EU

Documents leaked to the Telegraph show the bloc is trying to stitch us up again.

The European Union is drawing up plans to control Britain’s tax policies after Brexit, leaked documents seen by The Daily Telegraph disclose.
According to draft documents, the EU wants to ensure the UK pledges to keep its tax rules aligned with those of the bloc as part of any future Brexit agreement.
Such a move would prevent the UK from becoming a low-tax economy by cutting its corporation tax rate to attract business. And – depending on the wording of any agreement – it could mean that any future changes to the EU’s tax rules would need to be followed by the UK, even years after Brexit.

The Mail says that will be Barnier’s next demand.

Michel Barnier and his negotiating team want Britain to be shackled to EU tax policies after  Brexit, a leaked document suggests.
The EU’s Brexit Task Force met with the European Parliament’s TAX3 secretariat last week to discuss how Britain will align its tax rules with the EU.
Campaign groups fear this proposal will be used to deliberately undermine a post-Brexit economy.
The draft documents, written by the TAX3 committee, state: ‘The intention is that they commit to continue to alignment with EU standards, including for their overseas countries and territories’.

Westmonster reports the answer to these plans.

The European Union is drawing up secret plans to force the UK to accept EU rules on tax rates according to leaked documents.
The Telegraph reports Brussels will attempt to get Britain to align its tax rates with those of the bloc as a part of any future trade deal.
The move would prevent the UK from becoming a competitive economy post-Brexit by slashing tax rates to attract business investment.
Jacob Rees-Mogg hit back at the reports saying: “The answer must be no.”

It seems Germany’s attempt to become the world’s top finance trading hub have been thwarted, says the Express.

FRANKFURT’s hopes of poaching top City financiers after Brexit are “wholly unrealistic”, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands has said, pointing out that more people work in London’s Square Mile than actually live in the German city.
And Mr Hands stressed even Prime Minister Theresa May fails to secure a withdrawal agreement between now and March 29, 2019, a no-deal Brexit would not be an “economic disaster”.

Brexit

The transition period is under scrutiny in the Telegraph.

The UK must not agree to extend the Brexit transition period unless the EU ditches its demand for a backstop, the Brexit Secretary suggests today.
Writing in The Telegraph, Dominic Raab said an option floated by Theresa May of the UK remaining tied to the EU beyond December 2020 would only be an “alternative” to the insurance plan insisted on by Brussels.
His intervention will be welcomed by pro-Brexit MPs, who reacted with fury to the Prime Minister’s suggestion that the Government could offer to extend the transition period “by a few months” as well as agreeing to a backstop.

The Express quotes the former foreign secretary’s warning that a ‘stitch up’ is being planned.

BORIS Johnson has warned Tory MPs that the government is planning a Brexit “stitch up” amid revelations that ministers will stop Brexiteer rebels from forcing a “no deal” with the EU. Tensions in the Conservative Party were mounting this weekend as sources close to the Prime Minister vowed to “fight Brexiteer rebels to the death” if they try to trigger a vote of no confidence in Mrs May.
The fears that Mrs May is now planning to sell-out Brexit were heightened after the Sunday Express was told that her chief of staff Gavin Barwell is set to meet Remainer Tory MPs who are pushing for a second referendum to undo Brexit.

A second referendum is not the answer, says Breitbart.

Britons believe a second Brexit referendum would not be accepted by the public and could end in calls for a third vote or civil unrest, a poll has revealed.
The publication of the survey came hours before a planned march in London calling for a so-called ‘People’s Vote’ — or ‘Losers’ Vote’, according to critics — which anti-Brexit organizers claim will attract up to 100,000 people.
Just 16 per cent of voters think the issue would be settled for the foreseeable future by re-running the EU referendum, the YouGov poll for The Times found.

And a Leave Means Leave boss has claimed that truckers could take a hand if the negotiations fail, reports Westmonster.

Richard Tice has said that Brexiteer truckers could “block London” in the case of a betrayal over the negotiations.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast Tice warned politicians of the consequences of selling out the UK, saying: “The idea that you should have a second referendum would be incredibly damaging, most of all to the trust in democracy from people up and down this country.
The anger that is growing is absolutely palpable. I had a trucker come to me at the end of one rally recently and he said Richard, just give me the word and I will block London.”

Ireland

There is still a sticking point over our neighbouring island, says the Express.

NORTHERN Ireland would become a “protectorate” of an unaccountable EU if the backstop was introduced, the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) has warned. Robin Swann said unionists who voted Remain did not do so because they wanted to leave the UK and it was “dishonest and deceitful” to portray them as such.
The backstop is in place in the event no Brexit deal is reached between the UK and EU, with some Brexiteers expressing opposition to it.
Europe has interpreted the backstop to mean Northern Ireland continuing following the bloc’s trading rules to prevent a hard border with the Republic. 

And the Express also reports a suggestion that violence could erupt again.

A HARD border between Northern Ireland and the Republic would be a “visible opportunity” for violence to erupt, a former Irish president has warned as Brexit tensions soar with EU and British negotiators trapped in a deadlock over the Irish border issue.
Mary Robinson, who became the county’s first female president when she was elected in 1990, said if customs posts were re-erected, it would pose a “real risk” to the peace process. 

