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EU 1) Pressure mounts on May to set resignation date after Brexit

“Pressure is growing on Theresa May from Tory grandees to name June 2019 as the time she will step down as PM. Senior party figures want her to spell out a timetable for her No10 departure at the Conservatives’ annual conference in October. Declaring she will stay on in power until after Brexit – which takes place at midnight on March 30, 2019 – would strengthen Britain’s negotiating hand, they argue. EU leaders would know they have no choice but to deal with Mrs May rather than waiting for any imminent successor. But as soon as Brexit has happened, they want the PM to trigger a nine week Tory leadership contest.” – The Sun

More EU:

  • Marr skewers Labour frontbencher over Corbyn’s Brexit stance – Daily Express
  • Post-Brexit Britain still seen as a positive global force, survey finds – Daily Telegraph
  • Companies lobby for fewer visa curbs post-Brexit – FT
  • MEP reveals Brussels’ plan to make all member states adopt the Euro – Daily Express
  • Europe’s SMEs risk being big losers from ‘hard Brexit’ – FT

>Today:

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Our survey. Party member confidence in a Consevative majority at the next election plummets

EU 2) Jones says Brexit department is under-staffed

“Britain’s Brexit ministry is not up to strength and a slew of recent departures has created a “problem”, according to the former Brexit minister David Jones. Mr Jones, 65, a Eurosceptic MP who was David Davis’s deputy and charged with shepherding Brexit legislation through the House of Commons, was sacked just as negotiations with the rest of the EU were about to begin . At the same time the department lost George Bridges, its minister in the House of Lords, as well as special adviser James Chapman and Stewart Jackson, a popular link between the department and Tory MPs, who lost his seat. Lord Bridges is understood to have walked out after tensions with Downing Street and with concerns over the scale of the task ahead.” – FT

  • Leadsom rejects claims Tories are in ‘civil war’ over departure – Daily Express
  • Civil servants tell ministers trade-off is required for deal – The Independent
  • Hands admits UK may not be able to strike new deals for years – Daily Express
  • UK considers short-cut on deals – The Guardian
  • Gove’s bid for fishing rights is ‘small fry’ to Brussels – The Times (£)
  • Business leaders to meet ministers at Chevening – FT
  • Cable criticised for false strawberry shortage warning – Daily Mail
  • Lawyers plan to stop UK dropping EU rules – The Guardian

Comment:

  • How to calm the nerves of EU nationals in Britain – Wolfgang Munchau, FT
  • The EU is taking control of tax and building an army – Charles Orton-Jones, Daily Telegraph
  • Saying ‘Brexit means Brexit’ was the easy part – Thom Brooks, Times Red Box
  • Where does Sturgeon go now Corbyn says ‘Brexit means Brexit’? – Brian Monteith, The Scotsman

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Gove’s snap answers to Marr’s questions

Tensions rise over who will pay for public spending increases

“Michael Gove and Philip Hammond were at odds yesterday over whether taxes must rise to pay for growing spending demands amid signs that the autumn budget will be a crunch moment for Theresa May’s government. Mr Gove, the environment secretary, indicated that he did not want taxes to rise despite suggesting that he supported pay increases for public sector workers. When asked on the BBC whether taxes would have to go up even slightly he replied: “I don’t see any reason why they need to.” The chancellor faces a lengthening list of demands for extra money after admitting last month that Britain was “weary” of austerity.” – The Times (£)

  • Johnson joins call to lift pay cap – Daily Telegraph
  • Tuition fees will remain, Downing Street insists – The Times (£)
  • Only two million to benefit from energy price cap – The Sun
  • Disarray shows Tories ‘retreating from manifesto’ on school meals – The Guardian

>Today: Salman Anwar in Comment: If we want to win student votes, never mind tuition fees. A bigger problem by far is maintenance loans.

>Yesterday: Scott Kelly in Comment: For jobs and prosperity, young people need better technical eduction, not more higher education

Matthew d’Ancona: What do the Tories do now? One question, three solutions

“Though the Tories claim to be delighted that they polled 2.4m more votes than in 2015, they are spooked by their loss of seats on 8 June, and (much worse) their failure since 1987 to win a solid Commons majority. As Damian Green, the first secretary of state, said in a fine speech to the liberal Tory thinktank Bright Blue on Saturday, it is simply not an option “to keep calm and carry on. We need to think hard, work hard, and change hard.” (Full disclosure: I am chair of Bright Blue). But change how? I detect three bodies of opinion emerging in the party and its penumbra of supporters and pundits – sometimes overlapping, but broadly distinct.” – The Guardian

