Brexit

Did the referendum result mean we are going to leave the EU? There are many who think otherwise. The Independent reports a potential High Court case.

Theresa May’s timetable for negotiating Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union could be derailed by a High Court challenge in October.

Pro-EU campaigners who claim the Prime Minister needs Parliament’s backing before starting formal talks have raised £32,000 towards their £50,000 initial legal costs from 840 people through crowd-funding. They are confident their “People’s Challenge” will go ahead.

Ms May is expected early next year to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which will start two years of Brexit negotiations. The Government has refused to promise MPs and peers a vote on the decision, fuelling speculation that it may use the Royal Prerogative, under which the monarch’s historic powers are exercised by ministers without needing Parliament’s approval.

And the Guardian claims pressure is being put on Mrs May.

Iain Duncan Smith has urged Theresa May to begin formal negotiations for Britain to leave the European Union as soon as possible.

The former cabinet minister accused remain supporters of trying to delay the triggering of article 50 – marking the start of formal leaving negotiations – in the hope that it can be put off indefinitely.

Writing in the Sun On Sunday, Duncan Smith also argued Britain did not need a deal that allowed it to remain part of the European single market, saying there was a strong case in economic terms for leaving.

His intervention follows reports that the government may wait until the end of next year before invoking article 50, meaning Brexit may not happen until late 2019.

The Express has a similar story.

BRITAIN could be on course for a speedy Brexit after Iain Duncan Smith urged Theresa May to begin formal negotiations “as soon as possible”.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly said she will not invoke Article 50, the formal mechanism for quitting the EU, before the end of this year.

But Mr Duncan Smith tonight said she must get on with it “early” in 2017, rather than wait for forthcoming elections in Germany and France.

The former Tory leader also insisted Britain did not need a deal which allowed it to remain part of the European single market.

He told the Sun on Sunday: “For too long membership of the EU sapped our sense of self worth and our self confidence.

“Now we have the chance to believe in Britain again.

“Let us leave as soon as possible, so that we can get on and make the most of our new found independence.”

As does BBC News

Prime Minister Theresa May should begin formal negotiations for the UK to leave the EU “as soon as possible”, Iain Duncan Smith has said.

Writing in the Sun on Sunday, the Brexit campaigner accused Remain supporters of trying to delay a triggering of Article 50, which starts the two-year process to leave the EU.

It comes after Mrs May said she would not trigger Article 50 this year.

Mr Duncan Smith said she should start the process “early” in 2017.

Waiting for forthcoming elections to take place in Germany and France would be “another attempt to turn this referendum result into a ‘neverendum’,” the former work and pensions secretary said.

The Express reports that the Prime Minister was told not to give EU citizens the right to stay.

THERESA May was warned not to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in Britain before she became Prime Minister, it has emerged.

Sir Ivan Rogers, Britain’s ambassador to the EU, told Mrs May it was one of the “few cards” would she be able to play in the Brexit negotiations.

The civil servant also issued the warning to her Tory leadership rivals Andrea Leadsom and Boris Johnson, but they ignored it.

Following Sir Ivan’s advice, Mrs May declined to pledge that EU citizens working in the UK would be allowed to stay post-Brexit.

But a poll reported by ITV News has a view on current EU residents.

More than eight in 10 people in the UK believe EU migrants already living in Britain should be allowed to remain in the country after Brexit, according to a new poll.

The survey for the think tank British Future found that the proportion of people in favour of EU migrants remaining includes 77% of Leave voters and 78% of Ukip supporters.

In its new report, British Future said its ICM poll shows that most people in Britain fall into an “anxious middle” – concerned about the pressures of high level of migration but conscious of the economic and social benefits migrants bring.

The poll is also reported in the Guardian

More than eight out of 10 people in the UK believe EU migrants already living in Britain should be allowed to remain after Brexit, including 77% of Leave voters.

The figures are revealed in new poll for the British Future thinktank which wants a “national conversation” on immigration as part of a comprehensive review of a system in which, it says, “the public has lost all confidence”.

In its new report, “What next after Brexit? Immigration and integration in post-referendum Britain”, British Future claims that its ICM poll confirms that the majority of people in post-referendum Britain fall into what calls the “anxious middle” – while concerned about the pressures of high migration, they also accept the benefits that migrants bring to the economy and wider society.

Islam

Breitbart reports that the BBC has reclassified Islamophopbia.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) – a public broadcaster funded by a “TV licence” fee forced on UK television owners – has declared that resistance to Shariah law is “Islamophobic”.

