Johnson 1) He will “demand reassurances” that May won’t agree to continue £10bn payments after 2019

“Boris Johnson will use a showdown meeting with Theresa May this week to demand reassurances that the Prime Minister will not agree to make substantial payments to the EU after Brexit. The Foreign Secretary is concerned by reports that Mrs May is preparing to announce that she will carry on paying up to £10 billion per year to the EU during a transition period, which could be as long as three years. … Mr Johnson will accompany the Mrs May to the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York this week, where she is to address delegates, and where she will privately discuss her Florence speech with him. He will seek reassurances that Mrs May is not about to agree to keep paying £10 billion a year to Brussels in any transition period after March 2019.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Senior Tories “believe” May will confirm payments in Florence – Daily Mail
  • Johnson accuses Norgrove of “wilfully distortion” in stats battle – Guardian
  • Rudd accuses Johnson of “backseat driving” – Independent
  • Farage commends him – Daily Express
  • Johnson called May to tell her of article in advance – The Times
  • But they “haven’t spoken” since Friday night – Daily Mail
  • Will he take this “intervention” further? – FT
  • Meanwhile, May has been “canvassing opinion” about fighting next election – The Sun

>Today: Nadhim Zahawi’s column: We should be willing to consider paying for continued access to the Single Market

Johnson 2) Rees-Mogg: Boris “magnificently rejected” the “depressing” idea of “poor little Blightly”

“Managed decline: the two dire words that have underpinned too much of government policy since the Second World War. With the glorious exception of Margaret Thatcher, the machinery of the state seemed to accept that the nation would never be as successful in the future as it had been in the past. This downbeat view of the world underpinned our membership of the European Union. Poor little Blighty could not cope on her own, so needed “big brother” to provide protection. At its worst, it led us to neglect democracy for fear that we would be left behind. Boris Johnson has magnificently rejected this depressing view in his tremendous article in defence of Brexit. He has set a new tone for the debate and a vision for the government.” – Daily Telegraph

  • The optimism of Johnson’s “Blue Sky Brexiteers” is “tyrannical” – Claire Foges, The Times
  • No, it’s inspiring – Leo McKinstry – Daily Express
  • And good natured – Trevor Kavanagh – The Sun
  • And tolerant – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • He may actually be helping May – Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
  • This isn’t a leadership bid – Matthew d’Ancona, Guardian
  • This was a calculating and damaging attack on his own side – Bruce Anderson, FT
  • The blame should be on the “zombie PM” – Michael Segalov, Independent


  • The public should consider Johnson’s “clear vision” of the future – The Times
  • This is “naked power play” – FT
  • Everyone should calm down – The Sun

Johnson 3) Gove’s allies deny he was backing Boris

“Boris Johnson was left politically isolated last night as Michael Gove refused to support his intervention on Brexit and the foreign secretary came under heavy fire from other cabinet colleagues. … Stung by the backlash, Mr Johnson’s camp was reported yesterday to have claimed that he had the backing of other prominent figures in Vote Leave, including Mr Gove. Some have even suggested that the pair — who fell out over rival claims to the Tory leadership — had agreed to quit if Mrs May made too many compromises in Brexit negotiations. That was denied by allies of Mr Gove, the environment secretary, who said he accepted that Britain might have to make continuing contributions to the EU after March 2019 as part of a transition to a new relationship with the bloc.” – The Times

>Today: ToryDiary: The Vote Leave-led alternative government. Gove denies claims that he has “cut Johnson adrift”


May in Ottawa today to talk trade with Trudeau

“Theresa May will hold talks in Ottawa today with Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, to try to head off a trade dispute threatening thousands of British jobs. The Canadian aerospace manufacturer Bombardier has been accused by its American rival Boeing of receiving unfair state support, including a £113 million loan from the British government, for its new C-series plane. Mrs May will also meet the head of Bombardier before a key US trade ruling on the dispute that, if it goes against the company, could cost 4,500 jobs at Bombardier’s factory in Belfast.” – The Times

