Brexit

It seems that a Tory rebellion is afoot, according to the Telegraph.

Theresa May is urgently moving to head off a major rebellion over her Brexit plans as pro-EU Tory MPs prepare to join Labour’s attempt to derail a key part of her withdrawal bill.
Damian Green, the Prime Minister’s de facto deputy, warns in The Telegraph that Conservative Europhiles must unite behind the Government’s plans or risk handing power to Jeremy Corbyn.
Separately Mrs May said that blocking the bill could precipitate Britain falling off a “cliff-edge” and that Parliament must “play its part”.
The stark warnings signal the extent of Mrs May’s concern about a growing campaign by pro-EU Tory MPs to seek major changes to the withdrawal legislation that will be debated in the Commons this week.

ITV News also reports the PMs problems.

Theresa May is attempting to prevent a Tory rebellion over Brexit ahead of the first Commons votes on the legislation to pull the UK out of the European Union.
If would-be rebels attempt to water down the so-called Repeal Bill, they risk putting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Number 10, the Prime Minister’s allies have warned.
The Bill – officially called the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – repeals the 1972 European Communities Act which took Britain into the EU.
The Bill is designed to transfer EU law into British law so the same rules apply before and after Brexit, while giving parliaments and assemblies in Westminster, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff the power to drop or change them in the future.
Mrs May has already said it will give legal certainty to people and businesses and insisted there will be “proper Parliamentary scrutiny”.

And the Brexit secretary has accused the Parliamentary opposition of trying to thwart the referendum result, says Sky News.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has accused Labour of threatening to “delay, bog down and defeat” the Government’s repeal bill which goes before MPs this week.
The first full parliamentary debate on the legislation is set for Thursday but the Labour Party is expected to push for changes which would keep the UK in the single market and customs union during a transition period after 2019.
As Theresa May moves to prevent a rebellion from Remain-supporting MPs within her own party, her allies have sent warnings to those who might be tempted to rebel and help the Labour effort.
Mr Davis, writing in the Sun on Sunday, said: “(Labour leader) Jeremy Corbyn’s unscrupulous Labour Party are threatening to delay, bog down and defeat this essential piece of legislation.

Mrs May’s problems are also highlighted in the Independent.

Theresa May is attempting to prevent a Tory rebellion over Brexit ahead of the first Commons votes on the legislation to withdraw from the European Union.
The Prime Minister’s allies have warned would-be rebels that they risk putting Jeremy Corbyn into Number 10 if they attempt to water down the so-called Repeal Bill.
Ms May said the legislation – officially called the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – would give legal certainty to people and businesses and insisted there would be “proper Parliamentary scrutiny”.
But pro-EU Tories claimed the whipping operation to ensure they backed the legislation could backfire and potentially damage Ms May’s already weakened leadership.

The Express claims the negotiations are too long and too slow.

LEAVE voters believe the UK Government is not strong enough to negotiate frustratingly slow Brexit, it was claimed today.
With talks in Brussels stalling and both parties struggling with the complicated process of Britain’s divorce from the EU, many ‘leavers’ in the UK think that it is taking too long and costing too much to exit the European Union.
And concerns about a ‘transition deal’ that could drag on beyond 2019 and see Britain pay up to £30bn just to exit the EU are a major worry for the millions who voted for Britain to leave the EU.
In an investigation by the Financial Times, residents from a sample town – Surrey Town of Staine-upon-Thames – were asked about Brexit and they were extremely frustrated at the lack of progress.

Divorce’ bill

Several of the media claim to know how much the government is prepared to pay to get out of the EU. The Times claims it’s up to £50bn.

Theresa May is set to approve a politically explosive Brexit bill of up to £50bn after the Conservative Party conference in October in an effort to kickstart trade talks with the European Union.
Under plans being drawn up in Whitehall, Britain would pay between £7bn and £17bn a year to Brussels for three years after Brexit before ending sizeable direct payments into EU coffers in time for the 2022 general election.
But May and her Brexit secretary, David Davis, risk accusations that they are keeping their intentions secret to protect the prime minister from attacks by Eurosceptics at a conference where she will fight to re-establish credibility.

The Mail has a similar figure, although Mrs May is trying to keep it a secret.

Theresa May is hoping to keep details of the UK’s EU divorce bill a secret until after the Conservative Party conference – to avoid a damaging revolt by Brexit supporters.
The Mail on Sunday understands that the Prime Minister has been advised that Britain is likely to have to fork out up to €50 billion – £46 billion at current exchange rates – as the only way to break the deadlock of the Brexit talks.
But anticipating a backlash from her party’s anti-EU wing, Mrs May hopes to wait for the Tories’ Manchester conference to conclude on October 4 before announcing the details.
That would give her just two weeks before a critical summit takes place at which the EU will determine whether enough progress has been made on agreeing the divorce bill to allow trade talks to start.

