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EU 1) Tories now seen as ‘more divided than Labour’

Following the Cabinet infighting after Theresa May’s snap General Election, the public now view the Conservatives as more divided than Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, according to a poll by YouGov. The proportion of people who view the Tories as a divided party has soared from 29 per cent in late May to 74 per cent now – a shift of 45 points in just two months. The election result has left the Conservatives vulnerable to public scrutiny, as the Prime Minister’s attempts to keep the party united in the face of Labour’s good election result are proving unsuccessful.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Civil servants lament May’s ‘wasted year’ – FT
  • Transitional deal only way to avoid disaster, says Hague – The Independent
  • Eurosceptic MP urges ministers to end infighting – FT

More:

  • Britain faces £500 million moving bill for EU staff – Daily Mail
  • Contest to relocate agencies sees bids from 23 nations – FT
  • UK set to poach top EU talent who don’t want to leave London – Daily Telegraph
  • European Medicines Agency cost hits €600 million after ‘lease bungle’ – The Times (£)

Comment:

  • Give more definition to Brexit Britain’s final destination – Nick Clegg, FT

>Today: John Baron MP in Comment: No transition – we must not loiter in the EU departure lounge

EU 2) Peers censure Davis over ‘snub’ to Lords

“Britain’s Brexit secretary, David Davis, has been criticised by the House of Lords EU committee for declining to give evidence over the summer break. Michael Jay, a former British diplomat, wrote to Mr Davis on July 19 asking him to appear before the Lords’ EU committee on August 9 in order to answer questions on the second round of Brexit negotiations. But Mr Davis wrote back on Friday saying that he was unable to attend because of parliament’s summer recess. Lord Jay replied on Tuesday that Mr Davis’s answer was “inadequate”.” – FT

  • Rees-Mogg insists that ECJ jurisdiction must end immediately upon Brexit – Daily Telegraph
  • Economy will grow faster in run-up to Brexit, claims think-tank – Daily Mail
  • Six in ten Brexiteers say economic damage would be price worth paying – The Sun

>Yesterday: Warwick Lightfoot in Comment: The right post-Brexit farming policy could unleash agricultural innovation and lighten the load on consumers

EU 3) Remainers backed Labour due to its ‘on the fence’ EU position

Labour’s refusal to admit that the party would take the UK out of the single market was key to their success at the 2017 General Election, a new study suggests. Voters viewed Jeremy Corbyn’s party as the “best bet” for maintaining close ties with the European Union despite its “ambiguous” position on the single market. Some 37.2 per cent of Remainers backed Labour in both 2015 and 2017, but their vote was also bolstered by “large numbers” of Remain backers from the Conservatives, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats at the snap election on June 8, according to the Academics from the British Election Study (BES) team.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Labour and Tory MPs plot to force vote on keeping Single Market membership – Daily Express
  • Cross-party bid to keep Britain in the EEA – The Guardian
  • Third of voters say Brexit was the most important factor in their vote – The Sun

Comment:

  • Corbyn is coming off the fence, leaving his colleagues with splinters – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph
  • Switzerland has the answer to Britain’s migration conundrum – Denis Macshane, The Times (£)

Editorial:

  • It wasn’t socialism that boosted Labour at the election – Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: What price democracy?

EU 4) Government outlines post-Brexit terror sanctions regime

“Tougher powers to seize terrorists’ cars and homes and block their access to bank accounts are announced today. The measures form part of a new law which will create the UK’s post-Brexit sanctions regime. Britain currently negotiates and imposes non-United Nations international sanctions through European Union laws. But a Sanctions Bill will be put before Parliament to ensure it has the legal powers to place restrictions on foreign countries after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in 2019.” – Daily Mail

  • New powers to cut of terrorist cash – The Sun

Ministers 1) Rudd still wants ‘back door’ into encrypted apps

“Amber Rudd has reiterated her demand that technology companies create “back doors” in messaging apps to give the security services access to encrypted communications. The home secretary is meeting representatives from companies including Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter at a counterterrorism forum in San Francisco. She told the BBC that the government supports encryption, but the “end-to-end” encryption offered by apps such as Facebook-owned WhatsApp, was a problem.” – The Times (£)

  • ‘Real people’ don’t care if messages are private, Home Secretary claims – The Independent

More:

  • Ministers ‘sneak out’ plans to privates court fine collection – The Independent

