Shapps’ sunset-clause challenge to Great Repeal Bill

EU Brexit“In the first signs that MPs are planning to use the Commons to thwart the prime minister, Grant Shapps, the former Conservative chairman, is set to launch an attempt to alter her “Great Repeal Bill”. The bill, which is designed to enshrine EU rules into British law, was announced during the Conservative Party conference by Mrs May and regarded as a sign that Britain was taking back control of its laws. It will be included in the next Queen’s Speech. However, under a measure set to unleash a Tory rebellion, Mr Shapps is planning to attach a “sunset clause” under which the EU-made laws within the bill would stop being in force after five years. Mr Shapps believes that this would allow Britain to eliminate the effects of EU bureaucracy.” – The Times (£)

  • Davis warned that other EU states will try to spy on him – The Sun
  • MPs urge Chancellor to honour Vote Leave’s £350m NHS claim – The Guardian

More Brexit:

  • Banks dismiss relocation rumours – Daily Mail
  • ‘Hard Brexit’ would cost the EU £8bn per year more than Britain – The Times (£)
  • UK trade sector warns of disruption at borders – FT
  • Quitting the EU could take so long we need a transition plan, warns Benn – Daily Mail
  • Picture of Brexit winners begins to emerge – FT
  • Elphicke urges Government to ban anarchists fighting in Calais Jungle – The Sun
  • Gibraltar leader calls for second EU referendum – Daily Express


  • May to offer First Ministers direct access to Brexit negotiators – The Times (£)
  • Home Nations to get ‘hotline’ to Davis – Daily Telegraph
  • Prime Minister to reject ‘flexible Brexit deal’ for Scotland – FT
  • Downing Street wants ‘grown-up’ relationship with Welsh government – Wales Online
  • May warned of risk of constitutional crisis by think-tank – The Guardian
  • Irish finance minister to challenge UK’s 10 per cent tax plan – Belfast Telegraph
  • SNP’s referendum plan branded ‘economic vandalism’ – Daily Express
  • Second independence vote a ‘waste of time’, says former SNP chief – The Scotsman
  • ‘United Ireland’ would mean huge job losses for Northern Ireland – Belfast Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Why the Government didn’t support the SNP’s version of the ‘Turing Bill’

Grant Shapps: Put wealth and jobs first

“The Great Repeal Bill plans to incorporate all EU law into our own. In its current form it’s more the Great Continuity Bill. We should tack on a “sunset clause”. While it isn’t practical for parliament to debate every clause of EU legislation before we leave, a five-year sunset would allow MPs to scrutinise former EU law, removing job-destroying clauses before the five-year sunset. Theresa May could instruct her ministers to emphasise our business-friendly attitude to job and wealth creation. Then let’s introduce a Great Repeal Bill which should force the repeal of EU red tape with a sunset clause. That way it will stand a chance of being a repeal, rather than a continuity, bill; and it might end up being Great for Britain.” – The Times (£)

  • Devolved governments should be partners, but that comes with responsibilities – Akash Paun, The Times (£)
  • Scotland must remain a member of the single market – Nicola Sturgeon, FT
  • Economy is braced for interesting times as phoney war ends – Larry Elliott, The Guardian


  • Gove didn’t kill Johnson’s leadership hopes, he saved them – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)


  • The Prime Minister will not take kindly to Sturgeon’s threats, but must not rise to the bait – The Times (£)
  • Wallonia’s stand on trade spells trouble for Brexit – FT

Ministers consider tough new gambling rules

MANIFESTO money“Gambling companies could face a number of new curbs, from a ban on daytime TV advertising to reduced stakes on betting machines, as the government prepares to launch a review of the UK bookmaking industry. Ministers will announce the review on Monday, according to two officials, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will examine new rules on advertising and prizes. Campaigners argue a clampdown is needed because gambling addiction is on the rise. Tougher rules would be unpopular with the industry: higher taxes and tighter regulation have already hit earnings for some of the big betting chains.” – FT