There’s an amendment to the ‘backstop’ plan on the table for Parliament next week, says BBC News.

An ex-minister aims to put a block on the EU’s “backstop” plan for customs arrangements in Northern Ireland should no Brexit deal be in place.
Steve Baker has put down amendments to the Northern Ireland bill, which is to be discussed in Parliament next week.
He wants to make it a legal requirement to get the Stormont Assembly’s approval for any plan to treat Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the UK.
But the devolved government has not sat since power-sharing collapsed in 2017.

And BBC News reports the Brexit secretary’s view that the transition period extension and the backstop should be linked.

Any extension to the Brexit transition period should come instead of – not as well as – a “backstop” for Northern Ireland, the Brexit secretary has said.
Dominic Raab says this would avoid an “unacceptable” EU plan to keep Northern Ireland aligned to its rules in the event no Brexit deal was in place.
Negotiators are at loggerheads over how best to avoid checks on the Irish border if no Brexit deal is struck.
The 21-month transition is scheduled to end on 31 December 2020.
It was designed to smooth the path between the UK leaving the EU on 29 March next year, and a new permanent relationship with the bloc coming into force.

The Troubles have been used by the Irish prime minister, much to the disgust of unionist politicians, says Breitbart.

Irish taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar has been slammed by British unionist politicians in Northern Ireland for using a photograph of an IRA bombing as Brexit leverage.
Varadkar brandished a copy of a newspaper story about an IRA bombing at the Newry Customs Office in 1972, which killed nine and injured six, thinking this was a good way to underline the importance of Britain making concessions to the EU on customs checks between his country and the British province of Northern Ireland.

Conservative Party

Meanwhile, back home, the Prime Minister’s own troubles continue, says the Times.

A Tory rising star today issues a call to arms for MPs to oust Theresa May, saying Britain cannot be led by someone guilty of an “abject failure to govern” at such a defining moment in our history.
Writing in The Sunday Times, Johnny Mercer says he “cannot continue to support an administration that cannot function” on issues from Brexit to the Grenfell Tower disaster and the Windrush scandal.

The Express also outlines Mrs May’s position.

THERESA MAY is facing a high-stakes “show trial” as disenchanted Tory MPs urge her to “bring her own noose” and address their grievances over the botched Brexit talks.
A vote of no confidence could be on the cards for Mrs May as she enters one of the most difficult political weeks of her career.
Disgruntled Tory MPs desperate for a new approach have threatened to instigate a no confidence vote within days as they implore Mrs May to face them in their 1922 Committee meeting on Wednesday, which is being dubbed a “show trial”.

The Mail says she must face a ‘show trial’.

Theresa May will this week face a last-ditch fight to save her leadership as rebel Tory MPs demand she attend a high-stakes ‘show trial’.
The Prime Minister has been urged to confront disgruntled backbenchers at a crisis meeting – but was given the chilling warning that she should ‘bring her own noose’ to the showdown as rivals step up their campaigns to succeed her in No 10.
Rank-and-file MPs last night told Mrs May that she was in the ‘last chance saloon’ and called on her to face them at their 1922 Committee meeting on Wednesday.

Sky News claims she may have just three more days in office.

Prime Minister Theresa May has been told that she has just 72 hours to save her job.
The warning comes from MPs frustrated by Mrs May’s handling of Brexit negotiations after an  unsuccessful summit last week.
For a no confidence vote to be triggered, 48 letters from Conservative MPs must be submitted to the party’s chairman and some have claimed that that threshold could soon be reached.

And the Sun claims there could be a leadership coup in the offing.

THERESA May has been warned she will face a snap leadership coup if she fails to win a Brexit deal by Christmas.
Tory big guns fear the PM would be out of her depth to handle the chaos of a cliff-edge departure if she returns from the next summit empty handed.
Support for her is crumbling among Leavers and Remainers after her latest humiliating showdown  with EU chiefs.

One of her potential successors sets out his stall in the Mail.

David Davis today steals a march on Tory leadership rival Boris Johnson by setting out what will be seen as his manifesto for Downing Street – including adopting a much more militant attitude towards Brussels.
With both former Cabinet Ministers on high alert this weekend for the sudden triggering of a no-confidence vote in Theresa May, the former Brexit  Secretary uses a trenchant article in today’s Mail on Sunday – below – to slam the Prime Minister for proposing to extend the transition period for withdrawing from the EU by a year.

Budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond has been offered a whole load of suggestions for the budget at the end of the month. The Express says:

PHILIP Hammond is under pressure to give people in Britain their reward for Brexit by slashing the cost of living with a cut in VAT. With the Chancellor due to give his Budget on 29 October, the pro-Brexit Economists for Free Trade (EFT) have calculated that he will have a Brexit dividend of £25 billion in 2020 and £65 billion in 2025.
According to Professor Patrick Minford, chairman of EFT, the dividend is only available if Britain gets a Super Canada style trade deal proposed by Brexiteers or a no deal.

