Raab: The Article 50 legal case is a blatant attempt to try to block the referendum result

RAAB Dominic headshot‘In her secondary arguments, however, Ms Miller reveals her true colours. Her lawyers complain the British people were duped into Brexit, and now need to be saved by MPs from their deluded verdict. This is not a clarion call for Parliamentary scrutiny. It is a naked attempt to frustrate the verdict of the referendum, by placing obstacles in the way of delivering it. It’s ridiculous to suggest Parliament has a veto over the decision to begin negotiations with the EU, given the mandate from the British people. It takes a special kind of arrogance for a fund manager with legal friends in high places (willing to act pro bono) to think that her view trumps that of the 33 million others who participated in the referendum.’ – Dominic Raab, Daily Telegraph

Tusk: Maybe you’ll change your mind when you feel the pinch of a Hard Brexit

‘Britain may decide not to leave the EU when faced with the reality of a “hard Brexit”, Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council said last night, warning that the upcoming divorce talks would be “painful”. His intervention came as Europe continues to harden its approach towards the negotiations after Theresa May’s shift towards a “hard Brexit”, revealed at last week’s Conservative Party conference. Mr Tusk said Mrs May’s pledge to end the free movement of EU workers, stop EU budget payments and restore the primacy of UK law-making meant Britain had opted to “radically loosen” its ties to Europe.’ – Daily Telegraph

  • The Treasury should stop trying to dictate the terms of Brexit – Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph
  • We voted for democratic control, not a brick wall at the border – Michael Gove, The Times (£)
  • Staggering scale of EU waste revealed as accounts fail to get clean bill of health yet again – The Sun (£)
  • If May can win over business as well as Middle England, she’ll be onto a winner – Allister Heath, The Sun (£)
  • MPs condemn BBC bias in the referendum – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Why Britain must leave the Single Market

Marmite crisis ends

marmite‘Tesco will once again sell Marmite online after the grocer ended a 24-hour stand-off with Unilever over proposed price rises that foreshadowed inflationary pressures analysts say will be inescapable if sterling continues its fall. Britain’s biggest supermarket had refused to comply with Unilever’s proposed increases and instead pulled dozens of products — including Marmite spread and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream — from its website, provoking a public storm over the High Street consequences of June’s Brexit vote. On Thursday night both companies said the dispute was over. “We always put our customers first and we’re pleased it’s been resolved to our satisfaction,” Tesco said.’ – FT

Senior Home Office officials accused of covering up abuse inquiry judge’s alleged racism

‘Whitehall officials close to Theresa May were accused last night of covering up allegations of misconduct, including racist remarks, made against the judge in charge of Britain’s biggest public inquiry. Home Office staff and advisers received warnings about Dame Lowell Goddard’s offensive behaviour in her role as chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) but did not end her “catastrophic” leadership. Dame Lowell, 67, finally quit in August after 18 months. It is claimed that her aggressive and abusive conduct at times reduced the inquiry’s operation to “near paralysis”…The misconduct claims raise questions about the judgment of Mrs May and her senior advisers in appointing Dame Lowell and keeping her in office long after her shortcomings emerged.’ – The Times (£)

  • May’s future is tied to the success or failure of the inquiry – The Times (£)
  • The establishment struggles to police itself – The Times Leader (£)

Johnson hosts international meeting to discuss military action in Syria

Syria‘Military options will be discussed when John Kerry, US secretary of state, and other foreign ministers meet in Britain on Sunday to discuss the Russian and Syrian government bombing of Aleppo, Boris Johnson, UK foreign secretary has said. Mr Johnson said military options and further sanctions against Russia would be on the agenda at the talks, also expected to be attended by European ministers and partners in the Middle East. But the foreign secretary admitted to MPs at Westminster that any attempts to impose a no-fly zone or a “no bomb zone” around Aleppo were fraught with risk and he hoped that a diplomatic solution could be found. “It is right now that we should be looking again at the more kinetic options, the military options,” Mr Johnson told the Commons foreign affairs committee”.’ – FT

Manual workers could get early access to their pensions

‘A Government-backed review proposed “early access” to the state pension for those who have worked 50 years, been on the factory floor or live in places with low life expectancy. The report, by ex-business chief John Cridland, also urged ministers to consider scrapping the “Triple Lock” that guarantees a 2.5 per cent annual pension rise. The proposals are part of a study into how Britain copes with rising life expectancy and the ballooning pension bill. Mr Cridland said: “It’s a blessing that people live longer. But we need to make sure we have a pension age that works for everybody.”’ – The Sun (£)

