Davis ‘prepared to join Eurosceptic rebels’

David Davis, the former Brexit Secretary, is prepared to join Eurosceptic MPs and vote against the Government next week in a move that could force ministers into a climbdown. Mr Davis, who quit last week in protest at the Chequers compromise, is willing to back an amendment which will enshrine in law a commitment that there will be no customs border down the Irish Sea. It is one of four amendments to the Government’s flagship trade bill that have been tabled by Eurosceptics in a bid to block the Prime Minister’s Chequer’s compromise over Brexit. The Prime Minister yesterday invited “softer” Eurosceptics to her Chequers rural retreat shortly after Donald Trump, the US President, had left. Brexiteers believe that she is trying to divide Eurosceptics in a bid to avert a mass rebellion on Monday.” – Daily Telegraph

  • May in crunch talks as rebels claim White Paper is ‘dead in the water’ – The Sun
  • Prime Minister woos sceptical MPs at Chequers – The Guardian
  • Brussels preparing to reject ‘large parts’ of divisive proposal – Daily Express
  • Downing Street claim Irish border wasn’t key factor in ‘soft Brexit’ approach – The Sun


  • The book which reveals the Tory Brexiteers’ plan for Britain – Tim Bale, The Guardian
  • Chaos puts the Conservatives on the edge of a breakdown – George Parker, FT
  • May must stop treating the public like fools – Priti Patel, Daily Telegraph
  • Prime Minister approaches her Zero Dark Thirty moment – Anne McElvoy, The Guardian

>Today: ToryDiary: The Government’s White Paper plan would not free us from the European Court of Justice

Hammond defends Brexit plan after City warning

“Philip Hammond today defended Britain’s proposed Brexit deal after the City of London warned it would trash the booming banking industry. The Chancellor said the proposals would provide ‘sufficient stability and certainty’ for the City to continue its work. The City of London Corporation has insisted Brexit cannot mean looser ties to Europe’s financial centres without costing jobs and investment. The draft Brexit plan published yesterday suggests services will be split from goods outside of any trading relationship between Brexit Britain and the EU… Mr Hammond has argued in the past that the ‘UK could not become a rule-taker in financial services’.” – Daily Mail

  • Ministers to formally agree to tell businesses to start planning for ‘no deal’ – The Sun


  • Chancellor’s u-turn is the most shameful yet – Alex Brummer, Daily Mail

>Today: Book Reviews: Why May – and all her predecessors – have failed to cut the Gordian knot of the EU

Trump 1) President urges May to be ‘brutal’ with Brussels

“Donald Trump has said a potential trade deal between his nation and the UK could ‘quadruple’ – as the US President insists an agreement remains possible after Brexit. Speaking this evening he said: ‘The only thing I ask of Theresa is that we make sure we can trade and we don’t have any restrictions because we want to trade with the UK and the UK wants to trade with us… It comes after Trump and Theresa May scrambled to salvage the Special Relationship today following a night in which the US President lobbed a series of political hand grenades. The US president and the PM hailed their ‘very strong’ ties as they held a press conference at Chequers – just hours after he warned that her soft Brexit plan would ‘kill’ a transatlantic trade deal and heaped praise on arch-rival Boris Johnson.” – Daily Mail

  • ‘I want a trade deal’, says Trump – The Times
  • US leader switches tack in bid to repair ties – FT
  • Prime Minister gifts Trump family tree showing Scottish roots – The Scotsman


  • May dismisses claims UK is ‘losing culture’ due to immigration – Daily Mail
  • Explosive interview stuns the world – The Sun


  • Warm words are no promise of a swift or favourable deal – The Times
  • Time for May to level with the British people – The Sun

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Trump on May. “She will do very well. I think she’s a very tough negotiator.”

.Trump 2) Johnson fears his praise is a ‘two-edged sword’

“Boris Johnson sat out the media storm created by President Trump’s endorsement of his prime ministerial qualities for fear that his intervention could rebound on his political career. The US president used an interview with The Sun published yesterday to praise Mr Johnson as “a very talented guy”, adding: “I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point.” Mr Trump later repeated his view that the former foreign secretary would be a “great prime minister”. Friends of Mr Johnson, who quit the cabinet over Theresa May’s Brexit plan on Monday, said he saw the president’s praise as a double-edged sword.” – The Times

  • Two didn’t meet after all – Daily Mail
  • Trump aide ‘asked how President could help secure clean Brexit’ – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: “Boris Johnson would be a great Prime Minister.” Trump at his joint press conference with May.

