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Remainers threaten ‘blizzard of amendments’ to Withdrawal Bill…

“Diehard Conservative Remainers yesterday threatened to team up with Labour to force ministers to give MPs a veto on the final Brexit deal. Remain-supporting MPs geared up for an autumn of guerilla warfare by tabling a blizzard of amendments to the Government’s legislation. Within hours of the flagship EU Withdrawal Bill clearing its first parliamentary hurdle yesterday, 59 pages of amendments were put down by critics of Brexit. Ex-attorney general Dominic Grieve, who has emerged as a key figure among Tory rebels, said he was prepared to join with Labour to defeat the Government unless ministers made a string of concessions.” – Daily Mail

  • Rebels table 136 amendments to the Withdrawal Bill – FT
  • MPs demand final vote on Brexit and the transitional deal – Daily Telegraph
  • Skinner slammed by Corbynistas for voting with the Government – Daily Mail
  • Veteran Labour MP branded a ‘scab’ for defying the whip – Daily Express

More EU:

  • MEPs mock May for refusing to address them – Daily Mail
  • Juncker to demand ‘United States of Europe’ – Daily Express

>Yesterday:

…as Government wins vote for majorities on bill committees

“Theresa May enjoyed another Commons victory last night, winning the right to ensure a government majority on key committees. The proposed government change to the make-up of the committee of selection, which determines which MPs sit on public bills committees, has been condemned as an attempt to “rig” parliament as it debates Brexit laws. Public bills committees scrutinise legislation line by line. Without a guaranteed majority on them, ministers face an increased threat of surprise defeats and delay as they seek to push through legislation vital in preparing the ground for Britain to quit the European Union.” – The Times

  • ‘Power grab’ motion passes the Commons – The Independent
  • Tories and SNP offer to broker Brexit deal for more powers – The Scotsman

Comment:

  • Opposition parties must unite to hold Westminster to account – Stephen Gethins, Times Red Box
  • Naked grab for power dressed up as the popular will – Ayesha Kazarika, The Scotsman

>Yesterday: Iain Duncan Smith’s column: There is a solution to the concerns of those criticising the EU Withdrawal Bill’s new powers

Frank Field: Why I defied my party to vote for the Withdrawal Bill

“Against the wishes of my party – Labour – I voted for the Bill we had before us, which was to implement the referendum result. I did so because I have long believed that we should leave the EU. I did so because the majority of my constituents voted in the referendum to leave the EU. I did so also because a majority of the country voted to leave the EU. Labour tried to make the Bill about the so-called Henry VIII clauses. It isn’t. That said, there is a real issue here of a possible power grab by the Government. All of our natural sentiments are right in being suspicious as to what the Government is up to. But this was not a good enough reason to be voting against the entire Bill.” – Daily Telegraph

  • I know the ‘Repeal Bill’ has flaws, but we most cooperate to improve it – Caroline Flint, The Guardian
  • Remainers failed to kill the Bill, so now prepare for guerrilla war – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph
  • EU citizens living here are vital and we want them to stay – Brandon Lewis, Times Red Box
  • Weakened Army won’t cut much mustard in the negotiations – Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph
  • Brexit rots our rights, how can May ignore the stench? – Raphael Behr, The Guardian

Editorial:

  • Leave voters should not forget Labour’s betrayal of them – The Sun
  • Rebels must see the national interest – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: Labour’s vote against the EU Withdrawal Bill ties them in further knots

Ministers 1) Hammond fears new customs checks will cause gridlock at Dover…

“Dover would grind to a halt if new customs checks were imposed after Brexit, the chancellor said yesterday. Philip Hammond issued the warning as the next round of Brexit negotiations was delayed for a week amid expectations that Theresa May would deliver a speech aimed at breaking the talks’ deadlock. Asked by a Lords committee whether the capacity of British ports was adequate for a no-deal scenario, Mr Hammond replied: “No, it is clearly not”… Mr Hammond also called for a transitional deal with Brussels that would look “a lot like the status quo”. He said: “Otherwise businesses will be making one set of changes at the beginning of the interim period and another set towards the end of it.” – The Times

  • HMRC is preparing for the talks to collapse without a deal – The Sun
  • Lord Bridges urges Government to keep paying into EU budget – The Independent
  • ‘Woeful’ mandarins can’t handle Brexit, claims Maude – The Times
  • ‘Britain can lead the world in science and tech’ – Interview with Bill Gates, Daily Telegraph
  • Next round of talks delayed by a week in bid to end stalemate – The Independent

Defence:

  • Military veterans fear ‘EU ambush’ over defence cooperation – Daily Telegraph
  • Britain willing to pay into €5.5bn EU defence fund – FT
  • Spies will also be made available to Brussels to break the deadlock – The Sun
  • Academics urge SNP to ban under-18s from combat roles – The Guardian

Comment:

  • Norway shows us the best way to ‘take back control’ outside the EU – Oliver Norgrove, Daily Telegraph
  • A flagging economy can put Corbyn in Downing Street – Danny Finkelstein, The Times
  • As Europe’s big hitter, British influence could grow post-Brexit – James Rodgers, Daily Telegraph