Foreign criminals avoid deportation because police don’t do proper checks

Police shield‘Tens of thousands of foreign criminals in Britain illegally are avoiding deportation because police are not carrying out immigration checks, a damning report has warned. A report from the border inspectorate found that police are simply accepting claims made by foreign criminals that they are from the European Union and not carrying out proper checks. Between 2014 and 2015 up to 193,000 foreign nationals were arrested in this country. However the independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration found huge variations across the country about whether front line officers were passing on details of suspected illegal immigrants.’ – Daily Telegraph

Samuel: Government doesn’t need to build infrastructure, it just needs to stop preventing others from doing so

‘There is no shortage of cash ready to be invested into British infrastructure. There’s just a shortage of political will to unleash it. Airport capacity is a prime example. Heathrow has been waiting over two decades to expand, despite the Davies Commission’s estimate that it will deliver a GDP boost worth up to £147bn over the next 60 years. The knock-on benefits for trade up and down the UK are enormous, at minimal cost to taxpayers. But the Government’s years of weakness have allowed angry town hall meetings attended by locals and hippies to balloon into a virulent, mass activist campaign that has recruited more than one Cabinet minister to its cause.’ – Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph

  • May might approve runways at Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham – The Sun (£)

>Yesterday: Daniel Hannan’s column: May isn’t a Christian Democrat, she’s a proper conservative

Paul Mason tape: Corbyn ‘doesn’t appeal to the working class’

Labour holes‘Jeremy Corbyn’s own firebrand celebrity guru wants to oust him because he “doesn’t appeal to the working class”, The Sun can reveal. Ex-BBC star Paul Mason let slip the devastating verdict on the hapless Labour leader in a conversation with a confidante. His true feelings come despite the TV journalist-turned-author publicly championing Mr Corbyn at major rallies through out Labour’s leadership contest, including one outside Parliament. The left wing former Newsnight and Channel 4 News economics correspondent also revealed he wants to replace Mr Corbyn with shadow business secretary Clive Lewis.’ – The Sun (£)

Sturgeon threatens second independence referendum

‘Nicola Sturgeon warned that she was prepared to stage a second Scottish independence referendum before the UK quits the European Union as she attacked the Tories for their “xenophobic” rhetoric on the EU. In a clear challenge to Theresa May’s government in London, the first minister told the Scottish National party conference in Glasgow she would unveil draft legislation next week to prepare for a rerun of the 2014 referendum within the next two years. Sturgeon said the UK government’s recent rhetoric on capping immigration and on quitting the EU single market made it clear that the Tory party had been taken over by its “rampant and xenophobic” right wing.’ – The Guardian

>Today: ToryDiary: Brexit has caught the SNP between its members and the voters

>Yesterday: Mike Denham on Comment: Scotland is addicted to overspending

Trump responds to sex assault allegations: “Look at her…I don’t think so.”

TRUMP hair‘In the first full day after Trump faced a barrage of accusations of groping and sexual misconduct from nearly a dozen women, the Republican nominee went on the offensive. At a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, he suggested that he would never have sexually assaulted one woman who came forward – because she was unattractive. “Take a look. Look at her. Look at her words. And you tell me what you think. I don’t think so,” Trump said of Natasha Stoynoff, a People magazine reporter who alleged he had “forced his tongue down my throat”.’ – The Guardian

>Today: Lord Ashcroft on Comment: My focus groups in Philadelphia. “Trump’s different – like a drunk uncle”

News in Brief

  • Lord Ashcroft: How I almost died – Daily Mail
  • Bramall receives police apology – Daily Telegraph
  • MPs to vote on Green’s knighthood – The Sun (£)
  • Row as history of art and archaeology A-levels are ditched – The Times (£)
  • Thailand begins year of mourning after King Bhumibol dies – The Guardian
  • It’s the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings – Daily Telegraph
  • ‘Psycho’ gorilla escapes from London Zoo – The Sun (£)
  • This unpredictable world is dangerous for investors – Gillian Tett, FT
  • MP speaks of the loss of her baby – The Times (£)