Michael Howard: Cameron’s reform bid has failed, it’s time to leave the EU

EU Exit brexit“There is only one thing that just might shake Europe’s leaders out of their complacency: the shock of a vote by the British people to leave. The very facts that make it certain that the UK could thrive as an independent country – we are the fifth largest economy in the world, the most important military power in Europe and the country with by far the most stable and deep-rooted institutions – make us very valuable members of the EU. We would be sorely missed.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Top Tories insist deal will not cut immigration – Daily Mail
  • Ministers accused of hiding full scale of EU immigration – Daily Telegraph
  • Cameron claims Brexit could make cutting immigration harder – The Guardian
  • Prime Minister insists he can cut migration despite devastating new figures – Daily Mail
  • Blow to Tory leader as immigration reaches ‘new norm’ of 320,000 – The Times (£)
  • UK net migration falls for the first time in two years – FT
  • The Prime Minister claims to want migration down, but needs it to prop up the economy – The Sun editorial


  • Cameron planning post-referendum peerages for Remain supporters – The Times (£)
  • Britain pushes G20 to warn against Brexit – FT
  • Tory leader accused of scaremongering over alleged threat to UK defence jobs – The Sun
  • Cameron warns that Brexit will push up food prices… – The Times (£)
  • …as well as flights and holiday costs – The Guardian
  • Number 10 forced to deny bribing northern voters with EU flood cash – The Sun
  • Cameron in Wales to warn against ‘leap into the dark’ – Wales Online
  • Salmond insists Prime Minister must resign if UK leaves EU – The Times (£)
  • UUP need answers from Cameron before they take EU position – News Letter


  • Now Boris’ wife is unleashed to attack Cameron’s deal – The Sun
  • How Brexit could accelerate the fraying of the EU – FT
  • Villiers challenged to EU debate by Shadow rival Coaker – News Letter

Penny Mordaunt: Britain will thrive outside the EU

“If Britain leaves the EU it will be more in sorrow than in anger. Quiet voices will hear our news. The best of them will receive it in silence and sadness. They will understand that, from time to time, the oldest, most stable and most successful country in Europe has a duty to remind a European Union barely 50 years old that government is the servant, and not the master, of the people.” – Daily Telegraph

  • This is not just a Tory debate, Labour Leave call for progressive Brexit – Kate Hoey, News Letter
  • The many who want out of Europe deserve to be listened to – John Harris, The Guardian
  • If arch-Europhile Lord Owen wants out, we should all take notice – Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
  • Lefty outers like me see first-hand how this vote is muddying tribal certainties – Giles Fraser, The Guardian
  • Project Fear looks more like mafia blackmail – Melanie Phillips, The Times (£)
  • Brexit would be a disaster for the SNP – Martin Kettle, The Guardian


Patel urges companies to hire ex-cons

Building shield“Employment minister Priti Patel has told companies to employ ex-offenders to help the Government achieve its radical programme of rehabilitating prisoners. She said it was vital that ex-convicts were able to ‘leave their past behind bars’ and told employers that they had a responsibility to create a ‘better society’.” – Daily Mail

  • Vaizey assures Welsh MPs that S4C has a future – Wales Online

Adonis warns that UK will be a ‘laughing stock’ if airport decision is delayed again

“Britain will become a “laughing stock” unless a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick gets the green light this year, the Government’s infrastructure tsar warned tonight. Ex-Labour peer Lord Adonis, wooed by George Osborne to make sure the UK has enough roads, railways and other key services, urged dithering ministers to make their minds up.” – The Sun

Labour more dependent on unions under Corbyn

Momentum“More than 80 per cent of Labour’s donations came from trade unions – drawing criticism that the party remained in hock to powerful left-wing firebrands such as Len McCluskey, whose Unite union donated nearly £900,000 in the three-month period. The proportion of Labour’s income coming from the unions shot up by more than 50 per cent since Mr Corbyn was elected leader in September.” – Daily Mail

  • Donations to Labour are half what they were under Miliband – Daily Telegraph
  • Union activists attack Corbyn over Trident opposition – FT

Philip Collins: Only you can stop the swivel-eyed activists

“In Britain, Tory members will, one unappointed day before 2019, select the next prime minister. If Jeremy Corbyn does admit to the rest of us what he knows himself, which is that he hates being leader of the Labour party, the job of leader of the opposition might be available too. The members will resolve battles between Labour MPs fighting to survive when the boundary review deprives the party of 24 seats. Members of political parties have never been more powerful. Yet there has never been fewer of them.” – The Times (£)

  • Labour faces loss of 24 seats in boundary review – The Times (£)
  • Izzard challenges Momentum for key NEC seat – The Sun


Carswell could be expelled from UKIP over ‘Vote Leave’ backing

UKIP glass“Sky News understands senior figures in UKIP have discussed trying to suspend the party’s only MP over his backing for a rival leave the EU group. Douglas Carswell supports Vote Leave, which is also backed by six Conservative cabinet rebels, but Nigel Farage has thrown his weight behind Leave.EU and its umbrella group offshoot Grassroots Out (GO).” – Sky News

Nationalist MP detained by Turkish special forces

“The former SNP MP Natalie McGarry has been detained in Turkey after she was seen recording the sound of falling bombs with her mobile phone. Turkish media reported that the Glasgow East MP had been questioned by Turkish Special Forces in the Sur district of Diyarbakir while on a trip with the GMB trade union.” – The Scotsman

News in Brief:

  • Greece warns that it will not become the EU’s ‘warehouse of souls’ – Daily Mail
  • Well-organised Iranian reformists seek gains against hard-liners – The Guardian
  • ‘Meddling’ Britain target of abuse in Iranian election campaign – The Times (£)
  • Rubio and Cruz turn fire on Trump in US Republican debate – Daily Telegraph
  • NATO warned of vulnerability to Russia in Eastern Europe – FT
  • Half of children treated for asthma may not have it – The Sun
  • Asian sex abusers to be stripped of passports and deported – The Independent

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