Brexit delay

Remainers are still plotting to delay Brexit says the Mail.

Tory rebels are plotting to sabotage Boris Johnson’s Brexit by forcing a delay to the October 31 leaving date – even if the Prime Minister wins Commons support for a deal with the EU next weekend.
Former Cabinet Ministers Philip Hammond and Dominic Grieve are central to moves to compel Mr Johnson to send a letter to Brussels asking for an extension to the UK’s membership, regardless of the outcome of this week’s high-stakes Brexit diplomacy.
The plot, which threatens to throw the Prime Minister’s plans for a snap post-Brexit Election into disarray, caused fury in No 10, which last night accused Mr Hammond of trying to ‘sabotage’ Mr Johnson’s ‘do or die’ Halloween exit date.

The Sun says they’ll act even if the PM gets a deal.

TORY rebels are plotting to sabotage Brexit with a delay to the leaving date – even if Boris Johnson secures an exit deal with the EU, reports claim.
Former Cabinet Ministers Philip Hammond and Dominic Grieve are calling on the PM to send a letter to Brussels asking for an extension to the Halloween deadline.
The move has caused fury in No 10, which has accused Hammond of trying to “sabotage” Johnson’s exit date, reports Mail on Sunday.

No deal

And if the sabotage doesn’t work, perhaps a court case might, reports the Mail.

Labour has warned Boris Johnson it is ready to take action through the courts if he tries to push through a No Deal Brexit against the will of Parliament.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the party would do ‘whatever it takes’ to prevent the UK leaving the EU at the end of the month without an agreement.
Addressing the Co-operative Party conference in Glasgow, Sir Keir said if the Prime Minister was unable to secure a deal at next week’s crucial EU summit, he must comply with the so-called Benn Act and seek a further delay.
‘If he can’t – or I should say won’t – get a deal we will take whatever steps are necessary to prevent our country crashing out of the EU without a deal,’ he said.

The Guardian also reports the shadow Brexit secretary’s plans.

Labour will take action in the courts to prevent Boris Johnson from pushing through a no-deal Brexit against the will of parliament, Keir Starmer has pledged.
The shadow Brexit secretary said that if the prime minister is unable to reach an agreement with Brussels by 31 October, he must comply with the Benn act and seek a further delay.
In a speech at the Co-operative party conference in Glasgow, Starmer said: “If he can’t – or I should say won’t – get a deal we will take whatever steps are necessary to prevent our country crashing out of the EU without a deal.

Ireland

And even if those two tactics don’t work, the DUP says it won’t agree to Boris’ plans, reports the Mail.

The Democratic Unionist Party has threatened to torpedo Boris Johnson‘s make or break Brexit deal if Northern Ireland does not remain part of the UK customs union.
Nigel Dodds, the party’s deputy leader, today warned that Johnson’s eleventh-hour solution ‘cannot work’.
The DUP, which supports Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives in Westminster, will play a key role in deciding whether Britain can agree a new withdrawal agreement with the European Union before the departure deadline of October 31.
According to EU diplomats, Johnson has proposed keeping Northern Ireland in a UK customs union and some form of EU customs partnership.

The province must stay in the UK, reports BBC News.

Northern Ireland must stay in a “full UK customs union” after Brexit, the Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP) deputy leader Nigel Dodds has said.
His comment came as UK and EU officials held what were described as “intense” talks in a bid to secure a new deal.
Neither side has given details about the common ground that has reportedly been found on the Irish border issue.
Mr Dodds said: “There is a lot of stuff coming from Brussels, pushed by the Europeans in the last hours.
“One thing is sure – Northern Ireland must remain fully part of the UK customs union and Boris Johnson knows it very well,” he told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

BoJo’s plans have been trashed reports the Evening Standard.

