trump since his election victory, Ukip has said.
The acting Ukip leader met the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York and discussed “freedom and winning”, Mr Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said.
Ms Conway added that the meeting between the two men was “incredibly productive”, telling reporters inside the tower: “I think they enjoy each other’s company”.
A statement by the party said the pair discussed global politics, Brexit, and the bust of Sir Winston Churchill, which was replaced with a bust of Martin Luther King by outgoing president Obama.

And BBC News says:

Nigel Farage has become the first British politician to meet Donald Trump since he became US president-elect.
A UKIP spokesman said the interim party leader discussed “freedom and winning” with Mr Trump on a visit to Trump Tower in New York.
Mr Trump’s spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway said the meeting had been “very productive”.
Downing Street said Mr Farage had “no role” in the government’s relationship with the incoming US administration.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Farage said: “It was a great honour to spend time with Donald Trump. He was relaxed, and full of good ideas.
“I’m confident he will be a good president. His support for the US-UK relationship is very strong. This is a man with whom we can do business.”

Sky News also covers the story.

Nigel Farage has become the first British politician to meet President-elect Donald Trump since his victory.
The one-on-one meeting – which is likely to irk Downing Street – took place at Trump Tower in New York.
UKIP confirmed the pair talked about “freedom and winning”.
After the meeting Mr Farage tweeted that it had been “a great honour” to spend time with Mr Trump, adding: “He was relaxed and full of good ideas. I’m confident he will be a good President.
“(His) support for the US-UK relationship is very strong. This is a man with whom we can do business.”

The Guardian reports the conversation between the two leaders.

A senior adviser to Donald Trump has confirmed that the president-elect met UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage, saying the two men discussed “freedom and winning”. Farage later indicated he and Trump had discussed the placing of a bust of Sir Winston Churchill “back in [the] Oval Office”.
Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager in the last months of the presidential campaign, left Trump Tower in New York two hours after Farage had been seen to arrive on Saturday.
All these meetings are incredibly productive,” Conway told the Guardian. Farage had previously spent time with Trump, who regularly invoked Brexit as an example of the success coming his way, at a campaign rally and after a presidential debate. Inside the tower, Conway told reporters: “I think they enjoy each other’s company.”

NATO

NATO bosses are having a go at the President-elect over comments he has made about the alliance.

ITV News reports:

The secretary-general of Nato has responded to Donald Trump’s criticism of the organisation by reminding him member nations helped the US after 9/11.
Jens Stoltenberg’s comments came after the US president-elect alarmed European countries by questioning the Nato doctrine of collective defence during his campaign.
Mr Stoltenberg insisted that the US and Europe needed to stick together while they face the greatest security threats for a generation, and said “going it alone is not an option”.
“The only time Nato has invoked its self-defence clause, that an attack on one is an attack on all, was in support of the United States after the 9/11 terrorist attacks,” he said.

EU

It seems our foreign secretary will not be attending talks about Trump’s election win, says ITV News

Boris Johnson will stay away from an ’emergency’ EU foreign ministers’ meeting called to discuss Donald Trump’s US election win.
The foreign secretary – who earlier told his European counterparts to stop the “whinge-o-rama” over Mr Trump’s victory – appeared to feel the meeting, to be held on Sunday, as unnecessary.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office confirmed Mr Johnson would skip the meeting, but said he would still attend a regular Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Monday.
“We do not see the need for an additional meeting on Sunday because the US election timetable is long established,” the spokesman said.

BBC News has the same story.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will not attend a European special meeting called to discuss Donald Trump’s US election victory.
Mr Johnson has told his EU counterparts to end the “whinge-o-rama” over the result of the presidential race.
A Foreign Office spokesman said he would not go to the meeting on Sunday but would attend a regular Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Monday.
The BBC understands a senior UK official will be sent in his place.
The Foreign Office spokesman said: “The foreign secretary will not attend the meeting convened for Sunday. There is a regular Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Monday where a range of issues can be discussed in the normal way.
“We do not see the need for an additional meeting on Sunday because the US election timetable is long established. An act of democracy has taken place, there is a transition period and we will work with the current and future administrations to ensure the best outcomes for Britain.”

And the Independent also reports the decision.

Boris Johnson has snubbed an emergency EU foreign ministers’ meeting called to discuss Donald Trump’s shock US election victory.
A Foreign Office spokesman said that an “act of democracy” had taken place in the US and that there was no need for EU ministers to organise an extra meeting on top of the one already scheduled next week.
It comes after Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson branded vocal European concern about the US election result as a “whinge-o-rama” , while Ms May was criticised by Labour for failing to “temper” her congratulations to the President-elect.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “The Foreign Secretary will not attend the meeting convened for Sunday. There is a regular Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Monday where a range of issues can be discussed in the normal way.

