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EU 1) The Prime Minister prepares for her landmark European speech…

“Theresa May will today warn EU leaders they have a ‘profound responsibility’ to make Brexit work. Making a ‘generous’ offer to secure a breakthrough in the deadlocked talks, she will propose a two-year transitional deal and pledge to pay up to 20 billion euros (£17.5bn) to ensure no hole is left in the EU’s budget. The Prime Minister, who will not put a precise figure on the size of any ‘divorce bill’, will also set out how the rights of EU citizens living in the UK will be enshrined in the final Brexit treaty so British courts are directly bound by the agreement and there can be no doubt about their future.” – Daily Mail

  • May to offer stronger protections for EU citizens – FT
  • Prime Minister will ‘maul EU doom-mongers’ – Daily Express
  • We’re not out for revenge, says EU’s chief negotiator – The Times
  • Barnier demands full outline of British proposals by next week – Daily Mail
  • Cash on offer in exchange for ‘jumbo trade deal’ – The Sun

More UK:

  • UK to diverge from EU on financial services rules post-Brexit – FT
  • Civil servants put warnings in writing to guard against inquiry – Daily Telegraph
  • Ex-Bank of England Governor urges May to take the WTO option – Daily Express
  • Firms’ Brexit contingency planning is ‘too extreme’ – The Sun
  • Irish border data underlines huge task facing negotiators – The Guardian

More EU:

  • Applications for UK citizenship from EU-14 rise ‘three-fold’ – FT
  • Flemish leader warns Brussels not to punish Britain – Daily Express
  • Brussels risks ‘trade war’ with plan to tax tech giants – The Times
  • EU looks for answers in May’s big speech – FT

>Today: Iain Dale’s column: As May speaks in Florence, I’m here in Berlin – watching Merkel preparing her own return to office

>Yesterday: John Longworth in Comment: Civil servants are the biggest threat to Brexit

EU 2) …and appears to have won Johnson round: he says it will be ‘great’

“Johnson’s appearance at the Tory party conference in Manchester next month will be even more keenly awaited than usual. Much will depend on it. A poll on the ConservativeHome website this month of which minister party members want to be their next leader had Johnson relegated into fourth place. Jacob-Rees Mogg, dubbed the ‘MP for the 17th century’, was first on 23 per cent to Johnson’s 7 per cent. Perhaps now, after his dramatic intervention in the Brexit debate, the Foreign Secretary – one-time darling of the Tory faithful – will be hoping he’ll be back at the top of the table.” – Daily Mail

  • Charm offensive secures a Cabinet ceasefire… for now – The Times
  • Show of unity as Cabinet signs off the Prime Minister’s Brexit speech – Daily Mail
  • Gauke says May has the backing ‘of all of us’ – Daily Telegraph

Analysis:

  • This picture of unity should fool no-one – Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail
  • Four experts on what to expect today – The Times
  • May’s long-term vision remains blurred – FT

>Today: Charlie Elphicke MP in Comment: How to get Ready on Day One for Brexit – deal or no deal

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Will the Government be Ready on Day One for Brexit? If it isn’t, it could collapse altogether.

EU 3) Fraser Nelson: This speech can show that Brexit isn’t about nativist intolerance

“It makes sense for the Prime Minister to tour not just political capitals but cultural capitals, talking about a new phase of engagement with Europe. She has done a fairly awful job of this so far. Her tone has been relentlessly abrasive, as if she never quite understood Brexit and thought that part of it did involve being mean. She refused to grant assurances to the EU nationals in Britain, something even Ukip proposed. In the general election, she behaved as if she was off to fight a battle abroad. She has had painfully few warm words for our allies and neighbours, perhaps thinking that her strategy would help win votes at home. Now disabused of that notion, she can try again.” – Daily Telegraph

  • We risk Britain’s future without a united, ego-less approach to Brexit – Guy Platten, Daily Telegraph
  • The end of ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ – Sebastian Payne, FT
  • Brexit convinced our elites that normal voters aren’t intelligent enough – Giles Fraser, The Guardian
  • Green must tread carefully to keep the home nations on side – Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
  • Merkel’s re-election won’t make her any more accommodating – Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Sarah Heald in Comment: Brexit is a chance to adopt a better approach to recycling

EU 4) May lays on the champagne to boost relations with the backbenches

“Theresa May will use a champagne reception at Chequers tomorrow to improve relations with her backbench MPs. The prime minister has invited about 30 Conservative MPs and their partners to the 16th-century residence in Buckinghamshire as part of efforts to shore up her position after the party lost seats at the general election. The guest list is understood to include about ten MPs from the 2015 and 2017 intake, signalling moves to unite the pro-Remain and Eurosceptic wings of her party around her plan for breaking the deadlock in Brexit negotiations.” – The Times

  • Rees-Mogg to contribute to new Brexit anthology ‘Goodbye, Europe’ – Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Freeman’s Ideas Festival launches today. Now it’s up and running, where will it go next?

