Brexit

The UK’s negotiator will lay it on the line for Brussels this week, says the Express.

BORIS Johnson’s chief negotiator will hand the EU an ultimatum this week to get the main details of a trade deal agreed by the end of July or Britain will walk away.
David Frost, who is heading up the UK negotiation team, will make it clear that time is running out for the EU to come to terms with a fair deal based on existing trade agreements with Canada and other countries. The warning was repeated to the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, an ally of Britain’s in the EU, by Mr Johnson in a telephone conversation yesterday.
But it comes amid concerns over the US elections where Britain is hoping to secure a trade deal with the EU with a warning in today’s Sunday Express from Nigel Farage that an anti-Brexit President Biden would “put Britain at the back of the queue” like Obama did.
With a UK team of 20 negotiators arriving in Brussels today to start the latest round of “intensive talks”, they have already dismissed the comments put out by EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier that October “will be the real moment of truth”.

We’re close to an agreement, claims the Telegraph.

Britain can agree to the “broad outline of a political agreement” with the European Union over the terms of Brexit this summer, Boris Johnson’s negotiating team will tell their Brussels counterparts on Sunday.
David Frost, the Prime Minister’s chief Brexit negotiator, is arriving in Brussels with a small team of 20 UK negotiators as talks over a deal enter an intensive phase.
The news came as Mark Francois, the chairman of the Eurosceptic European Research Group of Tory MPs, warned the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, that a deal selling out UK interests would not be passed by MPs in Parliament.

Westmonster says the PM could still walk away.

Boris Johnson has repeated his threat of walking away from trade talks with Brussels after German chancellor Angela Merkel warned Britain would have to “live with the consequences” of abandoning close ties.
During a conversation on Saturday with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Downing Street confirmed Boris reiterated that the UK was prepared to leave on “Australia terms” if no agreement was forthcoming.
Australia has no bespoke trade deal with the European Union, leading Brexit critics to describe the proposals as akin to leaving on No Deal terms, albeit with a number of mini-deals put in place to allow vital sectors, such as air travel, to continue.

The Sun also has the warning following the German chancellor’s threat.

BORIS Johnson has threatened to walk away from talks after Angela Merkel warned Britain would have to “live with the consequences” of Brexit.
The German chancellor fired the shot across the bow of the Prime Minister as he decided to ditch plans laid out by his predecessor Theresa May for close economic ties to Brussels.
Downing Street confirmed Mr Johnson hammered home that the UK is prepared to leave on “Australia terms” if an agreement cannot be reached between Britain and the EU.

Boris has said again that he’d walk away, says the Independent.

Boris Johnson has repeated his readiness to go ahead with a no-deal Brexit if negotiations fail to produce agreement on future trade and security relations with the EU.
The prime minister was speaking just days ahead of the 30 June deadline to request an extension to the transition period to post-Brexit arrangements, currently due to conclude at the end of December. Mr Johnson has already formally notified Brussels he will not take up the option of an extension of up to two years to allow more time for negotiations.

And Reuters claims the Australian-type deal is back on the cards.

Britain will be ready to quit its transitional arrangements with the European Union “on Australia terms” if no deal on their future relationship is reached, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki on Saturday.
Britain left the bloc on Jan. 31. A transition period, during which Britain remains in the European single market and customs union, expires on Dec. 31 and pressure is mounting to agree a free trade deal before then.
With the two sides still far apart, a round of “intensified negotiations” is due to start next week.
“He (Johnson) said the UK would negotiate constructively but equally would be ready to leave the transition period on Australia terms if agreement could not be reached,” Johnson’s Downing Street office said in a statement.

EU

The bloc’s budget has come under scrutiny in the Express.

THE EU could face financial disaster after they revealed plans to spend an additional €100 billion which they don’t have, reports suggest.
A draft spending plan drawn up by EU budget commissioner Johannes Hahn on Wednesday is understood to have several issues, the main one being they don’t actually know how much money they will have to spend. German news channel Welt reports that the 27 EU Member States that fund the Union with their annual transfers have not yet agreed on funding for the coming years.
The Commission already made a proposal for the so-called Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until 2027 in 2018.

Civil service

There’s good news about a Remainer civil serpent in the Telegraph.

Sir Mark Sedwill, the UK’s most senior civil servant, looks set to ­announce his departure as early as this week under Boris Johnson’s plans for a Whitehall revolution.
The ousting of Sir Mark will be the most obvious signal that a long-planned shake-up of the Civil Service by Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s chief aide, is gathering pace.
Several sources told The Sunday Telegraph that an announcement would be made about Sir Mark’s future as early as Monday.

The Times says the government will cast its net wide for a successor.

