Brexit plan

There seems to be some confusion over what the cabinet decided at Chequers. The Express claims the PM agreed to control our borders.

THERESA May last night gave an “absolute guarantee” that free movement will end as she faced a growing backlash over her Brexit plans.
Speaking directly to Sunday Express readers, the Prime Minister attempted to quell concerns that Britain is headed for a “soft” Brexit after the Cabinet agreed on a 12-point compromise which could see Britain tied to some EU rules forever.
“The referendum delivered a powerful message on free movement and at Chequers I was clear on my determination to deliver on this,” she said following Friday’s crunch summit.
“I can give Sunday Express readers an absolute guarantee that free movement is going to end.”

But Westmonster claims free movement will continue.

It looks like Theresa May is completely selling out Brexiteers when it comes to EU free movement.
In a classic case of May’s red lines becoming more and more pink, it seems the PM is willing to maintain the status quo – which no Brexiteer voted for.
May’s Chequers statement reads: “UK and EU citizens can continue to travel to each other’s territories, and apply for study and work.”
So there’ll be no massive reduction in cheap, imported labour or greater control of the borders? Mental. How on earth did May get Cabinet Brexiteers to agree to this?

Breitbart claims the deal will be even softer than ‘Norway’.

Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled the ‘Brexit’ deal her Cabinet has agreed to put to the European Union, which appears to be even softer than the ‘Norway Option’.
The bizarre proposals would see Britain effectively remain inside the EU’s Single Market for industrial goods and
unlike European Economic Area (EEA) countries like Norway agricultural products, by signing up to a free trade area regulated by a so-called “common rulebook” dictated by the European Court of Justice.

Several of the media report comments by the Foreign Secretary. The Times says:

Boris Johnson was joking but his frustration was self-evident. The foreign secretary was blunt about Theresa May’s new plan for Brexit. “It’s a big turd,” he pronounced to the cabinet. It was the morning session of the prime minister’s Friday summit at Chequers aimed at thrashing out a negotiating position for a trade deal with Brussels.
In what was described by one minister present as “a six-minute moan”, Johnson complained that May’s customs plan — in which the UK will collect tariffs on behalf of the European Union — and which the foreign secretary had thought was dead, had instead “emerged zombie-like from the coffin”.

The Sun also reports his words.

BORIS Johnson has branded Theresa May’s soft Brexit plan “an absolute stinker” that will turn off voters.
The Foreign Secretary warned the PM at her  Chequers EU exit summit she will have a tough time trying to sell it to a doubting nation.
And he told her bluntly: “Anyone defending the proposal we have just agreed will find it like trying to polish a turd. Luckily, we have some expert turd-polishers in this government.”

The Mail calls his comments ‘crude’.

Boris Johnson has opened up an astonishing new Government split with a crude outburst against  Theresa May’s new Brexit policy.
The Foreign Secretary stunned fellow Ministers with his four-letter dismissal of the Prime Minister’s plan at Friday’s special Chequers summit designed to unite the Cabinet. His comment risks making him the first victim of Mrs May’s fresh crackdown on dissent.
Mr Johnson – who has been accused of betrayal by Tory Brexiteers for not blocking Mrs May’s ‘soft Brexit’ proposals – spoke out against the plan for the UK to remain in line with Brussels rules in a new free trade zone with the EU.

A senior backbencher has also spoken out against the plans. The Sun reports:

JACOB Rees-Mogg has said the Brexit approach hammered out by Theresa May and her Cabinet colleagues may be worse than a “no deal” with Brussels.
The influential backbencher said the EU could still hamper our ability to strike trade deals with the rest of the world — likening the Government’s position to an “egg that is very softly boiled”.
“A very soft Brexit means that we haven’t left, we are simply a rule-taker”, he told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.
“That is not something that this country voted for, it is not what the Prime Minister promised.”
He also threatened he would instruct his 60-strong group of Brexit-backing MPs to vote down the proposals.

In the Telegraph he said trade deals would be difficult.