Ministers 2) …as he prepares the ground for tuition fee reform

“Universities may be forced to link tuition fees to the cost of courses or barred from charging the maximum if their graduates have difficulty finding work, Philip Hammond suggested yesterday. As ministers consider reforms to student finance, the chancellor said the government was “looking carefully” at the issue, which some Tories believe helped Labour to surge in the election. He has urged Conservative MPs to find ways to appeal to younger voters and last week told the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers that the government was considering how to ease financial pressures on the young.” – The Times

  • Low-quality courses urged to cut fees – FT

Comment:

  • If loan reform led to a tax cut, Conservatives could be on to something – Ryan Shorthouse, Times Red Box
  • We can stop this next Tory tuition fee rise – Angela Rayner, Times Red Box

Editorial:

  • Conservatives should stay the course on tuition fees – The Times

Ministers 3) Johnson urges May to stand firm for Bombardier

“Boris Johnson has raised the trade dispute threatening thousands of jobs in Belfast with Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, and Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former top aide. The scale of UK lobbying became clear yesterday after The Times revealed that Theresa May had urged the US president to intervene to stop Boeing’s action against the Canadian company Bombardier last Tuesday. Bombardier’s factory in Belfast, which employs 4,500 people, makes the wings of the plane at the centre of a dispute over claims of unfair state subsidies. The US Department of Commerce is expected to announce on September 25 a decision on whether to impose punitive tariffs that could doom the project and threaten the factory.” – The Times

  • BAE voices concern about shake-up in warship construction – FT
  • Foreign Secretary joins troops in the Caribbean – The Sun

Editorial:

  • A case which highlights the risks of protectionism – The Times

Ministers 4) Penrose demands that Clark do more to pressure Ofgem on consumer protection

“Ofgem must “grow a spine” and cap rip-off power bills, MPs were told. The call came after the Commons heard the energy regulator has not formally responded to a Government demand it “does its job”. Energy Secretary Greg Clark told MPs that Ofgem had earlier asked for a new law so it could impose a cap on sky-high standard rate tariffs. But he added that would be excessive as the regulator already has “extensive powers which allow it to establish a cap on household energy prices”. He said families were being ripped off by a total of £1.4billion a year. Former Tory minister John Penrose blasted: “Doesn’t this show Ofgem is miserably failing to stick up for energy customers? Will you push it to grow a spine and introduce a cap without delay?”” – The Sun

  • Bradley wants to shatter the stereotype of a Tory MP – Times Red Box

>Yesterday: James Frayne’s column: A Conservative electoral choice post-referendum. ABs or DEs?

Ministers 5) Truss announces new ‘flexibility’ as public sector pay gap effectively ends

“The seven-year limit on public-sector salaries will be axed next year, Downing Street said yesterday. The 1 per cent cap, which was the centrepiece of the Government’s austerity programme, was due to run until 2020. But Elizabeth Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said there would be more ‘flexibility’ next year to tackle shortages of key workers… Asked if the move signalled the end of the pay cap, Theresa May’s official spokesman said: ‘Yes.’ It follows months of wrangling between the Treasury and No10 over the fate of the cap, which is central to Government efforts to eradicate the budget deficit left by the last Labour government.” – Daily Mail

  • Hard decisions loom to allow for higher pay – FT
  • Senior officers warn of job losses and rising crime due to police pay – The Independent
  • Teacher’s pay ‘down by 12 per cent in a decade’ – The Times

Comment:

  • Hammond eases the cap but the squeeze goes on – Philip Inman, The Guardian

Editorial:

>Today: ToryDiary: Public sector payback time

McCluskey hints at illegal strikes to push for more

“Len McCluskey compared himself to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela last night as his fellow union barons threatened a wave of illegal strikes. The hard-Left leader of Unite sparked outrage by suggesting that unlawful industrial action was no different to landmark campaigns for civil rights. Despite ministers scrapping the 1 per cent public sector pay cap yesterday, he repeatedly refused to rule out agitating for above-inflation rises. Mr McCluskey suggested unions had a duty to defy a legal requirement for strike action to be approved by a ballot of more than 50 per cent, saying the threshold was ‘artificial’.” – Daily Mail

  • Shadow minister repeatedly refuses to condemn his remarks – Daily Telegraph
  • Fury at Corbyn’s ‘rallying cry’ for mass strikes to force May out – Daily Express

More Labour:

  • Harman clashes with unions over bid to legalise prostitution – The Guardian
  • Khan fights back against conference speech snub – The Times

Comment:

  • Stalinist behaviour taints a once-great party – Oliver Kamm, The Times
  • Workers won’t be fooled by this half-hearted and insincere gesture – Kevin Courtney, Times Red Box

News in Brief:

  • The Government is getting on with delivering Brexit – Steve Baker, Brexit Central
  • Here’s how to leave the EU – George Bridges, Reaction
  • The Withdrawal Bill has passed, but the Prime Minister still needs to worry – Stephen Bush, New Statesman
  • May’s power play on committees pays off – Katy Balls, Spectator Coffee House
  • The 40 Brexit troublemakers to watch – Politico

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