Brexit 1) ‘Have cake and eat it’ – aide accidentally displays EU notes in Downing Street

EU Brexit‘The Government’s ideal ‘model’ for Brexit appears to be a ‘have cake and eat it’ approach, according to a scribbled page of A4 notes being carried by a Tory aide leaving Downing Street today. The notes suggest the Government has already given up on staying in the European single market and will not go for a Norway-style deal. Instead they indicate the UK is looking at a ‘Canada-plus’ trade arrangement, and will leave the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice as it does not ‘fit’ with the PM’s determination to curb immigration. The latest humiliating document gaffe gives a fascinating glimpse into the shape of Theresa May’s plan for Brexit negotiations, although No 10 dismissed the document and stressed that it did not represent government policy. The notes were being carried by an advisor to Mark Field, an influential pro-Remain Conservative MP who represents the City of London and could play an important role in negotiations.’ – Daily Mail

  • We have aces up our sleeve – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
  • Fallon confirms access to UK intelligence will be part of the negotiations – The Sun (£)
  • Farmers fear labour crisis – FT
  • Don’t hold referendums, Juncker begs – people might vote Leave – Daily Mail
  • The Italian Government looks set to lose its referendum – The Times (£)
  • And Austrians go to the presidential polls on Sunday – The Times (£)

>Today: Christopher Howarth’s Guide to Brexit: Do we really need a transitional agreement?

Brexit 2) Polish PM calls for ‘mutual trust’ in the negotiations

‘“We are all wondering how this process will go. We are all trying to decide about our priorities and objectives but the negotiations will be held between the EU and the UK,” Szydło said of Brexit. “Poland – as a member of the EU – considers it very important what objectives and what priorities will be decided. We want the new relations to be built on mutual trust. As for reciprocity in terms of the rights and privileges, they have to be negotiated and there needs to be the right balance. This is the condition that will certainly be brought up by Poland.” – The Guardian

  • We should work together to defend against Putin – The Times Leader (£)
  • Fallon: Trump should stand up to the Kremlin – Daily Telegraph
  • Poles can stay, if Brits in Poland get the same deal – Daily Mail
  • Germany will return 800,000 asylum seekers home – Daily Mail
  • Sturgeon struggles to find approval in Dublin – Daily Telegraph

Brexit 3) Pro-EU think tank brings new legal challenge

ARREST WARRANT European‘The government is facing a legal challenge over whether Britain stays inside the single market after leaving the European Union, the second intervention since the referendum. British Influence, a cross-party think tank in favour of staying in the single market, has hired lawyers to argue that leaving the EU does not automatically take Britain out of the European Economic Area (EEA), in which the single market operates. They will claim that the decision to leave must be decided separately from any vote to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the mechanism for exiting the EU. The government insists that EEA membership would end automatically when Britain left the EU because it had joined in its capacity as an EU member.’ – The Times (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: How to help the judges stay friends of the people

>Yesterday: ThinkTanks: Policy Exchange explore how we hold a more powerful judiciary to account

Private companies will be told to publish directors’ pay

‘Large private companies face having to publish details of directors’ pay and performance as part of efforts to improve boardroom behaviour. The long-awaited green paper on corporate governance, published today, will recommend that all companies adopt the same standards as those required of publicly listed firms. The consultation also aims to increase protection for pension fund recipients after the collapse of BHS. Sir Philip Green’s stewardship of the retail chain, which fell apart with the loss of 11,000 jobs and a £571 million pensions deficit, has thrust privately run companies into the spotlight.’ – The Times (£)

  • May promises to protect pensioners from reckless tycoons – The Sun (£)
  • New corporate governance push – FT
  • Box-ticking compliance is the last thing we need – Matthew Lynn, Daily Telegraph

OECD warns against further Living Wage rises

money‘The Chancellor was last warned big hikes in the National Living Wage could trigger a surge in unemployment – despite BETTER growth forecasts. The Brexit-bashing OECD think tank raised its prediction for the UK’s economic growth for 2016 and 2017 on the back of stronger consumer spending. But it told Philip Hammond that growth may be just 1 per cent in 2018 – the weakest in the G7 – and further hikes in the Living Wage “should be considered prudently”. In its latest economic outlook the OECD said: “The effects on employment need to be carefully assessed before any further increases are adopted. Especially as growth slows and labour markets weaken.”’ – The Sun (£)

New UKIP leader: we will replace the Labour Party

‘UKIP can replace Labour and force Theresa May to deliver ‘real Brexit’ if it can end its civil war, the party’s new leader declared yesterday. Paul Nuttall vowed to rebuild Ukip after a disastrous summer that culminated in an altercation between two of its MEPs which left one of them in hospital. Following his election yesterday as Nigel Farage’s successor, Mr Nuttall vowed to exploit Jeremy Corbyn’s weakness on issues such as immigration and defence to target dozens of Labour seats in the North. He said he would transform Ukip into the ‘patriotic voice of working people’.’ – Daily Mail


>Yesterday: UKIPWatch: Nuttall has the right ideas for UKIP’s future – but his party doesn’t look up to the job

Carswell: Labour’s heartlands will turn to UKIP

Carswell on Marr‘I have not felt this gung-ho about the party’s chances since the Clacton and Rochester byelections two years ago. Having broken the UK’s political consensus over the European Union, we are now in with a realistic chance of breaking the political cartel in Westminster. With Paul Nuttall’s election as Ukip’s leader, many on the political left are at last waking up to the existential threat the party poses to Labour in its own backyard. For years, Labour MPs scoffed at our determination to get Britain out of the EU. Many now realise we spoke for the majority of their own constituents. Labour strategists attempted to portray us as diehard Thatcherites. In reality, Ukip is often more in tune with the hopes and aspirations of ordinary Labour voters than their own party in Westminster.’ – Douglas Carswell, The Guardian

NHS rationing plan will deny operations to fat people and smokers

‘Hospitals could deny routine operations to obese patients and smokers after new rationing plans were approved by senior NHS officials. A decision yesterday to place restrictions on some patients in Yorkshire who need non-urgent surgery is likely to encourage health commissioners elsewhere in the country to follow suit, doctors have warned. Overweight people who did not lose weight would be prevented from undergoing surgery for up to 12 months while smokers would be forced to wait for six months if they did not quit.’ – The Times (£)

News in Brief

  • Wife of Putin’s spokesman defends ice dancing while dressed as a Holocaust victim – Daily Mail
  • ISIS suspect praises British security services – The Times (£)
  • Alarm raised over sexual violence in schools – Daily Telegraph
  • Howard defends freedom of the press – Daily Mail
  • Rail union to strike at Christmas – FT
  • English MPs need new powers – Daily Telegraph
  • Primary school charges £1 for nativity tickets – The Times (£)
  • Ofcom demands BT and Openreach part company – FT
  • Trust me, not all whips are scheming bullies – Michael Gove, The Times (£)