EU 1) Gove faces sack for backing Brexit

michael-gove“Michael Gove is facing the sack as Justice Secretary in the wake of his decision to oppose the Prime Minister’s bid to keep Britain in the European Union, The Telegraph understands. David Cameron is being urged by ministerial allies to remove Mr Gove from his post in the weeks following the in-out referendum on June 23 after he questioned the legal basis of Britain’s deal with Brussels.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Gove wins lawyers’ backing over challenge to Cameron – The Times (£)
  • Cameron criticised for refusing to publish EU advice – Daily Telegraph
  • Justice Secretary fires first shot with attack on deal – The Times (£)
  • Downing Street rejects claim that deal isn’t binding – FT
  • Vine reveals ‘torture’ as Gove chose between his friend and his principles – Daily Telegraph
  • Osborne invited Justice Secretary on weekend away to rebuild Brexit bridges – The Independent


  • Gove is right: the European Court, not Tusk, has final say on our deal – Marina Wheeler, The Times (£)
  • These meddling political wives really ought to stand for Parliament – Edwina Currie, Daily Telegraph
  • Message to Gove: this deal is binding and the best Britain will get – Guy Verhofstadt, The Guardian

EU 2) Outrage as pro-Brexit MPs are barred from official papers

“Eurosceptics have attacked as an “insult to democracy” a decision to ban ministers who are campaigning to leave the European Union from accessing official briefings and papers. Sir Jeremy Heywood, the cabinet secretary, has drawn up strict rules forbidding civil servants from drafting speeches for pro-Brexit ministers or allowing them access to documents relating to the referendum.” – The Times (£)

  • Javid and May shun launch of Tory ‘In’ campaign – Daily Telegraph
  • Cameron switches to EU campaign mode – FT
  • Carney must make the case for Europe – FT Editorial
  • SDP founder Lord Owen backs Brexit – The Sun
  • TUC claims workers’ rights are on the line in EU vote – The Guardian


  • Duncan Smith claims deal will do nothing to reduce migration – The Guardian
  • Hungarian referendum causes chaos for EU migration plans – The Sun
  • General’s fury as Downing Street mistakenly adds his name to pro-Cameron letter – Daily Mail
  • War hero felt pressured into signing – Daily Telegraph
  • Number Ten apologises to SAS hero after wrongly naming him as backing ‘In’ – The Sun


  • The EU has tested us to breaking point: it’s time to leave – Lord Owen, The Sun
  • Playing politics with the top brass has misfired on Downing Street – Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph
  • Cameron’s negotiation has failed to win round Tory MPs – Anand Menon, Daily Telegraph


EU 3) Schulz won’t rule out offering the UK a second referendum

EU Flag“European Parliament president Martin Schulz has left the door open for a second referendum if the UK votes to leave the EU. The German socialist refused to rule out the idea floated by Boris Johnson that Britain could go back to Brussels to try and get further concessions before voting again.” – Daily Mail

  • MEPs denounce referendum as they threaten to veto deal – Daily Telegraph
  • Prime Minister warned he faces fight to implement modest benefit crackdown – The Sun
  • What has the EU done for the UK? – FT

EU 4) Farage sacks Evans to boost GO!

“Nigel Farage was accused of ‘paranoia’ last night after sacking rising Ukip star Suzanne Evans in a row over the EU referendum. Suzanne Evans was fired as the party’s deputy chairman after refusing to ditch the Vote Leave campaign group and switch to a rival supported by Mr Farage.” – Daily Mail

>Today: Lord Ashcroft in Comment: “Would we need a passport to go to Belfast?” – my Brexit focus groups in Dublin

Cameron urges Sturgeon to cut Scottish taxes

SNP logo white background“David Cameron has urged Scottish ministers to use their new powers to cut taxes to attract more businesses and people north of the Border. The Prime Minister told the Commons that Holyrood could “sharpen incentives” for taxpayers to come to Scotland and he was sure Ruth Davidson will make that case ahead of May’s election.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Prime Minister urges SNP to ‘get on and govern’ – The Scotsman
  • Swinney claims devolution can’t be implemented until 2017 – The Independent
  • Scottish Six news must protect UK and international focus, Tories insist – Daily Telegraph
  • Euroscepticism in Scotland hits record high – The Guardian
  • Scotland’s electorate shrinks for the first time in six years – The Independent

>Yesterday: Henry Hill’s Red, White, and Blue column: Mundell unconvinced by SNP’s separatist threat over Brexit

Jenni Russell: Will the real Boris Johnson please stand up?

“Boris is presenting himself now as the man who could outperform Cameron, who could negotiate better deals in Europe and lead us into a glorious future. There’s not a shred of evidence for that. Boris, who came to office promising an end to Tube strikes, hasn’t even managed to convince the transport unions. He’s scarcely likely to have more success with Putin, the EU, Iran or the Chinese trade negotiators than he’s had with the RMT.” – The Times (£)

  • Cameron should avoid hand-to-hand combat with the Mayor – Andy Coulson, Daily Telegraph

Corbyn deepens Labour divisions with plans to address CND rally

Jeremy Corbyn (Tory Poster)“Jeremy Corbyn has sparked fresh infighting in the Labour Party by confirming today that he will speak at an anti-nuclear weapons rally in London this weekend. The long-standing unilateralist will join SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood and the Green party’s Caroline Lucas at the ‘Stop Trident’ rally on Saturday.” – Daily Mail


  • Two leaders exchange ‘motherly advice’ insults at PMQs – The Times (£)
  • Cameron’s cockiness needs to be checked – Quentin Letts’ sketch, Daily Mail
  • Mum’s the word if you want an insult – Patrick Kidd’s sketch, The Times (£)

>Yesterday: Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Cameron’s mother goes for Corbyn

McDonnell wants to scrap anti-extremist Compliance Unit

“John McDonnell wants to abolish the Labour unit that is fighting to stop hard-left entryists joining the party to shore up Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, it has emerged. In comments that have infuriated senior Labour figures, the shadow chancellor said that he wanted to close the compliance unit, which weeded out thousands of far-left activists from outside the party who attempted to vote in Labour’s leadership election last year.” – The Times (£)

  • Unions refuse to fund Corbyn supporters group – FT


  • Goldsmith earns 25 times more than Khan, tax returns reveal – The Sun

>Yesterday: Polat Urundel in Local Government: Why should Turks back Zac in May?

New electoral map costs Labour 24 seats

paint-map“The scale of Jeremy Corbyn’s task of returning Labour to power is made clear by analysis of the data to be used to draw the new electoral map of Britain. Of the 50 Commons seats to be cut Labour loses almost half — 24 — while the Tories suffer only 14 losses in a reorganisation that will pit party colleagues and constituency neighbours into a series of battles for survival, according to research for The Times.” – The Times (£)

  • Wales could lose a quarter of its MPs – The Independent
  • Failure to bring in changes cost Tories 28 seats, claims expert – The Sun
  • Reform sees 1.4 million leave the Electoral Register – FT


News in Brief:

  • Schengen collapse continues as Belgium restores border controls – Daily Mail
  • Local police helped protect Rotherham child abusers – The Times (£)
  • Campaigners launch legal challenge to plans to relax Sunday Trading restrictions – Daily Telegraph
  • BT escapes forced break-up of Openreach – FT
  • National Front founder threatens to set up new party if his daughter excludes ultra-right – Daily Mail
  • Holyrood minister calls for compulsory 20 mph speed limits – The Scotsman

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