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Raab: May’s deal means paying a fortune in return for restraints that hobble the opportunities of Brexit

‘The UK government offered the EU £39 billion. The British people will rightly expect a good return on that money. Yet, when it comes to taking back democratic control over our laws, the final terms are worse than membership of the EU. We would still be bound indefinitely by EU-imposed rules on customs, trade, employment, social policy and tax – with no say over those rules, and no ability to exit the regime. The government rightly resisted pressure to accept Free Movement of people from EU countries, to allow us to regain control over our immigration policy. But, the current deal leaves it open for the EU to refuse a permanent trade deal unless we cave in during the second phase of negotiations, after March. As for the dream of a global Britain trading more energetically from Asia to Latin America, the EU has tied our hands, hobbling those ambitions. This suffocates one of the great opportunities of Brexit – to use free trade to create better paid jobs, and cut prices in the shops to ease the cost of living for working Britons.’ – Dominic Raab, The Sun

>Today: Chloe Westley’s column: If the Conservatives bow to May’s betrayal of the referendum result, they will be cursed for a generation

>Yesterday:

Barclay: Let’s get on with it

‘I would urge all of my colleagues who are considering opposing this deal to think again. This deal delivers the implementation period which gives businesses the certainty they need to plan ahead. It allows us to negotiate our future relationship with Brussels cordially and professionally. It avoids the disruption and uncertainty that no-deal would bring. It ends free movement once and for all. Instead, we will introduce an immigration system based on skills this country needs – not on the country people come from, but on what they can contribute to the UK. It ends the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK. We will make our own laws in our own Parliaments. It will protect the rights of EU citizens already living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU. It will ensure a fair settlement on our financial obligations – the so-called ‘divorce bill’ – less than half what some expected. And it will meet our commitment to ensure there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland and no customs border in the Irish Sea.’ – Stephen Barclay, Daily Mail

>Today:

The Prime Minister’s ‘desperate’ campaign to win MPs round allegedly involves offering peerages

‘Theresa May today launches a desperate 17 day campaign to save her Brexit deal as her critics claimed the EU have won. The PM sealed a ‘historic’ divorce deal with Europe’s 27 other leaders in Brussels yesterday after 20 painstaking months of talks…The Sun can reveal that the ‘meaningful vote’ to now pass it in the Commons has been fixed by No10 for December 12. A marathon five-day debate for MPs to discuss it is due to start the week before, on Wednesday December 5…Tory whips are reported to have dangled peerages in front of some rebel Tory MPs in a desperate bid to win them round.’ – The Sun

  • That will involve her touring the country – The Times
  • And Project Fear II – FT
  • Three ways May could get it past Parliament – Daily Telegraph
  • Sir John Hayes still won’t vote for the deal – The Times
  • Expect a Christmas crisis – Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian
  • Corbyn accepts the Prime Minister’s offer of a debate on her deal – Daily Mail
  • Starmer pushes for an Article 50 extension – The Guardian
  • Gibb and Barwell are going to run a Cabinet training session on ‘selling the deal’ – Daily Mail

Macron says he will force the UK into the backstop unless we surrender on fishing rights

‘French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to force Britain into the Irish border backstop if it does not give up access to UK fishing waters. Mr Macron said maintaining the customs union would be used as ‘leverage’ in the next phase of talks on the final UK-EU trade deal. Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted Britain will leave the customs union, which is essential to striking trade deals, after Brexit. But under the divorce deal agreed in Brussels today this can only happen if there is an alternative for keeping open the Irish border. If France refuses to agree a trade deal because of a dispute over fishing, entering the backstop – which is hated by Brexiteers, Unionists and the DUP – could be inevitable.’ – Daily Mail

  • His threat places Mundell under more pressure – Daily Telegraph
  • The French government is in crisis – The Times
  • Diplomats mock Spain’s claims regarding Gibraltar – The Times

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Gibraltar rocked?

Gove and Rudd team up to push for EFTA

‘Amber Rudd and Michael Gove have formed a cross-Brexit alliance to push for membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The move by the Remainer Work and Pensions Secretary and Leave campaign boss Environment Secretary is a last-ditch solution to end an impending national crisis if Parliament fails to agree any Brexit outcome. The wider European arrangement gives members full access to the single market, but freedom from agriculture and fishing rules, as well as the European Court of Justice…Under the idea – dubbed ‘Norway Plus’ – the UK would join EFTA to maintain economic stability for a temporary period of a few years while the Government negotiates a full free trade deal from a stronger position. But the ministers will only publicly propose it as a final fallback when all else fails to be sure of enough Labour support for it. That would mean after the PM loses the meaningful vote next month, and once Jeremy Corbyn’s bid to force a general election and an expected backbench bid for a second referendum also all fails.’ – The Sun

