Brexit 1) Davis says Supreme Court will have oversight of EU extradition requests for Britons

“British judges will be able to block extradition requests by EU nations after Brexit under Government plans to avoid a rebellion by eurosceptic Tory back-benchers. David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, has said that the Supreme Court will act as the final body of appeal for British citizens facing extradition under the European Arrest Warrant instead of EU courts. The approach, which will be set out in a Brexit position paper published ahead of negotiations, is intended to address the concerns of dozens of eurosceptic Tory MPs who are considering rebelling over the issue ” – Daily Telegraph

  • Plans will allow it to override EU courts – The Sun
  • Supreme Court president calls for clarity – Independent

Brexit 2) Sunak, Fernandes, Quince, Malthouse, Tomlinson: Five steps towards UK positivity

“British factory production is at a 22-year high, there is record employment, and the UK has the highest level of foreign direct investment in Europe. We all supported Brexit, but if Vote Leave had told us before the referendum this would be the news from the British economy after a Leave vote, even we would have been sceptical. Yet, a year on, that’s exactly what’s happened. So why then is Brexit still being treated as a problem we can’t wait to be rid of rather than an opportunity to be seized?” – Daily Telegraph

  • Why we need more explanation and less argument – Jonathan Portes, Independent

>Today: ToryDiary: Hammond takes a hammering in our latest Cabinet League Table

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Our survey suggests that May’s position among Party members is slowly recovering

Brexit 3) DIT statement “sets out facts about its work”

“In a scathing statement officials at Liam Fox’s department for international trade (DIT) tore into a piece by former Labour transport minister Lord Adonis which was published in the left-wing Guardian newspaper. The committed europhile claimed in his article that the Government has “virtually no” dedicated trade lawyers and that its first pick for chief negotiator had “turned down the role”…. And in an unusual statement today the trade department said it wanted to set the record straight on his claims, describing them as “incorrect” and setting out a series of facts about its work.” – Daily Express

Brexit 4) Spain “won’t try to halt” deal over Gibraltar

“In a major boost for Theresa May, the Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis has backed away from threatening to veto any deal between the UK and EU unless Gibraltar’s status was changed. The move follows the EU apparently goading Spain into pushing for sovereignty over Gibraltar by allowing it to be part of the negotiating terms in March this year. The decision made early after the historic referendum was seen as part of a “punishment” agenda against Britain for deciding to leave the failing bloc.” – Daily Express

  • Foreign minister says he won’t “jeopardise” deal – Daily Mail
  • Details of the “U-turn” – The Sun


More Brexit

  • Former British EU negotiator compares Brexit with appeasement – The Times (£)
  • The argument about UK net contribution continues – Independent
  • Redwood comments on divorce bill proceedings – Daily Express
  • Fear over eggs imported from Netherlands – The Times (£)
  • Remainers plan protest marches for Conservative Party conference – Independent


  • Could there be an anti-Brexit party? – Janan Ganesh, FT
  • Why “ruling out” the divorce bill is a breakthrough – Tom Peck, Independent
  • The UK’s legalistic stance over finances is disadvantageous – David Allen Green, FT
  • Why Cable is wrong – Ross Clark, Daily Express
  • Be cruel to be kind with migrants – Claire Foges, The Sun

>Yesterday: Graham Gudgin in Comment:The Irish Border and Brexit – is Varadkar playing with fire?

