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Davis resigns

‘Brexit Secretary David Davis dramatically resigned late last night, sparking a Brexiteer rebellion over Theresa May’s plan to make a soft exit from the EU – leaving the Prime Minister fighting for her political life. Mr Davis quit the government last night telling the PM that her policies could leave the UK in a ‘weak and inescapable’ negotiating position, two days after ministers had finally agreed a plan for Britain’s departure from the European Union…The Brexit rebellion throws negotiations into chaos and leaves Mrs May in a perilous position as she faces the House of Commons and then a potentially stormy meeting of Tory MPs on Monday. The PM was set to insist she has chosen the ‘right Brexit for Britain’ as she tries to quell a backbench revolt but has come under fire from Tory MPs who have accused her of delivering a ‘soft Brexit’ which would Britain tied to EU rules. Mr Davis reportedly ‘decided he couldn’t sell out his own country’, according to sources close to him.’ – Daily Mail

  • Going, going, gone – The Times
  • He says he won’t challenge for the leadership – FT
  • Rees-Mogg praises ‘important’ decision – Daily Mail
  • Steve Baker resigns, too – The Sun
  • The ERG is not yet urging members to send in letters – The Times
  • May must face the Commons and the 1922 Committee today – The Sun
  • Eyes on Johnson – The Sun
  • Sterling holds firm – FT

Editorials

>Today:

ConservativeHome survey finds most Party members do not support the Chequers proposals

‘Six in ten Tory members think Theresa May’s Brexit plan would deliver a bad deal for Britain and don’t support it, a poll has revealed.Just 31 per cent of members said the PM’s blueprint would be a good deal for Britain, according to a survey by ConservativeHome website…A separate poll for the Mail on Sunday found 38 per cent of the public viewed Mrs May’s new proposals as a “sell-out”.It found the Tories have lost their lead over Labour. Jeremy Corbyn’s party leapfrogged the Tories and now lead by 40-38 per cent. – The Sun

>Today: Chloe Westley’s column: You think the LibDems were punished over tuition fees? That’s nothing compared to the fate that now stalks the Tories over Brexit.

>Yesterday:

Concern that free movement might be allowed to continue after Brexit

‘Ministers sparked fresh fears that open border immigration would continue after Brexit by refusing to rule out giving EU citizens the freedom to come to Britain for work. Environment Secretary Michael Gove failed to say whether Britain would introduce a visa system for EU migrants after we leave and didn’t rule out EU citizens getting preferential treatment. Asked by Andrew Marr whether a visa system would be introduced for EU nationals, he would only say: “It will be up to us to decide what our immigration policy is.” Meanwhile Tory chairman Brandon Lewis said EU citizens would only see their free movement rights curtailed after 12 months of living in the UK…Allies of Mr Gove said immigration was one of the reasons why he and other Brexiteers agreed to stay in the Cabinet despite losing the argument to the Remainers at Friday’s crunch Chequers summit. They insisted they must stay to fight against attempts to keep freedom of movement after Brexit.’ – The Sun

Amesbury woman dies of Novichok poisoning

‘A woman has died in hospital more than a week after she was exposed to novichok in the first death from the nerve agent attack on Britain that the government has attributed to Russia. The killing of Dawn Sturgess, a mother of three, will increase pressure on President Putin after Sajid Javid, the home secretary, accused the Kremlin of using Britain as a dumping ground for poison. It is thought that Ms Sturgess, 44, and her partner, Charlie Rowley, 45, came into contact accidentally with an item contaminated by novichok that was used to try to kill Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter, Yulia, four months ago. No one has been arrested for that attack but Britain has held Russia responsible. The Kremlin denies any involvement. Mr Rowley was in hospital in a critical but stable condition last night.’ – The Times

  • She touched a poisoned item with her hand – Daily Telegraph
  • Police officer tested for exposure but given all-clear – Daily Mail
  • We will hunt down those responsible, Javid says – The Sun
  • The suffering of Salisbury – Daily Telegraph