Ministers explore pre-fabricated hospitals and schools

‘Schools, hospitals, prisons and train stations could be constructed quicker and with less waste if they were “prefabbed” in factories before being erected, ministers say today. Setting out £600billion worth on infrastructure spending over the next decade, Treasury minister Robert Jenrick said “new methods of construction” needed to be “embraced”. Officials believe pre-building components in factories before they’re sent to construction sites for assembly will speed up building projects. Government proposals for a “platform approach” could see digitally-designed components used on different types of public buildings. Officials believe the fresh approach could boost productivity and reduce waste by as much as 90 per cent. It could mean a school that typically takes a year to build could be completed in just over four months.’ – The Sun

  • Pharma deal will save the NHS £300 million – Daily Mail
  • Bypassing GPs can mean faster cancer diagnoses – The Times
  • We have made great strides in cancer care but there is more to do – Sir Mike Richards, The Times
  • The government should act to raise survival rates – The Times Leader
  • NHS bodies urged to merge to save money – The Times
  • Medical implants blamed for 1,000 deaths – The Times
  • Manufacture pays out over faulty hips – The Guardian
  • Treat online gambling like tobacco – FT Leader
  • Spaceport plans get bogged down in dispute with crofters – The Times

First Islamic faith school starts a cadet force

‘Improving diversity and inclusivity of the armed forces is a priority for General Sir Nick Carter, who became chief of the defence staff this summer. The army has struggled to recruit from the Muslim community. Now the Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School in Blackburn has been granted approval to start a cadet force for its teenage pupils. The armed forces had established links with the school earlier this year by inviting 50 boys to a cricket match at Lord’s and joining them on a visit to a mosque in Regent’s Park, it is understood. Pupils who enrol as cadets from next September will practise drills, fieldcraft, map reading and experience being on a firing range. As a medical services cadet force there will also be a focus on the operation of field hospitals, casualty treatment and personnel evacuation. Local mosque leaders have given their blessing to the initiative and have approved the cadet force convening on Fridays. It has also been supported by parents and governors.’ – The Times

  • The armed forces have struggled to attract Muslim recruits in recent years – The Times Leader

Bootle: Beware a brewing economic storm emanating from the United States

‘The federal government deficit is worryingly high. It is currently 3.8pc of GDP but it will rise to about 5pc in a few years. (The UK’s deficit should be just over 1pc this year.) Moreover, the ratio of federal debt to GDP looks set to rise relentlessly to almost 100pc within 10 years. But the main focus of concern should be interest rates. Official rates have risen by 2pc and all the signs are that the Federal Reserve will raise them again in December. It may well increase them twice more next year, taking the Fed Funds Rate (roughly the equivalent of our Bank Rate) to a peak of 2.75pc-3pc. It is easy to be lulled into a false sense of security by the low level of these interest rates, even after the Fed’s anticipated further action. Instead, you should pay attention to the increase in rates. Over the last two years, real (ie inflation-adjusted) two-year Treasury bond yields have increased by 2.5pc. Increases of this magnitude were also experienced in the late Eighties, the late Nineties and the mid-Noughties.’ – Roger Bootle, Daily Telegraph

  • Mortgage-salary ratios soar up above the levels seen just before the crash – Daily Mail
  • £1 million boost for coastal communities – The Guardian
  • Liberal centrists need to learn the language of emotion – Paul Mason, The Guardian

Russia fires on, then seizes, Ukrainian naval vessels

‘Russia rammed a Ukrainian tugboat on the Black Sea yesterday, sparking a day of tensions that escalated into violence as years of enmity between the former Soviet states spilled into open hostility. Ukraine said a Russian border-patrol boat had attacked the tug as it and two gunboats attempted to enter the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait, which sits between Crimea and the Russian mainland. Footage showed the tug being hit by a larger vessel whose crew were speaking in Russian. That began a stand-off that, hours later, ended with Russia firing on the gunboats, seizing them and the already damaged tug and detaining at least three injured Ukrainian sailors, in the most serious escalation between the countries since the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014.’ – The Times

  • Ukrainian president asks parliament to approve 60-day state of war – FT
  • Gordievsky’s account of Foot receiving KGB money – Daily Mail
  • Russia now has more faith healers than doctors – The Times

Charity alleges systematic grooming and abuse of Sikh girls by Pakistani men

‘In many cases, according to the report, the men would groom a girl before passing her round to other members of their family. The girls would be snared by ‘fashionably dressed adult Pakistani men travelling in flamboyant vehicles to predominantly Sikh dominated areas and schools’, it claimed. The report said that while the revelation of grooming gangs targeting white girls in Rochdale shocked the nation in 2012, similar instances had long been taking place under the radar in Britain’s Sikh communities. Sikh community leaders say the problem started in the 1960s. The charity said the report was not a ‘witch-hunt against any individual, community, culture or faith’ – but said nothing would change unless the facts were known.’ – Daily Mail

>Today: Judy Terry: To defeat crime, councillors need to listen to youth charities and park friends

News in Brief

  • Chinese scientists claim the first gene-edited babies have been born – Daily Mail
  • How the church lost its flock over Brexit – Unherd
  • UAE pardons British academic jailed as a ‘spy’ – FT
  • People who have a cheeky line aren’t to blame for the drug wars – The Spectator
  • Why the Tories should want a 2019 election – New Statesman

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