Brexit

The Bank Holiday at the end of the news ‘silly season’ is always a difficult time for we news-gatherers but at least we have someone who understands that today.

The Express reports a comment by our former leader.

THE pro-Brexit campaign backed by Nigel Farage says it has “the fight of our lives” ahead to take on well-funded Remainers and must raise £5million in just weeks. Thousands of donations have arrived in what a source said was an “extraordinary” response to the relaunch of Leave Means Leave, including large cash gifts from prominent business figures.
But the campaign says it needs more to counter the Remain campaign, backed by billionaire George Soros, to derail Brexit.
The group is urging voters to write to their MP to express their unhappiness over Theresa May’s Chequers plan. Former Ukip leader Mr Farage said: “The arrogant bullying EU were always going to fight us every inch of the way, but the real problem is closer to home. Our political class do not accept our decision and every attempt is being made to dilute, delay or even overturn our decision.”

The government is to hold a summit to get ready for no deal, says the Times.

Theresa May is to hold a cabinet crisis summit to prepare for a no-deal Brexit amid fears that a cabinet row between remainers and Brexiteers will stop Britain going it alone, and undermine her negotiating position with Brussels.
No 10 has ordered cabinet ministers to clear their diaries for September 13 to work on a plan to pump fresh cash into critical areas not yet covered by disaster plans.
The instruction was sent on Friday morning after Philip Hammond reignited the cabinet’s Brexit civil war by warning that Britain would be £80bn worse off if the UK crashed out without a deal.

The Guardian reports on next week’s negotiations.

Dominic Raab plans to resume negotiations in Brussels next week, as the government insists it has not given up hope of sealing a Brexit deal in October — despite an admission by the Cabinet Office minister, David Lidington, the timetable could slip.
The Brexit secretary has promised to approach the talks with “vim and vigour” and intends to spend more time in direct talks with the EU commission’s negotiator, Michel Barnier, than his predecessor, David Davis.

Meanwhile, in the House of Commons, a Tory has warned that no deal will be blocked, says the Independent.

A former Tory minister has warned party hardliners that their “dream” of a no-deal Brexit  will be blocked by at least 40 fellow Conservatives.
Nick Boles said there was “a lot of support” among mainstream Tory MPs for combining with opposition parties to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without an agreement.
“I don’t care how many of my colleagues dream of this in the midnight hour. There are not the parliamentary numbers to support a no-deal Brexit,” he said.
“And I will vote, as a Conservative MP, in whatever way is necessary, on whatever motion will achieve the result of stopping a no-deal Brexit.”

And a former top European has warned that no deal could encourage the Scots to have a second referendum on independence, reports the Guardian.

Crashing out of the EU without a deal would risk breaking up the United Kingdom, the former president of the European council has warned.
Herman Van Rompuy, the former Belgian prime minister who was council president until 2014, told the 
Observer that he believed the threat of a no-deal Brexit was a new “operation fear” tactic being used by the government. But he said it would not work with the EU and warned that such an outcome would end up creating new pressures over Scottish independence.
“The no-deal issue is not just a problem for the UK or Brussels,” he said. “It is also an existential threat to the UK itself. One can imagine that a no deal will have a big impact and cause concern in some of the regions. Speaking of Scotland, it could have consequences for them and others.”

But the WTO boss has said we should not fear a no deal, says Westmonster.

The boss of the World Trade Organisation has dealt a hammer blow to Project Fear by admitting that the world isn’t going to cave in if there’s a No Deal Brexit.
Roberto Azevêdo told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s not going to be the end of the world, in the sense that trade is going to stop and that everything is going to fall down, no.
“But it’s not going to be a walk in the park either.”
This is a sharp contrast to Remoaner Chancellor Philip Hammond, who seems intent on telling the nation that the sky will come crashing down if a deal isn’t struck.

Former Brexit secretary David Davis writes for the Sun.

WHEN the world suffered enormous financial crisis in 2008, the Queen asked simply: “Why did no one see it coming?”
Of course, she was right to ask.
Not a single public authority predicted the biggest crash in modern history — not the Bank of England, not the ­Treasury, and certainly not the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Then in 2016 they did it again. Project Fear forecast dramatic downturns in the economy if the people were so unwise as to vote for Brexit. Wrong again.
Since then, we have had record levels of employment, huge investments from the likes of Google, Microsoft, SoftBank and a long list of other companies.
They demonstrated their confidence in the future of this great country in the best way possible — with their money.

Lib Dems

The Lib Dem leader has announced he will step down soon, reports the Times.

Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader, will signal next month that he plans to stand down before the next general election — clearing the way for a successor who is not an MP.
The veteran politician, 75, will announce on September 7 that he wants to change party rules in an attempt to create a mass membership movement and allow a non-MP to take charge.
Cable will say that if there is a snap general election in 2019 as a result of Brexit he will fight it as leader but senior party sources say he will resign before the next scheduled vote in June 2022.

And Sky News says the rules on electing a successor will be changed.

