Brexit 1) Government’s latest papers focus on legal disputes, goods and services, and confidentiality

“Ministers will call on the EU to agree a deal to allow British citizens and businesses to settle legal disputes on the Continent after Brexit. … In the government’s latest paper setting out its approach to Brexit negotiations, ministers are expected to argue that such cross-border legal co-operation should continue. … In a separate paper published yesterday, the government set out proposals to ensure that goods and services on sale when Britain leaves the EU do not have to be withdrawn. In addition the paper called on the EU to honour service agreements on products already sold, without any additional tariffs. … Another paper recommended a reciprocal agreement to ensure continued confidentiality for official documents shared by Britain with its EU partners while it was a member state.” – The Times

  • Calls for “frictionless trade” – FT
  • Demand for British firms to avoid compliance costs will put Davis at loggerheads with EU counterparts – Independent
  • These are the first of five new documents – The Sun


  • It’s in the EU’s interests to work with Britain – The Sun

Brexit 2) Tory eurosceptics press Davis on ECJ

“David Davis has been warned by Tory MPs that the UK must make a “clean break” from the European Court of Justice amid concerns he could allow its continued influence for years to come. … John Redwood, a eurosceptic Conservative MP, said: “I don’t see the need for it. As far as I’m concerned once we leave the European Union we leave the juridiction of the court. More than 160 nations have trade deals with the EU without any special arrangements. … Jacob Rees-Mogg, a eurosceptic Conservative MP, said: “One of the rulings of the Efta Court is that it wishes to be as close as possible to the European Court of Justice because it believes that there should be homogeneity. It doesn’t diverge from the European Court of Justice in normal circumstances.” – Daily Telegraph

  • They “react warily to compromise plan” – Daily Express
  • DExEU to publish paper on new system for dealing with legal disputes – Daily Express

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The ECJ is still off the table – and rightly so

More Brexit

  • Hammond “challenges Gove” on fishing – The Times
  • Gove “fights back” – Daily Express
  • Davis warns EU of risks of losing British trade – Daily Mail
  • EIB putting British loan requests “on hold” – Daily Express


  • Remain should admit how wrong Project Fear’s predictions were – Tim Congdon, Daily Telegraph
  • The economic pros and cons of leaving – Patrick Minford and Molly Scott Cato, Guardian
  • Polls keep showing that people don’t want a second referendum – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph
  • On holiday, I’m terrified I’ll be “tagged as a Brexiteer arsehole” – James Moore, Independent

May 1) She is “to retreat from” executive-pay curb promise

“Theresa May is preparing to retreat from her promise to curb executive pay after abandoning proposals to put workers on boards. Ministers will drop the plans when the government publishes its response to a consultation on corporate governance next week. Moves to force boardrooms to hold binding votes of shareholders on pay have been substantially watered down along with action to force annual ballots, Whitehall insiders admitted yesterday. However, the prime minister will seek to make a virtue of the climbdown, insisting that it shows she is listening as she seeks to repair relations with business leaders before Brexit talks.” – The Times

  • Although focus on measures to improve transparency will remain – FT

May 2) She’s hosting MPs at Chequers as part of “charm offensive”

“Theresa May has embarked on a two-month political charm offensive that many MPs expect will culminate in the UK prime minister publicly apologising for the botched general election. With the House of Commons in recess for more than six weeks, Mrs May has used the summer break to host about 100 Tory MPs and their partners at her Chequers country retreat. Next month, she will attempt to hold her party together on Europe with a long-awaited speech setting out her updated Brexit strategy.” – FT

May 3) Osborne: The Prime Minister would be wise to fund the Northern Powerhouse

‘I left office and there was a risk that the Northern Powerhouse would end with my own political career. It very nearly did. We know, thanks to the revelations by Katie Perrior, formerly head of media in Downing Street, that there was a systematic attempt by Theresa May’s advisers (apparently without her knowledge) to eradicate all mention of the initiative. Thankfully, the idea has proved more enduring than those advisers. The Northern Powerhouse Partnership has the support of the northern civic leaders and many major businesses. It has resources, a full-time staff and is conducting research. This week, the partnership launches its first campaign: it wants the government to commit to building high-speed rail links across the north — from Liverpool to Hull, starting with the line across the Pennines.’ – George Osborne, FT

