Most of today’s media report the coming Bill aimed at getting us out of the European Union. ITV News reports:
A “Great Repeal Bill” scrapping the legislation that took Great Britain into the EU over 40 years ago is set to be introduced by Theresa May.
The Prime Minister will initiate the bill’s course during the next Queen’s Speech, she told The Sunday Times.
Its introduction will mean the European Communities Act, which legislated for the UK’s accession to the Common Market in 1972, will be removed from the Britain’s statute book.
All European Union regulations will then be converted into domestic law, meaning Parliament can pick and choose which EU laws should be kept or revoked.
BBC News says:
Theresa May has said she is to introduce a “Great Repeal Bill” in the next Queen’s Speech which will overturn the act which took the UK into the EU.
It will remove the European Communities Act 1972 from the statute book and end the supremacy in Britain of EU law.
The government will also enshrine all existing EU law into British law and anything deemed unnecessary will be abolished later.
Her pledge comes as the Conservatives gather for their annual conference.
The repeal of the 1972 Act will not take effect until the UK leaves the EU under the process for quitting the bloc known as Article 50.
And the Times reports:
Theresa May will kick-start the Brexit countdown in the spring with a “Great Repeal Bill” that will scrap the legislation that took Britain into Europe more than 40 years ago.
The prime minister will tell the Conservative Party conference today that she will introduce legislation in the next Queen’s speech — expected in April or May — to make Britain “a sovereign and independent country” again.
The government will overturn the 1972 European Communities Act, the legal means through which the European Union exercises its authority in the UK. This will ensure laws are made in Britain not Brussels.
Sky News explains that laws will be continued until repealed:
Theresa May will introduce a “Great Repeal Bill” in the next Queen’s Speech that will scrap the legislation that took Britain into Europe 44 years ago.
Sky News understands that moves will be made to remove the European Communities Act from the statute book next year.
EU law and regulations will then be converted into domestic law and subsequently removed or kept, depending on what the UK Parliament decides.
This process could take years – meaning many EU laws could be in force long after the day Britain formally leaves the union
And Reuters has the same explanation:
All EU rules and legislation will be enshrined in British law after Brexit and then regulations deemed unnecessary will be abolished in subsequent years, ITV’s political editor reported on Saturday, without citing sources.
Prime Minister Theresa May will make the pledge during a speech at the Conservative Party conference on Sunday to provide certainty to businesses as to the legality of their products, deals completed and employment rules, ITV reported.
A government spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
Reuters goes into a little more detail about the announcement:
Prime Minister Theresa May will promise to make Britain “a sovereign and independent country” by repealing the act that took it into what is now the European Union next year, she told the Sunday Times newspaper.
In an interview, May, appointed after Britain’s vote in June to leave the EU, said she would not wait for an election in Germany next September before triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty to start formal divorce proceedings.
The former interior minister has been under pressure from EU officials, investors and members of her ruling Conservative Party to offer more detail on her plan for Britain’s exit, beyond her catch phrase “Brexit means Brexit”.
Speaking on the first day of her party’s annual conference on Sunday, May will hope to put some of the criticism to rest by pledging to overturn the 1972 European Communities Act, the law allowed the accession of Britain to the European Economic Community, which later became the European Union.
And the Independent concentrates on the timing of the new Bill:
The Government will introduce a “Great Repeal Bill” to Parliament that aims to end the authority of European law in Britain from the very first moment the country has left the EU.
The historic proposal will scrap the European Communities Act, absorbing parts into UK law while giving ministers powers to ditch other elements they want rid of.
Prime Minister Theresa May and Brexit Secretary David Davis plan to introduce the Bill as early as the spring, with its passage through Parliament set to take place in parallel to withdrawal negotiations in Brussels.
The Telegraph says the Prime Minister will make her announcement today:
Theresa May will on Sunday announce she will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act in a move that will formally begin the process of making Britain’s Parliament sovereign once again.
Addressing the Conservative Party Conference for the first time as leader, Mrs May will declare that her Government will begin work to end the legislation that gives European Union law supremacy in Britain.
In its place, a new “Great Repeal Bill” will be introduced in Parliament as early as next year to put power for the nation’s laws back into the hands of MPs and peers.
The announcement is Mrs May’s first firm commitment on Brexit since becoming Prime Minister in July and marks a major step on the road to ending the country’s EU membership.
ITV News claims the troubles in Calais have not abated.
French police have fired tear gas and water cannons on protesters defending migrants in Calais as the government prepares to shut down the city’s notorious ‘jungle’ migrant camp.
The demonstrators – including activists from migrant support groups, a far-left presidential candidate and migrants themselves – defied a ban by authorities at Saturday’s protest.
The protesters say they are expressing solidarity with the migrants, who face imminent expulsion from the camp.
