UKIP

In breaking news, BBC News reports that Suzanne Evans has announced her candidacy for the party leadership.

Suzanne Evans has announced she will run for the leadership of UKIP, saying she would make the party the “common sense centre” ground of politics.
The party’s former deputy chairman, told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show this meant: “Not the wishy washy Lib Dem centre, the tough centre,” capable of taking votes from both left and right.
Ms Evans added there had been “a bit too much testosterone in UKIP”.
She aims to replace Diane James, who quit after 18 days in charge.

And Breitbart claims its editor in chief Raheem Kassam’s bid for the leadership is to be backed by Aaron Banks.

British Businessman Arron Banks, a key supporter of Britain’s campaign to leave the European Union and a major donor to UKIP announced Saturday he would be backing Breitbart London Editor in Chief Raheem Kassam in his bid to lead the party.
Mr. Banks, who gave approximately £7.5 million to the Brexit campaign and has consistently been UKIP’s largest donor announced his support in a Tweet this afternoon in which he said he was “impressed” with Mr. Kassam’s ideas on how to lead the party forward.
Mr. Banks is known to be close to long-time party leader Nigel Farage, who has found himself at the helm again as interim leader during the re-election process. In the past, Mr. Banks’ endorsement has gone with Mr. Farage’s.

The Independent has a similar story.

A former aide to Nigel Farage who sold “Brits for Trump” T-shirts online has been backed to be the next Ukip leader by the party’s biggest donor.
Insurance tycoon Arron Banks said he was supporting Raheem Kassam for the role, declaring him “the brightest candidate by a long way”.
The backing came despite Mr Banks himself suggesting that Ukip’s former deputy leader Paul Nuttall is poised to enter the leadership race.
Another potential contender, former deputy chairman Suzanne Evans, is listed to appear on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show tomorrow, fuelling speculation she will also be on the ballot.
Mr Kassam, Mr Farage’s former chief of staff, is editor-in-chief of Breitbart London, the UK bureau of a right-wing American news and opinion website.

EU

The Times has an interesting story of leaked plans to ensure the bloc doesn’t play ball when it comes to the Brexit negotiations.

A secret plan to slash corporation tax by half has been hatched as a “nuclear option” to counter threats that Brussels will impose a “brutal Brexit” on Britain.
Under the plan the UK would cut the tax’s rate from 20% to 10% if Britain’s EU rivals blocked a free trade deal with the UK or refused to give financial services firms access to the European market.
Senior figures in Downing Street believe such a drastic move on business taxes would encourage firms to stay and make the UK a magnet for new companies, as Ireland and Singapore have become.

And a small area of Belgium has suddenly become very important, says ITV News.

So how is it that the Waloons of Wallonia are suddenly so important to world trade?
Wallonia (population 3.5 million) is preventing the EU (population 500 million) from signing the free trade deal with Canada (culmination of 7 years work).
The Waloons can do that because all regions in Belgium must give their permission before the national government can sign it off.
27 EU countries have agreed to the
EU-Canada trade deal , known as CETA, but the 28th, Belgium, still hasn’t.
And so Canada’s trade minister flew back home today, with nothing to show for her work.

But Sky News claims the deal is not yet dead.

A free trade deal between Canada and the EU could finally be signed next week, following emergency talks.
The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has said he is “optimistic” agreement will be reached following fears the protracted negotiations had foundered.
The threatened failure of the seven-year talks had cast doubt on the UK’s ability to forge a trade deal with the EU following Brexit.
At one point the Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland walked out of the talks in the face of further delays.
But after a crisis meeting aimed at salvaging the deal, Mr Schulz said: “We are ready to sign on Thursday next week.”

The Mirror claims the Prime Minister is having talks with Brussels about the Russian problem in Syria.

Theresa May last night urged EU leaders to back fresh sanctions against Russia over the murderous bombing of Aleppo.
The PM wants action from Brussels including travel bans and asset seizures targeted personally at the Russian generals responsible for the massacre.
“We must show a united and robust European stance in the face of Russian aggression,” Mrs May said at the start of the two-day summit.
“The UK has put Russian actions in Syria on the agenda for this summit. It’s vital that we work together to continue to put pressure on Russia to stop its sickening atrocities in Syria.”

