Divorce bill

Looks like Boris is just about to upset his EU counterparts again reports the Mail.

Boris Johnson will today throw down the gauntlet to Brussels by vowing to withhold £30 billion of our ‘divorce bill’ to punish the EU for refusing to rip up their Brexit deal.
The Prime Minister – making a combative first appearance on the international stage since entering Downing Street – is expected to tell EU leaders at the G7 summit in Biarritz that the £39 billion bill agreed by Theresa May will be cut to £9 billion – or even as little as £7 billion – by the UK.

The Sun says the bill will be on the table at the G7.

BORIS Johnson is set to warn the EU Britain will hold back £30bn of its Brexit divorce bill in the event of a No Deal.
The Prime Minister will today tell European Council president Donald Tusk the UK intends paying just a fraction of the £39 billion divorce bill agreed by Theresa May if there’s no Brexit deal.
The PM is set to discuss the multi-billion-pound bill with EU leaders at the G7 summit in France on Sunday, stating his belief that the final sum should be far lower.

Sky News says the subject will be raised with the European council president.

Boris Johnson is expected to tell EU boss Donald Tusk that Britain will only pay a quarter of its so-called Brexit divorce bill if the country leaves without a deal on 31 October.
The prime minister is due to meet the European Council president at the G7 summit in France later today.
It is understood he will tell Mr Tusk that under no deal, the UK would only owe about £9bn of the £39bn liability agreed by former prime minister Theresa May.

The Express calls it a ‘punishment’ for Brussels.

BORIS JOHNSON is expected to tell EU leaders at the G7 summit today that Britain will only play around a quarter of the so-called Brexit divorce bill.
In a move likely to be seen as a punishment for Brussels refusal to renegotiate Britain may only play £7billion or £9billion of the £39billion agreed in Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement.
As Mail on Sunday reports, Number 10 lawyers are believed to have concluded the UK could slash the bill as it would no longer need to pay the costs of the proposed transition period. Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron insisted Britain must pay the bill in full even if it departs without a deal.


The countdown is in the Times.

There are 67 days until Brexit day. If that makes you nervous, you are not alone.
The mandarin in charge of government information campaigns has banned the use of a countdown clock in Downing Street because he thinks it is “too stressful” for officials who are expected to deliver on Boris Johnson’s “do or die” pledge to leave on October 31.
Alex Aiken, the civil service’s executive director of government communications, stepped in after Johnson’s spin doctors suggested installing a countdown clock on every computer screen in No 10.


Several of the media claim the PM has asked for legal advice on prorogation.  The Independent reports:

Boris Johnson is seeking to suspend parliament for five weeks in a bid to block MPs from extending Brexit further, according to a leaked email.
The prime minister has asked attorney general Geoffrey Cox whether parliament can be shut down from 9 September, The Observer reported.
An email from senior government advisers to an adviser in Mr Johnson’s office, sent within the last 10 days, claims the prime minister recently requested guidance on the legality of such a move, known as proroguing, the newspaper said.
However a spokesman for No 10 denied the claim late on Saturday, saying it was “entirely false”.

The Guardian says he asked the attorney general.

Boris Johnson has asked the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, whether parliament can be shut down for five weeks from 9 September in what appears to be a concerted plan to stop MPs forcing a further extension to Brexit, according to leaked government correspondence.
An email from senior government advisers to an adviser in No 10 – written within the last 10 days and seen by the Observer – makes clear that the prime minister has recently requested guidance on the legality of such a move, known as prorogation. The initial legal guidance given in the email is that shutting parliament may well be possible, unless action being taken in the courts to block such a move by anti-Brexit campaigners succeeds in the meantime.

The Mirror also reports the document leak.

Boris Johnson has asked for legal advice on whether Parliament can be closed for five weeks before Brexit , according to reports.
Leaked government correspondence shows the Prime Minister wanted to know whether a shutdown from September 9 was possible from attorney general Geoffrey Cox, the Observer reports.
The email, from senior government advisers to an adviser in Johnson’s office, was written in the last ten days.

It’s possible, says the Express.

BORIS JOHNSON has sought legal advise from attorney general Geoffrey Cox on whether or not he can shut down Parliament for five weeks from September 9 to prevent a further extension to Brexit.
In an email seen by the Observer, sent to a number 10 adviser from senior government advisers, the initial legal guidance is the prorogation may be possible, unless stopped by action in the courts. The idea was first mooted by Dominic Raab, since made Foreign Secretary by Mr Johnson.

Labour Party

The official opposition wants go back on the outcome of the 2016 referendum, says the Times.

John McDonnell has privately argued that Labour should campaign to prevent Brexit, opening up a new front in Labour’s civil war on Europe.
The shadow chancellor has held private conversations with shadow cabinet colleagues in recent weeks in which he has argued that Labour’s position should be to revoke article 50 and stop Brexit in its tracks.
McDonnell has been a vocal advocate of Labour backing a second EU referendum. But his private remarks go much further and will put him on a collision course with Jeremy Corbyn’s team, who are still resisting full-blown support for another referendum.

