May says that Britain will withhold ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ from UN due to waste

“Theresa May warned the United Nations to get their house in order and prove taxpayers cash is not being wasted. And the PM stunned the diplomatic community by revealing Britain is withholding tens of millions in funding to UN agencies until they prove our money will not be misspent. Reading the riot act to the world organisation during her podium speech to its General Assembly, the PM called on it to first win back the UK’s trust before she agrees to release the final 30% of the government’s £2bn in annual contributions. In her podium set piece, Mrs May warned of a global “crisis of faith” that could be disastrous for everyone.” – The Sun

  • Prime Minister’s defiant plea at the UN – Daily Mail
  • May snubbed by tech giants over anti-terrorism plans – Daily Mail
  • Ellwood disagrees with advice to run from terrorists – Daily Mail


  • Prime Minister criticises states which flout global treaties – FT
  • UN is failing the world, May tells global leaders – The Times
  • Prime Minister sits down with Iranian President day after Trump ‘blasts’ the regime – Daily Mail
  • Talking tough: what May said at the UN summit – The Times


  • Britain must lean on Trump to police terror website – Michael Smith, The Times
  • Facebook and YouTube must act – Colin Freeman, Daily Telegraph
  • It isn’t just tech giants who disown responsibility for attacks – Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian
  • Burmese refugees trapped in no-man’s land – Paul Scully MP, Times Red Box


EU 1) Prime Minister prepares to try to ‘bypass’ EU with speech aimed at national governments…

“Theresa May will make her Brexit pitch over the heads of the European Union’s negotiating team and seek to influence national leaders directly in her speech in Florence tomorrow. The prime minister, who spoke at the UN yesterday, has insisted that any decisions about deals with Britain will be taken by heads of member states in the European Council rather than Michel Barnier and his negotiating team in the European Commission. Sources said that tomorrow’s speech would focus on transition arrangements. Mrs May is expected to give an undertaking that Britain accepts its “moral obligation” and will ensure that other EU nations are not left worse off by Brexit.” – The Times

  • Battle switches from principle to price – FT
  • May to ‘take on’ Barnier over delaying tactics – Daily Express
  • Starmer claims that Brussels fears the Prime Minister can’t honour her pledges – The Guardian
  • Verhofstadt suggests Northern Ireland could stay in the Single Market – The Sun


  • Infrastructure. Elphicke asks again: will we be Ready on Day One for Brexit? – Daily Mail
  • Adonis accused of failing to prepare for Brexit – The Sun


  • May must show she’s seriously prepared to walk away – The Sun

…as Wheeler ‘backs hard Brexit’ to take power back from judges…

“Boris Johnson’s wife threw her support behind a hard Brexit by demanding Britain take back sovereignty from Euro judges.The Foreign Secretary sparked a Tory Party civil war last week after going behind the PM’s back and publishing his own vision for EU withdrawal. BoJo’s wife Marina Wheeler QC has now waded in as Theresa May is set for a showdown with him ahead of her Brexit speech in Italy next week. Writing in The Spectator, the human rights lawyer blasted European judges for poking their noses into issues of national security. She slammed a European Court of Justice bid to force Britain into the bulk collection of communications data.” – The Sun

  • Labour group claim ending free movement will increase exploitation – The Independent
  • Heseltine claims Britain will join the Euro – Daily Express

>Yesterday: John Stevens in Comment: I am passionately pro-EU. But here’s why I believe Johnson was right about patriotism.

…and Timothy criticises Hammond for being too downbeat

“The Treasury’s reluctance to even “mention the positives” of leaving the European Union risks Britain getting a bad Brexit deal, Theresa May’s former chief of staff has warned. Writing for The Telegraph, Nick Timothy says that Philip Hammond’s department has failed to emphasise the “opportunities of Brexit” and accuses the Chancellor of being on “manoeuvres”… Boris Johnson was accused of undermining Mrs May’s Brexit strategy when he set out his own vision in an unauthorised 4,200-word article last week. But Mr Timothy’s article suggests that Mr Hammond’s failure to promote the positives of Brexit has been equally damaging to the Prime Minister.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Former aide claims Chancellor is ‘putting Brexit in peril’ – The Sun
  • German diplomat claims EU will ensure deal is bad for Britain – Daily Express

More ministers:

  • Johnson ‘completely out of the loop’, claims EU commissioner – Daily Telegraph
  • Fox hails Canada trade deal as a model for post-Brexit Britain – The Sun
  • What divides the Cabinet on the big Brexit issues? – The Guardian

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

>Yesterday: Interviews: Dominic Grieve. Brexit is an “unBritish” revolution – and how he will work to improve the EU Withdrawal Bill

Nick Timothy: What May should say in Florence

“On Friday, one option is to declare an end to Britain’s long-standing but unspoken foreign policy goal: to divide the continental countries to ensure a balance of power. Instead, Mrs May could say that, while Britain cannot participate in European integration, we support other countries that choose to do so, and we will help the EU to increase its prosperity and power… Mrs May could also signal a willingness to compromise in other ways. I have said before that she might suggest a panel of European and British judges to resolve disputes, and propose an immigration system that gives Britain control but also gives Europeans preferential access to our labour market. She could propose a security treaty, and enhanced cooperation between Britain and those European allies with mature intelligence agencies.” – Daily Telegraph

