Britain may have to abide by EU rules for another ten years

EU Brexit“The UK may have to bow to European law for up to a decade after Brexit, it was claimed last night. Brussels will demand that Britain submits to the European Court of Justice for the duration of any transitional deal, said Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat, whose tiny island nation has just taken over the rotating presidency of the EU. Chancellor Philip Hammond is pushing for a transitional deal lasting several years to give the City more time to adjust to the country’s departure from the EU.” – Daily Mail

  • European judges ‘will rule Britain for years’, Prime Minister warned – The Times (£)
  • New court cases launched in London and Dublin – The Guardian
  • EU leaders to ‘play hardball’ in order to make Britain ‘blink first’ – The Sun
  • May to set out more on Brexit plan in speech next week – FT
  • Government urged to abandon Brussels’ fisheries policy – The Sun
  • Hague backs work visas for EU citizens – FT
  • Queen did attack EU, Clegg admits – The Sun

More Europe:

  • Johnson says settlement is ‘in reach’ on Cypriot unity – The Sun
  • Merkel warns Europe to spend more on defence – Daily Mail
  • Cracks in power-sharing ‘stitch up’ under pressure of Brexit, austerity, and migration – Daily Express

More May:

  • Longest honeymoon of any Tory Prime Minister since the 1950s – The Sun

Micheal Gove: May must deliver full Brexit, not fake Brexit

“We need to win back respect for politics by respecting how the public voted. That means full Brexit, not fake Brexit. We won’t be in the single market. Because being in means accepting the unfettered free movement of people and the unchallenged supremacy of EU courts. And I’ve said we need to control our own borders and our own laws. We won’t be in the customs union. Because that means accepting high tariff barriers towards the rest of the world and no freedom to strike our own trade deals. I’ve said I want Britain to be a global champion of free trade and we can only do that if we set our own trade policy instead of having it set by a protectionist bloc.” – The Times (£)

  • Lords must look before they leap into blocking Brexit – John Penrose, Times Red Box
  • May must silence EU paranoia on Brexit – Peter Foster, Daily Telegraph
  • Business should assume a hard Brexit – Martin Wolf, FT
  • Brexit a ‘missed opportunity’ if the Prime Minister doesn’t defend wealth creators – Nigel Farage, Daily Telegraph
  • Could a cross-party, grassroots campaign stop Brexit? – Dick Taverne, Times Red Box
  • How can Britain leave the EU? It doesn’t really exist – David Marquand, The Guardian
  • Britain must heed the EU27 or reality will drench it like cold water – Tony Barber, FT

>Today: ToryDiary: In Brussels, a clash is coming between dogma and pragmatism


Ministers 1) Penning labels Corbyn ‘collaborator’ over Russian stance

Jeremy Corbyn (Tory Poster)“Defence Minister Mike Penning has launched a savage attack on Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour leader made clear his lack of support for a Nato mission in Eastern Europe. The Minister for the Armed Forces accused him of preferring to collaborate with Russia than support our troops. The arch-leftie’s spokesperson said in a Westminster briefing yesterday that he had “concerns” that the new NATO mission was only escalating the stand-off with Moscow.” – The Sun

  • Blunt says UK-Russian relations are as bad as could be short of war- Daily Mail

British ex-spy behind Trump dossier exposed FIFA corruption

“The former British spy behind the Donald Trump dossier was involved in a vast investigation by the FBI into corruption at the heart of world football. Chris Steele’s private intelligence company, based in London, was commissioned by the Football Association in 2010 to gather information on Fifa, the sport’s governing body, as part of England’s unsuccessful bid to host the 2018 World Cup.” – The Times (£)

  • Tory MPs urge Downing Street to distance itself from the row – Daily Mail
  • British ambassador admits he warned the US about Trump – The Times (£)
  • Putin accused of driving a wedge between Sweden and NATO – The Times (£)


  • The fake news which hands Trump a real victory – Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph

>Today: Iain Dale’s column: The BBC’s flagrant bias for Obama and against Trump

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: We need a strong American president. We may be getting a weak one.

