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ISIS terrorists 1) May ‘supports’ Javid’s decision…

‘Ministers today insisted the ISIS ‘Beatles’ are not British any more amid a major row over the UK refusing to seek assurances they will not be executed in the US. And Prime Minister Theresa May now says she backed the decision not to get death penalty assurances from Washington rather than merely being ‘made aware’ of it. When asked if Mrs May approved of the Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision, a Downing Street spokeswoman initially said she ‘made aware’ of it and the Government opposes the death penalty ‘in all circumstances as a matter of principle’. Number 10 later moved, saying Mrs May ‘supports’ the Home Secretary’s handling of the case and hopes it will end with the two men remaining in prison for the rest of their lives.’ – Daily Mail

  • She was told evidence against one of them was too weak to prosecute in the UK – The Times
  • Automatic prosecution for returnees under new law – Daily Telegraph
  • Security threat of women and children coming back from ISIS territory ‘underestimated’ – The Guardian
  • Brexit will allow us to put terrorists like this to death, too – Richard Kemp, Daily Telegraph
  • GCHQ were illegally given snooping powers for 15 years – The Times

Editorials

>Today: ToryDiary: The other reason why Ministers want ISIS terrorists on trial in America – not here

ISIS terrorists 2) …while Johnson expressed doubts (before signing it off)

‘Boris Johnson warned that helping the US prosecute two alleged Isil executioners would prevent Britain demanding others are spared the death penalty in future, The Telegraph can reveal. The then foreign secretary expressed reservations as he and Home Secretary Sajid Javid discussed waiving death penalty assurances in order to help US prosecutors bring the two men, part of an alleged Isil terror cell nicknamed “the Beatles” to trial. He ultimately agreed that “the benefits outweigh the risks” of the two men potentially escaping justice and being free to return to the UK, but his concerns – detailed in a “sensitive” briefing document circulated to key civil servants and ministers – are likely to be jumped on by critics who believe the change of policy undermines the UK’s opposition to the death penalty in the long-run.’ – Daily Telegraph

Pay cap lifted for a million public sector workers

‘A million public sector workers will get a pay rise as the Chancellor today announces bumper increases for the armed forces, teachers, doctors, dentists, prison officers and the police. Philip Hammond will confirm the 1 per cent pay cap – which has limited annual rises for six years – has been abandoned. The pay deals will vary across the workforce but a Government source last night told the Mail that the rises would be ‘much better than the 1 per cent everyone is used to’. It is believed the rise could be somewhere between 1.5 and 3.5 per cent for many roles such as teachers, police officers and doctors.’ – Daily Mail

  • It will come from existing budgets – The Sun
  • When will austere millennials flex their muscles? – FT

Brexit 1) Hunt warns the EU not to cause ‘No Deal by accident’ – and says only Putin would celebrate

‘Jeremy Hunt today insisted only Vladimir Putin would celebrate a no-deal Brexit – as he warned the EU that failing to compromise will poison relations for a generation. The new Foreign Secretary used a visit to Germany to urge a redoubling of efforts to break the deadlock in negotiations. While admitting crashing out of the bloc would be damaging, he cautioned European leaders not to rely on the UK ‘blinking’ if they refused to offer an acceptable deal. He said the UK would learn how to thrive economically without a trade agreement – but suggested only the Russian president would be happy as the fallout would seriously weaken the West’s diplomatic ties…’Without a real change in approach from the EU negotiators we do now face a real risk of a no deal by accident, and that would be incredibly challenging economically,’ he said. ‘Britain would find that challenging, but in the end we would find a way not just to survive but to thrive economically.’ – Daily Mail

Editorials

>Today: Henry Newman’s column: Unstopping the Northern Ireland backstop, which threatens to block a deal

>Yesterday: Lord Ashcroft on Comment: Voters’ test for any Brexit deal. Britain mustn’t be out of Europe…but still run by Europe.

