EU 1) ‘Last-ditch’ pledge from Government kept Nissan in Sunderland

Building shield“Ministers were forced to give a last-minute written promise to protect Nissan from the consequences of Brexit before the carmaker agreed to keep investing in the UK, The Times has learnt. Nissan announced yesterday that it would build two new car models at its Sunderland plant, securing thousands of jobs. Downing Street denied that it had made a sweetheart deal or offered state aid. Greg Clark, the business secretary, is understood to have written to the board of the Japanese company pledging to ensure that its UK operations “remain competitive” after Britain pulls out of the European Union.” – The Times (£)

  • May’s vow to pull Brexit ‘levers’ won over Nissan – FT
  • Downing Street denies ‘sweetheart’ deal – The Guardian
  • How the car deal was settled – The Times (£)
  • Toyota stands behind UK car production – FT

More Brexit:

  • Garnier warns that falling pound means higher food prices – Daily Mail
  • Special visas for the regions rejected – FT
  • Sturgeon reveals 36-hour wait on Brexit ‘hotline’ – The Scotsman
  • France and Germany ‘buried’ by Britain in business survey – Daily Express
  • JCB boss insists businesses can take EU tariffs in their stride – Daily Telegraph

EU 2) UK booming after Brexit vote

“The doom-laden predictions of Project Fear lay in tatters last night after official figures showed the economy is continuing to flourish in the wake of the Brexit vote. Despite ministers, experts and business leaders warning of a profound shock, the Office for National Statistics said the economy grew by 0.5 per cent between July and September, the three months after the referendum. The figures leave the UK on course to be the fastest growing economy in the G7 group of leading nations this year.” – Daily Mail

  • Bank proved wrong as GDP beats forecast – The Times (£)
  • Norway model offers food for thought on post-Brexit trade – FT
  • Belgium admits CETA still might not go ahead – Daily Express
  • Wallonia has the power of Wales’ dreams – Wales Online


  • Nissan’s decision is good news for the industry and the Government – The Times (£)
  • The myths and mendacity of Project Fear erode public trust – Daily Mail

>Today: David Green in Comment: Who needs the Single Market? Britain doesn’t. We’d be better off under WTO rules.


Nicky Morgan: Before Brexit, MPs must have their say on Article 50

PARLIAMENT“This battle for parliamentary sovereignty over the steps needed to carry out Brexit really matters for a number of reasons. First, we know that the trigger to start the formal Brexit negotiations is to serve a notice under article 50 of the Lisbon treaty. As is made clear in the current court case, once that notification has been served it means the UK will be leaving the EU – there is no provision for a conditional notice to be served nor for notice, once given, to be withdrawn. Second, the EU Referendum Act 2015 made no provision for what happens in the event of a yes vote, unlike the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011.” – The Guardian

  • A ‘stop Brexit’ party will never work, but Bremainers will be pandered to – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph
  • Want to get on in the civil service? Brexit is the only game in town – Jane Dudman, The Guardian
  • It’s crucial that universities are heard in the debate – Alistair Jarvis, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: MPs Etc.: Who Conservative MPs chose – and who they didn’t choose – for the Brexit committee speaks volumes

McDonnell ridiculed after confusing ‘Brexit’ and ‘breakfast’ thrice in one speech

“John McDonnell has been ridiculed after confusing ‘Brexit’ and ‘breakfast’ three times in a single speech. The shadow chancellor repeatedly muddled his words as he tried to warn about Theresa May’s approach to cutting ties with Brussels. The audience at the mid-morning event became increasingly bemused as the veteran left-winger cautioned that the country was ‘hurtling towards a chaotic breakfast’.” – Daily Mail

  • Labour warns May against ‘bankers Brexit’ – The Guardian
  • Mayor and CBI try to combat Brexit jitters – FT

More Labour:

  • Khan joins businesses to attack rates overhaul – Daily Telegraph
  • Labour peeress paid aides £15,000 a month from taxpayers’ money – The Sun


  • Joyless John droned on, a litany of glumness – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • Never give a Brexit speech on an empty stomach – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph


  • I confess, I’ve fallen head over heels for Ed Balls – Michael Gove, The Times (£)

Stephen Hammond: Bankers may not be popular, but they need our protection

MANIFESTO money“The financial services sector gets a lot of bad press, but politicians must never underestimate its importance to our economy. This is an industry in which Britain is a world leader. We are the world’s sixth-largest economy and its second-biggest exporter of financial services. Financial services create jobs and investment not just in London, but in Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham, Bournemouth and elsewhere. According to TheCityUK, 2.2 million people in Britain are employed in the industry, which makes up 12 per cent of our economic output. No other sector provides more in taxes, or enjoy the same balance of payments surplus. The government should seek to nurture and protect it.” – The Times (£)

