May faces prolonged battle to pass Brexit legislation, suggests Bercow…

“The task facing Theresa May to get Brexit legislation through parliament was underlined today when John Bercow warned he would not hesitate to trigger difficult votes. The Speaker insisted ‘nothing is too toxic’ for the Commons to debate as he set the stage for battles over citizens’ rights, trade deals, and so-called Henry VIII powers. Mr Bercow also put the PM on notice over the new Tory tactic of boycotting Labour motions in the chamber where they risk defeat. The combative comments came as Mr Bercow took part in a question and answer session set up by the Institute for Government in central London this afternoon. Mr Bercow, who has repeatedly faced criticism for being too outspoken while chair of the House, made clear he had no intention of taking a less controversial approach.” – Daily Mail

  • Speaker suggests yellow cards for rowdy MPs – The Times

>Today: ToryDiary: If Parliament is diminished it is not for lack of Opposition Day theatre

…as Leadsom accuses Labour of trying to wreck EU departure

“Andrea Leadsom has said ministers are willing to listen to all parties on Brexit – as she accused Labour of trying to wreck our EU exit. The Leader of the House said that due to the slim majority of the government, they will “have to listen” to MPs from across the House to get things done and ensure our exit happens smoothly. The former Tory leadership candidate told an audience at the Institute for Government this evening: “The Government stands ready to listen and engage with all parties, to work in the best interests of the whole country.” But she also used the appearance to slam Labour for tabling a number of amendments to “wreck” Brexit on Monday.” – The Sun

  • Transition offer ‘key’ to settling the divorce bill – FT
  • Inquiry launched into the state of the negotiations – The Independent
  • Labour minister mocked over party’s uncertain Brexit stance – Daily Express
  • Cable claims Blair is a ‘liability’ for pro-Europeans – Daily Mail


  • Dyson demands a clean break with no interim deal – Daily Telegraph
  • CBI bosses ‘still trying to wreck Brexit’ – Daily Mail
  • Businesses who backed Remain to ‘bully’ Government into delay – Daily Express


  • Britain will not be ‘back of the queue’ for a deal, says EU commissioner – Daily Telegraph
  • EU-Canada trade deal kicks in next week – The Independent
  • France and Germany want right to pause free movement – The Times
  • Schengen ‘has helped terrorists’, Juncker admits… – Daily Mail
  • …as he claims Brexit is costing the UK international status – The Independent

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Juncker contradicts Clegg’s denial of the EU’s military ambitions

Will Jennings and Jane Green: Will Brexit be a new ‘Black Wednesday’ for the Tories?

“While Labour’s strategic, cynical or unintended ambiguity may not suggest a clear approach to the challenges of Brexit, it is most unlikely – based on our research – that voters would punish an opposition for a process they have no control over. Should the Conservatives preside over a large crisis – a cliff-edge Brexit in which Britain drops out of the EU with no transitional arrangements and with big adverse consequences for the economy – then voters will recognise this in how they view party competence. Leave voters have as many reasons to lose faith in the government as Remain voters.” – Times Red Box

  • Juncker has drawn entirely the wrong conclusions from Brexit – Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph
  • Why Europe will miss the disruptive Brits – Nigel Gardner, The Guardian
  • Labour must stop trying to frustrate Brexit – Philip Collins, The Times
  • Lords must add a referendum on the deal to the Withdrawal Bill – Lord Adonis, Times Red Box
  • Time for May and Sturgeon to change tactics on Brexit – Alan Cochrane, Daily Telegraph
  • I worked for Vote Leave, but we must retain the Single Market – Oliver Norgrove, The Guardian
  • Holyrood will get more powers, but how will they be used? – Brian Wilson, The Scotsman

>Yesterday: Oliver Norgrove in Comment: EFTA offers May’s best chance of a successful Brexit

Ministers 1) Patel demands changes to aid rules

“Ministers were last night frantically trying to change rules that prevent Britain from spending its aid budget to help UK territories hit by Hurricane Irma. International Development Secretary Priti Patel fired off a letter to the global body which ruled that the UK cannot use its aid cash because the three overseas territories are too wealthy. She wrote to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to demand reforms to end the farce. But other ministers said she should go ahead anyway and use the aid budget to help the victims of Irma even if that means breaking the law.” – Daily Mail

  • Downing Street clashes with regulator as it refuses to bend aid rules – Daily Telegraph
  • May ‘frustrated’ by rules which forbid helping British territories – The Times
  • Spanish delayed British aid at Gibraltar border – The Sun

Ministers 2) Johnson vows to ‘punish’ North Korean leader for ‘defying the world’

