Brexit

The Times claims the PM could drag the Queen into the Brexit crisis.

Boris Johnson will dare the Queen to sack him rather than resign as prime minister in an attempt to drive through Brexit on October 31, cabinet ministers have revealed.
In an unprecedented escalation of the constitutional crisis, senior aides said Johnson would not stand aside if his proposals were rejected by Brussels and MPs tried to unseat him to avert a no-deal Brexit.
They said Johnson was prepared to “squat” in Downing Street even if MPs declare no confidence in his government and agree a caretaker prime minister to replace him.

The PM has written a column for the Sun.

AFTER decades of campaigning, three years of arguments and seemingly endless months of pointless delay, it is now just 25 days until the UK’s membership of the EU ends.
We will be packing our bags and walking out on October 31.
The only question is whether Brussels cheerily waves us off with a mutually agreeable deal, or whether we will be forced to head off on our own.
I’ve been clear from the start that, while it is prudent to prepare for the possibility of a No Deal Brexit, it would be best for everyone if we could reach an agreement that is acceptable to both sides.

But the blame game has started in earnest.  The Independent reports:

With days left to broker a Brexit deal and the UK outwardly refusing to alter its Northern Ireland  proposals for BrusselsBoris Johnson and Michel Barnier have both made it clear who will be to blame for a no-deal Brexit if it happens – each other.
Boris Johnson said last night that the UK will leave the EU in 25 days despite legislation in the Commons. Writing in the Sun on Sunday, he said: “The only question is whether Brussels cheerily waves us off with a mutually agreeable deal, or whether we will be forced to head off on our own.”
He added: “We are leaving in 25 days. We can do it with a deal if the EU is willing. But they should be under no illusions or misapprehensions. There will be no more dither or delay. On 31 October we are going to get Brexit done.”

Each side is blaming the other in the Guardian.

The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said Boris Johnson’s government will have to bear full responsibility for a no-deal Brexit, as more than three years of talks between the UK and Brussels appeared on the brink of collapse last night.
In what appeared to be the opening shots in a blame game as both sides sense failure, Barnier said he could not see how a deal could be done unless the British side came forward with revised proposals within days.

Talks planned for this weekend have been scrapped, says the Independent.

Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans have been dealt a fresh blow as crucial talks with Brussels were postponed after EU leaders agreed his plans “do not provide a basis” for a deal.
With just two weeks to go until a crunch EU summit, the prime minister had hoped to spend the weekend ramping up negotiations around his suggestions for a replacement to the Irish border backstop.
But European diplomats snubbed the request amid concerns the plans fell short, instead saying the UK could present new proposals next week.

The Sun reports that it’s the EU that has cancelled the meetings.

THE EU has pulled out of weekend talks to hash out plans for a Brexit deal – days after Boris Johnson unveiled a new proposal to pull Britain out by October 31.
The PM is determined to get the country out of the EU by the end of the month, despite Brussels scuppering precious talk time and refusing to meet again until Monday.
Yesterday he insisted he would not delay Brexit, after declaring he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask to prolong the process.

But the Mirror claims Boris has pulled out.

The PM has abandoned plans for a tour of Europe this week to sell his new Brexit proposal.
He feels that as the EU snubbed it, flying around to meet other leaders, such as Angela Merkel of Germany, does not warrant the air miles he would notch up.
Talks between officials from both sides were canned yesterday.
An EU spokesman said: “Member states agreed the UK proposals do not provide a basis for concluding an agreement.”

The Evening Standard says it’s a blow.

Discussions between the UK and European Union will not take place this weekend as Brussels dealt a heavy blow to Boris Johnson‘s new Brexit proposals.
Talks between the two sides were thought likely to continue on Saturday after the Prime Minister set out his plan to replace the controversial Irish backstop .
But the European Commission said EU member states had agreed the proposals “do not provide a basis for concluding an agreement”.

Sky News says the bloc has rejected BoJo’s proposals.

Talks between the UK and European Union will not take place this weekend as anticipated after the European Commission said Boris Johnson’s new Brexit proposals “do not provide a basis for concluding an agreement”.
EU Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said discussions on the prime minister’s plan to replace the Irish backstop would not take place this weekend, but that the UK would be given “another opportunity to present its proposals in detail” on Monday.

But there may be a saviour in the form of Hungary, says the Express.

BORIS Johnson is banking on Hungary to VETO any request to extend Article 50, and ensure the UK leaves the EU as promised on October 31, in a sensational twist which arch-Remainer Dominic Grieve acknowledged would cause a “seismic rift” in the bloc.
Mr Johnson appears to be boxed in by the so-called  Benn Act aimed at preventing a no deal Brexit, which received Royal Assent on September 9, and which requires him to ask for a further delay is no agreement has been reached with the EU by the time of the European Council meeting on October 19.

There could yet be a challenge to the ‘Benn Act’, reports the Express.

