Now peers demand veto over Brexit negotiations

EU Brexit“A group of peers has sparked outrage by demanding that the House of Lords is given a veto over Theresa May’s Brexit strategy. The Lords EU committee said the decision was too important to be left to ministers. Critics said demands for a vote were cover for attempts to overturn the referendum result. Mrs May has said she will activate Article 50 – the two-year process for leaving – by the end of March next year. In their report today, the peers say ‘too much is at stake’ for the negotiations to be left to ministers.” – Daily Mail

  • May will use summit to claim Britain isn’t out to destroy the EU – The Times (£)
  • Prime Minister to tell EU leaders there will be no second referendum – Daily Telegraph
  • Hollande presses May to bring forward Brexit talks – FT

More Brexit:

  • Ministers do battle over customs union membership – Daily Mail
  • Government’s Article 50 case ‘baffles’ judge – Daily Mail
  • Pro-Remain Benn to lead MPs scrutinising Brexit – The Times (£)
  • Job market remains buoyant after Brexit vote – FT
  • Juncker faces no-confidence vote in EU Parliament – Daily Express

Home Nations:

  • Davidson says Sturgeon has given up being First Minister for all Scotland – Daily Telegraph
  • Jones says breaking with EU is bigger than Scottish independence – Wales Online
  • Executive under fire as May refuses to offer Brexit pledges – Belfast Telegraph
  • Constituencies to be cut from 59 to 53 – The Scotsman
  • Shrinking the Commons affects nearly every Scottish MP – John Curtis, The Scotsman


  • Summit is golden opportunity to show UK is open and tolerant – Anna Soubry, The Times (£)
  • Sturgeon is playing for time: May must change the music, and soon – Alan Cochrane, Daily Telegraph
  • Hard Brexit heralds a closed Britain – Philip Stephens, FT
  • Peers should be wary of trying to frustrate the will of the people – Hugh Bennett, Brexit Central

>Today: Garvan Walshe’s column: The Government is making the same five strategic mistakes on Brexit that we made in Iraq


Cabinet showdown over migration looms

“Philip Hammond set the stage for a Cabinet clash today by renewing calls for students to be removed from immigration figures. The Chancellor also delivered thinly-veiled digs at hard-line Brexiteers in Theresa May’s top team, and suggested the City should still be allowed to draft in skilled workers. The intervention came during a combative performance in front of the Treasury Select Committee.” – Daily Mail

  • Chancellor seeks to ease concerns over hard Brexit – The Guardian
  • Hammond fights to exclude students from migration curves – The Times (£)
  • Chancellor makes thinly-veiled attack on Fox – The Sun
  • Piers Morgan attacks Brexit Secretary over ‘anti-foreigner’ policies – Daily Mail
  • PwC makes case for regional permits allowing firms to hire foreign staff – FT
  • Tory MP claims small firms have created ten times the jobs of big pro-Remain companies – Daily Mail
  • Hammond stands firm on Bank of England indepenence – FT


  • Home Office refuses x-ray age checks on child migrants – The Times (£)
  • Straw backs ‘unethical’ dental checks – Daily Telegraph
  • Child refugee policy has descended into ‘chaos’, admits charity chief – Daily Express
  • Charity threatens UK with legal action over vulnerable children in Calais – The Guardian


  • The CBI’s anti-Brexit rhetoric is increasingly detached from the views of SMEs – Richard Patient, Brexit Central
  • Does good jobs data mask an impending low-pay problem? – Larry Elliott, The Guardian


>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The currency markets haven’t got a clue about politics

Tim Montgomerie: May needs to stop making so many enemies

MAY Warhol“Egged on by her pugilistic co-chief of staff, Fiona Hill, who will cross a road to pick a fight, bigger business is in danger of joining the sacked Cameroon ministers, the traduced libertarian wing of the Tory family and a significant portion of conservative commentators on No 10’s unnecessarily long blacklist of people who have resisted the command-and-control freakishness that Mrs May needs to jettison.” – The Times (£)

  • Strong Lib Dem challenge in Witney will remind May that she answers to voters – Nick Clegg, The Guardian
  • Miliband and Clegg are just as arrogant as Trump – Iain Martin, The Times (£)

>Yesterday: Alex Morton’s column: A message to the Prime Minister – we still need a smaller state.

Ministers 1) Government abandons Morgan’s resit plan

“Ministers have scrapped controversial plans to force 11-year-olds who fail maths and literacy tests to re-sit them in secondary school. In a major U-turn, the government announced yesterday that pupils who fall behind will instead receive a ‘package of support’ to help them catch up. The announcement marks a departure from plans outlined by David Cameron and former education secretary Nicky Morgan in April last year. They said pupils who do not reach the expected standard in SATs exams at the end of primary school should be made to re-sit them in secondary school.” – Daily Mail

  • Attorney General admits he was too slow to launch review of ‘witch-hunt’ of troops – The Sun
  • Foreign Office minister criticised by MPs over Royal Yacht – Daily Telegraph
  • City figures back May’s plan for workers on boards – FT

Ministers 2) Press rebellion mounts as threat of new regulator looms

Newspaper mastheads“A revolt was growing last night against plans to force newspapers to pay libel costs even if they win a case, as a new press regulator looks likely to be approved. Sir Alan Moses, chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), warned that the government wanted to “corral the press into submission” using Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act. Ian MacGregor, president of the Society of Editors, warned that the clause could put regional papers out of business.” – The Times (£)

Tory poll lead soars as Labour and UKIP slump

“The Conservatives have opened up an 18-point lead over Labour in a new poll which reveals a collapse in support for Ukip. As Theresa May prepares to mark 100 days as prime minister this week, the Ipsos MORI survey shows how she has attracted public support since the EU referendum. The Tories now have the backing of 47 per cent of voters, an increase of seven points in a month and the highest rating since early 2009 when Gordon Brown’s premiership was at its nadir.” – The Times (£)


  • Corbyn may hate UKIP, but he’s their true leader now – Cristina Criddle, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Chris Stevens in Local Government: Working alongside Conservatives in the referendum campaign convinced me I should join them

Labour’s post-PMQs spin session axed after Milne causes outrage

LABOUR dead rose“Jeremy Corbyn’s top spinner has cancelled a weekly briefing with journalists on Prime Minister’s Questions, a week after his performance prompted demands he be sacked. Seumas Milne provoked outrage after the session a week ago when he compared British bombing of ISIS terrorists with Russian attacks on civilians in Aleppo. The weekly ‘huddle’ after Prime Minister’s Questions is the main opportunity each week for journalists to question Mr Corbyn’s team on Labour issues and a chance for the Opposition to respond to Theresa May’s performance at the Despatch Box.” – Daily Mail

  • Corbyn will never be Prime Minister, says polling guru – The Times (£)
  • Shop worker pleads guilty to making death threat against Eagle – Daily Mail
  • McCluskey welcomes back violent official – The Sun

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Corbyn is as threatening as a car park attendant on a wet afternoon in Skegness

News in Brief:

  • Superbug rife at 16 NHS supply factories – The Times (£)
  • Housing building boss arrested on suspicion of bribery – Daily Mail
  • Posthumous pardon for gay and bisexual men convicted of abolished offences – Daily Telegraph
  • Companies press for cut in pension promises – FT
  • Trump makes final throw of the dice in ferocious final debate – The Times (£)
  • Royal Navy monitors Russian fleet as it heads through the Channel – Daily Mail
  • Every Welsh council faces a real-terms funding cut – Wales Online