Pro-Leave MPs seek publication of DExEU version of Brexit White Paper. (They needn’t bother: ConHome publishes extracts today.)

“Hardline Tory Brexiters plan to try to force Theresa May to publish a rival draft of the white paper drawn up by David Davis in the run-up to last week’s Chequers summit, which Downing Street ditched. The abandoned draft set out something closer to a Canada-style trade deal, with additional elements drawn from other EU agreements, sources told the Guardian – an alternative to the approach to be set out in the government’s Brexit white paper, due to be published on Thursday. Backbenchers from the European Research Group (ERG) will table a “humble address” in parliament, demanding that Davis’s draft be made public, as the Conservative party descends into all-out parliamentary warfare over Brexit. That is the same tactic Labour MPs used to force the government to publish the Brexit impact papers. The ERG hopes to win the backing of a Labour frontbench keen to embarrass the government.” – The Guardian

  • Brexiteers demand to see Davis’ proposals – Daily Express
  • Johnson ‘won’t launch power grab until the autumn’ – The Sun
  • Rees-Mogg urges Brexiteers to join the Conservatives – Daily Telegraph
  • Prime Minister faces claim she gave Merkel preview of her plan – Daily Mail
  • Ministers plan to avoid lights going out in Ulster in the event of no deal – The Sun


>Yesterday: Daniel Hannan MEP’s column: My view of May’s new Brexit plan. It’s just about better than No Deal. But now a line in the sand must be drawn.

As Eurosceptics bid to ‘kill off’ May’s proposal

“Tory Eurosceptics have today launched a bid to kill of Theresa May’s controversial Chequers Brexit plan. Brexiteers have tabled a series of wrecking amendments to the Customs Bill – a key piece of legislation – to force her to accept their vision of Brexit. It comes after the PM has reportedly been told by furious MPs that she has just one week to ditch her ‘third way’  Brexit plan or they will move to topple her as leader. The knives have come out for Mrs May after she ordered her Tory MPs to stop squabbling and get behind her new plan for Britain’s departure from Brussels. But her Government and Brexit plans were plunged into mortal danger after Boris Johnson and David Davis dramatically quit in protest at her plans.” – Daily Mail

  • Rees-Mogg leads bid to formally block Chequers plan – The Sun
  • Caulfield claims Downing Street holds Brexiteers in ‘contempt’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Prime Minister ditches hopes of keeping City close to EU – FT
  • May faces rebellion from two sides – The Times
  • Defiant Tory leader sets out ‘bold plan’ – Daily Express
  • Conservative rebels and WTO rules threaten plan – FT
  • Gove says UK won’t be able to ban foie gras post-Brexit – The Sun
  • Smith snubs invitation to Downing Street – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Like Hague, I voted Remain. But he is wrong to condemn Johnson, Davis and Rees-Mogg. Here is why.

Labour edge into poll lead amidst Chequers fallout

“Labour has taken a two-point lead over the Tories in the first indication that the row over Theresa May’s Chequers compromise has damaged the party. After days of briefing, resignations and infighting, the Conservatives now trail Labour for the first time since March, according to the latest YouGov opinion poll. It puts Labour on 39 per cent, which is unchanged since the weekend, and the Tories on 37 per cent, which is down two points, with the Lib Dems on 9 per cent. This is significant because the Tories consistently enjoyed leads of four to five points through parts of March as well as April, May and June. The poll of 1,732 British adults was taken on Tuesday and Wednesday.” – The Times

  • Lidington attacks Opposition for hopeless Brexit stance – The Sun
  • EU goods rules would rule out Indian trade deal – The Times
  • Trump could support hard Brexit during visit – Daily Telegraph
  • Germans expand UK R&D in post-Brexit vote of confidence – FT


  • Why can’t Labour seize the opportunity presented by Tory chaos? – Jane Merrick, Daily Telegraph
  • A second referendum is a dangerous gamble – David Aaronovitch, The Times
  • Brussels’ threats would ensure its own ruin – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Daily Telegraph


Maria Caulfield: How could I look my electors in the eye if I endorsed this deal?

On Monday I took the difficult decision to resign as a vice-chairman of the Conservative Party. Having studied the Chequers Brexit “deal” I believe I had no choice. The deal in my opinion is not right for the United Kingdom, our democracy, the Conservative Party or indeed the millions who voted to leave the EU. This “deal” is worse than “no deal” and ironically far worse than a deal – a Canada-type free trade agreement – that European Council President Donald Tusk himself offered, saying: “I propose that we aim for a trade agreement covering all sectors and with zero tariffs on goods. Like other free trade agreements, it should address services.” Instead of exploring this perfectly acceptable solution, a small cabal in Downing Street has dreamt up a complex arrangement that seeks to recreate large parts of the EU’s single market.” – Daily Telegraph

  • This deal is a disaster for Britain and the Tories – Ben Bradley MP, Daily Mail
  • My plan will let us strike our own trade deals and end freedom of movement – Theresa May MP, The Sun


  • Failing to deliver Brexit would be the Prime Minister’s WMD moment – Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph
  • Brussels would be mad to reject May’s proposals – Iain Martin, The Times
  • Voting down the Prime Minister’s plan could lead to softer Brexit – Nick Timothy, Daily Telegraph
  • Damn our elite and its suicidal compulsion to defy the voters – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

>Today: Nick Hargrave in Comment: A Conservative split is inevitable – the question is how to manage and minimise it