TORY MP Daniel Kawczynski has confirmed he has met with barristers with a view to challenging the so-called Benn Act aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit.
Mr Kawczynski, a vocal Brexiteer who spoke earlier this week about the legislation, which he believes to be unconstitutional, tweeted yesterday: “Following personal meeting with Barristers today I have shared written legal advice on loopholes in ‘Surrender Act’ with colleagues.
“Barristers believe we have case to take to Courts and encouraging me to pursue. “Reflecting over weekend. @StandUp4Brexit @asabenn #Brexit”.
Speaking on Tuesday prior to Friday’s meeting, he said: “They will look at ways in which we could challenge the Benn Act because two can play at this game.

Bercow

It has been suggested that the current speaker of the House of Commons could become Prime Minister, says the Times.

John Bercow has been proposed for the role of Britain’s caretaker prime minister, as opposition parties plot to sidestep Jeremy Corbyn and form a “government of national unity” composed entirely of prominent backbenchers.
The Commons Speaker has emerged as the new favourite in the race to take over from Boris Johnson if opposition parties succeed in ousting the prime minister with a vote of no confidence.

And in an exclusive report, the Independent claims that when this constitutional crisis over, the speaker could lose some of his powers.

The government could institute a review of the powers of the speaker of the Commons if Conservatives win a majority at the next election, a senior minister has suggested.
The current speaker, John Bercow, has infuriated the government with a series of rulings, which have thrown obstacles in the way of Brexit.
Most significantly, he has allowed emergency motions under a Commons rule known as Standing Order 24 (SO24) to be used to let MPs seize control of the business of the house to push through legislation limiting the PM’s room for manoeuvre.

EU

Life in the European Parliament would become even more interesting if we don’t leave, says the Telegraph.

Boris Johnson would veto the EU’s seven-year budget and send a Eurosceptic commissioner to Brussels to “disrupt” the bloc’s workings if he were forced into a Brexit delay, under plans being discussed by ministers.
Senior Government figures are considering a series of proposals to “sabotage” the EU’s structures if Brussels refuses to agree a new deal or let Mr Johnson deliver Brexit without one.

The Express says our MEPs could cause havoc.

BORIS JOHNSON might veto the EU’s seven-year-budget to disrupt the bloc if he was forced into another Brexit delay under plans being discussed by ministers.
Senior Government figures are considering the plans which also include sending a Eurosceptic commissioner to Brussels if the EU refuses a new deal or prevents a no deal departure. Two ministers have told The Daily Telegraph they would back a more “aggressive” approach which might even see Nigel Farage sent as the new commissioner.

And the Mail calls it ‘sabotage’.

Boris Johnson has warned of plans to ‘sabotage’ the European Union by vetoing the bloc’s seven-year budget if a deal is not reached by October 31.
Britain will leave the EU in 25 days without a deal unless senior figures agree to compromise. In the case of a delay Mr Johnson will ‘paralyse’ the EU, senior aides revealed.
If Brexit is pushed back after October 31 the leader of the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage, could be drafted in as the British Commissioner in Brussels to ‘disrupt’ meetings, reports claim.

iNews reports that the bloc has told Boris to come up with new plans tomorrow or all talks are off.

EU leaders have told Boris Johnson to produce a new Brexit compromise on Monday or risk talks collapsing entirely.
The Prime Minister will next week tour European capitals to lobby leaders including Leo Varadkar in person as he fights to get a new Withdrawal Agreement within 10 days.
But in a blow to Mr Johnson’s plans, EU ambassadors warned that the proposals tabled this week “do not provide a basis for concluding an agreement”.

Queen’s speech

Next week’s Queen’s speech is not likely to get through the House, reports the Telegraph.

Senior ministers believe MPs are likely to vote down Boris Johnson’s attempt to drive his domestic agenda through the House of Commons.
Government figures said they expected the Prime Minister to lose a vote that will follow next week’s Queen’s Speech, after Mr Johnson’s majority was wiped out last month.
The Sunday Telegraph understands that a large number of the 21 MPs expelled by the Prime Minister over Brexit intend to support Mr Johnson in the vote. But even with their assistance, Mr Johnson would need the votes of opposition or independent MPs to win.
If he loses the vote, Mr Johnson is likely to face renewed calls from opposition leaders to resign.

Farage

The Brexit Party leader will try once again to become an MP, says the Mail.

Nigel Farage’s plans to mount his eighth attempt at entering Parliament are centring on the pro-Brexit heartland of Thurrock, The Mail on Sunday has learned.
The Essex seat boasted the fourth-highest percentage of Leave voters in the country at the 2016 referendum, with 72.3 per cent, and the sitting Conservative Jackie Doyle-Price holds the constituency with a majority of just 345 – the party’s eighth most marginal seat.
Another reason for the Brexit Party leader to put it at the top of his hitlist is the large vote for his former party, Ukip, at the 2017 General Election: Tim Aker came third with more than 10,000 votes.

Or he could become our EU commissioner, reports the Express.

NIGEL FARAGE becoming European Commissioner is one of the reported plans to sabotage the EU if Britain is forced to accept a delay.
The proposal of nominating a Eurosceptic is one of a number of strategies looked at by ministers. One former minister has given his backing to the Brexit Party leader. Steve Baker, chair of the European Research Group, told Chopper’s Brexit Podcast: “I unashamedly back Nigel Farage to be our next EU commissioner in the unfortunate event that it transpires.
“This approach is inspired by the film Armageddon.
“There is that moment when they are trying to save the world and so what they do is they land on the asteroid and they put a nuclear weapon into the heart of the asteroid.”