Terror

Breitbart reports a potential Islamist link following the discovery of what was thought to be an explosive device.

Police are investigating the potential Islamist links of an Asian-appearance 19 year old male from north London today after officers destroyed what has been described as a homemade device on a train in North Greenwich.

The device was destroyed in a controlled explosion on Thursday afternoon, and the unnamed suspect was detained under counter-terror laws on Friday afternoon on the Holloway Road in north London. Police are presently investigating the political and religious links, if any, of the man, and his mental health history.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper reports the device destroyed on the train was a homemade one, built “with the intention of exploding”, and police do not believe it was intended as a hoax.

Scotland

The Scottish government wants equality with England in EU negotiations, reports ITV News.

The Scottish Government has demanded to be treated as an “equal partner” in upcoming Brexit negotiations as Theresa May called for a “grown up” relationship with the devolved administrations.
The Prime Minister will host the leaders of Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland next week to discuss Brexit and her economic plans.
Monday will see the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) meet for the first time since Britain voted to leave the EU, and Downing Street said talks would discuss how all four administrations could work together for the best Brexit deal.
Ahead of the talks, the lead Scottish minister involved in the process warned that Edinburgh was increasingly concerned about “hard Brexit”.
Michael Russell, the Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, said: “Four months on from the referendum, we have yet to see a proposal from the UK Government on how the views of people in Scotland will be taken into account.

BBC News has a similar story.

Nicola Sturgeon will meet the prime minister in London on Monday for talks.
The Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) will meet for the first time since the EU referendum.
Downing Street said Theresa May would set out her vision for a new way of working between the UK government and the devolved administrations.
The prime minister will propose that the JMC – a body made up of representatives from the UK government and the devolved administrations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – meets at least yearly and is hosted by each government on a rotating basis.
Speaking ahead of the JMC, Michael Russell, the Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, said the Scottish government had a “triple mandate” to maintain Scotland’s relationship with Europe.

As does the Independent.

The Scottish Government has demanded to be treated as an “equal partner” by Theresa May in the Brexit negotiations, as the Prime Minister called for a “grown up” relationship with the devolved administrations.
The Prime Minister will host the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on Monday to discuss the Brexit process and her Government’s economic plans.
The Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) will meet for the first time since the European Union referendum and Downing Street said the talks would discuss how the administrations in Westminster, Holyrood, Cardiff Bay and Stormont could work together to secure the best Brexit deal.

Wales

And the principality is also demanding it has a say in the Brexit negotiations, says BBC News.

Britain would have to keep free movement of people in order to stay in the single market, Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood has said.
But she said there could be room for negotiation with Norway having restrictions on movement.
The party leader told Plaid’s conference that the UK should keep free trade with Europe so Wales’ economy does not suffer after Brexit.
Leanne Wood said 200,000 Welsh jobs depend on being in the single market.
She called for a Welsh seat at the negotiating table on the terms of leaving the EU, and suggested there was an “opportunity” for new powers and even an independent Wales.
“Plaid Cymru accepts the referendum result,” she said.
“Our red line at all times is the Welsh economy”, she said, calling for a “soft Brexit”.

Sky News reports the Plaid Cymru leader’s comments.

Plaid Cymru’s leader has accused Theresa May’s government of leading a ‘toxic’ and ‘thuggish’ debate on immigration.
Leanne Wood told her party’s conference in Llangollen that the tone of public debate had fuelled a rise in hate crime.
She told delegates: “The debate on the refugee crisis, immigration, and free movement of people has become toxic.
“I’m horrified by some of the comments I read on social and traditional media.
“We may have come to expect it from the likes of UKIP. But it has taken a dark turn when the UK Prime Minister joins in. The debate has been thuggish.”

And the Independent also reports the Welsh leader’s demands.

