Chequers Fallout 1) May’s plan struck by further resignations

‘Theresa May was hit by two further resignations yesterday as bitter splits emerged among Tory Brexiteers over her plans for leaving the European Union. In a further blow, President Trump said that he wanted to speak to his “friend” Boris Johnson during his three-day visit, which starts tomorrow. He declared Britain to be “in turmoil”. The prime minister’s team was openly criticised last night by the former chief of staff to David Davis. The Tory former MP Stewart Jackson said that Mrs May’s chief Europe adviser, Oliver Robbins, wanted a “Hotel California Brexit” where Britain checks out but never leaves. He also attacked Mrs May’s communications director, Robbie Gibb, as an “ersatz Brexiteer”. Mr Jackson’s outburst came after it was claimed that he was blocked from acting as an aide to the new Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab.’ – The Times

  • Threat of ‘guerrilla war’ – Daily Mail
  • Prospect of ‘a resignation a day’ until she changes tack – The Sun
  • Bradley and Caulfield warn her she is opening the door to Prime Minister Corbyn – Daily Telegraph
  • Downing Street is left guessing – The Guardian
  • The Prime Minister tried to stop journalists asking Merkel what she thought of the plan – The Times
  • Cabinet ministers are sceptical that the proposal could pass the Commons – The Times
  • Brief panic as Gove disappears – FT
  • The different Brexiteer factions pursue competing tactics – The Times
  • Johnson does not intend a leadership challenge (yet) – The Times
  • He weighs his options – FT


>Today: Daniel Hannan’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.

>Yesterday: MPsETC: Caulfield and Bradley resign as Party Vice Chairs – “I cannot defend this course to my electorate”

Chequers Fallout 2) Raab steps up preparations for No Deal

‘Ministers agreed to ‘step up’ preparations for a ‘no deal’ Brexit yesterday, amid fears Theresa May’s Chequers plan could be rejected by Brussels. New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told his first meeting of the Cabinet that accelerating contingency plans would be one of his first priorities in the job. Sources said Mr Raab is hoping to publish a plan for dealing with a no deal Brexit before MPs break for the summer later this month. Chancellor Philip Hammond finally released £3billion for no deal preparations in the Budget last November, following months of lobbying by ministers. But half of the money has been held back until after the UK leaves and ministers agreed at Chequers last week that more work is needed.’ – Daily Mail

  • Plans for stockpiles if necessary – The Sun
  • Robbins must not be allowed to steamroll this Brexit Secretary as he did the last – The Sun Says
  • Davis ran out of ways to deliver what he wanted, so he went – Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
  • European Investment Bank wants the UK to continue as a member – FT
  • Both the UK and EU must show more urgency on security co-operation – Lord Ricketts, The Times
  • How Hunt won May’s gratitude – The Times
  • Perhaps surprisingly, the country is increasingly united – Roger Harding, The Times

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Never mind Hunt. Move over, Hancock. Meet Geoffrey Cox – the most significant appointment of the reshuffle.

Chequers Fallout 3) Rees-Mogg: This proposal contradicts her promises

‘Back during the Lancaster House speech, you will recall Mrs May was clear that she did not want some “half-in, half-out” system. Alas, her Chequers deal flatly ­contradicts this, leaving Britain as a rule-taker, rather than a rule-maker. By accepting what the Europeans call the “Acquis Communautaire” of food and goods we will be tied to the EU’s rulebook. This is the accumulated body of EU law and obligations from 1958 to date, generally estimated to be around 80,000 items…There is a view — and I have heard it from Michael Gove — that we should get any form of legal Brexit that we can get, however poorly negotiated, then improve it afterwards. However, this is fanciful because once an international treaty has been signed and is then brought into effect in domestic law, ­reopening it again is not going to be of interest to the European Union or to Parliament.’ – Jacob Rees-Mogg, The Sun

  • The EU will demand further concessions – Charles Grant, The Guardian
  • We are 80 per cent there, says Barnier – The Times
  • Might ‘free movement in all but name’ continue? – The Times
  • Javid argues against preferential treatment for EU citizens – FT
  • Robbins is the Rasputin who could cost May her job – Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail
  • Labour won’t take a “highly unlikely” second referendum off the table – The Times
  • Just implement the will of the people – Sarah Vine, Daily Mail
  • The EU’s abusive clowns like Juncker are the main obstacle to a reasonable deal – The Sun Says

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

Trump hopes to speak to his “friend” Boris Johnson during UK visit

‘Donald Trump praised his “friend” Boris Johnson last night and hinted that he would speak directly to the former foreign secretary while visiting Britain this week. The US president spoke warmly of his relationship with Mr Johnson as he set off from the White House lawn for a Nato summit in Brussels. He will fly into London Stansted tomorrow. Theresa May said that she was looking forward to the visit despite Mr Trump’s comments yesterday that Britain was in “turmoil” and that speaking to Vladimir Putin, who he will meet next week in Helsinki, might be easier than conversing with her…“Boris Johnson’s a friend of mine, he’s been very nice to me, very supportive and maybe I’ll speak to him when I get over there. I like Boris Johnson, I’ve always liked him,” he said.’ – The Times

  • May says she is ‘looking forward’ to his arrival – Daily Mail
  • The US Embassy warns Americans to keep a low profile during the trip – Daily Mail
  • Ambassador says Trump supports free speech so therefore the baby blimp is ‘irrelevant’ – The Sun
  • The West’s worst nightmare is that the President might be about to give Putin what he wants – Michael Burleigh, The Times
  • He must not be fooled by the Kremlin – Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

