No deal

It looks like the PM is being pressured to go for WTO rules.  The Independent reports:

Conservative Brexiteers are lobbying Theresa May to pursue a no-deal exit after her deal was rejected for the third time.
Party chair Brandon Lewis confirmed reports that 170 Tory MPs, believed to include several ministers, have written to the prime minister urging her to ensure the UK leaves the EU on 12 April no matter what.
It comes after a dramatic day in Westminster when protesters took to the streets as MPs rejected Ms May’s Brexit deal for the third time, on the day originally earmarked for the UK’s exit from the bloc.

Westmonster reports:

After destroying her credibility with repeated promises of Brexit on 29th March that she has totally failed to deliver, Theresa May is now going to come under pressure to deliver a No Deal Brexit from Cabinet Ministers.
With a delay to Brexit now ongoing under her watch, The Telegraph report that Ministers will demand she leaves the EU on WTO terms. That would mean independence on 12th April, instead of a farcical delay that could stretch into months or even years.

And the Mirror says there could be further resignations in the event of no deal.

Senior government ministers have reportedly threatened to quit the cabinet if Theresa May heads for a no-deal Brexit .
Mrs May faces the risk of resignations from senior ministers on both sides of the Brexit divide, depending on what decisions she makes next week.
At least six pro-EU members of her cabinet will resign if she pushes forward with a no-deal Brexit, while Brexiteers would resign if she either backed a customs union with the EU sought to delay Brexit further.

Conservative Party

The Tories are revolting, says the Mail.

Theresa May faces a rebellion after more than half of Conservative MPs demanded that Brexit should not be delayed by more than a few months.
A letter calling for Britain to leave the EU soon, even if it means a no-deal Brexit, was signed by 170 of the 330 Tory Members of Parliament and sent to the Prime Minister after her withdrawal deal was rejected for a third time on Friday.
As many as 10 Cabinet ministers – including Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt – and 20 other members of the Government are believed to have signed the letter.

And in the Sun.

THERESA May is today facing a Tory revolt after 170 of her MPs signed a letter begging her not to agree a long Brexit delay.
A letter was sent to No10 which was signed by 170 ministers – more than half their whole number – demanding the UK leaves the EU within the next few months.
The letter insists the PM must uphold the Tories’ manifesto commitments on Brexit, meaning there must be no long exit delay and no EU elections fought.

The Telegraph says the party is under pressure.

Accepting a softer Brexit plan would “break” the Conservative Party, Tory MPs have warned Theresa May.
The Prime Minister will face intense pressure in the coming days to dilute her negotiating red lines and accept a post-Brexit customs union with the EU as the potential price of delivering an orderly divorce from the bloc.
But Mrs May has been told she will risk a damaging Tory split and accusations of overseeing “another complete betrayal” if she bows to demands for the UK to be closer to the EU than under her current plan.

And the Times says her government could collapse.

Theresa May will be warned today that her government faces total collapse unless she passes her Brexit deal — as the prime minister’s aides were at loggerheads over whether to accept a soft Brexit or call a general election this week.
In an emergency conference call last night Brexiteer cabinet ministers agreed they would resign if May accepted a customs union or got Tory MPs to vote for the UK to take part in European elections in May.

The Independent reports on a new group within the party.

Dozens of moderate Tories, including senior cabinet ministers, have signed up to a powerful new party group in an attempt to stop the Conservatives lurching further to the right during the race to replace Theresa May.
Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd, already a key figure in the search for May’s successor, is one of the leaders of the newly formed One Nation Group, said to comprise 40 MPs desperate to find a candidate committed to blocking a no-deal Brexit.

Conservative Party leadership

The PM is determined to thwart Boris’ ambitions, says the Mail.

Theresa May has been accused of plotting to block Boris Johnson’s leadership ambitions by dragging out the contest to succeed her until the Tory Party conference in October.
Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis has told friends that if Mrs May survives the coming weeks, then Downing Street hopes to delay the final stages of the contest until the gathering in Manchester – in the hope it will deprive Mr Johnson of an immediate ‘Brexit bounce’ if Britain has left the EU.

The Mirror says she could quit this week.

Theresa May could quit as Tory leader on Thursday if MPs vote for a new backbench Brexit deal on Wednesday.
But the PM will make another attempt on Tuesday to get her Brexit deal through Parliament – as Cabinet ministers pressurise her to call a General Election if she fails.


But will Mrs May call a snap General Election?  The Sun says:

TORY MPs fear their party could face catastrophe if Theresa May calls a snap election in the wake of her Brexit deal failure.
Conservatives have become increasingly worried a General Election is the only way to break the current parliamentary deadlock.
A poll published today shows Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party pushing ahead to 41 per cent — a whopping five points clear of the Tories’ 36 per cent rating.
If those numbers held true in a General Election, Labour would take 307 seats in the House of Commons while the Conservatives would only get 264.

The Express says it’s curtains if she does.

THERESA MAY risks the “total collapse” of her Tory Government if she fails to get her defeated Brexit deal through Parliament, amid growing speculation she might call an early general election, according to recent reports.
At least six EU-supporters in Mrs May’s Cabinet of senior ministers will resign if a no-deal Brexit gets the go-ahead, according to the Sunday Times.

