Johnson: The Cabinet ought to mutiny against May’s Brexit capitulation

‘Savour the full horror of this capitulation. Under Article 50, the UK is at least able in theory to leave the EU. We do not have to consult any other authority. But under these proposals we are agreeing that the EU would have a say on whether this country is capable of making that final exit from the EU’s essential institution, the customs union. In other words, we are on the verge of signing up for something even worse than the current constitutional position. These are the terms that might be enforced on a colony. No member of the Government, let alone the Cabinet, could conceivably support them, or so you would have thought. And yet the awful truth is that even if the Cabinet mutinies – as they ought – it will make little difference. Even if we agree with the EU that the UK must have a unilateral break clause, so that we can go our own sweet way at a time of our own choosing, it is irrelevant: because the programme and ambition of the Government – as set out at Chequers and never yet repudiated by the Prime Minister – is to remain in captivity.’ – Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph

>Today: Amber Rudd & Andrew Percy on Comment: Brexit. Why a Canada-type deal won’t work for Britain.

The Prime Minister has 48 hours before she must authorise No Deal plans

‘Whitehall sources warned the chances of a deal being ready to present to Cabinet meeting on Tuesday or Wednesday morning were drifting away. They admitted if the PM is unable to put a withdrawal agreement before the Cabinet in 48 hours the chances of a November summit with the EU are OFF. This means having to authorise No Deal projects for new IT systems and projects to protect Britain’s borders. November 15 is the deadline for Ministers to place an order for ships to bring in necessary supplies – and to put plans in place to stockpile medicines – in a cash of a chaotic No Deal. One source said: “It’s going down to the wire. If it doesn’t happen this week it will have to be a December summit – and it all gets much tighter.”’ – The Sun


Hammond ‘excluded’ Truss from Budget preparations

‘Liz Truss was excluded from key meetings in the run-up to the budget amid claims of tensions with Philip Hammond, who sources said was angry that she attended “pizza club” cabinet gatherings with Andrea Leadsom. Friction has been growing between the chancellor and the chief secretary to the Treasury, his deputy, over her stance on Brexit and her public support for a low-tax, low-regulation Britain…Some spending measures proposed by Ms Truss were rebuffed by Mr Hammond and his team. The chief secretary to the Treasury wanted to spend £155 million on 2,500 special needs places to help local authorities avoid using expensive independent providers. She also wanted £1,000 one-off payments for maths and physics teachers, at a cost of £19 million. Both were blocked by the chancellor. In one episode, an official who was working for Ms Truss was hauled out of a budget meeting by an ally to the chancellor. The advisor told Ms Truss’s official that under no circumstances were they to inform the chief secretary about the measures under discussion.’ – The Times

  • It’s good that the Chancellor is fixing Universal Credit – The Sun Says
  • Council tenants struggling to keep up to date on payments – The Sun
  • Johnson will lead a rebellion over delays to Fixed Odds Betting limits – The Sun
  • Millions of workers in line for pay increases – Daily Telegraph
  • ‘Free’ childcare hours are being supplemented by nurseries raising prices – The Sun
  • High Street customer numbers continue to fall – Daily Mail
  • UK-China trade rises 15 per cent in a year – Daily Mail
  • France hopes to capture a share of the world gold market – Daily Telegraph

Hunt visits Riyadh to discuss Yemen and Khashoggi

‘Jeremy Hunt will be the first British minister to meet Saudi Arabia’s crown prince since the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The foreign secretary arrives for talks in Riyadh today and will meet King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Foreign Office confirmed last night. Yesterday President Erdogan of Turkey said he had given Britain, the US and other countries access to the tape recording the Turkish authorities say is of Khashoggi’s last moments at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Britain’s close ties to Saudi Arabia have come under scrutiny over the killing. The Foreign Office insists Mr Hunt will hold Riyadh to account and demand a credible investigation.’ – The Times

  • The Foreign Secretary will demand the Saudis co-operate with the murder inquiry – The Sun
  • The journalist’s final words were ‘I’m suffocating’ – Daily Mail
  • We are complicit in Yemen’s suffering – The Guardian Leader
  • Oil price rises as the Kingdom opens the door to a cut in supply – FT
  • Qatar is put in an awkward position by US sanctions on Iran – Nick Butler, FT
  • Eight dead in Israeli operation in Gaza – The Guardian
  • MPs demand asylum for Asia Bibi – Daily Mail
  • Her plight should worry everyone in the West – Charlotte Gill, Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Asia Bibi should be offered asylum in Britain

