Brexit 1) Davis ‘issues ultimatum’ to May over border backstop

“David Davis last night issued an ultimatum to Theresa May over controversial Brexit plans amid fears he could even be on the brink of resignation. Friends of the Brexit Secretary suggested his frustrations could spill over, after No 10 circulated proposals that critics say could shackle the UK to the customs union indefinitely. The plans, on the so-called Irish backstop, appeared to open up the possibility that the UK could remain bound by EU tariffs and rules until a resolution is found for the border problem. Mr Davis yesterday refused to say whether he would stay in his job if the plans go ahead without his approval, saying: ‘That’s a question, I think, for the Prime Minister to be honest.’ One friend of Mr Davis last night said he was ready to resign over the issue. ‘Don’t put money on the fact he is still going to be in that job this time tomorrow,’ he said.” – Daily Mail

  • Prime Minister accused of ‘deceiving ministers’ over Brexit – The Times
  • EU will likely reject backstop plan – Daily Telegraph
  • Brexit Secretary insists transition must be time-limited – Daily Mail


  • May refuses to commit to date for white paper – FT
  • Prime Minister attacks Labour and SNP over fishing – Daily Express
  • Davis says EU ‘shooting itself in the foot’ over security – The Sun
  • Gangs smuggle migrants through Ireland – The Times

>Today: ToryDiary: DD-Day?

Brexit 2) Gove signals ‘first climbdown’ over Brexit bill

“Michael Gove yesterday signalled the first Government climbdown on its landmark Brexit bill – over green standards. Speaking in London, the Environment Secretary said he would table new proposals for replacing EU environment protections after the Lords last month voted down original plans. The vote was one of 15 Lords defeats for the Government over its EU Withdrawal Bill and sparked a bitter Cabinet dust-up. At the time a furious Mr Gove blamed “short-sighted” Philip Hammond for the defeat – saying he had blocked plans to give a post-Brexit watchdog the power to impose fines if the Government or councils fail to cut pollution or boost recycling. At a Policy Exchange event yesterday, Mr Gove accepted the clear signal of the Lords defeat – and said an “amendment in lieu” would be tabled to offer a “constructive” alternative to EU standards.” – The Sun

  • Norway’s Prime Minister warns UK against copying their model – Daily Mail
  • Brussels ‘starts countdown’ to sidelike Britain from Galileo – The Times


Brexit 3) Corbyn faces revolt over new position, warns Umunna

“A “large number” of Labour MPs will rebel against Jeremy Corbyn’s new Brexit position and back full membership of the single market instead, Chuka Umunna has claimed. Europhiles on the opposition benches were angered when Mr Corbyn announced on Tuesday night that he would not back an attempt by the House of Lords to keep the UK in the single market via the European Economic Area (EEA), the “Norway option”. Mr Umunna, Labour MP for Streatham, said that he would back the Lords amendment to the government’s Brexit legislation, the withdrawal bill, when it returns to the Commons next week, and that a large number would do the same… Mr Corbyn announced a significant policy shift when Labour said that he and his top team would vote next week for a Commons motion calling for “full access” to the EU’s single market and “shared institutions and regulations” with Brussels.” – The Times

  • MPs accuse Corbyn of ‘bailing out’ the Government over Brexit – Daily Telegraph
  • Starmer admits party is divided – The Sun
  • Labour’s four Brexit tribes – The Times


  • What is Labour’s problem with soft Brexit? Immigration – Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian


  • Total confusion reigns over the Opposition’s position – Daily Telegraph
  • Labour must come clean with the electorate – The Times

>Yesterday: Left Watch: Corbyn trolls his own pro-EU backbenchers over the EEA, while seeking to pick his battles on the Withdrawal Bill

Brexit 4) Iain Martin: Even hardline Brexiteers should be worried now

“Their bleak warnings are worth listening to. In recent days those pleas have moved from the generalised squealing and professional Remoaning of the past two years to much more precise criticisms that should make Brexiteers sit up and pay attention… The next European Council is in just three weeks’ time. It was supposed to bring clarity and progress, with the transition sorted and the two sides heading towards a final deal. Now, the line in London and Brussels is that June was never meant to be much of a big deal. The aim seems to be to push decisions back into October and December. There is still not even a settled British position on a customs deal. When Theresa May is pressed on this and other matters, it is like “talking to a void”, says one minister. “She just shrugs.”” – The Times

  • Irish backstop and customs union will never be the Brexit people voted for – Owen Paterson, Daily Telegraph
  • If the EU won’t talk trade, we must leave the table – Iain Duncan Smith, The Times
  • Weep for Brexit, our dash for independence has failed – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Daily Telegraph
  • May should make a rousing speech saying its Brussels who are the fantasists – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
  • Debate about the EU will always be with us – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph
  • The myth of no-strings frictionless trade – Chris Giles, FT
  • The EU will implode before we leave – Rod Liddle, The Sun
  • Fraying EU unity could yet be an opportunity – Nick Timothy, Daily Telegraph
  • Despite Project Fear 2, Brexit won’t mean Armageddon – Bill Jamieson, The Scotsman

>Yesterday: Sir Bill Cash MP in Comment: The EU Withdrawal Bill. No Conservative colleague should defy the will of the people next week.