There’ll be no more money for the police, reports the Times.

Philip Hammond has dismissed calls for more money for the police, leading to warnings in government that the chancellor risks undermining the fight against terrorism.
Well-placed sources said a budget showdown last week between Hammond and Sajid Javid, the home secretary, “did not go well”.
Javid has demanded several hundred million pounds in three parts: money for general policing, a new pot of cash to fund counter-terrorism and greater leeway for local authorities facing a crime crisis to raise a local tax called the “precept”.

But the Chancellor could raid pension funds, reports the Telegraph.

An expected tax raid by Phillip Hammond in the Budget will widen the gap between the retirement funds of public and private sector workers, a report has warned.
Analysis for the Telegraph found stripping back tax relief on money saved into pensions would hit private sector workers significantly harder than their public sector equivalents, who already enjoy far more generous arrangements.
At present workers receive tax relief on pension contributions at their marginal rate (20 per cent for basic rate taxpayers and 40 per cent for higher rate payers), but the Chancellor is said to be planning to reduce this to help fund the NHS. 

Bullying

Staff at the House of Commons are unhappy, reports the Times.

House of Commons staff are threatening to strike unless steps are taken to address a culture of bullying and sexual harassment in parliament.
Amy Leversidge, assistant general secretary of the FDA, the civil service union, said the loyalty of Commons staff had been “pushed to breaking point” and the union would “support members” if they chose to strike.
The threat of action, which could derail Brexit legislation and halt parliamentary business, comes days after a report revealed that staff in parliament were routinely bullied, harassed and groped by MPs and officials.

And there are fresh calls for the Speaker to quit in the Mail.

Commons Speaker John Bercow was under fresh pressure in Westminster’s bullying row last night after claims he ‘screamed’ at a clerk and called her ‘little girl’.
Mr Bercow was accused of yelling at Commons worker Libby Bradshaw when he could not find an envelope he was looking for.
Her claim comes after an official inquiry by Dame Laura Cox found bullying and harassment were not being dealt with in the Commons due to ‘a culture cascading from the top of acquiescence and silence’. 

And a leading Tory has criticised a policy of allowing the Speaker’s authority to overrule allegations, says the Telegraph.

AMBER Rudd has hit out at Labour MPs who have backed John Bercow, saying it is “outrageous” to  prioritise the Speaker’s Brexit role over the bullying claims against him as he was forced to give up chairmanship of the House of Commons Commission on harassment. The former Home Secretary spoke out as the Speaker’s spokesman said he would  no longer chair the meeting to discuss a damning report into Westminster’s bullying culture. 

Tommy Robinson

The Times claims the outspoken anti-Islamist is hoping to go back to jail this week.

The far-right figurehead who styles himself Tommy Robinson says he has sacked his lawyers and intends to get himself sent back to jail when he appears in court this week for a contempt hearing.
Former assistants to Robinson said he scooped a “massive payday” when he was jailed for contempt in May, earning huge public visibility and hundreds of thousands of pounds in donations.

Child grooming

And the Home Secretary has spoken out against the men sent to jail this week, reports the Mail.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has launched an outspoken attack on the Huddersfield grooming gang – who targeted girls as young as 11 – by explicitly highlighting their racial heritage.
In comments that triggered a storm on social media, Mr Javid described the gang members as ‘sick Asian paedophiles’ – leading one Twitter user to accuse him of trying to appeal to ‘far-right extremists’.

Universal credit

There’s still a problem with this benefit, says the Telegraph.

More than a dozen ministers and government aides and one of the Conservatives’ biggest donors have joined Tory backbenchers lobbying for a cash boost to the Government’s new welfare scheme, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.
A string of senior government figures have privately warned Conservative whips that Philip Hammond must provide additional funding for Universal Credit in next week’s Budget.

And the Sun claims it could be scrapped.

UNIVERSAL Credit’s rollout could be stopped by Tory MPs who are furious that millions are set to lose out.
At least two dozen have signed a letter to the Treasury highlighting their fears to the Chancellor – urging him that an extra £2billion is needed for the reform.
Around a million people are expected to go onto  Universal Credit next year as part of the rollout to everyone over the next five years.
The letter reads: “As it stands 3.2million working families are expected to be worse off, with an average loss of £48 a week.
“Enabling hard working parents to keep more of what they earn and thus encouraging them to take up more work is at the heart of Conservative policy.

New homes

Borrowing could finance more homes, says the Sun.

SIXTY councils across England have vowed to borrow cash to build more council homes – on the same scale as the 1970s.
Tory and Labour town halls have pledged to “roll up their sleeves” to build thousands of new properties.
The move comes after Theresa May promised to lift the borrowing cap to get more people on the housing ladder.

Health

Just in case there’s a problem, pharmacies are calling for more powers, reports the Times.

Pharmacists are calling for emergency powers to switch patients to new medications without consulting their GPs in the event of Brexit-induced drugs shortages.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) wants the government to give chemists the same powers they would have during a pandemic, allowing them to choose a different drug if the usual prescription were unavailable. Currently, the change needs to be agreed with a patient’s GP.

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