“Boris Johnson vowed punish Kim Jong-un who has “defied the world” as he met America’s top diplomat for crunch talks about North Korea. The tough talk came as the rogue state threatened to “sink” Japan with a nuke. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with the Foreign Secretary as the pair push for tougher oil sanctions on Kim Jong-un. And the pair welcomed the fact China have “done more than they thought they would” to bring crazy dictator Kim to heel. But Mr Johnson warned the Asian superpower that there was much more they could be doing “particularly with oil” given China accounts for 93 per cent of trade with the pariah state.” – The Sun

  • Foreign Secretary calls on Burmese leader to take stand against genocide – The Times


Ministers 3) Javid spearheads new house building drive

“Well-off parts of the country are facing the construction of tens of thousands of new homes under a controversial Government plan to tackle the housing crisis. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid last night told councils they have to increase housebuilding by up to 40 per cent over the next decade. It came as ministers said the country needed 266,000 homes a year over the next decade – a huge increase on previous estimates of 200,000. Mr Javid said many communities would have to accept a number ‘well beyond’ what councils had previously agreed to meet the shortage. But the move triggered immediate warnings that huge swathes of the country’s precious green belt land will be bulldozed.” – Daily Mail

  • Rich areas face order to construct more homes – The Times

>Today: Rosalind Beck in Local Government: Ministers are not just adopting, but even extending, parts of the Left’s agenda on housing

Ministers 4) Greening scraps SATs for seven-year-olds

“National curriculum tests for seven-year-olds in England are being scrapped, the Government confirmed yesterday. Instead, children will be assessed when they first enter primary school so their progress can be measured when they leave aged 11. The axing of Year Two SATs follows campaigning by teaching unions and parent groups, who argued that children were being ‘over-tested and over-worked’… Education Secretary Justine Greening said yesterday: ‘A good primary education lays the foundations for success at secondary school and beyond… ‘These changes will free up teachers to educate and inspire young children while holding schools to account in a proportionate and effective way.'” – Daily Mail

  • Tories refuse to reverse school budget cuts in new funding formula – The Independent


  • Sturgeon attacked for failure to fast-track teachers – The Scotsman
  • Labour consider legal challenge over tuition fees increase – The Guardian

MPs: Morgan challenges the Financial Conduct Authority

“The new chair of the Commons Treasury select committee has challenged the Financial Conduct Authority over its refusal to publish a report into allegations about the mistreatment of business customers by Royal Bank of Scotland. Nicky Morgan, who was elected chair of the committee this summer, said that withholding the document was “unsustainable” given the “overwhelming” public interest in publication. The FCA ordered a report in 2014 into allegations that RBS mistreated 12,000 small businesses that it was meant to help in its now-defunct Global Restructuring Group.” – FT

  • Stewart claims son’s teacher victimised him for having a Tory father – The Times
  • MPs slam G4S for abuse of migrants… – The Sun
  • …and will re-open inquiry into plastic bottle use – The Guardian
  • Climate change sceptic appointed to Parliament’s science committee – The Independent
  • Parliamentary watchdog opens inquiry into Paisley Jr – Belfast Telegraph


  • Rees-Mogg says food banks are an ‘uplifting’ example of charitable giving – The Times
  • View on food banks is ‘un-Christian’, claim charities – The Guardian
  • Catholic MP attacked on Question Time but finds unlikely ally – Daily Express


  • Rees-Mogg profits from England’s trust in the upper crust – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph

>Today: Alex Burghart MP in Comment: Why Universal Credit is needed. How it helps people find work. And what must be done to make it even better.

Osborne accused of fuelling hatred of women

“George Osborne was accused of fuelling hatred towards women after his extraordinary vow to continue attacking Theresa May until she is “chopped up in bags in my freezer”. Labour’s Cat Smith blasted the former Chancellor during a debate on abuse against MPs in the Commons yesterday. The shadow deputy Commons leader said British politics has a “huge problem” with violence against women and language used by Mr Osborne about Mrs May “isn’t helping”. A string of senior Tories also slammed Mr Osborne, who has made daily attacks on Mrs May since he was appointed the editor of the London newspaper the Evening Standard. Tory MP Peter Bone even said Mr Osborne’s “mental health must be questioned” after his “unacceptable” comments about Mrs May.” – The Sun

  • Dorries calls for former chancellor to be banned from conference – The Independent


  • Vengeful fairy godmother could yet be destroyed by his grudge – Jane Merrick, Times Red Box
  • Editor or politician? For Osborne, it’s a question of integrity – Gaby Hinsliff, The Guardian

News in Brief:

  • Osborne fails to notice London extending its lead as world’s top financial centre – Hugh Bennett, Brexit Central
  • John Lewis has a Waitrose problem, not a Brexit problem – Ross Clark, Spectator Coffee House
  • Britain was already having its cake and eating it in the EU – George Eaton, New Statesman
  • Juncker’s ‘State of the Union’: the good, the bad, and the ugly – Pieter Cleppe, Open Europe
  • No deal is the very worst deal for the UK – Karan Bilimoria, Reaction