Brexit

Ministers mustn’t mention the ‘B’ word, says the Mail.

Ministers have been handed a Brexit ‘lexicon’ to keep them on message with Boris Johnson’s new get-tough tactics with Brussels, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
A confidential crib sheet, marked ‘Official – Sensitive’, tells them precisely what words and expressions to use – even telling them to stop saying ‘Brexit’ because that has now been achieved.
The memo, dated September 8, says the word can now be used only ‘as a historical event that took place on January 31, 2020’.
But it also seeks to contrast Mr Johnson’s new tougher approach with predecessor Theresa May’s – by ordering Ministers not to repeat her preferred ‘deep and special partnership’ description of our future relationship with the EU.

Trade wars

In an exclusive report, the Sun reports the prospect of a trade war with the EU.

STUBBORN EU chiefs were warned they will be the biggest losers if they trigger a trade war with Britain.
Boris Johnson is ready to slap tit-for-tat tariffs on their most prized exports — with champagne top of his hit list.
The PM is looking at options as Brussels threatens reprisals over his bid to tear up parts of the Brexit divorce deal.
French wine, including fizz, German cars, Italian shoes, luxury clothing and even Irish beef could all be clobbered by hefty tariffs.
A senior Whitehall source said: “A trade war is a major concern. We hope it doesn’t come to this but are considering all options in the event the EU should start one.”
Senior officials insist they will not be bullied in knife-edge talks involving EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

The Express has picked up the story.

MAJOR European brands could find themselves targeted by the UK if souring relations with Brussels end up in a trade war.
The Sunday Express has learnt that the Government is looking at options on how to respond if Brussels goes through with threats made this week to punish Britain over plans to override the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. A Whitehall source has confirmed that “a trade war is a concern” and that the government is “considering all options” but only if the EU initiates the hostilities.
This could mean that German car makers such as BMW and Mercedes, Italian fashion houses like Gucci, French wine including Champagne and Irish beef could all have access to the British market impeded.

EU

A senior Greek economist has pointed out inconsistencies in the bloc’s demands, reports the Express.

YANIS VAROUFAKIS has hit out at “Barnier and the bureaucracy in Brussels” for trying to impose state aid rules on the UK that even Germany and France refuse to follow.
Yanis Varoufakis unpicked Michel Barnier’s argument around one of the key stumbling blocks in the Brexit negotiations. State aid, along with fishing rights, has become one of the main barriers to a Brexit trade deal with the EU, with Brussels’ chief negotiator refusing to budge. However, Mr Varoufakis told the BBC that London “is in a strong position” in the talks.
He pointed out that “Barnier and the bureaucracy in Brussels” can’t even get France and Germany to follow EU state aid rules.

In piling on the pressure, a German minister has claimed the EU will suffer more than the UK in the event of no deal, reports City AM.

A no-deal Brexit would do more damage to the UK economy than the European Union’s, according to the German finance minister.
Speaking on Saturday following a meeting of 27 EU finance ministers in Berlin, Olaf Scholz said there would be “significant consequences” for Britain.
“My assessment is that an unregulated situation would have very significant consequences for the British economy,” Scholz told a news conference.
However, he added that the European Union would be less affected and are well prepared for such a scenario.

The Express also reports the finance minister.

GERMANY has warned the UK it will suffer most if post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union collapse without a deal.
Finance Minister Olaf Scholz spoke out as negotiations shuddered to a halt amid acrimony after Boris Johnson announced new legislation which overrides aspects of the EU withdrawal agreements including the key Northern Ireland Protocol. Mr Johnson’s UK Internal Market Bill has stoked fears in Brussels that Britain will bluntly sever ties with Europe when the transition period ends on December 31.

Human rights

Boris could be preparing to launch another row with the bloc, says the Telegraph.

Britain is preparing to opt out of major parts of European human rights laws, risking an explosive new row with the EU.
Boris Johnson’s aides and ministers are drawing up proposals to severely curb the use of human rights laws in areas in which judges have “overreached”.
The plans under discussion include opt-outs from the Human Rights Act, which could prevent many migrants and asylum seekers from using the legislation to avoid deportation and protect British soldiers against claims relating to overseas operations. The Act allows British courts to apply the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
The move sets up a major new confrontation with the EU, which has been demanding that the UK commits to remaining signed up to the ECHR and keep the Human Rights Act in place as the price of future “law enforcement co-operation” between the bloc and Britain.

The Independent claims the move will allow him to deport asylum seekers.

Boris Johnson is planning to opt out of parts of the Human Rights Act, according to reports.
The prime minister is said be considering ways to prevent the legislation being used to stop deportations of asylum seekers and prosecutions of British soldiers.

The Express describes the move as ‘another shot to the EU’.

BORIS JOHNSON and his Government are looking to step back from key parts of European human rights legislation, in another shot to the EU.
The Prime Minister, along with aides and ministers, is setting out proposals to curb the use of human rights laws where European judges are believed to have “overreached”. It is believed this would be to prevent migrants avoiding deportation and to protect British soldiers from prosecution over overseas operations.