  • They will create a joint working group – FT
  • She is “anticipating” agreement over a swift bilateral deal – Independent
  • And will talk of “powerful union” – Daily Express
  • And focus on whisky – The Sun
  • Fox announces money to “bolster” UK-South Africa trade – Daily Express

Davis says Britain will pay to remain part of Europol

“Britain will continue to pay to remain a part of Europol as part of new security treaty with the EU after Brexit, David Davis has announced.  The Brexit Secretary said security links should be secured with a new legal pact to make sure the fight against terror continues unhindered after March 2019. It comes after Theresa May was accused of using Britain’s world leading police and intelligence services as leverage in the negotiations. In her letter triggering Article 50 in March she warned of a “weakened” security regime if Britain left the EU without a Brexit deal.” – Daily Telegraph

  • He wants a “post-Brexit pact” – Daily Express
  • Rudd says a “new legal framework” will be proposed – Guardian

More Brexit

  • President of EU Parliament calls for May to “come clean” about cooperation – Independent
  • Cable calls for “exit from Brexit” option for voters – Belfast News Letter
  • The “Brexit” murder that wasn’t – Brendan O’Neill, The Sun

Hammond “holding out” against capping tuition fees at lower rate

“Philip Hammond is considering raising the income threshold at which graduates must start paying back student loans but is resisting pressure to scrap planned corporation tax cuts to pay for giveaways. … The chancellor is working on fees reform, including action to align charges for a particular course more closely to the salaries its graduates can then command in the jobs market. However, reports over the weekend that he was considering capping all fees at £7,500 from the maximum of £9,250 were described by his allies as “pure speculation”.” – The Times

Party conference theme to be “country that works for everyone”. Again

“ … Political aides have been told that the slogan for the party conference in Manchester, which begins on October 1, will again be “A country that works for everyone”. The party leadership wants to use the gathering to counteract Labour claims that the Tories have abandoned younger voters and those struggling to make ends meet at a time of stagnating living standards. Theresa May will also return to the themes of tackling racial prejudice and improving mental health provision as she seeks to prove that she has an agenda beyond brokering a Brexit agreement.” – The Times

More Conservatives:

  • Was Osborne hoping for a London seat? – Daily Express
  • Why I’m “stunned” about the DUP deal – Gina Miller, Guardian

Mundell to urge Sturgeon to rule out second IndyRef

“David Mundell will today challenge Nicola Sturgeon to drop “once and for all” her claim that Brexit could justify a second independence referendum and claim her administration is secretly cooperating with the UK Government. Speaking on the third anniversary of the 2014 referendum, the Scottish Secretary will state the SNP “deliberately conflated” last year’s EU vote with independence in the hope of re-opening the issue. … In a keynote address during a trade mission to Paraguay, Mr Mundell will urge Ms Sturgeon to put the link “to bed” permanently by ruling out a second referendum at next month’s SNP conference .” – Daily Telegraph

  • And to “signal” that some powers won’t be devolved post-Brexit – Herald

Rudd says Trump should stop tweeting after Parsons Green “speculation” comment

“President Trump should stop tweeting, the home secretary has said, after a row over a comment he posted suggesting that the bucket bomber was known to Scotland Yard. Amber Rudd said the tweet was “pure speculation”. Mr Trump had already been accused of being unhelpful by Theresa May. The president tweeted on Friday, two hours after the attack: “Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!”” – The Times

  • May says she “gets on with him” – Daily Mail
  • Swinson says he’s a bully who shouldn’t have state visit – Independent

More America

News in Brief

  • Trump’s day of reckoning with the UN – Richard Gowan, CapX
  • Charles and Boris are both suffering from “being next in line” – Mark Fox, Reaction
  • How identity politics created Trump – Mark Lilla, News Statesman
  • How “no deal” would help the economy – Patrick Minford, BrexitCentral
  • Merkel’s strategy – Thomas Meaney, LRB