Ministers concede ECJ jurisdiction will only end after transitional period

“Ministers conceded yesterday that the European Court of Justice may continue to exercise jurisdiction over UK law under any transition deal negotiated with the European Union. Theresa May denied softening her position on the role of the court after Brexit and insisted that the UK would “take back control” of its laws. A position paper released by the government revealed that ministers were looking at models for future co-operation that would give the Luxembourg court significant indirect influence.” – The Times

  • UK paves way for compromise on court – FT


  • Top economist says Britain will boom outside EU’s ‘destructive’ policies – The Sun
  • Brussels to reject UK customs proposals – Daily Express
  • Data protection laws to stay ‘aligned’ with Brussels – The Independent
  • Brexit worries push Sterling to eight-year low against the Euro – The Times
  • Number of EU citizens detailed up 27 per cent post-Brexit – The Guardian
  • Eurocrat compares nationalism to alcoholism – Daily Express


  • Our pragmatic plan keeps faith with the public’s vote for Brexit – Dominic Raab, Daily Telegraph
  • We are not a vassal state, and should not be ruled by a vassal court – Martin Howe QC, Daily Telegraph
  • Reality dawns for Britaon on the ECJ’s role – David Allen Green, FT

>Yesterday: Alex Morton’s column: Of course it’s hard to escape a would-be superstate. The very difficulty demonstrates why we’re leaving.

Allister Heath: Britain urgently needs a new economic plan to prepare for Brexit

There is one critically important area where no progress has been made, however, and that is preparing our economy not just for life outside the EU but for the inevitable bumpy ride as we extract ourselves. There has been a lot of good work on the outwards-facing economic aspects of Brexit – the elements that require treaties and international agreement – but none on the other half of the equation: how to reform our economy to make it more competitive. In fact, the reverse appears to be true: the Treasury seems as keen as ever to extract as much cash from the economy as possible. Left to his own devices, the Chancellor would doubtless love to dust off his ridiculous tax raid on the self-employed, and he continues to show zero interest in the sort of supply-side revolution the economy so desperately needs.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Brexiteers’ ‘Rule Britannia’ rings hollow – Philip Stephens, FT
  • Remain diehards must lighten up – Iain Martin, The Times
  • Three reasons Remainers should stop calling for a second referendum – Denis MacShane, The Guardian


  • The Government is failing to communicate a clear position – Daily Telegraph

>Today: Garvan Walshe’s column: Economists for Free Trade should be called Economists for Protectionism

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Ici Londres – What can we say to those who lose out from free trade? asks Daniel Hannan

Rudd commissions investigation into overseas students

“Total migration to Britain could be far lower than thought because foreign students may not be counted properly, it emerged today. Amber Rudd has ordered a major investigation into whether an influx of foreign students is boosting or hampering the prospects of those born here. The Home Secretary has asked an independent panel to carry out the most comprehensive assessment ever of foreign citizens studying in British universities.” – Daily Mail

  • Expert panel to examine impact on UK jobs – The Guardian
  • May under pressure to drop students from net migration numbers – The Independent
  • EU’s illegal migrant failure fuels crisis – The Times
  • Home Office mistakenly sends 100 deportation warnings to EU nationals – Daily Mail

Nick Timothy: The immigration debate puts GDP before people

After reading numerous academic analyses, my conclusion is that mass immigration makes little economic difference overall. It might increase GDP, but on a per-person basis its effect is probably neutral. The OECD thinks it has close to zero fiscal effect. While there is no “lump of labour” – no fixed number of jobs in the economy – it can force some people out of work. And it can, sometimes, push down wages for low-paid workers. In truth, the research confirms what most of us feel intuitively about mass immigration. Those of us earning high salaries benefit – in the form of cheaper plumbers and waiters in nice restaurants – but our fellow citizens with lower wages can lose out.” – Daily Telegraph

Oil slump shows how the SNP got their sums wrong on independence

“An independent Scotland would have been up to £10.5 billion worse off than SNP ministers had predicted before the referendum on leaving the UK, official figures show. Scotland is relying more on the UK to prop up its finances, with public spending per head north of the border continuing to grow, despite the crash in tax revenues from North Sea oil over the past two years, statistics published yesterday suggest. Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, rejected the accusation that she had tried to “con” voters before the 2014 vote, when the SNP forecast oil revenues of £6.8 billion to £7.9 billion for 2016-17, the first year of independence had there been a “yes” vote.” – The Times

  • Sturgeon accused of ‘independence con’ over Scottish deficit – The Sun
  • Tory MP slammed for ‘anti-Traveller’ comment – The Scotsman


  • Dark clouds for the Scottish Government in the latest statistics – Bill Jamieson, The Scotsman

>Yesterday: Henry Hill’s Red, White, and Blue column: Sturgeon wishes that the SNP had a less nationalist name

Labour 1) Opposition may bid to block Heathrow runway

Labour could vote against plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport in a move that could see the decades-long plan blocked by Parliament. Senior allies of Jeremy Corbyn told the Financial Times that he and colleagues are almost certain to oppose the third runway in a Commons vote on environmental grounds. The move means the plans for the £16.5billion runway are at significant risk because as many as 60 Tory MPs are opposed to the expansion of Heathrow. It could leave Theresa May, the Prime minister, dependent on the support of the Scottish National Party and rebel MPs as she tries to push the plans through Parliament.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Ministers accused of treating the north with contempt – FT

>Today: ToryDiary: The Conservatives have urgent work in the North of England

Labour 2) Female MPs scorn suggestion of women-only train carriages

“Britain should not take “feminist cues from Saudi Arabia” and introduce women-only train carriages, a Labour MP has said after a senior ally of Jeremy Corbyn floated the proposal. Jess Phillips, the MP for Birmingham Yardley, criticised the idea of separate areas for female passengers after Chris Williamson called for a consultation. Mr Williamson, the shadow fire services minister and MP for Derby North, reignited the debate despite a backlash after Mr Corbyn proposed women-only train carriages during his first leadership campaign in 2015.” – The Times


  • Why I wouldn’t ride in a segregated train – Charlotte Gill, The Times

>Yesterday: Tony Lodge in Comment: Exposing Labour’s double standards on rail

News in Brief:

  • Spanish tip-off sparks Dutch terror alert – Daily Mail
  • Fears that errors in new GCSE marking scheme will cause chaos – The Times
  • Neil steps down from the Sunday Politics as BBC try to close gender pay gap – Daily Telegraph
  • Macron steps up plan to bolster the EU – FT
  • Police hold faces of 20 million Britons on database – Daily Mail
  • ‘Landlord tax’ brings in £2 billion per year – Daily Telegraph