Prime Minister vows not to ditch Iran deal during Netanyahu visit

“Theresa May told the Israeli PM today she is determined to stick with the Iran nuclear deal despite the dramatic withdrawal of the US. The Prime Minister vowed to fight for the pact as she met Binyamin Netanyahu at Downing Street. Israel has been ramping up the pressure for the agreement – which eased sanctions in return for Iran dropping its bid to develop nuclear weapons – to be ditched altogether after Donald Trump pulled out. But as she sat down with Mr Netanyahu in No10 this afternoon, Mrs May said: ‘Along with France and Germany the UK continues to believe that is the best route to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. We will remain committed to it as long as Iran meets its obligations.'” – Daily Mail

  • Israeli leader counters after May raises Gaza concerns – The Times


May says SNP are ‘out of touch’ on independence

Theresa May has accused the SNP of being “completely out of touch” with Scots over its renewed push for independence after Nicola Sturgeon claimed this week’s party conference “marks the start of a new chapter” in her battle to break up Britain. The Prime Minister told MPs that the Nationalists should be focused on “pulling together” with the rest of the UK to get the best possible Brexit deal rather than agitating for another independence referendum. Writing in the introduction to the handbook issued to delegates attending the Aberdeen conference, Ms Sturgeon said the SNP had “moved onto a debate about how we fulfill the potential of our country.” The First Minister claimed that her new economic blueprint for independence, published by the SNP’s growth commission, “was packed full of new ideas for Scotland’s future”.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Glasgow council attacked over ‘Dickensian’ Rolls-Royce gift – The Scotsman

Hunt says NHS will receive ‘significant increase’ in funding

“Theresa May will give the NHS a ‘significant increase’ in funding to mark its 70th birthday this year, Jeremy Hunt has said. The Health Secretary said he has been making the case for the service to have extra cash pumped into it ahead of the milestone next month. He also wants the NHS to be given ten-year budgets so that that the service is put on a long-term financial footing rather than yoyo-ing from feast to famine. The Prime Minister has faced mounting pressure to find extra money for the NHS ahead of the milestone anniversary next month. Health chiefs say it must get four per cent yearly increase in funds if the UK wants to keep the same health standards it has. Chancellor Philip Hammond is understood to be resisting calls to pump that much extra money into the NHS.” – Daily Mail

  • Welby faces backlash for backing Health Service tax hike – Daily Express

Javid promises ‘fresh pair of eyes’ on migration system

“Sajid Javid promised to “bring a fresh pair of eyes” to the immigration system after the Windrush scandal. The home secretary said that he was appalled at the treatment suffered by two people who had been wrongfully detained and said something had gone “massively wrong”. Anthony Bryan and Paulette Wilson had told parliament’s joint committee on human rights how they were detained and feared they would be removed after living in the country for years. Mr Javid apologised to them when he appeared at the committee yesterday and said their testimonies had been moving and thought-provoking. He said: “No one should be treated like that. What happened was profoundly wrong.” He said that a series of mistakes had been made over a period of time as the cases of the pair were dealt by the Home Office.” – Daily Mail

  • Home Secretary plans ‘fairer, more compassionate’ system – The Guardian

More Home Office:

  • Counter-terrorism plan criticised for ‘making thoughtcrime a reality’ – The Guardian


Gove takes aim at ‘crony capitalists’

“Michael Gove has demanded a crackdown on ‘crony capitalists’ who have ‘rigged the system’. The Environment Secretary warned the ‘failure’ of capitalism needed to be addressed urgently so it did not result in just the rich getting richer. In a speech at the Policy Exchange think-tank, he called for an overhaul of the tax system to encourage investment and a curb on excessive bonuses for fat-cat bosses. Warning of the rise of radical Left-wing movements, he criticised the Bank of England and other central banks over quantitative easing, which he said had simply boosted the wealth of the wealthy. Mr Gove said that after Brexit Britain would be able to impose stricter controls on lobbyists to prevent the ‘powerful rigging markets in their favour’.” – Daily Mail

  • Environment Secretary ‘lays out bid to be Chancellor’ – The Sun
  • MPs warned that criminal sanctions won’t deter rogue bosses over pensions – FT