Sir Vince Cable will soon announce plans for a radical shake-up of party rules that could allow a non-MP to succeed him as leader.
A party source confirmed that Sir Vince will make the announcement on 7 September, just weeks before the autumn conference season.
As well as allowing candidates from outside of parliament to stand in a leadership election, it is understood the Lib Dem leader will also set out plans to allow non-party members a vote.

Labour Party

Labour MPs could be plotting to form a new party, says the Times.

Two of Labour’s biggest beasts have buried years of enmity to host a secret dinner where moderate MPs plotted to save the party from Jeremy Corbyn and the prospects of starting a new one, The Sunday Times can reveal.
Lord Mandelson and Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, were joined by about 10 moderate Labour MPs for a barbecue at Mandelson’s London home on July 24.
The discussions also included how to get Corbyn to back a second Brexit referendum and the leader’s handling of the anti-semitism crisis engulfing the party.

And the current Labour leader has been warned that his anti-semitic views could be the death of the party, reports the Sun.

JEREMY Corbyn was told last night he risks killing Labour over anti-Semitism.
Senior MP John Mann issued the warning after Mr Corbyn’s “Zionist” slur continued to cause outrage across the party.
Union chiefs and MPs must help defuse the long-running controversy, he urged.
Mr Mann, who chairs an all- party group on anti-Semitism, said: “The Labour Party will cease to exist unless MPs and unions act to sort this racism out.”
Mr Corbyn was accused of insulting British Jews by saying they had “no sense of English irony” at an event in 2013.
The Labour leader defended his comments, saying he used the Zionist term as an “accurate political sense and not as a euphemism for Jewish people”.

Conservative Party

Tories are not happy about the Chancellor’s remarks, says the Express.

FURIOUS Tories have launched a scathing attack on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, demanding Philip Hammond be sacked for doing a “Ratner” in his latest scaremongering over a no-deal Brexit.
On Thursday afternoon the Chancellor, Mr Hammond released a letter warning that a no-deal Brexit could increase government borrowing by £80bn a year over the next decade.
Mr Hammond’s gloomy predictions emerged only hours after the Government released documents claiming the UK can cope with a no-deal scenario.
Former Tory leader Ian Duncan Smith compared the Chancellor’s self-destructive comments to those of Gerald Ratner. the former jewellery tycoon who famously joked his products were “total crap.”

The former Brexit secretary writes for the Sun.

EX-SAS bruiser David Davis is at war with the Chancellor, blasting his attempts to wreck Britain’s departure from the EU.
The ex-Brexit Secretary rages at the Project Fear scare tactics of Philip Hammond that undermine our negotiating hand with Brussels.
Mr Davis urges his former Cabinet colleagues to ignore the “misery merchants” of the Treasury.
Writing in The Sun on Sunday, he takes aim at Mr Hammond who said a no deal Brexit could hit GDP by up to ten per cent and borrowing could be £80billion a year higher by 2033.
He says the timing of his letter “was either spectacularly incompetent or deliberate” and added: “I know what I think.”

The Times reports a huge boost in Conservative numbers.

More than half of grassroots Tory parties have been flooded with new members — many to oppose Theresa May’s plans for Brexit — according to a survey of constituency bosses by The Sunday Times.
A clear majority of seats held by cabinet ministers have seen an influx of Eurosceptic members, with the biggest rises in areas represented by “remain” supporters or those backing the prime minister’s Chequers plan, which hard-liners believe is a sell-out to Brussels.
This newspaper approached 275 constituency parties. Of the 75 that responded, 42 said they had seen recent increases in membership, with many noting a change since the Chequers agreement, in which May secured cabinet support for a plan that meant Britain would continue to accept EU rules.

The Times has a column written by Arron Banks.

The best way to secure Brexit and our country’s future is via the Conservative Party. It is in government and, for now, calls the shots. To that end I am urging the 90,000 members of my Brexit campaign Leave.EU, and the 1.4m who follow us on social media, to join the Conservatives and have a say.
Soon we will launch a grassroots campaign by writing to all Tory councillors and local party chairmen and starting a recruitment drive to reinvigorate the party. We will support Brexit MPs and recruit new members, hopefully in areas where the party has extreme “remain” MPs.
Last weekend more than 3,000 people clicked through to the “Join the Tory party” link on our website.

EU

The Express has an exclusive story about the views of EU citizens living in the UK.

EU nationals living in Britain have spoken about their support for Brexit. Most cited Brussels’ lack of democracy and accountability, while one said he was persuaded by Project Fear’s “meaningless and absurd forecasts” during the referendum campaign. German Stephie Albig, 25, moved to Britain from Nuremberg in 2013.
The translator, who lives in Edinburgh, told how she actually volunteered to campaign for Brexit even though she was not allowed to vote.
She said: “I campaigned for Brexit because I felt strongly about Britain’s ability to govern itself. For me it’s about sovereignty. control of  laws, borders and the opportunity to make our own trade deals. 

Breitbart reports the conflict between the bloc and an Italian leader.