NATO nervy as Washington ups the ante on defence spending ahead of crucial summit

‘Donald Trump says that he’s not going to ‘happily defend’ America’s allies in Europe while they stiff the U.S. on trade ‘Just doesn’t work!’ he harped in his latest in a string of Tuesday gripes. Trump launched the latest salvo in the dispute between the United States and Europe as he landed in Belgium for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s leader’s summit. He tweeted shortly before stepping off the plane: ‘The European Union makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe (U.S. has a $151 Billion trade deficit), and then they want us to happily defend them through NATO, and nicely pay for it.’ – Daily Mail

  • ‘Delinquent’ allies should ‘reimburse the US’, Trump suggests – FT
  • The President is correct – Daily Telegraph Leader
  • He adds that Germany is a ‘captive of the Russians’ – The Guardian
  • Europe must reply to him with one voice – The Guardian Leader
  • May won’t have a funded plan for the future of the British military to present at the meeting – The Times
  • She will pledge to send more troops to Afghanistan – Daily Mail
  • And will use that as a basis to urge NATO members to spend more – Daily Telegraph
  • The RAF has defended freedom for a century – will it be supported to do so for another 100 years? – The Times Leader

>Today: Philip Dunne on Comment: Defence helps boost our prosperity. Here are my recommendations to grow its contribution.

Minister proposes ban on selling energy drinks to children

‘British children are consuming 50 per cent more energy drinks than the European average and suffering headaches, tiredness and emotional problems as a result, the public health minister has said. Steve Brine said that “quaffable” energy drinks led to children consuming more caffeine than found in a cup of coffee, as he told MPs of plans to ban sales to young people. Mr Brine said that he did not allow his children, aged seven and ten, to drink energy drinks and that the government would consult on whether to ban sales to those aged below 16, 17 or 18. The second part of the government’s child obesity plan published last month promised laws against selling energy drinks to children after some supermarkets introduced voluntary restrictions under pressure from campaigners.’ – The Times

  • Bake Off’s Nadiya attacks the sugar tax – The Sun
  • Hancock’s appointment could be the most important of the reshuffle – The Times Leader
  • He uses an app to see a GP – Daily Mail
  • Fox agrees new terms to acquire Sky – FT

>Yesterday: Howard Flight’s column: This Conservative Government has slipped towards socialism – the rot must be stopped

The number of children passing tougher SATs rises

‘More than a third of primary school pupils are struggling to achieve tougher standards in reading, writing and maths tests, official figures show. But Schools Minister Nick Gibb said two thirds were now meeting the more rigorous SATs requirements – up from just over a half two years ago. Newly released statistics from the Department for Education showed 64 per cent of year six pupils reached expected standards in literacy and numeracy in 2018, up from 61 per cent last year. Back in 2016 just 53 per cent of pupils made the grade when tougher assessments for key stage two SATs were introduced.’ – The Sun

  • Don’t stress about the tests, Gibb urges – The Times
  • Rural children are at risk of being ‘left behind’ by academisation – The Sun

Facebook faces maximum fine for failing to safeguard data

‘Facebook will be hit with a record £500,000 fine over the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal. It is the largest possible penalty that can be handed out by Britain’s information watchdog, which found the social media giant had broken the law by failing to safeguard millions of users’ data. The Information Commissioner’s Office announced the fine as it revealed it was preparing a criminal prosecution against Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Elections Ltd. It has also sent ‘warning letters’ to 11 political parties in the UK. The ICO wants parties to undergo compulsory audits of their use of personal data, including the purchase of marketing lists and lifestyle information to help target voters. The watchdog is investigating whether data obtained from Facebook was misused by both the Leave and Remain campaigns during the EU referendum, and in the 2016 US presidential election.’ – Daily Mail

  • Arron Banks faces investigation over uses of insurance company – FT

Labour MP who shared anti-semitic graphic is appointed Shadow Equalities Minister

‘A Labour MP once suspended in a row over anti-Semitism has been made shadow equalities minister. Naz Shah was stripped of the parliamentary whip and barred from party activity for three months in 2016 while an investigation was carried out. It followed the unearthing of a 2014 Facebook post in which she shared a graphic of Israel’s outline superimposed on to a map of the US under the headline: Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict – Relocate Israel into United States, with the comment: ‘Problem solved.” – Daily Mail

  • O’Mara says he attempted suicide after his online comments were revealed – The Times
  • Labour calls for McVey to lose pay after NAO rebuke – The Times

Oborne: Farewell to Carrington

‘Peter Carrington was not just a great politician. He was a great man, one of the last surviving members of the greatest ever generation of Britons – those who risked everything fighting against the horror of Nazi Germany in the Second World War. He was motivated by service to his country and by duty to his fellow man. He had a sense of integrity that has all but disappeared among the political class today. We are diminished as a nation by his death yesterday at 99. For not only does it rob us of one of the most impressive statesmen of post-war politics – he was the longest serving member of the House of Lords and a man who held office in the governments of six successive Conservative prime ministers. It also reminds us of how things have changed – how we now live in an age where politicians are by and large shallow and self-serving. It is no exaggeration to say they are pygmies in comparison to Peter Carington.’ – Peter Oborne, Daily Mail

>Yesterday: WATCH: Churchill to Carrington: “You’ve been shooting partridges. Would you like to join my shoot?” The last member of his Government dies.

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