Wales must remain within the single market and accept the free movement of people from the European Union, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has urged.
She insisted that the Brexit vote in June’s referendum only meant that the UK had to leave the EU and insisted that curbs on immigration had not been on the ballot paper.
The Rhondda AM also refused to rule out formally joining a coalition with Labour in Cardiff Bay but stressed “we are not looking to do that now”.
Ms Wood told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the EU referendum result, which saw a majority in Wales back Brexit, was about “generally feeling neglected by politicians”, although she acknowledged “immigration played a part”.

Migrants

Breitbart claims the law is being flouted.

British laws allowing for the deportation of migrants who exhibit “extremist behaviour” may contravene a United Nations convention on refugees rights, the general assembly of that body is to hear.
In a speech slamming national governments for their reticence over open borders, the UN official responsible for reporting on counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson QC, is set to single out the UK for setting restrictions on taking in migrants who may be a threat, a policy which he says stokes public fears of terrorism, The Guardian has reported .
Specifically, he will slam a Home Office report, Asylum Policy Instruction: Revocation of Refugee Status , published earlier this year, which states: “Extremist behaviour: where there is any evidence that a refugee or their dependents have engaged in unacceptable behaviours (whether in the UK or abroad) considered not conducive to the public good or has acted in a way which undermines British values, their status must be reviewed [and referred to the special cases unit].”

And the Guardian also criticises the Home Office.

Newly arrived child refugees from Calais are being forced to live in a controversial former detention centre because the Home Office refused to enact a resettlement strategy to safely house unaccompanied minors.
Despite months of warnings from the French authorities that the Calais camp would close, the Observer has learnt that the Home Office elected not to act on a plan designed and agreed by local councils to ensure vulnerable child refugees were adequately housed when they came to Britain.
Dismantling the vast camp in France will begin on Monday, although its large population of unaccompanied minors will be kept on site, raising hopes that the UK government may be willing to significantly increase the number of child refugees it will allow into Britain.
And there are indications that the UK may be on the verge of bringing in the first refugees from Calais under the so-called Dubs amendment – the government promise to help unaccompanied minors announced in May.

Calais

With the impending clearance of the Calais Jungle tomorrow, problems there have already started, says the Sun

More than 12,000 police are being brought in to clear the makeshift camp of its 10,000 migrants.
And tensions boiled over tonight as an angry mob of around 50 men pelted police with missiles.
Dramatic images showed riot police facing off with refugees just 36 hours before the camp is torn down.
The scenes came at the same time it was announced 50 refugees will be settled in the UK from the camp.
Britain will take 54 girls – mainly from the east African nation of Eritrea – the
Observer has reported.
They arrived at a Croydon immigration centre last night.
When the south side of
the Jungle was destroyed in February, there was widespread violence, with CRS riot police coming under sustained attack.

The Mail also carries the story.

Angry migrants fired the first salvo in the battle of the Calais Jungle tonight, pelting French police with stones.
A 50-strong mob of frustrated young men threw missiles at the officers who responded with tear gas and baton charges.
The unrest comes 36 hours before the sprawling shanty town close to the Calais ferry port is cleared.
French authorities have announced they will clear all migrants out of Calais and destroy the ‘Jungle’ camp, starting Monday.
The trouble at the camp comes as more than 50 girls arrived at the Lunar House immigration centre in Croydon, south London, on Saturday night.
The group of 54 girls are the first child refugees to enter the UK from Calais under the Dubs amendment – a government pledge to help minors, reports
The Observer .

Cologne sex attacks

Breitbart has reported that police statistics do not reflect the attacks.

Events in Cologne on New Year’s Eve gained international attention as mobs of migrants robbed insiscriminately and launched group sex attacks on a scale previously unseen in Europe, but they failed to make any impact on police statistics.
Of the 500 attacks which were filed in detail with the police, only 17 appear in the Police Crime Statistics (PKS) — the best known and most often cited police statistics — and those that do appear are recorded for the months of April and June.
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) MP Ina Scharrenbach noticed the discrepancy between reports of the events of New Year’s Eve and the lack of any indication they occurred in official police data, and demanded to know where the other reports went.

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