Brexit

Further evidence of a huge split within the Tory Party has emerged in the Telegraph.

Downing Street has accused Tory Remainers of “appalling dishonesty” for attempting to use the delay they secured to Brexit to now “cancel the referendum”.
In an extraordinary attack on Conservative MPs plotting to block an Oct 31 exit, aides to the Prime Minister said voters wanted politicians to “honour their promises” to respect the 2016 poll, and accused some of Boris Johnson’s MPs of “playing student politics with Jeremy Corbyn”.
The Sunday Telegraph can reveal that Stephen Barclay, the Brexit Secretary, has now signed the “commencement order” that will trigger the end of the supremacy of EU law in the UK on Hallowe’en, in a major moment on the path to the country’s exit.

The war between the PM and the former chancellor continues in the Mail.

Boris Johnson last night accused Philip Hammond of ‘gravely damaging’ the national interest with his endless bids to frustrate Brexit, and warned that the former Chancellor would be responsible for a No Deal outcome.
The astonishing blast against Mr Johnson’s fellow Tory came in a letter seen by The Mail on Sunday savaging Mr Hammond for urging the Prime Minister to rule out a No Deal exit.
Mr Johnson said it was ‘plain as a pikestaff’ that Mr Hammond was undermining the UK in negotiations with Brussels and making it harder for Britain to get a new deal with the EU.

The PM has received many demands for Parliament to be recalled, reports the Times.

More than 100 MPs have written to the prime minister demanding that he recall parliament from the summer recess, claiming the country faces “a national emergency”.
The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson, the Westminster leaders of the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru and scores of Labour MPs have signed the letter to Boris Johnson, along with the Change UK leader, Anna Soubry, and rebel Tory MPs Guto Bebb and Dominic Grieve.
They criticise the prime minister for making policy announcements in the media rather than in the Commons and accuse him of spending billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money “to back up your reckless no-deal plans”.

The Mail also has the story.

More than 100 MPs from all sides of the House of Commons have urged Boris Johnson to recall parliament immediately.
“Since the Second World War, parliament has been recalled multiple times in every decade for a wide range of political, security and economic reasons,” the MPs said, in a letter sent to the prime minister.
“Our country is on the brink of an economic crisis, as we career towards a no-deal Brexit which will have an immediate effect on food and medical supplies, damage our economy, jobs, the public finances, public services, universities and long-term economic security.

And the Labour leader has called for Brexit to be stopped, according to the Guardian.

Jeremy Corbyn has issued an urgent plea to MPs to unite to stop no-deal Brexit “before it’s too late”, amid cross-party demands for an immediate recall of parliament to deal with the crisis.
In a show of defiance, a group of more than 100 MPs representing every Westminster party except the DUP has signed a letter stating it is “unacceptable” for parliament to wait until next month to sit again, with the Brexit deadline looming.
The call comes with more Tory MPs opposed to leaving without a deal making clear that they will not back Corbyn’s offer of heading a temporary government that is committed to delaying Brexit and calling an election. Corbyn told the Observer that MPs were flirting with disaster.

Operation Yellowhammer

A leaked document indicates the potential problems following no-deal, according to the Times.

Britain faces shortages of fuel, food and medicine, a three-month meltdown at its ports, a hard border with Ireland and rising costs in social care in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to an unprecedented leak of government documents  that lay bare the gaps in contingency planning.
The documents, which set out the most likely aftershocks of a no-deal Brexit rather than worst-case scenarios, have emerged as the UK looks increasingly likely to crash out of the EU without a deal.
Compiled this month by the Cabinet Office under the codename Operation Yellowhammer, the dossier offers a rare glimpse into the covert planning being carried out by the government to avert a catastrophic collapse in the nation’s infrastructure.

Remain Central, aka the Times, is going to town on the leak.

Codenamed Yellowhammer, it is the clandestine operation intended to prepare the UK for a no-deal Brexit.
In one of his first acts as prime minister, Boris Johnson declared that he would “turbocharge” the UK’s preparation for no-deal on October 31, appointing Michael Gove to lead the cross- government efforts.
The Treasury also unveiled plans to ramp up preparations for no-deal, by spending an extra £2.1bn to stockpile medicines, hire more border officials and to fund one of the biggest public information campaigns.

The Mail also reports the document.

A hard Irish border, three-months of chaos at the ports as well as fuel, medicine and food shortages are expected in the event of a No Deal Brexit, leaked Whitehall papers show.
Operation Yellowhammer, a secret dossier filed by the Cabinet Office this month, exposes the areas that could be most vulnerable if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on October 31.

The Sun says the document should only be given to those who ‘need to know’.

BRITAIN will face fuel, food and medicine shortages if it leaves the EU without a Brexit transition deal, leaked documents claim.
The forecasts – compiled by the Cabinet Office – reportedly set out the most likely effects of a no-deal Brexit rather than the worst case scenarios.
They said up to 85 per cent of lorries using the main channel crossings “may not be ready” for French customs, meaning disruption at ports would potentially last up to three months.
The government also believes a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic will be likely as current plans to avoid widespread checks will prove unsustainable, the Sunday Times said.