Reuters claims a similar figure.

A 60 billion euro (£54.95 billion) gulf between the European Union and Britain over how much London owes when it quits the bloc may be the biggest obstacle to a deal on an orderly Brexit in March 2019, officials said after talks this week.
There are sharply differing legal interpretations of the “Brexit bill” that Britain will legally be obliged to pay in a divorce settlement with Brussels.
But there are signs too of where compromise may emerge that could allow Prime Minister Theresa May deliver a headline figure more palatable to British voters than the 60 billion euros widely talked about and without leaving the other 27 leaders staring at a hole in budgets.
The key could be to take account of payments Britain is willing to make after leaving as part of a transition to a new cooperation pact with the bloc, EU officials and diplomats involved in negotiations told Reuters on Friday after tense talks in Brussels.

EU

Over the Channel, Eurocrats are claiming the UK should make payment for years, says the Telegraph.

The European Commission’s budget chief has risked further inflaming tensions with Britain’s Brexit negotiators by declaring that the UK “must continue to make payments to the EU” until 2023.
Gunther Oettinger, the budget commissioner, who is not part of Michel Barnier’s negotiating team, said “the European Union expects the British to hold commitments”. He went on to suggest that the country should continue making contributions to Brussels for four years after its departure in 2019.
On Saturday John Redwood, the former trade secretary, described the idea by the prominent German politician as “completely idiotic”, saying that there was “no way” the demand would be met.

And the Sun outlines some of the schemes being mentioned in Europe.

BUREAUCRATS in Brussels want the UK to pay for green schemes like bear breeding.
As part of the Brexit divorce bill, EU negotiators are demanding support to boost the number of Pyrenees bear, even though Britain will have left.
The project, backed by £1.6million of EU funding, will draw up a blueprint on how bears and humans can co-exist in Catalonia, Spain. It runs past the March 2019 departure.
EU negotiator Michel Barnier says it would not be “fair” if the remaining 27 states pay Britain’s share of spending pledges after leaving.
Other commitments include long-term loans to Ukraine and overseas aid projects in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries.
The UK is expected to continue to part-fund a £1million project making mountain huts more environmentally friendly.
A further £2.5million has been pledged to restore grasslands in Estonia.

But many Germans are worried about what will happen when we leave, says the Express.

TWO-THIRDS of Germans are fearful of the negative effect Brexit will have on the European Union, according to a new poll.
Just 20 per cent of those polled by Forschungsgruppe Wahlen for ZDF television can see the potential for long-term benefits in Europe following the UK’s decision to leave.
It also appears Germans do not hold out much hope for Britain’s future either, with 82 per cent believing the impact of Brexit will be negative on the UK, compared with just nine per cent who think the country will benefit in the long run.

Trade

Post-Brexit business and the possibility of no-trade deal is examined by the Telegraph.

Britain now has a one in three chance of leaving the EU without a free trade deal after Brexit talks ended in acrimony, Cabinet sources have told Sunday Telegraph.
Eurosceptic ministers believe that the chance of a hard Brexit has increased significantly after a bruising round of negotiations last week ended in deadlock, with Brussels publicly ridiculing the UK’s negotiating position.
One Government source said that there is now a one in three chance of talks ending without a trade deal amid claims that Whitehall is failing to put sufficient contingency plans in place.
The issue is at the heart of a bitter divide within the Cabinet. Eurosceptic ministers including Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, have suggested Brexit will still be a success if the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal.

But the Mail claims our manufacturers are doing well.

British manufacturers are defying Brexit doom by posting one of the biggest growth results in three years in a ‘clear sign of confidence is returning’.
The fall in the pound since the EU Referendum result last year has led to an increase in orders at home and abroad, according to industry indicators.
Demand for British goods from foreign buyers at one of its strongest levels since data collecting began in 1996, hitting a record high in July.
According to the study carried out by the purchasing managers’ index (PMI), securing more business deals overseas has helped support the fastest jobs growth since 2014.

And even BBC News has to grudgingly admit that we’re doing OK.

Growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector accelerated last month, according to a closely watched survey, with output, orders and employment all picking up.
The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for manufacturing rose to 56.9 in August from 55.3 in July. A figure above 50 indicates expansion.
The PMI reading was the second highest for more than three years.
Rob Dobson from Markit said the sector continued to show signs of “solid progress”.
He said it was increasingly likely that growth in the sector would be maintained “given the breadth of the expansion”, with both big and small companies seeing conditions improve.

Westmonster is talking up our growth.