The Independent says she’ll be voted down if she tries.

Conservative MPs from across the party are threatening to vote down any attempt by Theresa May to lead them into a snap election, warning it would split the Tories and exacerbate the Brexit crisis.
In a sign of the collapse in authority suffered by the prime minister, cabinet ministers are among those warning that there will be a serious campaign by Conservative MPs to vote against an election headed by May, a move she hinted at last week to break the Brexit deadlock.
The threat of an election immediately angered both pro-Brexit and pro-Remain MPs.

Sky News also reports the resistance.

Tory MPs on both sides of the Brexit debate have told Theresa May they will resist any attempt by her to call a snap general election in a bid to end the crisis engulfing the party.
Leavers and Remainers fear the party is in no state to fight an election if she goes to the country early.
It ramps up the pressure on the embattled prime minister as she considers a last-ditch attempt to save her Brexit deal after suffering a third defeat in the Commons.

And the Telegraph reports the party could be wiped out.

Theresa May must not be allowed to lead the Conservatives into a snap election, senior Tories have warned.
A series of ministers and MPs have told The Telegraph the party would be “annihilated” at the polls if the Prime Minister insisted on fighting a campaign to face down Parliament over Brexit in the coming months.
The warning came as it emerged that senior ministers have virtually given up any hope of the Democratic Unionist Party, which is propping up the Government, supporting Mrs May’s Brexit deal.

The Guardian says her authority has collapsed.

Conservative MPs from across the party are threatening to vote down any attempt by Theresa May to lead them into a snap election, warning it would split the Tories and exacerbate the Brexit crisis.
In a sign of the collapse in authority suffered by the prime minister, cabinet ministers are among those warning that there will be a serious campaign by Conservative MPs to vote against an election headed by May, a move she hinted at last week to break the Brexit deadlock.

And the Mail claims the opposition could take control of Parliament if there is a General Election.

Jeremy Corbyn would be poised on the threshold of Downing Street if Theresa May called a General Election, an exclusive Mail on Sunday poll has found.
After weeks of conflict in the Conservative Party, public support for Labour stands at 41 per cent, five points clear of the Tories on 36.
If repeated at an Election, Labour would be on course to win 307 seats, while the Conservatives would claim just 264.


The blame game has started, according to the Mail.

Tory leadership rivals Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab were last night blamed by Theresa May’s allies for dashing her hopes of a Brexit deal with the DUP.
They claimed a last-minute accord fell through because of doubts among the Northern Irish party that Mr Johnson and Mr Raab were ‘really Unionists’.

The Times also reports on the DUP.

Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab have been blamed by a senior cabinet minister for the decision by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) not to back Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement at the third time of asking.
The DUP’s support was seen as critical as it could have led to enough members of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s European Research Group (ERG) switching their vote on Friday to enable May’s deal to be passed.


The PM is aiming to bring her Withdrawal Agreement back to Parliament for a fourth time, says the Guardian.

Theresa May hopes to bring her Brexit deal back to parliament again next week after it was rejected for a third time by MPs – and appears poised to trigger a general election if parliament fails to agree a way forward.
Despite the embattled prime minister’s dramatic promise on Wednesday that she would hand over the keys to 10 Downing Street if her Tory colleagues backed the withdrawal agreement, parliament voted against it on Friday, by 344 to 286.

BBC News says it’s her ambition to get the WA through.

The prime minister is continuing to consider her next move to break the Brexit deadlock following the latest defeat of her withdrawal plan.
Senior government sources say the “ambition” is still to get Theresa May’s deal through the Commons.
But MPs will again vote on alternatives on Monday, with a customs union with the EU thought to be MPs’ most likely preferred option.
Some senior Brexiteers have warned Mrs May against pursuing such a move.

But ITV News reports she has been told to forget her plans.

Theresa May has been told to drop her plans for a fourth vote on her Brexit deal, as a government minister has written a letter signed by dozens of MPs telling her to back a no-deal Brexit.
The Prime Minister is consulting senior ministers over the weekend on the way ahead after MPs voted on Friday to reject the Withdrawal Agreement by a majority of 58.

Breitbart says she won’t quit.

Prime Minister Theresa May has yet to give up on her thrice-defeated Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union, according to reports, and is attempting to organise a fourth parliamentary vote on it next week.
The Withdrawal Agreement was crushed by a record 230 votes when it was put to a so-called “meaningful vote” in the House of Commons in January, and by an only marginally less devastating 149 votes on a second attempt some weeks later.

The Times says her options are limited.

Theresa May is today weighing up what one ally describes as ‘a menu of equally unpalatable options’ – any one of which could lead to the swift collapse of her stricken Government.
Her exhausted Downing Street operation is staring at an invidious choice if her deal is voted down again this week: either accept the likely bidding of MPs and keep the UK in a customs union – thus splitting her party down the middle – or turn her face against the Commons by calling a ‘kamikaze’ Election.