Davidson: We need to talk about immigration

“We need to talk about immigration – as a nation, as a society and as policymakers. And it needs to happen in a mature way; neither pandering to the “Britain’s full up” brigade, nor those claiming there isn’t a nurse with a British accent left in the country. For my own part, it’s a discussion I want the Conservative Party to lead, because this isn’t about slogans on mugs or Breaking Point posters; this is about the need for a rational discussion around economic growth, workforce planning, the capacity of public services, societal change and public consent.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Would Melania pass Trump’s proposed immigration test? – Independent
  • Incomes grow of Bangladeshi and Pakistani Britons – FT

>Today: Charlie Elphicke in Comment: Ready on Day One to take back control of immigration

Fears over Government plan to scrap non-EU landing cards

“Plans to scrap landing cards for millions of travellers from outside Europe threaten to undermine border security, the government was warned last night. About 16 million visitors and migrants arriving at airports and ports across Britain will no longer be required to fill in the card under Home Office plans released quietly at the weekend. The move is designed to save £3.6 million a year and speed people through passport controls.” – The Times (£)

New data protection bill likely to be introduced before end of year

“A new data protection bill will hand individuals vastly increased powers over the way their personal data are collected and processed, with big fines for organisations that fail to comply. The bill will bring into UK law the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, the most sweeping overhaul of regulations governing personal data for more than two decades. The government said it would publish a “statement of intent” on the bill on Monday setting out its main elements. A bill is likely to be introduced to parliament before the end of this year.” – FT


  • Monday’s proposed bill would protect consumer data – FT


  • The questions we face about data privacy – Hugo Rifkind, The Times (£)

Stanley: Why liberalism has become an irritant

“Liberalism is a tyranny of broken promises. It’s supposed to make us happier and more equal, but the gulf between its ideals and the reality of everyday life is enormous. Worse: it’s become an irritant. And that’s a point at which many ideologies start to crumble. Someone’s obviously lost their patience at Google, the internet company that likes to think of itself as a beacon of progress, because they’ve written a 10-page screed on the subject of “diversity”.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Google reportedly fires memo writer – Guardian

More comment:

  • My thoughts as a former Google worker – Yonatan Zunger, Independent
  • Facebook should give us a data UBI – Jonathan Thornhill, FT

Adonis’s ‘furious” university criticism campaign

“What has got into Andrew Adonis? The former Tony Blair guru, now a Labour peer, has spent much of his summer having a go at higher education, and particularly vice-chancellors, attacking them on Twitter, and anywhere else he can, for their “greed”, for running a “fee cartel” and for leaving students with a “Frankenstein’s monster debt”.” – Guardian


  • The real problem with higher education – Jonathan Woolf, Guardian

Pressure on Corbyn to speak out against Venezuelan president

“Jeremy Corbyn has failed to condemn the Venezuelan President despite mounting pressure from his own backbenchers. The Labour leader refused to personally critise Nicolas Maduro and said it was important to recognise the country’s  “effective and serious attempts” to reduce poverty, improve literacy and the lives of the poorest in the state. He called for “dialogue and a process” to improve the situation in the the South American state…”.

US agriculture department staff told not to refer to “climate change”

“Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference “weather extremes” instead. A series of emails obtained by the Guardian between staff at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a USDA unit that oversees farmers’ land conservation, show that the incoming Trump administration has had a stark impact on the language used by some federal employees around climate change.” – Guardian

  • They’re told to talk of “weather extremes” – Daily Mail
  • While state department “staffing crisis” continues – Independent

More America


  • Here’s what wrong with Trump TV – Rob Crilly, Daily Telegraph
  • America’s rightwing problems – Paul Mason, Guardian

>Yesterday: Howard Flight’s column: First America creates the banking crisis. Then it punishes our banks.

News in Brief

  • Zuma to face no confidence vote – Daily Telegraph
  • Kenyan presidential election is today – Independent
  • Chaos at Waterloo – The Times (£)
  • Search for jogger who appeared to try to push woman under bus – Daily Mail
  • Study suggests Northerners “far more likely to die young” – Independent
  • Sin tax figures revealed – The Sun
  • Patel stops employing husband after criticism – The Times (£)
  • Petition against Macron’s wife gains over 200,000 signatures – Daily Telegraph
  • Former GCHQ boss tells parents to let their children online to gain skills – The Times (£)
  • Will Scotland ban smacking? – Herald
  • Fears about driverless planes – Guardian