Gove “alarms British fishermen” with EU access comments

“Michael Gove has reportedly told European fishermen they will still be able to catch “large amounts” in British waters after Brexit. The Environment Secretary is said to have told fishermen during a trip to Denmark that Britain’s fish industry is too small to process all the fish itself. According to those present at a meeting with Mr Gove, he said: “Britain has no fish cutters [employed to clean, trim and bone fish] or the production facilities enough to catch all the fish in British waters.”” – Daily Telegraph

  • He says British fisherman won’t be able to process all the fish themselves – The Times (£)
  • And that foreign ships will have access to British waters – The Sun
  • He’s accused of sending mixed messages – FT
  • Defra says there’s “no change in policy” – Daily Mail

Britain sets up Brexit trade dispute body

“Britain is setting up a body to tackle trade disputes when it leaves the EU, government advertising has revealed. The Department for International Trade is creating the UK Trade Remedies Organisation, which it hopes will be operational by October 2018, six months before Brexit in March 2019. The body wants to recruit about 130 staff, but may have little to do immediately after Brexit if Britain has an association with the EU customs union that prevents trade deals during a transition.” – The Times (£)

More Brexit

  • Minister calls for UK-only passport lines – Daily Telegraph
  • Business leaders want delay beyond March 2019 – Independent
  • Carney signals interest-rate rise – Daily Mail
  • Unicef chief fears refugee children may be separated from families without EU regulation – Guardian


  • Everything depends on Brexit – FT


  • The “huge practical problem” with hard Brexit – Andrew Adonis, Guardian
  • Does Irish Brexit report show we’re in silly season? – Steve Aiken, Belfast News Letter

>Yesterday: Torydiary: Brexit is now clearly bad news for separatists – will Remainers admit it?

Gauke says figures show success of benefit cap

“The Tory benefit cap has helped 34,000 families back into work, official figures showed yesterday. Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke said it proved the success of the policy. The Cabinet Minister said it was “right that people who are out of work are faced with the same choices as those who are in work”. At least 150,000 households have had their benefits capped since the policy was introduced in 2013 to limit the amount in state benefits one household can claim in a year.” – The Sun

  • 68,000 households have been affected – Daily Mail

>Today: ToryDiary: Voters relied on the Conservatives to fix the deficit – fluffing it will do lasting damage

Raab: The principles of our justice reforms — and the place for technology

“… Our justice reforms are based on three principles. We want to protect the most vulnerable, and deliver better services for every citizen who comes into contact with the court system. We need a step-change in the use of technology to achieve this. And, by modernising the way court services are provided, we can also deliver far better value for taxpayers’ money. The first principle of any Conservative reform is to protect the most vulnerable. The extension of video links for virtual hearings can shield vulnerable witnesses from the fear and anguish of coming face to face with a violent assailant – while ensuring justice is properly done.” – Daily Telegraph

Technology comment:

  • Does Rudd understand the maths behind encryption? – Edward Lucas, The Times (£)
  • The latest cyber attacks bring good news and bad – Robert Hannigan, FT

Highest number ever of disadvantaged pupils going to university

“Almost one in four of the most disadvantaged schoolchildren now go to university, the highest figure on record. Among pupils on free school meals, the standard measure of poverty, 24 per cent went on to study at university in 2014-15 compared with only 13 per cent a decade earlier. The increase is a result of a huge expansion of university education by successive governments, as well as concerted efforts by both schools and universities to get poorer children to go on to higher education.” – The Times (£)

  • Report explains Labour’s position on fees would help better off – Daily Express

NHS internal audit says standards should improve before funding is upped

“The NHS needs to put its “house in order” and improve standards before it can justify asking central government for more cash, the man leading a review of efficiency within healthcare has said. Prof Tim Briggs, the national director of clinical quality and efficiency, said the service wasted too much money on poor care. He told the Times: “I do not think at the moment we deserve more money until we put our house in order and we actually make the changes that will improve the quality of care.” – Guardian


Labour continues to fight about Venezuela

“Labour was yesterday gripped by in-fighting over the Venezuelan crisis as a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn was accused of backing the wrong side. Graham Jones, a Labour MP, criticised Chris Williamson, a shadow home office minister, for condemning US activity in Latin America rather than focusing on the Maduro regime. Mr Williamson had said that the US had a “very shady record” of interference in Latin America, including funding opposition groups in Venezuela.” – The Times (£)

  • Livingstone blames Chavez – Guardian


  • Democracy is dead in Venezuela – Christopher Sabatini, Guardian
  • Corbyn, please listen – Sean O’Grady, Independent
  • We shouldn’t be surprised by Corbyn’s behaviour – Stephen Pollard, Daily Express


Senior Labour figures set up pro-free movement grouping

“Allies of Jeremy Corbyn have publicly urged the Labour leader to commit to retaining the free movement of workers between Britain and the European Union – as the party’s Brexit stance comes under increasing scrutiny. Senior figures on the left of the party have set up a new grouping, the Labour Campaign for Free Movement, and issued an ultimatum to the leadership that says Labour must be “the party of all working people, regardless of where they were born”.” – Independent

More Labour

Jury established to investigate Trump-Russia links

“The investigation into links between Donald Trump’s advisers and Russia escalated last night with the establishment of a grand jury that will decide if criminal charges should be brought. It has issued subpoenas demanding information about a meeting between President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr, and a Kremlin-linked lawyer. The jury was set up at the request of Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is leading the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election.” – The Times (£)

  • This stage is “precursor” to a full trial – Independent
  • Trump rallies supporters in face of accusations – Guardian

More America

  • New US ambassador to the UK announced – Daily Telegraph
  • Democrat senator switches sides for Trump – Daily Telegraph
  • Aberdeen property owners in golf battle with President – Herald

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