  • Ministers must not forget that stagnant wages hit the private sector hardest – Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph

Editorial:

  • Tories must reject Labour’s fantasy-land economics – Daily Telegraph

May’s Counter-terrorism watchdog slams plans to fine tech giants

“Plans to fine tech firms such as Google and Facebook for hosting extremist material online could be counterproductive, Theresa May’s own counterterrorism watchdog has warned. Max Hill QC said that the proposal to ‘criminalise’ the powerful companies could force them ‘offside’ when their cooperation was desperately needed. Dangerous content, such as the videos Manchester bomber Salman Abedi reportedly used to help build the device that killed 22 people in May, could be driven underground by the move.” – Daily Mail

Comment:

  • Tech companies must commit to tackling extremism – Nikita Malik, Times Red Box
  • ‘Big tech’ is cut off from the real world – Rana Faroohar, FT

Hopes for Northern Irish devolution deal ‘vanish’

“There is little prospect of Northern Ireland’s political parties reaching an agreement before today’s deadline, according to Gerry Adams. The Sinn Fein president said that the atmosphere between the Democratic Unionists and his party was at its worst point in more than 15 years and that he accepted that no deal would be reached before James Brokenshire, the Northern Ireland secretary, addresses the Commons today. Mr Brokenshire had hoped to announce that a power-sharing agreement had been reached but conceded that it was now unlikely as the two parties struggle to find agreement on subjects including demands for an Irish language act, a bill of rights, same-sex marriage and dealing with the legacy of past violence.” – The Times (£)

More:

  • May sought Cameron’s support over deal with the DUP – The Times (£)
  • Gove refuses to rule out further payments – The Sun

Ministers prepare for ‘flying visit’ by Trump

“Ministers are braced for a potential flying visit by Donald Trump to Britain in the coming weeks, it is understood. Officials believe the US president may have a window in his schedule to drop in on one of his golf courses in Aberdeenshire and Ayrshire, Scotland, as he has several visits planned in Europe in July. Mr Trump will be in Poland on Thursday before attending the G20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday and Saturday. He will also attend the Bastille Day celebrations in France on July 14 and the Government is on alert for a potential visit to the UK.” – Daily Mail

  • CNN accuses President of inciting violence against reporters – FT

Comment:

  • Trump’s tweets may be his political death warrant – Justin Webb, The Times (£)

Labour 1) Corbyn calls for inquiry into SAS

“Special forces soldiers were at the centre of a row last night over claims they executed unarmed Afghan civilians in cold blood. Elite troops from the Special Air Service (SAS) allegedly murdered Afghans, believed to be Taliban insurgents, during raids on their homes that may have been based on false intelligence… The case was brought by Leigh Day, a law firm seeking compensation for the family of the deceased. The firm, and three of its solicitors, were cleared of wrongly hounding British troops after a six-week tribunal last month. Yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn called for an independent inquiry to examine whether the probe into alleged SAS ‘war crimes’ had been deliberately impeded by the Ministry of Defence.” – Daily Mail

  • Whistleblower claims Leigh Day saw British troops as ‘easy targets’ – The Sun

Labour 2) Opposition risk split as victory emboldens Corbynites

Labour was in chaos on Sunday after the party’s chairman warned moderate MPs could be purged and that none “have a divine right” to serve under Jeremy Corbyn. Ian Lavery, who was in charge of Labour’s election campaign, hinted that MPs could be de-selected if they do not agree with Mr Corbyn’s plans as it emerged the move could accelerate plans for a new party. Rumours that senior Labour MPs are working behind the scenes to build a new movement which would be seen as a more centrist version of Labour were circulating amid the chaos.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Left put moderates on notice – The Times (£)
  • Watson says Corbyn is ‘completely secure’ – The Sun

More:

  • Embarrassment for Corbyn as Glastonbury uses zero-hours contracts – The Sun

Comment:

  • Centrists haven’t woken up to new political reality – Rachel Shabi, The Times (£)

News in Brief:

  • Italy to seize aid agency boats in new crackdown on migration – Daily Mail
  • NHS recruit crisis as ‘record’ number of nurses quit – The Times (£)
  • Eight injured after gunmen open fire outside French mosque – Daily Telegraph
  • DWP used ‘outdated’ forecast for pension review – FT
  • UK set to miss key renewables target – The Independent
  • Paxman lays into ‘biased BBC’ and calls for licence fee to be scrapped – Daily Mail
  • Hospitals urged to ‘pester’ smokers and drinkers – The Times (£)
  • Government accused of ‘failing young’ over Green Belt homes – Daily Telegraph
  • Scottish economy faces more bleak news – The Scotsman

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