Jacob Rees-Mogg said the deal Theresa May agreed with her Cabinet could be “worse” than a “no deal” Brexit and suggested it broke the Conservatives’ manifesto promises.
Mr Rees-Mogg, the leader of a 60-strong group of Eurosceptic Tory MPs, said
tying the UK with EU rules and regulations could make “trade deals almost impossible”.
“As with eggs: an egg that is very softly boiled isn’t boiled at all,” he said, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “A very soft Brexit means that we haven’t left, we are simply a rule-taker.


The Irish are not so unhappy, reports the Guardian.

The Irish government says Theresa May’s proposals for Brexit “deserve consideration” but has warned that much work needs to be done to get to a deal.
Echoing the chief EU Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, the country’s deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney, said it needs to see the white paper before it can progress to negotiations.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Coveney reiterated the need for a permanent backstop for the Irish border, which would provide what Ireland
sees as an “insurance policy” in the event of a change of government or a no-deal scenario.

Conservative Party

The Prime Minister has certainly been showing some toughness, reports the Express.

THERESA May has demanded Brexiteers stop criticising her soft Brexit plan after coming to an agreement at her marathon Chequers talks on Friday as the Prime Minister sparked a huge backlash.
Mrs May has said she will not accept any criticism of what has been agreed after writing to Tory MPs saying “collective responsibility is now fully restored” within the Cabinet, effectively warning ministers not to criticise the agreement.
She said she hoped these plans, which will be published in a formal white paper next week, will move talks with the EU forward.

The Telegraph describes the reaction to the plans as a ‘furious backlash’.

Theresa May is facing a furious backlash over her plans for Brexit, after senior Tories said the scheme signed off by her Cabinet will put the Conservatives on course for an election defeat akin to John Major’s landslide loss to Tony Blair, and could split the party.
One senior government figure said Mrs May had backtracked from her professed “red lines” in the EU negotiations in a move that could lead to a “seismic moment” in which millions of voters buy into opposition party assertions that the Conservatives “do not care about ordinary people”.

The PM is still insisting that Brexit will be delivered but others say she faces defeat at the next GE, says BBC News.

Theresa May faces a backlash from Brexiteers over the plan agreed by her cabinet for a customs relationship with the EU.
The prime minister said her plan would ensure that Brexit is delivered.
But critics – including business leaders and MPs – say the plan would be “unworkable” and could cost the Conservatives the next election.
Meanwhile, Mrs May has said the EU needs “to get serious” about the negotiations.

The Guardian reports the ‘strain’.

Theresa May’s desperate attempts to unite her party and country behind a new Brexit blueprint were under severe strain on Saturday night, as more than 100 entrepreneurs and founders of UK businesses dismissed it as unworkable – and hardline anti-EU Tory MPs warned it could mean an outcome worse than “no deal” at all.
There were also signs that Brussels was less than impressed after an initial examination of the plans, which were thrashed out and agreed by the entire cabinet at an all-day summit at Chequers on Friday.
The proposals would involve a new “facilitated customs arrangement” intended to remove the need for a hard border in Ireland, and the creation of a UK-EU free trade area, in which the UK would abide by a “common rule book” of EU regulations.

The Express also feels Mrs May’s plans will not be accepted by the country.

THERESA MAY’s plans for a Soft Brexit agreed by the Cabinet on Friday in Chequers will lead the Conservative Party to a dramatic general election defeat akin to John Major’s landslide loss to Tony Blair in 1997, a senior government figure has warned.
The Whitehall source claimed Mrs May’s move to relax her professed “red lines” in the European Union negotiations will backfire and result in a “seismic moment” for her party.


Meanwhile, over on the Continent, EU negotiators are studying the plan with interest. The Guardian says:

European diplomats gave a guarded response to Theresa May’s Brexit compromise, while voicing concern about the existential threat they see to the EU’s single market.
EU negotiators did not want to shoot down the prime minister’s hard-won Brexit compromise on day one, but remain deeply uneasy about giving the UK unique status outside the EU.
One diplomatic source said the British prime minister had gone “through political hell” to secure the Chequers deal but that did not mean that “the British compromise is more palatable to the European Union”.