In other news, Reuters reports the plans to build more nuclear submarines:
Britain’s ministry of defence said on Saturday that construction work will begin on the country’s new nuclear submarines, announcing nearly 1.3 billion pounds of new investment with defence firm BAE Systems (BAES.L).
Lawmakers backed renewing Britain’s ageing nuclear weapons system earlier this year, a multi-billion pound project regarded as key to maintaining the country’s status as a world power following its vote to leave the European Union.
“The investment will support delivery of the Government’s commitment to retain the Trident-based continuous at sea deterrent – the ultimate guarantee of our safety – and build the new fleet of four Successor Ballistic Missile submarines,” the defence ministry said in a statement.
BAE Systems said the first new submarine will enter service in the early 2030s.
This is also covered by BBC News:
Construction of the UK’s four new nuclear submarines is to begin, after the government announced £1.3bn of new investment with defence firm BAE Systems.
The “Successor” is the proposed new generation of submarines to carry the UK’s nuclear deterrent.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the deal would secure thousands of highly-skilled jobs across the UK.
“This shows the government will never gamble with our national security.”
And Sky News
Building work is to get under way on the UK’s next generation of submarines armed with Trident nuclear missiles.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced nearly £1.3bn to start the first construction phase of the new fleet, which will replace the four ageing Vanguard-class vessels.
The money will be used to build the part of the first submarine which contains switchboards and control panels for the reactor.
It seems that the European Union is getting a little impatient with the UK, reports the Express.
A GERMAN MEP has said the EU “can’t wait forever” for Britain to trigger Article 50 and has urged the government to do so to avoid any awkwardness at the next European elections in 2019.
Speaking on LBC this morning, Christian Democratic Union (CDU) member David McAllister said it was vital to make the move as soon as possible in order to trigger negations, which could take up to two years.
He also said the current period of “uncertainty” was playing havoc with the economy.
“Well I understand that the triggering of Article 50 is not a mere formality and it certainly requires detailed preparations, but still I believe the UK should invoke Article 50 rather sooner than later,” he said.
But the Sun says we will not go away empty-handed:
BRITAIN is set to raid the EU’s wine cellar — taking its share of 42,000 bottles of plonk.
Officials will battle the EU for its wine, cognac and spirits collection as part of Brexit negotiations.
It could mean the UK being handed around 5,000 bottles of wine, 250 bottles of spirits and around £2 million of the European Parliament’s art collection.
There will also be a demand for more than £8 million from the book collection from the European Court of Justice building.
Negotiations could be based on Britain making contributions of around an eighth of EU budget contributions.
One Brit official said: “Of course we will go for the assets.”
The Mail says we will fight for our share of the goodies:
Britain will fight for a share of the EU’s assets as Government lawyers prepare to battle with Brussels over Brexit.
It is understood the UK will try to recoup part of the organisations £42,000 wine cellar, works of art and a chunk of its £7.5billion property holdings – including Margaret Thatcher’s former Conservative Party HQ 32 Smith Square in London.
The planned demands come ahead of a court case next month in which a claim will be brought against the Government to force Prime Minister Theresa May to accept Parliament must trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the formal exit procedure -rather than ministers making the decision.
There is further consternation over the amount of money being shelled out by the NHS to foreign patients, says the Mirror.
Overseas patients have cost the NHS £160million in five years after failing to pay for hospital treatment.
An investigation by the Sunday People found hospital trusts in England are chasing £106million of debt owed by patients not entitled to free NHS care.
A further £54million has been written off.
Last year alone, overseas visitors wracked up £44million in unpaid medical bills, with another £13.7million already written off.
The £57.7million total from 2015/16 could have paid the salaries of around 2,600 extra nurses.
And the actual figure is likely to be higher, as 36 out of the 154 hospital trusts in England failed to respond to our Freedom of Information request.
Polling has suggested a Conservative landslide if the government calls a snap general election, says the Express.
THERESA MAY is under growing pressure to call an early election after a poll showed the new prime minister would more than QUADRUPLE her majority if she does.
With Labour engulfed in its own political storm, a shrewd Mrs May – who does not yet have a mandate from the British public – could use a snap vote to her advantage.
Analysis by Professor John Curtice, president of the British Polling Council, shows her majority in the House of Commons would rocket from 12 to 62 on current polling.
Mrs May appears to be reluctant to go to the public to seek her own mandate before the 2020 General Election – despite fears Tory backbenchers will ground her new grammar school plans because of its slim majority.
The story is also reported in the Sun.
THE TORIES could quadruple their majority in the Commons if Theresa May called a snap election, research has found.
The PM would boost her majority from 12 to 62 seats on current polling trends according to analysis by Professor John Curtice.
It comes as Mrs May has repeatedly ruled out a vote ahead of the next general election in 2020 and the prospect of a defeat in Parliament on grammar schools .
A backbench Tory MP last night warned a national vote in 2020 could be decided on the basis of the Brexit deal .
