Harper: How we struck Canada’s trade deal with the EU

Canada Flag‘Canada, standing outside a broader political and economic union, has succeeded in negotiating free-trade agreements with 51 nations. This encompasses most of the major markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia (including the unratified Trans-Pacific Partnership). We have deep economic integration with the United States, without surrendering our sovereignty or unique national character. This seems to me to be what the UK desires in its relationship to the EU. So it can be done. But it will take considerable time, come with significant risk, and require careful political judgment.’ – Stephen Harper, Daily Telegraph

  • Distance still matters in trade – Alan Beattie, FT
  • Hammond wants fiscal wriggle room to tackle Brexit – FT
  • Carney took May’s conference speech as a personal insult – The Times (£)
  • Whitehall hopes he can be persuaded to stay longer – Daily Telegraph
  • The Bank is asserting its independence – FT Leader
  • Ireland’s concerns over Hard Brexit – Daily Telegraph
  • Eurozone growth is steady – The Sun (£)

>Today: Interview: Philp – Mutual equivalence wouldn’t be a permanent solution for the City. But it would be a start.

>Yesterday: Christopher Howarth’s Guide to Brexit: Why the Wallonians won’t be able to sink a UK/EU trade agreement

Finkelstein: It isn’t right wing to want controls on immigration

‘Migrants are often among the world’s most enterprising citizens. Most come here to work but it is legitimate to insist that they do. Those of us who support immigration should be among the most robust about this, given the impact on national feeling made by those who arrive to claim benefits. The insistence of the EU that free movement must mean common entitlement to benefits is barking mad. I sometimes think it a miracle that in the EU referendum Remain, burdened by this policy, even managed to come second. Finally, but most controversially, those who support immigration must accept the need to control numbers.’ – Daniel Finkelstein, The Times (£)

  • Racial segregation is rising – Daily Mail
  • NIESR predicts immigration has peaked – The Times (£)
  • Australia tightens rules for foreign doctors – The Times (£)
  • Midlands businesses worry about losing migrant labour – FT
  • Hague warns of Gibraltar threat – FT

>Today: ToryDiary: Should reducing immigration be the top Brexit priority? Take our monthly survey.

>Yesterday: Nicky Morgan on Comment: International students make us all richer – cutting their numbers would be a serious error

Bradley announces yet another consultation on press regulation

Pile of newspapers‘Culture Secretary Karen Bradley yesterday ordered a fresh look at new press laws to see whether they are still in “the public interest”. The Cabinet minister announced a fresh 10 week consultation on whether to go ahead with “crippling” libel bills for newspapers that refuse to accept state-backed oversight. It will also examine whether the second part of the year-long Leveson inquiry was also still necessary after three different police investigations that lasted five years. Ms Bradley said: “Given the extent of these criminal investigations, the implementation of the recommendations from part one of the Leveson Inquiry and the cost to the taxpayer of the investigations, the Government is considering whether undertaking part two is still in the public interest.’ – The Sun (£)

Heseltine – I didn’t strangle the dog to death, just into submission

‘Lord Heseltine, 83, then emerged to deny that he was a cold-blooded killer. He had squeezed until Kim was limp but this did not mean that the pet had died, the peer said. Instead the dog reverted to his calm, friendly self. The actual killing was sub-contracted to a vet the next day, according to the publishing magnate, who added that a “berserk” dog could not be allowed to live in a home where his wife was pregnant with their first child. Tatler accepted Lord Heseltine’s “clarification”, saying it thanked him for the explanation that “after going limp Kim regained consciousness”.’ – The Times (£)

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Thatcher confesses to strangling Heseltine

Hammond accuses Russia of hacking TV networks and electricity grids

Putin hunting‘Philip Hammond has accused Russia of taking down an entire TV network as well as electricity companies with devastating cyber attacks. Without fully naming President Putin’s country, the Chancellor made it clear that the Kremlin were behind the two major assaults last year…In a major speech to warn on the spiralling threat from online attacks yesterday, Mr Hammond said: “TV5 Monde witnessed a total shutdown of all its TV channels last year – because of an attack purportedly from a terrorist group, but which some security companies have ascribed to a state with a record of other recent high profile attacks”…Making it clear he blamed Russia, which has a long track record of cyber attacks, Mr Hammond added sarcastically: “Answers on a postcard to No10 Downing Street please”. The Treasury boss went on: “In Ukraine, two electricity companies suffered a major power outage, with blackouts for several hours due to the first known cyber-attack on an electricity network, suspect probably the same”.’ – The Sun (£)