Trump 3) Khan hits back over criticism

“Sadiq Khan hit back at Donald Trump today after the US president accused him of doing a ‘very bad job’ on terrorism and crime. The London Mayor questioned why he was being ‘singled out’ after Mr Trump renewed their feud in bombshell comments during his UK visit. The president said Mr Khan was failing to tackle extremism and crime in the city – blaming high levels of immigration. But Mr Khan said other major cities had suffered terror attacks, and asked why Mr Trump was ‘making it about me’… He said he was not fanning the flames of the feud and he praised the ‘special relationship’ between the UK and US.” – Daily Mail

  • Parting shot at London mayor before golf – The Times
  • Mayor calls on Tories to take action over Fabricant tweet – The Guardian


  • Corbyn joins anti-Trump protesters in London – Daily Mail
  • ‘Peaceful carnival of protest’ sees 100,000 turn out – The Times
  • Thornberry defends May over President’s ‘rude behaviour’ – Daily Mail


  • Visit puts the Atlantic alliance in peril – Catherine Philp, The Times

Trump 4) Tobias Ellwood: On defence, the President is correct

The President of the United States is right. Europe must invest more in its defence. We may all have strong views on his presidency (and as a US dual national, I do too). But given the growing threats Europe is facing, Donald Trump’s stark message on European security should be acknowledged. That means us, too. Our own Defence Secretary has consistently called for increased spending, and we are reviewing our ability to defend, mount and sustain operations and respond to an ever-growing spectrum of threats. In seeking more Treasury support, in the face of competing demands across many Whitehall departments, we must spell out a reasoned, convincing and cost-effective argument that educates and unites public opinion as to why defence warrants priority.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Trump speaks truths we don’t want to hear – Matthew Parris, The Times
  • President lays bare ‘special relationship’ delusion – Lawrence Freedman, FT
  • Trump yells truth to power, which has its uses – Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

>Today: Mark Lancaster MP in Comment: Our army is creating a new type of soldier

Corbyn wants schools to teach pupils about trades union

“Jeremy Corbyn was yesterday accused of attempting to politicise schools by urging staff to teach pupils about trade unions. The Labour leader wants schools to give lessons on collective action and solidarity with fellow employees. But critics last night attacked his proposals, pointing out that schools should actually be ‘about education and not indoctrination’… Mr Corbyn will stress that strengthening the role of trade unions will help reverse the sharp decline over the last four decades in the share of national income going to wages. ‘We know that power in society, and in our workplaces, has become concentrated in the hands of a few, at the expense of everybody else,’ he says.” – Daily Mail

O’Mara urged to stand down by constituents

“An MP who quit the Labour Party this week, claiming that it had made him feel like a criminal over abusive comments he made online, has been urged to stand down by constituents. Jared O’Mara, 36, took Sheffield Hallam in last year’s general election from Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister who was then leader of the Liberal Democrats. Before he had even spoken in the House of Commons, a string of homophobic and misogynistic comments he had made online in his twenties resurfaced and prompted his suspension from the party. He was readmitted this month, but handed in his resignation on Thursday, saying that he would sit as an independent MP until the next election. His constituents said that he had failed to represent them.” – The Times

Watchdog reveals scale of problems with rape prosecutions, as told on ConHome

“Police and prosecution failings on evidence disclosure have been highlighted in a watchdog review. Inspectors identified a number of shortcomings in a sample of hundreds of criminal cases over two years in England. The report from Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) said police fully complied with their disclosure obligations in relation to unused material in 734 out of a snapshot of 1,290 cases, or 56.9%, with partial compliance in a further 36.7%… There was also the high-profile case of Richard Holden, a former government special adviser who was arrested over an allegation of sexual assault in February 2017.” – Daily Mail

  • Terror watchdog in line to be new director of prosecutions – The Times
  • Former May aide tears into the justice system – Daily Mail

Sinn Fein condemns attacks on former leaders

“The homes of prominent Sinn Fein members Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey have been attacked with explosive devices, the party said. The republican party condemned the ‘reprehensible and cowardly’ attacks in Belfast on Friday night – with former leader Mr Adams saying no-one was hurt. Gerry Kelly, Sinn Fein’s Policing and Justice spokesman, said two devices were thrown, one of which caused damage to a car… The Police Service of Northern Ireland said officers were ‘dealing with two incidents at two separate addresses in west Belfast’.” – Daily Mail

  • Violence puts pressure on the Belfast Agreement – FT

News in Brief:

  • Tory members should not be allowed to pick the next Prime Minister – Andrew Willshire, Reaction
  • The least important Brexit red line – Oliver Wiseman, CapX
  • Admit it, Trump is right about Sadiq Khan – Freddy Gray, The Spectator
  • May is repeating the mistakes of former Tory Prime Ministers – Ted Bromund, Brexit Central
  • Why a historic African peace deal is good news for Europe – Ian Birrell, UnHerd

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