No deal

The Mail reports that the no deal court case could be publicly funded.

Anti-No Deal activists have applied for legal aid from the taxpayer in an attempt to sue the Government, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Northern Irish victims’ rights campaigner Raymond McCord last week issued proceedings in the High Court in Belfast seeking to prevent Boris Johnson from suspending Parliament to force a No Deal Brexit.

But those trying to stop no-deal can’t agree, according to the Independent,

The cross-party alliance of MPs plotting to block a no-deal Brexit is struggling to agree on a plan to stop Boris Johnson carrying it out, a senior Tory has admitted.
Oliver Letwin said there were “various” ways to successfully bind the hands of the prime minister, but he was “not terribly optimistic” MPs would settle on which route to pursue.

But could the current PM be sacked?  The Mail considers the question.

They are the Tory MPs with the power of life or death over Boris Johnson‘s premiership – a cabal of anti-No Deal Brexit campaigners that No 10 fears could turf him from office.
The Prime Minister’s allies last night launched a bid to ‘smoke out’ the would-be mutineers and stop them backing a no confidence vote in the PM.
The list, compiled by Johnson loyalists, reveals 17 potential rebels, including ex-Chancellor Philip Hammond, veteran Europhile Ken Clarke and Brexit critic Dominic Grieve.

The Guardian reports he probably couldn’t and are considering other moves.

Senior Labour and Conservative MPs leading the battle to stop a no-deal Brexit are focusing on passing a “radical” new law to block it, after concluding that there is no imminent prospect of toppling Boris Johnson and installing an emergency government.
Last week was punctuated by rows among MPs over who should lead a temporary government to stop a no-deal Brexit, with the Lib Dems and other MPs refusing to back any move that would put Jeremy Corbyn in No 10.

Voters are still supporting no deal, says Westmonster

The consistent level of support for a No Deal Brexit has continued with the latest YouGov survey that has found more Brits support a WTO Brexit than the prospect of Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn and a second referendum.
YouGov have found that 48% of Brits prefer No Deal and no Corbyn as PM, compared to only 35% who support Corbyn in Number 10 with a second referendum.
That of course includes 80% of Leave voters who would back a No Deal, and interestingly a further 23% of Remain voters.

Rather no-deal than a Corbyn PM says the Express.

BRITAIN would prefer a no deal Brexit than have Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn run the country, a shock new poll has found.
The risk of left-wing Mr Corbyn holding a second referendum is the reason they do not want him in No10 as caretaker Prime Minister should current leader Boris Johnson be ousted due to a looming no confidence vote.
The poll was conducted by YouGov, quizzing 1,968 British adults from August 15-16. Up to 48 percent – nearly half of those surveyed – said they prefer the option of the UK leaving the EU without a deal than face the very real risk of Mr Corbyn being Prime Minister and holding a second vote, or so-called People’s Vote where the terms of Brexit are put to the public.

iNews also reports the new poll.

Jeremy Corbyn’s bid to oust Boris Johnson and become a caretaker Prime Minister is yet to convince voters, according to new polling from YouGov.
The poll found that 38 per cent of Brits believe that leaving the EU without a deal would be an acceptable outcome for Brexit.
However, support for no-deal rises to 48 per cent when pitched directly against the alternative of Mr Corbyn becoming Prime Minister and holding a second referendum on EU membership.

Bercow

Could the speaker stop a no-deal exit from the EU?  The Express says it’s possible.

THERE is a “good chance” opponents to a no deal Brexit will still be given an “opportunity” from the Speaker as Britain’s departure date from the European Union draws closer, but they might not have the numbers to stop the Prime Minister’s plan, an expert has claimed.
Boris Johnson has repeatedly warned the UK will leave the European Union with or without a deal by the end of October this year. The Prime Minister has demanded changes to the backstop mechanism within the withdrawal agreement from the EU before the UK returns to Brexit talks, but so far the Brussels bloc has refused to budge.

The Times reports how the speaker has been plotting to stop the PM.

John Bercow has reportedly held secret talks with MPs plotting to stop Boris Johnson pursuing a no-deal Brexit.
The House of Commons Speaker has been “working very closely” with a cross-party group of MPs who are determined to stop the UK crashing out of the European Union without a deal.
Bercow promised last week to “fight with every breath in my body” to stop the prime minister suspending parliament to force through a no-deal exit without the consent of MPs.

The Express considers if he can.

BORIS JOHNSON will determine how the UK exits the European Union – but if he decides to prorogue Parliament House of Commons speaker John Bercow has sworn to stop him. Is it true there is nothing the Speaker can do?
Boris Johnson, the 77th British Prime Minister, was elected at a time of public antipathy towards Westminster politicians because of the Brexit stalemate. The deadline is now only two-and-a-half months away and the chances of a no deal exit are becoming more likely with each passing day.
But, the prospect of a no deal Brexit creates furious backlash and hostility from organisations, businesses and politicians across the UK.

