Article 50

The remoaners are still trying to thwart the referendum result says the Telegraph.

Remainer MPs are secretly plotting to revoke Article 50 and stop the UK leaving the European Union at the end of next month, the Government warned on Saturday night.
If no deal can be agreed with EU leaders by October, Downing Street sources say a “Remain alliance” of MPs in the Commons will try to force through new legislation to stop Brexit altogether.

The Express also reports the plot.

DOWNING STREET has warned pro-Remain MPs will attempt to revoke Article 50 to prevent Britain leaving the European Union.
Insiders say MPs could try to force through the legislation if Britain does not agree to an alternative withdrawal agreement. The news comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to head to Luxembourg to meet Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday, just two days after former universities minister Sam Gyimah defected to the Liberal Democrats after losing the Tory whip. A Government source told the Daily Telegraph: “The PM will not negotiate a delay at the Brussels council.

But Boris hasn’t given up yet, reports the Sun.

BORIS Johnson is braced for “the mother of all battles” with Remainer MPs – to stop a secret plot to block Brexit forever.
The PM believes the “rabble alliance” is drawing up emergency laws to overturn the referendum result or ask the courts to do it for them.
But he has told aides the “zombie” Parliament is broken and will be unable to agree anything but a further delay.

Brexit

Could there be another prorogation?  The Mail reports the possibility.

Whitehall and Buckingham Palace are on red alert after being warned that Boris Johnson could attempt to prorogue Parliament for a second time if he is defeated in the courts or tied down further by MPs over Brexit, The Mail on Sunday has learned.
The ‘nuclear option’ is understood to have been discussed by the Prime Minister’s closest advisers in a move that could see the Government, Parliament and the courts plunged into a legal quagmire just days before Britain’s planned exit from the European Union on October 31.

He has compared himself to a cartoon character in the Independent.

Boris Johnson likened himself to the Incredible Hulk as he promised to ignore the commons legislation ordering him to delay Brexit if negotiations break down.
“The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets”, the prime minister told The Mail on Sunday as he insisted the UK would emulate Bruce Banner’s green alert ego by breaking free of the “manacles” of the European Union (EU).
“Banner might be bound in manacles, but when provoked he would explode out of them,” he added “Hulk always escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be – and that is the case for this country. We will come out on October 31 and we will get it done.”

He’s still hoping for a deal with the EU, says the Sun.

BORIS Johnson plans to push through a new Brexit deal in a 10-day blitz, says Number 10.
The Prime Minister and MPs will work round the clock during late-night and weekend sittings to thrash out an agreement before the October 31 deadline.
The Financial Times said that hopes to fast-track a new Brexit deal are being sparked by Johnson’s team, which has compiled plans to help the PM get a deal at a Brussels summit from October 17-18 with the European Union.

The Express reports the possibility of late sittings in the House of Commons.

BORIS Johnson is planning to force a brand new Brexit deal through Parliament in just 10 days, it has emerged.
Less than two weeks into his shock proroguement of Parliament the embattled Prime Minister will hold a series of late-night sittings at No10 in an attempt to push through any new deal he obtains with the EU.
Downing Street officials have said Mr Johnson’s team have already drawn up plans for the deal the Tory leader is in the process of obtaining, with the final plans to be confirmed at the EU summit from October 17-18 at the bloc’s Brussels headquarters.

And a former Brexit secretary has claimed Boris may have a strategy, reports the Evening Standard.

Former Brexit secretary and Boris Johnson backer David Davis has said the government may have a “legal strategy” to avoid extending Britain’s EU membership beyond October 31 – before saying he has “no idea what it is”.
The Brexiteer suggested the government may be able to fight the so-called Benn Act to avoid a no-deal Brexit.
The legislation, which received royal assent earlier this week, would require the Prime Minister to seek an extension unless a divorce deal is approved or Parliament agrees to leaving the EU without a deal by October 19.

Polls

Who might head a Government of National Unity?  The Independent asks the question.

Voters would back the creation of a temporary government of national unity to avoid a no-deal Brexit, according to a new poll.
But the BMG survey for The Independent found no consensus on who should head a cross-party administration, with Kenneth Clarke and Jeremy Corbyn the most popular but failing to establish a convincing lead.
The idea of a unity government has gained traction in Westminster since Boris Johnson lost his majority in the Commons and failed to trigger a general election.

But an Express poll shows the disdain for politicians held by the British people.

BRITISH people have no confidence in the country’s politicians as the Brexit crisis hits new depths, a stunning poll has revealed.
Almost eight in 10 believe Parliament is in desperate need of reform and 74 percent believe it is not fit for the 21st century. Seven in 10 think it fails to reflect the nation’s views and three-quarters believe that, internationally, it does not show Britain in a good light. A ComRes survey, carried out for the Sunday Express, found that almost six in 10 say it has not respected the 2016 referendum result – causing Brexiteers to blame the lack of trust in MPs on the failure to leave the EU.

Backstop

The main sticking point in negotiations is still the Irish backstop says the Times, but there may just be light at the end of the tunnel.

