EU 1) Tory rebels pledge to work with Labour on the Withdrawal Bill

“Tory Remainers were branded ‘collaborators’ last night as they threatened to side with Labour to frustrate Brexit in Parliament. As the EU Withdrawal Bill began its detailed scrutiny in the Commons, the rebel group said they were ready to inflict a series of damaging defeats on the Government. They served notice that they would join forces with Labour to oppose the Government on the detail of the legislation – including Theresa May’s bid to enshrine the Brexit date in law. It came after almost 20 Tory rebel MPs held a ‘stormy’ meeting with party whips at which they refused to back down – despite warnings they risked bringing Jeremy Corbyn to power.” – Daily Mail

  • Conservative MPs line up to attack May on Brexit date – The Times
  • The 15 mutineers who will collaborate with Labour against the Government – Daily Telegraph
  • Soubry accuses Daily Telegraph of ‘bullying’ rebels – The Guardian
  • Labour MPs clash over Brexit – The Sun
  • Secret Opposition plot to keep Britain in the EU – Daily Express


  • Grieve to be re-appointed chair of the Security Committee – The Times
  • Risk of ‘catastrophic’ border chaos if customs not sorted pre-Brexit – Daily Telegraph


  • Remainers and Leavers clash in the Commons – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • Clarke savours his stint in the naughty squad – Patrick Kidd, The Times


  • Remainers should give up their bid to sabotage Brexit – Jonathan Isaby, The Times
  • If the rebels had a glorious alternative vision, we’d have seen it by now – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph
  • As the Tory Brexit club fights it out, do they care about Ireland? – Rafael Behr, The Guardian
  • Do we choose renewal, or decline into an old and isolated nation? – George Freeman, Times Red Box


  • Rebels must explain: is this principle, or anti-Brexit prejudice? – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Henry Newman’s column: Voters know Brexit might be messy, but that doesn’t mean they want it called off

EU 2) May and Sturgeon ‘closer to a deal’ after ‘cordial’ meeting

“Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon have moved a step closer to a deal that would avoid a constitutional crisis over Brext during “constructive and cordial” talks. Speaking outside 10 Downing Street following the discussions, the First Minister said her government would still not be able to recommend to MSPs that they consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill. But she said they now had a “better understanding of each others’ positions” and expressed hope that agreement will be reached on some points within the next few weeks. Ms Sturgeon distanced herself from claims by Tommy Sheppard, a high-profile SNP MP, that she will automatically demand a second independence referendum if Brexit is pushed through without Holyrood’s consent.” – Daily Telegraph

EU 3) European Court of Justice hands Home Office fresh immigration defeat

“EU migrants who become British citizens can bring in spouses and partners from non-EU countries, the European Court of Justice ruled yesterday in a defeat for the government. The court said that an Algerian illegal migrant had the right to live in Britain with his wife, García Ormazábal, who is from Spain and has become a British citizen while also retaining her Spanish nationality. It said that the Home Office had been wrong to refuse Ms Ormazábal the right to have her Algerian husband live with her in Britain. The ruling has longer term implications for EU citizens applying for British citizenship and those already married to or planning to marry non-EU citizens.” – The Times

  • Migration key driver of pressure on housing, report finds – Daily Mail
  • Ministers ‘under-estimated’ impact of immigration – The Sun

EU 4) Davis offers City special post-Brexit travel scheme

“Bankers and other professionals have been promised a special post-Brexit travel regime to allow them to move freely across Europe, as the British government sought to reassure the City of London its future was safe. David Davis, Brexit secretary, told about 700 investors, financiers and regulators on Tuesday that Britain would also seek to reach an agreement in principle with the EU on a transition deal lasting “around two years” by January 2018 at the latest. Mr Davis insisted London would flourish after Brexit because the EU also had an interest in having access to its expertise and deep capital markets, and because Britain would retain similar regulatory goals to the EU.” – FT

  • Bloomberg says London will remain ‘financial centre of Europe’ – The Sun

Fear that Hammond’s Budget could be a ‘car crash’…

“Next week’s Budget risks becoming a ‘car crash’, a senior Tory warned last night – amid growing Cabinet frustration with Chancellor Philip Hammond. The Budget has been billed as a ‘make or break’ moment, which could either mark the start of a Government fightback or deepen the crisis surrounding Theresa May’s administration. But senior ministers fear the Chancellor has failed to grasp the critical nature of the event, and is refusing to release cash for initiatives designed to get the Government on the front foot. Relations between Mrs May and her Chancellor are also said to be fraught, with insiders claiming he is refusing her request to bankroll a housebuilding revolution.” – Daily Mail

  • Brexiteers put pressure on the Chancellor – FT
  • Hammond plans to slash rail fares for under-32s – The Sun
  • Ditch costly stamp duty, ministers urged – The Times
  • Long Read: Hammond pressued to go ‘big and bold’ – FT


  • Inflation at five-year high as Carney dodges missed-target letter – Daily Telegraph
  • Rees-Mogg reveals plan for £135 billion ‘Brexit windfall’ – The Times
  • Labour challenges £2 billion loan guarantee – FT


  • Britain is a world leader in clean growth, let’s help others follow – Claire Perry, Times Red Box
  • May can still fix the social care funding crisis – Harry Quilter-Pinner, Times Red Box
  • How to protect your money from Corbyn’s proposals – Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph
  • Labour will plan for the fiscal impact of climate change – John McDonnell, Times Red Box




