May goes on the front foot. She writes in the Sunday Telegraph that “I will not allow the British people’s vote for Brexit to be sabotaged”

May Cabinet“This may appear to be a debate about process, and the legal argument is complex, but in reality there is an important principle at stake. Parliament voted to put the decision about our membership of the EU in the hands of the British people. The people made their choice, and did so decisively. It is the responsibility of the government to get on with the job and to carry out their instruction in full.  MPs and peers who regret the referendum result need to accept what the people decided.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Hunt: forcing May to declare negotiating plan would damage economy – Observer
  • Hammond and Davis: peace breaks out over Brexit strategy – Sunday Express
  • Plaid bid to end Brexit “waffle” – Sunday Times (£)
  • Junker says German industry should shun the UK – Sunday Express
  • Germany fears Britain could use security expertise as bargaining chip – Observer

Meanwhile, a turkey votes for Christmas. Corbyn says that he will force an election if the Prime Minister doesn’t meet his Leave negotiation demands

“Jeremy Corbyn will force Theresa May to hold an election in the spring unless she caves in to his Brexit demands on trade and worker rights. In an exclusive Sunday Mirror interview, the Labour leader said he will only let the PM trigger EU negotiations in a Commons vote if she agrees to Labour’s “Brexit bottom line”. He said: “Sorry, but we live in a democracy and the Government has to be responsive to Parliament. It’s not my timetable so it’s up to her to respond.” Mr Corbyn’s bottom lines are: UK access to 500 million customers in Europe’s single market. No watering down of EU workplace rights. Guarantees on safeguarding consumers and the environment. Pledges on Britain picking up the tab for any EU capital investment lost by Brexit.” – Sunday Mirror

  • Benn hints that Article 50 should be moved after March – Sunday Express
  • Starmer “pockets £125,000 from law firm derailing Britain’s EU exit” – Sun on Sunday
  • Chakrabarti speaks out about Labour (not from the Lords but from Australia) – Sunday Times (£)
  • Corbyn is asked his view of a general election by a journalist and replies by accusing her of harassment – Independent on Sunday

Brexit, the judges and the press: Truss gives her view

TRUSS Chancellor“The independence of the judiciary is the foundation upon which our rule of law is built and our judiciary is rightly respected the world over for its independence and impartiality. In relation to the case heard in the High Court, the Government has made it clear it will appeal to the Supreme Court. Legal process must be followed.” – Independent on Sunday

Dominic Lawson: Beware the forked tongues of Continuity Remain.  They say they’re fighting for the constitution. But what they really want is to overturn the referendum result.

“Yes, I do know this is a parliamentary democracy. But in 2015 parliament voted by a six-to-one margin to pass this decision directly to the voters, with the proposer of the bill declaring it meant that “the decision about our membership [of the EU] should be taken by the British people, not by parliamentarians in this chamber”. If the spirit of that commitment is flouted, it will be the reputation of parliament that suffers the most dreadful damage.” – Sunday Times (£)

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The Prime Minister prepares for her passage to India

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-13-04-48“In provocative remarks likely to deepen the row over immigration controls, India’s High Commissioner warned the Prime Minister: ‘Post-Brexit, you need Indians.’ The intervention by Dinesh Patnaik, India’s most senior diplomat in London, comes as Mrs May flies out to his country today to try to drum up new trade deals to cushion the impact of leaving the EU.” – Mail on Sunday

Trump In The Line Of Fire-type rally security pavaler. But as in fiction so in life: no-one is hurt

“Trump was bundled off stage by Secret Service officers during a campaign appearance in Reno, Nevada, last night. After being led away, Mr Trump then returned to the stage to cheers, declaring: “Nobody said it was going to be easy for us. I want to thank the Secret Service.” Before the scare, the Republican candidate could be seen shielding his eyes from the lights and trying to look into the audience. There were signs of a struggle in the crowd, as the three agents led Mr Trump away, shielding his body. An unnamed local law-enforcement source told CNN there had been a report of a gun in the crowd, although officials later clarified that no weapon was involved in the incident.” – Sunday Telegraph

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