Williamson: Wipe out ISIS now, or fight another insurgency in future

‘Britain must be prepared to fight a future insurgency unless Isil is wiped out in Syria, the Defence Secretary has warned. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) insurgent group is not fully defeated, Gavin Williamson says, and if allowed to escape their “poisonous ideology” will cause further devastation if the momentum to destroy them falters. Although virtually absent from Iraq and significantly degraded in Syria, Isil fighters remain hidden in unpopulated desert areas including caves. From around 50,000 fighters in 2014, the insurgents are now thought to number only about 2,000. But they are still launching brutal attacks on civilians.’ – Daily Telegraph

Fallon and Robertson call for defence spending to rise to three per cent

‘Two former military chiefs today warn the Government to confront ‘lazy criticism’ of Nato and increase defence spending to 3 per cent of GDP. Former Nato Secretary General Lord Robertson and ex-Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon say politicians must remind people of the organisation’s achievements as it nears its 70th birthday. In a thinly-veiled attack on Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticised the alliance, they write in a foreword to a report: ‘Nato is arguably more important to the UK today than at any time since 1949, as we seek to preserve our security and prosperity.’ – Daily Mail

  • Britain urges Germany to save NATO by spending more – The Times
  • Church of England launches campaign for nuclear disarmament – Daily Mail
  • Ex-minister makes economic case for spending – The Times
  • Concern grows that the United States will withdraw troops from Ukraine – Daily Mail

Editorial and Opinion

NHS Trusts ask for more money

‘The NHS will have to spend £18 billion over the next three years just to get on top of targets, deal with a maintenance backlog and improve staffing levels and finances, analysis suggests. NHS Providers, which represents trusts, said that “filling the gaps that have opened up after almost a decade of austerity will account for much if not most of the new money recently announced by the prime minister”. Theresa May announced last month that the NHS would receive a 3.4 per cent funding rise over five years, equivalent to £20 billion per year by 2023. She wants the NHS to come up with its own plan for spending the money so that it can transform the use of IT, integrate health and social care and improve outcomes for mental health and cancer patients.’ – The Times

Doctor is sacked by DWP for believing ‘gender is biological’

‘A doctor has been fired from a top government role for suggesting gender is determined at birth. Dr David Mackereth, 55, who has worked as an NHS doctor for 26 years, was deemed to be ‘unfit to work’ after he said he would refuse to identify patients by their preferred gender. The senior doctor was set to become a disability assessor for the Department for Work and Pensions claims a person’s gender is biological and said his right to freedom of speech had been denied. The medic, from Dudley in the West Midlands, fears other ‘professional people of faith’ could lose their jobs simply for holding opinions about gender that are ‘centuries old’.’ – Daily Mail

  • A fifth of NHS workers refuse to tell employers their sexuality (while asking patients the same question) – Daily Mail
  • Police consider treating wolf-whistling as a hate crime – Daily Mail
  • Minority groups must not be allowed to dictate school policy or lesson content, Ofsted chief warns – Daily Telegraph
  • What business is it of the law if a gay person wants to suppress their feelings? – Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

Corbynite MP launches ‘democracy roadshow’ to press for mandatory reselection of his colleagues

‘Labour leftwinger Chris Williamson is taking his campaign for a mandatory reselection process for MPs to the backyards of some of his moderate colleagues as he launches a summer roadshow to promote internal party democracy. The Derby North MP, an ardent supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, risks the wrath of centrist colleagues as he pitches up in some of their constituencies to meet Labour members in the run-up to the party conference in September . The former frontbencher believes mandatory reselection is “crucial” and that giving party members the right to select would strengthen and enhance the role of parliamentarians. He has previously appeared to suggest that MPs critical of Corbyn’s leadership should be deselected, speaking of “interest groups and individual MPs in this party who think it’s their God-given right to rule”.’ – The Guardian

  • Starmer backs criticism of Labour anti-semitism policy (but doesn’t resign) – Daily Mail
  • Former chief inspector of prisons to carry out Labour review of probation policy – The Guardian
  • The RMT advertises for unpaid staff – The Sun

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