Macron uses Armistice Day as an opportunity to criticise nationalism

‘Donald Trump’s rising feud with Emmanuel Macron took a new turn on Sunday as the French leader forcefully denounced nations ‘looking after their own interests’ and decried nationalist policies like the ones the American president has embraced. Macron specifically referred to the ‘selfishness of nations only looking after their own interests’ in remarks at an Armistice Day event in Paris that Trump and other world leaders attended. ‘Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism by saying our interests first, who cares about the others, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what gives it grace. And what is essential— its moral values,’ he said in an English-language translation of the speech he delivered with Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting in the front row.’ – Daily Mail

  • Trump and Putin exchange thumbs-up – Daily Mail
  • The historic moment the German President joined the Royal family in commemoration – Robert Hardman, Daily Mail
  • A time for reconciliation – Lord Ashcroft, Daily Express
  • May will use the Lord Mayor’s banquet to call for a better relationship with Russia – The Guardian
  • If you think Trump is a disgrace, just look at the unelected President of the EU – Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail
  • Chief of the Defence Staff warns against Northern Ireland witch hunt – The Sun
  • We must armour ourselves against cyber threats – Brad Smith, FT
  • British Army to test combat robots – Daily Mail
  • Despite arms sanctions, Russia is very much open for business – FT


Police lobby Javid to reduce limits on stop and search

‘Police chiefs want to trigger an expansion of stop and search by lowering the level of suspicion an officer needs against a suspect to use the power, the Guardian has learned. They want to scrap the requirement that “reasonable grounds” are needed before a person can be subjected to a search, amid mounting concern over knife attacks. Senior officers have held talks with advisers to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, within the last fortnight to discuss the issue. It would fuel the debate about police discrimination against minority ethnic communities, civil liberties and the role stop and search has to play in tackling violent crime. The plans were confirmed by Adrian Hanstock, the deputy chief constable of the British Transport Police and national lead on stop and search for the National Police Chiefs’ Council…Stop and search is one of the most controversial powers police use on a daily basis, because black people are around nine times more likely to be targeted for its use than white people, by a police force that remains disproportionately white.’ – The Guardian

New Labour didn’t tax the rich enough, Lewis argues

‘New Labour failed to tax the richest in society heavily enough, the shadow Treasury minister Clive Lewis has claimed, after his party came under fire last month for backing the government’s tax cuts for middle-earners. As MPs prepare to debate the finance bill, Lewis defended Labour’s decision not to reverse Philip Hammond’s planned increases to the tax-free personal allowance and the higher-rate threshold, which will largely benefit richer households. “Increasing the threshold for the higher paid wouldn’t be our priority but, after eight years of Tory austerity, with real wages still below their 2010 level, and with even the relatively better off feeling the pinch, it is hard to justify taking even this small amount away from people,” he said.’ – The Guardian

Governor accused of harming the Bank of England’s credibility and independence

‘The Bank of England’s standing has been damaged since Mark Carney took over as governor, a former ratesetter has claimed.Andrew Sentance, who sat on the Bank’s monetary policy committee between 2006 and 2011, has accused the governor of allowing the Bank’s independence to be “diluted in various ways”, most recently by his “shambolic” reappointment. The former British Airways and CBI chief economist also criticised the lack of debate at the Bank and the “uniformity on the MPC”, where there has been very little dissent. “It seems that group think has become more consolidated,” he said. Mr Sentance, 60, is a rate hawk and longstanding critic of the Bank, which he believes should have raised rates from 0.5 per cent between 2013 and 2015.’ – The Times

Democrats plan to use new position to intensify scrutiny of Trump – but hang back from impeachment

‘Fresh off a resounding midterm elections victory, House Democrats on Sunday began detailing plans to wield their newfound oversight power in the next Congress, setting their sights on acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker while rebuffing calls from some liberals to pursue impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who is poised to take control of the House Judiciary Committee, said he will call Whitaker as a first witness to testify about his “expressed hostility” to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation. Nadler said he is prepared to subpoena Whitaker if necessary. Another incoming chairman, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) of the House Intelligence Committee, raised the possibility of investigating whether Trump used “instruments of state power” in an effort to punish companies associated with news outlets that have reported critically on him, including CNN and The Washington Post.’ – Washington Post

  • Ballot chaos continues in Florida – Daily Mail
  • CNN set to sue the White House – Daily Mail
  • Tough borders are the best hope for continued public acceptance of legal immigration – Clare Foges, The Times
  • German Greens struck by migrant row – The Times
  • The meat processing industry is worried about immigration limits – FT

>Yesterday: WATCH: Tugendhat’s message to Trump – “In Iraq and Afghanistan, when it was -15 or 50 degrees, we soldiered on”

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