And the party is also demanding action on the Amazon rainforest fires, reports the Independent.

Labour is demanding guarantees from Boris Johnson that he will not sign a post-Brexit trade deal with Brazil if it fuels the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
In a warning to the prime minister to be wary of a deal with far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who has been accused of encouraging loggers and ranchers to clear the forest, shadow trade secretary Barry Gardiner said: “We cannot risk our planet to buy cheap beef.”
Mr Johnson has refused to join French president Emmanuel Macron and Irish premier Leo Varadkar in threatening to block a South American trade deal if Mr Bolsonaro fails to live up to his commitments to protect the environment.


Westmonster reports that the Brexit Party is querying whether the PM is trustworthy.

The Brexit Party have questioned whether PM Boris Johnson can be trusted as he pushes for an EU deal with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron.
Instead of focusing on a No Deal, Boris now seemingly wants to push ahead with Theresa May’s treaty minus the backstop.
That has provoked criticism, with Brexit Party MEP Alexandra Phillips telling the Daily Express: “Boris has been shown to be devoid of any principles throughout his life in politics, who will say anything to anyone if it helps his political career.
“There’s a sneaking suspicion that he backed Brexit as the best route to getting the keys to Number 10.


The Times claims the speaker will ask the Queen to get rid of the PM.

John Bercow has been accused of plotting to pressure the Queen to oust Boris Johnson as prime minister.
The Commons Speaker has told MPs who want to delay or prevent Brexit that he would help them to install a government of national unity if they pass a vote of no confidence in Johnson.
Downing Street officials are so concerned about the prospect they have sought legal advice on whether the Queen’s decisions can be challenged in court.

And the Mail claims Bercow wants to be a minister – for Labour.

John Bercow was last night at the centre of a fresh row over his ‘anti-Brexit bias’ after Government sources revealed that the former Tory MP had been in talks about becoming a Labour Minister.
The disclosure comes amid growing concern in Downing Street that the Commons Speaker will cause a constitutional crisis – potentially dragging in the Queen – by attempting, with pro-Remain MPs, to block Brexit.


The bloc is still deluded, reports the Express.

BRUSSELS still does not believe Brexit will happen, former Brexit Secretary David Davis has revealed in a dramatic interview.
The Brexiteer claimed during a conversation with an EU diplomat he worked alongside before quitting his role in protest of former Prime Minister Theresa May’s Chequers deal, the Brussels figurehead said the EU does not think Britain will leave the bloc – ever.
Mr Davis said: “I had a conversation this morning with one of the ministers that had worked with me, one of the European ministers and he just asked me how it was going and he said a number of leaders in Europe still hope it won’t happen.”

The war of words between Tusk and Trump is escalating, reports the Independent.

Donald Tusk launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump and Boris Johnson as world leaders arrived in France for the G7 summit.
The European Council president warned Mr Johnson could go down in history as “Mr No Deal” before the prime minister had even touched down.
But speaking on the plane to Biarritz, Mr Johnson retaliated by suggesting a failure to reach a Brexit agreement would also reflect badly on Mr Tusk.
The prime minister is preparing for his first international summit and meeting with US president Donald Trump since he entered Downing Street.
Ahead of the summit, which continues until Monday, Mr Johnson warned his Brexit critics they were “gravely mistaken” about the UK losing its place on the world stage.

And the rhetoric between Boris and Tusk is also being ramped up, reports the Guardian.

Donald Tusk has told Boris Johnson not to “go down in history as ‘Mr No Deal’”.
Speaking at the G7 summit in Biarritz, where the pair will meet on Sunday, the European council president noted that Johnson would be the third British Tory leader with whom he has discussed Brexit, after David Cameron and Theresa May.
Tusk said he was “willing to listen to ideas that are operational, realistic and acceptable to all EU member states, including Ireland, if and when the UK government is ready to [put them forward]. The one thing I will not cooperate on is no deal, and I still hope that Prime Minister Johnson will not like to go down in history as ‘Mr No Deal’.

The little French Napoleon is getting out of his pram, reports the Express.

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron is angry with Britain because Brexit is “raining on his parade” and drawing further attention to the crumbling economy in Paris, Yellow Vest protests and an inability to “make his place in history”, former Brexit Secretary David Davis has claimed.
Mr Davis said the French President is still angry about Britain’s EU referendum result from June 2016 because it has put his leadership under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
The MP for Haltemprice and Howden told Chopper’s Brexit Podcast the 41-year-old’s rage at the UK has triggered more interference in Brexit than expected from his side, including the October 31 deadline and several failed plots to block the UK leaving the EU. Mr Davis said: “In a way we’re raining on Macron’s parade.

And Westmonster claims Remainer Tories will be speaking to the EU.