Proctor calls for false accusers to face charges

“A former Conservative MP has demanded that people who make malicious allegations be prosecuted after police dropped a second child sex abuse investigation against him. Harvey Proctor, 69, was wrongly accused of child murder and of being part of a Westminster VIP paedophile ring in the 1980s. A complainant, known as Nick, made allegations that groups of men, including Mr Proctor, abused children and Mr Proctor’s house was raided last year by officers with Operation Midland.” – The Times (£)

  • MPs urge Obama not to extradite ‘vulnerable’ hacker – Daily Mail

Corbyn planned to ennoble Chakrabarti months before report… and Labour sources say she knew

Labour holes“Jeremy Corbyn was in talks with his team about giving Shami Chakrabarti a peerage months before she carried out a heavily criticised investigation into anti-semitism in the party. The Labour leader wanted to put Baroness Chakrabarti’s name on the list back in March and discussed her with staff in the leader’s office. It has been claimed the human rights campaigner was aware her name was listed before agreeing to conduct a Labour report into anti-semitism – an allegation that has been denied by Baroness Chakrabarti.” – Daily Mail

  • Cameron’s boost to Sri Lankan aid linked to donation – Daily Mail

More Labour:

Andrew Pierce: Both Mandelson and Campbell tried to knife Miliband

“Two of the loudest voices in the Labour Party calling for Jeremy Corbyn to go have been Lord Mandelson and Alastair Campbell. Now it can be revealed the high priests of political spin also unsuccessfully moved against Corbyn’s predecessor Red Ed Miliband. Mandelson, who resigned twice in disgrace from Tony Blair’s Cabinet, and Campbell, who was Blair’s communications chief, both begged former Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson to challenge the failing Miliband.” – Daily Mail

Rival claims Kassam is too right-wing to lead UKIP

UKIP glass“Ukip would suffer the same fate as the Republican Party under Donald Trump if the “far-right” candidate Raheem Kassam took over, a leadership rival said yesterday. Hostilities within the party flared up again as Nigel Farage and three of the candidates to replace him toured the television studios. Paul Nuttall, the party’s former deputy leader, Suzanne Evans, its former deputy chairwoman, and Mr Kassam, a former aide to Mr Farage, have all declared their candidacies.” – The Times (£)

  • Farage attacks Evans’ leadership bid after she pledges to shed party’s ‘toxic’ image – Daily Telegraph
  • Former leader’s early Brexit call let punters cash in – The Times (£)

Tim Stanley: UKIP must recognise that it’s the party of Northern, working-class voters or it will die

Nuttall, or whoever wins, will not turn Ukip into a party with major parliamentary representation. Not only is the first-past-the-post system unhelpful to them, but Ukip has completed its mission of winning a referendum to leave the EU – and many of its former voters will now return to the mainstream. But it does have a continuing role to play in the tapestry of British politics if it can pull itself together. Labour is in trouble. It is trapped in a London-centric war between outdated ideologies – Blairite and Marxist – that have no relevance in a wider country that has voted to enter a new era. May has recognised the changing mood and moved to swallow Ukip. Ukip must be agile and move to swallow Labour.” – Daily Telegraph

>Today: Mark Jenkinson in Comment: May is bringing Conservatives home

>Yesterday: Tom Lees in Comment: Infrastructure – May’s key to winning over the north

News in Brief:

  • Iraqi forces tighten the noose around Mosul – Daily Mail
  • Calais erupts with violence as migrant camp closed – The Times (£)
  • Clinton so far ahead she ‘doesn’t need to think about Trump’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Putin aide signals thaw in relations with next President – FT
  • Brits will get drugs sooner after major shakeup of NHS approval system – The Sun
  • MSPs told that Scottish prosecution service fears political diktat – The Scotsman
  • Nesbitt says he can work with SDLP to offer alternative to ‘failing regime’ – Belfast Telegraph