The UK’s manufacturing growth shot up last month, with both orders and employment seeing an increase. Activity in the sector has jumped to a four-month high.
The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for manufacturing rose to 56.9 in August from 55.3 in July. A figure above 50 indicates that the sector is expanding.
The survey found that production also increased at the fastest rate in 7 months, largely due to the increase in new orders being placed. Additionally, the rate of job creation recorded its fastest pace in 13 months, according to the report.

Education

Elsewhere in the news, the Telegraph has a story about child safety in schools.

Britain’s flagship Steiner school has been ordered to close amid fears over child safety, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.
The Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley had already been banned by the Department for Education (DfE) from admitting any new pupils, following a series of damning Ofsted inspections which uncovered a raft of safeguarding failings.
It comes after Denis McCarthy, a senior staff member who was also a leading figure in the UK’s Steiner school movement, was sacked from the school for gross misconduct.
“He was a senior figure in anthroposophy,” a source close to the school told The Sunday Telegraph. “He was the most powerful person in the school, he had a large following.
“The school did everything that they could to protect him: minimising or dismissing concerns, and deleting safeguarding emails.”

And Breitbart claims Channel 4 is comparing President Trump to Adolf Hitler.

A new Channel 4 documentary shows British teachers telling pupils there are “a lot of similarities between Hitler and Trump”, and suggesting the most important people to look after following the Manchester Arena terror bombing are Muslim pupils.
Harrop Fold School in Salford, Manchester, was formerly ranked one of the worst in Britain and is led by three brothers: Headteacher Drew Povey, Deputy Head Ross Povey, and Ben Povey on the Behaviour Team.
Channel 4 puts heavy emphasis on Middle Eastern migrant pupils in the film, particularly a Syrian boy named Rani, who is taken under the wing of a local boy named Jack.
Drew Povey notes that when he began working at the school 12 years ago, it was 99 per cent White British, but this is no longer the case — resulting in “challenges”.

The Telegraph also reports the cheating scandal in some schools is continuing.

It is the scandal that has led to the sacking and suspension of teachers and raised questions over the propriety of some of the country’s leading schools.
But now it can be revealed that the exam cheating scandal may have begun with a romantic gesture intended to win a young woman’s heart.
The Telegraph has learnt that one of the controversies ensnaring four leading public schools came to light when a student in the possession of leaked details of his exam paper boasted to a girl he was trying to impress.
It follows a series of disclosures by The Telegraph into exam malpractice at schools including Eton and Winchester College, which resulted in two senior scholars leaving the profession in disgrace.
Concerns over exam cheating were raised by a student at Downe House, an independent day school for girls, after an Eton student attempted to win her affections.

Crime

Stop and search’ is climbing again, according to the Times.

Nine police forces have recorded a rise in the use of stop-and-search powers after a surge in violent crime.
Officers in Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Merseyside, North Wales, South Wales, Suffolk, Surrey and West Mercia detained more people in June on suspicion of carrying knives and drugs than in the same month last year. The figures, which are the latest available, offer evidence that the police have reversed a decision made in 2014 to cut back on stop and search following prompts by Theresa May.
As home secretary, May insisted stop and search should be intelligence-led and not random. She was concerned by data showing black people were seven times more likely than white to be stopped.

UKIP

And our own party has made the national media with a story in the Independent about our leadership elections.

The crowded field in the Ukip leadership race has thinned out, with four candidates forming an alliance.
Victory for the Ukip United leadership slate would see Jane Collins take the top job, with key roles for her former rivals.
Under the plan, Scottish MEP David Coburn would become deputy leader, with Ben Walker taking the role of party chairman and Marion Mason also backing the alliance.
Some 11 candidates were originally cleared to stand in the contest to succeed Paul Nuttall and the Ukip United team feared that splitting the vote could leave the door open to an “authoritarian” leader such as Sharia Watch director Anne Marie Waters.

Breitbart reports the cancellation of the YI conference this weekend.

A conference in Sheffield for the UK Independence Party’s young supporters has been cancelled after a campaign of threats and intimidation by Alt-Left activists, according to its organisers.
“It is with great reluctance that we have been forced to announce that the Young Independence #Horizons conference has been cancelled/postponed indefinitely,” reads an online letter from the YI executive council.
“Unfortunately, the Hard Left Stand Up to Racism organisation planned a protest at the hotel and has sent a large amount of abusive and threatening emails to Hilton Hotel staff. … The Hilton inform us that the quantity of emails that were of an aggressive nature was overwhelming and they decided that owing to an increased security risk posed by the Far Left to delegates, hotel guests and Hilton staff they have been left with very little option than to cancel the event.”
The youngsters had also planned to hire out a boat for a get together after their conference, but this was cancelled as well after Alt-Left activists allegedly “decided that it would be appropriate to send abusive messages” to the small business owner who would have been hosting.

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