LibDems

The openly anti-Brexit party is profiling every voter, says Sky News.

The Liberal Democrats are profiling every voter in the country by rating their political preferences, Sky News can reveal.
This includes which party they will vote for in the next election and whether they are a Remainer or Leaver.
The percentage ratings – there are at least 42 in total, although the identity of only 37 are known – estimate whether someone voted Leave or Remain in the 2016 EU referendum and predict how they would vote if there was a second poll in 2019.
Other scored characteristics include “Likelihood of being a Labour voter in 2019”, “Likelihood of being a core Lib Dem” and “Net difference in likelihood of voting for the Conservative or Brexit Party in 2019”.

And Breitbart reports a comment by the former leader who says the Prime Minister could declare an emergency.

Former Liberal Democrats leader Vince Cable has claimed Prime Minister Boris Johnson could declare a state of emergency to deliver a clean-break Brexit on October 31st.
The Benn Act prevents the prime minister taking the United Kingdom out of the EU without a deal unless he has the consent of Parliament. The law also forces Mr Johnson to ask Brussels for another Brexit delay if he is unable to pass an EU-approved exit treaty in the House of Commons by October 19th.

Health

Health tourists are costing the NHS millions, says the Mail.

A hidden shortfall to the NHS of almost £100 million caused by a temporary visitors’ health charge being underpriced has been uncovered by an official analysis seen by The Mail on Sunday.
At the moment, those coming from outside Europe to visit the UK for more than six months must pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) – an annual £400 charge for NHS care, or £300 if they are students.
But the new analysis by officials at the Department of Health and Social Care has concluded that each payer of the IHS ends up costing the NHS an average of £625 a year.
It means taxpayers are potentially subsidising the healthcare of each visitor to the tune of hundreds of pounds a year.

A reduction in booze could help avoid dementia, says the Times.

Doctors have drawn up lifestyle guidelines to minimise the risk of dementia that include cutting alcohol intake to just two glasses of wine a week, half the level in current government guidelines.
The change follows scientific evidence that even the lowest levels of alcohol intake are toxic to the brain if sustained over years — while the claimed benefits for the heart may not exist.
The guidelines, thought to be the first recommendations that set such a limit to minimise dementia risk, also recommend at least 15-20 minutes of daily exercise, cutting sugar to six teaspoons a day and keeping blood pressure below 140.

Migration

Our Home Secretary could be taking advice on the Australian migration system, reports the Telegraph.

The Australian government is advising British ministers on Boris Johnson’s plans to introduce a points-based system for migrants after Brexit, the Home Secretary has revealed.
Priti Patel told The Telegraph that the Department of Home Affairs in Canberra was “engaging” with the Home Office over plans for a new scheme intended to restore public faith in immigration control.
The disclosure came after Ms Patel met Peter Dutton, her Australian counterpart, while both ministers were in the US for talks with Donald Trump’s administration last week.

HS2

The possibility that at least part of the High Speed Train project could be scrapped appears in the Guardian.

Politicians in the north have expressed anger at suggestions that the HS2 rail route to Leeds and Sheffield could be scrapped under cost-cutting plans. The high-speed network, which planned to connect London to Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, could be halted in the Midlands, according to the Financial Times.
The claims are said to have come from the independent review panel led by the former HS2 Ltd chairman, Douglas Oakervee, who was asked by Boris Johnson in June to undertake a review into whether to scrap the railway.

Police

The head of the Metropolitan Police comes under fire in the Telegraph.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has been accused of “washing her hands” of her force’s handling of bogus VIP sex ring allegations.
Ministers believe a damning report into Scotland Yard’s investigation into the now discredited paedophile claims raises troubling questions over her role in the affair.
The Yard was accused of “institutional stupidity” in the long awaited report by Sir Richard Henriques which identified a catalogue of catastrophic failings in the investigation into claims by the fantasist Carl Beech.

The Times says it’s a whitewash.

The officers involved in Scotland Yard’s disastrous investigation of false claims about a VIP paedophile ring will tomorrow be formally cleared of any misconduct, in a move critics have branded a “whitewash”.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) will officially exonerate five officers, even though the £2.5m investigation triggered by Carl Beech, a fantasist the police referred to as “Nick”, resulted in no arrests and left innocent senior military figures and politicians with besmirched reputations.
At least two of the officers, including Steve Rodhouse, the man in charge of the botched Operation Midland inquiry, have been cleared without even being interviewed by the watchdog.

Education

It costs a lot of money to privately educate children, reports the Times.

The cost of sending two children to private school from the age of four, including boarding school from the age of 13, has jumped to more than £900,000.
A new report highlights the eye-watering cost of a private education, which is more than 50% higher than for those who started school just 15 years ago.
Middle-class parents, from accountants to company managers, head teachers to small-business entrepreneurs, have been priced out of the sector — or forced to cripple themselves financially to pay the bill.

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