Boris Johnson‘s reported compromise on the Brexit backstop has been trashed by DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds.
Reports suggested the PM has revived a compromise Brexit plan which would see Northern Ireland remain politically in a customs union with the EU, though it would be administered by the UK.
However, Mr Dodds said such a scheme would not be acceptable to the DUP.
The party’s votes would almost certainly be needed if Mr Johnson was to get a deal through Parliament.
“Northern Ireland must stay in a full UK customs union, full stop,” he told the Italian La Repubblica newspaper.

And the Independent calls it another blow to the PM’s plans.

Boris Johnson‘s hopes of securing a Brexit deal have been dealt a blow after the DUP‘s deputy leader warned that the plan reportedly being considered by UK and EU officials “cannot work”.
Nigel Dodds, who also serves as the party’s Westminster leader, dismissed any suggestion that Northern Ireland could in effect remain in the EU’s customs union when the rest of the UK leaves.

The Express claims the deal is very similar to the May(Merkel) WA.

THE DUP has warned Boris Johnson against a reported Brexit compromise with the EU to break the deadlock over the controversial Irish backstop.
Reports from Brussels claim the Prime Minister is bringing back a proposal first put forward by Theresa May for a customs partnership between the UK and the bloc. The make-or-break compromise would see Northern Ireland remain politically in a customs union with the EU but it would be administered by the UK.

But Boris simply refuses to confirm the plans, says the Mirror.

Boris Johnson has refused to rule out Northern Ireland remaining in the EU’s customs union as negotiations with Brussels intensify.
Earlier today EU chief negotiator Michael Barnier confirmed that the UK and EU were entering ‘tunnel negotiations’ – meaning an intense period of discussion.
It came among rumours that Mr Johnson was shifting his offer to Brussels, potentially abandoning opposition to a Northern Irish backstop arrangement that would keep it in the EU for customs purposes.

EU

‘Remain Central’, aka the Times, claims the EU is to receive a take-it-or-leave-it offer.

Boris Johnson is to offer EU leaders a historic grand bargain on Brexit — help deliver his new deal this week or agree a “no-deal” departure by October 31.
The prime minister will speak to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, and the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, in the next two days and say: “Let’s finish this off.”
Johnson’s intervention comes on the eve of a crunch week for his premiership ahead of a Brussels summit on Thursday and a historic Saturday sitting of parliament next weekend, the first since the Falklands War.

And on a different tack, the Sun reports on the cash the UK pays to Romanian children.

ALMOST £1million of UK taxpayers’ cash is paid yearly as child benefit to youngsters in Romania.
Under EU rules a European working in the UK can claim weekly benefit of £20.70 for the first child and £13.70 for all others — even if they left their kids behind.
The official tax figures show 615 Romanians claimed child benefit for a total of 1,000 children.
Last year it was revealed a court ruled a Romanian divorcee, who had never been to the UK, was allowed to keep her £150-per-month child benefit from the UK despite her husband disappearing.

Brexit

The Reuters news agency, which tends to be less biased than the MSM, reports the two sides are still well apart.

Britain remains a long way from agreeing a final Brexit deal and the next few days will be critical if it is to agree departure terms with the European Union, a Downing Street source said on Saturday.
Negotiators for Britain and the EU have entered intense talks over the weekend to see if they can break the Brexit impasse before a crucial summit next week and a deadline for Britain to leave the bloc on Oct. 31.
News of progress in the talks sent financial markets surging on Friday after Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar identified a pathway to a deal following months of acrimony.

Several of the media report an appeal by Jacob Rees-Mogg to trust the PM.  The Telegraph says:

Jacob Rees-Mogg today issues an appeal to Leavers to back Boris Johnson’s efforts to secure a Brexit deal, warning that “compromise will inevitably be needed”.
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, the leader of the Commons insists that “as a Leaver Boris can be trusted”.
Invoking an idiom that appears to concede Mr Johnson may make concessions unpopular with Brexiteers, Mr Rees-Mogg states: “If he thinks the ship of state is worth an extra ha’porth of tar he deserves support.”

More compromises?  But the Mail says not too many.

Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned Brexiteers the Government will have to make compromises to get a deal but insists they can trust Boris Johnson not to concede too much to Brussels.
The Leader of the Commons had been a thorn in the side of Theresa May over Brexit before joining Mr Johnson’s administration.
He said that the Prime Minister had dedicated his political career to the cause of EU withdrawal.

The Express claims he ‘implored’ Brexiteers.

JACOB REES-MOGG, the leader of the House of Commons, has implored fellow Brexiteers to trust Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his attempts to secure a Brexit deal, insisting “compromise will inevitably be needed”.
Mr Rees-Mogg wrote in The Sunday Telegraph that Mr Johnson can be trusted as he is a Brexiteer. The MP for North East Somerset did note that Mr Johnson might have to make concessions unpopular with Brexiteers. Mr Rees-Mogg wrote: “If he thinks the ship of state is worth an extra ha’porth of tar he deserves support.”

But even if he can persuade Tories to back a deal, the Labour Party might not, says Sky News.

Jeremy Corbyn says he is unlikely to support a deal agreed between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the EU.
The Labour Party leader was speaking during Sky News show Sophy Ridge on Sunday when he said: “I think the problem areas are of regulation and deregulation which come from whatever trade arrangement there is with Europe and the wider world but also perhaps very seriously is the Irish border issue.

The Telegraph has an up-beat story about a post-Brexit boom.

Investors in the UK’s stock market are expected to enjoy a £240bn “deal dividend” if Boris Johnson can seal a last-gasp Brexit agreement before the Oct 31 deadline.
Stocks in London would rise 10pc and the pound would claw back 8pc against the dollar if a Brexit deal is reached, according to market stress tests conducted by data giant MSCI.
Sterling and UK-exposed stocks skyrocketed into the weekend amid resurgent hopes of a breakthrough in talks between the UK and EU.

Labour Party

Is Corbyn still in charge?  The Times says perhaps not.

John McDonnell has been accused of leading a “silent coup” against Jeremy Corbyn amid claims that he has replaced the Labour leader in all but name.
The shadow chancellor has put himself in daily charge of the Labour operation as the party moves to an election footing. Insiders claim he has also launched his own policy platform and drawn up a list of appointments he wants in the leader of the opposition’s office, known as LOTO, to surround Corbyn with his allies.
“McDonnell is now basically the leader of the Labour Party,” said one insider.

The Mail claims the old man is tired.

John McDonnell is now effectively the Labour leader as a ‘tired’ Jeremy Corbyn prepares to step back, senior party insiders claimed last night.
They said the Shadow Chancellor is in day-to-day charge of the party with Mr Corbyn happy for his long-term ally to ‘run the show’ and maintain the Left’s grip on the party.
There are even suggestions the Labour leader would formally stand aside to let pro-Remain Mr McDonnell become interim Prime Minister in an anti-No Deal coalition ‘unity government’ if Boris Johnson fails to seal a Brexit deal.

Not only leaderless but broke, according to the Independent.

Members of Labour’s ruling executive have privately voiced fears that the party could be bankrupted as a result of an official inquiry into antisemitism, The Independent has learnt.
Members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) have expressed concerns that a damning verdict from the equalities watchdog about

Scotland

If there’s another indyref north of the border, the independence movement could win, reports the Times.

Support for an independent Scotland has risen to 50%, with a clear majority preferring Scottish independence in the EU to remaining in the UK after Brexit, a poll reveals.
The result suggests the highest support for independence recorded in more than seven years of Panelbase surveys for The Sunday Times.
It represents a five-point gain on the 45% support the pollster registered on average in its surveys last year, and in the independence referendum in 2014, and is up from 49% in our last poll in June.
When expanded to include England and Wales, the poll of 2,013 voters put Boris Johnson’s Conservatives on 33%, Labour on 30%, with the Lib Dems on 17% and the Brexit Party on 12%.