Crowd gathers to hear last chimes of Big Ben before renovation

“This was not the end for Big Ben. It was not even the beginning of the end. But for several hundred people in London on Monday, it was nevertheless a symbolic moment when the world’s most famous bell chimed for the last time before a four-year refurbishment. MPs, tourists and onlookers listened in silence to the midday chimes, before bursting into applause. “That was misery in the key of E,” said Stephen Pound, a Labour MP. Michael Miller, an American lawyer visiting London, said: “One never knows. This could be the last chimes.” – FT

  • Onlookers cry – The Sun
  • Pound ridiculed for getting out his hankie – The Times
  • Bone asked if he went to Grenfell – Independent
  • Various options remain, including manual ringing – Daily Telegraph
  • Bercow says it isn’t his fault – The Sun


  • The renovations will last an “incredible four years” – Robert Hardman, Daily Mail
  • It’s a classic “silly political battle” – Hugo Rifkind, The Times
  • Why did May focus on it? – Sean O’Grady, Independent

Hague: Why it’s urgent central bankers pursue a clear strategy

“Later this week, some of the cleverest people in the world will assemble in a very nice place – Jackson Hole, Wyoming – to talk at length about some extremely technical subjects. The content of their discussions would be baffling to anyone other than a trained economist. … For these are the central bankers, the likes of Janet Yellen, head of the US Federal Reserve, and Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank. What they say can instantly send stock and bond markets soaring or crashing, and what they do can change the price of everyone’s mortgage and, ultimately, determine the job prospects of vast numbers of people.” – Daily Telegraph

  • We must quit QE – Larry Elliott, Guardian

Cooper says Twitter needs to up its game on stopping hate speech

“Twitter is “failing women” who are victims of online threats and abuse by taking far too long to remove hateful and misogynistic content, Britain’s leading women’s rights charity warns today. Yvette Cooper MP, founder of Reclaim the Internet, said: “Twitter claims to stop hate speech but they just don’t do it in practice. Vile racist, misogynist and threatening abuse gets reported to them, but they are too slow to act so they just keep giving a platform to hatred and extremism. It’s disgraceful and irresponsible.” The offending tweets included a vile slur on the late MP Jo Cox, who was murdered by a constituent in 2016, and racist and misogynistic abuse directed at the shadow home secretary Diane Abbott.” – Daily Telegraph


  • Abusers must face consequences – Suzanne Moore, Guardian
  • But online does not equate to offline – Damian Thomson – Daily Mail


  • No, it’s right that hate crime should be “policed as vigorously” online – The Times
  • Questions remain about how – Guardian

More technology 

>Today: ToryDiary: China offers pots of money. But beware how low we must bow in order to receive it.

Trump unveils new Afghanistan strategy

“Donald Trump has committed the US military to winning the war in Afghanistan – and called on Nato allies, such as Britain, to increase troop numbers “in line with our own”. The US president said that a withdrawal of troops would leave a power vacuum that would be filled by terrorists, as has happened in Iraq. Several administration officials said that up to 4,000 additional US troops would be deployed to the country to combat a resurgent Taliban and the growing number of Islamic State fighters in the country, although Mr Trump would not be drawn on numbers on Monday evening.” – Daily Telegraph

  • He avoids details but “commits to expansion” – Guardian
  • He says nation-building days are over – Independent
  • And talks of “principled realism” – The Times
  • He calls for Britain and other Nato members to send more troops – The Times


  • This is the outcome the establishment wanted – Rob Crilly, Daily Telegraph
  • Trump is “still the real deal” – Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph
  • He could learn from Schwarzenegger – Justin Webb, The Times

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