Brexit 1) Former legal chief attacks May’s stance on the Court of Justice

“Theresa May’s Brexit strategy has been thrown into new doubt as a former head of the government’s legal services ridicules the prime minister’s claim that the UK can break free of all European laws while continuing to reap the economic benefits of the EU’s single market. Sir Paul Jenkins, who was the government’s most senior legal official for eight years until 2014, told the Observer that the prime minister’s policy on the legal implications of Brexit was “foolish”. He insisted that if the UK wants to retain close links with the single market and customs union it will have no option but to observe EU law “in all but name”.” – The Observer


  • Breaking with the Court of Justice won’t be easy – The Observer

More May:

  • ‘Divisive’ Osborne may wreck May’s quest for conference unity – Sunday Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: May should apologise

Brexit 2) Davis warned that Trump poses a risk to a UK-US trade deal

“Tory Ministers have warned Brexit Secretary David Davis that Britain’s hopes of getting a good US trade deal could be wrecked by the growing crisis surrounding Donald Trump. They fear that if, as some experts predict, Trump is forced to resign or fails to retain the presidency in the 2020 US election, it could make a profitable Anglo-US Brexit trade deal impossible. Trump has described his own victory last year as ‘Brexit plus’ and tweeted last year he was ‘working on a big and exciting trade deal with UK’.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Brussels refuses to talk trade in October – Sunday Express
  • Let’s talk trade now, Brexit Minister tells Brussels – Sunday Times
  • Scottish and Welsh governments may be ‘frozen out’ of trade talks – Scotland on Sunday

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: If Stormont is to be overridden on gay marriage, it must be by Parliament

Brexit 3) David Davis: The Brexit talks need a big step forward

“But this highlighted a fundamental question about the structure of those hugely important negotiations. All along, the UK has argued that talks around our withdrawal cannot be treated in isolation from the future partnership we want. In fact, I firmly believe the early rounds of the negotiations have already demonstrated that many questions around our withdrawal are inextricably linked to our future relationship. Nowhere is that point truer than on the question of Northern Ireland. It is simply not possible to reach a near-final agreement on the border issue until we’ve begun to talk about how our broader future customs arrangement will work.” – Sunday Times

  • Brussels would be mad to spurn our offer of tariff-free trade – Charlie Elphicke, Sun on Sunday
  • Cable has Brexit voters wrong: we’re the true liberals now – Dia Chakravarty, Sunday Telegraph
  • We may end up obeying laws we have no say in – Catherine Barnard, The Observer
  • Bad news, anti-Brexiteers, things are looking up – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
  • British voters must have a second referendum – Vernon Bogdanor, The Observer


  • Trust Minford on the Brexit boost to our economy – Sun on Sunday

Hunt accuses Hawking of spreading ‘pernicious falsehood’ in NHS comments

“Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt sensationally accused Stephen Hawking of lying yesterday in a heated war of words over the future of the NHS. Mr Hunt said Professor Hawking was guilty of making a ‘pernicious falsehood’ in claiming that the Government wanted to replace the National Health Service with a US-style system of medical insurance. He was speaking ahead of last night’s lecture by the world-renowned scientist at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on the state of the Health Service.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Reduce bed-blocking or face cuts, councils told – Sunday Times

Tories ‘in revolt’ over women’s pensions

“Theresa May will face a Tory revolt next month as backbenchers mount a new challenge to the pension arrangements for women who have been unfavourably affected by changes in the state pension age. Conservatives are among a cross-party group of MPs to have sponsored a bill aimed at forcing the government to review the current pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s. The bill, which will be presented to parliament in September, will mark the first step in a fresh campaign to persuade the government to rethink the rules for 2m women who have been told they must work an extra six years before retiring.” – Sunday Times

  • More than 50 Conservative MPs demand action on energy prices – Sunday Telegraph


  • Tories need to rediscover the consumer instincts of Thatcher and Chamberlain – George Trefgarne, Sunday Telegraph