A group of anti-Brexit Conservative MPs could be set to speak to the EU directly in their latest last-ditch effort to try and block the UK’s departure at the end of October.
The Times report that a Conservative Remainer has told them of a plan to speak to EU figures to try and work out a plan to kick the can down the road yet again.
That Tory MP has pointed to the EU contacts of former Chancellor Philip Hammond’s and has said: “The next step is likely to be something that seeks to direct the government to seek an extension.
“They will need to have an idea of what extension they should be asking Brussels for.”


Trade talks between the US and the UK are continuing, reports the Telegraph.

Boris Johnson has told Donald Trump to tear up red tape stopping companies selling goods to the US as he railed against “bureaucratic obstacles” standing in the way of British firms.
The Prime Minister personally laid out terms for a trade deal with America for the first time, listing goods from Melton Mowbray pork pies to shower trays that cannot be sold in the US due to “very considerable barriers”.
The pair spoke in a tense telephone call on Friday night in which Mr Johnson insisted that any agreement must be “in the interests of British business”.

Boris has called for a swift trade deal, reports the Times.

Boris Johnson has gone into battle with Donald Trump on behalf of British companies selling pork pies, shower trays and cauliflowers as he tries to hammer out a new trade deal.
The prime minister used a telephone call with the US president on Friday night to discuss the restrictions facing British farmers and manufacturers and said rules that discriminate against British firms must be scrapped. He will meet Trump again this morning at the G7 summit of world leaders in the French coastal resort of Biarritz.

There will be more talks, says BBC News.

The US must lift restrictions on UK businesses if it wants a trade deal with the UK, Boris Johnson has said.
Travelling to the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, the PM said there were “very considerable barriers in the US to British businesses”.
Mr Johnson said he had already spoken to President Donald Trump about his concerns, adding he would do so again when they meet on Sunday morning.

But there shouldn’t be any major shortages, says the Express.

BRITAIN will not see major food shortages should Germany stick to its word and cut exports in the event of a no deal Brexit – and this map proves it.
Brexit negotiations are still churning on as Boris Johnson tries to secure a deal before the October 31 deadline. Following a whistle-stop tour to visit Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, the Prime Minister is confident to get a deal through in the next 30 days – but Germany has issued a stark warning about food exports in the event of no deal.

Fuel duty

In full election mode, Boris is set to cut fuel duty, reports the Mail.

Boris Johnson is lining up a pre-Election tax cut for motorists by slashing fuel duty for the first time in nearly a decade, The Mail on Sunday understands.
Under the plans, Chancellor Sajid Javid’s Autumn Budget – already being billed as a No Deal Brexit  emergency package – would give drivers a cut in the current 57.9p duty per litre for petrol and diesel, which currently accounts for more than 60 per cent of the cost of fuel.

There’s going to be an emergency budget, says the Sun.

BORIS Johnson is planning to slash fuel duty to win over drivers.
The move, set to be announced in the emergency Budget, would be the first cut in eight years.
No10’s proposal would go down well with hard-pressed families, raising speculation about a snap autumn election.
It comes as two new polls show Mr Johnson is enjoying a honeymoon period with voters.


Are university students being selected on ability or class?  The Times says there’s a quota system in place.

The head teacher of a leading private school has hit out at Oxford and Cambridge universities, claiming they operate an “unofficial quota system” for pupils from state schools, even if they have inferior A-level results.
Andrew Halls of King’s College School in Wimbledon, southwest London, said he had been told that an unofficial cap of 30% on private-school pupils had been introduced this summer. He said both universities were turning away “brilliant” privately educated teenagers.

Breitbart highlights a school where the head is the ‘wrong kind of black’.

Children at an inner London state school in one of the roughest, most deprived, ethnically diverse parts of Britain have won spectacular results in their exams.
But instead of celebrating the children’s success, the left is spitting blood:
Why does the success of the Michaela School so infuriate the left?
Because though the headmistress Katharine Birbalsingh is black, she’s the wrong kind of black: a conservative who doesn’t believe in playing the race card or identity politics.

Air travel

Chaos at airports is reported in the Times.

Strike action called by pilots at British Airways caused chaos yesterday as passengers struggled to get through to the airline to find out about their journeys, or were told in error that their flights had been cancelled.
BA started emailing customers late on Friday to let them know if their plans would be disrupted by next month’s walkout by members of the Balpa pilots’ union.
Although the strikes are due to take place on three days — September 9, 10 and 27 — the airline admitted flights on several surrounding dates would also be hit by “knock-on effects”.

And flights are being cancelled even when there is no strike, says the Mail.

The British Airways summer strike has wreaked yet more misery on holidaymakers after flights were cancelled on days where there is no scheduled pilot walkout.
On Wednesday, airline staff voted to take industrial action on September 9, 10 and 27, throwing thousands of travel plans into chaos.
But late last night, passengers were told that their flights on September 8 and 11 had also been cancelled because of the knock-on disruption.

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