And in the Express, the bloc’s Brexit man was not particularly enthusiastic about the plan.

EUROPEAN Parliament Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt said he had read the Chequers statement “with great interest” but warned he will examine Theresa May’s plan “very carefully”.
Mr Verhofstadt said of the Chequers statement “the devil is in the detail” and that he MEPs on the Brexit steering group would scrutinise the statement at a meeting on Thursday before he gives a “considered initial response”.
He said on Twitter: “I read the #Chequers statement with great interest.
“But the devil is in the detail. The @Europarl_EN’s Brexit Steering Group awaits the White Paper which it will examine very carefully at its meeting on 12/7 and then give its considered initial response.”
It comes as a QC’s analysis claimed Mrs May’s Chequers plan for the UK to keep close ties with EU, including a “common rulebook” of goods, would leave Britain trapped in a “legal and regulatory tar pit”.

In the Times, Mrs May has demanded the EU be more flexible in the negotiations.

Theresa May has told Brussels to “get serious” about Brexit negotiations as she neutered cabinet Brexiteers — but faced a concerted effort by hardline Eurosceptics to oust her.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, the prime minister called on Brussels to ditch their “rigid approach” to negotiations and finally start taking her proposals “seriously”, after she struck a deal with her cabinet on Friday.
In a message to Brexit voters, May said that her package would fulfil her pledges to take back control of Britain’s borders, laws and money, declaring: “I won’t let you down.”
But rebel Brexiteers broke cover, saying they would submit formal letters demanding a leadership contest, accusing May of orchestrating a sellout to Brussels.

And the Express reports the start of a grassroots backlash.

A GRASSROOTS campaign to force the Prime Minister to deliver “the Brexit that Britain voted for” will target high streets, market places and country fairs this summer as the “silent majority” finally finds its voice. Brexiteers in Herefordshire, where more than 59 per cent voted Leave, are leading the way with a postcard campaign to MPs, plus banners, T-shirts and magnets which call for the democratic will of the people to be honoured.
Businessman Christopher Kingsley, 60, has invested hundreds of pounds in the “Herefordshire for Brexit” movement, in a bid to take on the Remainers who have been campaigning in the county ever since the June 2016 referendum result.

Labour Party

Meanwhile, back home, Corbyn’s party is embroiled in a further scandal, reports the Telegraph.

Labour MPs are facing new “cash for access” claims after handing Commons passes to union officials whose organisations bankrolled their election campaigns.
Eight MPs, including five frontbenchers, who collectively registered donations of more than £60,000 from individual unions to help fight the 2017 election have sponsored passes for representatives of the same unions.
But Commons rules state that the passes must only be used for individuals employed as a member of the MP’s staff, to support their “parliamentary duties”.


In other news, the Times reports financial problems in grammar schools.

Grammar schools are cutting teachers, taking out loans and axeing A‑level subjects as they try to balance their books amid claims that they have been “betrayed” by Theresa May.
England’s best girls’ grammar school, the Henrietta Barnett in north London, is among those dropping several A-levels, and relying on donations from parents.
St Joseph’s College in Stoke-on-Trent — one of a group of three Catholic grammar schools that includes St Ambrose, of which the education secretary, Damian Hinds, is a former pupil, is cutting 10 staff and seeking a government loan of hundreds of thousands of pounds. All three grammar schools in the group have considered dropping subjects at GCSE or A-level to save money.

Forced adoption

Taking a child away from its parent must be one of the most horrifying moments of a mother’s life, but it happened. The Guardian reports a demand for an apology.

The government must apologise to women who were pressured into handing over babies for adoption half a century ago, MPs will demand in a three-hour debate in the Commons on Thursday.
A motion tabled by a group of cross-party backbench MPs calls for recognition for the “pain and suffering that the practice of forced adoption caused many women from the 1960s onwards”. It says the government must issue an apology for the policies and practices behind it.
More than half a million children were given up for adoption at a time when unmarried mothers were often rejected by their families and ostracised by society.