Some MPs are facing problems from within their constituencies.  The Mail reports:

Dominic Grieve has blamed an ‘orchestrated’ campaign to oust him masterminded by a former UKIP candidate after he lost a vote of no confidence from his local Conservative association.
The rebel MP who has masterminded a campaign to seize control of Brexit next week faces the prospect of deselection – and there are fears among Tories who have Remain sympathies that more of them could be targeted.

The Sun says the Tories could split up.

THE TORIES are on the verge of a major fracture if moderate MPs are deselected, George Osborne warned yesterday.
The ex-Chancellor hit out at Remain-backing Dominic Grieve who has suffered a vote of no confidence by his local party.
Mr Osborne advised the Conservative hierarchy that they were “heading for a huge, historic split” if such MPs were booted out.


What does the EU think about the activities in the UK?  The Independent says it could offer another delay.

EU leaders are prepared to let Britain delay Brexit again to allow time for a second referendum, The Independent understands.
After parliament rejected Theresa May’s deal for a third time, the bloc called a summit on 10 April – two days before the UK is on course to leave without a deal.
And senior Brussels officials familiar with leaders’ thinking say that barring a credible plan to get a majority for the withdrawal agreement, the UK would be given more time only if it was for another clear option such as a general election or a referendum.

The Times says the EU is ready for no deal.

EU governments have crossed a psychological threshold and are preparing for a disorderly Brexit.
They are testing how to handle British requests for market access in the event of a no-deal — an outcome once viewed as a far-fetched nightmare. But what used to be “a possibility” is seen by some EU diplomats as the most probable outcome of the Brexit debacle.
“A no-deal scenario on April 12 is now a likely scenario,” a European Commission spokesman said. “The EU is fully prepared for a no-deal scenario at midnight on April 12.”

Labour Party

The shadow chancellor is about to reveal plans for a new bank, reports the Times.

Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, will today unveil plans to transform post offices into branches of a new nationalised bank.
A government led by Jeremy Corbyn would put £2.5bn into the “Post Bank” to save the high street and protect face-to-face banking. Britain has lost two-thirds of its bank and building society branches in the past 30 years.
The Post Office has a sprawling but struggling network of more than 11,500 branches. The state-owned business faces pressure from online delivery services such as Amazon and the wider decline of the high street but made a profit of £35m last year, up from £13m in 2016-17 — the first year that it had been in the black for 16 years.

Stop & search

Police have been given new powers says the Telegraph.

Sajid Javid is to give police “hugely effective” stop and search powers to tackle the growing menace of knife crime.
The Home Secretary will today overturn two reforms made by Theresa May five years ago, allowing officers in seven regions to step up the use of the controversial tactic.
Lower ranked officers in the areas worst affected by violent crime will be able to sanction police to stop and search suspects in an attempt to remove knives from the street.

BBC News also has the report.

Police in England and Wales are being given greater stop and search powers to tackle rising knife crime.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is making it easier for officers to search people without reasonable suspicion in places where serious violence may occur.
It comes after fatal stabbings rose last year to the highest point since records began.

The Times points out that the rules were originally brought in when Theresa May was Home Secretary.

Theresa May, who introduced stricter rules to Britain’s stop-and-search policy, has made a U-turn to try to end the country’s knife crime epidemic.
A new scheme will let police in seven regions carry out stop-and-search checks without needing to prove “reasonable grounds” for suspicion if serious violence is anticipated.


The NHS will look closely at child mortality, says the Telegraph.

The NHS is to launch the world’s first national database of child mortality in a bid to stop children dying from pollution and other preventable causes.
From Monday, all deaths of those under the age of 18 will be centrally recorded so that officials can pinpoint danger areas and take preventative action.
The data should enable scientists to identify clusters of child deaths and determine reasons for them – for example asthma – something which the current system of council-run review panels does not allow.

And the Times has a story about the increase in lung cancer in women.

Rising numbers of women who have never smoked are being diagnosed with lung cancer but the cause of the increase remains a mystery.
Dr Michael Beckles, medical adviser to the British Lung Foundation, said: “Lung cancer in those who have never smoked is now being diagnosed more frequently across the world and it is particularly common in women. The cause or causes of this type of cancer aren’t known yet.”

The Mirror covers a story about health visitors.

Over-stretched health visitors today warn that children will die unless cuts to their service are reversed.
Nearly a third of health visitors have caseloads topping 500, a survey reveals – twice the recommended safe level set by the Institute of Health Visiting.
And 42 per cent said they fear they will soon have a “tragedy” on their hands due to an at-risk child slipping through the net.


Apparently you can buy your way into a qualification, says the Mail.

British students are cheating their way to PhDs by paying companies thousands of pounds to write their dissertations for them, a MailOnline investigation has revealed.
‘Essay mill’ firms are offering to write entire theses on demand, with one telling a reporter posing as a student: ‘You just need to write your name on the top’.
Three companies, King’s Academic Help, PhD Dissertation and British Dissertation Editors, said they would sell PhD dissertations for between £2,559 and £6,173, with higher fees demanded for better grades.

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