French proposal to let migrants claim UK asylum earns rebuke from Rudd

French flag‘Xavier Bertrand, who is chief of the Calais region, called for ‘hotspot’ application centres to be set up in the port city. Migrants hoping to cross the Channel illegally would instead be able to make a British asylum claim while still on French soil…A Home Office source said last night that Miss Rudd was ‘crystal clear that people in need of protection should seek asylum in the first safe country they enter’. The source added: ‘That’s the long-held, international norm, and we’re going to stick to it’. Another senior Whitehall source warned that the French should not tear up the Le Touquet treaty. ‘It would be unwise because they depend on us for a lot of co-operation and training on security issues,’ the source said.’ – Daily Mail

  • UK threatens to cut security ties – The Times (£)
  • The Jungle is France’s problem, not ours – Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail
  • It isn’t Britain’s fault if our EU neighbours can’t control their borders – Daniel Hannan, The Sun (£)
  • Merkel could lose her home state to anti-immigrant party – The Times (£)
  • She won’t say if she will stand again – FT


>Today: ToryDiary: Sarkozy gets lost in the Jungle

The Government mulls looser links with China

‘Government officials have drawn up plans to dramatically scale back the extent of nuclear cooperation with the Chinese government, it emerged last night. One proposal would see the Hinkley Point nuclear plant in Somerset given the go-ahead but reconsider a linked project which would see China build a separate nuclear reactor in Bradwell, Essex. However, yesterday it was reported Beijing is resisting attempts to unpick the multi-billion pound deal. The issue could overshadow Theresa May’s visit to China next week for the G20 summit of major powers. Mrs May will travel to Hangzhou for the meeting on September 4 and 5.’ – Daily Mail

>Today: Steve Double on Comment: No more delays – our economy needs Heathrow expansion

Lord King: We’re better off out

EU Exit brexit‘Former Bank of England governor Lord King claims Brexit could help Britain’s economy thrive. The peer blasted George Osborne’s ‘Project Fear’ tactics, and dismissed Remainers’ pre-referendum scaremongering as simply “speculative” and “insulting to the intelligence of the voter”. In an interview with Central Banking Magazine, Baron King of Lothbury brushed off Remain voters’ fears about a post-Brexit Britain, claiming that the UK will actually be in a better position to rebalance its economy.’ – The Sun (£)

  • Where does this leave Carney, who backed the scaremongering? – Daily Mail Leader
  • A second referendum is seductive and dangerous – Lord Hague, Daily Telegraph
  • CBI calls for banks to be allowed ‘off the naughty step’ – FT
  • Ed Balls blames King for failing to tackle the financial crisis… – The Times (£)
  • …and says he knew 16 years ago that Britain would never fit with the EU – The Times (£)

>Today: Tom Waterhouse on Comment: Vote Leave triumphed by dominating the four fundamentals of political campaigning

The UK enjoyed record inward investment in the year before the referendum

‘Britain struck a record number of investment deals with foreign companies in the year before voters backed Brexit, ministers have revealed. The government said that 2,213 inward investment projects were secured in 2015-16, an 11 per cent increase on the previous year. The figures will be seized on by pro-Brexit campaigners as a sign that Britain is in good shape to tackle leaving the EU. The US was the largest investor, funding 570 projects, followed by China, including Hong Kong, with 156 and India with 140.’ – The Times (£)

Campaign grows to allow traders to use pounds and ounces again

‘Ministers are under pressure to allow shops to sell meat, fruit and vegetables in pounds and ounces ahead of Britain leaving the European Union. Customers have been asking shop owners if they can have groceries weighed in pounds and ounces rather than grams and kilograms ahead of Brexit. The British Weights and Measures Association said that “one or two” shops had been in contact every week since the June 23 referendum asking if they can sell produce in imperial measurements…Mr Bone, who is writing to International Trade Secretary Liam Fox to urge him to back the plans, added: “I think it is a first class idea and I hope the Government embraces it.”’ – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Lorraine Platt on Comment: Brexit must mean more regulations on animal farming, not less

Phillips: May has been seduced by the left’s obsession with equality

‘The conceptual flaw behind all these false deductions is the shibboleth of equality. This is the unchallenged heart of progressive belief because it has become a synonym for fairness. In fact it is unfair, oppressive and divisive. It doesn’t promote the innately decent idea that everyone is entitled to equal respect or opportunity; it is instead a belief that outcomes should be identical regardless of behaviour or circumstance…Mrs May is popular because people assume she stands against these metropolitan attitudes. In fact she has been seduced by the left’s false view of itself as inhabiting the moral high ground. The prime minister subscribes to One Nation conservatism. The left’s “equality” mantra represents its negation.’ – Melanie Phillips, The Times (£)

The Living Wage could threaten care for the elderly, think-tank warns

OSBORNE George official‘George Osborne’s living wage could lead to damaging cuts to elderly care, a think tank warned last night. Just after the last election, the then Chancellor announced that the minimum wage would rise to £9 an hour by 2020. But the Resolution Foundation warned that the increased cost of wage bills – £2.3billion within four years – would put huge pressure the local councils and private companies who pay the wages of home helps.’ – Daily Mail

Boundary cull estimates: 10-15 Tory seats, 25-30 Labour

‘According to an analysis by the Conservative peer Lord Hayward, Labour will “suffer most” as a result of the proposals, prompting Labour MPs to warn of “gerrymandering”. Next month the Boundary Commission will publish its draft proposals for cutting the number of Commons seats from 650 to 600. Lord Hayward’s figures suggest that of the 50 seats that disappear, the Conservatives will lose between 10 to 15, which is 4.5 per cent of their total. He added that Labour is on track to lose between 25 and 30, some 13 per cent of their current representation.’ – Daily Telegraph

NATO showdown planned at Labour’s conference

NATO‘Labour moderates will attempt to humiliate Jeremy Corbyn at the party’s annual conference by tabling a motion to support Nato in defiance at his lukewarm support for collective defence. It follows remarks made by the Labour leader in which he appeared to reject the principle of automatically coming to the aid of another Nato nation, one of the cornerstones of the alliance. In a move designed to embarrass the leader, members are planning to publicly back a motion in support of the military agreement at the event later this month.’ – Daily Telegraph

The UN pays millions to Assad’s cronies

‘The UN has paid millions of dollars to organisations run by cronies of President Assad of Syria, despite the international sanctions imposed on his regime. An investigation has found that the agency has awarded huge contracts, some worth millions of dollars, to organisations including the Syria Trust, a charity founded and chaired by Assad’s British-born wife, Asma, and the al-Bustan Association and state mobile phone network Syriatel, both run by his cousin Rami Makhlouf. The pair have been on the EU’s sanctions list since 2012. Mr Makhlouf is believed to have been funnelling money to pro-regime militias through the al-Bustan Association.’ – The Times (£)

  • The West’s weakness is Putin’s greatest strength – Edward Lucas, The Times (£)
  • Italy expels Russian caught trying to buy NATO secrets – The Times (£)

News in Brief

  • Calls to ‘wipe Marx off the map’ in Eastern Germany – The Times (£)
  • Gene Wilder has died – Daily Mail
  • Archbishop of Canterbury: the Pope would beat me in a fight – The Times (£)
  • Mary Berry ‘isn’t sure’ if the sugar tax will work – The Sun (£)
  • Tory councillor calls the police, alleging she was ‘misgendered’ by a political opponent – Daily Mail
  • British man stabbed trying to save backpacker in Australia dies – Daily Telegraph
  • Police Federation calls for relaxation of the ban on visible tattoos – The Times (£)