Prominent Eurosceptics have privately signalled that they are ready to vote for a new Brexit deal if Boris Johnson can win meaningful concessions on the Northern Ireland backstop, dramatically raising the prospects of Britain leaving the EU with a deal by the end of October.
Four senior figures in the European Research Group (ERG) of Brexiteer hardliners have confessed that they might have to vote for a new version of Theresa May’s deal. They fear the alternative is to see parliament vote to revoke article 50, or for Johnson to resign.

But the Northern Ireland assembly will not have a veto, says the Independent.

British government proposals to give the Northern Ireland  assembly control over a new Irish backstop are likely to be rejected by the EU, the Irish government has warned.
Foreign minister Simon Coveney said that the nascent plan give Stormont a major say over the single market regulations – drawn up in London to placate the DUP – would likely not fly.
“I think there’s certainly a concern at an EU level that a devolved institution in Northern Ireland could have a veto about how a single market operates or a border on the single market operates. So it’s not as straightforward as some people are suggesting,” Mr Coveney said.

Reuters also reports EU concerns.

European Union negotiators are very concerned by the idea of handing Northern Ireland’s devolved government the right to approve future regulatory changes as a part of finding a Brexit compromise, Ireland’s foreign minister said on Friday.
“There is certainly a concern at EU level over the idea that a devolved institution in Northern Ireland could have a veto over how the single market operates or a border on the single market operates. So it’s not as straightforward as some people are suggesting,” Simon Coveney told a news conference.

EU

The bloc’s chief negotiator is weary of the talks says the Times.

When Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, briefed leaders of the European parliament last week, his comments betrayed the weariness of someone who has spent a good part of the past few months trying in vain to square a circle.
“The risk of a no-deal has not been eliminated,” the silver-haired Frenchman declared, adding that the situation with Brexit “remains serious and uncertain”.

But the new trade boss is optimistic, reports Reuters.

The European Union’s incoming trade commissioner Phil Hogan on Friday said he saw “some cause for optimism” about a breakthrough in negotiations to secure an orderly British exit from the European Union, Irish broadcaster RTE reported.
“You could be forgiven for thinking that those words have a touch of Groundhog Day about them. But I want to be clear that recent events in London give us cause for some optimism,” Hogan was quoted as saying during a speech at a conference in Ireland.

Labour Party

The Labour leader is not very popular, reports the Times.

A leaked dossier reveals the scale of dissent that Jeremy Corbyn will face over his Brexit position at the Labour Party conference next weekend.
Four hundred pages of motions due to be debated in Brighton indicate a showdown between Corbyn and his grassroots over the European Union.
Labour has pledged to hold a second referendum if it gets into government — but stopped short of saying that it would campaign for remain in all circumstances.

And the Mail reports a possible coup by a Labour minister.

Labour frontbencher Sir Keir Starmer was accused last night of mounting a secret operation to supplant Jeremy Corbyn and install himself as the head of an anti- No Deal Brexit unity government.
It comes amid claims that the Labour leader is warming to the idea of a temporary Prime Minister being appointed to ask Brussels for a Brexit extension – as long as it is not a Labour figure.
But sources claim the Shadow Brexit Secretary is running a covert bid to outflank Mr Corbyn by building up a base of moderate Labour MPs to back him as the only credible unity PM.

Conservative Party

Despite the turmoil in the Labour Party, the Tories are pulling ahead in the polls, reports the Guardian.

The Conservatives have pushed further ahead of Labour in the latest Opinium/Observer poll – despite yet another turbulent week for Boris Johnson.
The latest poll shows the Tories on 37%, up two since last week, while Labour is unchanged on 25%. The Liberal Democrats whose conference opens this weekend in Bournemouth are on 16% (down one), and the Brexit party is also unchanged on 13%.
The polling – conducted after Johnson shut down parliament for five weeks last Tuesday, and Scottish judges subsequently ruled his action to have been unlawful – shows the Conservatives are continuing to consolidate their support among leave voters.

And the party is churning out more and more policies, the latest in the Telegraph.

Killers of young children will never be released from prison under Boris Johnson’s dramatic plans to ensure that “life means life” and the most violent 
offenders remain behind bars for ever.
The Telegraph can disclose that Downing Street will use the prorogation of Parliament to relaunch the Prime Minister’s domestic policy agenda by unveiling a tough new approach to criminal justice.
For the first time, murderers of pre-school children will be subject to whole-life orders, while Mr Johnson’s administration is also considering increasing minimum tariffs for other types of killings.

The Mail claims Boris will clamp down on all convicted felons.

Boris Johnson will reportedly use the suspension of Parliament to roll out tougher sentencing laws that will see child killers locked up for life.
In next month’s Queen’s Speech, the Prime Minister will move to ratchet up the punishments for the worst criminals as he looks to position the Conservatives as the party of law and order ahead of a likely snap election.
The changes would mean the most vulgar convicts, such as those who murder pre-school pupils, would never be released from prison.