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Twelve tests for the Pickles/Brady Conservative Party review

EU 5) Starmer ‘rips up’ Labour’s pledge to end freedom of movement

“Labour’s Brexit chief ripped up the party’s pledge to end freedom of movement yesterday after he said EU migrants would continue to be free to enter Britain for up to three months. Sir Keir Starmer insisted freedom of movement rules will “have to change” after Brexit but said EU workers could be allowed to stay for up to three months without a job. He said there’s “a big question” over Britain’s future immigration policy but suggested the UK could simply operate different free movement rules. And in a further sign of Labour’s chaos on Brexit, pro-EU activists succeeded in getting a motion to keep EU freedom of movement on the policy agenda at the party’s conference next week.” – The Sun

  • Labour’s Brexit policy is siding with a foreign government against Britain – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph

Ministers: Hammond receives pre-Budget boost over borrowing…

“The figures mean Government borrowing for the current financial year – April to August 2017 – shrunk by £200 million to £28.3 billion – also the lowest level for 10 years. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), Britain’s fiscal referee , has forecast borrowing to come in at £58.3 billion for the financial year ending in March 2018. Theresa May has vowed to deliver a balanced budget by the ‘middle of the next decade’, knocking back Mr Hammond’s previous target of putting the public finances back in the black by 2020. Economists have warned the Chancellor faces an increasingly tough challenge to drive down the deficit, as consumer spending is squeezed by high inflation and sluggish wage growth.” – Daily Mail

  • Chancellor’s windfall as deficit hits new low – The Times

Editorial:

  • Private sector savings are worryingly low – The Times

…as Grayling savages new rail strike plans

“Furious Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has accused unions of trying to “turn the clock back 30 years” in blast over new rail strikes. In a letter to MPs seen by the Sun the Tory veteran insists the RMT’s action is “political” and will hold passengers to ransom. And he insists their position “is not one of reason”. RMT has called for two consecutive 24-hour strikes against FOUR different rail companies on October 3rd and 5th – the week of the Tory conference – in its ongoing dispute over the introduction of driver-only trains. The union said it has no option but to call further action to protect guards in a row that has been raging for over a year.” – The Sun

  • Toyota can drive positive change for teachers and nurses – Liz Truss, Times Red Box

Obituary: Sir Teddy Taylor

“Taylor exemplified the old Scottish Unionist tradition which, at one time, proved capable of winning a majority of votes and seats north of the Border on the basis of significant working-class support. This tradition and a strong personal following enabled him to hang on to what was basically a working-class constituency in Glasgow-Cathcart from 1964 until the 1979 general election, when he became the only Conservative MP (other than by-election victors) to lose his seat. After a few months in limbo he found refuge in warmer political climes in Essex.” – Daily Telegraph

Corbyn vows to unseat Rudd…

“Jeremy Corbyn last night vowed to boot out Home Secretary Amber Rudd and a string of Cabinet Ministers at the next Election. And the leftie Labour leader declared his party was now the “mainstream” of British politics. He said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s Brexit bombshell last week proved Theresa May was presiding over a “government in disarray”. Despite the leaking of his party’s Election manifesto, he said the lack of discipline “would not happen” in his shadow team. Speaking to the Guardian on the eve of his party conference, Mr Corbyn insisted he was preparing for another Election.” – The Sun

  • Opposition ‘ready for another election fight’ – Daily Express

…as he backs down from bid to bar Khan from addressing conference

“Sadiq Khan is expected to speak from the main stage at Labour’s annual conference next week after Jeremy Corbyn backed down from an attempt to exclude him. The mayor of London was absent from the initial agenda proposed by the Labour leader’s office. Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram, the new Labour mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool city region, were also denied prominent slots. Mr Corbyn’s allies insisted that the move was not personal but motivated by a desire to give more time for rank-and-file members to address delegates at the conference in Brighton, which starts on Sunday.” – The Times

  • Tensions between left and right will be in focus in Brighton – The Guardian
  • Labour are the mainstream now, claims leader – Daily Mail
  • Pidcock explains why she can’t socialise in Parliament – Daily Telegraph
  • British businesses book out Labour conference event – FT

Comment:

  • Fightback against the Tories’ legal aid desert begins today – Richard Burgon, The Guardian

Sturgeon tears into Scottish Labour leadership hopeful

“Nicola Sturgeon has inflicted severe damage on a wealthy candidate for the Scottish Labour leadership after his party’s attack on her at First Minister’s Questions rebounded spectacularly on him. Alex Rowley, the interim Labour leader, used the weekly televised showpiece to accuse Ms Sturgeon’s government of “siding with the millionaires not the millions” and helping “the few, not the many.” To uproarious laughter from the Nationalist benches, the First Minister gleefully seized on Mr Rowley’s questions to state: “It was really unfair of Alex Rowley to personalise the debate by bringing Anas Sarwar into it.”” – Daily Telegraph

  • First Minister backs Catalonia’s right to hold a referendum – The Scotsman

News in Brief:

  • Can sensible people ignore the Brexit headbangers on both sides? – Iain Martin, Reaction
  • Tomorrow’s Brexit speech: what May must say – Rory Broomfield, Comment Central
  • Labour must fully support freedom of movement – Tulip Siddiq MP, The Independent
  • The strange case of Verhofstadt, free-market federalist – Kai Weiss, CapX
  • A tribute to Sir Teddy Taylor – Mike Penning MP, Brexit Central

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