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Hammond warned that Budget must be ‘perfect’…

“Philip Hammond has been warned by No 10 Downing Street that next month’s Budget ‘has to be perfect’ – because a defeat on any of its measures could lead to the downfall of Theresa May. The loss of the Government’s majority in the snap Election means the Chancellor is plotting a ‘safety first’ statement on November 22 – drawing up crowd-pleasing policies such as a crackdown on the tax-dodges used by multinational tech giants. He is also examining ways to squeeze more out of motorists, including a possible hike in levies on diesel vehicles.” – Mail on Sunday

Comment:

  • Flip-flop Phil gets his spreadsheets in a twist – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
  • Hammond is being called a traitor for stating the obvious – Christopher Booker, Sunday Telegraph

…as Cabinet Remainers ‘join calls for him to go’…

“Philip Hammond has lost the support of senior ministers who backed “remain” in the European referendum, adding to pressure on Theresa May to fire her chancellor in the next cabinet reshuffle. Two senior remainers in the cabinet have joined prominent Brexiteers in arguing that Hammond should be moved when the prime minister changes her top team. They are angry that the chancellor’s repeated gaffes are damaging their case that Britain should not force a dramatic rupture with Brussels. Their fury was stoked by Hammond’s performance last week, when he branded the EU “the enemy” and was forced to retract his comments within an hour.” – Sunday Times

  • Ministers now split ’60-40 in favour’ of sacking – Sun on Sunday
  • Corbyn says Tory infighting risks Brexit ‘disaster’ – Mail on Sunday
  • Heseltine’s fury at Brexiteers’ ‘show trial’ of Hammond – Mail on Sunday

>Today: ToryDiary: Remain Cabinet Minister “wants Gove as Chancellor”

…and the Democratic Unionists want him ‘reined in’

Theresa May must tell the Chancellor to change course on Brexit or be sacked, the MPs propping up her Government have warned. Senior DUP parliamentary sources told the Telegraph they were “deeply concerned about Philip Hammond’s behaviour” following a string of episodes that could suggest he was “trying to frustrate the negotiating process”. The extraordinary intervention will add significant pressure to the Prime Minister amid growing calls from within her own ranks to replace the Chancellor over his apparent reluctance to spend money on preparations for no deal with Brussels. On Saturday Michael Gove, the Brexit-supporting Environment Secretary, was being touted as a possible successor to take the helm at the Treasury and oversee next month’s budget.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • EU spreading ‘Soviet-style propaganda’ to undermine Britain, MPs claim – Sunday Express

Comment:

  • The public are running out of patience with insolent Remainers who drum up false anxiety – Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph
  • Worrying is Hammond’s job – Jeremy Warner, Sunday Telegraph
  • The Right’s propaganda is an affront to democracy – Nick Cohen, The Observer

Editorial:

  • Tories must return to the foundational principles of Euroscepticism – Sunday Telegraph

Remain MPs plan to block ‘no deal’ or ‘bad deal’ Brexit

“A powerful cross-party group of MPs is drawing up plans that would make it impossible for Theresa May to allow Britain to crash out of the EU without a deal in 2019. The move comes amid new warnings that a “cliff-edge” Brexit would be catastrophic for the economy. One critical aim of the group – which includes the former Tory chancellor Kenneth Clarke and several Conservative ex-ministers, together with prominent Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrat and Green MPs – is to give parliament the ability to veto, or prevent by other legal means, a “bad deal” or “no deal” outcome. Concern over Brexit policy reached new heights this weekend after the prime minister told the House of Commons that her government was spending £250m on preparations for a possible “no deal” result because negotiations with Brussels had stalled.” – The Observer

  • This dangerous deadlock will delight the Brextremists – Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer

>Today: John Stevenson MP in Comment: Let’s have a Brexit settlement that all can live with – by joining EFTA

John Redwood: Let’s get real on no deal, we’ll still have options

“Theresa May can and should turn the tables on the unhelpful EU at next week’s meeting. She can tell them the UK is preparing to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, with no deal… She can say this will mean we will trade with them all on World Trade Organisation terms. That will be just fine for the UK. It’s how we do our trade with the rest of the world today. Just leaving brings us lots of advantages. It means we don’t have to pay them another penny once we are out. We don’t owe them anything beyond our contributions up to the date we go. We can spend that money on our ­priorities. It means we can get rid of VAT on things which the EU makes us charge, where we disagree.” – Sun on Sunday

  • Britain has shown conspicuous goodwill, now the EU must reciprocate – David Jones, Sunday Telegraph
  • One false move and it’s checkmate for the Prime Minister – Glen Owen, Mail on Sunday
  • Even the broadest reshuffle won’t solve May’s problems – Iain Dale, Sunday Telegraph
  • May and the Cabinet could at least pretend to be empathetic – Sarah Baxter, Sunday Times
  • Free trade will enrich Britain, and without it Brexit was pointless – Daniel Hannan, Sunday Telegraph

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: A “No Deal” Brexit is looking ever more likely and more attractive

Clinton says Trump ‘doesn’t believe in trade’

“Failing to secure a Brexit deal with the European Union would put Britain at a ‘very big disadvantage’, Hillary Clinton has claimed. The former US secretary of state and presidential hopeful also said the Brexit result and more specifically the alleged lies told in the run up to the referendum were a precursor to her defeat to Donald Trump in last year’s presidential elections. Mrs Clinton, who was today presented with an honorary degree at Swansea University, took a swipe at President Trump and said he ‘doesn’t believe in trade’… President Trump has said it is ‘possible’ the US will pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) struck more than two decades ago with Mexico and Canada.” – Mail on Sunday

Davis calls for a ‘graduate tax’, and for some student debt to be scrapped

“David Davis is pressing for a dramatic U-turn on university tuition fees, urging his party to slash historic student debt. The Brexit secretary is privately calling for some of the debt to be cancelled on the grounds that if the student loan book were an independent company it would have billions of pounds of bad debts written off. In a move that could provoke a fresh cabinet row, Davis has also signalled that Conservative ministers should consider the introduction of a graduate tax, which he claims would stop some young people living their entire lives in the red.” – Sunday Times

  • MPs to probe fears  that taxpayers will foot the bill for billions in university debt – Sun on Sunday

>Yesterday: Richard Short in Comment: Student loans – change the title, change the narrative

Rees-Mogg refuses to call himself a feminist

“Jacob Rees-Mogg has suggested that it is inappropriate for men to call themselves feminists and that giving himself the label would be “ridiculous”. The Tory MP was asked whether he was a feminist during a discussion at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. He responded by saying that he is able to say he supports feminists but believes women should be the ones to decide whether somebody is actually feminist… Mr Rees-Mogg appeared at the festival with Labour MP Jess Phillips to discuss friendship across the political divide. The Tory backbencher also admitted he would receive far more abuse if he were to be female.” – Sunday Express

More:

  • Doctors will be required to ask for everyone’s sexual orientation – Sunday Times
  • The state should not become a sex pest – Sunday Times

News in Brief:

  • The Government needs to establish its best alternative to a deal – Richard Patient, Brexit Central
  • Ministers need to know what kind of deal they actually want – James Forsyth, The Spectator
  • Why we’re taking Davis to court over Brexit – Molly Scott Cato, Independent on Sunday
  • Can we bank on the bankers? – Robert Colvile, CapX
  • Corbyn has a surprising weakness – loyalty – Stephen Bush, New Statesman

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