Brexit 2) The Prime Minister is accused of signing ‘blank cheque’ for Brussels

‘Theresa May has been accused of handing the EU a “blank cheque” after new laws suggested Brussels will be able to determine how much of the £39billion Brexit divorce bill the UK will pay each year. Ministers will on Tuesday publish the Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill which will enshrine Brexit divorce arrangements and any future deal with Brussels in law. The Telegraph has learned that the document, which is more than 100 pages long, states: “The EU will inform the UK of the required payment amounts during the transition process.” David Jones, a Tory MP and former Brexit minister, said: “It would appear that they are now prepared to write a blank cheque or a series of blank cheques that the EU can continue presenting at their own discretion.’ – Daily Telegraph

  • They want the money without any link to a free trade deal – Daily Telegraph
  • Gateshead discovered that May is Diazepam in speech form – Patrick Kidd, The Times
  • She relaxes using cookbooks – Daily Telegraph
  • Ministers caught in rail delays – Daily Mail
  • Brussels says they will only extend the Article 50 deadline in order to allow a second referendum – Daily Telegraph
  • City lobbyists work to gain support for Brexit plan across the EU – FT
  • EU citizens accuse Barnier and his colleagues of ‘abandoning’ them – Daily Telegraph
  • Former BBC presenter claims the Corporation unfairly favours Brexit – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: Martin Howe on Comment: Misunderstandings, spin – or worse. Correcting errors arising from Downing Street briefings on the Brexit White Paper.

Clark to launch White Paper extending powers over foreign takeovers

‘Draft proposals will be announced today by Greg Clark, the business secretary, in a national security investment white paper that will extend the government’s oversight of foreign mergers and takeovers to a wider range of industries. At present ministers can intercept takeovers across the economy only if there are concerns about competition. Powers to “call in” takeovers are contentious because the government wants to keep Britain open to foreign investment. But ministers are also anxious to prevent hostile powers from acquiring ownership or control of sensitive businesses and assets.’ – The Times

Dozens of twin babies die each year due to hospitals’ failure to follow NHS guidelines

‘Dozens of twin babies are dying each year because British hospitals are failing to follow NHS guidance on multiple births, a government-backed study has concluded. Women pregnant with twins face “pot luck” over whether they are looked after by a specialist team or offered planning for the risk of premature birth, the first study of its kind has concluded. Units following the guidance had significantly lower death rates and researchers estimate that if all hospitals did the same, about a fifth of the 270 twins who die before they are a month old could be saved, equivalent to 55 babies a year across Britain. Hospitals have been told they have no excuse for not improving care that could save the NHS millions of pounds by keeping newborns out of intensive care and avoiding negligence claims.’ – The Times

Whately: My Bill will make flights fairer for disabled people

‘Along with many stories of travel nightmares, I’ve heard from some disabled people who have had good experiences, where airports and airlines have gone the extra mile. But there is much more to do, so I’m bringing forward changes to the law to make flying more accessible. My bill, which I’m introducing in the House of Commons today, will make sure that airport and airline staff are properly trained to help disabled people get on and off a plane with dignity. It will place a duty on airlines to keep wheelchairs safe during the flight – with as many as possible stored in the cabin. If wheelchairs are damaged, there needs to be better compensation which reflects the actual cost of the damage and the trauma of being stranded without your wheelchair.’ – Helen Whately, The Times

Milne urged to withdraw attacks on Israel

‘Jeremy Corbyn’s closest aide has been urged to retract past comments about Israel in which he called it a ‘racist state’. Seumas Milne, the Labour leader’s director of strategy and communications, was a strong critic of Israel during his years as a newspaper columnist. Some Labour insiders believe his previous statements may lie behind the party’s decision not to sign up fully to the internationally accepted definition of anti-Semitism in its code of conduct. One of the parts it omitted states anti-Semitism may include ‘claiming the existence of a state of Israel is a racist endeavour’.’ – Daily Mail

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