  • The Prime Minister must ignore Remainer mandarins – Gisela Stuart, Daily Telegraph
  • This is May’s last chance to reassure business – Iain Martin, The Times
  • Time is not on the Prime Minister’s side – Anand Menon and Jonathan Portes, The Guardian
  • We need a completely new Brexit ‘hit squad’, and fast – Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph
  • The Foreign Secretary’s buccaneering vision for Britain – James Blitz, FT
  • Johnson adopts a low public profile – Matthew Smith, Times Red Box
  • Is this Cabinet big enough for Hammond and Johnson? – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph
  • How long can Labour’s uneasy Brexit truce last? – Jim Pickard, FT


Johnsons 1) Foreign Secretary warns of ‘catastrophe’ if Pyongyang gets nuclear missiles

“Boris Johnson has warned the world faces “catastrophe” if Kim Jong-un manages to get his hands on nuclear missiles. The Foreign Secretary repeated his call for China to put more pressure on the Pyongyang regime as he urged a diplomatic solution to the crisis. In a social media video message recorded at the UN in New York, Boris referred to Trump’s debut speech at the annual gathering of world leaders. The US president said the dictator he dubbed “Rocket Man” was “on a suicide mission for himself and his regime”.” – The Sun

  • Constituents tell the Foreign Secretary to support May – The Sun


  • Ignore Trump’s lies, North Korea is no threat to Britain – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

Johnsons 2) Universities Minister urges universities to review under-performing degrees

“More than half of university students are dropping out of some degrees in their first year, figures reveal. At one university, 67 per cent of freshers withdrew from a marketing course despite paying thousands of pounds in tuition fees. Last night Universities Minister Jo Johnson ordered institutions to urgently review their worst-performing degrees. The figures, uncovered by Sky News, will raise concerns that students do not feel they are getting value for money. Mr Johnson said: ‘I urge these universities to take action and look urgently at these courses to ensure that students and the taxpayer are receiving value for money for their investment in higher education.’” – Daily Mail

  • UK invests £65m in project to explore origins of the universe – The Independent


  • Norman reveals new laws for cyclists – Daily Mail

>Today: Ryan Shorthouse in Comment: Universities have enjoyed a leap in funding – vice-chancellors must act responsibly in return

Freeman’s ‘Glaston-Tory’ kicks off today

“Right-wing big brains will descend on Theresa May’s constituency this weekend for a get together dubbed “Tory Glastonbury”. But instead of mud and drugs, it’s roast pig and cocktails on the menu at the first annual Big Tent Ideas Fest in Twyford in leafy Berkshire. It is the brainchild of Conservative MP George Freeman, who wants to bang heads together to work out how the Government can win back young voters. The Mid-Norfolk MP claimed he was fed up with Lefties having all the fun at festivals after Jeremy Corbyn’s star turn at the real Glastonbury in June. So his first “ideas festival” will kick-off on Thursday night and The Sun have got hold of the fun-filled line up.” – The Sun

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

Momentum to launch app to get its voters out at Labour conference

“Momentum is to launch a Labour conference smartphone app, which will alert leftwing delegates to the timing of key votes on the conference floor, as well as send real-time information about events and rallies. The Jeremy Corbyn-supporting group intends to use use to coordinate leftwing conference delegates to vote for the party reforms that the group has long pushed for, including more seats for grassroots members on the party’s ruling national executive committee. A series of changes backed by the party’s pro-Corbyn wing were agreed by the NEC on Tuesday and are set to be put to a vote at the party’s conference in Brighton, which begins on Sunday 24 September.” – The Guardian

  • Unite backs Leonard for Scottish Labour leader – The Scotsman

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: Corbynites cheer on abuse of politicians

Sturgeon ‘doesn’t know’ when another independence referendum will happen

Nicola Sturgeon has admitted she does not know when a second independence referendum will be held following the SNP’s mauling in the snap general election. The First Minister said she was “thinking pretty deeply” about her demand for another vote on separation in the wake of the Brexit vote and she recognised that “people feel very uncertain about everything just now.” Asked by the New Statesman what the timescale is for another referendum, she said: “The honest answer to that is: I don’t know.” The magazine originally reported that she had questioned whether there would be another referendum at all but the First Minister claimed this was incorrect and issued a clarification.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Spain responds to the Scottish Government’s statement on Catalonia – The Scotsman
  • SNP’s state guardians will need ‘lawyers on speed dial’ – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Henry Hill’s Red, White, and Blue column: The public’s scepticism towards devolution is not reflected among their rulers

News in Brief:

  • SNP attempts to block the Withdrawal Bill show they’re only ‘Stronger for Brussels’ – Ross Thomson MP, Brexit Central
  • Corbyn’s ‘new politics’ is here and here to stay – Olivia Utley, Reaction
  • Befriending Laura Pidcock – Isabel Hardman, The Spectator
  • Will Corbynites be in charge of Labour forever? – Stephen Bush, New Statesman
  • Why has Germany resisted the populist rising? – Matthew Elliott, CapX