May to reclaim British fishing waters

MAY Britannia“Theresa May is expected to announce within weeks that the UK will reclaim its waters for British fishermen by pulling out of a deal that pre-dates the EU. The Prime Minister will take Britain out of the 1964 London convention which allows European fishing vessels to access waters six to twelve nautical miles from British shores. Pulling out of agreement would mean a clean slate for British fisherman after Brexit, although the Government could seek to secure a new deal during the negotiations.” – Daily Telegraph

More Brexit:

  • EU nationals barred from roles in Brexit Department – Daily Mail
  • Brussels bracing for ‘nasty’ exit talks – Daily Express
  • Anti-Brexit politicians will urge protesters to ‘keep fighting’ – The Independent
  • Cracks on show at EU ‘unity’ summit in Rome – Daily Telegraph
  • Heseltine says Germany will ‘win the peace’ post-Brexit – The Independent


  • The EU should rebrand itself as the protector of its nations – Natalie Nougayrède, The Guardian
  • Empire 2.0 is a dangerous post-Brexit fantasy – Matthew Parris, The Times (£)
  • Remainers can march, but won’t trample the will of the people – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph

>Today: David Rutley in Comment: Life sciences are vital to Britain’s global future

>Yesterday: Allie Renison in Comment: “Remoaner”…“Brexit fanatic” – it’s time to stop wallowing in referendum divisions

Westminster Attack 1) Ellwood elevated to the Privy Council

“‘Hero’ MP Tobias Ellwood, who battled to save the life of a police officer in the London terror attack, has been appointed to the Privy Council, Downing Street has announced. Prime Minister Theresa May praised the ‘extraordinary’ bravery of Mr Ellwood in her House of Commons statement on Thursday. The former soldier was pictured with blood on his face and clothes as he tried to give PC Palmer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and stem the blood amid the carnage in New Palace Yard on Wednesday, but the officer died from his injuries.” – Daily Mail

  • Donations pour in for family of slain police constable – The Times (£)

>Yesterday: MPs Etc.: Tobias Ellwood is appointed to the Privy Council

Westminster Attack 2) Grieve says it’s a ‘miracle’ a terrorist didn’t get through sooner

Police shield“Parliament’s intelligence committee boss has declared it “a miracle” that MI5 held off another terror attack on British soil until Wednesday. Dominic Grieve also backed up the Home Secretary’s claim that there was no intelligence failing that meant Khalid Masood’s bloody rampage on Westminster could have been prevented. Heaping praise on the Security Service and police instead, the chairman of the powerful Intelligence and Security Committee said: “We have been extraordinarily fortunate. It has really been a miracle that it hasn’t happened sooner”. Mr Grieve’s cross-party committee has powers to launch an investigation into spies’ handling of the drama.” – The Sun

  • Number arrested in aftermath of Westminster attack rises to 11 – Daily Mail
  • Police search secret texts of terrorists – The Times (£)
  • ‘Known wolf’ attackers force intelligence rethink – FT
  • Anti-immigration politicians link attack to border policy – The Guardian


  • The new challenges facing UK counter-terrorism – Emily Winterbotham, The Guardian

Westminster Attack 3) West Midlands mayoral candidate blames poverty for extremism

“Extremism and radicalisation are being driven above all by a failure to enjoy prosperity, according to the Conservative Party’s candidate to be the first mayor of the West Midlands. Andy Street, who spent nine years as managing director of John Lewis, said that poor economic prospects made some residents of Birmingham prone to radicalisation. He said that it was unfair for the city to be badged as the “capital of radicalisation” after a recent report found that 39 out of 269 Islamist terrorism convictions since 1998 involved people living in the city.” – The Times (£)

  • Muslim leader urges May to crack down on prison radicalisation – Daily Express

More mayoralty:

  • The John Lewis boss aiming to sell voters a different brand of politics – The Times (£)


Charles Moore: The bold words are nice, but in truth we do give in to terrorism

charlesmooreAlthough it beat the Provisional IRA militarily, Britain did, to a surprising extent, give in to them. We accepted (and thus boosted) their democratic pretensions, released their prisoners, got rid of the police force (the RUC) which used to catch them, and never collected their guns and bombs. We gave them large chunks of political power and public money. McGuinness became one of the Queen’s (deputy) first ministers. Beside McGuinness’s coffin on Thursday stood Bill Clinton. It is hard to imagine a former US president making that journey for any Northern Irish politician who had never killed anyone. Sinn Fein/IRA did not win outright in Northern Ireland, but they did a lot better than if they had always followed the paths of peace.” – Daily Telegraph

  • With all we know of terror, how can we risk Northern Irish peace? – Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

>Today: ToryDiary: Wednesday reminded people that Westminster is worth defending Continue to all today’s Newslinks