  • Walloons yield on EU-Canada deal, but sorry saga remains warning for Britain – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Daily Telegraph
  • The Remainers role is to act as the loyal opposition – Martin Wolf, FT
  • Will the Brexit revolution be glorious, or bloody? Carney’s fate will tell us – Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph
  • There’s comfort in the GDP figures, but it’s early days – Philip Inman, The Guardian

>Yesterday: Vicky Ford MEP in Comment: We shouldn’t ditch the Single Market wholesale – we must work out which bits we want to keep

Ministers 1) Duncan Smith calls for welfare cuts reversal

“Iain Duncan Smith will today urge ministers to reverse a £3.4billion benefit cut imposed by George Osborne. In a surprise move, the former work and pensions secretary will speak out publicly against the planned cut to Universal Credit (UC), warning that it will cost three million people more than £1,000 a year each. Cuts to the flagship welfare scheme were pushed through by Mr Osborne in 2015 as part of a wider drive to reduce Britain’s bloated benefits bill.” – Daily Mail

  • Patel slams ‘barbaric’ Russian assault in Syria – The Sun
  • Law for rape trials could be changed after Evans’ acquittal, Attorney General reveals – Daily Telegraph

Ministers 2) Greening abandons universal academisation

School“Plans to make schools become academies have been dropped in a reversal of the policy that was at the centre of this year’s budget. The government’s decision to scrap the Education For All Bill was described by critics as a “masterclass in how to bury bad news”. The U-turn was admitted by Justine Greening, the education secretary, in a brief paragraph in a written ministerial statement on further education and technical skills, and can be seen as another nail in the coffin for education policies that found traction under David Cameron and Michael Gove.” – The Times (£)

  • Department for Education will press ahead with grammar schools plan – The Guardian

More Tories:

  • Clarke claims Johnson would not normally be made Foreign Secretary – Daily Express
  • Loughton warns that families aren’t talking thanks to social media – Daily Mail

UKIP backs Goldsmith in Richmond Park

“Ukip has backed Zac Goldsmith in the Richmond Park by-election – prompting the Liberal Democrats to taunt that he is the ‘Brexit’ candidate. Leader Nigel Farage said the party would join the Tories in deciding not to field a candidate in the December 1 vote. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron – who wants to fight the by-election on Europe – said the endorsement showed Mr Goldsmith is a ‘hard Brexiteer’ who wants Britain out of the single market.” – Daily Mail

  • We must be the party of ‘hard’ Brexit, insists Evans – Daily Mail

>Today: Iain Dale’s column: The UKIP leadership election. Is there a secret Nuttall-Evans pact?

Met and CPS criticised after only journalist conviction is quashed

Newspaper mastheads“A news reporter who was convicted after a controversial investigation into the payment of public officials has been cleared of all wrongdoing today.   Sun crime reporter Anthony France, 42, from Watford, was accused of having a four-year ‘corrupt relationship’ with a police officer but saw his conviction quashed by three judges at the Court of Appeal in London on Thursday. He was initially found guilty at a trial at the Old Bailey last year and given an 18-month suspended sentence… The CPS and Met Police have been strongly criticised today for ‘making up a law on the hoof’ to prosecute journalists over payments to public officials.” – Daily Mail

  • The CPS’ vendetta against us for exposing major scandals – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun

Speaking of scandal:

  • Abuse inquiry rocked by suggestions of fresh scandal – Daily Mail


  • One of the most shameful episodes in British legal history – The Sun

SNP MPs sign off hundreds of hours of overtime for relatives

“An SNP MP paid his brother more than seven weeks’ worth of overtime in just one year, it can be revealed. Paul Monaghan signed off 255.75 extra hours for his brother Mark Monaghan, who acts as his ‘constituency communications manager’. Another SNP MP, Corri Wilson, paid her son, who was employed as her ‘personal assistant’, 118 hours of overtime during the 12 months following the general election.” – Daily Mail

News in Brief:

  • NHS fails to collect hundreds of millions from health tourists – Daily Mail
  • Cornered ISIS using civilians as human shields – The Times (£)
  • Twitter to cut workforce by nine per cent as it reports heavy losses – Daily Telegraph
  • Amazon shares tumble as rising costs weigh on retailer – FT
  • Russians demand return of Alaska – The Sun
  • RBS reports third-quarter loss of £469 million – The Guardian
  • ‘Staggering failures’ in NHS Scotland as costs soar – The Scotsman
  • DUP vow to block gay marriage for another five years – Belfast Telegraph
  • Extra cash for Assembly security after Cox’s murder – Wales Online