Downing Street is expected to look at candidates outside Whitehall for the successor to Britain’s top civil servant, amid claims he is set to announce his departure this week. The Sunday Telegraph reported that an announcement could be made as early as tomorrow.
Doubts about the future of Sir Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, grew last week after No 10 refused to confirm that he would serve as cabinet secretary into 2021.

The economy

Boris will pledge to spend his way out of the country’s economic problems says the Mail.

Boris Johnson today pledges to spend tens of billions of pounds to save the British economy from disaster in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.
In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister promises a building blitz of hospitals, schools, housing developments and ‘shovel-ready’ road and rail infrastructure projects, while an ‘opportunity guarantee’ will aim to save the jobs of workers who have lost out in the employment market.
Signalling a clear break with the policy of austerity imposed by David Cameron in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Mr Johnson says that he will be ‘doubling down’ on his pledge to ‘level up’ the distribution of wealth across the country.

And there’ll be no return to austerity, says the Independent.

Boris Johnson will promise this week not to return to austerity policies in order to balance the UK’s finances in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
The prime minister’s vow will come in a high-profile speech on Tuesday designed to move his premiership on from the Covid crisis and reboot his election pledge to “level up” disadvantaged parts of the country.
The announcement sets the scene for massive additional borrowing to fund lavish building projects, at a time when the cost of the outbreak has already driven Britain’s state debt above 100 per cent of GDP.

A new committee will take charge, says Sky News.

The government is to launch a new taskforce it says will accelerate the delivery of major projects as Britain tries to find a way out of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Infrastructure Delivery Taskforce charged with fast-tracking the building of schools, hospitals, roads and even prisons is due to be announced by Boris Johnson in a speech next week.
The group, which Downing Street said would be known as “Project Speed”, will be led by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

And construction will be prioritised, reports the Express.

BRITAIN will be put onto the fast track to recovery this week with the Prime Minister pledging to “dramatically accelerate” construction across the country.
Boris Johnson is expected to use a speech on Tuesday to lay out his vision of using infrastructure to “level up” opportunities around the nation and to fire up the economy. Dubbed ‘Project Speed’ in Downing Street, his plans will create a new task force headed by the Chancellor which will remove bottlenecks and slash the time it takes to bring schemes to realisation. Mr Johnson has already committed to more than £250 billion of projects but is set to spend billions more accelerating plans for new schools, hospitals, prisons and a revamp of the road network.

ITV News calls it a ‘blitz’.

The Prime Minister will announce a spending blitz next week as he looks to “ready” the country for the “thunderclap of economic consequences” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Laying out his vision for the country’s revival, Boris Johnson will use a speech on Tuesday to announce the creation of a taskforce charged with fast-tracking the building of schools, hospitals, roads and even prisons as the UK bids to find a way out of the downturn.

The Guardian warns that joblessness could soar.

Unemployment in Britain could soar to levels not seen since the 1980s unless ministers boost support for businesses struggling because of the lockdown, Labour warns today as the main parties join battle over how to rescue the economy from the wreckage of the Covid-19 crisis.
New analysis by the House of Commons library shows that up to one million people could be added to the current jobless total of 2.8 million, unless extra support is given from August. Unemployment in the UK peaked at 3.3 million in 1984 under Margaret Thatcher.
The prime minister is to announce plans on Tuesday to “build, build, build” new houses, hospitals, schools, roads and rail projects on a greatly accelerated timetable under a taskforce known as “project speed” and chaired by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak.

Immunity

Lockdown could lead to its own problems, says the Telegraph.

Prolonged periods of lockdown cocooning the public from germs could leave people dangerously vulnerable to new viruses, a leading epidemiologist has warned.
Sunetra Gupta, professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford, fears intense social distancing could actually weaken immune systems because people are not exposed to germs and so do not develop defences that could protect them against future pandemics.
The scientist rose to prominence in March after her team’s modelling created a best case scenario where coronavirus arrived in the UK in December and spread quickly through the population creating “herd immunity”, already partly acquired through exposure to different strains of the virus.

Local spike

But there’s an infection spike that should be addressed, reports the Times.

The government is preparing to impose the first local lockdown within days following a surge in coronavirus cases in Leicester, according to senior government sources.
Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has been examining the legislation required for the shutdown after it was revealed there have been 658 coronavirus cases in the Leicester area in the fortnight to June 16.
A source close to Hancock said he is “quite worried” and is considering “all options” for how to respond to the spike in cases, including imposing a localised lockdown.

The Sun describes it as a ‘flare-up’.

A CORONAVIRUS flare-up could see the first local lockdown imposed within days.
surge in Leicester concerns senior government figures so much plans are in place for possible new restrictions.
Dozens of fresh cases have been admitted to the area’s hospitals.
Others were reported at a sandwich factory and a Sainsbury’s supermarket — and five schools have closed.
Officials are also worried about the city’s food production sites and multi-generational households.

Illegal raves

With the easing of lockdown there have been huge street parties, says the Sun.