Jake Berry last night said: “An election in 2020 would effectively be an election on the Brexit deal, which could potentially open the door to Labour if the public are not happy.
But the Independent claims Mrs May will not call an election.
Theresa May has ruled out the possibility of a general election before 2020 due to the risk of “instability” posed by a snap vote.
Tory politicians and campaigners had called for an early election to avoid a backlash over the Brexit deal that could win votes for Labour.
But Ms May has made her position on the issue clear in an interview with The Sunday Times, reported Sky News .
Hopes had been raised for an early election after it was revealed Ms May could increase her party’s majority by more than four times if an early election were to take place.
Conservative MP Jake Berry told The Telegraph an election next year would give the Prime Minister an easier ride for the five years that follow, allowing her to negotiate leaving the EU without an election looming.
The question of the 11-plus has not gone away, according to the Express.
TUTOR-proof 11-plus exams will be introduced to ensure Britain’s most disadvantaged children gain entry to grammar schools under plans being drawn up by the Education Secretary to boost social mobility.
Justine Greening has vowed to end the practice of wealthy parents paying for extra-curricular coaching to get their children into the best selective state schools. She has also pledged to allow the most academically-gifted comprehensive pupils to take selective subjects at neighbouring grammar schools and for those who fail the 11-plus to try again at different ages.
Ms Greening said she was examining the merits of introducing new entrance exams that are less susceptible to coaching to ensure the proposed new generation of grammar schools take in more children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.
But the Mail claims schools could close because they have run out of money.
Scores of schools across a swathe of the Home Counties may be forced to close for one day a week because of a looming financial crisis, head teachers fear.
More than 150 state primary and secondary school heads in West Sussex sent parents a letter last week warning they were considering drastic cost-cutting measures, including ‘modifying school opening hours’.
The move follows repeated complaints the area has been underfunded for years by the Government and urgently needs an emergency £20 million injection of cash.
Peter Woodman, head of the Weald school in Billingshurst and chair of the West Sussex Secondary Heads’ Executive, said: ‘What is frightening is when you start saying “do we have enough money to open five days a week?”
Scottish finances have come under scrutiny again, says the Guardian.
Scottish ministers have cut £400m from their spending plans after four privately financed building projects, including two new hospitals, ran foul of European Union spending rules.
Ministers were forced to reclassify the funding of a new children’s hospital in Edinburgh, an acute hospital in Dumfries and a new blood transfusion service headquarters as public projects after the Office of National Statistics said the Scottish government’s private financing model breached EU rules.
Ministers shifted the three projects onto the public accounts after the ONS ruled last year that one of the government’s biggest projects, the £1.45bn Aberdeen western peripheral route (AWPR) bypass, was not truly a private project due to the high level of government control.
Does climate change actually exit? Breitbart reports the comments of a senior scientist.
James Lovelock , inventor of Gaia Theory and godfather of the modern environmental movement, has finally renounced the green religion.
Climate alarmism, he says, is not “remotely scientific”; one volcano could make more difference to global warming than humans ever could; the computer models are “unreliable”; greens have behaved “deplorably”; and anyone who tries to “predict more than five to ten years is a bit of an idiot.”
Though this is not the first time Lovelock has rowed back on his earlier climate catastrophism – in 2012 he was already admitting “I made a mistake” – it’s his most emphatic rejection yet of the green litany.
Lovelock, 97, ascribes the dramatic change in his once fervently alarmist beliefs to the fact that he has “grown up.”
China is a bit upset over the US’ decision to send missiles to South Korea, says the Star
CHINA and the US are edging closer to war amid a bitter dispute over Washington sending an anti-missile defence system to South Korea.
Communist party chiefs in Beijing are furious that the US has sent its formidable high-altitude area defence (Thaad) anti-missile system to shoot down North Korean missiles.
The deployment comes after the hermit state’s dictator Kim Jong-un spent the last few years test firing long-range missiles and just last month he tested yet another nuclear bomb.
The US – afraid North Korean missiles may one day hit its west coast cities – has vowed to protect its alley in the south.
But the plan has outraged Chinese military bosses.
They deeply resent a strong US military presence in its backyard and is paranoid the anti-missile system could be used to neutralise its missiles.
And ever the sensationalist paper, the Star also carries a tale of futuristic weaponry.
METEORITES are set to become a game-changing weapon in future wars, it can be revealed.
A secret space race is under way between Russia, China and the US which will change the way we fight wars for ever.
And Daily Star Online can reveal the US is pushing ahead with a “kinetic weapon” system that can attack anywhere on earth with pin-point accuracy from special military satellites in Earth’s orbit.
Forget planes, drones and even nukes, experts and US military chiefs believe these “darts from space” could win the Third World War.
As part of its Prompt Global Strike Force, the US Airforce (USAF) is accelerating its kinetic space weapon programme, also known as “Rods from God”.
At the push of a button a manmade meteorite can zap at any target on the globe.