Migrants

Hundreds of illegal migrants are still flocking into the UK, reports Breitbart.

Authorities described being “overwhelmed” by the “absolute mayhem” in the English Channel as illegal aliens took advantage of the calm waters to break into Britain.
Of the reported 200 migrants, 73 were landed on the shore of Kent, south-east England, mostly in Kingsdown near Deal, with others making it to Dover and Folkestone. Lifeboats and UK Border Force picked up dozens more in British territorial waters.

Tax

Investment opportunities are being identified by the Chancellor, reports the Telegraph.

Rishi Sunak is considering a multi-billion pound tax cut to encourage big companies to invest in machinery and factories as part of his bid to jump-start the economy after the damage wrought by Covid-19.
The Chancellor is understood to be studying plans to give firms a full tax break on capital investment, such as technology, machinery and industrial premises, allowing them to immediately deduct the costs from their bills.
Senior Tories believe such a move could encourage investment among firms otherwise reluctant to do so as a result of the financial hit from coronavirus and rising debt. Mr Sunak is understood to be concerned about current levels of investment by UK firms.

NHS staff

Doctors and nurses are threatening strike action if they don’t get pay rises, reports Sky News.

NHS staff who risked their lives during the coronavirus pandemic are demanding a pay rise and threatening strikes despite warnings of a second wave.
Nurses and other healthcare workers are demanding a 15% pay rise to reflect the contributions they made and to make up for “years of pay erosion”.
Hundreds marched through central London on Saturday following a two-minute silence to remember the 640 healthcare workers who died of COVID-19.

The Metro reports they’re claiming there’ll be blood on ministers’ hands.

NHS workers who put their life on the line during the coronavirus pandemic have demanded Boris Johnson ‘stop clapping and start paying’ as they marched in the streets calling for better pay. Hundreds of healthcare workers marched down Oxford Street, central London, Manchester, Brighton and Bristol as they highlighted the coronavirus death toll among NHS staff. They donned scrubs stained with fake blood and chanted ‘640 healthcare workers dead, blood on their hands’ along side images of the prime minister. The march followed two minutes of silence for fallen NHS workers.

Scotland

Covid cases north of the border are rising, says the Guardian.

Daily coronavirus cases in Scotland have hit a four-month high, the latest Scottish government figures show.
A total of 221 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours – the highest daily figure since 8 May.
Since the start of the pandemic, 22,435 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Scotland and 2,499 have died with the virus.
Restrictions on people meeting indoors in Lanarkshire were announced on Friday amid a rise in cases in that health board area.

Nightingale hospitals

And the purpose-built hospitals could be reactivated, says the Star.

Coronavirus hospital wards are set to reopen in three weeks to combat the surge in covid cases, according to reports.
The Nightingale Hospitals created to help the NHS cope are said to be being prepared for new patients from October 2, doctors are believed to have been told unofficially.
And those who are helping the NHS by doing cancer screening and routine ultrasound tests are being readied for a second wave, it is claimed.

‘Rule of six’

With a clampdown in the rules due to come in to force tomorrow, the Mail highlights the parties going on over the weekend.

Revellers up and down the country hit the town for one last night of freedom before the tough new ‘rule of six’ comes into force from Monday.
Large groups of drinkers gathered at bars and restaurants in London, Nottingham, Manchester, Portsmouth and Leeds this evening to take advantage of their last few hours of freedom before the government tightens lockdown restrictions next week.
In London’s West End, hundreds of drinkers could be seen singing along and dancing as a busker played a tune, with very few revellers paying attention to the government’s social distancing measures.

The Sun says revellers are ignoring warnings.

DRINKERS have ignored a warning that the UK is “losing control of Covid” as they hit the bars on the last Saturday before new lockdown rules come into effect.
Groups of friends crammed into pubs and restaurants to “go out in style” before the “rule of six” is enforced on Monday.
Daily infections yesterday stood at 3,497 — double the 1,813 positive tests announced just a week ago and the highest Saturday rise since May.
Pictures show large groups of friends heading on nights out in Nottingham city centre – with huge queues outside the city’s bars and pubs.

But will the police be able to handle the rule-breakers?  The Star reports.

Police across England have warned they may struggl to enforce new lockdown restrictions, days before the new ‘Rule of Six’ is set to come into force across the country.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced to the UK “we must act” as he announced a raft of stronger social distancing measures centred around “the rule of six” at Downing Street on Wednesday.
The new laws will make it illegal to gather in groups of more than six from Monday in England in an effort to prevent a second wave of the deadly coronavirus.

Face coverings

Are muzzles effective?  They may just be so, says the Telegraph.

Face masks may be inadvertently giving people Covid-19 immunity and making them get less sick from the virus, academics have suggested in one of the most respected medical journals in the world.
The commentary, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, advances the unproven but promising theory that universal face mask wearing might be helping to reduce the severity of the virus and ensuring that a greater proportion of new infections are asymptomatic.
If this hypothesis is borne out, the academics argue, then universal mask-wearing could become a form of variolation (inoculation) that would generate immunity and “thereby slow the spread of the virus in the United States and elsewhere” as the world awaits a vaccine.