Voter fraud

An attempt could be made to counter electoral fraud, says the Telegraph.

Voters across the country will have to show identification such as driving licences or passports before casting their ballot, under plans to be unveiled in the Queen’s Speech.
Ministers are planning to introduce a legal requirement for voters to produce photographic ID, in order to safeguard against electoral fraud.
A new Electoral Integrity Bill will also limit the number of relatives for whom anyone can act as a proxy, and outlaw the “harvesting” of postal ballots by political parties and activists.

Fisheries

Post-Brexit, our fishing fleet could be tracked by a French firm, reports the Times.

Brexiteers have long hailed the “sea of opportunity” that awaits British fishermen and women after the UK leaves the EU — but now it has emerged that their boats will be monitored by a French company.
The business that won the tender to track UK fishing vessels wherever they operate, as well as foreign-licensed boats in British waters, is Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), a French maritime surveillance provider.

But the industry can only boom again under no-deal, reports the Express.

BRITAIN’S fishing industry is buckling under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and will not have a chance of thriving unless a no deal Brexit is delivered, according to a Brexit Party MEP.
June Mummery, dubbed the First Lady of Fishing, said a complete revival of coastal communities across the UK is long overdue as small-scale fishermen struggle to earn a living due to the restrictions of the bloc’s quota system. The MEP for South East England claimed she witnessed how the struggle has had a domino effect on businesses in fishing towns and villages during a recent tour of seaside areas up and down the country, from Ramsgate in Kent to Grimsby in Lincolnshire. Ms Mummery told Express.co.uk: “It is killing them.

HS2

The high-speed train service is currently under review says the Times .

A plan for direct train links between Manchester and Leeds is being considered as part of the government’s review of the £88bn HS2 high-speed rail project.
Trains from London would run through Birmingham to Manchester and then to Leeds, creating a journey time between Manchester and Leeds of just 20 minutes. The average now is 1hr 11 min.
The plan is an alternative to the proposed HS2 route, which splits into east and west legs after Birmingham. The eastern line, which goes to Leeds via Toton, a new station between Nottingham and Derby, is at risk of being dropped, saving up to £10bn.

NHS

It seems our health service is branching out into homelessness, says the Times.

Homelessness has become so endemic in Britain that the NHS is launching specialist services for rough sleepers in seven of the worst-hit areas.
Despite repeated pledges by consecutive governments to tackle the housing crisis, about 320,000 people are homeless.
The problem is so acute that rough sleepers will be offered health advice and direct access to mental health care and GPs.
The specialist care will be offered in Birmingham, Hull, Brighton, Lincoln, Luton and Haringey and Lambeth, both in London, as part of a £30m drive. A further 13 areas are due to follow suit by 2023-24.

And the Mail reports on the difficulties making a GP appointment.

A staggering 15million GP appointments were delayed by a month in the past year.
Doctors and MPs last night slammed the Government for ‘running the NHS into the ground’ for the past nine years.
Some 15million appointments have been delayed for more than 28 days since last August and a similar number were delayed for between 22 and 28 days.
And an astonishing total of 55million GP visits took longer than two weeks to book.

Cocaine

Drugs are a big problem in London, reports Breitbart.

London has a cocaine problem bigger than that of Europe’s next three largest cocaine-consuming cities combined, according to an analysis by King’s College London.
Forensic scientists at the London university undertook a study of wastewater in cities across Europe, analysing it for the compound produced when the body breaks down cocaine, benzoylecgonine.
The study, seen by Sky News, revealed that Londoners consume 23kg (51lbs) of the Class A drug every day, more than half a million doses. The research estimates that London’s cocaine market has a street value of £1 billion.

Extinction Rebellion

The Mail has found an interesting story about the current demo in London.

Extinction Rebellion is paying activists up to £400 a week to lead the protests that have brought chaos to the streets of Britain, documents seen by The Mail on Sunday reveal.
Protesters have received payments totalling more than £70,000 in four months alone.

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