Fallon says May has Cabinet’s support ‘at the moment’

“Theresa May has the loyalty of her Cabinet “at the moment”, the Defence Secretary has said as he ruled out a bid for the leadership. Sir Michael Fallon said that he hoped that Mrs May would survive as Prime Minister after she led the Tories to a disastrous set of election results. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, downplayed the idea that he was in the running to take over from Mrs May as he said that there was “no need for any more political kerfuffle”. Both men have been touted as potential successors to Mrs May.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Fallon denies any interest in Downing Street – The Sun
  • Johnson’s wife ‘warns against leadership bid’ – The Times (£)
  • Foreign Secretary denies fuelling Cabinet infighting – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: James Frayne’s column: Five bits of advice that May’s new Communications Director should give her

Brexit: Davis insists that ‘trustworthy’ British courts should protect rights of EU nationals…

“Britain’s “trustworthy” courts should protect the rights of European Union citizens living in the UK after Brexit, David Davis has insisted. The Brexit Secretary rejected calls for the rights of 3 million EU citizens living in Britain to be overseen by the European Court of Justice. Speaking in Prague after talks with the Czech foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek, he said that the EU “moral imperative” to reach a quick deal. Questioned on whether the UK Government was willing to compromise over the role of the European Court of Justice, he said: “We are intent that this should be put in an act in of parliament enforced by British courts … and most importantly backed up by a treaty.”” – Daily Telegraph

  • EU threatens to halt Brexit talks over criminal checks – Daily Mail
  • Judge urges ‘certainty’ on corporate law post-Brexit – FT
  • UK urged to push for ‘observer status’ in EU foreign policy – The Guardian
  • Brussels’ united front cracks – Daily Express

>Yesterday: Christopher Howarth’s column: On immigration, we need no implementation, no transition post-Brexit. Just an immediate start in cutting numbers.

…as Trump attacks ‘protectionist’ Europe…

“Donald Trump has said that the US will sign a “big and exciting” trade deal with the UK as he criticised the European Union for being protectionist. The US president said that he is working on a “major trade deal” with the UK which will create jobs while criticising the European Union. It came just hours after he hailed a “new chapter for stronger trade” with Britain amid concerns about the import of chlorine-washed chickens in the UK after Brexit. Theresa May is facing a Cabinet split over the import of poultry treated with the chlorine wash process from the US, which is currently banned under EU rules but a fifth cheaper than British chicken.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Fox challenged to eat a chlorinated chicken – FT


  • Britain may not want the quick trade deal it could get with America – The Times (£)
  • US enthusiasm should give Britain grounds for Brexit optimism – Daily Telegraph

>Today: Alex Morton’s column: Why supporting free trade and controlled migration is not a contradiction in terms

>Yesterday: Left Watch: Would Barry Gardiner eat an American chlorine-washed chicken?

…and Starmer forced to back out of role at Remainer law firm

“Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer today turned down a job advising the law firm behind a Supreme Court challenge over Brexit. It was revealed yesterday Sir Keir was in talks about taking a post with Mishcon de Reya, the firm that helped Gina Miller successfully challenge Theresa May’s power to invoke Article 50. But after warnings the job would be a huge conflict of interest, Sir Keir confirmed today he would not go ahead… The prospect of his appointment as an adviser to the firm sparked accusations from the Conservatives that Sir Keir faced a ‘possible conflict of interests’. Tory MP James Cleverly questioned whether it was appropriate for him to take the role and called on him to list any clients he will advise.” – Daily Mail

  • Unions urge Corbyn to fight for single market membership – The Times (£)
  • Labour leader upbraids Gardiner for split position on customs union – The Independent


  • Labour should back the single market – Heidi Alexander, The Guardian
  • The great Brexit betrayal has begun – Nigel Farage, Daily Telegraph
  • Judge Corbyn by his basket-case foreign friends – Emma Duncan, The Times (£)


  • The fallacy of Labour’s hard stance on Brexit – FT

Ministers 1) Clark welcomes major car-making investment

“The Government today hailed the huge ‘vote of confidence’ in Brexit Britain after BMW announced the new electric Mini will be built in the UK from 2019. The manufacturers said a new, greener generation of the iconic car will be built at their state-of-the-art plant in Cowley near Oxford. Business Secretary Greg Clark said the ‘landmark’ decision shows that the UK’s car manufacturing business is a ‘great British success story’. Meanwhile, Amazon announced it plans to bring 450 new research jobs to London in a sign that the country’s economy is booming.” – Daily Mail