Councils revolt over pensions costs

‘Seven local councils in the West Midlands have said “unrelenting” cuts to their budgets have left them unable to bail out the region’s largest public sector pension scheme. Trustees of the £11.5bn West Midlands Pension Fund (WMPF) have asked the councils to pay an extra £100m this year because of the fund’s £2.8bn deficit. The fund has more than 287,000 members working for about 520 employers, including schools and colleges and is one of 89 funds in England’s Local Government Pension Scheme, which has 5m members. But the LGPS is “unsustainable”, according to the Centre for Policy Studies think-tank, due to past underfunding and because retirees are living longer.’ – FT

Vaz won his select committee seat with Tory support

Keith Vaz‘An attempt to prevent the disgraced Labour MP Keith Vaz gaining an influential parliamentary role was defeated because the government whipped Conservatives to support him. A vote to block Mr Vaz’s appointment to the justice select committee was defeated by 161 Conservative MPs on Monday night. Among them nine cabinet ministers voted to support the Labour MP, including Amber Rudd, Liam Fox, Jeremy Hunt and Andrea Leadsom. The 13 other cabinet ministers avoided the whip by being absent for the vote.’ – The Times (£)

Momentum engulfed in factional infighting

‘Momentum, the network of Jeremy Corbyn supporters, has descended into factional strife amid accusations that its founder has mounted a “coup”. The split at the top of the organisation is over whether it should move towards using a delegate model or a “one member one vote” system. The former would see the organisation rely on selected individuals to convene and make key decisions, while the latter could allow all its activists to take part in decision-making via online ballots…The Labour Party Marxists, a far-left group which opposes Mr Lansman’s plans, said in a statement on its website: “This is worse than anything Tony Blair managed to foist on the Labour Party.’ – The Times (£)

  • Philip Davies tells Labour to ‘get over’ Orgreave – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: Mark Garnier on Comment: Labour’s reaction to the Nissan news shows they put self-interest ahead of British jobs

Democrats panic as poll puts Trump ahead

TRUMP hair‘Donald Trump has stolen a lead in the race to the White House a week before election day, according to a poll that sent Democrats reeling. The Republican candidate edged ahead of Hillary Clinton in the ABC/Washington Post poll after the FBI revived an investigation into the secret email system she used as secretary of state. Mr Trump’s boost came despite questions raised yesterday over his tax affairs and alleged links to Russia. The national survey showed Mr Trump on 46 per cent — one point ahead of his Democrat rival.’ – The Times (£)

  • Black voters lose enthusiasm for Clinton – The Times (£)
  • CNN pundit leaked debate questions to Hillary – The Times (£)
  • A sneering elite could land us with Trump – Sarah Vine, Daily Mail
  • Why wasn’t climate change raised in the presidential debates? – Martin Wolf, FT

Nuttall defends notorious Farage poster

‘Ukip leadership favourite Paul Nuttall has praised Nigel Farage’s controversial anti-migrant poster, saying it made an “absolutely correct” point that there is a “deluge of people coming from the Middle East”. Nuttall, the former deputy leader, backed the poster during a hustings event for Ukip leadership candidates on radio station LBC, which descended into bickering and acrimony over issues ranging from homophobia to the death penalty. “The point behind that poster was absolutely correct. We do need to get control of our borders and there is a deluge of people coming from the Middle East. And the EU’s idea of a common asylum policy isn’t the route to go down,” he said when asked for his views on the campaign image.’ – The Guardian

  • Rees-Evans calls for death penalty for paedophiles – Daily Mail

News in Brief

  • The Reform Club faces a revolution – The Times (£)
  • British Olympian suspended for mocking Islam – The Sun (£)
  • Foreign lorry drivers caught using phones while driving – Daily Mail
  • Sharia law being administered in shop basements – Daily Telegraph
  • Calls to ban MPs from hiring family members – The Times (£)
  • India threatens to pull Commonwealth funding after Baroness Scotland spending leaks – The Sun (£)
  • May’s shoes – a guide to her politics – Daily Mail