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: To find out why people value WhatsApp encryption, Rudd should talk to her own colleagues

Ministers 2) Patel claims civil servants are overpaid and unaccountable

“The international development secretary believes that senior civil servants are overpaid and not held accountable for their mistakes, it was claimed last night. Priti Patel is pushing to cap mandarin pay, saying that the wages of about 150 senior civil servants who earn up to £300,000 should be “restrained”. A total of 405 civil servants, departmental officials and “quangocrats” earn more than the prime minister’s £150,000 salary, according to Cabinet Office data. The source said: “Priti has clearly stated she does not support senior level pay increase. The pay issue is ongoing with discussions going on right now over pay. Some director-generals [in the civil service] are paid almost twice as much as the secretary of state to do their job and yet they do not take full responsibility for their actions and screw-ups.”” – The Times (£)

  • Bone challenges Hammond’s aid pledge to Brazil – Daily Mail

Calls for Davidson to pressure Tories on child refugees

“A host of leading Scots civic figures and celebrities have signed an open letter to Ruth Davidson urging her to put pressure on the UK government to accept more child refugees. DJ Edith Bowman, Holywood actor Brian Cox, the Proclaimers and Alison Phipps of Unesco are all calling on the Scottish Tory leader to be “the voice for child refugees” in her party and push for more urgent action on the Dubs Amendment. This was established last year to allow unaccompanied refugee children in camps like the now closed Calais Jungle to come to the UK, with its supporters calling for 3,000 youngsters to be accepted. Instead just 200 have arrived, and none this year, with a cap of 480 imposed.” – The Scotsman

Labour MPs urge Corbyn to condemn Venezuela

“Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure from MPs and socialist politicians in Europe to condemn personally President Maduro’s violent regime in Venezuela. British MPs from all parties called last night for the Labour leader to speak out after his historical support for the state’s leadership. Censure of Mr Maduro grew yesterday following reports that two opposition leaders have been seized from their homes. Angela Smith, a Labour MP who has joined a new all-party parliamentary group on Venezuela, declared herself “appalled” at the “wilful destruction of democratic structures” in the country.” – The Times (£)

  • Livingstone backs hard-left regime – The Sun
  • Leader snubs Passchendaele commemoration – The Sun

More Labour:

  • Opposition MP injured after attack by motorcyclists – FT
  • McDonnell joins Bank of England picket line – The Sun
  • Northern Powerhouse ‘dead’ if rail electrification axed, Labour claim – The Independent

Editorial:

  • Corbyn refuses to speak out against a socialist dystopia – The Times (£)

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: Livingstone: Venezuela has problems because “Chávez did not execute the establishment elite”

Trump urges Scotland to stay in Britain

“President Trump has warned Scotland not to make a bid for independence, arguing that it would be “terrible” decision – in part, it seems, because he believes that it would stop the Open golf championship being played north of the border. Mr Trump also lamented the use of the term “UK”, saying: “You don’t hear the word ‘Britain’ any more. It’s very interesting. It’s like, nope.” He made the remarks in an interview with The Wall Street Journal a week ago and last night the transcript was published by the Politico website.” – The Times (£)

  • President promises UK ‘big and exciting’ trade deal – The Sun
  • US officials in talks over trade sanctions against China – FT

More:

  • Thousands of Leave voters abandoned SNP over their EU stance – Daily Telegraph

Comment:

News in Brief:

  • Student who posed as MP investigated by police – Daily Mail
  • Uber drivers ‘colluding to create price surges’ – The Times (£)
  • Faulty NHS system wrongly tells thousands they will die – Daily Telegraph
  • More young spending longer out of work and education – FT
  • Poland and Hungary form new ‘eastern bloc’ to outmanoeuvre Brussels – Daily Express
  • Crabb’s son ‘lucky to be alive’ after car crash – Daily Mail
  • Riot squad sent into prison – The Times (£)

And finally… May leads holidaymakers in the national anthem

“Theresa May defied her staid public image by leading a bar full of holidaymakers in a spontaneous rendition of God Save the Queenduring her trip to Italy last week. The prime minister and her husband, Philip, initiated the singalong after a lounge pianist spotted them entering the bar of the £700-a-night Villa Cortine Palace Hotel, where they stayed last week. The musician broke into the opening bars of the anthem after noticing Mrs May, who immediately stood up and led her fellow guests in song.” – The Times (£)

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