POLICE have dispersed hundreds of people gathering in two of London’s parks, for the fourth night of illegal raves in the capital.
Cops attempted to shut down two large “unlicensed music events” which caused “significant disruption” following hundreds of people crammed together on Clapham Common and Tooting Bec Common.
This is the fourth day of illegal raves in the capital – causing Met Police to enhance their operation.
Specially-trained officers have taken to the streets of London to disperse the unlicensed rave in Tooting, and the unofficial Pride event in Clapham.

Westmonster outlines the result of the police action.

Seven people have been arrested and two weapons seized by police at illegal gatherings in London in the past 24 hours.
The arrests include two people in Newham who were carrying a firearm and a “Rambo-style” knife respectively, the Metropolitan Police said, after tackling unlicensed events across the capital for a third consecutive night.
Meanwhile, five people were arrested at another music event in Third Avenue, West Kilburn, including two for attacking police officers. The Met added two officers were injured overnight but did not require hospital treatment.

ITV News says the disruption was significant.

Police took action to disperse crowds causing “significant disruptions” at two unlicensed music events in south London on Saturday night.
Metropolitan Police said in a statement dispersal zones had been applied in response to events in Clapham Common and Tooting Bec Common.
The zones allow uniformed officers extra powers to order people to leave the area and not return.
The events continue a sequence of unlawful gatherings in London over the past four nights.
Seven people were arrested and two weapons seized by police at illegal gatherings over Friday night and Saturday morning.
The arrests include two people in Newham who were carrying a firearm and a “Rambo-style” knife respectively, the Met said.

And Breitbart reports the seizure of a gun.

A firearm was seized and police were attacked with glass bottles in a third night of “street parties” turned riots in London — as Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the Metropolitan Police faces budget cuts.
For the third straight night, chaos and clashes with police were witnessed as people took to the streets of London in street gatherings that are still illegal under the coronavirus lockdown regulation.
Footage shared on social media showed officers being pelted by glass bottles as they tried to disperse a large crowd that had gathered on Harrow Road in West London.
In East London, meanwhile, police responded to reports that a large crowd had converged on the streets of Newham “who were setting up a sound system”. The Newham police said that one man was arrested and a firearm was seized.

Scotland

Meanwhile, north of the border, the first minister is determined to clamp down on such gatherings, says the Express.

NICOLA STURGEON has threatened to close off parks and beaches to prevent large crowds from gathering.
The First Minister has said she would not rule the option out stressing that she would “keep everything as an option”. It comes after large crowds gathered in Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow on Thursday night, where police were forced to clear the park and two people were arrested.
At the same time, All Under One Banner, which campaigns for Scottish independence, has announced plans to hold “socially distanced static demos” every month until it is safe to march.

Obesity

Plans for us all to start losing the weight we have put on during lockdown are being formulated, says the Times.

Boris Johnson is planning to put the nation on a diet, including the wider use of bariatric surgery, as he draws up a new obesity strategy to try to limit the impact of a potential second wave of Covid-19.
The prime minister, who is on a slimming regime himself, is expected to outline plans next month to help shrink the population’s waistline and increase fitness levels, after his own brush with death led to a “Damascene conversion” about how to combat obesity.
The health department has presented a series of proposals to No 10. They include better access to programmes ranging from family exercise schemes and healthy eating to bariatric surgery, which includes the fitting of gastric bands.

And the Times concentrates on obese youngsters.

When three children were getting ready for their return to school last week, their mother discovered a sizable problem: none could squeeze into their uniforms.
The London-based mother, 42, said she knew that her children had been snacking during the coronavirus lockdown — “clearing the cupboards like locusts” — but had underestimated the impact on their waistlines.
She is not alone: experts have warned that school closures will have led children to gain weight over the past three months as they consume fatty snacks and sugary drinks at home, spend longer in front of screens and miss out on physical education classes.

Education

Even if teachers are reluctant to help pupils during the summer holidays, private schools could help, reports the Telegraph.

Private schools have offered to run summer catch up courses for local children, as they accuse ministers of “ignoring” their offers to assist.
Christopher King, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, has written to the Education Secretary to express his “frustration” at the Government’s “reluctance to accept help” from fee-paying institutions.
In the letter, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, he said that members of his association were prepared to open up their buildings in July and August to run summer courses for children in their local community.

House of Lords

Peers are flocking back to work now that they’re being paid for it, reports the Telegraph.

Peers are falling over themselves to vote in the House of Lords after a new allowances regime was brought in which effectively pays them for passing legislation, new figures show.
The number of peers voting since the change earlier this month has hit record levels raising questions over whether it has provided a financial incentive to vote.
The surge in peers who are voting on legislation could mean that tens of thousands of pounds more is being paid out to peers every time there is a vote in the House of Lords.

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