  • Why is a Tory minister suddenly talking like Ed Miliband? – Daily Telegraph


Chloe Smith: Ignore Labour’s scaremongering, voter ID really did work

“On the day after the election the Electoral Reform Society rushed out to claim that 4,000 people had been turned away from casting their vote. This followed hot on the heels of relentless scaremongering from the Labour Party in the run-up to polling day, predicting disaster. These wild claims have now been thoroughly debunked, with new figures released by the returning officers responsible for the pilots showing that out of 234,000 electors across the five councils, just 340 did not return with the correct ID when asked. This represents about 0.14 per cent of all votes cast. The majority of voters who turned up to vote without ID returned later with ID and were able to cast their vote. Put simply, far fewer people did not return than the Electoral Reform Society suggested: from 154 out of more than 95,000 voters in Bromley to just 25 out of more than 62,000 in Swindon.” – Times Red Box

Transport 1) Tory MPs press May over rail chaos

“Tory MPs battered Theresa May over the chaos gripping the railways in a gruelling PMQs today. Henry Smith and former transport secretary Theresa Villiers both demanded answers from the Prime Minister on when the Government would get a grip. A complete overhaul of the train timetable nationwide has been a disaster since rail companies tried to roll it out last month. Hundreds of services have been delayed or cancelled across the country. Temporary suspension of some services has so far failed to stabilise the system. Mrs Villiers the PM to do ‘everything she can to ensure Network Rail and GTR get a grip and bring an end to the appalling delays suffered by my constituents’.” – Daily Mail


  • Policymakers ignore the North at their peril – Sarah Longlands, Times Red Box

Transport 2) McDonnell ‘joins forces with Conservative rebels’ over airport expansion

“John McDonnell has joined forces with Conservative rebels to agree a plan to halt expansion at Heathrow as Labour signalled that it would vote against a third runway at the airport. The shadow chancellor yesterday met the Tory MPs Justine Greening and Zac Goldsmith to devise a strategy to reverse the decision. All three represent seats affected by the expansion to the west London site. Labour has maintained that it would only back the runway if the proposals met four tests, including noise, and environmental protections. A senior Labour source yesterday said the party was “sceptical” over whether the plans met the tests. A decision by Labour to oppose the third runway would put the party on a collision course with its trade union backers including Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite.” – The Times

  • Corbyn faces union showdown if he blocks plans – The Sun
  • Greening warns that taxpayers could be left with Heathrow bill – Daily Mail

Khan faces mounting criticism over crimewave

“Under-fire Sadiq Khan finally bothered to notice London’s crime wave last night – but told the public THEY should help catch gangs and knife thugs. The London Mayor, slammed for posting more on social media this week on fashionable causes than the growing wave of vicious attacks and muggings, told Londoners they have “to be the eyes and ears of the police”. After the best friend of murdered teen Stephen Lawrence, Duwayne Brookes, told The Sun Mr Khan is “weak and ineffective”, the Mayor addressed the capital in a video yesterday evening about the “increase in serious violent crime”… Despite Khan claiming that police numbers have drastically affected the Met’s ability to tackle crime, the numbers have barely dropped since 2014.” – The Sun

TSB boss grilled by MPs

“The boss of TSB has issued a grovelling apology to customers as he was lambasted by MPs for locking nearly 2million people out of their accounts. Around 1.9 million people using TSB’s digital and mobile banking found themselves blocked from their own money during the bank’s botched move to a new system in April. The IT meltdown led to 10,600 fraud attempts on around 2,200 customers, the Commons’ Treasury Committee heard today. More than 1,000 people lost money. In a major gaffe, organisations with which customers had direct debits were told the person was dead in around 370 cases, bosses admitted.  The bank’s chief executive Paul Pester admitted the bank was ‘overwhelmed’ today and apologised to customers.” – Daily Mail

  • Select committees need more female witnesses, MPs claim – FT

News in Brief:

  • The tale of the Brexiteer TV repairman and the FPBE campaigner – Iain Martin, Reaction
  • What MPs need to know about trade policy before voting on the EU Withdrawal Bill – Shanker Singham and Radomir Tylecote, Brexit Central
  • Two reforms to save capitalism – Andrew Lilico, CapX
  • Will David Davis resign today? I would not bet against it – Robert Peston, The Spectator
  • A new party could save politics from the extremes – Ian Birrell, UnHerd

And finally… Dacre to move on from the Daily Mail

“Paul Dacre yesterday announced that he is to step aside as Editor of the Daily Mail after 26 years. The newspaper’s proprietor, Lord Rothermere, described him as ‘quite simply the greatest Fleet Street Editor of his generation’ and praised him for holding power to account through many campaigns and investigations. Mr Dacre said he will step back from day-to-day editing of the Mail by his 70th birthday in November. He will take on broader challenges within the company as Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Metro newspapers and the MailOnline and websites. Mr Dacre said he was ‘announcing this now in order to facilitate the handover to a new team’. He has been a Fleet Street Editor for 28 years, 26 of them at the Mail and prior to that at the Evening Standard.” – Daily Mail