EU: Johnson accused of insulting Italy in row over exports…

EU Brexit“Never mind the customs union or the financial passport, Boris Johnson has been arguing with an Italian minister about prosecco and fish and chips. Carlo Calenda, an economic minister, revealed a terse exchange over post-Brexit trade, claiming that Mr Johnson told him that Italy would allow access to the single market “because you don’t want to lose prosecco exports”. “He basically said, ‘I don’t want free movement of people but I want the single market’,” Mr Calenda said. “I said, ‘No way’. He said, ‘You’ll sell less prosecco’. I said, ‘OK, you’ll sell less fish and chips, but I’ll sell less prosecco to one country and you’ll sell less to 27 countries’. Putting things on this level is a bit insulting.”” – The Times (£)

  • Brexit ‘too much’ for overstretched Civil Service – The Times (£)
  • Sturgeon’s ‘mess’ over Brexit after latest proposals were attacked in earlier report she introduced – Daily Telegraph
  • First Minister confirms ‘Norway-style’ plan – The Scotsman
  • Brokenshire hails progress on deal that saved Ulster power sharing – News Letter
  • Inequality drove Leave vote, claims former Labour MP – The Sun
  • EU chiefs dismiss rise of euroscepticism as ‘Russian propaganda’ – Daily Express
  • Archbishop to help think-tank build vision for post-Brexit economy – The Guardian
  • Dissident Republicans boosted by Brexit, MPs warned – News Letter

Hands asks German firms to lobby Merkel for new post-Brexit deal

“International Trade Minister Greg Hands has made an appeal to German businesses to put pressure on the Chancellor Angela Merkel into giving Britain a good post-Brexit deal. Speaking to firms in Munich last month, the Minister said the business links between Britain and Germany were “remarkable” and noted the importance of that were shipped between the two countries each year. Attempting to calm business fears over the impact of Britain leaving the EU, Mr Hands said that Britain was “open for business” with Germany and that firms should not “be afraid of Brexit”.” – The Sun

  • Brexit boost from Canada as finance minister hints at new trade deal – The Sun
  • Record number of EU migrants working in Britain – Daily Mail
  • Unemployment at 11-year low but 95 per cent of new workers foreign – The Times (£)
  • Boost for Brexit Britain as Google plans huge new HQ – Daily Mail


Nicolas Sarkozy: Europe must reform into something the UK might wish to rejoin

SARKOZY Nicholas“The Europe of the euro needs to deepen its integration… The other Europe, the 27-member union, should revert to its original duties — ensuring the domestic market operates smoothly and focusing on no more than 10 truly strategic issues, such as agricultural and industrial policy to stimulate growth; research policy, which needs to be bolder; competition policy, which needs to be less dogmatic; and trade policy founded on reciprocity. Everything else is best left in the hands of member states.” – FT

  • Governing elite’s failure to tackle the migrant crisis is the root of the populist revolt – David Aaronovitch, The Times (£)
  • The Supreme Court judge’s speech makes me fear Brexit could be bogged down for years – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
  • May the mannequin could learn from Queen Mary about dealing with foreign leaders – Jane Merrick, The Times (£)
  • Labour will be the champion of business during our EU departure – Clive Lewis, Times Red Box
  • Brexit offers civil society a chance to tackle social injustice – Matthew Patten, The Guardian


  • Way out is hard to find amidst the fog – Patrick Kidd, The Times (£)
  • A peerage for Farage, scourge of unelected elites? Perish the thought! – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph

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May pressed on whether Farage will receive a peerage

“Theresa May refused to rule out handing Nigel Farage a peerage today amid heightening speculation Ukip’s figurehead could get a plum job in the House of Lords. She insisted the usual procedure is not to discuss future Lords appointments in public when she was grilled about it at Prime Minister’s Questions today. But Downing Street is continuing to reject calls to deploy Mr Farage as a link man to his ally Donald Trump, despite concerns that the Government has failed to forge relations with his key aides.” – Daily Mail

  • Liberal Democrats could ‘force’ Government to reveal Brexit plans before Article 50 – The Guardian
  • Prime Minister leaves Portuguese president waiting after he arrives early – The Sun
  • May urged to ensure Brexit doesn’t raise barriers to Irish trade into Holyhead – Wales Online


  • May warns social media giants to tighten up anti-bullying protections – The Sun


Ministers 1) Hammond expected to deliver fuel duty freeze

HAMMOND Carla Guardian“Fuel duty is expected to be frozen next week under a Government package to help voters who ‘just about managing’ – or JAMs – to balance the family budget. Theresa May has told Chancellor Philip Hammond to make middle and low-income families a priority in next week’s Autumn Statement. After weeks of tense talks, a deal has now been struck between Number Ten and Eleven.” – Daily Mail

  • UK faces £100 billion Brexit hole in budget – FT
  • Britain jumps to 10th in the world’s most business-friendly tax regimes – FT
  • Auto-enrolment sees 4.4 million more UK workers saving for pension – FT


  • If the Chancellor is too downbeat he risks harming Britain’s prospects – James Forsyth, The Spectator