The Brexit Party

Breitbart reports a renewed call for the Tories to team up with Nigel.

A new study shows Leave-voting Labour voters are considering switching their support to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, and not Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party — lending weight to calls for the Tory leader do an election deal with Farage to secure Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Nigel Farage has repeatedly pressed Boris Johnson for an electoral non-aggression pact, in which his Brexit Party would stand aside in constituencies where the Tories are the incumbents or challengers, and the Tories would in turn stand aside in Leave-voting, predominantly working-class constituencies his own party stands the best chance of dislodging a Labour Party which has now openly repudiated its promises to respect the Leave vote and is agitating for a referendum re-run in which it would campaign for Remain.

LibDems

With a declared policy of remaining in the EU, the LimpDems are hoping to clean up in remainer constituencies, says the Times.

Jo Swinson is targeting more than 100 seats at the next general election with the promise that the Liberal Democrats have a “level of ambition” that they have never had before.
Speaking ahead of her first Lib Dem conference as party leader, which began in Bournemouth yesterday, Swinson said she would “love to be prime minister”, adding: “We need to be aiming for government, because otherwise the choice for this country is Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn.”

And the party has a new MP, reports the Mail.

Former Tory leadership contender Sam Gyimah has become the sixth MP to defect to the Lib Dems this year as he claims Government is ‘picking and choosing what laws to respect’.
The former Tory party member was one of the 21 who had the Conservative whip removed after they rebelled against Boris Johnson earlier this month.

The Telegraph also reports the defection.

The Liberal Democrats were celebrating another defecting Tory MP after former universities minister Sam Gyimah joined the party in protest over the Government’s Brexit policy on Saturday night.
The addition of Mr Gyimah, the MP for East Surrey, took the number of MPs sitting on the LibDem benches to 18, up from 12 shortly after the 2017 general election.
The number of defectors could have been worse with former Government minister Margot James being talked down from joining the LibDems by former Cabinet minister David Gauke.

And the Times points out he tried to lead the Tories at one stage.

Sam Gyimah, who was briefly a contender to lead the Conservative Party, announced last night that he has joined the Liberal Democrats, becoming the sixth MP to defect to the party in recent months.
In a coup for the new Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson, the former Conservative universities minister was unveiled as the Lib Dem’s latest recruit at a rally of the party faithful in Bournemouth.
Gyimah was one of the 21 MPs expelled from the Conservative Party earlier this month after he backed emergency legislation to block a no-deal Brexit.

The party invited a top European to speak at its conference, reports the Express.

GUY VERHOFSTADT’s speech at the Liberal Democrat party conference, where he appeared to call for the formation of a united Europe, was met with applause from the audience.
Former Belgian Prime Minister Mr Verhofstadt is MEP for Dutch-speaking-Belgium and the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament. He was speaking at the Liberal Democrat’s autumn conference in Bournemouth. Mr Verhofstadt said: “We cannot continue to be friends with a Europe that is always acting too little and too late.

Verhofstadt was cheered by Lib Dems says the Independent.

The European parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt has hailed the new Liberal Democrat policy to revoke Article 50 as the “natural stance” for any party committed to stopping Brexit.
His comments to The Independent came as the MEP – who has become a bogeyman for Brexit supporters – arrived in the UK to take part in the Lib Dems’ annual conference in Bournemouth.
They amount to an implicit rebuke to Jeremy Corbyn, who is coming under growing pressure from the Labour rank and file to adopt a tougher anti-Brexit stance.

NHS

Our health service can’t afford the best machines, reports the Times.

Almost half of NHS trusts are using outdated radiotherapy machines that are far less effective at killing cancer cells to treat patients.
The revelation comes days after the UK came bottom of an international league for cancer survival rates in The Lancet Oncology journal.
In 2016 the NHS said it was investing £130m in upgrading radiotherapy equipment but the figures, revealed via freedom of information requests, found 46% of trusts are still using outdated linear accelerator (Linac) machines beyond their recommended 10-year lifespan.

Motoring

Are speeding fines designed as a safety measure or cash cow?  The Mail reports.

Every camera on new ‘smart’ sections of motorway is expected to rack up £600,000 in fines each year, according to road chiefs.
Errant drivers are given £100 fines and three penalty points under the controversial system.
So many extra motorists are predicted to be hit by punishments that police are hiring more staff to deal with the expected workload.
One of Britain’s biggest police forces, Thames Valley, is taking on an extra 15 civilian employees to process all the fines expected when Highways England switches on smart sections of the M4 and M40 later this year.

HS2

Legal threats have been made against opponents of the high speed train line, claims the Times.

Whistleblowers who have raised concerns about the high-speed rail link HS2 have been threatened with legal action now that the scheme is under review.
Former HS2 employees who have publicly criticised the project have been issued with a “letter before action” by lawyers acting on behalf of the high-speed rail link.
The letters are being seen as an attempt to prevent any further criticism of the £56bn scheme, which has been dogged by delays, concerns over poor management and allegations by whistleblowers that parliament was misled over the costs.

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