Sky News points out the growing distance between the UK and our European partners.

Boris Johnson is to snub a hastily arranged meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss Donald Trump.
The Foreign Secretary has already called for an end to the collective “whinge-o-rama” about the billionaire’s election.
His decision to miss Sunday’s meeting highlights a gulf between Europe and the UK on how to respond to the Republican taking the White House.

And Trump’s win may have helped other populist parties, says the Express

DONALD Trump’s populist victory has boosted Marine Le Pen’s chances in the French presidential election next year.
The odds of Ms Le Pen winning the election have been slashed from 6/1 to 2/1 after the shock US election result, according to William Hill.
The far-right National Front leader is now the second favourite in the race, just behind the centre-right former Prime Minister Alain Juppé at 8/13.
Ms Le Pen has surged ahead of the influential ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy who has 9/1 odds of retaking the presidency in spring 2017.
After Mr Trump’s victory, Ms Le Pen hailed a “great movement across the world” which heralded the dawn of a new world order.
This election should be interpreted as the victory of freedom,” she said.

US trade deal

Breitbart reports on the prospects of trade deals between the UK and the US.

European Union policy spokesman and Berlin Brexit negotiator Axel Schäfer has said that Britain was “delusional” if it opted to prioritise deeper trade relations with the U.S. over remaining in the Single Market.
The senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partner told The Times that Britain would be left “more isolated after Brexit” with less chance of striking a trade deal with the U.S. following the victory of Donald Trump in the presidential election.
Mr. Schäfer, who, after the EU referendum result said that the political bloc had not done enough to counter populist, Eurosceptic, “anti-EU tirades”, claimed that hopes of a trade deal with the U.S. under President Trump were unfounded:
What changed [with Trump’s election] is the likelihood of a speedy and preferential trade deal between UK and US…Even before Tuesday the chances were rather low, now the hope for this kind of deal seems delusional.”

And the Express claims the senior German has slammed the prospective trade deals.

A LEADING Angela Merkel ally has poured scorn on British hopes of getting a good trade deal with the US in the wake of Donald Trump’s shock election victory.
Axel Schafer, a senior member of Mrs Merkel’s Social Democrat coalition cabinet and a key Brexit adviser to the EU, said Theresa May was “delusional” if she thought the billionaire property tycoon would look favourably on the UK.
Mr Schafer warned Donald Trump ‘s rise to power had left the UK even more isolated in a post-Brexit Europe and claimed chances of striking a trade deal with the US under the new administration had been vastly reduced as a result of his victory.
Some British ministers believe Mr Trump’s open approval of Brexit and his previous criticisms of the European Union stands the UK in good stead with the White House.

The Express also points out that the UK was top of the list for contact with the vice president-elect.

HOPES that Britain will quickly forge a new warmer relationship with the United States as we head out of the European Union were boosted today when it emerged that Donald Trump’s deputy made the UK top of his ring-round list.
Boris Johnson was said to have had a strikingly friendly chat with Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
The Foreign Secretary meanwhile urged the world to end its “whinge-o-rama” about Mr Trump’s shock election as president and to focus instead on the “great opportunity” it presented.
Mr Pence’s choice of Mr Johnson for what is understood to be his first call to an overseas politician reassured the UK government.
Prime Minister Theresa May had to wait for Mr Trump to call nine other leaders before he picked up the phone to her – though the new President-elect’s office insists there was no significance in the order.

The pro-European LibDem leader Nick Clegg has criticised an anti-European minister, says the Mail

Nick Clegg has accused a leading pro-Brexit Cabinet Minister of misleading Parliament over trade deals with Brussels after we leave the EU.
The former Liberal Democrat leader has attacked International Trade Secretary Liam Fox after he told MPs that a deal could be struck in a simple one-off negotiation with the EU’s ruling Council of Ministers.
Dr Fox made the claim to the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee on October 26, saying it could be achieved with the ‘minimum of fuss’.
He was speaking shortly after the signing of the CETA free trade agreement between the EU and Canada was held up due to the objections of the Wallonia region of Belgium.
Now, Mr Clegg has written to Dr Fox asking him to ‘clarify those assertions’.

Brexit

Can Brexit be stopped? The Express reports on the arguments to be put before the Supreme Court.