‘Rising star’ Rees-Mogg amongst Parliament’s top earners

“Jacob Rees-Mogg, the rising Conservative star reportedly mulling a leadership bid, is believed to have collected income of more than £1m this year — and at least £4m since being elected to parliament — according to newly published accounts and other declarations. Rees-Mogg, the MP for North-East Somerset, does not declare most of the money in the register of MPs’ interests, and is not required to. However, it makes him one of the top earners in the Commons. He is one of 21 “members”, or partners, in Somerset Capital Management (SCM), an investment firm he co-founded in 2007.” – Sunday Times

Loughton backs ‘tech tax’ on social media giants

“Social media giants must do more to protect young people’s mental health or face a “tech tax”, a report warns. Experts want internet firms to ensure their sites are safe and supportive places for kids. But they say platforms operated by firms such as Google, Twitter and Facebook can have a devastating impact on their users’ emotional well-being. Now they should be urged to re-invest some of their vast profits into safeguards, says a report by children’s charity Barnardo’s and the ResPublica think tank… Tory MP Tim Loughton, the former children’s mijnister, and Labour’s youth affairs spokeswoman Cat Smith are backing the move.” – Sun on Sunday

>Yesterday: John Blake in Comment: This week, A-levels. Next, GCSEs. Now we need to know what the next Tory education reforms will be.

Priti Patel: Britain is out there first to help in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a country once more in need of urgent humanitarian assistance following the devastating floods that have taken hundreds of lives, and destroyed many more. It is unfair to say that the UK government has had little to say on the devastating loss of life, as claimed in the Guardian on Thursday. As when Ebola took hold of Sierra Leone, the UK was among the first to respond to this emergency. British personnel were at the scene within just hours of the landslide to help coordinate the response. Two world-leading British humanitarian experts have also been deployed from the UK to provide specialist advice and expertise to help with response efforts and ensure our work has the greatest impact.” – The Observer

Labour 1) Opposition ‘tainted’ by anti-semitism

“Concern is growing in Britain’s Jewish community over anti-semitism in politics and the failure of authorities to enforce the law, according to a report. Gideon Falter, chairman of Campaign against Antisemitism, which is publishing the report, titled Antisemitism Barometer 2017, said British Jews “pointed their fingers at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Labour Party”. They ranked Islamist anti-semitism as their greatest concern, followed by anti-semitism on the political far left and the far right. However, Falter said there were encouraging signs that the general public was rejecting prejudice, with a decline since a previous survey in 2015.” – Sunday Times

  • One in three British Jews ‘thinking of leaving the UK’ – Sun on Sunday

Labour 2) McDonnell says ‘compromise’ could be reached on leadership rules change

“A compromise could be reached over changing the rules for a future Labour leadership contest, making it easier for a left-wing candidate to stand, the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said. The rule change – dubbed the “McDonnell amendment” due to his two failed bids for the leadership in 2007 and 2010 – would mean lowering the threshold of the number of nominations needed from parliamentary colleagues from 15 per cent to 5 per cent, essentially guaranteeing a left-wing figure a place on the ballot. But while efforts were concentrated on the rule change among Labour’s left before the general election, Mr McDonnell now believes the “heat is off” after Jeremy Corbyn defied pundits and outperformed expectations in June.” – Independent on Sunday

  • Corbyn criticised for ‘censoring MPs’ for political correctness – Sunday Express
  • Khan warns that London might lose 4,000 police officers – Sunday Times

News in Brief:

  • The decaying legacy of the Rio Olympics – Mail on Sunday
  • Queen will not stand down for Prince Charles – Sunday Times
  • Bannon to target Ivanka Trump and Kushner in ‘war on Democrats’ – Sunday Telegraph
  • BBC ‘blows £142 million’ paying off departing managers – Sun on Sunday
  • Anti-terror laws should be scrapped, says Government’s independent reviewer – Independent on Sunday
  • At least 23 killed in Indian train derailment – Mail on Sunday
  • ISIS funding run from office in Cardiff – Sunday Times