Mundell says Trump visit will ‘strengthen vital links’ with Washington

“Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to Scotland is an opportunity for the country to ‘strengthen vital links’ with one of its most important allies, the UK Government minister who will greet him has said. David Mundell, the Secretary of State for Scotland, will welcome the US president and his wife Melania to the country on Friday. Mr Trump is believed to be spending the weekend playing golf at his Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, which he bought in 2014, although there has been no official confirmation of his plans. Mr Mundell said he is looking forward to welcoming the president.” – Daily Mail

  • Aides will make meeting with Johnson ‘possible’ – Daily Telegraph
  • President tells NATO to spend four per cent of GDP on defence – The Times
  • Trump attacks Germany for being held ‘captive’ by Russia – Daily Mail
  • May insists alliance must stay strong against Putin – The Times
  • President pokes hornets nest beneath facade of EU unity – Daily Telegraph


  • If Trump smashes the crockery, May must pick up the pieces – Sir Christopher Meyer, Times Red Box
  • Here’s how NATO can salvage this summit – John Hemmings, Daily Telegraph
  • Brexiteers peddle the delusion of a mythical partnership – Philip Stephens, FT
  • Nord Stream attack is a divide and rule tactic – Bruno Waterfield, The Times


  • President’s real aim may be a grand bargain on Syria – The Times
  • Trump is right to demand that NATO steps up against Russia – The Sun

>Today: Alex Morton’s column: British Conservatives should beware Trump, but we can also learn from him

>Yesterday: Philip Dunne MP in Comment: Defence helps boost our prosperity. Here are my recommendations to grow its contribution.

Javid reveals scale of Government response to the Windrush scandal to date

“Almost 600 people have been given British citizenship under a scheme set up to tackle the Windrush generation scandal. Sajid Javid, the home secretary, also revealed yesterday that more than 2,000 people from the Windrush generation have been issued with documents confirming their status in the country. Mr Javid did not say how many had been wrongly detained in immigration removal centres after being unable to prove they had a right to be here… After the scandal, which led to the resignation of Amber Rudd as home secretary, the Home Office set up a special task force to help migrants from the Windrush generation who were unable to prove with paperwork that they had a right to be in Britain.” – The Times

  • Home Office demands DNA tests to renew passports – FT

NHS 1) Health Secretary warned not to be ‘blinded by technology’

“The new health secretary has been urged not to let his enthusiasm for the latest technology blind him to its drawbacks after it emerged that he uses a smartphone app as his NHS GP. Matt Hancock called the service – which allows him to dispense with a family doctor – “brilliant”, and he is expected to push the NHS to make further use of apps and other IT, having taken over at the Department of Health and Social Care on Monday. Mr Hancock uses the “GP at hand” app, provided by the NHS and Babylon, a private company. The service offers free video appointments with a doctor within two hours, and 22,000 patients have made it their main NHS GP since its launch last year.” – The Times

  • Health Service still reliant on fax machines – The Times

NHS 2) Health company faces fine for selling data to Labour

“A company used by the NHS to give advice to new mothers faces a £140,000 fine for selling a million people’s personal data without their knowledge to the Labour Party. Names, addresses and children’s dates of birth were sold by Emma’s Diary to help with Labour’s marketing at last year’s general election. The Information Commissioner’s Office called it a “serious contravention” of data protection law. Lifecycle Marketing, which owns Emma’s Diary, disputes the findings and has until the end of the month to argue its case before a final decision is made. The ICO said that although it would not usually announce its intention to impose a fine until inquiries were complete, it believed there was an “overriding public interest to do so”.” – The Times

Leadsom proposals for tackling Westminster harassment criticised for not handling old allegations

“A new system for investigating claims of sexual harassment and bullying by MPs will not look at allegations dating back to before the general election, to the alarm of campaigners. The effective statute of limitations is part of a scheme devised by a cross- party group of MPs and staff and led by Andrea Leadsom, leader of the Commons, that was founded at the height of the Westminster sexual harassment scandal last year. The draft proposals, which will be voted on next week, say: “For cases which pre-date the start of the 2017 parliament, complaints need to be made using the route(s) available at the time of the incident and the complaint may be investigated, and a decision on any further action made, using the policy or code in place at the time.”” – The Times

Scottish and Welsh MPs criticise plans to put English flag on Big Ben

“A furious row has erupted after officials unveiled plans to paint the England flag on Big Ben – but the union jack will not be added. Parliament’s giant clocktower will have the emblem of St George featured prominently after a major renovation programme is finished off. The move was announced just hours before the England team are due to take on Croatia in the semi final of the World Cup. The authorities insisted the design is merely returning to the original Victorian colour scheme and that the Scottish thistle, Welsh leek and Northern Irish shamrock symbols will also be present. The coloured emblems were originally paintedon the Lonodn landmark, but became balckened with the pollution and thick smog which smothered London during the Victorian times.” – Daily Mail

  • ‘Shrunken’ Northern Irish Office goes on hiring spree – News Letter

News in Brief:

  • We must act now to force the Government to change its disastrous Chequers proposal – Markus Fysh MP, Brexit Central
  • The real Brexit drama is just beginning – James Forsyth, The Spectator
  • Donald Trump is right about Germany and NATO – Mark Fox, Reaction
  • NATO’s choice: adapt or die – Dalibor Rohac, CapX
  • Can history help us redefine our ‘national interest’? – Jenny McCartney, UnHerd

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