THE Government is planning on arguing that Brexit is reversible and Article 50 can be STOPPED in it’s upcoming Supreme Court battle.
In a last-ditch attempt to avoid a parliamentary vote on Britain’s divorce from the EU, the lawyers will claim that Brexit could be stopped after Article 50 has been triggered.
After a High Court ruled last week that Prime Minister Theresa May has no right to trigger the Article, which formally begins the process of leaving the EU, without Parliament’s consent, senior ministerial sources claimed Government lawyers are set to change their tune in order to win a subsequent Supreme Court battle.
The High Court stated that because Brexit is irreversible, Parliament must vote before triggering Article 50 as it would involve UK citizens losing rights granted to them in the 1972 European Communities Act.
But the Government will reportedly now do a U-turn on its previous claims that once triggered, Article 50 is an unstoppable process, according to The Telegraph.

And the Mirror reports on the Prime Ministers potential problems.

Theresa May has been given a fresh indicator of the difficulties she could face if Parliament is given a vote on article 50, as MPs lined up threatening to vote against triggering Brexit .
Ministers are challenging a High Court ruling that Parliament must be given a say before the formal two-year process can be started by the Government, but if it comes to a Commons vote a number of MPs have indicated they would oppose the measure unless there are major concessions.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said his party would vote against Article 50 unless there was a guarantee that the final Brexit deal with the European Union is put to a fresh referendum.
He insisted he respected the decision made by voters in favour of leaving the EU but said nobody should have a deal “imposed” upon them.
Although the Lib Dems only have eight MPs they have more than 100 peers in the Lords, which could spell trouble for the Government if judges rule that a full act of Parliament is required before Article 50 can be triggered, as the legislation would have to clear both Houses.

Yet again, the Mail reports on a pro-EU plot in Parliament.

Dozens of MPs are plotting to force a vote in Parliament calling for a second Brexit referendum, it has been claimed.
A coalition of more than 80 Parliamentarians, led by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, is planning to force a vote on sending voters back to the polls as a condition of supporting Article 50 being triggered.
They say that if Theresa May loses an appeal against the High Court, meaning she needs Parliamentary approval before beginning the Brexit process, a string of amendments will be put forward which could scupper Britain leaving the EU.
Sources have told The Telegraph that 84 Lib Dem, SNP, SDLP and Labour MPs will support Mr Farron.
A Lib Dem source told the newspaper that the opposition hopes to put the terms for leaving the EU in front of the electorate before Britain leaves the EU.
The source stated:’We will vote for Article 50 as long as the public get a vote on the deal.

EU army

Breitbart reports that the LibDem leader is still promoting an EU army.

The former Deputy Prime Minister and erstwhile leader of Britain’s struggling Liberal Democrat party Nick Clegg has slammed President-Elect Donald Trump, and used his coming term to call for deeper British integration with the European Union.
Speaking to London Broadcasting Company ( LBC ) radio host Matt Frei Saturday afternoon, Mr. Clegg called Mr. Trump’s foreign policy and comments on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) “really bad” for Europe. Moving on from his assumption that Mr. Trump’s comments means NATO is now a spent force, Mr. Clegg called for Britain to move closer to the European Union for mutual defence rather than the United States.
The former Deputy Prime Minister’s comments come as Britain’s Conservative government prepares to capitalise upon Mr. Trump’s remarks — in which he inferred the majority of NATO member states fail to meet their treaty obligations in defence spending — by calling on those freeloading members to finally meet the targets.

Labour Party

The deputy leader is reported to be supporting protests against the Government, says the Mail

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell was denounced by Labour MPs last night after he appeared to encourage activists from the Left to gang up on them as well as Tories.
Mr McDonnell said he wanted the activists to make sure that wherever the MPs went, ‘it’s f****** kicking off’.
In a video of a speech made by Mr McDonnell, obtained by The Mail on Sunday, he encouraged Left-wing supporters to step up militant protests against Government policies.
Calling on the hard-Left to join forces in demonstrations, he appeared to suggest they should also target Labour MPs.
Mr McDonnell, one of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies who is bitterly opposed by many moderate Labour MPs, said it was difficult ‘to co-ordinate all this kicking off.’

FIFA poppy ban

Will England be fined because its team wore poppies at yesterday’s match against Scotland? The Star says it’s unlikely.

THE Three Lions look set to avoid a fine after ignoring Fifa’s ridiculous ruling and wearing poppies for their match against Scotland on Friday.
Following a report by Fifa match commissioner Dai Griffiths, it looks like England won’t have to pay up or have any points docked for ignoring the rules.
Because it was a game between two Home Nations sides, who both opted to wear the black armbands bearing a red poppy, it seems as though Fifa won’t take any further action.
The Wales and Northern Ireland football teams chose to wear black armbands without a poppy on them for their games at the weekend after the Football Association of Wales (FAW) said Fifa “turned down a request for the Wales national team to wear poppies on their shirts or on armbands”.
Fifa rules say that footballers are not allowed to wear “political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images”, but the idea of banning poppies has been slammed by thousands on social media.

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