The European Union (EU) lashed out at Italian populist leaders Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini after they suggested Italy could cease payments to Brussels if other member-states do not help resolve the migrant crisis.
Alexander Winterstein, spokesman for the EU Commission, commented on the warning, which originally came from Five Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio, saying: “In Europe, threats are useless and do not lead anywhere. The only way to solve things in Europe is to work together constructively and with goodwill, which is what the Commission has been trying to do for some time,” 
Il Giornale reports.

Galileo

With the Europeans looking like they’re going to refuse the UK access to their sat-nav system, the PM has ordered work on our own satellite, says the Telegraph.

Theresa May has ordered officials to start work on a British satellite-navigation system to rival the EU’s Galileo, in a show of strength as Brussels threatens to block the UK from its project.
The Telegraph understands that Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, has signed off funding amounting to as much as £100 million to “map out” plans for a post-Brexit UK satellite system, with an official announcement due this week.
The disclosure comes after European Commission claimed that to allow continued UK involvement in Galileo after Brexit would threaten the EU’s security.

Police

Police numbers are falling, reports the Times.

One in three bobbies on the beat in England and Wales have been axed in just three years as violent crime has surged.
A Sunday Times investigation found more than 7,000 traditional neighbourhood police officers, who protect communities and gather intelligence, have been reassigned to other duties or left jobs altogether since March 2015.
The number of police community support officers (PCSOs) has also fallen by 18% over the same time period to just over 10,000. Officers assigned to back-office and administrative roles have multiplied by a quarter in three years, despite ministers’ pledges to protect “frontline” policing.

And violent crime numbers have grown, says the Sun.

A THIRD of bobbies on the beat were axed across England and Wales as violent crime surged over the past three years, it was reported last night.
More than 7,000 neighbourhood police officers have left the force or been assigned to other duties since March 2015, according to The Sunday Times.
The number of police community support officers has also reportedly fallen by 18% to just over 10,000 during the same period.
Cardboard cutout police officers have been used to provide a “visible deterrent” by frustrated councillors in North Yorkshire.

Perhaps a private police force is the answer reports the Times.

The Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Estate, other wealthy West End landlords and a London council have been in talks with a security company about funding what could become Britain’s largest private police force.
The Essex-based company TM Eye, which has access to the Police National Computer and the power to launch prosecutions, is creating an alternative to the police as officers retreat from beat patrols. Grosvenor this weekend confirmed that it had held talks with TM Eye but they were exploratory and no commitments had been made.

NHS

There is another story of waste in the Sun.

A SHOCKING 3.6 million people who don’t even exist are registered with GPs despite a crackdown on ‘ghost patients’, it has been revealed.
Doctors in England get an average of £151 a year for each patient on their books whether or not they see them – and the number who are ghost patients have risen by almost 6,000 a week.
The phantom patients who have either died or moved away are now costing the NHS almost £550 million – enough to hire 10,000 new doctors,  reports the Mail on Sunday.

The Telegraph has a story of saving lives.

Switching millions of Britons to a “two in one” pill for blood pressure could save thousands of lives, experts say.
Around one in four adults in the UK are on multiple drugs for the condition, which is the biggest cause of heart disease and stroke.
But experts say only about half of those with high blood pressure are managing their illness properly – putting them at risk of deadly heart attacks.
Many are deterred by the fact they are put on a confusing cocktail of medications, with extra drugs often added when pressure becomes uncontrolled.

The Independent claims prescriptions are going digital.

Paper prescriptions will all but disappear under a shakeup to allow more electronic authorising of medicines, the health secretary has announced.
Regulations that prevent GPs sending prescriptions to pharmacies digitally in some circumstances will be dropped – with the aim of saving the NHS £300m by 2021.
Matt Hancock, the health and social care secretary, said the move would also be far more convenient for patients, while saving staff crucial time.
Repeat prescriptions could be easily collected from the pharmacy, instead of having to visit the GP first, and the “worry” about losing paper prescriptions ended.

Bank Holiday travel

It’s going to be pretty chaotic on the roads over the next couple of days, reports the Times.

Strike action and shutdowns on the rail network are combining with roadworks and tailbacks on the motorways to cause bank holiday travel misery this weekend.
Britain’s “staycation” summer drew to a chaotic close as a strike by workers on the Northern network — the largest rail operator outside London — resulted in more than two-thirds of services being cancelled and very few trains before 9am and after 6pm.
People attending Manchester Pride, the Creamfields music festival near Warring­ton and the Leeds Festival were caught up in the disruption. It was the first of six walk-outs planned by the RMT union for consecutive Saturdays until September 29.

Asteroid

And the Sun has another doomsday story – but don’t worry; it won’t hit us … probably.

AN ASTEROID bigger than the Great Pyramid of Giza is heading for Earth at 20,000mph this week, Nasa has warned.
The space rock, known as 2016 NF23 and measuring 500ft in diameter, is expected to “skim past” our planet on Wednesday.
It’s travelling close enough for scientists to put it on the US space agency’s “potentially hazard asteroid” watch list.
Nasa has classified NF23 as an “Atens” body, which means its orbit comes into the vicinity of Earth, and says it will make a “close approach” on August 29.
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