…as Williamson comes under pressure over police cuts…

“The UK’s new defence secretary came under fresh pressure on Tuesday to reverse cuts to the military police force that guards some of Britain’s most sensitive and secure military bases. In an open letter to Gavin Williamson, Eamon Keating, the head of the Defence Police Federation, said years of cutbacks risked leaving “many of the UK’s critical military assets and sites at unacceptable risk” from a terror attack. The Defence Police Federation represents the Ministry of Defence police, a fully armed civil unit of 2,300 officers who guard more than 80 secure and military establishments across the country, including the naval base in Clyde, Scotland, which houses Britain’s Trident nuclear submarines, and intelligence agencies such as GCHQ in Cheltenham.” – FT

  • Armed Forces no longer fit for purpose, service chiefs warn – The Guardian

>Yesterday: Dom Morris in Comment: Further cuts to the navy’s amphibious capabilities would threaten the prospects of Global Britain

…and Mordaunt wants DfID to compete for cash ‘like charities’

The Government’s aid department should feel it has to compete for cash like charities, the new development secretary Penny Mordaunt says today. Ms Mordaunt said that the Department for International Development (Dfid) should justify its spending decisions like charities have to for their donors in an article in today’s Daily Telegraph. The article is the first intervention from Ms Mordaunt since she replaced Priti Patel, who resigned last week after details emerged of undisclosed meetings with Israeli government figures in August and September. Ms Mordaunt says: “I believe in aid. I believe in the power it has to end disease, hunger and extreme poverty, to build strong economies and to help the world’s most vulnerable people live lives of dignity. Aid also allows us to influence and shape the world around us.”” – Daily Telegraph

  • Johnson to meet husband of Briton jailed in Iran – The Guardian


  • I will prove that Britain can be proud of our aid, and how we spend it – Penny Mordaunt, Daily Telegraph

Badenoch keeps up criticism of Dent-Coad for sketching hanged man on Tory logo

“A Labour MP who triggered a race row also published a picture of a stick man hanging from the tree in the Conservative logo, it emerged last night. Emma Dent Coad reportedly posted the image on her blog in 2010, explaining she was setting up a Facebook group to find a ‘new Tory logo’. One Tory MP, Kemi Badenoch, suggested that the figure looked like a black person being hanged and criticised the drawing as not ‘becoming of an MP’. It came after Miss Dent Coad was condemned this week for calling a Tory candidate a ‘token ghetto boy’. Mrs Badenoch and fellow Tory James Cleverly wrote to Jeremy Corbyn demanding he take action following her comments about Shaun Bailey, a former adviser to David Cameron.” – Daily Mail

  • Corbyn urged to punish Kensington MP – The Sun


  • Never let Labour tell you you can’t be both black and Conservative – Kemi Badenoch, Daily Telegraph
  • Why isn’t Corbyn doing better against May? – Daniel Finkelstein, The Times

>Yesterday: Robert Colvile in Comment: There is a new generation on the Centre-Right, fizzing with ideas

Jones still under pressure as Welsh Labour hails Sargeant

“Former Welsh Labour minister Carl Sargeant was hailed as a ‘committed’ and ‘genuine’ man today as politicians paid tributes a week after he killed himself. Mr Sargeant, 49, was found dead at his home four days after being removed from his role as cabinet secretary for communities and children. The father-of-two, from Connah’s Quay, North Wales, was suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of ‘unwanted attention, inappropriate touching or groping’. His family and friends attended the Senedd, where a minute’s silence was held in Mr Sargeant’s memory and tributes were paid from across political parties.” – Daily Mail

  • Labour officials quit in transgender dispute – The Times

Cyber-security chief claims Russia hacked the National Grid

“Russia has hacked Britain’s national grid and tried to penetrate telecoms companies including BT, it has been claimed. National Cyber Security Centre chief Ciaran Martin will confirm in a speech today the a major assault on British major power companies ordered by the Kremlin. The bombshell reveals how Russia has successfully targeted media organisations and at times, has even brought down websites. The expert’s comments come as the new defence secretary Gavin Williamson warns Russia has increased its number of submarine patrols in the UK waters.” – Daily Mail

  • Claim that Moscow ‘used web to disrupt Brexit vote’ – The Times
  • May ‘wants to act tough but lacks the Iron Lady’s grip’ – The Times


  • Russia has perfected Soviet techniques in its propaganda war – Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph
  • May puts Britain at the heart of war against Russian meddling – Sebastian Payne, FT
  • Fake news undermines faith in our democracy – Laurence Dodds, Daily Telegraph


  • We must not let foreign powers exploit our democracy – The Times

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: It’s better to face up to the threat from Russia than to pretend it doesn’t exist

Mugabe faces military coup in Zimbabwe

“Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe and his family have been detained after military chiefs appeared to have seized control of the country. Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power was dramatically weakened last night as military vehicles blocked roads outside the parliament in Harare and senior soldiers delivered a late-night television address to the nation. This morning, a Twitter account belonging to the country’s ruling party claimed the 93-year-old and his family were being ‘detained and are safe, both for the constitution and the sanity of the nation’. It claimed that the ‘elderly’ president had been ‘taken advantage of by his wife’, Grace, who had previously been seen as a possible successor to her husband.” – Daily Mail


  • Will the tyrant’s hated wife be his downfall? – Ian Birrell, Daily Mail

News in Brief:

  • Europe would be mad to let Britain leave without a deal – Pieter Cleppe, CapX
  • Simply incredible that Dent-Coad ever became an MP – Iain Martin, Reaction
  • May as outmanoeuvred herself with Amendment 381 – Katy Balls, The Spectator
  • The 70 MPs who opposed the repeal of the European Communities Act – Jonathan Isaby, Brexit Central
  • May’s Brexit pledge is meaningless – Peter Divey, Comment Central