According to a news clip, BBC online coverage, and the comments of its reporter Catrin Nye, a man called “Paul” approached a BBC film crew while recording an interview with Islam campaigner Ruqaiya Haris.

Ms. Haris, a Muslim activist and student at the School of Oriental and African Studies, is told by Paul, “There’s no Sharia law here”.

Her and Ms. Nye’s reactions to the statement made freely in a public place are nothing short of hysterical.

Breitbart reports on a demonstration in London.

Demonstrators gathered outside Parliament this afternoon to protest against Islam, which they claim is detrimental to women’s rights.

The ‘Islam Kills Women’ gathering was organised by Anne-Marie Waters, one of the leaders of PEGIDA UK, along with the groups Sharia Watch and Examine-Islam.Org.

The demonstrators were addressed by Belgian senator Anke Van Dermeersch, a former Miss Belgium who is now a politician for the anti-mass immigration Vlaams Belang party.

Islamophobia is also discussed in a report, says Breitbart.

The left-wing think tank that released a controversial report about Islamophobia on Twitter was directly funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.

Left-wing think tank Demos released a new report that conflates Islamophobia with any criticism of Islam Friday claiming that Islamophobic tweets had become so frequent that Twitter should actively engage in censorship to stop the comments. Leaked documents from the Open Society Foundation (OSF) show that George Soros’ organization funded Demos to be able to conduct research over social media platforms like Twitter.

Scotland

Could Scotland exist as an independent nation? That’s the question covered by the Express.

NICOLA Sturgeon has been branded a “coward” after delaying the publication of a major report on the state of Scotland’s finances.

The Gers report is usually published every March, but instead will come out next week – while the Scottish Parliament is still on summer break.

The move has sparked claims Ms Sturgeon is trying to “dodge scrutiny” about whether Scotland could survive as an independent country.

Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said: “It’s no wonder Nicola Sturgeon wants these figures published when she doesn’t have to face MSPs in the chamber.

Labour

The Labour leadership continues to hit the headlines with BBC News reporting the London Mayor’s comments.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged Labour voters to ditch Jeremy Corbyn as leader and vote for Owen Smith in the party’s leadership contest.

Mr Khan told BBC News Mr Corbyn had “failed to win the trust and respect of the British people”.

But a Corbyn campaign spokesman said Mr Khan won the London mayoralty standing on a Labour platform which the party leader backed.

The mayor was, however, “entitled to his opinion”, the spokesman added.

The Express has a similar story.

LONDON Mayor Saddiq Khan has weighed into the leadership debate just one month before Labour goes to the polls.

The newly elected leader says he believes Jeremy Corbyn will not win a general election and urged Labour voters to vote for Owen Smith, the long shot hopeful who is drawing comparisons to Frank Underwood in political drama House of Cards.

Mr Khan said: “Jeremy has already proved that he is unable to organise an effective team and has failed to win the trust and respect of the British people.

As does ITV News.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on Labour members to oust Jeremy Corbyn, arguing it was “not a protest party”.

The former shadow justice secretary said Mr Corbyn had “failed to win the trust and respect of the British people” while in the top job and urged supporters to back his challenger, Owen Smith, in next month’s leadership election.

Mr Khan, who until now had been tight-lipped over who he backed for party leader, said Mr Smith was the best chance Labour had of winning the next election.

Gibraltar

The Rock’ faces an uncertain future following the independence referendum, reports the Independent.

Gibraltar is facing an “existential threat” to its economy if the UK negotiates a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ deal, the territory’s chief minister has warned.

The British enclave on the Iberian peninsula relies upon thousands of Spanish workers crossing the border every day to work, and its economy could collapse if the UK ends free movement of labour after leaving the European Union.

In the June referendum, Gibraltarians voted by 96 per cent to 4 per cent to remain in the EU – a higher margin than in any voting district.

NHS

And the Mirror reports an upcoming warning that the NHS could be in further trouble.

The NHS risks collapse unless all 50,000 EU health workers are given British passports, Theresa May will be warned this week.

Figures to be released on Thursday are expected to show a huge hike in EU workers applying for citizenship after the PM refused to rule out expelling people without it.

But it is feared many doctors and nurses will leave rather than face uncertainty.

Think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research will publish its ­solution to coincide with the figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Report author Chris Murray said: “If even half of EU NHS workers go, there will be a public health emergency.

Doctors and nurses have skills marketable worldwide.”

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