Salisbury poisonings

Novichok problems still make the news, although the Telegraph has a good story.

A police officer has been given the all-clear after fears they had been exposed to the Novichok nerve agent in the wake of the poisonings in Salisbury.
In what as been described by a Wiltshire Police source as a “precautionary measure” the officer, believed to be from the Wiltshire constabulary, underwent tests at Salisbury Hospital after initially being admitted to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon having been taken ill.
There are reports that ambulances are rerouted to other nearby hospitals.
Wiltshire police, tweeted: “Pleased to confirm that the police officer who sought precautionary medical advice at Salisbury District Hospital in connection with the incident in Amesbury has been assessed & given the all clear.”

The Sun has an interview with the son of one of the victims.

THE son of Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess fears she may have been left brain-damaged after her heart stopped for 30 minutes.
Teen Ewan Hope says his mum is only alive thanks to quick-thinking paramedics, following her heart attack.
Speaking to The Sunday People the 19-year-old revealed he has been to see Dawn, 44, who is under police guard on a life-support machine at Salisbury General Hospital.
He said he wore gloves up to his elbows to stroke her hair and hold her hand.
Ewan said: “I told her, ‘I love you, mum. I just want you to wake up and get better’.
“I’m worried I’m going to lose mum.”

World Cup

With our footballers now in the semi-finals of the world’s greatest football tournament, we make no apology for including the news here. The Telegraph says:

They will say it was only Sweden, they will say England were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with three quite brilliant saves, they will even say the nations in the other half of the quarter-final draw will all have won this tie comfortably but, frankly, who cares? Who really cares? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup, where they will face Croatia who saw off the World Cup hosts Russia on penalties, and they deserve it. How they deserve it. They are in the last four for the first time since 1990, for 28 long years and only the third time ever, and the dreams, the hopes, the euphoria will rise and rise and rise even further until they play again in Moscow on Wednesday. 

And the Mail lauds the goalkeeper.

Three Lions hero Jordan Pickford has said England can create its own history and go all the way this World Cup as his squad prepare for the team’s first semi-final in 28 years.
England will face Croatia at 7pm on Wednesday in Moscow after the most expensive goalkeeper in British footballing history stopped Sweden scoring a single goal yesterday.
The 24-year-old man-of-the-match says his team is ready to earn its place in history following today’s 2-0 win in Samara, Russia.
‘I wasn’t born the last time England reached a World Cup semi-final,’ he told the
BBC. ‘We have always said we would take one game at a time and we can go on and create our own history.’

And the Sun says fans went wild at the result.

ENGLAND players have pledged to “make history” after sending fans wild by reaching their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years.
Gareth Southgate‘s Three Lions will now face  Croatia in Wednesday’s crunch match and quarter final hero Jordan Pickford believes the team can go on to greater things.
He said: “I wasn’t born the last time England reached a World Cup semi-final.
“We have always said we would take one game at a time and we can go on and create our own history.”

The Star has a moving story about a young England fan.

HARRY Maguire’s goal for the England national football team against Sweden was a sign tragic tot Bradley Lowery was at the game, his mum has said.
The England defender rose magnificently from a corner to head the Three Lions into a one goal lead.
Dele Alli later added a second to complete a perfect performance for England.
The game also came on the anniversary of the death of heroic Bradley Lowery.
The young Sunderland fan touched the hearts of the nation as he battled childhood cancer neuroblastoma.
Unfortunately, Bradley passed away last year aged six, after uniting the world of sport to his cause.
His mum, Gemma, paid tribute to her brave son on the anniversary of his death.
And she also noticed the significance of Maguire’s first goal.
She wrote: “Wow number six scored, brads way of telling us he is there.
Now my little angel make sure you are with our boys in Russia and help them win.”

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