Ministers 2) Javid plans to loosen planning laws to boost housebuilding

“Ministers want to throw out height limits to erect a new generation of tall houses and flats in the biggest planning overhaul in 70 years. Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid wants a major relaxation of strict practices that stop new homes being built higher than their surrounding buildings. In another controversial move, the Cabinet minister also wants to review rules on light that stop building if neighbouring homes are cast in shadow. The moves are part of “a very radical” new planning blueprint being drawn up to solve Britain’s spiralling housing crisis “once and for all”, The Sun has been told.” – The Sun

Ministers 3) Clark attachs ‘Big Six’ energy firms

gas-energy“Furious Energy Secretary Greg Clark told Big Six energy chiefs it was time to deliver for hard-up Brits after being blanked over fat-cat profits. The Tory big hitter demanded suppliers draw up an action plan to “change their behaviour” in showdown talks triggered by the Sun’s revelations that firms are making up to SEVEN TIMES more than they claim. Lobby group Energy UK disputed the accusation at a summit with the Energy Secretary in London yesterday.” – The Sun


Ministers 4) Rudd says police must recruit from military, business, and civil service

“The police must open their ranks to “bright and ambitious” recruits from the military, civil service, finance and business, the Home Secretary has said. Amber Rudd revealed that just eight people have been recruited from outside police ranks under the first intake of the Direct Entry scheme earlier this year, as she urged police chiefs to do more. She ruled out introducing a target, however. It came as the Metropolitan Police announced that its new chief constable will be a serving officer who could come from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or America as foreign candidates are allowed to apply for the role for the first time.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Recruit prison chiefs from businesses and top schools, argues Gove – FT

Ministers 5) Truss admits failure to tackle £1 billion whiplash scandal and announces third crackdown

TRUSS Chancellor“The Justice Secretary will admit the Government’s glaring failure to tackle a £1 billion whiplash scandal by announcing the THIRD attempted crackdown in four years. Liz Truss will vow to cut motor premiums by capping compensation pay-outs for minor injuries at £425 and forcing more cases through the small claims courts. She also wants to ban insurers from settling claims without medical evidence. The Ministry of Justice claims the overall package should slash insurers’ costs by £1 billion – meaning premiums should fall by £40 a year.” – The Sun

  • Justice Secretary under pressure to cut prison population – The Guardian
  • Gove calls for cut in numbers sent to prison – The Times (£)

Peers back down over press regulation

“Peers backed down last night in a battle with MPs over a new law that could have prevented newspapers exposing corruption and speaking out against injustice. The House of Lords decided not to push through an amendment to the Investigatory Powers Bill – the so-called Snoopers’ Charter – that would have forced papers to pay court costs for both parties in any case involving allegations of phone or email hacking even if they were completely spurious. One peer said it would have ‘chilled’ journalism and stopped papers writing about figures such as ex-BHS boss Sir Philip Green.” – Daily Mail

Labour 1) Balls reconsiders Bank of England independence

MANIFESTO money“Ed Balls, one of the chief architects of UK central bank independence, has revisited his thinking on the issue and now holds that in the post-crisis world the Bank of England’s independence should be reined back. In a paper for the John F Kennedy School of government at Harvard University, Mr Balls, the former UK minister and unexpected star of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing show, says the old assumption no longer holds that the more independence given to a central bank the better. He is clear that the case for central banks having operational independence to set monetary policy still stands.” – FT

  • Carney slams May for deflecting blame for inequality onto the Bank – The Sun

Labour 2) Khan backs legal battle against Heathrow

“Opposition to Heathrow’s third runway mounted yesterday when the Mayor of London announced he was backing a legal challenge designed to block the airport’s expansion. Sadiq Khan revealed that Transport for London was preparing to join four Conservative councils in preparing a joint High Court case against the project. They are calling for a judicial review of the process. Speaking yesterday, he said he would not “just stand by and see hundreds of thousands suffer from the additional noise and air pollution”.” – The Times (£)


  • Heathrow expansion is the wrong answer to Britain’s airport crisis – Sadiq Khan, The Times (£)

News in Brief:

  • Top general says Trump isn’t serious about abandoning NATO – Daily Express
  • Russia pulls out of the International Criminal Court – Daily Mail
  • Poor home care leaving dementia sufferers in ‘living hell’ – The Times (£)
  • Buy-to-let crackdown will ‘end the dreams’ of middle-class investors – Daily Telegraph
  • Japan’s Abe to meet Trump in President-elect’s first bilateral meeting with a foreign leader – FT
  • More young people ‘trapped in low-paid jobs’ – The Sun
  • Sweden Democrats surge to joint second in latest polls – Daily Express
  • ‘Gay cake’ free speech vs discrimination case referred to the Supreme Court – The Guardian
  • Senior officer under investigation over VIP child sex inquiry – Daily Mail
  • Spanish court opens ‘torture’ investigation into Gibraltar’s chief minister – FT
  • Sturgeon backs plan to give new powers to headteachers – The Scotsman