May tells Remain plotters that Britain will control immigration…

IMMIGRATION mat“Theresa May last night vowed to resist the plot by Remainers to keep Britain’s borders open after Brexit, declaring: ‘The people have spoken’. A gang of MPs and peers led by Nick Clegg have threatened to block the formal EU exit process unless the Prime Minister agrees to a so-called soft Brexit – code for allowing free movement to continue. They plan to seize on last week’s High Court ruling that Parliament must have a say on Article 50 being triggered to table amendments which would tie Mrs May’s hands.” – Daily Mail

  • Prime Minister tells Europhiles to accept the nation’s decision – FT
  • Rush Brexit through Parliament ‘in a day’, May urged – The Times (£)
  • Ministers press for interim deal to avoid Article 50 ‘cliff edge’ – The Guardian
  • May ‘must resist officials who cut her EU options’ – The Times (£)
  • European Commission to examine terms of UK’s deal with Nissan – The Guardian

More May:

  • No extra working visas for Indians – The Times (£)
  • May told to accept more migrants to win trade deal – The Sun


  • The Government must learn from Cameron’s failed renegotiation – Mats Persson, The Times (£)
  • Ignore the leavers’ tantrums, it’s time for us to build Brexit Britain – Zoe Williams, The Guardian
  • May pitches for a ‘long’ Brexit – Philip Stephens, FT
  • In interesting times we’re stuck with a dull and cautious Chancellor – Phillip Inman, The Guardian

>Today: Michael Tomlinson MP in Comment: The Conservatives – delivering to improve workers rights for over a century

…as Hunt warns of an early election if MPs vote down Article 50

“Jeremy Hunt yesterday suggested a parliamentary vote to delay Brexit could lead to an early General Election. The Health Secretary played down suggestions that Theresa May would be forced to call a snap poll – saying it was the ‘last thing’ the Government or the people wanted. But he appeared to suggest that if MPs vote down triggering Article 50 – formally starting talks on leaving the EU – an election would be necessary.” – Daily Mail

  • Labour denies that it would delay triggering Article 5o – The Times (£)
  • Watson contradicts Corbyn on Brexit vote – The Sun
  • Opposition leader ‘humiliated’ by deputy – Daily Express
  • Humphrys tears into Liberal Democrat peeress over Brexit- Daily Express

More Hunt:

  • Junior doctors vote to abandon strike – Daily Mail
  • A&E units left in the hands of junior staff, report finds – Daily Telegraph


  • Brexit should be about taking back parliamentary control – Chris Bryant, The Times (£)
  • Crowds have a wisdom no expert can match – Matt Ridley, The Times (£)
  • We’ll never back a deal that’s bad for Wales – Leanne Wood, Times Red Box


  • If opposition parties oppose the Government’s Brexit plans they should be clearer on their own – The Times (£)

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Cases for and against an early general election

John Penrose: Brexit should spur us to think big about our economy

Building shield“These are long-term, structural problems which are deeply ingrained in our economy and our politics. They’ve taken years to build up, and will take years to solve. We must use the spur of our newly-won freedoms outside the EU to rebalance our economy, as I set out in a new paper published by the Social Market Foundation think tank this week. The key is to start investing more in crucial economic infrastructure like roads, bridges, railways and ports, and to keep doing it consistently and predictably no matter what the short-term economic weather may be, so we match (or beat) other developed economies.” – The Times (£)

  • The legacy of leaving old industrial Britain to rot is becoming clear – Larry Elliott, The Guardian

Patten calls for Javid to be sacked

“A former Tory cabinet minister called for Sajid Javid to be sacked from the cabinet yesterday for branding the High Court Brexit ruling “unacceptable”. Lord Patten of Barnes, who was also once party chairman, said that the communities secretary should be “out on his ear” and “doesn’t know what the rule of law means in politics”. His comments came after Mr Javid accused the three judges who ruled that MPs should have a say on triggering Brexit negotiations of seeking to “frustrate the will of the British people”.” – The Times (£)

  • May launches a staunch defence of the free press after criticism of Article 50 coverage – Daily Telegraph
  • Prime Minister ‘defends press attacks on High Court judges’ – FT
  • EU links of judges who will rule on Brexit – Daily Mail
  • Farage to lead 100,000-strong march on the Supreme Court – Daily Telegraph
  • CBI warns that ruling makes life more uncertain for business – FT


  • The law really is an ass if it allows Brexit to be betrayed – Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail
  • The poison that has entered British political discourse threatens sense and reason – Anne McElvoy, The Guardian


  • No, Lord Patten, we don’t kowtow to the establishment here – Daily Mail
  • Judges should have stayed out of Brexit, now the Supreme Court must fix their mistake – Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Hands off the Daily Mail

May will decide fate of ‘triple lock’ before 2020

pensions“Theresa May will decide whether to scrap the so-called triple lock on state pensions before the next election. Pressure to ditch the safeguard grew yesterday with a report by the Commons’ work and pensions committee that concluded it was unsustainable. Damian Green, the work and pensions secretary, has previously hinted that the lock, which guarantees a minimum annual rise to state pensions of 2.5 per cent, could be phased out “over time”. Government sources insisted, however, that the lock would stay in place until the election, due in 2020, because it was a manifesto promise.” – The Times (£)

  • Burden falls too heavily on the young, warn MPs – FT

More Green:

  • Minister claims benefits cap is a ‘real success’ – The Guardian


  • The Prime Minister should abandon this unfair pension pledge – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)

>Yesterday: James Cartlidge MP in Comment: The triple lock. The NHS. The aid budget. If there’s to be a snap election, we’ll need a new manifesto

Greening likely to end term-time holiday ban

“Justine Greening is ready to abandon the ban on pupils taking term-time holidays if she loses a looming court case. The education secretary, already busy with the reintroduction of grammar schools, does not want another bruising Commons fight, allies said. The strict ban on term-time holidays was introduced by Michael Gove in 2013. It limited head teachers’ discretion, making it all but impossible for them to grant parents’ requests.” – The Times (£)

  • The ‘extremist’ schools we can’t close – Daily Mail

Bercow enjoys more than £40,000 in freebies

John Bercow“His team may have failed to win, but John Bercow still had plenty to cheer about yesterday. The sports-mad Commons Speaker was enjoying yet another apparent freebie, watching his beloved Arsenal from the luxury of the directors’ box. Mr Bercow, 53, has been given more than £40,000 worth of tickets and hospitality over the last three years.” – Daily Mail

News in Brief:

  • RAF joins battle to free ISIS’ de-facto capital, Raqqa – Daily Mail
  • Northern Iraq faces more upheaval post-ISIS – FT
  • FBI drops investigation into Clinton emails – The Times (£)
  • Trump says American voters must now ‘deliver justice’ to opponent – Daily Telegraph
  • Turkey threatens massive new wave of migrants unless visa deal signed – Daily Express
  • ‘Russian-backed’ militants arrested for plotting coup in Montenegro – Daily Mail
  • Huge NATO land army to meet Russian aggression – The Times (£)
  • Hong Kong plunged into turmoil as Beijing bans lawmakers – Daily Telegraph
  • Euro founder claims currency will collapse without reform – Daily Express