  • German manufacturer shows faith in Brexit – The Times (£)
  • Business Secretary rules out post-Brexit protectionism – FT


  • All petrol and diesel cars to be banned from 2040… – Daily Mail
  • …but critics warn this could cost ‘trillions’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Motorists face rush-hour bans and pollution taxes – The Sun


  • Tory industrial strategy felt like being stood up on a date – Rebecca Long-Bailey, Times Red Box

Ministers 2) Javid told leasehold reforms don’t go far enough

“Plans to end the scandal of toxic property leaseholds were in disarray last night. Campaigners said ministers were ignoring the plight of more than a million buyers locked into rip-off deals. They cited figures showing that more than 100,000 homes are effectively unsellable because of unfair contracts. Some owners face their ground rent doubling every year. Sajid Javid yesterday unveiled an eight-week consultation on plans to crackdown on leasehold abuse, including plans to ban the sale of leasehold houses. The Communities Secretary said the form of ownership would be restricted to properties with shared services, such as flats which charge ground rent to cover maintenance.” – Daily Mail

  • Policy won’t help existing victims, minister admits – The Independent

Ministers 3) Gibb demands apology as Corbyn faces calls to resign over student debt backtrack

“Jeremy Corbyn is facing calls to resign for breaking his promise to write off student debt after it emerged two shadow ministers publicly boasted about the plans. Former Labour peer Alan Sugar said Mr Corbyn should quit because he got votes with ‘false promises’. The Labour leader has insisted he never promised to wipe the £100 billion debt after admitting that he would not carry out the expensive pledge if he gets into No. 10. But in footage posted online, shadow justice minister Imran Hussain hailed the policy as ‘fantastic news’ while on a visit to a school… Education Minister Nick Gibb said the Labour leader should apologise for trying to dupe young voters. ” – Daily Mail

  • Rayner refuses to say if Opposition will offer any help with student debt – The Sun
  • Labour MP made student debt pledge – The Times (£)


  • Goodwill mocks Opposition after childcare costs rose higher in Labour-run Wales – Daily Telegraph
  • Thornberry brands Corbyn ‘pig-headed’ – The Sun

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The great Conservative student panic

Zac Goldsmith: We should tackle acid attacks as we tackled knife crime

“It is argued, correctly, that many of the components needed for an acid attack are both readily available and necessary for mundane household tasks. But that is true of knives as well. And we have addressed the ease with which people can purchase knives, working closely with big retailers, raising public awareness about age restrictions, making it harder for young people to but knives online. On the back of a campaign by my friends and former London MPs David Burrowes and Nick de Bois, we introduced mandatory minimum sentences – anyone caught in possession of a knife for a second time will face a custodial sentence.” – Times Red Box

Sturgeon backtracks on independence yet again

“Nicola Sturgeon has backtracked on her promise to drop Scottish independence less than a month after claiming the issue was dead in the water. Scotland’s First Minister will hold a summit early next month with the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC), the cross-party group which promotes splitting away from the rest of the UK, the SNP confirmed. The meeting is part of her plans to engage with the “wider independence movement”, her party said. But her scheming has been met with fury from Downing Street with the Prime Minister once again warning Ms Sturgeon “now is not the time”.” – Daily Express

  • Tories accuse Sturgeon of neglecting the day job – The Scotsman
  • Salmond rules out joining the Lords – The Scotsman


  • The SNP is on the brink of collapse – James Kanagasooriam, Times Red Box
  • Sturgeon has become a prisoner of Brexit – Kenny Farquharson, The Times (£)

News in Brief:

  • Hospital chiefs call for an end to the pay cap – The Times (£)
  • Campaigners warn that Britons don’t realise how much their taxes are rising – Daily Mail
  • Is North Korea poised to launch a second inter-continental missile? – Daily Telegraph
  • Congress votes overwhelmingly for sanctions on Russia – FT
  • Uber and Deliveroo chiefs face grilling by MPs – The Guardian
  • Trump goads his Attorney-General to quit – The Times (£)