EU

Meanwhile, Boris is due to have another chat with EU bosses, says Reuters.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the Westminster parliament cannot stop Brexit and a new deal must be agreed if Britain is to avoid leaving the EU without one.
In his first trip abroad as leader, Johnson is due to meet his European counterparts ahead of a G7 summit on Aug. 24-26 in Biarritz, France.
He will say that Britain is leaving the European Union on Oct. 31, with or without a deal, and that the British parliament cannot block that, according to a Downing Street source.

The Sun says he’s defiant.

DEFIANT Boris Johnson will meet the leaders of Germany and France this week with a stark message: MPs won’t stop Brexit.
The PM will use a two-day trip to the continent to insist the referendum result will not be delayed again beyond October 31.
He will say that we are leaving with or without a deal.
Back-channel conversations are leading European capitals to believe Parliament can stand in the way of the referendum result, government sources say.

Sky News says he’ll do some straight-talking.

Boris Johnson will tell Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron this week that parliament cannot stop a no-deal Brexit, Downing Street has said.
During trips to Germany and France, he will tell the leaders “there must be a new deal to replace the failed Brussels deal” – but if one cannot be struck, the UK is prepared to leave the EU on 31 October without an agreement.
However, Number 10 said it expects there to be “very little discussion” of Brexit during the visit to Berlin on Wednesday and Paris on Thursday, with other topics to be the focus.

And BBC News says he’ll demand a new deal.

Boris Johnson will tell EU leaders there needs to be a new Brexit deal when he makes his first trip abroad as PM later this week.
The UK will leave the EU on 31 October with or without a deal, he will insist.
However No 10 said there will be “very little discussion” of Brexit during the meetings in France and Germany.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Times has printed leaked government documents warning of food, medicine and fuel shortages in a no-deal scenario.

This is going to be Boris’ first trip abroad, says ITV News.

Boris Johnson will tell Angela Merkel  and Emmanuel Macron that there must be a new Brexit deal when he makes his first trip abroad as Prime Minister.
Mr Johnson will make clear to the French president and German chancellor that Britain will leave the European Union on October 31 with or without a deal.
The PM, who is heading to Berlin on Wednesday and Paris on Thursday, is expected to say Parliament will not and cannot cancel the outcome of the EU referendum.

Visas

The issue of visas is giving the Home office a profit but at the cost of ‘maladministration’, reports the Independent.

The Home Office has increased its profit on UK visas by millions of pounds a week since outsourcing visa operations to a Dubai-based firm that has been deluged with complaints and accused of exploiting vulnerable applicants for profit, The Independent can reveal.
VFS, which has its headquarters in the UAE but is owned through holding companies in Jersey, the Cayman Islands and Luxembourg, faces claims of “gross maladministration” and “aggressive” selling of optional services since taking the UK government contract in 2014.

Police

Following the death of a police constable, Priti Patel is promising a crackdown, reports the Telegraph.

The Home Secretary has demanded a crackdown on criminals assaulting police officers, as new figures showed that the average jail term for the offence is just two months.
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph following the “brutal and mindless” killing of PC Andrew Harper, Priti Patel said courts needed to ensure that the law was acting as a sufficient deterrent against attacks on officers. She also announced that that the Government was “accelerating plans” for a new police covenant designed to enshrine protections for officers, and said the Home Office was examining ways to better support the families of those injured or killed by criminals.

Education

The Times concentrates on those who didn’t get good GCSEs.

It is one of the biggest scandals in education — the “forgotten third” of 16-year-olds who fail both English and maths GCSE despite having spent more than a decade at school.
Last year about 170,000 pupils could not achieve a pass, almost one in three of those sitting the key exams. The pass rate for 17-year-olds — who are now required to retake both GCSEs if they fail the first time — was even lower, despite the pass mark in maths dropping to only 21%.

Pensions

Looks like those approaching pension age might have to wait a bit longer, says the Mail.

The state pension age should rise to 70 in the next nine years and to 75 by 2035 to boost the British economy, according to Iain Duncan Smith’s think tank.
The Centre of Social Justice (CSJ), chaired by the former Tory leader, wants older people to ‘access the benefits of work’ and believes the UK needs to wake-up to the reality of an ageing workforce.

HS2

How much will this cost?  Nobody will know now, reports the Telegraph.

Ministers have ditched the official £56 billion price tag for HS2 after Boris Johnson said the scheme’s final cost could amount to double the formal estimate.
Mr Johnson’s regime has broken away from the insistence of Theresa May’s government that the rail line will fall within the £55.7 billion budget set in 2015.
The moves comes after several senior ministers under Mrs May privately warned that the scheme, due to stretch from London to Birmingham and then on to Leeds and Manchester, was on course to massively overshoot its budget.

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