Ministers 2) Acadamic who referred Rudd’s conference speech to police hadn’t heard it

Amber Rudd“An Oxford academic who complained to the police about the home secretary’s party conference remarks about foreign workers, which were then classed as a “hate incident”, has admitted that he had not watched the speech. Amber Rudd’s remarks proposing tougher rules for immigrant workers and foreign students attracted criticism at the Conservative conference in Birmingham last October. Joshua Silver, a physics professor at Oxford, was so concerned that he reported the speech to the police.” – The Times (£)

  • Home Secretary’s speech classed as ‘non-crime hate incident’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Home Office doesn’t know how many EU staff it employs – FT


  • It’s not a hate crime to talk about tackling immigration – Daily Mail

Ministers 3) Grayling brands Labour a ‘disgrace’ for backing striking rail union

Chris Grayling has branded the Labour Party a “disgrace” for supporting their union backers despite the misery being faced by millions of commuters. The Transport Secretary hit out at Andy McDonald, Labour’s shadow transport secretary, as he accused the Party of defending “unnecessary” strike action. Jeremy Corbyn  enraged commuters on Tuesday after he said he would be ready to join the rail unions on the picket lines as more than 300,000 workers were hit by strike action.” – Daily Telegraph

  • New tube strike looms as RMT threatens escalation – FT


  • The affable Hayes’ war on ugly railway stations – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

Corbyn’s bid to blame Tories for NHS crisis undermined by Labour-run Wales

NHS“The grim sight of a line of trolleys in a bleak hospital corridor unmasked Jeremy’s Corbyn as a hypocrite, critics claimed last night. The Labour leader said this week that the Tories were ‘in denial’ about the crisis in the NHS in England. But this scene at a crisis-hit A&E unit shows the state of the Welsh NHS, which has been run by Labour since 1999. Tories said savage cuts by Labour had ‘unleashed devastation’.” – Daily Mail

  • Three quarters of surgeries shut out patients in GP blackspots – The Times (£)
  • Scotland’s largest hospital turns away pregnant women as Sturgeon boasts – Daily Telegraph

More Labour:

  • Momentum role for Labour chief is ‘conflict of interest’ – The Times (£)
  • Leaked emails reveal surreal Momentum row – The Guardian
  • Corbyn rejects Dugdale’s call for ‘new Act of Union’ – Daily Telegraph
  • MPs want inquiry into Israeli official’s ‘take down’ threat – The Independent


  • Don’t blame Hunt for the state of the NHS – Philip Collins, The Times (£)
  • How this crisis is paving the way for health insurance – Youssef El-Gingihy, The Independent
  • Labour should stop tying itself in knots and take May to task – Neil Coyle, Times Red Box
  • Fake news must be exposed, and Labour’s inquiry is a start – Michael Dugher, The Guardian


  • May ignores NHS warnings at her peril – FT

>Yesterday: James Frayne’s column: Competence is the clearest dividing line between May and Corbyn

Scottish Government reject press regulation

“The Government has come under more pressure to drop proposals that would force newspapers to pay legal costs in courts cases even if they win after Scottish ministers said they would refuse to bring in a similar law north of the Border. Fiona Hyslop, the SNP’s Culture Minister, warned UK ministers that the plan to implement Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 poses a threat to press freedom and urged them to “carefully consider” the impact on the media and democracy.” – Daily Telegraph


  • Hacked Off punches above its weight but will not, and should not, win – Roy Greenslade, The Guardian

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Northern Irish elections will give us new insight into May’s unionism

News in Brief:

  • Now Fiat faces ‘dieselgate’ accusations – Daily Mail
  • Hillsborough police could face charges – The Times (£)
  • Experts call for stamp duty reform – Daily Telegraph
  • Austerity pushes local authorities into ‘great British sell-off’ – FT
  • Councils don’t have enough money to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees – Daily Express
  • Sinn Fein divided on saving Northern Irish devolution – The Independent
  • McGuinness may have only six years to live – Daily Mail