Testing

Thousands of people can’t get tested, says the Times.

The government’s “world-beating” testing programme has a backlog of 185,000 swabs and is so overstretched that it is sending tests to laboratories in Italy and Germany, according to leaked documents.
A Department of Health and Social Care report marked “Official: sensitive” also confirms that most British laboratories are clearing fewer tests than their stated capacity, as they are hit by “chaos” in supply chains.
The government claims that it has capacity for 375,000 tests a day. However, the actual number of people being tested for the coronavirus stalled to just 437,000 people a week at the start of the month — equivalent to just 62,000 a day.

Care homes

Covid cases in care homes are soaring again, says ITV News.

Concerns are growing over an increase in Covid-19 cases in care homes, prompting the Government to send an alert to care providers to highlight the rising rates and to call for action.
The letter, which was sent on Friday, urges care bosses to “take the necessary action to prevent and limit outbreaks”, pointing out that in the last three days there had been an increase in notifications of coronavirus cases in care homes.
The news comes after ITV News revealed care homes are being told to close to visitors once again due to a rise in cases.

The Mirror also reports the rise.

Coronavirus cases in care homes have quadrupled in a month, a leaked government document suggests.
A Department of Health report said that the rate of coronavirus recorded through satellite tests – which are mainly used in care homes – had quadrupled since the start of the month and now stands at an estimated 1,100 new cases per day.
According to The Sunday Times, Health Secretary Matt Hancock took an emergency update on Wednesday saying that outbreaks had been detected in 43 care homes.

The Times accuses the government of failure.

The coronavirus is spreading through care homes again, according to leaked documents that show the government is failing to protect the most vulnerable from the spiralling number of cases.
A Department of Health report marked “official sensitive” and circulated on Friday stated that the rate of the coronavirus recorded through satellite tests — almost all of which take place in care homes — had quadrupled since the start of the month. It now stands at an estimated 1,100 new cases every day.

And the Mail claims there are millions of people at risk.

Cases of coronavirus in care homes have quadrupled in a month and 4.5million vulnerable people may be asked to return home to isolate as Britain’s virus crisis threatens to spiral out of control.
A Department of Health report marked ‘official sensitive’ and circulated on Friday said that the rate of coronavirus recorded through satellite tests – which are used in care homes – had quadrupled since the start of the month.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock took an emergency update on Wednesday saying that outbreaks had been detected in 43 care homes, according to the Sunday Times.

Shielding

Those at risk could be told to shield again, says the Telegraph.

Up to 4.5 million people deemed to be at risk of serious illness from Covid-19 will be asked to stay at home or given tailored advice on protecting themselves if cases of the virus return to dangerous levels, The Telegraph can reveal.
Letters containing specific advice for the recipient will be targeted at individuals identified using a new “risk model” based on factors such as their underlying health conditions, age, sex and weight.
Initially, the shielding programme is due to operate in local areas experiencing sufficiently severe levels of infections.

Parliament

The Sun has an exclusive report on the workings of Parliament.

COMMONS’ bosses will allow MPs to speak from a balcony for the first time in more than thirty years, we can reveal.
A COVID-secure screen will be in place to stop enthusiastic orators from spitting on their MP colleagues below.
The move to open up the two galleries high above the Commons will allow around 25 extra MPs in the Chamber.
Leading figures involved in the talks include Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and  Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Work is now being carried out allowing engineers to fix TV cameras and audio feeds from the galleries.

Planning

More concrete on our green fields is planned, says the Times.

Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, has been accused of “concreting out, not levelling up” as 30 Tory MPs join a rebel WhatsApp group aimed at fighting his planning reforms.
The cabinet minister is facing a backlash from his MPs after he launched a plan last month to build more than 300,000 homes a year, giving councils compulsory targets and creating local zones in which development is automatically approved.

YouTube

Young people could be having their details harvested, says the Mail.

YouTube is facing a landmark legal battle for allegedly breaching the privacy and data rights of millions of British children – potentially saddling its parent firm Google with a £2.5 billion bill.
Documents claiming the company has harvested the data of users under 13 without consent, then sold it to advertising companies in breach of both UK and EU law, have been lodged with the High Court, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Wool

With a drop in demand for sheep fleeces, wool could be used as insulation, says BBC News.

More British wool will be considered for insulation in public buildings, the Welsh Government has pledged, after a UK-wide petition.
The announcement came after farming union NFU Cymru wrote to the housing minister calling for more support.
British Wool said the pandemic had led to a fall in demand for fleeces as customers stopped ordering new carpets.
But the Welsh Conservatives called for a commitment to use Welsh wool in home insulation schemes.
The petition, which had gained almost 28,000 signatures up to Saturday morning, called on each of the UK’s national governments to use British wool products in public projects.

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